Thursday 19 July 2012

Feeling Happy Giveaway!

Hello friends,
I've been so thrilled with the wonderful feedback from you all regarding my studio,
I never thought in a million years that I would have my own special crafty place
so I'm VERY VERY happy.
Kits and classes details will be coming shortly - there will be a real variety.
I'm aiming to have 2-3 hour classes for those fitting around school runs.  Classes in the evening for those who work, as well as possible 2 day courses for those who live a distance away,
(we have a Premier Inn close by so it should keep pricing down).
Running up to Christmas there will be classes galore - I'm always a tad over excited with Christmas craft!
So, to celebrate all these plans I think we need a giveway!  How about a set of dies.
These are super useful for cardmaking, scrapbooking, tags and more.
The smallest one reminds me of a brooch.
So, still thinking about classes, how about some requests/ideas - would you like cards, scrapbooking, altered art - a series of classes to create a larger project or a quick drop-in to make a couple of cards??
ALL suggestions truly appreciated.  I've asked Elliott (my youngest) to put together a feedback survey -
jolly useful these teenagers!
Before I go - not craft related at all but here's Bella after a walk in the woods...
I will clean her up before she picks out a winner!
Just leave a comment and I will post the lucky name on Tuesday.
Thanks again and take care friends.


melanie said...

Thanks for the chance of wining ,I would love to no how to do the crackle effect on either cards or on MDF. Melanie

Carole Z said...

Thanks for the chance of winning these dies & wish I lived closer! I started running workshops with a friend a few months ago and so far they have been sell-outs...we have had themed classes - I did Spellbinders (!) and we have also looked alcho inks..this month we are having a look at distressing & misting with masks. We've been asked for scrapbooking, which we will do next year...all the best, it will be great! Carole Z X

Ali W said...

Hi Christine, can't wait to see pictures of your studio complete. I live a good distance away, so crafty kits would be good for me, I would like to learn scrap-booking, as never done it before! You are so generous, thank you for a great give-away yet again. Have fun deciding where to put everything! Take care Alison :)

Elizabeth said...

Oh Christine, I am still laughing at the photo of Bella. Bless her I bet she had a wonderful time on her walk.
Craft wise, your plans sound fantastic and will see if there is any possibility of attending a class sometime. Really excited about the kits though - can't wait.
The "giveaway" - I have been thinking of buying these dies as they will be so useful so would jump at the chance to win them. Thank you for the opportunity. Good luck everyone.
Elizabeth x

Toni G said...

Hi Christine, I think that crafters would love to make an item of altered art at one of your day classes, your creations are so lovely that they would not want to part with them - if cards were made they would never be sent! Thank you for the chance to win the lovely dies,Toni

nmty said...

Hi Christine, you have so many plans, I bet you can't sleep at night for thinking about all this. I live too far away for classes, but would love to see some scrapbooking kits, using spellbinders of course! Bella is sooo cute, I bet you could spend hours scrapbooking her lovely photos.

Thanks for the chance of winning, you are very king.

good luck with the classes, and the studio and good luck to everyone for the draw.

lv norma

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
not been to your blog for a few days due to other commitments. Your studio looks really great. I love the boxed storage units, a jolly good idea. Wouldn't mind some of those myself in my craft room. I wish you every success with your classes. Thank you for the chance to win the dies. have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Christine Harrop said...

Wish I loved closer to you! Where I live there is a dearth of craft shops, let alone classes! My nearest is Hobbycraft and that is about 45 miles. Bella is gorgeous! I have just spent some time with my sister in the north east and her little Molly is so much like Bella. She became my BFF whilst I was there and followed me everywhere! Good luck with your classes, whatever you decide. Christine x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Looks like all going to plan now, I think technique classes would be good taking us out of our comfort zones. I'm lucky to live close enough to you as long as the access is ok.
You are so kind with your give away's thanks for the chance to win.
Bella's coat to growing back so quickly, she looks very pleased with herself in the photo.
Have a good day.

hazel young said...

Morning Christine lovely picture of Bella lol. Wish i lived closer to you then i could attend, but id quite like to see scrapbooking,spellbinders master class and alcohol ink and masks class. xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine, All your plans for kits and classes look great, I am sure all of us that can get there cannot wait.

Thank you for your very generous give away you are so kind.

Bella looks so lovely as usual. x.

Ella's Design said...

Oh my word, Christine - your craft studio is gorgeous!! (I want one!) I have been away from Blogland for a while, due to deisgn commitments, so have only just seen your work in progress and it looks amazing! What a joy to have somewhere where you can share your love of all things crafty and meet new people! I wish you all the very best for the future and hope it is a roaring success!
Thank you so much for the chance to win (this would be a great addition to my growing nesties) which, by the way, I store on magnetic sheets in empty CD jewel cases and label the ends - great for the standard dies, but I suppose you could use DVD cases for the bigger ones! Again, thanks for sharing and the chance to win! Lisa x

Chloe's Nan said...

I'm sure whatever theme your classes take they will be successful Christine. Your talent knows no bounds as shown by the lovely projects you post. All of the ideas you mentioned would make wonderful classes and keep the momentum going with the variety. Would you consider online classes? Bella is such a character! x

pamela said...

Thank you for giving me the chance to win these Grand Dies. Good luck with your new studio and the future classes, I wished I lived nearer

Unknown said...

Unfortunately, I'm probably about 5,000 miles away from you, so I hope you take lots of pictures of your classes in progress and show some of the results. I think you need to gauge your customers. If you have a grand opening, you might have a questionnaire about what they'd like to see in class offerings AND if they'd be likely to attend. Beginners probably aren't going to be too interested in jumping straight to using Copic markers, and Advanced students may want something a little more challenging. I'm a cardmaker and altered art fan, but love anything that has to do with paper, so I'd be happy seeing the results of anything you offered for classes.

Thanks for letting us play along and also offer our suggestions. It's nice to be asked. What did Bella get into anyway? It looks like the stickery annoying things I find in my garden.

Sarah said...

You may need to install a dog shower in your studio!
I'd like a weekend class to do larger projects...just give me plenty of notice so I can request the time off.

Craftybee60 said...

Thank u for a chance to win these dies- i think some of your classes could be made around different technics as it would apply to crafters old and new good luck christine in what ever u undertake - love it all thanks again

Oksana said...

Morning Christine, thank you for the giveaway opportunity. It all sounds very good to me. Sometimes it's good to make a few cards in a class, other times it would be nice to make something that can be put on show at home!x

Hellma said...

wow Christine your studio has came on in leaps and bounds, bella will never visit the woods again once you start to remove those sticky willows fro her hair.

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, Bella looks very pleased with herself. I bet she was scampering through the woods, sniffing at all the leaves etc!!..Anyway back to crafting..Would love to win these dies, so thanks for the chance to go in the "Pot"...Have a fab day arranging where you are putting everything in your craft studio...:)

Di x said...

Am so envious of your new craft space. It looks so clean and tidy. Am off to sort out my crafty stash now. Would love a chance to win and hopefully will get to join in one of your classes very soon.
Kind regards Diane x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

I live too far away to join in your classes but I might be able to "drop in" if I am in the area

A scrapbooking class would be great as more people are doing them but I think a "Techniques" class would be good. You could do a beginners class for new crafters and a more advanced one for experienced crafters.

Hope I am lucky and get picked out by Bella for the dies

Sue xxx

nattyboots said...

Morning Christine where do you get you energy from?

I like all your crafty ideas 1st on my list would be scrapbooking
then altered art
perhaps a lesson on spellbinders and how to do different technics as i dont know how to do a lot of them
but anything crafty is good enough for me

Well done Elliot i think hes going to be a very busy bee

Bella looks so happy with herself ,i hope you manage to get her clean without too much fuss

Good luck to everyone in the die cup such a generous and useful prize Christine

Take Care
Elaine H X

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, I live about 280 miles away but my Son lives just south of the M20 so I will certainly try to visit for a class or two. I love anything altered and things that stretch me so technique type classes would be good, maybe using alcohol inks. I saw an altered mini dress form the other day and that was so different. Please don't include me in the draw as I have those lovely dies already, whoever gets them will be delighted.

Bella is a star! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
What a lovely generous person you are giving us all the chance of winning a set of dies.
I guess from all the other comments and suggestions you will be finding it hard to decide in what order you will be doing what. But no doubt, as you are an organised lady you will have it all sorted for us in no time! I live a distance away but I like the idea of two/three day courses at weekends or pref for me in the week, perhaps the Premier Inn will be happy to do a deal regarding accommodation if several book in for one of your courses! Best wishes Carolyn. x

alex said...

What a wonderful prize, and your studio is looking amazing, I can't wait for the classes to start, I feel I am getting a bit stale lately and some time spent doing a class or two will put me back on track :-)

Sue B said...

Hello Christine, how generous of you again, as for ideas for classes, I think anything you decided on doing would go down a treat as you never seem to be short on inspiration. 2-day crafting events are a brilliant idea for those that live a distance.
Good Luck with it all.
Sue B

Lynn said...

Hi Christine, I've been catching up on blog posts, your studio looks amazing, I'm lucky enough to have a large bedroom as a craft room, but somewhere away from the house would be great. With your inspiration I've been 'filing' my spellbinders, I seem to have more than I remember buying..... do they multiply automatically or is that wishful thinking ??... Lynn xx

Ita said...

Hi Christine I have not had access to a computer for the last week ,you have been a busy lady ,big congrats on your new fantastic craft shop,and well done.I may even make it to a class ,if you do a week-end one.
i am trying to catch up with your blog,Bella looks well,our Charlie has rooled in something in the garden and now needs a bath,

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine: Your studio is lovely along with the beauty of your location. I would love to see new techniques for card making. Love that Bella, so adorable. Thanks for the chance to win the dies. Good luck to all.

Eileen L.

Craftychris said...

ooh thank you so much for the chance of winning these fabulous dies! I'm sure Bella will do her job brilliantly! That is such a cute photo of her after her walk! xx

Unknown said...

Hi Christine, I am so looking forward to seeing your kits, because knowing you they will be devine, you only produce great things. I am looking forward to the Advent frame with the smaller boxes because I have a few to make for Xmas and don't want them all to look the same.


Diane K said...

Now there is inspiration for color choice on a card; natures bountiful green seeds amidst Bella's beautiful hair and dark eyes.

CraftyJo said...

Thanks for the chance to win these dies, a girl can never have too many! I'd love to see some altered art projects - I'm a bit 'off' card making at the moment as I seem to have a large stash of them made so am looking for other things to do :)

Lovestampin said...

Wish I lived nearer for workshops. Love your new studio and all your pictures of Bella. Thanks for sharing everything.

Planetsusie said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win Christine - I love Bella's embellishment on her head!! We lost our two cats earlier this year but we do have a feral cat (very very fierce!!) who lives in the garden and we feed him - of course. He usually pops into the kitchen with the same sort of embellishment and I really do want to brush them out - however I need my fingers for crafting LOL!

I am now seriously thinking I could get to do a 2 day course if you do them - that would be something to look forward to. Lurvely!!!

Hugs Sue P xx

PS Your enthusiasm is soooo infectious.

Unknown said...

Love the idea of two day classes as I live in the northwest and would sign up if the dates were okay. Thanks again for the chance of winning a set of dies.x

Maggie J said...

Thanks for the chance of winning those lovely dies. So glad for you that you have your own studio, can't wait to see the finished pictures. It would be lovely to come to your workshops I will have to get my thinking cap on for that.
Maggie J

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Bella looks beautiful! Your plans for the studio sound so exciting I may even be able to make it down for a two day class! xx

purplepengi said...

Loving Bella's hair ornament! The studio looks fab too!

Anonymous said...

I really do envy your new studio - how fantastic to have a place to work. Good luck! I love altered art so anything along those lines would be fab. AnnieS.

Clai01 said...

Hi Christine
I wish that I lived near to you to attend your classes, I imagine they will be fantastic, one of the ideas or demos that i'd like is paper piercing or paper pricking as I never ever seem to get it straight all the way around in a square on matting and layering so any tips please. It drives me mad! thanks for the chance to win the dies.

Anonymous said...

I have done scrapbooking and card making from scratch. I am interested in any and all things to do with making cards and hope to be able to purchase the Grand Calibur some time this fall. I have many such blogs in my 'favorites' list which I check weekly to see what is happening. I enjoy reading about new designs and new products.Christine, Bella looks like she enjoyed herself in the woods. Aren't our pets wonderful companions? Thanks for doing this "giveaway!" Your readers appreciate it.
Sandi K

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine and gorgeous Bella. I am glad you are considering 2-day workshops as it makes it more feasible for those of us who live afar. I think 'techniques' should be high on the agenda. On a 2 day course, techniques could be day one with a project, using those techniques, on day two. Also like the idea of altered art. Just a thought. Thanks for the chance of winning the dies. Anne x

GG Judy Jackson said...

Thanks for a chance to win some dies for a senior group. Was able to get them a new die cutter with my half price selection when hostess in June and paid the other half with the extra $50 free merchandise for having a SU party over $450.

LisaK said...

Aww Bella bless her! She does make me smile.
I have a feeling that I may live too far away to attend one of your workshops but if I were to, I'd love to see something like altered art, card making or scrapbooking. Actually anything lol! But it would be nice to have a beginners class for altered art. I'm very interested in your 'kits' idea though Christine :)
Thanks again for another chance to win some goodies!

Sharka said...

Wish I lived closer, at lot closer b/c I would love to take classes, etc. and your new studio is looking lovely! At Christmas, it's all about the cards for me. I still send out cards to friends and family and I don't send the same one to friends/family who know each other... thanks for the chance to win this great die; it's one I don't have in my collection :D

xxcalamityxx said...

Good luck in your new venture!! Which ever classes you do - they are sure to be fantastic

ChrisH said...

HI Christine
The studio is looking great and I am sure you will be happy there. like some others, I wish it was closer to me and therefore easier to attend at some point. I think some scrap booking is good because you get to keep your work! we do all make cards for various occasions as well of course. good luck, I will be following progress on your blog.
Hugs from Chris

ChrisH said...

HI Christine
The studio is looking great and I am sure you will be happy there. like some others, I wish it was closer to me and therefore easier to attend at some point. I think some scrap booking is good because you get to keep your work! we do all make cards for various occasions as well of course. good luck, I will be following progress on your blog.
Hugs from Chris

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the studio your samples are great hope you will be on the tv next week.

Toni said...

The studio looks as though it will be great. Exciting times ahead. I wish it was nearer to me as I would love to attend your workshops. I would love to see tutorials for ideas for hand crafted gifts. I'm sure these would be really well received both by the maker and the recipient.
Toni xx

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