Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Open Evening - Thursday 26th June 6.00 - 9.00
Why not come along and see inside our wonderful two-storey  building we call the 'Craft & Design Centre'.
You'll be surprised at how large, light and airy this space is. 
Take a look at what we have achieved already in a short space of time and hear what ideas we have for the future.
Look at what we have to offer in the way of workshops and regular meetings.
Browse in the 'Aladdins Cave' we call our Gallery Shop.
And most importantly, come and meet us both, tell us what you like (or don't like) and what you would like to see happening at the Centre.
Plenty of refreshments available.
See you there. 

Monday, June 16, 2014


Big day tomorrow! 
We're almost ready for you. 
Come along and see what we have been up to.

Friday, June 13, 2014


Off to my home from home tomorrow - ArtVanGo. While Viv is busy working & Kev is busy sunbathing down in sunny Cornwall I shall be at the studio with my machine if anyone wants a screen burned.
Come and have a chat, see what I'm up to, loads to gossip about.

Best go and get everything ready!
See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In Residence at ArtVanGo

Big day tomorrow - Thursday.
I am 'In Residence' with Clare Bullock and Sharon Osborn at ArtVanGo.
It's going to be a great day.
Why not come along, have a coffee and a chat and see what we are up to?
And, of course, a bit of retail therapy always goes down well. :)
Also a good opportunity to catch the Spectrum exhibition mentored by Gina Ferrari which is on until 5th April.
Hope to see you there.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Not sure I feel comfortable about using the blog for this but, I have one of these for sale if anyone is interested.
A Pazzles Inspiration Creative Electronic Die Cutter.
It connects to your computer, similar to a printer, but instead of printing, the Inspiration uses a small blade to die cut your designs.  You can cut pre-loaded designs or more importantly can create your own. The Inspiration is capable of cutting much more than just paper and cards, from light plastics to chipboard, fabric to rubber stamp material, thin metal to fun foam. You can even draw, engrave, emboss, distress and pierce using the added tools. And because the Inspiration is computerized, you never have to buy expensive cartridges!
Read more about it here: Pazzles

Apart from the USB lead, transformer and original box,  the machine also comes with the following which are all new and unused:
Cutting Mat 12x12"
Embossing Mat 12x12"
CD and Instruction Booklet
Extra CD with bags and boxes
Spare Blade
Emboss Tool
Engraving Tool
Distressing Tool
I have used it for cutting shapes from Pelmet Vilene and Lutradur. And also from other surfaces that I have already prepared i.e. metallic effect surfaces (which is foil bonded to Pelmet Vilene and tissue glued on the surface - see Fabulous Surfaces).
Here are a couple of samples of simple shapes that have been cut.

I think that the only advantage the Brother ScanNCut has over this machine is the fact that it is a stand alone machine whereas the Pazzles Inspiration needs a PC/Laptop etc. to run.

It's a great machine with lots of potential - and I do have a very, very good reason for parting with it.

All spare parts are readily available from Amazon and Ebay.
You can also buy a piercing tool, a pen tool and a 12 x 24" cutting mat along with CD images with different shape templates .

I would like £250 or the nearest sensible offer.

Collection or meeting at some point to hand the machine over would be preferable to posting.

Email me at: purplemissus@aol.com

Sunday, February 09, 2014


Another busy week. This time I was in the West Midlands with a lovely group of ladies called 'Inspire'. They had chosen the metallic effect surfaces workshop.
Here are the ladies hard at work:
And these were some of the wonderful samples that were created:
The book covers were also made ready to take home to embellish further.
We then went on to play with Scrunched Scrim and Tyvek with Heat Transfer Foil.
This is Judy with two of her samples. The photograph doesn't show them very well but they look amazing:
And another couple of samples. Not sure whose this one is:
but this one is Francis:
You see, I am getting much better at remembering to take photos. :)

Ended the week with a talk for Enfield Embroiderers Guild yesterday. I was aware that I knew one member of this guild, Jo, but was surprised at the amount of faces I recognised from shows and workshops.

My diary is fairly empty for this week so I intend to get down to working towards the exhibition that I have coming up with Pauline Verrinder at ArtVanGo in April and the exhibition with 'Connected' in Coventry Cathedral in August. I have one piece completed for Coventry so only have a few pieces left to go.....!!!

Speaking of ArtVanGo, it is their 25th anniversary this year and the workshop programme is amazing. They have lined up some really great tutors for this year: Kim Thittachai - Clare Bullock -  Hilary Beattie - Angie Hughes - Gina Ferrari and loads more (including me!). The full programme is not yet on the website but take a look here: ArtVanGo Workshop Programme as I know that bookings are already being made.

Just thinking, I will have to do some work next week or I will have nothing to blog about!
Love the idea of what Maggie Grey is going to be doing on her blog all next week. 
Check it out here: Magstitch