Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Two Cards from Di's Workshop

On Di's workshop on the 18th of April you will be making cards similar to these using the beautiful double sided papers from the Que Sera Sera range by Kay and Company, along with buttons and ribbons.
For times and payments look two posts down.

One of the cards you will be making in Jeans class

Just look at this multi-paged gate fold card and you could be making one with Jean in her class on the 11th of April. You will be using the new double sided papers from Kay and Company.

For times and how to pay for the workshop please see the post below.

Ruby Weddings,Farnborough Craft Show and Workshop Dates

Well what a busy week we have had here at Once Upon A Stamp.
The day after the trade show we had a Ruby Wedding to attend and then it was a rush back to the shop to get Gordon packed and ready for the Farnborough Craft show.
Harry and i stayed at the shop and had Di and Jean come and help us on Thursday, and i was so glad they did as it was a really busy day here, Thanks girls.

Here are some photo's of Farnborough sh0w
The stand all ready for action

Busy busy as the show begins on Friday morning

Pauline one of our demonstrator/cashiers doing a demo.

Thank you for your help Pauline xxx

And heres Sandra our other demonstrator/cashier Wizarding away.

Thanks for helping us Sandra xxx

Finally heres one of Gordon doing his Wizard magic on Friday afternoon.

The show was a great success bringing us new customers as well as our regular ones thank you all so much for your purchases and continuing support we really do appreciate it.

The shop was also busy all the time Gordon was away and Harry and i had a great time with our customers, sharing ideas and oooohing and ahhhing over the new wizard dies that Stacey had let me have to show off and also the new paints which had just arrived.

Thanks everyone who came including Ali from Dimension Fourth it was really lovely to see you but you must come earlier next time and have a whole day with us.


Here are the dates of workshops for March and April.

March is our busiest month for shows so there is only one workshop at the moment and the morning class is already full but there are still some spaces left for the afternoon class at this time.

Saturday 21st March 10.30am - 1.00 Friendly Plastic Beginners Course part one with Robert........ FULL.

Saturday 21st March 2.00pm - 4.30 friendly Plastic Beginners Course part one with Robert.....FULL


This is the first in a three part course taken by Robert who is one of the top friendly plastic experts in the UK. You Will learn every aspect of this amazing product from the basic beginnings in the first part of the course right up to making multi media embellishments and jewellery including a mask in the third and final part of the course.

You cannot do the second or third part of this course without doing a part one as this is going to show you how to time and manipulate your friendly plastic and is very important

All tools and equipment will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

Saturday 11th April 10.30 am - 1.30 Gate fold cards with a variation with Jean ...........3 spaces left

PRICE PER PERSON .........£15

Jean is a fantastic card maker and paper craft artist and teacher and this class will save you pounds as you will not need to buy a single template that you usually need to make this type of card. You will be using the new gorgeously lavish double sided papers from Kay & Company as well as card toppers and other fantastic embellishments you will make yourself.

IF this class gets full we will hold an afternoon class as well to avoid disappointment

Everything you need is included in the price as well as tea and coffee.

Saturday 18th April 10.30 am - 1.00 ....... Buttons and Bows with Di .......... 3 spaces left

PRICE PER PERSON.........£15

Come on a colourful and luxuriant journey into card making with the equally colourful Di who is a wonderful card maker and paper craft artist as well as an excellent teacher.

In this class you will be using the fantastic new double sided que sera sera papers from Kay & Company as well as rubber stamps,buttons and ribbons.You will learn some fantastic techniques and have lots of fun too.

If this class gets full we will hold another one in the afternoon to avoid disappointment.

Everything you need is included in the price as well as tea and coffee.


Saturday 25th April 10.30am - 1.00 Friendly Plastic Beginners Course Part Two with Robert

Now you have mastered the basics of this brilliant product lets go a step further and make beads, buttons,impressions and moulded three dimensional images.

You will be amazed at the wonderful things you will be creating today and will go home with new skills as well as new embellishments.


IF this class gets full we will hold another one in the afternoon to avoid disappointment

Everything you need will be provided including tea and coffee.

I hope all this information helps you decide which workshops you would like to do and please give us a tinkle on the phone, come into the shop or e.mail us to book your places.

You must pay in advance to save your place on a workshop and the payment is not refundable if you do not turn up for your class.

Monday, 16 February 2009

The Craft Trade Show

Gordon at the entrance to the Trade Show

Yesterday we went to the Craft Hobby and Stitch trade show,to have a look round and see if we could find some more new products for our shop, mind you Gordon says i only come to see old friends and catch up on the latest gossip (and maybe he,s right haha).

We went and said hello to the lovely people at Elusive Images and have decided to take some of their gorgeous rubber stamps for the shop, and i cant wait to use them.

Heres a pic of Lynn and i on their stand.The carousel behind is all made using their rubber stamps and actually lights up and goes round isnt it fab. Lynn and i on the Elusive Images stand

The show wasnt as big this year and it wasnt so busy either but there was some quite interesting things around, including our friend Karen (she is really interesting and always has something to talk about) We have ordered some nice card toppers from the stand she was working for and they will be great to use if you only have minutes to spare to make a card.

Karen and i standing in front of the card toppers

Finally we got to see Stacey who owns Spellbinders working her magic on the Wizard and using the New dies that we are all so looking forward to. She showed me a great way of using the paisley nestabilities which i will share with you later,and also i had a wonderful surprise too which i will tell you at the end.I must say Gordon and i are so proud to have been associated with Spellbinders since they started 5 years ago and it is fantastic how things have just grown and grown for them. This is also Jeffs ( Staceys Husband) first time in the UK and hes looking forward to trying some of our Beers and traditional pubs,as well as seeing London.

Stacey Jeff and I with all the new dies behind us

Kim who is also part of the Spellbinders team was working on another stand at the show so we said our goodbyes to Stacey and Jeff and went to find her and what a sorry story she had to tell.

When she arrived in the UK on Saturday she was informed that her luggage had been lost and it still hasnt been found. So she has had to borrow some of Staceys clothes until it arrives. I said it could have been a lot worse if Stacey hadnt come as she would have only had Jeff to loan clothes off haha. Kim i hope it was found yesterday and you have your things back if not you have to have a shopping day Kim and I (has anyone seen this ladies luggage)

No neither has she since shes been in the UK

Just before we left i went and said hello to Kath from the Glitter girls and she looked a million dollars with her new hair colour and amazing Necklace.Her and Babs had been nice and busy all day and were looking forward to a good ol Brummie meal of Faggots and chips.

Kath and I having a giggle and is that water or gin on her table (hic) ???


Stacey and Jeff gave us a lovely surprise today by giving us some of the new sets of dies so that the girls at the shop and i can get some samples done for all our customers to see.They also gave us a Spellbinders Wizard carry case and a Spellbinders die carrying case that fits inside and there are only eight of these sets in existance at the moment.

The wonderful surprise we were given by Stacey and Jeff. Thank You both so very much.

Thank you so much guys you really are too good to us and we cant wait to see you again in August or September for a very special occasion to be held by Once Upon A Stamp starring Stacey and Kim.

Watch this space for details

Friday, 13 February 2009

New Shop

Well hello everyone and welcome to our new blog. Firstly i appologise for our over the top header but i have just started getting into digital artistry and couldnt help myself haha.

The pic above is of our new shop and it is huge and brand spanking new.It is just ten minutes away from where we live so we couldnt have wished for a better place.

This is a pic of the inside and customers who came to our old shop will be able to see just how much bigger it is. Everything is now on one level and is wheelchair friendly and we have an enormous workshop too. So if you are a card maker, scrapbooker, ATC maker or Altered artist you will defineately find something to take your fancy in our Aladdins cave .