Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Parent and Young Person Art Journalling course

Looking for something different to do in the school holidays?

Join Janet and Michelle for a four part course where each session will stand alone. Learn about using art and mixed media to express yourself. Learn to use paints, inks and stamps to create a colourful book full of your own self expression. Use images from magazines within your art work to complete a mixed media feel. Please bring along a glue stick, any glossy magazines you can find and a pencil.

Sessions run 10-30am till 1-30pm and cost £20 per Parent and Young person. Due to the techniques in these sessions young people should be over the age of 10.

Reduced fee if booking all 4 sessions of £70.

Wednesday 28th July
Wednesday 4th August
Wednesday 11th August
Wednesday 18th August
Wednesday 25th August.

Come to any 4 sessions to complete the course.
To book please contact Janet on 07917690921 or Michelle on 07751450488

Booking is essential as places are extremely limited.

Sessions held at The Stamp Man, 10 Craven Nursery park, Snaygill Industrial Estate, Keighley Road, Skipton, BD23 2QR

Friday, 25 June 2010

Free P & P, yippee!!! Also, Stamp Magic Show

Yep, we have free postage and packing until further notice, visit our shop HERE

We are off to attend Sunday's Stamp Magic show at The Dome, Doncaster, so the shop will be closed from 2pm tomorrow as we leave to set up our stand. 

If you are visiting the show, please come and say hello, I will be demonstrating a number of things including some new paints we have.  We're also hoping that Tracey Coates will be coming to join us.  See you on Sunday if you can make it! 

I hope you all have a great weekend enjoying the good weather, and that we can celebrate an England win on Sunday:) 


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Oriental Workshop with Michelle, Weds 7th July

Join Michelle on her next workshop and make this beautiful oriental book that incorporates many techniques.

There are a couple more pages below for you to see.

If you would like to book this workshop, please click HERE to book online or telephone the shop on 01756 797048.

Stunning work Michelle!!

Monday, 21 June 2010

NEW - ATC Swap Blog and a new Design Team member!

We opened our new ATC Swap Blog yesterday with some great blog candy.  The actual swaps will begin on 1st July but in the meantime we are offering the chance to enter for the blog candy in order to spread the word.  Pop over to the ATC SWAP BLOG for instructions.

I am also delighted to announce that Lisa sparkle and stamp has joined our design team.  Having looked at Lisa's work on her blog I am certain she will be an asset and fit perfectly into our team:)  Go take a peek! 

So, welcome to our team Lisa!!  Your first challenge is already in the post, I cannot wait to see what you make with it!!!


Aspects of Design Stamp Sheet Sale!

Just a quick post to let you know that we are offering at least 20% off our stamp sheets, some are half price!  Please click HERE for details.

I'll be back later with more news.


PS:  Responding to Ann's comment, yes, just checked with the boss, they will be on sale at these prices at the Stamp Magic show at the Dome, Doncaster on Sunday!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

More Tim Holtz Blog Candy!

I had a little gathering session at the shop today and put together another bunch of loveliness from Tim worth over £50!

It is the first of 3 new blog candy prizes that are coming along to launch our new ATC Swaps and Challenges that will start in July, so do pop back for news about those too. 

This prize consists of:

2 each of 7 different Tim Holtz 8" x 8" double-sided papers
TH Alterations Regal Crest Sizzix Die
TH Alterations Ticket Strip Sizzix Die
TH Ideology Locket Keys (4 keys, 4 lockets and 8 fasteners)
TH Ideology Foliage (12 flowers, 8 leaves, 18 fasteners)
TH Clearz  2" Circles (can be used with alcohol inks)
TH Frostz Tabz (can be used with alcohol inks)

For those with blogs - to enter all you need to do is leave a comment below this post and spread the word on your blog by putting a picture of this blog candy onto your blog sidebar linking it back to this post. If you would like to sign up to become a follower that would be great, as we'd really love you to follow our blog.

For those without blogs - please leave a comment below this post. Please note that you will need to leave your full name within the comment to be entered, otherwise anonymous entries cannot be accepted.

One entry only, duplicate entries will not be counted.

This candy will run from now until Midday (GMT) on Wednesday 28th July 2010.

The winner will be selected at random and announced soon after.

You will need to call back to see if you have won. If the prize has not been claimed by midday Friday 30th July, a new winner will be drawn.


UPDATE:  Our new ATC Blog is now open for visitors here

Please continue to our latest post below...

Friday, 18 June 2010

New look and new things to come!

I've been having a play around and changed the layout and look of our blog, I hope you like it!  Anyone who has recently been having a redesign will know that there is a little more fiddling about now but I think I've cracked it!  In fact I've made 3 new blogs in the last couple of days so I think that I'm fast becoming an expert with the new blogger design tools!!

The new blogs are for the ATC swaps and the new challenge blog that we will be starting soon so do call back for more news about them!

I think that's about all the technology I can take for now, phew.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, 17 June 2010

Photos from Saturday's Moonglow Techniques Workshop

Here are some of the ladies busily working away at the Moonglow Techniques workshop on Saturday.  It was a day jam packed with splishing and sploshing, scrunching, embossing and generally having a good time crafting.  It was non stop all day, in fact we ate our lunch and got straight back to it without much of a break.  I didn't take loads of photos through the day, I plain forgot, so I had a frantic few minutes at the end snapping a few of their makes.

Their makes included various techniques using Starburst Stains, Moonshadow Inks, Moonglow Embossing Powders, Fusible Webbing, and Fabulous Filigrees.

I did manage to grab a few ladies to show me some of their work in the photos before they finished packing away before going shopping.
Here's Jean displaying her background made with Moonshadow Inks and salt.

And here's Jean's amazing Moonglow embossed grape filigree, I really loved how she did this and the 2-tone effect that you can just about see in the photo.  I know Jean used Royal Burgundy Blue Moonglow Embossing Powder for the grapes, I'm not sure which were used for the leaves.  Gorgeous!

Here's Shirley who has gathered some of her background papers together to put away and Barbara who is still toiling away on her lighthouse filigree.

Barbara finished her filigree and proudly presents it.

She did a great job, I had everyone adding the smallest amounts of Moonglow EP onto the filigrees, in order to add 2 tone colour, after a few layers of clear UTEE.  It was great when the colours landed in the right places which is a very fiddly thing to do and everyone made the effort to give it a go and they all did brilliantly!

Here's Barbara's lighthouse close up, my terrible photo doesn't do it justice, but I think you can see she has gold at the top, stripey colours going down and that pewter looks fab for the rocks at the bottom.

Now for some of the other ladies work.  Look at this stunning sunflower, the colours are gorgeous in real life.  The colours are all from the embossing powders.

It was added to the pile of papers made.

And more...

Didn't they do well!

As I said before, unfortunately as some of the ladies had packed away and were shopping by the time I took the photos, I didn't get take photos of everyone or everything and the photos of the filigrees aren't brilliant but I'm sure you'll get a little idea of what they were up to and how great they all did decorating them.

Now Stef, (middle RHS) is off to France (to see our friend Batty) and will hold a workshop at her place with Batty's friends to share the fun.  I am sure the ladies there will love having a messy play and also what she has made to show them.

All in all, it was another great day!!


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The bees are back!

You may remember me mentioning about Ian making our garden into a wildlife haven last June.  Well, we are really pleased to see that the cotoneaster plant has flourished and bees are back!

The plant hangs over our pond, I'm not sure what is in the pond now, but we hope we are helping whatever lurks within! 

The grass is growing well and Hamish is now getting lost in it or at least we can't see him wandering about in there anymore (yes, it is that high already!), he's now made his own paths through it.  It's all set up ready for butterflies to visit.

Ian's favourite bit of the garden is a secluded area with a bird bath and table, it's just outside of our front room so a perfect place to view the comings and goings of all the birds that visit. 

We've had a much better day weatherwise here today, at last!  It makes it so much nicer to enjoy the garden.  Hopefully we'll have more to come!


Thursday, 10 June 2010

Exciting News...

Yes, our ATC swaps are coming back!  We have been asked about them a number of times and Janet, our new DT member is going to be running them.

We will be announcing the details shortly but in the meantime if you would like to look at the past swaps then head off now to view the gallery, there are over 900 ATC's to view, by theme, to wet your appetite until the new ones start!

Janet and Michelle were lifesavers yesterday.  Michelle had held a workshop and we were all happily chatting and packing away our things at the end of the day when Helen left the shop to go home.  Well, Helen had the shop keys, believe it or not I don't actually have keys to my own shop, I usually go with Ian or leave there with Helen. 

Anyway, there we were, in my rush to run out of the shop to try and catch Helen who could have walked home any number of ways, I didn't take a phone, money or anything with me.  I couldn't find Helen on the route home and she wasn't there when I got there.  We tried ringing her mobile but no answer, I even searched Marks and Spencers in town!  Anyway, to cut a long story short, after buying a sturdy new padlock, Helen was found and returned to the shop with the keys. Phew!!  So thanks Janet, Michelle (for looking after the shop) and Helen (for coming back!).  All ended safe and OK.  I wonder if I can have my own set of keys now??


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Style Stones meet Moonglow EP's

I've been a bad blogger this week!  But I'm back to show this beauty!!  It was made by Michelle Marshall, yes the same lady who had her first project in Craft Stamper this month!  I throw the odd challenge at the DT now and again and I had given Michelle some Style Stones.  Michelle used Moonglow embossing powders Spring Leaf and Hyacinth Blue on the stones before stamping a pattern into them.

If you are in the Skipton area on Friday Michelle and Janet are holding their Stampers Club here from 10.30am - 3.30pm.  Michelle will be showing how to decorate Style Stones like the ones above.  Please contact Michelle for more details at wilmarsh@sky.com

I had a workshop last Friday with children of 6, 12 and 14, their mum and their grandma, it was a fun day and they made lovely cards, they played with Starburst Stains and shrink plastic amongst other things.  Anyway, when I came to pack away I found Michelle's bracelet (above) on the table.  I thought it odd as I'd put it on the table in the shop with all the newest made cards.  I mentioned it to Ian who confessed that he had put it on to display it to the mum and grandma, I think he'll shoot me if he knows I've mentioned that on here!  I told him he wasn't to start carrying my handbag about!!!  He is a one!!

Finally for now, if you are interested in making the lovely collection above, there are some places left on Michelle's Music Collection Workshop tomorrow, you can book online HERE


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Alluring Lady Tag

I used Tracey's Alluring Ladies unmounted stamp sheet to make this tag.  The background is Icicle Creek Starburst Stains with cling film on coated card which gives sharper shimmer to the marbling effect of the cling film.  I used the kiss stamp technique on the ladies dress.

I used silver mirri card to make a mirror that has a circle brass charm for a frame.

Here's a reminder of what else is on this stamp sheet...

Just a short post today, see I can keep it brief:)

Thanks for visiting!