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Sunday, 16 September 2012

To Spook, or Not to Spook.....

Hello again.

This year is really rushing past and already it's time to reveal the new kit Snazzy's Design Team will be working with in October. We try to offer them, and you, as varied an array of products as possible throughout the year to inspire and get the mojo going so this time we are sending them a fabulous new paper kit from Carta Bella called All Hallows Eve. It features nine heavyweight, double sided, textured papers  plus a 12x12 Element Sticker sheet and a 12x12 Alphabet sheet. As an addicted stamper I must confess I rarely use stickers, but these sheets are textured too and have a lovely fabricky feel to them. Very tactile!

Of course, as we are very much a stamping store, they also need some stamps to work with. So, the new Halloween Blueprint set from Stampers Anonymous' Tim Holtz collection has winged it's way to them too. They are sooo cool!
We know that lots of you in the UK don't really 'do' Halloween but a sift through these papers does offer lots of patterns that aren't overtly Halloween themed, and both they and the stamps could be used to make some great projects aimed at teenagers too.
Now, something new starting this month. We will be offering the same DT kit as the DT receive each month, through both our bricks and mortar store and online, with discount of at least 10% on the cost of purchasing the products from us separately.
This month, for example, the paper kit costs £15.85 and the Tim Holtz stamps £19.95, but you can purchase both together for £29.95.  
To buy the kit online at the offer price you need to look in the 'DT Kits' category of the online store where the kit will be listed as a single product. (Do not click both products separately in their respective categories as you cannot access the discounted price that way.) This kit will be available from midnight tonight. 
Gillian will be starting the DT off on this month's trail of inspiration over at http://snazzysdesignteamblog.blogspot.co.uk/ from tomorrow, and as usual if you leave a comment during the month, following Gillian's instuctions, you could win some goodies. This month these creepy Adornments fromTim Holtz Ideaology are up for grabs.
The DT do really appreciate you leaving comments to let them know you have been by, and you never know when one of them might pay you a return visit!
I will be back with some very Autumnal workshop samples for October and Novermber later this week.
Bye for now xx

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Be Still My Heart - A very Studio 490 week!

Oh the excitement when this little delivery arrived on Thursday at Snazzys! Mostly all the new Studio 490 goodness from the wonderful Wendy Vecchi, with the new Art for You stamps and
co-ordinating Bugs & Butterflies Art parts at the top of my shopping list!
For those of you who are not quite sure what to do with all her lovely goodies Wendy has designed the three different Kits for Art you see in the (bad) photo above. Each include all the Art Parts you need to make the illustrated project, and the Be at Home kit (centre) even has her Blossom Bucket embellishments too. 
All of the Studio 490 product range, except for the Blossom Bucket embellishments are in the online store now, just click 'online store' to pop over for a peek, and I am working on some samples for the store which I will share next week.
The Headmaster has spent two days shuffling all the stamp ranges around the store to make the new bits fit so I thought you might like a peek, and maybe a drool too - no, not at the Headmaster just at the lovely new stamps etc from....
Studio 490 and...
Tim Holtz - including all the Classic and Blueprint ranges - looking very depleted already, but no worries as more stocks of these are due in next week, .....
......the new Christmas stamps from Dylusions - we have the stencils and restocks of the ink sprays too plus .....
Hampton Art, which I will try to get into the online store later this week, after the Blossom Bucket embellies, and after the new Christmas Hero Arts, and after the new Chocolate Baroque stamps, and ........ you get the picture lol!
I will pop back tomorrow with the new Design Team kit, which the DT will be using from Monday, and which will be available from the online store early next week if you want to play along with the team.
I will leave you with the new (re-arranged) view from the front door of the store.
Thanks for dropping by xx

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

So where did the week go?

I know, I know but I have no idea where the last week disappeared to! So, to catch up, firstly here's last Tuesday evening's workshop project.
The triptych is an empress wood blank, painted with Eco Green Crafts Acrylic paint in Orchid and layered with Prima's Fairy Belle papers, distressed around the edges with my trusty Tim Holtz Distressing Tool.
I stapled some cotton lace to the layers of paper before I stuck them down, ( I borrowed Penny's stapler in the workshop and then forgot to give it back - drop me your address Penny and I will pop it in the post to you!), added a few roses, paper flowers and the frondy bit from TH Alterations Pinecone Die - I've done everything but make a pinecone with it but more of that later! I found an old broken Style Stone frame and some metal bits and bobs then misted the whole piece with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina. The plan was to mist the finished piece with black ink a la Finnabair, but I lost my nerve. I quite like my subtle take on her work, but next time, courage lol!
This week also saw a visit from Nicky Cresswell aka Minxy to teach a couple of workshops for Snazzys. She, unlike yours truly, remembered to take photos during the workshop so here we go! 
This was her initial project, and here are all the variations
Fabulous aren't they?
On Sunday Nicky agreed to run a drop in session making roses from both stamped images and dies, and boy did I need her help, I am all fingers and thumbs with anything fiddly. She used the Studio 490 Accents for Art stamps and the TH Alterations Pinecone Die ( yes, to make roses) and some of her own Spellbinders dies. There was much hilarity, but Nicky was very patient, full of really useful tips and tricks, and a good time was had by all. I'm not sure that Wendy will still be planning a heart made with 40 handmade red roses for her parents Ruby Wedding Anniversay tho'!
So, a huge thank you to Nicky, who I'm hoping to talk into a repeat performance once she has recovered from an excess of Snazzy seniors and juniors, and I'll leave you with a little video tour of the store taken by Nicky before she left.
Thanks for dropping by. 
Back soon xx
PS The Christmas Dylusions stamps are up on Snazzys online store now with the stencils/masks on tomorrow and lots more to follow.