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 Jo
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.
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
CHRISTMAS HOURS 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
CLOSED Sunday 24th December to Sunday 7th January
RE-OPENING 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.
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.
GIFT IDEAS 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!
MDF DECOR AND LASER CUTTING 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!
DECEMBER KIDS CLASS 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 Jo
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
EXTRA C4 KITS
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.
GLASS ENGRAVING & LASER CUT DECOR
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!
DECEMBER KIDS CLASS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
That is it for this week. We look forward to seeing you in store or hearing from you online.
Daylight savings in upon us, and summer is fast approaching. I'm just kidding.... summer is hidden behind a rain cloud somewhere, throwing a big sulk about something, probably because I keep saying I want snow for Christmas! Speaking of which, the man I give so much stick to, has got himself into the good books big time!!! In the form of a large collectible Christmas Tower, with clock and moving train and lights!!! Sooooo very happy, and so excited, I wanted to go and get all my Christmas goodies out and put it all up. But we settled on just leaving the new decoration out, lights on, but I did turn the ho-ho-ho Merry Christmas Singing Santa's sound off.... That could have been a little painful for three and half months.
WELLINGTON PAPER ARTS
We are off again soon, Wellington Paper arts show is our next and last show for the year. We are not teaching at Paperarts this year, however the night before we are teaching at Scrappin patch, see below for details. We have lots of new kits and products being released in time for the show, and I cannot wait to catch up with you if you are coming, and having pancakes for breakfast at a local bakery there.
We come back and shift shops a week later, so I have made the decision NOT to unpack the stock, so if you come into the shop that week before labour weekend, everything will be in boxes. We will know where everything is, actually we probably wont, but we will have a rough idea or be really good at guessing. After labour weekend we will hope to open on the Tuesday.
Then we have C4, our last major class before the end of the year, as we have massive amounts of work to do before the big scrapbooking buffet class begins 2018. If you are booked in for this you should have received an email by today about the event - if not please ring us so we can get your email address checked!
Alysha has been loading our chipboard on line, we had so much stock not loaded that after three days she isn't even a quarter of the way through her list, but by the end of the year, we hope to have all the product loaded. I think really she just needs to start work earlier (6am seems good) and finish a little later (8pm I reckon), but I mention that, and she mentions payrise....so we will just have to be a patient a little longer.
MATT ART BOARD
We have some brand new laser cutting material in stock which we are cutting some of our chipboard designs from instead, and the best part about it is that its pre-coloured so when you buy the design you can stick it straight on your project or page! We have a couple of the new designs below and more will be loaded as Aly can get to it! We love them and hope you do too!
Mixed Media & Painting Canvas Class $70 | FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER, UPPER HUTT Held @ SCRAPPIN' PATCH!!!
6:30pm - 9:30pm - Held the night before Wellington Paper Arts!!
Join Jo from Imagine If for her Mixed Media and Painting Canvas Class here in Upper Hutt.
Create an amazing, humongous, round mixed media canvas - play with embossing paste, sprays, stencils, texture techniques and much more - all in colours of your own choice to create a one of a kind design for yourself or for someone else! You get to keep the stencil and some embossing paste after the class! Not to mention an awesome piece of art.
The Vintage Frame with Wire & Clocks Class & The Vintage Box Class
We are very sorry but unfortunately due to time constraints, C4, Moving shop and the show in Wellington we have coming up, we have decided to postpone the above two classes until the end of November.
We will have a new date out in the next newsletter.
Brand New Imagine If Kits!!!
Christmas Fireplace Scene Kit $55
Create this beautiful little Christmas fireplace scene for hanging up at Christmas time this year. Kit comes with all items supplied*.
A great set of long water pipes with additional corners for layering. These can be cut shorter as desired. An awesome embellishment on grungy, steampunk themed pages, projects and boys designs. Long pipes are 30cm long to use across a full scrapbooking page.
NEW MATT ART BOARD Lasercut Designs!!!
We have some new lasercutting stock called Matt Art Board in store! And the best news is that it comes pre-coloured in Red, black, green and brown! This means some new designed and a few old ones are going to be cut from it and you don't have to worry about colouring them!!!
Christmas Quotes (Red Matt Art Board)
A set of 7 Christmas Quotes cut and engraved from Red Matt Art Board – which means you don’t have to worry about colouring them!!! Outside frame is 140mm wide by 170mm high. Each quote is a different size and shape.
A set of 7 Sassy Christmas Sayings cut and engraved from Red Matt Art Board – which means you don’t have to worry about colouring them!!! Outside frame is 140mm wide by 170mm high. Each quote is a different size and shape.
A set of 6 Black different shaped arrows cut from Matt Art Board meaning you don't have to worry about colouring them!
These make a great addition/embellishment to boys, grunge and rustic pages, cards and projects.
While we don't move into this building until Labor Weekend - we wanted to show you where we will be located!
We will open in this new location on Tuesday 24th*
179 Thames St, Morrinsville
(Currently LJ HOOKER, next to Heathcoates)
*TBC - We will confirm opening on facebook or you can ring us.
New Products Instore!!!
TIm Holtz Stamping Platform
The hotly sought after - Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is now instore!
It is the perfect companion for all your stamping needs! Featuring strong magnets to keep your design in place, the Stamp Platform enables you to stamp with ease and create fantastic designs effortlessly. The switchable hinge lets you to rotate the clear hinge to allow for stamping with both clear and rubber stamps.
The preferred adhesive choice of artists and Imagine If!
This glue Dries Clear is an industrial-strength adhesive that adheres to the following: paper art, acetate transparency, cling vinyl, acrylic, leather, suede, ceramics, feather quills, wood, metal, polymer clay, shrink plastic, artificial and dried flowers, glass, beads, rocks, shells, non-washable fibers, leaves, concrete and most surfaces except those that are waxy, silicone or UV treated.
Dries acid-free and remains permanently flexible.
Glitter does not come off when applied correctly!
Finnabair Art Extravagance Sculpture Medium Natural Beige or Clear
A water based art medium that creates a permanent and resistant white surface perfect for altering and mixed media techniques. It offers a dimensional sculpting effect to give projects texture and interest.
Impasto paints are high quality, thick consistency, acrylic paints with rich color and matte finish. they are water soluble when wet and permanent when dry. they are perfect for traditional painting techniques, revealing visible brush strokes when using palette knives and tools like the finnabair art basics silicone brushes. the heavy, creamy consistency of the impasto paints makes them an ideal medium for collage and print making.
Our huge range of Alcohol Ink has been restocked- we have so many fantastic colours for all your project and colour needs. You can check out all the colours on our website. Some are sold in packs of 3 in the perfect matching colourways.
Add a rust-like finish to your project with the Red Art Extravagance Rust Paste by Finnabair for Prima. This thick paste is ideal for adding dimension to your projects. To use, simply apply the paste with a sponge, palette knife, texture tool or paintbrush. Use three different colors to create a multi-tone effect!
A lovely gift for a newborn to symbolize their first Christmas. This image is from last years release.
This years to have 2017 on - we can even back date dates if required.. Laser cut from MDF wood by Imagine If.
This 75mm long tool is made of silicone and is ideal for spreading mediums, paints and gessoes. Great for applying Texture Paste through stencils or directly to surface, and to evenly spread paint when creating monoprints.
Easy clean up, simply wash or peel dried mediums from tool!