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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

In the Studio - January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to the first of my workshop schedules for 2017.

All the regular favourites are still here with the Monthly Layout and Take One Stamp workshops, a different mini book workshop each month and, following the success of the December Altered Clipboard workshop I will be adding in a monthly one too with each workshop exploring different products, techniques and seasonal themes building to a beautiful collection of 12 pieces of art to hang on your wall, or simply a one off favourite time/occasion celebrated or recorded as a very personal gift.

There will still be two 'Stop By &' sessions every week, on Tuesday's and Thursday's, 11am to 7pm until the end of February, extended to 9pm from March to the end of October. You are welcome to stay as long as you like and to use these sessions to stamp, crop, card make or art journal with access to all our consumables, stamps and workshop scrap boxes for just £7.50 a session including 5 quality cards with envelopes or a till credit for one cardstock and one patterned paper. Most months there will also be an Art Journal Sunday 'Stop By &' session on the last Sunday of the month where we have held the price at £5.

To business....

Tuesday 3 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By & ......... £7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Wednesday 4 January 11am to 2pm
 

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)
With papers from Lost and Found and Writer's Block collections by 7Dots Studios my 'for instance' is reflective of a misty winter's morning with layers of stamping, papers, embossing and gesso. I have used three photos in two different sizes but the layout can be adapted easily to suit your photos, subject and colour scheme.

Thursday 5 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By & ........£7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Tuesday 10 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By & ...... £7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Thursday 12 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By &......£7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Tuesday 17 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By &......£7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Thursday 19 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By &......£7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Saturday 21 January 11am to 3pm

 

Altered Clipboard £20/£18 (if paid at time of booking)

This cute little chipboard blank from TIm Holtz is just perfect for altering as a home decor piece. January's version has layers of wintry snowflakes with embossing powder as a resist, crackle paste through stencils and pretty blues, greys and lavenders from Distress Inks and stains, all with a white gesso undercoat to add to the frosty/misty feel. I have also added both triple layer embossed and shrink plastic snowflakes and a touch of shimmer from Perfect Pearls and a bit of sparkle too!

Sunday 22 January 11am to 3pm


Mini Accordian File Book £15/13.50(if paid at time of booking)

A fun project when you want to give something more than a card with lots of photo mats and space for journaling. I have used the pretty pinks and greens of Homegrown from 7Dots Studios, you will have a free choice of papers/colourway.

Tuesday 24 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By &....... £7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

Wednesday 25 January 11am to 2pm


Take One Stamp - With all your Heart £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Featuring five different cards using, Distress Inks, embossing powders, shrink plastic and Perfect Pearls this set of stamps by Georgie Connolly for 49&Market, earns it's keep for Valentine's, Weddings, Anniversaries, Engagements etc.

Thursday 26 January 11am to 7pm

Stop By &.....£7.50

Whether you are a stamping addict or your passion is scrapbooking, card making, art journaling or mixed media, grab yourself a seat in the the Studio, a tea or coffee and feel free to use all our workshop stamps and consumables to craft to your art's content. You can stay as long as you wish and, although not a taught session, there is always advice, tips and even a quick demo. You can choose either 5 300gsm cards and envelopes or a till credit of 1 sheet 12x12 cardstock plus 1 sheet 12x12 patterned cardstock as part of the session.

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NEWBURY PAPERCRAFTS SHOW




Saturday 28 January - Studio Closed as I will be demoing at this event.

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Hope to meet you at an event, or you can join me in the Studio this month. Xx


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

In the Studio - December

Hi there and welcome to my December Workshop schedule. A comparatively short one as everyone is too busy with festive preparations to attend too many classes. We have the normal monthly layout workshop with a very neutral monochromatic layout, and a canvas Mixed Media project, ideal as a gift if you can bear to give it away, plus all the normal 'stop by' sessions.
 
Thursday 1 December 11am to 7pm

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, stampsember and stamping 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!

Tuesday 6 December 11am to 7pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 7pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 7 December 11am to 3pm
 

Canvas Mixed Media Project £30/£27 (if paid at time of booking)
Lots of media and techniques wrapped into a personalised piece of wall art, a great gift, if you can bear to give it away.


Thursday 8 December 11am to 7pm

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 stamping 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!

Tuesday 13 December 11am to 7pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 7pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

Thursday 15 December 11am to 7pm

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 stamping 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!

Tuesday 20 December 11am to 7pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 7pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 21December 11am to 2pm
 

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50 (if paid at time of booking)
Make a beautiful wintry page in neutral colours. I have used one 5"x3" photo and papers from 49&Market's Vintage Artistry collection but the layout can be adapted to suit your photos and colour scheme.


Thursday 22 December 11am to 7pm

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 stamping 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!

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Christmas Break and Annual Winter Sale

The Studio will be closed from 7pm on Thursday 22 December until 11am on Monday 2 January which will also be the start of our Annual Winter Sale.

Keep an eye on this space as I will be adding all the gen on this year's sale over the next few weeks.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A Perpetual Calendar Gift

Some time ago I made myself a perpetual calendar for the studio using Graphic 45's Time to Flourish collection which was admired by my lovely mother in law each time I used it as a header for my monthly workshop schedules. So, when I saw the Children's Hour collection, also by Graphic 45, I decided to use this to make a similar calendar as a gift for her and took a few photos before sending it off to her.

I used the 8x8 paper pad, the 6x6 coordinating paper pad, and half a pack of ephemera cards plus 6 sheets of A3 330gsm cream cardstock for the project, which I then bound with 11/4" bind it all rings.


Each double page has a large pocket, made from the Ephemera Cards, to store appointment cards, a small calendar tab for that month, a small diary page to write in birthdays etc and, as I had so many leftovers, a 3" card and envelope to match that month's colours.

I do hope she likes it!

Back soon

Val x

 

Monday, 31 October 2016

In the Studio - November

Apologies to all, I had a disaster with the November schedule and somehow, after publishing it at the end of October, last week managed to delete both the blogpost and the back end Blogsy version too. So with many apologies here is the recobbled together last week of the schedule to the best of my recall!

Monday 21 November 11am to 2pm


Die Cut Christmas Cards £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Four elegant and stylish Christmas cards made with wonderful seasonal dies from Tim Holtz combined with greetings from Hero Arts.

Tuesday 22 November 11am to 7pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

Wednesday 23 November 11am to 2pm


Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

This month I have a striking Autumnal layout combining three different techniques using Ranger's Perfect Pearls with three 3"x5" seasonal photos. The layout can be easily adapted to suit other photo combinations.

Thursday 24 November 11am to 7pm

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 stamping 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 26 November 10am to 4pm (ish!)



Winter 6"x6" mini album £30/£27(if paid at time of booking)

Join me to make a 6x6 mini album from scratch with lots of pockets and flaps for photos and/or journaling with a magnetic closure. I used the beautiful Vintage Botanicals from 49&market so this piece would co-ordinate with last month's Altered Clipboard but you have a free choice of papers and I am planning on making a Christmas version during the workshop. As this project involves lots of measuring and cutting please note the earlier start time.

Tuesday 29 November 11am to 7pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 7pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners

The December schedule will be up later this week x

Monday, 26 September 2016

In the Studio - October

The year has sped by so quickly yet I still can't believe it's October with Autumn shows, Halloween and, of course, Christmas just over the horizon. I have a busy month ahead with three events, my regular Autumn visit to Port Sunlight, Stamp Magic at Doncaster Dome and the South Wales Craft and Hobby Show plus five brand new workshops with everything from contemporary Christmas cards to a chunky 6x6 mini album, and nine 'drop in' sessions too!

Important Workshop Information

Before I continue with details of the October workshops a quick reminder of a few Studio changes. With effect from 1 September several of our wholesalers have increased their prices to us by between 9% and 16% which combined with the current weakness of sterling means I am unable to hold our prices at current rates so you are going to see increases almost across the board as new stock arrives in the Studio. Unfortunately, as my workshops are all inclusive and product heavy, mostly with a free choice of papers, colours etc this impacts significantly on my workshop costs too.

Rather than a straightforward across the board increase I have decided to hold almost all standard workshop prices at current levels, but am reducing the discount for payment at time of booking from 20% to 10% making a standard 1/2 day workshop £15 on the day or £13.50 with payment at time of booking, and full day workshops starting at £30 on the day or £27 if paid at time of booking. I am also discontinuing Snazzy Workshop Vouchers with those currently in circulation valid until 31 December 2016 - if you are gifting a workshop you will of course be able to buy a normal Snazzys Gift Voucher for this. The prices for drop in sessions, Croptime, Stop By and Stamp, Art Journal Sunday etc will remain at £5 a session but I will no longer provide adhesive runners, blank cards and envelopes or credit papers at the till. I am really sorry to do this but as a regular customer at these drop ins has pointed out, our original Tabletime sessions almost 15 years ago were £5 for a 3 hour session which I hope helps put these changes into perspective X

The Studio will be closed on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October for the HSNW Autumn Festival.

Tuesday 4 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 5 October 11am to 2pm

Contemporary Christmas Cards £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Come along and make four distinctive and stylish Christmas cards in a contemporary style using a mix of dies, inks, stamps and papers.

Thursday 6 October 11am 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 stamping 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 October 10am to 4pm

Gatefold Mini Album £30/£27(if paid at time of booking)

This pretty little album is 6" X 6" x 2" when finished with 12 pages and 6 pockets with photo mats/journaling cards inside with a magnetic closure. Bags of room for photos, journaling and memorabilia with a choice of papers. Please note this album is constructed from scratch and therefore involves a good deal of cutting, scoring and construction, hence the 10am start!

Tuesday 11 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..
Wednesday 12 October 11am to 2pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

This month's layout features some simple paper weaving with old book pages, background papers custom coloured with distress inks and stamping. I have used three photos 3"x5", 4"x8" and 3"x3" in the sample page but this is just a guide as the layout can be easily adapted during the workshop to suit your photos and colour scheme.

Thursday 13 October 11am 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 stamping 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!

The Studio will be closed on Saturday 15 October as I will be travelling to Doncaster for Stamp Magic on Sunday 16 October.

Tuesday 18 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

Thursday 20 October 11am 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 stamping 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!

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The Studio will be closed on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October as I will be found behind the demo desk at the South Wales Craft and Hobby show, which this time is being held at 1 Kingsway in Newport.

Tuesday 25 October 11am to 6pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 6pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome..

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Wednesday 26 October 11am to 2pm

Christmas Post £15/£13.50(if paid at time of booking)

Four pretty Christmas cards made with Hero Arts new Vintage Christmas Post stamps combined with four different techniques with stamps and inks.

Thursday 27 October 11am 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 stamping 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!

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Saturday 29 October 11am to 3pm

Altered Clipboard £20/£18 (if paid at time of booking)

This cute little chipboard blank from TIm Holtz is just perfect for altering as a home decor piece. Great fun!

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Sunday 30 October 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. Please note this will be the last Art Journal Sunday of 2016.

Hope to meet you at an event, or you can join me in the Studio this month. Xx