Wednesday 27 February 2019

Powertex Workshops at Stamp Addicts

Jo Channon (and her lovely husband Mark) are coming to visit us at the end of March to run some Powertex workshops.
Friday 29th March has sold out so we have added Saturday 30th March.
10am-4pm £30
Make this fabulous fairy house - please bring an empty screw top jar with you
(apparently the large Nutella jars are the best, but any will do)

or you can pay an extra £5 and make this birdhouse

Sunday 24 February 2019

Powertex Workshop

The fabulous Jo Channon will be running a Powertex workshop in our store on Friday 29th March 10am-4pm.  £30 each.  Places are very limited
We will be taking bookings at Stamperama Stevenage today.

I will post up photos of the project in our Facebook event here as soon as I have them.

Saturday 23 February 2019

Down for maintenance

Good morning, I've had to put our website into maintenance mode for some essential works this weekend but we will get it back online as soon as we can.
In the meantime you could pop in to Stamperama Stevenage to see us on Sunday.

If you are wanting to order tickets for Stamperama Harrogate you have until the end of Tuesday so still plenty of time, but don't forget you can pay on the door - it's only £3 each and under 12s are free

Friday 22 February 2019

It's Nearly time . . .

I can't believe in only 2 days it is our first Stamperama of 2019 - the 21st year of Stamperama!
Where did all those years go?  
I did read an article that said you need to do new things to make new memories and at this Stamperama there are definitely lots of new things.

We have 8 new exhibitors at Stevenage this weekend : 
Mama Makes, Coolkatz Craft, Crafty Roo, Picture This Stamps, Gummiapan, Sandra Rushton and Social Stationery
Plus we have HOCHANDA TV with Leonie Pujol

And our returning exhibitors who will have lots of new designs and products:
Hobby Art, HoneyDoo Crafts, Serendipity, A Crafty Place, The Stamp Hut, Stampers Grove, Sweet Poppy Stencils, Stamp Addicts, Let's Create, Dolly Dimples, The Art of Craft, Tiger Lily Laser,  Limetree Card & Paper, Snazzy Studio and Tonertex

So we can all make lots of fabulous new memories on Sunday

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Help Needed

At Stamperama Stevenage this weekend we are running a Make & Take but we need some help.
Would you be willing to help visitors make a small tag or card?
The project and everything is provided, you just need to turn up.
You can sit down for this.  If you are willing to help please let us know how long you can help for.

Monday 18 February 2019

Crazy Times

So yesterday I rambled on about my home decor and then I looked at my calendar and thought 'how will I fit it all in?'
From today I only have 2 days off in the next 5 weeks
I'm not complaining how busy we are, busy is good for business.

24th Feb - Stamperama Stevenage
2nd March - Stamperama Harrogate
9th March - Shop Open
16-17th March - Cardmaking Weekend
26th March - HOCHANDA TV

March is always one of our busiest months of the year and this year we've added Harrogate as it was the only available date in our calendar and theirs.

I think I'll deserve a spa day after this, I would love to try the spa at the Center Parcs just down the road (Woburn Sands), it seems too close to go on holiday but a spa day would be perfect.  But unfortunately I think this will have to wait until the end of April or May which is a quieter month.

Sunday 17 February 2019

Sofa shopping

Wow, this ended up a lot longer than I planned.  Written at 2 in the morning after I've had a couple of Tramadol so apologies for the rambling.

My husband and I have decided we need new sofas, we've had our current ones for about 15 years and although still functional and fairly comfortable they are cracked and worn and have definitely suffered a lot of battering from our kids.  
As our kids are now both teenagers we are hoping our next sofas will take less abuse.

So yesterday we made the trip to an area of Milton Keynes where there are at least 8 stores together that all sell sofas - so we were able to do comparisons between stores.

Most of these stores charge delivery which is really annoying, of course I need sofas delivered as I would imagine at least 90% of their customers do.  But even if you don't need delivery, collection isn't always an option so you have to pay for delivery.  I guess it's one way they keep sofa prices down but then add on this hidden charge which varies massively between stores.  Some charge a fixed fee, some charge a per seat fee!  We found one with free delivery.

On the outside the sofas appear to all be of a similar quality but its the inside of the sofa that you need to question.  I overhead one sales person saying that their sofas were much softer because they are made in the traditional method! - From what I remember of my grandparents furniture it was never soft and squishy, always firm - so what is traditional, I didn't ask as this was store number 4 and I was getting sofa fatigue.

We have specific criteria so we were able to narrow down our options to 2 different sofas in 2 different stores - these are very different sofas, one of which is only available in one colour the other comes in at least 12 colour options which we have narrowed down to 2.  It's a daunting thing do we choose the colour that will dominate the room (teal) or do we choose the non-colour (grey) and then bring in the colour with curtains, etc.  I am leaning towards the teal as I think that will bring joy to the room.  Delivery from one store is £87, delivery from the other is free - £87 is a lot of cushions I could buy.

We are also going to change the carpet this year, currently a dark reddish with a small pattern.  We had this installed when we bought the house in the year 2000 so its time to retire the carpet and this time I want something neutral like grey.  The current carpet is a terrible background for photographs.
It will need to be a darkish grey (but no too dark) as husband drives HGVs and has a motorbike (oil, etc), we have a dog so wet and muddy footprints plus 2 teenagers - obviously I never make a mess!

But I want to add some fun to the room so I'm planning to pick up a couple of small armchairs from somewhere like Homesense, something quirky with colour.  These are chairs that won't be sat in as often as the sofas, unless the dog takes a fancy to one.  He sneaks onto the sofa when we are out of the room.  I would like to point out that he has 3 beds, yes 3 beds - one in the living room, one under the stairs and one in the dining room (it's not a big house but whenever we've bought him a new bed we haven't thrown the old ones away).    The dining room has laminate flooring so this is his favourite place in the summer, the bed in the living room is almost igloo shaped but he very rarely goes inside it and prefers to lay on top or turn it upside down and lay on the bottom!  This he uses when we are all in the living room or he lays at my feet.
The lovely memory foam bed under the stairs is where he goes at night.

But these are not decisions we are not going to rush into as we will have to live with them for at least 5 years and going on our history probably 10-15 years.  Plus one of the sofas is only on sale until tomorrow so I would wait until a Bank Holiday sale to order, why pay an extra £250 when you could just wait until April for the next sale.  And that will give us time to decorate.

I forgot to mention we are also changing the lighting in the room, currently we have a ceiling fan which I love but the light is just not bright enough and because of this we leave off the glass dome which makes it ugly.  I'm really the only person that turns on the fan, which I do throughout the summer, so I thought we could change to LED lighting and I will get a freestanding fan that I can put away for the winter.  I found some beautiful lights in John Lewis but husband nearly had asthma attack when he saw the price, I'll keep looking.  The trick is to try and find one he really likes that is way more expensive so then my first choice almost seems like a bargain p.s. he doesn't always read my blog and when he does he did probably wouldn't read to the end (hopefully).  
But just in case - hi honey, I love you.

Friday 15 February 2019

Channel Hopping

There has been a lot of talk recently about the shopping channels including a lot of fake news.
We have extensive experience of both channels - we worked with Create & Craft from the beginning until 2013, we have worked with HOCHANDA since their first month on air.

Between us Vicky and I have over 50 years in the craft industry  (OMG now I feel old!)
We are staying at HOCHANDA, we love working with them and their whole team.
We like the fact they are a company that is small enough that we can walk around the building and easily talk to any member of the team, everyone is accessible.  
We can offer up suggestions that will be listened to and some of these have been implemented.
 We are finding the whole HOCHANDA experience fun, if it stops being fun then we will stop doing it.

Companies will move change channels for many different reasons and this will never change and should never be held against them.  
And viewers will channel hop to see which programme they want to watch and buy from, unaffected by the politics behind the scenes and this is the way it should remain.
Customers that visit our store also shop in other craft stores, as is every customers right and we would never try to dissuade them.  The best we can hope for is that they keep coming back.

Our Mother always said 'if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything'
And these are words I have always tried to live by.

I see no reason why we can't all rub along nicely together - but I am ever the optimist!

Wouldn't the world be boring if we all liked the same things.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Elephant Splash

Using our Ellie Elphant stamps and Squirt
DT member Debbie Watts made this card.
You could change the words and make it a Valentines card.

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Flower Trio

7378 Thank you
7373 Flower Trio 2 Small
7375 Flower Trio Large

If you missed our TV show you can watch it here
Find all our new stamps here.

Card by Vicky

Monday 11 February 2019

5 Frames - Peach Blossoms

8030 5 Frames
8028 Textile Background
7375 Flower Trio Large
7378 Thank you

Card by Vicky

If you missed our TV show you can watch it here.

Sunday 10 February 2019

Doodles Background

8031 Doodles
7377 Birthday
7374 Flower Trio Med
Rustique Patina Azure embossing powder
Card by Vicky

Stamps available here.
If you missed our TV show you can watch it here.

Saturday 9 February 2019

Double Doves

A card made by DT member Debbie Watts
Using our new Dove stamps plus Best Wishes and in the background is squirt.

Friday 8 February 2019

5 Frames Mosaic

This is a card I made on air using our 5 Frames stamp and some of our new flowers.
I started by colouring a sheet of card with 3 different Oxides.
I then stamped the frames as many times as I could and cut out all the squares.
I used 8 squares to create this card, 2 of which were cut in half and 1 cut into quarters.
You can find all the stamp son our website here.

If you want to see how I made it then you can watch our show here.

Thursday 7 February 2019

Flower Trio Large

This is one of Vicky's cards that you might have seen on Hochanda on Tuesday.
If you missed the show you can watch it here.
These stamps are from the new Flower Trio Large that you can find here.

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Pink Elephants

These new stamps are Ellie Elephant, Small Ellie Elephant and Hugo the Hedgehog.
Card made by Brenda.

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Vintage 5 Frames

We are on HOCHANDA TV today at 2pm.
I made this card using Doodles Background, 5-Frames
plus some of new flowers and words.
Find all these plus other new stamps online here.

Monday 4 February 2019

Proud Peacock

This is our new Proud Peacock stamp designed by Teri Sherman.
Card by Vicky.
Find this and all the other new stamps here.

Sunday 3 February 2019

Dove with Love

This is our new Dove right. 
Card by Brenda

Saturday 2 February 2019

Mushroom House

This is our brand new Mushroom House stamp
Card made by Brenda.
Brenda has also used one of our Scenic stamps, a shrink plastic bird and some of our Garden Delights flowers.
Stamp designed by Vicky.

Find all stamps online here.

Friday 1 February 2019

5 Frames Purple Flowers

The first of our new stamps, find them all on our website here.
8031 Doodles Background
7375 Flower Trio Large
7373 Flower Trio 2 Small
8030 5 Frames
7377 Happy Birthday

All images except Happy Birthday are handrawn by Vicky.