Monday, 20 October 2008

3rd Annual Paper Angels Christmas Card Workshop 2008

It was such a great success!!! Thanks to all those who came!!! We had a wonderful day.. And thanks to the fact that we are into our 3rd one we (Paper Angels) have so much more sorted out!!! The normal stress that comes along with such a HUGE event was like not even there!!! can you believe it??? It felt weird at the end of the day.. We had some free time at the end and we cleaned up so quickly... and there was no scuffling demonstrators trying to find lost stamp pad or stamp sets... It was WEIRD!!! Something was wrong.. But everything was perfect!!!! ARHHHH (*sigh*)... Next years one will be A...May....Zing!!!! We will be letting everyone know next year which stamp set will be chosen as soon as we get the New 09-10 Ideas Catalogue!!! and preparations will begin right away!!! With over 200 ladies attending this years event.. We are sure we will grow next year and we will definitely need to outsource a lot more... Now we have the plans in place we are soooooooo much more organised... I am sure this year we will raise at least $3000!!! What a wonderful contribution!!! How beautiful is it to be able to support such a worthy cause!! The Marter Mothers Bereavement Program!! I was honored to tell the ladies a little about the cause.. And I couldn't help but get a emotional... It is such a marvolous honor to be a woman in this day and age... to be able to support other women and their families in such a special way... What a blessing it is for US as Paper Angels to be able to help in this very small physical (for us) but Huge, emotional and spiritual journy for all concerned.... We are blessed to have stumbled upon this cause and been able to raise funds in such a unique way... I am sure it is all in the Plan.... We are the "Paper Angels".... And we are supporting thes beatuiful little baby 'Angels'.....

We know not why the Lord takes these baby's home to his arms..... but we know that their existence impacts our life journey immensely!! Their tiny feet WILL leave a mark on every ones heart!!! God Bless them.. And their families!!! And the staff that assist at this tender moment in time!!

We were asked if we had time to make some decorations for our little Chrissy trees that were to go in the centre of the tables... I took some photos of them... This was mine... I had so much fun making these.. I love to be challenged.. If anyone wants to do some decos for their trees let me know.. I could run a class!!!

Close up's of Individual decorations .....
This one here ('Baby's First) I dreamed about.. Talk about psycho!!! and obsessed!!! I woke in the morning and had to venture down to the art studio to make it.. I created the Dummy with our punches.. using the lg and small Oval, the Word Window & the 1/2" Circle punches... I didn’t have any number stamps so what I did was used the O & B from my Rough Edges Mini Alphabet... I masked the B's straight edge and turned it around and masked it again to get the 8 look....

This has to be my FAV!!!! I love the BLING!!! I used my Crystal Effects and sprinkling some chunky silver glitter on it... then I used some silver eyelets to put the beads on the bottom with thin silver cord... I threaded on one side of the beads then put it through the eyelet and threaded some more beads on so that when I tied the ribbon on it made the tassel nice and neat... no knots... you can use our Pretties Kit beads to do this exact design!!!

This one I stamped the background with my Paisley background stamp.. then I used Sticky Strip with some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter... and lastly some more blingage by using our Rhinestone Brads... I also tied some ribbon around the silver string to add a little more to the top... This was really simple.. Kids could do it!!! Great Chrissie decoration for school projects.. If my kids bought this one home for our Chrissie tree I would put it up.. even if it did not go with my colour theme that year!!!

I wrapped this polystyrene ball with some thick Grosgrain ribbon... by cutting it in 5 strips that were just long enough to overlap I pinned it down with tiny tacking pins to one end.. then I fanned them out starting with the one that was closest to the ball and pinned it down on the bottom... I then stamped the flowers and cut them out and used a pretty little sequin flower and a seed bead with the tacking pins to pierced the ball.. behind I uses a little clear nail polish to make sure it stays in place... I also used our Rhinestone Brads to add a littlemore blingage...

This one was REALLY REALLY Simple... using Crystal Effects again I drew the lines making sure they fanned out from the top and bottom.. to give the impression that the ball is 3D... and then I stuck some of the half pearls form my Pretties Kit on with Glue Dots... How easy?!!! I didn't have any ribbon to match so I just used my Tempting Turquoise ink spot to colour my white grosgrain ribbon.. This is done by turning the ink spot upside down and placing the ribbon on some plastic and pulling the ribbon to get the colour on it... Then you have to hang it for a while to dry...

TIP:- if you would like to keep the ends of your ribbon always looking nice paint them with some clear nail polish... and to keep the knots together again paint with clear nail polish!!! I picked this up from somewhere.. I can't remember where so "Thank You" to someone else for sharing that little bit of knowledge with me!!!

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