Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thanks Brenda & Jane for a GREAT class :0)

Began card making when I lived in NY after attending a Stampin Up party. Learned a lot from Splitcoast Stampers and other stampers "out there" on YouTube and their blogs and such. . . . Here and there I saw the work of Brenda Cook, an SU demonstrator in Tarboro, NC.  Had seen her video on YouTube of her studio and as great as it is in the video?? It is even better in person as I discovered yesterday. . .

Was able to locate Brenda recently and she held classes yesterday in her studio so my friend and I made the drive to Brenda's house for her Technique Class and her card making class. Brenda and her good friend, Jane, lead these classes for us and a big THANK YOU to them for sharing their knowledge and enjoyable classes!

Brenda teaches her Technique Classes so the card maker/student actually does the technique and you put your sample onto a pre-printed instruction card. Once that is done Brenda laminates this sample card and she gave us all a binder ring to keep our Technique cards on. Here is the cover and the ring for the Technique class and then the second photo shows the sample I made on the instruction card:

Having the student make this actual sample is a great idea rather than just handing out these finished cards to take home and read. Here is the card we made using this Packing Tape Technique:

Photo does not do this card justice as the snowman -- made with three different circle punches -- is very sparkly with the glitter behind him. Here is a second card we made, again stunning in person using the shimmer card stock from Stampin Up:

And a crabby card --

Cute with his wiggly eyes and then a pumpkin shaped card:

With all the cards together:

Brenda and Jane did NOT skimp on instructions -- each card had more than one technique so you did not make "cookie cutter" cards... the Snowman used the Packing Tape Technique but you also used a background stamp to stamp your card front. The crabby card you embossed the gray piece with an embossing folder, coloured the crab, and then used an aqua painter and added wiggly eyes. The Christmas card you used an embossing folder for the white card front piece, used heat embossing for the greeting "Merry Christmas", then used punches. For the Pumpkin card you used dies to cut out the pumpkin round shape then used another die for the leaves and acorns. Again embossing folders were used on the pumpkin front and the leaves. We used a small wooden heart for the top of the card, again adding dimension to this card.

Brenda showed me a Technique ring from other classes she taught and it was full and you can see as you take more and more classes how much you learn and maybe techniques you like but forget to use as you learn new things. Great idea -- both having the student make the cards up for this ring as well as Brenda laminating it so you can refer back to it again and again for instruction or inspiration.

When we arrived to the class we were all given number tickets for random drawings and for prizes there were markers, bling, and small items like that. We also filled out an info form with our names and addresses and emails for future class updates. At the end of classes Brenda had all these info forms together and she drew a name for the door prize and HAPPY ME -- I won!!!  :0) This is what
I won:

It is a black cloth tool caddy -- perfect to load up with supplies for future classes -- a mini bag of Halloween candy goodies, a small photo album (gave that to my friend as I do not scrapbook) and also the bow die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz -- which I did not have -- how did that happen???  The bow die will be perfect for the holiday season and upcoming goody and gift bags and treat holders and such.

So a HUGE THANK YOU to Brenda for opening her house and studio for us and to her and Jane for GREAT classes and teaching such detailed cards -- all of them were fun! Brenda has had some health issues so we wish her well and really appreciate her taking time to teach again. Thanks ladies!  TFL and YOLO

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