Sunday, 23 November 2014


Just  finished a great demo day. Lots of people turned up despite the terrible weather, rain, rain and then more rain... Still lots if laughter, teas, mince pies and chocolate biscuits and of course we squeezed in some great craft stuff. If you weren't able to make this one don't work just keep checking the blog for future workshop and demo dates...

Saturday, 20 September 2014


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"ally pally", thats Alexandra Palace to give it its correct name. Originally opened in 1873 as an entertainment venue for North London, this Victorian building is probably most famous  as the home of the television service operated by the BBC in it's early years. 

Today, Saturday and Sunday, the Great Hall is home to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show. The show features over 50 retailers in paper craft, rubber stamping and lots, lots more. In crafting terms Christmas is just around the corner and there are lots of new products on show. 

We were there earlier today and caught up with some of our favourite suppliers including PaperArtsy with their wonderful range of paints all of which we have in stock and use ourselves. We have returned exhausted but excited and full of inspiration. We were bowled over by the positive  response to our craft workshops that we held during the Wanstead Fringe and we are keen to do more. So keep checking here for our new craft workshop coming soon.

Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show
Alexandra Palace
20th and 21st September 

Friday, 12 September 2014


Don't forget tomorrow, Saturday, Wendy D'Souza Daniels is holding a two hour drawing class at the gallery. If you've ever fancied trying you hand at bringing out the inner artist this is for you. Only three places left! Call the gallery to reserve a place!

1pm till 3pm cost £8pp

84 Nightingale Lane,
E11 2EZ

0208 530 1244

Sunday, 7 September 2014


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We have had a fabulous two days. This weekend was the start of The Wanstead Fringe and The Wanstead Art Trail, we have been holding workshops and demo's all day on both days. There have been some great craft projects, cards, painting, rubber stamping and as you can see above the ever popular tags. On Sunday we had jewellery maker Sarie Miel with us and you can see two of the sets of earrings that she made while she was demonstrating her craft. We have had students on workshops, visitors popping in for a look, it's been fun. Next weekend we are having another two days of craft demo's, if you are interested in crafts or just curious come in and say hello and see some craftwork in action.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014


Only tomorrow to go and then it's the The Wanstead Fringe and Wanstead Art Trail. We have workshops, demonstrations, we have a craft expert on hand on Saturday the 6th and if that's not enough there's an art workshop and a jewellery making demonstration. Check out the Fringe page at the top for details.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


                World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved the Saturday 6th September,  the start of The Wanstead Fringe and of course The Wanstead Art Trail. We have lots going on during both so please check our Art Trail and Fringe pages at the top of this page for all the information.

On Sunday the 7th starting at 11am we have Sarie Miel with us for the day.  You may have seen Sarie's beautiful jewellery on display in our gallery, 'eightyfour'. Sarie will be bringing her workbench and tools to demonstrate how she produces her jewellery. We will also of course be having our own craft work shops all day, so plenty to see and something of interest for every one. Plus,  don't forget today we are having our river Roding photo walk, bring a camera or a camera phone and enjoy the walk.

Monday, 1 September 2014


If you have ever harboured a desire to be able to draw, or perhaps you are have just started and want to advance your skills then read on. On Sunday 14th September Wanstead artist Wendy D’Souza Daniels will be conducting a two hour drawing workshop at ‘eightyfour’ in Nightingale Lane as part of The Wanstead Art Trail. 

The aim of this drawing workshop is to provide an opportunity to develop mark making and drawing skills. There will be a short demonstration, with participants being given personal guidance with approaches and techniques. Wendy’s expertise is to encourage a love and appreciation of art and particularly helping people discover and grow their skills.

This is an opportunity for beginners or those with some experience.

Pencils and materials provided. Bring your own sketchbook if you wish. 8 people max.

This workshop will be held and book through ‘eightyfour’, 84 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, London E11 0208 530 1244. Saturday 13th September 1pm till 3pm the cost is £8:00 

A little about Wendy:

Wendy is a London-based practicing artist with over 25 years experience, having worked in child and adult education until 2012.

She studied Medway College of Art and Design, as well as Christ Church College and Sir John Cass School of Art. A qualified designer, enameller, silversmith as well as working in acrylics and watercolours. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Goldsmith's Hall. She undertakes private commissions having sold work internationally. She has a large mural still on display, that was produced for Arts Olympiad in 2012. 

*Check out our Wanstead Fringe page at the top for a list of all our workshops and demos.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


Only a week to go before the Wanstead Fringe and The Wanstead Art Trail begin. Next Saturday we have a full day of craft workshops, leading craft expert Tanya Wanstall will be with us all day showing how it's done. There will be three different workshops starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm. It'll be a fun and informative day, pop in and check it out.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Sunday 7th September, put this date in your diary. We will be be having free craft demonstrations all day at Craft Boutique 84. If you are are interested in card making, rubber stamping in fact anything creative do pop in. As an added bonus in addition to the craft workshops Sarie Miel, a great local jewerellry maker,  will be bringing her jewellers bench and tools and will be demonstrating how she makes earrings and rings. Sarie is going to be with us from 11am, she creates stunning work, you may have seen some in our photography gallery, so come in and see how it's done.

Craft Boutique 84 is at 'eightyfour', 84 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, London W11 2EZ

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Remember when you were a child and you counted down the days to Christmas? Well here's another countdown for you,  its only nine days to the start of The Wanstead Fringe and The Wanstead Art Trail. It all starts on Saturday September 6th, we have a full day of craft demo's plus great workshops including one on how to make your own Christmas cards. If your free stop by and check out all thats going on at Craft Boutique 84.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Saturday the 6th of September - Workshops and demonstrations with craft expert Tanya Wanstall.

10.30am -  Fire and Ice Demonstration. Come along and discover the beautiful effects you can create on cards and other craft projects using Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels and Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.

We are holding two different themed New to Crafting Workshops (Workshop 1 & 2).

Workshop 1: 
11.00am to 12.30 pm - Christmas Card making using basic techniques. This workshop is ideal if you are new to crafting and will show you techniques that can be applied to a variety of craft projects. £5.00 per person. (Maximum 8 people per class).

Workshop 2:
2.30pm to 4pm - Christmas Card making using basic techniques. This workshop is ideal if you are new to crafting and will show you techniques that can be applied to a variety of craft projects. £5.00 per person. (Maximum 8 people per class). 

Workshop 3:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Christmas Tag Workshop. This workshop is ideal if you are more familiar with crafting. The tags you will make can be used for those special gifts or as Christmas Tree Decorations. £15.00 per person. (Maximum 8 people per class).

All crafting products and tools you will use on the day will be supplied by us.

If you would like to book on any of the above workshops, please call us on 0208 530 1244 or pop into the Gallery.

Workshops must be paid for in full at the time of booking. 
If you cancel with less than two weeks notice the cost of the class is non-refundable.
Booking a place on a workshop indicates your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Check out this video, it is full of information about these great PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paints, available in our shop in Wanstead, London E11 and our online shop Craft Boutique 84

Sunday, 27 July 2014


I used a size 8 Manila Tag and coated it using Cosmic Shimmer "White" Gesso Primer.  Next I created the background colour by painting the whole tag in PaperArtsy "Nougat" Acrylic Paint. Once dried I painted over the top using PaperArtsy "Chocolate Pudding", which I then immediately rubbed off with a baby wipe. This creates a washed look resembling wood.

The edge of the tag was distressed using Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" Mini Distress Ink Pad. I stamped the "Mr Bear" Sam Poole Creative Expressions bear onto white card using a Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink pad. I also stamped the bear and wording directly onto the tag again using the Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink pad. I cut out the bear on the white card and stuck him directly over the stamp on the manila tag using double sided foam pads. This gives the bear a 3D look. I shaded the white area of the bear using the new Crafter's Companion 'Spectrum Noir' "Essentials" set of colored pencils.

I cut out a heart from red card stock and covered it in Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents to give it a glossy 3D look and placed it on the bear. I finished the tag by threading through some brown satin ribbon.

I think he looks so handsome.

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014


If you work with fabric then this is for you. We have had several people come into the shop enquiring about adhesive for material. We are now stocking Stick and Stay, a permanent adhesive and Stick and Spray a temporary adhesive which allows you to reposition. Both come in 250ml spray cans and are perfect for quilting, hemming and all your non sewing fabric bonding.

£5.99 per can 

*Available only from our shop.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


Just arrived today, we now have in stock the complete range of the lovely Spectrum Noir Professional Coloured Pencils. You can blend these great pencils making them suitable for shading, they have fine points for delicate work and are oil based. With rich vibrant pigments these are suitable for the beginner, hobbyist and professional artist. Permanent and waterproof. We have the Nature, Primary, Floral, Marine and Essentials ranges, 24 colours in each decorated box. 

Each box is only £19.99.

Saturday, 19 July 2014


... how we created this lovely Happiness tag. Using the great Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelite 'Tag' dies in our Big Shot it wasn't difficult. The 'Tag' pack comes with 8 dies of various sizes and are one of our favourites and most useful for crafting. You can check them out, just click on the link 'Tag'.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

My Best Friend Forever - by Lyn Wilkinson

I was asked to produce something for a friend's birthday with an animal theme, so chose the delightful 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' rubber stamps designed by Sam Poole, Creative Expressions as my subject.

I cut a piece of acid free 23cm square white mount board and painted the edges using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints 'Vanilla' and 'Snowflake' mixed together. I  then used Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad, 'Vintage Photo' to create a distress look by rubbing it directly over the paint. You can see this effect in the finished project.

I cut a piece of Prima Cartographer Collection "Boussole" 12x12 inch paper, into a 22cm square, tore the edges and distressed with Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad, 'Vintage Photo'.

I then stamped directly onto the paper using Sam Poole's rubber stamps, 'Tree Background' with 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' in the foreground. I then used IndigoBlu's 'You are my B.F.F' rubber stamp from their "B.F.F" stamp set in the top right hand corner. All were stamped using a Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad.

I stamped 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' using the Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad onto cream card, embossed them using WOW clear embossing powder and cut out one of each.

I coloured them using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint 'Chocolate Pudding' watered down leaving some areas exposed with the cream card to create a contrast.

Using my Sizzix Big Shot, I cut out this Wild Rose Studio Speciality Craft Die, 'Peacock Butterfly', which I then painted using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint 'Chocolate Pudding', watered down. I used Ranger Liquid Pearls in 'Bisque' to apply pearls to the body of the butterfly and to paint the outside of the wings to highlight them.

Using Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue I stuck all the cut outs onto the paper to give a 3D look. 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' were placed over the stamped images on the paper (just a tip, this is an easy way to retain the whiskers if you cut them off when cutting them out of the card). I also used the wording stamp from 'Hoppity Bunny', "Hoppin' by to say hi" again using the Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad and placed it between both animals.

To finish off the project I placed it in a frame. I was really pleased with the outcome and my friend was delighted with the end result.

All the products I used can be purchased from our shop in Wanstead or our online shop Craft Boutique at 84.

Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Welcome to our 1st post

Step by Step Sentiment Tag

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Size 8 Manila tag bac
kground distressed using Tim Holtz ‘Picket Fence’ Distress Paint
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The second layer is Tim Holtz ‘Vintage Photo’ Distress Stain.
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Tag edged with Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad ‘Walnut Stain’ using a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Red hearts applied using Tim Holtz Hearts Stencil and Mini ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Ink Pad
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Red Hearts in top right hand corner embossed with WOW Embossing Powder ‘Primary Apple Red’
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Embellishments - ‘Forever starts today’ cut from Prima ‘Something Blue Collection’ papers. The edging was distressed using Tim Holtz Mini ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress Ink Pad
  • ‘Hotel Palace’ from Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack
  • ‘I do’ wood embellishment from Prima ‘Something Blue Collection’. This was distressed using Tim Holtz Mini ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress Ink Pad
  • All applied to the Tag using ‘Cosmic Shimmer’ Acrylic Glue
  • ‘Love’ plate from Prima ‘Junkyard Findings’ Jeans Plates. Wording enhanced with Tim Holtz ‘Picket Fence’ Distress Paint and stuck to Manila Tag using ‘Cosmic Shimmer’ Acrylic Glue

Completed tag with painted white string again using Tim Holtz ‘Picket Fence’ Distress Paint.
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