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Friday, 24 August 2012

Workshop Photos! - Friday 24th August

Good Morning Blog Friends!

A very warm welcome to my new followers...I was really thrilled when I came here this morning to see that some more of you have joined me on my crafting 'journey'! Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments, I read them and really appreciate them and I love to visit your blogs and comment too, I think it's great that we can all share and learn from each other.

Thank you for all your comments about my little Steampunk box yesterday too - you know, I wasn't sure how it would be received. In reality I loved the finished item, I have it on the shelf next to my craft desk and I keep picking it up and touching, because for some reason the broze rub ' buff makes it feel like old leather! It is a really tactile piece and I'm still fiddling with the bits and pieces I put inside. Having made one of these, any tins I find lying around had better watch out!

However, I took so many photos and still didn't think any of them really showed it properly, so I was a bit hesitant of what you would all think of it, so I'm really pleased it went down well.

No card today, instead some photos from last night's workshop and the lovely cards our ladies made. Last night many of our regulars were on holiday so we had quite a few new people, in fact of my group, only one had been before. As the card was building on techniques we had been using over the last few classes and some of my group were quite new to everything I was a bit worried that it was going to be too much, but they all did really brilliantly and enjoyed using all the different tools and inks..

The card was featured on my blog of   and included some stamping, distressing, cosmic shimmer mists and die cutting - so as you can see there was quite a bit to take in. I took along my Grand Calibur again, honestly, I could do a whole workshop with Spellbinders but it wouldn't be possible with just one!

Have you noticed that over the past week I haven't used many dies in my cards? There was a reason for that: last Friday I noticed a crack in the handle of my Grand Calibur (yikes!). It is one of the original machines and the handle has cracked and been replaced before. I have been told that the first GC's had a design fault, I don't know if that is correct, but I treat it with tlc so I know that I hadn't caused it. Anyway, a quick email to the wonderful Spellbinders team in the US and they arranged for a new handle to be sent out from their repair person over here and it arrived on Wednesday - how's that for service?!

Less of my chat and now for the photos....

My group hard at work and having fun!

'ditto' Amy's group!

These two photos are of some of my group with their cards

The finished cards from all the ladies

I can't express how much I enjoy these classes. The preparation, finding the ideas, keeping it fresh and taking on board suggestions from our ladies can be hard work for both of us combined with work and other commitments, especially for Amy as she has a shop to run and a toddler; so we don't get as much time to sit down together and brainstorm ideas as we'd like - this class prep was nearly all texting photos and ideas, because it's been a manic August for us both. But luckily we gel and it all comes together and it's just great to get a lot of crafty people together in one room! I know we both want to make a success of these classes and also incorporate scrapbooking next year and so far, so very good!

Yesterday I also received my welcome package as a DT member with Fantastic Ribbons. I was so excited to be selected for their Design Team a few weeks ago and am looking forward to creating some designs for them...hopefully I'll get some chance over the weekend, in between trying to build a new hen house in the forecast bad weather!

Happy Crafty Friday everyone, I am off to do some of that stuff we crafters often put off..whispers...housework! I have a few of my volunteers who help me in the office coming for tea and cake this afternoon, so can't put it off any longer...

Thanks for stopping by,

Carole X


  1. Hi Carole! Finished cards look fantastic and looks like all ad a great time! Enjoy the weekend.x

    1. Thanks Oksana, we all had a fab time! You have a super weekend too xx

  2. Hi Carole, what a lovely post today. The cards from the workshop look amazing, you are obviously a great teacher. I did my very first workshop recently and thoroughly enjoyed it and the ladies seemed to as well, but it is hard work getting everything prepared - and I don't work anymore! Hats off to you. Great news about the DT position too, very well deserved I have to say, hope you enjoy it. Crafty hugs, Anne x

    1. Thanks Anne, yes it is all worth it isn't it? I was surprised that the first time I was only slightly nervous, but really enjoyed it. We've done 5 now and I enjoy it even more each time! Have a great weekend, X

  3. Hi Carole, what a great time your ladies must have had and all their cards look amazing. So pleased the workshops are going well for you and you are enjoying doing them, the only way is up. Congratulations on becoming a member of the DT thoroughly deserved. Hope you get the new hen house up over the weekend but whatever you do enjoy yourself!
    Love Christine H xx

  4. Hi Carole,
    Fab pictures of the workshop. Didn't they make wonderful variations of your card. I bet you feel on cloud nine today.
    You know what they say about a good teacher and all that. You know what I bet there hooked now as I was when I first started. I run a Tuesday Ladies afternoon club every week, and I took my card making in a couple of times for them to have a go. It's hard work preparing it all, so my hat goes off to you, for managing it,as well as your job, family, and your precious hens. Have a great crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. The cards look great Carole - I'm glad you enjoy your classes so much. From the look of the pics your ladies seem very happy too! Hope your tea went down well with your colleagues - do you ever sit down and rest???

    Hugs to you Sue P xx

  6. Hi again
    I am so pleased you are having a good time doing these classes and are able to draw lots of pleasure from sharing with your ladies. The cards look lovely and it seems you have a talented group.
    Thanks for sharing your class with us again. Hugs Linda x

  7. Hi Carole, your classes look like fun and the ladies obviously enjoy them. Good luck with your new DT work - and good luck with the henhouse!! love from Christine. Christine x