Thursday, 29 January 2009

Just 48 Hours to go!!!!

Today I have emailed all the Pre-Registrants of our 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day scheduled for 21st March and they now have 48 hours to confirm their booking and make payment before we release any unsold places to the general public!!! With a price for the day including 4 great classes of only £45 we are certain that demand will be high. We will be releasing places to the general public on Saturday evening when we know how many spaces we will have available so keep checking the website if you would like the chance to be able to join us for what promises to be a fabulous, action packed day! Well done to those who have already been on the phone confirming their space - you were very quick off the mark!!!

Preparations for our Crop on Saturday are well under way and the Scrapbooking LO Class is already pretty much full - only a couple of spare kits available for purchase on the day this month!! Do remember to bring along your White Fine Tip marker (we have re-stocked the Uni-Ball's so will have plenty on the day) and a paint brush or foam brush please. You will also need fine tip scissors, a sharp trimmer or ruler and sharp craft knife (we have the Fiskars Finger Tip in stock at the moment) plus your usual array of adhesives and toolkit. May is again doing a Cardmaking Class for us and is using Friendly Plastic so anyone wanting to take part in this class please try to bring along your own heat gun to speed up the class!!

We will have some lovely NEW Making Memories papers with us on Saturday along with the yummy Fab Scraps papers that came in just after our last Crop in December. Everyone who has pre-ordered goodies for pick up at the Crop can pick up their goodies from Gary. Also this month we will be offering our Bind-it-All for anyone who purchases their wires and/or covers and pages from us on the day so if you want to create a mini book or two then Saturday is going to be your day!!! I'm off to carry on preparing for Saturday........ see you then!!!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

More details for our March event!!!

Today I have been in contact with our very talented Designer for our upcoming 12 Hour Crop/Retreat and we have firmed up some more details!!! So today I can announce that Tracie Hudson will be our Designer and Teacher for the day and she is busy creating 4 wonderful classes for you. At the moment all I can say on here is that it will include some yummy Prima classes and some funky Sassafras Lass Classes too so you are sure to have fun............ More details will be announced as soon as possible and after all the Pre-registrants have been contacted so keep checking back here.....

I have finally finished the LO I started at a crop I went to just over a week ago (as you know I've been ill and busy with crop preparations etc.) so I thought I would pop it on here for you to have a look at. Hopefully you'll like the papers used and the tiny scrip stamp used on the flower embellishments - the stamp is from Delish Designs and we will be stocking their fabby Clear Stamps very soon so keep checking the website!!



Just a quick reminder for Saturday - Also for all those wanting to do the LO at our Crop next Saturday the papers are the Cherry Arte Morocco range & White Bazzill and we will also be using some paint so please bring a paint brush or foam brush with you. Photo wise you will need three 6" x 4" portrait style photos that can be cropped on the day to go across your layout. Please also bring along some 3D foam and the usual toolkit.

For anyone wanting to do the Card class, May will be using Friendly Plastic so please bring along your heat gun if you can as this will speed up the class. As usual if you have any questions at all please do let me know or post on our UKS Chat thread.

Friday, 23 January 2009

I've been so ill lately....

Well I'm so sorry that I haven't been Blogging lately but unfortunately I've been really unwell and for 2 days didn't get out of bed so Blogging has been the last thing on my mind..... Thankfully I am starting to feel a bit more human now so I've been catching up on all the orders and adding our New Arrivals to the website but it's definitely been a heck of a week thats for sure.... Of course this weekend sees the start of CHA in America which means that the stream of New items being released by all the manufacturers hots up and we are overwhelmed with goodies to choose from after a real drought in the last couple of months.... Whilst its really exciting seeing what everyone comes up with, its also really difficult trying to make the choice of what to order because no-one can stock everything and with some companies launching up to 6 New paper ranges, it really is a minefield!!!! As they say - 'it's a dirty job but someone has to do it'.... ha, ha!!

I'm just finishing off a LO that I started at a crop I went to last Saturday so I will post that as soon as I can.

Also for all those wanting to do the LO at our Crop next Saturday the papers are the Cherry Arte Morocco range & White Bazzill and we will also be using some paint so please bring a paint brush or foam brush with you. Photo wise you will need three 6" x 4" portrait style photos that can be cropped on the day to go across your layout. Please also bring along some 3D foam and the usual toolkit.

For anyone wanting to do the Card class, May will be using Friendly Plastic so please bring along your heat gun if you can as this will speed up the class. As usual if you have any questions at all please do let me know or post on our UKS Chat thread.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

The Crop LO is done.....

Well today I have been very productive and finished the LO class for our January crop. We're using the lovely Cherry Arte Morocco papers and 3 6" x 4" photos that can be cropped to create a spread across the page!! There are lots of techniques involved in this page so it should be a real fun one to teach!! The kit has lots of product in and there will be a fair amount left over for extra projects too.......

I have also been getting lots of New products up on our website - it's been a bit of an uphill battle to get them on because so much has been going on lately but hey I've made a start. We have got lots of products that have never made it to the website so our plans over the coming months are to make sure we work through these to get ALL our stock online!! It will be quite a job as we often keep products back especially for our crop ladies - We like to make sure they get the pick of everything!!

In case you hadn't noticed I have also been busy customising this blog trying to make it reflect me more - I hope you like it!! You will also see at the bottom of the page I have added a countdown to our 12 Hour Crop so at a glance you can see exactly how long we have to wait.............. Talking of that event, pre-registrations are going well so it seems that we may have only a couple of places available once all the replies are in and those may well go to people on our Waitlist!! Anyway you never know with these things do you???

Tomorrow I am expecting a big delivery so I might not be able to post until the weekend and I'm off to a crop to scrap for me on Saturday - Yippee!!! That doesn't happen very often nowadays so it will be a real treat....... Can't wait.........

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

What a couple of days.......

Well yesterday was funny old day really - I went off to Aqua Aerobics in the morning and struggled for the first half of the class but then got into my stride and enjoyed the last half!!! I had planned to catch up with a friend for a chat in the afternoon but strangely she didn't get my text until teatime when I sent it at lunch time!! All very strange but I know that I've had times where texts have taken a little while to arrive... So I ended up making a start on the LO I am going to teach at my Crop on 31st March. I must admit to rather enjoying getting back into creating again given that my Christmas was pretty much a creative free zone.

Today I had my new oven delivered and fitted and the old one taken away. It was 11 years old and although it was a fan oven, it was burning things at the front and not cooking them at the back of the oven... Well it had to go - I couldn't stand it any longer! I've had my fill of carbon and I can't stand things undercooked at all... Yuck!! So the men from Comet came and fitted it in record time - you would have thought they were on some gameshow where the quicker they completed their task, the better their prize.... Anyway it's in, working and I've given it a nice clean too so no more fitters fingerprints. I've managed to only spend about 30 minutes on the LO for the Crop but at least its almost finished now and I'm pretty happy with it. More details about that when its finally done!

It's really quiet around here again now that Michael is back in Uni and my poor old Washing Machine can have a rest again. It's unbelievable just how much washing one extra person generates!! Thank goodness he has to do his own most of the time although no doubt when he comes home he'll bring a huge pile with him again. Our plans for the next couple of months are to continue organising the house and creating my own Craft Area in our Dining Room. All the units have been bought from IKEA and are now just waiting in the garage for us to have time to make a start. I imagine that won't happen until our Crop has taken place but then of course we have the big Craft Trade Show in Birmingham to get ready for....... Oooh lots of NEW yummy goodies to get in stock I hope!! I must admit I love seeing what the manufacturers come up with so this time of year is really nice in that respect.... Hopefully we will have made lots of room with our HUGE SALE or we won't be able to buy much as we simply won't have anywhere to put it all!!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Our next 12 Hour Crop has been agreed!!!!!!

Well after a very busy day yesterday spent taking Michael back to Birmingham University for the start of the second Semester, I am delighted to announce that I have finally finished sorting out the basic details for our second 12 Hour Crop which is going to take place on 21st March 2009 (the 28th March was double booked so we have had to scrap that date! Excuse the pun.......)!! Trust me though when I say that this really is going to be a fabulous day that you really will not want to miss out on as its going to include 4, YES 4 Classes for a truly amazing price!!!!!!! We have secured the most talented designer and will be having creative and fun classes for you to do. So as soon as I can I will email all attendees of the last 12 Hour Crop with details and an opportunity to pre-register and then I will make the information public for anyone else..... Ooh I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!

OK gotta go now and sort out orders and start thinking about the class for my January Crop but be in touch again soon.........



Saturday, 10 January 2009

Welcome to my little Blogdom!!!

Well at long last I've managed to get my Blog sorted!!! I know its been ages and I really should have sorted it out ages ago but hey at least I got here for the start of 2009 - so give me some credit please :) You'll find all sort of things on here including details of our Crops and any other events we will be hosting plus the goings on of my life (probably very boring I'm afraid)... I've never been very good at writing diaries so this will be a good challenge for me - let's hope I can manage to keep it up to date........

I'll get a few images uploaded of recent classes and pages I've completed as soon as I can. Just a quick reminder that our next Crop is scheduled for 31st January 2009 in our usual hall in Brent Knoll, Somerset so if you haven't already booked a place then get in soon HERE or all our places will have gone and you will have to go on to a waiting list..... Rumour has it that we might be announcing another fabulous 12 Hour Crop soon so watch this space................................ Thanks for popping by...