Saturday, 7 April 2018

Changes at The Craft Barn

Hi Folks

I have some news to share with you all. 

We have loved running The Craft Barn for the last 10+ years, however, Ian is now almost 68 and really wants to retire plus we have my mum who is coming up on 92 and although she is fiercely independent she is needing more support which means trips up to Cheshire at short notice, so we have made what has been the difficult decision that we are going to close the Craft Barn.

The way that we plan to handle closing is as follows.  We have created a new clearance section on the website which includes all the current sale stuff and some other bits that we rediscovered when we were going through the stock click here to pop over. Starting next Friday we will have an offer code for 20% off everything then each week the offer code will change and the discount will increase to 30%, 50%, and 70% off everything.  The extra discount will also apply to the items already reduced in the clearance section.  

I recommend having a good look around at what is available as there are almost 5,000 products there.  We don’t have huge numbers of stocks of many items and customers will need to gauge the level of discount available vs the chance of the product selling out to decide when to buy any things they may want.  At the end of the discount codes, we will see what is still in stock and look at some kind of final ridiculously good value goody boxes.

We are hoping for your support for a final time so that we sell as much as possible over the next few weeks especially as there will be some amazing savings to be had and we need to ultimately reclaim our house!  I don’t think Ian is looking forward to the redecorating but that’s the trade off for him!  I have a new venture in mind for myself after all I’m too young to retire completely!

A few weeks ago we had to take the decision to add postage back for orders under £30 as we were making a loss on so many orders when we factored in packaging and cost of shipping, and with the new postage rates it was just not viable to carry on absorbing the cost.

We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people we have met through the Craft Barn, customers, staff, tutors and suppliers and truly thankful for all the support and help we have received. I am also grateful to Ian for helping me to live my dream for the last decade and for his love and support.

Unfortunately the blog won't be continuing with new posts into the future as the Craft Barn won't be there, but it will stay up so you will still be able to see the wonderful projects that are currently there.

Hope you grab some bargains

With thanks, love and hugs

Sandy xx

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Egg

Easter Egg

Hi There!

The daffodils are out, 
the crocus and hyacinth
bulbs bursting forth, birds
singing their little heads
off  Spring must be on the
way.  Wonderful. 

Here is an Easter Card for you
today from Angela Radford

 "Hi all I'm here to show you how 
I've made this Easter card using one 
of the Jofy stamps Jofy53 by Paper Artsy. 

As you can see I have only stamped
 the flower section of this stamp and 
not the stem. 

I used Versafine Black Archival and
 then embossed with clear powder.

 I know they are not meant to be eggs 
but I'm sure you'll agree they do look 
like them. 

I coloured these with brush tip
 ink pens and added highlights
 with a white pen

 Before completing this card I splattered 
Distress ink onto the card blank. 

Just smooth some ink onto a craft mat 
and add a little water then use a brush
 to flick it onto the card. 

I played around with the eggs and 
decided to use just three and
 also added the little birds from 
Kim Dellow stamp EKD02 stamping a
 little towards the back of the card.

 I coloured these yellow so they looked
 like little chicks.

The background was made by applying 
Distress Oxides straight to the card ,
 one colour at a time, spritz, drip and dry.

 The large sentiment stamp is by 
Woodware and the Easter text is one
 from my stash. 

I stamped around the edge with a 
stamp from a Lin Brown set ELB33 and
 completed the card with a few coloured sequins. 

The lines around the edge were drawn 
free hand with a black felt tip pen and
 that's it, all done. 

Have a lovely Easter, Angela xXx"

And you have a lovely Easter too
Angela.  Thank you for the
beautiful card too.  

So bright a colourful - really brings a
smile don't you think? 

Of course, if you don't celebrate
Easter then this card could be used
for any other celebration - just use
the "eggs" the other way up and
they become Balloons!  
Finally add a greeting appropriate
to the occasion.  

I'll leave you with that 

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Egg

Easter Egg

Hi There!

Hope the day is bright and
cheery but worry not if its
downcast, cold and dreary
the whole family can get
involved with today's
bright and colourful project
from Helen Chilton

"Journal page using Lin Brown stamps,
 Dylusions sprays, rub ons, words 
and lots of colour!

Had the stamped and coloured labels 
already for another project and 
decided to use them up.

Added more background stamping.

Stamped the flowers and birds then 
painted all over in white and stamped 
again over the top."

Many thanks Helen for this
lovely page

Certainly shows how it is possible
to become completely engrossed
in journalling doesn't it?

A quick tip from me too : if you
leave your journal open on your
desk you will automatically add
to it.  If you keep it away on a
shelf or in a draw you will rarely
do any work in it

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx