We started at 10am to give everyone time to work on current projects, do some embossing, punch some shapes or use the die cuts.
Pamela as always did a brilliant job of teaching us how simple materials we'd normally throw away can be turned into the most beautiful embellishments or even stand alone gift cards and tags. Maureen's were just gorgeous and she's posted photos of them in the Members Forum.
We had grand plans to get four cards made - oops.
I think we all managed to make at least three, including this cute pop-up balloon card. It was so easy to make, and quick too the second time. I've made three all together, that's how easy they are. No special tools required although a balloon shaped punch helps.
The scrap cards are anything but. They may be made out of scraps but they all looked sensational. I loved Carol's fan shaped card and have copied her idea using up scraps of pink and green paper I had. It's easy to do, just rectangles cut in half on the diagonal and stuck to a card starting at the centre and working out. Once all the paper pieces have been stuck on trim the edges with scissors or a blade. Add your embellishments and a sentiment and it's done. Working quickly it takes less than 10 minutes, working slowly you'd be hard pressed to stretch it out to 20 minutes, perfect for those times you need a quick card.
The swap table was overflowing this month. Joy brought some beautiful rosemary that I used on Sunday night, our lamb was delicious. I keep opening the jar to smell it, much nicer than bought from the supermarket.
Anne gleefully received a huge salad/mixing bowl Carol put on the table, I can still see the smile on her face.
Pamela was able to take some glasses for her grandchildren (and I was glad to see them go, so much more space in the cupboard now).
Lots of groceries courtesy of Wendy.
Joy and Maureen brought lots of coloured paper and off cuts of cardstock and I think we all took a share.
Lots of embossing was done. Wendy and Pamela brought their Big Shots and I had the Cuttlebug out. Everyone brought along punches and dies to share. I think that may have been the most enjoyable part of the day for a few of us ;)
But really the highlight of the day was Maureen's sponge. We all enjoyed it and Wayne was a little excited to see there was some left that he had for dessert.
There were only seven of us this month, but we certainly produced a lot of work, especially considering the amount of talking and laughing we did.
And now I'll be waiting patiently for the March card making day, I'm just busting to learn some new techniques courtesy of Pamela.