World Cardmaking Day...3 weeks on!

As the title of my post points out, it's a little while since World Cardmaking Day now, but I still want to share the cards that my lovely lounge room full of ladies completed on the day (it's the ladies that were lovely, not so much my lounge room...)

I wasn't sure that I was even going to manage to hold a WCMD event, but I decided at the last minute to have a bit of a Christmas card making day and 8 lovely aforementioned ladies elected to join me for the festivities (*waving* ladies!!)

The cards that we made were very varied in style and design, some absolute cases from cards I had seen elsewhere (no need to mess with perfection I figured) and some that just kind of evolved by putting together different ideas I had seen.  Anyway, enough nattering, here they are....

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This first one is almost an exact copy of one made by my wonderful friend and stampin' team member, Tracey.  Stunning in its simplicity and highly mass produce-able (I think I may have made that word up!) this one was the favourite of the day among my guests :)

"Glitter Baubles" Stamps: Occasional Greetings, So Swirly Jumbo wheel Paper: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Naturals Ivory Ink: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy Accessories: 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' Sponges, Brocade Blue Stampin' Write Marker

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This one used my current favourite Christmas set, Season of Joy.  I seem to always use the tree image from the set, so wanted to get some use out of the funky wording background and this was the result.

"In-colours of Joy!" Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla Ink: River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky Accessories: 3/4" and 1/2" Circle Punches, Silver brads, Wild Wasabi striped ribbon, White gel pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

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My much neglected Watercolor Wonder crayons were dusted off for this one.  They were perfect for the job of making a realistic looking tree.

"Lovely as a Christmas Tree" Stamps: Lovely as a Tree Paper: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Confetti Cream Ink: None Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon

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This card was my favourite of the day and may well be my own Christmas card design for this year, if I can manage to get all that watercolouring done!  I used some ideas that I had seen on the Hero Arts website.  I saw the white spots stamped onto Kraft here, and the placement of the stamped element here and combined the two ideas, tweaked it a bit and what you see above is the result!

"Fun & Fast Watercolour Tree" Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Polka Dot, Short & Sweet (20% off this month! See Specials page for details...) Paper: Kraft, Ruby Red, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Black, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, So Saffron, More Mustard, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Going Grey, Whisper White Accessories: Aquapainter, Old Olive Wide Grosgrain, Double Rectangle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

As well as making all four cards, I also had a teensy little gift for each of the ladies, in keeping with the Christmas theme...

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These three are little perspex keyrings, customised with watercoloured images from Time Well Spent.

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Then there were two little fridge magnets, with watercoloured images from Fun & Fast Notes.

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And finally, I made three "big clippie" bookmarks using the flower from Big Pieces and a variety of circle punches.

The ladies drew numbers to work out who got what pressie, then the luckiest lady of the day (hi Meredith!) also won a door prize...

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This little bag has been sitting on my "alterables" shelf since Brisbane convention in April!  After convention, we drove to Sea World on the Gold Coast and grabbed a quickie McDonalds dinner on the way home.  This little bag contained the packet of dressing and maybe even the plastic fork for the Caeaser Salad that I had (and in fact so did mum, so there is another bag just like this around somewhere...!)  Much to Tim's horror, I saved the bags, knowing that I would be able to put them to great use some day!  He tried to chuck them out while I wasn't looking, but I salvaged them and am very glad I did!  Now I hope to find where I might be able to purchase them new, as they make great little gift bags, but I don't know that mass consumption of McDonald's Ceaser Salads would be the sensible way of obtaining a bunch more!!