Saturday, 28 April 2012

Dates, demos & Danish pastries!

Rain definitely didn't stop play at Crab Apple Crafts this week as we have had very busy classes and LOADS of new products. These totes are flying out the door at £2.50 and won't last the weekend.

Our 12 hour scrapathon for National Scrapbook Day next Saturday is full - we start in style with Danish pastries and finish with pizza. Wonder how much 'scrapping' will actually get done!

These are a couple of the five layouts from the class yesterday - a circle page using Bo Bunny Alora and a pocket page using Prima Natures Garden.
On Saturday, May 12th, Shirley Foster will be demoing all things Crafters Companion including Spectrum Noir pens, SWALK stamps, sprays, score boards, cutters - you name it she can show you how. Shirley came in yesterday to discuss the day and I must say she intends to show a lot. Can't wait!

Watch this space for details of our first Candi Party. (And how exciting is the launch of mini candi in May gong to be?) We are thinking of combining our candi party with our Jubilee Party on June 2nd but we will confirm dates when our June schedule is released in the next week.
Well I'm off to attack the weekend now. Dancing shoes out for a first rehearsal this afternoon for One Night Only 2 - the next show I will be participating in (so excited), seeing the Halle orchestra perform a Fred Astaire tribute tonight, and then off to the Welshpool office for a couple of days! Feel as shattered as this pair below just thinking about it.

Hopefully have news of other Create & Craft shows soon.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned.
Rosemary x
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Snake/Maze Book

Hey everyone, I am getting lots of questions about the snake/maze book I made on air on Sunday and I thought I would try to cover all the queries here. I am sorry I haven't sorted out how-to videos yet but my son, Joel, is onto it.

There are other 'maze' books around and, hopefully, in time I will get to show those, but this one is a simple one sheet book that doesn't open like a traditional book but has to be opened up and laid out as a 12" x 12" sheet to view.

The above photo shows the score lines dividing the sheet into four inch squares.

This photo shows the cut lines. Decorate the page as shown below. The ribbon is attached on the underside of the back cover.

When you fold it up start by folding the centre square (which will be your front cover) backwards on itself and continue round folding backwards and forwards.

The ribbon is brought around from the back and ties at the front to secure. This is the way I make this book but there are probably other ways of folding it up.

Hope this helps. Please message me again if you still have questions.

Have fun!

Rosemary x
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Monday, 23 April 2012

Done & Dusted!

What a week that was! Coffee morning with twenty five ladies on Thursday, a full days demo for Debi on Saturday and the rest of the time rustling up as many samples as we could for the two hour show at Create & Craft on Sunday morning. We only stopped to sleep! I cant thank Debi enough - I couldn't have done it without her. I even forgot to pick Georgia up from school one day - seriously.

Although I had visited the studios at Ideal World some months back it was my first live show with them and what an enjoyable experience it was. I was excited to be on air with Lottie as she has a background in musical theatre and that is aways a great thing in my book. But everybody there was so pleasant and helpful it was almost unreal. Over 100 emails came through during the show welcoming me to the channel and that blew me away. I came away buzzing.

And as if that wasn't enough I spent the whole two and a half hour journey home reading texts, emails, Facebook, twitter and blog messages that so many of you (over 180!!!!) sent. And that doesn't include any comments on the forums. I did start to reply individually but it became impossible especially as I have still been receiving them today. Thank you seems inadequate for the way it made me feel but I do mean that sincerely. You all said such nice things and if it hadn't been for my dad giving me some negative feedback(!!!!) my head might have been too big to fit through the front door. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I was so overwhelmed. I love my job and know I am the most fortunate person to have what was my hobby as my daily work!

I tried to show as many samples as possible but there were a few I didn't manage to show and I thought you might like to see some of them.

A twisted easel card using Bazoo papers.

These owls are from the stamp kit. All the stamps were adorable. The papers were from the Spring Drop paper pad.

A card using papers from my favourite pad to air - Spring Feast 6" x 6".

8"x 8"layout using a stencil and then papers from Love Letters 6"x 6" pad. The same paper pad was used for the butterfly card below.

Today I thought I better tidy the house as my priorities were elsewhere all last week. I even went out and bought steak for tea to ease my guilty conscience for neglecting everyone. Even the dogs were getting pretty fed up with it all.

I am off now for a glass of wine and another early night. I don't want to gush any more but thank you again for all your support.

Love and hugs

Rosemary x

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Hot off the Press!

Been bursting to tell you that I will be live on air this coming Sunday, April 22nd, from 9-11am on Birthday Sunday Scrappers at Create and Craft tv. I will be representing Trimcraft (the same company I worked with a couple of years back on the Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen DVD) and have some lovely kits.

It would be lovely to have you tune in on Sky 671, Freeview 36 or Freesat 813.

Yours excitedly,

Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Business as usual!

Well this morning was "wellies out again to walk the dogs weather". Wasn't really 'feeling it' after a bad nights sleep but it did brighten up and I did snap these little beauties. (Didn't bother with a photo of the dead rat I saw though - eek!)

After a fantastic show week last week it is now back to the grindstone. It really is hard to get back into the work groove when you have been so focused on something else but last week was a reminder that it is people, not things, that matter.

The pic below shows our waterfall pyrotechnic. It had to be seen to be believed.

Easter went by in a blur as rehearsals were so heavy but don't want to miss the opportunity to say thanks to all the people who brought cream eggs into the shop

and an even bigger thank you to Babs who brought me in 6 Take That cd's beautifully wrapped and an ATC card. I was thrilled to bits. An official 'thank you' is on its way!

I am working manically on my demos for coffee morning - my hands have so much ink on them I look like a mechanic. New stock has been coming in and going out so fast that I have no idea what I will have to show you. Might have to throw a long tap routine in to pass some time - now there's a fun idea!

I promise I will catch up with news next week but this week is mega stressful and I am hoping I will be able to tell you why tomorrow. I am hoping to have some news that lots of you have been waiting to hear. Can't say anymore just in case but do check the website or Facebook/Twitter tomorrow.

The card below is from our forthcoming 'Vivienne' stamping class. The other samples are on the website and in the shop.

Remember to "dance like nobody's watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening and live like it's heaven on earth!


Rosemary x

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Hello April!

Happy April to you all! I know we're due to lose the sunshine today but I do really feel as though Spring is in the air.

Had another busy but fulfilling weekend. Good job Nige and I work together as, with me teaching classes Friday and Saturday, and him teaching wax painting all yesterday, we have been like ships passing in the night so at least I get to see him in work.

Talking about ships I am so into all the Titanic and related programmes that are showing at the moment. I really can't get enough of them. If I see the word ship in the title I press record - although methinks I might not book my first cruise just yet.

I had two days of classes with some lovely peeps. From Parchment craft, to Hougie and then scrapbooking it was quite varied. Pat and Sue had travelled up from Windsor for my Saturday classes and it was lovely to meet them. As they are already planning a return visit I think they must have enjoyed themselves.

Yesterday I took mum for a little retail therapy - well you have to, don't you. She insisted on treating me to a pair of sandals - it would have been rude to refuse. And then it was all hands on deck moving a 40' x 20' backdrop that my dad has been painting in a local barn for our forthcoming show. Love a bit of teamwork!

(Have you ever seen a barn this clean!!)

New products are in the shop early this week from Kanban, Trimcraft and Tando. Our May schedule (that includes our National Scrapbooking Day 12 hour scrapathon) will be published in the next couple of days. I know the photos are dreadful but we have a fairy class coming up too. These aren't the projects themselves but ones from our demo day.

Notice the gilding flakes used randomly around the edges.

Before I decide to delete those photos I will sign off and go get my porridge!

Let's dive into another week. Woo its nearly Easter!

Hugs Rosemary x

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