Sunday, January 18, 2009

My First Ever Class!

Happy Sunday everyone!!

Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I really did plan to post after I got home last night, but the second I sat down, I fell asleep. I guess it has been so long since I last taught anything, I just forgot how tired it makes you.

So yesterday was an incredibly busy day for me. I woke up really early to pack up all the supplies I needed for my class, got ready, loaded up the car and headed to the stamp store. I then taught my first ever stamping class to 7 women and it lasted 3 1/2 hours Whoops!!! Then I rushed over to our Archivers and met with the insanely talented Lynn Mercurio! All in all it was an awesome day!

Well, yesterday's class was so much fun and educational, I might have actually learned more than my students. I had the best time and the women that took my class were so patient and kind, that it just made it seem like a big party. I hope they ask me back sometime to teach again. I have to say though, my wonderful friend Tracy came and helped me and it was just like the old days at Meramec Elementary! We used to teach together there and it was so much fun to have her. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her!
After my class, like I said early, I met with Lynn! And let me tell you she is just as sweet and talented as she is on-line. I learned so much and laughed so much, my stomach hurt. I think this is one of the best things about stamping. All the wonderful and encouraging people you meet!!

Since I had my first class, I wanted to share today what we made!! I had the girls make three different Pink Cat cards and to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what they wanted to learn from me. It all worked out fine though, because we practiced a lot with my cuttlebug, embossing folders and nesties along with coloring and shading with copics. I now think I have converters to the nesties and copics cause!!! LOL!!! yeah!!

Here is the first card we created. It is actually a card I created for the Pink Cat sneak peeks but used different papers and colors.

I love the idea that you can use the exact same layout on something but use different colors and the card looks different in every way. You can find the complete instructions for this card here. This card probably took the longest for everyone to create, but their creations were stunning. I was so happy to see that everyone didn't create my exact card but added their own touches and designs too it!

The second card we created is another card I have posted previously but with different colors and papers.

I have to say, I wasn't as excited about the way this card turned out. But the women in the class really made it their own! I brought a variety of different background papers to use and I wish I had my camera to take pictures. The instructions for this card can be found here!

The final card we created was a new design I came up with for the class. My goal was to create three cards using three different types of stamps that Pink Cat offers, i.e. people, animals and things. Here it is!

I was really pleased with the way this card turned out and probably had the most layers out of all the card!! I started this card by stamping the cupcake from Sweet Treats by Pink Cat Studio on white card stock and colored it in using my copics. I added touches of glitter pen and white gel pen for sparkle and highlights. I then cut it out using my nesties along with green card stock and maroon card stock. For the maroon card stock, I ran it though my cuttlebug embossing folder, swiss dots, to give it some texture. I then alternated layering on green card stock, maroon card stock and some Valentine's DP from BoBunny. I then stamped the sentiment, "You're Sweet!" from the same set and layered it on some DP and green card stock. I finished the card off by adding four red brads to the corners and popping the sentiment off. After the paper was cut, this card took no time at all to stamp, color, and assemble.

Well, now that I have bored you with a recap of my exciting day, I better go and catch up on all my wonderful friends out in blogland!! Thank you all so much for your encouragement and beautiful comments! They mean so much to me! And don't forget, my blog candy is still up for grabs until midnight tonight so please enter to win here!!!


Danni said...

I'm so glad it went well! And how fun to meet Lynn!!
Love all the cards, wish I had been there to take the class!

Bonnie (eggette) said...

How exciting to teach a class!! My daughter and I have done a couple at our library and I agree, it is so rewarding to see everyone's creations! So glad it was a good experience for you!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Sounds like you had such a fun day Janna and wish I could have come. Your cards are all totally gorgeous. Hope your having a great Sunday, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Christi said...

How exciting! I am so glad that your class went well and you had such a fun day!!

Mariska said...

Wow Janna, that sounds so exciting!! I don't think I'd dare to teach a class but since you have a background in teaching I'm sure you did an amazing job!!! Good for you!!


Carolyn Bounds said...

Oh dang!!! I am so jealous!!! I wish I lived close enough to be able to take one of your classes:o) I need as much help as I can get when it comes to coloring with markers! I know the ladies in your class had a blast!!!!


Kimmie0270 said...

So cute! I LOVE that Billy card

Cassie said...

oh looks like fun was had by all! that cupcake is scrumptious!!! thanks for all the sweet comments you leave on my blog!

Heather said...

Hi Miss Janna,

Sorry I have been MIA on my blog comments for two days. Well yesterday you know all I did was make that Pink Cat gift set, and get the pictures edited and posted and the DT application in.

I got an e-mail tonight from Mandy at Lime Light and she said she had got my application and really thought my samples were great and she would let me know soon if I was choosen for a position.

I hope I get it, but do not have my figers crossed as I can not seem to make it on a DT team to save my life ha ha ha. I have tried out for 6 now 3 were 4 were no's and 2 are not announced yet and I am doing 3 more before the
30th so we will see.

I should not be saying all of this in a comment where everyone can read it, but Oh Well.

I really enjoyed our talk today too. I am so glad we are getting to know each other I really enjoy every conversation I have had with you and learn more about you every time we talk!!!! You have enriched my life girl!!!

Well I will let you go from all my ramblings now. I really liked all 3 cards the Lily and Billy being my favorite, and the Farm set a close second. I need to use that stamp I never have yet. Have you seen the amazing Farm set over at the Greeting Farm??? I love it!!! Can not wait for that Anya and Ian Farmers to come out either!!!

Tell your Mom I adored her comment about my Anya card she is so sweet to me too!!!

Oh and I see you started following my blog so Yea!!!! Cause you might miss somthing important you know!!!! LOL


Jodi said...

These are all great cards and yes it is so great that we can be very versatile with cards in using different papers and colors but keeping the same format. =)
So glad your class went well and your weekend in meeting Lynn. It really is so great to stamp and paper craft because it does lead you to meet great people.
Jodi =)

the whimsical butterfly said...

These are absolutely adorable Janna! I'm so happy for you in regards to teaching the class and it must have been awesome to meet Lynn! You rock, girl!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Your three cards are just adorable!!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day......