Sunday, 23 April 2017

A wonderful day at Hochanda

Hi everyone!

I had a fun day at Hochanda last week on Friday, 3 shows using Decoart products and a very early start, arriving at the doors for 6am!!

By 7am the set was finished and ready to go live at 8am, the guys at Hochanda are always so helpful, big thanks go out to them.

For my first and second shows I had Leonie Pujol presenting,  it's always fun, and laughter was had throughout the shows!

It seems to be a rule now that when I am on embarrassing pictures are emailed in and put on screen for all to see lol
First was this!


Next show one came in from my painting partner in crime Tracy Weinzapfel you can see the shock on my face below! Watch the videos to find out the story behind the pictures :)


Finally the day was finished of with an Italian meal with a lot more laughs!

Thanks for reading :)


Monday, 17 April 2017

Hochanda Shows with Decoart Vintage effect washes!

Happy Easter monday to you!

I am preparing for 3 shows on Hochanda this Friday 21st April using some of the new product
releases from Decoart.

One of the featured products is the all new Vintage Effect Washes, these transparent pickling washes can be used on raw and finished surfaces. Their transparency gives users complete control over the colour intensity and amount of weathering in order to customise vintage effect projects to suit personal styles.

I have been combining these with Decoart Chalky Finish paints and Decoart Americana Decor Metallics,  they work together wonderfully!
Pictured below is a raw wood candle sconce that I painted with Chalky finish, followed by a few layers of Vintage Effect Washes and finished of with some of my Stampendous rubber stamps.

Next up is this Papier Mache frame using the Americana Decor Metallics and Crackle medium along with a few other techniques that can be seen on Fridays shows.

And finally this wooden chest box, all of these techniques and new products will be covered on the shows! 

Show times are 8am, 11am and 2pm on Hochanda Friday 21st April, I would love for you to join me :)



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ministry April 2017

Just got back from a fantastic weekend at Ministry of Mixology UK. This was our fifth event and probably our most successful yet - they seem to get better and better!

It was lovely to go this time as a visitor rather than a teacher, as I got to chat to lots more of the guests and see the workshops from the other side. There was also a lot more time for shenanigans!!!

We had 70 students attending and our tutors this time were Kate Crane and France Papillon, who both created gorgeous projects that everyone seemed to love.

They were joined as usual in the evening by our volunteer demonstrators - with seven 'make and takes' to choose from this time, from Mark Gould, Nikki Killinger, Dee Adams, Hannah Oxberry, Suz Humphreys, Di Oliver and my long-suffering daughter, Jade Trickett.

Mark's demo

Nikki's demo

MoM newbie Hannah's demo

Bag printing with Jade

Tags with Di Oliver

Di's chilled out demo

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Printed bags with Jade

Dee's demo

Suz's Demo (yes, she is dressed as a pirate!)

Big thanks go out again to our wonderful sponsors DecoArt, Tando Creative and Stampendous, and also to the associate sponsors who generously donated to our goody bags - Decoart, Artful Days, Kuretake, Country View Crafts, and Country Love Crafts and Tando Creative.

Our fabby goody bags! (Photo stolen from delegate Mel - thanks Mel)

And as usual the shop was stuffed full of goodies for your shopping pleasure!

And finally... did I mention shenanigans??? This MoM fell around the time of Jade's birthday so Craig (AKA Creg - ask Tracy Weinzapfel) and we did the dance of the sugar plum fairies for her entertainment (and no doubt embarrassment!).

If you'd like to join us for a future MoM all the details are on our website and why not join our Facebook group where you get heads up on tickets (it pays to be in the group, because this event sold out in 12 hours and the next one sold out in just 5 hours!)

Our next announcement will be for MoM USA so keep an eye out for that coming soon!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

California dreaming

Two special classes to announce coming in March at Stamp Fever in Orange, CA with myself and Tracy Weinzapfel  We are bringing (2) mini Dare 2 Create LIVE classes to So Cal………First we have our Tagometry we introduced at Creativations this year!

Then we have our original Dare 2 Create Class which is on it’s way to retirement but we want to teach it one more time!

Both are technique based classes!
Here is what you need to know……..SEATS ARE LIMITED and first come, first served.  The store will have a wait list once the seats are filled.  However, we are limiting the class size so all have room to create in their wonderful class space.  Call 714/974-3552 to save your seat.  Again, sorry but even if you give us pouty faces we have to limit the number of seats for these classes.
We will be using products from our sponsors:  DecoArt, Inc.StampendousDare 2b Artzy and Dynasty Brush!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Stamp Releases!

I was really pleased to have been asked last year by Stampendous to create another release for their January catalogue and now I can finally show them to you all. I have three brand new sets coming out this month!

Lots of samples from me will follow soon but you can see some of my makes on the packaging below and there are some fab examples by the Stampendous DT on the Stampendous website too.

I love word stamps and stencils and with these I wanted to include some more unusual words that you don't see on stamps everyday! Plus one I dropped in there in honour of my Granddaughter, Faith.

What is there to say about this - love skulls, love creepy clowns and now they are combined in one! You can even dress up Mr Freaky with a dapper goatee and moustache!

Last but not least a mixed set with a winged heart, a grunge heart and barbed wire - and best of all my trademark eyeball image. I've been asked for this a lot - so your wish is my command!

Hope you like them!