Here are a few photos from our demonstration day with Michelle Johnson yesterday. Michelle works with Stix2 and Woodware so uses a wide variety of products. We haven’t stocked Stix2 before but was very impressed with the versatility of their adhesive products so you will be seeing lots of them in the future in the shop and used in classes.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported the day. I know it is a busy time of the year with Christmas preparations and shopping, but lots of you did manage to give yourself a break and enjoy some free crafting inspiration and education.
The new seating arrangement seemed to work well.
Here are Mary, Miriam and Lucy watching Michelle right at the start of the day before they got busy making the tea and coffee. They kept us well supplied all day – and huge thanks to Sarah as well for the yummy home made cakes. Her new spiced ginger cake was a big hit!
I have never used a glue gun before but was very impressed with all the different techniques Michelle showed us. Just gluing things together was far too simple for Michelle.
Michelle stamped into the hot glue to make embellishments, and even used it to create die cut flowers! This is the small flower on the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. The hot glue was spread on the non stick craft sheet (an essential tool for all these techniques!) and as it set Michelle applied foils and mica powder. When it was cold it was peeled of the sheet and die cut to create the flower – how ingenious is that!
Michelle used the Woodware large Gerbera clear stamp and hot glue to create fantastic floral centres which you could use on your cards -or even turn into jewelery! This is a technique I can’t wait to try as it has some many possibilities.
The centres can be coloured with mica powders, or foils, or embossed with frantage powders, or glittered…….
This was another brilliant idea. Cut a small square of craft sheet (or buy one from us that we have pre-cut into smaller squares!) and add small “blobs” of hot glue. Cover with glitter, or seed beads for custom made embellishment’s to match your projects. These would be perfect for flower centres. The Stix2 glitter sets are ideal for this technique because of the shape of the tubes!
Brush on mica powders to make pearls!
Press on foils for fabulous effects. I have never used foils before and was amazed at how easy it was to use them and the great effects that could be created.
Stix2 also manufacture two types of double sided adhesive sheets. The large A4 sheets are perfect for all the “dry” techniques that Michelle showed us with glitters and foils (who would have thought the little bottles and jars would be so useful!). You can also add flock, beads, metallic flitter, flakes……..
The “brown” double sided adhesive sheets can be heat embossed and Michelle created some fabulous embellishments with those. I love the way that Michelle combined foils, glitter and frantage powders all on one example. So clever! Have a look at the deer below. Can you see the lines of foil running through the glitter and frantage embossing powders. We ran out of these brown sheets but I am sending another order today to restock.
I will also get the A4 foam sheets that Michelle used. How brilliant to be able to die cut your own dimensional shapes. I forgot to photograph the samples that Michele made and left with us but will put them on display in the craft room. Michelle used some of my dies so we have a gorgeous Tim Holtz “Noel” and “Umbrella Man” as well as prancing deer!
Here are a few sample cards Michelle had made to show us different ways we could use the brand new Stix” masking sheets. I am so happy about this product as post it notes have lots of limitations (too small for a start) and the Eclipse tape I use sometimes is too expensive.
Michelle has used the Woodware Christmas 25 stamp and I have taken photos of just five of the ways it has been used.
The image has been stamped, masked and the words stamped over the top to create the background. The colouring is soft and gentle and the white snow created with a white picket fence distress marker:
This time Michelle has used the new Woodware dotty background but stamped ity repeatly to create a textured background. Brighter colouring and an added ribbon as well:
Michelle has used Kraft card for her card bases, and stamped with Versafine ink in “sepia” to give a lovely soft effect. You can also add embossing powders to this ink too:
A Woodware “wobble” isn’t just for cute animals! Michelle has used a wobble behind the 25 to create some moving interest. We now sell the “wobble” mechanisms singly for just 30p as I have bought a bulk pack. (Previously they were pre-packaged at 12 for £5). Michelle has used soft colours again but added glitter to the 25.
Michelle used a Woodware brush to sweep the coloured ink onto the card:
The snowflake on this card has been die cut using the brown double sided sheet and then heat embossed with frantage, plus more frantage has been sprinkled over the top like snow. A good tip Michelle gave us was to preheat the card before sprinkling the frantage powder so it stays put better as you heat emboss:
The same card again but coloured with Promarkers. Michelle discovered that the new Stix2 sticky pencil (yes- you definitely need one of these in your craft bag!) will also remove colour so you can add some subtle shading with it. Have a look at the birds breast and the side of the ornament on the card below to see what I mean.
The new masking sheets can also be die cut and then the positive and negative parts used. Here the deer was masked so the background could be stamped with the dotty background. Remove the mask from the deer, but cover the dotty background with the negative and then over-stamp the deer with the Christmas words stamp. Voila – two masks/techniques from one die cut shape!
This is clever. Michelle has used the Gerbera centre created with the hot glue technique on one of her Christmas card samples. The flower centre has become the sun!
Here the Gebera has been stamped and then outlined with a soft grey promarker. The petals have been coloured with the picket fence distress marker by just drawing lines out from the centre. A yellow promarker has been used to just add some dots around the centre and then the hot glue has ensured that the frantage vintage glitter in the centre stays where you want it to stay!
With the Kraft background this has a very contemporary feel, and would be suitable for a variety of occasions.
Stix2 generously donated a goody bag for the day. Everyone who attended the demo was given a free raffle ticket. Mary pulled the winning ticket at the end of the day, and the lucky winner was…
…Wendy Fane! Congratulations Wendy. Your prize is waiting for you at the craft centre. I am sure you will enjoy using all those new goodies.
Thanks everyone again for supporting the day – and HUGE thanks to Michelle who was such a fabulous and fun teacher. I am hoping we will be welcoming Michelle back to A Maze of Memories again in the spring!