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

Thursday, 11 June 2015


Scrap !!!
Here's a layout I taught to my lovely Year Course ladies last Saturday.
It's so simple and best of all it uses up your scraps, we adding some gorgeous new WOW! Embossing  Powder colours along with one of their new background stamps, designed by lil ole me :) :) added a bit of stitching and there you have it.
Simple but effective.
Marion xxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


The last two weeks have been busy, busy, busy !!!
Two weekends away teaching for two fab companies plus teaching in the shop...this girl's getting old !!!!
The first weekend was a Retailer Training Day for Jones Craft, they all made a fabbi canvas using  gorgeous KaiserCraft stash, with a dash of PaperArtsy and WOW embossing Powder, 1 day, 2 classes, 36 people !!!

The next weekend saw me away again, after teaching some of my lovely ladies in the shop, this time another Retailer Training Day for WOW Embossing Powders, 1 day, 2 classes, 26 people !!
I knew my old bones would suffer so I did a bit of limbering up in readiness.

They created a great tag-nique book all ready to pop in their stores along with a scrummy little canvas. Then I teased some of them with a new mould ...hopefully coming soon !!!
We launched 5 new colours, 4 new stamps and 2 new moulds, to say they were spoilt was an understatement !!! Both companies were so generous !!

Right I must dash as I'm teaching this morning...I love it, don't you know LOL !!!
Marion xxx

Friday, 5 June 2015


Apologies for being away for so long from the instagrammers, facebook friends and tweety peeps didn't get off so lightly. !!!
As most of you should know by now, having announced it back in January ....The shop is closing, after 12 wonderful years I'm shutting the doors on 21st June 2015. It's been an amazing journey and I'm pleased to say my journey will continue, I'm still going to be active in this wonderful industry, AND I'll be blogging so much more, including video tutorials (see, I listen to you) the website Sugar and Spice Crafts will be overflowing with yummy stash and I'll be out and about teaching classes, so you're not getting rid of me that easy :)
So, without further ado I'd like to invite you to come along to the shop at Barleylands on 21st and share in some nibbles and Prosseco and say goodbye to Barbie and me. No tears. Just laughter, and I'd like you to fill out a tag and place on our memory tree.
So it's not farewell ... it's see you on-line.
Hope you can make it.
In the meantime I thought I'd tease you with just one of the new WOW colours coming sooooon...and a new mould that I'm desperate for them to say yes to. I'm teaching for them this weekend in Coventry, so I'll work on it ;) ;) bear with ....
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Marion xxx

Friday, 17 April 2015


Those of you who saw my Facebook post the other day knows that we've just got these gorgeous Stencils in.....and I just had to have a play....
So come on this quick little journey with me and create !!!
Here's what you'll need :-

Heidi Swapp Color Shine I used Teal...Of course !!!
White Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Glue Pen
Foam Pads

Here's What You Do :-

Cut card stock to size to suit your folded card. Making sure black card Stock is slightly larger than white card stock

Place Template over white card stock and spritz with Color Shine
Remove template.
Cut hearts from white cardstock, layer them up and glitter the smaller ones on top with glamour dust, then adhere together.
Mount on card with foam pads, then mount all the layers of card together.... AND...... Give yourself a pat on the back....You did it !!!!!

Designed by Marion Emberson for YOU
Marion xxx

Friday, 10 April 2015


well.....technically we're not in Boston, but actually a place called Wesborough, which is near Natick which has a wonderful shopping mall AND Cheesecake Factory.
I don't want anyone being jealous and thinking 'oh she's soooo lucky' as I would just like to remind you it's near freezing, there's snow on the ground and rain in the clouds :) :)
The first class was taught to all the lovely reps yesterday, which meant we had to wait to have the room prepared...well, we couldn't wait around for them to do it so Richard took things into his own hands and tried to do his 'let's clear this table in one fell swoop'
It didn't work !!!!! LOL... This is the lovely Katie one of the Collins' girls making a quick exit....
So the class was taught and then we had to go to the airport and pick up the lovely Jen, who's joining us for the weekend. Richard was cold and needed a jumper so it was him who actually suggested the mall...YAY !!!! And what a beautiful mall, I got Rick a fabulous bargain in the way of Greg Norman, so he'll be happy and I picked myself up a few bits in that shop and then I found a Pandora so added two new additions to my Troll bracelet...sorry forgot a photo..
This is one of my favourite all time stores.....
If any of you have ever been there you'll know what I mean...
Then it was on to Brookstones...oh boy as a techno lover I just love this place, this time I got lured in to the massage chair and got a full body massage....seriously, it was amazing and all for just $9000.00 yep, nine thousand, if only I could get it on the plane !!! Everything was good in the land of massage until I got tapped on the shoulder by the lad to say they were now closed..whoops !!! 

Here's a quick pic from above of a rather LARGE sushi place in the middle of the mall.
If you like sushi !!!!!
We went on to eat at a place called Uno, never been to one before, it's italian and actually really nice !! 
I had mashed potato with broccoli and the best tasting herb and garlic rubbed chicken...oh boy it was yum.
So, until the next instalment you carry on enjoying all that lovely sunshine I'm hearing about
Marion xx

Thursday, 2 April 2015


2 NEW classes just Mixed Media ? You'll love these....

2 quick reminders....
1. We are closed Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
2. We are still open and probably will be for another month or so...BUT, if you haven't filled up your loyalty card by the time we close, keep hold of it as I'm TRYING to find a way of putting in place a loyalty scheme on line and I will TRY and find a way of working the old one in with the new.... That's the fairest I can be and I hope you'll agree :) :) although if I can't come up with a solution, DON'T throw stones at me, after all it is a free service !!! If I can't find a way of working it, a new on line scheme will come into play and the shop loyalty cards will become NULL and VOID !! I am at the mercy of my web provider to implement this.
In the meantime we have a rather large order coming in soon, I can still add to it so if anyone has special requests all we require is a small deposit to secure your order. Just let me know, on top of that LOADS of FABULOUS bargains have been added to the SALE cart.
Have a fabulous Easter everyone and let's hope the sun comes out to play
Marion xxx