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Lino Printing and Embossing in 20 Minutes

I keep looking for a mountain range embossing pad and I can’t seem to find one. I have trawled through all the brands, then Amazon and Ebay, but to no avail. I even thought maybe I could contact a supplier and see if they could make me one. I have spent hours on this.     I used my Essdee …

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Brush Lettering for beginners with Tombow Pens

  Last week we ran a deal of the week for Towbow ABT Pens as it’s new to our product line. I have always wanted to learn how to brush letter, once written it really stands out and looks amazing. There are so many types of fonts that you can create. Also, there are so many types of fonts that …

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Wedding Season is Here

  Here in the shop we often have DIY brides coming in saying they have seen an idea on Pinterest and thought they can make it themselves for half the price. So they come in and pick our brains for ideas, well after all that is what we are here for. There isn’t a lot that you can’t do or …

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Top Tips on Getting onto that Art Foundation course!

    Most foundation courses are a general application of different practices that allow you to try your hand at different creative outlets, from fine art, textiles fashion to ceramics unless you already know what you want to do then you can pick a specialist foundation course. People often think that if you choose a foundation at the University/Art College …

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Get inside…Banksy’s Toolbox

  Being Banksy is a tough gig, probably. Not only is his identity under constant scrutiny, he’s also creating murals in hugely pressurised environments, trying not to get spotted and thus have his identity put under further scrutiny.   There’s no denying that Banksy has become one of the most influential British artists alive today, with an international reputation for …

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and I was asked to write this blog on Inspiring women and there really were too many to choose from.     Image found on notey.com Somethings these women have gone through are truly unacceptable and many men and women have been fighting against wrong doings for such a long time. So I am going to …

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Do people still wax seal today?

Image from Cambridge University Archives     “The use of the seal dates back to the Old Testament, when the wax from a lit candle was dripped onto the flap closing the document and that was stamped with an inscribed stem, known as a seal. The unbroken seal of a nobleman conferred authenticity. State papers from the ninth century carried …

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Meet Jonny our new Product Reviewer

  We are very excited to be introducing you to Jonny ….. Our new Product reviewer!       My background and passion has always been Art. I was awarded an art scholarship to study fine art aged just 10yrs to the Royal School King Edwards, and after university I slowly worked towards my dream of becoming a full-time artist. …

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Picking the Perfect Children’s Watercolour Products

When most people think of watercolours they think of traditional countryside backgrounds, a beautiful city backdrop or a flower…….. but this is not all they are for!   Watercolours are an ideal medium for experimenting with different surface styles and subjects. One of the main focuses with watercolour is what you are painting on – watercolours by their very nature …

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Knitted with Love: Free Patterns

Well, today is my 9th Wedding Anniversary so for me Valentine’s Day is just an extension of my Anniversary.   Image found on unsplash If we are not away on holiday for our Anniversary, Valentine’s is generally a nice meal in (as it’s so expensive) a good bottle of wine and a movie. My kind of evening as life can be …

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Be My Valentine – I just don’t want Flowers or Gifts

This may surprise you…… but I don’t get Valentine’s Day.   Image found on www.theodysseyonline.com I love Christmas and Halloween, St George’s Day in London is fun, St Andrews in Edinburgh is Epic and St Patrick’s Day anywhere is a blast. I love a great birthday and a theme night, but Valentine’s Day to me is a not my cup of …

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Top Toys for 2017

If you have been reading this blog you’ll know that straight after Christmas, Fair season starts! We attend the annual trade shows looking for new and exciting products to add to our range. I get really excited about this as here we get to see the top lines for the coming year.   We had such a great time at …

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Knitting Tips using King Cole’s Luxe Fur

So Christmas is over but the cold weather is still with us. I don’t know about you but I have had my heating on, blankets everywhere and sometimes even the fire on.   My cat has turned into my moving hot water bottle (which she is happy about) and the kettle is forever boiling. I have discovered that hot gin …

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Dana’s Mini Project: For the Love of Cactus

Cacti and succulents are now a major part on my life at work and at home, I can’t get enough of them!     I am 100% aware that this is a current trend and I have been slightly brainwashed by it but I can’t help it. When I moved into my house 3 years ago I was gifted two …

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Playing with Pebeo –Relief and Crackle Paste

Pebeo mixed media is one of my more recent experimental joys. It is so much fun, creating simple shapes and then letting the paint and mediums do all the work. I divided my super simple pineapple image into 6 then started outlining with the Mixtion Relief   Then I used the modelling paste in 2 panels to add some texture: …

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My Bullet Journal

Today’s blog is on my new love the bullet journal… It is basically a Filofax meets diary created and organised by you.         No pressure, no restrictions just a helpful guide organising what you want! Even now I am thinking about my next bullet journal which I will be starting in two months and buying in a …

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DIY Notice Board – Picking the perfect one for the home office

I love a good notice board. I love that it is versatile and can be used anywhere for the kitchen to the office.   I’m currently decorating my office at home and of course I need a pin board. I was unsure of what I wanted, so as always I hopped onto old faithful Pinterest to have a look at a …

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The magic of tidying…. I’m a convert

The space where the tree was seems so empty (not in my house I have filled it with gin!)     January is a break from visitors and celebrations, it is also a time to look around your house and notice issues and things that need fixing. Things that need to be put away in the attic. I love my …

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Introducing Emily from Inside-Out Garden Design our New Upcycling Tutor

Meet Emily our New Upcycle Tutor!           What’s your background? Well, right from a child I have always had a natural leaning towards making things with my hands.  I grew up with my mum making clothes for me and my dad did all of the DIY around the house.   At about 5 years old (I …

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Highlights of 2016

      Happy New Year! New Year = New opportunities and lots of up and coming projects.         Last year was an extremely busy one for us with winning multiple Awards, Celebrating our 25th Anniversary, our Annual Family Fun day, the introductions of new classes and workshops, hosting our first Macmillian Coffee Morning and of course our …

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