Sooooo, I've had a bit of a creative day today and, despite the fact that I have loads to share with you that I made before Christmas, I thought I would instead share one of today's makes.
I know that I am supposed to be using up my very extensive stash, but my friend, Helen, is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and this means that I can't help treating myself every now and again (read: pretty much all the time). In fact, she dropped some goodies off for me yesterday, so a quiet day in today (hubby at work, sister in bed dying of a cold) meant that I fully intended to use the the time to hole myself up in my craft room and do some creating. I should really be finishing off the last 250 words I have to write on my latest assignment - the use of mythology by the Roman Emperors - but I didn't want to. I will no doubt finish it off one lunch break this week. I know what I need to write, but I just don't have the enthusiasm today, so I crafted instead.
These were the first make of the day:
These are some thank you cards for me to send out for my birthday/Christmas/wedding anniversary present (see, another reason to do it all in one week - only one set of thank yous need writing!),
These are made using the thank you butterfly from the Stampin' Up! Well Worded set, which also has a birthday cake, a mustache and a flower with various greetings on each.
I also decided to use my new Stampin' Up! stampin' write pens, after they were recommended to me by an LOTV DT member. Anyway, I stamped the first pink and blue cards with these, and as you can see, the quality wasn't that brilliant, so for the other cards, I swapped to some Memento inks I have, and they worked much better.
After doing the first four, I decided that I liked them and I would need to make some more to have enough for all the thank yous I need to write. Instead of using the pens though, I decided to see how my distress inks would work, as I had the colours I wanted in distress ink, but not in memento. I also decided to add a purple, as these are small 5x5 cards and I could get 6 blanks for stamping on from an A4 sheet, so I thought I might as well do that and end up with 2 each of each colour. I think the distress inks work quite well - not quite as crisp as the mento inks, but then again, that is the idea of distress inks, isn't it?
I ummed and ahhed about adding some faux stitching so decided to add some to a pink card to see what it looked like - a use for the stampin' write markers! I decided it didn't really add and in fact I preferred the starkness of the cards without it.
I really like how these have worked out and I love how the black and white card has worked out, but my fave has to be the orange, probably because it is a colour I usually don't use, but it is so bright and works so well with the butterfly to inject a bit of Spring/Summer into the world, which is desperately needed - it is miserable and rainy here in Ilkley today.
Anyway, to sum up, I like the stamps with the memento and distress inks, and the jury is currently out on the stampin' write markers. I might try them on something less solid, maybe a sentiment stamp, to see how they work. I will definitely be investing in some more memento inks though.
I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
I have been a busy bee today making, so I will no doubt be back with some more makes later (or I'll blog about them eventually - maybe in 3 months! lol).