Thursday, 26 February 2009

Taking it Slow.............

Sorry not to have blogged for a few days but unfortunately on Monday evening I bent over to pick up some paper and......... **BAM**............. my back went!!!!!! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch is all I can say........ I think maybe a few expletives may have been said in the 'heat' of the moment too. I was so annoyed with myself and then of course you go off thinking "if only I had bent down differently, this would not have happened" which does absolutely nothing to help the situation of course.. Anyway the upshot is that the last few days have been spent with many back rubs, a heat pad in my chair and very careful shuffling round the house!! All this has meant of course that my careful preparations for our crop on Saturday are all behind and orders have been taking an extra day to send out, but I am so hoping that my back will be good enough to hold out for a whole day on Saturday!

So if you see me struggling on Saturday do please grab a chair and make me sit down won't you??????????????? I'm really going to have to go and see my lovely Osteopath next week I think (oh dear what a chore.... LOL).

I'm going to be launching the Fiskars pre-crop Challenge sometime over this weekend (was going to be Friday but as with everything this week, its had to be pushed back a little) - so keep your eyes peeled on here and you could be the FIRST to know what you need to create to win a fabulous not yet released Fiskars product!!!!!!!

Monday, 23 February 2009

28th February Crop Layout Information

I've finally finished the LO class for the crop on Saturday and wanted to give you all the details of what we will be using and what you need to bring along if you have already booked it or want to do it. I'm not sure yet exactly how many I will have available on the day for sale but will update this post when I count up!!

So - we're going to be using the yummy Basic Grey Mellow Collection papers Flavourful, Cultured & Dulcet along with a sheet of Leapfrog Bazzill (only the best will do for you guys!!!) My photo is 6" x 4 1/2" in the landscape format but you could adapt the LO for other sizes & shapes. My photo is of a house & garden if that helps at all.... This month we are doing some rubber stamping, sewing, cutting, using eyelets and learning a great Distressing technique!!! So plenty to keep you occupied for a bit!!!!!!

You need to bring along in addition to your normal tool kit the following: Sewing Needle (most important), a small artists style paint brush, eyelet tools (I will have my Crop-a-Dile if you need it) and a brown/autumnal colour inkpad. You might also need a little 3D foam.

Well that's it for now so see you all on Saturday..........................

Friday, 20 February 2009

Loads of NEW goodies now online!!!!!!!

After working all day, we have now managed to get all our NEW goodies up online over on ArtCards website so if you have been wondering when you would be able to get your hands on Bella Bella, Bloom & Grow & Penny Lane along with the fabulous Embossed Bazzill Cardstock then NOW is the time...... Check them all out HERE!!!!! Enjoy..................

They've started coming thick & fast now........

Oh my goodness the CHA deliveries have started arriving and in the last two days we have had 3 deliveries already!!!! Two big ones this morning bringing with them some fabulous NEW papers from My Mind's Eye (yum, yum) and a New company for us - Black Market Paper Society!! We've also had some of the fabulous embossed Bazzill arrive as well and it is just............................ delicious!! The brilliant metal embellies from Fab Scraps have been re-stocked and our range extended and we have a few of the Urban Lily Secret Keepers available which disappeared faster than the speed of Concorde last time we had them in - so if you want to get your hands on them, watch the New Arrivals section of the website as they will be uploaded later along with all today's arrivals!!!! Oh and did I forget to mention that we have stocked some of the latest Hero Arts stamps as well?????????????????? Yesterday brought re-stocks of Prima Lollipops Flowers and Essentials along with some NEW colours and those ever elusive Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers that have been SO popular - don't leave it too long before you get yours will you - you have been warned!!!! :)

Oh well I'de better stop this blogging and get on with adding all these fabulous products to our database ready for uploading. Keep watching for later...................

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Look who Tim met.................

Oh Tim Holtz was really lucky on Sunday at the Trade Show - he met me!!!!! How he could contain his delight I just don't know but you just need to look at the picture to see how pleased he really was.......... :) Bless him, he was still setting up when I spotted him and luckily I was the first to bag my place!! Even Gary was fascinated by what he was doing.........

Actually I didn't realise that this photo was being taken but one of my eagle eyed crop attendees spotted it on another blog and sent it to me so THANKS Kate!!!! All his NEW release items will be with us just as soon as they fly across the Atlantic and trust me when I say that you will want several Fillable Alcohol Ink Pens!! They are quite sensational..... All his new Idea-Ology items are fab too but my favourites have to be the fancy metal corners - mmmmnnnn to die for!!! Keep an eye out on for all the new stuff....................

Monday, 16 February 2009

I'm back and with goodies too!!!!!

I'm back from the Craft Trade Fair and with BRAND NEW not yet released goodies in my arms as prizes for our 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day!!!! How fabulous is that?????????? I must say a HUGE Thank You to BASIC GREY & FISKARS UK for their generous donations and we will have more nearer the crop courtesy of PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS as well so all you winning attendees will have cutting edge product before anyone else!!!!!!

So.......... to celebrate these fabulous prize donations we will be running two pre-crop challenges!! The first is our Basic Grey Challenge - the prize is a Lime Rickey Collection Pack not available until April but we will have them in stock then to purchase. Lime Rickey is a refreshing collection of bright, funky colours perfect for tantalizing your creativity!! Dazzling, lollipop colours like Cherry Soda Red, Candy Apple Green, Lemon-drop Yellow, and Blue Raspberry sweeten this kaleidoscope of yummy patterns and with 18 papers, a full sheet of Alphabet Stickers and Element Stickers as well, you will have fabulous fun!!!!!

What is this Challenge I hear you all say??????????????????????? The Challenge is called WHY I SCRAP and to get your hands on this fabulous piece of kit you need to create a mini book of some kind (this could be a tag book, chipboard book, maze book etc. - just choose your favourite!!) using fabulous Basic Grey papers (we have 26 different collections on our website HERE)! The book needs to tell us about why you scrap - what you like to scrap - possibly even your scrapping likes/dislikes - how has your scrapping style changed since you started?? You get the picture?????????? So there is loads of creative freedom in this challenge but as Basic Grey products are designed for cutting up it seems appropriate that you all use Basic Grey products to create your fabulous books.................. Get out the paper, scissors and glue and get Scrapping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next challenge to win one of the fabulous Fiskars products not yet released onto the Market will be launched soon so watch this space............

The Trade show was a great day, very busy and tiring but, the great news is that we will soon be bringing you all some truly gorgeous NEW CHA products! So save your pennies because we are sure you will not want to miss out and when you order from the website be sure not to opt out of our marketing emails or you will miss out on some great deals!!!!!!!

Monday, 9 February 2009

They've arrived!!!!

Oh much excitement today here because the Brand NEW Basic Grey Marrakech & Porcelain arrived here first thing this morning!!! Oh boy are they scrummy!! I was always Sold on Marrakech just because they are my kind of colour combinations but when I saw Porcelain............ oh my goodness it really is gorgeous! I had been looking at the Basic Grey photo of Porcelain and thinking that it was nice..... but it wasn't making me jump up and down and now I know why - their photo does not show it off to its best!!! In real life it is just delightful so I took my own photo today to try and show it how it really is (photo is a little dark but better colour reproduction). So now I absolutely HAVE to have both of them and I'm sure you'll fall in love soon too!!!!

Well this weekend didn't quite work out as I had planned - first I was going to a crop in Bristol but unfortunately because of the weather that had to be cancelled! So I thought I would take part in the Cyber Crop over on UKS. A friend had very kindly asked me if I wanted to go round and do some scrapping with her which I thought would be great fun so I started getting my things together to do a couple of the classes from the CC until I couldn't find half the things I needed (and knew I had somewhere)!!! So after much searching I finally gave up, threw a hissy fit and had to cancel my scrapping time with my friend!!! So Pippa I am really sorry but the upshot was that we then decided that my Craft Area in our dining room really had to be started!!! Yippee.... It's really started to take shape now with 5 of the 6 units built and in place (doors and drawers still to be fixed) so I thought I would take a little pic and show you what we've done so far....... I'm picking orders for the rest of the day but then I will be turning my attention to starting to fill my fabulous craft area so that I can be organised enough to find all that scrummy stash I just know I have..................... somewhere..............

As you can see I popped a few bits in there as we were going along simply because I ran out of floor space elsewhere :) But all the cubes are large enough to hold the 12" RUB boxes, the Cropper Hopper Paper Holders without having to cut anything off and even when we put the doors on some of the cubes, they will still be big enough to hold pretty much everything (apart from my Expression of course) that we want them to. I am so happy and can't wait for it all to be finished completely - oh that will be utter bliss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, 6 February 2009

Sold Out!!!

Our fabby 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day is now SOLD OUT so if you wanted to come and have left it too late email me your details and I will add you to our Waitlist so that if any spaces come available we can get in touch with you!! I'm not at all surprised that we are Sold Out so soon as the day is definitely going to be a day to remember and the more I hear and see of the classes as they start coming together, the more excited I am getting for you all............. Tracie is definitely doing us proud!! Once Tracie has completed all the class samples I will make sure I get together an Essential Tool/Equipment List for you all and will also let you have details of colours and photo requirements. The good news is that for the Album class you will be able to put your photos on at a later date so you won't need to rush to get photos together for that one unless you really want to. I do know that the Sassafras Lass classes will be using their just released products - how great is that????

I was planning on going to a crop in Bristol tomorrow to do some scrapping for myself which is always a treat as I am usually scrapping for the business in some way or other, but the snow and bad weather has meant that it has had to be cancelled!!! Boo Hoo! I was really looking forward to getting something done with no deadlines to hit and to using up some of my own personal 'mountain' of stash - guess I'll just have to nab the kitchen table and insist on some 'me' time!!! What do you reckon my chances are then???????? Answers on a postcard please :)

It seems that word is out that we are having Shimelle create a challenge for our February crop!! I am so looking forward to doing something different for everyone and I have no doubt that the results will be wonderful....... roll on the 28th!!!!!

Finally just to let you know that we have had more deliveries with some New products and re-stocks of some Prima Flowers that Sold Out so quickly earlier in the week so take a look HERE. Our Sale has been doing really well with lots of papers and other items now Sold Out but we are still adding more to this Clearance so if you want to check on what's left then you can find our Papers HERE and our other items HERE.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

How much did you get???

Snow that is!!!! We hardly ever get snow so when we got 2 1/2" - 3" on Monday it was quite something and in fact made me get my camera out in the middle of the night as I was so excited that I just had to record it for posterity!!!! Sad I know but hey we're all kids at heart.... right? So I've popped in a couple of photos for you which will no doubt appear on a scrapbook page at some point! Let me know how much snow you got - you can leave a comment on the blog here....

More excitement today as some of the product arrived that Tracie will be using to create your fabby classes with on the 12 Hour Crop!!! All I can say is think Paint and sparklies and you might be getting a bit warm........... :)

In the same delivery we also received more yummy Prima Flowers so they will be online later today - more Essentials 4 and Painterly Petals which I adore!! We also re-stocked the Lollipops as they just disappeared so quickly and I know why - yummy!!!! Those fabby Prima Clear Stamps also went very quickly so we decided we simply HAD to re-stock those as well.... and you will also see a new design later this evening too!!! So lots to check the website for and if you haven't already signed up for Tracie's classes well What on earth are you waiting for?????????????? It's a bargain and you will kick yourself if you miss it that's for sure...... you have been warned!! :) Book HERE

You will be creating a 6" x 12" Bind-it-All Album, a yummy Prima LO, and two classes from Sassafras Lass as well so a 'lot' to get stuck into!!!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Another great Crop!!!!

Saturday 31st January was our first crop of 2009 and we had a great turnout of 27 people!! So many of us hadn't seen each other since our last crop on 6th December that we had lots of catching up to do - you can imagine how much chatting was going on I'm sure!!!! So with a Hall packed full of eager ladies and our Shop bulging with fabulous goodies, we made sure we had a really fun day. The Scrapbooking Layout Class was fully subscribed and everyone thoroughly loved doing the 'So Funny' Class with its mix of techniques including painting chipboard, layering and intricate cutting. The photo is shown below and I hope you like it:

May again did a card class for us and used Friendly Plastic to create a stunning Valentine themed embellished card which again was a big hit with everyone.

Our next crop is almost fully subscribed so if you wanted to come along and join us then please don't leave it too long to book or you will be disappointed as we unfortunately had to turn away several ladies who wanted to come to our January crop but who had left it quite late before deciding......

Talking of Crops we have been able to release places for our fabulous 12 Hour Crop/Retreat Day scheduled for 21st March 2009 where the day includes 4 fabulous classes taught by the very talented Tracie Hudson (Prima Educator). So if you want to join us please be sure to make your booking soon as at the time of writing this there are just 2 spaces left. Book HERE. If you find that we are Sold Out by the time you want to book then please email me your details and I will add you to our Waitlist so if anyone should pull out, we can offer you a space.

Finally we have more NEW products available in our online store HERE so why not pay us a visit soon.........