Monday, May 6, 2013

Giveaway! Win one of Marina Sousa's Craftsy Cake Decorating Classes!

Craftsy Instructor, Marina Sousa

For an artist serious about their craft, the learning never stops. We constantly seek out new inspirations and ways to broaden our artistic horizons. These days, there are a myriad of options available for learning a new craft and expert instructors are ready to teach you anything you want to know. One of the most popular online craft websites is Denver-based Craftsy, which started 2 years ago when their parent company Sympoz began offering online education classes. One of their first classes listed was a quilting class and it was so popular, Craftsy was born to celebrate all things craft! Craftsy is an enormous network of 1.5 million users and growing, who purchase professionally designed online video classes in quilting, sewing, cake decorating, and more. It brings together traditional, in-person courses with the flexibility of the internet, allowing viewers to watch their video when it is convenient for them and start and stop whenever they want.

Rick and I were invited by Craftsy to do a giveaway for a cake decorating class taught by one of their superstar instructors, Marina Sousa, and we were excited for the opportunity to share this talented designer's work! Marina is a Food Network Challenge Champion and owns Just Cake in Capitola, California. Rick and I have been fans of Marina's unique style of decorating for years. He and Marina worked at the same upscale cake boutique in Beverly Hills, and have been supportive of each other's careers. I interviewed Marina for our blog's "Interviews from Cakeland" series and she was generous with sharing information, just I imagine her to be when she teaches - which she has done all over the world!

Marina is currently offering two classes on Craftsy, Advanced Fondant Techniques which embellishes on cake decorating techniques you already have, teaching you how to make ribbons, flowers, and add texture and sparkle to your decoration. Her other class, Jeweled Wedding Cake shows you how to make brooches, bling and pearl bursts. Click on the links above to view more about each course.

Now, for the details on this special giveaway! To enter to win one of Marina's classes, first visit this link on Craftsy to create an account. If you already have a Craftsy account, you can use your existing login information to enter the contest. One entry per person. We recommend using the Firefox browser if  you are having trouble viewing the contest. The contest will end on Monday, May 13th at 5:00pm EST. One winner will be randomly chosen and the winner will be emailed directly and asked which of the two Marina Sousa class they would like. Craftsy will then add that class right into the winner's account. How easy is that!

We would love to hear your thoughts on online classes. Have you used Craftsy before? What classes have you taken? Is there a technique you are dying to learn?

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