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Month: March 2023

Design of the Week – A Garden Heart

Design of the Week – A Garden Heart

Hi there Thanks for popping in. How ironic that we kicked off our return to the SHAC with a doodled heart, and this week’s Design of the Week is also a heart! Every Tuesday we launch a favourite Design of the Week with 30% off, plus club discount, to celebrate our 30th year in business. I drew this one many years ago, but it’s still makes me smile. It’s got something kind about it. We call it our Garden Heart……

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Back on the bus!

Back on the bus!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. And thank you also for catching the No. 300 SHAC bus if you managed it this morning. Here’s the Youtube link if you want to catch up.. After almost 3 months it was certainly good to get the old bus back out of the depot and go for a little spin with all my fellow SHACKERS! I hope the speed was right, and we didn’t take off too fast. As I mentioned, we’ll be…

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One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Hope you’ve enjoyed your Sunday? I thought I’d do a photo step up the SHAC art I started on TV last week, using a set of those Floral Panel Stamps…the Tulip. Here goes… Now would you mind if I let the pictures do the talking? I’m pretty bushed to be honest! Pretty easy to follow, right? Stamps and Groovi Plates all available HERE See you bright and early in the SHAC at 10am tomorrow….

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Gottabeinittowinit…

Gottabeinittowinit…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Dave’s gone to work to make the rest of the extra stock stencils which sold on telly this week, (makes for an easier Monday, as he says), and I’ve been having a little spring clean. Well, I’ve been putting away the last of the Christmas decorations to be precise! Yep. Like I said. This year has been all out of sync. It’ll be ok though. Main thing is we’re here, and we’re getting there!!…

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Travelling gently.

Travelling gently.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Last day of the week, and the old lungs are certainly telling me there’s been some action! I had a feeling that I would get a better reading of the damage once the 4-week course of antibiotics finished on Monday – and ca c’est trés vrais! (Sorry – I’m listening to an Audible book about the French Resistance in World War II, and French is on my mind!). Anyway, time to slow down and…

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A cuppa by the Aga…

A cuppa by the Aga…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Back home and enjoying a cuppa by the Aga. Shoes off, and breathe … After a most overwhelming, successful few hours on Create & Craft with my dear buddy Paul Church, it is good to be back home. We doubled the stock levels, you know, to try and keep the shows going, (and we started with plenty!), but still it wasn’t enough. What a testament to our SHAC friends, to our SHAC designs, eh?!!…

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It’s a Special SHAC Day on Telly!

It’s a Special SHAC Day on Telly!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Writing extra fast here, so keep up! It’s time to trundle up to the TV studios and get ready for this evening’s launch of a set of Stamps and groovi plates which will be familiar with many of you – we drew them together in the SHAC! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the SHAC, during lockdown we got together on Facebook LIVE every day Mon-Fri at 10am for two years. We…

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Design of the Week – Flowers from Tina

Design of the Week – Flowers from Tina

Hi there Thanks for popping in. How can it be Tuesday again so quickly? Is it just me, or does time seem to fly by faster and faster as you get older?! Well, it’s all about flowers today! Spent a busy morning putting the finishing touches to tomorrow’s ODS Launch Show at 6pm. Paul and I are sharing the 4 hours. To me (6pm) to him 9pm) to me (10am) to him(2pm). Then HOME JAMES! And don’t spare the horses!…

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Lucky Number’s 13!

Lucky Number’s 13!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. It’s my birthday today. 64 years old. Blimey! How did that happen?! One minute you’re getting a bus down from Manchester University to an Anti-National Front rally in Hyde Park in the 1970’s; the next you’re living in Nürnberg, witnessing the demolition of the Iron Curtain in 1989 – and before you know it, you’re 64 and looking for the Anti-Nazi bus again. Forty-five years later, and we’re still doing the same dance. Bigots…

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Who wants to play?

Who wants to play?

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Talking of Jigsaw puzzles and Solitaire, who likes anagrams? Whilst having a clear out the other day, I came across one I made up many moons ago as a warm-up ice-breaker game for a workshop. So I thought I’d change it a little, freshen it up, and offer it up to you. How about a little bloggy competition too…for a chance to win a £20 Clarity gift voucher! Just for fun of course. Here…

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