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.....