Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bling it on!

Even if you don't consider yourself a glitter girl normally, Christmas makes us want to add a little bit of sparkle to our crafty projects. At the crafting weekend I attended recently I worked next to a friend who glittered everything we did. She had a pot of glitter in her tote to coordinate with any colour scheme - yes you know who you are!

This card I made in September at a workshop with the ultra patient Lynell from DREAMweaver. I know this stencil doesnt look particularly exciting but it is so versatile. It would look great with all sorts of different colour schemes.

We adhered the stencil to a double sided adhesive sheet after rubbing soap all over it so it wouldnt stick fast to the adhesive sheet. This was backed on to a layer of card. We then sprinkled all sorts of Frantage mica flakes and glitters on the exposed areas tipping the excess back into the pot each time to avoid wastage. Laying the stencil face down we then pulled away the card from the stencil keeping the stencil flat. We then filled in the remaining areas with a coordinating glitter.

The pin was glittered to match by coating the head with glue and dipping in glitter.
A diecut tree, ribbon and the decorative pin were added as Embellishment. Just love the colour scheme.

(The sentiment was coloured in the same way as the main background of the card).
If you wish you could pat versamark ink over the diecut tree and brush with mica powder as in the Niges example below to give a bit of contrast. (He always has to go one better! )

Okay, now is the time for me to stop procrastinating and get back to retreat work!

Hope your week is good

Rosemary x

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Monday, 11 November 2013

The final countdown!

Eleven more days, and sleeps, and our November residential retreat is here once again. 70 lucky ladies get the chance to wind Nige up for a whole weekend. It has to be worth attending for that. We have lots of goodies and giveaways in store, and half a dozen projects that we hope will inspire. On a personal level I look forward to spending time with so many crafting friends. I am trying to remain calm in the final run up to the weekend quoting my new favourite quote ad nauseum. Apparently, it is an old Polish proverb meaning - it's not my problem!

I have just spent a great crafty weekend with friends from The Stamp Pad. This is the weekend that was cancelled back in March because of the heavy snow. It did me the world of good. Projects chosen and prepared by someone else = bliss!
This is one I made using the Kaisercraft film strip blank and Graphic 45's French Country paper range.

I am feeling much much better, thankfully, although cartwheels are still a little tricky. I have managed to squeeze in a couple of album classes before Christmas - a memory file one (kit pictured below) and a foldy one. Check out the dates if you are interested. (I have also started planning a 'mini mad monthly' for next year - details to follow).

Lastly, for now, a shout out for a show I am in 5th, 6th and 7th December. It has an amazing cast, great music and special effects galore. Tickets are on sale now and once ordered can be collected from Crab Apple Crafts (or posted out to you).

Must get back to my final prep for the weekend. Have a happy week.


Rosemary x

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Back and Bigger and Better!

Okay so that's not all strictly true but isn't that what they always say!

Never have I been so pleased to walk back into my little emporium. Feels like I have been away forever. Thank you so much for your cards, messages, texts, flowers, chocs, even rhubarb! Was lovely to know that out of sight wasn't out of mind! Had my hospital visit earlier this week and I was told it might take three months to feel normal again and that I should only go back to work when I felt ready. I did tell Nige this but he marched me swiftly back to Lady Heyes the next morning and set me to work. Apparently I have had acute viral vestibular neuronitis which is inflammation of the nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. I assure you I have no intention of getting that again, ever! I have been told my balance may never be the same again so double pirouettes are out from now on. I have resumed driving again this week so you might want to give me a wide berth if you see me on the road!

I love Autumn and have been so sad to miss a good chunk of it. Still it seems the weather is mostly mild and the leaves are only just turning. Thank goodness I didnt miss pumpkin season. Talking about leaves I just wanted to share this card. This is a lovely Francoise Read design stamp and is so versatile. Could be used for zentangle too but this card was paper pieced with decorative paper and coloured with Sakura pens using non-traditional colours.

Our Nov/Dec schedule is just out. My classes include a Zentangle Christmas card class suitable for even beginners on Friday, Nov 29th; a Christmas Memory File Class making an album that will hold more than 50 photos if you wish and using the brand spanking new Heidi Swapp Believe kit (that includes rub-ons)and retails for £9.99 as our base. The Memory File album class on the July ScrapCamp was a massive hit. This one is on Sunday, Dec 1st. If you like the idea but don't want to do a Christmas one just tell us when you book and you can use the other new non-Christmas file kit. I will also be running a Christmas folded mini book class from the November retreat on Wed, Dec 11th. Hope some of you can join me.

Don't forget our Christmas Coffee Morning on Thurs Dec 5th. People rush to book for this so that they don't miss Nige's annual Christmas quiz!!! Lol.

Keep warm and keep crafting,


Rosemary x

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

And relax!

D'ya know when you have so much to do but you avoid doing any of it and spend hours doing something you don't need to? Well that is exactly what happened with me and Decopatch this week. I have to admit it had never appealed to me until Trimcraft brought out their range of Decomache papers based on their most popular paper designs. So I thought I would cover a couple of items to show the lovely peeps at coffee morning this coming week. And now I don't know where to stop! How very easy, how surprisingly unmessy and how amazingly relaxing this is. Any surface is fair game (which is quite dangerous really). My glasses and iPhone cases are like new, not to mention numerous other previously dull objects!

If you came to our sale you might have seen the dayglo yellow scrapbooks we were selling? You certainly wouldn't recognise this one now. When I unwrapped it I was a little perturbed to find it was fabric but hey ho, one coat of white acrylic paint (to lighten the colour) and some Decomache paper and its bang on trend. With a coat or two of the decopatch glue on top to seal it, it will be pretty hard wearing.

I loved that I could work on a lap tray too so I could chill with Nige at the same time (he misses me you see). Hey there's a thought - my lap tray could do with refurbishing! See, this is what happens!

If you are on our email list you will already know I am on Create & Craft from Monday to Wednesday with a members 4 day deal. This is at very short notice - I am taking my tap shoes to fill in any awkward moments. Tune in if you can.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Rosemary x

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

September Craft-fest line-up!

I see it was announced yesterday that 'selfie' and 'digital detox' have made it into the English dictionary. I could definitely do with the latter. I have been suffering again recently with what I call iPad neck. I'm sure a great many of you can relate to that. But what can one do? I am addicted to Pinterest. I just check one pin which recommends another, which recommends twenty more which........you get the idea. And then two hours later!

Okay, plans are shaping up for our birthday demo day on Saturday, September 21st. This is the day we celebrate 14 years of the Lady Heyes Centre being open and we have been there since day 1! It's like Truckfest but for crafters! Posters in the shop and on the website will appear soon but wanted to give my bloggies a heads- up.

We are excited to tell you that the line-up for the day is as follows:-

Julie Hickey - Craftwork Cards
Jane Gill - Woodware
Kirsty Wiseman - Stix 2
Helen Niles - Little Claire's
Sally Ross - New Mariannes and the Ebosser
Plus Nige & Rosemary

As usual there will be unlimited tea/coffee and cake throughout the day and demos will run from10am-4pm. If you haven't been to one of our craft fests before there will be a small number of chairs around each demonstrator so that you can take the weight off your feet and have a good look at what they are showing. Miss it and miss out!

Hope to see you there!

Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Artemio template mini book.

Hi y'all

The wedding last week was perfect start to end and although I know I said I would post some pics, those of you on Facebook have been awash with photos of the day. But for those of you who aren't, here are a few. First up, the proud momma. Joel's speech as best man was great and Georgia's song as the bride walked down the aisle was beautiful and I say that from a totally unbiased point of view!!

Jazz hands from all of Bens theatre friends in the photo below. Yes that is THE 'Dorothy' Danielle Hope on my right. Think she was a little starstruck being right next to me! It has only just dawned on me but Joel has played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast twice and both his Belles are either side of him on the left of this photo.

I could have stayed in the photo booth all night. I really do need to get out more!

Back to more serious stuff. I needed to make a little mini book/birthday card this week and what easier way than with one of the Artemio mini album templates. I have used these in the past and they come in various different shapes. They are so useful as not only are you able to draw and cut the main piece from the template from one 12" x 12" piece but also there are three sizes of aperture template for matting and layering purposes. Full instructions are on the back but they are really self explanatory.

I chose to use the beautiful pink foiled version of Craftwork Cards Time Flies range. For my base I used a plain piece of Bazzill cardstock. I traced all my cutting lines with a pencil and used an embossing tool to mark the fold lines.

I then cut it out and folded it up on the scored lines. (See the third picture below for what it looks like cut out.)

I traced directly onto my paper to create the mats and then used one of the smaller shapes to draw onto my photos. The template allows you to see exactly what pattern or part of the photo you are choosing.

If you look closely you will see that only one outside piece is still joined to the middle piece. It is the middle that will be your front cover so this piece will be decorated on both sides. Others could also be decorated on both sides if you choose to.

I decorated the front with die cut pieces from the same range, and embellished with glitter glue and gems to add some bling. Simple and sweet.

This hexagon shape is so on trend! You could even use the template for shapes for your layouts and cards. This is the same shape but a different theme.

Any shape is easy once you know how one works. The heart one below has stamping on it.

Textured card was used for the base of the diamond one below and just decorative paper from a Trimcraft paper pad.

Dare I mention Christmas? Although you can't use much bulk on the inside as it won't close you can use dimensional embellies on the cover.

Now to get on with prep for coffee morning next week. So many ideas, so little time!

Don't forget to check out Nige's online camera club class that starts this weekend. If you don't sign up by Saturday you will miss the first months class and have to wait for the next.

Thanks for all your birthday messages yesterday - had a great day. Back to work with a vengeance today.

Keep on crafting


Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Awesome August

I love this time of year with Autumn on its way and the back to school feel. Feels like a mid year new beginning if you get my meaning. Christmas, fallen leaves and cosy sweaters are things to look forward to.

But we are still not ready to retreat inside just yet and, even if we are wearing woollies sometimes, we are still eating as many meals as possible outdoors. Nige just asked where the cinnamon was as he fancied making apple pie (or something similar, as he also mentioned puff pastry! - yikes) from apples on one of our trees.

My blueberry bushes are still not yielding much fruit but they did have to suffer a relocation early this year. Also our tomatoes are way behind because of the awful spring but it will be nice to enjoy them for longer this year.

Okay having brought you up to date on the Merry garden I wanted to share three projects that Nige worked so conscientiously on at the brill retailer day at Craftwork Cards yesterday. First up, and my fave, an easel card made from three kraft tags and the beautiful new foiled Time Flies collection and mannequin pad.

We had a great time. I honestly love their products. They are so 'clean' but their products are 'out there', their samples are amazing, and their paper designs are on a par with any of the US companies we buy from.

There are still pearls and bling to add to these but I was proud he knuckled down. I, true to form, did half a job and then sat back and demolished a bag of sweets they gave each of us! These products should be with us next week. (Not the sweets!)

If you like their style and products you need to bookmark our Big Birthday Demo Day September 21st and watch this space for our line-up for the day. Just confirming some details and will advertise that hopefully by the weekend.

Looking forward to a wedding of close friends on Thursday in which Joel and Georgia are playing a big part. Will post photos.

Hope your week is sunny and bright.


Rosemary x

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Ladies Diary

I have had a number of discussions in the past week with crafters who find inspiration hard to come by. They know they have to make a card or two but as soon as they sit down they feel overwhelmed with all the product they have at their disposal - a case of 'cant see the wood for the trees'.

I have always said that I never just sit down to make cards or scrapbook pages without knowing what materials I wish to use because I know I will be totally unproductive if I do.

I find Graphic 45 paper ranges perfect for making cards with little else needed. Having 2 or 3 double sided sheets will provide me with background layers, a central image and other fussy bits for 3 or 4 cards. I normally only add a doily, ribbon, buttons or gems/pearls. And you don't always have to do fussy cutting. Lots of the designs can be cut apart as postcards or straight sided.

These two cards have been made using three different paper designs from the Ladies Diary range; they took no longer than 30 minutes each and I have plenty of paper left for more.

The Graphic 45 Place in Time range is perfect as one sheet themed for any particular month will give you numerous 'collagey' cards. Cut pieces and borders apart, mess about with placement before you commit to sticking and then glue down using foam pads for some elements to add height.

Go for it!


Rosemary x

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Photo Freedom!

If you are a scrapbooker you will most likely heard of pocket scrapbooking, Project Life, Photo Freedom, Sn@p etc etc. They are all designed to do the same thing - speed up our scrapbooking and make the process simpler. So if you are sinking fast under a mountain of photos and feeling the pressure here's your answer. Although not a new principle (Pebbles had a similar system at least five years ago) it has definitely taken the scrapbooking scene by storm this year.

All the systems have multi pocket page protectors of different configurations. Most of them irrespective of company will fit in any post or D ring album. If you purely want to stick 4"x 6" photos in the pockets then go ahead. If you have time for a little more than that you could add journalling cards. If you want to take it further (as shown below), you could embellish to your hearts content.

I taught a class at our recent Scrapcamp showing how versatile this system is. We now can't get enough of the multi page protectors. I wanted to show how you didn't even have to be restricted with the sizes and orientation of the pockets.

We used the Graphic 45/Echo Park Transatlantique range of papers. Note above how we cut apart a 6" x 12" segment so it would fit four pockets on the left hand side. The pocket middle right contains an accordion fold out (shown below) for more photos or extra journaling. The pockets can be easily accessed.

Some of the stickers are on the outside of the protector.

We cut a hole in the protector to make this postcard interactive.

Inbetween the front and back side of the top middle pocket we inserted a tag with pull top for extra photo/journalling space.

The bunting below was created using twine and a random sticker I had no use for and is attached on the outside of the pocket.

Lots of paper ranges now have papers designed to be cut apart so these multi pockets are ideal. And you can still stick a 12" x 12" layout in there every once in a while. Bear in mind my examples were designed for a class but if you just wish to fill the pockets with photos and a bit of journalling, you can really cover a lot of ground quickly. A few years back I managed to scrapbook four years worth of holidays in one evening (not counting journalling) just by filling such pockets with photos.

It is so liberating!

Have fun

Rosemary x

PS September workshop schedule out today!

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Happy August!

I adore decluttering! I am one of those people who throw things away with gay abandon only to realise 6 months later that I needed it. But it still doesn't stop me doing it. I have enjoyed spending some time sorting and tidying the shop this week ready for the sale and for the impending (whispering tone) Christmas season. We have beautiful new Christmas ribbons, new stamps and I put out at least 9 Christmas paper ranges yesterday.

Talking about Christmas I wanted to share another of the brand new Woodware bubble stamps that could be zentangled, paper pieced or, as I have done here,card candied. Who hasn't got a glut of card candi? Choose a colour theme and away you go.

Onwards and upwards. More shop decluttering today.


Rosemary x
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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Small but mighty!

Mr Nigel and I had a fantabuloso time at the Artstamps Wrexham show. It was one of those times that reminds me why I do the job I do. It was a whole day of chatting with current friends, getting reaquainted with old friends and making new ones too. Our microscopic stand done good!

I had the pleasure of teaching two workshops. It was exciting for me to see the buzz about Zentangle and, even as the class was in progress, other ladies were asking if I was doing the class again and if they needed to book. We used two of the new uber versatile stamps from Woodware. Although we did paper piece a little on both of the cards, these stamps would look great fully paper pieced too.

As requested I will include these cards as part of a Zentangle Christmas class. Watch the workshop schedule. (Incidentally the September schedule is due out in the next few days and its packed with some tremendulous new classes - about 9 methinks!)

Onwards and upwards.


Rosemary x

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