Monday, September 15, 2014

Newsletter and design team creations with tags.

Hi all the first part of this post is my current newsletter, but if you have already read it, then check out the design team blog further below.

Hi all,

This was a very productive week, we started it with a massive leak, which then got worse when the landlord cleaned the windows in the roof while he was up there, and water came pouring into the shop and down the light fittings.  That was not the way to start my week, but it ended with a lovely bunch of ladies, telling me how wonderful it was that we were back and open again,  so it ended better than it started.

We have had lots of new and different stock coming in, and I was going to tell you all about the new mediums, but I SOLD it all, so I will get some more and then give you a head ups about it.  Below is a picture of the latest embellishments including resin frames, little tiny rabbits and birds in

A lot of people are asking me what we stock, if it is not on the website just email me, find out  if we can get it, and how much or if there are other options.  I am always telling people to watch out as there are a lot of products that are the same thing just with different names.  So if there is a [product that you have heard of and want to know more, send me an email and I will tell you what I know.

For example Gesso..It was originally an artists product, it is used traditionally to add a cover over canvas or other products, to stop the paint from soaking in. Gesso is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these. We use it to add tooth to something as well now,  so if you have chipboard and  you don't want your paint or sprays soaking into the chipboard, put a layer of gesso over it, and it works a little bit like a sealer and the colour will be so much better, and you will use less of it.

We now stock black gesso $9.50 and white gesso $9.50.
We also stock whipped spackle $12.50 which is relatively new on the market is actually just a gesso, but it is very light, a lot less liquid in it, so it dries extremely quickly.   It is also very very light, so you can use it on your pages, to add dimension through stencils and with a palette knife, dry it off and work on it straight away.

The cheaper gesso that you buy the thinner  it tends to be, so watch what you are buying and where from.
The thinner it is, the less chalk it has in it, and over time it will not hold together, and if you have done an art piece, and it starts to crack and fall apart, that could be why.  Cheap canvas that comes with gesso, probably has to be re done. SPA Retreat

Join us at Scrapping & Paper Arts Retreat, a luxury weekend in the heart of New Zealand’s premier wine region, Marlborough.  Enjoy time with friends, classes, being pampered, and enjoying some ‘you time’.  There will be a mixture of classes and kits available, or bring your own projects.
For more information, see our website:
There are a limited number of places at this exclusive event, so book your place now!

I wonder who is going to be there! i wonder who the tutors are!

Class Lists:

Set classes
Every Monday - Scrap or Card making Crop and play, knitting, crocheting sit and chat time up to you.   1pm - 3pm
  $5.00 come and play, share the space, use the tables and sit and make cards or scrapbook or whatever you feel like doing (except dancing on the tables).  Get a few friends together and paint, get crafty.  free coffee or tea. 

Wednesday 10am - 12pm  Scrapbooking class
This is a set class, and we have 7 permanent spaces booked out of a possible 10.  If you are interested please ring and book, if you can only come casually, you can ring and see if we have a space that week due to someone being away.
The cost will be approx $20,00 per week, everything supplied, but that price depends on what we are doing.  This week we are Painting using gesso and watercolour paints to make your picture match any paper, also gel medium and string on a 2nd layout.    No classes in school holidays.  Bookings essential.
last week we did this project.

Every 2nd Friday we will be doing cards of some description,  these are $10.00 for two cards, everything except your tape and tools included.
Last week we made   This will start in Term 4 again.
 Saturday 20th September Mixed media class -  10am - 3pm $45.00
you will need to supply your own canvas, but everything else is supplied to make a piece of art, that is unique and full of colour and products.  You will learn the basics of using the mediums, what they do and how to get  great results.  You can bring a laser printed photo or a picture that you like, from a calendar or we can discuss other options.
Friday  26th September in DUNEDIN Christmas house refer to Creative Dreams for more information, see the picture below.Saturday 27TH September Dunedin - Vintage  Bound Book the cheats way at Creative Dreams.
Saturday 27th September - The market in Hamilton we will be there, not me but Aly will be.

Saturday 4th October -  Christmas classes 9am-6pm .
Christmas tags with Sharon, then my advent calendar then a Christmas Card Creation (book) with Jane.Cost $120 including lunch.  Contact Paperzone for bookings 021875678 Annemarie

Friday 10th September - Crop Night   7pm - until midnight. $10.00 per person.  Bring a plate, tea and coffee supplied.
Bookings essential.  Crop to your hearts content, catch up with friends, the shop is open.  Giveaways as well.
Sunday 19th October   Vintage  Bound Book the cheats way $45.00, learn how to make your own book using my cheats way of putting it together.  We will be using Paper arts paper to make this book.It will be a 6x6 but once you have learnt the technique you can make any size.  Please note this book picture is an example only  not the actual papers used.

Saturday November 8th - Christmas House class, make your own Christmas house with Imagine if.. own MDF base house.  $45.00 everything supplied, including snow and letterbox and more.  Please note there may be a few changes depending on product availablily on some pieces like the tree and the clock.  If you have done the house and would like to do the church instead, you can but it is an extra $10.00 for the church.

Saturday November 22nd - Mixed media class with Michelle Maggs doing a canvas using stencils, and pens learning great new techniques either the wonky house or the vintage dress.  Price to be advised, but around $45.00.
Photography c;lass: Sunday November 9th , 23rd and 30th $120.00 for the 3 lessons.  10am - 12pm. 
Three classes where you learn to take your camera off automatic and learn how to get the best of the of your camera.  
Keith from Shifting Light photography has agreed to come over and teach you some of the tricks of the trade, starting from the beginning and working towards giving you the skills to get those amazing photos every time.  Keith is very talented, and teaches in Hamilton and has won award for his photography.
December - Cake decorating class - learn to make poinsettas and berrys for the top of your christmas cake, decorate your cake over 2 weeks.  Make decorations one week, and paint them the next.
Dates to be confirmed.

I have a Pottery lady keen to do a class
and a spinning and weaving lady may be keen as well.

 School holiday program - I hope these dates are right, from the Ministry of Education website.

No children under 5 in class unless accompanied by an adult at all times.   You will need to drop off and pick up your child.  We have a very safe and secure space for them to create in peace and safety.  

Wednesday 1st October
10.30am - 12.30am  Stencil fun.  $25.00
You will be learning to make scenes and have fun with stencils, how to use them, what to put through them and how, and you will go home with your own stencils so you can keep playing.  We will use inks and pastes and more.

1.30pm - 3.30pm  Card class $20.00
We are going to make at least 4 cards for any occasion, using lots of fun products including chipboard and felt and lots more.

Friday 3rd October  10.30am - 12.30am Painting class messy fun.  We will be making a beach canvas $25.00, you will need to bring your own canvas. 30x30cm or 12x12 inches, lots of fun painting a beach scene and then adding lots of fun sea creatures and bits and pieces to make this fun canvas.

1.30 - 3.30pm  3D Santa Sleigh $25.00, we are going to make santa sleigh and decorate it with presents and a reindeer.  Painting, papering, and christmas fun.

Wednesday 8th October Mixed media art class $45.00
10.30am - 3.30pm.  This is a full on busy class, including hot chips for lunch.  You will need to supply a canvas, and a picture of your cat or dog or horse or ?  .  A busy day where you will learn lots of fun things to add to your art work.

Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm Stamping fun $20.00
Make a christmas decoration using the Prima doll stamps and then make to make lots of fun pictures and tags and whatever else you want, and We can do a boys doll stamp as well. 

Friday 1.30pm - 3.30pm Heart fun - $25.00
Make a beautiful MDF heart, covered in paper and decorated with lots of handmade flowers and other pretty things.

Booking essential 0274991485 for questions or we prefer you to email to
you will have a few days and then the places get advertised in the school newsletters so please do not wait to make bookings as places are limited. 

Term 4 Children's After school classes -
Monday 13th or
Wednesday 15th (if i have my dates right)  

$12.00 per week.  We will be playing with different craft ideas and mediums and making christmas gifts during the term.  You must sign up for the whole term, for this class either Monday or Wednesday.  Children must be of school age, primary or intermediate.  Not college children I am sorry.

If  you need to book, as soon as you can to ensure a space.  I would prefer by email, but if you need you can ring me on 0274991485 preferably during working hours.

The design team has been really busy, so check out what they have done.  If you want to check out more, click on the designers name at the top of the page and go and check out how they made their tags.

Carol -  you are lovely    

Katrina -  Bridge and groom tag

Brenda textural tag

 Lillian steampunk girl tag
 Tash another steam punk tag
Marilyn love the white

Beth - tag journal

And there is always one who likes to cut up
my products! Normally that would be me, but i would never have thought of this.  

All from the new chipboard tags $1.00 each.

happy crafting


  1. Wow! Imaginations are endless! Well done everyone!

    Tricia Collins

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