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Telford Stampin' Up! Classes
If you live in or around Telford, Shropshire and would like to come along to one of my monthly classes, I'd love to hear from you. It's a very informal, chatty get together making two or three items (cards, 3d items, gifts etc) running for 2 hours with refreshments.
A Welsh girl living in Shropshire, I love all sorts of crafts, Amateur Dramatics, music, good food and coffee, I'm an animal lover and try to be green and organic. Proud mum to one gorgeous girl currently in University and happily married to Kev.
I fell in love with this owl stamp, which came in one of the free Sale-a-Bration sets and so it was used as the basis for both cards for my February class. There's going to be a matching punch coming out in the new mini catalogue next month (at least that's the rumour) but even without the punch it's a fab stamp to use and easy to cut out by hand.
I also got my first clear SU set - "Confetti" which we used for backgrounds, a really versatile set of little stamps, that I know are going to come out time & time again.
So here's the details:
Card 1 -
Cardstock & Ink - Soft Suede; Melon Mambo
Stamps - Punch Bunch; Confetti
Punches - Scallop Edge; Two Step Bird (branch)
Card 2 -
Cardstock & Ink - Soft Suede; Crumb Cake
Stamps - Punch Bunch; So Happy For You; Confetti
Other - Circle & scallop circle dies; button & leaf from stash
I also made a sweet baby card using the label stamp from Punch Bunch so I'll try & get that up here in the week too - gosh two blog entries in one month - that'd be a bit of a record for me!
Well hello there, here's a shocker me finally posting on my blog again after months of absence. Life sort of got in the way for a while there, including work and I just got out of the habit of crafting never mind blogging and it's still pretty much that way, but thank goodness for my classes which make me get in my craft room and crafting, otherwise I don't think I'd be making any cards at the moment.
So this month at class was very exciting because we moved into my newly renovated craft room; for the last 18 months classes have been held around my dining table, but now I'm no longer working from home as a Cambridge Diet Consultant I've been able to turn my office/craftroom into a dedicated craftroom with room for a table in the middle for classes.
The above picture shows my Friday evening class around the table - getting this lovely lot to stop talking for a minute to take a photo is quite a feat I can assure you! We always have refreshments and my lovely friend Sue spoilt me rotten as my birthday is coming up in a few weeks and she brought a box of cupcakes from Queenies of Ironbridge. If you live in the Telford area and haven't been to Queenies, go - go now! The cupcakes are scrumptious and we all really enjoyed them, so thanks Sue - they were yummy!
So onto the cards we made this month, both are using the set Ornate Flowers and we did a bit of embossing. I've really been struggling with ideas lately, due to not crafting and not blogging I guess, so I had a look at the gallery of ILWS and took some ideas for both these cards from there, it's a great source of inspiration.
Stamps - Ornate Flowers; Tiny Tags
Colours - Early Espresso; Melon Mambo; Whisper White
Other - Stampin' Embossing Powder in clear, Tiny Tag punch
Stamps - Ornate Flowers; Trendy Trees
Colours - Daffodil Delight; Real Red; Whisper White
Other - Stampin' Embossing Powder in clear
And finally I just want to say thanks to all my followers who are still with me and not got bored and wandered off - I wouldn't have blamed you! Also a big hello to Avril who hasn't been able to come to class due to ill health and always looks on my blog to see what we've been making. Sorry for the delay Avril, but here's January's cards and hopefully you'll be with us again in February.
I decided it was time to think about Christmas - gulp - as there are only really two classes, Oct & Nov for making Christmas cards, as by December it's too late. So I ordered one of the new SU Christmas stamps sets, along with a very handy matching punch (I love how SU have matching punches for some of their stamps)
The idea for the first card (the turquoise & brown) came from a card I saw on ILWS by Carol Houghton, she'd used the branches from the Bird Punch and I though that was a great idea and have cased it - thanks Carol
Here's the details:
Stamps - Delightful Decorations; Best Yet - sentiment(retired)
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise (retired) Green Galore; Chocolate Chip & Whisper White
Ink - Tempting Turquoise; Chocolate Chip
Punches - Two Step Bird; Ornament Extra Large
The second card is all my own, I was going to use one of the new red colours, but I just love Real Red for Christmas especially combined with Old Olive - here's the details:
Stamps - Delightful Decorations
Cardstock - Real Red; Old Olive; Very Vanilla
Ink - Real Red
DSP - Merry Moments (retired)
Both cards are quite simple and quick to make, the idea being they'd be suitable for a bit of mass producing for Christmas - I know I'll be doing a few of these this year - so easy with the punch!
Got my last run of the week in today, I've been a bit behind this week as I was too tired on Tuesday to do run 2 and the same on Friday, but the good news is that I didn't give up and today went ok. I'm not sure that I'm making a lot of progress just yet as the increments are really slow but I think I'm feeling a bit fitter and still enjoying it (in a very bizarre way!) so that's all to the good. My diet at the moment is just rubbish, every day I start with good intentions but rarely get through the diet, but if I keep up my running then I don't need to be quite so concerned about the number of calories going in, at the moment I'm more or less staying the same, which will do for now! Although in the long run (no pun intended ha, ha) I do want to lose.
Hello quick post from me to share this month's class makes - we did a box with four cards using the lovely SU set Trendy Trees & matching wheel Funky Forest, the idea being they can be given as a (dare I say it Christmas) gift as I didn't want to make actual Christmas cards just yet, will probably start that next month!
Still busy as ever, although from next week I'm only working 3 days a week for the next few weeks so it'll be good to have a couple of days off during the week to help keep on top of things - so looking forward to that.