Sunday, 14 December 2014

Mary Christmas to all!

Lots of awards at the last workshop. Lucky that Mary Berry was on hand to present our "Great British Make Off Awards!" - (this year's theme for our Annual club awards to say thank you to various people who have helped us this year.)

Winner(s) of the "Technical Challenge Award" for demos and Pinterest ideas - Sue (and Kay P)

Winner of the "Recycle Bingate Award" for patience and perseverance with a project - Vanessa

Winner of the "Signature Make Award" for sharing her techniques and style - Kay B

Winners of the "Even Make" award for loyalty and attendance - Brenda and Penny

Winner of the "On your marks, Get set, Make! Award" for Best Newcomer - Elaine

Winners of the "Soggy Bottom Award" for helping out all day at a very rainy Village Day - Mandy (and Karen W)

Winner of the "Showstopper Award" for all round high quality work - Billy

And our "Star Maker Award" goes to Linda W for doing demos, entering all competitions and generally producing work of a very high standard.

A very big thank you to you all and to Mary Berry for remaining so cheerful throughout the evening!

Then there was the bi-monthly challenge. You again voted for your favourites (see Christmas Creativity post) and entries this time were actually ranked in the order shown on the blog with Kay B's entry (A) being the winner this month. 

Kay was also the winner of our overall Dec this Journal Competition. 

Kay's Winning Journal Entries

Thank you to Sandy and friends at the Craft Barn for judging and for donating a gift voucher as part of Kay's Prize.

Linda's Completed "Dec This Journal"
Linda W. was runner up in the Competition.

Billy's Journal was also Highly Commended by Sandy and her team.

Billy's Highly Commended "Dec This Journal"

Well done to all our other entrants too. It was great to have lots of entries for our bi-monthly challenges and fantastic that so many of you stuck with the challenge throughout the year to complete your journals.

We also fitted in some card making - a few last minute Christmas cards and the odd thank you card.

Mary was worn out, but still smiling as she was driven away in her chauffered limo!

Happy Christmas to you all and all the best for 2015. Keep pinning those ideas and see you on 28th January (or 17th December for those of you coming to the Christmas meal.)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Quick cards for Christmas

Wednesday will be our last workshop for 2014 and as is the tradition we will be making quick and easy Christmas cards using patterned papers. We will of course also be presenting prizes to the winners of our Dec this Journal challenge and presenting our very own ACMC awards. We will also have mince pies and our Christmas Charity raffle so don't forget to bring your prizes and your pennies.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas Creativity

Here are some of your creations from Wednesday. First up origami wreaths:

Click here for a tutorial on how to make these.

And here are some of the die cut snowmen, trees and wreaths. We used circle Nestabilities and the new Classic Poinsettia Dies from Creative Expressions.

Tree tutorial here (amongst others.)

Karen's "flashing" snowman has been censored to preserve his modesty!!

Your final Challenge page was to print using fruit or veg. Here are the final entries. Winners of this and the overall Journal challenge will be announced at the next workshop.

And here are your completed Dec. this Journals. Judging will take place in the next few days. Watch this space...

Monday, 10 November 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

Or an origami wreath? Then make sure you come along to the Scout Hut in Ashtead this Wednesday 12th November. We will be starting at the later time of 8.30 to allow time for the Cubs to clear up.

Kay will be showing you how to make the origami wreath decoration or you could make the snowman, tree or poinsettia wreath using Nestabilities Circle dies and flower/leaf dies.

Don't forget to bring your finished Dec. this Journal masterpieces so we can arrange judging in time to announce the results at our second November workshop on Wed 26th.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Christmas time, mistletoe and twine!!

Baker's twine flowers to be exact! Raffia, ribbon and decorative thread were also used to create these cards with floral embellishments. Click here for a tutorial.

Twine and thread was also used to embellish cards with a bit of "Christmas wrapping", around and under die cut shapes.

The winner of our "Hot, hot, hot - heating and melting challenge" was announced this month too. First here are the entries you voted for:

And this month's winner of a free workshop was... B - Linda Walker, with  F - Kay and G - Marie coming joint second. Well done to all entrants. 

Don't forget your completed "Dec. this Journal" is due in on 12th November!! And that workshop will be at the Scout Hut.