Category Archives: Classic

Glitz Designs – Collections & Doodle Rollers


We love Glitz Designs Collection Kits and recently showcased them and their doodle rollers at a Midnight Madness. We used Finnley and Wild & Free two of our favourite collections. The doodle rollers are fun to use – although a little practise is required.



Amazing TCD Stencils – we love them!!!


We have finally decided to “get our act together” and do a blog post. We are loving the new Teresa Collins Designs Stencils and the many ways you can use them. So over the last few weeks our scrapbook workshops have showcased the stencils and Modeling Paste. The Paste is easily applied with a palette knife and dries quickly. Sponging or spritzing thru the templates adds a fast yet very effective “layer” to your page.
We have a sketch challenge at our Midnight Madness Workshops so you will notice some LOs that have similar design elements.











I adore the Crate Paper – On Trend Collection Kit – we have used it for a whole bunch of layouts recently. Combined with another favourite – Two Scoops Cardstock and I am loving this LO.  There is nothing like a little sanding and inking to add great dimensions and layers to your page.


South Island Gold


I’ve been scrapping   of “old” photos recently – this is from 1970.  The  Lily Bee  Memorandum Collection Kits has been so fabulous to use and we have made over 10 LOs and there is still paper left.  That’s what I call value for money.  The  Lily Bee embellishments and alpha stickers that come in the kit are fantastic too.

South Island Gold



PlayA lovely LO with some cool hexagons and the Lily Bee Memorandum Collection kit.  The stamps are Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection – our favourite red rubber stamps – the detail is amazing and using stamps on you LO adds another super dimension to your page.  Think about using stamps where you would normally use a rub-on on your LO.  You are only limited by how many  colours of ink you have.   The background is Kraft – another favourite “go to” color that works so well with most papers.  Thickers are used for the title.

Crochet Fun


Well, I haven’t blogged for ages – sorry guys, too busy having fun and creating.  Thought we’d best show you some of the fun we have been having with crochet.  We started our Crochet workshops at Craft Haven in early November 2012 – it has been fun “getting our Granny on” (as some of our ladies call it).  I couldn’t help myself and had to do a Scrapbook layout with some of my Crochet flowers.  We’ve been working on heart bunting for the shop doorway too – but that’s not done yet (too distracted by other stuff).  We love crocheting cotton dishcloths – they are fantastic for those of you who like things that are Eco-friendly, they are so easy to make, we made quite a few for Christmas presents. Crochet Fun

UR Wonderful

This LO uses some Two Scoops cardstock for the background – sanded and inked.  The patterned paper is from the On Trend Collection by Crate Paper and the  flowers are made by ME – cotton, pattern and hooks available at our store Craft Haven.  I used A TCW template – Sunburst to make the ‘rays”, then inked around the edge.



This is one of Bronwyns LO, a photo taken when she was in the South Island, over 2 years ago.   Kraft is such a great go to Cardstock for a background colour, add some stamping with a Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp and it  looks fantastic, (one of my favorite stamp sets).   Of course washi tape is a great “go to” to add to any LO and  put that with some embossed stamping and twine  and this LO looks wonderful.  The lettering is a Sizzix die – Once upon a time.

Retro Photos – Road Trip 1970


I have been looking through some old photos and found a few from a road trip my parents went on in 1970.  I got my idea for this LO from Pinterest.  I used a Cherry Lyn die to make the mini blossoms (so much fun) and a Unity Chicken mesh stamp – love stamping on my LOs. The little wooden butterfly is from Studio Calico.    All the papers are from Lily Bee Memorandum Collection pack – I am really enjoying this pack and Bronwyn and I have completed six pages already with it.  Last night at Craft Havens Midnight Madness I finished a companion page to this, with another photo taken on the same road trip – I will post that one soon.   The stickers I have used for the title are included in the pack.


Creativity is Contagious. Pass it On.


This week a dream became a reality.  We have opened our own craft business – Craft Haven Limited.  It is exciting and scary all at once, but if you never step out of your comfort zone and follow your dreams you will never know what amazing things are there for you.  After 15 years of wishing, wondering, hoping and praying, and 7 weeks of very hard work and meticulous planning; it has begun.

At the start of our planning we found the following quote, it has been extremely inspirational to us.  It comes from Sir Peter Blake – it was the entry in his diary on the day he died.  “To win you have to believe you can do it.  You have to be passionate about it.  You have to really want the result, even it this means years of  hard work.  The hardest part of any big project is to begin.  We have begun – we are underway – we have a passion.  We want to make a difference.”  

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We have begun!