My family are all safe and sound, all home for the weekend and enjoying life. Steve is getting better but still in quite a lot of pain, Alex came and went out - he has lots of friends to visit and stayed at his girlfriend's last night. He was here though, there's a pile of dirty laundry to prove it! Georgina had more riding lessons and loves it more each time, it's so funny watching her swagger across the stable yard in her kit, she has so much confidence. Next week I am away at Bristol, teaching at Scrap Camp so I have booked her a 'horse for the day' session, she'll go from 10am to 4pm and work with the girls in the stables with a ride out.
Papercraft Inspirations came a few days ago, I have an ATC class inside for beginners. I loved making the cards for the gallery, all fairly simple but loads of fun to do. These are my favourites but there are loads more in my gallery here.
About four years ago a few of us altered some playing cards for a magazine article but the magazine went down and they were never used until about 18 months later, they were supposed to make a pack of scrappers playing cards but I wanted to do more. I tried to find out how to get started in ATCs, what materials I needed to buy etc and asked for help on a small thread on UKS. I was blanked by most of the women there who made me feel as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit, although a couple decided to break ranks and secretly PM'd me to help. A few more months later I went to an altered art weekend and took some classes from Dyan Reavely and Leandra from Paper Artsy. Dyan showed me how to make ATCs and I was hooked, I learned loads about altered art techniques and found that I had a more artsy outlet than scrapbooking. Unfortunately I rattled a few cages with the unfriendly bunch on UKS who decided they had invented altered art and I had stolen the idea (despite several old UKS members who had been at it long before they even joined!) but luckily Mary Anne allowed an altered art forum for ALL to join in. The few nasties went elsewhere and we now have a thriving friendly and helpful forum so that anyone can come along and learn, join in with swaps and share their art. I hope this beginners class will help readers to get started as much as Dyan helped me by stripping away the mystery and the snobbery showing how much fun these little pieces of art can be.