Thursday, December 24, 2009

Michelle Zindorff Brayer Class

I got the chance last month to do one of Michelle Zindorff's brayer classes in Moore, OK. I live in Broken Arrow near Tulsa about 2 hours from Moore but my sister lives in Moore. It worked out that the weekend I was going to my sisters was the same weekend Michelle was having one of her classes there. It was only about 2 or 3 miles from where my sister lives. I was able to get in at the last minute to her beginner but all the advanced classes were full.

The class I took was on Sunday morning. It just so happened that there were only 3 of us in the class. Michelle said that it was very unusual for a class not to fill up. I'm guessing it was because it was on a Sunday morning and Oklahoma is in the Bible belt so probably everyone was a churh. Which is where I would have been if Ihad been a home. : ) The other 2 ladies that were in the class were also from Tulsa. Having such a small class meant Michelle could just sit there at the end of the table and not have to stand and walk around to everyone. We got individualized attention and she had 3 giveaways which meant we each got one. What we got were her demo cards that she made or the class. So I have an original Michelle Zindorff picture. : ) I may have to frame it and hang it in my craft room.

So here are the cards that I made in class. This is the order that we made them.
Not bad, huh? It's basically learning the technique that Michelle has perfected in using the brayer. Now I need to practice, practice and practice some more.On this second card I ended up having some black smudges on it so that is why the birds are there. Michelle didn't have birds on hers. The birds looked bette then the smudges. ; )
Now as of yet I have not tried to make any more using her techniques but I really hope to VERY soon. Michelle called me the "Whimpy Stamper"! Well, I kind of was too. After just a short time of using the brayer my arm/shoulder was hurting. I asked if we would be sore from this and she looked at me kind of funny and said "No". I asked the other 2 girls if it hurt them and they said no also. So that is where I got the label "Whimpy Stamper". My shoulder has been hurting for a long time when I do activities that move my arm back and forth like that. I finally went to the doctor just yesterday and she thinks it's my rotater cuff. I got a steriod shot in my arm, some anti-inflamatories to take every day and a couple of excerices to do to strengthen the rotater cuff. I go back to the doctor in about 4 weeks. I hope this helps because it has really intereffered with me doing thing. Cooking, cleaning and even scrapping hurts so I knew it was time to do something.

It's Christmas Eve and I wanted to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Tammy said...

Happy Christmas Diane!
Have a great day!

Micki said...

OMG, girl those cards are awesome!!!!!! Oh I love them. I can't decide which one I like best. Make sure you have your shoulder checked out. Don't let it go on too long.


Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Diane!! I'm considering taking her class this coming November at Joan Fricker's in Indiana (5 hr drive). How great that you were able to have such 1-on-1 instruction with Michelle!! Happy New Year my friend!

ERICA said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! Now that you've taken the class, maybe you could post a "how to" video. Hint. Hint. :-) Great work!