Sunday, July 8, 2012

New and Noteworthy

A few people have asked me if I would start doing a round up of crafty and scrappy things that I find, like and love. As I seem to spend more and more time getting lost online I thought that I may as well share some of the great ideas and news that I come across ( and hopefully feel a little less guilty about the lost hours!) The idea is to do the update weekly, and at this stage I plan on doing it every sit back grab a cuppa and have a look at what is new in the Crafty world this week

1. CHA Sneek Peeks

 It isn't long now until Summer CHA, and many of the major Scrapbook companies have started to reveal their new ranges online. As I am obviously no longer going to the show the next best thing is checking everything out online..and then calling the bank manager for a new overdraft! Some of my favorites so far are

Persnickety by Lilly Bee Designs
I really like this new collection, (and to be honest the name too!) There are lots of strong graphics and fabulous colours. There are plenty of embellishments too that are calling my name.

My Minds Eye - The Sweetest thing
Ok... I pretty much love everything in this collection, and given that it is by MME it is a BIG range. Top of my list are the doily stamps and the tape.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies 
In case you have been hiding under a rock...Tim Holtz has been previewing his new releases... There are about 6 new dies that are already on my must have list.

2   Double stamping with Perfect Pearls and Distress inks 

I came upon this great tutorial by Wendy Vecchi on the Ranger Blog. I love the depth that the technique achieves and I love finding new ways to use my Perfect Pearls stash.

3.   Mini Journal Tutorial

 The girls at One Lucky Day have an awesome tutorial for using notecards to make mini journals. They have recently left 7 Gypsies and are now part of Team Holtz and have used the new District Market Notecards for their project. Even if you aren't interested in the tutorial I highly recommend stopping by as there are some great images of the new Ideology stuff coming out including a very lust-worthy mini lantern.

4.   New Online Class

 Donna Downey this week announced a new online workshop called Internationally Inspired. There are an amazing group of designers including Anna Dabrowska, Cari Fennell, Nathalie Kalbach, Birgitta Koopsen and of course Donna. Each designer has their own style and spin on things so it should be an interesting course especially for those wanting to experiment more in the mixed media side of things.

 That's all for now... I will be back later in the week with some images of my new classes.

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