Monday, 8 January 2018

...and we're back!

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

Sorry it has been so quiet on here but moving turned out to be a lot more traumatic than I'd hoped and we are still surrounded by boxes for both our personal stuff and the shop.  We filled 7 vans in total over 4 days so I guess when you have multiples of over 8500 items you really do have a lot of stuff to move!

Whilst it's been quiet on our social media feeds, we haven't just been sitting with our feet up though, we've got almost everything back in order and have started to catch up on some of the releases we missed due to the move so there will be lots going on over the next few weeks so I'm kicking off the blog with a suitably celebratory card....

I do love a Stamping Bella Squidgy and this little celebrating squidgy with her massive bottle of champers seemed like a good one to start the new year opening with, especially as we're starting the year off with a bit of a sale......   More on that later.

For this card I just went for some really simple colouring to ease me back into crafting as everything has been packed up for a month.  I coloured her with copics and used some stickles to add some extra sparkle.  My top tip there is to always have a pin to hand - trying to "fill in" the tiny star on the label with stickles is near impossible but if it goes beyond the lines you can drag it back into shape with a pin.

To make the background a little more interesting than a standard mat I just picked 3 colours form the image and used them to in different widths to create a fun mat to mount the image onto - it's a great way to use up some scraps from your scrap box too if none of them are quite wide enough to do the job in one go.

So now for the NEWS FROM THE STORE

First and foremost - we are OPEN!

Secondly we're having a sale as a little thank you for your patience in our 3 week closure.  Enter code 10JAN18 and you will get 10% of your order [Please note due to rules from some of suppliers who do not allow new products to be discounted in any way, this discount will not apply to any product in the "new" section]   The sale is on for 5 days so finishes on Friday.  The discount can be used ONCE ONLY PER CUSTOMER so make sure you get everything in your basket first time around.  The code will expire at midnight (GMT) on Friday 12th January 2018 and cannot be used after that date.

Thirdly - the first 100 orders over £30 in value will also get a FREE STAMP OR DIE SET.  This will be a random selection and cannot be exchanged.   When we reach 100 orders we will confirm via social media that the offer limit has been reached.

We will be getting the following new releases over the next couple of weeks:
  • Reverse Confetti
  • MFT
  • Newton's Nook
  • Lil' Inker Designs
  • Neat & Tangled
  • Concord & 9th
  • and Mama Elephant
We're working on getting more of the ones we missed but it will take us a little while to catch up as we have to consider cash flow.

We will do our very best to get orders out as quickly as we used to, but as with any new system there will be teething troubles whilst we get used to where everything is now housed and we are now much further away from the post office so will only have one drop a day not two.   Please bear with us whilst we get used to our new way of working.

We are not going to have a January challenge on the blog.  The challenge is currently under review and may not come back, or may come back in a different format.  The winner of the November challenge was:

Entry No 13 - Terri - with her Red/Green/Kraft and Gold colour combo on her classy wreath card.  Drop me a line via the store for your winners code Terri.

Our runner up this month was Malwinkowo with her super cute bear shaker card in chilly winter blues.

I also forgot to announce the winners of our kindness day give away.   I selected Lou Daubney and Crafty Lou Molesworth - it sounds as though you've had a tough year ladies so hopefully a little surprise kindness package will perk up your start to 2018!  Please message me via the store with your address details and I will get your parcels out to you both.

That's all for now - thanks for sticking with us - we wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Crafty 2018!

Tara & Rick


  1. Congratulations on the re-opening Tara and I see the move went oké tooo.
    Alas the shop is unavailable due to reaching bandtwith it says ;o(
    Will have a look later.

    1. Yes sorry - everyone rushing at once crashed it - we're working on getting it back as quickly as we can but I need the developers help so have to wait for them to get back to me. It should be back within the hour.



  2. Sooo pleased to see you back. I do hope it all starts to settle down for you both soon and that you are very happy in your new home. All the best, Kate xxx

  3. Happy New Year to you both Tara - good to see you back. Hopefully, it won't be too long before you feel settled both in your new home and your new work space. Thank you for the discount code. Take care, Karen

  4. Welcome back - already spent my Christmas gift token!! Lynda


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