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 www.photoboother.com 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.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Our Year in Review


Hi bloggers, I can't believe 2015 is almost over and what a year it's been, 6 workshops, a wedding, St Ives Craft Retreat, a Christmas Craft Party, two amazing Christmas craft fairs and we can't forget meeting the queen of altered art.....Wendy Vecchi! We really feel like we have achieved something this year and progressed further than ever before so we can't wait to see what 2016 brings us!

In this last post of 2015 we want to remind you of all these great moments and we will include links to the relevant blog posts if you've missed out at any point throughout the year.

So let's start with our 6 workshops from 2015:-







Wow, six fantastic workshops and I don't even think we could possibly pick a favourite as they were so much fun to design and teach! Let us know which was your favourite.....

Handmade Wedding

So at the beginning of the year not only did we need to think of new workshop ideas but we also had to start planning for my sister's wedding as last Christmas they finally announced the date of their wedding..... 3rd June 2015. Collectively we designed invitations, decorations, bouquets and more. To take a look back at our handmade wedding, take a look at our Wedding Series from June and July.


Make Art with Wendy Vecchi

 Another massive highlight from this year has to be meeting Wendy Vecchi in London for her 'Make Art' workshop. What an amazing and talented woman! This experience goes right up there with when we met Tim Holtz back in 2011 and was a pure pleasure. Take a look back at our day on the blog here.

St. Ives Craft Retreat


So this has to be the main highlight and biggest achievement from 2015. We finally organised our first ever Craft Retreat and in what better place than sunny St. Ives. In terms of weather, we had the perfect week and I think our guests probably thought the same of our projects and accommodation. We organised two main projects and then also a couple of evening projects as well. Add some shopping, food and laughter and it made the perfect getaway. Same again next year?? (We're already making plans!)

Click below to review the fun we had:-


Christmas Craft Party

So by the time December rolled around we were looking back at an amazing year and we wanted to celebrate with our crafters and thank them for all their support throughout the year and coming back to our workshops again and again. So what better way to celebrate then with a Christmas Craft Party.

Take a look at the fun that was had here...

12 Days of Christmas 2015

We finished off the year with our 12 Days of Christmas, including some wonderful decoration and home decor ideas. If you missed our countdown to Christmas, take a look back here.

Thank you to everyone that has supported us this year by attending our workshops, buying our handmade items at craft fairs and also all your lovely comments and emails. We are truly thankful and know that we wouldn't be able to do what we do without all of you.

Happy New Year Everyone! Bring on 2016!


















Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas Workshops Review


Hi bloggers, welcome to our Christmas Workshops Review. Whilst writing our 12 Days of Christmas we realised that we hadn't posted about either of our Christmas workshops from October and November (mainly due to the fast pace nature of the season!). So before the year is out we decided that we should provide a brief overview and share some of the finished results from these workshops.

The first of our Christmas workshops was called Ornamental, where our guests could come and make 5 decorations each with a photo element inside. The idea of this workshop was that you could either create some beautiful decorations for yourself to capture your own memories from the year or perhaps frame some beautiful photos of loved ones and give as a gift.

Here is a look at some of the finished results.....










The second of our Christmas workshops was called Vintage Luminary and involved making a small scale lantern (made from Tim Holtz Vintage Luminary Bigz XL dies). Our guests had 4 different colours to choose from which seemed a big enough challenge in itself but everyone's turned out beautiful. Here are the 4 colour choices they could choose from:-

 
 Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of everyone's individual lantern, however I was lucky enough to have found a picture of Jane's lantern who completed the project on a separate day. Jane added a lovely flower to the front of her lantern which looked great against the festive foliage behind it.


 So there you have it, another year almost over, finished off by two superb workshops and the ideas are already flooding in for Christmas 2016.....

Make sure you stay tuned to the blog for our Year in Review post on New Year's Eve.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

12 Days of Christmas Day 12: Vintage Luminary


Hi bloggers, it's our final day in our countdown to Christmas and today we are bringing you our favourite project from our workshops this year, our Vintage Luminary. This adorable lantern is made from a thin chipboard which has been painted and embellished with festive foliage, bells and ribbon. We designed these lanterns in four different colours so make sure you check these out below.




If you were lucky enough to attend one of these workshops then why not try hanging it on your tree tonight with an LED candle and snuggle up this Christmas Eve. 

We hope you enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas 2015 and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!