Saturday, 11 December 2010

CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR ......

Giving .....



And that's exactly what's happened in today's class. These ladies come to us once a month (sorry some are missing, off on a jaunt.... Lucky things) on the Book of Me.
Before we could even get started, pressies and cards were being passed everywhere. We are so blessed with ALL our lovely ladies and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Xxxxx


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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

APOLOGIES...

But it doesn't look like we're going to get in today.
This is my current view



It's taken me 1.5 hours to go 3 miles. Sorry but I'm turning back to put the kettle on and defrost.
Hope you understand
Marion xx


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Saturday, 27 November 2010

THANKS GIRLS......

For a fabulous couple of days... yeah OK my feet hurt and my eyes are stinging, but I had such a giggle, well... raucous laughter really and now my sides hurt !!!
You were an absolute dream to teach and it wasn't all about paper crafting.... thanks to Di, I actually learn't how to turn a satsuma into an elephant !!!!.
Here's Di modelling such item...
As the picci below shows, you were all taking it very seriously...
Here's the mixed media album we made today ...
Grab yourself a Punky Sprouts Mixed Media Album...

Add, paper, gorgeous ribbon and glitz...

Stitching, stamping and, oh yeah, a bit more glitz...

a little bit of bunting....

and a whole lotta love... and you've got yourself a stunning little keepsake.
Remember girls "what happens in Essex stays in Essex" I promise I won't breath a word of the amount you spent to your hubbies, anyway they don't NEED to know now do they !!!
See you next year
Big Hugs
Marion xxx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO ???

well ..... We've been playing with the Eclips from Sizzix and boy do we LOVE it.



The question is do we love it more than the Cricut ? And the answer is a resounding YES!!!
We love the fact that the carts and accessories are much cheaper (always a good thing) and the designs are more on trend.
Anyhoos off to play again. Keep yourself wrapped up in this weather and if you're around on Friday, don't forget it's our Christmas shopping evening. Hope to see you then.
Marion xx




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Saturday, 13 November 2010

OH THE JOYS ....

of teaching such lovely ladies.
Today's our last day of our current beginners course and just take a looksie at these gorgeous little cupcakes complete with GLITTER lovingly made by Vanessa...... Thank you Vanessa




We're getting ready for a busy week ahead of us with more yummy deliveries, also we've got load of papers at just 20p each, yes that's right .... 20p !!! We just need some room so thought we'd be lovely and give you a bargain in the process.
Marion xxx

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Monday, 8 November 2010

A FEW FOR THE GIRLS

as promised, this is for the Belfast girls who visited us on the WOW Embossing stand at the NEC this weekend.
We taught over 250 lovely peeps at the show and had a great time
So here's the picci's of the cards that you wanted.
Sorry they're not cropped but we'd packed the stand away and then I remembered doh !!!



















They're not the best shots, but they're there for you girls, hope you had a great journey home and thanks for coming !!
Marion xx
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Sunday, 24 October 2010

ANOTHER LITTLE TUTORIAL FOR YOU ....

Here we go, it only took about 6 hours (don't ask) !!! but hey ! I hope it's worth it... ENJOY !!!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

TRICK OR TREAT ??




Here's a cute little treat bag to make this Halloween.
I've used the Personal Impressions BOO Spooky Stamps PICSA6161, of course everything's available from the shop. So get your spooky heads on and create.
Marion xxx


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Monday, 4 October 2010

WORLD CARDMAKING DAY.....

Hey...It's World Cardmaking Day....so get your stash out and PLAY.... Here's some INSPO for you..
Need some quick easy Crimbo cards to make, here you go....
WOW embossing powder and a simple triangle punch!!
Distress ink technique, using water to remove the ink (as originally shown by Lindsay mason)
Using the Bazzill Half the Edge strips - gives it dimension and interest
This one was inspired by Barb, I've used my Butterfly Kisses Stamps, and it was only cause Barb told me that you could make a tree from the little "twig" and I was like, "so you can"!!! Ta - Da !!!
This one was designed by Jayne and Polly at Alley pally, so simple all you need is a scalloped circle punch...way to go girls!!!
Here's some other cards just as easy to make, I've mainly used Sugar and Spice/Personal Impressions Stamps along with WOW embossing powders (seriously these are stunning) !!
Stamp and then emboss in another colour over the top
Don't forget to stamp onto your ribbon
Colour your plain white flowers with the Shimmerz Blingz - soooo many options !!
To make the leaves, just punch a circle then pop the circle back into the punch half way and punch again, then repeat on the other side !!
I know we've sold out AGAIN of the Butterfly Kisses set, but bear with us we should have it back in stock in a few weeks...sorry !!
Hope you've enjoyed taking a looksie, if you've ANY questions just drop us a line.

Marion xx


Saturday, 2 October 2010

STROKING STASH......

Yes we caught two lovely ladies (sharing our accommodation) doing just that as we got back last night, and most off it was from Sugar and Spice TOOT TOOT !!!!
We had a lovely day at the show yesterday, it's got to be one of the friendliest places ive ever been to.
If your up this way (leamington spa) you must stay at Windmill Hill Farm House, this is truly the BEST B & B we've ever stayed in and Jan is marvellous !!!
Then we've been eating at The Stag, oh my what can I say..... YUMMY .... I believe sums it up.
Well must get up and shower ready for the next day of the show, BUT not before a very filling breakfast lol !!!!!
Marion xxx


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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

OFF WE GO AGAIN ....

Well first of all I just want to say a great BIG THANK YOU to everyone who managed to squeeze (and I mean SQUEEZE) on to our stand at Alley Pally. It was a great show and I couldn't have done it without Polly And Jayne, sorry about your feet girls !!!
Were off again tomorrow to Warwickshire for the Artisan show, this time it'll be me and Rick wearing the pinnies !!!
So if you're up that way pop on over and say HI !!!
Whilst I love doing the shows, I can't wait to get the shop back to normal, it feels so bare.
Back soon....carry on creating
Marion xxxx

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

IT'S HERE !!!!

Yes, yes, yes it's all arrived



In two days we've received 24 boxes full to the brim of yummy stuff!!!
Now..... What to do with it ???
Seriously there's so much stash here AND we're the FIRST in the UK to stock the gorgeous PUNKY SPROUTS .... Oh girls you are going to love this little lot.
Ta-Da is here alongside MLS, Melissa Francis, Heidi Grace, Colorbok, Hambly, 3 Bugs in a Rug, Shimmerz, Glamour Dust paint, yes that's what I said. Yum yum, new Prima, Jillybeansoup, Crate Paper, TPC Studios, Making Memories oh boy you get the picture.
Now if you come into the shop and can't find us, we're under a stack of stash.
Marion xx

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NEW TUTORIAL...

Have you tried the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam yet? NO !!!! why not? it's gorgeous!!!
Here's a little tut on how to make very quick easy fabric flowers and then colour them with the Glimmer Glam.
Sorry about the colour, but it was rather late !!!
Enjoy
Marion xx

Monday, 13 September 2010

IN THE DOG HOUSE....

No not me.... That's the name of a great product I've just used.



Afraid to say it's got absolutely nothing to do with crafting, unless you count the yummy ribbon tied round it's neck - obviously to be used on a card or tag once finished with!!
Seriously though even if you have or haven't got a pet we all like our houses to smell nice, and this little gem does just the job. Oh gosh I sound like I'm doing an ad, but honestly I'm not, it's just like in the crafting world, when I find a product I like, I want to share!!
I've just washed all my floors with it and whilst I'm flagged out on the settee (after all that work) I'm just taking in the smell. I've just used orange....mmmmm
Anyhoo's the girl who does all this yummy stuff along with lots of things for your dog is Charlie and you can get her at inthedoghouse@live.co.uk
Off to do the rest of the housework now.... Oh how I love Mondays !!!
Have a great day everyone
Marion xx


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Friday, 10 September 2010

STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOX

how often do you buy a set of stamps and just use them as you see them ?



Here's the Butterfly Kisses set from Sugar and Spice and whilst it has many uses the super duper Chilli Barb saw a tree so I made it into a simple crimbo card.



Love it !!!
Marion x
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Thursday, 9 September 2010

HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON

Over the last couple of days I've been working on this little gem ....in between running a shop, website and home !!!


I decided to use the metal photo tree to make an advent tree.
Each little pocket is made from an envelope (yes we sell them in the shop) and I've put tags inside to put a photo or christmas message on and then just embellished with buttons, glitter and ribbon ... Ta da!!!!
Marion x

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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

AND THE WINNERS ARE....

AND THE WINNERS OF OUR BIRTHDAY DRAW ARE....

1ST - 2272134

2ND - 2272100

3RD - 2272146

4TH - 2272065

5TH - 2272077

6TH - 2272148

7TH - 2272104

8TH - 2272120

9TH - 2272137

10TH - 2272067

So get your tickets out and check them - GOOD LUCK

We will hold the prizes for one month from today

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STAMPS.....

The new Sugar and Spice stamps landed last week (see post below) and now my new ones from Personal Impressions are here, here's a quick looksie....

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Had a lovely day out with nina yesterday at the HQ of WOW Embossing powders and.... well, all I can say is WOW !!!! can't wait to get in this morning and start playing and get some samples on here for you to peek at...must go and get out me jammies, don't think that would be a good look for the shop.
Oooh yes and it's the prize draw today as well...whoop-di-woo!!! keep your eyes peeled for the next post.
Marion xx


Saturday, 4 September 2010

NEW STAMPS....

Yay the new stamps have arrived in stock and they're on the website www.sugarandspicecrafts .co.uk

These are Sugar and Spice's latest babies and more are due in on Wednesday that I've done for Personal Impressions
Here's a couple of samples I've managed to knock up in very quick time !!!



You may want to grab them before we take them to alley pally!!! Don't forget it's our birthday weekend so come down make a purchase and get yourself a prize draw ticket !!!
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY....

Yes on SUNDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER we will be 7 years old...thanks to you guys!!!

Even though it's an OLD line that we used some years ago .....
ALLTHOUGH IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY, IT'S US GIVING YOU THE PRESENTS...
Our way of saying THANK YOU for all your continued support....
seriously we are giving you some great pressies - we've got a Texture Boutique, Albums, Kits, paper packs plus loads more up for grabs.

So what do you have to do to be in with a chance of being a birthday winner???

Well.... just come along on the weekend of the 4th and 5th and every purchase you make you will receive a draw ticket and on Tuesday 7th September we will draw out the winners.

We will send out a newsletter and post on our blog ALL the winning numbers.

So keep hold of you tickets, cross your fingers and GOOD LUCK !!!
We wish you a great day!
Sincerely,
MARION EMBERSON
SUGAR AND SPICE

NEW VIDEO ...

Here's the lastest video...I'm at 18 now and loving it!!!
Thanks everyone for watching.
All you need for this one is :-
Non stick craft sheet
Glitter (ultra fine)
Glossy Accents
Marion xx




Saturday, 28 August 2010

FIT TO BURST ...

The shop that is !!!
We've just taken delivery of some amazing NEW products.... All checked, priced and out on the shelves ready for you to oooh and arrrh at.
We've got some great new wooden alterable pieces. Metal Christmas tree photo/card holders... These are yummy.
We've got Websters Pages Bloomers in... Now these, you just HAVE to stroke ! along with a few of their papers, buttons and 6" paper pads.
The NEW Bazzill Basics Half The Edge strips are HERE in lots of colours. I am LOVING these!!! A whole new batch of Tim's scissors are back in stock along with his great sanding blocks, paper pads, inks, pins etc.
A delivery wouldn't be a delivery without more Martha. The snowman is just gorgeous!!
Kirsty Wiseman's CD's have been a MASSIVE hit, we knew they would be!!
You know I'm sitting here in me jammies trying to remember all the yumminess that has come in over the last few days and my brain's gone to mush, cause all I'm doing is getting ideas in my head of designs. Now I just need a bank holiday to sit and play. Yay it's here !!!!
And to kick start the weekend off we have the lovely Lindsay Mason demoing for us today, so if you can join us today great! If not, have a gorgeous weekend and let's hope the weather's kind.
Have a great one everyone.
Marion xx


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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

TO CD OR NOT TO CD ???

It seems that CD's have become big in crafting and I've got to be honest here at Sugar and Spice they're not our favourite thing..... That is until we got our hands on KIRSTY WISEMAN'S ones !!!
These are super trendy, seriously we've been playing with her latest one, Colourful Christmas, it has over 600 images, papers, decor, stationery and greetings ready for you to print AND not only are they coloured in and ready to go she's even done uncoloured ones so get your pens out and PLAY. fantastic for children, so why not get them to make all they're own crimbo cards and thank you letters with the help of this fantastic CD.
But it doesn't stop there, on top of the super duper Colourful Christmas there's Colour me Crazy - if you love the dollie colouring craze then this ones for you along with LOTS and I mean LOTS for the boys !!
Then there's Call of the Wild, this one's full of all things GARDEN and JUNGLE, so many things to colour on this one.
And last but not least, by any means is the Colouful Burst of Fanciful Things, this little guys got it all, LOADS of printable papers including templates, greetings and images, in fact over 1300 in total.
They're in the shop NOW and we're working on samples as I type this, so pop on down and see what we're excited about.



Marion xx


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Friday, 20 August 2010

JUST ARRIVED

Just had a knock on the door......
And NEW Bella Blvd, Best Creations, Martha Stewart, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam, Tsukeniko Shimmer and albums and a bit of Tim Holtz HAVE ARRIVED..... Love it !!! Even got a wooo from me mum !!! I'll try and get it on the website ASAP
Marion xxx


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Friday, 13 August 2010

FANCY A DEMO ???

No problem..... join us and Lindsey Mason on Saturday 28th August for a great day playing with inks and things....Come and get inspired... you're gonna love it.
PLUS.... DOUBLE LOYALTY POINTS on the same day...can't be bad !!!
Goodies have started to arrive from the States...ooooohh YUM !!
We've got a great NEW product in the shop, all the lucky ladies on the class on Sunday are getting first dibs. YAY !!
This is probably my quickest blog post, but I'm going now as it seems there's a break in the rain so I'm going to run for it.
See you all soon
Marion xx

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

NEW ARRIVALS

Here's a little sneak of the new Imaginisce that's just dropped through our door



Seriously it's really YUMMY!!
Also from Imaginisce we've received the Cottage Christmas papers and stamps
Then..... Just to get you really excited the Echo Park Life is Good has ARRIVED YAY !!! along with that we've got LOADS more Marthas including the glitters.
Anyhoo's the tables full so must get it priced and put out.

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

DAY 2 OF THE SHOW

Have you seen the NEW Cricut ?? Here it is ...



Yes it's large, but very stylish looking... What does it do? It draws AND cuts it's a bit like PS meet Cricut... Seriously it's has carts that have designs on them that you can work in layers and change the colours and then cut them out.... COOL!!
Heidi grace may be off having another little baby but she still graced us with her yumminess, here's one of her cute little albums, we should be getting them around September.



Dyan was there in all her artistic glory doing her "thang" this time she was showing the NEW Perfect Pearls Mists... Rather yummy if I may say so !!



Rick likes meeting with Dyan as she's a fellow Leeds united supporter, so they have a little footie chat !!! If you're up Harrogate way pop in and see her, her work is so inspiring it's makes you want to grab your inks and paints ect and get dirty !!!
We've got a great little company coming to Sugar and Spice along with loads of new yumminess should be around september.
Anyhoo's it's 3 in the morning so must get some sleep to do the last walk of the show, although not before we pop into Elmhurst and grab a cupcake from "Heavenly Cupcakes" with that in mind I'll close my eyes now and dream of cupcakes .... Mmmmmm. Night night
Marion xxx






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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

SNEAK PEEKS

OMG.... if you loved the BLINGZ you're gonna love the PEARLZ




Ooh nearly forgot the SHIMMERZ
as well, can't wait to show you these AND the next peek are these mixed media albums..... Yummy



Ooops gotta go and play with some tattered angels now
Back a bit later

Marion xx

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

ONLY TWO DAYS .....

..... To go for CHA summer 2010




It feels like I've been here forever and I have LOVED every minute of it but I am getting excited now as it's nearly SHOWTIME!!!
I've got my eye on a few newbies and I'll be sending you sneak peeks of the lucky products that will grace the SUGAR AND SPICE shelves.
Let the countdown begin ....
Marion xx


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Friday, 23 July 2010

WHAT ARE YOU DOING SATURDAY???

well, we're having a SALE....

Yep, we're holding our SUMMER SALE on SATURDAY 24th 10am - 5pm

We're giving you a whopping 20% off ALL SHOP STOCK ( there are a couple of exceptions, see the notices in store, or just ask the girls)

And YES it includes all the NEW STASH that's just arrived ( leave me some of the new stash as I haven't even seen it yet) lol !!!

So fill your boots. Remember the more you spend the more you save, and then you can tell the hubbies how much you SAVED!!!

Have fun

Marion xx


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Thursday, 22 July 2010

OUR VIEW FOR TODAY

Here we are sitting on the south shores of Lake Michigan looking on to the city. It's so peaceful here and quite deserted.... BUT I've got to say the water is FREEZING!!! Lake Geneva it's not !!!



My gorjus hubby drove me all over the place yesterday for some retail therapy. He's soooo sweet.
So here's one for the boys. Rick was rather impressed with our rims....




Oh well must lay down and chill now.

Marion xxx

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