Saturday, 30 May 2015

Did You Know?

In case you don't know, we hold a craft retreat twice a year in April and September - and a few of the things that set ours apart from other retreats is that:

  • YOU can choose whether you go for 1, 2 or 3 days, 
  • YOU can choose to take the accommodation package or organise your own.  
  • YOU also have a choice of classes to pick from. 
  • WE only ask for a £50 deposit when booking
  • YOU can pay as little or as much as you like, when you like, so long as the balance is paid 30 days before the retreat

Aberdeen might seem like a long way away for some of you, BUT we have a fantastic international airport here in Aberdeen with great links to most regional UK airports as well as regular flights to and from all over Europe and beyond.We also have great road and rail links North, South and West as well as ferry links to the islands.

In September this year we have a special guest tutor - the fabulously talented Ken Oliver as well as our resident tutors: Kath Stewart, Charlotte Mitchell and Debbi Glennie.

We've made a few tweaks to our retreats for September, based on feedback from attendees, so this is shaping up to be our best retreat ever.

This is also the perfect gift for all your crafty friends and relatives - how excited would they be to come along and craft for a day or three?

Debbi x

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Exciting News #2

We have a fantastic CRAFTACULAR weekend planned in June

FREE demonstrations throughout both days, fabulous cardmaking and scrapbooking classes, loads of special offers 
and get a SPECIAL FREE GIFT on the day when you call 01224 802486 and ask to be added to our VIP event list

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Exciting News #1

I'm so excited to be able to finally share this news with you. We've known for a wee while and it's been torture, trying to keep a lid on it.
We have an amazing special guest joing us as a tutor for 2 days at our Winter Craft Retreat in September, so if you haven't already booked your place, we would strongly recommend you book soon to avoid disappointment.
So who have we got coming to join us....
Clue 1. They are coming all the way from the U.S. Of A
Clue 2. It's a very talented crafter 
Clue 3. He's looking forward to returning to see us
have you guessed yet?

Yes it's none other than our favourite ........ Ken Oliver
Ken will be teaching on Saturday and Sunday at the retreat in September.
Give us a call on 01224 802486 or email for more information or to book your place.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Help Us Improve our Craft Retreats

we'd really appreciate your help to shape our future craft retreats - if you've been on previous retreats or fancy joining us at an upcoming retreat in September or April then we need your help. we've put together a very short survey that shouldn't take longer than 2 or 3 minutes to complete
 Survey Monkey Questionnaire

Spring 2015 Retreat - Scrapbook Layout

Sadly this is the last of Charlott'e retreat projects, but she's definitely ended on a high with this fabulous Graphic 45 Scrapbook Layout...
that was also the last project from the Spring Retreat 2015 - we still have a limited number of spaces at the Winter Retreat in September - click here for more details.
Debbi x

Monday, 25 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Mirabelle Mini Book

Here's Debbi's final project, the Mirabelle Mini Book...

Debbi used Mirabelle papers and a selection of Tim Holtz dies
pop back tomorrow for our last retreat project

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Bind It All Keepsake Book

Back again with a Bind-It-All project from Charlotte, she designed this super cute Gorjuss keepsake book
Charlotte's keepsake book was filled with lots of pockets and interactive pages
remember to pop back tomorrow
Debbi x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Tag Book

Back again for Debbi's tag book
this is another project that needs a few photos

Debbi used Curiosity Corner papers and tags cut using Tim Holtz dies
pop back tomorrow for another project from Charlotte
Debbi x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Canvas

Each of our tutors created a canvas project, and here's Charlotte with the last one...
Charlotte used: Dina Wakeley Scribbly Insects stamps and Tim Holtz layering stencils
remember to pop back tomorrow
Debbi x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Altered Art Binder

This was debbi's favourite project from the retreat - ideal for storing all the materials lists for all the projects from the retreat for future reference
Debbi used a selection of Tim Holtz dies, Bo Bunny Etcetera papers and distress inks
see you all again tomorrow
Debbi x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Tim Holtz Techniques

Charlotte created this fabulous recipe box using a variety of Tim Holtz Distress techniques, 
The box contains dividers and Charlotte used different techniques on each of them...

More from Debs tomorrow
Debbi x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Crazy Birds Canvas

Sadly this is the last of Kath's Retreat projects today, but don't be sad, not only is this a fab convas, but we have more projects from Deb and Charlotte still to come.

aren't those birdies just brilliant!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Fly Away Canvas

Here's another project from Debbi, where she has emphasised the use of texture and introduced colour from Tim Holtz Distress Stain Sprays

Debbi used a selection of diecuts, rolled paper, adhesive pearls, buttons and texture paste
Debbi x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Exploding Box

Charlotte decided to revisit and update an old favourite - the exploding box, and I think you'll agree she's definitely put a modern pretty spin on it
Charlotte used
Tim Holtz layering stencils
Visible Image stamps

Debbi x

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Love Frame

Hi again,
so today we're sharing another of Kath's projects, today its this fabulous Love Frame, We stock these cheap and cheerful frames and Kath has demonstrated how wonderful they can look with some paint, ink and glitter
as you can see Kath has added some words to the apertures to make a phrase, but you could add photo's of your loved ones too
Back again tomorrow with another of Charlotte's projects
Debbi x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Tim Holtz Tiles

Debbi decided to create 2 completely different mdf tiles with similar techniques but different colour schemes...

Debbi used
  • Tim Holtz Perspective and Paris Memoirs stamp sets
  • Tim Holtz Feather duo die and embossing folder set
  • MDF tiles
we've got another of Kath's projects tomorrow, so remember to pop back
Debbi x

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Birthday Plaque

it's Charlotte's turn today, so we're back with this fantastic wallhanging plaque....
isn't it simply gorgeous?
back again tomorrow with another project from Debs
Debbi x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Tim Holtz Envelope Album

Hi Folks,
back again with another of Kath's fabulous projects. this time we're sharing her fabulous Tim Holtz style envelope album..
and this is one of those projects that I really need to share lots of pics of for you to see how fab it really is...

Come back tomorrow for another project from Charlotte
Debbi x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Promarker Notebook

Back today with a project that Debbi taught twice at the retreat - the promarker notebook, using Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds stamp set
Just the ticket for keeping a note of all your important things to do
Debbi x

Saturated Canary Giveaway

Hi there and welcome to the home of Diamond White card and paper.
Thank you for entering our giveaway, please feel free to have a look around while you're here.
Just leave a comment to be in the draw for a box of Diamond White 120gsm paper, ideal for digi printing, stamps ng and colouring.
Good luck everyone
Debbi x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Spellbinding Projects

Charlotte stuck with all white projects to show off the beauty of these Sue wilson and Spellbinder dies and embossing folders
as well as 2 cards, she also designed a wonderful keepsake frame...

remember to come back tomorrow to see another of Debbi's projects.
Debbi x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Distress Your Storage

Hi again and welcome back to another of Kath's retreat projects, this time it's her Distress your Storage project. There was much hilarity involved with this one when the mallet was broken out to assist with construction.
Kath used the Distress Ink storage kit from Stamps Away - we stock a large selection of these alterable storage solutions.
This particular kit is ideal for the 12 new release colours of 2015 - have you seen the 5 new ones Tim has released already this year? Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron.

Debbi x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Stamped and Diecut Cards

Hi again,
Time for our third project from the Spring Craft Retreat, this time it's one of my projects... The stamped and diecut cards.
For these cards I tried to show how to get more from your dies, for example using the bow dies to make butterflies, and partially die cutting from your dies....
I used the following:
Sizzix simply lovely stamp and die set
Sue Wilson embroidered strip let die
Sue Wilson classic bow die set
Sue Wilson dotty bow die set
Sue Wilson netted bow stamp set
Tim holtz random oddities stamp set

Debbi x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Spring 2015 Retreat - Graphic 45 box

Back again with another project from the Spring Craft Retreat, today we are focussing on one of Charlotte's projects... A very useful storage box decorated with paints and Graphic 45 papers...
Charlotte used:
Graphic 45 Typography papers
Graphic 45 French Country papers
Distress inks and paints
Tim Holtz Writing Desk die
Ken Oliver alphabet stamps

Plenty of room in there for all your bits and pieces!
Debbi x 

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