Sunday, 29 August 2010

Cuttlebug draw

This draw has now closed.

The shop will be closed on Monday as it is a bank holiday and Tuesday is normal closing so the lucky winner will be drawn on Wedensday live.

I wish everyone good luck so watch this space for the announcement. hugs Karen x

New to Die Cutting and a bit more Workshop

Hi everyone,

Just to let you all know my next workshop has been postponed,
so New to Die Cutting and a bit more, will now take place on :-

Wednesday 13th October and Saturday 16th October

Starting at 11am till around 1.30pm

Cost £15

The workshop will include making aperture cards, building up frames
and more. I will also try to work through any questions you have regarding Die Cutting, enabling you to make the most of your machine.

Please book early as there has been a lot of interest.

Just a thought, if you have a die cutting machine could you please
bring it along, everything else is provided, including lots of tea/coffee
and biscuits/cake.

See you soon Jean x

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

In house training

We have had a lovely in house training day today getting to know some of our new products so we can demonstrate them to our customers.
We drank plenty of cuppas and ate lots of biscuits.
We found it very useful and really enjoyed ourselves and we look forward to demonstrating them to you.

Di was in her element as she demonstrated studio acrilic paints on canvas, cannot wait to get started on mine.

I was helping Di get to grips with the new A4 die cutting machine, we have all fallen in love with it and bought one.

Jean was showing us how to use the cinch and what a cinch it was, this is definately my next buy.

Here is Di getting to grips with technology. She has now put up her first blog there will be no stopping her now.

distressed ink work shop

hi Di here.

of all the team I am the least computer savvy, so help needs to be on hand when I venture into the realms of the "net"

Any way here goes.

More distressed inks by request.
Date: Wednesday the 29th of September and the 2nd of October.

Time 11-1-30 ish.

Cost: £15-0 All materials supplied

Learn to ink up, stamp and paint using distressed inks. The class will also make use of transparency film and how to make mica spray.

The half day session should help you get the most out of your inks and go home with finished art work.

We have lots of fun as well as tea, coffee and biscuits.

The class size is limited to six, these classes fill quickly so book now to avoid disapointment.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

This weeks workshops with Jean

Hi everyone,

After a busy week at the shop and doing 2 workshops, here I am to show you how we got on.

My workshops ran Wednesday and today(Saturday) and we all had a really good time,
although the ladies we very quiet at times, heads down and hard at work.

We made frames and used the Cottage Cutz dies with the Cuttlebug, then made a notebook binding it with the Cinch.

Here are a few photos of todays class, sorry I forgot my camera on Wednesday but will get you next time!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Demo cards

Hi everyone,

Finally back to normal after the show last week. Been very hectic and busy at the shop the last few days.

I have put a couple of the cards I demo`ed on the C&C show last week I do hope they make sense to you as this is all new to me.
Will put a few more up later as I have got lots to show off to you all. Hugs Karen

Cut cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", using the score buddy place the card to the top and left and score and fold down both dots to form a gate fold.
On the front edges of the card where they meet, score 2 lines using first and third lines. Repeat on all sides. Using the score bug score inbetween these lines at the second line. Using media of your choice I used sekura pen draw lines between the dots to form stitching.
Cut paper stock to fit onto both front panels and attach.
Cut cream card staock to 3" x 4" using the score buddy and the bug score lines all round the edge of the card.
Stamp image of your choice onto card, at this point you can stamp on either side as the reverse gives a lovely raised stitched effect. Ink up the card edges with distressed ink I used broken china for this one.
Using same media as the main card join the dots to form stitching.
Attach the image on the left half of the gate fold making sure that it is central when it is closed.


For this card I used a piece of card stock cut to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", using the score buddy score and fold in half at the * making sure the card is butted to the top and left of the board. Ink the edges with distress ink, I used crushed olive.

Cut cream card stock about 1/4" smaller than the folded base card.

Place the card onto the score buddy to the left and top, score along the first and third lines, repeat on all sides.

Next score inbetween these lines which will be the second one score down using the score bug, repeat as before on all sides.

Stamp image of your choice in the centre.

For this card I used metallic thread and beads around the border where I used the score bug.

I then edged the card using the same ink as before mount onto the front of the folded card.

Other options for stitched effects

use pro markers, gel pens etc by drawing lines inbetween the dots (faux stitching), to give the effect of beads, use glitter glue, pearls anything which give dimension can be placed on the dots to look as if they are beads.

Saturday, 7 August 2010


Here are some piccies from the C&C show last month at the Doncaster Racecourse.

Wonder what Gordon is thinking?

Michelle demonstrating the score-pal.

Jean demonstrating the no more shims.

Before the show with Nigel.

Jean, Michelle and myself.

On their marks with a countdown for the off !!!!

Friday, 6 August 2010

stamping workshop

Here are the dates as promised for the next stamping workshop. The techniques for this session will be how to masking, shadow and layered/decoupaged stamping. You will go away with 3 projects and new inspirational stamping skills, everything will be provided.
Tea/coffee with biscuits will be provided. The workshop last around approximatly two and a half hours.

The dates are as follows

Wedensday 1st September 11 o`clock only 1 place available.

Saturday 4th September 11 o`clock 3 places available.

If you would like to book please give give the shop a ring and one of the team will help.

See you soon hugs Karen x

Hi Everyone, Good to be here at last.

Been waiting a few weeks for this but pleased we are now up and running.
Had a busy few weeks at the shop and it doesn't look as if things are going to slow down soon.
I'd like to tell you about my next workshops which are on Wed 18th Aug and Sat 21st Aug.
We will be using Cottage Cutz dies, Nestabilities and the Cinch, so you will leave with a few cards and a notebook bound with the Cinch.
I think there are a couple of places left on the Wed and possibly 3 on the Sat.
The workshop starts at 11am and lasts approx. 2 1/2 to 3 hours at a cost of £15.
All I ask is if you have a Cuttlebug please bring it along. We provide everything else including tea/coffee and biscuits/cake.
If you are interested ring or call in the shop to book your place.

Hope to see you soon Jean x


HELLO well i am finally here,had a bit of bother on the old 'puter,as it don,t like me much,but am in now ha ha.well what shall we tell you about today then ?shall it be about the rather glamourous tv and show appearences,or the more mundane stuff. mundane it is then.
Have any of you thought about how much work the companie,s have to do just for one or two hours on the telly? well i hadn,t til now. Today jean,karen and i spent a whole day at the shop packing for the next show,think there will be another three days doing more of the same ready for the tv next week.Sorry girls am off to the caravan with the kids on monday so enjoy!!!ha ha .
I will let karen tell you about the glam bit as she,s doing the next show.
well back to my fave bit, off to create stuff now ready for karen to share with you all,cheers see you soon michelle&bob the dog

I`ve finally arrived

Hi everyone,
I`ve finally arrived on here and ready to have some fun with some crafting.
All the team are all eager and waiting to hear from you and we hope you will join in the fun we shall have along the way.
Had my first stamping workshop last week and we had great fun creating some fabby creations with the new techniques. Some of the ladies are so eager that they have booked for the next workshop, dates following. Hope to hear from you hugs Karen x