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,