Then I got asked to contribute to a stamping magazine and that forced me to sit at my desk and try and come up with some ideas. There is nothing like a deadline to help keep you focused!! And so gradually I began to enjoy crafting again. And now that I am about 3 years away from retirement I am looking forward to having more time to do all the things I love!!
The thing I enjoyed most when I had my shop was teaching techniques in workshops. I met some great people and made some good friends. A group of us still meet regularly for a craft swap and a catch-up.
I now buy most of my stash on-line or go to Cupar in Fife to McOyster Crafts. The owner Adrian has kindly agreed to let me do a few classes for him in March. So I thought I would put a little plug on my blog in the hope it might help fill a place or two.
I am starting off with a class called "Distressed Background Techniques". I love Distress inks and now that the Distress Oxide inks have arrived I love them too!! This class will explore a few ways to create backgrounds for stamping on.
Wrinkle free distress with stamps from Visible Image
Blended Distress with stencils and water
The last 3 all use stamps to create the background and the focal image.
The second class is called "Cards for Men". I am sticking to distress inks with more techniques for making backgrounds and a travel theme.
If these classes work out I hope to carry on and do more classes now and then. These first two classes will be on the last two Saturdays in March for anyone who might be interested. I always try to support my local shop. I remember only too well what it is like trying to compete in such a big market place.