Thursday, 30 October 2008

Sarah is back!

Yay.. Sarah is back in stock and so are the yummie new Christmas Sarah Kay stamps!

I've stamped Picnics with Daisies Sarah with a brown inkpad this time and coloured with Ranger Distress Inks.

The papers are all from the Basic Grey Periphery range.. they are soo strokable :-)

Made a little collage with lots of different embellishments including Tim Holtz ticket and handcut heart shape.

Marlene x

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Spooky Sale

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting darker which means only one thing......

... it is the ideal time to curl up at home and craft yourself silly!

We thought we would brighten up the murky approach of winter with a 10% off everything sale so get yourself over to the website now and indulge yourself in a few pick-me-ups (remember if you buy crafty goodies in the sale they are calorie free and credit crunch friendly!!!)

Our sale will last until 1st November so you can make it your Halloween treat!



Advent Calendar

We have been very busy this week with the run up to Christmas and some of the festive spirit seems to have rubbed off on me too. I have made my mum an advent calendar which I can refill for her each year with different goodies and treats!

I used the fab template on Bubblyfunk by Tracie Hudson (check out Tracie's blog here) - if you haven't already seen the tutorial, then check it out here. Huge thanks to caroline for letting me show my advent calendar off!

Products used :

I still need to do a little bit of doodling but can't locate my white pen at the mo!


Monday, 27 October 2008

More gorgeous new High Hopes arriving soon!

Thought i'd show you two projects I have made with the new release High Hopes stamps. Keep checking the store as these will be arriving very soon! The first is a treat bag made using "Santa's Portrait". Isn't he just the cutest and perfect for tags also!

The second cute character to show you is the very lovable and "Huggable Hank". The sentiment "Hugs" is part of the sentiment "Hugs and hugs.

Hope to back soon with some more characters from the new release!


Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Sarah Kay christmas collection are on their way

Just a quick post to you let you know that our batch of Sarah Kay Christmas stamps are on their way to us at last (along with some restocks of the other stamps. They left France today so we are hoping they will be with us in the next few days.

We have put the Christmas stamps on pre-order here so you can snap them up before the rush and have them sent to you as soon as the shipment arrives.


Pink Magnolia

October is.. Breast Cancer Awareness month and I would like you to think pink! My Nan died of cancer two years ago and it is such a sad fact of life that this disease affects so many of us if not directly maybe the people around us who we love so very dearly. I made my card above using one of the new Pink Magnolia's Pink Tilda Ice/Ballet Princess. For every Magnolia Pink stamp purchased approx. 41p will go directly to Breast Cancer Awareness (donated directly by Magnolia).

I am celebrating 30,000 hits on my blog here and have some Pink Magnolia stamps for one lucky person!


Card details:
Stamp: Magnolia Pink Tilda Ice/Ballet Princess Stamp
Ink: Memories
Papers: Pink handmade paper, Basic Grey Sugared, various SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with Sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: pearls, Flowers, Handmade heart, spacer beads, lace, ribbon, Wire "Girl" word.
Equipment: Wizard and Nestabilities

Sunday, 19 October 2008

No Peeking, Poking or Shaking!

I have made a gift box using my Scor-Pal. Wow, these are just so easy to make and I will certainly be making more of these. You can find the instructions here.

I have used High Hopes Three Pane Santa and Sentiment Peeking, Poking, Shaking. For my gift tag I stamped my image and sentiment on Concord Record card. I have been using this card now for months and it is just perfect for using with my Prisma's as it is so smooth it blends effortlessly. It is also perfect for use with ProMarkers and Copics Markers. At such a great price you can even cope with a few stamping boo boo's! My Santa Panes were coloured with Prismacolor Pencils and I used Sansodor and paper stumps to blend. I then finished of with lots of stickles for added sparkle!

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Which card is best to stamp on?

Some of the questions we get asked most by customers are - which card is best to stamp on and which card works best for colouring on?

For us, the best card is plain and simple record cards by Concord - they are cheap and a brilliant size but at a great affordable price.

To make life easier for us and you we now stock them in the shop here. We wish we could source them a little cheaper and will keep trying to get the price down further if we can (we don't order enough office supplies to qualify for wholesale reductions!). However, if you are spending over £15 you will qualify for free postage so it does work out quite economically in the end.


Thursday, 16 October 2008

Blog Candy winner and Pink Magnolias

Apologies for not posting our winner up sooner but Thomas has been very unwell so we have spent the last couple of days ferrying him between doctors and the hospital.

Thank you for all the entries for our blog candy and huge thanks for the birthday wishes.

Our randomly picked blog winner was

Anita said...
Congrats Ladies. Your blog candy is so cute. I put a link on my blog.

Congrats Anita - please can you drop us your address and we will get your candy out to you ASAP.

Our gorgeous batch of Magnolia Pink Stamps have arrived this morning and are now up and on the website. Magnolia have donated 5 SKR (about 41p) from each sale to a Breast Cancer Charity.

I love Pink Tilda with Rose and the Pink Stitched Ribbon

You can view the full pink collection here

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Happy Birthday Princess!

For my card today I have used High Hopes "Sitting Princess" and "Rock wall". I stamped the wall then masked it to chalk the pale blue sky. The swirls and sentiment are from the Lizzie Anne Design Little bits set "Once upon a Time".

You still have until tomorrow to enter our blog candy! You can find the post here.


Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes "Sitting Princess" and "Rock wall" & Lizzie Anne Design Little bits set "Once upon a Time"
Ink: Memories
Papers: Basic Grey Euphoria and SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with Sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. SU Stampin' Pastels.
Embellishments: PM Adhesive Pearls, brads, butterfly button
Equipment: Wizard and Nestabilities

All products highlighted in blue can be ordered from the store. The links provided will take you directly to the products.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Just had to share!

I have been forced to stay up until midnight to open one birthday card and show you all how cute it is

So what do you think of this hot new talent?

This card was made for me by................

........... my husband!

Isn't it good for his first card?

Night night


Sunday, 12 October 2008

Woodland Santa

I had fun making this little scene using the new release stamp High Hopes "Woodland Santa". The image is coloured with my Prismacolor pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending.

Don't forget you still have until Wednesday 15th October to enter our yummy candy draw. You can find more details on here.

Have a great Sunday!


Thursday, 9 October 2008

Oh Baby!

Isn't this stamp just adorable? The cute character is "Baby Dragon" and is from the new High Hopes release. I have also used one of the footprints from the pair of "Dragon Prints". Image coloured with Prismacolor Pencils with Sansodor and papers stumps to blend. I also used Twinkling H2o's to give the colour more vibrancy.


Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Holly Winter Fairy

I have made a christmas card for my daughter Danni using this cute High Hopes "Holly Winter Fairy". Isn't she just gorgeous and there are two other gorgeous fairy stamps in the new collection too. She has tiny jingle bells on her shoes so I thought it would be fun to add a little bell to give the card some "Jingle".


Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes "Holly Winter Fairy" and "For My Princess" sentiment
Ink: Momento
Papers: Daisy Bucket Wrapped Wishes "Sugar Plum Dreams"
Technique: Copic Sketch Markers, Chalk, Sakura Stardust and Stickles
Embellishments: Ribbons, jingle bell, buttons & Adhesive Stones
Equipment: Wizard and Nestabilities

All products highlighted in blue can be purchased from the store. The links provided will take you directly to the products.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Our DT announcement and blog candy

We have had a brilliant couple of weeks looking through all our amazing DT Call entries and really stuggled to judge from such an amazing batch of ladies.

In the end we just couldn't decide and we decided to add another 2 members to our team so please say a huge congratulations to ....... Lim and Fran.

We were totally in awe of Lim's amazing Hanglar and Magnolia cake - totally fat free but utterly delicious.

Fran made us chuckle our socks off with her very interesting Tilda and Edwin card. We saw Tilda in a way we have never seen her before! If you want more details you'l have to go and nag Fran. (We have got the pink ribbon Magnolia stamps ordered and I know I'll be having flashbacks to Fran's card when they arrive!)

We thought we would have to celebrate with a bit of blog candy as we have so much to celebrate at the moment

  • We have 2 fab new additions to our Design Team - Fran and Lim

  • We are on our 100th blog post

  • It is Marlene's birthday on Friday 10th, Nikki's on Saturday 11th and mine on Monday 13th!

  • We have so much yummy stuff at the moment!

Our candy is made up of:

So if you want to be in with a chance of winning our candy then leave us a comment on this post. If you put a link to our candy on your own blog you will get an extra entry into the draw.

The winner at will be picked by the twins at 6pm GMT on Wednesday 15th October (my post birthday hangover should well and truly have gone by then) and the winner will be notified by the blog only.

Good luck


Snow Sweet Couple

For my card today I stamped my "Snow Sweet Snowlady" and then masked her so I could add "Dapper Dan Snowman". Don't they make a sweet couple! I've used more of the gorgeous Figgy Pudding Basic Grey papers.

It's really miserable weather here in the UK and has turned quite cold. It's raining lots and quite windy too :-(

Have a great Sunday!

Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Snow Sweet Snowlady and Dapper Dan Snowman
Ink: Memories
Papers: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Technique: Prismacolor Pencils, Sansodor and paper stumps to blend
Embellishments: Ribbon, dew drops, beads. mini bow and wooden sentiment

All products highlighted in blue can be purchased through the store. The links provided will take you directly to the products.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Craft Stamper Projects

Now that the new copy of Craft Stamper Magazine is available to buy I thought it was now safe to show you my work from the last issue. It was so exciting to have my work in print and even more exciting that I have been asked to do another future article. I won't go into the details of these projects but if you have any questions please do ask away. All these cute stamps are by High Hopes Rubber Stamps and were loving drawn by artist Crissy Armstrong.

Stamps used: Large Monkey Mike, Stretch, Timothy Tiger, Walkabout Wally, Camilla Gorilla, Frances Owl, Elmer Elephant and single banana. All these characters can be purchased in the Store.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I like Alota stamps a lot!

Our shipment of lovely Alota stamps have arrived after a nice long stay in customs so we thought we would give you a quick peak here first before getting them up and on the website

I am particularly in love with the little dress up bug set

We will be trying to get them all on in the next 24 hours so keep your eyes on the Alota stamps section

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

More characters from the High Hopes new release

You may want to click on the picture for a closer view.

I've been having lots of fun with my new High Hopes stamps. As you can see I have dressed up Albert for Halloween with his witches hat and broomstick. His hat was cut on my Cricut Expression. I've used a mixture of mediums for this card and have used my Prismacolor pencils on Albert and copic sketch pens on Frog Prince. These stamps are just so versatile and I have removed my Frog Princes crown for this spooky scene. I stamped Albert's hand again so I could pop his broomstick underneath to look like he is holding it. I love these K&Company papers and have added a little bat and pumpkin brad to complete the scene.

High Hopes "Frog Prince"

Bat - Lizzie Anne Designs - Part of the Little Bit "Spooked" set.

Karen Foster Halloween keepsake brad (part of a set)
See you Sunday with my High Hopes challenge 2 creation!


Card details:
Stamps: High hopes Albert and Frog Prince, Bat - part of the Lizzie Anne Little bits "Spooked" set and witches broomstick - part of the CC Designs Sugarplums Halloween set.
Ink: Memories & Momento
Papers: Bazzill and K&Company Halloween papers
Technique: "Albert" - Prismacolor Pencils, Sansodor and Paper Stumps. Frog Prince - Copic Sketch Markers & chalk
Embellishments: Karen Foster pumpkin keepsake brad, ribbons, fibre.
Equipment: Cricut Expression - Witches hat cut from the Paper dolls cartridge

All products highlighted in blue are available to buy in the store. The links provided will take you directly to the product.

High Hopes "Albert"
"Witches Broomstick" from CC Designs Sugarplums Halloween set