Monday, 27 July 2015

New Stamps @ Stamperama

We have been busy making lots of new stamps for Stamperama which is
on Sunday 2nd August @ Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre.

If you are not able to join us @ Stamperama 
our new stamps will be in store next week
and online (hopefully) by the 8th of August.

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Only just over a week to go until Stamperama
@ Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre
Sunday 2nd August 2015

If you want to order advance tickets please call us on Friday 24th or Tuesday 28th.
After this you can only get advanced tickets by popping into the shop and collecting them.

We have a few new exhibitors this time as well as lots of the usual favourites:

Glitzcraft, Crafty Roo, Sweet Poppy Stencils, Crafty Products, Limetree Crafts, Inkylicious and Acid Drops & Whatnots.
Stamps & Memories, HoneyDoo Crafts, Craftwork Cards, Serendipity, Little Claire, The Stamp Hut, Craft Habitat, Once Upon A Stamp, PaperArtsy, The Art of Craft, AnnaMarie Designs, Hobby Art, The Hobby House, Glitter Perfect and Time to Sow.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Opening Hours W/C 20/07/15

This week we are open on the following days:

Tuesday 10am-3pm
Wednesday 10am-3pm
Thursday 10am-3pm
Friday 10am-3pm

Monday, 20 July 2015

Cupcake Cards

Here are some of the cupcake cards that Vicky made for our July Project Club.
The fluffy topping was created with Liquid Applique
You can find all our new cupcake stamps here.

We will have these stamps plus lots of new stamps at Stamperama.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Cupcake Evening

This is a group of ladies from our recent Project Club evening.
You can see how many variations of cupcakes are possible with our new stamps.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Mini Heart with Wings

This is our Mini Etched Heart embossed with Sticky Stuff and covered with gold leaf.
The wings are from our Vintage stamp set.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Did you know there is a place in Switzerland called Heidiland?
We didn't stop at Heidiland but this photo I took up in the mountains reminded me of the Heidi TV series that I used to watch as a child.
Apparently over 100 Heidi movies have been filmed in the mountains of Switzerland
(so Marcel tells me).

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Opening Hours w/c 13th July

This week we will be opening the following hours:

Tuesday 14th July  10am-3pm
Wednesday 15th July  10am-3pm  + 7pm-9pm
Thursday 16th July  10am-4pm
Friday 17th July  10am-3pm
Saturday 18th July  10am-3pm

On Saturday18th July we have our Sympathy Card Workshop
Make 3 cards in 1.5 hours.
See details here

Monday, 13 July 2015

Bleach Butterflies

It sounds a bit weird I know.

But these are butterflies I have stamped over the top of a distressed and stamp background.
I have then used bleach (cheap household stuff) to remove the colour in some areas.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Woven Background

Brenda made this card by embossing in our gold our new stamp

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Christmas Twiddly Bits

These 2 cards are just a tiny smidge of the things you can do with our new unmounted stamp set

Friday, 10 July 2015

Small Winter Wonderland

Brenda made these cards using our new Small Winter Wonderland stamps.

These stamps are all different sizes to those in the set Winter Wonderland Friends, so work perfectly together to build up a bigger scene.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Stars of Wonder

These were all made using our new Stars of Wonder stamp set.
They have been sized to fit inside the Jus-Cutz star dies for easy cutting.
All artwork by Brenda.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

New Mini Snowglobe

I just love our new small Snowglobe Unmounted Rubber Stamp.
We have so many images that can go inside it.
The images shown here are from our Winter Wonderland Friends with a shrink plastic snowman.
Card by Lesley.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Switzerland Day 4

Breakfast started with a Banana, Cherry and Apricot Smoothie.

This morning we got the train from Ilanz to Chur (Bernina Express), it runs alongside the river Rhein which is spectacular and very popular for rafting and canoing - although sometimes a little dangerous.
After spending a couple of hours in the town of Chur we took the train back a few stops and then asked the conductor the best place to get off so we could walk alongside the Rhein.
We got off the train where he suggested and walked about 4-5 km along the Rhein until we found a sandy beach to sit and relax on and soak up the cool fresh air.
The water is very glacial looking (blue) and quite chilly - I only put my hand in but Kira the dog was happy to run in and out of the water.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Mini Bethlehem Stained Glass

This is our new Mini Stained Glass stamp.
With our new O Little Town of Bethlehem word stamp in the background.

I embossed the stained glass with black powder and then coloured with Metallic Pencils.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Switzerland Day 3

This morning we had Banana and Cherry with yoghurt smoothie followed by Apricot with milk smoothie.
As well as pureed Apricots on our muesli with yoghurt.
So you think - oooh really healthy, yes but then we had honey on bread!

I am definitely going to have to get myself a blender/smoothie maker but preferably one that is easy to clean.  If you have any recommendations please let me know.

After breakfast we drove 3 hours to their holiday apartment in the Swiss Alps - Obersaxon.
This is the view from the services on the highway.

Their apartment is on the ground floor of this building with the mountains in the background.
They have a ski lift very close by so they have enjoyed lots of skiing this winter.

After arriving at the apartment we then went for a walk around the mountains where there are hundreds of these cabins for the farmers to stay in whilst their cows are up here.

Marcel, Marta (farmer) and Jacqueline.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Switzerland Day 2

After teaching all day Saturday we went to a 60th Birthday party, which Jacqueline told me would be in a cabin in the woods.  So I had visions of a bbq outside a garden shed!  But this was a log cabin a lot bigger and nicer than I expected.
Although being in the woods did get me sneezing quite a lot.

Now, what I haven't mentioned yet is that on previous trips Jacqueline has been serving up freshly squeezed orange juice and carrot juice with breakfast.  This time it was all about the smoothie.
On the first morning we had strawberry smoothies - which she makes with a little natural yoghurt or sometimes milk depending on the fruit.
On this morning we had a banana and strawberry smoothie with breakfast.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Switzerland Day 1

I've been in Switzerland for the last week teaching classes.
Above are 3 of the cards we made on the first day.

Classes finished about 8pm and then we went into the local town of Winterthur for a festival,
There were hundreds of stalls selling food and drink and playing music as well as a big fun fair.
A group of ladies from the classes came with us for the evening which was great fun.