When I began cardmaking, I went to a beginner's class at Made by You in Swindon Old Town and really enjoyed it. I went to a couple more classes and then got out of the habit of going across; I don't tend to shop in Swindon at all. Then I noticed from the website that the shop was due to close and looking for new premises... Forgot about it until I checked recently to see if it had relocated and was surprised and pleased to see it's continuing in its current location.
The first card uses 3 stamps, watercoloured with Tombow pens, some decoupage and Perfect pearls for highlights. The borders are cut with a Hello Kitty die cut from Sissix; it cuts two long thin strips, rather than edeges a piece of card, very effective. The join is disguised with ribbon. I'm really proud of my bows on the card; Pat showed me a great way to tie them; she even managed to demo left handed to me!
The second card is much simpler; again it's watercoloured. The vase is a clear plastic peel-off, stuck to the same blue card used to mat the image and cut round. Another useful idea I got was to use a syringe for the silicon glue to decoupage; maybe now I can use all the tube and not throw it out half way because I can't get any more glue out :). Both cards have suffered a bit from being workshop cards, the Stickles has spread a little on the second card and stuck onto the first card, which has lost a decoupage bloom. I'll try to be more careful next time :) I'll post my other cardswhen they get finished, all the makings of them came home with me.
The shop's well worth a visit if you're in the area; it's restocking after having been due to move so there are some bargains there. But the main stamps seemed to focus on good British manufacturers who produce affordable, quality stamps: Elzybells, Little Claire, Crafty Individuals...