Friday, 16 July 2010

All Set Up and Some Exciting News

Hi All

Well we have been up at Doncaster most of the day setting up for the Papercraft show at the Race course.
It was great to catch up with all our friends who i hadnt seen since the N E C in Birmingham as i usually work at the shop and look after Harry while Gordon and the girls do the shows.

So after six hours we finally had everything almost finished, just a few adjustments to do tomorrow morning before the show starts.

Heres a pic of the stand and Gordon practicing his looking Gorgeous pose for tomorrow to attract the ladies to the stand haha ( hes going to kill me )

Im really excited to be demonstrating tomorrow and am really looking forward to meeting our customers both old and new.

Di and myself will be demonstrating the scor-pal, Just-rite stamps, Cottage cutz dies, Nestabilities, Magnetic Aperture Mats, and our new No More Shims Embossing mat for the cuttlebug using some very unusual things to emboss with. So come along to our stand and be prepared to be amazed and have lots of fun too.

And heres the exciting news i cant wait to share with you.

We are going to be launching our very own DESIGN TEAM BLOG and it will be happening some time next week so stay tuned as there is going to be a nice prize for somebody to win in the first week.

And here are the Design Team ( straight from the craft corpse of Prisoner Cell Block H ) haha

They are from left to right Di, Michelle, Jean and Karen and what these girls dont know about paper crafting isnt worth bothering with.

They will be sharing tips and techniques with you and sharing their samples and artwork as well as setting each other monthly challenges which they will show the progress and finished result on the blog.

They will also give you more information about their workshops here at Once Upon A Stamp and their appearances on TV and craft shows around the country.

We are also going to be doing lots of competitions and blog candy and also do some how to videos when we get the hang of it.

I hope you are all as excited as we are and that you will join in with us and have fun reading what we are all doing and working on.

Well its bedtime for me now as its an early start tomorrow.

Hope to meet some of you tomorrow and if i have time i will take a few pics of the show to share with you.

Smiles Rob, Gordon and Harry xxx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Shows and Workshop updates.

Hi everyone.
Firstly im so glad to be back in blogland. As some of you know my poor old computer had to go away for a big operation as i had pushed it to its limits and after nearly two months its back.
The other great thing is that i have had a brand new computer (just for meeee ) that i am only going to use for my artwork and journalling stuff and my blogs. The really good thing about this computer is that it is so light and that means i can take it everywhere with me too so if we go anywhere interesting i can keep everyone up to date while we are on the move.
The Workshops have all been well attended and have been full within weeks so now i will give you dates of some we have coming up for the end of this month and into August.


TUTOR ....... Karen
Price .......£ 15.00
Dates ........ Weds 21st July 2010.
Sat 24th July 2010
Time ...... 11.00 am - 1.30 pm
Places Left for Wednesdays Class ........ 4
Places Left for Saturdays Class .............4

Everything you will need for the class will be provided as well as lots of drinks and Biscuits.

This is a series of workshops for beginners in stamping and papercrafts and will be taught by the fabulous Karen.
Karens background as an art teacher in primary schools will really shine through in these workshops as she will take the fear and mystery of inks, paints, stamping and generally letting go, away with her quirky techniques and wonderful teaching skills.
The first part of this on going beginners workshop will let you into the wonderful world of Inks and how to use them with your rubber stamps. You will learn the difference between Dye based, Pigment, solvent and embossing inks and how they are all used for different rubber stamping techniques.
At the end of the class you will have some wonderful samples you will have made and the knowledge of knowing which ink to use for the best results in your Rubber stamping art.
Our classes do fill up quite quickly so please book as soon as possible.


TUTOR ....... Di
PRICE ......... £15.00
DATE ......... Weds 4th AUGUST 2010
TIME ......... 11.00 am -
Places Left ....... CLASS FULL


TUTOR ......... DI
PRICE ........... 40.00 (this includes a full bag of mixed sized Stampbord and your mirror )
DATE ........... Sat 7th AUGUST 2010
TIME ............. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
PLACES LEFT.......... 4
Please bring a packed lunch if you wish as only tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

An all day class with the lovely Di.

Di is the Queen of Alcohol Inks and you will be amazed at this wonderful work of art you will achieve on this workshop.
Using Stampbord, Alcohol Inks, Rubber Stamps and inkpads turn a plain miror into a work of art.
Di will show you how to work with Stampbord and the scratch tool to bring life to your rubber stamped images.
Combined with Alcohol inks and different ink pads you will learn lots of new techniques as well as the confidence to go on to greater things.
Our Classes do fill up quite quickly so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.


TUTOR .......... Robert
PRICE ........... £25
DATE ............. Sun 29th AUGUST 2010.
TIME ............... 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
PLACES LEFT .............. 6

Everything you need for this workshop will be provided as well as tea, coffee and biscuits.

Robert will take you on an amazing artful journey in this workshop and also be prepared to laugh a lot as fun is the best way to learn new things.
Come and learn the basics of Friendly Plastic and then combine it with Shrink plastic to make some wonderful jewelry and embellishments for your papercrafts and altered art.
You will also be using Friendly plastic with molds and using other materials which will include alcohol inks ,Lumiere Paints and beads.
This is a fun class which has been put together for beginners as well as advanced crafters where you will learn lots of new techniques and leave with loads of samples you have made for you to use at home in your art work.

SUMMER CRAFTING SHOW At Doncaster Racecourse.

DATE .......... Sat 17th and Sun 18th JULY 2010.

We hope to see you at this new papercraft show on those dates where we will be selling our wares as well as giving you some great demo's.
Robert and Di will be demonstrating on Saturday.
Jean, Karen and Michelle will be demonstrating on Sunday.
Gordon will be there both days just standing there looking gorgeous haha.
Hope to see you there.

I have some more news to tell you but will leave you in suspence till tomorrow.
Its great to be back.
Smiles from Rob, Gordon and Harry xxx