Hello friends. This past weekend I spoiled myself by doing Pinkfresh Studio's Create & Connect Christmas Event
, which consisted of four 2 hour classes taught by Heather Hoffman, Carissa Wiley, Lea Lawson, & Laura Bassen. The kit they send you is filled with never before released Christmas stamps, dies, stencils & cover plate dies, and also the coolest little mini blending brushes that are perfect for adding shading to all those smaller areas in a stencil! Each class was fast paced, but if you did your "homework" beforehand, it wasn't too hard to keep up. There were 2 classes Saturday, and 2 classes Sunday, and yes, by the end I was tuckered, but had a lot of beautiful Christmas cards to add to my stash! It was a fun, FUN event, and I hope I can do it again next year!
My post is a little picture heavy today, so just sit back and enjoy. Remember also that none of the products I used are available to the public yet...only the 1084 who took the classes received the new items. PFS is usually pretty quick to release new items after an event, so hopefully if you see anything I used that you really want for yourself, it will be available soon. OK, here we go...
This first class was taught by Heather Hoffman, and we got to use this beautiful new bauble ornament stamp, stencil, & die set. The card on the left was heat embossed with gold before stenciling, while the card on the right was just stenciled with no heat embossing or stamping. I think I like the embossing on it a bit better as it defines the florals better. Such a beautiful set to play with and I will definitely be using these products again!!
Our 2nd class was taught by Carissa Wiley, and while her cards were a lot more involved, she walked us through step by step and they turned out beautifully!
Carissa had also shared a "PINK" version of the 1st card, and of course I had to try it out...
I loved both color combinations and let me tell you that all of these cards bring new meaning to the words SPARKLE & SHINE!!
Class 3 was taught by Lea Lawson and our first card was a twofer using a background stamp that was gold embossed and stenciled and then cut in 2 on a diagonal so you could make 2 cards! Both of these cards also use the Snowflake cover plate die that's been used in most of my other cards too, and it just makes the most BEAUTIFUL backgrounds! It is a real pain to get all the little chards poked out of the cardstock and the die, but SO worth the extra effort!
This card also used the Mistletoe and Holly background stamp, but not cut in half this time. Lea used gold glitter cardstock for her frame, but I had run out of what gold glitter cardstock I had on hand with my other cards, so I substituted the gold mirror cardstock for the frame (which is also part of the kit).
Our last class was taught by Laura Bassen, and while Laura's style is a much less ornate and more clean, her cards were no less beautiful than all the others! I loved using the set of 3 stencils for the backgrounds on both cards and the different color combos on the leaf and berry stamps.
Are you still with me??!! I know this was a picture heavy post, but didn't want to leave anything out as it was such a FUN weekend and just filled with ideas using all these new supplies! PFS really impressed me with everything included in this kit, and of course all four classes and the instructors...definitely a weekend to remember!! These events are a little pricey upfront, but you do get your money's worth and they're just fun, Fun, FUN!!!
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