I do still make cards occasionally

You’d be forgiven for thinking I haven’t made a card for months, but I have actually made quite a few recently.  The most recent were the ones I managed to make at last weekend’s open days in the shop.  This one is a deceptively simple card – it’s coloured with Copics and shows some subtle shading that gives the illusion of a decoupaged layer on the flower where there isn’t one.

More Copic colouring, this one makes use of the cool greys to add subtle shadows.  The edge of the panel has been inked with Tumbled Glass and laid onto a panel of Artylicious Spirit of Christmas paper which has had the edges sanded.

The open days were great fun and it really does feel like welcoming old friends at these events.  What touches me most is when new friendships are formed and some of the comments we’ve had from our customers really prove that we have brought together some very special people who have become lifelong friends as a result of their shared interest in crafting.

We are planning our Christmas Extravaganza already (3rd and 4th December) which historically has always had a really good party atmosphere and is early enough to avoid the bad weather that we seem to get after Christmas.

I have a few more cards I’ve made recently, mostly for the online classes I’m running at My Creative Classroom.  The second class, Terrific Techniques, starts on Thursday so you have just a few more days to sign up for that as enrolment will close very soon – end of the week I think.

If any of my Back to Basics students read the blog, I’d love it if you could leave me a comment to let all my readers know what you think of the course you are doing at the moment.  I’m sure some are worried about the computer aspect of it and others will be thinking they have to do homework (it’s optional).  I’m teaching a one day Back to Basics class in the shop on Friday 29th October for those who prefer the hands on approach and can make it to Graphicus and for those who can’t, the Back to Basics online class will be running again in December.

Now, for an important announcement:  there are new stamps from Elusive Images which were launched officially last Saturday.  You may have seen a preview on the Elusive Images blog recently and here’s another little sneak peek for you.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more Belle Dames and news of an opportunity to win one of our new sets of beautiful ladies.

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Comments

  1. The shadow effect on the flower is really lifelike – what a good cheat idea! Will be interested to see more of your ladies, they look really good – pity I can’t make the open days, they sound so much fun. Hope you are getting the house sorted out by now

  2. The back to basic s course has been great I have really enjoyed it,you can do as little or as much as you like.It really gets your imagination working.Thanks Glenda x

  3. I was there when you were making the first card Glenda and it’s even more effective irl. There’s definitely a 3D effect. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Graphicus and I am one of those people who you know has made many friends through crafting and Graphicus in particular, three of those friends are now a very important part of my life and I can’t imagine a day when at least one of them doesn’t add something special to the day.
    Graphicus has a lot to answer for, Lol!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

  4. Sue stone says:

    Love both cards Glenda especially the 3D effect with the flower. The ladies look interesting and look forward to hearing more about them, I was hoping to join you next course but unfortunately I lost my best friend to lung cancer this week and everything has had to be put on the back burner.. Look forward to seeing more cards when you have the time. Hope you are getting settled in your new home.

  5. Gill Edmonds says:

    Hi Glenda,I have thoroughly enjoyed the Back to Basics course on My Creative Classroom, so much so that I have already signed up for the Terrific Techniques follow on course. Your voice is so restful and you make it look so easy. I have loads of stamps mostly bought on the strength of an illustration in a magazine, but really had no idea how to produce the end result, however, I do now. I am frustrated at not being able to ‘have a go’ but all my craft materials are packed away awaiting a house move next week. I do hope that my husband will quickly sort out his office/ my craftroom when we move so that I can get going. Many thanks for a most informative course. Take care. Gill

  6. Kirsten Sheridan says:

    Hi Glenda, these are beautiful cards. The flower especially, is stunning. I’ve been enjoying reading the comments from people who attended the workshops etc., makes me even more determined to attend in the future. Hope you’re having a great week.
    Best wishes, Kirsten.

  7. Hi Glenda, the Open Day was fantastic, and your demos were fabulous, as were those of the other demonstators. I can’t wait to come on the Copics Workshop now! These are lovely examples of what you can achieve with these pens, and the Elegant Lady card in real life was a stunner in those vibrant greens.
    The friendship element of the Open Days is what makes them such special events, you are greeted at the door, as a friend, those incredible people that I have been lucky to meet through the Graphicus Guild meet me with a big hug. I have three special friends in particular that I would never have known without the Guild, and as Lesley said, we are a part of each other’s daily lives now. The resounding opinion from everyone seems to be the same, that it is a great place to visit with a lovely atmosphere. I am sad that I can’t make the Christmas Open Days, they are too close to the workshops that I am attending. I am sure that they will feel really festive with that special Graphicus twist, and I’m sorry to be missing out on David’s cooking once again!

  8. Sheila Jacob says:

    Beautiful flower and birdie and I love that lady’s dress,the skirt part of it,that is.Gorgeous design.

    Will you be repeating your online classes?I’ve been too financially challenged to do them this time but hope to be able when the boat/my State Pension comes thru in November(was 60 in July but that’s the way it works) and afterwards.

    Sheila xx

    Receiving your blog loud and clear,by the way!

  9. I love the flower in particular because of the fabulous shading, what an amazing 3D effect.

  10. Hi, anyone out there that wants more of Glenda then the online classes should not be missed. The classroom itself is easy to use, you get all the printable version of class each week and also a video tutorial. You can also work at your own pace. I have been having huge problems with my right hand, and after the course started I found out I had tendonitis and have to wear a splint that I cant move my right hand, arm or thumb!!!! I’ve not felt that I’m missing what I paid for as I have been able to print the files out and watch the tutorials. I have been able to do a few things and hopefully after 8 weeks and my splint comes off I will be able to refer back to my notes and practise everything I have learned. SO I SAY EVERYONE HAVE A GO ITS BRILLIANT xxx

  11. Hi ,as Kerry says do not miss these courses,they are brilliant.I have been crafting for many years but not very well and no confidence in my ability’s.I have now sorted out all my stash and understand all the different inks and and what I can do with them. I have also for the first time started to experiment and I am loving every minute,I just cant wait to get into my craftroom and start work ,Thank you Glenda from a very happy crafter.

  12. Hi Glenda,
    Just popped in to say how much I am enjoying your ‘back to basics’ MCC class on the internet. I have not been able to do any ‘homework’ recently as I have been very busy , but that is the great thing about it, I know I can pick it up in a few days time at any time I choose. The team at MCC are really good at explaining how to view the lessons and respond to any queries very quickly. I was so impressd that I enroled on your 2nd course as well
    Love
    GinaA

  13. Love the colouring on the flower – until I read your post I did think you had stamped and layered the flower.

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