Today I'm sharing something super exciting, a giveaway! We recently launched a few Loom Band kits including our best selling Loom Band Starter Kit...
We have sold out of these twice and they are flying off the shelves along with the smaller kits! These kits are all available here on my website as part of the fantastic World of Imagination range.
Also, recently at the One Big Show I met some lovely people from Search Press who told me all about their fantastic new book on Loom Band Jewellery - great timing as it was just days before our Loom Band kits launched! So very kindly they sent us a copy so we (or more correctly, Lisa...) could learn how to make Loom Band Jewellery for our product pictures. Like this one...
The book was absolutely great, so helpful, and Search Press said to us that if we wanted to, we could have another copy for a giveaway - woohoo! (This book is so popular it's actually completely sold out at the moment and only available as a download here for another couple of weeks while they await new stock!)
So today we are giving you the chance to win a starter kit and book! All you need to do is leave us a comment below. You can also pop over to mine and Search Press's Facebook Pages to give us a like and a comment there if you would like (let them know I sent you over!) - and each one will be counted as an entry. You have until 8th August to enter - we will draw a winner in the 5 days after and announce it here on my blog and on Facebook.
Hello crafty peeps, I've been a little bit quiet the last couple of weeks (sorry!) - we've been super busy at Hurley HQ with yet another reorganisation (the next time we move it will have to be to a new premises, we have no space left, eeek!) new computers, new products and ranges and just generally LOTS going on - more about that later though....
Today, I wanted to share a scrapbook page I made a couple of weeks ago using one of my favourite collections of this year, My Mind's Eye 'Market Street' it has lovely bold colours and plenty of gold accents - what more do you need! I used my collection to make this layout of my sister and I messing about taking silly selfies on a day out...
I used two journaling cards, making one into a pocket to hold the other (I'm adding my journaling later) I wanted the journaling to be hidden (that card tucks in more) as the whole story is something we wanted to keep secret! This chipboard accents are perfect for the title!
I've layered up a few papers, I wanted to use all of them really but I restrained myself and kept the layers quite big so as not to cover up the beautiful detailing, the die cut ephemera worked well with taps and labels to give more dimension and those all important gold accents! I finished with the big bow (a must have - I love that it looks dimensional but it's actually flat to tuck into an album!) and a sprinkling of enamel dots. My only addition was a gold doily (it's an obsession, really... put the doilies down, walk away... lol)
I'll be back with more crafty projects soon, I think this collection may feature again too as I have some left over.
As a child / teenager my differences were my biggest weakness, I hated my bright hair that got me teased at school and made me look different to my family & classmates, I hated being the smallest because I got picked on, I hated being a bit odd and different, not liking (or being able to afford!) the 'cool' stuff and finding weird stuff funny, because I didn't fit in, I couldn't talk about my hopes and dreams because they weren't the same as my classmates and made people laugh at me, as an adult, it's all of these differences and struggles that allowed me to shape the life I wanted, to stand out when I needed to, to set myself and my business apart and to achieve those dreams I was told were impossible for me. So today, decide to celebrate your differences, they are wonderful! Thank you for dropping by today Sarah x
Today, Lisa and I met outside the office and went to view a venue in Loughton to hold craft classes (and possibly, creative business sessions!) I'm very excited to say, the venue was perfect, close to the station (on the Central Line), on two major bus routes and with parking nearby. We will be putting together a schedule in the next couple of weeks to start in August / September.
In the meantime, we'd love your feedback! Tell us what classes (or creative business sessions) you'd love me to teach (I've already had requests for marker colouring and Project Life, how do they sound?), what times and days would be best for you and anything else that helps us make it the best experience we can for you!
Just leave us your feedback and suggestion in the comments or contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter - I look forward to meeting more of you soon!
Today I get to share some exciting news (yay!) I am very very pleased (and a little bit nervous) to tell you that we will be exhibiting at our very first trade show this September!! I'm even more excited to tell you that the show we will be exhibiting at is the very fabulous and well respected Top Drawer!
You may remember that Lisa and I visited Top Drawer in London earlier in the year. We had no expectation that we were going to exhibit at the next one, we just thought it would be great to look around, meet some people and see how far off being ready we were. As we were walking around the show, Lisa kept saying to me 'you could totally do this, you're SO ready' I was still unsure... But as I looked around I did feel like I could fit in, that maybe I was ready.
When we got back to the office I had a little look at the website - i thought it was like any other trade show, you paid for your stand, rocked up with your stuff and Bob's your mums brother - not so! You have to apply, send over samples of your work and a panel decide if they think you're ready and if you would fit in well - the show is curated (eeek!)
I decided to apply, I thought I'd probably get turned down the first time anyway and it would be good experience and I might get some feedback (I should know better than to do stuff like this by now - ha!) Anyway... a couple of weeks later, I was at Stitches in Birmingham when I get a phone call from a lady at Top Drawer - I thought this is nice, she's letting me down gently... She was calling to confirm what size stand I wanted - they loved my products and I was IN! (double eeek!)
So now, we have just a couple of months to go before I will be launching lots of new products in front of some of the most well known buyers and press (triple eeek!) I'm so looking forward to it! We've been planning for months and now it's very nearly here!!! I hope some of you will be visiting and will come and say hello and see all of the new things.
Thank you so much for dropping by today and sharing my excitement!
This time last week, I was just arriving home from the CHA UK One Big Show after having had a FAB time! I must admit, despite being on the CHA UK board, I was a bit nervous! I've not been in the craft industry for a super long time (just under 4 years) and I don't know that many people in person, usually via phone or email etc... I wondered if I'd be brave enough to talk to anyone - I needn't have worried! I was asked to do an Inspirational talk, my first ever time to do any public speaking (I know I do live TV but you don't see any people then!! lol) then another talk on Creative Blogging and then to collaborate on another talk about trends with another designer, Sara Naumann who has been in the industry for a long time, knows LOTS and someone whose work I knew and admired. I'll be honest, I was nervous, very nervous! But as some of you will know, my life motto is, if it sounds fun, if on any level you want to do it, say yes then work it out! I also don't like being scared of anything so I'll always do the things I'm scared of so I'm not any more (if that makes sense!!)
I spent days writing and refining my seminars, practicing them as much as I could (in the end, I didn't stick to the script! lol) I was as prepared as I could be! I set off on Wednesday for a Board Meeting before the networking event that evening.
I had about an hour after the meeting to unpack, change and get back downstairs to meet people coming in.
We spent hours networking with people in the industry, meeting new people, catching up with friends and colleagues and getting involved in some of the fun Make & Takes with Coats, Stix 2 and Wilton it was FAB! More than one person (including me!) said that if that was what we came for we would have felt we got great value for money - and we still had a whole day left to go!
Here is Michelle from Stix 2 leading a Make & Take - I've always been scared of Hot Glue Guns in case I burn myself (silly I know!) but she showed me a really fun demo so I had a go - my fear is cured!
We also had Jenniffer Taylor from the Great British Sewing Bee on the Coats stand...
and CHA UK chairman Colin Poole with The Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan - now the Creative Director at Start Up Loans Company, who also gave a seminar.
The following morning I was up for a breakfast meeting before the show started (SO excited! can't wait to share the things that happened!!) Even though my seminar was one of the first, I had no time to get nervous as I went straight from that to this... (I should point out this is just a tiny portion of the massive area we were in - the atmosphere was buzzing and there were people everywhere - even those people who came alone - like me! didn't have a moment to feel left out as there was always someone to meet and talk to or something to do.
I had a little time to catch up with some people before heading in to give my Creative Blogging Seminar. I also had time to sit on some great seminars in between my own and I learned a lot! There was also a big room of experts who you could go and ask questions to in different areas like law, publishing etc... and some companies with great special offers for members - so useful!
I came home from the show feeling braver, more confident, inspired and full of excitement at all the new things to come (I met some great people!) and super super proud to have played a small part and be part of the organisation who put on such a fab event - I can't wait for the next one!! and I hope you'll come and join us. (Click here to join CHA UK now ready for the next event, it's not to be missed!)