Sunday, 29 April 2012


Here's my post for WOW Embossing Powders this month

Check it out HERE

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012


And then some.....
It sounds all lush saying I went to Ohio to do some filming for WOW Embossing Powders, and don't get me wrong, it was WONDERFUL.....but now I'm playing catch up LOL !!! I'm very blessed to have amazing people here at Sugar and Spice, thanks girls for holding the fort :) :)
I'm going to be working like a loon today, trying to get all the other embossing powders on the site especially since the moulds are back in stock ....YAY !!!
You can find it ALL here
It never ceases to amaze me how many variations you can get by just playing with the embossing powders, and why not throw a bit of Mica in there or Alcohol Ink...just experiment, if you don't like it, melt it down again...Simples !!!
Nina was amazing yesterday getting all the papers back in order, making it easier for you to choose...we're nice like that LOL !!!
I'm awaiting a delivery from QVC today, for my show on the 8th at 1pm...I wonder what goodies I'll be getting #Excited !!!!!!
I've also put all the fabulous WOW Stamps on the website now, go take a LOOKSIE
We've got some FAB new classes coming your way, from Nina, Barb and myself...I know ME...Right !!! it's Nina she forces me LOL.... I can't get away from it...I LOVE teaching. So keep your eyes peeled as they go incredibly quick.
NEWSFLASH ************* I've been talking to the gorgeous Kirsty Wiseman (I bet she's blushing now) about her coming down for the weekend, to teach on the Saturday and do a photography class on the c'mon .... Let me know what you think :)
Anyhoo's must get cracking
Marion xxx

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Thursday, 19 April 2012


Seriously, less than a week ago I was getting ready to set up for Ally Pally and since then I've been over to Ohio and while I am still awake, I thought I'd do a quick blogpost :) :)
So.. Ally Pally..what a fab many wonderful people and so many returning customers....we really appreciate it, thanks guys :)

Still setting up...but nearly there !!
One thing we enjoy about going to the Pally is our stay over on the Saturday night, we usually go to a lovely little Italian restaurant, but this time it was full so we ventured out and found another little Italian restaurant it was absolutely gorgeous.
Here's Polly giggling at something I couldn't possibly explain on here !!! ;)

I love this photo :)
So, with the Pally all done and dusted the very next morning I set off to Heathrow airport to make my long journey to Ohio with Richard from WOW embossing powders, to do some tutorial filming for their launch in the USA, we had a great flight, nearly missed our connecting flight but managed to get there some 12 hours later, boy we were tired !! But to beat the jetlag, we took ourselves off to a Japanese restaurant call Wasabi, the food was absolutely gorgeous. Now you know I like sharing my food photos with you and this time is no exception, here's my plate of chicken teriyaki. Mmmmmm delicious.

In fact I couldn't eat it all, there was a bowl of rice to the side as well, plus I'd had some miso soup and salad. Ahhh but it was lovely :) :)
I didn't get much sleep that night I put it down to nerves and jet lag but the sleep i did get i was so grateful for, as the next day we started the filming for the tutorials.
It's crazy really, as when I do QVC it's live and I knew that this was recorded, but I felt more nervous about this than QVC!!! With live TV you just go for it and if you mess up you mess up, with this you could stop start, stop start, stop start.
The nerves soon disappeared as the people there were so so lovely, they really put me at ease, I had to go and have make up done, which in my mind I thought I looked more like Groucho Marx. LOL... I've never had so much make up on my face or my eyebrows come to that, it was really funny.
My three sessions were with Julie McGuffee, originally from Bradford but now living in Texas. She is such a lovely lady, I really enjoyed working with her.

It was really funny how her English accent started coming back.
Here's a shot of all of us

Left to right is Suzy West, Richard Caslon, me, Julie McGuffee, and Julie Fan Fei Balzer.
By the way Richard is holding a heat gun to my head LOL !!!
We finished filming in the afternoon and had a few hours spare, so headed off to a lovely little outdoor shopping mall, you don't get many of those in the States, for a little bit of shopping, then Richard treated us to steak that evening in a very posh restaurant. Mmmmmmm. Sorry, I realised after I'd eaten it that I hadn't taken a photo, and it would've been rude to order another one LOL !!!
So the next day we head off for New York to drive to New Jersey where I get a tour of the Factory, call me a geek but I love things like that!! But that was not before we got held up in Cleveland all because President Obama was coming over and he stopped everything at the airport, no flights could land, and none could take off, thanks for that mr Obama !!!
This time we travelled in style as our car got upgraded to a Mustang, and very nice it was too.
I can't find the photo now, but take it from me it was really nice and RED!!
After a lovely meal with Craig and Earl we headed off for the airport for our return trip. We didn't have time for dessert in the restaurant so when we got to the airport, we found a lady selling gelato, now, it would've been rude not to try some, so try some we did, and it was gorgeous.

Here's the lovely gelato seller, never did get her name but she was so friendly :) :)
So, here I am back home feeling a little bit jetlagged and getting myself ready for next week in the shop, hope you've all enjoyed it, have a good one
Marion xxx
P.s. I'm hoping the moulds will be back in stock in about a week

Sunday, 15 April 2012


Oh Boy..... I love these ribbons, in fact I just LOVE RIBBONS !!!!!
My blog post for Fantastic Ribbons this month is about Backgrounds, that's right, how to use your ribbons to make a background.
Very rarely do I do a DL card, but I felt this just "worked"
Start off with a DL base card, next taking some Bazzill Kraft I die cut two hearts from a piece just smaller than the base card.
Then taking 3 of your favourite ribbons from your Fantastic Ribbons stash, put some adhesive on the back of the heart outline and start sticking your ribbon strips on, this is fab for using up all those little bits and pieces that "we can't possibly throw away"
It looks a bit scruffy from the back, but don't worry thats going to be covered !! To highlight the hearts and give them a little vintage feel, go around the edge (on the front) with little white "stitches"
Tie a piece of ribbon and twine to the front of the Kraft and adhere to the white card base. Finishing off with a gorgeous button, well it would be rude not to !!! My only dialemma here was what button to choose...
 At the moment I'm into teals and greens so I used :-
Centre Stitch 54062
Stitched Grosgrain 677872
Gingham 54078
But this would work for soooo many colours, so go get your ribbons and start creating
Marion xxx

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


And done it again......
I consider myself so lucky to have amazing teachers here at Sugar and Spice, they never fail to amaze me at what they can do, this time Chilli Barb has excelled herself with her Mini Paper Bag Book, it's got amazing embellies that she'll teach you how to make, along with flips and flaps and tags.
It's on Sunday 13th May at 10am
only £15.00
Here's a few sneaks....

So... If you want one of the few spaces we have left, call us on 01268 530933 to book.
Marion xx

Monday, 9 April 2012


I'm popping my latest Video on here, for those of you who aren't on our FACEBOOK PAGE, or our Newsletter, as was pointed out to me this morning LOL !!!!
So apologies if you've seen it like a gazillion times :) :)
And YES we will have LOADS of WOW Powders and "some" silicone moulds...sorry but they flew out, even beyond our expectations. So come see us at Ally Pally next weekend
Marion xx

Saturday, 7 April 2012


For Ally Pally....
Last week was all about making samples to inspire you and show you what YOU can do with our amazing products.
We've gone a bit ribbons, moulds and twines crazy this year..... and our demo is going to be WOWing you with the fabulous WOW Embossing Powders, so don't forget to stop by.
Here's a very simple layout I've done for the show...showcasing our gorgeous chunky twines..
Here's another little sample, this time a card showing the Gorgeous NEW Scrummy Ribbon with the Twine and Yummy Embossed Hat Pins and Flower made from WOW Embossing Powder.
If you can't get to Ally, bear with us and what we have left we'll put on the website on our return :) :)
Now this week is all about packing, packing, packing oh yeah.... and more packing, got another two Stateside deliveries due in on Tues/Weds...cutting it fine I know.....but Oh so worth it  !!!
Anyhoo's must get on with some more samples.
Have a fabulous Easter break everyone, let's hope the sun makes an appearance :) :)
Marion xx