Sunday, 6 March 2016

Mothers Day craft workshop


Happy Mothers day! I hope you are having a lovely day either being spoilt or just putting your feet up. I am sat on the sofa watching a film while my husband is at work. Both my little cats are with me - bliss!

My Mum has just called to say she just received her flowers, I hope she likes them and the card I sent her!

Last weekend I ran my very first workshop and it was such fun! The theme was mothers day and we had 6 hours to make a matching collection of gifts - a card in a box, a bag in a box (which included the small tin that fit perfectly inside) and large tin.

I gave the four ladies Abi, Aimee, Kelly & Laura a choice of 2 designer series papers - Timeless Elegance or Birthday Bouquet. Abi and Aimee chose Birthday Bouquet and Kelly & Laura chose Timeless Elegance.

I like to give a choice as we all have different preferences. My personal favourite is Timeless Elegance but the Birthday Bouquet paper has really given me a chance to work with such pretty colours over the last few months, I shall be sad to see this one go (if you really like it but haven't ordered it yet, you've only got just over 2 months to order it!)


I ended up changing the design of the Birthday Bouquet card in a box at the last minute, instead of a Blushing Bride layer, I changed it to Pool Party and instead of the pink striped pattern of DSP on the bottom level, I changed it to the flowers, I feel this works so much better now.



I gave all four ladies packs containing all of the DSP and cardstock needed and also gave some options for them to change the colours of the flowers etc so they could make it their own. My version below uses Very Vanilla and Basic Black for the flowers, but Laura chose to use Sahara Sand instead of Very Vanilla and I think it worked just as well.


The bag in a box was fun to make. I prepped all of the cardstock so all we had to do was assemble it. It really is so easy, if you haven't made one yet, you must give it a go (click here to watch my friend Caroline Hallet's YouTube video on how to make it)


At the time I made my samples, I had run out of the lovely flowers so I had to use the ice cream cones paper, we didn't use this one on the day but the paper is so cute!

The little tin fits perfectly in the bag in a box and is perfectly for holding a piece of jewellery or gift card.


We also had time to make the large tin. This could be used for so many things. My friend Aimee discovered that it holds two hotel chocolate slabs perfectly - amazing! What is better than receiving a handmade designed tin of chocolates?


The tin is also the perfect size to include some small handmade cards, there are so many options on what you can do with it!


It was so much fun preparing for the workshop and setting up the room. I wanted it to be perfect and set up a table each so we had enough space plus a big shot station.


Each person had a thank you gift bag and card, a sheet of grid paper, a pack of supplies, the metal tins and a brown bag to take everything home in. 

I had enough equipment for each pair to share a trimmer and scoreboard, plus I put together a toolkit together for each pair to share. 

Aimee brought along her die cutting machine so we could double the amount of flowers cut with this and also using the big shot.


Here is everyone cutting their flowers using the Big Shot. I showed them the plastic bag technique (click here to watch my friend Smiley's youtube video on this) and also using the new Big Shot Die Brush, both techniques are amazing and absolutley essential when cutting large amounts of flowers or intricate dies.


Everyone did an amazing job with the projects - especially as it was Abi's, Kelly's and Laura's first time crafting.

This is what Abi made. I love how she has added a glitter butterfly to the card in a box and how she changed up the butterflies on both tins and the bag in a box. The pearls are simply stunning too and look great in the brads on the bag in a box.


Here is what Laura made. I really like how Laura used Sahara Sand instead of Very Vanilla. I also love her two layer butterflies she made with the Elegant Butterfly punch. The bottom later was cardstock ad the top layer was glimmer paper and some others were the opposite. I will be using this idea myself for sure!


Aimee has recently joined my team and is already in love with the products. I love how she has curled her butterflies on the large tin in the opposite direction to what I did and how she used the reverse side of the DSP on the bottom layer of the card in a box and also for the tins.


Kelly did a great job too, I am just sorry I didn't get a better picture. I love how she has placed two butterflies together on the small tin, its something I never would have thought of doing and it looks so great. 


I hope you've enjoyed me sharing my first workshop with you today. I had such a great time and it was a pleasure seeing how well Abi, Aimee, Kelly and Laura did in completing these complex projects and making it their own. 

Come back on Friday to see the thank you cards, thank you gift bags and tool kits in more detail!

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