So this is how it happened...
I was shopping in Morrisons
and bought a new card-making magazine that I've never read before
(as one does...)
And in it was a little booklet called 'Best of British'.
And in it was an advert for a card making shop called Dollycottage Crafts,
which is in Chesterfield (and yet, I've never heard of it...)
And so I found their website.
And on it was an advert for a card making demo.
I rang up and booked myself in.
And on Tuesday night I trolleyed along.
And stumbled into paradise.
It's run by a wonderful woman called Sue.
I had a mosey round the shop
And then went into the class.
Sue demonstrated how to make some cards using Nellie Snellen punches.
She also demonstrated the Sizzix machine. I want one.
I was quite overwhelmed after the demo, and didn't really know where to start.
It was a bit like going straight from a GCSE into Uni!
I was sitting next to a lovely woman, who worked with me,
and we made the cards step-by-step together.
I was very nervous of using the Sizzix machine, but soon got to grips with it.
I loved the punches. One punches out the flower petals, and its partner embosses it.
There are punches for stamens and leaves, too.
Fabulous punches. I can't recommend them enough.
I made this:
and was thrilled with it.
I can't wait to go again.
I learned so much.
We had our Bible Study last night. It was really good, and there were four new people there. I finally plucked up the courage to take my cards along. I had asked our group leader (who is also an elder at the church) last time we met, if I could sell my cards in the coffee shop in aid of Pastor Abraham's work in India. To see how this came about, please read here (especially Margaret, please!)
I was so nervous about presenting the cards, and asked him not to look while I was still there, but his wife picked the file up and said the cards were lovely, and before I knew it everyone was looking and asking me how I made them. They loved the decoupage and the shaker cards. I can't believe it. Richard is taking the file to the next leader's meeting to present the idea to them. I can only leave it in the Lord's hands. I'll keep you posted.