Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ballet Ribbons

Hi everyone, just thought I would share something with you today.  As you know I like to promote new  local businesses in our area. I hope by doing this it will give them the opportunity to access a wider audience and in doing so help to get their business off the ground. This last 2 weeks I have had one of the store windows full of pretty flower hair ribbons hand crafted by a lady called Karen Trotman of Ballet Ribbons.  These pretty ribbons are worn by ballet students.  They come in all colours and can be made to order.  I have them for sale in 2 sizes and 2 colours and have loaded a picture of them on the blog for you to see.  They are also for sale on the website.    The large one shown here has been embellished with  rinestones.  Karen can be contacted on    Please take a minute to have a look.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Saturday Workshop

Hi Everyone, hope you all enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday, it felt really like summer. Now it's back to work and into  preparing for next workshop.  I thought I would share a card made at last Saturday's workshop if my cat Dusty will let me.  At the moment he is perched on my knee with 2 paws on the keyboard watching every move I make and looking at the screen as if to say what is she doing now!  Anyway here it is.

The card was made using a Stampendous Clear Set - Summer Bouquet.  We used a circle punch from Woodware to punch out the middle of a piece of cream hammer card, printed wording onto Safmat and then mounted it behind the circle before mounting onto the main card.  The other cards are all on the website gallery listed under workshop cards.

Saturday, 23 July 2011


Hi everyone, well once again we had a lovely workshop with Claire and hopefully tomorrow I will get the sample cards onto the website gallery and also post one here for everyone to see.  I would also like to let you know that the winners of the 2 free tickets for the Craft For All Show in Bristol in September were Denise Beales from morning session and Mair Griffiths from afternoon session.  Don't fret too much as I have a further two tickets to give away at our next workshop.   Have a lovely weekend and hopefully will see some of you next week.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Crafty Edger from Woodware

Hello everyone,
Just had to share this with you today.  I received the new Crafty Edger and cassettes in from Woodware today. I know it has been around for a few months and you may well ask why have I not had it in before but with all the Martha Stewart border punches in I thought do I need more!!!  Well this one I do!  The Crafty Edger is so easy to use and the results are fantastic.  It is a combined 12" or 30.5cm decorating gauge ruler and border punch craft tool.  Included is the Ribbon Punch Cassette and retails for just over £19.00.  You can create a continuous decorative border.  There are various border cassettes available and new corner ones have only recently been launched.  They don't cost the earth and the cassettes stack easily for storage.  I have loaded a simple card I made today and I have used a slightly narrower ribbon to show the effect you can create.  Call in at the store and you can have a go on mine, you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Hi everyone, well another week is flying by.  Time goes so quickly.  Today Hunkdory toppers and card kits have arrived and as usual top quality products. There is really lovely pearl flower embossed card in various colours which will make very pretty card blanks. Also in stock Christmas Decoupage and Concept Cards from Crafts UK along with great packs of Mirror Card at fantastic prices.

Looking forward to Saturday's workshop where we will be using a Stampendous Sunflower Clear Set of stamps.

I have got 2 free tickets for Sept Crafts For Crafter Show which the attendees at the workshop will have a chance to win on Saturday.  Winners will be announced here next week.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Hi Everyone, just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to the Demo Day with Michelle.  I know the weather was awful with the constant rain but wasn't it just worthwhile. I know I loved every minute of her techniques and her samples were really stunning.  I have loaded the Lily stamp sample here for you all to see.I hope you like it. Just a great way to use your stamp to create something a bit different and never run out of your embellishments to colour coordinate your projects.  Michelle used the Stix2 Glue Gun, Mica powder,Waterbrush and of course the Woodware Lily stamp.  We will be sorting out a workshop soon to do some of these techniques.  Watch this space.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I am going to put my feet up on Sunday and read all the latest Craft Magazines I haven't been able to look at over this last busy week.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Hi everyone,   Countdown until  tomorrow our demo day.  All ready for Michelle coming and everyone so looking forward to it.  The Fairford Airshow is on so I would suggest you leave a little earlier than usual or take the back roads. into Cricklade.  Normally the roads are usually clear by then so not expecting any hold ups but you never know!  The weather looks as if it is about to change, it looks very cloudy now.  Shame as I was looking forward to a sunny weekend.

A few new Inkadinkado Clear Stamps have arrived in today and are now on the website.  Lovely Flourishes and Meadow clear stamps.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Stamps

Hi Everyone, what a lovely day it has been. It was so warm on my way to work this morning I felt like singing but decided against it due to my inability to keep in tune!   Had a very busy day with lots of lovely customers, so thanks for stopping by.
We have had some new clear stamps in from Personal Impressions- Marion Emberson Designs.  I think they are really versatile stamps and will make loads of different types of cards.  Also Stampendous Christmas designs - my favourite today is CRP128 Cling Key Note.  You can see it here for now but as soon as I make a card  I will load it on the gallery.  Check out New Products for details.

Well off for a cup of Hot Chocolate before bed, as I am in for another busy day tomorrow.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Demo Day Saturday

Just a little reminder about our wonderful demo day this Saturday.  Michelle Johnson, Graphic Designer, Craft Tutor and Demonstrator is going to show us some fantastic techniques with  great products from Woodware and Stix2. Michelle frequently has projects in Making Cards and other craft magazines.  Hope to see you sometime during the day, - 10.30a.m - 4.00p.m

Monday, 11 July 2011

New Kanban Stamps

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday.  I did, we had the day out at one of  my favourite garden centres, picking up some lovely plants for the garden.  I do get lots of inspiration from the massive amount of different species of flowers and plants and their vibrant colours. So much so I have an idea for a hanging decoration using ribbons, beads, my Big Shot and a lovely butterfly die.  Watch this space!
The new Kanban clear acrylic stamps have arrived in and now on the website.  Will get busy doing some card samples for the website gallery.

Just a gentle reminder of our Demo day on Saturday, don't want you to miss a great day.  Have a good week.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Happy Birthday June!

Hi June, just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday today.  Ros is here and wishes you one too.  Hope you have a wonderful day with loads of cards and pressies.  Did phone but no reply so probably out celebrating. 

Do hope you will make it here next Saturday for the demo day.  All the stock has arrived in today and it all looks very interesting.

Ros is busy making up sample cards for the shop with all the new Kanban kits, they look stunning.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Crafts for All - Bristol University West of England (UWE)

Keep a note in your diary for September 8th, 9th & 10th to visit us at the show.  We have a big stand which will be full to the brim with great crafting products.  You will see me demonstrating using all your favourites plus some new ones.  I have some free tickets which  will be given away before the show starts.  Watch this space!!!

Demo Day Saturday 16th July

Only 9 days until this fantastic demo day with Michelle Johnson who has a project in this month's Making Cards.  Can't wait to see all the great techniques and tips she is going to be showing us.  Remember any time between 10.30 and 4.00p.m. pop in and take a look.

New Crafty Items

Hi Everyone, It's Liz Slater's birthday today so Happy Birthday to you and hope you have had a fantastic day.  I know you had a bit of pampering in the morning and then a nice lunch with friends.  Hope the day continues to be good.

The new July Kanban products arrived in today and they are all soooo! lovely.  Toppers and Decoupage for men and beautiful floral Toppers and card for all ocassions.  Just waiting on their new release of clear stamps, they are all super and a great price.  Can't wait to get my hands on them to create the cards for workshops and display.

Also arrived Making Cards and Parchment Craft magazines. As always full of great projects and stunning free papers.  Remember to book your copy as they go rather fast.

For those of you that are looking for a gift for a Friend, Mother, Grandma, Sister or Auntie, a new selection of Byzantium Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Pendants have arrived and very reasonably priced.  Pop in and have a look.  Got my eye on one or two pieces for myself.