I decided to give the Dynamic Duo Challenge a go this week. The challenge was to use Crumb Cake and Black together with wet embossing.
I needed to create a card for a friend who is having a special birthday, the big 40. I thought the colours worked well for a male card and of course being a male card, I had to use the awesome Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Here is my card, complete with a Lord of the Rings Lego scene:
I recently went to the Perfectly Rustics Stamp Camp, which was held this year at Camp Clayton. This is only the second year of the Perfectly Rustics Stamp Camp, which was the idea of my friend and Up Line, Sharnee Torrents. Sharnee had the idea and I kind of took over with the organising as that is the kind of thing that I like to do.
We had 11 super ladies (plus one beautiful little Sapphire, Sharnee's adorable little baby) come along this year and we had an absolute ball. The facilities were superb and are host for the weekend, Steve, was totally awesome. I would totally recommend Camp Clayton. The accommodation was shared rooms, each with an ensuite. The rooms had a combination of a queen size bed and up to three sets of bunks, but with 9 rooms and only 11 ladies, we only took up 5 rooms and had a maximum of 3 to a room. As we were not a large group we were able to have a table each for all our crafting gear, which was more than some people have at home for crafting. We arrived on Friday night and once we had all our stuff in, got straight into crafting. I was scrapping for the weekend, which I have gotten back into over the past 14 months, after the first stamp camp.
Attendees all received a goodie bag, with some handy Stampin' Up items in there as well as a program, which was done by my lovely husband.
The Perfectly Rustics Stamp Camp Program for 2013
Everyone also got a different mug, which was filled with sugary badness such as lollies and chocolates. Disappointment reigned for me as my mug, which had been specially chosen by the beautiful Jayne, cracked under the pressure when I made my first hot drink in it. It did my best to put this behind me and press on with the weekend.
We played a get to know you game on Friday night, which was a nice way for those people who did not know everyone to get an insight into the other ladies, they would be sharing their weekend with. Once the game was finished, many of the ladies continued relaxing and chatting on the lounges which were provided in our accommodation.
It was midnight before I called it quits on Friday night, but I think some of the ladies rocked on till later.
Saturday was up and at it again. All our meals we catered, so we just trotted over to the cafeteria at our meal times for breakfast, lunch and tea and they brought over supper, morning tea and afternoon tea for our stay. The food was lovely and there were no complaints. We loved the fact that we could go and eat and not have to worry about cooking and cleaning up!
There were many prizes through out the weekend, with every attendee walking away with at least three prizes each! We also did two make and take projects. One by me, which was making a lovely little box out of a piece of 12 by 12 designer series paper, with only score lines, no cutting involved. Everyone seemed impressed with their box!
The other make and take was done by the lovely Bronwyn, who gave us all a demo on the MDS and her E cutter. We made an owl card, which was fun.
Saturday night, was pyjama and trivia night. The trivia was based on the information in the program (which contained information on some of the demonstrators that make up the Perfectly Rustics team) and the Stampin Up! catalogue. The winner was Bronwyn, who scored a Stampin Up! paper trim.
Again I went to bed around midnight on Saturday night. Sunday morning was all about trying to get as much down before having to leave after lunch. I managed to complete 10 pages and get another one nearly finished. I was doing a mix of photos of my gorgeous little boy, Owen, wedding photos and some honeymoon photos. I am really happy with my pages, some of which I got inspiration for from scrapbooking magazines and others I came up with all by myself! Here are some of my favourite pages from the weekend.
I had such an awesome time at Stamp Camp, we have booked again at Camp Clayton for next year and I already have ideas for games etc.
The Perfectly Rustics challenge this fortnight is embossing. So with this in mind I set to work creating a card for my beautiful husband for our third wedding anniversary. I used the wood grain back ground stamp to emboss the back ground then cut it up, used a sponge dauber to soften the edges and give them some definition. I then stuck all the pieces down, not in order, to give a wood panelled wall effect. I also embossed the greeting on the card. I must that I am totally chuffed with the way that this card turned out and would have been happy to retire my stamping hobby on this awesome card. But no fear I am not retiring yet. I am on quite a creating roll at the moment, which is good as I was in a bit of a slump for a while there. Hope you like my card and please call over to the Perfectly Rustics site to join in the challenge!
Our little man is fast approaching 2, I have no idea where the time has gone.
With a break in the rain here, we have been able to go out for a couple of family outings. We went up to the Great Lakes when there was a lot of snow on the mountains, so that we could take Owen to the snow for the first time. He was not real sure about it to start of with, but then he got used to it, but did not like when he fell over and put his hands in the cold snow. When Colin was out taking some photos, Owen and I stayed in the car and he enjoyed his first Oreo cookie, here he is:
This is some of the snow that was on the mountains.
Yesterday, the weather was lovely, so we headed down to City Park, we Owen had a play on the swings and the slide, fed the ducks and visited the monkeys, he had a great time running around.
Here are the ducks, enjoying a good meal of bread.
The challenge for Perfectly Rustics was set by me, which was to use the Brayer. The brayer is a tool that many of us have purchased, gets stored away and it doesn't get use a lot.
When I was at the Stampin' Up! Convention this year, a demonstrator showed us the bouncing brayer technique, her cards were just beautiful. I gave it a go on my scrapbooking page to create an interesting effect for the piece of card that is behind the photo. I am quite happy with the end result.
So why not dust of those brayers, create a master piece and enter it in the Perfectly Rustics challenge?