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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Art Journal Sunday

On the last Sunday of every month we welcome Art Journalers into our studio. Whether you have been journaling for a time, or are just curious and would like to give it a go to see if it might be for you, you will be very welcome. We provide everything except the journal, but don't worry if you don't already have one as any notebook or stack of paper that is sturdy enough to take ink and paint will do. All our workshop stamps, stencils, paints, inks and other consumables are available for you to use.

You don't even have to book, just drop in between 11am and 3pm, grab yourself a cuppa and stay as long as you like. The cost of the session is just £5, but do remember the sandwich bar is only open Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays but we have a fridge and microwave if you want to bring your own lunch.

Everyone tends to work in their own journals, sharing ideas along the way and some are following the Kate Crane Calendar so work on that. This month I was working on my April calendar page on what turned out to be a very wet and wild day, so thought I'd have a go at creating my own rainbow to cheer me up.

I gathered together some stash on a theme but ended up using very little of it which is not normally the way my journal pages go!

Using Tsukineko Memento inks I started by blending two shades of each ink colour onto the stamp to give me some shading from the top of my stamp to the bottom - this is a favourite Hero Arts stamp from a couple of seasons ago so I am not sure it is still available. I stamped the green of my rainbow centrally on both edges then continued out from there overlapping each image to give me a wider spread of shades. I repeat stamped the month along the central space of the piece using the same colours of ink blended each time.

I'm afraid I then got very absorbed and forgot about taking more step out photos but it seemed to take me an inordinate amount of time to do very little!

I cut myself a little square stencil from scrap paper and used thin layers of gesso to create semi transparent areas for each day as I didn't want to cover all the lovely drips - I used three thin layers letting each dry in between but only used the stencil for the first layer and just did the others by eye. I cut a piece of stiff card the same length as the squares and used that to roughly stamp the frame of the squares in white acrylic paint.

I then masked the gesso squares and stamped the umbrellas which are from Dylusions Ruby Rainbow plate, in black Versafine so I could paint in the spots and stripes on them with colours blended with Dylusions inks to match the original stamping. I often use Dylusions ink sprays to paint with as you get that wonderful combination of fabulous vibrancy of colour with translucence. All that was left to do was to use some small number stamps to add the dates.

I had such plans for this page with spritz and drips plus coloured texture paste raindrops but, unusually for me, I managed to stop myself and kept it very simple with some white space left too!

Not at all what I had 'made in my head' but I think I like it, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by, if you want to come along to next month's AJ session it will be on Sunday 26 April.

Back soon, hope you will join me again x

 

Monday, 2 March 2015

It's all about the workshops! (Part 2)

Today I'd like to share a little about my Layout Workshops. I always found teaching scrapbooking a bit of a conundrum as everyone has a unique story to tell with their photos so need to create unique pages. So, my layout workshops are small, never more than six, always offer a free choice of papers etc and definitely encourage the creation of your own embellishments. The starting point is always three or four ideas or techniques which you are then welcome to alter to suit your taste and story.

Layout Workshop Sample February 2015

This month I had a couple of not very good snaps I took on my walk into work on a very bright and frosty December morning. The photos were definitely imperfect specimens as I am no photographer but somehow they captured my love of walking on a crisp and cold day.

I wanted to share the idea of hiding any imperfections in photographs whilst still retaining the 'feel' and although they were chopped up, using basic shapes of nesting dies, I did incorporate the 'leftovers into the layout too. As an addicted stamper I had to add in a couple of background stamps, and the technique we covered was alcohol inks on shrink plastic to create custom coloured embellishments.

Here's how the layouts turned out.

 

 

 

Unfortunately one of the ladies had to leave early so I didn't get a photo of her finished layout but every month it is wonderful to see how different each layout looks to the workshop sample.

Next month's layout is quite different as I do like to mix it up. It uses much smaller photos with the journaling hidden under the slightly larger, central photo, plus stamps, stencils, die cuts and texture paste on layers of paper. I'm not convinced it is finished so I may add some washi tape or some more stamping by time the workshop comes around!


Layout Workshop Sample March 2015
Full details of this and all our other workshops in March, with images of the workshop samples for each class, can be found at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/march-workshop-schedule.html

 

Thank you for dropping by, I will be back later this week with Part 3 of this series of posts. I hope you will join me then x

 

 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

March Workshop Schedule

Welcome to the studio schedule for March. Spring hasn't yet sprung but it is nice to put the grey Winter days behind us and anticipate some brighter times so there is lots of lovely colour in these workshops to cheer us up.

Bloomin' Marvellous 2 Sat 28 March 10am to 1pm
 

I have had to make a couple of scheduling changes so, with apologies, AJ Sunday will move (again!) from the first Sunday of the month to the last, the bonus being there will be two sessions in March to make up for the inconvenience. Stop By and Stamp will move from Thursdays to Wednesdays and weekday workshops will be on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons on alternate weeks. Saturday workshops remain as they are and from April there will be a Wednesday evening workshop too!

Sunday 1 March 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.

Wednesday 4 March 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 5 March 2pm to 5pm

Ombré Cards £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

One of the up and coming trends in crafting is ombré backgrounds. simple to achieve with a variety of inks, paints, Pan Pastels, Inktense blocks etc it is a wonderful base for cards suitable across generations and occasions. Come along and make some with me.

Bloomin' Marvellous 1 Tues 10 March 10am to 1pm

Tuesday 10 March 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp - Bloomin' Marvellous 1 £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

In this workshop we will be using a brand new stamp set from the amazing Lin Brown with three different techniques to create some beautiful and vibrant cards to cheer us upon a grey winter's day.

Wednesday 11 March 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.

Mixed Media Canvas Saturday 14 March 11am to 4pm

Saturday 14 March 11am to 4pm

Mixed Media Canvas £30/2 Snazzy Vouchers

Join me for a creative session with paints and inks, masks and stencils, texture paste and other media with lots of pretty wooden embellishments from Kaisercraft to alter and incorporate into your project.

Wednesday 18 March 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.

Envelope Book Thursday 19 March 2pm to 5pm


Thursday 19 March 2pm to 5pm

Envelope Book £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

In this workshop we will be using ordinary spare envelopes as the base to create a pretty little book with lots of pockets and tags to hold all your photos and journaling. Free choice of colour way, papers etc.


March Layout Tuesday 24 March 10am to 1pm

Tuesday 24 March 10am to 1pm

March Layout Workshop £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

Come along and create a unique and interesting layered layout incorporating stamps, stencils and dies. I have used one 31/2" x 31/2" photo plus six 3" x 2" in a mix of portrait and landscape but a selection of any smallish photos would work equally well.

Wednesday 25 March 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 28 March 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp - Bloomin' Marvellous 2 £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

Another brand new set of stamps from the super talented Lin Brown with lots more ideas for taming those rampant blooms and vines into beautiful cards.

Bloomin' Marvellous Hanging Sat 28 March 2pm to 5pm


Saturday 28 March 2pm to 5pm

Bloomin' Marvellous Hanging £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

A lovely gift if you can bear to give it away, but a beautiful piece of wall art for your own home if you can't. We will be using a combination of two of the new stamp sets used for cards earlier this month to create a mixed media hanging using paint, inks, stencils and a few surprises along the way.

Sunday 29 March 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 very welcome to bring them along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

It's all about the workshops! (Part 1)

Three of the most common questions I am asked at shows, during demonstrations, in the studio, in the supermarket, and even at the local petrol station this morning is 'do you teach workshops?', 'do you still teach workshops?', and 'can you teach me to do/make that?'

You got it, I have been doing this for a looong time and it is, for me, all about the workshops!

So, I thought I'd share with you a bit about what I teach, where I teach and the sort of projects you could expect to make with me in my studio or on the road.

Bloomin' Marvellous 1 Tuesday 10 March 10am to 1pm

I teach a whole range of workshops in art journaling, mixed media, mini books, scrapbooking and card making. I am an addicted stamper and it is rare for me to teach a workshop that doesn't include a stamp somewhere along the way. I tend to structure workshops around a product or technique but it certainly doesn't mean that will be the only product or technique you will use in the class.

Today I thought I'd cover what you can expect in one of my cardmaking workshops using some of this month's class samples to illustrate.

The first workshop I taught in Wiltshire almost 15 years ago, I christened 'Take One Stamp' because that is exactly what we did. I wanted people to really look at the stamps they were buying, the whole image and the elements, and either see the potential in a new stamp or just leave it on the shelf. I am still teaching at least one 'Take One Stamp' each month, and the photo above is typical of one of these workshops using these fab newly released stamps from Lin Brown for PaperArtsy.

Card making workshops in the studio are generally three hours long and will involve three projects to really expand your technique arsenal plus one or two much simpler cards, often made with the leftovers from the first three. The projects will all use the same stamps but with several different techniques.

I will always demonstrate the techniques involved in my samples as we go along but you may choose to use different colour ways, greetings, size or shape of cards - we keep our workshops small so we can offer you that flexibility.

These stamps are fairly large and this is wonderful for mixed media artists, those who keep Art Journals and scrapbookers but cardmakers sometimes find larger stamps a bit overwhelming, so this class will focus on how to get the most from larger scale stamps by using part of the stamp, shrink plastic, masking and framing, with some quick colouring ideas thrown in for good measure.

Also this month I have some quirky cards using Darcy's new stamps, also for PaperArtsy but very different in feel.

I love these stamps and they are so very versatile, none of the elements have to just be used as they are and I always think that is what makes stamps exciting. I still have one card to finish for this workshop - I messed up the (very simple) masking on it and yes, I will take along the 'reject' to the workshop as it illustrates more easily than my words can what went awry for me!

These are the others.

Quirky Cards Saturday 28 February 10am to 1pm


I charge £15 for a three hour workshops like these ones, but don't forget if you pay for your workshop with a Snazzy voucher, bought in advance of the day of the class, you only pay £12, a saving of 20%, so with 4/5 cards to make in each class, great value for money too!

We supply everything you need to make the workshop projects but you are welcome to bring along your own tools if you prefer.

I have had to change around the original February workshop schedule a bit and have spoken individually to all the customers whose bookings are affected. You will find the revised version here, and the March schedule is on it's way.

Thank you for popping by, I will be back later with the lowdown on other workshops, I hope you will join me then x