Wednesday, 15 October 2014


Hi Guys,

I'm pleased to announce that I'm on the Layout-A-Week Design Team in the USA.

Its a really inspirational blog bringing you weekly posts on scrapbooking layouts only, no cards, no albums just layouts and full of ideas and hints and tips.

AND here is my first ever post for them.....Drum roll please ........................

Marion xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


That's where I've been these past 5 days, Orlando, in fact..but no, there was no Mickey Mouse for me, it was all work work work, well, nearly ;)

I was at the Collins Education and Trade Show, teaching and well, educating the American retailers on the wonderful WOW ! Embossing Powder Brand.

After all the teaching, we do a mini trade show on the Sunday. Here's a few picci's of some of the fabulous manufacturers there.

Here's a little snippet of just a tiny bit of our stand, well, I had to put that first didn't I !!!

Canvas Corp were our neighbours and lovely they were too

The Elizabeth Craft Designs stand was so long, I should have done it on a panoramic, to here's Els lovely daughter ready to take orders.

Here's the fabulous Craft Dee Bows, this lady is just adorable :) :) although you can only see her arm :) . The guy in the background is the lovely Tim, said owner of the Collins Group Company.

Here's the lovely Lou and photo bomber Kevin from Do Crafts who debuted at the show

The Sizzix stand was fabulous as would be expected, they always do great displays.

Here's a brand new company with some cute little designs.

I'm gutted I didn't get the Bo Bunny ladies in the shot, they're such fun !!!

American Crafts also debuted at the show with their WRMK products. I would like it known I had to shove the guy from Echo Park out the way to get this shot and that's what I think he's laughing at !!!

It wouldn't be a show without Ranger and of course Sir Tim

Here's the lovely Dina Wakley ready to do her 'thang' !!!

Where was the fabbi Dyan (dylusions) well she'd popped out the room in her slippers, mainly because a fridge door fell off it's hinges and landed on her foot....ouch !!!!

And we'll end the show with another photo bomb this time from Impression Obsession.

There were soooo many more manufacturers there, but the doors were about to open and I had to take my position !!!

Here's the lovely Mandy Boddy a fellow Brit now living and working in the States. We had such a laugh with her and Betty that night, let's just say alcohol was involved ;)

This is Els and Joep from the fabbi Elizabeth Craft Designs, we don't call him Joep though to us he's Liam as in Neeson...take a quick look !!! Fabulous couple !!!

Here's Tim and Jenni with myself (just) and Richard (Mr Wow!) his name not mine :) :) none of this could happen without these guys, they're just amazing.

And...... Before we knew it, it was all over, apart from one last day to do paperwork and a teensy bit of shopping, Richard was a star and hired a car and seeked out a Michaels for me so I could get my grubby mits on the exclusive Heidi Swapp stash, looks like I was just in time as I got the last bits on the shelf...phew !!!! #iwasjustalittledesperate. It broke my heart to pay retail prices but hey I'm going to find a way of sharing it with my customers, who I know are also desperate !! After all if it wasn't for those guys I wouldn't be where I am today :) :) so it looks like classes a this space.


Marion xxx


















Saturday, 27 September 2014


My second post this month (just got in) LOL ... For the Jones Design Team is again using the lovely Graphic 45 T'was the Night Before Christmas collection.

This time I'm making little baubles, as taught to me years ago by the lovely Paula Brown.


They're so quick and simple to make, so get the kids involved and you can fill a tree in no time.

You can use any size circle punch, my fav is the 1.75" , so go ahead and punch out loads of circles

On a scoreboard score down the centre, do this on all the circles

Using DST adhere the halves together

Keep going all the way round, but before you finish pop a bit of Glossy down one of the joins and add some folded twine

Finish off by adding more circles

And hang with I just have to make a few more to add to my 'tree'

Happy bauble making


Marion xx



Tuesday, 16 September 2014


This is a little homage to the two wonderful ladies who have helped me no end, getting ready for the Handmade Fair.....i couldn't have done it without you guys ....Thank you Paula and Suzanne,

I started off with this gorgeous little Maya Road Calendar stand......but did I use it for a calendar ... NO... to me, it's a mini album, actually everything in my life is a mini album....I love them.

It's fab as it has such a sturdy acrylic base and thick chipboard pages, that it takes Heidi Swapp Colour Shine just perfect.

I know you can't see it clearly here, but the mica is just beautiful.

I've done every other page, using the fab PaperArtsy collage background technique, as shown to us by the wonderful Leandra. I could happily teach this technique forever as no two ever come out the same !!!

I may just do another class in out for the Sugar and Spice newsletter.




And yes, of course it will be on display at the show :) :)


Marion xxx


Monday, 15 September 2014


That was all I needed to justify playing with some yummy Heidi Swapp stash.

This is the front cover and here's a few sneaks inside ....

It was so gorgeous and simple to create with...I can't wait to play some more

Sorry none of it is on the website yet, BUT.... it will be at the Handmade Fair with us, we're on stand A71 in the East Tent and we'll be holding make and takes all day, using WOW Embossing Powder and PaperArtsy yummy products....

We're doing WOW in the morning and PaperArtsy in the afternoon....AND there's lots of brand new products - choose your colours, create your masterpiece and take it home and give it pride of place

See you there


Marion xxx


Friday, 12 September 2014


When you need a card in a hurry (like I always do) !!!!

May I suggest a couple of strips of the gorgeous Sew Lovely Range, cut a few stars, emboss a couple with the fabbi chevron folder, add a bit of twine a bit of bling and a sentiment...and TA DA !!!!



Marion xxx


Wednesday, 10 September 2014


One of my posts for the fabbi Jones Design Team this month is all about Christmas ....loves me a bit of crimbo :) :)

I decided to make a mini album, ready to put this years snap shots in and what better to use than the gorgeous Graphic 45 T'was the Night Before Christmas collection.

To start I just put together some sheets of corrugated card and cut them into 6" x 6" squares and one I cut at 4" x 6". Knowing that I wanted to tear some of the papers I painted around the edge of the corrugated card, after tearing a few corners from it.

Next it's all about, adding the papers, tearing and rolling as you go then adding chipboard elements along with Cardstock die cuts.

So go grab your corrugated card and Graphic 45 papers and......create :) :)


Marion xxx