Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Hi Everybody

Just a quick little hi-jack (sorry, Joanna).

Need to let you all know about the bits & pieces that have come into the bead shop today. Loads of findings (necessary but boring) and masses of beads. BIG beads, stripey beads, cube beads, bright beads, fun beads, loadsa beads.

Need to get down an see beads!!

Enjoy your playtime.

Lynn x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Kanban Wobblers

Lynn mentioned in the lastest newsletter that we have a stock of Kanban 3D die cuts, toppers and card stock now available in the shop - including the new Wobblers.

These Wobblers are great fun and soooooo easy to make. There are more Wobbler packs in the shop so why not pay us a visit.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Newsletter - July 2010

Hi Everybody

Now, it has - so far - taken me four days to write this letter. Not because I have nothing to say (as if!) but more because there is so much, I am not sure where to start. So I think you need to make a stiff drink and sit with your feet up before you begin to read it. So here goes......................

Can you believe that we are at Summer Holiday time already?!! It seems like only 5 minutes since the beginning of the year and here we are almost into August. Still, at least we appear to be having a summer this year. Let's hope that the weather stays good so that the Kids can let off steam in the fresh air.

Talking of Kids, let me start this newsletter by talking about the Summer Kids Klub - I know, I usually give you the low down on the family first but I will come to that later.

The Summer Kids Klub will be run during the month of August, starting on the 3rd of August. It will be run on the Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am 'til 12.30. Tuesdays will be Scrapbooking with Catherine and Thursdays will be Jewellery Making with Ruth (both ably assisted, on occasions, by the lovely Bethany!).

We have had a lot of enquiries about the Kids Klub this year, so make sure you get your darlings booked in - places are limited.

Also, with the scrapbooking class it would be good if the youngsters can come on all four classes as Catherine would like to work on a project that build over the weeks.

The classes are 10.30 'til 12.30 am and cost £10 per child per class, which includes all materials (although we will need photos for the scrapbooking) - if you book all 8 class get a £10 discount. Book all 8 and give yourself 16 hours child free!!

Well with that bit done, I can now get back to where I usually begin and, boy, have I got some family news for you all!!

I know that some of you have already heard about this, but Grant and I are about to have a new addition to our family.

We are going to become surrogate Mummy & Daddy to a real live Andrex puppy. He is currently five weeks old and we have called him Buzz. His real Mummy is a gorgeous yellow Labrador called Honey who we have know since she was a pup herself. He is sooo lovely.

I have put some photos of him on our blog and on our facebook, if you want to see him.

For those of you that know Bridie (our Cairn Terror - sorry, Terrier) can you imagine what our household will be like once the puppy moves in? Bridie is like the Duracell Bunny, she NEVER wears down and now we are adding another young dog to the mix. Are we mad or what?!?!?

This week we have got Helen and Jet coming to stay for a few days and I cannot wait to take them to meet our new baby. I am hoping to get some time off to spend with Helen & Jet, we fancy taking Jet fishing for tiddlers and, depending on the weather, maybe a day out somewhere. But, of course, it all depends on the weather.

Also this week we are busy working on the new workshop brochure for the Autumn term - when I say 'we', I mean that in the Royal sense of the word as Joanna is the one doing all the hard work - thank you Joanna!

Watch out for a few new workshops starting in the Autumn. There will be some new classes on Wednesdays during the daytime. I will be running a serviette art class on alternate weeks and I am talking to someone (shhh, it a secret at the moment) about Scrapbooking classes/crop - not sure yet if it will be during the day or in the evening. More information in the next week or so.

Nicky and I are busy working on our first run through of the projects for the Craft Retreat (Tracy has already sorted hers!!), which is moving along at a pace now. All the bits are coming together and I will be getting out the tool kit list by mid August.

If you are still thinking about coming on the retreat but have yet to book your place, time is marching on and there are only limited places left. Do not leave it too late!! Contact me if you would like more details.

What else is there to mention? New stuff!!

We have a stock of Kanban 3D die cuts, toppers and card stock now available in the shop - including the new Wobblers.

I know that it is a bit early yet, but we will be receiving our new Christmas range sometime in the next week or two!!!!! Not sure I am looking forward to it arriving - not only have we got to find room for it in the shop, but it also means that the darker nights are coming closer. Not funny.

The Christmas release of Wild Rose Studio will be in with the new Christmas stock and watch out for details of a special visit from Dulcie Jackson - creator of the Milton stamps from Wild Rose Studio - early in September - more details in the next newsletter. But you WILL want to be there.

So that is not too bad. I have just printed this out for Hubby Dear to read it and check it out for spelling, grammar and general reading, and it is only 3 pages. Good going.

Have a good summer break. Check out the website for workshop details - also look at the galleries for ideas and remember to look at the pictures of Buzz on the blog, I'm off to see him again tomorrow night so watch out for new piccies.

With love from

Lynn and the girls.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

New Addition!

Sorry, Jonna. I have hijacked the blog, but I have to share my news with everybody. Please forgive me. But I want you all to meet this little Buzz

He is four weeks old and will be coming home to us around the 20th August. Bridie cannot wait to have a new playmate. Grant and I are taking the Rescue Remedy in readyness for the chaos that will ensue.

To see more pictures take a look at our facebook page .

Now, take a look at the posts that Joanna has put on here. She is currently showcasing some of the new bits that we have in the shop.

Bye. Lynn xx

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Scrapbook Sets

Oh my gosh, if you into scrapbooking or would like to give a fellow crafter a gift, these scrapbook sets are perfect.

The scrapbook set below is by Brenda Walton which includes 2 x scrapbook albums and lots of embellishments that coordinate with the album.

This K&Co scrapbook album includes die cuts and embellishments. It also make a perfect paper organiser.

If you pop into the shop you can see the full selection of scrapbook albums which is dwindling fast as they are flying out of the door!

Why not start now and compile a scrapbook to give to a member of your family as a memorable gift.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Rubber Stamps Galore!!

Have you been into the shop lately? Lynn has had a massive delivery of retired quality rubber stamps.

Personal Impressions
Fun Stams
Hero Arts

Once they are sold there will be no more reordering of these stamps so, hurry up to Flutterby Crafts for some rubber stamps at some fantastic reduced prices.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Rubber Stamp Club

If you would like to learn some more rubber stamping techniques, come and join our monthly Rubber Stamp Club.

Rubber Stamp Club
Saturday, 17 July
2.00 - 4.00pm
(Click on image above for further details)

Whilst Nicky is away this week, Lynn will be stepping in. She will be showing you embossing techniques with your Rubber Stamps all the way through to TRIPLE embossing.

Here is a peep at some TRIPLE embossing samples for you newbies.

You are sure to have fun with these techniques as you can achieve some wonderful results which add so much dimension to your projects. So, don't hesitate to book yourself onto this Rubber Stamp Club (all about EMBOSSING) and join in the fun with Lynn.

Hubby creche - Art Stamp Show

After spending 3 days at the recent Art Stamps Show in Newbury, Lynn returned to the shop to find a delightful e-mail message from a man who had taken up the opportunity of the Hubby Creche!

While visiting Newbury craft fair on sat 3rd July with my wife, i was most pleasantly surprised to find that "Flutterby Crafts" had thought of us poor hubbies, and supplied a comfortable Hubby creche for us drivers/bag carriers!! They had supplied numerous magazines and newspapers and also ice cold drinks at no charge. This was a very thoughtful thing to do and hope that this will take off in the future. Thanks once again to Flutterby Crafts and to yourselves on another great craft fair that my wife thoroughly enjoyed.

B Williams

All that can be said is how lovely of B. Williams to take the time to send such an appreciative message . (You should have seen the smile on Lynn's face on reciept of this made her day!).

You see she does try to think of everything, happy husband = happy wife!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Easel Card

Recently, Lynn made this Easel card for a workshop at Flutterby Crafts. Did you notice how she supported the top half of the card by the cute button and ribbon!

When you visit the General Project Gallery you will see a side view of this lovely card.

If you would like to know how to make Easel Cards why not contact Lynn at and she will let you know when she will be demonstrating this technique at her workshop.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Napkin Art!

The Jo Sonja stand at the Art Stamps Fair last weekend was buzzing! Lots of people where picking up and stroking the projects that were on display. The visitors were amazed at the lovely projects that had been simply made with Jo Sonja paints and Napkins.

Which leads me nicely to these simple wooden beads.........

So you might be thinking that these look like plain ordinary wooden beads.......well take a look below at how Lynn decorated these beads with Jo Sonja paints and Napkins!

I can tell you that these look absolutely stunning and Lynn has them in the shop if you would like a closer look.

It is truly amazing the things Lynn comes up with to decorate with paints and napkins with stunning results.

If you visit our new Jewellery Gallery you will see a photo of the whole necklace.

If you would like to learn more about Jo Sonja paints and the art of using napkins why not take a look at our workshop details here.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Saturday at the Art Stamp Show

I am really tired now. What a great day. I was not in the shop, which is always sad - I love my shop. But, I saw loads of our customers at the Art Stamp Show and I have met loads of new people. Fantastic!

And, loads of people visited Ruth and Karen in the shops.

Also, the Hubby Creche went down a storm at the show. A great day.

Lets hope for the same tomorrow. Lynn

Friday, 2 July 2010

Oh my gosh, yesterday I popped into the shop to catch up with the Lynn and I was tripping up over LOTS and LOTS of boxes that had just arrived with NEW goodies.!

There is so much gorgeous new stuff in the shop that I am sure the girls are wearing out their pricing guns!!!!

Well, here is the 1st of many deliveries to show you. Yes, Lynn has some Martha Stewart punches in the shop. Now, I am not quite sure if these are going to the Art Stamp Fair or they will be in the shop on Saturday, but be quick because they are sure to go quickly.

I must say that I already own a few MS punches and they punch beautifully. Here below is a lovely flower combo. There are 3 acrylic stamps hidden under the flower disc and when you have stamped your flower you can punch it out. How FANTASTIC is that!!

I know it's a difficult decision but why don't you go to the Art Stamps Fair, visit the Flutterby Crafts stand at the show and then pop along to the shop in Thatcham.......just make a day of crafting!!!!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Come and see us..... the Newbury Art Stamp Show and Papercraft Fair
held at the Newbury Racecourse,
this Saturday and Sunday.

We will have a stand upstairs, so just follow the signs for the Hubby Creche (yes you can drag your hubby along, to carry all your goodies!).

If you are new to the area and would like to visit our Bricks and Mortar shop click here for directions. The shop is a short 10 minute drive from the Racecourse and you will be in for a treat!

For local customers come up and say "Hi" to Lynn and the Girls, don't be shy they promise me they won't check your bags!