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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Limited Edition…………

We used the beautiful new Sugar Rush papers from Basic Grey for this special class. I just loved these papers and the embelishments in the kit.We managed to make lots of layouts and will show case them over the next few days.

Big Sister By Karen.

The crafters workshop template matches exactly with the acetate embelishment. Flowers ,Thickers and Rubons complete this layout.


Thats My Boy By Julie.

Julie has used Distress Inks and a distressing tool to add a more masculine feel to the layout.The small hearts are rubons.


Friday, January 29, 2010

More sketch layouts.......

Here are a few more layouts of our sketch class. Thankyou for sharing ladies.....

                                                 Family By Wendy Empett

Boxing Day By Louise Hay

Quins By Louise Hay

Chamonix By Julie Blakeman

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More class layouts.........

Here are a few more of the layouts from the last fortnightly classes please keep bringing them in so that we can share your beautiful work with everyone....
                                                        Tiger Cub By Bev Wright

Up Close By Bev Bryant

Snowman By Zara

Please keep checking back for more layouts being added. Tomorrow I will start to show the limited Edition layouts from saturdays class.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fortnightly Classes.......

Our fortnightly classes have been taking place since we first opened and are still very popular. It is a great opportunity for our ladies to learn new techniques , use the latest products and of course meet new friends socialise and just have fun.....
  One of our recent classes was for the ladies to use a very simple sketch . Here are a few of the layouts completed I will add more  over the next few days.
                                                        Yummy by Marion Boyns.

Grandad by Marion Boyns.

Paris by Bev Bryant.

Laugh by Jeannie

The Princess and the Pussy Cat by Jeannie

Snow Angel by Vicky Miles

Monday, January 25, 2010

Beautiful Altered Art Journal in progress

For those of you who come into the shop you will have seen the new altered art section. There are several clases taking place this year including an Altered Art Project at the beginning of February . In March we restart the Journal Classes for both beginners and advanced. In most cases those people who come along to find out whats its all about, are worried that they wont be able to think of ideas nor paint but this is an ideal opportunity to learn different techniques to enhance your as yet undiscovered talent. If you cant paint picture we will teach you an easy way of making your Journal come alive.

Sue Cann has been coming to Altered Art Journal Classes ever since we started them 2 years ago. She has built up her skill and become a complete Journal adict. Sues' latest pages are works in progress but she brought her journal in on Saturday to give us a peek. Here they are and beautiful they are too. Remember you could be making pages just like these with a little bit of practice.

If you want to have a go at making a journal then watch out for our new classes in March.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Limited Edition Class

Loads of you have asked for these classes and they are so popular that we often now hold 2 a month. This Saturdays class used Basic Greys Sugar Rush in pinks, greens,oranges and reds. We gave the class 11 layouts with subjects such as baby, teenager, wedding,sister, daughter and more to copy however I'm glad to say, most of them had their own ideas and we had a lovely variety of finished layouts at the end of the day.

You will be able to see some of the beautiful layouts made by our classmates soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In Miniature No 15

This was a lovely class and we have seen loads of examples come back into the shop. Here is Karens made as an example for the class.

These classes go really quickly and number 16 has already sold out. If you would like a place watch our website for dates and times.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Great Card Class

Karens card class went down a storm on Wednesday and everyone made some lovely cards. To top it all off we had the opportunity to wish Lilian a very Happy Birthday. Here are just a few of the many pictures we took.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow Challenge Entries revealed

I know these were supposed to go on yesterday but I am having real Google issues at the moment and have now resorted to using Karens laptop while she is at work (I have permission:)

Thank you to everyone who entered. I think everyone had some fun and hopefully it filled some of that creative void that appears after days on end stuck in doors with no scrappers to chat to.

The winner is chosen by a random number draw. Each persons name has a number next to it and that is used in the draw where the number is randomly selected by computer.

So in no particular order here they are.

1. Ann Hargan


2. Gayle Bond


3. Julie Blakeman


4. Louise Hay


5. Lynne Knowles


6. Marion Boyns


7. Melanie Howard


8. Michelle Hextall


9. Pandora Heap


10. Sally West


11. Vicky Miles


12. Sally West (2)


And of course we couldn’t set a challenge without having a go ourselves so

Karen Hudson


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(Of course we did not go into the draw for the prize.)

And the winner courtesy of “Random Organiser” is Number 5  Lynne Knowles. Well done Lynne. We will get your prize to you asap.

Watch out for more challenges including sketch challenges coming very soon.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Creative Cardmaking Special Edition Spring 2010

I was lucky enough to be in the shop yesterday when these new Special Editions arrived. I must admit, this is the first time I’ve been tempted to buy one but the papers are really nice.
As most of you will know, I am not a card maker unless it involves stamping, so I have used these papers to make four 8” x 8” scrapbook layouts. It just goes to show that cardmaking magazines are useful to us Scrappers as well:)
Hope you like them.
aP1080497I’d better get on with the Challenge now:)    

Thursday, January 07, 2010


Well if you’re in the UK you’re probably snowed in or playing in the snow.
Because of the lovely white stuff we have had to close the shop and cancel our classes so to make up for it we thought we’d set a Challenge just to keep those creative minds buzzing.
The prize is a set of Wooden Alphabet Stamps from Hero Arts and one of the new Colour My World set of plastic rectangle templates. Both can be used for either Scrapbooking or Cardmaking.
And the challenge????
You can make a 12" x 12", 8” x 8” Scrapbook page and/or an A5 card.
There are 2 rules:
Number One: You must include the word “SNOW” on the project
Number Two: You must include at least one of the following: Buttons; Brads; Bling. (ie gems, glitter, etc)
Closing date Sunday 10th January at Midnight
(Please e-mail a picture of your project to or pop it into the shop. The winner will be picked by a random generator.
Have fun xxx

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Christmas Town

Tonights 4 x 4 is by our Jeannie and is the first of two pieces that she made for this challenge.

The poem reads:-

Jack didn’t know it, but he’d fallen down. In the middle of a place called Christmas Town.


The houses have been painted with mica powder paint which makes Jack stand out from the background.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nightmare before Christmas

The more I look at these little pieces of art, the more I realise how impossible it is to capture their magic on film. Once all of the 4 x 4’s have been on the Blog we will frame them and they will go on display in our newly revamped shop and you can see for yourselves just how much work has gone into each one.

Today it’s Sue Canns turn with the first of 2 pieces she entered.

“The moon that hung over the new-fallen snow, Cast an eerie pall over the city below And Santa Claus’s laughter now sounded like groans, And the jingle bells like chattering bones, And what to their wondering eyes should appear, But a coffin sleigh with skeleton deer”

nbcsc2  In real life this is 3D hence the slight blurring from the scanner. Love the use of shrink plastic for the sleigh and reindeer.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Family Christmas Book

We’ve had a sprinkling of snow overnight so I thought it was time to show the last of the three Christmas books taught in 2009. This little book was made in the “I saw mummy kissing Santa Claus” Class at the beginning of December and I really enjoyed making it.

There were 2 things that I liked and will definately use again. The first was using Icicle Stickles which has a thicker nozzle and, when dry, remains 3D and made great stalagtites on the front and back covers. The second was using the beautiful lace to depict icicles.

The original book had12 pages. Here are just a few.

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We are doing a Christmas Book in our on-line class list soon so keep checking the website.