Saturday March 10th is our birthday weekend (well one of our annual birthdays - it is 7 years since we moved into our current building) and boy are we gonna celebrate. We have a full day of free demos with five demonstrations going on at once in our workshop, including Lindsay Mason and Esther from Kars. We will have special offers on that day and a free, Spring birthday card kit I have designed, for anyone spending £20 or over (while stocks last). Free tea, coffee and cake will be available. Definitely worth stopping by for.
Georgia found an alternative use for craftwork cards Candi!
So now you know how to bling up for that night on the town!
What a fab two days we had at the NEC. Nige and I normally run around all in one day feeling we miss more than we see so it was great to be able to take our time over two days. And boy did we have a good spend. We formed a plan on Sunday for all that we wanted to buy on Monday. That went very well until we kept finding more products that we just had to have that we hadn't seen on Sunday. On top of what we did buy we have a list of products to bring in over the next few months. Exciting! I have a coffee morning planned for mid-April to show some of these lovely goodies so watch this space.
It was a lovely time of catching up with people I know from the industry that I only see on such occasions. Kirsty Wiseman showed me how best to colour faces with pro markers(not actual faces - stamped images I mean!), Jodie from Tonic (and Create &Craft) showed us some fantastic border punches that go through cardboard, and some other tips with punches. We met up with Dawn Bibby, Leonie (who was demoing and getting very messy), the girls from Kanban including Wendy and Dawn ( their booth was outstanding - well done Jill), Kay from hougie, Lindsay Mason, Kay from Indigo Blu who was buzzing as they won an award for their stamps, and loads more.
I am so excited for the new products to start arriving.Watch this space.
As promised here are some photos from our Indigo Blu demo last Saturday.
The little butterfly below was punched from a double sided adhesive sheet.
The beautiful gilded border was created using double sided peel offs.
An embossing folder was used to create the effect below.
We are running a number of workshops next month incorporating the above techniques. April workshop dates will be available next week.
This is just a quick post whilst Nige makes the bacon butties to take with us! What a great weekend it has been so far. On Friday I had a bunch of lovely ladies on my Let's do Layouts class and they managed to complete two double page layouts, one shaped page layout and a pocket page AND five of them were brand new scrapbookers!
For those who love the scrapbook generations sketch books these are the very newest just out and in stock.
Yesterday we had a great demo day and Debi did a fantastic job of demoing Indigo Blu products - what we have left isn't worth talking about. I was kept busy making her coffee as she kept getting gilding flakes in it! Will post photos of samples in a couple of days when we return from the trade fair.
We were even sporting our quintessentially English bunting!
Must dash - people to catch up with and new products to buy (yay!)
Yes I finally got to play with the owl punch yesterday and, believe me, it is the cutest. The one punch has a bird, owl, owl wings, branch and leaves on it.
Take a few coordinating scraps of paper and some googly eyes and away you go.
The possibilities are endless.
Busy, busy weekend. Don't forget our free demo tomorrow using stamping with flitterglu and the gorgeous gilding flakes. Nige and I will be in the shop. (yes I am missing my Timmy workshop to be in the shop).
By the way we did get to have a move around in the shop - just need to move the stock to where we want it now, and quickly, as we have the new creativity products arriving next week and Sunday and Monday at the trade fair will result in the arrival of plenty more new stock I am sure (Mr Nigel permitting).
Hope you all had a lovely Valentines day no matter what you were doing. Nige & I spent the morning in Chester and had a light lunch whilst we were there. This was just the starter - we both had a curry to get through after this!
Mum had also invited me to have tea with her at the hospital - macaroni cheese and black currant sorbet (which was beautiful) but, as you can imagine, I was glad to go to bed and lie down last night. Bread and water now for a few days!
Reorganisation day in the shop today. I love to move things about - Nige would rather think about it, so, even though I am still prepping packs for my scrapbook class and desperate to make my owly punch cards (yes I know the punch looks weird but I have seen some great cards made with it) and I will probably get a call to collect mum from the hospital as it is her fifth day today, I intend to make a start this morning.
We have an exciting demo day on Saturday. I was worried our stock of flitterglu and mega flakes wouldn't arrive in time because of its popularity but it did - we have lots of it and starter kits too which include scoochy pads, phat foam and cleaner. We have instruction leaflets too if you can't make the demo. I think Nige has also made up some goody bags for Saturday (details on our website).
What a mixed bag this week has brought with different challenges every day. Tuesday saw Mr Nigel and I at the NEC for the humongous spring trade fair of anything and everything. Certain trends definitely stood out.
Vintage is still very on trend as are birds and owls. I was seriously in owly heaven. I suggested to Nige that I set up a shop with just owly things and call it The Owl Sanctuary but he made a ridiculous comment that maybe not every one feels the same as I do about the little creatures.
Anyone and everyone had union jack products - some more tasteful than others! In fact the lady herself was promoting her new range of novelty products.
The resemblance was uncanny and I just wanted to stare. She was more like the real thing than the real thing if you get my drift. I text the photo to Georgia and her reply was - "who the heck's that then?" A tad worrying.
Flags of all sizes were also everywhere and this is very evident in new craft products too along with banners and bunting.
Off to Craft n Chat today. Hoping to get mum there for a couple of hours, mobility allowing. Will take her mind off her knee op at the weekend. She posted this photo on Facebook yesterday and it was a lovely reminder of times before sticks and wheelchairs. Typically mum - I love it.
What a freezing weekend - literally. But that didn't stop me having a great day at our first crop of the year at Crab Apple and it didn't stop an almost full attendance. I took an album of Georgia's that is nine years old but I hadn't done all the finishing touches like cutting slits and apertures in the page protectors so hidden journalling could be accessed without wrecking the album. Made me feel really good to accomplish this!
Today is a mixed bag of class prep, ordering and cleaning house. Just trying to decide what to start first. (Got a great owl punch I am dying to have a play with but that isn't even on the list for today).
To start your week with a smile I thought you might like to see what Cubby thinks of William Shakespeare and his Taming of the Shrew. You try telling him off when he looks at you like that.
I keep meaning to show you the bookmark customer/ friend Millie made for me.
Using the very popular owl embossing folder to emboss she then blended distressing inks all over it before sponging on the owls with versamark ink and heat embossing using the amazing aged copper powder from stampendous. As you can see this has a touch of verdigris to it.
This little fellow has been stamped and coloured on shrink plastic and shrunk down.
As owls and reading are my two favourite things there couldn't be a better gift!
I run my own retail store on the Lady Heyes Craft & Antique Centre in Frodsham, Cheshire, which is full of the latest papercrafting products. We have
an exciting workshop and residential retreat
programme teaching cardmaking, scrapbooking/mini-books, and home decor. We also
have regular crops, and craft & chats.
Married to Nige, we have a son, Joel, and daughter, Georgia. Our family wouldn't be complete without our three dogs, Boo (our 13 stone Newfoundland), Teddy (our Norfolk Terrier), Cubby (our Cavalier King Charles and Bichon mix), and our beautiful Birman cat, Tilly.