Sunday, 27 July 2014

Happy 8th Birthday Crafts U Love!

Yesterday was a perfect day for a birthday celebration and what a celebration it was with demos, lucky dips, charity auction, goodie bags and more! If you were able to attend the event we all hope you had a great time and walked away with some fabulous ideas and crafting goodies. The shop is celebrating 8 years since it opened its doors and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your custom over these past years.

So without further ado lets delve into the festivities of the day.........

This year we decided to celebrate with a fiesta/carnival theme with bright colours, bunting and pom pom style decorations. Lots on the schedule for the day, with demos starting at 10am and the charity auction and raffle to follow on later in the day. The Carnival Cafe was on hand to keep keen crafters refreshed throughout the day.

Every year we like to get customers involved by participating in a birthday competition. To match the theme this year, we decided to ask customers to make a masquerade mask, using whatever materials they wanted. We had 10 amazing entrants for the competition but there could only be one winner of the £50 voucher, and the winning mask was......

Connie's halloween inspired mask

And now onto the exciting crafting inspiration from our fabulous demonstrators.....

Sue M

As usual Sue M kept to her vintage trend using a beautiful arrangement of products including mica powders, ink sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang, silhouette stamps and embossing powders.


Alex produced some beautiful cards and embellishments using gilding flakes which give a lovely sheen to any texture. I even found out that these flakes work well on nails as Alex treated me to a gilding flake manicure, just pop on a little clear nail polish to seal it and your good to go!


New to the demonstrating team is Jo Wojwic who was demonstrating how to make these fabulous flowers using clear sheets of printed flowers and heat from a candle to manipulate the petals to create layers of flowers. These products will soon be available online. We also hope to have Jo teach a class with these products and techniques so be sure to check the new class schedule for the Autumn.


Christmas has come early this year with Karen demonstrating new christmas Memory Box die cuts with a beautiful range of Christmas papers from Maja Design. Karen also demonstrated how to make snow using white embossing enamel from Stampendous.


Caz was very excited to be using the new Elizabeth Craft dies including new Pop It Ups from Karen Burniston, now available online. These dies include new accordian card dies, frogs, owls, a holiday house and so much more!


Kim Fee was also demoing at the event, using some Penny Black dies and these examples really do show them at their best, using a combination of bright papers, perfect for the summer season.

So as you can see there was so many demos to get your creative juices flowing. Time for a break, well at the strike of midday, the charity auction was on its way....

The charity auction definitely drew in a crowd with some excellent products up for auction including a Cricut Cuttlebug, Sizzix BigShot, Taylored Expressions set, a signed Marianne storage folder and more! All monies raised from the auction are being donated to St Catherine's Hospice and with the help of our customers we managed to raise £300!

Well I think that has rounded up the day rather well and we hope that this eighth year for us at the shop is going to be the best yet. Once again thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you in the shop soon!

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