While I was at Winter CHA 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Meghann Heft from Elmer's and learned of their new Craft & Tell program. Basically, Elmer's wanted to send some crafty bloggers like me a big box of crafty goodness to use for hosting a craft party, and then tell the world all about it! Since I am certainly not one to turn down free craft products, I signed on the dotted line right away!
I decided to invite my friends over for a craft night this past Friday, and planned a project involving altering old Cricut cartridge boxes. I prepared an example box, and I incorporated a few flowers that some of my friends had been wanting to learn how to make so that I could demonstrate how to make them. (And check out these GORGEOUS new Pink Paislee House of Three papers - from the Daily Junque line!!)
|My sample - an altered Cricut cartridge box|
And boy oh boy did Elmer's send the crafty goodness!! Check out my friend Shelia and me setting up for my party...there were circle cutters, craft knives, swivel knives, scissors, corner punches, glue pens, glue sticks, glue dots, adhesive runners, scrapbooking tape, adhesive squares, photo corners, decorative scissors, gel pens, paint markers, gel pens, foam board, liquid glue, and paper cutters. There were even a few extras thrown in...some scrapbooking paper, ribbon, sequins, pom-poms...so much fun!
|My island looked like an Elmer's and X-acto store display!!|
|Sheila helping to pack the VERY full swag bags|
When my friends arrived, I had everything set up for them - an empty Cricut cartridge box for each person, a huge stack of scrapbooking paper and cardstock, paper punches, flowers of every kind, my Big Kick and Sizzix dies, and all of the Elmer's and X-acto products. We got so busy crafting that we almost forgot to take very many photos! Everyone wanted to learn how to make the rosettes using the Sizzix dies, so I demonstrated that, and almost everyone added one to their boxes. Everyone also wanted to learn how to make the crinoline rose from my box, and I had received prior permission from Tammy Tutterow to use her tutorial to teach them how to make the rose. It was fun watching my friend Monica, who thought the rose would be "impossible" to make, actually make one of her own for her box - and then take several more die cut crinoline flowers home with her to make more at home!
All of my friends had a GREAT time - and so did I! It had been a while since I'd hosted a craft night (I used to hold them regularly, though they used to be "everyone bring your own project" types of craft nights). All present were in agreement that I needed to start hosting a monthly craft night again, but they'd like them to be more project-based like this one was, so that they could continue to learn new techniques and how to use different tools. They want next month to be a spring banner!
I'm SOOO thankful to the folks at Elmer's for the fantastic products they sent - and because they were SO generous, I actually have some extra goodies to give away here on my blog! So...this being the last week of National Crafting Month, you just might want to check back here TOMORROW to see what's in store!! Just sayin'...