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Monday, 26 September 2016

In the Studio - October

The year has sped by so quickly yet I still can't believe it's October with Autumn shows, Halloween and, of course, Christmas just over the horizon. I have a busy month ahead with three events, my regular Autumn visit to Port Sunlight, Stamp Magic at Doncaster Dome and the South Wales Craft and Hobby Show plus five brand new workshops with everything from contemporary Christmas cards to a chunky 6x6 mini album, and nine 'drop in' sessions too!

Important Workshop Information

Before I continue with details of the October workshops a quick reminder of a few Studio changes. With effect from 1 September several of our wholesalers have increased their prices to us by between 9% and 16% which combined with the current weakness of sterling means I am unable to hold our prices at current rates so you are going to see increases almost across the board as new stock arrives in the Studio. Unfortunately, as my workshops are all inclusive and product heavy, mostly with a free choice of papers, colours etc this impacts significantly on my workshop costs too.

Rather than a straightforward across the board increase I have decided to hold almost all standard workshop prices at current levels, but am reducing the discount for payment at time of booking from 20% to 10% making a standard 1/2 day workshop £15 on the day or £13.50 with payment at time of booking, and full day workshops starting at £30 on the day or £27 if paid at time of booking. I am also discontinuing Snazzy Workshop Vouchers with those currently in circulation valid until 31 December 2016 - if you are gifting a workshop you will of course be able to buy a normal Snazzys Gift Voucher for this. The prices for drop in sessions, Croptime, Stop By and Stamp, Art Journal Sunday etc will remain at £5 a session but I will no longer provide adhesive runners, blank cards and envelopes or credit papers at the till. I am really sorry to do this but as a regular customer at these drop ins has pointed out, our original Tabletime sessions almost 15 years ago were £5 for a 3 hour session which I hope helps put these changes into perspective X

The Studio will be closed on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October for the HSNW Autumn Festival.

Tuesday 4 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 5 October 11am to 2pm

Contemporary Christmas Cards £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Come along and make four distinctive and stylish Christmas cards in a contemporary style using a mix of dies, inks, stamps and papers.


Thursday 6 October 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and stamping consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 8 October 10am to 4pm

Gatefold Mini Album £30/£27(if paid at time of booking)

This pretty little album is 6" X 6" x 2" when finished with 12 pages and 6 pockets with photo mats/journaling cards inside with a magnetic closure. Bags of room for photos, journaling and memorabilia with a choice of papers. Please note this album is constructed from scratch and therefore involves a good deal of cutting, scoring and construction, hence the 10am start!

Tuesday 11 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 12 October 11am to 2pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

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Thursday 13 October 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and stamping consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

The Studio will be closed on Saturday 15 October as I will be travelling to Doncaster for Stamp Magic on Sunday 16 October.

Tuesday 18 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

Thursday 20 October 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and stamping consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

The Studio will be closed on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October as I will be found behind the demo desk at the South Wales Craft and Hobby show, which this time is being held at 1 Kingsway in Newport.

Tuesday 25 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

Wednesday 26 October 11am to 2pm

Christmas Post £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Four pretty Christmas cards made with Hero Arts new Vintage Christmas Post stamps combined with four different techniques with stamps and inks.

Thursday 27 October 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and stamping consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 29 October 11am to 3pm

Altered Clipboard £20/£18 (if paid at time of booking)

This cute little chipboard blank from TIm Holtz is just perfect for altering as a home decor piece. Great fun!

Sunday 30 October 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. Please note this will be the last Art Journal Sunday of 2016.

Hope to meet you at an event, or you can join me in the Studio this month. Xx




 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

In the Studio - September

Wow, September already, doesn't time fly!

Lots of new product lines finally feeding through from Summer Releases with the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and the new seasonal mini layering stencils for both Halloween and Christmas with the co-ordinating Sizzix dies to follow shortly. Hero Arts also have some really lovely Christmas stamp sets, some with a vintage feel and some more contemporary which I have also used in a couple of workshops this month. I have made the sample for the gatefold mini book workshop with Prima's new Rossibelle collection which has just arrived but as ever you will have a free choice of papers for this, also, of course, with the Summertime mixed media canvas workshop where I have made the sample with the amazing Heirloom Botanicals from 49 and Market just in from New York.

Important Workshop Information

Before I start with details of the September workshops however I need to share a few Studio changes with you. With effect from 1 September several of our wholesalers are increasing their prices to us by between 9% and 16% which combined with the current weakness of sterling means we are unable to hold our prices at current rates. As our workshops are all inclusive and product heavy, mostly with a free choice of papers, colours etc this impacts significantly on our workshop costs too.

Rather than a straightforward across the board increase we have decided to hold almost all standard workshop prices at current levels, but we are reducing the discount for payment at time of booking from 20% to 10% making a standard 1/2 day workshop £15 on the day or £13.50 with payment at time of booking, and full day workshops starting at £30 on the day or £27 if paid at time of booking. We are also discontinuing Snazzy Workshop Vouchers with those currently in circulation valid until 31 December 2016 - if you are gifting a workshop you will of course be able to buy a normal Snazzys Gift Voucher for this. The prices for our drop in sessions, Croptime, Stop By and Stamp, Art Journal Sunday etc will remain at £5 a session but we will no longer provide adhesive runners or DS tape on the tables, or credit papers, cards and envelopes etc at the till. I am really sorry to do this but as a regular customer at these drop ins has pointed out, our original Tabletime sessions almost 15 years ago were £5 for a 3 hour session which I hope helps put this month's changes into perspective X

Thursday 1 September 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 6 September 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Thursday 8 September 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 13 September 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Wednesday 14 September 11am to 2pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)


This layout is all about textures with layers of texture paste, glass bead gel and stamping with both metallic inks and embossing powders. My sample is very out of season but I plan a more summery version using the same products and techniques in the step by steps during the workshop.

Thursday 15 September 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 17 September 11am to 4pm

Summertime Mixed Media Canvas £30/£27 (if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make a stunning mixed media canvas with paper, stamps, inks, paints, bead gel, alcohol inks, texture paste and liquid acrylics. Free choice of papers, colours etc

Tuesday 20 September 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Wednesday 21 September 11am to 2pm

Crazy Cats, Dogs and Birds £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)


Make some crazy cards with this quirky menagerie from Tim Holtz. I have covered birthdays, congratulations, Halloween and Christmas so lots of ideas for multiple occasions. There will be four cards in this workshop, two above are just variations on the same project which has a surprise pop out inside!

Thursday 22 September 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Sunday 25 September 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics.

Tuesday 27 September 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Thursday 29 September 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

The Studio will be closed on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October as I will be demoing at the Happy Stampers Event at Port Sunlight.

Hope you can join me in the Studio this month X

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

In the Studio - August

Summer is definitely here with more dry, bright and warmer days and this is reflected in the workshops on offer this month. I am also making a return visit to Lanhydrock in Cornwall where I will be demoing lots of bright and fun products with the newest Tim Holtz stamps and stencils. As so many of you are off on holiday or busy with children and grandchildren in August, there are fewer formal workshops but all the drop in sessions will continue as normal.

Tuesday 2 August 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 3 August 11am to 2pm


Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

This month's sample layout is in soft colours with a subtle glisten from bead gel with stencils and sparkle from embossing powder with stamps both giving texture and dimension. I have used a 6"x4" black and white photo in the 'for instance' but as ever the layout can be adapt to suit more photos of different sizes.

Thursday 4 August 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 6 August 11am to 2pm

Accordian Mini £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make this simple 6"x4"X1/2" mini with an accordion inside giving you lots of space to decorate, add photos and journaling. I have made mine in 7Dots Studio Homegrown collection but, as always, you have a free choice of papers.

Tuesday 9 August 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 10 August 11am to 2pm

Daisy, Daisy £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

What could be more evocative of summer than sitting in a meadow making daisy chains? Daisies spell summer to me and I have used these wonderful flower and foliage stamps by Lin Brown for PaperArtsy combined with dainty papers from Lawn Fawn to create five pretty cards from the pastel to the striking with vellum, embossing powder, masks and resists.

Thursday 11 August 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 13 August 11am to 2pm

Colour Layering Flowers £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking

These stamps from Hero Arts are combined with the huge range of colours available in Versacolor inkpads to create beautifully shaded blooms just right for summer. I have experimented with unusual colour combinations and masking to create both subtle and striking one layer cards with the illusion of dimension.

Tuesday 16 August 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 18 August 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

The studio will be closed on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August as I will be behind the demo desk at the Cornwall Papercraft Show at the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club just outside Bodmin. If you are heading down that way do make a note in your diary as it is a cracking little show in a lovely venue.

Tuesday 23 August 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 25 August 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Sunday 28 August 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics.

The Studio will be closed on Monday 29 August.

Tuesday 30 August 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Well, that's it for August but I will be back with a full schedule of workshops in September. I hope you all have a wonderful summer now the weather has started to improve Val x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mini Book Tutorial

Just wanted to say thank you to all our 'likers' and 'followers' plus a warm welcome to all the new faces joining us on Facebook, Twitter and this blog, so I felt a little freebie tutorial might be in order.

This really simple mini book is ideal if you have never made one before and a quick and easy gift for a special celebration or holder for photos from a special holiday. These are the papers I have used in my 'for instance'......

.... they are the new Homegrown collection from 7Dots Studios in deep rosy pinks, greys and greens. I used a trimmer with both a cutting and scoring blade, a bone folder for really crisp, neat folds and some 330gsm cream Cardstock for the 'bones' of the book.

I started with two pieces of the cream cardstock, the first 13" x 6" scored on the long side at 4", 41/2", 81/2" and 9" which make the outer cover. The second piece measures 16" x 6" scored on the long side at 4", 8" and 12" which makes the central accordion.


Fold all the score lines then assemble by sticking the back page of the accordion to the inside centre page of the outer cover - I tend to used double sided tape when I make books but you can also use your favourite wet glue which gives you a bit more 'wiggle' time to get everything lined up perfectly.

See I told you it was easy!

Now to the decoration.

When I make any project I always decide which papers I am using on the largest areas like the covers and page backgrounds before I cut anything else out - all the smaller pockets etc can be made easily from the scraps. I decided on the signature paper from the collection, the one with the poppies for my outer covers, cut them ready but didn't stick them down - I hadn't decided on the fastening for this book at this point but whether I use magnets or ribbons they will need to be secured onto the covers under the papers!

I covered a strip of plastic plasterer's tape from the DIY store with treasure gold to use in smaller pieces throughout the book for some texture layered with some mini pages die cut and stamped with various dies from the KellyPurkey range of planner dies and stamps by Hero Arts. Of course all the lovely co-ordinating tags and elements from the collection made decorating this book a breeze with just a little Tim Holtz Washi Tape thrown in here and there and some Prima doily dies cut from leftover cream card too!
 
 

Here is the front cover opened to the left....

....and to the right with the front page of the accordion in the centre. I tend to use similar papers on each opening with repeated colours and elements to help it all hang together and avoid it being overly busy.

Here is the accordion opened to the right where the backgrounds are with the grey and green toned papers with highlights of the pinks and creams....

....and then to the left, where I have used more pinks and reds in the base papers then added accents of green, grey and cream with just a dash of pink to decorate. I have left spaces for small photos throughout the book as I have some vintage family photos in mind for mine.

You could make a matching gift box to present a mini like this in though it is freestanding for display by itself.

Well I hope you have a go at this little mini and would love to see how you decorate yours, links in the comments please!

If you live near enough and fancy making this, including the matching pizza style gift box, on Saturday 6 August 11am to 3pm you can book by email and the class costs £15 paid on the day or just £12 if paid at the time of booking. (Class fee includes all materials etc.)

Hope to see you soon

Val x

 

 

Friday, 8 July 2016

All Caught Up!

It has taken me all week but finally all the outstanding orders from the Newbury Show last weekend are on their way to the PO and lots of the empty spaces on my walls and in my racks are filled again.

Want a quick peek!

Oh all right then....

New Graphic45 8x8 and coordinating 6x6 paper pads in Safari Adventure and Children's Hour with all the sizes of their brilliant Policy Envelopes in both the black and red - I can just see a smart envelope book with one of each size and colour for the pockets and pages... Hope to have the new Halloween in Wonderland Deluxe Designer Kits next week and am already chasing delivery dates for yesterday's reveals of the stunning Autumn collections, did you see the brilliant At The Races and St Nicholas collections, can't wait!

Next up all the Distress racks have been refilled, still no stock of Vintage Photo in the mini size but hopefully next week, and all the other colours in both sizes are here.

Also on the ink pad front.....

Versafine is fully restocked in both sizes, first time we have been able to get Smokey Grey in the full size pad for weeks....

...as too are the Versacolor cubes, great value for money and brilliant for the layering stamps which are the hot trend from several companies at the moment. The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed we are now carrying the full range of Tsukineko's Ultimate Metallic cubes too, twelve shades of rich metallic pigments ideal for next season, which we are not mentioning, far too soon for the C word. Also a quick reminder we carry all the colours of StazOn inkpads at £5.70 for the standard colours NOT the £7.50 charged by a certain large craft superstore!

Ok on to the stamp walls, first up Tim Holtz...

Cats, birds, coffee cups, skylines, butterflies, stencils and mixed media dies #2 and #3 are all back in stock. Unfortunately still no Showtime, Wildflowers or Garden Flowers so I will reorder (again) next week. BTW did you catch the sneak peeks of the new dog stamps this morning? So cute!

On to PaperArtsy.......

Just a little range of Lin Brown stamps and stencils plus some JOFY, beautiful florals from Elizabeth Borer and the newest Darcy stencil. Love PaperArtsy stamps but as PaperArtsy themselves exhibit at all the same shows we do, we have decided to limit our stocks to just a dozen or so lines at a time but we will mix them up so there will always be something different.

P.S. We have their Crackle Glaze in stock too now!

And finally as they say, Kaisercraft's newest A6 stamps, three more designs from BoBunny (love the Falling Hearts and Stars), and some new Summer lines from Hero Arts plus all the ever popular Stamp and Cut sets back in stock. Forgot to photograph them but we also have all the Prima Doily and Leaves dies back in stock and are expecting their beautiful new Rossi Belle collection papers and flowers in about three weeks. Meantime I almost forgot to mention the new Homegrown collection from the fabulous 7Dots Studio, full of rosy pinks, dark greens and greys, delicious and so useable. We have all the papers, die cuts, stickers, and word bands in stock and the stamps should be here next week.

My desk is laden with lovely things to choose from for new workshop projects so it will be a very busy weekend but a most enjoyable one here. Why not pop on down and checkout the new stock and maybe get a sneaky peek of some of the new projects in the pipeline. See you soon Valx

 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

In the Studio - July


July already and the year speeds on! A busy month ahead with a guest appearance at the Newbury Papercraft Show on 2 July and lots of new artwork to prep for the new seasons 'on the road' workshops in August (Basepoint), September (Lancashire) and October (Cornwall) and exhibitions in October (Port Sunlight 1st & Doncaster 16th) will pop the full list with all the workshop details here on the studio blog as soon as it is complete.
The studio will be closed on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July as I will be demoing all things Tim Holtz at the Newbury Papercraft Show, 10am to 4pm in the Berkshire stand at Newbury Racecourse.


Tuesday 5 July 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Thursday 7 July 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 12 July 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Thursday 14 July 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 17 July 11am to 2pm

Boys Will Be Boyz £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make modern, fun and quirky cards for the boys in your life using fab stamps from JOFY with greetings to suit most occasions.

Tuesday 19 July 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 20 July 11am to 2pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Too many photos for a single layout but no room in your album for a double one? Here is a nifty idea that can include up to 25, yes 25, photos in a single layout and no, you won't need a magnifying glass to see them! I have used one 6"x4" photo and the rest are 4"x4" but that is just my preference, you could go larger or rectangular to suit your story.

Thursday 21 July 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Sunday 24 June 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics plus the new Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils.

Tuesday 26 July 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.
Thursday 28 July 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 30 July 11am to 3pm


Flip Folio £30 2SWV/£24(if paid at time of booking)

A great idea for displaying lots of photos on a particular subject or from a particular occasion. My 'for instance' is a gift for the parents of a new baby but think wedding, anniversary, graduation, Halloween or simply a wonderful holiday. The folio is 81/2" x 41/4" x 3/4" so takes photos sized at 4" x 4" with space for journaling etc on the tags. I will also show you a quick idea for a gift card holder to tuck inside or save for another occasion.

That's all from me for now, hope to see you in the studio soon x

 

 

 

Friday, 3 June 2016

June Workshops@ Snazzys

Welcome to my June workshop schedule featuring lots of new lines and lovely summery colours.

I have fallen in love with Prima's Tales of You and Me collection and it features in two workshops this month, a pretty vintage style triple tag book and an anniversary/wedding plaque. It's looking very different each time as there are several distinct colourways within the papers so you can mix and match or feature just one. I also have a couple of workshops using the new Dapper and Crazy Cats stamps from Tim Holtz along with his Mini Distress Inks and Mini Layering Stencils combined with foils and a lovely set of vertical greeting stamps from Impression Obsession. This month's layout workshop uses filmstrip dies and centre stage goes to a handmade blossom sprig combining dies, stamps and inks with Lawn Fawn's Polka Papers.

So, here we go....

Thursday 2 June 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

The Studio will be closed on Saturday 4 June and Monday 6 June as I can be found demoing new Mini Layering Stencils, inks and stamps from Tim Holtz with foils, texture pastes and bonding powder at Stamp Magic at Doncaster Dome on Sunday 5 June.

Tuesday 7 June 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 8 June 11am to 2pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

For this layout workshop gather up your spring blossom photos and we will combine them with a handcrafted sprig of blossom centre stage to create a pretty page for your album. I used one 6"x4" photos cut up and placed in the faux film strips, plus one 4"x3" photo and three 3"x2" photos. Don't worry if your photos are different sizes or subjects, we can adapt the sample page to suit your photos.

Thursday 12 May 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 14 June 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 15 June 11am to 2pm

Foiled Again! £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

In this workshop I will be covering lots of different techniques for using foiling on your projects. Whether just a touch to highlight areas on a tag or card or a feature piece I will show you how to achieve the look you want. I have used new release stamps from Tim Holtz Dapper range for quite a masculine look -Father's Day is just around the corner - but of course you are free to choose any of the thousands of stamps in the studio to suit your occasion/project.

Thursday 16 June 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 18 June 11am to 2pm


Three Tag Book £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

I have chosen papers with pinks and lavender/greys from the Tales of You and Me collection by Prima for my very feminine sample but in the workshop I plan to show a different look with the soft green papers from the collection. Which will you choose? We will also be using the pretty new boxed flowers and leaves also by Prima combine with Hobby House roses but featuring some handcrafted flowers too! This is a lovely project for a wedding/anniversary/special birthday or simple a gift for someone special. With six pages to decorate I have left plenty of spaces for photos and /or greetings.

Tuesday 21 June 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 22 June 11am to 2pm

We're all crazy now! £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Here is your chance to experiment with crazy colour combinations using the new vibrant distress mini ink colours from Tim Holtz combined with his new mini layering stencils and Crazy Cat/Bird Crazy stamps. Great fun, loads of techniques and ideas and some fab cards for the young/ young at heart!

Thursday 23 June 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 25 June 11am to 2pm

Vintage Plaque £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make a stylish, mixed media plaque with a vintage feel using loads of Prima products combined with stamps, inks and papers from their Tales of You and Me collection - an ideal celebration of a wedding anniversary or special birthday to which you can add photos or other memorabilia.

Sunday 26 June 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics.

Tuesday 28 June 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 30 June 11am to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher from the studio in advance of the day you are coming to class, or drop me an email telling me you want to pay in advance, and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the reduced amount which must be settled at the time of booking. Easy!

Hope to see you in the studio soon.
Val x