Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stitches Update and Crafteire 2009!

Sorry for not updating sooner. It's been hectic since last weekend, between having my Whitehall Workshop on Thursday and getting ready for Crafteire 2009 this weekend.   I'm here in the crop room just chillin' after teaching my two Workshops.  I'm delighted that everyone enjoyed them so much.  The atmosphere here is really great and I'm looking forward to an evening cropping, having dinner and maybe a cup of tea LOL!

Here's the layout from my "From Me" Workshop using October Afternoon County Fair papers, Bazzill cardstock, a handmade paper flower and a title cut using the "Opposites Attract" font from Cricut:

From Me

My second Workshop was "Spring Prairie" using a 6" x 6" chipboard album from Paw-Pear Basics, Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers, chipboard and fibres and a Bazzill blossom:

Spring Prairie Cover

Spring Prairie Page 1Spring Prairie Page 2

Spring Prairie Page 3Spring Prairie Page 4     

So the big news from Stitches last weekend is ... I didn't meet Laurence :-( but I did meet Tim Holtz :-) who was soooo charming and talented. He was demonstrating loads of new Ranger products and he even managed to make me a Grunge Paper flower complete with mini brad and safety pin! I was so chuffed. He had three framed layouts on display which were so fab. Unfortunately I couldn't take photos of them for you but they were amazing. Apparently Laurence was scheduled to be there on Monday instead of Sunday so that's why I missed out. His new papers are very floral, very colourful and just what you'd expect from such a flamboyant charachter. They're scheduled for release in April.

I also met Fran from Stampendous and she demonstrated her new acrylic stamps which are a must have:

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Saw some beautiful papers and embellishments and have ordered some Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants, K & Company and Crate Paper which will be arriving in store next month.

By far the most impressive stand was Sizzix by Ellison.  It was packed with clothing, home decor, cards and layouts decorated with diecuts from their new ranges including Hello Kitty.  They had baseball caps and t-shirts decorated with felt diecuts, chests of drawers decorated with chipboard diecuts, frames, babygro's and loads more things I've forgotten but I was blown away by all the creativity.  Again, I wasn't allowed to take photos??? but they said they'd email some to me so when they do I'll let you see them.

So, back to the shop at Crafteire I go.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2009

We're hoping to meet LLB!

We're heading to the Stitches show in Birmingham this weekend and can't wait to see all the gorgeous new products from CHA 2009.

Tim Holtz will be there, so will Shari Carroll from Hero Arts plus loads of other papercrafting experts but the one I'm most looking forward to seeing is the one and only LLB ... Laurence Llewelyn Bowen !!!


He's following in Martha Stewart's and Laura Ashley's footsteps and has designed two gorgeous scrapbooking collections called Renaissance and Retro Rose which I've had a sneak peek of but really want to see the whole lot.  Most of all I'm hoping to get a photo opportunity with the man himself, so watch this space on Monday to see if I get my wish.

On the subject of new Collections ... arriving next week we have new ranges from My Minds Eye including Penny Lane and Bella Bella "Bellezo".  Here's a few from the range.  You can view the full collections on the My Minds Eye website.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Crafteire 2009 "Spring Prairie" Workshop - Sneaky Peek

As promised here's the first of the sneak peeks from the Spring Prairie Workshop that we're giving at Crafteire 2009 in Tullamore.

Spring Prairie Sneak Peek

We've packed the kit with a beautiful 6" x 6" chipboard album, Basic Grey Urban Prairie Papers, Bazzill Blossoms, Basic Grey Urban Prairie Fibres and Chipboard Shapes and we're going to be creating a fun mini book for you to use for your Spring photos ... or anything else you fancy!  In fact this would be perfect for scrappin' those holiday photos or to give as a gift for Mother's Day.

To take this Workshop you'll need to bring along your usual tools e.g. glue, paper trimmer, craft knife, scissors plus:

Some white or black acrylic paint

A white gel pen

Cropadile or hole punch

Distress Ink Pad

Black, white, pink or yellow ink pad for stamping (we'll be using some yummy Basic Grey stamps during the class!)

If you haven't already booked your place at this Workshop there are still places available by logging on to the Crafteire site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Crafteire 2009 "From me ..." Workshop - Sneaky Peek!

The countdown is on for the fab Crafteire Weekend 2009 in the Tullamore Court Hotel from February 20th to February 22nd.  If you haven't already booked your ticket, there are limited tickets still available from the Crafteire website.

We're bringing the store and teaching two Workshops and we're looking forward to a brilliant weekend.

To get your crafty mojo up and running we're sharing a couple of sneak peeks from both classes over the next few days.

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We love the "From me ..." Workshop.  We'll be using the October Afternoon County Fair Collection of papers and diecuts and combining them with some stitching, a little doodling and a grungy handmade flower embellishment.  Add a 5" x 7" photo (portrait format) and a 3.5" x 2.5" photo and you're all set to create this thoughtful layout.  So get your thinking caps on and get a list together of some good advice or perhaps some quirky things about you that you'd like to share with future generations!  We'll be adding these into the layout to create something special for you to add to your scrapbook!

To take part in this class you'll need:


A sewing needle

A paper Piercer

A white gel pen and a fine/medium tip black felt tip pen.

A pack of baby wipes

White Acrylic Paint

A craft knife, scissors and paper trimmer

Distress ink

Glue (Dry glue runner and wet glue e.g. Scrappy Glue would work best)

Dark Brown Embroidery Thread


Hope to see you there