Sunday, 17 January 2010

Promarker Class

Well, firstly I'd like to apologise for my lack of blogging this year - I'm so glad I didn't resolve to blog every day of 2010, or I'd've broken a resolution right for a start.
For those of you who know me, you'll know January is an incredibly busy month for me, and for those who don't know... I'm a self-employed accounts service provider and as the self-assessment tax deadline is the 31st January, I am always up to my oxters in books, tax forms and spreadsheets at this time of year. But I only have one client left to do, and even remembered to file my own tax return so  things should be back to normal around here by the end of the month - I'm hoping its actually the end of this week, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
 So I'm also going to apologise for my lack of blog-hopping and commenting for Passion for Promarkers. At PfP, we pride ourselves on the fact that all the DT try to comment on all entries to the challenges - we think its only polite to take the time to look at the entries and leave a comment. But I've asked for a little time off from that until I get back to normal. Believe me, when you're spending 16 hours a day staring at numbers on a spreadsheet, the last thing you want to do is anything else on the pc.

So, now that all my apologies are done, I'll tell you about today.
Today was my very first time teaching a promarker class out at Simply Create, my stomach has been in knots all week - its one thing to colour an image, its quite a different story teaching someone else to do it.
BUT... I'm pretty chuffed at how well it went, Jacqui said that everyone really enjoyed themselves and they were all really pleased with the results they got.
I think it really helped me that Kath, Jacqui and Anne were all there - they helped me to relax immensely.
Firstly I demonstrated how to colour a monochrome image, I used my absolute favourite stamp of all time - the perfect "Daisy" from Sugar Nellie. I thought that by showing them how to colour in monochrome they would pick up the concept of blending far easier than confusing the matter with colour - and it seemed to work really well. Every single one of them did a fabulous job. 

Here's some pics of us all - minus Kath as she was behind the camera -  at coffee time, complete with choccies... if any of the ladies in the pics are visiting here, can you leave me a comment telling me which one you are please, I'm taking Tramadol at the moment which seems to make everything leak from my brain lol

 That's my good side (I'm the one in the foreground in scarlet)

 I think Kath was actually focusing more on the Hero Arts stamps than the ladies in this one lol

 thankyou Kath for cropping out my lumpy bits (ie all the bits below my shoulders lol)

(Sorry, have been asked to remove this pic)

The second stamp we coloured was one of the Gorjuss Girl stamps, again from Sugar Nellie. Now that they had the basics of blending and shading they all managed it easily.

And I had a fabulous time, once I got into my stride and got over my nerves (and learned to tell them to shurrup! lol), I really enjoyed showing them all how to use the promarkers and I was chuffed to bits with how quickly they all picked it up and their finished images were lovely. So Jacqui has asked me to come back and do another class, so keep an eye out for that.
Jacqui, if you're reading this - thankyou for talking me into teaching a class, I thoroughly enjoyed myself today and you've given my confidence a huge boost. 

I'll be back tomorrow to share a few of the samples I made up for the class. 


Lainy's Little Blog said...

I bet you were brilliant Debz! I wish I lived closer and I would definitely have been there. The shop looks amazing too, I'd love to shop for some goodies in there. Well done! Hope that you get all of your work out of the way soon so that you can return to normal with crafting and blogging. Hugs, Lainy xxx

Angela said...

Looks like you all had a great time!

Kath said...

you did great mate...and I learned so much....just have to put into practice now....look forward to seeing you again real soon...big hugs kath xxxxx

Kat said...

Hi Debbi, glad to hear your class went well. Meant to pop over and wish you good luck beforehand but I don't know where the week went lol!! That display of Hero Arts stamps looks amazing. Might need to go and see Jacqui soon.

Kat xx

Kay said...

Congrats, Debbi! Sound like you did a great job and that shop looks fantastic. I will have to put it on my list of places to visit next time I am home.

kaz_za's crafty corner said...

i wish i could be there.. i have just gettin my promakers...!!! and would have loved doin this class to learn some blending techniques...
looks like everyone had fun

Lora said...

I bet you were fab!
I really want to go there some time but I don't drive so a bit far to go on the bus :(
Barry's (my b/friend) sister lived in Alford for years until about 3 years ago and I must of went past the shop loads of times but I wasn't into crafting then so never went in! I could kick myself now though, just think of all the lovely things I could of conned my SIL into buying for me because she lived down the road from the craft shop lol.
Hugs Lora xx

Rufus said...

Knew you could and would do a super job! To bad I'm on wrong side of the "pond"! Looks like everyone had a great time and would love to wonder around in that shop! Maybe it's a good thing I'm over here after all! (For my wallet at least, LOL)
Congrats on a job well done!

Mar G said...

Well done Deb :-) Bet all the ladies loved your class & gained valuable tips on using their PM's...Simply Create looks fab & a shopping trip there is DEF on the cards next time I'm up...Maybe Lainy & I should arrange a wk-end break together? ;-)
You know that I empathise totally re: the Tramadol :-/ Been there got that t-shirt...Chin up - Mar x

scotspanda said...

looks like a fabulous day hun, wish I could have been there, maybe next time ;o)


Amanda xx

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