Friday, 28 June 2013

New beginnings!

Well, here at Polkadoodles it's been a busy old month with moving premises and the launch of our Bonbon Belles beauties and a host of other stuff! We don't do things by half that's for sure!

In addition to all this, today is the first day of a brand new challenge blog for the amazing Graph'It markers! Woohoo!! Please make sure you check it out - even if you are happy with your current alcohol markers you will LOVE this blog and you don't even need to use GIs to enter, but the Design Team are simply AMAZING! I truly believe we have some of the best colourists around on this team so I'm mega excited to be a part of this!

Anyway, let's get this show on the road!

Head on over to the blog to join in with the challenge - as I said, this is a colouring challenge and you can use any kind of marker to enter and we have some fabulous prizes up for grabs each week so make sure you follow us too! See you over there! 

So today my post is all about New Beginnings for the Graph'It blog and for Polkadoodles blog too!
For this card I used a couple of beautiful new dies I got this week which are both from Sizzix and I've coloured in an image from my brand new collection Bonbon Belles which is just lovely. And of course she's coloured with my brand new Graph'It pens too! So New beginnings 3 times round!

I'm so bad, I've completely forgotten the colours I've used on this image :O what a great start that is! I promise to try harder next time LOL! I do know the skintones I used are 4110, 4120, 4155, 4170 and 4180 with 4135 for cheeks. Graph'Its really are taking the marker world by storm and everywhere I go right now I'm being asked all about them and I'm so pleased that once I show a couple of samples everyone can see the amazing difference and vibrancy of colour you can achieve easily. It really is a no-brainer for me! I've also used Pan Pastels around the edges to distress a little and on my sentiment to colourise it - again I just find using Pan Pastels so much easier and quicker than Distress Inks and if I go wrong I can rub it out and start again!

This week I finally got a Big Shot! I've had every other die-cutting machine on the planet I think, but I had to use a Big Shot at a recent demo day in Hobbycraft and I was blown away by how lovely it was to use and have been, let's face it, NEEDING one ever since! I've always been a big Sizzix fan and have quite a few dies (I still have my old red machine and I could never bear to part with it!) but the Big Shot is so lovely to use. What really blows me away is the ergonomics of it and just how EASY it is to use, quite honestly. Instead of feeling like your arm is going to drop off winding the handle, the Big Shot goes through everything like butter - I cut 4 pieces of paper folded in half (8 sides) all at once and it cut like butter. Swish!....done in about 5 seconds! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So to go along with my beautiful new cutting steed a few new dies managed to adventure into my craft room too...of the huge big peony flower is a Bigz die which is just stunning (have to say I haven't done this justice as my paper was only 90gsm so it's a bit too floppy and flat really and I was in a bit of a rush). I finished off with a great Scallop Circles Framelits set which is perfect for so many things and a real staple you should have in your die stash if you haven't already got it.
All the papers and the image I've used on this card are from our new Bonbon Belles collection and papers are from the Marshmallow Fluff Colourburst - you'll love it!

Right I'd better head off, I'll be back very soon with more lushness! 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Our Outlet is now Open!

So as most of you know, we've had an outlet in York since March this year but we decided that we needed a little more space so we've not really advertised it until now! Last week we moved premises to somewhere a little larger and it means we now have more workshop space and more shop space.

Now, before you get way too excited and jump in the car, we are limited in what we stock as it is mainly for Polkadoodles products but we will be stocking additional supplies which will not be online because of postage costs etc.

We do have some really exciting things to tell you about all of this though:

1. When you shop in the Outlet you will get 10% off all the marked prices.
2. We now have an Outlet Loyalty card which entitles you to 10% off all craft supplies (additional discount).
3. Our workshop area is now larger so we can seat 18 people! AND you can get around the shop LOL! (unlike before where we were crammed in so much we couldn't move!)
4. We will be holding midweek classes along with our regular Saturday classes.
5. We will now be having regular demo days - woohoo!!
6. FREE table hire for craft groups! If you have a craft club or group and would like to come to the shop to craft you can have the use of our tables completely FREE for an hour at a time. If you wish to stay longer than this we will make a small hourly charge (please note that this is for adults ie over 16s only).

Now, we do have one more mega exciting thing to tell you about - our new Crafty Coffee Bar!!
Well, ok, a coffee bar it is not but as from 1st July we will be taking delivery of our fabulous new professional Coffee Machine and will becoming pro Barista's! Yes, we will be making Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas Americanos Craftyanos :D and any other coffee you are partial to - and tea of course! We will also have a few delish nibbles for you to feast on whilst you have your crafty coffee including the most amazing Brownies in the whole wide world from Gower Cottage which are world-famous and made by my lovely friend Kate in Wales (Kate is a food presenter on ITV's countrywise and is a supreme Browniemaker!). So book a table, come along with your friends and bring your stash and craft along with delicious coffee surrounded by lovely samples and inspiration - what more could you want?!

We are open 6 days a week but at certain times we will be closed because of being away at shows and demo's etc so please please check the website if you're making a long journey, we will try and keep the website diary up to date!  We are now located next to Dean's Garden Centre which is fabulous for getting rid of the other half, so ditch him there and walk 50 yards to the Outlet round the corner! Although I almost forgot - we have a comfy chair and will give him a coffee and a paper to keep him quiet while you shop!

You will find us at:

15 Bull Commercial Centre, Stockton on Forest, York YO32 9LE Tel: 01904 400527

So as you can see, we are super-excited about the new Outlet and we think you will be too! Please bear with us while we build up some of our basic craft supplies but let us know what you want us to stock and we will try and get it for you.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Busy Busy but exciting times!

Hello!! I apologise yet again for my absence but I seriously need a ghost blogger! I think my problem is I have to make things so far in advance that I then forget to blog them 2 or 3 months down the road!

Anyway I just popped in to give you some exciting news....this week we moved business premises to a larger and more versatile building - and we love it already! It's been a tough week and we are all shattered - it's amazing how moving turns into such an epic endurance test! We thought it would take us 3 days to move and unpack but man o man, it's turned into a 7 day event at least!

So why is this so exciting? Well, back in March we decided that we would open up our unit as an Outlet store - we have all this stock just sitting there so it makes sense that local people can come and visit to shop if they wish rather than just buying online, plus it coincided with the introduction of my regular monthly classes again...but we decided, more or less at the same time, to move and find somewhere bigger, so we haven't really advertised the outlet and with commitments we haven't been able to man it properly either. We currently have a small stock but will be adding items to this that we don't usually sell online for various reasons and hope to build up a good stock of basics including adhesives and cardstock which we know you need on a regular basis.

So the great thing is we now have a much bigger Outlet area - and instead of just being able to accommodate 10 people at a squeeze for a class, we can now comfortably fit 18 bodies and also move around the tables to shop comfortably too! :D Yay!!

PLUS, as we now have dedicated class space we are going to open this up FREE of charge to local crafting groups to come along and use (bookings only of course). We have the space so therefore we want you to use it!  There will still be times when the space is not available and the Outlet will not be open due to our other commitments such as shows and Create & Craft etc but we will post the Outlet Diary online and ensure it's updated regularly.  So watch out on the website for more information - we will be open for Outlet business from (grr cat is laid asleep on my diary and I dont have the heart to move him!)...Wednesday 26th June! ....just go check the website, I will add the dates tomorrow!

I'll be back soon, I promise with some makes! xx

(edited: forgot to tell you where we are!!
We are now located at Unit 15 Bull Commercial Centre, Stockton on Forest, York YO32 9LE (next door to the VERY lovely Deans Garden Centre which has an awesome cafe so is great for a little trip out, plus you can dump the OH at the garden centre and walk 20 yards to come to us!!!BONUS!)