29 October 2009

Lots of Birthdays!!

Had some great classes this week and lots of lovely cakes too!
It is Chanelles birthday at the weekend, Sarahs on Tuesday Ann had made a truly scrumptious chocolate cheesecake that was to die for!! We all need that recipe Ann! :-) Tonight was our weekly scrapbooking night and we had chocolate birthday cake and cream! So that's the diet out of the window again this week. We did manage to fit a little bit of crafting in between all the eating!! lol There are more birthdays in class next week too!

I have just managed to fit in a little blog hop in tonight and I have read on Chanelles blog about Jill's cards... Jill brought a box of Christmas cards to class last night and they were gorgeous... so I agree with Chanelle and Sue, Jill needs a blog. So Jill if you are reading this be warned we are going to get you sorted with a little blog to show your beautiful cards :-)

Thank you to everyone who has joined in our October ATC challenge - theme Halloween. If you haven't made your Halloween ATC yet you have until 4pm on Saturday. I will show some more pictures tomorrow.

On Sunday we will be announcing the winner of the Halloween blog candy.

26 October 2009

No Crafting this weekend!!

No time for crafting this weekend I have been doing some thing far better!! Yes, you heard me right, far better. My son rang to say the central heating had broken and the plumber couldn't get a part until Monday so could they come over for baths and showers? Need they ask? and perhaps even stay a night or two!! Yavvvy! We have had a a great weekend. We took Ava to see the ducks. Unfortunately we had been having such a great time that when we got to the ducks, Ava was fast asleep!! lol

It was a bit windy and showery yesterday morning in Sheffield so we had her all kitted out with winter coat, gloves, boots... infact that warm and cosy she slept right through the walk home too!

...the ducks all came to meet us

Ava would have loved seeing them all!!

never mind there is always next week...and I have the pics to scrap!! lol

Here is Ava chilling out with her foot on the table!! lol

Now she has 4 teeth she thinks she can eat everything!!

Look how strong I am Granddad! the faces she pulled and the noises she made were really funny...
... Ava and I managed to fit in some Halloween shopping...

we bought a trick or treat bucket and filled it with treats

we have some Fiendish Fancies

which are very orange, but they don't look it here!

we alao did some other preparations but you will have to wait until next weekend... so until then my my lips are sealed! :-)
So Ava and I are all ready for her 1st Halloween are you, have you entered our Blog Candy competion yet, or made and ATC for our October swap? not much time left now.

23 October 2009

Andy's Camper van

Look at this fabulous Camper Van Julie has made for Andy's 40th birthday.

We had it planned for months about 3 to be exact. Julie wanted it to be a surprise so kept it at the studio and worked on it there instead of in her craft room at home.
Good plan you might think, yes we did too. Until he called in one day while she was shop sitting for me! lol

A great piece of work Julie and thank you to you both for letting us show everyone.

The van has been painted with Ranger acrylic paint dabbers and left to dry then sprayed lightly with Glimmer Mists. Some variegated gold leaf has been added to the top and bumper. Crate paper for curtains some unusual chunky buttons on the wheels. A few charms and photographs and a beautiful verse written from the heart. I am sure Andy will treasure this forever it is a fabulous keepsake.

There is still time to enter are ATC challenge some of the entries we have received so far can be seen here
Please scroll down to take part in our Halloween COmpetition by trying to guess what Ava will be dress up as on Halloween.

22 October 2009

More ATC's for October

First of all I have some bad news for the children :-( Fimo Bev is unable to come to the studio on Monday the first day of the holidays, so there will be no Fimo class. Bev is very sorry about this but it is unavoidable. There is still a class on Saturday 1pm - 3pm and we have spaces available and we are trying to arrange a class for Wednesday, more news on that tomorrow.

Here are a few more of the ATCs we have received for our October Halloween swap

I will post some more pictures of the ATC's we have received tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who has taken part we are getting more people joining us every month. You still have until October 31st which is well over a week to enter. If you are posting your in please remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope. If any arrive late due to the postal strike don't worry we will still accept them.

21 October 2009

Halloween Blog Candy Time!!! - Now Closed

This post will stay at the top of my blog until 31st of October, so pleased scroll down to see latest posts. Thanks :-)
I thought it would be fun to have some Halloween Blog Candy and for you all to try and guess what my 9 month old granddaughter Ava will be dressed up as on Halloween. I will put a picture of Ava in her costume on my blog on Sunday November 1st.

So here's what you have to do to enter. Leave a comment on my blog with what you think Ava might be dressed up as on Halloween. It would also be nice if you put a picture of the blog candy on your blog and link it back here. I haven't managed to get all the lovely goodies in my picture, as usual I was rushing! so I have listed them for you.

My blog candy consists of:
Prima Say it with Crystals black swirl
Spellbinders Classic squares large nestabilities
1 x packet of 7 Gypsies Pearl ring dangles
Fiskars Scalloped lace border punch
2 x Xmas crystal stickers
1 x Pearl crystal in black
1 x Polymer clear stamp - Mother and daughter by Leere
Spellbinders Flower Impressabilities
Big Ideas Scrapbook kit containing: 12 12x12 papers, 14 stickers, 10 soft spoken, 42 rhinestones and 37 die cuts chipboards.
My Mind Eye button box with matching fibres - Wild Asparagus
2 bundles of ribbon each containing 5 metres
1 x Word sparkles - GLAMOUR
and no Halloween Candy would be complete with out some Halloween papers so I have included 3 12 x 12 sheets of Boo crew from Bo Bunny.

If you don't have a blog, why not?? lol only joking, you can still enter and you will have to pop back on or after Sunday 1st of November 2009 to see if you are the lucky winner. If we have several correct answers these will be put in to a draw. So get your thinking caps on.
This blog candy is now closed. Thank you to all who took part.

20 October 2009

Catch Up.

OK so lets have a little catch up and look at what we have been up to over the last week or so.

Never ending card

with Craftwork cards foiled kraft papers, we also made some Tri Shutter cards and lots of Christmas cards using the new Blonde Moments 'All I want for Christmas' paper range.

In Thursday nights Scrapbooking class we sprayed some GCD black flocked papers with a mix of Glimmer Mists, Crafty Notion sprays and Ranger colour washes which produced some great effects. Chanelle finished page can be seen here and Jo's double page layout can be seen here. and if you have never visited Jo's blog before you are in for a surprise two of Jo's dogs George and BJ have Halloween costumes on and they look so cute absolutely ab!!

Some pictures of Ava from last Saturday, as always she was entertaining us with pat-a-cake. Don't you just love her new hair style?? :-)

Come on join in...

I want to say Hello to Laura who I met on Saurday Laura told me she regularly reads my blog and was hoping she might get to meet Ava. I was honoured Laura that you chose to visit the Craft Den on your birthday. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your day and had a safe journey back to Nottingham, look forward to meeting you again.

Don't forget if you haven't already had a go at winning some Halloween blog candy it is open until midnight on the 31st of October so have a go. All you have to do is have a guess at what my Granddaughter Ava will be dressed up as on Halloween, good luck.

16 October 2009

Where has this week gone??

First of all I must apologies as I haven't got the Halloween blog candy sorted!!!! I know shame on me. :-( I don't know where the time has gone today in fact this week has flown by!! I have been trying to get all of the projects finished before the new timetable goes out, which should have been last Tuesday!!

This weeks stock updates:
We now have more stock of the 'Templates with an Edge' which are ideal for scrapbooking. The following templates are on the website awaiting photographs, Round, Rectangle, Square, Curved, Floral, Stamped, Tagged, Swirls and Elegant buy any 3 and save £1.50.

and more Viva Decor Croco Crackling colour:

Bronze, also available in Silver, Platinum, Azure, Orange, Blackberry, Turquoise, Copper and Gold on the website here Also lots more of my favourite Viva Pearl Pens these are an absolutely must have in anyones craft box. Colours now in stock: Red, Blue, Turquoise, Green, Dark Brown, Black, Chrome Silver, Silver, Gold, Bronze, Copper and Ice White on the web here and also awaiting pictures!! More Ferro metallic effect and Pardo Jewllery clay which I will be putting on the website later today. We have samples in the shop of projects made with Croco crackling colour, precious metal, pardo clay...

So until tomorrow, when I will be back complete with Halloween blog candy and something to get you thinking!!

15 October 2009

Chocolates, Coffee, Cards and a Chat

Bo Bunny Boo Crew has arrived and is selling fast!! I knew it was a good idea to stock Halloween papers!! lol :-)

Last night we made some fantastic cards with the new Christmas Papers from Blonde Moments. Ann G brought a very large box of Thornton's in for the class thank you Ann they were yummy.

Tonight we sprayed GCD 12 x 12 flock papers with a mix of Glimmer Mists and Crafty Notions sprays to make some absolutely fabulous effects. We then cut out part of the flock design and layered on to Bo Bunny double dot and Unforgettable papers, added some flowers, dew drops, liquid pearls and threaded some ribbon.

Tomorrow I will hopefully be able to upload pictures from this weeks classes so you can see what we have all been up to. I will also be posting info on how you can win some scrummy Halloween blog candy!!

Don't forget to make your Halloween ATC's for our October swop.

We have a couple of places left on Tuesday evening if you fancy making a Never Ending Card.

Our neighbours 5 month old puppy managed to get out on to the road today and get knocked down. I would like to say thank you to the ladies who helped out, I am sorry I don't know your names. You will be pleased to know Bryne is going to be fine. He is back at home tonight. He has got several stitches but nothing broken, he has been a very lucky little puppy indeed.

14 October 2009

Quick stock update

Good Morning to you all. Just a quick post to let you know that the Bo Bunny Gypsy papers you have all been waiting for arrived yesterday! Yavvy!! But still no sign of the Boo Crew :-(

More of the lovely Popcorn Bear and Messy Rabbits stamps and CDs I hope to get them all on the website over the next couple of days.

So thats all for now more later hopefully with some pictures!

9 October 2009

Halloween ATC's

Craft Den October ATC challenge has kicked off to a great start we have had several handed in already and we are only half way through the month. The design team have been busy too, I just have a few to show you. I forgot to charge the camera batteries again yesterday, I am always doing that! Sorry :-(
First we have a real spooooooky one from Ann Love It, Love It this looks real spooky!

and next is a very bright fabric one from Jo Love the colours, very rich and vibrant

a crackly glossy one from Kathryn Look at this is a Cute pumpkin!

and more ATC's to come later and don't forget you still have plenty of time to join in!

Over the last couple of weeks we have had some gorgeous new papers, stamps, flowers, brads...in the shop, Blonde Moments, Bo Bunny, Black Market Paper Society, 7 Gypsies, Sugar Free the list is endless. Next week we have Bo Bunny Gyspsy arriving that you have all been asking for and I have given in on Halloween papers and they will be here next week too!!

8 October 2009

Exciting DT News

Craft Den have a new DT member Geraldine I asked Gez several months ago if she would like to do some DT work, unfortunately at the time due to other commitments she was too busy. But now Gez is able to accept so Welcome on board and we are all looking forward to working with you. Hop over to Gez's blog and say hello and see what Gez has been up to?

6 October 2009


Yesterday I could not log in to blogger, I have never had this happen before and this morning I can't upload all my pictures so I will just show you the ones I have managed up to now and have a another go later.

They are all of my beautiful Granddaughter Ava enjoying herself on Sunday at Grandads birthday meal, entertaining us all with 'pat-a-cake' Come on join in...

you just do this...

and after a long but very lovely day it was time for home...

...did you spot Winnie the Pooh in his Halloween outfit?...no prizes for guessing who bought that!!! lol

3 October 2009

Shop till you drop!!

What a great day. This morning I went shopping at Meadowhall with my Mum, Daughter and Granddaughter. There was so many lovely things in the shops to buy for Ava we were spoilt for choice. It was a good job we had a time to be back for or I would have been there all day. I don't usually like shopping in Meadowhall, but it wasn't too bad today and Ava was such a little gem I think she enjoyed looking at all the clothes just as much as we did. We had strict instructions from Ava's Mum and Dad not to buy any more toys especially with it being so close to Christmas, so we got two dresses, skirt, tops, tights... It was my hubby's birthday today so we had a family meal this afternoon.

More stock updates, a few of the papers we have in stock from Black Market Paper Society

All of the Black Market Paper Society papers are available on the Craft Den website here

2 October 2009

7 Gypsies

Just a quick post this morning to tell you about the new Victoria Collection from 7 Gypsies, yes it has arrived!! Look at these yummy 12 x 12 double sided papers






8x8 Scrapbook Pack

and there are some gorgeous brads to match!!

All available on the Craft Den website here
More stock updates, the rest of the ATC pictures, scrapbooking pictures, cards and more, later...