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Thursday, 8 December 2016

In the Studio - December

Hi there and welcome to my December Workshop schedule. A comparatively short one as everyone is too busy with festive preparations to attend too many classes. We have the normal monthly layout workshop with a very neutral monochromatic layout, and a striking Mixed Media project ideal as a gift if you can bear to give it away, plus all the normal 'stop by' sessions.
 
Thursday 1 December 11am to 7pm

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, stampsember 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!

Tuesday 6 December 11am to 7pm

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 7pm 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 7 December 11am to 3pm
Framed Mixed Media Project £30/£27 (if paid at time of booking)
Lots of media and techniques wrapped into a striking piece of wall art, a great gift, if you can bear to give it away.

Thursday 8 December 11am to 7pm

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!

Tuesday 13 December 11am to 7pm

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 7pm 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 15 December 11am to 7pm

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!

Tuesday 20 December 11am to 7pm

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 7pm 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 21December 11am to 2pm
Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50 (if paid at time of booking)
Make a beautiful wintry page in neutral colours. I have used one 5"x3" photo and papers from 49&Market's Vintage Artistry collection but the layout can be adapted to suit your photos and colour scheme.

Thursday 22 December 11am to 7pm

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!

Christmas Break an Annual Winter Sale

The Studio will be closed from 7pm on Thursday 22 December until 11am on Monday 2 January which will also be the start of our Annual Winter Sale.

Keep an eye on this space as I will be adding all the gen on this year's sale over the next few weeks.

 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A Perpetual Calendar Gift

Some time ago I made myself a perpetual calendar for the studio using Graphic 45's Time to Flourish collection which was admired by my lovely mother in law each time I used it as a header for my monthly workshop schedules. So, when I saw the Children's Hour collection, also by Graphic 45, I decided to use this to make a similar calendar as a gift for her and took a few photos before sending it off to her.

I used the 8x8 paper pad, the 6x6 coordinating paper pad, and half a pack of ephemera cards plus 6 sheets of A3 330gsm cream cardstock for the project, which I then bound with 11/4" bind it all rings.


Each double page has a large pocket, made from the Ephemera Cards, to store appointment cards, a small calendar tab for that month, a small diary page to write in birthdays etc and, as I had so many leftovers, a 3" card and envelope to match that month's colours.

I do hope she likes it!

Back soon

Val x

 

Monday, 31 October 2016

In the Studio - November

Apologies to all, I had a disaster with the November schedule and somehow, after publishing it at the end of October, last week managed to delete both the blogpost and the back end Blogsy version too. So with many apologies here is the recobbled together last week of the schedule to the best of my recall!

Monday 21 November 11am to 2pm


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

Four elegant and stylish Christmas cards made with wonderful seasonal dies from Tim Holtz combined with greetings from Hero Arts.

Tuesday 22 November 11am to 7pm

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 23 November 11am to 2pm


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

This month I have a striking Autumnal layout combining three different techniques using Ranger's Perfect Pearls with three 3"x5" seasonal photos. The layout can be easily adapted to suit other photo combinations.

Thursday 24 November 11am to 7pm

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 26 November 10am to 4pm (ish!)



Winter 6"x6" mini album £30/£27(if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make a 6x6 mini album from scratch with lots of pockets and flaps for photos and/or journaling with a magnetic closure. I used the beautiful Vintage Botanicals from 49&market so this piece would co-ordinate with last month's Altered Clipboard but you have a free choice of papers and I am planning on making a Christmas version during the workshop. As this project involves lots of measuring and cutting please note the earlier start time.

Tuesday 29 November 11am to 7pm

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 7pm 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

The December schedule will be up later this week x

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)

This month's layout features some simple paper weaving with old book pages, background papers custom coloured with distress inks and stamping. I have used three photos 3"x5", 4"x8" and 3"x3" in the sample page but this is just a guide as the layout can be easily adapted during the workshop to suit your photos and colour scheme.

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!

*********************SHOW CANCELLED**********************

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..

*******************Workshop Postponed*********************

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!

*******************Workshop Postponed*********************

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!

*******************Cancelled******************

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