Tuesday, 8 December 2009

What a great day we had.........


Sorry guys Blogger won't let me add pictures at the moment!!! I'm tearing my hair out..........


We had the ArtCards Christmas Crop on Saturday 5th December and I really want to say a very big Thank You to all those who came along and made it such a lovely day!!! Everyone brought some food with them so the Buffet table was overflowing with fabulous goodies and lunch-time saw some hot food join in as well!! The Bucks Fizz was a big hit as well and with the Christmas music playing in the background, it really made it a festive affair.



We had 3 challenges for our ladies - the first was to create an Ornament or Home Decor item! We asked that it be Christmassy and suggested lots of glitter to make it sparkle. Well we were not disappointed with the entries and it was a very hard job to pick just one winner for the prize but the task fell to Wendy who bravely stepped up to the plate and picked a Tea Bag folded Christmas Tree!! Congratulations to Jean Adams for winning that challenge and you can see her fabulous tree below!!



Next we had our Scrapbook Challenge. This year we decided that we would again make it a Christmas theme. The ladies had to use ALL of the following items for their entry to be eligible - Glitter, Brads, Ribbon and a minimum of two different patterned papers. The prize was a Karen Foster Scraparatus with two packs of dies so was well worth the effort!!! We had some truly fabulous entries although some could not be judged as they had not fully met the criteria but it was great to see them all the same. The judging fell to May Taylor who had a really difficult task trying to choose between them all but in the end she decided that the winning entry was from Katy Temple for her innovative use of tulle with glitter sprinkled into it and the way she had used her brads to emphasise her title. So Well Done to Katy who was delighted with her fabulous prize. See her winning entry below with the others.



Finally our last challenge was the Card for which each attendee was given a square card and a piece of Red Mulberry paper. Any other embellishments could be used but the mulberry paper had to be used. I was the judge of this class and boy was it difficult. I was truly amazed at how many different ways the mulberry paper could be used and the range of cards produced was simply sensational. It took me a while to decide on the winning entry because of the standard of all the cards created but in the end Laura Valentine-Slack won with her innovative 3D card with tags!! This card simply went on and on and showed real creativity with the mulberry paper as the base of the front of the card. I am sure you will agree with me that it was a worthy winner so do take a look at it below:

Our next crop is scheduled for Saturday 30th January 2010 so if you want to join us please make sure you book your space soon as we are expecting another Sell Out day!!!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Another Layout.......

OK I promised you I would publish the Layout of mine that was featured in the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine so here goes........



This shows my sister's youngest son with his Jazz Band at a charity event in 2008 and once again I used the scrummy K&Co. Que Sera Sera papers with lots of embellies and texture. Hope you like it........

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Thurnham Hall pics......

Well I promised you some pics and I've finally managed to take a few off the camera so here goes........ First the 'bungalow' we stayed in....



Next - another view...



Then the ducks!! First there was one....



Then they were 'running' across the field....



And then there were lots more...... Clearly the bread was a big draw!! Each day there were more and more of them...



So to an inside view of our accommodation.....



and the view the other way round.....



Finally a view of the main house!!



Hope you like them!!





Tuesday, 13 October 2009

We're back!!

Hiya fellow bloggers!! Just in case you thought I had fallen off the edge of the planet.... well I haven't I've just been up in Lancaster having a wonderful week with my husband and parents!! We were so lucky to have had glorious weather apart from one day when it poured with rain but hey we weren't bothered because we had such a wonderful time every other day!! We stayed in a fabulous place called Thurnham Hall just outside of Lancaster and set in 30 acres of rolling countryside. We had a 2 bedroomed, 2 bathroom apartment which was cavernous and had a massive dining table where mum and I could spend some time crafting to our hearts content. We found one day a couple of ducks outside our front door and mum quickly got some bread to feed them with - well you should have seen it.................... suddenly there were loads of them running across the grass to get to our door and we were surrounded by them!!! The males were pecking the ladies to try and get all the food for themselves so we had to be clever and organise a two pronged attack to ensure the ladies all got food. Of course they learn very quickly and each morning they were back, quacking away waiting for their daily bread!!! The only slight problem was the droppings they left on the path so dad had to go out and wash it down so that we could all go out to the car for our outings. We went to Morecambe and into the Art Deco hotel 'The Midland' which has been fully restored in the last couple of years and is really wonderful inside. The coffee was expensive but it did come with an organic biscuit which Gary thoroughly enjoyed. We also went to Blackpool and stayed to see the Illuminations which were really good but I wouldn't want to go back to Blackpool again anytime soon - its really not my kind of place although the people we met were lovely. We also went up to Lake Windermere and Bowness and had a glorious river boat ride and popped into the Lakeland shop for a little retail therapy too. Everyone had a wonderful lunch in the restaurant but I just had a black coffee - good eh?? We took time to explore the local countryside around where we stayed and found some fabulous Farm Shops and coffee houses too so all in all it really was a fab time.

Of course now we're back and I have to catch up on things but unfortunately I'm not feeling great at the moment - very tired and a cold coming so its all taking that bit longer to sort out...... still I will get there soon.

I'll post some piccies when I can get a minute to get them off the camera & upload.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Where has the time gone...............

Goodness me I can hardly believe its only a couple of days until our regular monthly crops re-start!!! Just where did I put August and September I wonder? They have to be around here somewhere don't they???

Maybe its just me but time seems to go by so very quickly and I have hardly noticed the going of my summer............... OK I know it wasn't really a summer this year, more like a grotty spring really, but it just seems to have whizzed on by and now here comes winter!!! Still that does mean we have a very exciting and FULLY BOOKED crop on Saturday which is going to be such fun! I really look forward to seeing all my lovely croppers each month and I know that having had the summer recess, they will all be raring to go and full of chatter!! :) Thank goodness we have loads of lovely NEW goodies to show everyone and with a scrapbooking class and cardmaking class available, it is definitely going to be great.

The scrapbooking class has an Autumnal feel to it and I have used fabulous Basic Grey papers to create it. Unusually for me there is not a single piece of cardstock to be found anywhere on this LO!!!!! I have used a 6" x 4" portrait style photo (mine is of a Robin on a branch) along with Elementary, Juicy, Taper & Savory We are also going to be having some fun with Grungepaper, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist and doing something a little different with eyelets too!!! Those doing the class will need a Big Bite (if you have one - Crop-a-Dile will not work for this I'm afraid), any favourite small flower punches, Glossy Accents, 3D foam, a Brown Marker and a toning brown inkpad if you wish to ink your edges........

So all that's needed now is for our Shop items to be packed up ready to go, the class items and kits sorted and away we go........................ See you there!!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Faabulous Limited Edition Kit & Class Instructions!!!

Today saw the launch of our fabulous Limited Edition Kit to go with the stunning Vintage Interactive Layout designed by our talented Designer, May Taylor!!! The kit can be found HERE and when you purchase it you will receive an email giving you a link to a special area of our website where you can download the full instructions and you also have access to lots of photographs as well so its a great deal!! The Layout features a sliding mechanism which will open and close even whilst it is inside your page protector which is really ingenious!! The papers used are the gorgeous Black Market Paper Society Vintage Romance which are perfect for all those family heritage photos we all have. When the slider is open you see the main photo with an additional photo at the top and your journalling at the bottom - slide it closed and the top photo and journalling are hidden away! So if you want to create this brilliant layout grab yourself a kit and get creating!!!!!



Now see the layout open......



I hope you like this layout as much as I do........

Thursday, 10 September 2009

I challenge you to use Metal!!!

We have a challenge over on UKS called Scrap Like You Mean It and its ArtCards turn to be the guest challenge this coming week starting tomorrow!!! Our challenge is to Scrap with Metal and to give some inspiration and ideas I have created a Mini Book Cover to go with a Layout I had already created using Metal. Shimelle has already launched the Challenge on the SLYMI forum and it will 'go live' on the Homepage of UKS tomorrow so if you want to join in and have some fun...... oh and maybe win a prize from us, then now's the time to join UKS if you haven't already!!! I hope you like my little Mini Book.......



And the next photo....



For those of you who didn't see the Layout here it comes......



So let's have some fun.............................

Sunday, 6 September 2009

I can put it back now.....

I'm pretty pleased today as I saw my 'Wonder at The Wynn' Layout published in The Scrapbook Magazine!! I should have another Layout in there again next month so I'm doubly chuffed!! Anyway for those of you who haven't seen it yet I can put it back on the Blog now - so, I hope you like it!!!!




Wednesday, 2 September 2009

We're back from Ireland....

As lots of you already know we went away over the Bank Holiday on a very short cruise to Cork... well Cobh (pronounced Cove) really!! To say the weather was awful was a bit of an understatement - it was dreadful.... We were fine leaving Southampton although it was blowing a gale and cold but the ship was stable until we headed out of the Bristol Channel and over to Ireland when it started to get 'choppy'! Thankfully I had found my sea legs so wasn't affected but I knew there were some who weren't so lucky when I saw airline sick bags taped to the handrails on the main stairs!!! You would think that 160,000 tons of ship would take a bit of 'throwing around' but I guess that just goes to show the power of the sea. Anyway we arrived in Cobh the next day at 3pm and it was raining really hard, very dark and Gary and I decided that we wouldn't venture ashore especially as we were seeing an Ice Show at 5pm so it would only have been a quick visit anyway. We stayed overnight in Cobh and the next morning when we woke the weather was, if anything, worse!!! After our leisurely breakfast and a wander round the ship, we decided to brave it and go ashore - it was only spitting with rain then and we had a really enjoyable walk getting some much needed fresh air! A little retail therapy and a fabulous cup of hot chocolate later and we were ready to get back on board for the evening sail away. Can you believe that around 5pm it started to clear up, the sun came out and people were in the pools and on the sun decks! We had a wonderful view of our 6pm sail away from a bar on the 14th deck with cocktail in hand.................. mmmnnnn lovely. The sea was a bit 'choppy' on the way home but once again the shows, some great dinner guests and lots of laughter soon made that pale into the background. So here we are, back on old blighty with some amazing piccies of people surfing on the back of our ship, us playing mini golf and being buzzed by a helicopter from Culdrose or Yeovilton (we weren't sure which but they were flying really close and low and we were able to wave to each other!!). All that's left now is to get back to work and sort out all the orders we had while we were away... we start shipping again tomorrow (Thursday).

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

More LO's

I haven't had much time lately to do some scrapping for me what with the ArtCards SALE and ordering/receiving lots of yummy New stash, but I have managed to finish off a couple that I can share with you....... Before I do though, I wanted to let you all know that we are launching a Kit to go with a fabulous LO created for me by May Taylor which will appear on the Home Page of UKS in early September!! So if you want to get your hands on a kit with instructions to create the LO then keep your eyes peeled and keep checking this blog for more information. Exciting stuff eh??

Now for the LO's - the first one shows the serene, tranquil Lily Pond at Monet's Garden where we visited during our holiday to France in June 2008. I adored it and can understand how he was so inspired. My LO is designed to really show off the beauty of the place rather than anything else and I hope I have achieved that. I love the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame and think that the Basic Grey Periphery paper goes so well with the photos...... What do you think??



The second is again from our France holiday in 2008 but this time is of a chapel in Fontainbleu which I thought was just stunning! I was thrilled when the photo came out so well as it was pretty dark in there and I kind of took the photo on a wing and a prayer hoping that it might be able to be used.... but actually my fabulous Nikon did me proud and captured a great shot!! Again I wanted the LO to be simple in its design as the chapel was so very ornate. I did use my Glimmer Mists on the Chipboard pieces to give a bit of glitz n glam and finished off my bits of Prima Say it in Crystals Bling too... Hope you like it........


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

CHA Goodies starting to arrive!!!

Well you knew it had to happen right?? CHA goodies are starting to arrive here at ArtCards and as always its a real pleasure opening up the many boxes and seeing the things I've ordered 'in the flesh'!!! As usual they delight and exceed my expectations and there are always some that simply make me have a sharp intake of breath....... This time it was the Bo Bunny 'Gypsy' collection papers which are simply stunning!!! I just lurve them to bits..................... mind you the Flutter Butter are also gorgeous and I can see myself really enjoying using them.

There was a bit of a 'faux pas' with the pricing on the website though (not sure what happened there!!)..... As you know we always give you some great prices but this time we decided that we would sell the individual papers at just 79p per sheet (we have seen them selling for 90p per sheet you know.......) but somehow the system put them online for 85p!! Thank heavens I spotted it this morning and changed it before too much damage was done but needless to say some emails and refunds have gone out to those who were quick off the mark ordering last night. So, my apologies if you were one of those affected but everything is now showing up at our truly brilliant price - if you haven't yet got yours then do pop over soon as they are really lovely.

We've also got in some of the New designs of the EK Success Slim Edger punches - ooh I have a real favourite in those too and no doubt you guys will as well - they are lush!
Good old Martha Stewart is bringing out some fabby New punch designs as well including the 'Punch around the Page' system where you buy a corner punch and edger punch to create a continuous design right round the edge of your paper - they do look great!! We have some of the Loopy Corner punches arrived already with the edgers coming shortly and then more new designs of these in a couple of weeks....... Ooh its just so exciting and we know you are going to love them.

Re-stocks of Martha's hugely popular Doily Lace punch are in and we have put some great designs of hers into our Huge Summer SALE as well so if you want to grab some punching bargains then head over soon as they are selling fast.

Our Tim Holtz Sale goodies are also selling really fast so again don't hang around if you want to grab yourself some of those goodies will you......??

More goodies will be going on the website just as soon as I can manage to get them all uploaded so keep checking and don't forget to stop by the SALE as we are adding items there all the time as well.....

That's it for this post but I've got some more LO's to share with you soon......

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Our amazing Summer Sale has started!!!

If you don't know already then where on earth have you been living!!! Ha... Our amazing Super Summer SALE has started and so far we have well over 200 items at up to 65% off with more being added daily... We have to make room for some of the new CHA goodies winging their way to us so we thought that we would do some really deep discounts on ranges and goodies that we are no longer able to stock (some have been discontinued and some we have just decided that we don't want to stock again!!). So at the moment you can find Doodlebug Stickers for a sensational £1.29 instead of £2.02, Doodlebug Tokens for just £2.56 including Christmas and Winter, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Holiday Stickers, Alphabet Stickers & Mini Monograms for just £1.99 rather than £3.08 and masses of fabulous papers from Basic Grey, Daisy Bucket, Doodlebug, 7Gypsies, SEI and many, many more....... With Albums, Kits, Buttons, Charms, Eyelets, Rubber Stamps and more its a great time for a visit to bag some genuine bargains. Of course though as with all genuine Sales, once these items sell out, they will not be re-stocked so for the best choice head over to see us real soon!!!!!

With the Sale on its been a busy week but I did manage to get some time with my best mate on Tuesday for lots of chatting and some scrapping thrown in as well - Bliss!!! We had the most wonderful day with lots of laughing and some sunshine too which was just as well because before she arrived with me her car had been broken into and her crafting tote, mini photo printer and digital camera had all been stolen!!!!!!!!!!! She was distraught as all her recent photos had also been stolen and she had no scissors, pens, herma(!) etc. Thankfully we had a list of everything she had bought from us so that she can give it to the Insurance Company but it won't replace her photos of course and she's not sure where the disk is that had them on either......... Anyway thankfully we had such a great day together that she managed to dispell her low mood and went home laughing having had a great time. My scrapping LO's are below for a bit of inspiration for you..... Feel free to leave a comment if you want.



That was Gary & I at Versailles Palace after a really lovely day there.....



This was the same visit to France but we went to Giverny and into Monet's Garden which was gorgeous!! Yet more of the scrummy Que Sera Sera papers used in this one!! OK I am definitely in love with this range......



Monday, 3 August 2009

Another LO.....

I was lucky enough to go for a day of crafting to a crop on Saturday where I got some time to complete some of my own scrapbook layouts so I thought I would share one of them with you which is based on one seen in the September issue of Scrapbook Trends......... I used up one of my photos taken at Fontainbleu in France during our family holiday in July 2008 and which I have been wanting to scrap for a while now.... Once again I have used some of the simply devine K&Co. Que Sera Sera paper which I am just sooooooo in love with and had lots of fun with some Harlequin Grungeboard Elements too. I used Distress Inks and Glimmer Mists on the Grungeboard and was really happy with the results so I hope you like it!! I also used my Threading Water punch and some spellbinders labels dies as well...... Don't forget that you can leave a comment if you want to....



Yesterday (Sunday) was a really busy day as we went off to Framlingham College to pick up Michael who finished his month as a houseparent at an English Language School there. He had a whale of a time and boy did we have a surprise for him when we picked him up!!!! We had secretly arranged for his girlfriend to come up from Devon to travel up with us and we hid her in the boot as we turned into the College! When Michael opened the boot to put his case inside, out she popped!!!!! His face was an absolute picture - I just hope I captured it on film but we'll have to wait and see on that one........... Anyway although the weather was lovely, the pub lunch great and it was brilliant to see Michael again, it was a very, very long day (almost 600 miles travelling there and back) and poor Gary was so tired when he got home. Today is a recovery day before waving off Michael's girlfriend this evening.....

Monday, 27 July 2009

NEWS...........

Ooh I just heard that another of my LO's is going to be featured in The Scrapbook Magazine so I'm really 'made up' today!!!! AND some more great News....................................... the Scrapbook Trends Magazines for September have arrived!!!! Its a fab issue and we will have it up on the website later HERE but it would have been better if it had arrived on Friday as planned - the driver turned up with them at 5.02pm when I had ventured out to the Post Office having waited in all day for him...... Oh well its here now and its a really good issue so if you want one pop by the website later and you can get yours.........

Great day....

Ooh our last crop before September finished at 4pm on Saturday and what a lovely day it had been. We had 25 people (slightly less than planned due to illnesses!!), a Creative Metal Scrapbook Class and a really cute Card along with my mum's famous Chocolate Viennese Fingers which were delicious...... So HUGE Thanks to all my lovely ladies that came along on Saturday - I hope you have a lovely summer and will look forward to seeing you all again on 26th September when we will hopefully have a Melt-Art demo for you which I am sure you will all thoroughly enjoy........ and No I won't be burning my thumb again for you...... :)

The class on Saturday included using the fab Walnut Hollow Creative Metal working tools, some spellbinders metal, acrylic paint and Glimmer Mists. To create the embossed shapes on the metal we used a Cuttlebug folder and two of the roller tools which are way better quality than the Ten Seconds Studio ones I might add!!! One of my ladies had some Ten Seconds Studio tools with her and they were light and flimsy and one of her rollers kept sticking!! No such problems with the Walnut Hollow so I am delighted I chose the cheaper but better quality make. I've popped the LO photo in below so you can see the finished article and overall I think everyone who took the class thoroghly enjoyed themselves and I'm expecting to see more Creative Metal appearing on LO's real soon............



Sunday was Grand Prix day so while Gary was watching that I snuck off and got scrapping using up some of the stuff I've been trying to use for ages.... The result........ a LO of our holiday to Portugal in October 2007 with my Aunt and Uncle at our favourite Chinese restaurant.... Hope you like it!!


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Ooh more goodies have arrived today!!!!

Well I had a really lovely weekend and because Gary was watching the Golf, I actually got to do some scrapping for me!!! Yippee!!! I finished off a few LO's and created another one which I really love but can't post it yet for you I'm afraid. I really had such a lovely time and I'm hoping that I might just get a bit more time to myself over the August break if I'm lucky!!!

I also heard that one of my LO's is going to be published in The Scrapbook Magazine so I'm dead chuffed about that! Hopefully it will be in the next issue but if not definitely the one after - I haven't yet received definite confirmation of the issue it will be in..... watch this space.....

Today brought a lovely big box of goodies from the USA ready for the crop at the weekend and amazingly it arrived here in just 2 days!!! Way better than some of the UK Distributors that I use amazingly........ Anyway it was lovely checking it all out and putting it into stock - reminded me of Christmas :) So for anyone not yet booked to come to the Crop on Saturday and who wants to come along, we have just a handful of places left and just one Scrapbook LO, details of which are on the previous post. It's out last crop before the August break and we don't meet up again until September 26th when everyone will be dying to get back to some crafting fun for sure...... Just a quick reminder that the schedule for the latter part of the year is slightly different so do check the timetable on the web HERE for the dates won't you??

Today has seen some really bad news come out in the Craft industry with the parent company of EK Success and K&Co. being pushed into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the USA so lets all keep fingers crossed that things work out and they can be saved or the industry will be a whole lot sadder with their losses....... So support their products and buy the fabulous EK Success punches and the fabby K&Co. papers etc. too and lets help keep them afloat........

Finally I just realised that I didn't post the May Crop Class here for you so my apologies and you will find it below.... I used the lovely 7Gypsies Nottinghill papers and some Cream Bazzill to create this one.... Hope you like it.


Saturday, 18 July 2009

Not long now.....

Gosh I can hardly believe that this time next week we will have finished our last crop before the August break!!! We're going out on a high note though with a really cool scrapbook LO class using some of the fabulous 'Creative Metal' items that we have just got into stock!!! I have had such fun creating this class and I just know all you peeps able to do it will love it as much as I do............... For those of you who do not know what 'Creative Metal' is, its just like Ten Seconds Studio but cheaper!!! Always a bonus if you can get something cheaper right?? So there are a range of tools and metals that enable you to have loads of fun creating shaped metal pieces that you can use in a variety of ways on Scrapbook pages, Cards, gift items and so much more. Sand, paint, ink, and generally have loads and loads of fun!!!

Now onto the Scrapbook LO - We're using Iced Cocoa Bazzill, American Crafts Dickinson paper, Paper Adventures Polka Dot paper, some Vellum, Patina & Coffee Shop Glimmer Mists and Turquoise Gem inkpad. I have used a standard 6" x 4" landscape photo which co-ordinates with the papers. You could increase the size of your photo a little if you choose....... To enable this class to flow I have limited numbers and would ask that you bring along the following as well as your usual toolkit of course!! - Non-stick Craft Sheet, Sanding Block, a Heat Gun (not everyone will need one but a couple of extra ones will help!), a pair of tweezers, adhesive, Glossy Accents, 3D Foam, fine tip Scissors, pencil/ruler, White Gel pen, and a Paper Distresser. You might like to bring an Apron in case you get a little inky!!!!

May will be doing a card class that will be available for purchase on the day and my mum will be bringing her fabulous Chocolate Viennese Fingers which are scrumptious!!! Don't forget to use the 'Collect at Crop' option for any items that you definitely want as we won't be able to bring along the full shop and this enables you to ensure you get exactly what you want at the start of the crop.......

On another note I have finally finished a LO that has been hanging around in my craft room for a while now which uses up some of my existing stash so I thought I would share it with you. I got out my Prima stamps for the border and corners and used them with my Versamark inkpad and Metallic Perfect Pearls..... Hope you like it........ See you all on the 25th July!!


Monday, 13 July 2009

Catching up......

OK first I know I have been a bad blogger and haven't posted much lately.......... but I have had an excuse this last week!!! I stupidly burned my thumb on some molten UTEE and boy did it hurt!!!! More than a few choice words were uttered and many gallons of cold water later it was still incredibly painful so I gave in and rang NHS Direct - the poor lady I spoke with initially was so pleased to hear I wasn't phoning about Swine Flu as it seems that every man and his dog are phoning thinking that because great uncle Cedric who lives 50 miles away knows someone who might have contracted it, means that they must be getting it and what should they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Poor woman sounded so relieved to have a burn to deal with bless her...... Anyway to cut a very long story short I spoke with a nurse and she told me to go to A&E where I had it dressed with a burn dressing and finger bandage. Now the pain didn't stop for several hours so a trusty pack of frozen peas seemed to help until the dressing started to take effect.... You know its not until you can't use a part of your body for a while that you realise just how often you need it - needless to say I soon found out just how debilitating having a thumb out of action was so I couldn't do an awful lot last week to be honest......... Am I forgiven then for not blogging?????

The good news is that the dressing is now off and I am left with a scar but at least I can start to use my thumb again.... won't do that again in a hurry and I definitely DON'T recommend getting molten UTEE on any part of your skin - IT HURTS!!!

Anyway Saturday I went off to a crop in Bristol and made a start on a LO which I finished off this morning so thought I would share it with you..... I used some SEI papers which I have had in my stash for a while and I just had this yearning to use.....



Hope you like it.....

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

We're back from our holidays and gearing up for the crop....

For those of you who didn't know we have just returned from our annual summer holiday - this year we went off to the Costa del Sol where it became exceedingly hot in the last of our two weeks there!! The day we went off to Gibraltar it was a sizzling 40 degrees and walking down the main shopping street where there was little if any breeze, made it feel like you were in an oven!!! Our holiday this year was quite different to our usual holidays where we are off out sightseeing most days - this year we decided that as I had been having lots of health problems before we went and Gary was very tired from work, we would have a much more restful time. Our apartment opened up onto the pool deck so we had sunbeds available for us each day and it was lovely to chill out on those but to be able to go back onto our covered patio area when it got a bit too hot!! The complex where we stayed was lovely and in a good position and the main pool area had recently been refurbished which was brilliant. So we're all refreshed and gearing up for our monthly Brent Knoll Crop this coming Saturday.

Design Team member May is doing both the Scrapbooking Class and the Cardmaking Class this month as I wouldn't have had time to create a class due to my holiday. The Card Class is going to be a Never ending Card, the colourway is Black and White and you can bring along any co-ordinating embellishments you want as long as they are not too dimensional or it will interfere with the working of the card. I'm sure this is going to be a real fun class to take!!

The Scrapbook Class is using resist stamping with Glimmer Mists and will require a photo either 6" x 4" landscape format or if you wish you could use a 7" x 5" landscape size. The papers being used are not yet finalised but will be Basic Grey Arabella and either Basic Grey Windermere or Making Memories Rouge Big Dot. Either way it will be a pink and green page so please select a photo that will go with those papers. This page will be a great page to do and with numbers limited please make sure that you have purchased your Class if you want to take part - it may be that we won't have any spare places to offer on the day as we usually do. So don't miss out if you want to do it.....

My mum is bringing along some of her fabulous Mince Pies this month so you can get your tastebuds going for those..... I'm sure we will have another fun day on Saturday so pack up your bags and we'll see you there.........

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Layout Class details......

Firstly I hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend and enjoyed some of the sunshine we were blessed with...... I know I wasn't expecting it to be quite so lovely so it came as a nice surprise!

So this morning I set aside some time to complete the Layout Class for the Crop on Saturday and now that it's done I can let you all know what you need to bring along to complete it. I have used a 6" x 4 1/2" portrait style photo of the Colosseum in Rome along with Cream Bazzill and papers from the 7Gypsies 'Notting Hill' range. The papers used are Westbourne, Carlton, Kensington and Vale with the LO having a vintage type feel and look to it (it wouldn't suite a child's birthday photo for example). So if you have some vintage style photos to go with these colours then that would be perfect. Apart from your usual toolkit of cutting mat, craft knife, pencil, trimmer, fine tip scissors, DST and Herma, you will need to bring along a Paper Distresser if you have one (if not please bring a sharp craft knife), some 3D foam, a Pokey Tool, a Crop-a-Dile or 3/16th inch hole punch and some co-ordinating ink pads if you want to ink edges etc.

We will also have a card class this month which will be a sliding card - should be fun to do!! You don't need to bring along any special tools for this card class so your usual toolkit will be fine.

Don't forget that you can place orders on the website selecting 'Pick up at Crop' during checkout and this will ensure that no postage costs are added to your order and we will bring it along ready for you on Saturday. As you know we can't bring along everything we have each month and only bring a selection of goodies so if you want to ensure you can pick up exactly what you want then the Pick up at Crop option is perfect. Doors will open at around 9.50am and we will again have some yummy cakes for you to choose from so pack up those bags and we will see you all on Saturday......................


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Posting a LO......

I've finally caught up with things after my return from holiday so I thought I would share with you a LO I started at a crop in Bristol just before my holiday and which I finished off at home. It uses the lovely K&Co. Que Sera Sera range which is one of my favourites of all the CHA releases for its vibrancy and showcases a photo I took in Las Vegas a few years ago at The Wynn Hotel where my Aunt & Uncle were caught staring in wonder at an interactive display from the ceiling. I used some of the fabby Coredinations Whitewash cardstock which I sanded to reveal some of the yellow core, took some KI Memories Lace Cardstock and cut it out before inking it to match, used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the scalloped edges which I then doodled and finished off with some flowers. The corner decoration is a K&Co. Que Sera Sera Die Cut Adhesive Border strip that I mitred and then cut out my title using the Big Shot. The Butterfly was cut from the background paper, glittered with stickles and then with the wings curved, I used 3D dots to give it dimension. It's a LO I really like as its not in my usual colour palette but I think it works really well..............

Monday, 11 May 2009

Home Sweet Home............

Lots of you will know that I have had a few days break on holiday but now we're home and with a bit of a tan as well!! My bad back held up reasonably well although another trip to the Osteopath is scheduled for tomorrow so more relief is coming my way at last!! We went off on a 5 night Mediterranean Cruise on the Navigator of the Seas and although I thought it would be far too early for the weather to be nice, I was completely and totally wrong!! So there I was with no swimming costume really wishing I could get in the pools on board - that will teach me to listen to my hubby who was adamant that it would be lovely.......

I have to say that our ports of call were lovely but I was really surprised at Cannes to see all the work going on to get ready for the upcoming Film Festival and even that the Red Carpet was already out on the stairs of the Theatre that hosts the event! What if it rains I thought........ Clearly they are expecting great weather for the next couple of weeks I guess..... We then went on to Livorno which is handy for Pisa and the leaning tower. Nothing really prepares you for quite how much it leans even though we've all seen endless pictures of it in books etc. and I know they have done some work to shore it up in recent years and remove some of the tilt... Even so it is quite astonishing that it stands up! We then went on to Lucca - birthplace of Puccini and another walled city. They seem to like their walled cities in this part of Italy that's for sure. After Livorno we docked in Civitavecchia which is the closest port to Rome, approximately an hour away. We got a train in to the station just a short walk from the Vatican and boarded a hop on - hop off bus for a lovely trip round all the sights. After doing that trip we went back to the Vatican and looked round St. Peters Basillica which was stunning and the tombs of the Popes. They had a guard around the tomb for Pope John Paul II where there were loads of people praying and some allowed in to kiss his gravestone - it was really moving. All in all I think that the day in Rome was the highlight of my cruise and one that I will never forget.

Still now we're home its back to business and catching up with orders placed during our break and getting more products loaded onto the website. We're also preparing for our next Crop which is held in Somerset so if any of you want to come along and join us for a great day out then you can book your place HERE or you can find out information including a map of how to find us HERE. If you have any questions please let me know. Chat again soon.......

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Our Challenge Winner & Crop Class

We had a Sketch challenge at our Crop on Saturday and I now have great delight in bringing you the photo of that fabby winning entry. Laura Valentine-Slack was our winner this week chosen by Fiona who was picked at random to do the judging and boy did she have a hard job!!! I was so glad I was not doing the judging myself as the entries were again of a wonderful standard, but a winner was found and a worthy winner it was too. Laura has put so much detail into this LO - check out the nifty cutting into her photos and there is so much cutting and layering going on that it truly is a work of art!! So a HUGE Well Done to Laura for her win - enjoy spending that voucher next month!!!



I can also reveal the photo of the Scrapbook Class that was done featuring fabric rosettes and lots of intricate cutting as well - must have been a theme for the day I guess........ LOL This used the My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow paper Bijou Birds Green along with some Candle and White Bazzill. I think you will agree the colours are lovely and fresh and a great combination to take us all marching into the warmer months. The photo is of me and my best mate Julie at my Mum & Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary party a couple of years ago now and we had a blast!! The little tag pulls out from underneath the photo to reveal the journalling..... Hope you like it....



Our next crop is on Saturday 30th May at the Parish Hall, Brent Knoll, Somerset from 10am - 4pm. If you fancy coming along and joining us for a great day then you can book your place HERE. I can't promise more scones, clotted cream & jam next month but rest assured there will be truly scrumptious cakes available!!!!! See you soon........

Friday, 24 April 2009

Golly!!!!!!!!

Blimey have we had a couple of busy days!!!! First it was the Basic Grey Limited Edition Clear Stamp sets that set the internet alight as we watched the stock control counting down and saw so many go out of stock so quickly...... and today its the Martha Stewart punches that have done it!!! Goodness we knew they were going to be popular but even we have been astonished by the speed with which our current stock has disappeared..... We didn't even get our full order either which is very disappointing as the UK Distributor has had our order since February so you would think they would have made sure to get sufficient stock - but at least we have been advised that another shipment is arriving with them on Monday so by the end of next week we should have the rest of our order!!!

So if you were unlucky today please let me know from our Coming Soon section what you would like and I will put your details on our Wish list so that when they arrive here next week I can contact you first!!

OK now I'm going to put up the rest of our new goodies and then start packing up for our crop tomorrow - such a busy life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

April 25th Crop Class Details

I know I've been a really naughty blogger lately but unfortunately things haven't been all plain sailing...... a bad back, my son home from Uni and loads of deliveries have all conspired against me getting time to blog!! Anyway with the next crop in just a few days time I have managed to get a moment to pop details of the Crop Scrapbooking Class up here for you:

We're doing a lovely summery page using White Bazzill as the base and combining it with MME Bijou Birds Green paper (we use both sides) and Candle Bazzill as well. The technique for this class is a fabric based one so you will need to bring along a needle and some thread - white is probably best but you can use any as it won't be seen at the end of the day. I have stamped my title using versamark ink so if you fancy doing something similar bring along your favourite alpha stamps and versamark otherwise you can use the dies available to create your title. The photo requirement is a landscape 6" x 4.5" (or 6" x 4") that will go with the papers - I have used one of me and my friend.

Other requirements are Trimmer, Cutting Mat, Craft Knife, Pencil, Ruler, Fine Tip Scissors, Double Sided Tape, Herma or other adhesive, 3D Foam & scoring tool.

I know you will love this LO and expect demand to be high for the remaining few places so please be aware that when all the places are gone..... they are gone!! See you all on Saturday for another fun day....................

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Finally..................... some photos!!

Sorry to have taken so long to get some photos uploaded.... but here we go: First up is Marlene's winning entry for the Basic Grey Mini Book Challenge. She used Marrakech papers and told us so much about why she scraps. Winning a Lime Rickey Collection Pack made all the effort worthwhile so Congratulations Marlene......



just one of the inside pages....



next Pippa's Basic Grey Mini Book also using Marrakech papers....



and one of the inside pages.....



next is Claire's lovely concertina book...



then we have Tracey's very first Mini Book she has ever made using the Colour me Silly papers....



then we have Jo's lovely folded Mini Book.....



then Penny's lovely book about her daughter......



More photos will follow in the next post but this should be a few to start you off!!!! I'm sure you will agree that we had some fabulous entries and it is just a shame that not everyone can win because they all deserved it!! Thank You ladies for all your hard work...

Friday, 27 March 2009

Gosh what a fabulous day.......

OK I know I'm a bad blogger for not updating before about our fabulous Retreat Day last Saturday, but its been a challenging week as my email has been playing up real bad!!!! In fact only yesterday I almost threw the whole computer out of the window I was so frustrated.... Still Gary fiddled with it and............. shhhh don't say anything out loud but it seems to be working this morning.... well for a bit anyway!!!

So to last Saturday - our 20 ladies all arrived smack on time and chose their table for the day. Tracie was ready to go with the first amazing class at 11am so the Prima Peaches class started with everyone getting a bumper kit to work from! Tracie had created THE most fabulous little mini book which has lots of little flaps inside and with the black cardstock base and the Peaches papers and embellies, looks truly amazing. The class did overrun and take a long time to complete even though we had quite a few Bind-it-Alls in the Hall but everyone agreed that it was worth it for the end result!! A quick lunch and then it was into Sassafras Lass afternoon classes. Tracie had created two brilliant Layouts using the very latest releases Vintage Yummy and Anthem and with the sun streaming through the skylights everyone got cracking creating their masterpieces....... Who would have believed it could have been so quiet at times!!!!

Gary did the take-away run again and came back laden up with Chinese meals, Fish & Chips, Chicken & Chips and many others too - poor thing could barely get in the door!!!! I think by then everyone was really ready for their food and so nicely refreshed everyone sat down to do the final Prima Paintables Class. Oh what a great one to end on as it was really nice and restful using the watercolour pencils to create watercolour masterpieces!! When that was over we took a group photo and started on the prizegiving.

The Basic Grey Mini Book Challenge was won by Marlene who did a fabulous tag book telling us so much about Why she Scraps - she won the Lime Rickey Collection Pack and was thrilled!! Well done Marlene. Our second Challenge was to create a Name Badge that wasn't a Name Badge!! Oh this was so very difficult to judge as the creations were so diverse, creative and fun with everything from a Cupcake sash sprinkled with sequins to flower pots, decorated tins and more!!! Absolutely wonderful ideas and we were thrilled with them all. However, a winner needed to be found and it was Anne who had created a stunning Needle and Scissor holder with her name on who triumphed and won a Fiskars Border & Corner Punch that is not yet released in the UK!!! Well done Anne.

Photos will follow of the day and the winning entries so keep your eyes peeled here for them just as soon as I can sort through them all. All that is left is for me to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone who came along and made it such a lovely day and a special Thanks to Tracie Hudson for being such a lovely teacher and to Wendy for helping us set up and take down in the Hall....................

Friday, 20 March 2009

Finally....... it's time!!

In just a few hours our fabulous 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day will start and what a day it is going to be!!! Mind you I am shattered already with all the preparation and have just returned from setting up the Hall to save some time in the morning...... I really need to get off to bed now but I will post again with photos after I have recovered from the Crop - probably on Sunday!! So goodnight for now and see you on the other side...............

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

It's HERE!!!!

Finally all my Tim Holtz stuff arrived today including the much sought after Grungepaper!!! Yippee.... Some people were quick off the mark and were phoning me before the shipment had even arrived wanting to reserve so I am not expecting some of the items to last very long at all to be honest! The Foliage is absolutely gorgeous and the metal embossed corners are just divine and I absolutely MUST have some.... Not sure that will work if everyone buys them of course.... :) You know I wasn't sure when I ordered whether I would really like the Ornate Plates but now they have arrived, I have to say that they are fabulous and I am sure I will really enjoy using them to create a very different look on my pages. The good thing about Tim's stuff is that whilst it all comes in his signature colour range, it can all be painted and inked making it so versatile.......... Oh crikey I just adore all his stuff and I think I need to start a 'Tim Holtz Anonymous' group - who wants to join me then???????????????

Monday, 16 March 2009

Great News...............

Oh my goodness this time of year is so exciting with all the NEW products coming out and I have just heard that tomorrow we're getting a load of fabby 7Gypsies goodies and then the following day....................................... TIM HOLTZ goodies including the much sought after Grungepaper will be with me!!!! I simply cannot wait*!*!*! For those of you who are like me keep your eyes peeled on our NEW PRODUCTS section of the website...........

Peaches Class Sneak Peeks........

Here they are......... the sneak peeks of the really scrummy Peaches Class that Tracie will be teaching on Saturday!!!!! I absolutely adore this one - it's just sooooo cute AND the best bit is that you get masses of goodies to make it up with!!!!!









So there you have it - a truly fabulous class to really inspire you all and your photos can be added at a later date so you can take your time over what really 'works' for you. Don't you just love them??????????????????

Sunday, 15 March 2009

A few LO's..........

Some of you know that we went off to Bristol yesterday to a crop with our shop and I taught a class using 7Gypsies papers so I thought you might like to see...... I did the Golden Gate LO as the class but also made up a sample using other papers from the Zanzibar range to show how different the same design could look.....



and this is the other colourway.......



and then because I had some time to crop I started a LO of my sister's youngest son when he graduated from the Royal College of Music last year using some of the Black Market Paper Society paper which I absolutely love................ I had to finish it off this morning as I stupidly didn't take everything I needed with me - doh!!!!!



Hope you like them.......

Sneak Peeks coming right up!!!!!!!

Well bloggers here they are..... the sneak peeks of the fabby Sassafras Lass Classes that Tracie will be teaching at our 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day on Saturday this week!!! I know you've been patiently waiting for me to find a few minutes to upload them so get yourself a coffee and drool over them all you like for in just a few short days you will see them in the 'flesh' and actually get to re-create them for yourself - Woo Hoo what could be better??????????????????



And the next one.......



Now for the Anthem class........



and the second sneak of this class......



So there you have it - lots to keep you excited until we open the doors at 10.00am next Saturday!!! See you there....................

Friday, 13 March 2009

We're off to another crop.....

Saturday sees us off to another crop in Bristol to teach a Scrapbook LO class and take our shop along. We're hoping for a good day and the weather forecast is certainly looking good so fingers crossed!!

After that its all go towards our 12 Hour Retreat Day the following Saturday when we have the fabby Tracie Hudson teaching 4 amazing classes for us. More sneak peeks will follow over the weekend once I get a chance to sort myself out following the crop - so keep your eyes peeled as we know you're going to love them.........

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Here it is.........

Well just two weeks to go until our fabulous Craft Extravaganza with Tracie Hudson!!! Who could believe its going to be here before we know it.....

Anyway I have promised you the Essential Tool List and Photo Requirements and you never know I might just add in a bit of a sneaky peek at some of the kits etc. too!!! Tracie has been a busy bee creating some fabby projects for you to complete and she has also put together the following:

Class Details

Prima Peaches

Theme - Life is Peachy

During this class we will be using the whimsical papers and page accents to create a girly 6x12 interactive album. With flaps and folds this album has plenty of space for journaling and photographs.

Tools Required -

Kraft Knife and Cutting Mat

Small scissors for handcutting

Adhesive - double sided tape / Herma

3d foam pads / tape

A pokey tool for making holes for brads

A needle

If you have a Bind-it-All machine, then please bring it along with you.

Image Size - This class has been designed for photographs to be added at a later date.

Sassafras Vintage Yummy

Theme - Over the Rainbow

During this class we will be creating an eclectic page with a vintage yummy twist. Using a variety of patterned papers we will be creating a page which is packed full of dimension and plenty of colour! The page focuses on "your life dreams/ goals - using a quote, song lyrics or poem that inspires you to attempt to achieve your life dreams or goals

Tools Required -

Kraft Knife and Cutting Mat

Small scissors for handcutting

Adhesive - double sided tape / Herma

3d foam pads / tape

Glossy Accents/ Diamond Glaze/ Ki Gloo or other strong wet adhesive.

A pokey tool for making holes for brads

A needle

Image Size - One 5x7 portrait photograph

I have used a black and white headshot image of myself.

Sassafras Anthem

Theme - Its all about YOU!

Using bright and vibrant page accents this class focuses on how to apply design principles when creating your pages. During the class we will look at a variety of techniques used to create a balanced and unified page.

Tools Required -

Kraft Knife and Cutting Mat

Small scissors for handcutting

Adhesive - double sided tape / Herma

3d foam pads / tape

Glossy Accents/ Diamond Glaze/ Ki Gloo or other strong wet adhesive.

A pokey tool for making holes for brads

A needle

Image Size - One 5 x7 portrait photograph.

I have used a black and white headshot image of my son.

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Full Workshop Tool Kit List -

Kraft Knife and Cutting Mat

Small Scissors for handcutting

Paper trimmer / Ruler and Cutting knife

Adhesive - double sided tape / Herma etc

3d foam pads / tape

Glossy Accents / Diamond Glaze/ Ki Gloo or alternative strong hold wet adhesive

Black ink pad for distressing

Stazon Black Ink Pad

Acrylic Stamping block

Apron (optional) - as we will be using a small amount of acrylic paint.

Fine tipped paintbrush

A pokey tool for making holes for brads

A needle

If you have a Bind-it-All machine, then please bring it along with you.

Full Workshop Photo List -

Paintables Option 1 - One full size A4 photograph which allows for an 8 inch circle to be cut from it without losing any detail. Preferably a close up headshot. A coloured photograph would work well, but please bear in mind that this page has a very floral, feminine theme ( and therefore would not suit a photograph of a young man wearing football boots!) I have used a black and white close up headshot of a young girl.

Paintables Option 2 - One, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and one, 2 1/2 x 31/2 photographs.

The images need to be in colour, as we will be drawing our colour inspiration from the photographs to water colour the Paintables paper. I have used photographs of a Bride and Groom on their wedding day as the Paintables has a floral theme.

Sassafras Vintage Yummy - One 5x7 portrait photograph.

I have used a black and white headshot image of myself.

Sassafras Anthem - One 5 x7 portrait photograph.

I have used a black and white headshot image of my son.

This is a comprehensive list of items required and you have 2 weeks to get things sorted but don't worry if you haven't got a Bind-it-All as both Tracie and I will be taking ours but with 20 people needing to use them it will obviously speed things up quite a bit if you do have one to bring along....

OK now for the sneak peeks!!!!!


Anthem close up, then Peaches, then Vintage Yummy and then a snippet of one of the Paintables classes:










Well there you have it loads of fabulous products and great classes too!!!!!! Don't forget to bring your Basic Grey Mini Book and your Name Badge that is not a Name Badge will you as there are great prizes to be won!!!! That's all for now but let me know what you think by leaving a comment!!!