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When Japonica met Viola…

When Japonica met Viola…

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. 27th January already? It can’t be! Blimey. I’m still looking at the box of decorations in the dining room which haven’t made it up the loft yet! May as well leave them downstairs at this rate; It’ll be Christmas again before we know it! Had a great day with Tina yesterday. It was good to catch up and have a proper heart to heart. Your flooding Facebook with your artwork using her designs this…

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Little Books – BIG KNOWLEDGE!

Little Books – BIG KNOWLEDGE!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. It’s Tina Cox Celebration Weekend, so how about taking a little look behind the scenes. It was Tina who first came up with the idea of our Perforated Pattern Grids. She gave us some pretty inspirational guideline books to go with the first two Border pattern grids, too. In case you’re not familiar with them, let me elucidate. The first thing to know is that there are 2 books for the Straight Grid No…

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Thinking about a Maclaren…

Thinking about a Maclaren…

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. On the way to the Chinese Shen Yun performance the other week, we drove past Maclaren Headquarters, Woking. “Oooh! Look! There’s the Maclaren Headquarters!” “Forget the cars! Look at the Silver Birches!!” What a wonderful avenue of silver birches! And in the twilight hour, they just looked magnificent. Then yesterday, Dave and I were out walking, and came across a whole forest of them again. Absolutely glorious right now. The lilac haze atop the…

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A little background noise…

A little background noise…

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. All set to go-a-painting with the girls! We’re on emulsion, Dave’s on glossy blue. So many of you have invested in our Mixed Impression texture stamps which sold out double fast on telly before Christmas! I think we need a few demos to show you how to use them now!! Here’s a very simple technique, using the Fabric Texture stamps as a background for some very lovely old Claritystamps…. This is the one we…

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Enjoy the ride!

Enjoy the ride!

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Busy times here! So glad you liked the fabulous Room with a View Fresh Cut Dies that we launched yesterday on HOCHANDA too! We did have to go up against Dancing on Ice at the same o’clock, but hey! We held our own!! Thanks for buying and investing in us, and thanks to Paul for taking over on the shows today. I had something unexpected crop up back at base, so had to bow…

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Here we come, ready or not!

Here we come, ready or not!

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Early doors here. Dave’s gone to sort out the plumbing noise in the new building. Every time somebody flushes a loo, it sounds like we’re under attack from above!! And we’re planning on recording YouTubes there! Paul and I are prepping telly projects for tomorrow. These are the first TV shows of the year, so we want to dyb-dyb-dyb-dob-dob-dob! Either way, we’ve done the best we can do, we’ve put in the action; we’re…

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And now for something completely different….

And now for something completely different….

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Today has been a good day. I looked at the calendar, realised that this time next week it’s TV WEEKEND again, and decided to get ahead of the game. With all the new building plans on the horizon, I’ll certainly feel better in myself if I’ve got a few demos prepped! Mind you, this is no hardship at all at all with these new designs! We are certainly launching 2020 with a wonderful collection…

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My alarm bells are ringing…

My alarm bells are ringing…

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Had a little moment today. Went to the new building with Paul to make a plan, opened a secret corridor – and set the main alarm off ! The good news is that the system really works well; the bad news is we didn’t know the password to switch it off! And IT IS LOUD!!! So while Paul tried every possible number combination and waved the little fob around in front of the sensor…

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A little Treet….

A little Treet….

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Waining waining waining. Whilst I miss our dogs, Dutchie and Duke every day, on days like today, I cannot help but remember the mud and puddles they used to traipse through the kitchen when it was pissisting outside! We have a cellar here, which is slowly filling up, too. It’s called a Wet cellar for a reason I guess! At least you know you’ve got a 6ft tall warning before it gets to the…

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TrayFattyGay

TrayFattyGay

Hi there Thanks for popping in! Great day, although Je suis trés fatiguée! TRAY FATTY GAY! That’s it, isn’t it. The minute you stop and relax, the body flops, like one of those little dolly things when you shoved your thumb up the base! Same thing happened to Dave! Look! Shoved my thumb up his base, and down he went – like a sack of spuds! Enough larking about, Gray! Be serious! Do that step by step of the card…

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