Making Time

Well I try to.  This came about because I discovered a couple of packs of alphabet stamps I’d forgotten about (both bought on trips to the USA) and happened to have Scripts and Timepieces out on the table.  The background is Distress Inks – Wild Honey probably came into it somewhere because I just love that colour, and I think the script is stamped with Rusty Hinge.  The little brass clock charm has been coloured with alcohol inks.  I stamped the words  ‘time’ and ‘art’ in Versafine Deep Lagoon then used coloursoft pencils to shade around the words to make them pop. The stamped clock has been filled in with Glossy Accents.

Adrian managed to get some photos of Smokey yesterday.  He has been rather camera shy lately – almost like he’s teasing us by popping up, then the minute we have the camera ready, he’s nowhere to be seen.  So I’ll get them off the camera at some point soon and you can have a little basement bunneh fix.

Live out Loud

I have students already!!  Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to my classes – yay!  I’m actually feeling rather relieved as well because I was going through that moment of self doubt you get before the first guest turns up at a party.  Will anyone actually come?!?!?!!

It’s a joy to see some familar and not so familiar names and I’m really excited about spending five weeks playing with stamps teaching you some of my favourite techniques.  (Did I say ‘playing’ out loud …?)

Talking of out loud, if you are signed up to the Graphicus email newsletter, you may have spotted this card in your inbox earlier today.

Hundreds of people contacted us (well, ok, about six) to ask where they could find the sentiment shown on the card.  It’s from this set

called Live Out Loud which you can find on the website here.  The sentiment is one of my all time favourites and definitely a Desert Island Stamps must have.

More info on the workshops

Well thanks to everyone who came to look round the new place and thanks for the compliments on the decor.  I wanted a clean, unfussy look that would be quick to load.  I faffed around for ages to tweak the theme I’m using. (For the techies out there, I’ve moved from to a self hosted website and it’s been a whole new learning curve for myself and Adrian.  If anyone knows how to get a HOME link at the top of the page using the Carrington theme, pleeeease let me know!)

I’ve been asked for more information about the online classes, so here’s how it works.  (See previous post for specific course information.)

First you need to register with My Creative Classroom.  (Yes, I know, another username and password to remember, but  you only need to do that bit once!)

You then choose the course you want to enrol on and you will be taken through a series of steps to pay for it.  Not entirely sure what that bit looks like as I haven’t been a student with them myself.

Once enrolled you have access to the classroom web page.  At the moment all that’s in there is an outline of the course, a link to the supply list needed and a welcome message from me.

Once the classes actually start, I will put the course material into the classroom each week.  You then go to the classroom yourself and you can look at or save that week’s files and work through any exercises there are.

You can pick up the course material when it suits you, it remains there for the duration of the course.  So you don’t have to be online at a specific time, you work at your own pace and your own convenience.

There is a mini forum in the classroom which is how you have access to me.  You can ask questions, show me your homework (assignments are issued, but obviously it’s up to you if you want to do them or not) ask advice or talk to other students.  I will check the forums as often as I can and I will try to pick one day of the week where I am more available – possibly even organise a live chat one evening a week.

Any more questions, please ask.

Online Workshops

One of the projects that has kept me quiet lately is the start of my online teaching career!  I have been working with My Creative Classroom, an American teaching site, to put together two rubber stamping classes which start this autumn.

The first is aimed very much at beginners, but is also a great refresher for those with some stamping experience who want to round out their knowledge of basic stamping techniques.

The second course is designed as an intermediate stamping course and follows the same format.

During the classes I will be working mainly with Elusive Images stamps, so those of you who already have a few of our stamps will hopefully get some fresh inspiration on new ways you can use them.

Here’s the short version of each class, you can see more info and see pictures by following the link at the end.

Rubber Stamping 101: Back to Basics
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start date: September 29th 2010
Course Fee: $30
Short Description: Love the idea of stamping but don’t know where to start? Confused by inkpads? Let me guide you gently through the basics and show you just how creative you can be with rubber, ink and paper.

Rubber Stamping 102: Terrific Techniques
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start date: October 21st 2010
Course Fee: $30
Short Description: Uplevel your stamping with this wonderful array of stamping techniques, designed to stretch your imagination and show you just how versatile your rubber stamps can be. Suitable for stampers with some experience.

The courses are priced in dollars as they are run through an American website – but at today’s exchange rate, that is actually really good value for anyone paying in pounds or euros. Each week you will have access to a new module which you can view online or print out and keep. The course is also supported by video demonstrations, some of which are exclusive to the classes. Once registered you have access to a virtual classroom where you can interact with other students via a mini class forum. You can participate as much or as little as you want and work at your own pace. There is a gallery where you can upload your own work for ‘teacher’ to look at and give feedback, or you can just sit back and grab the downloads each week to work on when you have time.

I have heard from one of our customers who has taken classes with My Creative Classroom already and her feedback was very positive.  The way they are set up is as close as you can get online to enjoying the kind of  camaraderie that you get in a real workshop.

You asked for online classes and I hope that you will consider giving it a go and signing up to one of these classes this autumn.  Real school teachers have to do a year’s probation and these two classes are sort of my probationary classes.  I was invited to teach these two specific stamping classes, but if they do well and students like my teaching style, then I will be invited back to do more and with more creative freedom to design my own classes.  So I’m thanking you in advance for your support and hope you join me on this new creative adventure.

Click here to visit My Creative Classroom.