Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crafternoon With Cassi

I went over to my friend Cassi’s house on Sunday afternoon for a Crafternoon. This is our second Crafternoon together. Cassi came over in September for a Crafternoon in my craft studio. To my chagrin, I totally forgot to take photos of that session of Crafternoon! So I made sure I brought my camera this time!

For this crafternoon, I wanted to start on my 2012 holiday cards. My big idea this year is to make some cutout window cards. (You can see my holiday cards from last year here.) Honestly, I spent over 20 hours last year making 40 tri-fold cards. I wanted to keep it more simple this year. I didn’t want the hassle of bringing my Silhouette die cut machine to Cassi’s house, so I spent the morning designing some simple holiday shapes in my Silhouette Studio software and cutting them out.


I used Papertrey Ink’s 8.5 x 11 cardstock. They are quite thick, so I had to double-cut them with the Silhouette. Then I tried cutting with some thick woodgrain kraft cardstock. That turned out NOT well at all. Even after 4 cuts, the Silhouette blade couldn’t cut through the cardstock all the way. And it frayed the cardstock.

I tried reversing the image and cutting the back of the cardstock without the pronounced woodgrain.

It still wouldn’t cut all the way through to the other side.

I had to use my Fiskar finger knife to cut the shapes out. After cutting 13-14 pieces of cardstock to make 26-28 A2 sized cards, I packed up my tools and supplies and headed to Cassi’s house.

Crafting with a friend is really fun! We got to chat about all kinds of stuff, eat chocolate, and make things. Cassi is putting the cover together for her December Daily album.

I’m scoring all my cards with the Martha Steward Scoring Board.


I was pretty productive and actually stamped on all the card fronts as well, although I forgot to get a photo of that. I made these cards production-line style, so while certain steps are done on them, they are not totally done yet. I will show Part 2 in a future blog post soon.

I’ve got all my Christmas-y craft items I want to use for my cards in an IRIS box so that everything is together. I hope to finish them before Thanksgiving.


  1. Christine these look great. I would love a crafting buddy to have a crafternoon with! What a shame the sil couldn't get all the way through the woodgrain. Looking forward to seeing the finished cards.

  2. Sounds like an ideal way to spend a [crafter]noon ... I think you've created a new word too :-)

  3. Thanks to you I am now singing "crafternoon delight" in my head over and over again with scenes of The Anchorman etched in my brain. Awesome. ;)

    1. LOL! You know, they filmed that in San Diego. And now Anchorman II is coming out! Stay classy!

  4. lol @ melissa and crafternoon delight.

    cute ideas for christmas cards. and that woodgrain paper is so pretty but too tough for the silhouette i guess :p

    1. I can definitely use my thin metal dies and my Sizzix Big Shot with the woodgrain cardstock, but it is too tough for the Silhouette.

  5. Can't wait to see the finished product. That woodgrain paper is so pretty.

  6. Crafts and chocolate and friends sure do make for crafternoon delight!

    1. I don't usually know what song lyrics are saying or about. This song I do. I'm assuming you are too young to know this one. Anything further I could say would just be wrong.

    2. I knew of it, but Anchorman sealed the deal. Now it's stuck in my head all over again.

  7. That would be so fun to craft with a friend!

  8. Lots like a fun AND production afternoon. Can wait to see your finished product!
    That stamp set looks totally cute.


  9. What a great way to make handy crafts ... together with a friend.
    Love the sneak peak of your christmas cards. Looking forward to see the finished ones ... hopefully in real ;-)


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