Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me....with Kaisercraft

If you missed the Flutterby Crafts Tea Party to raise funds for the Rainbow Rooms at the Newbury Hospital this is one of the Make and Takes that Nicky was demonstrating at the Card Making table.

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Nicky has cut and folded the base card to make this gorgeous 3 dimensional card.  If you would like to replicate this style of folded card there are lots of pre cut and folded packs available for you to purchase in the shop.

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Nicky has used a selection of Kaisercraft Scrapbook papers from the Hey Birdie collection available here on-line or in the shop.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Hand painting fun!!

Last Christmas I received a lovely apron which had been handmade by my darling daughter, Helen. The apron was made with plain calico which, whilst it was lovely, was a bit...plain...so I thought it would be good to decorate it...using the wonderful Jo Sonja's paints and a bit of textile medium. Having painted it in pretty pinks and yellows, it was felt that it needed a little something extra......how about some handprints? Brilliant idea! And who better to do the handprints than the Jet. What fun was had..one little girl, one indulging Nanny and LOADS of paint (actually I really only wanted to show that these paints are very child friendly - and they are!)

No doubt there will be more photos once it has dried and I will be proudly showing it off in the shop....come and have a look.

Lynn x

Friday, 27 May 2011

Paper Piecing with stamps

Nicky is bringing new life to her stamps by using her tiny scraps of paper that she can't bear to throw away.

She has stamped several times on different scrapbook papers, layered them on top of each other to give a tapestry effect.

If you have not visited our shop why not pay us a visit as we have a huge range of scrapbook papers in the shop or on-line here.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New beads in the Jewellery Shop

If you visit Ruth in the Jewellery shop you will find NEW Toho Seed Beads (size 6) in these very delicious colours and more!

She also has a selection of 4mm and 5 mm Crystal Montees in lots of different colours.

If you are stuck for inspiration why not visit our Jewellery Gallery where I frequently upload projects made at the shop.

Monday, 23 May 2011

KaiserCraft - Beyond the Page

Calling all scrapbookers, look what we have in stock by KaiserCraft. We have a selection of wooden albums in the Beyond The Page collection.

The Milestone Album Range features birthdays.

Lynn also has this Fairy Castle Album which can be decorated with Jo Sonjas Paints and Mediums together with a wide range of Scrapbook papers in our bricks and mortar shop and here on line.

How adorable is this Fairy Castle Album? I can see a project from Lynn and Catherine coming up with this album, watch this space!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Busy at the Tea Party

Just look at these yummy cakes that are available with a cuppa at the Flutterby Tea Party today.  If you haven't dropped by today there is still time to help raise funds for the Rainbow Rooms at Newbury Hospital.

Cakes supplied by The Little Thatcham Cake Company

Tents are up with bunting as people arrived early this morning in the sunshine.

Grant (Lynn's hubby) in charge of drinks and cakes!

Catherine at her Make and Take table (Scrapbooking)

Make and Take - Scrapbooking with Beer mats.

Graham Hall from C J Beaders

Graham showing you how to use your Beading Tools.

Demonstrating beading and beading wires and lots more.

Liz Black playing with Jo Sonja's paints and mediums

Nicky demonstrating her Make and Take to a full house!

One of the Make and Take projects which you can make today.

Crafting hands at work!

Ruth in the Beading shop demonstrating Pevote Stitched Pendants

Pevote Stiched pendant being made.

Pevote Stitched Earring - pop along to the Tea Party and make this earring today.

Pevote Stitched Pendant - Make and Take today in the Bead Shop
Whoops, I have just realised that I have no photos of Lynn but you can be sure that she is manning the tills in the shop, giving out lots of crafty tips and trying to raise lots of money for The Rainbow Rooms.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Tea Party update!!

Well, the tents are up, the bunting has been hung, Nicky knows what she is getting up to, Catherine is all prepared, Ruth will rise to the challenge, Liz and Graham are not sure what they are letting themselves in for!!

It is the first time in 3 years that we have taken the courage to get the tents out again, so we are all excited and looking forward to it.

AND just to complete the day the wonderful GC has agreed to come and man the urn!!

So come, have some fun, have a go and help us raise money for the Rainbow Rooms at Newbury hospital.

If you would like to know more about the Rainbow Rooms please check out this link and I am sure you will agree that it is a very worthy recipient of our support.

See you there,

Lynn xx

Tea Party at Flutterby Crafts

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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Cardboard 3D Letters and Numbers

How exciting........Lynn has LOADS of new 3D cardboard Letters and Numbers in stock.

These are perfect for using with Jo Sonja's paints and mediums........or with scrapbook papers.

These large letters are 20.5 cm tall and 25mm thick.

The small letters and numbers are 10.5 cm tall and 20mm thick.

So now the big decision is......what letters and which numbers should you choose for your next project!!

Lynn would love to see your projects.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Latest Newsletter

Hi Everybody

So, are you all back to normal? Bank holidays over (well for a few weeks!), kids all back at school and the weather getting more like it should be - not that I did not like the sunshine and heat!

Anyway, things are settling back down at the shop. The classes have started again, we have been having good fun. Nicky has been getting the Ladies in her cardmaking classes playing with gold flakes - they had a go at making faux lace!

In the Promarker class last Saturday Nicky had the ladies colouring in a collage rubber stamp - now the ladies have got the problem of making a VERY simple card for the challenge. Interesting!

In the Cardmaking class last Thursday evening the ladies made a lovely card. For once I was totally organised and I had done the one thing everybody asks, set it up so that no-one had to make any decisions just enjoy the class - none of that, however, stopped Tracie & Julie from doing their own thing and changing bits around. I give up!!

The beading class, with Ruth, is going great guns and we have made some lovely bracelets, some of which will be featured on our blog over the next week or so.

And then, finally, today we had some fun playing with shaving foam!! If you want to know what I do with my shaving foam then you will have to come to the Jo Sonjas club!! So, like I said, everything is going back to normal!

Now, the purpose of this email is to let you know about some of the bits that are coming up:

This Saturday, the 14th, it is Jo Sonja's day. We have a lovely lady called Liz Black coming to spend the day with us.

Liz is a painting teacher by trade and she enjoys playing with the Jo Sonja's paints and mediums - take a look at her website to see the type of things she likes to do!!

Liz will be sitting in the shop, during the morning, having fun demonstrating how to make blackboards and then in the afternoon she will be up in the workshop with the Jo Sonja's Club making blackboards. So come and join us for the demo then have a go at decorating your own blackboard. I will be doing one especially for my new kitchen - then I can leave great big lists for GC to do when I am not at home!!

Then, the following Saturday
the 21st May
we will be having a Tea Party!!

We will be putting the bunting up, so come join us for a cup of tea and a cup cake and help us raise some money for the Rainbow Room at Newbury Hospital.

While you are drinking your cuppa and enjoying your cake, you can watch various demonstrations and even take part in a mini make-and-take. You can even bring your troubles to us, ask us about the things you are not sure about - and if it is craft related, we might even be able to sort it out - if its not craft related you could be giving us just the gossip we need to keep us going!!

Among the things that will be going on:

In the Bead Shop:

Graham Hall from CJ Beaders will be here talking about Beadalon jewellery findings & wires.

Graham knows all there is to know about Beadalon, finding, wires and tools - so if you want to know about the differences between Beadalon and other products, come and talk to him - he will soon put you right. AND if we are lucky he will bring some new beads along with him!!

Ruth will be running a simple make-and-take with the Toho beads

and in the Paper Shop/Workshop you will find Liz Black will be back with us, demonstrating some basic painting techniques (if you speak nicely to her she might even let you have a go!!). We are looking to start up some painting classes, so this will be the ideal time to get to know the teacher!!!

will be running a scrapbooking make-and-take

will be having fun with the cards

Not sure yet what I will be doing, but I am sure something will come along - I will probably end up making the tea and gossiping, you know me.

If the weather is bad we will be playing around indoors, if the weather is good we will be spreading ourselves around in the gardens.

Sounds brilliant and is great if you want to 'have a go'!

All money raised from the teas & cakes will be passed on to the Rainbow Rooms

AND if you bring someone new to the shop who wants to have a go at crafting we will put TWO extra loyalty points on your card!!!!

I have just realised how long this has turned into and I did not warn you to have a drink before you start!! Sorry.

Anyway, it is a bit late now, because I have just about finished!! Just a quick last paragraph to give an update on things from the last newsletter. Nicky's Dad is out of hospital and is progressing well - as is Karen.

Buzz is well recovered from his little operation and is back to terrorising the life out of Bridie.

AND Frejya has started to walk - bless!!

So there you go, all over now - go and get yourself a cuppa.

Remember to pop in and meet Liz on Saturday (and have a go at making a blackboard!!) and join us on the 21st for a Tea Party!!

See you then

Lynn and the Girls xx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Paper Piecing with Fegus

Have you ever tried paper piecing with your stamps?

Well, take a look below at how Nicky has changed the look of this stamp using those spare bits of paper that were too good to bin!

Nicky has used the Fergus with Cupcake stamp from Wild Rose Studio.

Fergus with Cupcake
  • A7 stamp set
Say 'happy birthday' or cheer up a friend with the promise of cake; either way this fun stamp is sure to come in handy.

There is a wide range of Wild Rose Studio stamps available here on line.

Nicky has inked and placed a paper piece on the folded corner of the Kraft Card adding dimension using a button and ribbon. All supplies for this card are available in our shop in Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Saturday fun with JS & Liz

Yesterday (Saturday) we had Liz Black of Applejack Crafts with us demonstrating, during the morning, the use of Jo Sonja's products to make Faux Finishes and it was great fun. I learnt a lot, just got to find time to put it into practice now!!

In the afternoon, Liz worked with the ladies in the Jo Sonja's Saturday Club. They all had a go at making blackboards. Not only did they have fun, but they also came out with something useful to take home!!!

Here are photos of them having fun and some of the Blackboards that were made.

I have got more photos, but I am not good at loading them onto the blog, so I will have to get Joanna to do the biz for me when she returns from her weekend of fun, but I think this gives you the idea.

Lynn xx

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Demonstration today

Hi Everybody

Forget about the Cup Final, come and have fun playing with Jo Sonjas Gesso and some mdf. We are making chalk boards.....

Liz will be demonstrating this morning and teaching this afternoon. So much fun to be had!!!

Oh...and the kettle will be on.

See you there.

Lynn xx

Friday, 13 May 2011

Envelope Card on Youtube

Here is the link to our first Youtube video.


The video will show you how to make this beautiful envelope card using KaiserCraft Lullaby collection. Nicky has made it as a baby card but this is an ideal way of presenting a gift voucher (I did one for my Parents with a garden centre voucher in one envelope and packets of seeds in the other - how lovely was that?)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Get yourself entered into a prize draw to win a £20 craft voucher: let us know which craft magazines that you like to read. Catherine and I are looking for the most popuar ones to advertise in.

So put your comments in and be put in the draw.

Lynn x

Beaded Bracelot

Ruth has made this lovely bracelet using some new beads available in our Beading shop.

If you would like to learn about Jewellery Making why not join our weekly workshops held by Ruth.

Tuesday evenings, 6.30 til 8.30
£12.50 for new projects (beads & pattern)
£10.00 if own project & beads provided or for UFO's.