Sunday, 14 June 2015

Stamping with the WI with Sheltering Tree

First of all, huge thanks to the kind ladies who sponsored me on my Pink Ribbonwalk, following my blog post yesterday! It’s very kind of you and I’m really grateful.

The day went well and, despite the early downpour, the rain cleared up to a fine drizzle. We were going fine until the eight-mile mark, when things started to hurt, but one of my team members met us with biscuits at nine miles, which was very kind of her, and after that there was only a mile to go, which was easy. My feet are sore now, though, but give me a week and I could probably do it again!

Meanwhile, back to stamping... a week or so ago I had the pleasure of crafting with Holbrook WI (for my international readers, this is the Women’s Institute). I was quite nervous but they were a fun and energetic bunch who made me feel very welcome. 

Due to the size of the group, I planned my project for them very carefully, using ink pads that I had multiples of, and a stamp set which I knew I could borrow from friends; Sheltering Tree. I managed to create four work stations this way, with a stamp set and ink pads at each one. If some had Garden Green instead of Old Olive, nobody complained! I also used the old pencil rubber technique to create a dotty background, so that I could easily produce a pencil for each work station. The hearts were punched out for them ready as I only have one Hearts Border punch. 

The Make & Take packs were stored in our Wood-Mount cases – one for each table – with a sample card safely stored in the front sleeve. I had this genius idea recently and wish I’d thought of it ages ago, as it makes finding the sample card easy, and keeps it clean, too!

This is the card we made; it was a steep learning curve as it took a little longer than anticipated but I’m sure others will agree that, whenever we Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators hold a workshop or party, we learn something from it to take to the next one. 

Anyway, big thanks to the WI ladies for such a warm reception and I hope they enjoyed themselves. 

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