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The Three Witches. Your choice of title.

Yesterday we had a stall at the Dickensian Fayre in Polegate. Quite a lively affair as it turns out. I didn't know there were that many people in Polegate. The queue for Santa reached along from the Council Offices (where we had our stall) to the Railway Crossing. There was a choir, mini train rides for the kids, Roasted Chestnuts and Morris Dancers. We were asked to dress in Dickensian Costume but not many of us did, sadly. We looked a right load of twits I have to say, but the Bonnet and Cape suited Angie. Liz was not too impressed with her lace cap. It was bitterky cold and Angie gave up after a while and went back to open up the shop again. Liz and I braved it, along with her grandchildren Chloe and Emily, but after they went I was so cold my fingers turned white so I must admit I didn;t see it through to the end.

here are some of the pictures:

Angie in her bonnet
me looking like Mrs Squeers
lesley from the Newsagents in my wee Willie Winkie nightie
Obviously the Morris Dancers.
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As I walked down the garden path yesterday this little toadstool (or mushroom) caught my eye. It had sucjh a pretty pattern on it and I have never seen one like it before. It stood all alone, ahhhhh, by the side of the path so I rushed in to get my camera before it disappeared.

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Certainly is. They are like buses. None then 2 come along at once.

This one is in September - 15th and 16th 2012 to be exact. It will be at The High Beech Hotel in St Leonards, East Sussex. This is a nice hotel and is being redecorated at present. They have a new manageress and chef and they seem to be trying to upgrade the hotel. There is plenty of parking at the front of the hotel and the cropping room is a large room with a tea/coffee station so that you can get hot drinks (and squash) all day.

It will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. If the ladies who teach are willing we will have some optional classes for you too.

The hotel will provide a light lunch on Saturday, something like Lasagne and salad and a dessert and Roast Beef or Pork on Sunday with dessert and a 3 course meal on Saturday Evening.

The cost for this weeknd will be £75.00 per person, but you don't have to pay until the end of July next year, so plenty of time to save up.
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Cardinal Colours Weekend Crop



As we will not be having a Retreat next year we have been asked if we would hold a weekend crop, so here are the details


When: 31March 2012-1 April 2012


Where: Stone Cross Memorial Hall, Stone Cross, Nr Eastbourne, East Sussex


Time: Saturday 31 March 2012 - 10.00am – 10.00pm


Sunday 1 April 2012 – 10.00 am – 5.00 pm


What do I get for my money?
Share a 6' table with 1 other person
Unlimited tea/coffee and biscuits
Saturday lunch – Jacket Potato with a filling, Quiche, salad and a dessert.
Saturday Evening – Fish and Chip Supper (or Pizza) and dessert.
Sunday Lunch – as Saturday
Sunday afternoon before you leave -Scone, Jam and Cream and a cuppa to see you on your way.


How much will it cost? - The price is £50 per person


When do I have to pay? - Booking is essential as soon as possible but you do not need to pay until the end of January and regrettably this will not be refundable.


Can I park? -There is some parking outside the Hall but just across the road there is a free car park.


Is there accommodation? - There is no accommodation but there are Premier Inns and Travel Lodges within a few miles if you would like to stay overnight. Look out for the special £29 a night after Christmas.


Will there be a shop? There will not be a shop at the crop but our shop is only 2 miles away for anyone who wants anything or would just like a browse. Anyone visiting the shop on Saturday or Sunday will receive a 10% discount.


Will there be any classes? - We will not be including classes but Sarah-Jane, Anita, Lynn, Linda, Angie and maybe others who taught at our Retreats will be holding classes if you would like to take any. Payment for classes will be made directly to the teachers and details and prices will be given at a later date.


If you would like to book please email me jill@cardinalcolours.co.uk to reserve a place.


Thank you everyone for for taking time to read this.



Anita
This was one of Anita's classes that she taught at the recent Summer retreat with Cardinal Colours
She used the beautiful, bright and zingy papers from the 'Summer Days' range by Echo Park.


The class was quickfire class, held in an hour and was aimed at using lots of layers and stickers.

If you like the look of this layout, I think that Jill may have a couple of page kits left. I bet you have got some bright and breezy summer photos to scrap.

Warmest Wishes Anita xx

Linda
These are the cards designed for a class at Cardinal Colours Retreat 2011 taught by myself and Lynn.
The papers are the Botanicals range from Craftwork cards along with co-ordinating elements and cardstock.




Kit Contents.
1 x Scalloped DL card
1 x Elegant Square Card
1 x Scalloped Square
1 x Square card
1 x Top notch card
1 x Botanical Paper pack
1 sheet of Colour-me images
1 sheet in-circle messages
A5 sheet lime card stock
1m of ribbon


Additional items used:
Promarkers in China Blue, Cornflower, Lime and Pear.
SU Scallop punch and circle punch
Orange woodware circle punch
Retro daisy punch
Small daisy punch
Cropodile
Chalk Inks
Candi

Card One Using the scalloped DL card –


Using the blue text paper with floral border, cut a piece 9x18.5 cm so the border is at the bottom.


Trim your choice of colour me flower to approx 4.5x8.5 cm leaving a 2-3mm border around the text. Colour the image using the Promarkers. Punch scallop circle from lime card stock, punch circle from blue text from other half of original sheet (use the top edge) choose greeting and assemble. Take a lime scalloped rectangle and tie the ribbon around creating a knot on the left, trim ends. Add 3d foam to this and also the coloured image and add to top middle of card. Add the greeting also on 3d foam. Decorate the edges of the scalloped card with candi (with 3d foam pads)

Card Two - Using the square scallop card


Score the card 5 scallops in (vertically) to form the easel. Take the white floral paper and cut a piece 13.5cm wide, then cut again to 14cm. Colour random flowers with the promarker. Add the piece 13.5x14cm to the scored section and fold. Add the remaining piece to the inside bottom of the card. Cut a square 10x10cm from the lime card and from the remaining blue text paper a square 9x9xm as below.

Follow the same steps as card one to mount a message and add to the inside of the card on 3d foam to hold the easel open. Mount the blue text on the lime square and fix to the front of the card with double sided tape – only use on the lower half of the square. Trim a colour-me flower to approx 4x7.5cm and colour. Take a tag and punch a hole in the top. Using the cover sheet, cut a piece 6x6.5cm from the border strip and fix centrally onto tag.


Add the colour-me floral to the tag with 3d foam and the tag to the square on the card, also with 3d foam at an angle. Tie a small piece of ribbon through the hole and trim edged.

Card Three - Using the elegant square card –


From the green border sheet, cut a piece 7.5x12cm wide. Using the remainder of the white floral, cut two strips 12x2.25 cm. Stick to the card to form a 12cm square. Take a blue scalloped rectangle tie the ribbon around it with a knot to the right. Cut a floral colour-me to approx 4.5x8.5cm, colour with Promarkers, also high-light a few words in the text. Add 3d foam to both and fix to the left hand side of card. Using a ruler as a guide add candi to the right hand edge of the square with 3d foam, see below:


Card Four - Using top notch card.



Cut the sheet of white text floral border to create a panel 10.5 wide by 11.5 high and stick centrally.



Colour the floral border with the Promarkers. Using the leaf trim from the colour-me sheet, cut a strip 10.5x1.5cm and fix, white side up, with 3d foam above the floral panel. Using the leaf side, trim tightly to the leaves and cut into small strips, stick above the white strip. Using the green text/floral paper punch 3 retro daisies, shape the petals and fix to the tops of the leaf strips.

Cut 3 small circles from remnants of colour-me sheet and place in the centre of the flowers with 3d foam. Add Candi along the white raised strip and along the bottom of the card.

Card Five - Using the square card.


Use the scoring tool to score the card halfway and fold as below.


Cut a piece from the white text 14x7cm and stick on the flap. Cut the green text/floral border to 14x10cm wide and stick inside. Make a slit in the front fold just over 1.5 cm and thread the ribbon through, fix behind with double sided tape and then tie another piece of ribbon in knot on the front section. Colour a floral panel approx 4.5x8.5cm mount onto lime rectangle with 3d foam, repeat with rectangle onto front of card. Using remaining white text, punch one circle with the yellow woodware, one retro daisy, and five small pointed edge flowers. Punch a lime scallop and assemble as before. Add to right hand side and arrange the flowers around. Use a small circle (orange punch) in the centre of the daisy and Candi for the other flower centres.

The kits may have sold out, but many of the items used are available from Cardinal Colours.
Lynn
Sepia colouring with Promarkers Class for the Cardinal Colours Retreat.


The cards I made as samples, and included in the class, taught with Linda at Cardinal Colours Retreat last weekend.



Papers - Basic Grey's Basics Collection
Card Blanks, Card Candi and A4 Digital Smooth White Cardstock - Craftwork Cards
Pens - Promarkers in 5 colours - Satin, Pastel Beige, Sandstone, Cinnamon and Caramel.
Cardstock - Bazzill
Chestnut chalk ink - Colorbox
Tuxedo or Rich Cocoa dye based ink pad - Memento
Stamps - by Joanna Sheen's All Our Yesterdays stamps designed by Faye Whittaker
Punches - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - Cardinal Colours
All available from Jill at Cardinal Colours

SEPIA COLOURING TUTORIAL


1. Stamp your image with Memento Tuxedo Black, fade resistant, dye ink onto Smooth White Digital Cardstock. This is a good combination and means the alcohol based ProMarkers will not ‘bleed’ with the paper or water based ink.



2. Start by colouring the entire image using the SATIN marker.









3. Using the PASTEL BEIGE start shading the Shadowy parts to add some definition. For example the folds and shaded areas of the straw hats, shadow where limbs etc. overlap and areas inside or behind items.







 

4. Now move to SANDSTONE to deepen the shading a little.















5. To deepen shading further take and highlight some areas with CINNAMON.










6. Use the SATIN pen again and colour the whole image to blend in any sharp lines between colours.














7. Add touches of CARAMEL in darkest parts to add warmth.


If you wish to continue adding darker shading, add in touches of additional darker shades on brown.

I have also achieved similar (but darker) results using the colour range - Ivory, Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa and Walnut.





Useful Tip – stamping images a while before you want o colour them, helps to prevent the ink running into the colour.



Instructions for making the five cards included in the class

Lifebuoy Stamp - FW910
Cut a piece of light paper 13.5x14cm, and a dark piece 10x8.5cm. Ink the edges of both pieces with brown chalk ink and place on the square scallop edge card as shown. Ink edges of card.


Sandcastle Stamp - FW911
Cut a piece of light paper 11x15cm. Stick over the front of a top notch card. Trim paper to shape of the card and ink the edges with the brown chalk ink. For this card the corners of the image and greeting are rounded – optional.
Mount image to left of the card and the greeting to top right overlapping the image. Mount with 3D foam pads.



Dolphin Stamp - FW907
Cut a piece of dark coloured paper 18x9cm. Ink the edges with brown ink and stick to an oblong scallop edge card. Line the paper up with the top of the card. Ink edges of card. Attach the image to the left of the card.  Add the greeting to the top right overlapping the image.


Washroom Teddy Stamp - FW908
Cut a strip of dark paper 5x15cm and mount onto a piece of Bazzill 5.5x15cm. Ink the edges with brown ink and mount the paper onto the Bazzill. Stick to an elegant Square card about 2.5cm up from the bottom. Trim ends of Bazzill and paper to shape of card with scissors or craft knife. Ink edges of card.
Mount image centrally and add greeting to bottom right of card.



Bucket and Spade Stamp - FW912
For this card stamp and prepare the small bucket and spade image in addition to the main image and greeting.
Cut some light paper 14.5x14.5cm, ink edges with brown ink. Mount onto a square card. Cut a piece of dark paper 14.5x5cm, and trim with scalloped edge punch and ink the edges. Add this to the top of the card like a canopy. Mount the Large image centrally onto the card tucking the top under the canopy. Add the small image to the bottom right and the greeting to the bottom left.



There were five cards in the class, but six stamps in the series, so I made this easel card using a cream coloured card blank and added some Card Candi.

Postcard Stamp - FW909


Thank you to all who attended the class.

Black and white and colour versions to follow.

TFL




Some great feedback from Sue (Mini Owner on her blog) and here are her cards.
Thanks Sue - so pleased you enjoyed the class.



If anyone else wants me to share their cards here, please comment with a link or send me an email and I will add them.
Lynn
Here is the class Linda and I taught at Jill's (Cardinal Colours) Seaside Retreat last weekend.
We have returned to reality, totally exhausted, but all had a brilliant time. Amongst other things Linda and I created was this layout (...not a scraplift in sight), for a class with 'Seaside' theme in mind. When we saw the advert for the Lauderdale range from Basic Grey, some time before it was released, we knew it was perfect for what we wanted to do and so designed this page before the papers were available. They are such fantastic colours and designs - we hope you agree.

There are now three versions of this layout, we made one together when designing called 'Island Hoppers' with photos of my girls on the Isles of Scilly back in 2000:


A second one I made for step by step instructions called 'Lady of Kent' which is the name of the boat I'm sitting on, way back in the 1982:


The third one was made by Linda, called 'Totally Tropical' which sums up these papers and the photos beautifully and shows pictures of her family in Barbados in 2005.


Lauderdale Layout Class
Cardinal Colours Retreat September 2011

Kit Content:
4 double sided sheets of 12”x 12” Basic Grey - Lauderdale papers - (SPF, Coastline, Cut Offs and Clearwater)
6 Basic Grey - Lauderdale buttons
1 - 12”x12” sheet Basic Grey – Lauderdale element stickers
1 - 12”x12” sheet Basic Grey – Lauderdale alpha stickers
1 pack of 4 Basic Grey – Lauderdale canvas tags
Selection of DMC stranded cotton threads.





We have included our sketch – that’s what we do at Scrapology! You may like to use it for another layout too. Please link or email any layouts you make using this sketch, it would be great to share them on the blog.



In addition you will need 2 - 6”x4” (or smaller) photos (one landscape and one portrait)
Basic tools including: Inks, corner rounder, Paper trimmer, Adhesives for paper, 3D foam pads, Pen for journaling & Needle for buttons.





Instructions

We are known as the ‘Inking Queens’, we inked the edge of everything before sticking down (but this is entirely optional)!  We usually add thread to the buttons and tie a simple knot which is also optional.
1. To make your base, take the ‘sfp’ paper remove name strip, gut paper so you have a 12” x 12” frame 1” in from edge all round. This will be used blue, large dots side up.
 


2. Cut ‘cutoffs’ paper to measure 11” x 11” and round the corners, this will be used tiny dotty side up.
3. Round the corners of the dotty paper (optional). 

4. Stick ‘cutoffs’ dotty paper centrally over blue dots side of ‘spf’ frame, so you have a blue border of about 1/2” all round the dots. (Dot to Dot!)









5. Cut a piece of ‘clearwater’ paper 12”x5” making sure waves are horizontal.




6. Trim this to 11” wide (1”x5”). Affix to page 2” up from bottom.







7. Position photos on page and stick in place glue centres only to allow for tucking elements under later.

8. Take remaining ‘spf’, cut out a selection of clouds, boat, hearts and any other elements you wish to use.









9. Cut large green blossom, (leaving a narrow pink border) from left side of floral side of ‘coastline’ paper. Attach with 3D foam pads to top right corner of layout, overlap the edges a little then trim.

     


10. Cut a selection of flowers and leaves from the rest of floral side of ‘coastline’ paper, Leave a small pink border around each petal. Don’t worry if you can’t get whole images of the flowers you like, with a little clever positioning and lots of overlapping they will look great, and work well.




11. Use a strip of the denim side of ‘cutoffs’ paper, trim to ¾” x 6” and cut an inverted ‘V’ in one end.


12. Add all three pointer stickers to this strip, staggering, overlapping and layering with 3D foam pads.

13. Add Button to blunt end of the strip and stick the complete embellishment horizontally over the green blossom on top right of layout.


14. Here comes the fun bit! Arrange all the elements, including tags and buttons. When happy with the arrangement, stick in place with a selection of glues and 3D foam pads. Tuck some under and others overlapping the photograph. (Keep the acetate backing form the tags – we need this later.)













 13. Add some journaling to the tags.

14. Create your title to the top left of the layout using the alpha sheet.
Top tip – How often have you found you have run out of room for the last letter when placing a title, or it’s not straight whe
n you look at it later, but it’s firmly attached and won’t move without tearing the papers? Try making use of the cellophane wrappers or use the acetate from inside the packs to help with positioning.

Simply attach just the very bottom of the letters to the acetate. (If you want a curved shaped title, just cut the acetate to shape first.) Arrange how you want them.






Hold letters over the layout without touching the papers, to see if they fit.






Pull away the acetate when happy with the placement.

Now your layout is complete.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and although the kits for this class are sold out, Jill has many of the individual elements and papers in the store, they may not be on her website just yet but you could email to see what she has available jill@cardinalcolours.co.uk or check out Cardinal Colours web page.


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Comment on Scrapology for your chance to win one of the original kits for this layout.


Closing date midnight 26th September 2011

Good Luck!

Here is the layout made by Sue (Mini Owner) during the class, see her blog for more of her retreat creations.

Please add your creations, by commenting here or on Scrapology with a link or send us an email with an image.