Monday, 6 June 2016

The Italian Job

Continuing on my European adventure, I've been teaching in Italy this weekend (and am doing so again next weekend) at Marte in Savona. My hosts have put me up in the most exquisite place - they own a vineyard and olive grove where they make their own wine, liqueurs and olive oil (I may have sampled some - be rude not to!). And I've been eating the most delicious food, all home grown. More about that later in the week - with pictures.

So for this Saturday's class we worked on the 'Book of Redemption'.

And our Sunday workshop was my 'All Seeing Eye' project. 

I had to work with a translator this time and many of the students were scrapbookers who hadn't done mixed media before. But what brilliant students! They all worked fantastically and the end results were so good! I had my youngest ever student too, who is already super talented at just 11 years old.

My hosts also took me to the best pizza place in the world where the pizza is just to die for. Best I've ever tasted. Can't have too many of these or I'll never fit into the suit for my daughter's wedding!

So all in all having such a fabulous time - except for my visit to A&E.... I made the mistake of leaving my windows open and was savaged by mozzies to the extent I only have one functioning eye as it's swelled up! Hopefully I will be able to see again by Saturday for my next class! You'll be pleased to know I'm not sharing any pictures of that!

Ciao for now!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Time Challenge

I think it's time for another challenge, don't you? So here we go! Time is one of my favourite themes so I can't wait to see what you make - remember you don't have to make work in 'my style' - any work in any style is OK as long as the rules (below) are followed.

The theme for this challenge is: TIME
Your interpretation is up to you, but I must be able to see (or read in your post) how you used the prompt to inspire your piece.

Closing date: Midnight GMT, 19th June 2016

The person who creates my favourite piece will win a place on the Andy Skinner online workshop of their choice!

And one lucky person selected at random from all the entries will get this bundle of my Tando Creative goodies to play with.

AND my top three entries will receive a badge for their blog.


There are a few simple challenge rules to follow, so please take a quick read before entering:

-Please use at least one Andy Skinner product in your creation. This includes the whole of the DecoArt Media Line plus my designs for DecoArt stencils, Stampendous stamps, and Tando Creative Stencils and Chipboard. Remember to mention in your post which item(s) you have used.

-Please DO NOT use rival brands of either paint or mediums - DecoArt only; there is no problem with using other products of any brand.

-You can use any substrate you wish.

-Please link to the actual blog post which relates to the challenge, not simply to your blog and make sure you include a link back to this challenge in your post.

-Entry is via the Linky below and I regret that due to time constraints I can't accept entries any other way. This means that you do need to have a blog in order to take part.

-The challenge is open internationally and all entrants following the rules will be eligible to win.

-You can combine my challenge with as many others as you like but I want to see clear evidence that the theme has been the inspiration for your piece.

Entries that don't meet the above requirements will not be eligible to win.

Can't wait to see what you create and GOOD LUCK!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Workshops at Scraps N Pieces, Athens

I recently spent two very enjoyable days giving some workshops at Scraps N Pieces in Athens. I have to start by offering a huge thank you to Myrto (the owner) for her warmth and hospitality. I was made to feel very welcome indeed. The delegates were equally lovely - very lively and wonderfully enthusiastic - plenty of laughs were had.

Classes at Scraps N Pieces

We did two full-day workshops - Note to Self and Antiquated Appliqu├ęs - using DecoArt Media products, Tando Creative chipboard kits and lots of techniques. The students did some great work, with lots of them putting their own spin on the designs.

Some of the delegates' work
 All in all the weekend made for a very pleasant teaching experience which I hope to repeat in the future. Thank you Greece for having me!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Ministry of Mixology, Chicago, il

Ministry of Mixology USA registration is LIVE and ready for registration!  Seats are limited.  Book your place HERE:
Dates: Sat 22- Sun 23 October 2016
(informal Meet & Greet for delegates wishing to stay on Fri 21st)
Tutors: Andy Skinner & Tracy Weinzapfel
Venue: Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare-Rosemont

Price: Introductory Price of $198 (until 15 May 2016)
(regular price $220)

(please note – overnight accommodation is not included but is bookable at a special event price)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Ministry of Mixology April 2016

Back from a frantic but fun-filled weekend at our second Ministry of Mixology event in Coventry. I think from the feedback I've heard so far, we did even better than last time! Here's a little video of some of the highlights.

Kate Crane and I taught sell-out workshops and we were joined by a host of talented artists who did amazing demos and make & takes on Saturday evening. 
To round off the fun on Saturday we had a raffle with prizes ranging from some handmade stamps by Kate Crane to a free place at the next Mixology UK event. The event had such a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see so many happy, smiling faces and so many people making new friends and taking away new experiences.

Di and Tony ran a wonderful retail shop on-site and judging by the state of the shelves on Sunday, there was plenty of shopping going on!

Di and Myself have to say a huge 'thank you' to the amazing team of helpers and demonstrators who gave their time voluntarily to help make this event even more fantastic. Massive thanks also to our sponsors Tando Creative, DecoArt, Stampendous and Craft Stamper magazine who helped enormously to give our event added value and keep our costs down. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who came to play this weekend - events are nothing without enthusiastic and creative delegates!!!

We are incredibly excited to be taking MOM to the next phase this year as we take our retreats to the USA, starting in Chicago this October. But home grown fans there is no need to worry - we'll be back at Coventry again in November for another weekend of fun!