Friday, January 19, 2018

New Classes for Early 2018!

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I am so enjoying today, just a little cooler than it has been, a little rain will certainly help.  I know that Twiggy our cat has been happy, she comes into our room and sleeps under the fan, and just in line with air-con unit, and seems to sleep soundly, I on the other hand find myself sleeping on the edge of the bed.  We thought our other cat was out of sorts the other day as he had actually curled up on our bed (not in his usual spot in the wardrobe), I went in a little later and found the fan turned on, him stretched out, and looked extremely comfortable, sound asleep.  I thought he had a fever my big tough husband announced.  Good life in our house if your a cat I think.

The year is underway, we have been having lots of people coming to visit from out of town, so that has been awesome.  Sammy has been flat tack booking accommodation for all our classes on our tour with Pretty Rustic, as well as ferrys, and flights, and buses and anything else she can think of.  I don't know what is happening in Auckland in July besides Senz of course, but accommodation for 6 people was not easy to find, so if there is a group of you going I suggest that you do book early, as a lot of the two room apartments were all gone.  Aly is already busy with invitations, cake toppers, and business cards, and Pauline? well she went on holiday!

We have started our class list, and we will be adding to it every week, we have Cheryl teaching for us every Thursday and one Saturday per month (where possible) she will be teaching lots of varying classes, from week 1 making a small envelope book.  We are trying to keep these classes at a low cost for you where possible.

I am back teaching weekly scrapbooking classes, and Pauline is teaching one card class every month.   I am also teaching one off classes, like the Valentine heart, as I can fit them in, with everything else.

We have a lot of new kits underway, but of course our focus is Pretty Rustic tour at the moment, if you havent booked in, and you want to, there is limited spaces left.

Well that's all for now, we will have a newsletter out next week with pre-orders in them, as we have been busy ordering stock as it is being released at Creativation in the USA this week.

Don't forget we have a
BIG Announcement to come 

...and you do not want to miss it!
To book into one of the following classes please phone the shop on 07 889 7838 or email
Valentines Day Heart Class! 
Saturday 27th January | 10am-12pm | $45
Get ready for Valentines Day, with this Gorgeous Heart wall hanging - perfect for that special someone!
It is quite large, and you can choose your own colours, I am not sure if you can see the green and purple that I have done, but it has been popular when people have seen it hanging on the wall. 
Vintage Envelope Book
Thursday 1st of February | 1pm-3pm | $15.00
Make a cute vintage themed book using envelopes and Bobunny paper to create the pages. You can also add quotes make it any theme, it comes with one sheet of friendship quotes. 
Dress Canvas
Thursday 8th February | 1pm-3pm |  $20.00
Create this beautiful lace dress on a canvas - perfect for young girls room or for that BIG girl, the hardest part is choosing which lace to use. 
Magazine Rack
Thursday 15th February | 1pm-3pm | Price TBC
Create a fun magazine rack for your home or great as a gift for someone special. Photo coming soon.

Wooden Box
Saturday 17th February | 10am -1pm |  $70.00
Decorate a gorgeous wooden box, using a gold wash, rub-ons and chipboard. Great for storing all those little bits and pieces. Photo coming soon.

Greeting's Card
Thursday 22nd February | 1pm-3pm | Price TBC
Photo coming soon.
Prima Zella Teal Envelope book
Lear to make this book using Prima Zella Teal papers, envelopes and some stickers.  Has space for tags, and cards, and a great little gift, or turn it into a photo book if you want.
Saturday 24th February | 10am-12pm | $20.00
Bottle Class
Saturday 24th March | 10am-12pm | $25.00
Photo coming soon
From a Man's point of view
A men's Book Class

Saturday 14th April | 10am - 12pm | $40.00
Create this grungy, mens themed book - filled with sarcastic, and funny quotes by men!
Pretty Rustic Class - 20 pages class
Morrinsville Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 9am - 4pm | $200.00   2 spaces left
Dunedin  Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 9am - 4pm | $250.00   8 spaces left
Invercargill Tuesday  20th and Wednesday 21st March 9am - 4pm | $250.00   5 spaces left
Christchurch Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 9am - 4pm | $250.00   5 spaces left
Wellington Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 9am - 4pm | $250.00   6 spaces left
Nelson Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 9am - 4pm | $250.00    2 spaces left

Please do not leave it to the last minute, we cannot get any more stock in, this is it.  20 pages, everything supplied, and boy are we going to keep you busy the product list is really big that you will be playing with.  So come and join us.    

We need to make LOTS of room for our NEW KITS so we are having a SALE on our end of line Kits!

That means this is your LAST chance to get these kits and at the best price ever! Check out the images on the right to see the Kits on Sale!

ONLY $35.00!!! 
(Normally $55.00)

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ONLY $35.00!!! 

(Normally $55.00)

To buy this kit click here

(Normally $65.00)

To buy this kit click here!
(Normally $65.00)

To buy this kit click here
Normally $65.00)

To buy this kit click here
Pauline's Monthly Card Class
FRIDAYS 10am-1pm | $20 per session
This class runs once a month throughout the entire year starting Friday February 16th. Create your own special handmade cards for all occasions!  Photos to come soon.
Make three greetings cards a session with our expert card maker Pauline! 

Jo's Weekly Scrapbooking Class
Wednesday's - 10am-12pm  
(10 Week Term starting 31st Jan to 11th April)
Thursday Night's - 6pm-8pm

(10 week term starting 1st of Feb to 12th April)

Classes are $30 per one off session
or sign up for the 10 week term and pay only $25 per session
We normally will complete 2-3 pages, sometimes even 4! Learn different techniques every week with a wide range of colours, papers, embellishments and mixed media techniques. 2 hours of full on giggling, socializing and scrapbooking fun!
Everything supplied except your tape, glue and paper trimmer, bring your own.
That's all for now, we hope to see you in store,
at a show or hear from you online!

Happy Crafting
Jo, Aly, Pauline and Sammy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

and we are back!!!!!

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and....WE ARE BACK FOR 2018!!!! 
First day back for 2018 and we are in full swing for an action packed year - our staff meeting with the years plan was a tad overwhelming for newbie Sammy but super exciting for you guys and us to see what we have in store!

We are soooo excited for our Pretty Rustic 20 pages tour around the country in March and April visiting you all in Morrinsville, Dunedin, Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington and Nelson.  We are also excited for the many new planned classes we are holding in store, some fantastic new projects and kits are in the works which will be available in store, at shows and on the website and we can't wait to share them all with you!!..

Most especially a BIG PROJECT that's in the works by us at the moment...but we can't tell you what it is just yet!!!!! Teasing we know but we have a tiny bit more to do and then... 
So keep your eyes peeled at our upcoming newsletters for more info!!!!

But in the mean time some good news for you all... we are changing our shop hours - giving you more time and chances to shop in store including Saturday mornings (Saturdays are from February onwards)!!! Check out the new shop hours below!!

We also are super excited to welcome Sammy back on board! She is here Monday to Friday and is our official QUEEN of BUZZ! She is going to be in charge of our Social Media, Admin, Website and all the boring stuff...Accounts and invoicing etc.If you order anything on the website - she's the girl you will be dealing with!

So keep an eye out for an email later this month with the big news.... and FYI you won't want to miss this announcement!!!
Jo, Aly, Pauline and Sammy

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 12pm (from February onwards)
Sunday Closed

Please remember that if we are attending shows and events around the country - the shop is usually closed as we have taken all the stock with us!!!! We will announce our attendance at shows on the newsletter and facebook but remember if you are not sure if we are open - please ring the shop and check - 07 889 7838. We would hate for you to be disappointed if you get here are we are not!!!
That's it for now! We hope to see you in store, hear from you online via facebook, instagram or the website!

Jo, Aly, Pauline and Sammy!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hohoho and Jingle all the way!

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Hohoho Everyone and Jingle all the way!!!

Can you believe that the year is now coming to a close, and Christmas is upon us, although once again Mother nature in her wisdom has decided I do not need snow again so I can have a white Christmas! My husband has been showing me how bad it is in London with the snow, I explain over and over again, that i only want snow for the one day and to get over it! 

I have this years games all sorted again, and have quite the crowd again, so it will be a very busy day.  With my girls having both bought a house this year, I was sure that my role as Christmas fairy would be taken over, but it seems that it is still my job for a bit longer, well for this year at least.

This year has been amazing in the support we have had from everyone, and for that we thank each and everyone of you.  Some of you we meet on the road at the different shows, and some internet only, and lots who come to our classes, and the shop.  It is so important that we have you all supporting us, as retailers it is tough, but I think we have the best customers, and we love sharing all our different products and designs with you.

Next year, our work load is going to double (more about that major supersonic announcement next year!!), with that in mind we are welcoming Sammy back joining us full time.  We have stolen her away from LJ Hooker as property manager, and she will be our Queen of Buzz - so her new job is all the website work, the newsletters, stock control, facebook, instagram and anything else that means you get to hear about what we are up to -hopefully meaning we manage to get newsletters out more frequently as Aly and I simply do not have time!!!  She will also be front of house at the shop, and event manager for all the road shows we attend, so hopefully we do not have to go shopping every show for the things we forgot to pack.

So next year staff will be - Mum and both daughters full time, Pauline three days a week, and Cheryl is going to be doing classes every Thursday afternoon, and one Saturday per month. Fingers crossed we will also be getting a few guest tutors in to really keep you all busy.  We will also be releasing a whole new range of kits next year, after we get back from our 20 pages classes, so between that and all the road shows, its going to be pretty busy!!!

We like most people at this time of the year really need a break! So we are closed for a couple of weeks after Christmas - you can check out our closure and opening dates below, and besides I have 20 pages to design!

We have one more class and then we are in clean up mode - KIDS CLASS - 20th DECEMBER. See all the info below for more details about this fun day for the kids!

Once again thank you for all of your wonderful support, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy new year.  I hope you all get to spend some time with family and friends.  If it is to hot, don't forget you can always craft! I also know just where you can get some wonderful products from!  

Merry Christmas
New Products Instore!!!
Prima Zella Teal 12x12 Paper Pad
A Beautiful Prima Marketing 12x12" paper pad with 24 Double Sided sheets of Paper all acid and lignin free.
6 Double Sided Designs with 4 sheets of each design in the pad.
Part of the Prima Zella Teal Range.
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Prima Zella Teal Flowers - Butterfly Kisses
4in x 6.5in - A lovely packet of Prima Marketing flowers – featuring 6 Flowers and two butterflies in white, brown, and a teal/green colour scheme to match the Prima Zella Teal paper Range!
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Prima Zella Teal 6x6 Paper Pad
A Beautiful Prima Marketing 6×6″ paper pad with 30 Double Sided sheets of Paper all acid and lignin free.
Part of the Prima Zella Teal Range.
Click here to read more!
Upcoming Classes
Kids 5 Projects Christmas Class
$70 | Wednesday 20th December
10am - 3pm - Price includes lunch and 5 projects/gifts to make

Similar to last years successful kids class we have done it again -
creating 5 projects for kids to make as gifts to give at Christmas!

We can't tell you what they are or it could spoil the gift you might get from them - but the presents will include a gift for a female (mum, aunt or grandma), male (dad, uncle or granddad), girl (sister, friend or cousin), boy (brother, friend or cousin) and general (grandparents or other).

Only 4 spaces left so be in quick!
To book phone the shop on 07 889 7838

Monday 18th December - Open 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 19th December - Open 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 20th December- Open 10am - 5pm
Thursday 21st December- Open 10am - 5pm
Friday 22nd December - Open 10am - 4pm

Sunday 24th December to Sunday 7th January

Monday 8th January - Open 10am-4pm
That's it for now!

We hope you all have a safe, fun and Merry Christmas and
Happy Holidays with your friends and families.

Jo, Aly, Pauline and the team!
Imagine If

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hi from the new shop!!!!

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Hi from our new shop!

Yes it has nearly been a month since we moved... and this is the first chance for a newsletter, which is crazy!

We went to Wellington in mid-october, and a week later we shifted shops... and then two weeks later it was C4!
The new shop looks super cool, and we have had so many positive comments - even from all the other shop owners, which is awesome.  It wasn't the easiest of tasks to move, but I guess as we pack the shop for shows quite regularly we are used to it!  We had a big job getting the machines up the stairs to their new home - the boys made me swear we were not moving again ever! and my office is now all by itself away from the rest of the shop! The new classroom is a big private space, and the shop is bright and so very pretty looking!  If you haven't had a chance to come and visit yet, make sure you do.

We are gearing up for the holiday season, with gourmet foods, and lots of kits for the kids to do, in fact we are just about a one stop shop! Well actually we don't sell socks or chocolate! (not sure why we don't sell chocolate... oh yes I remember because we had to write off 34 chocolate fish out of stock one year from the staff eating them all!!!) but otherwise we have many gift ideas for everyone in the family! We have recently started engraving on glasses, and we etch one-off glasses or whole sets, a great gift for the men in your life, for lovers of a glass or two of wine or if you want to have a little fun with a quirky personalised gift - even names can be done!!  Check out what we can do in the links below the images further in this email! 

We have lots of MDF cut outs and decorating bits for all your holiday needs, including wreath bases, and trees, mushrooms, ribbon, and lots more! We also have cake decorating supplies, mdf  and chipboard cutouts, and stamps and paper to create your own gift wrap... as usual the list goes on and on. Customised cake toppers and Christmas baubles are some of the fun personalised things we can offer for your Christmas decor and big day needs!

We have a kids class coming up on the 20th of December - it will be a mini version of C4 with 5 projects for the kids! Only $70 and includes lunch! Check out more information further down!

Well that's all from me today
C4 - 10 project Day - A big Success!
C4 this year was held on the 11th of November and was a huge success! We had 45 lovely ladies come along and create 10 fantastic projects over the day! It was action packed and a lot of fun!

Next year C4 will be happening, as we had people trying to book for next year again on the day!  If you want to see the projects we made - check out our facebook page

For those who attended C4 or those who missed out there are some kits of some of the projects left over which we can sell as a kit. If you want any of the below let us know via email and we can post them to you.  
Prices below the images.
Left Image - Advent Calender Kit $20 (Red or Green colour options available - there is none in the black and cream left which is pictured - this was for C4 only).

Right Image - Friendship House Picture $15.00
Left Image - Easel Calendar Card - $5.00   |    Right Image - Fold up Box - $7.00
Left Image - Envelope Card $20 - Comes with paper and embellishments inside the book

Right Image - Blank Paper Mache Book $9.50 - This is the base for the grunge book we made - we cant sell the grunge book as a kit but we have the blank books for sale.
Personalized Laser Engraved/Etched Glasses now available! 
Sold as single glasses or as a set - we can do red wine glasses, white wine glasses, pilsner glasses, tumblers, high and low ball glasses. Simply tell us the wording you want or choose from one of our quirky designs! See more wording options on our website....
Lasercut Decor
Make Christmas Cake and Tree Decorating extra fun this year with personalised Cake toppers and tree baubles! We can cut any wording you like including names, words, patterns, sayings etc. Just let us know what you require and the size!
5 Projects - 1 Day!!
Wednesday December 20th From 10am-3pm
$70 includes all projects with lunch included (hot chips, pizza, water, and fruit)

We will be making 5 projects (perfect as Christmas gifts) during the class - including a men's, women's, girls, boys and generic gift which are great for a range of people including family and friends!

To book please phone the shop on 07 889 7838 or email
That is it for this week. We look forward to seeing you in store or hearing from you online.

Happy Crafting
From Jo, Aly, and Pauline
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