Friday, 20 April 2012

First Edition Paper Pads

Recently we have been holding a series of workshops called "Simply Creative" which are just simple but lovely card designs and we have aimed them at beginners. The First Edition range of paper stacks have been featured a LOT because they are sooo gorgeous. We have found that the colours within them are slightly unusual shades and so matching them has been fun and quite challenging. However I have been really happy with the results and so thought I would share them with you here.
The pad we used this last week was "Boho Chic" ( even the name is cool!) and has some glittered designs, some glazed - really fab - and some double sided - very useful for colour matching the other papers.

So here they are:



This is exactly the same as the peach one above but using different papers - looks really different.

And the one on the right has a pull out panel with the greeting on it.
 We even created a masculine card.  

Simply add some ribbon and stickers and you have some lovely designs.

This one is for a dear friend's birthday but she hasn't seen it yet. 
( Sorry Gill - I know it's a bit late x ).

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Much excitement & Droolage at The Stamp Pad today.

Wow! We have just had in some fabuloso new products by Fran Seiford of Stampendous and they are gorgeous. A new selection of stamps on cling rubber, some of which have a fantasy theme. Also some crushed glass glitter, fragments, mica flakes and shabby vintage embossing powders. All of these new items are on the web site under "new in" and if you want to know how to use them, Julie will be holding this next week's workshops featuring them. Wed.4th & Thurs 5th April.
Here are a few of them to tempt you:

I can see you - you're drooling!!!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Kaisercraft Photo stand

This is another of the projects we made at the retreat. It is a really lovely project and very versatile.

The piece comes as separate boards so it's really easy to decorate and then put together. The only slight issue is making sure that your photos are visible once all the boards are in place.

We painted the blank pieces with acrylic paint, then added some Basic Grey Piccadilly papers, did a bit of stamping on the base, a few co-ordinating stickers and embellishments and job done.

And some finished examples.

What was lovely was that everyone was different and personal.

See you soon.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Well, we have held our March 2012 Retreat and what a great time we all had. I think we had four seasons in one day at one point, what with sunshine, wind, rain and then SNOW! We hoped for more so we would get stuck in the hotel and have to stay to do some more crafting. lol.
Here are all the lovely ladies who came along.

Not quite sure what Gill's doing - looks about ready to take off somewhere! We couldn't go outside at this moment because it was snowing. This was the view from the conference room looking out the back of the hotel.

And this was after about half an hour. Fabby fluffiness.

So, we had no choice but to carry on crafting.
Here are some of the projects we were creating.

The first is my take on a configuration box. I wanted to try and do something different and so I began by thinking "Outside the Box". I began by playing around with different arrangements and settled on this layout.
Then I began covering the outside of the boxes with a range from Kaisercraft's "Sweet Nothings" papers and overlaying some parts with 7Gypsies tissue paper.

Then we had to line all the small boxes and cut the feature paper for the main central box.

Once that was completed, we cut some designs from two of the papers and mounted them on acetate for support. Each piece had a piece folded back on two sides which would be used to adhere to the inside of the box later.
The next step was to glue all the boxes in place and this had to be done face down so that they were all level at the front. Then all the joins were wrapped with Tim Holtz' tissue tape which gives a really neat finish and hides any small gaps.

The next step is to add the dangly bits and hanging chain and we did this by piercing holes and inserting long, crystal headed pins which were bent and shortened to fit, then glued firmly in place. The charms and tassels were attached using jump rings.
Then we had the decorative bits to add. We used a mixture of clear glass and brown glass bottles, ( The clear ones I sourced myself and the brown ones are 7Gypsies), we added glass glitter to one, accent beads to another and a roll of paper to the third. The corks were sealed in place and labels added.

The next thing to add was the gorgeous big flower. This was cut from the Kaiser paper too, using Spellbinders' Blossom 4, all six layers, cut, inked and shaped.

Then we die cut a variety of scrolls, some were Sizzix bigz and some were Alterations Elegant flourishes. These were cut from the same paper as the flower but were given a bit more treatment. Firstly they were painted with a mixture of gel medium and gold acrylic paint. This makes the paint more translucent and so while not colouring the scrolls completely, it gives them a gentle golden highlight but the original patina of the paper still shows. Once that was dry, we coated them with pva glue and liberally sprinkled them with clear accent beads. The result? Fabulous, glistening beaded flourishes.

We added a few charms to some of the boxes but left some of them open to allow the addition of personal treasures and trinkets.

The finished article.

Hope you like it. More to come with the other projects soon. Gwen x 


Monday, 20 February 2012

Happy Bunnies

      Well, we have just come back from Stitches - the UK trade show and what a fantastic time we had. There was a real buzz about the place and it was very uplifting to see so many enthusiastic people, both exhibitors and retailers who are moving forward in this crafty business and are determined to make sure this year is better than ever for all our lovely customers. There was a huge amount of gorgeousness and inspiration to be gawked at, drooled over and stroked -  in the main part done by Julie! lol
She had to be dragged away from a stand selling nothing but ribbon ( after making me spend on some of it). I think she would have wrapped herself up in it if she had been left alone for too long. As it was , she had to be content with stroking some delicious crushed velvet, lace edged stuff and some netted ribbon roses  - yes, black and purple ( what else?).
    We caught up with some friends and made some new contacts. There were representatives from all over the world, some of them hot off the plane from CHA and thrilled to be over here sharing their products with us Brits. They love coming here because they say we are so lovely and friendly.
     So what else have we in store for you? Oh - there was so much I can hardly remember but we did fall in love with Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts and these will be coming in very soon. The samples were so original and gorgeous, I had to prise them out of Julie's little mitts. Here are just a few of the samples we saw.
Hels Sheridan was demonstrating the products but I think the artwork was Wendy's original stuff.
Loved it anyway. Can't wait to get them in and start playing.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

A Late Hello and Happy New Year.

Hi there,
    I'm so sorry I haven't been here lately - I'm rubbish at this regular blogging thing -  just been concentrating on packing lovely stuff on my website. That is still an on going process but I think it's looking better now.
Where does the time whizz to? We're already speeding through February and I'm still getting over Christmas!
Things are moving along nicely for our Craft Retreat ( 3-4th March) and I am really excited about the projects we will be making. I will be bringing you some sneaky peeks over the next couple of weeks, so watch out for that. All I will say at this point, is that one of the projects is going to be a Timmy configurations shadow box but not as we know it - think outside the box!

We have now got stock of IndigoBlu's latest products - the FlitterGlu and MegaFlake as well as the starter kit - check out the website for those.
There is a fantastic offer of the week too of a beautiful Sport scrapbook kit for a ridiculous price, so check that out.

So the workshops are back up and running, although off to a very slow start I have to say. Where are you? I miss you. We have some lovely projects lined up for you but we can't share if you don't come.
So here is a glimpse of one of the samples for our "Simply Creative" session.
This particular card was designed by a lovely lady who works for Trimcraft and I'm sorry I don't know her name but what a beautiful sample.
       We will be making something similar and more besides.

The products we will be using are from Isabelle from the New Edition range and they are really lovely. Some are glittered, some are double sided and we will be teaming them up with gorgeous glittered floral and bird stickers and matching gel stickers. 

And what's more, any stickers which aren't used in the class, you get to take home with you.
So why not come and join us, you can find the dates and times for this and all our other workshops on the web site.

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