Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Sheena Douglass workshop

I was at a workshop run by Sheena Douglass last weekend (I've put a link to her blog on my sidebar) and I've been asked to blog about it, so here goes. It was a great day, about 25-30 people were there, and we made 4 projects:

These 2 were made using distress inks, and water, and then the trees were stamped with archival black ink. The one on the left is on the front of a notebook - one of those shopping list ones. Great gift idea!
The one on the right is a card. and the swirl was embossed with silver embossing
powder. The moon and snow flakes were made with water. I can demonstrate how to do this, so if you'd like to learn, just get a few friends together and book a PartiCraft party with me. Those distress inks are great to work with, can't wait to get my hands on some more...

These 2 images were made using heat-proof acetate, pigments, tissue and floor polish! I did the castle one first and the pigments mixed up too much, I think the second one, the stag, turned out much better. I've not mounted it onto a card yet.

This is the fourth project - we put floor polish and pigments into a glass bauble, the different colours came out well, and every one had a different look. The photo doesn't do it justice!

I'd love to read your comments,
Teri x

Friday, 11 December 2009

Burgundy and some other colours!

I have now given up on my laptop, and am trying to get things set up on our aging PC. So, I've not blogged for a fortnight! I have made a few cards and gift boxes, and finally finished decorating a mirror I got from Ikea several months ago. I am attempting to upload some pics of these now...
Ok, here's a pic of the finished gift box including the medallion topper, that was one of the projects we did at the workshops I ran in november. We used black card, and embossed with Golden Red embossing powder. On the left is abox I made and decorated with the flowers I made using my Eazi-score board, mentioned in an earlier post.

I have made a few cards for birthdays, Christmas and one sympathy card. I have used burgundy in most of these cards - hence the blog title! The Cat in the Hat card looks a little odd - it was photographed on my green craft mat - the card isn't green! All the other cards were made using stamps from PartiCraft, and a variety of techniques - heat embossing, stamping on acetate, glitter on acetate, cosmic shimmer watercolours and adirondack pens. If you want more details - just ask!

And finally...here is the altered mirror: One of my daughter's friends is going to get it as a birthday present, so I hope she likes it!
The mirror itself is from Ikea, and I was inspired by another PartiCraft demonstrator to have a go...click here to see their mirrors.
I used scrapbook paper to decorate the lower part of the mirror, after painting it with a Radiant rain paint dabber (mallard green). Then made some flowers using my Eazi-score board to decorate the top left hand corner. I'd love to know what you think!
Ok I think that is plenty for now...more soon.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Christmas Fair and a workshop

On Friday I ran my last workshop for this year, we made some Christmas cards this week, using stamps and embossing powder.
Then on Saturday we had a Christmas Fair at my church. I had made some gift boxes using my Eazi-Score board, decorated with stamped holly leaves and Christmassy ribbons, and sold most of them :-)
I took a pic, but my laptop isn't working just now so I can't upload it - hopefully I'll get some pics on the next post.

So, no more workshops till after Christmas - the new dates are on my sidebar - contact me for more info.


Friday, 20 November 2009

A few pics from today's workshop

Today at my workshop, we finished the gift boxes we'd started last time. The ladies made layered toppers for the boxes. It was a bit of a rush to finish by the end of the class, but all the boxes were lovely. The ladies did a great job. Thought you'd like to see a few pics.
Teri x

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Parents' workshop today.

Hi, my workshop at the local school was very enjoyable, but I was a bit disappointed only 2 folk turned up. Oh well, hopefully I'll get more next time. It was good to be able to give more attention to each person.
Here's a pic of the ladies making Christmas cards.

I've also been inspired by Becki to try making some flowers with my Eazi-Score board, here's the result. Check out Becki's great picture on her blog - linked on my sidebar. It's called Papercraft Adventures.
My two nieces had birthdays in the last few weeks so I gave them both a cross-stitch picture (the kits were from The World of Cross-Stitching Magazine) and personalised keyring. (their names were on the back). I stamped and painted the butterflies before putting them into the keyrings.

That's all for now,

Teri x

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Workshop Gift Boxes, and some cards

At my workshop on Friday we made gift boxes. We used a stamp to make each side, and next week we'll make a medallion topper...hopefully I'll get some pics of the finished boxes. This is the stamp we used:

We stamped the image on black paper and embossed it with Red embossing powder, and decorated them with glitter.

The ladies all liked their boxes :-)

My mother-in-law has retired this month, so here's a pic of the card I made for her. The basket stamp is from PartiCraft, I've painted it with cosmic shimmer watercolours, and added a bit of glitter in the centre of the flowers. I also made a baby card for some friends whose first child was born at the end of October, both the bear and "Congratulations" stamps are from PartiCraft, and I've embossed the bear in gold, and painted it with cosmic shimmer watercolours. The sentiment was stamped onto the card blank, and onto a piece of blue card. Then the blue card was stuck on with foam pads.

I've got 8 folk booked to come to a workshop I'm running in my kids school this week (for the parents), so I am looking forward to that. We'll be doing Christmas and Birthday cards.



Sunday, 8 November 2009

Workshop news

Today I am recovering from flu, I've not been well all weekend, but hopefully be better tomorow. Some of the kids had it too so my husband has had to look after us all! He's doing a great job.
My first Christmas Craft workshop went well on friday - all the ladies who cam made different Christmas cards, and learned about heat embossing, painting with cosmic shimmer watercolours, and using blending distress inks around their stamped images. I didn't take any pics there, but here's a pic of a card I made for the party I demonstrated at last friday - the bear is stamped on acetate and coloured with 3D crystal lacquer. I like the effect. It took me a while to work out how to fold the diamond at the top of the card, after I saw some like this at the Hobbycrafts show at the SECC a few weeks ago, but I've got it now!
At the next workshop on friday we'll be making gift boxes like this:

There are 2 places left at the workshop, so if you want to come email me using the link on the side bar.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Crafty party

My PartiCraft party went well on Friday night. I demonstrated stamping on acetate, and using 3D Crystal lacquers and glitter to decorate the stamped images.

I did a little competition at the beginning of the party as an ice-breaker, and the prize was 3 mini-cards - here they are:The bear is stamped on acetate and glittered on the back.The images on the stocking card were painted with cosmic shimmer watercolours
The lilies were coloured with Adirondack pens.
Also, the new hostess plate for November is out - book a party with me in November and this A4 stamp set will be yours free!


Thursday, 29 October 2009

Taster workshop

This morning I had the opportunity to run a taster session in my kids' school - for the nursery & P1 parents - to let them try making cards.

The 4 ladies who came enjoyed themselves and were pleased with the way their cards turned out. Only one of them had made cards from scratch before. I let them choose if they wanted to make a birthday card, or a christmas card, based on these two designs:

They chose different colour card and paints, for the birthday card, and different christmas stamps for the central image of the christmas card, so all the cards looked quite different by the end. I didn't take any pictures there.
Tha backgrounds are stamped with Perfect Medium, to give a watermark effect, and the embossed images were painted with cosmic shimmer watercolours.

Tomorrow evening I am doing a PartiCraft party, so I'm looking forward to that...not sure what I'm going to demo yet though!


Monday, 19 October 2009

Great news - FREE POSTAGE

PartiCraft have announced that you can now have free postage on all your online orders! Isn't that fantastic?

If you do order online, don't forget to choose me from the list of demonstrators, to show how you found PartiCraft. I can still order things for you if you prefer not to order online, and of course I can demonstrate how to use the products if you need a bit of inspiration. There are quite a lot of new products in the catalogue, so do go and have a look online, or if you'd like a paper copy of the new supplement, just ask!

It's been school holidays here and I've been away, so no crafting going on unfortunately. However I did finish this cross-stitch for my nephew, its a birth sampler, although he's 3 now! Hope he likes it.
Bye for now,

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Christmas Craft Workshops - starting soon!

Christmas is coming...Yesterday I booked a room to run some Christmas themed workshops in Cumbernauld. I'm going to have a couple of workshops making cards, and a couple making these fantastic gift boxes. They look great and are quite easy to make.

The workshops will run every Friday in November, 9.30 till 11 am, they cost £6 each and you can get more info, or book a place by emailing me (use the link on the sidebar) and paying a deposit of £3.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Autumn leaves - hostess gift for October

This is the new hostess gift for October:
It's a fantastic A4 unmounted stamp set, worth £19.99, and you can have this free if you host a party with me this month. Hosting a party is fun, just invite some friends round and I'll come and demonstrate some of our great products. You can even have a go yourself. In addition to the free gift, you will also earn free products, depending on the sales at the party.
Contact me using the email link on the sidebar for more info.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Boxes, boxes, boxes..

Today I got around to trying to make some gift boxes using my Eazi-score board (click here to see one). Up to now I've just used it for folding card blanks.

I decide to use some old Christmas cards, as I thought they'd make quick, interesting boxes. My daughter made some too. Here are the results:

We also made a couple from birthday cards:

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Fourth workshop

Here's a couple of pic's of the ladies at my last workshop for now. They enjoyed it and learned some new things :-) Above: Heat embossing.
Below: Painting a stamped and embossed butterfly, with Cosmic Shimmer Watercolours.

I'm planning to run another series of workshops in November, dates to be arranged. They will have a Christmas theme. If you are interested coming please contact me via the email link on the sidebar.
That's all for now

Thursday, 17 September 2009

third workshop, and some cards

My third workshop was a bit disappointing, because only one person turned up! However, we had fun anyway. I was showing how to paint with Adirindack pens and distress inks. I didn't take ay pics at the workshop, but here's some pics of cards I've made as examples for the workshops. All the stamps are available from PartiCraft.

The bear card was stamped with distres ink, and not painted - a quick, easy card.

The lily card was embossed and painted with cosmic shimmer watercolours.

These were stamped with black waterproof ink, and painted with Adirondack pens and distress inks.

I bought some second hand stamps, and they arrived today - very exciting. They are "Cat in the Hat" and "Football Crazy" from Bang on the door. My daughter (age 4) and I just had to get stamping with them right away.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Second workshop

I ran my second workshop yesterday, and it went well, although only 2 folk came. I demonstrated heat embossing and painting with cosmic shimmer watercolour paints. The ladies made bear cards, and mounted the embossed and painted bears onto different coloured card, and used scrapbook papers as a background.
They looked great. One lilac and one pink. Wish I'd taken photos!

Will try to rememeber my camera next time!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Workshop fun!

Just wanted to show you a few pics from the first workshop I did today - so here are a couple of pics I took at the workshop, and then a few of some cards I made as examples of cards we could make using stamps and coloured paper, without painting, or colouring them in. Tom made a layered medallion card. And this lady made a birthday card by layering up sections of the birthday present stamp, and "Happy Birthday" stamp. All the stamps are available from PartiCraft, so contact me if you would like more info, or to buy them!

As always, please let me know what you think!