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.......