February 9, 2015

Saturday at Ardyth's

Saturday was a wonderful crafty day at Ardyth's!
Lots of photos today...

Emily Leiphart, Natasha Kara and I met up at Ardyth's home in Toronto.
A typical winter day in Southern Ontario where you really don't know what the weather is going to do. After digging out of my driveway I left my house in a snowstorm, 10 minutes down the road it turned to rain which was much better to drive in.

Met up with the girls and had a fabulous day talking and laughing and believe it or not actually crafting (a bit). I learned some new tips and techniques. I always have a great time with these ladies. 



Natasha is just back from a family vacation in South Africa and she had one of these little pillow boxes for each of us with a souvenir from her trip, each one with a different keychain.



Isn't he the cutest. Natasha made the butterflies on the box (apparently 150 of them!) The photo doesn't quite pick up the gorgeous glitter on it, but the butterfly now has a home on my window frame in my craft room.

Ardyth started off by showing us a technique of how to achieve a beautiful Distress Ink ombre without transition lines and a tip on how to ink up the foam applicators well. Here is my finished card and you will no doubt know it is totally her design. The outline of the heart on the card front is rimmed with Stickles.



Emily brought her dies with her and showed us how she has them organized in 3 ring binders with clear pocket organizers, compact and easy to see what dies you  have. She also showed us how she tapes her videos and gave me some assistance on how to use my iPhone along with my JOBY tripod. She also had some tips on what the movie software can do. No we didn't make a video of us. Emily gave us each a card kit she prepared with some Paper Smooches goodies and of course we ran out of day. So it's for playing with in the comfort of our own homes.  Here is her kit, the frame inside is Simon Says wood veneer paper, cannot wait to try that out.


Emily had to get going so Natasha, Ardyth and I worked on her kit. She taught us how to create dimension using a Copic blender marker, pencil crayon and a three stage stamp. Natasha is so talented and her sample card looks just like a photograph of a real rose. I understood the process but need a LOT more practice.  Here is my completed card, the gold foil paper is gorgeous.


We didn't get to my kit either, but here is what was in it...


Now for the part I know you are waiting for, why Ardyth could not get rid of me.
By the time we packed up to leave it was snowing pretty good, so we headed out and I put my stuff in the car, including my cell phone and purse, and I started the car. Ardyth was already helping brush the snow off and I shut the door and went to get the brush from the back seat--the doors are locked! I must have accidentally leaned on the lock button on the door when I got out.  Since I didn't start the car with my auto-remote the car allowed me to lock it, had I used the auto-remote it would not have let me. Lessons learned! Ardyth had to go pick up her daughter so she left me her cell phone so I could call roadside assistance for help when they asked me for my number I didn't have one because it was Ardyth's cell and she was gone and mine was no good--it was in the car! 

Although they were really busy with the storm they were there within the hour. Ardyth and I sat is her front room watching my car sit there running! Ugh, so much for the cheap gas now right? It gets better, they arrived and went to the house across the street, I guess I gave CAA the wrong street address. Before I could get my boots on they left. Fortunately they came back around but were over at the corner of the street. You should have seen Ardyth take off on foot to flag him down, she is my hero!  He had it open in a couple of minutes and my car was so toasty warm. By then it was really snowing and the trip home took double time, you could not see the lines on the snow covered highway which makes for a scary winter drive.

Arydth and I always seem to have an adventure.  If you remember two years ago we went to visit Virginia Lu, a trip that should have taken an hour, the highway was closed because of an accident. We headed off the highway without GPS knowing only that we needed to go north-west--kind off. Three hours later we got there!

Never a dull minute with that lady, love her to pieces!
Hope you have a wonderful week, thanks for sticking through this long post.

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37 comments :

Colleen said...

Tracey, first thank you for sharing an update on "your story", I have a cousin and a friend with MS, so I know a little about what you are living with. What a fun day you had with those awesome and talented ladies! I wish I lived closer to learn some of the tricks with techniques you learned...especially the one with the distress ink...I am NOT good at blending! I am glad you made it home safe, what a story! You are certainly making memories!! thank you for all your inspiration, every day that you post a card, you are amazing!

Lynn said...

Smiling from ear to ear...your day sounds so fun. I have a very clear visual of Ardyth running down the street! Love all of your creations Tracey!

LeAnne said...

I am so glad you got home safe and sound! It sounds like quite an adventure! But your projects are lovely and what fun you must have had!

Julia Aston said...

What a fun gathering you all had! with great creations and gift giving! and what a story of misadventure! glad it all worked out and you were able to get home!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an adventure with your car! Oh boy! Glad it was all ok in the end!! LOVING the cards you made and glad you had fun!!!!

~amy~ said...

Awwww...what an adventure! Love the photos, the cards and the kits. You must have been exhausted by the time you got home!

I Card Everyone said...

Oh Tracey, what a great day you must have had with those three wonderfully talented ladies...they are so lucky to spend it with you!! The kits are a great idea. Wish the day had had a better ending.. but you will laugh about it in years to come!
=]

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Your cards turned out great! It was so fun having you guys over! I can't wait for the next one!

Kristie Goulet said...

Such a fun day, except for the ending. UGH! Happy it turned out alright in the end and you made it home safely. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your day with us all!

Susi Kelly said...

Your day with friends sounds like it was a lot of fun! Even the story of you locking the keys in your car will be a funny memory for years to come ... it's those memories that people remember the most! Your story is a testament to being optimistic and striving for better things - not giving up! Health is something that many people take for granted, until something happens to make us realize just how precious it is. I'm sure you have a loving, supportive group around you at home, but don't forget you also have many out here in blog land that only wish you the best, too, Tracey.

Maria said...

The cards look amazing! And, I'm sure you had a good time despite the car troubles! Glad you were able to get together with friends and learn some new things...love the blended ink card...so pretty! Take care and have a great week, hugs!:-)

KayM said...

Oh how envious I am that you have fun crafty friends close enough to get together with! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! All of your projects look so fun and such a neat idea that everyone brought a kit to share! I love that! Your story of locking your keys in the car was so funny! Glad you were able to get home safe though :)

Joyce said...

Oh, now it is easy to laugh at your crazy story, but I'm sure at the time it was quite frustrating and harrowing. Your day, other than that, sounded amazing. So many laughs and new techniques. Love what you created, and your kit is adorable.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh what an adventure you had. that has always been a fear that i would lock my keys inside the car-- yikes!!
glad you had fun overall and what awesome projects

Annette Allen said...

aww how fun you had a girls get together.. and that special treat is adorable that bead work is amazing.

Linda said...

Tracey, what a wonderful day of crafting and visiting with your talented fellow bloggers. Sounds like quite an adventure trying to get home but glad you got there safely. This weekend I got to meet Julie Ebersole, Kimberly Wierner, and Amy Tsuruta. What an experience for little ole me!!!

Shelly said...

Sounds like a fun time! And what an ADORABLE keychain!

Lisa said...

Your day sounds full of FUN and ADVENTURE!! Thanks for sharing Tracey ;)

Geri said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL time...even with all the craziness!!! Love the creations you came up with, and your kit looks adorable!!!

Anita in France said...

Despite the 'adventure', your day sounds so fun, Tracey ... brilliant idea to share kits and techniques ... and so fabulous to get together and craft! Anita :)

Marybeth said...

Wow! Tracey, sounds like no dull day for you. Your day sounds so full of a bit of everything. You all look beautiful in the photo. Beautiful gifts and gorgeous cards. Thanks goodness gas was down a bit while you kept it running for so long :)
Did you know my future daughter in law is from South Africa?

Shannon McComb said...

Wow, sounds like you had an amazing weekend with some wonderful ladies!!! Gorgeous card! I really love the blue withe gold. Beautiful!:)

Jen Mitchell said...

Despite your trials you still managed to have a successful crafting day! Many years ago I locked myself out of my car while it was running too! It was in my own driveway and luckily I only waited a half hour or so for roadside assistance to come. It was quite an experience watching how the guy unlocked my car. Now I know why it's so easy for car thieves!

Sarah Gray said...

Thanks for sharing your day of crafty fun and inspiration! Glad you got home safe - what a saga :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Looks like so much fun! Crafty friends are the best, love what you guys did!

Laura Norris said...

What a fun day you must have had! And quite the adventure at the end. Glad you made it home safely :)

Vickie Z said...

Sounds like you had fun and oh so like my life at times....adventures!!

Marisa said...

What an adventure indeed! Adore the key chain and that butterfly is gorgeous!!

Becca Cruger said...

This sounds like an adventure all around! I am very glad you made it home safely so you could show us these lovely creations. I'm also very jealous that you live in an area other people want to inhabit, too, and not in a frigid wasteland of a tundra that is North Dakota. :) Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations! I really like the ombre on the inside of the card - it's like a surprise in waiting!

Jill Norwood said...

Quite the adventure my dear! So glad it all worked out and that you made it home through the snowstorm safe and sound! And what a wonderful day with crafty friends! The inking technique is gorgeous as are those roses!!! Beautiful!!!

Barb Ghig said...

An adventure, for sure! Thank heaven you finally got back into your card and arrived home safely!
I love your inked/blended panel with the heart, and the roses on your card are just beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do with Emily's kit :)

Jacquie Southas said...

It sounds like a great crafty day with friends, well until you had to go home ;)

Sharron said...

Sounds like a fun and very memorable day! How wonderful to spend time with stamping friends. I'm so happy to know you made it home safely. All the snow must have been scary.

Kara said...

so fun!

Kim Heggins said...

What a fabulous post...sorry to be late to the comment party. I love all the photos and all the sweet gifts and kits, what a wonderful idea. I bet you all chatted and laughed so much and then got in a wee bit of crafting too. Just looks like so much fun. Can't wait to come visit you too!

Jinny Newlin said...

How fun! So glad you enjoyed your time! Love that you guys share ideas and products and techniques and, I'm sure, so much more! So glad that your snowy adventure was uneventful, too. Hugs!

cm said...

What a fantastic, fabulous day you had with the girls, Tracey; I savoured every word of our post, and delighted over every photo! The card kits, the sweet key chain, the stunning butterfly, and even the *need roadside assistance* episode: heart-warming and heart-melting! Meeting you 'for real' is on my bucket list...fingers crossed!
Hugs~c