Sunday, 9 August 2015

More UPCOMING classes

Another taster of upcoming classes! 

Symeon - Shaker card

Symeon's Shaker Card class is on 24 October - I love this Christmas card, really unusual and some lovely hand-drawn detailing. Full details on the Classes & Workshops page (link above).

Symeon - Creations with Clear Stamps

Symeon - Creations with Clear Stamps

These two cards are by Symeon, for his Creations with Clear Stamps class on 21 November.

Some really unusal ways to get the most out of your clear stamps - and also some very clever colour mixing using ink pads you already own, to create your own custom colours! Definitely a class not to be missed.

Bet you can't wait! Best to book early to avoid disappointment (you know you want to....)

Saturday, 8 August 2015

GESSO - white or clear? Dina Wakely explains

Ever wondered about how to use gesso? Ever wondered what the difference is between white gesso and clear gesso?

This is a great little video by Dina Wakely, showing exactly what's what. Here, she's using her own range of gesso for Ranger, but the demo holds true whatever brand you buy. Couldn't be clearer, lol...

Friday, 7 August 2015


Here's a little taster re Symeon's Shaker Card class on Saturday 24 October.

Simple, but very very sweet - all those little hearts! Perfect for any occasion, whether birthday, anniversary, engagement, thank you... this is so versatile. To learn more - from the expert - go here to see more details and to book your place.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

New classes are UP!

My Beginners class on 19 September

I've just posted up most of the classes for next season - still a few more to add, and also some pictures so you can see exactly what's going on... so watch this space!

Chris's Fabulous Foils class on 10 October

We're also welcoming a new teacher - those of you who have been to the shop will already have met Symeon, who is a fabulous young man (and a dancer and choreographer). Wildly artistic and talented, as you can imagine!

The 'My Fabulous Journal' series on Sundays, starting 20 September

Symeon's first class is on 24 October, and will be Shaker Cards. Samples and a full class description to follow... but I just wanted to get most of the dates up quickly as people are already asking!

Class details are all on the Workshops page.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

How to use a scrapbook layout sketch

Copyright Papercraft Inpsirations magazine

I bet you've looked at scrapbook sketches in magazines, and wondered how they translate into Real Life! Well, thanks to Papercraft Inspirations Magazine, here's how to do it! This is a great little YouTube video, really easy to follow.

Bet you feel a little more confident now! Why not have a go yourself...

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Here's a really spiffy (and quick) background technique using PaperArtsy acrylic paints.

As PaperArtsy acrylics are totally matt, and have a chalk content, you can safely use them in your journals without any fear of your pages sticking together! This also means they are great for stamping on top of, writing, doing tangle doodles etc... and here, Lin has created the entire piece using only 3 colours.


Thursday, 25 June 2015


Copyright Juliana Montoya at ILuvVintageScrap
I adore roses! In fact, I adore almost any flower embellishment. I adore Prima - but sometimes I also adore making my own, too! So I thought I'd put up some YouTube tutorials for you to play along with. Here's a really simple one by Julie Walters, and a more complex one further down, by Juliana Montoya.

Copyright Julie Walters
Here's a fabulous - and simple - giant flower out of a sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. To make a smaller one, choose 8 x 8 or 6 x 6 papers.

Video by I'm Miss Polly

Use up all your leftover bits of scrapbooking papers, try manilla card, Kraft paper etc - and get out your Distress inks, your Stickles glues and your Glossy Accents, and prepare for an afternoon of mess and fun!

Copyright Juliana Montoya
Copyright Juliana Montoya
This one is a little more complex - using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die and some Martha Stewart doily edge punches. You could punch out a flower shape, also stamp and cut out a flower shape.

I've given the YouTube links underneath the videos, in case you'd like to see more (I disable the links on the blog as they start autoplaying, whether you want them to or not, lol)

So enjoy these, drool away, and have fun.