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.


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!!!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

SLYMI Challenge Entries

We had 5 great entries for the Shimelle Scrap Like You Mean It Challenge which was to use stamping and hand written journalling at the crop on saturday and I said I would upload them for you all to see................ so here they are......

Alex did this one of the snow and a snowman called 'BARRY'!!!

Julie did this one of the fire that destroyed the Grand Pier in Weston....

Jo did the cutest baby ever.......

Marlene was brave and used pink on a male LO - Well done!!

Tracey did the first rubber stamping she had ever done on this LO of her daughter's trying to fold towels.............

Well done to you all and thanks for entering...... Hope you all had fun....

Saturday's LO

I said yesterday that I would upload the Class LO from Saturday so here it is using the yummy Basic Grey Mellow papers and several different techniques..... We used our Versamark inkpad to create the watermark background, a great distressing technique to create the texture on the brown floral paper, some sewing and lots of cutting out as well!!!

Hope you like it.................

Monday, 2 March 2009

Fiskars Challenge

Thanks to all those who came along to our Crop on Saturday and made it a great day - 28 of you packed into the Hall and as usual there was lots of laughter and chatting going on!!! Quite how much actual scrapping got done I'm not sure but at least everyone had a good time......

OK this is the last of the Pre-Crop Challenges to win a not yet released in the UK Fiskars Border & Corner punch combined!!! These fabulous punches are really brilliant and make creating perfect borders and corners a breeze so we know that you will be well 'made up' with the prize. So what do you need to do to get your hands on this fabby prize..............................

You need to make a Name Badge that is not a Name Badge!!!! LOL OK I know you think I have gone completely off my trolley at this point but what I mean is that you need to create a Name Badge that doesn't need to be worn as a Name Badge but that tells us your name.... so it could be a piece of Wall Art, something that sits on the table, a bracelet etc. etc. So are you getting the picture???? Nothing that is traditionally a Name Badge but that will tell us who you are........... :) Now to get the prize you need to be as creative and inventive as possible as you want to impress the judges (who are Tracie and myself - and NO we cannot be bought!!). If you still aren't sure what you need to be thinking about then email me and I will help you as much as I can.

I will upload some photos tomorrow of the Shimelle Challenge entries and the Crop Class but for now I need to go and rest my head as I've had a thumping headache all day now............................