Sunday, June 7, 2009

Card Workshop 2009.01

This Saturday marked the FIRST Card Workshop for Charity this year! Southern Ontario Animal Rescue benefits from half the class fee and a portion of the kit sales too! The grand total for this round was 7 participants and $42.50 raised!

This workshop's theme was "Doubly Delicious!" We learned the benefits of using double-sided papers and even tried a new technique: inking.

This first card shows the inking technique.

Our second card also makes use of both sides of the patterned paper and the negative of a die-cut. Double –sided paper always make a perfect match!

And LOOK! The cut out from our die-cut in the second layout was then used on our third! Double duty!

This time, when I was cutting up the kits, I had some strips of the patterned paper left over. The scrapper in me likes to use every last scrap whenever possible in true *from scraps to smiles* fashion! So, I decide those strips would certainly spruce up the envelopes and make our cards in to a nice set. For one set, I also threw in a gift tag.

The participants had a great time making the designs their own. Although everyone had the exact same kit, these are all the variations that came out of them!

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But we weren’t finished there! BONUS ROUND! I numbered some themed challenges, took a random number, passed out a blank card base and all my scraps and said: HAVE AT IT! The workshop participants went to work. We had an alphabet theme with the letters Y and P. Most cards had the word “you” for “y” and patterned paper and punch-outs for the letter “p”. The varied designs that can come from the same theme and a few scraps are always an interesting potpourri.

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Bonus round participants got their names in a hat and the winner received a Mango & Melon bar of handmade soap from Carvel Country Soapworks. This soap is very gentle and smells SOOO good. Congratulations, Norma! I was tempted to keep the soap for myself and maybe tuck it in a clothes drawer so that all my things could smell as sweet! Alas, that would not be very effective publicity for my fellow handcrafters!

All the extra kits sold out so, all in all, I’d say the workshop was a success!


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