Friday, 30 October 2009

Demo's Galore

A couple of weekends ago, the Brilliant Brenda demonstrated some fantastic inking and stamping techniques.

Brenda just had way too much fun, I can tell by how many samples she managed to whip up on the day:

And thanks to Brenda we had loads of wonderful samples adorning the demo room to give insipiration - thanks Brenda.

Crafty Lou
Because I'm such a bag blogger, I never previously gave you guys an insight to another wonderful demo day instore with the Goddess of Cream Shrink Plastic - Crafy Lou.

Crafty Lou is always up for a challenge. Just before the doors opened for the demo, i handed Lou a stamp design I'd over-ordered on and hoped she'd come up with something. Well, she was straight in there with the Pinecone versacolour inkpad:

Crafty Lou had made some really creative cards for the demo day and here's just a handful of them:

Although these are all on our online gallery, we haven't got round to detailing them yet and probably won't know til afer the NEC, so check back again to find out materials used if you fancy having a go at re-creating any of them.
And then there's this little chestnut - a little Tilda bakery shop that even had it's own opening times in the window:

Fantastic stuff Lou, thanks.

Boo - Copic Demo - Saturday 31st Oct
Be afraid, be very afraid! No not really, it's just that we are having a Halloween demo day. If you are in the area and fancy a great couple of crafty hours in Peterborough, pop along to Sir Stampalot's store where we'll have Copic Louise (another Louise!) demo'ing how to get the most out of your Copic Markers or just to show you what all the fuss is about if you haven't seen much about them or heard about them. Copic Louise will be using stamped images from Magnolia along with Sarah Kay images. Can't wait - just hope my stock turns up in time!!!
We're open from 10am - 4pm and the demo lasts all day too, lots of lovely ideas, free refreshments and great atmosphere.

Hope to see you there, see our website for directions on how to find us.

Oh, just to let you know that the shop is closed all next week while we prepare for exhibiting at the NEC. We are then at the NEC and you can find us on stand H05, with lots of demo's from Gina, Copic Louise and the wonderful Chris. We should be back in full swing again on Tuesday 10th Nov (should being the operative word!!!)

Happy crafting
- janice

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Banners & Ceremonies

As I'm so bad at keeping this blog up to date on a regular basis, sorry about that. I've got so many events and things to tell you about. So let's get started.

The Banner!
I'd promised last time that I'd give you guys an update on the banner that crafty Lou and Chris had painstakingly created for our Sir Stampalot's Christmas Launch weekend held over the August bank holiday weekend.
Here's a picture of the banners in it's new home:

slightly closer:

and here's some detail shots of some of the pendants:

Lou has been using all sorts on this pendant from cuttlebug embossing folders to nestabilites, versacolour cubes, stardust pens and stamped images.

Lou's used Woodware chipboard shapes to get the photo corner, the brilliant puff white embossing powder to give the snow effect, where would Lou be without a little cream shrink plastic (now back in stock) for the Tilda tag, and the Art Impressions grove of trees design.

This one is my favourite, Lou's used one of the latest designs from the Cling Collection from Hero arts, to create a wish list for Christmas and then shrunk it down on the cream shrink plastic, along with one of the journalling tickets from Tim Holtz. What a neat idea.

The backing papers on most of the pendants are the latest collection from My Mind's Eye. Here Lou's shrunk (surprise surprise!!), Tilda with hood along with the lamppost, moon and robin to create a little scene and of course some puff white embossing powder to finish off the look of snow at their feet.

Chris used little winter Japanese girl from hero and given her some bling with self adhesive gems and shaped the character by using silicone gel to adhere her to the pendant.

Chris loves those "inchies" by Inkadinkadoo and she's used the stamp design from the winter set very creatively with winter jelly embossing folder and decorative squares embossing folder, and some freehand doodling with the inkessentials pen. The inchie stands proud of the pendant by using a inch chipboard square shape from Bazzill, which fits perfectly.

Here's another inchie design from Chris along with ribbons, bling, background stamping, snowflake stamped designs and one of the squares cuttlebug embossing folder as used from the previous set.

All these pendants are now on our online gallery (currently page 1 but that'll change as we put more and more online), Although the pictures are on the gallery, I've still to go back in and detail each one of the pendants, so that will take a little longer.

If you want see more of Chris' fabulous artwork, her blog is 'always about colour'

and crafty Lou has finally taken the plunge and has started her own blog and you can keep up to date with her artwork here, "Crafty Lou's Small World"

Thanks to you both for all your hard work at preparing the banner and to your helpers Fleur and Jo.

SDU event

Over the last 7 months, we at Sir Stampalot have been running a course for scrapbooking called SDU or "Scrapbooking Design & You". And all the girls completed the course recently, so yesterday we held a little graduation ceremony for them all.

From left to right, Kim, Clare, Lorna, Kay, Me, Lisa, Manita, Henreietta and Jenny.

Kay had been very resourceful and worked out how we could all make our own Mortar Boards, using just 3 sheets of Bazzill cardstock, a tassel and some thin black ribbon - thanks Kay.

The lovely Lorna made a superb Maderia cake:

(luckily there's some left over to have with a cuppa later this afternoon)

And by a stroke of luck, Manita's son turned up to support Manita and we managed to coerce him into taking the photos (and he knows what he's doing more than my Andy):

Thanks Scott. Previously to that, Brenda (Floral Fantasies) and hubby Eddy had popped in and helped out with setting up the photo area. Additionally, a gentleman was with his wife shopping in our store and helped out tremendously with sorting out our indoor lighting - thank you sir.

And if you are in the Peterborough region and require a photographer, it's worthwhile checking out if Scott's available, here's his website with contact details:

Here's a shot of some of the girls receiving their certificate:

Lisa (our new scrapbook tutor at Sir Stampalot)








Well done to you all.

Phew, that one was a big long wasn't it. I'll try not to keep you waiting so long for the next update. I've still loads to tell and show, so hopefully I'll be back soon.

Next weekend we are exhibiting up at Port Sunlight in The Wirral so hopefully see some of you there.

Happy crafting
- janice