Monday, 11 January 2016

WHERE IN THE WORLD ???

OK, it's official, I have become the WORST blogger. I just don't know where time goes and all the other Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope, I'm on them all) are so much quicker and easier to link and post to...Blogger you need to do a 'quick link' just for me... Mwahahahahahahah!!!
Anyhoo's, I'm finally here now, but where am I??? I'm in California at the fabulous CHA 2016. I'm here with WOW Embossing Powder 'playing' on their booth and oh boy are we having fun :) :)





CHA never fails to prove to me how giving, sharing and caring this industry is and it started on the first day with the gorgeous Barbara Gray, there I was struggling with a rather large box that I could just see over the top, when she stopped me, and insisted she carry it for me, I mean...HERO or what!!
She makes it look so easy. !! Thank you Barbara ������ 
I also got a little giddy at the fact that our neighbour is the one and only, gorgeous, talented, 
Sparkly, creative Heidi Swapp.
Another highlight was (and yes this is about the important stuff... Food)!!! That I got taken out to Mortons, probably THE BEST steakhouse I've EVER been to. I'm still drooling !!!
The other great thing is I get to catch up with some of my Stateside friends.

AND we get to visit Fire and Ice...a fabbi modern Mongolian style restaurant.
It's all in the cooking !!


Here's a couple of my little creations that says 'thanks' and 'I adore' 
you guys for sticking with me. Even though I'm rubbish at blogging !!!
And seeing as we're next door to Disneyland let's finish this post with a few of their 
fireworks, as they do nightly at 9.30pm ...

But before I go, I'll apologise if there's any spelling mistakes as I'm typing this without my glasses and I'm hitting the screen and hoping for the best !!
Hugs
Marion xxxx












Tuesday, 1 December 2015

WHEN IS A CHRISTMAS TREE NOT A CHRISTMAS TREE ??

When it's a dress, of course !!!!
Here I've created a little bit of art using the fabulous JOFY stamps from PaperArtsy.
There's nothing not to like about these stamps, then again that goes for all of Jo's designs, simple yet effective and versatile.... See, they're not just for Christmas ... Makes you want to look at all your stamps and 'see' other ways of using them.

Happy December everyone
Marion xxx



Monday, 9 November 2015

.... And relax !!!

Today was a day of play..... Had a thoroughly relaxing afternoon in the studio with Paula and Suzanne  making Christmas cards..this is the earliest I've ever started !!! Just have to remember to post them now LOL !! Here's a little sneak...
This was a well deserved rest after 5 days teaching at the HobbyCrafts show in Birmingham, but oh the fun we had...
One of the things we got the customers excited about was all the Fab Foils including 3 brand new colours.
Sweet Stevie (as he's known locally) never fails to entertain us all through the show and in the evenings, here he's getting in character at the chinese restaurant we often go to up there.
Our last night saw us go back to the pub in Allersley (we always try and visit this place when we're up there) the food is fabulous, meats served on hot stones, and this time they had a DJ and the music was excellent, 70's and 80's tracks...brilliant.
The show was fabulous, lots of love for WOW and so many new embossers out there now. Thanks guys for such a great time.
Lastly, I'm so proud to announce that my eldest son has proposed to the lovely Nicky after a 10 year courtship...we knew he'd get there in the end.....and she said YES !!! We're so happy and I'm now getting excited at the thought of wedding planning :) :)
Hugs
Marion xxx




Saturday, 31 October 2015

NEARLY TIME...

To rest..... As I've mentioned before it's been a whirlwind of events since closing the shop, teaching in the States, doing our 3rd Annual Retreat and now getting ready and prepping for the NEC. I'll be there teaching for WOW Embossing Powders next week, I love this event it's so much fun, in fact I love every event I do, after all life is about having fun and I feel very blessed.
Here's a couple of samples I've made for WOW, the first was sooooo very relaxing, I just took a canvas board 8" X 8" and sketched out a flower, then filled in with embossing power, it gives a gorgeous sparkly textured look and let's face it, you can do whatever you sketch, so think of new home, wedding day etc....would make a gorgeous gift.
I used Long Island Teal, Atlantic Seaspray, Opaque Bright White and Silent Night


Then I got really excited as I 'had' to open these dies and use with the powders and the Pick and Mix Stamp Set. The powders I've used are Daytona Sands and Long Island Teal, simply stunning together !!!



Have you seen the newest Limited Edition Paint set from PaperArtsy ? NO, I hear you cry, why, where have you been....it's absolutely gorgeous and we've only got a couple left of the shelf 


For those of you visiting the NEC next week, I'll see you there, and if you want to do one of the classes, get there early as they book up very fast !!!
Hugs
Marion xxx



Thursday, 22 October 2015

So the third Annual Sugar and Spice Retreat is over for another year....and oh what fun we had... Here's a few of my favs from the weekend...










Apart from having fun and posing for pictures we also made 4 gorgeous projects, ate amazing food and learnt new things...
No sooner am I back from that and I'm working on some samples for WOW Embossing Powder ready for the show at the NEC this November. 
Here's a couple I've knocked up, I really want to try and do a couple of video tutorials on these....I 
just need some time...I've still got to unpack from it all LOL !!! 



Watch this space !!!
Hugs xxxx 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

THE JOURNEY SO FAR....

I can't believe it's been two weeks already since I left to come out to the states to teach, it's flown by.
I started off working the Collins Show in Orlando, teaching the retailers the benefits of WOW! Embossing Powder and working with some great retailers, here's a little snap of the make and take necklaces we did. We added foil for that little bit of opulence.
The show was great, it always is, we're constantly learning from it.
Once the show was finished, I had to get ready to travel up to the Carolina's to start my stour tour. 2 States, 4 Stores, 4 Days, 8 Classes, 107 fabulous women
The first day was an 8 hour car journey, I wasn't looking forward to this, I mean, who would ??? But it actually went quite quick.
First stop was Scrapbooks by the Sea in Myrtle Beach, fabulous store, fabulous ladies, did an impromptu demo on the same evening as getting there, then did set up ready for the next day of teaching.
Doing a little demoing

A little R and R on Myrtle Beach waiting for our dinner reservation.


Next day we drive to Columbia, South Carolina to The Stamping Place, again great store great ladies.




Judy was an embossing super hero.
Then it's on to Boiling Springs, North Carolina at Dorothy's Stamps and Scraps



Jeanette cracked me up all day, hilarious woman,
 and the above piece of furniture, well I don't know anyone who wouldn't want this in their craft room...given the space, it was at least 8 FT wide and 6ft high, full of printers trays...oh boy !!!

Last port of call was Betty's Scrapbooking in Greensboro North Carolina, 




 The lovely Nancy,


Got to meet this lovely lady, Buffy St. John fabbi artist, going to give her technique a try, I was so nervous as she took my class... Gulp !!! But she loved it :) :) 
I had such an amazing time with all these (and all those you can't see) peeps, they certainly know 
how to have fun, and I want to thank WOW! for giving me the opportunity to do it and the store owners for believing in me and of course the fabulous customers who took the classes and made it so memorable.
Ricky's out here with me now and we're having a little holiday, so far it's been FUN!!! 







Savannah is beautiful !!!
Let the fun continue.....
Hugs
Marion xxxx