Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ArtCards Christmas Crop

Well can you believe it?  It's almost the end of 2010 which can only mean one thing........... the final ArtCards crop of the year and its party time!!!!  Saturday 4th December in The Parish Hall, Brent Knoll, Somerset from 10am - 4pm we will be having a blast with challenges, a hot & cold buffet lunch and the ArtCards shop with not only some yummy NEW goodies but lots of SALE bargains too!!  

So for anyone who hasn't yet booked their place and who wants to come along and join in the fun you can book HERE - please note however that crop booking will be closing shortly as personalised items are created for all Xmas crop attendees and these cannot be done at very short notice.

If you are joining us then you can look forward to a Card Challenge, Scrapbook Challenge and one other challenge as yet not fully finalised - sure to be loads of fun and with our Secret Santa as well what possible reason could you have for not coming along...........  See you there on Saturday.

Monday, 22 November 2010

A few more layouts to share!!

Just before I give you details of the very last ArtCards crop of 2010 I thought I would share a couple more layouts with you that I have managed to finish over the last few weeks!!  The first one is of me clambering up 'The Wall' on our recent cruise on Navigator of the Seas from Royal Caribbean!!  It seemed like such a good idea when I mentioned that I wanted to try it now that I have lost so much weight, but when I was stood at the bottom in the harness, it seemed like a really stupid idea!!!  Anyway not wanting to lose face, I decided I had to do it and managed to get half way up before my arms were killing me and I simply had to give up and absail down (that was fun!!).  I was totally exhilarated despite my arms and legs shaking from the effort but I will try again next time I am on another RCCL cruise..........

The next one is one that I have wanted to create for a long time - ever since returning from northern France in the summer of 2008, I wanted to scrap this photo!!  In historic Rouen we wandered down a back street and came across this stunning Cake Shop - well we managed to resist the temptation of the goodies inside but the outside was so gorgeous that it had to be photographed!  Finally with the help of some Basic Grey Doilies and various Bazzill ribbons etc. it has taken shape.  I hope you like it although the photo of the finished layout was taken on a very dark day so I will rephotograph as soon as the light is better.

Don't forget the very last ArtCards crop of 2010 is being held on Saturday 4th December in Somerset - details available on the website......  Hope to see you there......

Friday, 19 November 2010

September's Crop Class by Cleo

Sorry its a bit late but finally I have found a couple of minutes to post my version of Cleo Jarvis' crop class from the ArtCards September Crop.  As you can see it was a beautiful layout where the title is on a flap that flips open to reveal more photos and journalling inside.  The flowers and swirl were cut from a sheet that was collaged with some of the yummy papers and I think you will agree that it was a truly lovely class so Thank You Cleo.

The great news is that Cleo will be returning to teach at the ArtCards crop in February 2011 so make sure you don't miss that one......

Monday, 20 September 2010

How time flies.....

Well things haven't quite gone to plan for me over the last couple of weeks what with scheduled surgery and then a very unscheduled trip to A&E for a day so once again I find myself playing catch up with everything for the upcoming crop where we have Cleo Jarvis teaching a wonderful Scrapbook Class for us.  So without further ado I thought I would let you all know the final details for the Scrap Class and what you need to bring along.

OK everyone we are now on the final countdown to the crop on Saturday so here are the final details for the crop class - you will need the following:

4 Photos Portrait Style measuring 3" x 2" preferably in Black & White

Lime & Turquoise Ink



Glue Dots

Foam Pads

PVA Glue

We will have some inkpads in our Shop if you don't have any to match and would like to purchase some and we will also have Glue Dots and Foam Pads as well.  We won't have PVA Glue apart from some Art Institute Glitter Glue however.

I am sure you are all going to have a great time doing the class which will last a minimum of 2 hours and is scheduled to start at 12 noon.  This will give you all time to settle in and have a natter and a shop before you need to do the class.  As usual this month we will have some great offers for you just for Saturday along with lots of yummy NEW goodies which are arriving this week so bring along your cheque books, cheque cards and cash and we will see you all on saturday!!  Doors open at 9.55am.

Just to whet your appetite take a look at the sneak peek Cleo has sent through of the class you will be doing!!  I think it looks yummy and lots of fun - what do you think??

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Crop News!!!

I thought I would post the latest crop class for those of you who want to finish off your layout but didn't have time to finish it at the crop. Also for those of you who weren't able to make it along for the class in July, you get to see what we did. We used the scrummy K&Co. Blue Awning papers along with some fabulous metallic Blue Cardstock, some self adhesive die cut cork, embroidery threads for the stitching, we distressed a white flower with Distress Inks and used the brilliant Nellie's Choice Punch & Emboss system to create the Blue 'Prima' like flowers!! The main shape and stitching detail were from a Crafters Workshop Template which is a really useful piece of kit and which will appear on ArtCards website once we can get further stocks. I hope you like the layout which was a lot of fun to complete and used a variety of techniques for the last class before our Summer break in August.

The great news is that for our crop on the 25th September, we have the fabulous Cleo Jarvis coming to teach a 2 hour Scrapbooking Class using the Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage papers and some wonderful collaging techniques amongst others. As with all Cleo's classes there are a whole host of things to learn and we are delighted she has agreed to design and teach the class for us. Spaces are limited in numbers of course so if you want to take advantage of a brilliant kit and some fabby teaching then book your space HERE while we have some available. If they are all gone when you want to book please email me and I will put you on a wait list.

So all that's left is to wish you all a very happy summer either with or without the children at home and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on September 25th.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Exciting News and another Layout......

Firstly I thought I would share with you a layout that I have waned to get done for ages as I just adore the papers!! My problem was that I never had the right photo until I went on Celebrity Eclipse in April for my anniversary on a short cruise and took this one in the Cafe al Bacio. The colours were perfect for what I wanted so finally I managed to use the scrummy Creative Imaginations Coffee papers and stickers to complete this layout which I just love. I also used some flock on the title just to enhance the capital letters a little and with some bazzill, tags, buttons and fibres I think it is exactly what I had in mind when I thought about using these papers....... see don't you love it when a plan finally comes together?? I hope you like it as much as I do.

Next I want to let you all know that at the ArtCards September Crop we will have the very talented Cleo Jarvis teaching a 2 hour Scrapbook Class for us. We are currently working on all the details but I will be able to let you have all that at the Crop on 31st July for those of you coming. Classes which will be strictly limited will be on sale on a first come, first serve basis so if you definitely want to get yours then make sure you don't miss the crop on the 31st July. If there are any classes that are not sold on the day then I will make them available via the website shortly after that. I know it will be a brilliant class and you are sure to go away inspired.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Another Crop Class Layout.....

This Layout is the Scrap Class I designed and taught at a crop in Bristol that I go to occasionally. This time I used Nutmeg Bazzill and the gorgeous Basic Grey Recess papers along with some beautiful silk taffeta fabric on which we created a great effect using naked flame!!! Thankfully we didn't burn the hall down but everyong did have a brilliant time. I also taught the ladies how to make the lollipop embellies which we eyeleted in the centre for a different effect. I enjoyed creating this Layout and I hope you like it too.......

The next ArtCards crop in Somerset will be held on Saturday 31st July from 10am - 4pm and will be our last until September when we will have the lovely Cleo Jarvis teaching a great class for us. Details of this will be available at the crop on 31st July and classes, which will be limited, will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Don't miss out!!!

Latest Layouts...

This is the Scrap Class I designed and taught at the ArtCards crop in May this year. I used the scrummy Crate Paper Prudence Papers and their fabulous Glitter Die Cuts along with Java and Kraft Bazzill. The addition of some eyelets and lots of 3D foam to create depth make this a really pleasing layout. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

This is another LO I completed on my weekend scrapping in Devon. This time it is of the Casino on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas when we went on a short cruise to Cork in Ireland last August. I wanted to create a rich jewelled look as the Casinos are always so richly furnished and designed and I am pleased with how the Layout finished. I used my gorgeous Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, some Prima Say it in Crystals, shaped Bazzill and some Sassafrass Lass paper. I hope you like what I have done and if you want to leave a comment that would be great.

I have just returned from a truly wonderful weekend scrapping with friends in a glorious house in Devon and thought I would share with you a layout I completed whilst I was there. This photo was taken on our 25th Wedding Anniversary Cruise to Hawaii and is of a hotel called The Volcano House which overlooks the crater rim of the active Kilauea volcano on Hawaii. The crater rim is enormous and lava is flowing down the side of the mountain and into the sea. You get a wonderful view from the cafe in the Hotel of the gases being vented up into the sky and you can also see in the distance the glowing red of the lava - truly spectacular!!!

I hope you like what I have done with the layout and if you do feel free to leave a comment.