Thursday, 28 March 2019

NEW Facebook LIVE and You Tube videos

I am so excited to announce that you can now find me live on Facebook and You Tube.

Each week I design a different set of simple cards for our coffee and card sessions.  I have finally decided to bite the bullet and showcase the making of these cards after all of the sessions are complete.  The idea behind this is:
  • It acts as a reminder if you have attended a session and want to refresh your memory
  • If you miss a session, you can catch up on the cards and see what we made
  • If you are too far away to attend, you can see in detail how we made the cards.

HOW can I watch you? can catch me on Facebook Live on my Jemini Crafts Facebook page every Monday afternoon (UK) at approx 5pm (GMT). 

Here you can watch me, comment and interact.  you can view previous videos by searching for #coffeeandcard. You can choose to be notified when I am posting LIVE from the Facebook settings.

Click on the image to go to my Facebook page now. can hop to my You Tube channel and see my latest videos there. Look for the keywords #coffeeandcard. Feel free to subscribe so you don't miss out on future videos.
Click on the image to go to my You Tube channel now. 

I hope you are able to join me during one of my forthcoming Facebook live sessions, look out for this image on Facebook:

 I would love any feedback from you regarding my new channel. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

NEW Coffee and Card session launched

Perfect to have a go at card making if it's new to you,
great if you want to get to know some local crafters.

I am really pleased to report that due to continued growth and support of our coffee and card sessions we are now running 3 sessions per week.
  •  Monday 9:30-10:30am at 185 Watling Street, Towcester £6 per person
  •  Wednesday 10-11am at Hummingbirds Bistro, Brackley £5 per person
  • Thursday 3-4pm at Hummingbirds Bistro, Brackley. £5 per person
These groups are an informal drop in craft session, where you can enjoy good company, an excellent cup of coffee (or tea/hot chocolate) and make up to 2 cards to take home with you. There is no need to bring any craft supplies with you, as everything is provided.

These sessions are suitable for complete beginners as well as accomplished crafters.  Here is a little video peek into the end of one of our sessions last week when we were making floral cards in Brackley:

There is no need to book for these sessions, the current age range of attendees is 3 years through to 93 years and full tuition is included! Many of the cards featured on our Facebook page are from coffee and card. The sessions are repeated, so if you miss Wednesday's session, you are welcome to join us on Thursday.  Of course, you can always come to all 3!

We run right through the year, and most Bank Holidays except Christmas. Children are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Each week we have a different theme, and I like to incorporate seasonal dates, such as Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day etc. However, I do try to have alternative sentiments available for everyday use at all times.

If you would like to join us, please visit our Facebook page or email me for the latest information. 

Here are today's card designs in Towcester, a new design will be available on Wednesday.

Here is a photo from a recent session in Towcester, at the lovely 185 Watling Street venue. Both of our venues have been chosen for their great lighting and customer service and both offer disabled access, though sometimes we are up a few stairs at Hummingbirds Bistro - if you need assistance, please let me know.

I hope you can join us very soon! 
If you are not local to use in Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire, please contact me as there are many other #coffeeandcard locations around the UK.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Cats vs dogs - which is your favourite?

So are you a cat person or a dog person?

According to © Google "25% of the UK adult have a cat with an estimated population of 11.1 million pet cats and 24% of the UK adult population have a dog with an estimated population of 8.9 million pet dogs", so it looks like cats win at the moment !

Ever since Stampin' Up! introduced these two stamp sets and matching punches, I knew they would be a perfect choice for our coffee and card sessions.  Whilst I appreciate not everyone is a pet lover themselves, there is a reasonable chance they know someone with either a cat or a dog.  You can click on any of the images below to see full details online.

What is even better is that the Happy Tails set can be purchased as a bundle, with a 10% discount on the stamp set and punch when purchased together for £29.50
 Here are some samples of cards that we made at coffee and card recently. Everyone had a great time and with some fantastic results, I especially love the punched out version of the cat and dog in black/white. Molly added a sentiment 'Forever Friends' after I took the photo.

 Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Pop-up card boxes - February classes

By request for this month's card classes, we will be making these fun pop-up card boxes.

Everyone will receive full instructions on how to make them, and then you can make as many as you like within the class!

Although they look complicated, once you have made one, they are really simple. All of the designs above fold flat to fit a standard C6 envelope. The best tools to make these are our Simply Scored scoreboard, and/or our Stampin' Trimmer. Grab some designer paper (or stamp your own),  add some stamped images to decorate and you will have a great design in no time at all.

These cards are suitable for many occasions and all ages. Why not book in and have a go?
Warning: these fun cards are really addictive!
Use them with your existing stamps and die cuts.

Class Dates

Brackley (Evenley): Tuesday 26th February 1-3pm and 7-9pm
Milton Keynes (Stacey Bushes) TBC shortly.

EMAIL me to check on Stacey Bushes dates, or to book your slot at Brackley classes.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Calorie free cupcakes anyone?

I do love cupcakes, especially ones with lovely thick icing, but I don't like the amount of calories they contain! So I decided for coffee and card last week that we would use the FREE Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Hello Cupcake - calorie FREE! You can click on the image below to see more details.
I decided to use our Very Vanilla notecards and envelopes this week, as I thought the vanilla would make the icing more realistic. You can buy these in packs of 20 cut and scored cards and envelopes for just £6.00, which is just 30p per card and envelope.

I used some of our brown inks, Soft Suede and Early Espresso for the card on the right - the perfect chocolate cupcake!  The Treat Yourself sentiment comes from Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

With this card above, we used a Very Vanilla layer cut with our NEW Rectangular Stitched Framelits, stamping the flower in Bermuda Bay as a background layer.

There is of course, Valentines Day around the corner, so I had to try and make a Valentines card, using some Poppy Parade and Merry Merlot inks. I also added the little red Gem rhinestone embelishments, though you can't see these too well in the photo above. #valentine

Here are some more from Wednesday's session:

We have another coffee and card session on Monday, so I will have some more cards to share with you - presuming I remember to photograph them of course! So don't forget to check back in later in the week.

Don't forget you can get this stamp set FREE (from a choice) by spending £45 or more in one order with me before the end 31st March 2019.

Thanks for popping by today.

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