Monday, 12 December 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
We also had a lovely 3 course meals and the afternoon was then spent finishing off the crackers and guessing the babies and wedding photos!
It was a really relaxed day and everyone seemed to enjoy the day and hopefully we will have another "bit of a do" next year.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
The stamp is "Love Grow" by Lili of the Valley (http://www.liliofthevalley.co.uk)/ and the embellishments were provided in our pack on the day. I believe that the background paper is from http://www.nitwitcollections.com/.
I was really pleased with the overall effect of the card and felt that this workshop was money well spent.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
This one above was made with a faux leather background which was done using tape, an embossing folder, distress ink and clear embossing powder and creates a real nice texture. We also cut using a Spellbinder die and the Out of the Box technique which looked easier than it was.
The one to the right was just stamped onto Hessian to give it a different look and the wooden beads at the side were coloured using distress ink and tied together using the leftovers from making the fringe and then attached with glue dots. The background was stamped using first black archival ink and then using a clear embossing ink and then dusted with gold mica. The edges of the black card and the black edge of the greeting were hole pierced. The main background was made using the Tim Holtz ruler and the greeting was pierced freehand.
The next one was made using a technique that I had never seen before but would definitely want to do again. The coloured background was made by spreading glue onto black glossy card and then dropping mica powder onto it. You did not want to glue too thick, neither did you want it to dry before heating from the underside with a heat gun until it bubbled. The bubbling gave the effect and it looks absolutely stunning in real life - much better than a photo can do justice too. There appear to be lines that are pretty even in the photo but they do not appear like that in reality. The lines are less defined and add to the overall effect. The pots were coloured using Cosmic Shimmer inks and mica powder. It was finished off just using pieces of coloured card inside the pot and glints and ribbon.
The next card was made using white glossy card for the cave painting background and sanding it both ways, putting on distress ink and then sanding again. Both the cave painting background and the brick coloured background behind were then torn before being layered. The string in the background was again more hessian string taken off the previous project .
The last card was the quickest and was stamped first with the nestie middle being laid down flat on the card and then embossed and stuck onto the card raised. The side was stamped with perfect medium and then dusted over with mica powder. The ribbon - which was absolutely beautiful was put under the gecko's tail by cutting the lower part of the tails so that the ribbon fitted under and this was done to show it can be done with lots of images for a different finish.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
The workshop itself was great but the getting there and back was a nightmare and made me realise that it was not a place to try and get to by public transport. Without the help of Barbara, it would have been even more of a nightmare. I certainly appreciated her sending Dave to my rescue when I found that I would have to wait an hour and a half for a taxi to get me there. Even more so of Wanda arranging for my handbag to be sent to me after I stupidly left it behind! I'm not sure Barbara would want me at another of her workshops!! It just wasn't my day but at least I remembered to take home my goodies that I bought there.
The first project and third projects that I completed were classed as the easy project and the first was Zentangle (which I always thought was doodling!) and the second was using gilding flakes and made into a post card using Clarity stamps to stamp out the back of the card. With the first project, I found that I did not like using Promarkers - especially on glossy card and was not that keen on Zentangle. I quite enjoyed the gilding flake and this was made using Clarity Adhesive sheets which was a quick way of gilding.
The second and fourth projects were using the brayering technique I enjoyed these two a lot more. I used brayering to create the water and sky for the Love card and to create more of a background scene for the woodland card. These two card were much more pleasing to my eye and both used techniques that I would use again.
I like that fact that these workshops were more orientated around the techniques rather than the finishing of cards although all of the projects were completed and were ready to be mounted and used. I would certainly not hesitate to go back on one of Barbara's workshop and learnt some new techniques.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
We were going to learn to colour an animal first and was given the stamped image of James Bear to colour first. This was to learn how to colour fur.
I liked the idea that we were given the stamped images rather than having to stamp them ourselves, although if anyone had not stamped, then Jacqui was available to show you how to get the perfect image. This meant more time could be spent on colouring.
Once that image was finished, we we then given the stamp "Sailing Boat" to colour. This was chosen so that we would be able to learn how to colour flesh and also to colour hair. It was also an opportunity to learn how to colour white images which we used on the sail. You don't actually leave it white but put some shading in which then made sense once we did this. We did not finish this image with the pencils as this could be done at a later time as there were two other projects to complete. It was to mainly learn the techniques rather than spending time finishing each image. It was good that enough was completed without spending too much time on each one.
After this, we were given the "Love Grows" stamp to colour and this one was the most difficult due to the fact that there were lots of small bits to colour and quite a few different elements. Although there were a lot of elements to colour, we used relatively few colours as too many colours can ruin the design. We also coloured all over the dress and pot as the colour around the spots would be too time consuming on the day but would be done that way if you were colouring at home.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Sunday, 3 April 2011
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Friday, 25 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
It was obviously the right choice of card as I received a phone call from my Mother-in-Law who was very pleased with it.