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The Trek, with a twist

This is a long update, from Gary, so grab a cuppa and sit back!

As most of you are aware, Yvonne and I are in the middle of helping our daughter and her family with their new defence posting to Darwin, as always, every move presents us with challenges and this one is a doozy!

Yvonne, Michelle, and 3 of our grandkids are stuck in a high-rise apartment building in Brisbane with 3 out of the 5 testing positive and feeling it.

Meanwhile, our son-in-law and I did the looooong drive from Brisbane to Darwin (3500km) with one of us testing positive on arrival in the NT prompting us to be placed in Howard Springs ”Centre for National Resilience “ for at least 6 days. While Nick and I get 3 meals a day and don’t have 3 bored kids to entertain while feeling the effects of this, Yvonne and Michelle have to entertain and feed all 5 of them in isolation, and I wish I was there to do my share.

We really appreciate Sandra & Debbie, Yvonne’s sisters, for keeping the shop going while all this hoohaa is going on, and I know I left a bit of shoomozzle behind for them to contend with, honestly we were only going to be gone for “a few days!”And finally to our friends, who are also our customers, for their support and well wishes, and for putting up with no workshops or classes this month or Yvonne’s creative input or my my cups of tea and coffee!

Once again, thank you all!

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Paints Paints Paint

G’day everyone,

I knew I had to put something up here to keep you all informed, and as always I have no idea what to write, we have so many new things in store!

Every day we get more stock in, and Yvonne has been putting it up on our website as it arrives in, it has been a MAMMOTH task, and to be honest, I still can’t work out what we need to do on the website, so I will keep doing these amazing blogs!

I thought I better highlight some of our new stock, we now have over 50 colours in our Jo Sonya paint range in series 1 and series 2

Jo Sonya Paints

I feel proud to be able to supply local artists with what they need, therefore we also have a collection of brushes too! Sable, Deer Foot, Synthetic, etc as well as 0,1,2,4, and other sizes. If you are after a particular brush we can source it.

Some Brushes

so to finalise off this Post, blog, or whatever we call it now days

See ya!

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Wee Waa, Wagga Wagga & Woy Woy

Well, I wasn’t going to type just wee, was I?

We are always excited here at Sensational Crafts, yesterday we got 3 parcels, one was from Tina who sent us our iCraft products again, and I reckon the iCraft wall is starting to look good, here is a pic

iCraft Range

we have a few of the amazing ready to assemble albums, as well as some” add on elements” and “insta transfers” there is also some sort of acetate pretty flower things, you may have to pop in and ask Yvonne what they do!

Easy 3D toppers

We also got our shipment from Hearty Crafts in Holland. lots and lots and lots of pre-cut fun, and they run out the door, these stands were full yesterday, a few holes already, be quick, check them out on the website!

Well I better get back to designing Christmas stuff, keep tuned, and happy craftin’

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Christmas in August?

So excited every day,

lots of yummy stuff coming in and it is filling the shop to the brim.

Today we got a delivery from Couture Creations, Embossed paper supplies, Luci-clear and a few others….

And our new range of Australian Made resin. We have been negotiating with Luci-Clear for a while now, and we decided to bite the bullet and try the casting resin and the Art Resin to see how they come out. Each has a slightly different formula to make each project work

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Want to take a Daydream?

Good Day to you all,

Another wonderful day to be alive, Yvonne and I have been “locked away” in the shop creating some amazing things, well Yvonne has been creating, I have been providing cups of tea for her!

Here you will see the amazing album that Yvonne created using the Daydream range from Cocoa Vanilla , and as you may see by my video skills that even I was surprised whith every page, and really wanted to stop recording and have a look at it, I am constastantly amazed at what Yvonne comes up with.

Cocoa Vanilla Daydream
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What Day is it?

Maaaa! what Day is it?

Well here we are on day, not sure, of the lockdown and we have, cant remember. days left before we are able to slowly get back on track.

Looking down the main street of where our retail shop is there are actually car parks.

During the time we cant do our lessons Yvonne & I (well mainly Yvonne!) have been doing heaps of design stuff, she has created a few layouts for kits using our great local suppliers and designers.

Studio 73 is one, and I love seeing the different ideas coming out from them.

We spoke with Couture Creations this morning, they are in Queensland and are out of lockdown, we are getting a nice range of their Alcohol inks in stock.

Today we got another shipment from House of paper, some nice burgundy, champagne, and lots of other colours of plain cardstock.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, Yvonne has a nice video on there of one of her albums

Better go and make another cuppa for the artist!

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Masks on a Wednesday

Morning all, another day and another mask if you need to go and and gather the essentials!

We have just got some longer ear savers for your masks in, well, they are printed here on our 3D printers! they are still $2 each and we can deliver them for you or let us know for click and collect, isn’t it amazing that this phrase is now common?

We are using the downtime to re-arrange the shop and set up our system that intergrates with the website. The biggest problem we have had is that the tap on the urn broke, so we have to use the little kettle again, lucky we can’t do classes it would take me hours to make the cuppas!

Well back to it

Keep safe, and craft!

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Day 1

Hello all, this is us again,

Just a quick check-in to keep the ball rolling , here is a picture of a Kookaburra , just to keep you entertained.

Yvonne & I have been in the shop today getting our stock counts right on our website , if there is something you can’t find on the website and need let us know, we may have not around to it yet!

Of course we know that everyone is doing the right thing and staying at home, we hope you are doing some craft!

For some inspiration for your scrapbooking, album making and card making check out the great Australian suppliers we use, Studio 73, Couture Creations, Uniquely Creative , Darkroom Door and Colour Blast, just to name a few.

Once we have got a bit further with the website we will hopefully get some classes up on here too, keep tuned

Well enough of the gabbing and back to the stock counting

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Lockdown August

Well what an interesting few weeks, Gary is “trapped” in Brisbane under lock-down rules, Yvonne has been kept company in the shop with all our amazing customers coming in, wearing masks.

There was a funny post the other day with someones grandma wanting to know where to send all the QR codes she has taken photos of….. sort of makes sense, maybe a new layout idea

Of course this particular blog is to test the facebook lings to our blog, all the experts say we should do more blogs and get our website going so we can keep going and to share Sensational Crafts with the world!

While Gary was in Brisbane a few weeks ago he picked up an order from Studio73 and had a very long chat about all thinks crafty and webby! here is one of the beautiful layouts from Hetty Hall using Studio 73 items. you amaze us all the time!

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The new collection from Uniquely Creative.

Uniquely Creative have released their latest range, Drive & Fly! here is the link to the YouTube video https://youtu.be/7rUJ_tOQS3U, I am sure there is a way to do a link, but I am not sure how to.

It is great to see a variety with a Holden, a fighter plane and some fella stuff, I won’t spoil it too much, click on the link to look at it

Gary is in QLD with some of the Grand-kids, and has been caught up in the lock down, so I have sorted the shop a bit to fit the Individual items in and now the Kits have arrived!