Thursday, 29 December 2011
Given the holiday season, the extra cooking and family time we thought it best to leave you with the existing Thirsty Thursday prompts for December and would remind any of you wanting to enter the draw for an ATDML gift for December you have until Midnight this Sunday. As a reminder here are the December challenge posts (click on links)
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
Your next challenge will be posted next Thursday, Jan 5th 2012 when we bring you letter P prompts! In the meantime be sure to check out our sale items on the website and grab a bargain or two while you can.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Our December design team gallery is up now for your viewing pleasure. The team were joined by Helen Salthouse this month and we have a bulging gallery with over 50 festive papercraft images.
Have a browse through and bookmark any you like ready for some speedy scrap lifting to get you back in the crafting zone after the holiday celebrations.
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Friday, 16 December 2011
I knew it would be a good day when on the way despite a cold day with grey skies my journey was brightened up by this sight :)
I was not very sensible and didn't manage to get many photos (I was having such a lovely time scrapping, chatting and eating that I forgot. I did get this one of Debbie teaching her fantastic Simple Stories Advent countdown layout which was such a clever idea and everyone loved it.
Ann taught a lovely CD Calendar class using Basic Grey Out of Print which was also very popular. I haven't finished mine yet but when I do I will upload it! Denise's class was using Tim Holtz Distress inks and stamping to make a stunning card which featured an envelope made with patterned paper using a score board. Denise makes using the distress inks look so simple and urged us to "Just Commit!" Apparently this was Mr Holtz's favourite phrase when she attended one of his workshops!
Lunch was a bring and share style buffet and there was oodles of lovely food. I did remember to take photos of Karens beautiful Christmas cupcakes... I might have indulged in a peppermint one with a candy cane top!
All in all a lovely day was had by all - I worked on a couple of pieces for the Christmas DT gallery which will be going up on or before Sunday 18th December so keep an eye out for that appearing.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Sunday, 4 December 2011
M is for MY MINDS EYE - We stock over 200 different MME products in the store including the divine Lost and Found ranges. This week use your MME products as part of this challenge.
M is for MUSIC - Have you pictures of a concert you have been to, or of someone playing an instrument? Maybe you have music note paper or stamps you haven't used for a while. Your favourite Christmas Carol maybe and why you love it so? Time to be inspired by music for this week's challenge
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
L is for LUXE DESIGNS - We stock over 100 different Luxe Designs products in the store including the popular Luxe Jotters which can be found here. If you have some in your stash now is the time to pull them put and use them on your next page.
L is for LOVE - So many ways this challenge can be interpreted, love of a family member, a pet, a city, a food....the list is endless and this is sure to be a popular choice for those who choose to play along with this challenge. We can't wait to see what you come up with, but if you are stuck for inspiration, or even time in the coming weeks, why not try a smaller project such as this tag by Debbie. It is a great way to use up your odds and ends.
Monday, 21 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
K is for KAISERCRAFT- I love the Rhinestone swirls from Kaisercraft, which can be found here in our store, which are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your projects (perfect for your festive pages). The red ones are perfect for holly berries.
K is for KIN - Create a scrapbook page about your Kin, or even using the dictionary definition somewhere on your page.
K is for KAREN(s) - We have the lovely Karen's (Moss & Cole) on our design our team, both of whom taught at our recent retreat. How about scrapping a layout from the lovely Karen Cole this week.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Leave us a comment and let us know how you got on with the challenge or you can link directly to your project using our inlinkz tool. We will draw a winner the first week in December and the challenge will stay open until midnight GMT on the last day of November. Enjoy!
Thursday, 10 November 2011
J is for JANE - Our lovely Jane from the Design team invites you to scraplift her for this week's challenge. How about this layout which makes the most of paper strips left over from other projects?
J is for JOURNALLING - Be prepared to share the tales behind your beloved photographs this week. You can choose to hand write your story, or use a computer/typewriter or maybe even small alphabet stamps and lots of patience to journal on your page. Maybe use a journalling template to get creative with your words or a patterned paper with journalling cards such as this one by Simple Stories.
J is for JOURNEY - Travel is always a popular theme amongst scrapbookers with many products dedicated to the subject. This week we challenge you to create a page about a journey which could be interpreted in many ways and we look forward to seeing how you play this one.
J is for JEWELLERY - Do you have a special piece of jewellery that has a story behind it, maybe a family piece that you could create a page about to tell the tale behind it? This would be a great challenge to combine with journalling this week.
J is for JEWELS - Dig out the blingtastic products and jewel up your cards and pages this week, perfect if you are starting those Christmas projects! Take a browse through the jewel/pearl/crystal items we have for sale in the store HERE if you are running low.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
One thing we always make clear to all our delegates is that no one is precious about their class layouts and whether you want to walk out with an identical layout but with your photos, something adapted from the layout or something just loosely inspired by the original it is absolutely fine.
I always find it fascinating to see what the ladies end up with at the end of a class. The layout below is the one by Denise Holmes who took the class and adapted it to suit the photos she had and then made further adjustments to cover up something she didn't like (a wrinkled frame I think) I like to think that was a happy accident because it led to the butterflies flying up the right hand side of the page and the beautiful stamping.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
They are often teaching but they also take classes themselves. This most recent retreat we had Ann, Jane, Suzanne, Karen M & Karen C all teaching plus Debbie with us as a delegate so almost a full house (Dawn was missed by all as she couldn't come this time)
I was trying to get some photos of the delegates working away in classes and this pair were sitting together engaged in a deep and meaningful crafty discussion while working in Suzannes class.
And here they are again teaching their own classes!
Jane was teaching her fabulous ABC Primer pencil bound book...
and Ann was teaching her beautiful My Little Shoebox layout as featured on the blog hop.
More to share over the next week including some more classes and the fabulous challenge winners! Apologies for the photos, I have a new computer and NO photo editing software installed so they are straight out of camera and clearly the setting were a little awry!
Friday, 4 November 2011
And to show you that they are not just for layouts here is Debbies fabulous altered pencil pot with a beautiful floral lid!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what some of the ladies came up with using the My Little Shoebox 3D Flowers, remember we are running a special offer for all orders over £20 placed before Sunday - you will receive a FREE set of 2011 release Christmas papers with all orders over £20.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Welcome back after a week off from our regular weekly challenge called Thirsty Thursday where we aim to inspire you with a challenge to quench your creative thirst. Don't worry if this is the first you have heard of our challenges. You can pick up from here and play along or look back at previous weeks and join in those too. This week we are up to week 9 and we are taking inspiration from the letter I prompts below to make a layout, card or another crafty project. So here we go...
I is for INTERACTIVE - Can you make your cards pop and flip and fold? Do you have hidden journalling on your page or another interactive element ? This week we challenge your next project to contain an interactive element.
I is for INK - Be these your ordinary ink pads, the very popular distress inks (stocked HERE in the shop), spray inks or your even alcohol inks; it is time to dig them out for this week's challenge.
I is for IVY - Holly and the Ivy Seasonal project prompt perhaps, or maybe include a stamped Ivy leaf on an Autumnal page. This week we challenge you to include Ivy on your project.
I is for IDEA BOOKS - Do you have a selection of these in your craft room, sitting unused on the shelf? Might be time to regenerate them and be inspired by a project within it. We have a selection of Idea Books in the shop also if you are looking for Christmas gift for a fellow crafter?
I is for INDIVIDUAL - A large individual photograph on a layout can make quite the statement and often need little else adding to the page other than pretty paper of course! Why not feature an oversize Individual photograph on a project for this week's challenge.
And finally for this week and IVY layout example for you all by Ann using My Little Shoebox papers.