Saturday, 18 February 2017

organise me! workshop recap

finally the long awaited workshop was on it's way today. our crafty friends had waited long enough and they definitely weren't disappointed. we pulled out all the stops as usual with a fabulous project, great food and of course a bit of february sunshine!

the long crafting table was dusted off and all ready to go, all they needed to do was pick a pack from the many different background papers to choose from. *note to self: don't make them choose between papers when all the papers are lovely!

our crafty day was made extra special by one cutie attendee, Tigerlily...who was as good as gold all day long.

as usual the results were fantastic and it wouldn't be a workshop recap without posting a picture of everyone's final creations, even though everyone had the same kits (except background paper) it always fascinates us how everyone puts their own style on it...








Zoe - using her calendar already!


Jen - marking out the most important day in February!

it's days like today that reassure us to keep doing what we are doing. we love seeing everyone find that creativeness inside of them and making something that they can display and use in their home.

thanks again to everyone who attended and watch this space for the next workshop...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

organize me!

we warned you a new workshop was coming and here it is! the beginning of the year brings many plans and aspirations and this planner board is definitely the perfect project to start off the year and of course we have designed it in our usual vintage way!

the details of the workshop can be found on our workshops page so make sure you check that out and book up quick!

for now we just want to share with you some up close photos of the project so you can have a better look....

the first essential of any planner board has to be a calendar to make note of all those important dates. this has been specially made for this project and has a perforated top so you can easily rip off each month once its passed.

a handy little pocket envelope is included at the bottom of the board to hold all those memorable tickets and business cards.

a cute little cork noticeboard is included to pin little mementos, appointments, photos
etc... and yes you also get to make some cute pins to go on the noticeboard too!

a planner board wouldn't be complete to me without including a photo holder which you can change daily, weekly, monthly. it is a reminder to document your life and highlight the best bits!

the final piece is a simple peg to hold letters, tickets and more.

so that's a more in depth look at the project and we hope we have inspired you to come along and join in the fun!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

to new beginnings

happy new year bloggers and welcome to 2017!

so 2016 didn't exactly pan out how we wanted it too which would explain the long spell of absence from the blog and our facebook page but fingers crossed that will stay a bit more updated this year.

we have lots of ideas that we want to inspire you with by hosting workshops and craft retreats and have already pencilled in a workshop for February - don't worry - details will follow shortly. the finishing touches are being made and as soon as its finished you can bet an email will be coming your way!

for now here is a little sneaky peek to give you an idea of the project....

as you can see this project is a start to keeping us organised for the year ahead!

to keep the blog updated more often I'm going to try and focus on doing little and often blog posts so I'm keeping this short and sweet for today and look forward to seeing some of you soon!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Photo Booth Frame Workshop

It's finally here..... the first workshop of 2016.

I've been working overtime to try and get this project finished so I could share it with you all and announce the dates as we are so excited to be hosting a workshop again!

All the details can be found on the Workshops page or click here.

Check out a few up close photos for a better look at the colour options and what you will be creating on the day!

 Shabby Chic colour option

Vintage colour option

 Whichever colour option you choose you will create a fabulous project and with the incorporation of a vintage photobooth style photo you will add some great character and fun to the project.

To photobooth your photos, go to and follow the instructions.

 We hope your as excited as we are about this new workshop and look forward to seeing you all soon!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

New Workshop Coming Soon

Hi bloggers, it's been a long 4 months but we are finally ready to announce that the first workshop of 2016 is almost on its way to you. We know quite a few of you have been waiting anxiously for a new workshop and Sarah has been busy creating in the craft room to bring you a new project that won't disappoint!

So keep an eye on our blog or your email inbox to make sure you don't miss out.

Look forward to seeing you all soon!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Distress A Little Different with Tim Holtz

Hi bloggers, so last weekend was one of the best weekends of 2016 to date and will probably be one of the biggest highlights of the year for us as we got to craft with Tim Holtz once again. It's been 5 years since our last meeting which was the starting point for Vintage Follie and teaching our own workshops so we couldn't wait to learn more about distress and there is no better way to learn than from the King of Craft himself.

Tim was over in the UK for the CHSI Stitches trade show which is held at the NEC in Birmingham every year. So not only was he over here to demo his new products at the show but to also fit in a workshop for retailers and designers.

The name of the workshop was Distress A Little Different and the project was an altered frame using Tim's new Framed Panel from his latest Idea-ology release.

If playing with Tim's new Idea-ology releases wasn't enough we also got to play with Tim's new Distress crayons and mediums and got a set to take away with us.

I took a few pictures along the way to show how we transformed a plain framed panel into a wonderful vintage masterpiece. And of course Tim took us through step by step with plenty of hints and tips along the way. As teachers ourselves it was great to be on the learning side for a change and to pick up a few teaching techniques along the way.

All the distress that we added to the project was through Tim's new crayons and a bit of distress paint - no distress ink pad in sight which Tim said was a first for him which goes to show just how versatile these crayons are!

It was the first time we used Tim's Letterpress and we absolutely love them so will definitely be getting hold of some of these!

The finished result!

It's fair to say that had been the best 3 hours spent crafting in a long while and has definitely inspired me to get back on it and get our next workshop project finished asap. This may not be our next workshop project but I can definitely say it will be appearing sometime this year so watch this space.

Of course Tim was his usual gracious self and kindly signed the back of our frames and posed for a photo so thanks Tim for a great afternoon!

The fun was not over for the weekend as the next day was the start of the CHSI Stitches show which houses some of the biggest suppliers to the craft industry including Notions Marketing, Groves, Personal Impressions, Tonic Studios, Woodware and many many more!

We caught up with Tim again at the Personal Impressions booth to see the new crayons in action once again and you can't help but pick up even more tips and techniques on how to use this fantastic new release.

Other than the hundreds of stands that were in the hall there was also a seminar area set up which played host to some fantastic seminars including Reinforcing Your brand through Blogging by Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House and How to Build a Social Media Plan for Success by Warren Knight which provided me with endless inspiration for what we can do to engage more with you guys! So again watch this space for new social media channels appearing from us, including Instagram.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend and it was just great to be around like minded people who love to craft just as much as us.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine Treats

Hi bloggers, well this is my first post of 2016 which wasn't the start of a brand new year that I was hoping for but hey ho that's life. I can't let a holiday occasion go by without providing you with a bit of inspiration and this post is about Valentine's Day.

Now don't switch off if you're thinking that you have no one to give a Valentine's treat to as these can be given to any loved one, a friend, sibling, family member or if you are lucky the love of your life. It's just nice to share the love and tell them that they mean something to you this Valentine's Day.

Most of these sweet treats below were inspired by using my Minc machine and these adorable Valentine tags that Heidi Swapp has designed to be used in the machine. Couldn't resist!

This sweet bag is really simple to make, just grab a cellophane bag and cut some paper that will fit inside, score a line across the card to allow for a fold along the bottom which will help provide a sturdier base for your treat bag. Fill with some chocolatey goodness (pink smarties, chocolate hearts) and then tie the top together and attach a tag.

For this treat bag, I used a small striped paper bag and die cut some heart shapes from one side of the bag. I then filled a cellophane bag with some sweets and placed inside. I then tried my best to line up the three sweets in front of the hearts - but this was not an easy task! Finish by tying some string around the bag and then attach a tag.

This final treat bag is super cute and I made it using the Tim Holtz Pocket Envelope Bigz L Die. I die cut the envelope from vellum so that it has a see through effect to it. Fold along the score lines and stick together using a little bit of double sided tape. Place your treat inside and then finish with some washi tape and some string with a tag attached.

The pocket envelope has a really lovely tie up at the back so you will need a couple of brads to secure the pieces in place.

So there you have it, a bit of last minute Valentine's inspiration.