Flower Fairy

Just a quick post today ... as i showed you some cards using a few of the Diane Duda boy images I thought it only fair to share a girls card today :)

How gorgeous is this card made by Rowena? Soooo bright and cheery - I love it - and check out those papers. Makes me wanna smile just looking at it so i haaaad to share!!

If you like the look of the new Diane Duda fairy images, you can grab yourself some here. This particular cutie is called Flower Fairy.

Oooooh talking about the Diane Duda images - have you seen the stamp promotion Funky Kits is running? They have 2 sets of Dianes stamps, each with 4 designs for a whopping 30% off at under £15 for the 4 stamps!! Woohoooo ....... what you waiting for .... go grab em while you can!!

Diane Duda Digi Inspiration

Well it didn't take long for the design team to start crafting up a storm with the new digi images!! I can't say i blame them either - Dianes work is sooo different to anything out there, and she has provided us with lots of fabulous boy images this time around. You can NEVER have enough boy images - its soo nice to see some more illustrations for the boys!

Both Janiel and Donalda have made a card using the fabulous Puppy Dog Tails image. I really love this one in particular - it has a from, worm, backwards cap, lil puppy and a bandaged knee - could this image be any more BOY!! Such a typical boy - perfect!!!

I am loving the blue tones Donadla has used on her card. She has used a nice simple, fuss free layout - perfect for the boys!!

Janiels card is just as fabulous!! I love the way she has distressed around the image in the blue - gorgeous sweetie!!

Sarah has used To the Moon. Now i just LOVE this image. It reminds me sooo much of Ryan - my little monkey. Im not sure if any of you have heard of it, but when he was littler I used to love reading him the book "Guess how much I love you", its such a sweet book to read at bedtime, and of course its always looovely when your little one tells you ..... " I love you to the mooooon and back!! " - Ok ... so the book is actually about little nutbrown hare - nothing to do with rockets at all but the name of the stamp reminded me :p How fabulous is this curcular easel card too - sooo gorgeous!!!

Thank you for the inspiration girlies :) and dont forget .. if you are tempted and go and grab some of the digi stamps, why not join in with the sketch challenge at the Sugar Bowl? Just click the challenges tab at the top of the blog and it will take you straight there.

Its time for another challenge at the Sugar Bowl!!

Fancy a challenge? Not just any challenge - a yummy scrummy sketch challenge with some pick 'n' mix as a prize? - ok not the edible kind of pick 'n' mix - even better ... the fat free rubber kind!!!! - Yup you can choose 6 your favourite rubbery stamps as a prize - woohooo!!

Wanna peek at the fabby sketch - its a goodie i promise :)

Kathy30 - Shabby Chic

As always, and just to be a little bit different to the other sketch challenges around, there is a 'please include' which this time around is 'Shabby Chic' - simples!! A little reminder for you too - if you wanna win the rubber - and lets face it who wouldnt right? - you gotta use a Sugar Nellie image. It couldnt be any easier now we have the digi images either - have you been to see the new Diane Duda ones yet over at Funky Kits? - Why not treat yourself to one to use with the gorgeous sketch!! You have untill midnight on Wednesday 10th March to enter - plenty of time to get creative!Wanna quick peek at one of the DT cards? - you do? Check out this gorjuss creation by Judy!!


Want more sweet inspiration? Head on over to the challenge blog!! You can either click here, or use the challenges tab at the top of the blog - your never more than a click away from a challenge here on the Sugar Nellie blog x x

Diane's Digi Stamps

These are just too sweet, Diane has done a wonderful job and designed two sets of illustrations for us here at Sugar Nellie which are going digital.
First is FIVE Fairies, super cute and whimsical just shouting out for a little glitter and blooms.
Second comes FIVE Boys , with the theme of Boys Will be Boys, oh yes Mums of boys know just what I am talking about, bugs and beasts along with bucket loads of cheek.
See all 10 over at www.funkykits.co.uk
*****To celebrate hitting 1000 followers we have got together with Mark at Funkykits and have a special Diane Duda Promotion for you :)*****
Funkykits are running a little stamp promotion for those of you who love to use rubber and inks. Diane's whimsical style has warmed my heart and are just so cute and easy to colour, a real treat for those of you with a sweet tooth, jump over and see what a sweet deal we have put together for you, you know how you love a bargain. Watch out over this weekend to see what our fabulous DT have done with these new images, I am sure they will create wonderful things as always.
ATTENTIONS MUMS: Followers of Diane's blog will know that her own boys are a little older and in a band that is part of competition for a recording contract, vote for FLYGHT CREW here www.gorillamusic.com/25000-record-deal-contest-voting and help dreams come true.

Sugar Nellie Spotlight

Well, its Tuesday again - how quickly is time deciding to fly by!! Sooooo, you know what that means dont you - its time to let somebody shine in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight again - yippeeee!!

I wont drag it out this week I promise :p, today in the spotlight we have the lovely Helene aka Mummylade!!!!!

Before I share some of her gorgeous projects with you here, i will of course give you some info to feed your nosiness!!! Sooooo, this is what Helene has to say about herself ...

"I'm a mother of two and I work as a secondary school teacher. To time out from all theory at work I enjoy creating with my hands. I started crafting about two years ago and I think I have found my style just lately =).
Vintage and shabby chic is what is closest to my heart and I love folding boxes and altering stuff.

I cannot be without distress inks and I'm totally addicted to paper roses.
The first person to notice my work and take me under her wings were Susie Sugar - bless that wonderful woman - and today I design for Die Cut Dreams, Stampin' for the Weekend and Allsorts challenge. I still find that absolutely overwhelming.

There are so many fantastic crafters in the world and I'm so glad I started blogging cause I have learned so much and their comments bring such joy and I am proud to be a part of this community.

Hugs from Mummylade"

Now on to the projects!! I say projects and not cards because browsing Helenes blog i couldnt help but notice all of the gorgeous 3d work and gifts that she creates, so i decided i would share a selection of craft with you today instead of just cards - showing you just how versatile the Sugar Nellie stamps can be!!

Firstly i wanted to share this gorgeous little book mark. I love how Helene has masked the bottom of the image leaving a nice soft line printing only the top of the Elizabeth Bell cutie - and what better image to use on a bookmark than this!! I love the soft colours Helene has used when colouring, check out the way the white embossed image stands out too - love it sweetie!!

This next project uses one of my favourite Sugar Nellie stamps - the lovey Daisy. Here Helene has added her to a stunning pillow box. What a gorgeous little gift box - i know anyone would be pleased to receive this little baby - i love how the ribbon is slotted through the sides of the image, its sooo soft and girly!

The last project that i want to share with you is this stunning bottle topper. What a fabulous idea!!! How gorgeous would this be hooked over the neck of a loooovely bottle of bubbly - such a simple way to make a fantastic gift, and how beautifully has that image been coloured!

Now ... I couldn't do a Sugar Nellie spotlight without sharing cards could I!!!! I love the way that Helene has used die cut letters to add her sentiment, and the colour combination - chocolate with the rose pink is sooooo pretty!! Check out the flower embellishment in the corner too - a punched flower with a bloom and a paper rose - stunning!! Such a beautiful soft card Helene!!

I hope you like the creations i have chosen to share with you today!! Helene has a blog FULL of yummy creations so please do go and visit her if you get the chance. Thank you for letting me show you in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight Helene, it was a pleasure browsing through your blog looking for samples to share.

Blog Hop Winners :)

Ok ... i know you wanna know if you won - i know i would be desperate .... and i have left you waiting all day too!!! I wanted to wait untill i had all the winners from the DT blogs, but have decided i can leave you waiting no longer so will post the winners i have with the others to follow :)

The winner of the candy on the Sugar Nellie blog, Diane Duda - Believe, is .....
Angela - http://sparklycards.blogspot.com/

The winner of Caroles candy, Gorjuss Girl - Bumble Bee, is .....
Cazza B - http://carolinebrown1234.blogspot.com/

The winner of Denas candy, Elizabeth Bell - Summer Ice-cream, is .....
Lainy - http://lainyslittleblog.blogspot.com/

The winner of Donaldas candy, Peeking Luca and Nellie, is ....
Kat - http://lilackat.blogspot.com/

The winner of Janiels candy, Elizabeth Bell - Sweet and Sassy, is .......
Pam S - http://expressionswithheart.wordpress.com/

The winner of Judys candy, Home Grown - Little Artist, is .....

The winner of Marlenes candy, Elizabeth Bell - Reflective, is .....
Alison W

The winner of Rowenas candy, Mary Hall - Boys up a tree, is .....
Jacky - http://paddingtonfan.blogspot.com/

The winner of Sarahs candy,Elizabeth Bell - Daisy, is .....
Rayleine - http://renescreative-corner.blogspot.com/

The winner of Tiets candy, Elizabeth Bell - Penpal, is .....
Coby - http://freubelss.blogspot.com/

and finally ....

The winner of Vickys candy, Chef Hamish, is .....
Deb - http://countrylovincardmaker.blogspot.com/

Congratulations all of you!! I want to thank the design team for doing us proud with all their stunning creations and i also want to say a huuuuuuuge thank you to YOU!! It wouldn't be much of a blog hop if nobody was hopping now would it!!

The blog hop has been a huuuge success and I look forward to organising another one in the future!!

I know the winners may have emailed the design team members with their address already, but just to be on the safe side - can all you loooovely ladies please email me too .. pretty please - just to make sure that i get them ok, then i shall make sure the sweet candy is sent to you all :)

You can email me at ... zoe@craigandzoe.co.uk

Thank you everyone and i hope you come back tomorrow to see who is in the sugar nellie spotlight .... i have some stunning creations to share!

Sugar Nellie Blog Hop

Wooohoooo, its finally the weekend - time for the Sugar Nellie Blog Hop - yippppeeeeeee!!

The blog has been full with scrummy inspiration with all the new stamps lately we thought it was about time the sugar sweeties, dusted off the golden oldies and inked them up, what better way to share their creations with you than with a blog hop :)

Every member of the design team is joining along today so we have lots of inspiration for you, and lots of stops on the blog hop means lots of candy!! Karen has very kindly given each of the design team members the stamp they have used on their cards as candy!!!

In order to complete the blog hop you will need to follow the blogs in the order below:

Start on Sugar Nellie blog then ..
Finishing right back here on the Sugar Nellie blog.

Sooooo, lets get this hop started!!! Now it wouldnt be much of a blog hop without some gooooorgeous inspiration would it? To get things going Janiel has kindly made two cards, one for when you hop along to her, and one to share here :)

This card features the fabulous Diane Duda image Believe and you can grab it here at Funky Kits.

Dont forget to pop back here at the end of the blog hop to add your comment so we know you have finished, and more importantly to be entered to win the above stamp featured on my card I am sharing.

What are you waiting for ..... grab a cuppa and enjoy yourself whilst you hop your way through the inspiration - remembering of course to leave your comments as you go along to be in with a chance of winning all the candy :)

The blog hop will run for the whole weekend and the winners of all the candy giveaways will be posted right here on the Sugar Nellie blog on Monday.

Well ... what are you waiting for? Its time to hop along to Carole to continue the fun :)

What you doing this weekend .. wanna hop with us?

Wanna come have some fun with the Sugar Nellie Sweeties? We thought it was about time we dusted off and inked up some of our old favourite stamps and decided there was no better way to encourage you to do the same than a blog hop!!

The whole design team are joining the fun so expect to see looooots of sweet sweet inspiration!! Whats a blog hop without candy right? Well .. as a special treat to all you lovely followers now we have reached 1000 we have a candy giveaway on each stop!! - Yup - loooooots of candy to be had on the sugar nellie blog hop. Each design team member will be giving away the stamp they used on their card - well not the stamp they used - you will get a brand spankin new one but it will be the same image!

Wanna come join the fun? The blog hop will start at 1pm GMT on Saturday 20th February right here on the Sugar Nellie blog and you will have until midnight GMT on Sunday to get your comments in to stand a chance of winning some sweet prizes. The winners will then be announced here on Monday!

See you saturday :) x x x x

Wanna peek at the new gallery?

Want to see what i have been busy doing for sooo long? Click the gallery button on the tab bar at the top of the blog!!

Isn't it preeeeeeety and it matches the blog beautifully :)

Just have to upload all the design team members cards now!! There are sooo many gorgeous creations that i have to share with you all!!!
Zoe x x

Sugar Nellie Spotlight

Ok, so another Tuesday means we see another person in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight!!! Today we have another super talented crafter getting her chance to shine on our blog. So i would looooove to introduce you all to .......... Maria!!

As always, to feed the little nosy part of us all i asked for a little bit of information from Maria and here is what she has to say for herself.

"Hello, my name is Maria Therese and I live in Norway with my two sweet daughters (4.5 years and 9 months) and my husband.Most of my blog friends call me Tessa.
I started scrapbooking in 2005, after my first daughter was born and these last few years I've become more and more addicted to stamping and card making. Through the last year I've also fallen in love with Promarkers and as a result more cards are being made.
I almost never make a card without inking the edge on the paper with my favourite Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan, I also love to use my edge distresser. And, lately I rediscovered my sewing machine too.
My Bigest Sugar Nellie addiction is the Gorjuss girls. Even got a mouse pad with them.
Hugs from Maria Therese"

Ok, so here are the cards, I KNOW that you want to see!!

Firstly, i have this cute tag card to share with you, i love the soft muted tones that have been used here - a theme common on Marias cards, she seems to be able to do the vintage style perfectly!!! I love the sentiment that has been teamed up with the image, what a fabulous friendship card!!

This next card features one of the fabulous Leanne Ellis arty stamps, i love the brighter colours on this card, finished perfectly with those distressed edges. What a fabulous flower too which has been matched beautifully with that gorgeous colouring.

Another soft and stunning creation here, this time using one of the Gorjuss girls. Now when Maria says that she has an addiction to these Gorjuss girls, she is telling the truth i can promise!! Her blog is just full of stunning Gorjuss creations making it really hard to choose one to share with you. As soon as I came across this one though, i knew i wanted you all to see it. I love the text paper mixed in with the other designs, complimented with the soft and subtle colouring on the image. Its looooovely!!

The last card i want to share with you today features one of the Diane Duda images. I LOVE the simplicity of this one, with the various shades of white distressed to allow them to stand alone. Soooo gorgeous, and really hard to do I have tried myself and have NEVER managed to achieve anything that looks like this!!! I love it!!! The plain soft background really draws attention to the beautiful image - which again has been coloured perfectly!!

I would like to thank Maria now for allowing me to share her work with all of you on the Sugar Nellie blog. I just LOVE seeing how all the customers use the images in different ways. It has been an absolute pleasure sharing your work here on the blog sweetie. If you love what you see - and lets face it, you know you do ;), please go and take a peep at Marias blog. It is full with TONS of stunning cards. You can go visit her here.

If you would like to be in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight in the future, can you please make sure that i can find you email address somewhere, ither on your blog or on your profile. I have been looking at soo many fabulous blogs of our followers but have no way of contacting you so can't put you up!!! Thanks sweeties :)

Zoe x x

Challenge 29 – Tiets Sketch

Girls its a super prize over on our challenge blog.

We have added sweet Sugar Nellie stamps to the best of Basic Grey to wrap up a prize with the value of £50.

Skip over to the SUGAR BOWL challenge blog for T & C, you have to be in it to win it :)
See how the Sugar Bowl DT have made their cards with this sketch, amazing work girls thank you all.
We are delighted to see the followers hit the big 1000 so we have a nice sweet deal for you coming up next week, just putting it all together with Mark over on Funkykits, keep an eye out for it soon.

Letraset Promarkers

We are delighted to show you the new packaging from Letraset, here is a peek of the new box sets which will be appearing in your local craft shop soon. The lovely and very loyal Debbi has done work for Letraset on other packaging project and again this time she chose to "fly the flag" for our little UK based stamp company. We really appreciate "industry professionals" ( that's the term used at the American trade shows) and crafters who choose our stamps when putting a magazine feature together. Debbi, a big thank you, we are sending out some new rubber to you very soon as a token of our appreciation.

Visit http://www.promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com/ and visit Debbi and the promarker DT.


Which is your favourite Manga image?

Ok, firstly - sorry that i am only getting around to posting again now, we have had internet problems :( - fingers crossed they are all sorted now though - enough of my waffle though ... i bet you wanna see some sweeeet inspiration!!

Now the Design Team have all had their manga stamps for a wee bit I have noticed that they seem to have 2 definate favourites between them, sitting pretty and coffee time - Im not sure if they are aware, but they pretty much ALL seem to have used these cuties first!! I thought it would be fun to see what your favourites are, it would be lovely if you can leave us a comment saying!! So for something a little different today, i thought i would show you three cards using the same image, just to show how completely different you can make the same stamp look - fab idea right? lol.

This first card was designed by the luuuurvly Sarah, i just love the navy against the creamy/gold colour - very elegant!!!

Now you cant get much sweeter than this little beauty made by the fabby Janiel. Soft, pastel and gorgeous hun!! Sooo perfect for a valentines card - who says that you need love themed stamps to make a valentines card - how versatile is this image!!

Now check this gooorge creation out!! Another valentine creation from Rowena and hasn't she done a fabulous job!! So bright and cheery - LOVING the pink hair - you can get away with bright hair sooo easily on a manga image - its like she was booooooorn to have wild pink hair - fabulous!

I told you they are all COMPLETELY different right? If you fancy making a card with this beauty of an image, you can go and grab Sitting Pretty here at funky kits!!

I will be back tomorrow to let you all know who is in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight - yippeee!! You wont wanna miss it!!

Candy Candy everywhere!!

Ok, so i wont hold you in suspense any longer .... you all wanna know who won the candy dont ya!!! I did the whole random number thingy, and I did a print screen to capture an image of the result .. just to show you no cheating was going on, soooo that makes the winner of Coffee Time ...

Leann!!! Congratulations sweetie!! I just know your gonna loooooooove playing with this one and I cant wait to see what you can come up with!!! If you send me a lil email with your address etc to .. zoe@craigandzoe.co.uk and i will arrange for the stamp to be sent out to ya chick.

Didn't win this time around? Want another shot? Well, I have shown you 5 out of the 6 new stamps on the blog so far, so i think it is only right that the last one i share today is given away as more candy :)

Here she is loooking stunning on a card by Donalda. Fab image right and with such a sweet name - April Showers. Well if you are super impatient and can't wait a week for the draw to end because you neeeeeeeeed her nooooooooow!! You can go grab her here

If you are feeling lucky and wanna snip at winning this beauty enter your details into mr linky below and i will pick another winner next Friday, announcing the winner alongside .... another candy?

Bloom and Grow

Today, as well as showing you the new Manga image Bloom and Grow, i have a card that the fabulous Rowena has made using it!! Always nice to see the images made up into cards isn't it!!

I looove the new Manga images, they are sooo sweet, and just a dream to colour!! Im sure you will all agree!!!

Bloom and Grow can be found over at Funky Kits here, and below is the stunning card i was telling you all about!! - I am loving the bright colours on this beauty - perfect to cheer up a gloomy day.
Dont forget that you have until midnight tomorrow to enter the candy to win the gorgeous Coffee Time stamp, you will NOT want to miss Fridays post, you might have won her ( dont worry if you didnt, there may well be another cutie up for grabs - hint hint :p )

Sugar Nellie Spotlight

Can you believe it is that time of the week again? Tuesday means its time to let someone shine in the Sugar Nellie Spotlight!! How quickly can one week go!!!! I have yet another super sweet crafter to shine today the looovely Ria. Naturally i asked Ria for some info - for all us nosy crafters :p so here is what she has to say for herself :

Hi, My name is Ria van Son and I am living in a small town in The Netherlands.
I am proberbly known by most of my blogging buddies as the Challengeaholic. And I don't mind that name one bit hahahaha it is the truth I loveee challenge and try to play them almost everyday.

I started to create cards again in 2007, i didn’t make any cards for 18 years! In those 18 years I was busy sculpting fantasy figures as Dragons, Witches, Wizards, fairys and so much more, and making jewelry from Polymer clay. But my carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands made an end of my Polymer clay career. And I renewed my love with papers and stamps and Am not regretting leaving my polymerclay career for one moment! I am colouring with my precious Copics since June 2009 and think they are the best thing that is ever invented ;)

So now you all know a little bit of me and if you want to see what I do please visit my blog www.dragonmagic.nl/blog

Now, on to the part of Sugar Nellie Spotlight I am sure you have all been waiting for , some of Ria's fabulous cards!!!!! I know i say this every week, but it really is sooooooo hard selecting cards to share with you all as I always find TONS of stunning creations. I like to mix a bit of old with some new, to share a real variety with you :)

This first card i have to share with you features the fabulous Pen Pals stamp. I love the softness that Ria has achieved with this card, the pastel blues mixed in with the materials from the flowers and ribbon, finished beautifully with the charm and gems - soooo pretty I am sure you will all agree!!

Next I have the beutiful Fairy Maggie to share with you all. Its always sooo lovely to share designs with some of the older stamps. Isn't it stunning and soooo girly!!! If this card doesnt make you all want to raid your old stash i don't know what will!!

Now, would a Sugar Nellie Spotlight post be complete without a bit of Gorjuss? I think not!! There were soooo many Gorjuss cards on Ria's blog - i think she ( like us all!!! ) has a bit of a Gorjuss fetish!! hehe!!! I chose this one to share because i just loooove the pink against the green with the little brown accents - and check out that stunning bloom in the corner complete with pin and ribbon detail - truely Gorjuss Ria!!!

Now, with all the previews for the new Manga images, i just had to share this card with you as soon as i saw it whilst browsing Ria's blog!! I LOVE the monochrome look!! I can never quite manage to do it myself but clearly you can Ria, this is a stunner and sooo striking!!!

I hope you have enjoyed todays Spotlight post, please do go and visit Ria's blog - she really does have a STUNNING selection of cards on there!! DOnt forget to check back next week to see if its YOU!!!!

Lastly - don't forget our candy draw!! You can win Coffee Time here!!