Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Christmas anyone?


Ok then how are you all getting on with the task of Christmas cards? Anyone not started yet and looking for a nice range to be going on with? Then allow me to introduce you to the new Dovecraft ranges! There is the Contemporary Christmas then Victorian Christmas and lastly but by certainly no means least Winter Wonderland. Within the 3 of these Ranges there truly is something for everyone - they include some great products to run alongside the papers i.e brads, shakers and sticky ribbons - and that's just for starters!

As I mentioned earlier in the week we have had a few deliveries this week - and today was no different - some die cut decoupage, ribbon and out of the boxes from yesterday - Bind-it-All accessories including the acrylic covers, canvas covers and board covers (plenty more too) so there is plenty coming in all the time and as always if there's something you can't see that you want then let us know and we will see what we can do.

I had to put a card together today for someone who passed their driving test - I'll put a picture up tomorrow - just in case the recipient hasn't had it yet.

Can I also just say that up until very recently I didn't use peel offs, then when making a sample I have really found a use for them! The ones that I use the most are the edges and corners - I think they give a fantastic finish and can really make all the difference. They are also very popular with the Keepsake cards - again the edges set these particular cards of brilliantly.

Can I also just say a massive congratulations to Alex (One of our regular croppers) and her husband Mike on the arrival of their beautiful daughter - congratulations guys she's beautiful!

Well with all that I'll leave you to it.

Take Care

Sam xxx

Monday, July 28, 2008

Spoke to soon


See there was me raving on about the lovely weather and BANG - thunder and lightening - dogs are going crazy - dear o dear!!!!

Anyway how are are we all - well I hope? Workshop was fab today and thank you very much to the ladies who took part - I'll get you a picture of the workshop sample to have a butchers at as and when I can.

Well as promised the lovely Beverley built you a great page on those spangly new things and here it is. Now these are marvellous - they are great for presents, or just something you want to make for yourself or just give the kit to someone. They are very reasonably priced and you get loads in the kits so well worth the money.

Also in the shop today we took about 4 deliveries one of which was stacked with Eno Craft embellishments - this page will be updated very soon as there were lots of new ones in there. Also for those of you who love decoupage but sometimes need something a bit more quirky there is a new range that has just come into stock and will be available on the website soon - unfortunately for Bev she has a gazillion things to do (like keep me and mum under control) as well as the website so bear with us - it will be done as soon as possible.

This was just the box I opened - there is lots more to come and as soon as I know what it is I will be only too glad to let you know - alternatively if there is something you are looking for by all means email us or give us a call - only too happy to help!

Oh and just quickly before I go - the new Scrapbook Inspirations is in stock.

Take care you guys

Sam x

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's still Summer!!!!!!

Afternoon Ladies and Gents

Wowee isn't this weather beautiful - I'm a nice shade of pink lol

Anyhoo - the shop this weekend has been great, yesterday I was putting together the sample for tomorrow's workshop - The Envelope Hanger - its a great little piece that, using the right papers, could be used for any situation. I have gone with Christmas because you all know how fast it turns up and the Christmas Cards/Gifts that we all make need to be started soon in time to get them all done. There are still a couple of places so if you want to join in you can book online or call us in the morning - its running 10 - 12 so will be nice to see you if you have the time to pop in.

WE have had a few new things added to the website this week - the new Creating Keepsakes Magazine which I have to add is blinkin marvellous - This in my opinion is one of the Benchmark magazines in this field - giving plenty of ideas that are achievable and also brilliant! We have also had new papers and albums added - you can see the new products on the Home Page. Bev always puts them on a banner so you can see what the latest products to the Website are. I have to just say thank god she can manage our website as I wouldn't have a clue - GO BEV!!!!

Today the boss was working with some new products that will be added to the website tomorrow - stunning alterable items that come as a kit with themed papers and embellishments - stunning! When I blog tomorrow I'll add a link to the page for them and you can have a look.

As I hope you all know the Shop is open every Sunday through the summer - next week is the crop - £5 11am - 4pm and like I say the shop will be open so you can crop and shop if you fancy. There are a few spaces left - so anyone who fancies a go come along.

Well I shall leave you with all that and we'll catch up tomorrow.

Take care

Sam x

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday again

Hi Everyone

I promised you a pic of the page we made from the Scrap a kit workshop so here it is.............

What we have is a die-cut 12x12 layered onto a plain black with some co-ordinating papers and cards which adds texture and depth to the page. There is also a strip of cream ric-rac ribbon with buttons used to again add texture to the page. The colours tie in well with the picture and I chose the very apt title of "Your never fully dressed without a smile". The title was cut with the Cricut machine and one of the many cartridges available.

There are still places in the Workshops we are running so to book please call us on 01386 831123 or book online by clicking here.

Well its the school holidays so there should be lots of piccies being taken and opportunities for scrapping them after - and the crops are running monthly - next one is 3rd of August again call us or book online.

Well I will leave it there hope your all enjoying the holidays.

Take Care

Sam xxx

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Hiya everyone

Hope I find you all well.

Well then what have you all been up to today - I have been making preparations for the Scrap-a-kit workshop this Friday. Its a real nice kit with some great colours - and there are still some spaces left if you would like to join in.

Also today I have been trying to have a mess about with the placement of all the new cuttlebug embossing folders, die-cutters - there are loads of them so keep your eye on the web page for them being added - alternatively drop us an email if there is something in particular that you are looking for and we will see if there is anything that we can do for you. There are some brilliant designs in the Disney range to for those of you that just can't resist Mickey!!! I just think they give a great finish and at such a reasonable price it's not so bad buying a couple.

I managed to have a go with the Basic Grey file set today - bloomin eck it's good - I'd cut out some letters and just had a few rough edges and they were brilliant. Great for in the tiny corners that sanding blocks just won't reach - very good indeed. If you fancy a look you can find it by clicking here.

With that I am off to finish the end of term presents.

Take Care

Sam xxx

Monday, July 14, 2008

Back to it!!!


Right then this is it Open day over and done with and the clean up is well under way - bless my poor mum!!!

So I thought what I would do this week is give you a taster of some of the things that can be crated with just a small selection of the products we were using on the open day. Today's pictures are of cards that were made by our lovely demonstrator Linn Yates - got the spelling right this time.

The first one is a card created from the Majestic Board

Now what you can't from the picture is the quality of this card. It's done with pearlescent card to accent the embossing as much as possible and with the peel off edging strips used sparingly the whole card is given texture and balance with suitability for such a wide range of recipients this board is a sure thing to create a card for everyone.

The next one is off the media and pastimes board

Now with the forefront of the card completed in pearlescent card and the main stick of the card done in the leather effect card this board gives some great scope for cards for the men in our lives - arguably the most difficult people to make cards for this board throws this group a lifeline and something to make our lives a little easier!

Anyhoo hope your all well and getting those presents and cards made for the teachers who finish their term this week - I know that's what I am doing tonight!!!

Take care everyone

Sam xxx

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Big Thankyou

Evening everyone

Well first and foremost can I please say a big thank you to everyone who attended the open day yesterday and all of the people who made it happen.

With people arriving just after 9 there was never a break in the enthusiasm shown by the customers, wonderful demonstrators, staff and helpers. The make and takes were great fun with some great things being taken away - was nice to be able to see so many of you enjoy it.

As we told you there were 2 wonderful demonstrators - for those of you that came I think you would agree that both Lyn and Lindsay (hope i spelt the names right) were brilliant and sat there like troopers all day to give you the maximum they could. Well done and thank you again ladies.

The lucky dip was cleared out with some great prizes in there and we managed some great offers for you - with something for everyone.

Never before have we seen so many people in our shop in one go - the most wonderful thing about that was that it was an even split of new customers and our very faithful regular customers. With the ever changing craft industry there is always something new and exciting so with new customers coming into the business too it's a great time to mix our ideas and wants and needs and come up with some magical products.

As you may know we run weekly workshops which begin again very soon and we look forward to seeing you. You can book in store or on the website by clicking here also if there is a project you want to do and can't see it there please do email us and we will work something out for you without a doubt.

OK with that I shall leave you too it and look forward too seeing you all very soon.

Thanks again - you are great!!!

Sam xxx
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