Well, hello there, and happy Friday friends! What are you up to this weekend? I know I'll be watching the Oscars on Sunday night in the craft room - and watching the red carpet action all day too! I'm pretty sure I love the pre-show better than the actual awards show part! Other than that, we don't have solid plans. It has been raining cats and dogs, and elephants and bears...and everything else, here in Northern California. I think we are all ready for a break and a bit of sunshine. There is so. much. water. I hope we all don't float away! Do you have a fun weekend planned!
Today I'm sharing a little story about a fun event I went to, some envelopes, and a card! Lots to share today!! Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to attend an awesome craft retreat put on by my friends Wendy and Carrie. It was called "Escape to Create" and it truly was a lovely escape for the entire day! So much fun stamping, and laughing, and eating delicious food. Such a nice group of women. I love going to stuff like that. It's restorative for our creative souls - I believe that 100%. BIG thanks to Wendy for putting on such a great event for us. I will share more about the event at the end of this post. But I also wanted to share the projects I made that day. I made some custom envelopes and a Copic colored card.
First up, the envelopes! OH MY. So, I went completely bananas for the new Waffle Flower Stamps at CHA. In fact, when I got home from CHA, these stamps are the first thing I ordered! They are illustrated by Helen Dardik and I have admired her art for a long time. I was like, whoa! What a brilliant idea to turn her gorgeous illustrations into stamps! CLICK HERE to see Helen Dardik's blog and more of her work.
When it came time to pack for the retreat I didn't know what to bring. I ended up bringing a bunch of stamps, some envelopes, white paper and all my Copic Markers. I made these five envelopes using all new Waffle Flower stamps and Copics.
Here are the first three envelopes.
And here are the last two envelopes! I almost always use A6 envelopes. They are the next size up from an A2. This gives me more room in the envelope for my big fat cards! I don't have to squish them into the smaller size envelope. I will layer a piece of cardstock over the front of my cards before mailing them so they don't get damaged in transit. These are the Paper Bag envelopes from Paper Source. They have all sizes of envelopes in about a million colors. This color is a perfect kraft color. I buy all of my envelopes from Paper Source because of the quality and the colors/sizes available! (CLICK HERE for an envelope size chart)
I used my MISTI tool to stamp all of these images. There is so much black in the images that it would be difficult to stamp these and have them come out 'clean' the first time. Each of these was stamped two or three times. The MISTI tool allows you to stamp and restamp in the exact same spot to get a darker impression. I slid a piece of white cardstock inside the envelopes before stamping and coloring, so the color wouldn't bleed through. These images are so adorable.
I like to color with Copics onto Kraft paper (or envelopes) as it gives a nice rustic feeling. I love it with these images. The colors are slightly muted and so pretty!
I also stamped on the back of each envelope with matching stamps and sayings from the same stamp sets. I can't wait to send these out to my friends!
Paper Source sells a set of envelope liner templates that you can use to make perfect linings. I used some gingham from my stash (Old paper from Amuse Studio) and lined each one in a different color. This makes the envelopes even MORE happy and cheerful!
While at the retreat I had time to Copic color another one of my new favorite images - from Mama Elephant! This is one giant (beautiful) stamp! You could color it a million different ways. I have mostly seen it colored in softer tones and with watercolors. So I decided to go big and bold with tropical colors! The stamp outline is not as thick as it looks here in the photo. I achieved a thicker outline by stamping the stamp FOUR times with the MISTI tool. It gave me a really bold look to hold up to all the color.
I chose Copic shades of lime green, bright yellow, orange and hot pink. SO fun and fresh!
I did sort of an ombre effect on the "hello" part of the coloring by using three shades of blue green Copics (BG10, BG11 and BG13). I added a few deep black enamel dots for flower centers. The rest of the card is clean and graphic. Just one layer of pretty blue paper on a white card base.
Here's a few photos from the retreat! It was in Plymouth California which is about 30 miles from my house. It's in the beautiful gold country foothills. God's Country for sure. It was a glorious day full of puffy clouds. This is the view from the back deck of the meeting spot. The one good thing about all the rain we've had is that everything is lush and green here!
Beautiful, majestic, California Live Oaks....
Wendy and Carrie made us feel so welcome! They had treats and presents and decorations at everyone's place to sit. Such a colorful and pretty theme! Love the hot air balloons and the color palette.
So that's a bit about my fun time at the craft retreat and some projects too! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! XOXO
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