Thursday, 26 August 2010

They came from far and wide...

... Isle of Wight, Devon, Newcastle (and Denton) I believe!! It was a relatively quiet month for ACMC with lots of you off on holiday, but some of those who did make it there had travelled a long way to get back in time for Card Club - now that's dedication for you!! Lots of techniques with metal were explored and Kay's butterflies went down a treat.

It was also Chris's last club night. Chris has been with ACMC since the very early days, so it is with sadness that we say bye-bye & wish her well with her house move on September 8th. Her daughter Louise will still be coming to the club though, so we can keep in touch and I'm sure that if we give her plenty of notice, she may still appear at the occasional weekend workshop! We would like to thank Chris for everything she's done for the club, which includes her invaluable help at numerous Village Days as well as her more recent duties as 'Mug-monitor'!! Do come and join us on Friday night for a drink or two to see Chris on her way - the more the merrier! (see e-mail for details) And no, we couldn't let you go Chris without reminding everyone of one of your early card designs - see below!! (It was for a challenge - to incorporate black lace into a card). It's always the quiet ones you need to watch out for, but don't let that put you off joining us for a drink! We will miss you Chris!

We are now gearing up for our Saturday Altered Art workshop on the 11th. For those of you attending, don't forget to gather up your holiday souvenirs and mementoes such as postcards, tickets, maps, old coins, stamps etc. ready to bring along. We will have some available, but obviously your altered piece will be more personal if you include some of your own items. Kay will be on hand to get you started and then you will be able to ask us all questions or for advice about particular techniques, as you get stuck in!! Below is a link to an altered art website to give you a bit more insight and background into how it has developed.

Your online guide to altered art

Looking forward to getting messy!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Melt pot magic

Here are some piccies from last month's workshop - better late than never! (from top - embellishments by Penny, pig card by Linda B, butterfly card by Gabby and triple embossed seahorse by Carol E) Thanks to Kay and Penny for the loan of their melt pots - we are looking into getting our own for the Club as it proved very popular. Don't forget to let us know if there are any other resources or techniques that you would like us to investigate for next year.

This month's workshop - Wednesday 25th ie tomorrow!! - is on metal techniques. Kay is guest demoing again and will be using peel offs on metal to make butterflies (see below).

I will be demoing Cuttlebug and embossing board techniques with metal and Michelle will be exploring techniques with metal tape. If you have any suitable embossing tools - stylus, paper stub etc then please bring them along.

We will be taking names for the September Saturday 11th workshop this week too, so please bring your diaries along with you. And don't forget your photo challenge cards from last month.

Couple more items of interest - Hobbycraft in Croydon is now open - has anyone been? I haven't made it there yet, but hopefully can combine it with trip to Ikea soon! Also Ally Pally craft show is coming up on 25/26th September and Michelle will once again be helping to demo on the PartiCraft stall - lots of new yummy stamp sets apparently!