January 26, 2013

Join Me In Planning A Card Party And Making Multiple Cards

Isn't this just the cutest little card! I just love it and it is one of the cards I am sharing in our February Card Party. And it was so much fun to create. In this post you will learn how to mass produce the same card as well as how to plan and have a card party. First we will start with the card, then move on to the party. I will also include copies of the exact invitations and correspondence that I used while contacting the gals in my circle of friends. Mind you the card makers are limited but we always seem to get enough people to make for an enjoyable evening. Here is the video of how I designed the card on my Gypsy...

Now wasn't that easy? I just mass produce keeping all of the same color together to make it easier to cut. I ended up cutting out 12 of this little frog card... 8 for the party and 4 just for me.

Look at this little card... Love the details and in the next video I share that in card making it is all in the detail. Look at this little face, I love it yet you will see I ended up choosing a lighter color for the little face as I like it a little more than on this one. Be sure to watch and see how the card is handled next.

As you can see everything is done like an assembly line... cutting to sorting, to stamping and chalking and then finally I bag each card individually for the card party. I just love how cute this little card turned out. I used the Robots and Create a Critter Carts. I used 2 stamp sets, the first from Stamps of Life and the Happy Birthday from Close To My Heart. My papers were from DCWV.

This was such a fun little card to put together, but enough of that let's get to the party so you know how I plan this. First you need to know the party is in my home so I have limited seating. I can squeeze 8 in my dining room and that is what we strive for. So I email out an invitation (click HERE to see) stating that we have limited seats and you must reserve your seat. Once I get an email back I send an acceptance letter (click HERE to see) so they know they will be at the party and they can start planning and designing the card they will be making for the party. Now I can only hold the time open so long before I close the party to any more ladies as each needs to make their little packets and of course they need time to do so. So my next correspondence is the final count letter (click HERE to see) so they no exactly how many card packets they need to prepare. They are also reminded to get their packets to me at least one week before the party to insure that they get their card packets. This is to insure that everyone gets the number of cards back that they prepared for.
Note I always make 3 sets just in case someone does not show and has not provided their packets... remember I guaranteed they will get 7 cards in the final count. The first card is pretty fancy ant the other 2 are a little easier to put together. We do want to get out at a decent hour!!!  I also do a few games at the party and have prizes (click HERE to see my game cheat sheet). These parties are just for having fun and learning from each other and believe me each time I come away with some new shortcut or sometimes even a product that I just have to buy! But the best part is sharing your love for crafting with others of like minds. FUN FUN FUN.

As you can see just like the details we put in our cards, the party success is based on a lot of detail. I set up each seat with a paper mat on the bottom from Stompin' Up that I cover the logo with a Sassy Lady Logo on it! And I always give a catalog from Close To My Heart to every attendee, not to sell but for the wonderful ideas.... wish I could give a Stampin' Up one too but I don't have access to that. Then I usually make a  little treat bag and some type of gift for each person. One time I make book marks. This time I am giving a little embellishment gift bogs filled with misc. goodies.... Just a little something to make my guests feel welcome. This is not necessary but I love the smiles on every ones face when they get a little gift. Don't worry I will take pictures and do a post after this party just so you can see all the cool stuff everyone makes.

Well I hope you enjoyed today's post. It was fun sharing this great card with you and all the planning I do with my card parties.... now I can't wait to share the fun we have with this one. Not don't tell any of my ladies that are going what the games are OK? LOL
This week I challenge you to make a shape card and link it up! We all want to see your wonderful card!
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement.... Oh by the way one lucky commenter will receive a card packet of this fun little frog card! Just leave a comment by March 1st 4 pm and I will announce the winner on the 2nd! Thank you for your encouraging words.


Karon said...

Fabulous post Sheila - love all the info and what a cute card. TFS

Unknown said...

Cute card!!! I have been to card club/class and the cards are never "me" - would love to join yours!!!!

Created by Kathi said...

Love your card and all the info you provide on how to have a successful card party... but where is the linky? I got excited after seeing your post on youtube and have a shape card on my gypsy ready to put together! lol It is all good if you don't linky anymore... but it is fun seeing everyone's work after being inspired by YOU! YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!! Thanks for everything :) Kathi

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super card and such lovely instructions ... thank you so much for popping by my blog and the lovely comment you left ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

Java Jen's Creations said...

I just love this idea and your card is adorable!!! You have inspired me to have one of these parties for myself!!

Sandy C. said...

I truly enjoy your videos. I can't wait for Sat. when you do Gypsy made simple. I wish I could come to your party. Sounds like so much fun. Sandy C.

Charlotte C said...

I think there's a whole bunch of us who'd love to be at one of your card parties. Thanks for the chance to win the little frog pack.