Crops and Retreats

Friday, 29 October 2010

Super Sunday Spent at Sandon

try saying that quickly lol. Anyway it really was lovely we had some glorious weather which made us all feel good to start with. We then sampled the latest techniques in our crop class. We took along some fabulous stash for our lovely scrappers to stroke and buy. We also had our youngest EVER scrapper turn up - 10 weeks old - and definitely the star of the crop! See for yourself......

and here we are busy scrapping

Want to see us ALL ? here you go

Special thanks to Susan from Blue Hedgehog Photography who took our photos (she didn't want to be in any - but we managed to get one in the end!)

Blue Hedgehog
offers free photo shoots for babies and young children throughout the UK using as much natural lighting as possible in relaxed and informal
settings. This captures children's own characters. Find out more here

and finally our crop LO


We will be closed from Wednesday 3rd November to Monday 8th November.
We will be open again on Tuesday 9

Come and see us at the Hobbycrafts Show - NEC
from 4
th to 7th of November.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Are you coming to Ally Pally?

Come and see us on STAND 20 at the
Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Alexandra Palace this weekend

We will have a fabulous array of the latest and hottest goodies to tempt you from Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, Prima, Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Echo Park, Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye, Bella Boulevard, Kaisercraft, Spellbinders, Maya Road, Martha Stewart, EK Success, Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, Making Memories, Tattered Angels and heaps more!! Check out our latest additions section here Some of the product ranges aren't online yet - they will go on as soon as we are back from the show.
There will also be lots of bargains to be had!

....and to tempt you into shopping for Christmas about this beautiful memo holder from Kaisercraft

We have used Bella Boulevard and Prima to decorate. We think it would make a GREAT Christmas pressie - undecorated for a crafter or all finished for the non-crafter - perfect

or from Maya Road can we tempt you with these bargain key chains

and finally a Christmas Tree Coaster Book that we thought was begging to be a banner

and a close up of one of the letters- they were all made the same way

Hope to see you there!!


Thursday, 12 August 2010

In between ordering all the LUSH new products from this summers CHA we managed to squeeze in a small but perfectly formed crop in the shop on Sunday. If you missed it details for future crops are here.

We seem to be having a bit of a thing with the fab papers from Kaisercraft - Le Chateau both Sue and Chris were using them. Chris was making an amazing house mini album and Sue was using up the rest of the papers from her LO here. They do a long way....

She also used .......
....these fabby little alpha stickers from My Little Shoe box - so many colours!! Thickers, Heidi Swapp Clear acetate ghost shapes

We also mentioned in our last email that Sue had bought Bo Bunny Sophie papers this is the result

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, 2 August 2010

...and relax

after our busy SHOP MEGA SALE WEEKEND. We do hope you grabbed yourself a bargain. If not our online MASSIVE SUMMER SALE continues......

Today we are sharing this LO - made with Kaisercraft Le Chateau Papers

We also used Prima Tea Roses - Maya road chipboard bird cage - However Tims Bird in Cage die will give you as many of these as you like!! Sue says is one of the best dies she has bought!!
Charms are here and acrylic paint here and bling here

Finally remember this post here - with the fabulous LO created by the amazing Ifa. Well we did say at the time there was LOADS left over in the kit.........

Thanks for popping by xx

Thursday, 29 July 2010


Are you getting much scrapping done with the children on their summer holidays - sometimes it's difficult isn't it? Maybe we can help a little with some fabulous BARGAINS at our

SHOP MEGA SALE WEEKEND is about to start!

Do you need an excuse to make a trip out to see us? Here’s a perfect one!

There will be BIG REDUCTIONS throughout the store.



This is one weekend you DON’T WANT TO MISS!

We are open Friday 30th 10am to 4pm and

Saturday 31st July 10am to 4pm

* Excludes BIA & Die cutting machines, but does include their accessories!

We really hope to see you

Some items you may want to consider Nikki Savills - Flaming Butterfly range

or perhaps some American Craft Thickers, some punches or a little bit of Bling - all used to make the above LO

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Flower Child

not a person the collection from Bo Bunny!! Sadly we are now running low on stocks of this but we we wanted to share a very simple LO made using this collection.

We cut the middle out of the paper so we could add yellow cardstock. Loads of flowers were cut out of the patterned paper and we adhered them in a cluster some flat and some on 3D pads

Leaves were punched using these

Photos were matted onto red paper that had been punched with this - Dot Edger Punch arguably the best border punch :) - or maybe not we have more here

Easy peasy LO

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Fabulous Kits

Have you seen THIS KIT we have made up - jam packed FULL of Basic Grey Cappella papers and coordinating embellishments. There is enough in there to make at least 3 beautiful LO's

Gorgeous yes? Lorraine says its one of her favourites. She also used the FABULOUS Elegant Flourishes from Tim Holtz

Thursday, 24 June 2010


as promised some of the FABULOUS LO's from our READY STEADY SCRAP competition.

The papers are from Jillibean Soup range HERE.

and the WINNING LO designed by Emma

Don't forget for kit or future crop info just give us a ring or email us

Friday, 18 June 2010

Cropped Out - again

...and we are back with more news and photos from last weekends Mini Retreat.

Remember we told you about the gorgeous LO designed by Ifa Zainon - well we have a photo.

Worth waiting for yes? - The kit is made up from Crate Paper Brooke Collection and we have a few left for sale. We also have a couple of the previous kit we shared Bee Happy from Nikki Sivils - Just give us a ring or email us Both kits are JAM PACKED with papers and embellishments more than enough for just one LO.

and to prove how hard we worked - Chris (fab Cheesecake maker), Jo and Dawn -

and Mary and June

The third kit we were GIVEN was made up from Jillibean Soup - this was our 'Ready Steady Scrap' kit. Which come with rules - easy enough you have to deign a LO add it to the gallery - 'stick it on the wall' lol and use ONLY what is in the kit no extras although you can use tools.

We had some fabulous LO's - all the papers are double sided and the LO's all look so different. We then got to vote for our favourite LO - we had 3 winners and the photos for this will be posted next time - so come back they are worth a look.

So finally some pictures of US in the glorious sunshine

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

all CROPPED out

but we did have a fabulous time - if you missed it listen up.......

We started the day at 10 with coffee/tea and treats - well lets be honest coffee/tea and treats were consumed ALL day - its the law isn't it when you are scrapping with a group?

We had 2 class kits one from Sue and one from the incredibly talented Ifa Zainon.

First up was BEE HAPPY - using the gorgeous Willow Bee paper from Nikki Sivils

and a quick peak at all the busy bees!!!

Alex and Christine

and Jo and Dawn sewing all the honeycombs

A quick photo of us all together outside the hall

We will be back later with photos of the STUNNING LO designed by Ifa and more of US!!!

By the way if you want to join us look here

Monday, 7 June 2010

Mini Retreat

is THIS WEEKEND - classes are designed bags STILL to be packed shop is loaded with goodies and hopefully we will see you there -

want more details look at what you get
  • 2 Class kits designed by:

Ifa Zainon (Winner of Scrapbooker of the Year 2007) and Sue Watkinson.

Class kits will be made up with leading edge manufacturers and their latest releases of products and ofcourse we ALWAYS make sure we teach new techniques and/or let you try out the latest gadgets!

  • Fabulous Kit style coordinated Goodie bag
  • Challenges, Games & prizes
  • 2 course evening Meal (please bring a packed lunch)
  • Refreshments and snacks galore
  • Tools table
  • Scrap Revolution's up to the minute and extensive shop at your fingertips.

All this at the exceptional price of £55. Get your spaces quick before they are all gone!


and a little sneak peak for you

see you there

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

more cropping

and I mean LOADS we have hosted 3 crops this past week and great FUN they were!!

We had ladies in all day Thursday again Thursday evening and then again Friday evening - some even did more than one crop!! Its lovely cropping in the shop as there is so much inspiration to hand. Especially this week as there were LOADS of new products in

a whole wall of stamps
and ribbons

or stunning flowers

We also have a gorgeous wall of border punches and gorgeous NEW papers - come in and see

Greta Kat and Margaret scrapping

and gorgeous Maya Road Pins

Please look HERE for more details of future crops

Thursday, 15 April 2010

back to normal.....

.....all the stock is back in the shop - and we are slowly recovering from Ally Pally. It was a fantastic 2 days and we loved meeting you all. We hope you enjoyed our new products judging by he amount left we think you did!!

For those who didn't make it, have a look at all our NEW Martha Stewart punches - they are gorgeous, especially the PATP - (Punch around the Page) We love what you can do with plain old Bazzill Cardstock

The EK Success ones were also very HOT and are all uploaded onto our web site.

We have a few of our Show Kits available HERE - the LO's we made from the kits are all HERE

New collections that also flew were -

So you are all up to date for now - keep an eye out though as more stock and restocks are arriving continually

Friday, 9 April 2010

Alexandra Palace this weekend

Come and see us on STAND 20 at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at

Alexandra Palace this weekend.

Come and see our amazing range of the latest and hottest goodies to tempt you from Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Fancy Pants, Nikki Sivils,
(Dan the Record man collection shown here)

Donna Salazar, Diecuts With a View, Jillibean Soup, Imaginisce, K & Co, Spellbinders, My Little Shoebox, Maya Road, Making Memories, Prima, the latest 2010 Martha Stewart and EK Success Punches, Kaisercraft,
Ranger, Tim Holtz, Cladine Helmuth, Suze Weinberg,

Teresa Collins, Tattered Angels, and heaps more!!

We will also be releasing a fab new Basic Grey Kit - its JAM PACKED with paper, cardstock and some fabulous embellishments - all you need to make at least 3 LO's

can't wait to see you