Online class starts today – Terrific Techniques

I have one of my online classes starting today Rubber Stamping: Terrific Techniques and there’s still time to sign up (enrollment will close in about a week’s time), so I thought I’d tell you a bit about it.

The five week course will cover the following topics:

  • Week one is all about resist techniques. You will learn several different resist techniques and see the many beautiful finishes you can achieve.
  • In week 2, I will show you step by step how to use masking techniques and foliage stamps to build up beautiful layered cards. We will be taking nature as our cue and looking at Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter inspired cards
  • Week 3 is all about Stampbord, an amazing ultra smooth surface that is a joy to stamp on.
  • In week 4, we will be taking a look around the house to see what unusual materials we can stamp with, including bleach and lemon juice.
  • Finally, in week 5, we look at using stamps to create texture in materials such as UTEE, clay and funky foam.

It costs $30 which is approximately £18.91 at today’s exchange rate.  (Visit to convert the dollar amount to your own currency.)

There’s more information on the technical aspects of how the classes run on the Online Classes page here on the blog, so if you are new to online classes you can get an idea of how it works.

One of the new features at My Creative Classroom is lifetime enrollment.  After the course is finished, students have access to the course material forever!

If you fancy it, click here to sign up – you may need to register with My Creative Classroom first (it’s not my company), but you only need to do that once.

If you have taken one of my classes, please feel free to leave a comment to let other’s know how you enjoyed it.

A glimpse into the studio

Four week class - starts November 29th

I’m not one of life’s naturally organised people.  I have to work at it.

I’ve been writing class handouts today for my next online class, Card Design Workshop, which starts at the end of this month.  It’s a four week class, so will be finished before Christmas, but with the classroom open through the holidays so plenty of time to get through all the material.  If you’re not familiar with how my online classes work, I am working on a new page here on the blog which will explain what’s involved.  Keep an eye on the tabs along the top.

I got a funny look from Adrian today when he saw me emptying out the entire contents of my big storage carousel that I keep on my desk. You see week one is all about tools and equipment needed for making cards and I thought I would examine the things I keep closest to me and use most often. Well, that proved easier said than done as the storage unit has become a dumping ground for a whole host of stuff and it was all shoved in any old how.  My carousel (made by Making Memories, but sadly discontinued now) is huge and holds a LOT of stuff and that’s a double edged sword really.  It’s very easy to keep shoving stuff in without it really being organised.

So I emptied it out and sorted the contents into ‘like with like’ piles.  I found that I had the following groups of items in there

  • scissors
  • large stipple brushes
  • waterbrushes
  • fine paintbrushes
  • sharps (knives, piercing tool, bradawl, Stampbord scratch knife)
  • tweezers
  • adhesives
  • tape runners
  • pens
  • pencils
  • rulers
  • Ranger scrapers
  • paper distressers
  • blending stumps

Four rulers, six pairs of tweezers, four scrapers, two distressers and ten pairs of scissors later and I had an empty and cleaned out carousel.  Phew!

A small selection of my many pairs of scissors

This is just a selection of my scissors – the three I use most are the Tim Holtz ones (for cutting unmounted stamps), the orange and grey Fiskars pair beside them (my decoupage scissors) and the lilac handled long shears.  The set of three mini scissors are proving great for general use when the workspace has shrunk down to that six inch square that always seems to happen.  The long orange ones tend to be used for cutting open packaging (Nesties!).

Six pairs of tweezers?!  Ten pairs of scissors is perfectly acceptable, but six pairs of tweezers does seem a little excessive.  However, on closer examination, they are nearly all different types.

Do I need six pairs of tweezers?

The ones I use most are the yellow and black ones on the left.  They’re reverse action, ie you squeeze to open them and let go to shut them.  I use them to hold layers I’m about to stick down and to peel off the backing off foam pads.  The long ones on the right are my UTEE tweezers and they’re a bit gunked up with embossing powder and glitter.  The other black pair are eyebrow tweezers, but they have the strongest, tightest grip of any of them.  The others were just lurking around in the carousel not really earning their keep.

That Tim Holtz ruler is a really useful piece of kit

I have four rulers in the carousel.  Two metal rulers, one is cork backed which means it won’t slip.  The wavy one is a tearing ruler – I use it sometimes to make masks as the torn edge is softer than a cut one.  The Tim Holtz ruler is a really useful gadget, I just wish it had centimetres on as well as inches.

So, having sorted through all that lot, I have discarded some old worn out brushes, put some pens and waterbrushes into my journaling pack, put tools I don’t use frequently (like palette knives) back where they belong and I now have a beautifully organised carousel, with the six segments containing groupings of similar kinds of objects.

Yes, this is the "after" shot - you should have seen it before!

Next I need to deal with the ribbons – they are spilling out all over.  I may be some time …


Online Classes Starting soon

I thought you might like to know that two of my online classes are open for registration right now.

The first is Rubber Stamping: Back to Basics and this really is a great foundation course for those of you who really want to get to grips with stamping and inkpads.  I wrote a bit about it when it ran last December, but I’m going to repeat it here for the benefit of anyone who is new to me or my teaching.

Rubber Stamping: Back to Basics


In this workshop we will be covering all the basic steps needed to get you started with stamping. Ideal for complete beginners and those wanting a refresher, I will take you through the basics and show you some great cards along the way to practice your new found skills.

As this class is designed for complete beginners, the supply list may seem huge and even overwhelming at first, so it is something we will be covering in the very first lesson. It is easy to rush out and impulse buy a whole lot of stamping stash, but if nothing else, I hope this class gives you a better insight into what type of stamper you are and helps you decide what product is a good investment for you.

Click here for the course outline and supply list.

I had lots of people ask how it works last time, so let me explain.

Firstly, I am a tutor over at My Creative Classroom (MCC), this is not run directly by me so that means that you need to register with MCC at their website which is

Once you have set yourself up with a username and password on their site, you can enrol on any of their courses, including my Back to Basics one. Each course you enrol on has it’s own web page on the site which is known as a virtual classroom. There’s a news forum on there (think of it as the teacher’s blackboard), a general chat forum where you can get to know other students (the cafeteria) and each week there is a specific forum for that lesson where you can ask me any questions about the techniques or materials covered. By using this kind of structure, whenever anyone asks a question, all students benefit from the answer.

Each week a new lesson appears in the classroom. The first week of this class is an online presentation, but the other weeks all have videos in them. Week one is all about inkpads and many of the students from the first session tell me how this has been the most useful of all the lessons because they finally understand why they were getting poor results with their stamping.

Each week I suggest activities, but I must stress that homework is not compulsory and if you don’t have time to do it, that’s fine. You’ll probably get more out of the course if you can make the time to try out the activities, but my classes are a laid back guilt free zone, so it’s up to you.

There is a gallery where you can upload photos of your work and if you want constructive feedback, you can ask for it. I have to say, I’ve been so impressed at the work of my students – many of them have really embraced the course and jumped in with both feet. One of my first students is a lady called Paula and she has blogged a lot of her assignments for the course – click here to see her Back to Basics work on her blog.

I have had some really lovely comments about the course and I hope they don’t mind me repeating those comments here, but it will hopefully encourage others to have a go. The course is only $30 (around £20) which I think is actually a bargain for what you are getting. If you’ve missed watching my tutorials on TV, this is the next best thing!

Some comments from former students:

I’ve really enjoyed this course too. It’s filled in lots of areas I was unsure of and given me the confidence to try things. Glenda I think you’ve done a great job teaching us, thank you so much. I do hope there will be lots more on line classes to come as I think this is a great way forward especially for people who can’t get out and about easily.


Thanks Glenda – it’s been great fun. I think the videos have been extremely helpful – it’s nice to actually see something demonstrated (and be able to play it back again, and again).

I’ve also enjoyed the exercises – particularly making the swatches – and they are proving to be very useful. I love seeing everyone’s work – lots of ideas and inspiration.

The printed pdf files are so good for reference – and to see where I should be!

Can’t wait to get started on the next one.

I do hope you are able to do more courses in the future. Well worth the time and effort – thanks again for all your hard work.

Regards, Deborah

Thanks from me also Glenda This has been an invaluable course. Its so important to know the basics and although life has got in the way of me doing so many of the exercises I have learnt a great deal from watching your videos and reading about others experiments with ink.



I have another class starting in July – Colouring 101, but I shall be back to tell you about that one in more detail soon.


PS – the card I used in the video in the last post is thick white and starlight white, both of which are in the Essential Card Pack that we sell on the website.  We actually have some reduced packs for sale at the moment – our supplier miscounted the quantites, so we’ve reduced the price accordingly.


Terrific Techniques

This one snuck up on me a bit – it’s time for my next online class!

Rubber Stamping – Terrific Techniques starts tomorrow, Wednesday 16th February and enrolment is open for another week or so.  Online classes are a great opportunity to learn new skills without having to brave the weather or travel long distances.  I have students from all over the world taking part, so it’s a great way to meet new people online too.

This class focuses on some fun things to do with your rubber stamps including resist techniques, ways to create texture, masking and learning how to build a landscape scene, working with bleach and a great introduction to Stampbord.

The class costs just $30 which is approximately £18.60 at today’s exchange rate.  The course lasts for five weeks and each week you get a pdf file explaining that week’s topic, plus you can visit the classroom web page and watch videos of me teaching the techniques.

You can work through the lessons each week, or you can go at your own pace and save the pdf files for future use.  The online classroom has a forum where you can chat to other students and a gallery where you can upload your own work and get feedback from me.

The classroom website is run by a lovely lady called Jeri who takes care of all the technical stuff with her team of helpers.  If you are worried by the technical aspects of doing a class online, you really don’t have to.  Once you have registered a username and password with the My Creative Classroom website, that’s all you need to log in to your classes and get going.

For more information, you can visit My Creative Classroom.

Those of you who have done any of my other online classes, please feel free to leave a comment and let other’s know how you got on.

I’m getting close to making an announcement about the new company, but still waiting for various service providers to swing into action before I do.   Realistically it’s looking like the end of February before we’ll be fully operational, but hopefully well worth the wait.