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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Quick & Stylish Christmas Cards

If you enjoy making cards you probably make more of the Christmas variety than you do for any other occasion. The need to produce more, divides us between the 'come up with a single design and replicate' ....

Stampers Annonymous Classic #10 with Pan Pastels
and the 'I can't bear to make two cards the same' schools of thought.
Hero Arts K5533 Snowman & Snowflakes, K5620 Winter Trees, H5629 Many Branches and the greetings from CL541 Snowman Christmas all with WOW Embossing Powders

I am definitely one of the latter but I am happy just to tweak the design/colourway if I have lots to make.

Each year so far Snazzys have come up with a Christmas kit including cards, cardstock, papers, stamps, ribbons etc all already colour matched for you with as many different samples as we could squeeze out of it to encourage you to give it a go.

Unfortunately, this year time has completely run away from me but I thought you might like to see the samples from our recent bumper card making workshops each of which followed a similar concept.

Here are the first 16 from the Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage collection.....

.....and, at this stage I hadn't even used a quarter of the paper pack!
Over the next week or so I will pop back with the remaining cards I made from this collection, and those I made in less conventional Christmas colorways for the other bumper cardmaking workshop at Snazzys.
Happy Christmas Cardmaking to all xx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Guess who's coming to town...........

We have been keeping a secret for several months and finally we can spill the beans..........

THE Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair who creates and shares wonderful Mixed Media Art, Journal Pages, Scrapbook Layouts and so much more, who Designs for Prima & Sizzix, and created the fabulous Dreamer, Wonderland and Domestic Goddess collections for 7Dots Studios......


is coming to teach at Snazzys, yes really!

The workshops will be held on the Basepoint business park where Snazzys is based and the lovely management team is allowing us to use the main Breakout area, just across the car park from our store, for the weekend. This means we will be able to offer 24 spaces at each of four workshops over the weekend of Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.

Even in the very poor light of a gloomy November afternoon you can see our teaching area will be light and bright with bags of space, a separate area to chill out in and if the weather is fine a lovely patio and small garden, both with picnic benches if you want to take your lunch outside.

Anna is currently working on new projects for CHA in January so we won't know precisely which projects will be in each workshop until after the reveal there. At that point we will have all the relevant information on the scheduled times and prices for each workshop.

Sooo, as Gillian, without whom none of this would have come to pass, covered here yesterday, you need to register your interest in attending these workshops by emailing us at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk with Anna Dabrowska in the subject line and we will then send all the details as soon as they become available straight to your inbox.

Just to whet your appetite, here's my (current) favourite Finn project, the texture and dimension just blew me away

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Take care xx

Sunday, 25 November 2012

It's that time again.......

Can you believe it's time for another DT kit reveal? Where did the last five weeks go to?
Actually, I can tell you. They disappeared in a fantastic flurry of amazing projects from the team using the Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage collection of double sided papers, stamps and brads. Soooo..... if you haven't already had a peek you need to pop on over to http://snazzysdesignteamblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/design-team-project-1-featuring-teresa.html to admire all their wonderful inspiration - I'd suggest a cuppa alongside whilst you enjoy - you may be some time!
Another really good reason for following the link is there are goodies to be won, and as it is nearly December we are giving away November's entire DT kit to one lucky person who leaves a comment on Gillian's first post. This was the kit,
so when you follow the link above, leave a comment before midnight tonight to be in with a chance of winning this lovely stash in the November comment draw.
Now to the new DT kit, with inspiration from the team starting tomorrow. The paper collection is from Carta Bella, called Christmas Day, and has quite a traditional feel with nine double sided textured papers, plus an Element and an Alphabet sticker sheet. We have combined it with a set of Hero Arts clear stamps, Believe (CL634), and topped it off with Tim Holtz Ideaology Christmas Muse Tokens. 
You will be able to buy the December Kit for just £31.95 from midnight tonight over at http://www.snazzysstore.com/snazzys-dt-kit-december-2012/ and, as it will be Christmas before you know it, we will be giving away one of these kits too, so be sure to leave a comment as per Gillian's instructions to be in with a chance of winning in the December comment draw too.
Now if that isn't reason enough to checkout Gillian's post at the DT blog tomorrow, we have to confess we have been keeping a secret and Gillian will be spilling the beans tomorrow........
I will be back on Tuesday with all the details plus I will also be here on Wednesday showing some quick and stylish Christmas card ideas from our recent Bumper Christmas Cardmaking workshops. 
Take care xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Halloween Greetings Part 2

Well, better late than never eh? I totally messed up the scheduling of these posts so I hope you will forgive me for being a little behind the times.

At least both yesterday's project and today's could simply have all the references to Halloween removed and would then make great gifts for the teen with Gothic leanings.

As you can see from the photo above this little book is really easy to construct with six pockets and tags for inserting in them made from 12x12 black cardstock.
Then you just decorate as desired. I added some mini pockets and tags for journalling to the front of each pocket but left the backs blank as 6x4 photo mats.
The inner tags are a mix of photo mats and journalling spots.
The poison bottles are from Studio 490 European Art set stamped in black, white and Rusty Hinge inks with labels cut from the packaging of the paper pack - waste not, want not and all that!
That's all from me for now.
Back soon with previews of the coming month's workshop projects plus news on the dates of our this year's Annual Winter Sale. Keep your eyes peeled you wouldn't want to miss it!