Friday, July 11, 2008

Karla's Craft Day

Last month, when I went to Karla's Bloggers Tea Party and we toured her studio, I blogged that I could have spent hours in there. Well, yesterday, my dream came true! Karla invited local crafting bloggers to her place for Craft Day!

Karla, Gwen, Beth, me, and Shawn holding her daughter, Bethany.**

Gwen doesn't have a blog yet, but all of us were encouraging her to jump in. She lived in France for a while and is going on a two-week buying trip there soon. She brought a laundry basket full of French papers and prints, ribbons and lace (just to name a few) that were incredible.**

She gave each of us some of her ribbon, game pieces, tiles and book pages.

Karla made us tags--I love everything about mine, so pretty! She also shared some vintage wallpaper, a vintage ledger page, blank tags and cards.

Beth brought us vintage price tags and red & white cord wrapped onto the sweetest clothes pin.

Such lovely, generous women! Geez, I brought Skittles! I need to get myself better organized!

This is Beth (in her new estate sale hat) and me using Shawn's Cuttlebug die-cutting, embossing machine. I had no idea it did such cool things!**

All of us were embossing everything in sight--book pages, cardstock, sheet music! Inking the raised areas is really pretty.

I used one of the die-cutting plates to make lots of pretty flowers...and borrowed some of Gwen's new Cavallini rubber stamps, also pretty!

Karla showed us how to use her binding machine and I made two little books. I used a piece of the wallpaper she gave us for the cover on one of them.

Everyone brought a dish for a potluck lunch--it was delicious. Shawn also brought her homemade marshmallows and, oh my, they are so good! She said she makes different flavors too.**

Isn't Bethany darling?! She looked so cute trying on Karla's hats!**

Thank you, ladies, it was such a fun day! There's nothing like laughing and sharing with friends who love the same things I do!


**A big thank you to Shawn for sharing these photos! I had forgotten to take my camera with me...once again, I need to get myself better organized:)


Shonna said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a great time; I wish I could do something like that in my neck of the woods. Everyone needs that kind of "creative girly" day once in awhile. I hope your friend starts a blog, it sounds like she would have a lot to contribute.

Daisys Little Cottage said...

How wonderful for you Marilyn! It must have been like a kid in a candy factory. Papers from france to Skittles. I would have loved to play with the cudlebug. Your tag is beautiful. I think a ladies craft day is just wht my friends and I need. Thanks for sharing.

Shawn said...

I had so much fun too! I can't wait for the next one :)

cindy said...

Awwwwwwwww. you lucky duck! This looks like it was a blast! Fun goodies, fun stuff and cute things y'all made. Man! Wish y'all lived closer! : D


3rdEyeMuse said...

holy smokes! how fun that must have been - what a blast!! and to be turned onto so many new things and treats ... sounds a little bit like heaven. :) said...

Oh, I love that you "brought Skittles". How sweet :) Gave me a big smile and let me tell ya, I needed it today.
Pam said...

Hey, those Skittles were wonderful, that new chocolate flavor was so good!

I had such fun, can't wait till we do it again! I found 3 more KC bloggers too!