Hello again, hope everyone had a great weekend. John and I took the kids to the footy on Saturday. John barracks for the Roos and Hannah has just announced she does too. I am a 3rd generation Hawk (although admittedly a bit of a half hearted one, no membership!) so I have now officially started my brainwashing campaign on Jack! He liked the train trip in and the siren the best. (Toot toot.)
Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon conducting a workshop at a friend's place in Point Cook (hi girls!) Everyone had fun making a card. I should have taken my camera to take some snaps of the different creations - it is amazing how different the cards looked in the range of colours people chose. My friend's card even looked good after I offered to trim off a little edge piece, then forgot that I was using a different paper slicer to the one I normally use at home and trimmed a few cm in from where I was aiming - oops sorry Sev! It still looked a nice creation - just a slightly unconventional shape - won't do that again! Here is my card.
This card uses a technique called Poppin' Pastels. First we did the white strips. I used the stamp set Seeing Spots (thanks again mum!) and a Versamark pad. (A colourless sticky ink that leaves a watermark effect on coloured card, and has a range of other uses including this one.) Then I grabbed a cotton ball and dabbed it into my Stampin' Pastels ® and tapped it onto the Versamarked image. The chalk sticks to the Versamark and voila! Colour. We used the colours that matched the cardstock we were using to make the card. (Colour coordination is the magic of Stampin' Up! No more searching through racks of colours for a match. The Stampin' Pastels are a great buy as they have all 48 colours from our 4 colour families in one set. Most useful.)
Back to our card. Next I matted the white strip onto 2 coloured pieces and tied a piece of ribbon around it. (Some of the ladies left off the ribbon or glued it across the top or bottom for a border. Nice to see some different ideas all using the same materials.) I used the now retired greeting stamp set Warmest Regards in black ink at the bottom. (Waiting on my new greetings to arrive! There are lots of great new word/greeting stamps in the new catalogue -hard to choose!)
We had a nice afternoon and my friend enjoyed choosing her free stamp set and other free merchandise at the end of the workshop. I hope I am an easygoing demonstrator - no pressure on your guests to order or to book their own workshops. My focus is on guests trying some new stamping techniques, having fun making a card each and then helping with any questions. If you think you'd like to host a workshop at your place, give me a call (0417 377 057) to arrange a date.
Now don't you hate that - I just lost the rest of this post somewhere in cyberspace. "Where are you??" Nope lost. Just a few bits about upcoming classes plus some snaps of the kids. Jack is up from his nap now so will have to come back later and add those!