30th April, 2009 at 11:20 pm (Product focus, Shop designs)

Here are two layouts I created with the Bella Bella Kit from April.  These kits were by far my favourite so far, especially this one, and how quickly it sold out I think lots of people agreed!!  We’re doing something a bit different for May, news on that later… For now, here’s a couple of my layouts:


“Wish I was Here”

The Bella Bella papers were perfect for these gorgeous clean and bright photos I found on mum’s PC of our neighbours holiday a couple of years ago.  I always find it easier to scrap with gorgeous photos!  For Wish I was here, I’ve used the back of the  Absolute Beauty paper, torn and cut some of the twig/champagne cardstock and inked it to make it look like sand dunes.  Matted both photos with In the Pink bazzill bling, and tore the bottoms again.  I stamped frames onto the back of the embossed bazzill and swiped acrylic across with a baby wipe to highlight the pattern and tucked them into the sand dunes.  They can be used at a later point for journaling.  I’ve cut up the crystal frame to make my own swirls.


For this layout, I decided to only use one sheet of patterned paper, ‘framed’ with acrylic paint which I painted on with a cotton bud from my dabber, then used lots of different ribbons from the kit and the ribbon kit.  The strip of cardstock is from the barcode strip from the paper.  I wanted to keep it clean, so I journalled a little bit around the top corner.  Again made my own swirls from the Prima crystal frame, and a few Doodlebug crystals left over from the January kit.  My ‘sea’ embellishment and letters were made from a technique used in my ‘Down and Dirty’ retreat class, which I’ll be doing at the next retreat, so I’ll share after that!


So thats two layouts, and a chipboard house from my Bella Bella Kit, and I still have two of the patterned papers left!!!!  Thats good value to me!!!!

S x


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Special report: Indigo Mill April Retreat

29th April, 2009 at 9:44 pm (Crops & retreats)

Well… where do I start!? What a weekend!  I’m almost finished unpacking, of course I started by unpacking the stash, my clothes can wait!! I’ll give you a bit of a run-down day by day… you might want to get a cuppa and some biccies before you read on… and I’m afraid I have no piccies, as I only came across my camera and had time to think about it when we were packing up on Monday morning!!

Friday Well, our day (me and mum) started at half 5 when the kids woke us up, but we had so much to do we got up.  Before going across to Granary Court (GC) we had to fit in a trip to Costco, Asda and Trimcraft, as well as pack the cars and more than likely make two trips to GC.  Got across to Trimcraft early as possible, picked up loads of cardstock (including the scrummy new dotted swiss colours) and headed back.  Hit Costco straight away, since they’d opened and they have cakes and coffee first thing of a morning, to keep the kids occupied.  Got all the fresh foods, and headed home (Had been to Makro the night before for all the non fresh stuff) put the kids to bed for a snooze, mum headed off for Asda, and I made sure everything was down ready to go in the car.

Once DH got home from work, we loaded up the cars, and headed off for our first trip.  Unloaded, quick chinwag with the owners, and set up the tables (we hired big 6ft tables this time!) and headed back for the second run.  The gorgeous Claire met us back at my house with essential supplies (krispy kremes) and we headed back once again.  

Our first arrival of the evening was Sylvia and Barbara (sisters) who immediately felt at home when Marie told them that ‘we don’t want their sort here, and we don’t have a toilet!’ LOL – and then in typical fashion, the three of them disappeared to the nearby Tesco for last minute emergency things (my toothbrush) and wine.

After that everyone began to arrive, although we were still setting up the shop and getting dinner ready, I got everyone to their rooms and then in to the most important bit, bagsying tables and giving out info sheets and goodie bags.  Had to wait to put the shop together as I’d forgotten my stand legs, so once they arrived (thanks Scott!) we got it up.  No-one could wait for everything to be put up, and my boxes of stash were pretty much ‘mugged’!! lol  There was serious stash shopping immediately, anyone would think that everyone came for that, instead of my wonderful personality!! hahaha Tea was more like supper – just some buffet bits for everyone to grab and go.   We did have a timetable for the weekend, but I’m glad that I put that it was ‘rough’ as I can’t even say we ran late on things… LOL  more like arrived for things the following week!! We started a simple layouts class quite late in the evening, and people were seriously flagging, so we only got one done (but it took a good couple of hours) and so left the other two for another day.  I’m pretty sure it was after midnight when I gave in and went to bed (trying not to wake poor Sal in the process)

Saturday We had three day guests, and a number of our residential guests arriving, so we waited for them before starting classes, we decided to put everyone’s breakfast things in their apartments this time so no-one had to be up at a certain time (it’s a retreat after all) Once everyone arrived we got down to business… literally in the ‘down and dirty’ class – this was brilliant.  I really enjoyed making my samples, and I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed getting messy!  I certainly had almost everyone coming to show me their fantastic outcomes from it.

Whilst our paint / gesso / accents were drying, Claire took over with her Jacobs ladder class, and after messing up the ribbon part myself a few too many times, I was very impressed with how people got it right so quickly!!  I’m always fascinated with them, and was pleased to see plenty of others happily flipping it up and down. We finished the messy layouts before tea.  Also just before tea, we sang Happy Birthday to Shan – who has a special one next weekend – and gave her her cake and a yankee candle as we hadn’t brought any birthday candles!  As part of the pre-retreat challenges, I had asked everyone to make a ‘book page’ incorporating a letter.  Once we put them all together (with the biggest book ring ever!) it spelled out Happy Birthday Shan and had little bio’s of the retreaters on it too.  Most definitely a unique birthday present!!

We had a bit of a party tea, and then everyone got on with their own projects and things, we had a bit of a dip in the hot tub, and then a beading workshop with a couple of the girls, although once again it had gotten very late, and our day ladies had to leave.  We did announce our challenge / competition winners, drew the raffle and gave out a booby prize.  Tracie had a very lucky sweep that evening, winning a challenge, the Bind it All raffle prize, and the booby prize (for wondering why her glossy accents wouldn’t work… with the lid still on!) I promise it wasn’t fixed!!

Well done everyone who won a prize!!  Again, I’m so sorry I didn’t manage to get pictures of the winners, so if any of you have some, please do send them, same with Shan’s book!



I believe some of the Scrappy Cats team went for a walk in the sunshine and a spot of geocaching (something I really want to get my family into when the kids are a teensy bit older, a grown up treasure hunt!) as well as some hot tubbing in there too.  I did see the team head off with a camera and tripod, so, readers,  you may well be lucky enough to get a piccie somewhere of the weekend!! And if Jane was taking them, they’ll be blimming good too!

We had a fantastic Roast chicken lunch cooked by Marie (who didn’t leave the kitchen all weekend) with brilliant roast potatoes too, then Claire did a demo with ‘scraps’ to make a journal jar, and also a demo on making flowers with flammable fabric and a naked flame…. yes, I was as worried as you when you read that!!  I know Mary has since been making plenty of the flowers.  Some of the ladies departed that afternoon, which was a real shame, but all good things must come to an end unfortunately.

For the rest of us, we were still scrapping for as long as possible (well everyone else was, not me, I was packing up the shop) and then packed up and headed off to bed.  

It was really sad to leave again on Monday, so many new friends made, and so many old ones caught up with.  It went so quickly, such a shame.  I do hope we can welcome some back again next year.  And I hope we have as much of a good time in 4 weeks on our June retreat.

I’m sure there will be other versions of the weekend to come, but for now, this is me signing off!

Short and sweet (NOT! hahaha)


Steph x

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UKS Home page class

21st April, 2009 at 5:42 pm (DT designs, Shop info and promotions)

Afternoon everyone!!

We are in charge of the homepage class on UKScrappers this week, and have come up with a class using Jillibean Soup ‘Split Pea’ kraft range.

You can find the class here and the kits are on sale on our website here – there is a green version and a red version, at £5.75 each making a double layout minimum

This is the class sample:


We’re not lovers of Kraft paper ranges over here, but I have to say I’m well on my way of being converted now, and with Fancy Pants bringing their ranges out now, a lot of people are coming across it more.  I love the surprisingly smooth surface to it, totally didn’t expect it, and that you can match it with bright colours (like the concord grape here) and get away with it, and use it for any occasion.  


And here’s a card I made with the same range…



Steph x

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Waiting….. customs *tut*

14th April, 2009 at 9:28 pm (Uncategorized)

We’re still waiting for Customs to release our parcels with Jillibean alphas and sprout goodness, as well as a GORGEOUS package from Pink Paislee….. hurry up Mr Customs officer!


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Scraptastic Scraps

13th April, 2009 at 10:04 pm (DT designs)

Steph very kindly gave me some scraps when we met up recently as I love using scraps on cards. This is what I came up with…

Fairytale PrincessJillyBean FrogTo love and be lovedButterfly circlesButterflies

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April Kit “Belle of the Ball”

11th April, 2009 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized)

My kit has been sitting on my desk for over a week and I have been itching to get at, the papers are just beautiful and the kit also contains the cutest little Pearl buttons. I managed to find a photo that matched the colours perfectly and fond the time today to have a play with the kit, I hope you like the results. The best bit is that i have hardly made a dent to the amount of stash in the kit !!!

Jolly Holly

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Pre reteat Missions

11th April, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi there all, 

Ihope those of you that are coming on the retreat at the end of the month have been working hard on the challenges that Steph set for us, just a couple of weeks to go now so here is a sneak at what I have put together so far…..Happy Easter and don’t eat too much chocolate!!!





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Bird book!

7th April, 2009 at 2:53 pm (Uncategorized)

I decided to use the gorgeous chipboard bird to make a mini book about my cats, I’m going to do three altogether, one for each cat!!!louie1
This one is for Louie and I’ve used the gorgeous laundry line papers available from the Indigo Mill shop.
A bit of doodling and a couple of embellishments and its complete.louie-3

Back again soon
Deanne x

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Beans & Sprouts

1st April, 2009 at 11:14 am (Uncategorized)

Well, we loved them, but we underestimated how much our customers would!

We’ve just ordered all the colours of journaling sprouts and alphabeans from Jillibean Soup…. look out for them arriving soon!

S x

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