Sunday, 30 March 2014

As I said last time I've been busy with my workshop boards recently. I have shown you some of my cards from different workshops before but in a few cases e.g.pivot and accordion cards, Sue Wilson's Spanish collection and the Dreamweaver - stencils for men's cards I have added extra - hence the reason they are repeated.
The Woodware & Stix 2 products include ideas adapted from demos and make & takes we saw/ did at the trade show with these firms. This is Wednesday's workshop

Two extra cards here to those shown before - sorry about the background! but at least you can get the idea.
This workshop is on on Tuesday if anyone wants a go with the dies.

Then ready for the following week's workshop are.....

"S W 's Spanish Collection" -  Just one extra card here to those shown before - this is using the Seville die only ( plus some of the skeleton flowers)...

And then there are the Dreamweaver stencil cards for men. As you will have seen previously I got carried away with the sailboat trying it lots of ways but only a couple will be done on the workshop where I shall concentrate on black (or white) glossy paste and spray mists for inking. LAso included are the guitar stencil and the sandcastle.

I'm working on more ideas with the creative stamping birdsong this coming week so I'll show you what I've done later in the week

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hi Everyone
Sorry it's been so long since I last posted - been meaning to for days now and then something else always crops up. The other thing is that I have been so busy darting about - playing with one new thing after another that I haven't completed many cards recently. That must change over the next week as I get my new workshop boards ready for the new list which should be out by the end of the week. The one I am most advanced with is the "Spanish collection" dies and stamps from Sue Wilson which are shown below. There is still a lot more I want to do with these but that will be on hold for a few days whilst I look at other things. I used the Creative Palette from Stampendous for the background to the butterfly stamped images.

 After doing a Stencil workshop with my monthly Thursday group I decided to try out the new Dreamweaver sailboat stencil. Tried a number of ways - still have to decide which we do on the workshop but some of the samples are below.

Well must go and open the shop now. Hopefully there will be more by the end of the week as more workshop boards are prepared

Thursday, 13 March 2014

new dies

Today I have been working out the best ways with the new accordion and pivot card dies, ready for demonstrating them at the weekend. The papers etc. & the photo aren't the best but I was just trying things out.

I do hope you can come and visit us at the weekend.
 Open Sat 15th 10 - 5 then Sunday 16th from 11 -4.30.

I am expecting more new products tomorrow! so another play needed. I wish all the firms were as prompt as Woodware who are really prompt in getting orders out.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Creative Palette & Birthday Cards

Hi everyone
Sorry not to have posted for a few days. It was my birthday last week and a few friends and customers sent me handmade cards which I enclose a picture of.

I have been busy with the New Creative Palette from Stampendous. Initially it was trying it out with all sorts of paints etc. (good way of using up old stuff) then I stamped some new stamps from Creative Expressions which have dies to go with them - trouble is stamps are in not the dies... so I'm waiting to finish them. I was then lucky in that the stamps for the new creative stamping magazine "Birdsong" came in. ( They were always supposed to send us them a couple of weeks before we get the mags but this is the first time it has actually happened!) Magazine due out 21st March. So I have used them on a few of my backgrounds. I am continually working on these around this weeks workshops and will be demonstrating them with other things at this weekend's Demo weekend. A few examples are shown below.

Hopefully more ideas will follow soon.
Do come and see us at the weekend

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Dreamweaver Accreditation

I have been very busy over the last few days with my project for my Dreamweaver Accreditation following the course I did the weekend before. The project was sent to Lynell Harlow from Dreamweaver and I have now received confirmation that I have passed and so I thought it was time I shared with you what I have been working on
We were given these two stencils and told to use the methods we had covered in the course.

I was working on glossy black paste for most of them but used glossy gold on the black card. I then coloured with mica  on both dry and wet paste & used the "molten magic" technique on some. The lilac/ purple cards used glitter instead of mica.
To learn more come on one of my Stencil workshops. If you are interested in learning more and wish to do a course yourself on stencilling please contact me.