Sunday, 27 January 2013

New Workshops at Revive Charity Shop

Hi bloggers, I hope you have had a creative weekend, making cards and scrapbooking memories. I have been putting finishing touches to two brand new workshops that I will be hosting at Revive Charity Shop in February and March. The pictures below give you an idea of what they may entail but to find out further details visit my 'Vintage Altered Art Workshops at Revive' page.

Leaflets will be available in-store soon.

Also check out my workshops at Cupcake Genie also taking place in February and March.

Friday, 25 January 2013

More CHA Videos

Hi bloggers, this will be the last of my CHA posts and I will post below a few of my favourite videos with some gorgeous new ranges from a variety of artists. Most have been provided by BlueMoon Scrapbooking who must order almost every single collection at CHA!!! So sit back, relax and enjoy these previews.......

Prima Marketing

Prima Marketing

Tim Holtz

Kaisercraft - really loving their new collections!!!

My Mind's Eye
Well thats it for CHA Winter, just can't wait to see some of these products in-store so I can buy them and play about with different products to produce some new ideas for future workshops.
Hope everyone has a fun weekend and get creative!

Monday, 21 January 2013

CHA Catch Up

So CHA Winter is over again for another year but there have been some fabulous releases this year which I can't wait to get hold of. First of all I want to catch up with a few of my favourite items, including Jenni Bowlin. I will show a few of my favourite items and then will conclude with a video to let Jenni tell you herself about all her new products. It frustrates me that her items are not widely available so maybe an order from the US should be considered........

Photo Album Clear Stamp
Loving this stamp, so vintage and you can make your own mini albums to use on its own or to include in scrapbook or on a scrapbook page. Jenni has many more stamps just like this, such as grocer's list and writing book.

Vintage Mini Deck
Once again so vintage and perfect embellishments which are so good for writing notes on in scrapbooking and layering up to add more interest to your page.
Modern Mercantile - Paraphernalia Paper
Loving this double sided paper, perfect for vintage scrapbooks
Here's Jenni to let you see the rest of her new collections:
That's all for tonight but I will be back with a few more of my favourite videos from CHA Winter 2013. Though if you can't wait until then I would suggest you head over to Bluemoon Scrapbooking to check out their videos, brilliant!

Friday, 11 January 2013

New Year, New Venue, New Workshops

New workshops have finally arrived and are at a new venue, Cupcake Genie in Crawley. To find out more details about the workshops, click on the above image and you can find the link down the side of the blog as well. I will be kicking things off with a Vintage Book and Vintage Scrapbook, so make sure you check out the details and book your place asap.

Both workshops include an afternoon tea and Cupcake Genie provide the perfect atmosphere to relax, unwind and get crafting

I will still be hosting some workshops at Revive Charity Shop and more details will be coming soon so be sure to check back over the next few weeks.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

New Year, New Products

Well its that time of year again, CHA Winter is due to start in a few days and I have been checking out some of the new products that are going to be on offer. This is my favourite CHA show as the designers put together their best designs to start us crafters off for the next year.

First up today is Tim Holtz and once again he has out done himself with some fabulous embellishments, papers and stamps. Here are my Top 10 products from his range:

1. French Revolution Paper Collection

 This is a key theme throughout Tim's range this year and these papers are the perfect start to a Paris themed scrapbook project or asa backdrop to a configuration box.

2. Configurations Box with Cover

These new configuration boxes are fab, they are half the size of Tim's original configuration tray and come with an attached cover so you can keep it closed like a book on a shelf and then open it for display.

3. Worn Cover and Cabinet card frames

Both of these new releases are so vintage, I absolutely love them. You can add one of Tim's ring binders to the inside of this book to add some pages to create your own book and these card frames are excellent for framing your photos whilst maintaining the vintage look. I feel a project coming on with these new beauties.

4. Assemblage Clock

This new assemblage clock is complentary to the pocket watch that has been previosuly released. A glimspe of a project Tim has created with this clock looks amazing and has given me a few ideas.

5. Locket Book

The locket book at the top of this picture looks so exciting and I can't wait to get my hands on this, though by the sounds of it it will get lost in my hands due to its tiny size. This will create the smallest of scrapbook projects, protecting the smallest of images.

6. Paris Texture Fades

The Paris theme is continued into the texture fades and alterations lines and these embossing folders look so vintage and perfect as a backdrop to a small Paris themed scrapbook.

7. Picture Wheel Sizzix Alteration

This sizzix die is reminiscent of my workshop with Tim a few years ago. We went to a configuration box workshop with Tim Holtz who gave us lots of goodies to put inside it and one of those was an old picture wheel which if I remember rightly had Ninja turtles on it! Anyway this die allows you to create your own picture wheels and I can't wait to see what projects Tim has created with this die cut.

8. Sewing Blueprint Stamps

I haven't really taken to Tim's range of sketch stamps however these sewing stamps really did stand out to me and would be great as a background for a sewing themed mini book with these stamped lightly behind photos and text.

9. Tiny Things Stamps

These mini stamps are great if you have quite been taken by some of Tim's larger stamps and maybe the budget can't be stretched as far to buy them all so this stamp collection includes most in a minature form. However these images have a classic and nostalgic feel about them.

10. Simple Sayings Stamps

I'm going to finish off with these set of stamps with simple sayings. I always find it difficult to find the stamp I need to include a saying on a card or as a sentiment on a scrapbook page, so I think I will definitely be buying these stamps as a necessity item and add them to my wish list on Tim's app.

If you haven't already you should check out Tim's blog for all his latest releases and download his app for iphone and ipad to view updates from CHA and add products to your own wish list.

I will be back soon with some of my other favourite CHA releases, inclduing Jenny Bowlin and Kaisercraft.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year: Welcome 2013

Happy New Year Bloggers!

I hope you enjoyed celebrations last night on welcoming a new year and I have a feeling this year will be a good one. Primarily because I will be graduating this year and can't wait to start living my life outside of university and putting this craft business into full swing.
I spent my New Year celebrations crafting and have been accumulating ideas for new workshops that will be beginning in March, so exciting times ahead and of course details will be posted as soon as finishing touches have been applied.

So do we have any New Year resolutions? Well.......

1. Continue to do more and bigger workshops in a variety of places - hopefully a new venue this year.
2. Set up an Etsy account for some of the projects we make.
3. Host our own Christmas Craft Fair - this may be the biggest and most challenging of the resolutions but will be so worth it if it all goes well.
4. Start and finish my Smashbook.

Has anyone else made any resolutions yet?