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I love various different types of crafts and have had a dabble at most over the years, some with greater success than others. I believe that apart from loving and giving, being creative is the next most important thing to do. There is something about being creative that taps into something deep within us that makes us feel good with the world. But then we were made in the image of God, God The Creator... so I guess being creative will be second nature to us if we allow. The problem is that many people will not have a go because they make the mistake of measuring themselves against others... and that is just not a good thing to do. I create because I like to create, not because I have to impress anyone else or be better than anyone else. I created this blog with a lot of help from my son-in-law, as a personal scrap book that I am happy to share with others if they wish to take a look.... Enjoy <><

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire Day 2012

What a fantastic day I have had today with three very special friends, Chris, Julie, Mary and myself. We joined the Papertrey stamp-a-faire which was held online today 21st July 2012.

We called ourselves the Cotswold Crafters because that is where we spent our day eating, chatting, drinking tea and coffee and making cards... of course!

The idea was that if it wasn't possible to go to their big event in the USA and craft cards with many other card makers, then you could still join in by going online to 'Capture the Moment' with Nicole Heady where they showed a range of instruction videos which were so interesting and then we set about re-producing similar cards ourselves which included the basic design but all with our own take on it. These are the first ones we made.  As you can see from the pictures, we all used the same colour  Papertrey card, but used different stamps and inks to create different effects.

Once completed our cards were photographed and uploaded onto the 'Capture the Moment' site so that all participants could share their work.

I don't think the others would object if I said I thought Julie was the star of the day because it was her first time at card making never mind stamping, and she produced the first card with the sentiment Thank you.  I loved the way she stamped the peony in pink and then edged it in a darker colour, I thought that was a great idea. I think a new card maker was born today!

The next card down was made by Mary, who is a keen card maker and I was really interested to see how she so successfully pulled together some quite different colours.  I would never have thought of putting yellow sunflowers with bright pink card, and yet it worked so well because she cleverly included small pink butterflies that matched so well.

Card three was mine and I decided to also use the peony stamp in pink but used blue with it. I particularly liked the idea of using velum and scoring it to create an opaque line at the top and bottom.

Card four, well that was made by the real expert in our midst.... Chris, who  gave so much of her time helping us whilst making her own card. If you want to see the cards she makes then just click on the link to her blog 'Purple Peonies' on the right hand side of this page, she creates some fabulous stuff.

We can't wait to meet again and spend another day crafting... Three cheers to the Cotswold Crafters... hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray!


  1. Looks like you guys enjoyed a fun filled and productive day together. I would have LOVED to spend the day with crafty friends. I loved all the cards, and for a first time stamper Julie did an AMAZING job! I would never have guessed she has never stamped before. Each card is so unique, it's great to see :) TFS :)

    1. Hello Natasha, we would love to have you here with us next time we craft.... it is just a shame that you are so many miles away!
      Look us up if you come to England.