Thursday, 17 April 2014

DISTRESS INKS class with Chris

Here is a FABULOUS sample by Chris for her Distress Inks class on 10th May.Wonderful or what?

If you'd like to try out all about the tips, techniques and tricks to achieve something like this, you need to book this class as soon as you possibly can. We can only take 7 people in each class, to ensure individual attention, so classes fill up very quickly.

Click here for the full details of what's on offer - everything Tim, from the new mini Distress ink pads, to the gorgeous Distress markers, and more!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

EXTRA BEGINNERS class on 17 May

Due to popular demand, we've added an extra Beginners class on 17th May! 

As you may know, each class is limited to just 7 people to ensure personal attention, so this one is always booked out quickly - if you miss this one, the next one isn't scheduled until July!

No matter what your interest: card making, scrapbooking, journaling etc, here's where you'll learn all about which ink to use for what, how to get a good impression with your stamps (no matter what size) plus tips on cleaning, storage, mounting etc etc. I'll also show you how to mask so that you can put what you want WHERE you want, giving you total control of your artwork. If there's anything you're unsure of, here's the place to ask. You'll also take home a really comprehensive set of notes, with photos!

Full details of the class are here.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Vintage journal class on Sunday

Children's annual circa 1930s

Just a quick reminder my Vintage Journal bookbinding class is on Sunday, starting at 11.30am - and there are just 2 places left...

Closeup view - you can see I've used Grungeboard, painted to look like leather, for the tapes and the keyhole fastening.

If you love to UPcycle, and would love to make your own journal using a variety of vintage text and sheet music pages, mixed with art papers, then this is the class for you (even if you've never made a book before!)

This journal was really old (1910) but had a very boring cover, apart from the debossed edging, so I've collaged the cover with bingo counters, a bingo scorecard and a vintage photograph from the same period.

You'll choose your own mix of papers, vintage book covers (I'm bringing a biiiiiig selection) and you'll go home with a unique, tailor made journal - a true one-of-a-kind, which you'll love to work in.

This book is a modern one, but I couldn't resist the cover - so I saved the entire page block for reading later on.

As you can see from the couple of samples above, you know you'll never see another journal exactly the same as yours! Much fun - and very addictive.

Monday, 7 April 2014

JOFY samples for Saturday!

Two fabulous cards by Chris for her upcoming class this Saturday (12th). Don't you just love these? The colours really make me feel Spring is just around the corner!

JOFY stamps (designed by Jo Firth-Young for PaperArtsy) are all hand drawn, and charming naive without being to cutesy, so you can achieve some really sophisticated effects. I particularly like how Chris creates these touches of colour - bright, clean and yet not overwhelming.

Learn how to do this wonder shading and loads of other tricks of the trade - full details in the post below. Be there, or be square, lol lol lol.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

JOFY - upcoming class by Chris on 12 April

 Chris's class is going to be a riot!

All the details are on the poster, 'nuff said - but if you want whimsical, colourful, and just plain fun, then you need this class!

These are great cards with a difference - Chris is known for her great use of colour and you'll love her techniques, some of which will probably be totally new to you!

As you know, numbers are always limited to ensure individual attention, so book early to secure your place.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


These fabulous pieces are the samples for Freyja's upcoming class on 26 April: Background Textures & Tape Techniques.

Crack effects!

Isn't that texture fabulous? You could just reach out and touch...

Texture paste effect
Freyja will explain exactly what to do, using simple everyday materials like string, plumbers' tape, parcel tape, thread and glue!

So if you'd like to create fabulous effects like those shown here, you need to book for this class ASAP to reserve your place!

Sunday, 16 March 2014


Blob some acrylic paint onto your Gelli Plate
Thought you'd like to see a step-by-step background paper I've created using the Gelli Plate. This is so much fun!

Smooth the acrylic all over, using your brayer
It's part of a brand new class (Saturday 3rd May) where we're going to find out just what you can do with a Gelli Plate. There's so much potential: frameable art pieces, cards, scrapbook pages, book covers, journalling ... don't think it's all about creating the odd background!

I've place some Tim Holtz and Dyan Reavely masks on top of the acrylic ...
 I'm also going to show you how to create an easy texture plate too! These pix are just a little taster...

... then removed them ...

All you need is:
  • paper or card (any type - try old book pages and vintage sheet music for a wow factor)
  • a Gelli Plate (new in at Blade Rubber - direct from the States - contact us to reserve yours)
  • acrylic paint - craft paint is fine: you don't need artists' quality - so just use anything you already have (even emulsion paint tester pots)
  • a brayer (to smooth the paint out)
  • stencils and masks - the new Tim Holtz range has just arrived in the shop (contact us for details and to reserve yours)

Ta Daaaah!

This is the finished piece - I still need to add some detail: stamping, lettering etc - then I'll have a great monoprint to frame. And of course I'll be creating some papers to decorate the frame as well (and maybe a couple of storage boxes, a tissue box or three ...).

This method of printing is SO easy and SO addictive - I just can't stop!