Hi, my name is Gill Rudland. I first discovered crafting nearly thirteen years ago a few months after my son was born. I first started with glass painting when I saw a kit being sold on the TV, and that was it, I was hooked. I also did acrylic painting onto MDF blanks (which I designed and my husband put together), as well as onto pots. I also became fascinated with moulds which I would cast and then attach to frames and MDF blanks.
Then a couple of years later a friend took me to the HUGE papercraft show at Birmingham, where I found out about card making and basically that was it. I started off using peel offs and peel off markers, so my first cards were quite basic, but like everyone I soon progressed onto other things. I then started doing craft fairs making a mixture of cards and MDF cutouts using napkin decoupage (which I later discovered is a good technique for card making), as well as making a lot of cards to order. I did a lot of 3D decoupage for a long time because I always found that you could get some really good results without having to be too creative, and I just found it really relaxing to just sit for hours cutting out designs and then layering them together. I also progressed to doing larger A4 designs and framing them which gives fabulous results. Then about five years ago I started doing rubber stamping, which until then I had avoided for various reasons (its boring! I'm not creative! I'm no good at watercolouring!) to name but a few. How wrong I was!!! There are so many things you can do with rubber stamps, you will never get bored. There are new products coming out all the time and some fabulous techniques, my absolute favourite being ultra thick embossing. I soon found that lots of people wanted to know how I had achieved various results and so for a while I taught small groups of people rubber stamping techniques as well as fancy card fold techniques which also proved to be very popular.
My ultimate dream however was always to open my own craft shop, which I finally acheived in May 2010, which has allowed me to continue with the workshops but with larger groups and on a more regular basis.