Monday, 28 September 2015


Just a quick reminder, folks, that Freyja's brilliant masterclass is on Saturday. This features an Autumn theme, although leaves work for any time of year.

There are some great techniques, including working on metal, resist, leaf printing and over-stamping.

These samples are wonderful, showing just a little hint of some of the items you'll be creating... Wowsers, huh?


Thursday, 17 September 2015


It's official! Zig Zag cards are all the rage at the moment (as are any 3D and stand-up cards that can be folded flat for posting).

It looks complex - but actually isn't - and here's a wonderful YouTube video by Clare Charvill of My Creative Spirit, using Graphic 45 papers (which we stock in the shop).

The sound is a little crackly, so bear with - and I love the budgie in the background, twirpling away.

You can just see all the creative possibilities here - a perfect chance to go totally over the top with embellishments, and also a chance to use up smaller pieces of scrapbook papers you've been hoarding saving, lol.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015


I'm highly excited to announce we have Jo Firth-Young teaching her JOFY CHRISTMAS class on Saturday 17 October!

A little bit rustic, a little bit festive with a whole lot of Ho Ho Ho, this is going to be a lot of fun

This will run from 11.30 - 4.30, with a short break for lunch, and will feature the brand new JOFY stamps just being released by PaperArtsy (being manufactured as we 'speak'...) and will cost £40, which includes all materials.

These stamps are so new there aren't even pictures yet, so watch this space - I'll be posting sample pix as soon as we get them.

Make sure you book early for this one as spaces are strictly limited, and it won't be repeated before Christmas!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Fabulous sample pix for Freyja's AUTUMN LEAVES class

Here are the sample pix for Freyja's wonderful Autumn Leaves class on Saturday 3 October - full details on the Workshops page.

Freyja is using an amazing variety of techniques and supplies - from stamping to real leaves!

I just LOVE this one! Look at that texture...
Techniques included resist stamping, embossing into craft metal (pictured above) and lots lots more.

Not to be missed - all these ideas can easily be adapted for Christmas too - just use your favourite holly and fir tree stamps. Go here for details on how to book.


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.