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My First Class!!

Hi fellow crafters, how are you all? I am hoping everyone is just fine.

I am pleased to announce that after almost 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, I did my first ever class today. There were 9 ladies there all enthusiastic, 3 had previously stamped and I had 5 or 6 that had never stamped before!! We did one card today and what an introduction to stamping it was. I wanted something that was going to be a wow factor so that beginner stampers went home with an awesome card not just a stamped image matted and tied in with a sentiment.

I believe the Triple Time Stamping I did with the ladies gave a fantastic first impression of how fantastic the stamp pads are from Stampin’ Up! and it was a great way to introduce stamping to ladies that had never stamped before. They all did very well and were very pleased that they had made such a lovely card for a beginner, the other ladies that had stamped in the past had to have a little lesson on how to use those especially “juicy’ stamp pads and it took some getting used to from hard tapping on the stamp pad to a lighter touch to ink up the image and stamp. They were pleasantly surprised at how fantastic the new formulations are, once they got used to them. I remember other demos suggesting to take some baby wipes at classes to help with the extra inkyness, I am so glad that I put them in for clean up of hands and sometimes to clean up over inking.

I made 3 samples and gave the participants the choice between a masculine type card and a feminine card. Most chose the masculine card to do and opted for a generic saying such as “Just for You” from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set. I have to admit it is my most go to stamp set for placing sentiments on the front of cards. They are just the right size to be not too overpowering for the stamped images.

So here is the card that most chose to work on today:

The Open Sea

The Open Sea

I have to say the cards turned out awesome and I felt a small surge of pride to see these ladies enjoy themselves and they really loved what they produced today.

Here was the alternate choice for those that wanted to a little more feminine.

Delicate Doilies

Delicate Doilies

They did really enjoy themselves and I had everything cut ready to go so the focus today was strictly on stamping. I also used the Colour Spritzer tool so that the white base was not so stark. 2 ladies loved the tool so much that they ordered it!!.

I just decided while making samples for today’s class to do a slight twist on the basic stack. Here is what I came up with and I did case this one from the internet, there were so many blogs with this similar card that I dont know which lady to give credit to on this sample below as there were a few samples online with different blog addresses and names on them.

French Foliage - Sympathy Card

French Foliage – Sympathy Card

As you can see just a slight twist on the original design and it still looks spectacular.


Well I just had to share with you my first class and I feel it was a success. I am looking forward to another booking for a class with these ladies in a months time.

Until next time…..

“May the Stamps be with You!!”