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Friday, 5 December 2014

Snazzys Annual Winter Sale Event - a little reminder!

This Saturday Snazzys are celebrating Small Business Saturday, the annual event promoting small independent businesses throughout the UK. Now, as part of this we wanted to offer our customers a little thank you for all your support but, as we normally only have one sale a year where we clear the shelves ready for new stock (and avoid having to use too many fingers and toes to manage the annual stock count lol!) what to do?

Our answer, bring the start of our Annual Winter Sale Event forward to Saturday 6 December and make it the biggest and best one yet!

As ever all sale stock will have at least 50% off the original selling price and will include all wood block stamps, all Kaisercaft wooden embellishments, all Dylusions Couture stencils and stamps, all Snazzy Steampunk embellishments, all Walnut Hollow products, all Ranger Adirondack and Crackle Paints, all Prima and Pronty masks and stencils, all Artistic Stamper stamps and lots more.

But even better we will also have 25% off a huge range of other items including all full size ink pads, all PaperArtsy A5 stamps, all Dylusions cling stamps and sprays, all Tim Holtz Ideaology, all Hero Arts stamps, all Ranger Stickles, Distress Stickles and Liquid Pearls, all 12x12 patterned papers not already reduced by more, all Pan Pastels including the new Pearls and mediums, a huge range of blanks, an extra 25% of all Cosmic Shimmer colour co-ordinated Mixed Media packs, and too much more to list here. Whew!

The bonus for us will be for the first time ever we will have the sale and the annual stock count done before Christmas so allowing us to take a proper break over The holidays to spend with the family rather than just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and for you....... a chance to grab your sale bargains early, allowing a little Christmas gift for you perhaps!

The sale starts at 11am on Saturday 6 December and we will be open from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 7 December too. Don is working in San Francisco next week so I will be a bit short of cover and will have to close at 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday rather than the normal 5pm - still plenty of time to shop though so I look forward to seeing you.

On a serious note, when the much missed Simple Scrapbooks magazine folded some years ago, the then editor urged her subscribers to spend $20 a month in their local scrapbook store keeping scrapbooking alive and their local store in business. I think this sentiment applies to customers of all small independent businesses whether they be your local butcher, baker or craft store. Show your support by spending a share of your normal spend with them and tell your friends about them so when you drop by next year, they will still be there adding variety and individuality to your shopping. Lastly we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the customers, in the studio, at events and shows and online who have done just that and supported us through the years, we would not be here without you and for that we are sincerely grateful.

So, as the hanging says, with our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Enjoy xx

P.S Ohh almost forgot the card machine is finally working again and we have a temporary email address (snazzysstudio@gmail.com) until all the new stuff kicks in in the New Year. Thank you all for your patience.

 

 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

December Workshops Timetable for Snazzys Studio

Hello again, and to our USA friends a very Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you are all having a wonderful time with your family and friends. I am known for being a bit 'bah humbug' about Christmas, and I have to say I was unimpressed with the supermarkets attempt to market the trappings of Thanksgiving to us here in the UK this week.
But and a very BIG but at that, just as I love Christmas, in December, (not July!) I also think we should steal the best bits of Thanksgiving and take a moment to ponder all we have to be grateful for. It is no secret that with illness, bereavement and the consequences of both on almost every aspect of our lives, the past few years have certainly had their challenges. The flip side of that is how our family pulled together, how our friends, (the real ones, not the fair weather types,) were so quietly there for us to share our tears, and a whole lot of laughter too. Most of all I am grateful to a very fine friend (you know who you are) who, when I was so stressed out with everything that was happening and worrying about all the wrong things, suggested I stop (very unsuccessfully) trying to be everything to everyone, and instead 'spend time with those who soothe your soul' and let the rest take care of itself - those who were my friends would understand my need to do this and those who didn't weren't truly my friends. So, today I count my many blessings and for the first time in a long while I am looking forward to a peaceful festive season with my wonderful family. I hope you are too x
To business and some great workshops if you fancy stepping off the merry-go-round and take a little time out for yourself and perhaps try something new?

I have been working this past month with one of my favourite collections this Winter, Jolly Holly from Basic Grey with co-ordinating stamps from Hero Arts. I have always adored Basic Grey papers, they seem at first glance to contain a pretty eclectic collection of somewhat disparite ideas, yet when you really look through them they are actually beautifully co-ordinated just not in an obvious 'matchy, matchy' way.

The stamps are a really good mix of the elements from the papers but again varied in scale etc so not completely matched.

All of the projects for December were made with these papers and stamps except for the monthly layout workshop. I made these quick cards just from some leftovers from the other projects to illustrate how versatile these papers are whether used by colour.....

....or all mixed up in workshop projects.


Wednesday 3 December 10am to 1pm

Last Minute Christmas Cards £15 or 1SWV

Join me and make five really Clean and Simple Christmas Cards using New Seasons stamps from Hero Arts with Distress Inks, Pan Pastels, masks and stencils.

Saturday 6 December 11am to 4pm

Christmas Block Book £30 or 1 SWVS

We all tend to gather with our family and friends over the Festive season and with lots of photos taken we need somewhere to put them all, not hidden in a box, but in a chunky little book with lots of flaps, slides, flips and pockets to keep them in order, together with any other memorabilia, ready to share and reminisce over.

Sunday 7 December 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Join me in the Studio for a play with inks, powders, paints, stamps, stencils, masks and the odd idea or two. No need to book this one just drop in, grab a coffee and have a go.

Wednesday 10 December 11am to 3pm

Mini Star Book £20 or 1SWV + £4

Many years ago I designed this project after being very disappointed with a 'kit' I bought to make a book in the shape of a star which turned out to be nothing more than strips of poor quality sugar paper and not very clear instructions. I decided I could do better myself here is a mini version of my original.

Saturday 13 December 11am to 4pm

Exploding Box Book £30 or 1SWV

Ok then is it a book or an exploding box, both really as this is box which opens in the manner of a traditional exploding box but it incorporates a book into the structure. A great way to pass photos etc on at Christmas with a pocket to hold a gift card if you need it to be a gift too.

Wednesday 17 December 10am to 1pm

December Monthly Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

This layout uses an acetate layer to add interest, mine is on a festive theme in shades of turquoise and red. Book your space, bring along your photos and have a go.

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed no 'Stop by and Stamp' or 'Technique Thursday' sessions in December, partly as everyone tends to be busy preparing for their Christmas celebrations and so we tend to offer fewer sessions in December, but mainly as these sessions have unfortunately not proved popular enough for us to continue with them. We are having a rethink and the New Year will see new ideas, new sessions and lots of fresh ways for us to share our tips and ideas with you. I hope you will join me on my journey through 2015.

Thank you for dropping by, I will be back very soon with some news on our annual Winter sale event which is also having a makeover this time around. Hope to see you in class soon xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November Layout Workshop

Hello everyone, I'm finally back, still no email but everything else is gradually getting back to normal.

Being November this month's layout gives me the chance to feature the photos I took of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London last month, just 10 days before the final poppy was placed on Remembrance Sunday. The day we visited was during the half term holiday and so it was incredibly busy but the thing that stuck you was how quietly and respectfully everyone was moving around, ensuring that anyone who wanted to take photos was given the opportunity. Us Brits at our best lol!

Of course this also gave me the opportunity to use one of my favourite colour combinations, black, white and red, which is featured on the Magazine Monday's Time Magazine inspiration piece this week too!

This workshop however was all about maximising your photos and I used mine, in black and white, to create my own background paper and, in colour, for the paper piecing of the poppies.

 


During this morning's workshop I created a double layout to demonstrate the idea of changing some aspects of the original (left hand) layout, background paper from landscape to portrait and the strip of small photos from the bottom to the top of the page, as a way of getting more from a single design idea rather than just creating a mirror image for the right hand layout. A great way to scrap lift a previous layout idea and generate a new layout on a day when your mojo has left the premises too I find lol!

So, from this....

.... to this.

A great morning's work and here's a peek at how my ladies' versions turned out.

Unfortunately due to illness two of my ladies missed their slot today but this workshop is repeated on Saturday 22 November 2pm to 5pm so hopefully they can catch up then, as I still have four spaces left in that class. The concept will be the same but I will be working with different photos as those of you who know me will know how I always avoid repeating anything!

If you are inspired by this idea and create your own version, do leave me a link in the comments so I can have a peek. See you next time xx

 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

November Workshops at Snazzys

Hello, here we are with the November workshop schedule with lots of seasonal projects to tempt you.

Sunday 2 November 11 am to 3pm
Art Journal Sunday £5

In it's new slot on the first Sunday of the month, we provide all the tools and products for you to use plus a smidge of inspiration too! Just grab your journal, come along, grab yourself a coffee and join in.

Wednesday 5 November 10am to 1pm

Poppies for Remembrance £15 or 1SWV

Everyone loves poppies and in this workshop I will share several very different techniques to enhance beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Hero Arts, which you can customise for the occasion of your choice.

Saturday 8 November 10am to 1pm

Christmas Backgrounds with Pan Pastels £15 or 1SWV

The new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and Mixatives really lend themselves to the festive season with beautiful rich pigments and stunning shimmer. I will show you how to blend them into beautiful backgrounds with stamps and stencils, using wonderful greetings stamps from Chocolate Baroque as the focal point for your Christmas cards.

Saturday 8 November 2pm to 5pm

Jolly Holly Christmas £15 or 1SWV

Using Basic Grey's new Jolly Holly papers plus the co-ordinating stamps and stencils from Hero Arts we will create at least five stylish, contemporary Christmas cards.

Tuesday 11 November 11am to 3pm

Stop by and Stamp £5

Join me in the studio for the lowdown on Embossing Powders. Plain or matte, shiny or metallic, even glittery I have the tips and techniques which will allow you to emboss any image no matter how solid or detailed. We provide everything you need so just pop along, no need to book, grab a tea or coffee and take the opportunity to perfect your embossing. Don't know what embossing is? Join me and find out, beginners very welcome!

Wednesday 12 November 10am to 1pm

Christmas Backgrounds with Pan Pastels £15 or 1SWV

The new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and Mixatives really lend themselves to the festive season with beautiful rich pigments and stunning shimmer. I will show you how to blend them into beautiful backgrounds with stamps and stencils, using wonderful greetings stamps from Chocolate Baroque as the focal point for your Christmas cards.

Saturday 15 November 11am to 4pm

Flip/flap Pocket Book £30 or 2SWV

Oh I do love a little book, and if it has lots of places to add photos, memorabilia and journaling I love it even more, and this one really hits the spot. It is 6" x 4" and each page has a pocket and either a fold in/flip out or a slide. I've been fiddling with this idea/design since mid Summer and am now happy with it, book your space and see what you think!

Wednesday 19 November 10am to 1pm

Jolly Holly Christmas £15 or 1SWV

Using Basic Grey's new Jolly Holly papers plus the co-ordinating stamps and stencils from Hero Arts we will create at least five stylish, contemporary Christmas cards.

Thursday 20 November 11am to 3pm

Technique Thursday £5

Is your texture past looking too dull and bland for Christmas projects, then pop along and join me as I share some tips and techniques to jazz it up using Luminarte Silks and Polished pigments and a smidge of glitter. Never used texture paste before? Here's your chance to have a play and see if it's for you! No need to book just drop in, grab a tea or coffee and have a go - all the tools, materials and consumables you need are provided as part of the fee.

Saturday 22 November 10am to 1pm

Last Minute Christmas Cards £15

In this workshop we will make a clutch of last minute Christmas cards which are stylishly simple so ideal if you are short of time or just like the really clean and simple look.

Saturday 22 November 2pm to 5pm

November Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

In this workshop we will be using a photograph to create our background and adding text, more photos and journaling. You will need one black and white photo, suitable for use as a background, printed as A4 plus three colour photos printed as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3".

Wednesday 26 November 10am to 1pm

November Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

In this workshop we will be using a photograph to create our background and adding text, more photos and journaling. You will need one black and white photo, suitable for use as a background, printed as A4 plus three colour photos printed as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3".

Hope to see you in the studio soon x

 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Workshops at Snazzys

Welcome back.

I can't believe it is October already, I think the amazing weather of the past few weeks has put all thoughts of Autumn and Halloween from everyone's minds. So, with the leaves only just starting to turn and my now not so new studio space still not completely finished....


.....the October workshops are outlined below, but I have a couple of general points to share first.
 

The normal monthly Wednesday evening Mixed Media workshop will be moved from Wednesday evenings to Saturday afternoons for the Winter.

Art Journal Sunday will move from the last Sunday of the month to the first, starting with Sunday 2 November. As I am demonstrating at HSNW Port Sunlight this weekend there will be no AJ Sunday this month.

Our monthly Stop by and Stamp session will move from the first Tuesday of the month to the second starting on Tuesday 11 November - this month will be on Tuesday 7 October.

The monthly Technique Thursday session will also be moved back a week to the third Thursday of the month starting on Thursday 20 November - again, this month's session will be on Thursday 16 October as usual.

I'm sorry to be shifting things around just as everyone has got settled, but I will be away at events more often in the New Year and so need to find a pattern for the 'drop in' sessions which I can fit around this without varying the dates too frequently.

I will continue to include the dates on the monthly workshop schedules so you don't have to remember them!

On with the workshops....

 

Tuesday 7 October 11am to 3pm

Stop by and Stamp Cost £5

This month we will be using the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels together with the new black and white mediums and colourless blender. So, if you enjoy using Pan Pastels and want to learn a few new tips and techniques, or have never tried them and want to know what they are all about just pop along, watch the demos and join in. No need to book, kettle and coffee jug are on!

Wednesday 8 October 10am to 1pm

A Very Elegant Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

In this workshop we will be making some very elegant Christmas cards with beautifully hand drawn stamps from Chocolate Baroque. We will use pretty pearly embossing powders on vellum, the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and so much more.

Saturday 11 October 10am to 1pm

Envelope Accordian Book Cost £15 or 1 SWV

This is the third book I have designed using envelopes as a base, this time accordion style. As ever I have included lots of pockets, flaps, flips and tags so lots of choices for photos, memorabilia and journaling. The papers are from Finnabair's Sunrise, Sunset collection which are full of beautiful warm tones, ideal for Autumn or Halloween!

Saturday 11 October 2pm to 5pm

Musical Mixed Media Cost £15 or 1 SWV

We will be altering a Mini Printer Tray with inks, tissue wrap and tape, stamps and some wonderful new embellishments just arriving in store, to create a wonderful piece of art on a musical theme.

Wednesday 15 October 10am to 1pm

Hero Arts Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

This workshop is all about techniques with stamps and matching dies which you can do so much more with than simply stamping and cutting. We will be using the new Hero Arts Poinsettia and Holly stamps and dies together with a whole host of different inks.

Thursday 16 October 11am to 3pm

Technique Thursday Cost £5

This month the focus is on using embossing powders and texture pastes as a resist to create interesting backgrounds, some subtle, some striking. So, if you want to try something a little different with your pastes and powders just drop in, watch the demos and have a go. No need to book, kettle and coffee jug are on!

Saturday 18 October 10am to 1pm

Hero Arts Christmas Cost £15 or 1SWV

This workshop is all about techniques with stamps and matching dies which you can do so much more with than simply stamping and cutting. We will be using the new Hero Arts Poinsettia and Holly stamps and dies together with a whole host of different inks.

Saturday 18 October 2pm to 5pm

A Very Elegant Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

In this workshop we will be making some very elegant Christmas cards with beautifully hand drawn stamps from Chocolate Baroque. We will use pretty pearly embossing powders on vellum, the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and so much more.


Wednesday 22 October 10am to 1pm

Monthly Layout Workshop Cost £15 or 1SWV

Each month I try to design a brand new layout with different techniques for you to experiment with. The challenge this month is incorporating 12, yes I did say 12, 1" x 1" photos alongside 2 6" x 4" photos. So, look out your photos and book yourself a space!

....and just a little reminder!

Sunday 2 November 11am to 3pm

Art Journaling Sunday Cost £5

Grab your journal, we provide everything else. No need to book just pop along and join in, kettle and coffee jug are on.

You can book workshop spaces on 01793 629062 (new number) or by email at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk, just tell us which workshop(s) you want to book and how many spaces you need plus a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

I will get all the images up next week. Hope to see you soon xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

Snazzys Workshop Schedule September 2014

To book a workshop simply ring us on 01793 629062 or email us at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk telling us which workshop(s) you would like to book, how many spaces you require, together with a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

Tuesday 9 September

Stop By & Stamp

11am to 3pm Fee £5

The theme of this session is layers without layers and I will be sharing a couple of simple techniques for creating depth and dimension without actually adding layers. No need to book, just pop along, grab yourself a tea or coffee, watch the demo and have a go.

 

Wednesday 10 September

Clean & Simple Cards

10am to 1 pm £15 or 1 SWV

We will be making five very clean & simple cards using a variety of background stamps plus the very pretty papers from Teresa Collins new Nine & Co collection.

 

Saturday 13 September

Mixed Media Frame

10am to 1 pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die for the base of this project with hand made leaves and flowers using Ideaology Tissue Wrap, Studio 490 Clearly for Art and UTEE, all based around a musical theme.

 

Wednesday 17 September

One Layer Cards

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

None of the cards in this workshop have any patterned paper, embellishments or ribbons but you would never guess that at first glance. Lots of tips and techniques to add dimension and depth without adding weight.

 

Thursday 18 September

Technique Thursday

11am to 3pm Fee £5

Building Backgrounds

Lots of ideas, tips and techniques to build your own backgrounds. No need to book, just pop along, grab yourself a tea or coffee, watch the demo and have a go.

 

Saturday 20 September

Junk Journal

11am to 3pm £30 or 2SWV

Join me for this fun workshop where we create a journal from scratch, suitable for including photos and other memorabilia, using different surfaces and media including canvas, cardboard, tissue wrap, washi tape, envelopes, file cards and so much more. We will cover lots of tips and techniques to make interesting embellishments including using dies to create layers.

 

Tuesday 23 September

Monthly Layout Workshop

2pm to 5pm £15 or 1SWV

This month's layout covers ideas for using a mix of portrait and landscape photos of varying sizes.

 

Wednesday 24 September

Monthly Layout Workshop

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

This month's layout covers ideas for using a mix of portrait and landscape photos of varying sizes.

 

Wednesday 24 September

Mixed Media Frame

6pm to 9pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die for the base of this project with hand made leaves and flowers using Ideaology Tissue Wrap, Studio 490 Clearly for Art and UTEE around a musical theme.


Saturday 27 September

Take One Stamp

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Teresa Collins new Candy Cane Lane papers and stamps to make some stunningly simple Christmas cards.


Saturday 27 September

One Layer Cards

2pm to 5pm £15 or 1 SWV

None of the cards in this workshop have any patterned paper, embellishments or ribbons but you would never guess that at first glance. Lots of tips and techniques to add dimension and depth without adding weight.


Sunday 28 September

Art Journal Sunday

11am to 3pm Fee £5

Bring along your journal and we will provide everything else including a dash of inspiration and a sprinkle of know how.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A lovely day.......

Noooooo, that wouldn't be today! That looks like this.....

My lovely day was yesterday.

A couple of my regular customers missed out on a space in last week's layout workshops so they popped along yesterday morning to catch up. There was quite a lot of cutting and sticking in this project, (you can see the original 'for instance' over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/a-word-or-three-about-layout-workshops.html,) but it was worth it as they all ended up with beautiful layouts, based on the ideas in my sample, but looking very individual and using colour schemes that really complement their photos.

A good morning's work I think.

Thank you for stopping by, I can't hang about as I have the remaining August workshop samples to photograph and the layout sample isn't even finished yet! I will try to get them added to the August Workshop Schedule over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/workshop-schedule-for-august.html later today or tomorrow.

See you soon x