Sunday, 29 March 2015

1st Workshop of the Year

I attended my first workshop of the year yesterday at a That's Crafty which is a local craft shop near me which had only recently opened as a brick and mortar shop open on a Saturday. 

I hadn't planned on attending the workshop but we had gone there last week to have a look around and my husband saw this workshop and told me I should do it - I think he was trying to get rid of me for the day.

The workshop was with Helen Chilton and was a workshop on using Stampbord. I had never used this before and it was a nice class size of 6.  I thought that it was a really nice workshop and was just the relaxation that I needed.  I only seem to be able to spend the time I want crafting at one of these workshops - at home there is always something that takes priority over my crafting - the travelling to and from work seems to get harder.

The first part of the workshop was spent making 3 ATC size projects which was to give us a taster of what we could do with the stampbord.  We stamped images onto the stampbord and then coloured them with distress inks - using cotton wool balls to put the ink on and blend.  We then etched highlights into the designs. We used Paper artsy's Lynne Perrella stamps as these stamps had enough detail to be able the colour the different areas and also to effectively etch in the designs.  
We then punch eyelets in the corner and embossed around the edges using Stampendous Fran-tage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.

For our main project, we first stamped image around the outside of some 8 x 8 Heavy Grey-white Board and laying TCW mini quatrefoil stencil over, used distress in in a couple of colours to create the background.  We then added some stampbord in various sizes that we had stamped, coloured and etched.

We then triple embossed some wooden embellishements and also some paper die cuts using the Stampendous Fran-tage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel  and added these to the project.

This was not something that I would usually make but I did enjoy this workshop and am hopefully going to be able to attend another workshop with Helen in June.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Birthday Card for a Football Supporter

This card was one I enjoyed as it was for a fellow Spurs supporter and I thought that I would make good use of my foil applicator again.
I first foiled some Centura Pearl with the Spurs badge and then cut this using the Tattered Lace Die Monumental Happy Birthday.  I mounted this onto some blue Stardream card which was then mounted onto Centura Card.
I then put his name down the side using some letters that I had in my stash.  The only thing I did not have was an envelope to fit so had to make that as well as this card is not a usual size.  At least I know that no-one else would have got him a card like this.