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post #1 of 38
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Has anyone purchased these videos? I am thinking about buying the Advance Fondant Techniques by Marina Sousa and Modern Piping by Joshua John Russell. Wondering if anyone else has purchased them, are the worth the money?

Thanks!
post #2 of 38
someone on here posted today, that she loved marina sousa's . It was well worth the money. hth
post #3 of 38
I purchased those two classes and also the decadent chocolate cakes and topsy turvy.I loved them,to me they were worth the money.Just had a little problem with the buffering at first but they are working on fixing that.
post #4 of 38
I just purchased the Advance Fondant, Piping with Josh, and the gumpaste flower one. They are great! I was lucky enough to get in on their 50% off sale. I tried to post the sale here to let you all know, but couldn't figure out how to do a new posting since the change. Would someone please tell me where to find the "New Topic" button icon_redface.gif
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post #5 of 38
I got all 4 of the cake decorating classes the other day when they were 50% off. I have finished adv fondant and it was great, a lot of new ideas and ways of doing things. I just started on the piping one today but it seems good also. I think they are all going to be worth the money
post #6 of 38
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Originally Posted by Bakingangel

I just purchased the Advance Fondant, Piping with Josh, and the gumpaste flower one. They are great! I was lucky enough to get in on their 50% off sale. I tried to post the sale here to let you all know, but couldn't figure out how to do a new posting since the change. Would someone please tell me where to find the "New Topic" button icon_redface.gif



Go to the FORUMS on the burgundy menu above. Click.
This will bring up the different forums. Click the one you want.
Just below the title of the forum will be a box that says, "Post New Topic", click on that.
post #7 of 38
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Originally Posted by Apti

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Originally Posted by Bakingangel

I just purchased the Advance Fondant, Piping with Josh, and the gumpaste flower one. They are great! I was lucky enough to get in on their 50% off sale. I tried to post the sale here to let you all know, but couldn't figure out how to do a new posting since the change. Would someone please tell me where to find the "New Topic" button icon_redface.gif



Go to the FORUMS on the burgundy menu above. Click.
This will bring up the different forums. Click the one you want.
Just below the title of the forum will be a box that says, "Post New Topic", click on that.



THANKS, APTI. I think I was just so excited to tell everyone about the sale that I had a brain freeze!

Anyone interested in any future sales should just register on their website. I received an email about the sale. Luckily I checked my emails in time. Hope everyone is having a great 4th of July!
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post #8 of 38
THANKS, APTI. I think I was just so excited to tell everyone about the sale that I had a brain freeze!
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No worries. I have brain freezes ALL the time......
post #9 of 38
Well I'm going to rock the boat here - I've had TWO refunds for craftsy classes - one for the topsy turvy and one for the supposed 'advanced' fondant techniques. I have screen shots of the really terrible fondant work from the advanced fondant techniques so that I could prove why it most definitely was not 'advanced' work. Squashing fondant in at the corners because you can't get it to look nice, is not advanced work - also gaping and I mean gaping holes at the bottom of tiers is also not advanced. I don't know if filming the craftsy classes is stressful or if they have a time limit in which to film everything but if you are advertising your class as advanced, I'd expect the fondant work to be at least as good as my own if not better.

I have the Jacqueline Butler class and the Piping course by Josh, both are really good, but Jacqueline's is the clear stand out winner for me. The other two I never even watched in full before asking for a refund.

There ARE DVD's out there where the fondant work and the stuff they are teaching is fantastic, I'd rather buy those than recommend the two classes I've had refunds for.
post #10 of 38
I did Jaqueline Butler's class - by far the best of all IMO. Modern Piping was OK, but a real pain to watch because of the technical side of the viewing, the videos would not load and I am on a 50MB internet connection. I didn't finish watching it. The Topsy Turvy was just not good content...one of his tiers did not even go on centrally making the cake look odd, and it was his construction/engineering/design fault. Didn't finish watching it either. It never occurred to me to ask for a refund for either of those but I might. Marina Sousa's looks good at first glance but if Nanefy is saying it's a bit sloppy I am now having doubts....
post #11 of 38
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Thanks everyone! I might just wait for a 50% off sale. icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 38
I bought the Jacqueline Butler class and loved it. Haven't tried any of the others, and now I'm a bit scared to icon_surprised.gif
post #13 of 38
I got the Jacqueline Butler class and it was dead boring, seriously put me to sleep! I think that you should really find out what skill level the videos are before you buy, because I didn't learn squat from that one and I won't be buying any more classes from them because of that. It's hard to decide because I can usually get SOMETHING from a class, but it's not always worth the money to get one tiny tip from it.
post #14 of 38
I took the Jaqueline Butler class and am enjoying it inspite of knowing how to make hydrangeas.She is very calm and precise with instructions, great for those who are new to gumpaste. I suppose every instructor must assume they are teaching a novice and go step by step unless the class is 'advance'.
post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I got the Jacqueline Butler class and it was dead boring, seriously put me to sleep! I think that you should really find out what skill level the videos are before you buy, because I didn't learn squat from that one and I won't be buying any more classes from them because of that. It's hard to decide because I can usually get SOMETHING from a class, but it's not always worth the money to get one tiny tip from it.



I have to say I'm very surprised at that - I suppose everyone has different tastes, but I personally find Jacqueline to be a fantastic teacher, she is precise and her work is perfection, plus she is so helpful. For me, I take classes not because I think I might learn a whole load of new things (however that is always nice), but that I might also find a new way of doing things that I hadn't realised before. I learned a lot from Jacqueline's class and more than just the specific flowers she made, but techniques I could take away and use on other flowers.
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