Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WOYWW 454

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK...

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog last week - I'm sorry that I didn't manage to do return visits to everyone. Will try harder this time!

Well, I don't honestly know where to start.....only kidding, I know many of you want to see pics of Margaret Glitter&Glue's visit :-D  We had a lovely time, Margaret is so lovely, easy to get on with and funny...we chatted a lot, had some laughs and she was so helpful with breaking me in to card making!

This is Margaret last Wednesday evening, helping me sort out the amazing stash that had been sent to me by Shaz Silverwolf, Annie C and Crafting Queen...it was less daunting once things were sorted!

There - that's better!

Thursday morning... and after a failed attempt at taking Margaret for a beach walk (far too windy and rainy!) we settled down to a card making lesson for me, whilst waiting for Ali to turn up. I think you can tell that I'm not finding this easy! But I had a very good and patient teacher....

..and once I got into it, I rather enjoyed it. But as I was saying to Julia, it was just assembling stuff as opposed to the proper techniques of stamping/die cutting etc. I know that's a step too far for me.

I discovered the joys of vellum - I loved these flourishes and flowers Shaz, really floated my boat!

And before you knew it, I'd made four cards.....

and then another four using bits from Crafting Queen and Annie's selection

I found matching the colours very easy, it's something I love doing, but the perils of double sided tape and teeny tiny pearls were taxing :-D

Margaret sat and just got on with it and before you say anything had made all these for my WI! She's so clever...



And then Ali turned up!!
It was lovely to meet someone who you've 'known' virtually for such a long time! Needless to say, after lunch, we got straight down to the onerous task of crafting and chatting...it's a hard life eh?!

Ali also very kindly bought me some useful supplies:

Papers, cardstock, card blanks, tapes and glues..so thoughtful Ali, thank you very much! I've already made inroads into it all!

It was interesting to hear about Ali's crafting and what she gets up to and her machine (I forget the name of it sorry) that she used for embossing looked like a little handbag with bling on! Very cute.


We had a lovely afternoon - there's nothing nicer than getting together with crafters! 

Have a great week!!

37 comments:

  1. what a great time - love the cards you made- you say it's just assembling bits - but they are very well assembled! It is still a knack, and you obviously have the knack! Lovely to "see" Margaret again and meet Ali! Helen #?

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  2. What a delight your post is. Made me smile from start to finish. Such is the result of friendship.
    My, you did make some lovely cards, and I am sure you found Margaret to be the perfect teacher as she is so gentle and patient. Then along came Ali with her embossing machine and you no doubt had a lovely time with the addition of that. Embossing is a lovely technique and so simple.
    I think we need to continue with making you into a paper crafter as well as your prowess with fabric and wool.
    Love, Neet 2 xx

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  3. How fabulous, those are the best sort of days Jan and you’ve learned a new skill. I’m very impressed with your results, you must be a natural.
    Super picture of the three of you
    Lynn xx 11

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  4. Oh what fun you girls had! So wish I could just drop by...
    Happy WOYWW :)
    no. 3

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  5. So glad you all had a great time while producing fab cards for the WI. One of these days we'll get you into die cutting and stamping too Julia lol. Maybe we can all give you lessons at the next crop? Have a great week. Sarah #14

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  6. Oh what a lovely post this week Jan. So lovely to see you all enjoying each other’s company whilst making such lovely cards.....at a table I’ve sat at 😀😀😀😀
    Hugs,
    Annie x #18

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  7. Wow, what great cards you created. Sounds like you had an amazing day!! Thank you again for my wonderful bag. It's on my blog. :)

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  8. Hello Jan, what a lovely time you have had. The cards are gorgeous. There is a skill to assembling - choosing colours (as you said) but also what to put together and placement. You have all done a wonderful job. Anne x #21

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  9. And agreat day was had by all, indeed!! Love it wall, Jan, and who knew you could find your ways around flowers and swirls so very skilfully I love your cards, excellent work as were the other creations. Nothing like a WOYWW gathering eh?
    Happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x #16

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  10. Morning Jan! Well, what a couple of days we had - I SOOOOO enjoyed my time with you and G. Thanks so much! The journey to Ruth was great - even if as I went round the Oxford by-pass it did take me an hour and a half to do four miles!! - and the time with the family was lovely. So precious to see Em baptised!! You know your way to North Wales - any time you fancy a break... Great to see you have made more cards without us being with you. That's called growing in confidence!! Well done - you have a great way with colour and positioning the swirls and twirls.
    Take care girl. God bless.
    Margaret #4

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  11. Serious envy of your crafty day. All the cards were lovely and will be much appreciated by the lucky recipients. I actually managed to make DH a Valentine card this year-whew! Catriona

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  12. You look to have had a fabulous time. Watch out as card making takes hold you start to accumulate more and more stash. Thanks for your visit. Ani#17

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  13. Hiya Jan, wow aren't you doing well! See, I never ever thought of using those black die cuts to mount flowers on- I just learnt something new!You will laugh when I post the Valentines card- it was one calamity after another. How amazing, just had RAK package arrive, lol. You knew I'd love the black lace, and that lining colour is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, lovely lady. XxX Huge hugs to you both, Shaz XxXx

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  14. What lovely creations Jan - well done on your card making.
    The Sizzix Boutique is a lovely little machine (I really should use mine more).
    Have a super week.
    Toni xx

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  15. That looks like a wonderful day of crafting!! Have a wonderful week! xo Cheetarah #24

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  16. Hi Jan, Thant last photo of the three of you is lovely. We'll have to get you into scrapbooking next.

    The cards you made are fab. You obviously have the knack.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #27

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  17. Happy WOYWW - hope you are keeping cosy inside away from this horrible weather. I really enjoyed our crafty get-together. I will think of a technique that I could introduce you to without having to bring most of my craftroom with me, and we must arrange a repeat meeting. Of course you (and any other Deskers) are welcome here any time, as long as we are not in Spain! Did you make hubby a card?? Ali x #30

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  18. Aw...nice to see the pics to match the words that exchanged in chat...wish I had been there. So, you better add card maker to your CV, however reluctantly...>!

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  19. Oh my gosh! How fun to put faces with names! And what fun to play together! Jan, you did beautifully! All the cards are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!
    Carol N #26

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  20. That is so fun Jan, that hands on thing cannot be beat when you are first being amazed by all the toys. that little machine looks like a fancy cuttlebug. :) useful little thing. all of your cards are so gorgeous, I love how you layered the petals for the blooms esp. :)
    ~Stacy #36

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  21. Wow that was quite a stash!! The lighting is magnificent in your craft space. I like when the sun is shining in my craft room, it makes everything so much more fun. Wow you had two people to craft with. It looks like you were quite productive. The cards are beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am still stumped for the final color for that page!! Have a blessed day!
    Belinda (25)

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  22. You certainly got a lot done! It's very windy and rainy here, perfect for crafting but I seem to have spent the day just puttering about - I love it!
    Thanks for the visit, Happy Wednesday, Cindy #22 xx

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  23. Oh Jan I'm so envious! What fun you had! I agree - Margaret is so lovely. We did more chatting than crafting, though... What a lovely lot you got done together, and such beautiful results, too. There will be no stopping you now! Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment - so glad you like the Valentine card I made for my hubby - he was very pleased with it I'm glad to say! Not sure when I shall next get down to my secret project because I've got the craft show tomorrow and after that I shall probably be shattered!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #29

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  24. Hi Jan, wow, you made some beautiful cards! So pleased you all had an amazing day, and a bumper pack of cards made! My 'manly' papers didn't have chainsaws on ... hmm what a good idea! Have a lovely week Heather xx #13

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  25. Hi Jan, what an amazing lot of stash you were given, very blessed. And your cards may only be assembly, but the were beautifully done, and it won't be long before you are doing more detailed design yourself.
    Thanks for visiting my desk, and yes we are very keen to get into our own place, if only so that I can have Margaret come and stay for some play days.
    Hugs
    Chris # 5

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  26. What a fabulous way to while away a day or two or.....Lovely cards. Wish I lived closer. Thanks for the visit appreciate it.
    Monica.

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  27. Happy Valentines Day! Look at you getting all card crafty!! They are lovely. And I had to laugh; I'll take stamping over assemblage any day! And as to your comment; yes, a spur of the moment "get 'er done" attitude does make things go smoothly. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
    -K #34

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  28. Great photos of you all, nothing like crafting with friends. Have a great woyww and a happy crafty week, Angela x20x

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  29. Awesome photos of you guys and all the beautiful stash and cards. I can see how daunting it could be if you aren't used to it. Just like I would be if I were sent a bunch of fabric...what???? I used to sew a lot but don't remember a lot about it now! Have a great week. Vickie #39

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  30. Looks like you all had fun. Love the cards.
    April #23

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  31. wonderful to see all the love amongst woywwers, your cards look awesome, no need to be so hard on yourself, have a wondeful week, Vicky

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  32. What a lovely get-together! It's great for me too to get to know people through your posts, Jan. You're a natural at card making - there's no doubt about that! You've turned all those elements into beautiful compositions! I hope you realise there' s no turning back now LOL! And just imagine combining paper with fabric and yarn - oh, the possibilities! Thanks so much for visiting earlier! Hope you have a good time this week! zsuzsa #9

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  33. Nothing better than to have a crafty afternoon with friends - and learn something too! Your cards are beautiful, never would have known you were new to cardmaking! Thanks for your visit, have a great week! Lindart #38

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  34. Aaahh how lovely to see you all getting together IRL and you made some fab cards already - welcome to the Dark Side :o) xxx

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  35. What a great visit and your cards are fabulous! Great post! Dorlene #37

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  36. Wow, looks like you all had a fantastic time and you're already starting to accumulate a good paper crafting stash. It can get out of hand if you're not careful, as you can see at my house/craft storage unit! Love the cards you made, a thousand times better than my first makes x

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  37. Due to an unexpected assignment coming in I'm way late with my visit, ohmy, it's already Wednesday again! But now I'm here and how nice to see the photos of you all and what a wonderful time you had crafting. Your cards look great! Have a great week! Love from Holland, Marit #19

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