Saturday, 16 February 2013

There is no love more sincere than ........

........the love of chocolate! Hope you had a good Valentines Day and a great Pancake Tuesday. Our week has been so rubbish that we decided to postpone both until today and celebrate both this evening. Although I did already rehearse receiving and consuming the gift of chocolate last night - now you can keep your dozen red roses thank you very much! And although the week started off real 'pants' it has actually finished off great after having seen and heard from so many friends past and present in the last few days. Thanks guys!

Mr Nige and I are off on a jolly to the NEC tomorrow morning. Please bear with us if you place any mail orders as we won't be back in the shop until Wednesday. Can't wait to see what is on offer and catch-up with like-minded peeps. I already have a lengthy list of things to buy even before I get there. Think Nige intends to keep you updated from the fair as he did from California via Facebook and Twitter.

I showed a few uses (from the million and one there are) of mod podge at our coffee morning. This glue, sealer, varnish works great with the beautiful napkins we can buy nowadays. Here is a very quick card with a fun napkin someone gave to me.

Rough cut the part of the napkin you wish to use and any other layers too. Separate the layers so that it is only one ply (the top layer).

Use a paint brush to apply a layer of mod podge to copy paper and lay the pieces down over the glue. Use a brayer to smooth if you wish although its not necessary.

Leave to dry and then rip round the edges of the main piece and cut out the layers.

Glue the main piece to a folded card, add the layers with foam pads and embellish with stickles, gems, glossy accents etc if desired. It doesnt show up but I just applied a little Rock Candy stickles with my finger.

Our Birthday demo day is getting closer. Would be lovely to see you if you live close enough as we have plenty going on between 10 and 4 on Saturday March 2nd, and its FREE! We already have Kirsty Wiseman demoing for Stix 2 and Woodware, Create & Crafts Louisa Maclean demoing for Crafters Companion and Sally Ross demoing the new Marianne stamp and die sets. We are still finalising our other two demonstrations but (lowers voice to whisper) IT is on it's way and we will launch IT and demo IT that day. Nige will be taking preorders for this much anticipated tool later this week.

Must dash as need to pack a few things. Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying the weather - I knew it had to happen sooner or later!


Rosemary x

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Friday, 1 February 2013

More ways with Washi!

Hope you are having a good week. Apart from the weather (nothing new there) I've had a productive week planning and prepping and teaching - oh, and practising my cup skills. If that means nothing to you follow the YouTube link on our Facebook or twitter pages.

Here are some more uses for washi tape, as promised -

Stick it back to back so it can be used as a tag tie.

Fold over as an edge around a piece of card or accordion fold a spiral to make a flower.

Stick randomly across a card or tag (keep the ripped ages for a grungey look).

Fold over twine as bunting. Cut bottom of pennants any shape you want.

Completely cover a tin.

Use as a binding on a spine or to join pages together.

Cover a plain piece of card and then diecut it. They could then be coloured with a felt applicator and alcohol ink.

Or punch it and then emboss it and then rub ink over.

To colour with alcohol inks lay a strip on your heat resistant mat and use your felt applicator to apply ink. When dry peel off the mat and use.

Hope some of these ideas are useful.

Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to a 12 hour scrapathon tomorrow with Danish pastries for breakfast and pizza for tea and lots of cake inbetween!


Rosemary x

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