Friday, 29 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Good Morning, Everybody.

This is just a quick reminder that we are shut today (Good Friday), but we will be open tomorrow for you to top up on all of your crafty supplies that you use today.  We have some fantastic new papers & embellishment in including this little stash:

A brilliant collection for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.  Which reminds me, it is the crop as normal tomorrow.  Come join Cate and her merry Scrappers for a day of play.

Have a great crafty Easter.

Lynn x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Gorjuss™ - Life Is Beautiful

Here is another beautiful Gorjuss™ card by Nicky Hayden - Life is Beautiful.

The frame stamp that Nicky has used is from the Gorjuss™ - 'I Gave You My Heart' stamp set.

Come and pop into our shop and see our Gorjuss™ collection.

Nicky has also used a selection of papers from the Gorjuss™ 6 x 6 paper pack.

She has also used Tim Holtz distress inks.
Black Soot  and Iced Spruce

If you would like to discuss the availability of any of products used in this project, please feel free to call Lynn, Nicky or Catherine for further details on 01635 860900 or visit our website HERE.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Home Décor Workshops

I wonder what Lynn and Sue are working on, maybe something for the Home Décor workshop?

They have been playing with Jo Sonja's paints on canvas bags.

More photos of completed projects to follow later.

Here are some details below, if you are interested in playing with paints........

If you would like some information on Jo Sonja's paints or about our Home Décor workshop, 
give Lynn a call on Tel No: 01635 860900 and she will be happy to answer your questions.

Home Décor Workshop
27th March. Wednesday 
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Look what the nice man did today!

So, 8 o'clock this morning I am in the shop awaiting the arrival of a lovely man who's job it was to cure us of a broken window.  It has only taken two months and two break-ins for it to happen.  But who cares, it is here now.  And looking so smart.  What do you think?

It means we can, once again, look out of the window to see the view down the car park and across the valley.  Mind you it is looking so bleak with this cold wind, that I am not sure we really feel the pleasure.  Ho, hum.

Workshops Reminder

 Just a quick reminder of the workshops running this week at Flutterby Crafts.
If you have not visited us yet, here is a sample of some of the workshops 
that take place in our shop.

There is plenty of FREE parking and disabled access.

If you would like to have a chat to one of the girls in the shop for more details, please call 01635-860900. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Newsletter - March 2013



Let's hope
the sun will
come out soon!!

How about getting the Kids
to decorate some eggs
and make a colourful
Easter tree.
The branches in the garden are perfect at this time of year.

Hi Everybody

I have just looked and it has been an age since I got the typing fingers out to have a chat with you all, so it might be an idea to sit comfortably before you begin reading.  I think it could be a long one!

I cannot believe how fast this year is passing, almost into April already!!

Life has been manic at Courteney Castle, finishing off the decorating.  I have been keeping poor GC very busy with the rubbing down, filling in and painting.  

It is almost completed now and we can settle into our old age quietly!!  The best thing about the whole experience is that I am getting my own crafting space and it is wonderful.   For the first time, since forever, I am having my own cupboards and drawers that nobody can take away from me!!  I feel like a very spoilt little girl.  Just got to think about how to organise them.....which colour paints shall I have.....what size canvass do I feel like I keep a stock of cards or bring home as I go....etc

What we need now is for the weather to start picking up.  Can you believe how long this winter is going on?  Someone said, the other week, (and I cannot remember who it was) that we have been in the throws of an 18 month winter.  And it certainly feels like it!!

Yesterday afternoon a customer (Maria) comes into the shop and said 'I need to pick this up (wedding inserts) before the foot of snow arrives', 'oh,no' said I. I went home and said to GC 'a customer says we are going to have a foot of snow', 'nah', said GC, contemptuously, 'she is not looking at the right weather forecast, it will not reach us, we are only going to have rain'. Looking out of the window now I am wondering which one of them will be eating their words (have a feeling it will not be Maria!).

The poor spring flowers are peeping their heads out and shrinking back in shock.  

Anyway, meanwhile at Flutterby Crafts, we have been busy.

Probably most of you have heard about the fun we have had.  Another break-in, but this time the ?**?**'s got into the shop and created mayhem behind the counter and in the demo area.  Thank goodness they did not run amok through the shop!!  The silly thing is that they did not appear to take much - so what was the point?!

Someone said that they definitely were not crafters.  If they had been we would have found them sitting in the middle of the shop sticking embellishments on cards instead of wrecking the place!!

The worst thing is that it has meant that we have been living with a boarded up window since mid-January!!  All through the cold weather.  The good news, though, is that we are getting our new window next Tuesday - lolol! probably the day that the snow will come with a vengence!!   

In the last newsletter I was busy promoting the workshop with Liz, well we had so much fun with it - as you can see from these photos:


And the lovely canvas that Liz made is hanging on the wall behind the till in the shop, but here is a peek of it:

If you did not get a chance to come to this class or you fancy having another go at something similar, Liz will be back in May to work with another canvass.  In the meantime, how do you fancy trying this:

I will be running a workshop on the 13th April, 10am 'til 12.30, £15 all inclusive.  There will only be a couple of places, get booked in asap!!

Now, I know that next weekend will be Easter, but it is also the last Saturday of the month - so it will be Crop Saturday with Cate.  Same time as normal, 10am to 4pm of 100% crafting pleasure!!

Because it is Easter, remember that we will be closed on Good Friday (also the Sunday and Monday, as usual!).  I will be playing dutiful daughter to my Mummy and Daddy!!  I am very excited, I am taking them to Wales to see Helen and Jet.  Mum and Dad have not seen Helen and Jet for about a year, also they have never been to Helens flat.  Let's hope the snow has cleared.

Then, the following weekend it will be time for the Promarker club!!  I don't know how many of you follow our blog:  (
or follow us on Facebook, but Nicky has been producing some amazing cards using the new Gorjuss stamps and the Promarkers.

Hopefully, if we talk to her nicely, she might show you all how she achieves such wonderful images.

The Gorjuss stamps are from the range that we stock as part of the Docrafts Creativity ranges that we currently have in the shop.  Amongst the latest ranges is the Country Companions - some beautiful Easter designs.  Also, remember that we now stock the Creativity Magazine:


And this months magazine has some inspirational projects - it is fast becoming our favourite magazine, because it covers every craft that we support.  There is one article, that particularly caught my eye, showing how to recycle the packaging from some of the ranges to make some beautiful cards.

On top of the Scrapbooking & Crops, Cate has been busy with the weddings.  In the last email I mentioned that Cate had come up with a new design for the table plans.  Well here is the first (unofficial) picture of it:

It was first road tested at the wedding of Cate's friend, Leanne.  If you look carefully you can see her in the picture!!

If you know of anybody looking to make their wedding stationery or wanting something beautiful for their table plan - remember to give them our name!!

Talking of weddings, I am going to one in July!! This week I received an invitation to the wedding of Joanne - the daughter of a very dear and close friend of mine, Tracy Watkiss.  I must ask her what she is doing about a table plan!!

I am going to have to find a new outfit to wear.  Maybe this will be my incentive to loose some weight!! 

Now I told you, at the beginning, that this could be a long one.  Well I was not wrong.  So I think I am going to make myself a cup of tea, put my feet up and relax before I finish decorating my bag.  The latest offering from my crafty fingers.  Watch out for pictures!

Have a good weekend and Easter.  Lets hope the snow eases, but in the meantime get your creative hats on and have some fun.

Best wishes from Lynn and the Girls. xx

PS - I NEED SOMETHING FROM YOU - it would help us to have a few words from you about us.  A testimonial type thing.  I need them for the website and the blog.  If you would be happy to do it, please could you email it to me at .  Many, many thanks.  Lynn x

Friday, 22 March 2013

Decorated Easter Hanging Ornament Tree

Last Saturday, Lynn set me a take a photo of the Decorated Easter Ornament Tree in the shop!  The rain was pouring down and you know how windy it gets outside the shop so, I had to resort to taking the photos under florescent lighting (yuck) and with 5 mins to spare....snap, snap, snap.  So I am apologising in advance for the naff photos, but you get the idea.

Lynn has some plastic eggs waiting to be decorated using Jo Sonja's paints.  
A perfect activity for the kids in the Easter holidays.

So here are a few decorated items to give you inspiration by Lynn, Nicky and Catherine.

Come see our wide selection of Jo Sonja's paints and mediums in our store.

We have a large selection of ribbons in stock.

Lots of gems and self adhesive pearls available in an assortment of colours.

We have these lovely wooden items ready to be decorated and here below are a 
few samples by the girls.

I hope the photos give you some inspiration and if you want a closer look, please pop over to
Flutterby Crafts and see all the embellishments and Jo Sonja's Paints we have in stock for your Easter project.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Forever Friends collection.

If you are looking a quick card to make you will love the Forever Friends Die Cut sets that we have in stock.

Who could resist this cute bear?

This card was made by Heidi, who is a beginner at cardmaking and with the help of Nicky Hayden our cardmaking workshop demonstrator she made this delightful card.

 The inside has even been decorated from other die cut elements.

So, pop along to our shop and see our Forever Friends collection of stamps, paper pads, die cut sheets and embellishments.  We also have card making samples around the shop to give you inspiration and, someone is always available to talk to your about card making tips.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Gorjuss™- I Gave You My Heart using Promarkers

Nicky Hayden has made this 7.5" square card using a selection of products from the  NEW Gorjuss™ collection.

She has used the adorable Urban Stamp - Gorjuss - I Gave You My Heart which she has coloured in using Promarkers.  

Flutterby Crafts runs a  monthly workshop specifically around colouring in techniques using Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

If you are interested in colouring in your stamped images, you may wish to come along on the 
1st Saturday of every month, 2.00 pm 'til 4.00 pm.
Cost £10.00 per session.

Nicky will have a tips sheet and a stamped image that will be the image of the month.
For more details, call into the shop, telephone us or visit our website.

Tel No: 01635 860900. 

How cool is this, she has stamped another image, coloured it in, cut it out and 
placed it inside the frame.

Nicky has used elements from inside the packaging of the stamps to create 
a feature of the sentiment.  

The ribbon is also from the 6pc ribbon pack in the collection.

1m Ribbon (6pcs) - Gorjuss

Nicky has created a border and repeated the stamped image along the edges of the stamped image.  She has  used Tim Holtz Distress inks namely Aged Mahogany and Black Soot around the matted areas.

Papers for this card are from the Gorjuss™ - 6"x6" paper pack.

Supplies used:-
Gorjuss™ - 6"x6" paper pack
Gorjuss™ - I gave you my heart
Gorjuss™ -Ribbon Pack
Tim Holtz - Distress Inks
Promarker Pens.

Urban Stamp - Gorjuss - I Gave You My Heart

All items are available in our bricks and mortar shop, Flutterby Crafts or on-line so, why not pay us a visit soon before they are all gone!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Fun and Fab scrapbook page - Kaisercraft

I love this scrapbook page designed by Catherine Inglis, who is our Scrapbook workshop demonstrator at Flutterby Crafts.

She has used the Kaisercraft Suga Pop collection of papers to make this FUN and FAB page around a great photograph of her daughter, Freyja.

Photo: Introducing Suga Pop...a gorgeous new collection from Kaisercraft. I can't wait to play with this!!

The bright colours and funky paper design is a perfect compliment to those sunglasses!

Catherine has cut out journalling frames from one of the papers in the collection and punched out some hearts which have been beautifully layered on the page.

Here, is a photo of the whole scrapbook page......oh to be young and not bother what you look like!

Catherine has used the Kaisercraft - Dictionary Meanings Clear Stamp with blue ink for the background stamping on the scrapbook page.

Pop into our shop and see our wide collection of buttons and twine to add to your projects.

Here, Catherine has cut out the funky circle designs from one of the papers and stamped the sentiments around the page.  She has stamped out some letters individually to make up her own sentiments.

All supplies to make this Scrapbook page (except photo) can be found at Flutterby Crafts.

Catherine Inglis will run her next Scrapbooking classes on......

Wednesday, 20th March
 1.00 pm 'til 3.00 pm.


Saturday, 30th March
 10.00 pm 'til 4.00 pm.

For more details and to book your place, telephone 01635 860900.