Friday, 30 October 2009

... with a cherry on the top!

Hi all, havent been on blog land for while now, due to family probs... thankfully all sorted now, so this months project is bit late due to that, but had fun with this one.
It's my dad's birthday next month, and know he wont be nosing on blog land, so wont see this card i made for him... inspired by some scrapbooking papers that i bought from Sugar and Spice on Tuesday along with some other bits n bobs! couldnt resist! I also bought the Kraft card and stamps from there too as well as the ink which are the memento ones, they come in the most gorgeous colours too, these are just the cutest stamps called Happy Birthday with a cherry on the top, which i stamped and had to glimmer dust the topping... yum! Hope dad likes it, might even make him a real cake to go with it too?
See you soon
Take care
Nicki
x

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Card time

For me this time of year doesnt mean xmas preparation it means LOTS OF BIRTHDAYS, lots of my friends are celebrating their birthdays this month, which means lots of cards to make!!

I recently bought a lovely set of stamps from SUGAR AND SPICE called SCRIBBLE SENTIMENTS so I thought I would make a card using these.



I started off by layering 3 pieces of card stock and sticking this onto a card blank. Then I handcut a cake shape from a piece of patterned paper and attached this to the front of the card. You could do this with pre made embellishments or your own hand cut shapes.

I wanted a simple stamped message on the front so I used the 'With' and 'Love' stamps and on the inside I used the 'Happy' and 'Birthday' stamps.





This card is so quick and easy to make and can be adapted to suit any occasion.

Hope you like

Louise x x

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


I love this circular Happy Birthday stamp from Sugar and Spice, they're just so happy! So I decided to use it as a centre for some bazzil flowers that I layered for fullness. Using some lovely papers from my stash and coordinating ribbons carried the colourscheme through. Using an embossed paper for the top section added some texture. With the yellow and green card I used a strip of the patterend paper along the ribbon which I think has given a really nice finish.

This format of patterend papers and ribbon delminiators isn't new, but it has a very modern and classy feel and is very easy to make your own.

Happy stamping, Ladies.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

WE'RE BACK.......

Sorry we've been AWOL....but as you are probably aware the Internet Gremlins have been having fun and games with Blogspot. The lovely Design Teamies have still been creating with the Sugar and Spice Stamps and their posts will be going back on soon.
In the meantime we've been really busy here designing NEW CLASSES, we have an all dayer all about CUPCAKES - Yummy.... My Megacrafting day (sorry but the 29th is now FULL and there is only 3 places left on the 7th) Nina has a Halloween Exploding Box with a surprise in the middle!!! and Polly has TWO great Christmas Layout Classes, among these little treats we're holding another Pyjama Crop on the 14th November 6pm - midnight (if we last that long) !!! In fact you can see them all HERE.
I just want to say THANK YOU to you all for your patience and support.
Hugs Marion xx

Saturday, 17 October 2009

It's That Time!!!!!

Hi everyone, middle of October and I've just realised it's getting closer, dare I say it ................Christmas!!!!!! Don't panic there is still loads of time for shopping and getting organised but if you are in to making christmas cards and haven't started, well this is just a gentle reminder.
I've made a decision to try and use all my scraps of christmas papers this year on all my cards, so with that in mind I have bought a lovely set if Christmas stamps.

The stamp set I've have used for these projects is called Tis The season and are designed by the wonderful Marion Emberson from Sugar and Spice, the set includes messages, snowflake, christmas trees and much more.

In the card above I've used one of the messages and the christmas trees from the set, after stamping the trees I masked them and then by re-stamping with the same stamp, I built a forest of christmas trees.

A small piece of paper, ribbon and the all important glamour dust, my first completed christmas card.

And heres my second. With one set of stamps and scrap pieces of paper different designs are endless.
And don't forget your tags too.............




Hope this hasn't panicked you all too much.


Bye for now and happy crafting Px

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Everybody was kung fu fighting

Hello its that time again and for those of you that visit my blog you will know that my nephew does Karate. A couple of weeks ago he was tested for his orange belt. We all went to watch, which probably made him very nervous! I wanted to make a LO to record the occasion as I was so proud of him. My little Kung Fu Fighter!

For this LO I used a really lovely kit by fancy pants, its completely boy themed and its great! It has an overlay which I used.




I stamped onto the overlay using Stazon jet black ink. I used the Lovely Fat and Funky Alpha stamps to stamp my title.



Once stamped I coloured in my title using a marker pen.

I wanted to carry the funky theme through the LO and so I hand cut some arrows to match the arrows on the overlay. I also used buttons to match the bold colours on the patterned paper

Hope you like

Louise x x

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Say it with flowers

Marion taught me this technique, of stamping then using a paintbrush, painting on ink colours afterwards. It's very relaxing, and gives a lovely effect. I used the Scribble Flowers stamps without the words, then painted them and added a gem drop before cutting them out and mounting on foam pads for dimension. The sentiment comes from the Scribble Sentiments set. I stamped it on an angle and added a kiss to make it look handwritten, which I think fits in with the informal flower designs.

This would also make a great 'get well soon' card by just changing the sentiment. Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

What goes around

Hello everyone,

I am a big fan Alpha stamps as I think they are so versatile, they can be used both on LO's and other projects, they are reusuable, and you won't run out of them! From a design perspective you can change their colour, position them exactly where you want, even make letter tiles with them - the list is endless.

I love the font used on the sugar and spice alphabet clear stamps and for this LO I used them to form my title wording.

I used the beautiful Deliah range from BoBunny, the die cut 'by your side' paper and the 'promise' paper for my LO. I cut out the inside circle, raising the outer part of the circle on pop dots for dimension, then used a template and glimmer mists to create the petal shapes on the inside circle.

When dry, I stamped my alpha's on the individual petals to form my title words (from one of my my favourite Justin Timberlake songs)


big smiles,
Nic xo

WE'VE BEEN HACKED !!!!

Sorry peeps but it seems we've been hacked...... Now Frankfurt I can deal with BUT Porn....Nah thanks!!!!
I'm looking into Microsoft/Google to see what we can do, we may have to change the name of our blog...but in the meantime please DO NOT click on any of the links.
Sorry about the inconvenience. xx

Monday, 5 October 2009

IT WASN'T ME......FFFFFFF...FRANKFURT!!!!

Don't know what happened there girls.....But I didn't post the Frankfurt Market thingy !!! Although I'm sure it's a wonderful place to go.....So sorry about that, must be a glitch in the machine.....or someone's HACKING....shame on you - I'm sure there's better things to hack than our little Blog !!!
Whilst I'm here, I may as well give you a few words - seeing as I don't get on here much.
At 45 I'm really feeling my age after doing two weekend shows on the trot. Alley Pally - Simply blinding - as always a fantastic show - I hope Polly and Jayne's feet have come back to their normal size and no longer resemble blown up Marigold Gloves !!! Artisan - I wouldn't call it blinding but it was lovely, we really had a giggle and I met some gorgeous peeps, including the most talented girlie by the name of LISA OLSON, she makes the most STUNNING felt bags - yes girlies I said FELT BAGS with gorgeous FELT FLOWERS. I do believe she takes orders AND she's LOVELY - here's her blog - www.craftbugs.blogspot.com.
and the Craft Bug girls were great - but the funniest one there was one of the Glitter Girls (sorry didn't get here name) just had some great banter with her - she was hilarious !!!
We stayed in Warwick - what a beautiful place, had a miniature version of Maggie Thatcher as our landlady and had some great meals out - all in all a good weekend.
The Sugar and Spice stamps sold really well - Yay!!! Sorry still haven't got the new ones on the website - think I'm going to have to order more !!!. I've got to get me head down and design an all day card class - I know, I know I hear you!!! But before that takes place we've got the FREE MAKE AND TAKE on 31st October, don't forget to join us and have some fun!!! See you there.
Hope you're enjoying all the design ideas on the blog, I think you'll agree the girls are doing a GRAND job !!!
Take care
Marion xxx


Saturday, 3 October 2009

Thank you!

Well, i'm back from Ally... :) It was fab this time round. And even though we had a smaller stand, I really loved this time... not that I didn't like last time... this time I think I saw lots more peeps than last and it wasn't so hot!

Anyhoo, I have gotten into the colour navy in a big way. I made this little card for my design team project this time using kaiser paper, glitteratti gems, felt flowers and of course Sugar and Spice stamps :D I used the wedding set... which seems rather random... but I love the little star in this set.

I stamped a small strip of graph paper with the teenie weenie star stamp using a momento ink called 'paris dusk' (a gorgeous navy blue) it really goes with alot of the papers right now, especially the mamma bushka range by kaiser which i've used here. I then layered two felt flowers from our new felties pack and joined together with a fabric covered brad. The patterned paper actually has tiny buttons printed on it but I covered them with the fairly flat glitteratti gems. I used alot but there are so many on the sheet that I didn't feel like I was being really friviolous ;)

Inside I made alittle matt to match the card front and then stamped 'thank you' from the same set onto it. In the set the stamp comes as one continious line, I chopped mine into two but you could keep it whole and ink up one side and stamp the 'thank' first and then clean well, ink up the 'you' and stamp to get the same effect.


This little project is especially dedicated to Marion and Jayne as a little 'thank-you' for a fabby weekend away...!
Hope you liked it :)
Polly x

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Love Hearts

Hi everyone, the question is why do I always run out of time, even when I actually think about things and plan ahead I seem to be making a card on the quick. Anyway I thought I'd share this quicky card with you.

I cut two hearts and embossed them using my cuttlebug, then by adding some glitter and jewels to the white heart it brought a bit of luxury to the card.

To lift the background card I used the word anniversary and in white ink I bordered it around the edge. The stamps are from sugar and spice.


With an extra message using the same sentiment stamps the card is now complete. With a simple set of sentiment stamps you can adapt any card to any occasion. A must have!

Bye for now and happy crafting!