Saturday, 30 July 2011

Thank You

Thank you to everybody that came to our Christmas do last night. We had a good laugh and lots of chatter.

Nicky ran a book mark make'n'take using the new Christmas Fizzy Moon and we had a raffle. Between these event, together with the contents of the rattle tins (which have been on the counter for a few months), we managed to raise a magnificent £75 for our chosen charity - The Rainbow Rooms at Newbury Hospital.

The raffle prize winners were:
Julie Head
Kay Tabrett
Rose Hogg
and finally, Mr (or Mrs) MacSteen.
Congratulations to them all.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Lynn x

Friday, 29 July 2011

TONIGHT - Christmas at Flutterby Crafts

Ok, fizzy in the fridge (toxic and non-toxic),
Mince pies ready,
samples done,
offers put out.

Christmas has arrived!!

See you all later today.

Lynn x

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Christmas Launch Invitation

Hi Everybody

Now, this is just a quick newsletter - I promise. It is to give you some good news, some bad news and a special invitation!!

The good news is that the stairs, leading up to the workshop, are about to be replaced - the bad news is that this will mean that the workshop will be out of action starting next Monday (1st August), but (and this is even more good news) we will also be having the lift repaired, so access will be easier for those that find it difficult to make the stairs!!

Before you go worrying about the classes next week, never fear help is here - we will move the classes down to the shop for the week. You will be like evacuees being moved down into the basement!!!

Shows how sad we are, the excitement over having some new stairs put up has got us all a quiver!!

The next bit of good news is that we are having some very new stock come into the shop this week, the bad news is that this means we are starting to prepare for Christmas (bah, humbug!!). The good news, though, is that it is not all about Christmas - we have got the new Melissa Francis designs in and they are lush.

Which leads me into the real purpose for this newsletter.

Please click on poster above to enlarge view of invitation to our Christmas launch. I hope you will all be able to make it.

There will be demonstrations going on in both the papershop and the beadshop. There will be special offers and details of our forthcoming Christmas workshop weekends.

There, that was a quick newsletter. See you all on Friday.

Have a good week.

Best wishes

Flower Glass Beads

Look at these gorgeous glass flower beads.
They are ever so popular and selling very quickly.

Lynn has made this lovely necklace incorporating
the glass flower beads with seed beads.

Here is a close up showing you some of the lovely
colours the new beads come in.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Baby Boy - Slider Card

A lovely slider card made by Nicky Hayden.  
The papers used are from the Bazoo Paper Pads with glittered chipboard characters.

Watch out for the Baby Girl version coming up soon!

Thursday, 21 July 2011


This simple card has been made using the Tonic Studio Detail Flower Punch, K&Co Papers and a KaiserCraft sentiment.

Leave a comment here on the Blog or Facebook to be in with a chance of winning the Flower Punch, worth £9.99.

Closing date 31st July.

Click on images to enlarge

K&Co paper pad available on line.

Tonic Studio Multi Detail Flower Punch
available in the shop or on-line.

KaiserCraft rub on sentiment - family.  We have a 
selection of KaiserCraft run on sentiments so, 
take a look here.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Napkin Art - Jo Sonja's paints

Well, one minute it's glorious sunshine and the next minute it's raining cats and dogs....typical English summer!!!

Look at this FUN project that Lynn recently came up with whilst dreaming of sunny days.....

Plain ceramic wellie waiting to be decorated.

This napkin will totally change the look 
of the ceramic wellie.
Please visit our shop where we have a wide 

selection of napkins.

Lynn has transformed this wellie with napkins,
bling and Jo Sonja's paints.

If you are interested in learning more about Napkin Art, why not join Lynn at one of her Jo Sonja's workshop.

Next Jo Sonja's workshop
Wednesday, 20th July - 12.30-2.30pm

Tel : 01635 860900 to book your place now and be inspired.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Felt Flowers

We have these lovely felt flowers IN STOCK NOW!


There are many different ways to use these flowers.  As a focal point in your papercraft projects, create funky jewellery 
or add to a canvas bag.


These felt flowers come in a pack of four with faux pearl and bead detail made with 2 layers of felt.


Which colour pack is your favourite?

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away

Well, I don't think the Gods like us having an outdoor event!! You would think after all these years I would have learnt. 

Anyway, THE CAR BOOT SALE IS OFF. Sorry Ladies & Gents. The rain is coming in horizontal and the wind is pushing it on faster than we need. I will get it re-organised for later in the Summer. I am sorry.

On the bright side, I will do some playing in the demo area today - if you fancy coming to watch that and we are going to be organising something for the 29th of the month which is hush, hush at the moment, so watch this space. 

Have a good weekend and catch up on some crafting, make the most of the miserable weather. 

Lynn xx

Friday, 15 July 2011

Latest newsletter

Hi Everybody

Now, I have promised myself that I am not going to mention the weather - it is just so unpredictable at the moment, one minute warm and sunny, the next wet and miserable. The only good thing, of course, is that when it is so miserable outside we all have a good excuse for crafting away indoors instead of being outside.

One things that is good about when it is raining is the fun that you can have when you are four years old. Puddle jumping is so much fun when it has been raining!! I bet you too would love to be given a wet suit, wellies and an umbrella and told you can jump in muddy puddles. I remember when I got my first wellies, I was 22, had just moved here to Newbury and I remember the joy that I had being able to walk in puddles. I still love puddle jumping.Check out this photo and wish you were here:

I hope you noticed the 'four years old' bit above. Yes, it is four years since that wonderful day when I became a Nanny. Not only was it Jet's birthday the other week, but she recently had a very exciting visit to the Reception class at her school. She starts school this September, how grown up is that? It is so frightening how time flies.

Talking of time flying....what a difference a year makes!

The first photo is of Buzz with Bridie on the day that we got him - the second photo is of Buzz with Grant the other week. Buzz had his first birthday a couple of weeks again. I hope he does not continue to grow at the same speed during his 2nd year!!!!

Another sign that time is passing fast is that we were all at the Art Stamp Show the other week. A year had gone past since we had seen some of you and how good it was to catch up.

And here we go, Crafters Car Boot this weekend!! One whole year since our first one, lets hope this one is just as well attended. We already have some 'car boots' booked in and there is still more space, we just need you all to come and support us. This year our chosen charity is the Rainbow Suite at Newbury Hospital.

Click on image to enlarge

If any of you have friends or family locally who are affected by the big 'C' word, then you will know the extremely valuable support work that is carried out at the Rainbow Suite. You will also know that this facility is totally self funded, so with our help we can make that support available for a little bit longer!

I hope you will all come and support the cause and the people who are trying to sell their goodies. If you want to clear out, but don't want a pitch - we will be having a table which we will man for the cause!! And/Or you can come and see if you can bag a bargain.

What else is coming up? Well, the following week we have Mark Raby here....this is a treat for the Woodturners & Carvers, so if you know of any, please mention it to them. Mark will be here demonstrating on Friday and running a workshop on Saturday. Details will be on the blog later today.

Now, some of you (I know) would like to have a go at painting and to that end I have managed to talk the lovely Liz Black, from Applejack Craft Studio, to stop here for the day on her way to her holiday. The idea is that she will give you the opportunity to have a go. If you fancy painting a flower pot like the one in these picture, let me know. The workshop will be held on Saturday the 13th August, probably start in the morning. I need to finalise the details with Liz, so more details will follow.

You know I was saying about how time is flying, well do you realise that the schools break up for the summer next week?

Before you all ask, I am sorry but we will not be running regular children's workshops this year. We found it very difficult to keep the level of support required to make the classes viable. But, if you have a group of youngsters I am open to discussing the possibility of running something. Talk to me!

That is the down side, the up side is that we will probably be keeping most of the Adult classes running over the holiday. I will talk to the girls and get a list sorted that will be for August.  Mind you, I expect you will all be off sunning yourselves & relaxing!!

I think that is it for the minute.....except, have you heard that I am going to have another baby!!! Just like Buzz, but his name will be Kite. He is due to be born on the 30th of July (hee, hee only 2 weeks!!). So watch out for pictures of him with the Buzz and Bridie (Kip will probably pack his bags and leave home at this one).

That really is it, all my news!! Have a good week and we will see you on Saturday.

With best wishes

Lynn and the Girls x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Lady Jane - Woodware Stamp

A few days ago I posted on the blog some photos showing this very same Lady Jane stamp by Woodware.  On  today's project Nicky has used watercolour pencils on watercolour card for a different look.

She has made this interesting fold for the card with a 
lace handle to simulate a handbag.

Here she has coordinated papers with colouring in of the stamp to always!

Nicky has used Kaiser scrapbook papers from the English Rose collection.  She has put a trim of Stephanoise Lace (Coffee) along the base of the card and added a Paper Bloom.
Inside you can see the Happy Birthday sentiment peeping through.

Click on images to enlarge.

All items for making this project are available
in the Papercraft Shop.

Next Cardmaking workshops with Nicky
Tuesday, 19th July - 1.00-2.30pm
Wednesday, 20th July - 6.30-8.30pm

Monday, 11 July 2011

Flat Spiral Bracelet

Flat Spiral Bracelet made by Lynn at a
recent workshop.

Here is a view from above to show the intricate
silver Toho seed beads spiralled
amongst the Black Toho seed beads.

The Fire Polished Crystals look stunning amongst
the Size 11 silver Toho seeds and
the Size 8 black Toho seeds.

Click on images to enlarge.

All items for making this Flat Spiral Bracelet are available
in the Bead Shop.

Next Beading workshops with Ruth
Tuesday, 12 July
Tuesday, 26 July

Friday, 8 July 2011

Crafter's Car Boot Sale - Reminder

Just a reminder for those of you who may have missed an earlier blog post on the Crafter's Car Boot Sale click here for more details.

Click image to enlarge.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Pendant Necklace

We have these very interesting, NEW colourful beads in the shop
 at the moment.......what do you think of them?

Lynn made this necklace using one of
the NEW beads to make the pendant.

A close up photograph showing off the pendant
with the wire draped around the bead.....I love it!

A selection of other beads used to make the
necklace which are all available in the bead shop.

Click images to enlarge.

So why not pop over to the bead shop and see what else is NEW.

Next Beading Workshop with Ruth
Tuesday, 12th July, 6.30-8.30pm

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Woodware stamp - Lady Jane

 Nicky in the shop has been playing with this unusual
Woodware stamp  called 'Lady Jane'.

She has matted and layered cardstock which
compliments the colouring of the image.

Nicky has coloured the image beautifully
using her ProMarkers.

The stamp set  also includes this
Happy Birthday greeting which has been
stamped onto acetate.

 Click on images to enlarge.

If you would like to take a look at our current Summer 2011 Workshop Calendar a wide range of classes that Nicky and the rest of the girls run click here.

Friday, 1 July 2011

A very special apron.

You may remember a recent blog post of Lynn and her granddaughter painting a calico apron.  Not quiet sure who had the best fun Jet or Nanny!!  Here are a couple of photos showing the treasured finished apron.

Here is Lynn (Nanny) outside the shop often
seen wearing this
very special apron
made by
a very special little girl.

Jet having soooo much fun!

The hand prints have been painted using Jo Sonja's
paints and mediums which are available in the
shop or online.
If you happen to be going to the Art Stamps show at Newbury Racecourse this weekend, Flutterby Crafts will be demonstrating projects using and selling  Jo Sonja's acrylic paints.