Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas is quickly approaching

Walking through the shops and you see that the Christmas products are very much available. I can't help feeling it's far too early, but going by the speed in which the days are passing by, it's not silly to start thinking about it already.

We've already received some Christmas papers in the store. The above pictured range has arrived from Echo Park, as has the latest selection from Do Crafts, who've also included a free Christmas stamp on the front of their magazine. The girls @ Daisy's have well and truly begun creating Christmas cards, so there's no shortage of inspiration and ideas in the store. Christmas is a favourite time among many of the staff there, so it's no surprise that the work is beautiful and inspiring.

The last weekend saw the Card Making Retreat which is held at the Mapleton Holiday Centre. A lovely weekend of crafting was had by all. While the weather closed in around us, the sun was certainly shining in the hall while we sat for hours sharing ideas, trying new things and making projects which were prepared by the Daisy Girls. As a mother of three boys, I appreciate the uninterrupted hours of creating. I feel very lucky that I can take part in these weekends away. They are indeed good for the soul. A great way to relax and prepare for another busy school term ahead as this event marked the final weekend of our school holidays.

Classes at Daisy's this week include a new session of our Introduction to Copic Markers. Class A is held on Tuesday at 1pm and there are still places available if you wish to join in. This is a great overview of the theory of Copic marker usage, plus you have the opportunity to try these markers out for yourself. This is a great way to dip your toes in without having to make any investment of markers. Class participants receive a 10% discount on any purchases made. Copic B, the follow up class, will be held in a fortnight, on Tuesday 19th October.

Suzy's class tomorrow is a beautiful layout made from the My Minds' Eye range 'Lost and Found'. You will require a 5x7 portrait oriented photo plus a 3x4 also in portrait orientation. The kids' class on Wednesday will create a layout using banner flag embellishments which are all the rage at the moment. Barbi's class on Thursday uses a brown vintage style, lacy background. You are asked to use sepia photos if possible, 2 4x6 landscape oriented photos are required. On Friday afternoon, Barbi's heritage class will make a classic style layout using one large photo. The colour tones are charcoal and white with hints of pink.

The cardmaking class on Wednesday features a masculine easel card, a sweet and simple card using House Mouse stamp and a Christmas card featuring pretty ribbons, a great way to use your ribbon scraps. Friday morning this week is the Friendship Class for cardmakers. This class costs $5.

Don't forget we also hold our Cuttlebug classes. Norma has designed some beautiful cards showing off the beautiful embossing and cutting that this machine can help create. These classes are $15 with all materials included for three cards. BYO Cuttlebug and card making tools.

Cardmaking classes cost $12 (materials included) and scrapbooking classes are $10, with costs for kit being extra. You can ring the store to book your place, or you can order a kit if you'd like to do the class but are unable to make it. This is a great way to get creating with the hard work of planning already done for you.

Friday night sees, the regulars to wile away the hours, catching up with friends and creating until the early hours.

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