Thursday, 24 September 2015


I can't believe it's been two weeks already since I left to come out to the states to teach, it's flown by.
I started off working the Collins Show in Orlando, teaching the retailers the benefits of WOW! Embossing Powder and working with some great retailers, here's a little snap of the make and take necklaces we did. We added foil for that little bit of opulence.
The show was great, it always is, we're constantly learning from it.
Once the show was finished, I had to get ready to travel up to the Carolina's to start my stour tour. 2 States, 4 Stores, 4 Days, 8 Classes, 107 fabulous women
The first day was an 8 hour car journey, I wasn't looking forward to this, I mean, who would ??? But it actually went quite quick.
First stop was Scrapbooks by the Sea in Myrtle Beach, fabulous store, fabulous ladies, did an impromptu demo on the same evening as getting there, then did set up ready for the next day of teaching.
Doing a little demoing

A little R and R on Myrtle Beach waiting for our dinner reservation.

Next day we drive to Columbia, South Carolina to The Stamping Place, again great store great ladies.

Judy was an embossing super hero.
Then it's on to Boiling Springs, North Carolina at Dorothy's Stamps and Scraps

Jeanette cracked me up all day, hilarious woman,
 and the above piece of furniture, well I don't know anyone who wouldn't want this in their craft room...given the space, it was at least 8 FT wide and 6ft high, full of printers trays...oh boy !!!

Last port of call was Betty's Scrapbooking in Greensboro North Carolina, 

 The lovely Nancy,

Got to meet this lovely lady, Buffy St. John fabbi artist, going to give her technique a try, I was so nervous as she took my class... Gulp !!! But she loved it :) :) 
I had such an amazing time with all these (and all those you can't see) peeps, they certainly know 
how to have fun, and I want to thank WOW! for giving me the opportunity to do it and the store owners for believing in me and of course the fabulous customers who took the classes and made it so memorable.
Ricky's out here with me now and we're having a little holiday, so far it's been FUN!!! 

Savannah is beautiful !!!
Let the fun continue.....
Marion xxxx

Tuesday, 8 September 2015


Having just returned (yesterday) from 4 days away in Portugal teaching at a fabulous event held by Patricia Villas-Boas (yes she is the sister of football manager Andre) but I don't think she plays football :) !!! I got to spend a little time with the lovely Michelle Johnson who works her magic for Stix 2 and she showed me some tricks with their glue gun... So what did I do ??? I made a necklace, of course !!!
It was so quick and simple, it looks gorgeous and it's now packed in my case... Tell you about that in a mo.
I have to say Patricia's hosting skills were amazing she took us to some fab restaurants, and fed us till we could eat no more, but I'm not complaining... Here's just a few snippets of the food sampled.

 What can I say...strawberry purée, ice cream and chocolate !!!

 Manoli and Michelle eyeing up each other's desserts

 The lovely Monica with Portugese cookies on our arrival !!
We did do some work whilst we were there... Honest !!!

The beautiful beach in Porto.
And now I'm back home and I've unpacked my suitcase only to pack it all up again, as I fly out to Orlando tomorrow to teach at the Collings a Event then on to North and South Carolina to teach at some fab stores there.
So I'll keep you updated with my food endeavours ... Obviously .... I actually get requests to post foodie pics...I'm sure it's so you can enjoy it and I'll take all the calories LOL.
Marion xxx

Friday, 28 August 2015


The WOW way.... So we all know scribble flowers have been popular for a while now, thanks to the likes of MFT and other great Companies. 
Now, I didn't have any of the stamps or dies, so I decided to make my own..... 
So, without further ado, here's a little video I did for WOW Embossing Powders showing you how easy it is.
Marion xxx

Friday, 21 August 2015

Friday, 7 August 2015


Yesterday I was playing  ahem....working with some of the NEW WOW stamps coming out in September. So I thought I'd share this really quick and easy project with you.
Here's what you'll need:-
Three of you're favourite WOW Embossing Glitters (I used Daytona Sands, Long Island Teal and Florida Sunset) I love these colours together !!!
3 vellum butterflies I used the Martha Stewart large butterfly punch and embossed them with WOW Coconut Ice Embossing Glitter.
Maya's NEW stamp set..but you can't get your hands on it till September Mwhahahahahaha !!!!
Versamark Ink Pad
Piece of Cut N Dry foam
Versafine Onyx Blaxk Ink Pad
Acrylic Block
Card Blank
Glossy Accents

Here's' what you'll do:-
Pick up some Versamark ink on your Cut N Dry and rub on to card, start in centre, sprinkle on one of the WOW colours, heat set, repeat on either side with with other colours, heat set.
Cover vellum butterflies in Versamark Ink and sprinkle on WOW Coconut Ice, heat set.
Choose words to use and stamp in Versafine Ink underneath colour blocks.
Adhere butterflies to colour blocks and randomly adhere sequins on.
See........Simple !!!!
Have a lovely weekend everyone :) :) 
Marion xxx

Saturday, 1 August 2015


I'd love to say I'm all organised and cooking on gas....but I hang my head in shame...I'm so not organised.
I've been sooooo busy since I closed the shop, don't get me wrong I'm not moaning, and I can honestly say it was the BEST thing I ever did. I'm so incredibly happy and relaxed and I LOVE my commute to work...LOL !!!
It's my little piece of heaven, I'll take some internal photos soon. One of the nicest things is I get to spend time with my lovely Tyson (my chocolate Labrador) admittedly he just sleeps nearly all day, but I'm there with him, he's getting on a bit, like us all.
Everyday I seem to be up to my eyes in it, designing, teaching, creating, working, cleaning (love me a bit of cleaning) I even managed to take mum to lunch a couple of times...not enough I know !!
Then yesterday I actually had a bit of free time, I'd done a video for WOW Embossing Powders the day before and thought 'hey, I'm going to do one for me' and YOU.... And this is the result, it was completely off cuff and may have gone horribly wrong but it worked !! Woo hoo !!
Now all I have to do is get sorted for teaching in Portugal then on to the States, Florida and North and South Carolina (just a tad excited) in September then it's our Retreat in October and thanks to the Paula Poston we're rocking that !!!
I will be back I promise 
Marion xxx

Monday, 15 June 2015


Well, it's the LAST week of trading from our Barleylands shop, after 12 years we're closing our lovely wooden doors.....but new ones are opening...more deets will follow in time, nudge, nudge, wink, wink !!!
If you can join us on Sunday 21st June we're having a leaving party...Prosecco and cupcakes all round...and a few sausage rolls to make my mum happy !!! We'll be there from 10am - 4pm, but don't worry you can still get our gorgeous goodies from HERE Including the brand NEW WOW! Embossing Powder colours, stamps and moulds...they're's a little sneak of the Flights of Fancy Stamps and a couple of the colours...SWOOOOOON !!!!
I'm so aware that working from home will be sooooooo different, and I know I'm going to have to be so on a postcard please. But I'm working on it.
My first thing is to get the website upto date with many have been coming in the shop and grabbing their last bits, so I NEED to get organised there and ADD loads more...toot toot !!
Then, after talking to some of my lovely customers (you know who you are) I've decided to do a challenge blog once a month, more deets will follow, but it will show me what you love doing, after all, you're all just looking at my creations, this will be my turn to see yours and get others looking at your work too.
Some of you know that my new studio is a shade of teal and white (why wouldn't it be ?) LOL.... So imagine my surprise when I got home the other day to a parcel from California and in it was the MOST gorgeous glass bowl AND some Reece's Peanut Butter Cups (my whole reason for wanting to live in America) from the lovely Jen Deal, we spent time together in Boston and the hotel had a lovely bowl that I got a bit infatuated with, she remembered and sent me a very similar one to go in my new sweet, so kind, so thoughtful !!! Thank you (again) Jen.
Lots of you know I'm very active on Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and (when I remember) Pinterest LOL.. So you may want to subscribe to those to Catch all the goings on, but if you're not into those then there's the good ole fashioned newsletter. You can sign up to ours from the website and NEVER miss a thing !!!
I'm going to leave you now with a photo of these lovely ladies from the Sunday Project Life Class (we had a few missing, but they had good excuses, all except Helen) LOL !!!! This was our very LAST class at Barleylands and a memorable one it was to !!!
So I'm off do lots of preparing for the last week and hopefully see you Sunday !!!!
Marion xxx