Tuesday, 19 February 2013

March at Samuel Taylors

Janet and I had a lovely day last week getting the class samples for March ready. Amongst much tea and laughter we managed to get this little gift card box made using the fabulous Darcy stamp sets.

Such an amazing buy at just over £6 there is everything you need to make fabulous patterned papers along with text and lovely focal points.

We will be running the workshops on March 16th at Roseville Street (0113 2480044) and 26th March at the Brighouse store (01484 401419)

We'll be following on from February's class with different techniques for using your stamps and inks to make the little drawer and the cards to go inside.

Even if the day isn't bright these stamps are bound to bring a little sunshine to your life!

Bye for now
X Michelle & Janet

Friday, 15 February 2013

March Craft Retreat

Plans and samples are whizzing ahead for our fab craft retreat in March, menus planned, shopping ordered and samples made, jut a few finishing touches to add to the umpteen ways we intend to alter these fab books

It took some doing but I finally summoned up the courage to take my Stanley knife to these old novels to surprise anyone fool enough to be tempted to pick them up to read!

Here's the inside of the red book and here's the front of the blue one

Janet's alteration took on a life of it's own as it became a very personal memory of special people in her life

We've many more ideas for altering books so if you are booked on to the Craft Retreat, start looking for books to alter. If you've got a book in mind with a particular theme ie gardening, food, medical science etc, let us know and we can start collecting our stamps together! Really looking forward to this retreat, a chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new!

If you do fancy joining us, I think we have just one place left, so email us for details.

Hope to see you there
X Michelle

Friday, 8 February 2013

Stress Free Distress

The first of our new series of workshops kick off at Samuel Taylors, Embsay on the 2nd March with an introduction to using Distress Inks.

We'll be teaching you how to achieve that perfectly blended finish then working through a few ways to get that unique Tim Holtz look by spritzing, watercolour stamping and smooching!!

Teaming Distress Techniques with some fab little stamp sets seems to be a winning combination and you'll go home with a technique tag book too!

Hope you fancy joining us for what will be a smashing day trying to emulate the Master himself.

X Janet & Michelle

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

February's Crafty Giveaway

Well February is speeding along, we've already given our first workshop at Samuel Taylors, Embsay, looking forward to a full class at Brighouse and lots of interest in the exploding sewing themed box at Leeds and we are ready to prep for March's workshops when Janet comes over to play in my craft room on Thursday. Exciting times!

A while back Janet and I were having a great time experimenting with our new favorite purchase - Tim Holtz Distress Markers, making a few little gift sets of postcards. We felt all grown up cos the pens and stamps we used made us feel like we could make 'proper art' What do you think?

We thought that with the cost of posting our multi layered cards nowadays, postcards would be the way to go.  This then is a set of postcards in a great little folder which you could give to friends complete or post individual cards out to special peeps in your life.

We have loved making these and have sent a few cards out, some with these stamps and some with hobby art stamps, now every time we travel over the moors to the Craft Range, Janet looks out of the window and comments on the scenery, made specially to look like our countryside stamps!

If you'd like a chance to win this set leave your link below and we'll choose the winner at the end of the month. Don't forget to become a follower and check back to see if you have won.

If you are around Leeds  pop in to see us on Saturday (the 9th) at Samuel Taylors, Roseville Street store and bring any stamps you are struggling with so we can (maybe) help you get more out of them. Our first workshop in Leeds is filling quickly so if you fancy having a go at making the exploding box, make sure you phone and book soon.

Love and Hugs to crafty folk wherever you are
x Michelle & Janet

Friday, 1 February 2013

so our first crafty giveaway winner is........

Thanks for joining in with our first crafty giveaway.  We also had a couple of entries on our face book page too which was fantastic.

The winners have been picked in order by Random org

The winner of the Distress blending foam complete book is

No 2 Stella Owen Hibbert

and the 2 kits to make up yourselves are......

No 13 Emma Oliver

and No 5 Sherry Brown.

Well done ladies - do get in touch by emailing us at

For those of you who loved the idea of organising your blending foam this way - Michelle has prepared a download which will be on the blog very soon.

Thanks for joining in and watch out for the next Crafty Giveaway made by Michelle for February!