We’ve had lots of delivery questions about these so I just wanted to let you know that the Prima Bloom Sprays have arrived – hurrah! If you’ve not seen all the excitement about these – this is a short intro video from Prima
I hope you are all having a good weekend and enjoying the sunshine? The school holidays have just started here so we are doubly surprised to have actually seen the sun
We are sponsoring this weeks challenge over at Creative Inspirations – the theme is red & pink and I had big plans for this, following on from Julie’s Prima demo last week but events have rather got ahead of me and playing time just hasn’t happened!
Busy week ahead – I hope you all have time to play!
The lovely new Prima doll stamps & the wooden dolls designed by the fabulous Julia Nutting are now here
Prima have a live class with Julie tomorrow (Tuesday 8th April) at 7.00pm UK time where she’ll be creating the beautiful project below – this is the link!
ETA – you can now watch a recording of the show here – Julie shows how to paper piece the doll on the cover, shows off her gorgeous dollhouse album and makes a fabulous painted version of the doll cover too!
Supplies used in presentation (updated from show!): Chipboard Girl Book 910563, Doll House Book 910556, A4 Buff Paper Pad 910327, A4 Something Blue Paper Pad 813529, Metal Charms 910587, Gesso, Prima Chalk Edgers, Mister Bottle, Claudine Hellmuth Paint including Sable Brown & Painterly Pink (used for skin!), Heat Gun, Crafter’s Workshop Masks – Harlequin, Gathered Flowers, Reverse Chickenwire
The new Bloom Sprays are shipping from Prima shortly so we should have them next week – can’t wait!
One the great things about doing a stock take here at Craftie-Charlie is that you spy all sorts of lovely goodies that you’d forgotten about I love the soft colours of Pebbles Front Porch collection and the Library Pockets are perfect for a quick card. I’ve used the reverse of a card from the Phrase Card pack as my background and the two pieces that make up the band across the card are actually the pieces that hold the card to the pad (the hanging hole handily being hidden by the pocket!). I must apologise though as hadn’t noticed until I came to do the blog post that I’d photographed my dotty background card against my fav dotty backdrop – oops!
Pebbles Front Porch 4″x6″ Phrase Cards & Library Pockets, Lawn Fawn Silver Sparkle Cord, October Afternoon Travel Girl button, Paula Pascual Punchable Labels stamp set, Memento London Fog & Rhubarb Stalk and EK Photo Labels Punch.
We’ll be closed for our annual stocktake from 25th -28th March so to help clear the decks (everything you buy we don’t have to count hurrah!!!) we have a double points event! From Friday 21st March to Monday 24th March earn double Charlie Points on all your purchases.
This weekend only, you will earn 200 points for every £1 (or 100p!) of products you buy (excluding postage) rather than the normal 100
So if you spend £10 you’ll earn 2000 points which would give you £2 off your next order, spend £70 and get 14000 points / £14 off your next order and so on!
Small print! Offer runs from Friday 21st March 18:30 GMT until Monday 24th March at 23.59 GMT, double points value will be displayed on the website and be added automatically at checkout.
We’re sponsoring the challenge this week over at Diva’s by Design, the theme for this week is ‘Let’s Hear it For the Boys’, a male orientated card. So why not have a go and you could win a £15 voucher to spend here at Craftie-Charlie!
I have cheated a bit with my card – I’ve gone for baby boy rather than the larger kind I’ve been seeing lots of cards with lots of lovely layers so thought I’d have a go. By the time I’d finished picking and choosing my desk was a mountain of scraps of paper, so apologies that I’m not sure what they all are!
Scraps of Echo Park paper (random collections!) anything I could find in aqua and yellow! Echo Park Bundle Of Joy Boy Chipboard, Becky Higgins Project Life Blush Journaling Cards, Studio Calico Hearts & Arrows Wood Veneer Pieces, K&Co Handmade Acetate Frames, Lawn Fawn Silver Sparkle Hemp Cord, Paula Pascual Big Sentiments and Double Sayings, Tsukineko Espresso Truffle Ink Pad
It’s been a crazy week here at Craftie-Charlie with more and more new stock arriving every day – here’s a quick round up of the week so far!
Studio 490 by Wendy Vecchi – gorgeous stamps, stencils, paste and alterable pieces
Echo Park Splendid Sunshine – just arrived today, a lovely sunshine-y collection just in time for the good weather (with fingers firmly crossed!)
Off for a lie down
It’s confession time - I’ve accidently ordered FAR too many Becky Higgins Project Life Strawberry Edition 4″x6″ Textured Cardstock Journal Cards (think entire boxes!!!). We have arranged to return most of them to the US but before we pack them up we thought we’d give you the chance to get your hands on them for the very special price of £4.49 (regular price £8.99)
They’ll be back on the courier on Monday morning so you have until Sunday midnight to snap up a bargain
UPDATED Monday 17th: Thanks everyone! These have flown out – I only have a ‘few’ more to find a home for so I’ve extended the offer for another 24 hours and won’t need to return any
Happy times are here again with Simple Stories’ new A Charmed Life collection. Brilliant shades of blue, bright green, cheery yellow and pops of white create a fresh palette for recording your charming memories.
Also new this week – new collections from Authentique, Kaisercraft, EK Success Punch Pairings and much more! See it all here
I have an absolutely stunning project to share with you today, created by Craftie-Charlie customer Victoria Davis. What I really love about it, is the little personalised details to make it a really special gift for the lucky recipient. But I’ll let Victoria tell you about it
“For the fragments I love to find things relevant to the recipient of the finished box, in this case my mother-in-law for her 70th birthday, so I used her date of birth, name and some old knitting patterns and crossword puzzles. The salvaged papers I inked and stamped for a little extra depth and also collaged some bits and pieces for the larger fragments.
The very first thing I did was to make sure I had enough fragments to cover the entire lid of my A4 box with a few spares in case of mishaps. I also had to level out the lid as there was a dip in the middle which would have made it difficult to glue the finished tiles to. I used water colour board for this step as I had some to hand.
I chose Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper to cover the lid and base of the box; I use an old credit card to ensure no bubbles or wrinkles when using PVA to glue the paper on. With a mix of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress ink pads applied with a blending tool I gave the edges a worn look and brought out some of the resist print.
I apply Glossy Accents directly to the fragment from the bottle, using the tip to move it around. When they’re totally dry I trim off the excess paper from around the edges. Getting just the right amount of glossy accents to adhere the fragments can take a little practice as I’ve found too much will cause the paper to peel off when it comes time to trim them, too little and you end up with bubbles. When using some photographs and inks only apply Glossy accents around the edge of the fragment or you’ll end up with blurry images.
I always lay all the finished fragments out on the lid so I can swap them about (usually for a good half hour) when I’m satisfied each one is in the right position, and only then, will I use a dab more Glossy Accents to attach them securely to the box.”
Inspiration from Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities.