24 Jan 2013


TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2013  -  7pm - 9.30pm 

This course will be two and a half hours long and will be focusing on using social media as a way of marketing your business/ product/ service. Talking about the four main social networking platforms and discussing the ones that will really work for you and how best to use them to your advantage. Discussing websites: 'How to turn people away' and 'How to keep them coming back' (basic do's and don'ts). I shall be focusing on twitter as a free tool that, if used correctly, can achieve the same results as a brochure. Learn useful tips and twitter etiquette, both to help you gain quality followers and potential customers/work. 
You may want to bring paper and pen, but info handouts will be available on the day.
Workshop cost: £30.00 (plus vat)
In order to reserve your place click HERE.

Clifton address will be sent out upon booking. 
Please bring paper and pen for taking notes. Handouts will also be available.

Spaces are limited as all the workshops are small. If you are interested, it is advised to book early.


MONDAY 18th FEBRUARY 201  -  9.30 am - 3.30pm

This workshop will be a hands-on look at blogs and how they work. How to update, maintain and link so that it flies up the google pages and you get noticed. You are welcome to bring along a laptop on the day (though this is not essential) or you can bring a pad and pen for taking notes. Handouts will also be available on the day. We will have a large wall screen for demonstrations, so taking notes on paper will be just as fruitful.

Workshop cost: £90.00 (plus vat). Price includes tea, coffee, water and a light lunch.

In order to reserve your place click HERE

Some of the areas to be covered
 How a blog works and why you need an external one 
 How to claim your own domain name
 How your blog works in collaboration with other social media sites
 Creating your background and header (layout and design)
 The importance of linking and tagging
 Designing buttons and contents pages
 Creating posts that stand out, and how to add videos and slideshows
 Gaining confidence in maintaining and running your own blog.
Spaces are limited as all the workshops are small. If you are interested, it is advised to book early. 

Day Workshop venue: No.4 Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HY 
For map of how to get there see, HERE.

Uses of a blog

Not many people realise that a blog can be just as good as a website, only they are much cheaper to run (in fact, they are free to run). The beauty of a blog is that it is easy to keep updated and make changes yourself. In some cases blogs can be used as a website. An external blog can also be used to draw traffic to your main website.  Blogs can also be used by artist's and students as an online portfolio to showcase their work and commissions. 

Definition of a Blog

blog {taken from the term: web log} is a discussion or informational site published on the world wide web and consisting of discrete entries {also known as posts} typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). 

MONDAY 18th MARCH 2013  -  9.30 am - 3.30 pm

This workshop will be a hands-on day. You are encouraged to bring in samples of your branding and any new ideas you may have for future possibilities. We will also be looking at different styles of branding and how they do or don't work. It may be that you already have a great logo, but are presenting it in a way so as to get overlooked. At the end of the day you should be much clearer on your brand image and how to present yourself.

Workshop cost: £90.00 (plus vat). Price includes tea, coffee, water and a light lunch.
In order to reserve your place click HERE.
Some of the areas to be covered
 Looking at company branding that works and does not work
 Why you need a strong image and which areas need branding
 The importance of visual consistency
 How to use your branding effectively so you are remembered
 Looking at all aspects of a company’s (or person’s) imaging
 Looking at ways you can take a simple idea and create a strong image
 How you look to the outside world
 Does your existing brand say the right things to the right people?
You are encouraged to bring along your existing company visuals and any potential ideas you may have for development.
Spaces are limited as all the workshops are small. If you are interested, it is advised to book early.

Day Workshop venue: No.4 Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HY 
For map of how to get there see, HERE.


It is not often, when running a business or working for yourself, that you have the time to step back and look at how you come across to the outside world. This workshop will be looking at how others see you and looking at ways you can make sure your visual branding is strong enough to compete with other online competition. What are you offering? Are you marketing to the right people? The way people buy, select services, etc. has changed and therefore you need to make sure your online presence will stand out in a crowd.

Definition of Brand
Brand is the "name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers. Initially, Branding was adopted to differentiate one person's cattle from another's by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal's skin with a hot iron stamp, and was subsequently used in business, marketing and advertising. A modern example of a brand is Coca Cola which belongs to the Coca-Cola Company. A brand is the most valuable fixed asset of a Corporation.

The workshops Venue
 No.4 The Rodney Hotel
The Admiral Room

17 Jan 2013


Buy in the sale while stock lasts...
We have just found a small box of the original Daisy Stitch card. This design is one of our big sellers, but as this card has since been slightly changed, we are putting these original cards into the Sale.  
To buy sale Daisy Stitch Cards click HERE.

3 Jan 2013


As the new year begins it is 'Out with the old and in with the new' Before we can start adding new designs for this year we would like to make some space by discontinuing some of the existing ones. We are having some offers of up to 70% off some of our lines. The sale starts on Monday 7th January 2013. 




1 Jan 2013


The very lady who first inspired me to work with paper as a medium was Lottie Reiniger. I just love her work and although her work is very detailed, she used only scissors to cut the papers. Her Paper-cut films were so inspiring to me. The attention to detail is outstanding. Lotte Reiniger had an astonishing facility with cutting - holding the scissors still in her right hand, and manipulating the paper at lightning speed with her left hand so that the cut always went in the right direction.

Lotte Reiniger, Berlin (1899 - 1981)
As a child, she was fascinated with the Chinese art of silhouette puppetry, even building her own puppet theater so that she could put on shows for her family and friends. As a teenager, Reiniger fell in love with cinema, first with the films of Georges Méliès for their special effectsIn 1915, the young woman attended a lecture by Wegener that focused on the fantastic possibilities of animation. After a bit of persuasion, she convinced her parents to enroll her in the acting group Wegener belonged to, the Theater of Max Reinhardt. In an attempt to attract the attention of her distant and very-busy hero, she started making silhouette portraits of the various actors around her. This had its desired effect, and soon she was making elaborate title cards for Wegener's films, many of which featured silhouettes.

You must watch one of her short films made in 1922 - all out of paper cuts and a camera.

  • 1919 The Ornament of the Lovestruck Heart
  • 1920 Amor and the Steady Loving Couple
  • 1921 The Star of Bethlehem
  • 1922 Sleeping Beauty
  • 1922 The Flying Suitcase
  • 1922 The Secret of the Marquise
  • 1922 Cinderella
  • 1923–26 The Adventures of Prince Achmed (feature)
  • 1923 Dr. Dolittle and His Animals (3 shorts)
  • 1927 The Chinese Nightingale
  • 1928 The Seemibngly Dead Chinese
  • 1930 Ten Minutes of Mozart
  • 1931 Harlekin
  • 1932 Sissi
  • 1933 Carmen
  • 1934 The Stolen Heart
  • 1935 The Little Chimney Sweep
  • 1935 Galathea: The Living Marblestatue
  • 1935 Kalif Storch
  • 1935 Papageno
  • 1936 Silhouettes (animation scenes)
  • 1936 Puss in Boots
  • 1937 The Tocher. Film Ballet
  • 1938 The HPO – Heavenly Post Office
  • 1944 The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs
  • 1951 Mary's Birthday
  • 1953 The Magic Horse
  • 1954 Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
  • 1954 Caliph Storch
  • 1954 Cinderella
  • 1954 Puss in Boots
  • 1954 Snow White and Rose Red
  • 1954 The Frog Prince
  • 1954 The Gallant Little Tailor
  • 1954 The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • 1954 The Little Chimney Sweep
  • 1954 The Sleeping Beauty
  • 1954 The Three Wishes
  • 1954 Thumbelina
  • 1955 Hansel and Gretel
  • 1955 Jack and the Beanstalk
  • 1961 The Frog Prince
  • 1975 Aucassin and Nicolette
  • 1979 The Rose and the Ring