I hosted a crafty party yesterday. Tracey McNeely, Emily Leiphart and Natasha Kara came over for a playdate and oh, man was it FUN!
We did this once last summer, at Natasha's. We spent most of the time chatting, laughing and eating, with a little bit of crafting thrown in (mostly mad die-cutting of each other's dies that we didn't have) and we vowed that this time, we would be more productive! All week, we've been madly messaging requests to bring certain stamp sets, or dies, or supplies that each other had so we could all try something new.
We used the room next to my craft room, to set up our work table. This room used to be our guest room, but recently we decided (since we're very inhospitable and almost never have guests! lol!) to swap the guest room into the basement, and use this beautifully bright, sunny room as Kate's American Girl 'apartment'. Its proximity to my craft room was perfect - we were busy going back and forth all afternoon. Here's the set up:
We each brought something for everyone to work on. My project was blending of distress inks, at Tracey's request.
Emily brought embossing paste and I was so thrilled to see how easy and fun it was!
Natasha brought some colour-spray thingies. I over-sprayed my first attempt, and ended up trying another. Remarkably, once they dried they were both beautiful!
Natasha also showed us this technique that Dawn demonstrated in a video the other day. We learned that it didn't work with Simon's Doll Pink ink, but Tracey got stunning results with some other colours!
Tracey and Emily both also brought pre-cut card-kits, which we kept to open later - I don't think anyone completed a project, but I'm sure you'll see the results of our work over the next little while!
And it wouldn't be an Ardyth-Tracey get together without a little adventure (remember when we went to Virginia's and it took us over 3 hours to complete a one hour trip?!). It was snowy and the cars needed brushing off. Tracey started her car and then locked her keys inside. Fortunately she has roadside assistance, so within an hour, she was on her way safely home - all's well that ends well!