Saturday, 29 August 2009

A Mini Story

Hello all,

Its my turn again, and this time I have made a little mini book. I wanted to put together a little snap shot of my recent Take that concert. I have done 12 x 12 LOs but I wanted something that I could leave on show for people to have a nose through.


The theme of the show was the circus, so I wanted papers that were bright and colourful to reflect the fun of the clowns (which the boys dressed up as). I used American craft papers, a range is available in store.

I used the word part of the scribble flower stamps and the scrolls from the wedding invite stamps.

I covered each part of the accordian book with the patterned papers and added my photos. I stamped words onto pieces of cardstock and added them to the pages as embellishments.

I also stamped onto a button and onto ribbon and added these to a tag, this tag can be used for journalling or more photos.

I hope you like my little book.

Here are a few more pics x x

Friday, 28 August 2009

As cute as a button!

Hi again everyone, well its my time to create this month and this is what i have come up with! Using Cute as a Button stamps from Sugar and memento ink pads, and a pink theme (pink has to be my fav colour!) i made the following card, i think i have a major flower thing going on a the minute, as everything im making has a flower in it, on or or is a flower!

Back to the stamps, as soon as i saw them, i knew they would be just soooo much fun! They are just totally cute, and the possiblilities of uses for them, you can use them for so many things, i could be here all day with list after list of uses for the buttons! So i had to use them for this months project, they are called Cute as a Button stamps from Sugar and Spice. I love the stitching on them too, such a brill set of stamps!

Well thats me now for a couple weeks, so see you then, with my next creation!
Till then, take care

Thursday, 27 August 2009

One set of stamps, one design, myriad cards

Hello lovely ladies. My submission this time round is a simple card design that you can repeat using different stamps from the In A Word set and scraps from your stash to create cards for lots of different occasions and people.

I just cut three lengths of paper from some leftovers I had in my stash, I keep these in 12 x 12 bags in colours so it's easy to find something when I need it. These I inked and tied a bow round each one to make the bows stepped. Then, using a glue pen and glamour dust I added a bit of sparkle to the flower centres on the paper.

I then took a prima flower and stamped it with another Sugar and Spice flower favourite. Whilst that was drying, I stamped the Happy Birthday on another scrap of white, adding the pink bling to the corner and attached it to the flower with a coordinating brad. It's really simple and quick to do but quite effective.

Monday, 24 August 2009


Hello everyone,

I don't know if anyone else is the same but I have a bit of tendency to scribble messages, notes, reminders on any bit of paper I can find close to hand, with the result that I have lots of scrappy little bits of paper on my desk, in my handbag, by the phone etc... and it goes without saying that I can never find the bit I am looking for when I want it! So in order to try resolve my paper chaos, I decided to make myself a little notebook that I can fit into my handbag and carry around with me and this is what I came up with:

I started by cutting two pieces of chipboard to size - my book is 5" x 6" but you could adapt to any size preferred. I chose my patterned papers to cover my book - I used MME - wild asparagus and green cardstock for the insides and cut the binding holes using a Bind It All machine.

I then stamped the circle scallop stamp from the 'In a word set' using black versafine ink. I wanted my stamp to have distressed look to match the papers, so after inking I stamped one image onto spare paper, then stamped the image again onto green cardstock to get a more faded look. I then covered the stamped image with glossy accents to make it shine. I then stamped the image again and cut out the inner circle and cut a 1" circle and 0.5" circle from co-ordinated patterned papers, sticking them on top and finishing off with a button. I layered this over a red paper flower.

I sprayed some white felt with honey dew glimmer mist and when dry drew and cut out the leaf and stalk shape stitching around them for added texture. I attached the flower to my cover then stamped the 'smile' word stamp from the 'scribble flowers' set using red staz on ink.

I cut the inside pages for my book to size using a paper trimmer and bound the book again using a Bind It All machine. I then sprayed some white elastic with the honey dew glimmer mist and when dry (it takes a while!) used a cropadile to punch a hole in the back cover, threaded the elastic through and secured with a black eyelet.

So hopefully, order will now reign and all my notes will be in one place from now on ;) :)
big smiles,
Nic xo

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Raising the flag...........

Evening blogland!
My creation this week is a little project that I have made many times for myself, others and taught many ladies ( and one bloke!) in a class. Its a flag book. Now these are wonderful if you have loads of photos from one subject or one event, like me in this instance. Me and my family went to Longleat for a couple of days this summer holiday and I took 329 photos! Not that you can fit 329 photos in a flag book but you can fit a Maximum of 64 photos.

Now in Sugar and Spice we sell these fabby books in kit form. So yes you still have to make it with your own fair hands but we have taken some of the hard work away, like choosing the matching papers and supplying the instructions. These kits are £7.99 - cool huh?!

It add a little bit of yum I used the 'Happy' and 'Smile' stamp from my favourite Sugar and Spice stamps - Scribble Flowers and the Alphabet stamps too.

Hope you enjoyed!

Love and Bugs


Saturday, 22 August 2009

You 2

How lucky was I. Only happened to be in Sugar and Spice when Marion's new stamps where put out. So I had to have them to add to my collection. They are yummy. Go in and Have a peek.
I decided to use the All Lined Up set for a simple layout featuring my niece and nephew. I just have to say "I want a nice photo of the you two" and they start mucking around, squeezing each other tight, digging each other in the ribs, but producing great pictures. Believe it or not, these were taken at the crematorium whilst taking flowers to Dad. I have to say, he would have got a kick out of the laughter and jokes that day.

I used three pieces of card stock; Dark brown, Royal Blue and White layering them on top of each other. The blue matched the lining of Jamie's top and gave way the whole colour scheme for the LO. The lime being the perfect contrast. Keeping the design to straight lines was again taken from the design of Jamie's jacket and the name of the stamp set used.

The two strips from the white card I cut off, were used to form ribbons for the borders of the pictures and stamped with the flowers and dots from the All Lined Up set. The Heart Pin flowers were perfect to sit above and below the smaller pictures without over powering their content. A little blue scribble flower with a lime green brad and a title using stamps from the Fat Funky Alphabet set, finished the page.

Thursday, 20 August 2009


Beautiful. That is what this set of stamps i've used this time is! I love scribble sentiments!

I firstly cut a mask (I used a circle) and glimmer misted all around the edge, the mist I used was Wheatfields (which I do believe we had in the shop today although not many left...), it's one of the more versatile of the colours and goes with alot of different things. It gave the paper alittle glimmer and a distressed and grungey feel.
I added three photographs along the top that were approx 4" x 3" and then a whole strip of patterned paper underneath. I used a pre-printed journalling card and some thickers (which we also have in the shop in LOTS of colours and fonts!) which I embellished with a button, a little flower and a cute embellie.
I then stamped a line of 'love you' using the scribble sentiment stamps...! I masked off the journalling block with a scrap of paper so as the sentiment went right across the page, evenly and centred.
I added alittle cluster of embellies to the bottom of the journo'ing block and then this simple LO was all finished.

I loved making this one, see these stamps aren't just for cards they make great phrases for your LOs! And of course I had to use alittle green and kraft! (which we also have restocked in the shop)... along with all the other *NEW* and fabby American goodies!! :D

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 18 August 2009


Well there's My Little Shoebox, Bo Bunny, Best Creation, Jenni Bowlin, Teresa Collins, Robins Nest and Sugar and Spice, just for starters...
If you LOVE glitter papers then we've got the BEST for you. You really need to check out the new stock just arrived in the shop......We've got summer, halloween, christmas, princess' Baby, USA, Wedding, in fact the list just goes on.
My Little Shoebox has arrived in ALL it's GLORY bringing with it, 6 new lines each containing 3 NEW papers, 1 NEW Scallop paper, 1 NEW die cut sheet, sparkle alphas and the ever popular mini alphas
Bo Bunny swung in with some of the MOST gorgeous NEW paper lines with MATCHING Brads, Rub-ons, stickers and Clear Stamps, and as for the RIBBONS, well what can I say...ribbons Mmmm.
BEST CREATION has come out with some of the BEST glittered papers EVER. The designs are simply stunning and the plain glittered cardstock is the BEST I've EVER seen.
It is of the highest quality...AND the glitter does NOT come off!!!
SUGAR AND SPICE has THREE new CLEAR STAMP designs .... a great new fat & FUNKY alphabet, ALL lined UP and Cute as a BUTTON
Give us another day or so to get it all out and then pop on in to TOUCH, STROKE and STASH BUY.
See you soon xx

Monday, 17 August 2009


Hi everyone, where has the summer hols gone.......................just wanted to share this layout with you as this is one of the few things I've been able to get around to doing as the time has just flown.

Just loved these photos of my son Jack and our dog Marley while we was walking on the costal path in Cornwall.

I felt the photos were brought to life by the paper, purchased from sugar and spice, as the photos themselves seemed very neutral due to the stone work on the mines.

Before I go on just check out these fab button stamps from sugar and spice, I only used one , but there are more designs in the pack with a lovely quote 'As Cute As a Button'.

I loved this layout for its simplicity of a few stamped buttons. Some layered felt, card flowers and a title brought the whole project together.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the hols.

Bye for now and happy crafting x

Friday, 14 August 2009

A Simple Happy Birthday

Hello all,
What a day, My computer is playing up and I didnt think I was going to be able to post my new project.... but luck was on my side and I have managed to get it working woo hoo!!! So now I can share with you my new project before the computer goes wrong again.

Its a simple little card I made for one of my lovely staff. I wanted the stamped quote to take centre stage lol so I stamped onto card using the Quote Set and Staz on ink.

I then mounted this onto alcohol inked acetate. I cut a little butterfly from the acetate and glued this above the stamped quote and also used a little mirror flower to add a little bling, as us girls love a bit of bling!!

You could change the quote to suit the theme as the quote set has some really lovely stamps.

Hope you like

Louise x x

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

It's a frame up Guvnor!

Ok well, please excuse the terrible pun, but this contribution is an altered frame.

Take one plain wood frame, this is a Willkinsons 12" x 12" pine decoupage one, ideal for presenting layouts. I painted it with two or three coats of acrylic white metallic paint to get the level of coverage I wanted. Then, on with the stamping! Using the tiny scribble flower from the Scribble Sentiments range, I went over the frame in a random pattern, allowing some of the flowers to go over the edge for interest. I used Versafine, which had the advantage of giving a nice crisp image but did dry slowly, but that allowed me to use a wet wipe and remove any mistakes as I went along. If you want a quicker solution you might try Stazon.

I then inked a chipboard corner swirl, and covered it in a thick layer of glossy accents to give it a real shine, adding it with more glossy accents to the frame and then topping off with a layered flower with a brad centre.

Just to add an element of bling I then added a tiny gem to the centre of each stamped flower. Once you realise that you can alter anything you want, the possibilities become endless, and with a few simple techniques you can alter almost anything to suit your preferences and tastes. It's very liberating!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Happy Sunday!

I love finding different ways of using things (as you know!) and this card is no exception! My dragonflies wings were from the fab Scribble Flowers set of Sugar and Spice stamps. Once I picked which petals I wanted to use I then used the masking technique to only stamp out those petals not the whole flower. This is achieved simply by covering the piece of the stamp that you don't want with a piece of paper and the inking the rest. Ta dah! His body was made with a few stitches and a little bit of bling for his trail. Because the yummy paper had swirls on I couldn't resist using the tiny swirl stamp from the Alpha stamp set
and I thought the 'Hello' just finished it off.
I have also got to say that I am addicted to Kraft paper and card!
Happy Sunday
Love and bugs

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Birthday card and a little present

I have a couple of things to show you today as my sugar and spice stamp sets have sure been busy over the past few weeks, as I've been stamping away due to having quite a few birthday's in July and August :)

I made the following card for a friend using the happy birthday and circle scallop stamps from the 'In a word' set and the medium and small flower stamps from the 'Scribble flowers' set.

I stamped the happy birthday stamp using a clear 'perfect medium' ink pad from Ranger and embossed the image with olive embossing powder. I then used the circle scallop stamp to make the tag border. I finished by stamping the flowers onto co-ordinating cardstock and attaching to the tag.

I also used the heart flower and small circle stamps from the 'Made with love and laughter' set to make a very special lady (aka my Mum :) ) a little extra pressie. My Dad has bought her an ipod for her birthday so she can download all her fav podcasts to take on holiday and so I thought I'd make her a little case for it from some felt to keep it safe on her travels.

Now I'd be the first to admit I'm not the greatest seamstress in the world but this little case is really easy to make. If you fancy making one you will need a piece of felt measuring just over 2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Place your ipod on the felt and fold over the top to make the pocket and blanket stitch around the pocket edges.

I then chose a co-ordinating shade of felt to stamp my flower on - I found I got the best results if I rubbed the felt with an anti static bag before stamping. I used a clear perfect medium ink pad and heat embossed using dark blue embossing powder. I then stamped the small circle stamp on the felt using green stazon ink and cut it out. I used multi coloured cotton thread to stitch over the small circle and sewed some beads round the edge of the circle.
I then finished off by sewing some beads on the felt to make the swirls and adding some lace and ribbon. I then glued a basic grey magnet onto the back of the flower and the pocket and attached the flower to the case.

And hopefully this little case will help to keep my Mum's new ipod safe on it's travels :) and this idea could also be adapted to make a mobile phone case.
big smiles,
Nic xo

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Oh Those Eye's

My niece Laura, has beautiful almond shaped eye's, that she is learning to use on us her family to get just what she wants. So what a lovely tool to use as the subject for my little square book. I used the Fancy Flourishes and Clear Alphabet stamps from the Sugar and Spice clear stamps range.
2 x 3.5" pieces of card, covered with contrasting papers, 3 ribbon hinges and punched holes threaded with the same ribbon tied in a bow forms the fastening.
The surprise is when you open it. A pretty little pop-up book.
This was inspired by a little book that I saw whilst on holiday in Suffolk.

Embellishments glued to one side of the crease float as you open and close the book.
Open the book fully and tie the covers together and it forms a pretty little square ornament for the coffee table.
The pages are quite easy. A 12 x 12 heavy paper cut into 4 6 x6 squares. Each square is then folded in half on the vertical and horizontal. The only difficult bit is to decide on the pattern of your card, ensuring that you make the cut and fold in the right place so that the pattern flows around the book.

Make a cut 3" into the centre of the square.
Turn the paper over and fold diagonally, open the fold and turn the paper back over.
With the two whole unfolded squares to the top and the diagonal fold to the bottom, bring the right hand top square over and fold the bottom right hand square behind it and adhere with double sided tape.
Repeat so that all 4 6 x 6 pieces are folded the same. These four pages are then stuck together.
When you then adhere these to the cover, you line them up along the centre spine and bottom edge, leaving a 1/2" border around the top and outside edge. Thus when finished and the book is fully open, it will stand unaided.

I hope you like this little book. Have a go. This was designed around beautiful eye's, so a pretty book. But what about a Halloween book with flying bats on the creases. You could use the pixie glitters Sugar and Spice have on sale. Actually I think I'll have a go meself.

Monday, 3 August 2009

A weighty issue...

Seens as the summer is here (or should I say was??) and we might be attempting to craft outside, the only downside is the breeze! So here is a cute little paperweight to hold down your loose bits of paper!
It was inspired by a few things... by these in the garden... round perfectly smooth stones which are perfect for a paperweight!

And the yellow was inpsired by Nina, while the butterfly was insired by Jayne! Thanks ladies :) I used the stamp set Made with love and laughter for this project.

I painted my stone in yellow and to get the lovely sheen I coated the top with alittle modge podge. It also will give it alittle more 'chip' protection. I then stamped the little solid circles on with stazon. Because the surface isn't flat, I find it easier to use my finger tip as the acrylic block. Your stamps will cling if they are extra clean (spruce them up in alittle fairy liquid and warm water) Using your finger means you can then mould the stamp around the stones surface.

I hand drew little stitches around the base. I used a large black felt flower, cut from the felt we sell in the shop and handstiched long stitches along the length of the petals. Using the open flower from the same set I stamped onto cream cardstock and cut out, curling the petal edges upwards with my nail. I finished the centre off with a weenie yellow felt flower and a large black gem (also available in the shop!).

Using the same flower stamp, I stamped this time onto acetate using stazon ink and cut out four petals to form the butterflies wings. I coloured the wings with a sakura stardust pen, just to give her a little shimmer! Her body was bent upwards and attached using a generous blob of glossy accents. I then used some of the self adhesive pearls to make her body and hand drew with a permanent pen her little antenas.

Make yourself a paperweight and then enjoy some summery, outdoor crafting!

Thanks for looking,

Polly x

Sunday, 2 August 2009


At MY LITTLE SHOEBOX in Orlando...
We took a class with MLS at 7pm on the Tuesday night having been up since 4.30am.
Here you can see Amanda, Cortina and myself looking dead to the world BUT still managing to have fun...well we would wouldn't we, we were getting to play with paper!!!
CLICK HERE and scroll down to DAY 2 VIDEO AND UPDATE... I even get an interview...Ohhh watch out QVC!!!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

AS SEEN ON.........................

Hi everyone, just back from cornwall after an eight hour drive.............I ask myself why do we do it when I could have been in Florda like Marion in the same time. Anyway the answer is because its beautiful, and I have some fab photos to prove it that I can't wait to scrapbook!!!!!
Here's a quickie card in the mean time...................

The stamps I have used for this project are fab to work with as each of the petals are seperate stamps, this enables you to build your flower to any design, the stamps are called PI Build a Flower.

I started by stamping one petal in a flower design direct onto the card, I then stamped with another petal design onto a seperate piece of coloured card and cut these out individually. I then attached these to the card inbetween the existing stamped petals.............I personally like dimension on my projects.

By adding a fabric flower and a button in the centre of the petals completed the flower perfectly-a lovely sentiment to finish the card. This one was taken from the same collection of stamps, PI Build a flower, matted and layered onto lilac card with a touch of glamour dust to complete.

Any of you watching a certain television sales program a couple of weeks ago would have seen these stamps being sold, unfortunately it seemed another designer was taking the credit for to put the record straight these stamps are designed by Marion Emberson

AS SEEN ON QVC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye for now and happy crafting x