One of my best friends just had a big birthday.
She's also a card-maker, an artist, and generally crafty lady. She does not, however, like to drive and avoids all "big roads." One of our favorite places to go is a stamp store in Buffalo. It has a great selection of product, and offers a wide selection of classes. I decided that giving her a trip to Buffalo, class and lunch at our favorite Greek restaurant there, would be a good gift.
She chose the Memory Box Surprise class, and we went on Saturday. The new Memory Box products were nearly all dies so the cards we made were heavy on die-cutting. As always we had a great time, learned a couple of new techniques, and had a lovely day together. After lunch, we made a quick stop at Penzy's Spices which we do not have here in Rochester. All in all, a great gift (you have to love a gift that gives to you as well as the recipient.)
The first card we made was all die cuts. The original card had clusters of flowers, but it was too busy for me, so I kept it a bit simpler.
The next card involved a lot of detail. The little bee (there were supposed to be two) was so difficult to glue together I decided one was enough. The second one was even smaller. If I'd had my sticker maker with me, it would have been much easier. To the original card design I added some yellow pearls and glittered the bee's wings when I got home.
I really like this next card. It's cute and was very easy to put together. I don't think I'd use the window die enough to justify buying it, but it was fun to play with it.
The last card was the simplest. We "watercolored" the strip of paper using one of the sprays, but applied it with a brush. Then we sprayed the piece with "Pearl" giving it a shimmery look. Finally the stamping was done.
Not only did we have a good time, it's nice to have a few cards in the box awaiting the right occasion.