I went to a creative retreat this last weekend, hosted by some wonderful crafty friends. Because I was travelling, I decided to limit all my supplies to a single craft tote. And, I also decided to take only white card stock and no other colors of paper, including patterned. *gasp* I know. This is a concept that strikes fear into the hearts of many a cardmaker–the "plain" white card. But, plain white cards are my favoritest to make–I just love all that white space!
I took a select number of clear and cling stamp sets, among them being some Claudine Hellmuth sets I fell madly in love (understatement) with at CHA Winter 2012! I love Claudine's illustration style for these sets and can't wait for her to make even more–just so awesome and super fun and easy to work with!
BTW, there's a great video interview with Claudine on "Smart, Creative Women" that you can watch >HERE< Love how Brian cat makes an appearance, too! LOL! Ellen and I enjoyed dinner with Claudine at Winter CHA 2012, and it was my first time meeting her. She is SO fun, SO down-to-earth, and genuine! Adore her!
I also brought some Washi Tape from my growing collection.
These two designs feature the Party Time set–so CUTE!!! They are pretty self-explanatory; simple stamping, coloring, trimming and 3D mounting.
I must admit, there was a lot of monkey clapping and bouncing when I finished them. And chortling. And arms wrapped 'round self.
I did want to mention that I initially ordered a bunch of Japanese Washi Tape from Cute Tape–she has a fabulous selection! True story: I placed a substantial order at that webstore. Shortly after I ordered, I realized there were some patterns I really wanted but had neglected to include and while surfing Etsy, I found a shop called Pretty Tape that carried the tapes I had wanted to add to my collection… I had to laugh at myself when I received my orders–included was a sweet, personal note from the owner, thanking me for shopping at BOTH her locations! I continue to add more patterns and colors here and there to my collection as I come across them.
FYI: Authentic/Traditional Washi tape is known for its translucent qualities, colors and patterns, and the ability to be repositioned; some of the similar tapes now being manufactured may have a different finish, some having a more plastic or waxy finish than traditional Washi Tape. If you want to stamp directly on Washi Tape, I've found that Staz-On generally works very well, altho you may want to speed dry it with your heat gun so you don't have to wait for it to air dry.
As Washi Tape is growing in popularity among paper crafters, many scrapbook and stationery companies are now producing their own lines of similar tape (i.e. Cosmo Cricket, Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies, etc.) Depending on the manufacturer, their version of Washi Tape can sometimes be referred to as "paper" tape or "papertape", or "tissue" tape.
These are just two designs from the muy happy stack I made; I'll share more in the coming days! :)
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