Hello Sugar Addicts, how are all you festive plans coming along. It's almost the most tinsely time of the year and I see that already the decorations are reduced in the shops, is your tree up? I have a little shift around in the house to do before I put up the tree etc, it will at least give me some room in the spare bedroom come junk room, that's where my craft stash is and it really needs a good tidy up.

With the family not more adult than child, more teen than toddler, it's sad to say I don't have any toys to buy for Christmas. James is 12 and wants to start his own flock of sheep, (ideas on how to wrap those up please) and Megan has never been a girly girl, no dolly's or pink please, all she want is a pet ! So that's two sheep to wrap LOL

I have a lot of wrapping paper to do but it will not be anything for under my tree :) I have a lot of thank you gifts to send and its difficult to by craft supplies for those who have everything. I do like hand made gift but I need pretty things now and time is always against me. I think a trip to ETSY is the answer.

I will be wrapping a few things for you too, as my thank you for the support you always give me and the encouragement to keep finding you new trends in stamping. We will have to operate a lucky dip draw because there are so many of you. I don't suppose you want a sheep too? LOL I might get a good deal from the farmer if I buy in bulk.

As the end of a year approaches, changes are a  happening. We will say goodbye to Maya and Erika from the SN & SS DT. These girls have worked hard to bring fresh ideas and beautiful cards to our table,  they have been amazing and will be missed.

But what will the new year bring, to early to tell, for us as a family it is a huge year, our baby girl gets married and there are lots of things to go along side that move that I will tell you about later.
The HOS, we will continue to bring you adorably cute stamps, both in rubber and digital. We are looking at other lines too, so nothing sits still around her. The last craft class of the year is held tonight by Kate. We have a few magazine articles to complete before we can sit back with the mulled wine and mince pies................*sings* it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

take care and stay safe


Guardian Angel

Hello everyone! I hope those of you in the US who celebrated Thanksgiving had a great weekend. After being with family and stuffing my face with great food, I got sick yesterday... boo! I know exactly who the germs came from too, lol. But it was worth it. This Thanksgiving our family had some extra guardian angels, my husband Patrick's grandparents both passed away this fall. I wanted to share with you the card I made his mom, to hopefully be a comfort, which is what our hobby is about, right?

I used the sweet image Guardian Angel (it's on sale at Funky Kits!!) and paper pieced her dress to match the CTMH papers. I attempted to color the image in with Prismacolor pencils although I can never seem to get the shading very well for some reason. I'm sure it's entirely user error, lol!

Whenever I paper piece something, I always go back and add some shading with the gray Copic markers. It just looks more natural to me that way, and the image really seems to pop to me!

Well I think I'll mosey on back to bed... Thanks for stopping by, and stay healthy!

x Jenn

KISS ME QUICK...........!

Morning all.........!

It's Vicky here today....and I'm showcasing a gorgeous stamp which was released last year. This sweetie is called Kiss Me Quick...and was part of a lovely collection from The Home Grown Country Cousins range...

And here she is.....

I have teamed her up with some gorgeous Nitwit papers and some Nesties "Ironwork Motifs"

A close up of this gorgeous stamp....and plenty of stickles too...!!

and a side view...

I have coloured her with some Spectrum Noirs, Chalks for her wee cheeks and Prisma Pencils for shading....I use white spirit to blend the pencils using a paper stumps...very simple to use and works so well with all alcohol pens..!

So thank you for popping by....and have a super day and stay warm too...

big hugs Vicky xx

PS just a quick few words from me, Karen.
I cant believe that we are almost at the end of November,
I think the mild weather has effected the season in more ways than one.

So with December just around the corner,
 we are taking it a bit easy for the next few weeks,
there is no new rubber until next year!

The Dt have been fantastic and they deserve time off
 to spend with their friends and family too.
 With a few of us having extra holidays over the festive holidays,
its not a surprise to know that many of you take to the computer
 and often treat yours selves to something sweet via the post.

It's time for me to wrap up some sweet treats too.
I will be sharing these with you very soon,
 Christmas Candy to be given away here on the blog, starting in December.
Stay tuned and keep reading for a chance at a little sweetness under your trees this year.

take care, stay warm

Sugar Addicts Showcase Sunday.

Good Morning Sugar Addicts!

Thank you for all your lovely comments on last weeks showcase...maybe we can twist Kate's arm just one more time and persuade her to start her own blog?

Today I have another lovely lady to shine the Sugary spotlight on...

Hi there, my name is Marion and I’m happily married to Ruud. We have two adorable cats, two sisters actually.
In daily life I work in a Pharmacy.
I started making scrapcards several years ago and still love this hobby. I prefer cute stamps and love cat stamps on my cards and projects.
You can find cats very often on my cards, I just love to use them on projects.

Marion makes scrapcards, a style which uses lots of layers and embellishments. This one uses the Sassy image Butterfly Girl.

This beautiful card uses another Sassy image, this time Love Letters ( out of stock at the moment )

I love corner bookmarks and this one is fabulous! Made using the image Warm Winter Wishes which is available as a digi but only for a limited period...so you'd better buy it now!

Another of my favourite Sassy images Spread Your Wings in my favourite colours too


And lastly, a very pretty Christmas card using the image Puss in Boots. I love the fancy shaped card too, made I'm sure with a MS border punch.

I see a lot of scrapcards in blogland, and particularly from our Dutch friends. It's a style I always find intriguing because of the amount of layers and embellishments on the cards and projects...though sadly not something I can do! Much too complicated for my simple brain to figure out :)
They are always highly detailed with lots of different elements for the eyes to feast upon.

Thank you Marion for allowing me to showcase your cards and projects here today. Please pop by Marion's blog and leave her some love :)

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine xx

Santa`s little helper

Hi there, I hope you are all doing well.
Christmas is only one month away, and if you are not already done with your Christmas cards, I hope to give you some inspiration today.
For my Christmas card I have used one of my old Sugar Nellie stamps, from the Home Grown collection. This beautiful image is called “Santa`s little helper”, and you can find it at Funky Kits.

For coloring I have used my Copics, and I have stamped some snowflakes around the image, to match the paper I have used. To really show the beautiful image, I have kept the rest of my card in really light colors, but I have added a lot of details. Laces, pearls, cheese cloth, flowers, roses, pines and glitter. I have added some white paint to the flowers, to give them a frosty look.

I hope you liked my cold Christmas card, and I wish you all a wonderful and creative weekend.
Hugs from Marianne:)

Christmas with a Sassy Girl

Goodmorning everyone on this friday!It is my turn(Tiets) to show you some Sugar Nellie stuff!

Only this one time I may show you a creation I've made with a Sssy Girl. She is called High school Student. It is not a real Christmas stamp, but as you can see, You can use some of them for Christmas too!
I'm having bursitis in my shoulder so I can't do much cardmaking, and this project I allready had finished.
The basic of the project is a paperbag. I folded it twice so you get a purse idea.
The papers(bobunny-father christmas) are traditionel... my kind of christmas colors.

I would love to read which christmas papers are your favorites at this moment?

I've colored her with copics markers and have used several dies from Tim Holtz.
I've put a little tag with a sentiment in the purse, but you can put some candy in it too, or a giftcard!
I hope I inspired you to do some more christmas stamp and card making..

Have fun and enjoy yourself this weekend!

Hugs Tiets xx

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful...

...but the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Actually, the weather is rather mild for the time of year, and I'm not quite ready for snow yet. I do love the fluffy white stuff but only if I can stay indoors and look at it from the comfort of my armchair.
Going out to work in it is a whole different matter!
Although the weather is mild now, I have heard the forecasters predicting a hard winter with plenty of snow, so maybe I should move my butt and get some Christmas gifts bought...after all, it is only 30 days until the jolly fella in a red suit delivers gifts for all the good girls and boys.
He's still making a list and checking it twice...

This fab festive card using the stamp Old Saint Nick is Gabi's entry into the Sugar Bowl challenge.

Coop's pretty and pink Christmas card uses the image Angel Wishes...I love this stamp, so sweet!

In the meadow we can build a snowman :)

This bright and beautiful card by Denise showcases perfectly the image Snow Buddies.

There is almost a week left to get your entries into the Sugar Bowl challenge and maybe win yourself a selection of Scotland's finest rubbery loveliness.

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine

Sheesh!! I'd just finished writing up the above post and scheduling it when I came across a new entry into the Sugar Bowl challenge which I just HAD to show you!

Cor blimey Vicky! You are quick off the mark with this! Her gorgeous card uses the free limited edition stamp which was only available when purchasing the offer kit...and they sold out fast!

Love Elaine (again) xx

Contemplation & Candy

Good Morning Everyone, it's my turn (Jane) to share a Sugar Nellie card with you today and I have made a card using the gorgeous Country Cousins Contemplation image which is available here from Sugar Nellie. I am really enjoying playing with the Country Cousins images, they are so lovely to colour in and are a welcome break from Christmas. I feel like I have been making Christmas cards since July!

I chose papers from the Fancy Pants Summer's End pad and layered patterned papers in similar colours onto brown patterned papers to create a simple layout and added stitching around the edges of the papers. The lace which coordinates beautifully with the paper is available here and the matching button is available here.

I coloured my image using Promarkers. I used Turquoise, Duck Egg blue and Aqua for her jeans and the green was blended from Olive, Moss and Pear Green.
I added some flowers from my stash and a sentiment die cut with a label shape and some turquoise pearls as a finishing touch.
Have a lovely Wednesday!

Jane uses such bright and cheerful colours in her cards, just beautiful, thank you Jane.

Now who all did the Simply Sassy blog hop this weekend past, WOW our girls are just fantastic, Maria and her SS DT do a wonderful job of showcasing the stamps AND the kit sold out! Great job everyone.

Who stopped by and left comments? Anyone not checked if they have won candy? Best have a look HERE

short and sweet from me today, saving up my quota of words for another day.....
take care

a purple rendezvous...

Good morning everyone its my turn (Mina) to show a bit of sugar today...I'm loving this new release of the Country Cousins aren't you they are so sweet and girly and suit any design and colour...this is the stunning Cassie's Rendezvous coloured with distress inks, isn't she beautiful...the papers I used are actually Halloween papers from the Oct 31 Fancy Pants range...it just goes to show that you should have a good rummage through your papers every now and then and not just use them for what season or occasion they are meant to be for, I love it when I can use papers for more than one reason don't you, it makes you feel like you were justified in buying them in the first places...so go and have a rummage, I bet you will find some stunning papers you would never have imagined to use and see what you can make with them...have a wonderful day everyone
Mina xx

Faraway Thoughts...

Hello my lovelies! Welcome to Monday at Sugar Nellie's! Pat here...coming to you from Richmond, VA, U.S.A...with another fun card for all y'all !! Now...for those of you who've never heard that phrase, "all y'all" is the way folks here in the South say "all of you"...or "you guys". I love it!! Now, you're probably wondering, "Where, exactly, is she going with this?"...Well, the answer would be...nowhere in particular! Just a little something for you to bring up at your next cocktail party! Hehehe!! OK...enough with the Southern colloquialisms! Let's get to this week's card....

I decided to move a wee bit out of my comfort zone and try something a little different! I'm taking a little break from making Christmas cards...YAY!...and I decided to ink up a Leanne Ellis stamp that I've had for more than a year! Yikes!!! So...I kind of went with a "dreamy and whimsical" theme...What'cha think?

This little darlin's called "Faraway Thoughts"...and she's available HERE at Funky Kits. I can't believe I haven't colored this cutie before now!! I just love her!! And, seriously, how many women do you know who can really pull off pink hair?! LOL!!

The DPs are from Prima's "Sparkling Spring" collection...the cardstock (Blushing Bride & Bashful Blue) came from Stampin' Up... & the green CS is from the Pastel Cardstock Collection of DCWV. The yummy flower thingie is from my local craft store...and the pearls are from Mikimoto, of course!! (Not really...just checking to see if you're paying attention!)

Here are the Copics & Prismacolor pencils used to color this sweetheart....

E21, 00, 000, 0000 (skin) w/peach & light peach pencils
R20 (cheeks) w/pink pencil
R83, 81, RV10, 000 (hair) w/pink pencil
E23, 21, 51, 50 (boat) w/dark brown pencil
G24, 21, 20 (greens) w/dark green pencil
B91, 00, 000, 0000 (blues) w/light cerulean blue pencil
YR21, 20, 000, 0000 (yellows) w/jasmine pencil
BG0000 (shadow)

If you have a few extra minutes, I'd love for you to pop on over to my blog HERE for a teensy weensy visit!! I do so enjoy entertaining!! Oh...and here's one last view for all y'all (There...ya see? Now you, too, can speak "Southern"...No need to thank me...just one more service I provide! hehehe!!) ....

And...that's it for me! Have a fabulous, fabulous week! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Until next time...


Sugar Addicts Showcase Sunday.

Good Morning Sugar Addicts.

Did you all enjoy yesterdays hop over on the Simply Sassy blog? You know I have a huge soft spot for Sassy's anyway but this set is simply gorgeous! I can't wait for mine to arrive so I can get inky :)

OK, back to what I'm here for...to shine the spotlight on a Sugar Addict, but with a difference this week.
I first saw this ladies cards over on Facebook, and I did have to do a bit of arm twisting to persuade her to let me show her cards here!
It is my pleasure to introduce to you the House of Sugar's very own Kate.

Hi my name is Kate Mellis and I work in a craft shop called Papercraft Boutique in Elgin. Most of you will know that this is the House of Sugar! I have been married to Andrew for 28 years and have two grown up daughters Kim and Ashley and a Grandson Logan who is 6 years old. One Bearded Collie called Murphy who we used to show and has been to Crufts, a rescue cat called Alfie and we've just inherited my daughters cat Mille.
I started working for Karen three years ago when she asked me if I would like a job in the shop. Wow I snapped that up, I mean who wouldn't. I have always been into crafts since I was little, knitting, sewing, crocheting and self taught florist. I started cardmaking about 5 years ago after watching the TV and realized that I could do that and found Karen at her first shop up the street. I entered a competition in the shop and lo and behold I won it, first thing I ever won apart from a raffle. 
I never really stamped before apart from embossing but my first Sugar Nellie buy was the Little Cotton Rabbits which I still use and was hooked. I only drooled over everyone else's work and eventually I splashed out and bought Copics which I love, mind you I was given a gift of Prismas from Karen for Christmas and love them too. I wouldn't say that working in the shop is what you would call hard work but it has its moments, I take classes on the Tuesday evening and sometimes on a Saturday which takes a lot of time first of all deciding what to do and then how long it will take. We have a very loyal customer base in Elgin and quite a few come to the classes on a regular basis which makes it easy to teach because most of them know me.
I am very honoured to have been asked to be on the show case for the Sugar Nellie blog and feel a wee bit guilty by not having  a blog but there is never enough hours in the day and I know that I spend far too much time drooling over all the beautiful work that is out there.  I used to clean my house within a inch of its life but now my time in my craft room is more important, although sometimes its past my bedtime before I know it.  I can't say which of the ranges of Sugar Nellie is my favourite because it changes daily but at the minute it is the Jingle bells Festive Garland because it reminds me of when I worked with flowers at Christmas and my friend and I decided to make wreaths at home to sell to family and friends.  It got out of hand after a while we had too many orders and were working morning noon and night, but hey it was fun. 
Being able to see what stamps are coming out before everyone else is fun because Mark and I get to name them sometimes, not always that they end up with that name!
Anyway that's all from me and by the time this comes out I will be on holiday so no one can take the mick out of me at work. Thanks for looking at my work x

This awesome card uses the image Christmas Garland. The addition of the garland around the image really raises it to another level...so of course I had to ask Kate where she found a stamp that goes so perfectly with the image? And...she drew it herself! Huh! Green? Me? You bet I am!

Then we have this card...

And also this one...

Two fabulous cards both made with the same Sassy image Call Me but in different colour schemes.

Oooo I LOVE this card! Carnival Balloon is one of my most favourite Sassy stamps and the orange/green colour combo is so striking.

A very classy and stylish card using the Kathy Hare stamp Little Bear.

Another stamp I luvs (a lot!) is Pippi Longsocks. She is just the prettiest, cutest fairy I've ever seen, and expertly brought to life by Kate's amazing colouring skills.

I love Kate's cards, her colouring is fabulous and of course she has great taste in her choice of stamps :)
Because she doesn't have a blog - she tells me that Karen keeps her chained up down in the bowels of the Sugar Mines for sooo many hours each day that there's no time left for her to have a blog - so please leave her some love here in the form of a comment.

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine xxx

loads of birthday treats

What a weekend end we have in store for all our sugar addicts old and new.

 This weekend we have a new release from our range of Simply Sassy stamps, sadly it is our last release in rubber :( but what a selection it is!

Not only do we have 6 new real rubber stamps for you to ink up but if you buy all 6 you only pay for 5 AND that is not all, this weekend those who buy the set get a free and exclusive limited edition stamp just to say thank you for your support over the last year that this range has been available.

Do you want to see what Sassy creations the Simply Sassy Dt have for us today, lets get hopping........

start hoppin over HERE

We also have a second treat in store for you and I know a lot of international addict love our digi range, not only is it quick but its super sweet and a must have for any avid stamper.

One stamp this season has been sold out more times that we can count, Mark has suggested that as its not going to be available in rubber any time soon, that we make it available as a digi?
I had to think about this because our first love is rubber BUT as there are no more this year I have come to a compromise.................for a limited time only

Winter Wishes is available as a digi HERE
here is a reminder as to why this image has been so popular, these amazing and super cute cards were made with Warm Winter Wishes

This is a beautifully coloured image and well matched papers, put together by Fiona 

Enjoy the treats girls and hope you have a lovely weekend,
 who can believe the weather is so mild , even up here in Scotland it is t-shirt weather!

Cheer Up !!!

Hi lovely ladies, it's Friday again, so it's my turn to post a card for the Sugar Nellie Blog.

I had to make a "Clean and Simple" card... whell, that's not my kind of thing, it isn't that easy for me :) but I hope you like my card anyway :)

Last week I wasn't that productive in Cards en Blogland, because I had a surgery and had a lot of pain, everyday I'm feeling a bit better, but I have to keep me quiet :(

Used materials :

* Maja Design - Minna Vänner
* Stamp - Sugar Nellie - Manga "Cheerleader"
* Magnolia Die - Swirl
* Marianne Creatable - Leaf
* Seam Binding - Ribbon Girls
* Dew Drops - Ribbon Girls
* Sentiment – self made
* Flowers
* Lace
* Rope

Yeaahhhhh .....tomorrow there will be a Simply Sassy Bloghop, isn't that exciting ??

Come on over and enjoy the bloghop, again there will be a candy hidden if you leave a comment by each of the DT ladies :)

Only this weekend you can order the complete set, you wil get 7 lovely Sassy's for the price of 5 !!! Isn't that awesome ? One stamp is a limited edition !!

So hurry and grab them :)

They are available on Saturday 19th at 8 am at Funky Kits!!

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your weekend and see you all next time :)

Love Astrid xx

Frosty The Snowman...

Was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.

Today there is a new challenge over on the Sugar Bowl with a perfect theme of "Ice and Snow"...though I am secretly hoping that we stay snow free for a good while yet! Our lovely Sugar Mama Gayle provided the sketch and this is her beautiful card using an older Sugar Nellie image. Older but still as perfect for the occasion as when it was first released...this cute snowman is called Snow Cozy.

And now a card using a very recently released image...

Cathy's  gorgeous card uses the image Hello Little Robin. I love this card Cathy..you've nailed the sketch and the option perfectly.

Maria's fabulous and frosty festive card uses the Sassy image All Spruced Up....I do SO love all the Sassy rubber stamps, and if you love them too then you really don't want to miss this...

Maria and her talented team of ladies - plus a guest *cough* will be hosting a blog hop to showcase set 11 of the Sassy stamps..and these are the Sassiest and most gorgeous stamps ever! You can see sneak peaks of some of these beauties over on the Sassy blog, and this is where the hop will start on Saturday.
I hope you will come along and join in with the fun....and there will be some candy along the hop too!

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine xx



I get all the fun jobs around here!!!! 

Time to announce the candy winners from Saturdays blog hop….it appears you all love Cassie just as much as we do! 

The lucky winners are…… 

Huge congratulations to all our lucky winners, please email me (within 7 days) to claim your sweet sugar! 

Huge thanks to everyone who followed our hop and to all who left comments, your continued support is very much appreciated! 

To continue our birthday month, there are more treats coming….(I am such a tease) 

Keep your eyes peeled!!! 

Gayle x


Hello everybody, it's Jenn here wishing you a happy Tuesday! Did you enjoy hopping this weekend? There were so many beautiful creations, and the Country Cousins stamps are all available at Funky Kits!

As you can see, I still can't put Cassie down! For this card I used Contemplation, which really seemed to be a favorite of the hop. I color my images with Copic markers, and I always feel I have the most trouble coloring hair. I think that is a reason why I am so in love with these images, the hair is so flowing, there is room to really blend the colors until I'm happy : ) So see honey, I need these stamps, they're helping me better utilize the markers I've already purchased.... lol!

The papers are a mix of Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye. The dotted paper is glittered, it's really pretty! Some twine, flowers, and brads and I'm done!

Thank you again to everyone who hopped with us this weekend, and for all of your comments, I know they totally made my day and I really appreciated them! Have a great one, and we'll see you back here tomorrow!

SWEET VICTORIA............

Morning all.......

Hope you all had a lovely weekend....and you all enjoyed the Country Cousins Blog Hop...I love doing them....and so much fun too...!

Anyway....it's Vicky here today and I have the great pleasure to showcase one of the new Simply Adorable Digi's called Victoria...and what a sweetie with a gorgeous name too....!

 Victoria ~ Simply Adorable


Close up of Victoria

I have coloured her in with some Spectrum Noirs, Flexmarkers and Prisma Pencils and a little chalk on her cheeks...
The papers are from Nitwits and the pretty lace from my stash....

and a side view....

I have also used a Martha Stewart Punch for the Butterfly and decorated it with some wee pearls and used some hat pins too......I so love this colour combo....So very fresh for this little beauty...

So I hope you likey...and do pop over to Funky Kits to see all the new stash...

have a lovely day....and keep warm....

big hugs Vicky xx

Sugar Addicts Showcase Sunday.

Good Morning Sugar lovers!

It's that time of the week again when I have the pleasure of shining the spotlight on a Sugar Addict and today's lovely...and oh so talented lady...is Jenny.

My name is Jenny and I live in Scotland......very close to the House of Sugar!! I love to make cards and papercraft projects and my favourite cardmaking technique is rubber stamping. I am drawn to 'cute' stamps and really enjoy colouring my images with promarkers and prisma pencils. Sugar Nellie stamps are perfect for this :) which is why I have quite a collection now!
I also enjoy blogging and sharing/entering my cards in the many craft challenges in blogland and I have made many crafty friends from all over the world through crafting and blogging.

This fabulous Christmas card uses the image Knitted With Love. I do love the non traditional Christmas colours Jenny has chosen.

Jenny's colouring is awesome...just look at little Delia, beautifully brought to life with perfect colouring and shading.

And how about these cute little penguins (stamp Warm Winter Wishes is out of stock at the moment, more due in soon) on a kriss kross card and coloured in sepia tones. Very subtle and very stylish.

I love these tea light cards, they make such a pretty gift. Jenny has used the Gorgeous Girls image Foxy.
And last, but certainly not least...

Yes..I most certainly did have to show this card. You know I luvs Pippi Longsocks the mostest :)
She is just gorgeous, and shown off perfectly in this pretty purple and green colour combo.

I hope you've enjoyed my choice of cards off Jenny's blog, please go and pay her a visit, we all like to receive some love in the form of a comment.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx