Sunday, 16 January 2011

Church Group Workshop!

Its been another busy week for me with work and also getting ready for a large workshop I did yesterday.

The workshop was so much fun.  There were 14 of is alltogether with only a few of the ladies who were into crafting.  So the look on some of the ladies faces when they had finished their make and take was brilliant and made it so worthwhile.

I did a couple of demonstrations.  The first one was making a little gift box Monica Gale showed us at a Stampin' Up! training day last year and its so easy to make!

For the demonstration, I decorated an A4 sheet of So Safforn card by stamping the flourish from Vintage vogue in So Safffron ink.

To make the box, place the landscape A4 sheet of card in front of you and score lines down at 7, 14, 21 and 28cm.  You will find that you have a narrow strip of card left at the end which will be the side flap to fasten the box.

Turn the card (to portrait) and score a line down 7cm from one edge (these will become the bottom flaps of the box).  Make cuts along each of the vertical 4 score lines (but only up to the 7cm scoreline!). 

Where you cut along the scoreline for the thin strip of card (side flap) cut vertically upto the 7cm scoreline and then diagonally across thin strip so you are removing of a small oblong piece of card.  This helps when you are folding the box into shape.  It also makes it easier to fold the box together if you make very narrow v shaped cuts when cutting upto the 7cm score line.

Fold and crease along all your scorelines, adding a strong adhesive to the side flap and then the bottom ones.

Use a small clip (I used one of the mini clips from the Clips Assortment) to hold the front an back of the box top together and fastened a strip of 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon in Pumpkin Pie around the edges to secure the box.

The topper was made by stamping the F image in So Saffron ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cutting the 'F' out as close to the ink as possible (so I cut off the 'Friends').  Then I stamped the image again in Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White cardstock, mounted the trimmed So Saffron 'F' on dimentionals and positioned it directly over the Chocolate Chip image (leaving the 'Friends' part clear).  This was just mounted onto a mat of Chocolate Chip card and adhered to the front of the box.

I put a couple of little things inside to thank the hostess and gave it to her as a thank you gift for arranging the workshop.  But I am not telling you what they are - its our little secret...

The other demonstration I did was to decorate a small food bag using the Beware Pirates stamp set.  I had already made a card, but wanted to show how easy it would be to make coordinated items for childrens parties.

I love distressing card & paper - the texture you get is fab and this stamp set is perfect for distressing.

The Neutrals Ivory card was stamped in Soft Suede with all the images in the set.  The shape of each image was then torn and the edges distressed.  Then I used sponge daubers in Soft Suede ink and the Spritzer Tool to age the card even more.. 

Once I was happy with the effect I tore Soft Suede cardstock mats, making each shape slightly bigger than the main image so they would show on the card/bag.  The mats were then screwed up and flattened out to adhere the main image on top. 

The card blank was Sahara Sand and is just A6 in size.  I stamped the Arrrrr! randomly onto the card and bag (bought from a local homeware shop) and just mounted the images onto them.  Heres the inside of the card.

As this is such a long post I will post the make & take card everyone made another day.  Well, I say what everyone made quite loosely - everyone wanted to make theirs different!!!  It was brilliant to see how each one looked and considering that not many were crafters, they all had some fab design ideas!!!

Bob back soon to see the make and take card.

Thanks for coming to visit.  Enjoy your weekend!!


1 comment:

  1. Isn't it great to see folk's faces when you've introduced them to crafting! One of the best bits of being a demo I think. Love the pirate goodies, I must get my set inky.

    Sara xx