Well, actually it was Heatherside but then the alliteration wouldn't have worked!
Back in the Spring, one of the make-and-take sessions I really enjoyed at the Make It show was a stencilling session with B J Crafts, so when a Facebook friend told me she was organising a workshop with them for her craft group, and invited me to join in, I was absolutely delighted. The workshop took place only a few miles from my home and was held yesterday, on July 23rd.
Jean and Bob from BJ crafts had driven all the way from Kings Lynn with a van packed with goodies, it was like a mobile craft shop! (Oh, wouldn't that be every crafter's dream - to hear the music on a van chiming each day and rush out to it, to buy not ice creams but craft supplies! I wonder what tune they would play?) and by the start time of 10am the room was set up with our first project pack and we were ready to go.
The first project involves stencilling a pretty butterflies and daisies design onto both patterned paper and acetate, to make a bow-fronted card. The stencilling medium is Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium, which gives a beautiful texture as well as intense sparkle. Being inexperienced with stencils, I was amazed at how little of the medium was needed to give such a lot of texture, but under Jean's expert guidance, I soon got the knack. We were shown how to mask off the stencil so that the colours didn't overlap and given tips for getting the colour into those tiny holes for the daisy centres.
The acetate bows out at the front, but untucks from the right hand border to lie flat for posting. I am sharing this card with Ooh La La Creations - add some texture
Our next card was very similar to the one I had made at the make-and-take, a design stencilled using the beautiful alchemy waxes. This time instead of spreading the colour with a spatula, we dabbed it on using cut and dry foam. The colours blended beautifully and the butterfly, coloured with Starlight Paints, adds extra dimension to the card. I chose very girly colours, to make a change from the green/gold/brown shades I normally make a beeline for.
I am sharing this with
Cardz 4 Galz - No patterned paper
Uniko Studions challenge - Flowers
More stencilling followed, this time a Christmas make using white Stardust Paint on black semi-glossy cardstock. The wall was very lightly stencilled, the image more heavily so and then cut out and raised up over the background with silicon glue.
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Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
After a short break to eat our packed lunches, we moved on to some stamping. I don't think Jean had expected that in a room full of experienced crafters, there wouldn't be a single person who had ever used the Rockablocks system before, so there was some pretty intensive teaching to be done! Once we all had our stamped and embossed images, we used a water pen filled with bleach to remove some of the colour from the flowers and then used a spray can filled with bleach to create a mottled background - the backgrounds on both cards are made from a single sheet of card that started out the darker coloured part of the image. I went a bit OTT with the spray on my coneflower card and removed almost all the green from the background! I've tried bleaching card before, without success. Apparently it's been because I've been trying to use posh thick bleach instead of the cheapest thin kind.
I am sharing the blue card with Creative with Stamps - Ink Splatters (I hope BLEACH splatters count!)
Our final card - but not our final project - was made using delicate printed rice papers, some real sea shells, a cute little anchor coloured with Stardust Paint and some "fishing net" which was cut from the packaging of the shells. It's given me a great idea for a way to use some of the decoupage papers that I never seem to be able to find a use for!
Eventually it was, sadly, time for our last project of the day, and this time we moved right away from cardmaking and stencilled a canvas bag, using Stardust Textile Paints. These are machine washable, once fixed with by ironing (Oh dear, that means I'm going to HAVE to do the ironing now!) so can be used to decorate clothing, table linen, cushions.... the list is endless.
I'm sharing this with Allsorts Challenge - Anything But a Card
And here I am, in the middle, with two of my Facebook friends, showing off our finished bags.
After a few photos, it was time to leave - but not without doing a bit of shopping first! All our materials for the day were provided, with each project made up into individual bagged kits. We all got the same materials to work with - yet everyone's finished results were different as we all added our own colour choices and finishing touches. We were also given a very generous goody bag to bring home, as well as one of the stencils we had used, and there was a raffle with one lucky lady winning a bundle of goodies worth as much as we had paid for our tickets. And there was a great discount on any shopping we did too!
As you can see in this photo, Bob and Jean worked very hard all day. Bob kept everyone supplied with tea, coffee, water, biscuits and funny stories, while Jean is a very attentive and inspiring teacher who kept us all working hard - all those projects were completed in the space of 6 hours!
This was the first of the BJ Crafts Roadshow Workshops, but they are hoping to organise more, so if you would like to book one for your craft group, or find out if there is one already planned for your area, you can find all the details on their website. The cost per person will depend on how many people there are, their ability (skilled crafters will get through more projects - and that means more materials - than beginners), how far Jean and Bob have to travel and, probably most importantly, the cost of hiring the venue. I can thoroughly recommend it as a great day out, lots of fun and packed with ideas and inspiration for everyone from an absolute beginner to an experienced crafter. [I promised Jean I would include this plug - partly because they worked so hard they really deserves the praise, and partly because I'd love to see them head over this way again then I can do it all over again!]