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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.


July Layout Workshop Tues 14/07/15

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.


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.


Saturday 18 July 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 making music using paint, ink, stamps, die cuts, texture past and stencils with papers from Kaisercraft's Stop the Music collection.


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

 

Monday, 27 April 2015

A neutral sort of day

I have always admired those who can create beautifully neutral pieces which are alive with depth and texture but have never really tried to work with them myself. So, at yesterday's AJ Sunday session, instead of my planned May calendar pages I found myself attempting a page with neutrals!

I used an old plastic key card to scape two layers of gesso onto my page, the first really thin, and when that was dry a thicker layer, leaving some texture. Using the same technique I added thin layers of Distress Paints in Picket Fence, Weathered Wood and a smidge here and there of Frayed Burlap. I had no idea what I was aiming for but just kept adding thin layers of colour until I had a base I liked, sometimes drying the layers in between but mostly not!

I added some stamping with my favourite Kaisercraft texture stamps with Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap. Then, having tried to add a pop of white with some splatters of Dylusions White Linen which just didn't pop enough, I used Tim Holtz Speckles Layering stencil with some homemade white texture paste at the top and bottom of the page for a bit more dimension which popped really well but didn't take over the page.


Now I had a background I liked I stamped a couple of Chocolate Baroque butterflies from The Tangled Garden set onto a couple of book pages but, because I wanted them to have a faded look I scraped a couple of thin coats of gesso over them before adding some colour with the same Distress Inks as before. I cut them out and added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges to make them stand out once I added them to my page.

I stamped the butterflies again directly on to the page and glued my coloured versions over the top. To finish I added some Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy to highlight the bodied of the butterflies, and some white pen outline on their wings. Not sure about that, and not absolutely sure the page is finished, but I am sure I have finally had a go at a piece with neutrals and Whilst I think I may need to have a few more attempts with different colour mixes before I feel confident with neutrals, I did enjoy myself.....

....and I am pretty pleased with the 'finished' page, but I'd love to know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by x

 

 

Friday, 3 April 2015

April Workshops@Snazzys

At last the days feel a little longer and brighter so after the long Easter weekend it's back to normal with some lovely Spring projects.

We have lots of different ideas to share from clean & simple cards with Hero Arts versatile new Stamp & Cut sets, to a 'beautiful' hanging using the fab lotus flower and word stamps from Donna Downey. There is also a great mini book using the new On Stage collection from Kaisercraft, with cards made with stamps from both Darkroom Door and Chapel Road Artstamps and a lovely warm layout using the tranquil photo above which was actually taken right in the Basepoint car park, there is something for everyone.

Wednesday 1 April 11am to 3pm

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 April 11am to 3pm

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 11 April 10am to 1pm

Clean and Simple Cards £15/1 SWV

Using the new Stamp & Cut sets from Hero Arts with frosted Brilliance inks we will make five bright and zingy cards for Spring.


Saturday 11 April 2pm to 5pm

Cards for Men £15/1SWV

Using these beautifully detailed stamps from Darkroom Door, Hero Arts and new releases from Kaisercraft we will make five lovely cards using different techniques.

Tuesday 14 April - sorry no workshop.

Wednesday 15 April 11am to 3pm

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 18 April 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp We'll gather lilacs... £15/1SWV

Using these pretty stamps from Chapel Road Artstamps we will create five different cards using a host of techniques and products.


Saturday 18 April 2pm to 5pm

'Beautiful' hanging £15/1SWV

We will be creating this hanging with paints, inks, embossing powders and these 'beautiful' words and lotus flower stamps from Donna Downey.

Wednesday 22 April 11am to 3pm

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 23 April 2pm to 5pm

Lots of Borders £15/1SWV

Fresh, clean & simple cards are the order of the day here with five cards using stamps, inks, glitter, embossing powders and foils to create cards with a modern twist suitable for all occasions.


Saturday 25 April 11am to 4pm

On Stage Minibook £30/2SWV

I love these papers with a retro feel from Kaisercraft and we will be making a super mini book with them ideal for a music/dance/theatre lover or someone who just loves the era. Lots of flaps, pockets and tags to hold all your photos and journaling.

Sunday 26 April 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.

Tuesday 28 April 10am to 1pm

April Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

This workshop is all about using different materials and techniques to add a little texture to your page, great fun! I have used one 6"x4" photo but the layout can be adapted to a different size or multiple photos so the choice is yours.

Wednesday 29 April 11am to 3pm

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.

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 very welcome to bring them along.