Monday, 31 January 2011

My First Card Making Workshop

I tried my hand at running a card making workshop at church this weekend and these are the projects I organised. I had wanted to take some photos of what we made but I forgot to take my camera with me. Not that I'd have had the time to take any photos if I had remembered because, even though I only had seven participants, I was completely run off my feet from the time we started. Maybe those of you who are more experienced at the workshop thing than I am can tell me if this is typical or if I was just badly organised. I did have some complete non crafters. I had thought that the cards were pretty simple and that we would easily be able to complete them in a couple of hours but it took much nearer three. Anyway everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and several people are hoping I'll run another one.

I'm entering this last white card to the Shabby Tea Room challenge which is stamping only and no patterned paper and hand made embellies. Stamp is by Verve Stamps. Thanks for visiting, especially to those of you who leave comments.

34 comments:

jacque4u2c said...

This is just so beautiful! I just love the soft tranquil colors - just so peaceful and soothing!

SemSee said...

Hi Julie! These cards are so beautiful! I loved hearing about your workshop. It doesn't sound like you were badly organised at all. When I've attended SU workshops with 4 other ladies, had all the paper pre-cut to size, and only had to share ink pads and the like between 2 of us, it still took us 3 hours to just about finish 4 cards, and we were working without a break! I bet everyone had a blast! I love workshops, but we don't have any here in Bristol except SU ones (that I know of, LOL!). Hugs, Sem x

Julie said...

These are gorgeous Julie!! Love the panels of embossing jsut wow!! Your ladies must have been amazed!! Juliexx

Dora said...

Wow these are stunning! And so elegant, love the sophisticated look. Hugs xxx

Elaine Stark said...

beautiful cards. Your workshop sounds like success, though they are hard work. Elaine

pickle said...

All I can say again Julie is WOW! which you must be sick of hearing from me but thats the first thing that comes into my head as soon as I see your stunning creations.They are both beautiful but I absolutely ADORE the second card.

Kerryx

pickle said...

OOPs I meant to ask .. could you let me know what you use to cut the flowers on these cards and the one below? I would love to have a go at some.

Thank you
Kerry x

Anj said...

wow - Lucky ladies, i would love to be at one of your workshops... sadly too far away x x

Sasha said...

Both cards are so pretty, Julie. Your colour choices are gorgeous. I love the way you have used the embossing folders. Super work!!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Two beautiful makes, Julie! I'm sure your "students" really enjoyed having a go at replicating them. Your work is so striking and so beautiful and so inspiring! Well done for having the work shop. Warmest wishes, Lesley

Debbie said...

Julie, your cards are absolutely beautiful! Congrats on your very first card making workshop - you GO GIRL!! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room this week :)

dolcreations said...

These cards are stunning! Those lucky ladies taking your class.Can I sign up!Oh how I wish!

Mags said...

Oh, I've been involved in craft workshops at my church, and it always takes a lot longer than expected!!! However, I've always found that people really enjoy them! These cards are just lovely, so simple yet so meaningful. Well done, you!!!

luv, Mags x

debby4000 said...

Oh gorgeous cards Julie. I think sometimes with the first workshop you not sure what to expect. You probably realise now what worked and what didn't. Novice cardmarkers do need extra help too.
luv
Debby

coops said...

wow julie these are beautiful.i love the embossing and stunning flowers.your colours are gorgeous :D

xx coops xx

Kristel said...

Wowww Julie they look really gorgeous!!
Hugs Kristel

Rosietoes said...

Fortunate ladies to be at your workshop Julie. You weren't disorganised. You had non-crafters so I think you did well to do two such lovely cards. I don't wonder that the ladies would like more workshops!
I wouldn't mind going myself.

Edna x

Nicole said...

Very pretty - love the embossed background and that flower! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Diane said...

These are beautiful...both are stunning!

ANewYear said...

Beautiful cards Julie; as always.
I used to do workshops and learned quickly that they always go longer than I expected. Partially due to non crafters, but the major reason is that the ladies loved visiting. That tends to cut in to the allotted time. So I have no doubt that you were organized, it just the nature of the beast. The larger the shop allow for more time.
I envy the ladies that were able to attend your workshop.

Carole

Bunty Wabbit said...

Hi Julie. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I have had a look down quite a few of your cards WOWSI!!! they are stunning!! I have added you to my list to keep an eye on what you come up with. I love your style! Naomi xx

gymjean said...

Wow Julie these card are gorgeous I would have loved to have been at you workshop .I would love to no how you do the inking to get this effect

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards as always Julie xx

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Absolutely stunning cards Julie! Wow! Thank you so much for joining us this week in the Tea Room! :)

Sue said...

Beautiful cards Julie. Well done running your workshop, bet the ladies had great fun and with such a talented teacher they'll be back for more.x

Tammi said...

Elegant and beautiful, wow! Love what you did with the embossing, looks amazing!

cbuswell said...

Gorgeous cards, love the embossing. Thanks for joining us this week at the Shabby Tea Room, do join us again!!

ScrappySandie said...

Julie, Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Your workshop must have been loads of fun and then those lucky ladies went home with stunning projects! Kudos to you!

Viv said...

More amazing cards again Julie, just love that second one :O) Viv xx

Jean said...

Your cards are amazing. Please tell me what dies you use for the flowers as I have bought 2 sets of Joys dies so far and they are not the right ones.
Jaycie x

Eisbärin said...

Fantastic cards, Julie! Your students must have really loved it! I do run classes and I limit them in numbers to 6 or less as it gets too frantic otherwise and I can tell you, especially if you have non-crafters amongst them, it ALWAYS takes a lot longer than you think! I usually do two projects/cards per session and we need between 2 and three hours!
But I'd jump at a chance to do one with you :-)
Love, alex

scrapperatheart said...

Your work is absoulutley stunning! Your flowers! WOW!
Thanks for commenting on my blog! It's means the world to me!
Nancy

Sandra Smith said...

Your cards are beautiful! I've been to a number of workshops over the years. If you have the pieces precut, I would say it takes longer because people love to chat and lose track of time. There's little you can do about that but perhaps have a clock somewhere that can be easily be seen to remind the ladies that time is passing.Everyone generally has a schedule but once you get visiting and crafting, it's easy for time to slip away. A gentle time reminder might help some people but it isn't likely to help everyone. How about a little prize for the first one or two to correctly finish their cards? Prizes can be very motivating!

jenyb said...

Hi. Julie it sounds like you did a great job and your cards are beautiful. Good luck with your workshops I'm sure you will be very successful.Best wishes,
Jennie Basel

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