Sunday, 27 March 2011

A few more cards with our new stamps

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, I'm looking forward to the Dancing on Ice final tonight.  I guess that's it then for decent telly programmes now that we are officially in summer time. 

This card has a summery feel, I'm looking forward to seeing real butterflies again.  But for now it's little stamped ones.  

I sometimes wonder how photos taken at the same time can differ so much in their colours, these photos are examples of this!  

Anyhow... I used the large Framie 5 Butterfly Flutters stamp, with a greeting from our AOD Floral 1 stamp sheet, distress inks wild honey, rusty hinge and a little aged mahogany.  The background paper was from a Prima Botanical paper pad.

Double Framies
The picture below shows how the small Framies look when mounted over the top of the large Framie stamps.  I took the photo at an angle so it's not perfect but shows that you can see the large frame at the back if you wish to use them this way.  I've only stamped it in brown ink, I did this quickly to show people at last weekend's Harrogate show.  It is only cut and isn't embossed here so it doesn't show all thats possible but I hope it gives an idea of how they will look used this way.

Frame Framies
For the quick little card below I've used the large Label 5 and Framie 5 (embossed with silver EP).  I then used a smaller Labels 5 die to cut the inside out before using it as a frame over the wording (T!ms).

You would be able to use this idea to make shaker cards by adding acetate to the frame and sealing all the way around the underside of the frame to ensure your embellishments cannot fall out.

A simpler idea would be to add wording to acetate, fix to the frame and mount the frame, raised, over a stamped image underneath.  I have it in mind to do this with them.

I've used the new pewter 5mm nailheads on the corners, (they are less bright than the silver ones).

Ian and I had a lovely day at the shop yesterday meeting the ladies and gent that are attending Janet and Michelle's Craft Retreat this weekend.  They were all very excited and enjoying their time there, it all sounded fab!!!

Well thats all for now!  I'll show some more another time.

Enjoy your Sunday evening


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Never Ending Card Workshop - 16th April 2011

Join Gill Wilson for the day making a never ending card here at our shop in Skipton.  If you've never seen a never ending card before well, how to describe... it's a card that you can keep opening and opening and opening and you never get to the end.  It is folded in such a way that it just continues to have openings to open.  Definitely a magic card!  Here's another view of the card.

The card you make won't be identical to this one or the same colours so you also get a chance to be creative with colour too but the basic design is the same.  They'll be embossing, stamping, adding colour and creating the card from scratch so that you fully understand the workings in order to make more at home.

Gill is returning to our workshop team after being away from teaching here for a number of years, we know that she is very talented and we are pleased to welcome her back and hope you will support her workshops with us and that this will be the first of many!!  

If you would like to attend, you can book on our website HERE, or telephone the shop on 01756 797048.

The workshop starts at 10.30am and we try to finish at 3.30pm to allow you shopping time.  If you can try to be at the shop for 10am this allows for tea/coffee time, a loo break and a quick look around the shop.  This will also allow Gill to start the workshop on time.  Further information about our workshops can be found HERE.

I'm hoping to have some more workshop dates to tell you about in the next few days.


Friday, 25 March 2011

New challenge starts today - Anything by T!m

I'm sure our new challenge will be a popular one for all you T!m fans!!  

For this challenge you need to include anything designed by T!m Holtz, his stamps, distress inks, alteration dies, embossing folders, ideology etc.   

Our design team have made some amazing things for this challenge so do pop over there by clicking HERE

I hope you will be able to join us in this challenge and as and added bit of fun I will be offering some T!m blog candy on this blog at some point during the next fortnight so please call back to join in with that.

So, to my card for the challenge...I used a number of distress inks on the card then embossed it with the Cuttlebug folder Leafy Branch before inking the raised pattern lightly with aged mahogany DI.

I distressed the edges of the card too to give some texture.

I embossed the blank canvas stamp from our new Framie 5 stamps with gold ep before inking with wild honey, rusty hinge and a little aged mahogony DI.

I embossed the wording (T!ms) with Moonglow Midnight Teal Obsidian ep before again inking with various DI 

I hope you have all had some of the gorgeous sunshine this week, it is very welcome isn't it!! Spring has definitely sprung:)

Have a great weekend


Thursday, 17 March 2011

Our new stamps are here!!!!

The actual stamps are shown below but here are a couple of cards I've made with them so far.  The Framie 5 Blank Canvas frame on the card above is embossed with Moonglow EP.  I've used a Tim elephant stamp, 7 gypsy paper, a Cuttlebug folder and distress inks.

More or less the same ingredients again but I've used the Framie 5 Ornate frame on the card below with a Tim wording stamp.  I'll post them again with more details when I've more time (I need to get more stamping done tonight!)  I will add proper links etc next time, but just wanted to give you a little peek for now:)

Now to show you the actual stamps!!!  

I've already added them to our website HERE

The first 2 images are of the 2  new red rubber unmounted stamp sheets.

You can use the images as they are as toppers or use them with your Nesties, the standard circles and the large scalloped circle Nesties work with both stamp sheets.  The scallop and circle stamps can be used together and also the different sizes can be layered on cards, so both are great for mixing and matching.

Aspects of Design 64
Circle Flower Framies - £15.99

Sheet size:  Approx 4.5" x 11" (10.5cms x 28cms)

Aspects of Design 65
Scalloped Circle Framies - £15.99

Sheet size:  Approx 10" x 7" (25.5cms x 18cms)
For a visual size reference, the largest scalloped circle can be used with the largest Nestie scalloped circle die.

 Framie 5 Stamps
The Framie 5 stamps are individual stamps that are all available in small and large sizes.  Again, these can be used  as they are or with Labels 5 Nesties.  

Large approx size: 3 1/2" x 3 1/4"  (9cms x 8cms) - £3.99 each

Small approx size: 3" x  2 1/2" (7.5cms x 6.5cms) - £3.50 each

They fit the largest Nestie and 3rd from largest if that helps! 

Handmade with love by (for the back of cards) approx size 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" (4cms x 3cms) - £1.99 

Hope you like them too!!!  

Right, I'm off to quickly get some ink on the circle stamps now...

Thanks for looking:)


GNPE Harrogate this weekend

We are all geared up for the show this weekend, and hope to see some of you there, if you are there do come and say hello!

As we are at the show the shop will be closed on Saturday, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.  The shop has been stripped of stock that's already been packed so there's probably not much to see there for the next few days.

If you hadn't planned to attend the show but can make it to Harrogate this weekend you don't have to buy an advance ticket, you can turn up on the day.

As well as our new stamps, that I hope to show you at least a peek of before the weekend, we will also have some new Tim things with us.  Unfortunately we will have a really small stock of some things and others we will have just a teeny weeny stock of, in fact so few of them that I bet they don't even make it onto our stand!  Yes, very frustrating this waiting game isn't it?  Well, at least Tim's new products are trickling through now.

We will also have some of the new Nestabilities with us, plenty of Hero Arts including some of the stamps from the new supplement.

Well, I'd better get on, I hope to be back later with some sneaky peeks:)


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Challenge - Mother's Day/Floral theme

Oops, I'm late posting my card for our current challenge!

I really enjoyed making this little floral easel card, I used the following:

Gold plastic button

I stamped on the laminate with permanent black ink and fused left over pieces of the Dicrofibers to the reverse before cutting out with Nestie Labels 5.  Instructions for this are included with both the fibers and the laminates.

The large open daisy stamp is ideal to use with the fibers. I broke the shank from the back of the plastic gold button and fixed it in the centre of the daisy with silicone glue. 

Hurray...we have some new stamps!!  I'll tell you more about them in my next post.

I hope you are having a good week


Monday, 7 March 2011

Curls and Swirls Challenge

A reminder that you have until Thursday evening to enter our Curls and Swirls Challenge over on our challenge blog HERE.  I hope you will be able to join us.

The winners of the Heart theme were announced on Friday, congratulations to Neil and the rest of the top 5!


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Concertina Book Workshop this Saturday

Michelle made this fantastic concertina book for our challenge this fortnight which is swirls and curls.  

There are lots of techniques involved, including some Tim techniques along with Starburst Stains so Michelle and Janet decided it would make a great workshop. 

If you'd like to join them and make the book yourself, the workshop will be held at our shop in Skipton this Saturday, 5th March  

If you would like to join them please email Michelle at for further details.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

New Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi stuff in stock

Oops, it's been a while since I last posted, but it's a nice post to come back with.  We had a delivery yesterday that included some of Tim's new ideology accessories that can be found on our website HERE

Chain tassels

Light Bulbs

 Coat hanger clips
 Game Pieces
Here's a couple of the Wendy Vecchi stamp sets, the rest can be viewed HERE

The stamps come ready mounted on cling foam with a laminated storage sheet.

We also have the April issue of Craft Stamper in stock HERE

We also have some of the newly released Hero Arts stamps, I still need to get those on the website, but they are in the shop.

Too much temptation!!!!

I hope you are having a good week