Sunday, 23 January 2011

First workshop of the year...

...and we have gone all romantic! Guess what the theme is for Wednesday?!! We have sifted through the questionnaires we have had returned so far and totted up your votes for the various themes. From that we have drawn up a draft schedule of the most popular themes (it is only draft at this stage as we have not had input from everyone yet.) After this week we should be able to finalise it and then let you know our plans for the year ahead.

So we are starting the year with a Love and Romance theme in time for Valentine's Day, but for those who don't celebrate it there will be a few wedding/engagement themed resources too. We will be making use of our 'Hearts' range of stamps - see catalogue link for details. Michelle is going to be using Nestabilities to demonstrate her 'stamping out of the box' (or heart!) technique and I will be focusing on creating shaped cards from regular card blanks, like the heart 'spring card' below.

We know some of you prefer to do your own thing sometimes, so we will have a 'free love' table too!! We have sorted out some decoupage, dies and embellishments on a Love and Romance theme, which will be available on this table. And obviously if you want to bring your own resources or projects, then please feel free to bring them along.

Don't forget to bring your membership renewal money if your membership is due in January and more importantly don't forget to come to St Michael's at the later time of 8pm!! The car park is behind the church - entry off The Marld and we will be in the Church Hall - through the double doors off the car park.

See you there.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope you have all had a wonderful festive break and that Santa brought you lots of crafting goodies for Christmas! Thank you all again for our poinsettias and Debenhams vouchers - looking forward to spending them!!

Just a quick update on the Christmas raffle from our November workshop - we raised £63, so a big thank you to you all for your donations and for buying tickets. Three charities were suggested, so the money will be split equally between Epilepsy Action, Breast Cancer and Help for Heroes.

Don't forget that New Year also brings a New Venue for ACMC. We are moving down the road to St Michael's Church.

Click here for a map of the location of St Michael's Church.

It has its own free car park. Entry into the hall is through the double doors off the car park. Workshops will now start at 8pm and finish at 10pm, as the hall is used by another group before us - karate apparently so watch out for those black belts!! Most memberships come up for renewal in January and the good news is the price will stay the same (£15 membership then £4 for each workshop, or £5 for each workshop for non members)

Please note that new dates have been added for 2011, both for Ashtead and for Tadworth. If you haven't already filled in a questionnaire, you should have received one by email. We are planning themed workshops this year incorporating different craft techniques into each workshop, so please bring your completed questionnaire to the next workshop (Wed Jan 26th) if you haven't already completed one. We have started to draft a provisional schedule based on feedback from questionnaires so far - more details on the first workshop of the year will be given in the next blog post...

And case you hadn't spotted the other changes to the blog, we have a new slideshow and a link to Louise's fantastic stamp catalogue. Well done Louise - we should be able to start to make good use of that this year.

Here's to a productive 2011 for ACMC!!