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Monday, 27 July 2015

Layouts in July

Hello again and welcome back. This time I would like to share the results of my July monthly layout workshop with you.

The moment I set eyes on Prima's Garden Fable collection I knew I wanted to scrap this photo of our younger daughter using it.

Monthly Layout Sample - July

I used one sheet of the paper as the base (847210) and layered planner pages and tags cut from the other (847227) to add a cluster of layers. I used both the cling and clear stamps from the collection plus a couple of older stamps from Kaisercraft ( the doily embossed in WOW's Bright White ), Inkadinkado ( the quirky 'adorable' ) and a couple of little Teresa Collins word stamps. I used some little scraps of paper to stamp and fussy cut the tiny pink butterflies and had a layout complete with only two sheets of paper and a tiny scrap of lace.

Here are some of the layouts made in the workshop based around the ideas used in my sample...


Apologies to Lucy, Karen and Ellie whose layouts I forgot to photograph, they were fab too with some clever colour combos!

Next month's workshop is a double layout with some background masking and stamping with clever use of quite basic dies to create trims, ric rac and other embellishments. Again I fell in love with these ivory and black papers from Authentique's Everlasting collection. A perfect match for WOW's Vanilla White embossing powder and appropriate for some photos taken of my grandparents and great-grandparents around 1900.

 

As ever, those attending this workshop will have a free choice of papers to work with the colours and subject of their photos, and it is always interesting to see how different the resulting layouts turn out.

Thank you for popping by, I hope you will join me again very soon.

 

Friday, 24 July 2015

August Workshops @ Snazzys

Cream & Black Sat 22 August
Lazy days in August with the freedom children on school holidays and some downtime from the pay the bills job brings less clock watching, and hopefully, warm sunny days to relax and spend some quality leisure time doing what you love best. We have a great selection of summer workshops for you, and our Stop By & Stamp sessions will continue over the summer holiday season too, so if you find yourself needing a mid week crafting fix then do just drop by and join us.
Several you have asked why there have been relatively few cardmaking workshops recently and the simple answer is I needed to reduce the overall number of workshops I am committed to running each month and, as demand for cardmaking classes had fallen over the Spring, particularly on Saturday's, I reduced those. I am happy however to increase them again if the demand is there so this month there are three Saturday Cardmaking classes to choose from with a special Summer deal on Saturday 15 July, which offers you the chance to take two workshops and your choice of drop in session, making up to 15 cards, all for just £19 - bargain!

Wednesday 5 August 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

Saturday 8 August 11am to 4pm

Botanicals Summer Journal £30/2SWV

I just love these new papers and stamps from Kaisercraft and as soon as I saw them I knew I needed to make my 2015 Summer journal with them. It's has lovely airy feel with pages to sketch in, write on and add photos and memorabilia too, the perfect summer project. How will you use yours?

Wednesday 12 August 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

Saturday 15 August 10am to 1pm

Summer Florals £15/1 SWV *

In this workshop we will be using the fab floral stamps designed this season by Lin Brown for PaperArtsy. They are so very versatile and I will show you how to make five very different cards all from the same stamps. A workshop brimming with colour, ideas and techniques - how will you make yours?

Saturday 15 August 2pm to 5pm

Distressed Florals £15/1 SWV *

When you mention 'distressed' many minds turn to brown, but distressed can be so much more and with all the lovely new shades released in Tim Holtz Distress Inks we will focus on my bright, colourful and crisp version of distressed which is absolutely NOT brown! Join me for a trip through five different techniques with distress inks with not a hint of brown in sight.

*Summer Offer - if you book both these workshops we will give you a free Studio Voucher (worth £5) for any Stop By & Stamp or Art Journal Sunday session in 2015!


Wednesday 19 August 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

Thursday 20 August 10am to 1pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

It's been a while since we created a double layout so this month we will have two pages designed to face each other in your album. The techniques include using dies to create edges, layers, trims, clips and words with a layered, stamped partial background. My sample is using vintage family photos with Authentique's beautiful Everlasting collection blended with some older 7Gypsies ledger papers which I managed to get hold of. I have used just two photos but you may want to take the opportunity of more space to use more. Similarly you may record places or occasions rather than people and choose different papers offering an individual look. Although we are making a double layout the price of the workshop remains as normal.

Saturday 22 August 10am to 1pm

Focus on Cream & Black £15/1 SWV

If you enjoy making elegant cards this one is for you! Lin Brown stamps again but with a very different look the projects cover paper piecing, embossing, masking, repeat stamping and much more. Great cards for any occasion with their neutral colour scheme and clean finish.


Saturday 22 August 2pm to 5pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1 SWV

It's been a while since we created a double layout so this month we will have two pages designed to face each other in your album. The techniques include using dies to create edges, layers, trims, clips and words with a layered, stamped partial background. My sample is using vintage family photos with Authentique's beautiful Everlasting collection blended with some older 7Gypsies ledger papers which I managed to get hold of. I have used just two photos but you may want to take the opportunity of more space to use more. Similarly you may record places or occasions rather than people and choose different papers offering an individual look. Although we are making a double layout the price of the workshop remains as normal.

Wednesday 26 August 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

Saturday 29 August 11am to 4pm

Trio of Garden Fables £30/2 SWV

This month's Mixed Media workshop has a wonderful light and summery feel with beautiful papers, stamps and flowers from Prima's Garden Fable collection. We will make a trio of 4" canvases which can be displayed side by side or as a vertical hanging, the choice is yours but whatever you decide you will create a striking multi-layered home decor piece to show off.

Sunday 30 August 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started.

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher in advance of the day you are coming to class, easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.

Hope to see you in the studio soon.

Val x

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Lovely Layouts

Hello there, I hope our Summer weather is suiting you wherever you are, we have gone from too hot, too, humid and too bright to a thunder storm and too much rain in quick succession so I have some pretty summery layouts for you.

We had a sneaky repeat of our June Layout Workshop today as some of our regular scrappers had missed the original sessions. The technique we were working with was creating a stylised flower from die cut or punched hearts with some simple banners to finish off.

We ended up with lovely, fresh and summery layouts.....

........each with different papers.

This one used a combination of Colour Vibe papers from Simple Stories and a BoBunny paper from their Gift of Love collection. The stamps and Stamp and Cut tabs used here are from Hero Arts.

Again the papers in this layout are from the Colour Vibe collection together with a Prima paper. The stamp and cut set used is the new Planner Clips set by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts.

Finally, we have a stunning colour combination from Colour Vibe and the brand new Garden Fable collection from Prima. I so love it when so many variations on the original idea develop like this. Brilliant work ladies!

The Garden Fable collection stamps and papers feature on my July Layout sample too, they have such beautiful colours and details.

If you fancy joining me for either of the July sessions on Tues 16/7 10am to 1pm or Thurs 23/7 10.30am to 1.30pm (only one space remaining on this one) you will find full details over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/july-workshops-snazzys.html

Thanks for stopping by I will be back soon, I hope you will join me then x

 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

July Workshops @ Snazzys

 
We have a full schedule of workshops this July to fill the long summer days, from clean and simple cards to a vintage 12x12 layout, a fabulous junk journal on a travel theme plus a mixed media canvas on a musical theme, and cards made with your own original mixed media master board. You can book a workshop space by calling the studio on 01793 629062 or sending an email to snazzysstudio@gmail.com. Don't forget our Wednesday Stop By & Stamp sessions and our monthly Art Journal Sunday session are drop in so no need to book those, just pop along and join in. Hope to see you in the studio soon x

Wednesday 1 July 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Wednesday 8 July 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

Take One Stamp Scrap Yard Cards Sat 11 July

Saturday 11 July 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Kaisercraft Scrap Yard Cards £15/1 SWV

Fun cards with a slightly grungy twist using fab new release papers and stamps from Kaisercraft, ideal for the men in your life


Saturday 11 July 2pm to 5pm

Mixed Media Cards £15/1SWV

We are going to mix things up a bit using paint and ink, a touch of texture from embossing folders and texture paste, plus some stamping and embossing to create your own original master board ending up with some completely original cards.


July Layout Workshop Tuesday 14/7


Tuesday 14 July 10am to 1pm

July Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

A layout with lots of layers using the new Prima Garden Fable collection. I have used one 4"x 4" photo but the layout can easily be adapted to larger or multiple photos if you wish.


Wednesday 15 July 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

 

Wednesday 22 July 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 25 July 11am to 4pm

Travel Junk Journal £30/2SW

In this workshop we will be using a host of packaging, old maps and other ephemera to create an original junk journal on a travel theme. Please feel free to fetch along any photos, junk or memorabilia you would like to include.


Sunday 26 July 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started.

Thursday 30 July 2pm to 5pm

Clean and Simple Monochromatic Cards £15/1SWV

We will use stencils and distress inks to create some fresh, clean and simple cards with a monochromatic colour scheme demonstrating how less is definitely more, whatever the occasion.


Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher in advance of the day you are coming to class, easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

June Workshops@Snazzys


The workshops this month all have a fresh, light, and bright feel just right for Summer. We will be using lots of new products from Sn@p papers to Kaisercraft stamps, coloured embossing powders to lovely word stamps from Hero Arts with some new PaperArtsy too. Also from Hero Arts we will be using their hugely popular layering stamps plus more of their stamp and cut sets that are just so versatile.
I do hope you will join me.

Wednesday 3 June 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 6 June 10am to 1pm

Clean and Simple Cards - Layered Stamps £15/1 SWV

In this workshop we will be making some Clean and Simple Cards using the brand new layering stamps from Hero Arts featuring birds, butterflies and flowers combined with Tsukineko inks.


Saturday 6 June 2pm to 5pm

Step by Step Journal Page £15/1SWV

I have been asked so often about how I create the scraped paint backgrounds in my journal so I thought I would offer a step by step workshop to take you from the gesso base right through to the finishing touches. As with all our workshops no experience necessary, beginners always very welcome.

 

Wednesday 10 June 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Thursday 11 June 2pm to 5pm

Dotty for Summer £15/1SWV

Fresh, clean and simple cards are the order of the day here with the new Sn@p dotty and zigzag papers from Simple Stories. I have included baby, birthday, engagement and graduation cards but they are all interchangeable to suit your preferences.

 

Tuesday 16 June 10am to 1pm

June Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

This layout uses die cut hearts to create flowers and vines on a single photo layout. A 6"x4" or 3"x5" photo either portrait or landscape is all that is required.

 

Wednesday 17 June 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 20 June 11am to 4pm

Love to..... canvas £30/2SWV

In this workshop we will be creating a 12"x 12" mixed media canvas on the theme of 'spread your wings and fly' using paint, ink, stamps, die cuts, embossed metal and fabric plus we will make our own UTEE heart embellishment too!


Wednesday 24 June 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 27 June 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Hero Arts A little...... £15/1SWV

Fun cards including a slider and pop up box cards ideal for lovers of coffee, wine, chocolate etc.


Saturday 27 June 2pm to 5pm

Subway Art Cards £15/1SWV

Using a range of word stamps from Kaisercraft we will make a clutch of striking cards, using inks and embossing powders, to cover most occasions.


Sunday 28 June 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started.

 

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher in advance of the day you are coming to class, easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.

 

 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Hello June!

Well, here we are in June already and as my perpetual calendar says, officially the first day of Summer. I don't know how the weather is where you are but it is pretty chilly and very wet here so....

........to cheer things up we finally have these in stock.

All 48 of the Distress Ink colours are now here in the mini size, in open stock. The price is £2.40 each and we have a very special introductory offer of one each of all 48 colours for just £79.95, bargain!

If that doesn't give you enough trouble choosing, we also have these......

......four of the new monthly colours in the full size, January to April and even better we are holding the price at £4.75. Unfortunately May's release missed my shipment by a day but it should be with us in the next week or so with some more lovely goodies.

I haven't managed to get the June workshop schedule posted yet, a combination of a mislaid diary and the very lovely wedding our eldest son last weekend in Cardiff Castle.

Here is a quick snap of the new Mr & Mrs MacLeod just after they signed the register. It was a wonderfully happy weekend and, despite a few hitches, everything was beautiful with some very clever and thoughtful touches that made it so individual. Huge thanks to everyone involved and to all of you who sent your best wishes.

A special mention for the flower arrangements which were stunning, in the chapel for the ceremony, in the library for the reception and in the area used for the party in the evening. Again, very cleverly thought through with white roses for an English rose combined with thistles for the Scottish half of the partnership. I will enjoy these on my desk for a few more days.

That's all for now, if you want any of the new Distress Inks and can't get to the studio, just email me, we only ever charge what Royal Mail charges us for postage.

Thank you for dropping by x

 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Life just trips you up.....

Sometimes no matter the good intentions, life just trips you up and gets in the way of what you intended. So apologies for being a very bad blogger but I'm now on it, and will clear the backlog of projects and posts over the next couple of weeks.

I thought I'd start today with this month's layout sample.....

.... where the techniques covered were creating layered painty, inky backgrounds using cling film to transfer the paint to the page with lots of layers of paper and background stamps topped off with MYO Texture Paste applied through a stencil onto kraft card - this is one of my favourites from My Mind's Eye and the paper layers are a mix of Bazzill and the new Snap papers from Simple Stories. Great fun and not a brush or pallette to wash either lol!

This is as far as I got during the workshop, needs a little something but I'll need to worry about that later as I have at least four other WIPs cluttering up my desk. Have you noticed the addiction to the new Kaisercraft Captured Moments stamp sets continues, they are ideal if you are a pocket scrapper and if like me you're not, then they are ideal for you too!

We still haven't got our car back but do have a hire one so tomorrow evening's Stop By & Stamp will go ahead from 6pm to 9pm with, of course, the usual daytime session from 11am to 3pm. We have a set of the new Hero Arts Colour Layering stamps to play with too!

Back soon with more projects including the promised step out of the neutral 'Beautiful' hanging for Carrie.

Hope you can join me x