Craft Class

Hello there all, I hope you're getting some of the sunshine we're having, it's been a funny summer so far, hasn't it? 
On Tuesday night I went to my craft class at Dolly Cottage Crafts.  I haven't been for absolute ages and really enjoyed myself.  Yes, we make cards, but we have such a laugh at the same time.  It was amazing for me to see how far I've come since I last went (I'm not afraid of the Bigshot, for a start!)
We made a Christmas card, which I'll show you nearer the festive season, but I also made this:

It looks quite effective, but it's very easy to do.  It's all about using double sided paper.  This is Bloom and Grow by MME.  I have a soft spot for this paper as it's the first paper I came across when I started crafting and had that moment of revelation of 'It's not just me!  Other people like paper, too!'  I never bought it, though, so it was lovely to have the opportunity to use some.  The variations of this card are endless.  The orange square in the centre is on the back of the card, the square in the centre is an aperture.  I am going to make a Christmas version where I suspend some baubles in the aperture.  But you could put acetate in the middle and stamp on it, etc.
I haven't posted so many cards this week as I've been busy experimenting with distress inks and my brayer.  I made this first:
It looks a bit dull here, but it's beautiful in real life.  I just swiped on Old Paper ink and then stamped the image with brown brilliance ink.
Then I did this yesterday:

I stamped the image with my glue pad, then heat embossed it with white powder, then when it was dry I brayered on my distress ink.  This is glossy card, so the effect when it's dry is beautiful.  (Yes, I know you know all this, please bear with me on my voyage of discovery!) This was the first thing I made that I thought I could actually use on a card, and this is how it turned out.
Have a good weekend everyone, thanks for dropping by today.
Jane xx


  1. Once again, love your creativity.

    We have plenty of sunshine, thank you (New Jersey, USA) and temperatures to go along with it 100+F. Please to not send us any more. We have enough. *G*

  2. Love the cards, particularly the first one with the aperture. Glad you enjoyed your class. I haven't been to one in years. M x


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