Sunday, 13 November 2011

Dear Mr Claus

It's hard to believe it’s almost Christmas!

We have a great selection of Christmas goodies old and new


Including the lovely DEAR MR CLAUS

Perfect for card markers and Scrappers

Available here

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

And the winner is.......

Thanks for all of the lovely comments on our blog during the UKS Sponsor Blog Hop.  We hope that you all enjoyed the event as much as we did.  Lots of lovely projects to inspire you.

We have used the Random Number Generator to select the winner who will receive a £15 voucher to spend in store.

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Congratulations to Elaine UKS Sheltie141 who was our commenter number 54 and wins our voucher.

We will be in touch on UKS to arrange your voucher.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UKS Sponsor Blog Hop

Hi there.
If you are participating in the UKS Sponsor Blog Hop, you may have arrived here from UKScrappers, if so welcome.  To be in with a chance of winning a prize from UKS, please don't forget to leave us a comment, ensuring you also include your UKS User name.

We will also randomly select one person who comments on our blog during 1st November who will win a £15.00 voucher to spend in our store.

Is it too early to mention Christmas? 

Hope not as we have for you an Altered Wooden Advent Calendar.  The solid structure of these advent calendars are perfect for bringing them out each year and for hiding treats behind each door.  The compartments are big enough for holding a funsize chocolate bar, treat sized packet of sweets or a small toy.

 So lets get on to decorating them.

1.   Paint the sides of the advent calendar, inside area of each opening, and all sides, frames and edges of the doors using White Acrylic Paint.  We used Baby wipes to spread the paint as they are really useful in getting an even layer of paint over large areas, but using a paintbrush is also fine.  Set aside to dry.
2.    Once dry, paint the door handles and a small area around the base of the door handles in gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.
3.   Using a scrap piece of cardstock 3½” wide x 2” high as a template, cut a small rectangle out for the door handle.  As the doors will be opening, it is best not to have the template/your patterned paper too close to the door hinge.  (Note each handle will be in a slightly different place).
4.   Using 4 different sheets of co-ordinating Christmas papers, cut 6 rectangles out of each sheet 3½” wide x 2” high.
5.   Using the cardstock template, mark out on each rectangle of paper where the door handle will go.
6.   Ink all of the edges of the rectangles and place onto each door in a random pattern.
7.   When happy with the placement of the rectangles adhere to the doors.
8.   Using a set of number stamps, stamp the numbers 1 – 24 onto Acetate then cut out each number.
9.   Place the numbers either randomly or in numeric order onto the doors.
10. Decorate each door using festive elements such as snowmen, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Baubles, Presents, Holly and Ivy etc from co-ordinating papers.
11. Highlight certain elements such as snowman scarves, Christmas trees with stickles, and add adhesive pearls and crystals.
12. When content with the placement of each number and element, adhere to each door.  Use 3D Foam pads or Glue Dots to mount some elements to add some dimension.
13. The outside frame and the borders between each row of doors of the Advent Calendar can be left painted, or if you wish you can add a paper border.  This can be done by cutting a piece of paper into ¼” strips and adhering to firstly the outside frame, and then the borders between doors.

Wooden Advent Box can be found here
Supplies used for the Blue Advent Calendar:
Echo Park "Everybody Loves Christmas" Collection - found here.
Papers used for the doors : Wrapping Paper, Scallop Stripes, Christmas Bells, Snowman
Papers used for the border frame : Bright Stripe
For decorating : Christmas Garland paper, Element Stickers, Journal Cards, Trim the Tree, Adhesive Pearls, Chipboard Snowflakes, Chipboard Hearts, Stickles

Supplies used for the Pink Advent Calendar:
Cosmo Cricket "Jolly By Golly" Collection - found here.
Papers used for the doors : Breezy Freezy, Play Day, 2 x Silly Chilly
Papers used for the border frame : Sweater Weather.
For Decorating : Borders Paper, Elements Paper, Off cuts of the Play Day Paper used on the doors, Chipboard Snowflakes, Chipboard Hearts, Stickles 

General Tools/Supplies needed:
   White Acrylic Paint , Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint, Mixture of Christmas Themed Embellishments / additional co-ordinating paper to cut out elements, Ink for edging, Adhesive (Double Sided Tape, Strong wet glue, Glue Dots and 3D Foam Pads), Acetate Sheet, Number Stamps, Black Stazon Ink Pad
A full list of Sponsors participating UKS Sponsors Blog Hop and more information on prizes can be found here.
Don't forget to be in with a chance of winning a prize during the UKS Sponsor Blog Hop, you need to leave us a comment anytime during 1st November (please also include your UKS User Name) and also comment on all of the other participating Sponsor blogs and the UKS thread.

Please hop on over to A Sprinkle of Imagination to see the next project for you.

Just a reminder to those of you that are local to us (Huntingdon, Cambs) that Anna Bowkis will be teaching at our next Workshop on Sunday 27th November.  More details can be found here

Happy hopping!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Have you heard?

Have you heard that there is a UK Scrappers Sponsors Blog Hop happening on 1st November?

Lots of sponsors will be taking part and there will be prizes up for grabs too!

More information will be posted on the UK Scrappers website next week.

Hope you will be able to join in with the Blog Hop

Monday, 17 October 2011


We have recently held another All Day Teacher workshop with the talented and very lovely Michelle Jackson-Mogford (MJM) teaching. Our ladies were treated to 3 stunning Layout Projects from MJM using the new Vintage Blue and Dance In Sunshine collections from Glitz Designs. These new collections are absolutely lovely and can be mixed and matched between both collections as the colours work really well together.
A very enjoyable day was spent learning new techniques, making paper flower embellishments using the Glitz paper layers and added beads to the centres. We had fun and got messy with inks and paints, paper piecing, framing and did lots of distressing.
We have a couple of spare kits still available in the shop here.
You can see more of MJM's fabulous projects on here blog here.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Oh My Darling Clementine...................

Oh My Darling

Oh My Darling

Oh My Darling


Thou Art Lost And Gone Forever

Dreadful Sorry


Thankfully its not lost

it's available on line now!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Fancy a sneaky peak?????

Just 12 more sleeps!
Are you getting excited yet???
It must be about time for some sneak peeks
Here goes.........

If you haven't booked your place yet - why not???????????????
Please book via the website or contact us directly on
07954 275 297

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

September Already

Wow where has the summer gone???
With Autumn fast approaching we have some exciting new things to tell you about.
The first of our new CHA goodies has arrived;
Echo Park; Victoria Gardens
Available on line now!!
We also have a few spaces left on the next workshop:
Michelle Jackson-Mogford
25th September 2011
Layout class
for further details check out the shop here or contact us directly on 07954 275297.
Our monthly crops are also starting again this week;
Friday 9th September 2011 - 7pm-11pm
Brampton Village Hall (more details on line)
We've really missed you all over the summer break and looking forward to a catch up over some tea and cake!!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Thursday, 7 July 2011

A day with Annie

I'm sure all those that were able to attend will agree last Sundays workshop with Annie Hafermann was a huge success.

Annie lead the class in creating a stunning double page layout - The journaling was hidden away behind a journaling folder and Kirigimi flowers were used to add a decorate finish.

Never liking to see beautiful papers go to waste - Annie created another single page layout - simply using the left overs and a piece of card stock.

After lunch we flexed the grey matter to create a stunning technique based mini book

(technical to follow - sorry!)

We have a few kits (complete with instructions) left. These will be available on line soon - if you can't wait please feel free to email us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Cosmo Cricket......Social Club

Both these layouts are made using the fab Cosmo Cricket - Social Club collection.

Available here

If you like this - you might, also, like Annie's workshop - more details here!

Thanks for stopping by ;o)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Enjoying the SALT AIR

We have had such a good time playing we this great new collection from Cosmo Cricket - SALT AIR.

More Layouts to follow................................

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Anna Bowkis Class Kits

We are very excited to announce our newest project:
Class kits.

Our first kits is designed by the very talanted Anna Bowkis
Many of you will be familiar with Anna's work and the inspiring

Using the beautiful Emma's Shoppe from Crate paper this kit is sure to inspire.
For just £12 you get
Instructions to complete two single page layouts and a mini book.

To purchase click here

May Highlights

We all had a great day with guest designer Sandie Vincent.

Sandie guided us through two very different layouts.

and there was still ample time to shop, and catch up with old and new, friends over a simple lunch and afternoon tea.

We also had a fantastic day with the Yaxley ladies at their Retreat at Abbots Ripton Lodge.

Thanks to all those ladies below for making us feel so welcome!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Summer Days

Hasn't the weather been glorious over the last few days? We really did start to think that Summer Days were upon us....until we checked out the weather this morning. It's a tad chilly!

We have however been busy creating with the lovely Summer Days collection from Echo Park. The lovely bright and vibrant colours are sure to brighten up your projects.

It's a lovely collection to work with and is available from the shop here

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 22 April 2011



The rather lovely Cosmo Cricket has arrived.

Now on line:

Salt Air


Social Club

and don't forget the lovely new Echo Park range:

Summer Days

This weekend we are offering FREE P & P on all orders (minimum values apply) please see here for full details.

Happy Easter!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Busy Crafting

We couldn't wait to get our hands on the new Echo Park Springtime collection.

We've been busy creating over the last few weeks and thought we'd share

All products used in these layout are available here and here Thanks for stopping by.........

Monday, 28 March 2011

On The Road

We've seem to have spent the last few weeks packing and unpacking the car to travel to different crops. We've got it down to a fine art.............

And that's how its done!!! We've also been busy using the fab new Echo Park Springtime collection - be sure to check back in a few days when we'll post our efforts. We'd also love to see your projects - please email them to us a

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Morning All

We have the last few places remaining for our All Day Workshop with Sandie Vincent on Saturday 7th May. For more details please check out the link here

We have also opened up booking for the All Day Workshop with Annie Hafermann on Sunday 3rd July. For more details, please check out the link here

The workshops will be packed with inspiration from both of these lovely, talented ladies. Class kit materials (and lunch!) are provided in the price :-)

We hope that you can join us

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Just stopped in...

Just a quickie to let you know the lovely new Echo Park has arrived.


For The Record

and Little Girl

are just as stunning in real life - we defiantly can't wait to use them!

For a limited time we are offering FREE P & P on all orders containing the new collections - simply insert the code 'newstock' at checkout.

(minimum &£7.50 order value applies)

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A Little Bit Of What You Fancy....

.....Definitely does you good!

That's exactly why we put together these great Embellishment Kits.
Each kit contains a mix of buttons, ribbons, tags, titles, glitter cuts, brads or flowers - and represents excellent value for money.

We currently have four different styles available:




Friday, 25 February 2011

Pre-Spring Clean Bargains

We've been having a huge early Spring Clean throughout the store to make way for new goodies.

In addition to our Clearance section, lots of reductions can be found in most categories including Papers, Chipboard, Bling, Flowers, Slice Design Cards, Cardstock Packs, Ribbons and more....

Why not grab a cuppa and have a browse through the aisles here

Monday, 21 February 2011

Looking forward to deliveries

We've had a busy weekend over at Stitches at the NEC, Birmingham. For those of you that don't know, Stitches is a large (and after 5 hours of walking round it, our feet can verify this!!) event where our wholesalers come together to showcase this seasons new collections. We can't wait to unpack some of the lovely new lines, and hope that you enjoy them too.
So, what have we got coming into the shop??? Well here's a taster of a few of them:

Cosmo Cricket - Upcycle, Salt Air and Social Club

These are all so lovely - which one's your favourite?

Echo Park - Springtime

The colours in this collection are just stunning and fresh - it's going to be a hard decision as to what side of the paper to use! This collection also includes some lovely co-ordinating Distressed Solids (also double sided).

Echo Park - For The Record

This collection captures the perfect combination of beautiful colours and a sophisticated touch of style. It's perfect for those vintage photos and memories from the past.

We're looking forward to all of the new products arriving, plus the arrival of some goodies from other manufacturers. We hope you like them as much as we do. Keep checking the blog and shop for updates!

Thanks for stopping by.