I have had an incredible day spent at Dawn Bibby's demo weekend at her shop in Church Accrington and Oswaldtwistle Mills.
Firstly, I saw Lindsay Mason who was demoing gorgeous stamps and my favourite Tim Holtz bits. If you have had chance to look on her blog you will have seen the straw technique she uses to create a tree. I saw the real thing as Lyndsay showed me how to do this. Fab. Had a go but my straw was too small and I couldn't get enough air through it. Instead I used a brush. It worked but that isn't the idea and it certainly isn't as much fun. I bought her swirly birds stamps (PICo13 - Personal Impressions), square tile fragments (Ranger), walnut stain distress ink re-inker (Ranger) and some distress ink foam pad refills. She also showed me 2 little explosion boxes she had created which made me fill with amazement. I am deffinately booking her workshop to learn how to make these. What a treat.
Opposite Lyndsay was Leonie who gave me great big hug as a lovely warm welcome. She is a treasure. Leonie was showing how to get the best from craftynotions spray paints plus new acrylic stamps and fantastic papers. Of course she was making ATCs and I just wanted them all. The colours were wonderful as were their names. One technique she used was to spray a piece of card with the inks to use as a background, then using the same colour ink pad, colour another piece of card to use as a matt for the topping. Brings everything together. She showed us many ways of using the stamps and papers and also how to use some matching acrylic paint around the edge using a paint brush and simply to GLOBDOOLEY in places. Obviously we all know what a globdooley is, but for those who are unsure, its when you get little bits which are thicker than others!!! She is such a darling. We all howled.
After a bit of lunch and another lovely hug cheerio from Leonie, we made our way down the road to Dawn's shop. I made a bee line for Dawn who was happily demonstrating the melting pot. What amazing cards she was making using both shimmer powders and some gorgeous new shimmer duo card from Kanban. Oh wow!! Just to die for. Having already requested an ATC swap from Dawn through a comment on her blog, she had one prepared for me but because I was in awe with what she was doing, she made me one there and then. It's gorgeous. I had already swapped with Lindsay and Leonie so how happy am I?
The picture shows my haul and I'll put a couple of photos on of the girls and some cards later. - What a lovely day.