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Friday, September 26, 2008

You've asked for pictures

of the class projects from the Crop so here they are:

Class one was a one page layout designed by Morag Cutts especially for the class. These papers and some of the embellishments will be available on the website and in the shop soon so watch this space.

Techniques included paper tearing, distressing, chalking, punch art, sewing and a few more I'm sure.

Class two was a card class using black and white.

When shut and tied with ribbon this is a great card but when you open it

You get a 3d look through a window. I think this was a hit and although it took a lot of cutting out, everyone was pleased with the final result.

Class 3 was a double page layout by Karen.

Time Flies was the first layout with 2 secret lift up compartments hiding journalling and with a raised border.

Page 2 featured a date wheel and a lesson on how to use Tulle.

The christmas class at the November Crop is a beauty so don't forget to book your place.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ooooh A bit of a gap

but I have been soooo busy doing all sorts of shop stuff plus boring ironing and housework. YUK!!!

Did any of you go to the 40's Weekend at Chathams Historic Dockyard last weekend? Well if you didn't you really missed a treat. What a great day out and so much to see and do. What was going to be a couple of hours wander turned into a 5 hour stroll with plenty of tea, cake and entertainment (oh and over 600 photos)some of which are below.

It was fantastic to see the re-enactments, people dressed in costumes and the authentic stands, cafes and displays. I had a wonderful day people watching.

If you did miss it this year put it in your diary for 2009. It's well worth a visit.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

We have a winner!!!!

At last we have a winner for the Cricut. We re-raffled the prize after no-one claimed the prize from the last raffle.

On Saturday at the Crop we raised a further One Hundred and Thirty Seven Pounds for the National Deaf Childrens Society so thank you to everyone who took part.

The winner was Julie and you can see a picture of her collecting her prize below.

Congratulations Julie. Well done!!!

Here are a few more photos from the day

plus a lovely layout by Jill Tidy made from our 2nd Limited Edition Kit.

(You will be able to see more of the layouts from the Limited Edition Kit son on the website).

The next Crop (the last before Christmas) is on 22nd November 2008 and you can buy you tickets now by visiting the website.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sneek Peek

If you're going to the crop on Saturday we thought you might like a peek at the 2 scrapbooking classes.

The first is "Morags Way"

We're in for a treat with this one so here's your sneek peek. You will need a 6 x 4 portrait photo and if in doubt please bring some black and white ones.

The afternoon class is karen's lovely "Simply Stated" double layout.

Here's your peek.

There are still a few places left so if you like what you see book your place.

The card class is also taking place but no sneak peeks on this one.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inspiration time again

Well we've been back a few days now so it's time to start that inspiration flowing again.

Today we have some superb layouts by Janice Newson. I have listed the products used for each layout just in case you want to have a go. I will add pictures showing each one in more detail later today.

First we have SHINY NEW BIKE

For this layout Janice used: Bazzill Cardstock; About A Boy "Peace" by Fancy Pants; Basic Grey Undressed Monograms; Adirondack Brights Acrylic Paint Dabber in Sail Boat Blue; Glossy Accents; Blue Dymo Tape; Papermania Eyelets; Rusty Pickle Buttons and Woodware Chippies - Circles.

Next we have LAUGH

This time Janice used: Bazzill Cardstock; About A Boy "Rockin paper" by Fancy Pants; Bazzill Betz Alphabet Cards; Fancy Pants About A Boy Rub-Ons; Buttons from Janices own stash.

And finally WHAT?

Janice used: About A Boy "Rockin & Chillin Papers" by Fancy Pants; Bazzill Cardstock; Fancy Pants About A Boy Rub-Ons; Chip Flowers from old Scrapbook Sisters Kit; Papermania Eyelets.

Janice has used minimal products to give great impact. We love all three and you will be able to see them up on the wall in the shop from Thursday.

Our newsletter is going out on Friday and will include new classes up to the end of October. Just to let you know, there are 2 more Gayle Bond Classes available. One is a repeat of the "Bobbing Along" which takes place on Thursday 25th September and the other is a brand new class called "Traditional Christmas Cards which takes place on Tuesday 28th October. Places are already selling fast so don't forget to book your places as soon as possible.

We know that no photo ever does a layout justice so watch out for those detailed photos. They will give you more of an idea just how good these layouts are.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Missing Video

I have at last managed to upload the video missing from 10th September entry, so without further ado here is Karen at her best.

Thanks you for all your birthday e-mails. Another year older and wiser?????? Hope so.

Happy Birthday......

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear Julie
Happy Birthday to you.....

Have a great day .
Lots of love
Mum Dad Karen Kerry Jack and Michael
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Saturday, September 13, 2008

We're home

and really tired after a bumpy flight. We still have loads more pictures to show you and i will put some of them on tomorrow when I can stay awake for longer than a few minutes.

Don't forget that some more classes this time taking place during the day, will go on sale from Monday plus loads more goodies will appear on the website so keep checking back.

I have just received Morags layout for the Crop Class next Saturday and all I can say is STUNNING. You'll definately love this one. I have also seen Karens double layout for her crop class which is superb. Again one not to be missed.

Have a great evening.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We're on our way home

or we will be at 3.25am UK time (7.25pm time where we are). At the moment we are in the hotel with cases packed and just enough time to spend a couple of hours by the pool before we check out and drive to the airport.

We have had a fantastic time, met loads of new friends and had a good rest. We can't wait to get home now and see our families and get cracking. We have so many new ideas and classes planned it's scary.

Talking of classes, we have now put a few of Octobers Classes on the website. Special ones to watch out for are the Delightful Distressables which is a class we took at Creative Escape with Tim Holtz. If you think you know what you can do with those Distress items you will be really surprised and the finished article is superb.

Also look out for karen Stationery Delight. I can't believe what a fantastic project this is and it's definately one you don't want to miss.

For the first time we have also arranged a themed Scrap Attack on Halloween Night and an all day class which includes lunch. Based on the success of these classes we will look to do more all day classes as christmas approaches.

So to end for today here are a few more pictures of where we are.

and of course we had to visit a few more shops.

We spent a good hour yesterday trying to balance our packed cases on the scales in the bathroom. Hopefully they will let us on the plane.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

Lots of love. Karen and Julie xx

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A trip to the shops

and we've had a fantastic time wandering around all sorts of places and drooling over loads of goodies.

It's nice to see that a lot of the stuff we saw in the shops here, is already in the UK which is great. There are some new lines which we haven't seen before but some of those are coming home with us for the new classes in October and there are some really great things planned for the coming months leading up to Christmas.

Here are a few pictures to temp you. This is a spot Karen competition. You'll see what I mean.

And there was a quick trip to MacDonalds which was great as we found the Ribbon Shop next door.

Plus loads to eat afterwards at Dennys. More soon.

Sedona or Bust

There was one place that everyone said we should visit and that was Sedona. Used as a backdrop in many westerns, we were told it was a fantastic place and not to be missed.

So we decided to miss our morning lay in, get up really early and drive the 176 miles to Sedona. Did we enjoy it???? See what karen has to say.


The cowboy theme has run through most of our holiday including our trip to RAW HIDE and authentic town with a jail (as you saw yesterday), saloon and gunfighters who will shoot at each other for any reason.

And if you were wondering how I got out of jail (I thought I could get away with not showing this but Karen insisted. I wonder why?)

And if anyone knows how to turn the video so that you don't have to lay down to watch it, please let me know.

More later including shopping trip to Scrapbooks Etc

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Karen said I had to put this on the blog

and I am now trying very hard to pay her back.

Yesterday night I was arrested!!!!! Yes thats right ARRESTED!!!

Keep watching to see what I had to do to get out of jail!!!!!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's wonderful what people will do

to raise money for a charity and thats part of what Creative Escape is all about. This year we were raising money for Cancer Research and during the course of the 2 days we had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets, the first prize being 2 tickets for a Scrap Cruise which were donated so all of the monies raised went to the charity.

By Saturday night the total raised was $6000 but it didn't stop there. Mr Bazzill (Doug) decided we would have an auction and the prize was to be TIM HOLTZ SHIRT designed as a one off for the event.

The first bid started at $100 but it very quickly went up to $1000 and we thought that was that but the price still kept going up and it eventually sold for $6000. Here is the lucky winner

Everyone was delighted. What a fantastic gesture for a good cause.

We met loads of lovely people during the event including our youngest scrapper Cody who is only a few weeks old and really beautiful.

And some new adult friends who we hope will come and visit us when they next come to the UK.

Oh and I won a prize for the Treasure Hunt. More lovely goodies to add to the growing pile that we some how have to get home.

And finally for now, just to show you that we did actually do some work.

It's 10.20am here now and we are setting off to Scrapbooks Etc, Hobby Lobby (never heard of this one before but assured it is huge) and a few hundred others. YIPEE!!!!!!

More photos later. xx