Sunday, 22 February 2009
Now this is not new and I'm sure there are other packages out there but this is what works for me! Give it a go and see what you think?
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Claire designed a stunning class for us and we have managed to twist her arm to come and teach again on the 18th April - despite it being Ally Pally. We convinced her that it was only shopping and she could always go on the Sunday and she said yes!!! We had a great turn-out from the Kent club and it was lovely to see the girls from Hastings, I was warned that there are plans for a big posse to join us for the next crop which will be fab - the more the merrier I say!
As always, Pauline ran the shop like clockwork which means that we can concentrate on the classroom side of things knowing that everything is completely under control. I am always so grateful to have Pauline there and I just want to say a huge "thank you" for all the very hard work she does to support us. Mum held the fort in the kitchen and I was very pleased to have regular coffee and cold drinks appear as if by magic! Dave performed the role of 'glamorous assistant' to his usual high standard not counting doing all the driving there and back, loading and unloading the van at each end and setting up the shop. I am so lucky to have his support and couldn't run these days without him. Last but not least, I'd like to thank all of you who chose to spend your Saturday with us, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and that we'll see you in April!!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Rock n Roll
If you are 'lucky' enough to have an angst-ridden teenager then this class will be perfect for you! The 'Guitar Hero' generation will be perfectly at home on this page which features flames, skulls and crossbones and a touch of rhinestones for the compulsory 'bling' factor - no stage diving allowed!! You'll need two photos for this one, a 5"x7"(ish) landscape and a 6"x4" portrait I made mine black and white to match the black, cream and red colourway of the kit. You'll also need 3d foam pads and a black inkpad - don't worry, there'll be no rock music at deafening levels!!
Just in case you need it for your satnav, the postcode for the hall is DA13 0AT and we kick off at 10am - if you are booked in for the first class then you'll need to be there a little earlier. You will have the chance to do some great make and takes throughout the day featuring Stampin' Up products. Its not just gorgeous stamps but punches, scrapbooking products and more - try before you buy!!
We're just waiting for the van and then we'll be packing everything up ready to go - how are you doing, are you ready yet?
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Something Wonderful Happens.....
Grab yourself a handful of 3" x 4" portrait photos, some of which can be cropped for this gorgeous class. The sample design uses six photos but you could accomodate a few more or less either way! You'll need a creamy brown inkpad, wet adhesive or gluestick, 3d foam pads and thin double sided tape (around 1/8th inch).
The soft pastel shades in this class will work really well with all sorts of themes of photos - just bring along two of them printed to about 3.5" x 4" landscape (squares would work really well too!). You'll also need to pack a teal and a soft orange inkpad (the sample used Distress weathered Wood and ColorBox Amber Clay, some glue dots, 3d foam pads and a corner rounder.
Use your holiday snaps or any other pics with blues and/or reds in them on this rich and exotic page. You'll need a 6" x 4" and a 3" x 4" landscape bith printed in landscape. 3d foam pads, a navy inkpad (the sample used Memories Shadow Gray) and a standard brad are all you'll need for this one!
This class in tones of creams and blues with a kick of red has an elegant and sophisticated feel about it, so match it with a 7" x 5" portrait photo - I chose to use black and white. As well as more 3d foam pads, you'll need a mustard coloured inkpad (sample used Distress Scattered Straw), a 1.5" circle punch, a single hole punch and a stapler.
I hope that you like what you see so far, we have been inundated with requests for these kits and we just can't keep up! Although we've sold out of every classroom place available, we do have kits for a couple of classes which you can pick up on the day. If you change your mind about a class, please let Pauline in the shop know as she has waiting lists for practically everything!
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I thought it might be a good idea to put the schedule for Saturday up here so that those of you who are joining us for the crop can see when your classes are and plan your day. As usual I will have the schedule posted outside the classroom as a reminder.
10am 'Something Wonderful Happens'
11.15am 'Spring Fling'
12.15pm LUNCH BREAK
1pm 'Rock n Roll'
2.15pm 'Feeling Blue'
3.30pm 'Soft Focus'
4.30pm AFTERNOON TEA
5pm 'Simply Delightful'
6.15pm 'Beautiful Forever'
I'll be posting the sneak peeks of the classes together with a list of tools/materials needed for each class before the big day!
(Amended after Debbie pointed out I had missed off a class!! Thanks hun!)
Sunday, 15 February 2009
This looks like it will be a very busy week for us as we are off to the Craft, Hobby & Stitch trade show up at the NEC for the day tomorrow and then its back to the usual pre-crop madness leading up to Saturday! I look forward to this trade show because despite the lack of showbiz pizzazz of the shows in America, this one feels homely and friendly. We can normally do the show in a day and come away with arms full of catalogues and samples, brimming full with ideas for kits and classes. I have learnt a few lessons along the way....
1. take a small wheeled backpack for all the 'bumpf' you collect through the day
2. pack a few bottles of water because these venues usually charge an arm and a leg
3. wear really comfy footwear, in America I'd wear my Birkenstocks but Feb is a bit too frigid for exposed toes!!
4. wear layers becuase its either way too hot or way too cold in the show venue
5. take your beloved along because then he can drive back!!
I'll let you know what we get up to and what exciting things are at the show, I can't say I'm looking forward to getting up at 5am though!!
Saturday, 14 February 2009
I wish everyone a very happy Valentine's Day!!
Friday, 13 February 2009
Anyway, the last class to be released is actually the first class of the day at 10am and uses the gorgeous Amy Butler Lotus line. Claire has designed a stunning page with this kit and you will have oodles of goodies left over to play with afterwards! Take a look at what we have for you......
Something Wonderful Happens......
This kit contains 3 cardstock (1 of which is Bazzill Bling), 3 patterned papers, a whole box of ABL ephemera, a whole pack of crystal bling and Bazzill Bobble trim. In this class you will create a page with space for loads of photos together with memorabilia - Claire used 6 photos but you might be able to get even more on here!!
The class goes on sale tomorrow morning at 10am and once the classroom places have sold out we will be releasing the kit on its own for those at the crop who prefer to do things in their own time.
Monday, 9 February 2009
They had been with their foster mum since they were 6 weeks old and she had named them so we have decided to minimise confusion by keeping their names. Felix is the image of the 'Felix' cat from the adverts, a handsome black and white with huge feet - looks like he'll be a huge cat when he's fully grown! He loves his food (and everyone else's!) and is very choosy about who he gives his affection to, I seen to be top of his list at the moment because he loves playing with my hair!
Molly is a very pretty tortoiseshell and very petite. She is really affectionate and loves to curl up on anyone who'll sit still long enough. She is also great fun, racing around the place and attacking her brother whenever she can - he doesn't get any peace!
Friday, 6 February 2009
Life is so much gentler when it is in soft focus, its easy on the eye and chilled out. So that is what we are offering you in this scrapbook page class in shades of cream, green and peach. The kit contains cardstock, 6 sheets of double sided patterned card, a 12x12 sheet of diecuts, a 6" x 12" sheet of cardstock alphabet stickers and a whole pack of cream flowers.
Make a date with your computer for 10am tomorrow!!
Sunday, 1 February 2009
I've been watching the voting on the poll about the monthly kits and as soon as it became apparent that the overriding majority wanted both one single and one double page kit I got ordering extra for this month so we could start right away! This is the first kit for February and as you can see we have a double page LO. The kits always have plenty in them for a second page, it was just a case of making sure we had two sheets of cardstock for the page bases and we were good to go straight way!
This kit is stuffed full of goodies - as well as four sheets of cardstock (2 of which are Bazzill Bling!), you'll find 4 sheets of DCWV Luxury patterned cardstock, a whole pack of American Craft Thickers alphabet stickers and a whole pack of adhesive pearls. Add to that full step-by-step instructions and paper templates for the design elements and you have everything you need to complete the sample design or to get creative and design your own page.