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Card making is the craft of producing handmade greeting cards.

Alannah is an artist, having produced large-scale murals for museums and smaller canvasses in the past. Her experience and knowledge of paint mediums, inking and texture techniques adapts seamlessly to bring you card making and paper craft workshops with more ART!

WORKSHOP or CLASS?
A 'class' is mostly about the teacher imparting information to a group of seated individuals, but a workshop is about YOU...offering you an opportunity to move about an atelier (studio), experiencing and using different tools and products, learning techniques with step-by-step guidance, exploring your hidden creativity and most importantly, shared enjoyment in a relaxed friendly environment.


WHY MAKE A CARD?
The simple joy of creating something by hand and the positive energy infused into each handmade card, makes it a unique and personal gift, and a joy to receive.
WHAT'S THE COST?
Card making workshops start at $15.00 per crafter. Paper Craft workshops start at $20.00 per crafter. Workshop prices will be advertised on this home page, including what to bring. Scroll down this page for upcoming workshop info. Link to FREE stuff

WHAT TO BRING?
Toolbox info.
If it's your first time at a  workshop you don't have to bring anything as Alannah provides a basic kit for you to borrow on the day. Specific tools or materials used in workshops are listed when advertised. Please BYO if you have them if you don't wish to share in-house tools. Adhesives are not included in the workshop materials provided so you'll need to bring your own or buy some from the 'shop'.

DURATION?
Please allow 2 hours for a standard card making workshop if you're experienced. Allow up to 3 hours if you're a beginner or a 'slow' crafter. On occasion, hours may be extended to those who 'slow-craft'. Please only use the materials provided to complete the days' project as 'mooching' is frowned upon and unfair to others.

CALENDAR
Please refresh the calendar regularly and remember to reserve your workshop spot by booking ahead.

BOOKINGS
Material bundles for each workshop are prepared for those with a confirmed booking. While there is no cancellation fee, a courtesy email or text is appreciated if you've RSVP'd your interest or booked a spot but cannot attend on the day.

PARKING
There's adequate street parking in the cul-de-sac for crafters and visitors. Parking on the nature strip or obstructing a driveway is prohibited under Qld road rules. If in doubt where to park please refer to Residential Parking Fact Sheet.

PHOTOS & PHONES
No photographs please. The use of  an image capturing device such as mobile phone, camera, or tablet is NOT PERMITTED due to Privacy, Copyright and I.P legislation. Before the workshop starts, please be considerate and switch your mobile phones to silent mode or to vibrate if you're expecting an important call during the workshop.

FREE STUFF
Link HERE to find card folds and gift box instructions with measurements.

REVIEWS/LIKES and SHARES
If you have been to a workshop and would like to add a comment or review, please click on the image to link to the Alannah May'd Facebook business page. All comments, likes and share are greatly appreciated.

SHOP HOURS
Alannah stocks products and tools recommended for beginners and advanced crafters as well as consumables frequently used during workshops. The 'shop' is open during advertised and operating workshop hours for crafters and visitors. Visitors, please, no walk-ins without a prior appointment, thank you. Please check the calendar and get in touch if you wish to visit during workshop hours.

 
This business is a Registered Stockist for Darkroom Door.

Mass-produced, machine printed greeting cards have been faced with competition from electronic greeting cards. Now more than ever people are devoting time to creating their own handmade greeting cards for a special event.

The simple joy of creating something from scratch and the positive energy infused into each handmade card, makes it a unique and personal gift, and a joy to receive.

Welcome to a relaxed creative space for card making and paper craft workshops suitable for adult crafters (18yrs +). If you already have an interest in card making or want to know what it's all about, read on...

Alannah* offers workshops in a relaxed atelier featuring beautiful hand made cards and paper craft items you'll be proud to create and gift to friends and family.

With the main focus on techniques, hints, tips and clever ideas, you'll enjoy making cards with a wonderful blend of both art and craft, that will have you learning new ways with old techniques, skilled shortcuts and the 'lazy way' to create gorgeous inked backgrounds.

Learn clever colouring techniques, highlighting the easy way, how to add 3D shading to die cut animals and much more.

Creativity and courage go hand-in-hand, so you'll be encouraged to step away from ordinary run-of-the-mill card making and step a little outside your 'comfort zone', all under the watchful eye of an experienced artist and crafter.

You'll definitely get your fingers dirty at these workshops because Alannah willingly shares her knowledge and skills as an Artist to encourage others in developing and exploring their 'artistic flair'.

You will be guided step-by-step through each of the workshops, with explanations and demonstrations of what to do, how to do it and the order of things.

Doors open 30 minutes earlier than the advertised workshop to allow settling time - make a cuppa, time to read instructions, and/or chat with other crafters/friends.

Mobile phones should be set to silent at this stage. You're welcome to take a call but please be considerate and excuse yourself from the studio as not to disturb other crafters.

You are encouraged to craft at your own pace after being introduced to the project. Let's use 'Slow Crafting' for want of a better term.

Most workshops last 2-3 hours and comfortable seating is available for 8 crafters for any one workshop, so book early to guarantee your spot.

Bookings are essential as workshops are held at a private address. No 'walk-ins' without a prior appointment, please.

While there is no cancellation fee, if you have booked a spot but can't make it on the day, a courtesy email or text is appreciated.

The creative space is fully air-conditioned and workshops are suitable for adults aged 18yrs and older.

Crafters, please BYO adhesives and a basic toolbox to all workshops.


Alannah* (meaning: Irish origin: Adding a to leanbh, the word for “child” in Irish, brings a sense of warmth – “O child” or “darling child.” A favoured name in Ireland)  Pronounciation =  a + lan + a

May'd (Items created by Alannah May are Alannah May'd - a clever word play, combining both noun and verb)

Atelier**: (meaning) a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer. A room where an artist works.


Somewhere along your craft path you may have heard the term "You can't teach creativity!" Alannah truly believes everyone is creative even if they think they aren't.

It's all about giving it a go, embracing  'mistakes', exploring random gatherings of thought and understanding technique. The more something is understood the more tempting it is to try it. Alannah's workshops always include one or more techniques with step-by-step guidance. There's even a dedicated Technique Tuesday (twice each month) where you'll get to play with different tools and products and learn some interesting techniques to enhance your card making experience. Plus you'll take home finished cards using those techniques. READ MORE

If creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which ones to keep, we're going to have the most wondrous journey along the way.