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2011-09-14

Bute Craftathon: Day 2

Posted by Alice Morland
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Well, our late night caught up with us on Monday morning. I was sharing a twin room with Alice. The very first thing she said was "well that's the nearest thing to a motorbike I have ever heard!! How can someone so small snore and make so much noise?" Only friends can get away with comments like that so I said I hoped it had at least had a volvo engine. "Nasal strips for me tonight and hopefully that will give my friend a peaceful night." I didn't hear a thing!!
Calm Monday
Morning
We went downstairs having finally wakened (Ann and Jeanette had gone for a brisk walk round the bay and came back full of the joys of spring) ready to tackle our next project. Jean's project was a Christmas gatefold card very cleverly designed. It was an A6 gatefold with a design on either side of the front and on the inside. The centre was a nativity scene matted and layered but...it lifted up to reveal a little pocket and tag - ideal if you wanted to send some money. Away in a Manger was meant to be on the inside of the card but I put mine on the outside by mistake. Now there are no mistakes in crafting and I explained that it was much more sensible to have it where you could see it looking in on the manger on the inside but I don't think they believed me. More photos!
We had lunch from the boxes made up on Sunday night.
Afternoon
When we went through for our afternoon session there at my place was a pink glittered cowgirl hat. It looked wonderful and when turned upside down was very useful as our  rocking bin, lined with a plastic bag, from CraftWorld in Glasgow, of course. 
We moved to Ann's project, feeling we were doing really well. We were given a beautiful design/stencil folder which had been put through the cuttlebug machine for us to pick out the design, and a piece of card to distress. This colours it to give the background to the pattern on the design. Well, Jeanette was ecstatic about distressing inks and wanted to distress everything in sight. "I am really into this she said." It the became the joke for the rest of the time:  "oh, Jeanette you could distress that!" The little girl was stamped and coloured in using Pro Markers and new pens called Spectrum Noir. This completed Ann's project and....photographed yet again.
Next was Morag's project. A new way to fold a DL card with a classy lady on the front. We decided that we would add to the sides when we got home. We enjoyed adding some bling to make her sparkle. I could have taken some sequins off my hat but didn't.
Dinner time, clear up, and back down to the craft tables. One had been brought over in Ann's car and one in mine.
craftywhippet and craftyalice
Evening
You  will be getting tired now reading about all this crafting, but onwards and upwards we went with Alice's first project which took a while to assemble. Where did the quick and easy projects go? The little crosses were all cut out and ribbon placed in the centre so that they would hang nicely. By this time I would have like to hang Alice nicely for giving us such a long project. We debated the finishing of this card as it is bow fronted and difficult to finalise. We then made the matching envelope which was very effective.  Maybe the designer at CraftsUprint could answer that question. 
By ten o clock we were crafted out. Upstairs again, Jean's back, Alice's knees, and my back, what a sight we were going back upstairs. Doing well though, working through the projects. Tomorrow is another day. Before going to bed I had a job to do. Find these snoring strips to let Alice have a peaceful night...but did she? 

to be continued.......

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