Sunday, 18 November 2012

SplodgeAway Project.

Hello Everybody,

Wow..what a week it has been. We have been so busy in the shop that when I finally stopped today my body feels numb. So with Tom in Sheffield I decided to have a lazy day and have finally go round to updating the blog.

The project I want to share with you today was a quick frame I made for Tom to take on C&C last week. I'm not really a cardmaker and didn't have anytime to scrapbook so I decided to make a frame of one of our scan photographs.

The scan photograph is when our gorgeous daughter was 17 weeks so still a lot of developing and growing to go. We are still debating whether to go for another 4D scan but we will see, only 10 weeks to go so I suppose we will see her soon enough.
The frame was made by inking a 8x8 sheet of SplodgeAway Easy Ink with Spun Sugar. I then took the new SplodgeAway Square Nouveau Mask, some gesso mixed with Claudine Helmouth pink paint and gessoed over the mask. Before the gesso dried I sprinkled some new Stickles fine stardust glitter over the top. When it all dried I mounted the photo behind the frame and then layered some mirri and pink card. I added some flowers, bling and stardust glitter around the edges and voila! Really quick and effective.

The new SplodgeAway website is now up and running. I know some masks are still to be added but take a look and let us know what you think.

This week in the shop saw the last classes of this year. We had Kay Rutter in on Thursday and my did she make us laugh!! I can't wait for her to visit again next year. And, yesterday we had Annette Lee in making Christmas projects and Dylusion Tags. The tags were a great hit and we are going to repeat this class next year so watch last demo before Christmas. On Saturday 1st December we have the very talented Lynsey Mason in all day for a free demo on configuration boxes, Ranger products and much more so if you are free call in and see us.

This is another project I have been working on, the shop seems to have gone crazy for altered books so I had to have a try..this is just a sneak peek as I still have to add photos and embellishments then I will post the whole book.



Thanks for looking,
Susan x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Stock :-)

New Stock Now In!
Hi Everybody,

I can't believe I don't update my blog more often! Tut tut. The last two weeks have been so busy busy but very exciting. Last week saw me visit the NEC with Tom doing a demo on the C&C stand. I was so proud watching him up there making everybody laugh and doing his demo. Then on Sunday I travelled with Tom to the C&C studio where I watched Tom. I think he did an AMAZING job, the masks are my favourite so far and I cannot stress what a great job the SplodgeAway DT did. Most of the masks sold out, infact after the show nearly everything had sold out and another order was placed. Today will hopefully see the launch of the new SplodgeAway website, Tom is currently sat uploading the new masks onto it. This week Tom will be demoing in Wales at a craft shop called Dandie Crafts and then standing at the  Ross Papercraft Show in Sheffield on Sunday. This Thursday we have the hilarious Kay Rutter running a workshop in the shop. The class is full but you can always call in and say hello.

Right back to the new stock....lots and lots of  new goodies arrived today so please take a look:

If we have any customers in the shop when a delivery arrives you would think it was Christmas.

Spellbinders D-Lites, stunning new dies

Ohhhh...what could be in this box?

Yes you guessed right...lots of 8x8 and 12x12 Graphic 45 pads, well not many left now as everybody has gone crazy for them.

Ohh...another box of goodies...

Glossy Accents and Crackle Accents

Black and White Gesso

A few new nestabilities

NEW Distress Ink Colours

NEW Stickles ultra fine glitter

Stock up of Dylusions Ink Sprays

Kraft Card and Kraft-Core Pads

Lyndsay Mason Stamps - she will also be doing a day demo on Saturday 1st December at the shop.

Double Sided MME single 12x12 sheets - 99p each

Shelves are finally filling back up

Collall Glue

Card shelves, lots of new card in.  Lots still to be added.

 I would to share this photo of Tom signing autographs at the NEC after his demo. He was very laid back and told everybody 'but I'm just Tom'. Well Tom no your not just Tom you are Mr SplodgeAway and you should be so proud of what you have achieved. Tom works so hard and behind the scenes there is only 3 people, Tom designs everything from scratch and as you are sat reading this he is resizing and uploading all the new masks onto the site. I bought him a new game today so he could relax and unwind on a evening but it isn't even out of the bag yet! As everyone knows  he  is not the most organised person in the world but he is getting there. So thank you to EVERYBODY who has supported SplodgeAway since the launch, especially the DT team, Create and Craft and most of all the CUSTOMERS. I would also like to thank the Suzicraft customers for their continued support in the shop and just for being there when we are a little stressed, you all remind us why we do what we do :-)

I have quite a few posts this week so you may here from me more than once a week!!
And a quick note to those who watched Tom on C&C on Sunday, yep he got the babies date wrong but hey the midwife probably has!! Our gorgeous girl is due in 11 weeks, 2 days and counting and WE can't wait :-))

Thanks for reading,
Take Care,
Lots of Love
Susan x

Friday, 2 November 2012

Thursday Class

Hi Everybody,

Hope you are all safe and tucked up warm this evening. The rain is pouring but at least the flowers are being watered! I'm sat trying to catch up all the little bits and pieces that end up like mountains when they are not finished but I keep getting distracted with the TV as I am addicted to the TV series Lost!!! I have rewound it so I just have some background noise. Sorry is this is a long post but I have some great photos to share from yesterday.

An update on the house....well I can't really update on much apart from last weekend I went over to finish some painting in the kitchen and managed to accidentally break a few drawers..oopps. I think we will soon be in once the kitchen is finished as we can work on the upstairs once we are in.

This is a photo of the shower with a random hole in it, blocked vent and the bottom right shows some mould which was all over the tiles in the shower. Toms step-mum is a professional cleaner so she came prepared with lots of cleaning goodies and now it looks brand new!

Yesterday was the Suzicraft Thursday class, it ended up so busy Tom had to make a DIY table to fit everbody in. As its the run up to Christmas we are concentrating on Christmas projects and this week was a Christmas Wall Hanging. I really enjoyed teaching this class and as you can tell by the photos everybody enjoyed participating....

This is just half the class!
The lovely Bridie

Peter Pirate

Lovely Lynne glittering her card pieces.
Here at Suzicraft we are addicted to gesso at the moment so we used some gesso over a patterned piece of card and then gessoed over it to tone the card down, sprinkled some glitter over and voila..a really simple yet effective technique.

Nana Carol addicted to Nellie Snellen punch and emboss poinsetta flowers x

Nilam choosing her papers x

Chris is a total inspiration to Suzicraft. She is completely blind but why let that get in your way of crafting. Chris can be handed a piece of card and she can feel and tell you exactly what the pattern is. She is always found cheering and wants to be part of Toms Nerf video (thats another story!)

Lovely Lynne brought in some delicious Marks and Spencers sponge rolls, mmm, and we caught Chris eating it...

and Bridie!! x

Cake Boss Joyce and her hanging x

Mo was so quiet making his hanging...I will have to get him to make some more x

When we run classes we always start off with a project but everybody puts their own 'spin' on it...I loved Lynnes wreath x

Nana Carol was smiling really, it just took so many attempts to get the hanging still x


Well I don't exactly know how but just after closing team Suzicraft turns into a Nerf warground. Tom and his friend suddenly developed a fetish for Nerf guns and all of a sudden everybody is bringing them in. I must admit it is very funny watching everybody running around. Poor Sam was just sat crafting and was hit, lol!! Tom is even trying to organise a Nerf wars mini film...the mind boggles...

A few shop announcements:

Tom is back on Create and Craft on Sunday 11th November at 3pm.

Kay Rutter is running a workshop in Suzicraft on Thursday 15th November. Please contact me for more information.

Lots of new stock but lots still to arrive: we have loads of new dies - Marianne, Nellie Snellen, Cheery Lyyn, washi tape, gems and so much more..

Due in on Tueday Spellbinders D-Lites.

Also, I am really excited to announce that we have taken on a member of staff on to help in the shop. Lynsey will be found in the shop a couple of days a week. Lynsey is new to papercrafts but is a fab jewerelly maker and she can knit a scarf!! I am determined to convert her though.  Some of you who know Rick, may also know that Lynsey is his partner. In 12 weeks 6 days when Baby Johnson is due Lynsey will cover me on maternity leave so be sure to pop in and say hello :-) It couldn't come fast enough, I am soooo excited x

I will leave you with a photo of my other of Pepsi, she must know Tom is away tonight because she won't leave my side.

Pepsi and I are signing off,
Night Night All and hope to see you all soon,
Susan  xx