Hogmanay Candy!


Well dear friends, it is almost time for us to kiss goodbye to 2011….

Hogmanay is such a big event here in Scotland and so we will share a little of that excitement with you…. 


Here’s how it works….

  1. Please grab the banner above and display it on your blog to spread the word.
  2. Enter your details into the ‘Inlinkz Widget’.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky!

You have until January 1st 7pm (GMT)

Two lucky winners, chosen at random, will win a little piece of, super sweet, Sugar Nellie candy!

I shall leave you with this to wish you well in 2012…..

As Andy Stewart used to sing in The White Heather Club (yes, I am that old!)


Haste ye back, we love you dearly,
Call again you're welcome here.
May your days be free from sorrow,
And your friends be ever near.
May the paths o'er which you wander,
Be to you a joy each day.
Haste ye back we love you dearly,
Haste ye back on friendship's way.


Gayle x

Goodmorning everyone,
I hope you all had a good Christmas with lots of love, family and warmth :)
Of course we had a lot to eat with a nice glass of wine, but now 2011 is going to end, at our place we have a birthday to celebrate, my father is turning 77 years and New Years day starts with the birthday of my husband :) So ..... I still have a lot of things to do :)

Okay ladies, this is my post for today, the last one this year, but I'll be back next year :)

I made this card with the lovely digi stamp Victoria Standing, you can find all these beautiful Simply Adorables at Funkykits !!
The base has been made with the Go Kreate Die XXL Frame Frilly #2
The paper is from Echo Park - Wintertime
The tree is a big Die from Tim Holtz
Sentiment is from Whimpsy Stamps - Winter Letter Seals
I coloured here with my Copics

Unfortunately we didn't have a winter at all, right now it's a stormy weather, a lot of rain, I prefer snow and frost :)

For now I only can say : A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

Thanks for visiting :)

Love Astrid xxx

Christmas Past.

Good Morning Sugar Addicts!

Christmas has been and gone...seemingly in the blink of an eye!
I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and I hope you all got lots of lovely gifts...especially crafty stuff :)
We have had a lovely time these last few days, visiting family and catching up with friends, but it's been a bit hectic! I hope to have a couple of days locked away in my craft room before I have to go back to the dreaded job, as I have some new Sugar that urgently needs inking and I would like to make a card for the Sugar Bowl challenge.

Talking of the Sugar Bowl....

This gorgeous card was made for the challenge by Suzi using the image Titania.

This stunning Christmas card was made by Vicky using the stamp Little Apprentice.

And this beautiful card was made for the challenge by Julia using the image Let Them Eat Cake.

I love the fact that all three cards follow the same sketch but they all look so totally different as each creator 'stamps' their own style on them, and they have all followed the optional theme and made their own papers.
You Sugar Addicts are all so talented and creative and I always relish seeing how you bring our Sweet images to life.

I hope you will find a little spare time to get inky and join in with our challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx

Candy Winner!


I am so sorry for the delay in posting todays candy winner but, I have a good excuse…

I had a lovely surprise visit from ‘The Boss’ and we had such a great time nattering that it completely slipped my mind!

Even my girls love Karen so much they climb all over her….sorry for the bruises boss!

Anyhoo, I’d better get on with it…..


 37. Penni 

Please email me your full name and address and your sweet rubber candy will be on it’s way to you very soon!

Thanks to you all for your entries……more chances very soon……


Gayle x

Come and get it….Christmas Candy!!!!

With Christmas now behind us, preparations for Hogmanay are all well under way here at the House Of Sugar, are you prepared to welcome 2012 yet?

It's going to be a BIG year for us here....lot's of delicious new rubber coming!

All of our little helper elves are already at work on the January release of new rubber…

( I have them all lying next to me as I write this, and we really are spoiling you with this next collection!)

Still, I shouldn’t be telling you all this, as Karen will slap my legs!

So, I shall spoil you another way today….. 


Here’s how it works….
  1. Please grab the banner above and display it on your blog to spread the word.
  2. Enter your details into the ‘Inlinkz Widget’.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky!
This time around I’m giving you a whole 12 hours to enter….
One lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a little piece of, super sweet, Sugar Nellie candy!  

Good luck to you all……
Gayle x

Snowmen Thank You

Hello everyone, it's Jenn here today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday! Mine was a fabulous time with my family, but it went by sooo quickly! Sound familiar? : ) I definately have some "thank you" cards to get together, I want to share one with you today that uses the stamp Christmas Garland.

This one is going to the doctors that I work with so I kept it pretty simple: just some punches, a button with a bow, and a few pearls and I'm done (although looking at the picture I'm thinking Mrs. Snowman could use some glitter on her hat and the boys can just deal with it... what are your thoughts?)

I colored the image with my Copic markers (I might even be getting some more with my Christmas money, yippee!) Thank you for stopping by, again I hope your holiday was great! Here's to a fabulous 2012!


Today’s Candy Winner!

Tonight’s lucky candy winner is……


Please email me your full name and address and your sweet rubber candy will be on it’s way to you very soon!   

For those of you who didn’t win, this time, I may return with more very soon…. 

Gayle x

More Christmas Candy…..

Happy ‘Boxing Day’ to you all…..

I do hope Santa Claus was very generous to you all, did anyone get any rubber in their stockings?

If not, I shall remedy that for one of you today….


Here’s how it works….
  1. Please grab the banner above and display it on your blog to spread the word.
  2. Enter your details into the ‘Inlinkz Widget’.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky!
This time around I’m giving you a whole 12 hours to enter…. 
One lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a little piece of, super sweet, Sugar Nellie candy! 
Good luck to you all……
Gayle x

Christmas Speech

Hello blogging friends

Mother thought it would be a good idea to dip my toe in the water so to speak.

I will have to get used to standing up as the face of Sugar Nellie as we have so much planned for 2012.

First I have to graduate, I have you to thank for being able to spend the last few years in Glasgow studying for my degree. The original concept of Sugar Nellie was to allow me the financial security to go off and get a great education without being a financial burden on my parents ( I am one of four children) we had hoped that SN would be popular enough to pay for my "keep" while away from home. Things turned out better than expected, amazingly so and that's all down to you , our loyal and supportive customers.

Soon the table top stamp company was growing so fast that is was difficult to keep on top of things. My Mum has an eye for art (she would never tell you, but she does have qualifications in this field but has more confidence promoting others and believes that art is something you have to keep working at. And it has been a long time since she stopped creating). In leaving the running of the business in her hands I have watched it grow, helping out when I can and being there when I am needed. I am sure that I could cut up rubber with my eyes closed and pack it while I am in my sleep.
I loved meeting some of you at the Glasgow show and I have since taken a shine to colouring with copics, something I hope to do far more of soon.

I am home as soon as I graduate and I have a wedding to plan! I am sure that Mother will have most of it done by then because as disorganized and laid back as she is sometimes, it all gets done, even if it is last minute.

My husband and I...............will return to USA to start our life together, its so exciting, my heart and mind are just bursting with anticipation of things to come. As scary and tearful as it is to leave my family behind in Scotland, I know that I will be part of a new family who will be a great support to Tom and I as we start this new chapter of our lives.

This also opens up a new chapter for Sugar Nellie. Mother has already said she does not want things to change in the House of Sugar ( Sugar Nellie HQ) but we are going to venture into the USA with a new dispatch centre and hopefully take part in some craft show's on the east side. Our time as a member company on Split Coast Stampers was a huge deal for us and proved too big for such as small company back in 2009. But with better foundation and support, we both believe that it is something we are ready for this time.

There is yet so much to do and I know that on behalf of everyone in the HOS, we thank you all for your amazing support over the last 4 years, our customers are most defiantly the sweetest.
thank you all

Merry Christmas

Now it is here.
Where I (Marianne) live, we have some snow outside. Not much, but enough to get the right Christmas spirit. The windows are filled with Christmas lights, in all the gardens there are Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. Our house is filled with Christmas presents, Christmas food and Christmas candies. My children are almost sparkling of Christmas joy, and what we haven`t done of Christmas stuff by now, I am sure we can manage without.
Of course I have a Christmas project to show today. I have made a cute gift bag that I hope you will like. This beautiful little winter angle from Sugar Nellie is called “Wish upon a star”, and you can find her and all her cute friends at Funky Kits. I have colored her with my Copics in cold winter colors, and added a lot of glitter to make her sparkle. The papers, flowers and pearls I have used have the same cold color, and I have used a lot of dies and punches for my gift bag.

Here is the backside, with the same design, and a beautiful Norwegian Christmas text.

The Sugar Nellie team wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas Garland

My last post for this year.. it was a difficult one because of my pain in my back and legs, I can't sit very long, but it is finished! I've used Christmas Carland and ofcourse you can buy the stam at funkykits. You can pull the label out so you can write a personal note on it, I've colored them with prisma pencils this time and yes again the beautifull papers of bobunny snowfall.
I've heard on the news no white christmas here in holland, but we;ll make it a beautifull christmas time with friends and family.. My daughter will be celebrating her 23th birthday on the 30th this month, so very busy times for us.
I wish you all a merry christmas and a happy, healthy and creative new year and hopefully with lots of beautifull new stamps from Sugar Nellie.
Karen and the whole team, thanks for everything, it is a pleasure to work for such a great company and lovely people!
Hugs Tiets xx

Sugar Nellie Showcase ~ Part Two

Good Morning :)

I'm back with the continuation of what I started on Sunday, which was to showcase my favourite cards/stamps from this year.

For July I picked this ever-so-pretty and pink Christmas card from Mina which uses the stamp Furry Friends.

Astrid's card is the one I chose for August, using Cherry Pip. I do love these colours and again my favourite papers!

September is a card from Jane using these cuddly penguins Warm Winter Wishes and a fab colour scheme.
For October I picked a much older stamp A Little Birdie Told Me which Jane created this bright and beautiful card with.

The Adorable digi Victoria is my choice for November...and was made by none other than Victoria (Vicky).

And finally, for December I have Marianne's very pretty card made with the Country Cousins stamp To and Fro.

Don't forget that the Sugar Bowl challenge is running for 4 weeks this time, so the Sweeties could take a little break. There is still almost 3 weeks left to get your entry in. I know everyone is so busy in the run up to Christmas but you might just find yourself with a little playtime over the festivities when you can join in with the challenge.
I'm not posting here now until next Thursday, so before I go I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and I hope Santa brings you all lovely gifts.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx

Thanking my Lucky Stars!

Good Morning Everyone! I (Jane) hope you are having a good week so far. I can't believe it is Christmas Day on Sunday, I am looking forward to the big day! After making my last Christmas card this week I am trying to get organised and make a few Thank You cards and I have used the adorable 'Catch a Falling Star' Leanne Ellis stamp which is available here from Sugar Nellie as it goes so well with a new Hero Arts sentiment in a set I bought recently.
I used one of the star stamps from the set to stamp around the image with distress inks. To do this, I first stamped the image in Memento Ink onto white card and then die cut it into a circle with a Nestabilities die.
After I had done this, I stamped the image onto a Post-it note and then cut it out, you don't need to worry about the string and stick for the star or the boot laces. I then stamped the star randomly overlapping the image using Antique Linen Distress inks and added more distress inks around the edges of the die cut circle.

Here is a close up of the image coloured with Promarkers. When the post-it note is removed the stars look as if they are behind the image which gives a lot of depth to the design. I chose colours to match the Fancy Pants 'Off to School' papers which I matted and layered onto red card adding aqua stitching around the edges. I stamped the sentiment onto paper from the pack and also added an element cut from the paper which I stamped with a star and matted both onto red card and added them overlapping the image.

The star was stamped again onto brown gridded paper and I cut it out before paper piecing it onto the image and adding glitter glue. I added gems, a couple of flowers and a button just below the image as a finishing touch.
I hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for all the lovely comments you have left on my Projects since I joined the Sugar Nellie Design Team this year!
See you again soon in 2012!

Happy Christmas...

Good morning everyone its my turn to show you something sweet and its my last post on here before Christmas...so I wanted to take the chance to wish everyone the very best Christmas ever, I have to admit I have a great soft spot for these Simply Adorable digis, this stunning little beauty is Sybil and I just used the head, I love colouring these beautiful images and used Distress inks to colour her, these lush Christmas papers were a freebie with a magazine, I hardly ever buy magazines but cant resist a bargain or freebie...I edged the papers in some mat gold card stock and cut some of the baubles for decorations...all the details are on my blog as always...have a wonderful day everyone and enjoy your Christmas
Mina xxx


I had a long day in the store today, covering for Kate who has holiday due before the end of the year. Its cold, quiet and not much fun at this time of the year. December is our quietest month in the shop, it has been for years now and we need a rest after the manic months of Christmas demo's and classes that have been non stop since the school went back in August.

Today was full of strangers trying to find that must have thing to finish or repair something quiet obscure. I was a good shop assistant and smiled and said "sorry when don't sell anything like that".......

I made a some samples for wedding invites for Debbie to choose from when she comes home this week. Even if she can decide on a format the colours can be changed to match the wedding colours. Fingers crossed she like at least on of them.

So imaging my surprise to receive this absolutely beautiful bouquet of flowers.
I had no idea who had sent them, but was not too surprised to find that it was the lovely Elaine .
Thank you Elaine they are gorgeous.oxo

Did she know that I spend Sunday sewing a new green table cloth for my made over dining room suit
 ( 8 chairs, extending table and side board for £150 at a antique sale).
Not quiet finished, still a couple of seat pads to re upholster and runners to stitch.
 BUT these flowers match and will sit on the side perfectly.

I have never met Elaine, but between the facebook groups and email we have a great banter. I am sure she will forgive me for saying that the size of her ass is often discussed, not that I have ever seen it you know!. BUT one thing for sure, it is no where near as BIG as her heart *insert warm and fuzzy feeling*.
I am sure there are many of you out there that have benefited from the very generous
blog candy she is always giving away.
Elaine is always sending candy to others and I am sure that we love her not for all the sweet treats but because she does it for no other reason than she wants too.
 Kind and generous to all.

Hold onto my heart...

Hello my sugar-lovin' darlins! Can you believe it's almost Christmas?! Just a few more days...and then New Years...and THEN...Valentines Day!! hehehe! Sooooo I decided to get started on my Valentine's cards!! And...ta da...here's my first Valentine for 2012!

Isn't this just the sweetest image for a Valentine's Day card?! This stamp is called "Hold on to My Heart" and is part of the Home Grown collection of Sugar Nellie stamps. You can find it at Funky Kits HERE.

The image was colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. These gorgeous DPs are from My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found" collection...and I added some lace, brads, crown hat pins, roses, and some fabulous trinkets to give the card a bit of a "romantic" feel. For more info on this card...and to see a few more photos, please pop on over to my blog HERE.

And...that's it for me. Have a beautiful Christmas! Hugs...until next year!


Sugar Nellie Showcase ~ Part One

Good Morning Sugar Addicts!

This is my last Sunday post of the year..I think.
Next Sunday will be Christmas Day and Karen has someone special she wants you to meet.
I don't know who it is either, so I'm looking forward to finding out too!

From a personal point of view, as a stamper, this year has been the best ever for Sugar Nellie.
From Sassy rubber and the start of the Simply Sassy blog at the beginning of the year, to some new Country Cousins stamps at the end of the year. In between we saw Sherbet Pips, Adorables and Fairy Glen ranges of rubber, to name just a few. My shopping basket has been filled many times..stamps just kept jumping in...all by themselves..that's what I tell my hubby anyway!

For todays showcase I have been looking through the blog over this year and picking out some of my favourite cards and stamps.

January saw this very sophisticated card from Judy using the Leanne Ellis image In A While

For February I picked this stunner from Kathrin, I do have such a soft spot for Sassy's and Tammy is so sweet!

March brings Erikas beautiful baby card made with the digital image Bambino.

For April I chose one of Ali's fabulous WoW cards made with the Manga stamp Dress Up Games.

May brought this gorgeous card from Tiets with the Sassy stamp Butterflies and Pigtails (and my favourite papers of the year too).

Pat's awesome creation for June was made with another favourite Sassy stamp Winking Student.

I planned to show a full 12 cards here today, but then I realised just how long the post was going to be!!
So I will be back during the week to show you my final 6 of the year.

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine xx

Christmas Candy Winner!


And, tonight’s lucky winner is…….


Please email me your full name and address and your sweet rubber candy will be on it’s way to you very soon!  

For those of you who didn’t win, this time, I’ll be back very soon with some more candy but I’m not telling you when…. 

Keep checking..... 

Gayle x

More Christmas Candy……

 We’re wide awake!
It’s good to know you’re ready and you’re wide awake
So on your marks and get set, go!
It’s Saturday, no school today, so what you gonna do?

Oh memories of the early 1980’s….I’m showing my age again! 

Well, what we’re going to do is give you another opportunity to win some lovely free rubber! 

Here’s how it works….
  1. Please grab the banner above and display it on your blog to spread the word.
  2. Enter your details into the ‘Inlinkz Widget’.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky!
You have a full 12 hours to enter…. entries close at 8pm (GMT) Saturday December 17th. Winners will be displayed shortly afterwards. 
One lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a little piece of, super sweet, Sugar Nellie candy!  
Good luck to you all……
Gayle x

You are an Angel !!

Good morning, how is the weather at your place??? Out here it is stormy weather, raining, cold, so perfect to stay at home, nice and warm by the heater :)

Today I will show you a card with the lovely Rosie, I think she is adorable :)
I coloured here with my copics, the papers are from Facypants - Christmas Magic.
I have used a Dutch sentiment, but it means "You are an Angel"
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Craft.

I am looking forward to Christmas, the Christmas Tree is shining and glimmering in the room, in the evening I light up all the candles, it's so nice and cosy :)

I hope you all have a nice weekend, thanks for stopping by !!

See you all next time :)

Love Astrid xx

Making a List, Checking It Twice...

...Santa has probably made his list and checked it twice already. Chosen and wrapped all the presents for the good girls and boys (got a stash of coal ready for the naughty ones). Re-painted the sleigh, fed the reindeer and programmed his route into the SatNav.

Unfortunately, I am not quite as organised as Santa this year. I still have cards to write, gifts to buy and wrap and meals to plan.
Thankfully the Sweeties are much better organised and have made their cards for todays Sugar Bowl challenge ( except for one naughty girl who will be getting so much coal in her stocking this year - me!)
We have a fabulous sketch made by the lovely sweetie Maria and the optional theme is 'no designer paper'.

Maria's beautiful card uses the image Hello Little Robin.  Maria has made her own paper with stamps and ink, and very pretty and effective it is too.

Fiona's WoW card using the image Fifi Goes Walkies is simply stunning. Fi has used embossing folders to create her textured papers.

Pat has used the stamp Old Saint Nick for her gorgeous festive card, and she's whipped out the embossing folders too.
These are just 3 examples of how you can make a fabulous and beautiful card with no DP at all.
To see the rest of the sweeties cards and for the sketch please visit the Sugar Bowl blog.
Because we have all been such good little Sweeties this year, our Mama Gayle has given us a nice break over the holiday period, so this sketch will be open until the evening of January 11th...which means you have a whole 4 weeks to get inky and enter the challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx

Christmas Candy Winner


Once again a huge thank-you to all of our lovely sugar addicts for supporting out little blog and entering into the festive fun!
Now, you can all uncross your fingers as ……
……..is the winner for today!
Please email me your full name and address (within 7 days) and your sweet rubber candy will be on it’s way to you very soon!
For those who weren’t so lucky…..
I’m not done yet!
You’ll have to keep checking back though Winking smile
Gayle x

Christmas Candy Alert!

 ‘Tis I….the Christmas Fairy! 
(fairy elephant more like)

Bringing you all the joys of the season



Will your stocking be stuffed with rubber this year?

Here’s how it works….
  1. Please grab the banner above and display it on your blog to spread the word.
  2. Enter your details into the ‘Inlinkz Widget’.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky!
You have a full 24 hours to enter…. entries close at 8pm (GMT) Wednesday December 14th. Winners will be displayed shortly afterwards. 

One lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a little piece of, super sweet, Sugar Nellie candy!  

Good luck to you all…… 

Gayle x


Just a note to all who wish for something sweet under their tree this year. I have finished packing all the rubber and Mark has taken his last delivery of Sugar Nellie stamps for this year. If its sold out on FK it will not be back in stock this year.

The weather forecast is bad and you know that one of the first things that effects is post, don't be disappointed this season, with the holidays a time for relaxing and colouring in, make sure you are well stocked with your favourite rubber for those cold winter days when you cant get out. Some of you are lucky to have two weeks holidays!

There are only a few more "dispatched" days until we have our holidays so don't put it off any longer, shop in the comfort of your own home or
 why not put on those snow boots and come visit the HOUSE OF SUGAR,
 we would be delighted to see you.

take care & stay warm

Heavenly Angel

Hello everybody, it's Jenn here to show a sweet heavenly angel... and I'm not talking about my little girl : ) She turns 2 on Friday! Time flies!....

OK back to the card, sorry! Speaking of time flying... Christmas will be here soon and I'm still working on getting my cards made, let alone sent! Is anyone else in the same boat? I wanted to share the latest card I've finished, and I used another sweet angel, this one you can find here at Funky Kits!

I was going for simple with lots of sparkle, so I decided to use only 1 sheet of patterned paper. I started by stamping the image directly onto the patterned paper. I stamped it a second time on a piece of white cardstock, colored it with Copics and cut out the main portion of the image.

I added sparkle with my Spica glitter pen to the stars, wings, and french horn. The cloud ended up more blue than I had intended (oops) so I added some fluff to the cloud to tone down the color a bit. Does that ever happen to any of you? What tips do you have? That's all for me, I hope you all have a great Tuesday!