Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a Hoot!

So, as I might have mentioned (ahem!!), I spent last weekend at the fab Sarah's Cards retreat - and here is the class I taught to three lovely classes of ladies all day Saturday. My feet were like beach balls and my back was in agony by the end of it, but it was well worth it!

My class focused on the technique of creating your own embellishments with felt and sewing - and in good teaching style I was armed with laminated, step by step flashcards to guide the attendees through the sometimes murky and frightening world of blanket stitch! But I also looked at how to make banners and bunting in a flash, as they are everywhere in the design world at the moment!
A close up of the banner:

And here's the bunting:

When not busy teaching, running make and takes and other behind-the-retreat-scenes business, I must admit to taking full advantage of shopping in the fabulously stocked shop we had set up. Here's a few snaps of what I bagged -

I was actually reeeeeeaaaally good - there was so much beautiful paper on offer from all the new CHA releases, but as I have paper coming out of my ears and not a lot of room for maneuver, I decided to try to stock up on something that will utilise my existing paper stash - namely punches, stamps and mists!! (well that's my excuse anyway!) Some totally irresistible sheets of Sassafrass did make it into my basket though as I thought they were super versatile and can't wait to make my own embellishments from them :)

Needless to say the mists, stamps and punches have all been exercised well already, will share some photos of the projects soon :) As a result, I am having a paper free day and am catching up on some of my crochet instead, whilst watching films and snuggling up to Mr T :) Perfick!!!

Have a great weekend all! xxx


Gems said...

Mmm lovely purchases :o) Think your layout is gorgeous too xx

MandyKay said...

Sounds like it was a great weekend. Bet you are a great teacher. I am going to the Hobbycraft show at NEC so will be able to have a little stash of purchases.:)

Louise said...

You see I've just realised the cleverness you did on the Charlies LO was done with a punch I have!!! whoop whoop, some stealing of ideas coming up for me ;)

Michelle Clement said...

Oh, love this page! :) It sounds like you had fun!!

Haven said...

Thanks to share this nice job.