Monday, 30 July 2012

Bright Blossoms

Good morning.

Last week I had two most enjoyable classes based on the versatile Bright Blossoms stamp set.  The cards, based on two Leamington 'swaps' from Zoe Tant and  Louise Jones proved very popular and the post-it note packet, a version of which I recently did with Barbara in Gainsborough, was a big hit.

Here are Shirley's, Robbie's and Cath's cards and packets ,all slightly different.

Certainly they are all very bright and cheerful, the sort of cards I always like making,  The 'Bright Blossom' stamp set is excellent value at £11.95.  The clear and simple images are so versatile.

The combination of Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip never fails to please.

Cath was a newcomer to our afternoon class.  She has come all the way from Cyprus to live locally and we wish her every good fortune in the future.   Look forward to seeing you again, Cath, very soon.

Ginny and I have decided to run twice monthly Christmas Card making sessions starting in September.
Please see the Classes page for further details.

Happy crafting   Mandyx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

A great afternoon!

Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon crafting with three friends and a charming Spanish student.  They each made three cards, same sample for each of the cards but all turned out slightly different, which is great.

Alison's black card certainly has a cheeky look about it!
The original design was one of Emma Daye's...thanks Emma.

Here are Angie's cards...........she kept saying <not bad for a first attempt>  but she has done at least two previous classes with my friend Dawn!!

                                                                                      Natalia's cards
And here are Helen's cards.....

Three very different cards but all happy and bright, just the ticket for a lovely, sunny afternoon.  

Natalia and Helen

Last weekend I was at the U3A Harlaxton Summer School.  It is great to be able to spend 3 whole days crafting while someone else does the cooking AND the washing up!  There were about 100 people there studying a wide variety of topics including castles, creative writing and singing, but of course, I was in the papercraft group with our new tutor, Ros.  I met several old friends and made a few new ones and we all enjoyed learning a number of new techniques.  Whilst it wasn't a Stampin'Up weekend I was able to use one of my punches I took along for the pop up card.......

.......and some papers for the super patchwork demonstrated by Vivian.  Many thanks, Vivian, I will work on this idea!

While I was away Ginny went along to the workshop at Doncaster, but she, along with others, was disappointed with the ideas and quality of the materials.  However, I gather the show as a whole proved interesting.

Can't resist including a photo of Sam, the elder grand-daughter, at her graduation on Thursday. I was very proud of her. It was a very emotional day for everyone.

And this is Emily, her sister.

It looks as if the summer might have arrived....let's hope so!  Enjoy the sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by.   Happy crafting.   Mandy

Sunday, 8 July 2012

What happened in June?

On the 15th June I visited with a really friendly craft group at Wragby.  We had an interesting morning using the new Stampin'Up score board and learned that colourful pages from old calendars make lovely boxes.

On the 19th I went to an Adult Education Class in Gainsborough.  The course was entitles "Not just cards" and we made a  punch art card and a post-it note holder which are lots of  fun.  The tutor, Barbara shared her expertise and enthusiasm to great effect.

On the 21st we welcomed Shirley to our class when 
we made several cards using the "Just Believe" stamp set.  The results were really great as you can see.
Hope you enjoy crafting with us, Shirley.

Towards the end of the month I went with West Wolds U3A on a three day trip to Durham.  It was a great visit, I especially admired the special kneelers in Durham Cathedral and do try and go to Crook Hall Gardens, an inspiration to any creative person.

July and August's classes are listed below and there are more details on the classes page.

Monday, 9th July             Crafting with Ginny in Market Rasen          2pm    

Saturday, 21st July            Crafting with Mandy in Dunholme              1.30pm

Thursday, 26th July           Crafting at Dunholme                            1pm   and    7pm

Tuesday, 7th August          Crafting at Dunholme                           1pm   and    7pm

Sunday, 12th August        Special Crafting at Dunholme                    1.30pm

Thursday, 23rd August      Crafting at Dunholme (NOT the 3rd Thursday)  1pm   and 7pm

During July Stampin'Up are offering free ribbons and brads free to anyone who puts in a £45 order.

Happy crafting to any one who stopped by to look at my blog.

Please note my new email

Mandy x