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Jenni Long

When I was barely knee high to a grasshopper, my grandmother taught me to crochet, followed by knitting (auntie) and dressmaking(my mother).  I then spent my teenage years making all my own clothes & gained a City & Guilds certificate in Fashion & Design.

Dabbling in all sorts of crafts became par for the course when I started teaching Adult Education mixed craft classes for the Local Authority - almost 30 years ago!...just where does time fly?  I am also a qualified FE teacher. Having moved through many"crafty" techniques I arrived in paper crafting over 10 years ago and I am here to stay!!  I love mixed media, getting messy and all styles from crisp & clean to down & dirty grunge!

I thoroughly enjoy demonstrating & tutoring.  Love sharing my ideas whether in rubber stamping, card - making, scrapbooking, making books etc. Oh! the list goes on....

Michele Pratten

I am married with three children and have been involved in art since I was  very young.  I watercoloured from the age of 15 and attended college in London on a one year foundation course at Sir John Cass School of Art where I gained entrance to London College of Furniture.    3 years at London College of Furniture, studying Soft Furnishings & Textiles where I gained my diploma.   At the age of 21 I won the John Williams Young Persons Award for Design ( Daily Mail Cartoonist)  I started Cross Stitch & Hand Knitting in 1984.  I have been papercrafting & Rubber Stamping for nearly 6 years.  I enjoy teaching and was involved with playgroups schemes as a young adult and when the children were young.  I love to pass on my knowledge of products by demo or classes in Once upon a Time...

Una Gibson

I am a scottish lass who moved to England over 20 years ago. I have always been involved  in crafting either sewing or knitting from a young age and studied art and design in my twenty's.  Being a mother & working full time meant that I could not spend as much time as I wanted crafting, however when I left work I was quickly drawn back into it.  My love is rubber stamping.  It is wonderful to be able to create some beautiful cards from the range of stamps available.  My second love is paper, lots of it. 

I enjoy being able to pass my skills on to people just starting their creative journey, it is great therapy and lots of fun.

I continue to learn new techniques at workshops held by my various suppliers.  This keeps me up to date with new products & trends.  It also means I can pass on tips to our ever increasing customer base. So don't be afraid to ask. I am always available to help and guide any one who wants to have a go. It really is easy.

Graham Hansford

55 going on 25!  Early riser, conscientious, hardworking and totally batty!!  Worked all my life putting value to paper – Ordinance Survey Maps, Pronto Print, Printing, Retail Stationery and now Rubber Stamping!!


Worked in the industry since 1993 with FunStamps, Rubber Stampede & now independent.


Married for third “Life” sentence to Claire  (This one only 32 and 7 days older than my youngest son)  I have a 2 year old grandson whom I adore.


Thoroughly enjoy card making with Rubber Stamps.  Most favourite ranges are Hero Arts, Magenta, Penny Black (Claire’s favourite) and Hobby Art.


With help I developed my unique scoring, embossing board that is available in most craft stores.  Great price at £14.99 – a must for any crafter.


From Una  


Graham is very modest about his talent as a stamper.  Known as “ Mr Stamp” you will find him at a number of craft fairs supporting the companies he is an agent for.  He has a great talent for putting novice stampers at ease and showing them how easy it is to create really nice projects.  Take a look at the gallery where there a selection of cards made by Graham with the new Hero Arts Collage stamps.


Here at Once upon a Time… Graham runs stamping workshops on different dates throughout the year.  Check the events list for the next available date.  His classes are well attended and loved. 


Sue Green - Textile Artist

 Since 1999 I have been extensively involved and committed to textile art, mainly working in plastics.  Currently I am working more in mixed media combined with ripping and slashing techniques.  I am a textile artist in resident at The Mill, Banbury, one day per week, running workshops for womens groups, WI, Schools, Colleges and anyone who will have me !

I work from my studio in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, a converted cowshed, (visits welcome) as a freelance artist and professional picture framer.  Combining these two skills enables me to specialise in textile art.

I am available to undertake private commissions, freelance work and workshop tuition to both adults and children.

Please take a look at some of my work on the Artists Gallery.

Why not join one of the workshops, where I can provide you with some new skills in textile work and mixed media.

Sue  is qualified to teach GSCE & A Level Students

Claire Curtis

I am a wife and mother and work part time in a local Secondary School.


My earliest childhood memories are of me colouring, cutting and sticking and I was always the first child at the craft table at school.  I loved receiving a brand new set of colouring pencils and admiring all of the beautiful colours. I suppose that some things haven’t changed although these days it's watercolour pencils and Promarkers that I’m drawn to!


I have been card making for at least 10 years and am pleased to say that the choice of materials now is incredible compared to when I first started. Although I have tried my hand at most papercrafts, rubber stamping is definitely my favourite. I love the way rubber stamps give anyone who cannot draw (like me) the freedom to reproduce an image and then develop it to create their own unique design.


I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take some workshops here at Once upon a Time... 


I look forward to sharing ideas with you all and being in the company of crafters whether experienced or those just starting out.




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