Sunday, 26 December 2010

Craft stores have sales too!!

Fancy some online sales shopping for scrappy stuff.     I'll list stores here as I come across them, but please let me know of any you want to be added!   

A Trip Down Memory Lane  Up to 75% off.
Scrapagogo Kit club - Myself, Jackie & Fi subscribe to theri kits, but they have a few in the sale if you want to give one a go.
Scrap Revolution
Angel Crafts
Craft Obssessions

Friday, 17 December 2010

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many……


A couple of you have asked for reviews and information about new ranges to be included on the blog, so here's a new feature..." A girl can never have too many...."   Now I can't confess to being completely on the ball here, but I will start looking at products and stores within this feature to introduce you or highlight places to shop and brands to drool over.  Look out for lots of sneak peeks in January as the main industry conference takes place.

So, what do I have first for you....  Stamps!

You know I'm a lover of all things Tim Holtz, especially his stamps.  I'm also a huge fan of red rubber stamps. You get nice clean crisp images from them as I often find acrylic stamps can spread a little if you're not careful.  My second favourite stamps are Paper Artsy Stamps, which you can buy direct from them at

If you are still looking for some Christmas stamps then check put these beauties.  You can find them in the “Hot Picks” section of the shop along with a couple of other Christmas sets.


Paper Artsy sell their stamps as cling mounted so you can use them with your acrylic block, or for slightly less, un-mounted.  You can use a glue stick to attach them to your block or mount them yourself with EZMount which you can buy in sheets roughly A4 size for about £5.00.

A quick note on EZMount.  There are two products that you can use to mount your rubber stamps so that you can use them with an acrylic block, EZMount and KlingOn.  I would recommend EZMount as the foam  is firmer and slightly thicker giving you a better impression when you stamp, and a longer lasting product.  If you want to mount your own stamps then a must is an investment in some of the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors as you will need the none-stick coating when cutting the foam as it is VERY sticky.


Friday, 10 December 2010

Design Teams

Heard of one before?

Most scrapbooking stores have a design team to help provide a little scrappy inspiration for it's customers.  So far I've been on two teams, both sadly for stores that have now closed their doors, but this month I am a guest designer for A Trip Down Memory Lane.  It was really nice to be asked to join them as I am pretty sure that they were the first store I ever placed an order with, so it's all their fault really.

Pop across and have a look at the gallery, and past galleries (you'll find more of me in an old competition gallery for BasicGrey) While you're at it take a browse around the store.....  again, I will not be held responsible for any money that flies out of your bank accounts. 

If you ask nicely I'll bring the original layouts to the January crop for you to take a closer look at.  Those hearts you can see are waxed! Did someone get a melt pot for her birthday I hear you cry!

Bye for now!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Little pieces of Christmas…


Hello!  Hopefully you all enjoyed Saturdays class and finished off your snowflakes.

As requested below are some photo’s of the pages I had made for my book.  After that I’ll detail the stamps that we used should you be tempted to purchase some.  BE WARNED though – Tim Holtz stamps are HIGHLY addictive!!!  But the Christmas ones go oh so well with the Graphic 45 papers we were using.


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Fingers crossed these will give you a few ideas if you’re getting stuck.

Now then some of  those stamps….  the first three set are this years releases.


Lots of store sell Tim Holtz Stamps, but for ease you can find these sets at That’s Crafty! Laura gives great service as well and provided most of our supplies for this class.  The link takes you to all of Tim’s sets that she sells, but do take a look around the store, and don’t blame me for the amount you spend!

I’ll be bring the stamps along to the January crop for people to use them if needs be and I’d love to see how your books are coming along if you’ve been using them to document your Christmas.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Art From the Heart Workshop Taster Day!

     Art from the Heart in Harrogate are having a workshop taster day on 18th December 2010.

"Come along to Art from the Heart studios and take a 1hr taster workshop with one of the teaching team that includes Dyan Reaveley, Kate Crane and Sandra (Poppins) Hall. This is an ideal time to' try before you buy' and to see which teacher best suits your style. Demos will also be going on all day in the shop from Dyan and Bezzie Su to keep you entertained. It is also the workshop preview weekend where all the workshops for Jan & Feb will be previewed. All new workshops booked on the day will receive 10% off as well!!!"

More information here