Friday, March 23, 2012

Rose & Felix

Good Morning Crafters,

I would like to show you another card I have made recently,

This is an 8x8 Card, made for Julie (or mum to me) for mother's day and is layered with, well to be honest LOADS.

PLUS lots of paper picking with my fabby new Tim Holtz Craft Pick, which I love not least because it is retractable and if I knock it off the desk I don't get a pierced finger catching it :)

Rose is Coloured with Letraset ProMarkers, Tulip Yellow and Mustard for the hair, rose and antique pinks for her clothes, her flowers I used a Lilac and then a darker purple with an Ultra Fine Nib to detail. Felix was coloured using a number 2 Grey and my blending tool.

The punched border strip was using this Tonic Studios Multi Lever punch

Plus some scrap paper out of my scrap draw (I thinkit was BG Euphoria once upon a time) and lots of layers of standard Coloured Card

The doily is one out of a pound shop pack cut down to size, but as daft as it sounds the bits I really loveare the faux stitching and paper pricking, doesn't take long and is just one of those extra details that makes all the difference :)

Bev x

P.S The shop will be closing early next week Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm so make sure you come in these times or give us a call on 01789 778074 if you need anything urgently and we'll do our best to help out :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wee Suzi

Good Afternoon Bee Crafty'ers,

Well Julie has been at it again, I started colouring an image yesterday and when I looked back it was gone and now it has been turned into yet another beautiful card.

This is Wee Suzi, another of the wee stamps that is due in anytime now, Julie has layered her up on coloured cardstock and using the remnants of her Kaisercraft Tigerlilly Blossom from yesterday's offering and Junkitz Fanciful Plaid which is doible sided the large green section is the reverse and the plaid is the front and it's only 50p a sheet so BARGAIN!

The punched edge was done using the tonic multigeared punch which although used for paper on this project have been design to withstand up to 400gsm

The shop is OPEN on Saturday's 10am - 4.30pm & Julie is in so why notpop in and see what she is playing with this weekend and maybe have a cuppa whilst you browse :)


Bev x

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wee Florist

Good Morning Crafters,

Okay whoever was responsible fro this mornings chilliness you can pack it in, I was just starting to get used to it being a little bit milder :)

But the reason I am blogging today is that Julie has made the MOST BEAUTIFUL card using the new wee stamps that should be arriving anyday (stuck at customs)

This beautiful little girl is designed by Sylvia Yet & Julie has coloured her with Letraset ProMarkers

Skin:   Dusky Pink & Oatmeal
Hair:   Ginger, Spice, Burnt Orange
Top:   Pale Pink: Rose Pink
Jeans:  Lilac & Cerise
Roses:   Cerise & Honeycomb
Bucket:   Tea Green
Boots:   Umber
Leaves:  SoftGreen & Mint Green
PLUS lots of blender pen :)

The paper is the New Tigerlilly by Kaisercraft and is the Tigerlilly Blossom
the polka dot paper is the reverse side of the Blossom.

The Paper has been punched using the Tonic Studios Multi Lever Border Punches

the gorgeous flowers in the corner are the Cherry Blossoms and the Tea Rose Sprays & Minature Tea Roses all wound together and secured with silicone

Thanks for looking any questions you can got to the facebook page, call on 01789 778074, pop in or email


Bev x

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Good Afternoon Crafters,

I hope we are all having a good week, can you believe we are nearly half way through March already if nothing else 2012 is definitely proving to be a quick year.

Before I forget it is Easter soon and I wanted to ask do you like Cadbury's Creme Egg's

If the answer is yes then you will have to make sure you pop and see us on
GOOD FRIDAY (6th April),
we are having a Demo Day and as well as some fab offers etc, we will also be giving away a
FREE CREME EGG with every £10 spend
(whilst stocks last)
So will definitely be worth a gander, I will try and get some hot cross buns to nibble on too, can't beat a mooch a demo and nibbles :)

I will be demoing the WOW Embossing powders and showing you all they can do from heat embossing to enamalling.

Well the new papers are proving to be very popular if you haven't taken a look yet, they are on the website and in store and are the beautiful Kaisercraft Tigerlilly

The New Class/Workshop List for April is now up and ready to book
the ProMarker Class is proving very popular and is sure to book up quick, please don't be nervous about coming on your own we are a very friendly bunch and would love to see you,
here are the photos from Saturday's ProMarker Class which I have to say was BRILLIANT

doesn't everyone look studious, but there were a fair few giggles along the way too :)

So if you would like to book please have a look online or better yet pop in, and remember if you do have 2 of you or more and there is a specific topic you woul like to do, you can book for nearly anyday you like just give us a call.

Also if you have something in your stash box that you don't know how it works/why you bought it/what to do with it then bring it in and we will do our best to help, the Sunday crop sessions are also great for this, last month we played with Pauline's mica's.
Sunday Crop&Craft sessions are ONLY £5 from 11am - 4pm and you bring along your stash we bring tea biccies/cake and we play all day working on whatever you want.

Thats all for now

Bev x

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Good Afternoon Crafters,

Look at these gorgeous samples, this is using the beautiful NEW papers that came into the shop yesterday and I think all crafters love looking at beautiful creations as much as creating them

these are all courtesy of the Kaisercraft website

Arent they gorgeous, we will be coming up with some more samples, for in the shop too, but I think you'll all agree Tigerlilly is beautifully versatile and fabulous.

See you tomorrow

Bev x

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Good Afternoon Crafters,

Today at the hive we have had a GORGEOUS New range of 12x12 paper in from Kaisercraft. Like a lot of the Kaisercraft Ranges (e.g BonjourUtopia, Gypsy Sisters etc ) it lends itself as well to cards and latered pages as it does to scrapbooking, and remember Kaiser is double sided, and as I tell anyone who will listen, one of the fab things about kaisercraft is on the back, instead of printing the information strip twice they put that strip to good use with a decorative strip that is great for going across cards or as a border.

There are 6 Gorgeous Double Sided Papers in stock so why not pop over and have a browse.

Now as well as beautiful paper, we love a good A4 cardstock, doesn't have to be patterned just good and weighty, now we all know how useful something like hammered cardstock can be, great for stamping on inking in spritzing, whatever your current colouring poison and only £2.50 for 10.

BUT what about something extra special, well for that our new favourite cardstock for adding a bit of texture without too much fuss is the A4 Broderie Card.

Currently Available in 4 Colours online and instore it is beautiful and is great for anything from pages to wedding stationery, it really has that touch of elegance and class about it :)

Thank you for looking

Bev x

Monday, March 05, 2012

Just Another Manic Monday woah ooooo woah

Good Afternoon Crafters,

Before you ask yes I did sing it as I typed, (just be greatful I was on my own for that bit :) ),

Well it's been a bit manic here at the hive, I had planned to geth the pleated ribbon online and photographed and then the tonic punches arrived and well to be honest that was that.

The border punches from tonic are very similiar to Martha' s as they are very durable, and the patterns are gorgeous, not all the designs were available as yet but we decided to start with the ones that were so if you wanted to start building a collection you can do it slowly.

The punches are geared which means they don't need a lot of pressure as basically the punch does the work for you. at the moment we have three designs in stock. 2 of which do decorative strips that are fab for across pages or cards and can also be used as wraps for 3d projects cupcakes etc. The othee 1 is the dotty edge and is one of my faves it is just FAB.

You can see the designs online as well as in the shop and have a play with one to see if its for you :)

But the punches aren't all we had from tonic :) we also had the Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick and Paper Distresser

Also we had a fab time at the crop yesterday, so mcuh so in fact that we have decided to keep the Sundays Yaaaaayyyyyyyyyy, when it comes down to it we are here for you and the crop ladies decided Sundays were best for them as there was less to clash with. So there are a coupl of spaces left on April & May please don't be worried if you are on your own, nearly everyone whoc comes to classes and crops comes on their own and we are a very welcoming crowd (if I do say so myself).

As well as Setting yourself some time for YOUR hobby it's also great if you have somehting in your stash you don't know how to use, bring it with you and we'll come up with some ideas together :)

Yesterday was a shock for all of us to be honest as we were so productive, got lots done, played with lots of goodies (there was still cake and cuppas, it wasn't THAT productive)

There is one space left on the promarker class for Saturday which we are really looking forward to and if you haven't seen already the FlowerSoft is on offer for only £2.25 a tub, if you'd like some but would like to see it demo'd first please pop in :)

Thats all for now

Bev x

Friday, March 02, 2012

Afternoon Crafty Peeps,

Well it has been a busy week down at the hive for WEDDINGS. I love doing Wedding Stationery and this week we have been very busy doing invites, order of service, table plans and favors (all for different weddings). It is hard work but great fun, as me and Dave got married in 2010 the worst bit is missing doing all the things and although I was very happy with all the colour choices etc I made you always want to try a different one.

And thats why I love doing them as I get to do all different styles and colour combinations and what I really like about 21st century brides (of any age) they know they no longer have to conform to a set of rules or "How things should be done", you want mini eggs instead of sugared almonds, BRILLIANT :)

Unfortunately I can't show you any of what we have been making as the Weddings haven't happened yet and I wouldn't want to risk any of the guests seeing the result sbefor eth ebig day, but I will be putting together some fab NEW samples soon so pop in or keep your eyes peeled.

Oooh whilst I remember if you are getting married and want to have a go at making your own, our in stock Luxury DIY Stationery is half marked price in store, none of it's discontinued but we have decided not to hold stock anymore and order exactly what you need as and when.

Easter is coming there is no way of avoiding the choccie mayhem, supermarket shelves are overflowing and the ensuing price war is about to begin. If you send Easter cards or as is becoming quite popular Spring cards we have some great ideas in the shop on our easter display
We do have some fabby plans for over easter with childrens classes in the holidays and a DEMO for Good Friday so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates

This Sunday is our last Sunday Crop everybody sigh aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

BUT dont worry we're still having them just on the first Saturday of the month instead, and you can book online or instore.

Thanks for reading & Have a great weekend

Bev x

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