09 May 2014
|We hold a Team Meeting every month with all of our Managers & Assistant Managers and one of the highlights is the Make 'n Take Crafty Chris does for us each month. It's always a project based on the Free Creative U Seminar she is presenting, so we all get to join in and learn one of the fun things she will be demonstrating that month.
In preparation for the May Fabric By Design Seminars, we got to play with stencils from the Amy Butler Stencil book and we had SO much fun!!! Be sure to mark your calendars for one of the seminars this month, you will learn a ton.
Here's a little taste from our adventure:
First we chose one of the 10 stencils from Amy's book. Christina, Everett Assistant Manager, took this very seriously. LOL
Then we laid our stencil on the pre-cut canvas Chris gave us. That's Audrey, our Bremerton Manager showing you how it's done. After positioning, we taped it to the fabric so that it didn't slide around while we were stenciling.
Next step was choosing a sponge to work with. Chris highly recommends the Martha Stewart sponge set we carry and after working with them, so do I! This one is big and smooshy (I think that's the technical term Chris used) and makes the job go faster. And I'm kind of all about faster!
When you're stenciliing, you don't want much paint on your sponge. The technique was dip, sponge off on paper plate, then stencil. Chris will have the whole scoop for you at the Creative U Seminars. (And, as you can see, they let us eat cake when we were done. In fact, it was SODO Manager Janet's banana cake - an excellent incentive!)
And, when we were done, it was time for the BIG reveal. As you can see, Janice, Bellevue Assistant Manager wasted no time getting to that cake. Obviously a VERY wise woman! After all, what is crafting without cake!!!
We were SO proud that a bunch of posed with our finished artwork. Left to right sitting: Christina & Pat (Everett), Janet & Karen (SODO). Left to right standing: Me (Annette), Meagan (office), Audrey (Bremerton). A couple more . . .
Eileen, our Inventory Management Queen with her lovely ferns.
And, this one with the awesome shading done by Ellen from Bremerton.
I just love this!! Crafting with friends is SO much more fun than crafting alone. And the stenciling is something ANYONE can do. Do I hear a party being planned??? I think so!
Come to Creative U. EVERY month, Chris has wonderful things to show you, demonstrate and teach you. It's really should be a must and you can bring as many friends as you like! Click here for the May dates and times, then watch your email, printed Class Catalog and our Events page so you don't miss out ever!
Craft with Joy!