The Paper Source is having a holiday card contest which I have to enter. I have to!
I've already got some supplies for Christmas card making, thanks to that card workshop I took yesterday night. I came home with a fairly hefty bag of stuff, I'm (not really) sorry to say. But the card contest rules state that the card must be made with 100% Paper Source materials! That means I have to go back. I have to!
The card workshop was fun, although it was a little odd for me, going by myself and being surrounded by middle-aged female teachers and/or domestic engineers. There were so many alpha types there, it was scary. "Me me me, oh yeah I know that, me me I I I gimme gimme."
I wasn't particularly impressed with any of the cards or techniques they showed us, since I'd already had experience in most of them (stamping, embossing, using a sticker maker, glitter and glue, punches), but it was kind of nice to be able to play with their materials hands-on.
The one thing I did find impressive, however, was the envelope liner templates. They're extremely simple--you cut nice paper to the shape of the template, and glue it into a matching size envelope. I've never used liners before, but they look awesome, and they only take a minute. I feel the need to also get the envelope template kit so I can always have matching envelopes. I have to!
Another thing I liked quite a bit, but had used before, was the embosser + plates. I can emboss papers with my Cuttlebug as it is, but the specialized embossers can be made into custom designs, and they have a more refined look to them. I have to get this one eventually. I have to!
One of the most amusing things of the evening was the impatient husband I saw as I left at 9:30pm, waiting in a car outside the store.The other really amusing thing was the way one of the instructors showed us how to deal with excess glitter or embossing powder--"You just flick it, like this," she said, and flicked the sparkles onto the ground. ! I would never be allowed to do that at home, anywhere.
Overall I was happy with the workshop, I came home pretty hyper. I'm seriously considering doing their make your own stamp workshop, though it's longer and more expensive, and seems more involved (a challenge!). I think it's about time I turn my classic robot drawing into a stamp... I have to!