Monday, August 24, 2009 on Tour ... a busy few days!

Whew!  It's been busy, busy, busy here at over the past few days as we've been to Dublin and Wexford with the shop.  Now that we're back, I'm busy updating the website and getting orders in the post and hoping to do some crafting and maybe a bit of blog surfing!

Last Thursday we had our monthly Workshop in Whitehall Parish Centre and what a huge turnout!  We had 27 croppers who came along to do a double layout class using the gorgeous Industrial Park Collection.  Thanks to everyone who came along, it was a fun night and the layouts created were amazing!

Class Group Photo

Anyone who comes to the Whitehall Workshops knows that Ann always does a fantastic job providing us with home baking and she was justly rewarded on Thursday when she was presented with an early birthday pressie of a beautiful bouquet of flowers and gorgeous handmade cards.  Thanks to you all for being so thoughtful.  Ann was completely surprised and speechless (something that doesn't happen very often!)

On Saturday, we travelled to Dublin's Southside where I taught the Industrial Park Workshop in the Quaker Meeting House in Churchtown and as always the sun shone for us on the day.

Churchtown Workshop

We launched our Queen of the Crop Competition at both Workshops and you've been uploading your finished layouts daily to the Gallery.  Remember if you haven't uploaded yours the closing date for entries is Saturday 29th August and the prize is a free Workshop place at either of our September Workshops .... and ... you get the privilege of having your photo taken wearing our Queen of the Crop tiara (although this is optional as I don't want to put anyone off entering).

If you missed out on the Workshop, don't worry because we have a few spare kits and they'll be in the shop over the next few days.  They cost €25.00 and include 5 sheets of double sided printed paper, 1 diecut paper, 1 sheet of rubons, 1 sheet of chipboard alphabet stickers, 1 sheet of Bazzill cardstock and full instructions to complete this double page layout.  In the meantime if you'd like us to reserve one for you just email and we'll put your name on one.

This Boy Page 1This Boy Page 2

On Sunday we travelled to St. Aidans Hall in Bunclody on the Wexford/Carlow border bringing the shop to the Paper Addicts Craft Club.  It's only Mandy's second Workshop but she's already got a great number of croppers signed up and it's no wonder.  The day was packed with three beautiful paper crafting projects including a bird house, baby tag and greeting card in Mandy's unique style. 

Mandys Crop August 2009 groupMandys Crop August 2009

Thanks to Mandy and Susanne for looking after us so well on the day and thanks to everyone for shopping with  We hope to bring the shop there again over the coming months.  If you'd like to book your place at Mandy's next Workshop you can contact her by email through the Paper Addicts Craft Club Blog.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

August Workshop Sneak Peeks & Free Workshop Places!

Hi everyone,

We're getting set for our August Workshops in Whitehall this Thursday 20th August from 7pm to 10pm and Churchtown on Saturday 22nd August from 9.30am to 12.30pm and thought we'd share a couple of sneak peeks with you. There are a small number of Workshop places left so if you'd like to join us for a few hours of crafting email or phone/text us on 086-2065346.

Sneak Peek 1 Sneak Peek 2

For this month's Workshops we're using the Industrial Park Collection from Scrap Within Reach. Perfect for boy/man themed layouts the colours are cool denim blue, browns, grey and mustard yellow. We'll be giving you a bumper kit this month with double sided papers, a diecut paper, a pack of rubons and a pack of chipboard letters.

We're chosen the title "This Boy" for our Workshop layout, but as you'll have a sheet of alphabet stickers all to yourself, you can choose whatever title you wish.

To complete the Workshop you'll need to bring along:

a scissors, ruler, glue and a paper trimmer plus a few extras, sticky foam pads, distress ink (we used Walnut Stain) and an edger punch if you have one (we used a Fiskars Scalloped Edge Eyelet Punch).

The photos you'll need are:

for Layout 1 - two 4" x 6" photographs (landscape format) preferably from the same series of photos - PRINT THEM WITH A WHITE BORDER or matt them on white cardstock and

for Layout 2 - one 4" x 6" photo and two credit card sized photos in either landscape or portrait format (we used all landscape) preferably from the same series of photos - AGAIN PRINT THEM WITH A WHITE BORDER or matt them on white cardstock.

We'll be doing some embossing using embossing folders and a Big Shot so if you have any embossing folders please your favourites along.

And now for some really exciting news:

We're delighted to announce a new Queen of the Crop Award where you could be the lucky winner of a free Workshop place. We'll be crowning a new Queen of the Crop each month and all you have to do is attend one of our Workshops, then upload your completed Workshop layout to your personal online album at Gallery (within 7 days). We'll then pick a random uploaded entry and if it's you, you'll be crowned Queen of the Crop and enjoy a free place at the following months' Workshop and enjoy a fantastic crafty day (or night) out, on us! It's as simple as that.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Paperplay Challenges - Sponsored by

We're sponsoring the prize on tonight's challenge on Paperplay Challenges so why not check it out!

Tonight's challenge is "Stepping Out" and all you have to do is create something with the the "Stepping Out" theme and post a link to your blog showing your creation over on the Paperplay blog.

So get all those shoes, slippers, wellies, runners or any footwear out and show them your creations to be in with a chance to win this weeks prize which is a fantastic Invitation Idea Book. Go on, you know you're up for it!!

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