Monday, 30 March 2009

Design Team Call!!

As of Wednesday May 6th we are hoping to relaunch our Weekly Challenge on the Flutterby Blog.

So we are Looking for a new design team. So if you are interested and a regular Customer or visitor to Flutterby Crafts we would love to hear from you.

Please send some examples of your work to Tracy at, stating why you would like to be considered.

The DT will be notified by the 27th April that they are successful and What the first Challenge will be.

We are looking for various techniques - not just stamping.



Sunday, 29 March 2009

Clocks Went Forward!

Did you remember to put your Clocks forward last night?

I did not and had the Michael taken out of me as I was informed I had over slept and technically I had not. LOL!!

Any How, for those that came along yesterday to the big tool event we thank you for your support.

For those that did not come, where were you? You missed some amazing information on how to use your cricut machines with the design studio to the best of their ability. Joanna had some amazing samples and Knowledge of the machines.

Tracy was Playing nicely and Nicky was making the most adorable little notebooks with the new Bind it all.

Over the next few days we will be adding projects for you to view.

First up is Joannas' little plane, How adorable for any little boys card or for someone emigrating or going on a long vacation.

For this card Joanna had to dangle the aeroplane with an acetate strip as it would not stand as a shaped card on it's own. The aeroplane was cut out and layered using Craft Creations blue gingham paper. Bazzill cardstock was used for the layers and the clouds were cut using white glitter paper. The star background paper was also Craft Creations paper and I added some clouds using a stamp from my stash. I added detail using a black and white pen.

Now Isn't that clever.

Talk soon


Saturday, 28 March 2009

Goodies galore!

Okay I give up!! I surrender!!!

Lynn, Nicky, Ruth and I have been unpacking boxes, weighing, filling bags, pricing and moving displays around all week. (we even had Grant helping in the evenings).

It has been a manic week at Flutterby this week. So many deliveries. So many new goodies.

We have Just Tracys range of stamps in - the cutest Baby Dinosaurs, and Bonny Baby Stamps.

We have Penny Black Stamps in.

We have the new Scrummy Tilda papers and embellishments (I have nabbed some of these already LOL)!!

We have some new large beads in.

We have the New TOHO seed beads in - absolutely gorg!

We have also had in new parchment pricking and embossing stencils.

And We now have Beadalon.

Everything is in the shop and ready and waiting for you.

So come on in and enjoy a craft splurge with us.

Do not Forget today is the day to come in and talk about the Big tools.

We are there to help you discuss and explore the:-

Cricut Expression, Cricut Create, Cricut jukebox and design studio.


The new pink bind it all or any other advice you need.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Good Morning Berkshire!!

We have been busy.

I was weighing and measuring Toho Seed Beads all night the other night and yesterday evening was spent making the most gorgeous necklace with some new beads in at Flutterby crafts, I was helping Katie with her workshop. The ladies all did a superb Job.

Me thinks my ladies will love it in Plymouth, so will buy the beads so we can do it all together.

Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon talking to Richard of Scrapdoodles and looking over his yummy range of papers. Including Flair designs, 3 bugs in a rug and others. Poor man I think he was glad to get out of there eventually. All I can say is over the next few months, you are all going to be totally spoilt for choice.

Today I am setting up for the big tool workshops, and hopefully at some point we may have a delivery of Panduros Tilda in.(not to be confused with the Magnolia range)I have been fortunate enough to work with these items before and I must say the papers are absolutely lovely.

Gotta go Lynn Is ready to crack the whip. Who Ever Said a demonstrators Job was about playing all day, definately needs to meet LYNN LOL!!!!!



Thursday, 26 March 2009


Well it certainly feels like it.

Yesterday afternoon was an exciting one for the Bead Shop.

We had a delivery of large Shell and Wooden beads, but not only that...........

Drum Roll Please.

Seed Beaders, We had our first consignment of TOHO Seed Beads.
We have 11s' and 15's rounds. Hexs', Triangles and Cubes.

OOHHH! They are lush! Last night we started getting them all nice and packaged.

These beads are to die for. So uniformed in size. So all those intricate seed bead patterns, are finished to perfection.

So come on in and get your fix. More will be arriving Soon.


Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Penny Black!!

Oh my Goodness! Oh My Goodness!!

Lots of lovely scrummyness!

Went into Flutterby Yesterday to be faced with Penny Black Goodness.

You better get in there quick, thats if you don't want myself and Nicky to nab them all before you have a chance to look. Unfortunately the Acrylic ones we chose were out of stock at the supplier, but that does not distract from the fact that there here!


I have already chosen at least four I want LOL!!

Come on In and take a look.

Don't forget Our Big Tool Weekend this weekend.

Look What Joanna Has made,

Now does that not just inspire you to play, or what.

Joanna Says:-Bouquet of Spring flowers

This was really fun to make. I cut all the flowers using Bazzill Bling card and the gorgeous Craft Creations Paper. I cut the flowers on my Cricut at different sizes and layered them. The buttons are so lovely and are new at Flutterby Crafts. They come in so many shapes and colours it's so hard to decide which packet to go for! Some of the flowers were embossed with Swiss Dots using my Cuttlebug. The flowers were glued onto kebabs sticks and the tin was found for 99p at a large hardware store. I cut very thin strips of white paper and scrunched them up for the filling in the bucket. Finally I added a ribbon to the tin. I then spent more time arranging the display of flowers than actually making them!! A really enjoyable project

Joanna X

So get those Die cutting machines out and your stamps and play, play, play.


Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Hello Peeps, Long time no speak.

Good morning.

Hello and good morning to you all.I am a bit bleary eyed this morning.

I am up in Berkshire at the moment having a fun time.
Would just like to say hello to everyone who stopped by at Chepstow to say hello, and to purchase the Just Tracys Designs. Didn't they do well.
I was very nervous but was delighted with the comments. Those that bought; I hope they managed to get inked up over the weekend or were you all out enjoying the glorious sunshine. Ohh quick note they do look lovely on shrink plastic, perfect button size.

Right Now Lynn, from flutterby has stopped looking over my shoulder as I type I can say, she is a SLAVE DRIVER!!!! Lol!

She had me up till past midnight on Saturday Drinking in wine. As you all know I don't touch a drop of the hard stuff, Ha Ha. (Lynn and Michelle Saxon forced me to do it Ofichers, honest HIC!).

Then Sunday was Working in the shop tidying things away.

Yesterday we spent a lovely day, Walking Kez and Kip, two of the most adorable Black labs. we walked around the woods for over 2 miles, me walked aren't I good. This was followed by a lovely day out in Winchester where we went and had a look at the Cathedral, it is beautiful. Did some retail therapy and had the most lovely lunch. (The Waiter was to die for).

Then after our evening meal off we went to the shop to finish off building shelves in the play room. Well Grant builded, we got in the way.

I'll report back later with any goings on.But don't forget If your in the vacinity Of Newbury and Thatcham at the weekend pop in to Flutterby crafts and say hello. We are holding a big Machine/ tools clinic. Got any questions on the Cricut, design studio, cuttlebug and the like pop in and book your slot!!

Speak soon.

Tracy xxx

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day

So, Joanna has been busy again!
Here is her latest creation, together with the instructions. I hope you all enjoy it and have a good St Patrick's Day.
Watch out for the Big Tools Surgery at the end of the month.
For all the Irish cardmakers – Happy St Patrick’s Day - 17 March 2009

Wow, this was so easy to make using my Cricut Design Studio and I borrowed a Paper Doll Dress Up (PPDU) Cricut cartridge as I don’t own this myself.

I found a shamrock hidden in the PPDU cartridge. It is not visible from the back of the cartridge box but can be found in the booklet. I welded and cut the shamrocks in Bazzill Bling cardstock and then cut another shamrock in the lovely Craft Creations paper available at Flutterby Crafts. I then printed my text “Happy St Patrick’s Day” using word art in Microsoft Word which was layered onto a scallop circle. I found a green button in my stash and threaded a ribbon through the holes. Finally, I added some green Kaiser gems for the bling factor.

If you don’t have the CDS the shamrock could be cut out and layered onto your base card.

Of course the shamrock idea can also be used as a Good Luck card if you change the text.

I love it when an idea comes together so quickly ……… Happy St Patrick’s Day!