Tuesday, 29 May 2012

I MAY HAVE BEEN BORING......

BUT..... I followed all the rules this month...Swoon !!!
I've only gone and done a card (it's what time permitted) but I kept to the masculine theme and the Earthtone colours, it wasn't hard as I was using one of my all time favourite colours - Earthtone Olive... I LOVE this colour, I also thought it went rather nice with the Earthtone Blueberry and Earthtone paprika...all food associated - I'll put that down to coincidence LOL !!
I started off by cutting out a couple of stars, inked up an embossing folder with Versamark, laid the stars inside it and run it through the Cuttlebug, the Versamark transferred to the debossed part of the stars, apply Blueberry and heat set, I did get a little extra on there, but as this is for a man, the "distressed" look works
On the fold of the card I inked up one of the Funky Border Stamps and embossed it with Olive, added a scrap piece of card stock in a complimentary colour, then punched a scalloped card stock strip.
Little tip here....as the strip is smaller than the ink pad, have the pad on the table and take the strip to it, rather than the other way, saves you getting ink all over the place...look at the state of my ink pad....that's disgusting !!!
I embossed this with the Paprika, another little tip, make the strip longer than needed, that way you can line it up to have even scallops, stick it down, then trim off excess.
Add a sentiment and a little bit of embossedness, attach the stars and there you have a quick and simple card.
I will leave you with my third and final tip... when attaching your bits... i.e. the sentiment, please make sure you don't have Paprika embossing powder on your finger, as it leaves a rather yucky smudgy look.... this takes the "distressed" look a little to far in my book.
Hugs
Marion xxx

Thursday, 24 May 2012

KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE...

With Sugar and Spice.
For those of you who don't get the newsletter... here's the scoop !!!
Classes, classes, classes.... Nina, Barb and myself have worked like crazy getting you some lovely classes, so go click the link HERE and choose the month you want to check out. Here's a couple of  sneaks

IMPORTANT NEWS.....
The shop will be CLOSED on Monday 4th and Tuesday the 5th June, we apologise for any convenience this may cause, but we will re-open on Wednesday 6th June at 10am.

Sadly we've had to put camera's up in the shop now, as some horrible people thought it was Ok to take our yummy products without paying for them....The cheek of it!!! So just thought it only fair to let you know and pre-warn you in case you want to lippy up and do your hair. !!

A new concept in the shop is our front table (as you walk in) with our "Products we LOVE this month" our first feature is MLS - what's not to love about MLS, it will be showcasing some of their range along with a bit of inspo......
We hope we can inspire you with our projects.
We're so grateful for all your custom, as without you guys we wouldn't be here...so..... THANK YOU !!!!!
Lots more Smash is arriving this Friday, just in time for our Smash up on 26th May :) :)
Dylusions Stamps and sprays are coming in, along with lots of other yummies, hopefully next week. I'll keep you posted.
Anyhoo's I've got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me, so i hope you're all relaxed and grabbing a bit of sun while you can.
Hugs
Marion xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2012

WHEN IS A BOW NOT A BOW ???

When it's a KNOT !!!
This month for Fantastic Ribbons the design team are doing all about bows, now, as a scrap store owner and teacher, I know loads of you just want to run away at the thought of doing a bow, but I wanted to let you know that it's OK, you don't have to hang your head in shame... you can cheat !!!
I personally think knots look just as cute as bows, especially for mens cards. That's not to say you can't get some exquisite bows out of these ribbons.... I could have gone on and on and on :) :)
For this card I used the Gingham and Satin Edged Organza, now this isn't just any old gingham, oh no... the softness for a start makes it so easy to work with, and it's got a gorgeous little loopy edge (I love this) and the Organza will work with anything, perfect for that "filling in" piece. I do like things in threes.
This card is great for using up your scraps, and when you need something quick. You don't have to go all the way round with the ribbon, just stick about a 1/4" to the back of the cardstock either side, bring to the front and tie, no point wasting it!!

Products Used :
Gingham 54078
Satin Edge Organza Bridal White

Hugs
Marion xx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

A VERY SPECIAL CLASS....

When I was last at CHA, I was fortunate enough to get on the My Little Shoebox Class...they always fill up so quickly :) :) 
Helen and the girls shared a gorgeous project with us, using the Maya Road Picket Fence Album and their beautiful papers from the Keepsake collection. 
I've been trying to find the time to fit in an all dayer, and guess what ???? I've only gone and done it !!!!
So if you can join me on the 7th July 10am - 4pm then you won't regret it, you'll have lots of bits left over to go home with and make more gorgeous yummy things....Here's a little peek...
You can find out more about it HERE
We've also just taken delivery of some rather YUMMY Washi Tape...love this stuff, I've been very good and uploaded it on the site......pats self on the back!!! Take a LOOKSIE
Also the latest Creating Keepsakes, Papercraft and Scrap 365 mags have just landed through the door :) :) Something to occupy yourself with this weekend !!
Anyhoo's best dash.... got lots of orders to send out, hopefully they'll get them by the weekend :) :)
Hugs
Marion xx

Monday, 14 May 2012

ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS....

QVC are getting ready !!! So on Friday I went up to West London and spent the day filming a promo shoot for their Christmas in July shows.... More deets to follow soon :) :)
Stephanie was doing some FAB crafting on cupcakes...actually, thinking about it, she didn't share any...I may have to have a word with her about that ... Hee hee



Amy was busy on cards and I was working on a Scrapbook...probably the three most important memory making elements in a crafters life !!!





The house we were filming in was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !!!! From the outside it just looked like a three bed semi...BUT...Oh my goodness ...THE INSIDE !!! Well, stunning. Oh and did i mention it was far from a three bed semi...it had 5 bedrooms and seven bathrooms. !!!! I did get photos and videos of the place but I think it would be wrong to post them on here, one, because of the owners privacy and two, because you'd all be very jealous and have the hump !!!
After whizzing home through the London traffic, I got back in time to run the Hoover round and await Kirsty Wiseman's visit. She'd been in Essex photographing a friends wedding...so talking of cameras I got my DSLR out, that I've had for about three years and have never taken it off Auto...well.....within 5 mins she had me shooting in MANUAL....I was like...OMG...I've just shot in manual !!!!
We went over to the shop in the afternoon and whizzed around the village shooting in manual (claps hands and pats myself on the back), will share the pics at a later stage, as I left my SD card in the shop..whilst my photographic skills are improving I can't say the same for my memory !!
The woman is amazing, her teaching skills are second to none and she explains it all in layman's terms...just what I need.
Anyhoo's the GREAT NEWS is, she's coming to Sugar and Spice at the beginning of September to run a one day class. I will be putting more details out this week. Spaces are going to be extremely limited....so as soon as you see them...get in there !!!
Right off to catch up on the Apprentice :) :)
Hugs
Marion xxx




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Thursday, 10 May 2012

JUST A QUICKIE......

One of the great things about working for QVC is getting to work alongside some amazingly talented ladies...two very important ladies to me are Caroline Blanchard and Sandy Piercey, they do some amazing behind the scenes work. They're in a very privileged position, where they get to sit at Q Towers and make LOTS of samples for the Craft Shows and their work is FAB !!!!! They never let me down and given the amount of work they have to do, they never cease to amaze me with the projects they come up with. Sandie has finally got herself a blog, where she can showcase all of her fab designs and ideas.....so if you want some inspo, just nip on over HERE and take a peak, why not become a follower whilst your there. Now all we need is Caroline to get herself a blog/showcase, I mean it's not like she's busy or anything LOL !!! Enjoy Hugs Marion xxx

Monday, 7 May 2012

TODAY HAS.....

Been ALL about packing..... for QVC that is, you see I have a show tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm, it's called Celebration Crafting, this is the second one I've done, and I soooo loved the first one, whilst it's mainly about weddings and occasions, I've tried to do samples so that you can "lift" it into your own card making or scrapbooking, there's so many items that are multi functional...
Here's a cute little card I've done, that you can so easily adapt, stamp any sentiment in the centre, get a mahoosive doily and do it as a scrap book layout, with the photo in the centre !! Swap out the flowers for stars and stamp congrats in the centre.
So tune in, if you can and see what's on offer, plus all the wonderful inspo, as usual.
On Saturday the 19th May at 10am I'm doing a scrapbook class....called...... You WOW! my heart, it's a beautiful layout with a splash of colour, using the WOW Embossing Powders, you can even choose your own colour palette, so make it really personal - shades of gold for a wedding layout, blues for the little lad in your life - you name it we've probably got the colour !!

Spaces are filling up fast, you can find more details HERE, just scroll down a bit :) :)
Barb's class on the 13th May is now FULL, so did we just sit there and sulk....NO ... we put another date in - Friday 25th May 2pm.
Nina's got a Smash Up on Saturday 26th May for all you Smashettes out there !!! As well as her Vintage Course that's starting next week - She's a busy girl you know !!!
I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend
Hugs
Marion xx