Monday, September 14, 2009

Retreat Cards and Challenge Cards

Hey everyone, I'm back!!!! Had a wonderful time and put my name down for next year. Above is all that I created during the weekend. Spent lots of time talking and admiring other peoples work. Food was great (I didn't have to prepare it). Beds were vinyl coated and ready for school kids so a little cold and noisy. Not that we got much sleep. First night I tried to sleep at 11pm but then listened to everyone returning until 3am. Then back up at 6.30am. Next night I decided that I might as well stay up creating and chatting so got to bed around 2am and up at 7.30am. So last night I was in bed by 9.20pm and crashed. I have learnt that I am not a bulk card maker and really enjoy creating the one card and moving on to the next technique or paper combination. I am a bit prehistoric just using a metal ruler and craft knife to cut things....everyone else has those cutting things. Also learnt how lucky I am to be able to look at something and be able to create it without having to follow instructions to a tee. Also glad that I blog a I learn so many and see so many things and don't get stuck in one product groove. Ok, enough of what I are a couple of cards I managed to finish to fit into some challenges. Have a great week everyone.
This is a Wiper Card. I discovered the the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers before I left for the retreat. This card was great fun to make and I finally got to use my bird stamp as a bird stamp.

So as you can see as you pull the card open the little butterfly pops up from behind the front image...hence....Wiper Card. I have used SU Very Vanilla for the base card. SU Walk in the Park Designer Series papers and other SU papers. Bird image from SU 'Good Friend' stamp set. Don't you love mistakes sometimes. The bird only as the twig in his mouth as I rocked the stamp when putting his beak on an had a mark to cover. In the background I have stamped a flower in Versa Mark.
I created this card originally as my entry for the retreat weekend challenge. We were given these papers to work with and we could add to more colours and a couple of other items. We had a draw for the prize at the end after a secret ballot by everyone there and my name was one that was put in the hat for the prize. The friend I took up with my was lucky enough to win the prize.
I am going to enter this into the 'Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #47" a bird had to be on your entry.
This card I made for one of the challenges over at Denise's 'Stamping Vacation' blog. Denise has a new pick 3 challenge posted every day for a week. At the end of the week if there are 5 entries she picks a winner for a prize. If she has 10 entries...two prizes and so on. The challenge is to pick 3 things for your card from the suggested 6 items that Denise has suggested. So this is for the challenge on the 10th September. Our list to choose from was and the highlighted ones are what I chose:
1. Image - Fish
2. Charm - Fish
3. Card stock Colour - Blues
4. Embellishment - Brad
5. Layout
6. Shape - Squares.


  1. Very cute! Love the technique! Thanks for joining us at The Cuttlebug SPot!

  2. Beautiful cards,and sounds like you had a lot of fun!!!

  3. Lovely cards! Glad you had a ball at retreat too!! Have checked out your other blog too - great idea!!!

  4. Welcome back. Looks like you had lots of fun and learnt some things as well. I haven't tried the wiper card yet. Yours looks great. I love your second card. Well done.
    Kylie xo

  5. Hi Merry

    Pleased you had a good time at your retreat, some beautiful creations as well.

    B x

  6. Beautiful cards Merry. Glad you enjoy your card retreat and don't feel bad, I also only use a metal ruler, craft knife and self-healing mat for all my scrapping and cardmarking.

  7. Awesome cards! Love how you did the seashells!

    Thanks for all your responses and comments including the felt flowers and also the glitter! And the kind comments in are a faithful commenter on my blog and I appreciate it!!

    Oh..I looked back to see if I could find another tie-dye flower in my jar and I can't find anymore...unless it is hiding because there are over 500 flowers in a container! Maybe a person could make their own??

    Glad you had a good time at the retreat!



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