two sugar lumps...

Good morning everyone, I hope wherever you are your warm it is so cold here and it rained for 12 hours solid on Sunday...I have two bits of sugary gorgeousness to show you first one is one of the stunning Simply Adorables called Victoria, I love love love colouring these beauties, the hair is fantastic to colour and they always make me smile, I used up scraps of paper for my card...I must admit I have a real soft spot for Simply Adorables and if your having any problems using digi's with either markers or water colouring I have a tutorial for waterproofing them on my blog sidebar...the next beauty to show is one of the new Puppy Love release, I love every single one of these I use and each time I think its my favourite until I ink up another, this gorgeous little girl is called Trip to The Park I used some Prima Madeline papers and added a huge pink bow...I coloured both of these images with my usual distress inks all the details are on my blog as always...oh and btw I have some candy on offer too the links in my sidebar...whatever your up to today have a fantastic one
Mina xxx

Simply Adorable "Victoria"...

Welcome to the very last Monday in January! question is...where did the month go??! Oh...I know...I've been busy tearing apart my craftroom...and then I went on a little vacay in the Caribbean! hehehe! But...guess what? Before I left, I made this "adorable" little DT card so I could share it with you today!

This little sweetheart is called "Victoria"! She's one of Sugar Nellie's "Simply Adorable" digital images...and you can find her HERE at Funky Kits.

Now, I will admit, like many of my Sugar Nellie DT sistahs and Sugar Bowl "Sweeties," I very much enjoy inking up rubber stamps. But...there are two things I just love about Sugar Nellie's Digi images...

They're sooooo easy to store... (they take up no physical "craftroom" space!)
The images are easily adjusted to fit your card design needs!

Cool, huh?! 

Now...if you'd like a bit more info on this card, a peek at a few more photos, and a little more info on my craftroom "progress" and vacay, please pop on over to my blog HERE.

And that's it for me, my sweet friends!! Have a fabulous week!! Hugs.

Sunday Showcase.

Good Morning Sugar Lovers!

I really enjoyed last Sunday's post...dedicated to the gorgeous Bella Bunting. She is my all time favourite Sassy stamp. This week on the Sugar Nellie group on Facebook, Maria requested a post dedicated to another Sassy stamp...Little Light Of Mine.
So I had a nosey around to see what I could find...

Maria created a beautiful tag which made a Christmas gift so much more special :)

Dena created this card for a spotlight on the Simply Sassy blog. I adore these colours and Dena's colouring is always awesome.

This fabulous Christmas card was made by Fiona. I love these non traditional colours.

Another beautiful card made for a spotlight on the Sassy blog, this time by Katja.

I love this card from Sweetie Kiki, these colours are my idea of heaven, beautiful blues and browns.

And a gorgeous Christmas card from Sweetie and DT girly Pat.

Do you have an absolute favourite Sugar Nellie stamp? I know, I know..that's just too much of me to ask you to pick a favourite :)
If you want to make a suggestion for a showcase - for a stamp, or a blogger, or just a suggestion in general for my Sunday posts - just leave it in a comment.
I aim to please :)

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx

Online Magazine

Hello blog readers and sugar addicts.

We here at the House of Sugar are playing with the idea of an online magazine, one that you can just flick over the pages and see a few new ideas and samples. Now I am no magazine editor but I am sure that together we can do it.

What do you want to see in this free magazine?

Anyone have any idea's for an article or Q & A page, how about Dear John letters.

I would like it to be more than just cards, I know I know you love your sweet stamps, but once a crafter
you can turn you hand to almost anything if you have the time.

I look forward to hearing you ideas, reading your comments and possibly seeing your hands in the air offering to help?


An invitation

You are invited to attend afternoon tea
on March 3rd

To celebrate the first demonstration day of 2012
with Karen MacIver
Kate Mellis
Erika Gunter
Jenny Trueman
and many more talented crafters.

There will be cake, crafting and lots of chuckles.
One great day out to be had
come along and enjoy the fun.

Beautiful in store displays
to bring Easter and spring
into your home.

New product and special offers

Jewellery demonstration
New line "sew easy"
Craft fare table for those that love handmade things.

Waiting .....

Goodmorning everyone, it has been a while since I (Astrid) posted, but there was of course a release of the absolutely gorgeous Puppy Love stamps, I must say .... they are stunning !!

Okay, on my card I used the lovely Cassie's Contemplation, you can find here at Funkykits :)
I love the way how she is sitting on the Weathered wood clock of Tim Holtz :)
The papers I've used are from Maja Designs, absolutely one of my favorites, love the colours !!
The image is for a change coloured with my Prisma Pencils, I am a huge fan of Copics, but this time I thought, well ... give it a try Astrid :)
I didn't use a sentiment yet, I left it empty, so I can use this card for anything :) The sentiment can be stamped on the little card in de left corner :)

For now I only can say .... thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and happy crafting !!

hugs Astrid xxx

I'm In Pieces...For Paper Piecing!

Good Morning!

You must all really love the newest release of stamps, Puppy Love, judging by all the amazing cards I've seen in blogland. Our customers and fellow Sugar Addicts really are the best :)

Today sees a new challenge on the Sugar Bowl, with a sketch and an optional theme to follow if you so wish.
Paper piecing is something else I really's nice and easy to do and always looks fab. I am  looking forward to seeing all the entries into this challenge.

Sugar Mama Gayle has used a stamp from the newest release, Babies Delight. I love the lilac with the bright yellow, very eye catching, and just look at that cute spotty bunny! A perfect card for a sweet little girls birthday.

Lilian has had a little break from the Sugar Bowl, but I'm very pleased to report that she is back in action again...I've missed you Lils...and your awesome colouring!
Lilian has brought the yummy Let Them Eat Cake image to life with her perfect colouring and fab paper piecing.

Cathy has inked up an older image, this is the Manga stamp Dress Up Games. I always love to see the older stamps being shown some love...brilliant paper piecing and beautiful colours.

I think paper piecing really helps to tie a card together perfectly. It also uses up scraps of paper and it reduces the amount of colouring which is great if you are short on time.
So get your entries in and maybe your name will be picked at random to win some Sugar :)

Thanks for looking
Love Elaine xx

Craft Parties

We are so full of great idea in the House of Sugar,
 sometimes too  many idea's and not enough time!

But a customers request for a private party at the HOS has started a few conversations and it's something Kate thinks would be a good service to offer, especially the customers who don't live so local
 and make a less frequent visit to get their sugar high.
There is often a car of ladies from Aberdeen shire,Perth shire or even further afield,
make it a day out with a stop at Papercrafts for all fine things.

So we are still in the planning stages, the longer we think about it the better put together it becomes.
Then I came across this article.
 Who would have thought that I Kate was thinking like Martha! LOL

So if you are a crafter with a passion for sweet stamps, ask about our Cake and Craft afternoon.
You will need to get 6 crafty friends together to book a date but we can manage up to 10 max.
 A two hour class any week day will cost from£10 a head for 3 card projects but we are open to requests.

We have so many wonderful samples in the store that if we can we will accommodate any requests to
"show us how you did that"
and send you all home with something of equal Sweetness :)

Give Kate a phone at the store 01343 548864 between 10-5 to book your
Cake and Craft Afternoon.



Morning all.....!

Oooh why does the weekend go far to quickly??...feels like I have just blinked and it!'s Vicky here today...and I have one of the new stamps from the "Puppy Love Collection" to showcase. So this is wee Fifi...and she is having a "Trip To The Park" with her delightful doggies...

and here she is...

 I have teamed Fifi with some lovely Nitwit papers... the flourish is from the Fancy Tag collection from Spellbinders...and the giant flower is from Prima..

 I have coloured her with Spectrum Noirs, Flexmarkers, Chalks & Prisma Pencils for shading...

And a Side View...

 the sentiment is from Pink Petticoat and the bull dog clip is from Tim Holtz..and I have followed the fabulous sketch over at The Sugar Bowl the lovely Erika...

So don't forget to check out the new's sooooo darn cute...!

So that's all from me...thank you so much for looking...and for more details please pop over to my blog here..

have a lovely day...and happy crafting...!

big hugs Vicky xx

Indulge Me A Little...

Good Morning Sugar Addicts!

Today I feel like a bit of self indulgence...and what better way to indulge myself than with a Sugar overdose :)
I have a huge pile of Sugar Nellie stamps and I love them all equally but there are some that really tug at my heartstrings and demand more of my love, attention and ink.
I'm sure by now everyone knows how much I adore Pippi Longsocks but did you know I also luvs Bella Bunting?

It gives ME enormous pleasure to introduce to you a whole host of lovely Bella's (in reverse alphabetical order this time) that I've pinched from the Sugar Bowl, the Sassy Blog and facebook.

This card has been made by Susie and is her entry into the Sugar Bowl challenge and the Facebook challenge.

This one is from Sweetie and DT girlie Pat.

I have this card on display in my craft room, some happy mail I received from Sweetie Maria Therese.

This card is from Sweetie Kiki.

Kathrin from the Simply Sassy blog created this card.

This one is from my Sugar Mama (and whip cracker)  Gayle.

Another Sweetie creation..this time Fiona.

And a card from Sweetie Erika.

And finally, this is from Cass, made for the facebook challenge.

These are all beautiful creations.
Aaaahhhhhhh.....I feel so much better now, thank you ladies :)

Hugs Elaine xx

Purrfect Playmates

Hi there sugar friends, today it`s me (Marianne) that have something to show you.
The image I have used for my card today is one of my all times favorites, “Purrfect Playmates”. I remember Funky Kits showed this image in the Home Grown logo a long time before it was available in rubber. At least it felt as a long time for me:) Well, if you don`t have this beautiful stamp, you don`t have to wait at all. You can find it right here at Funky Kits.

To color the image I have once again used my Pirsma Colors, but this time I haven’t used white paper or craft cardstock, but a crème colored cardstock from Bazzill that is smooth on both sides. It was so much fun to work on this cardstock, why don`t you give it a try?
All the papers I have used are from Pion Design, the frame is made with MS punches, and the swirls and butterfly are dies from Cherry Lynn. The big flower I have crocheted my selves, and if you want to make flowers like this, just take a look here.
Here is a close up of this sweet girl and her playmates.

And this is how my card looks on the inside.

I wish you all a great weekend.

Candy Winners!!!


Here I am, back again, taking all the fun jobs!

Yes, it’s time to announce the candy winners from last weeks blog hop!

Many thanks to all who left comments…..we are here because of you and so your feedback is very important to us!

We have such a talented Design Team here, and sometimes we forget to tell them that…so it’s nice to see that you all do it for us!

Well, as I always say over on The Sugar Bowl…there can be only one winner…..except, this time there are 16!!!!

Please email me (put 'candy winner' in the subject line) with your full name and address’ ladies and your sweet rubber candy will be on it’s way to you very soon!

                                                             Gayle x 

Sherbet Pip!

It is friday again, and this time my (Tiets) turn to post something. It is difficult to keep up now my back is hurting(read about it on my blog) but I managed to make something.
The box I've made last year for a demo with the MC Gill flower punches for the scrap store here, and I found it back in my closet and thought it would be nicer if there was some cutie on it...and the pip's are still one of my favorites so I colored Candy Pip with prisma pencils and put her between the flowers...A ticket with Happy day, so when there is a birthday coming up, I'm ready!!

It is almost weekend, so I wish you all lots of stamping fun!

Hugs Tiets xx

A Challenge...Or Two?

I have been snooping around blogland and you do love the new Puppy Love stamps as much as I do. I have seen them adorn many gorgeous cards...and you are so quick at inking up new rubber!

Ali's fabulous card uses the stamp Fifi Goes Shopping. Ali knows I love her CAS style, never cluttered and always very striking.

This beautiful card made with the image Trip To The Park is from someone very new to blogging...Karen... (No, not THE Karen but another Karen!) and this is the first card on her blog. Karen obviously has excellent taste in rubber :) If you have a minute to spare please go and visit her and say hi.

As much as I get excited to see new rubber being used, I still love to see the older images being shown some ink and this next card is the perfect example...

This is Fiona C's pretty card using the image Woodland Fairy.

So...what do all these fab cards have in common? They are all entries into the Sugar Bowl challenge. There is almost a week left to get your entry in and maybe you could be picked at random to win some free Sugar Nellie rubber.

But not only that..also they are all entries into the Facebook challenge, where there is a colour theme of blue/green/white. This is a weekly challenge and there is also free rubber to be won!
What are you waiting for??

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx

Babies Delight

Good Morning Sugar Addicts! I (Jane) hope you are having a good week so far, did you enjoy the hop at the weekend? It was fab wasn't it! I cannot stop playing with the new stamps and the 'Babies delight' image I have used for my Projects today is one of my favourites from the new release, she is simply adorable!

 I stamped the image onto white cardstock and coloured her in with Promarkers to match the stunning My Mind's eye Love Me  papers. I layered all the papers for my card onto pale blue card and then stitched around the edges with pale pink thread. The image was added to a scalloped square cut with a Nestabilities die. The sentiment I used is a rub on by Melissa Frances.  I layered up all the elements of my card after I had wrapped the base layer with gingham bias binding and then added a bow topped with a cute heart button from my stash. I finished with lots of lovely flowers in gorgeous pastel colours. I had been saving a lovely pink box we got from the Waitrose pastry counter and decided to decorate it to make a matching gift box.

I coloured the image so it was identical to the card image and used similar papers layered onto blue card to cover all sides of the box. I added a lovely big bow to the front of the box to cover a join in the papers as I was trying to use up the scraps. The flowers I have used come from lots of different shops but if you are looking for similar flowers head over to Wild Orchid Crafts where there is a great selection.
Have a lovely Wednesday!

Love hand made

The best gifts are hand made and I am delighted that my crafty friend Erika comes up with something every time. A little cheating went on this year as my birthday approached she was crafty enough to look at the lovely things which I had pinned on PINTEREST and did her take on them. One of my gifts was this beautiful garland,{ I am so in love with garlands/buntings and banners at the moment} and it was done in one of my all time favourite paper collections from ghd which I can not longer get.

Erika knows me so well that she does not mind that I will put this in the store as part of a display,
 I have always shown off her pressies because I LOVE HANDMADE.xx

....and the beautiful things we have in PAPERCRAFTS is what makes us stand out
 from many other craft shops.
I don't think I have ever came across a shop with as many samples as we have,
 we are here after all to


Birthday Princess

Good morning everyone...before I tell you about my little bit of sweetness on my card today I want to apologise for the shockingly bad photos, my camera ran out of charge so I had to use an old one to take these and its just not as good as my usual one...this little bit of sugary gorgeousness is from the new Puppy Love release over at Funkykits, did you pick your favourites yet, I keep thinking I have but then I change my mind...this little sweetie is called Birthday Princess and I coloured her as always with distress inks and used some glitter on her balloon, crown and some of her birthday gifts...the lush papers are from a K&Co scrapbook the muted colours of them don't you...I'm off to take new photos now and I will hopefully exchange them later...all the details of my cards are on my blog...enjoy your day everyone
Mina xxx

Pippi Longsocks and Co.

Hello there all you sugar lovers!! Did you get a chance to hop this past weekend? I did...and I can say, I had the best time! The new "Puppy Love" stamps are absolutely adorable...and the Sugar Nellie DT made them come alive in their gorgeous projects!! If you haven't had a chance to place your order for the new'll want to pop on over to Funky Kits HERE and do just that!!

Alrighty then...I have a fun new DT card to share with you today! It's another Valentine...albeit a bit non-traditional...since I used pink and blue!

Isn't she so stinkin' cute?! Her name is "Pippi Longsocks"...and she has a sweet little green froggy friend! They both have a bit of attitude, don'tcha think?! Pippi is part of the Fairy Glen collection of Home Grown Sugar Nellie stamps. You can find her at Funky Kits HERE.

I'm dedicating this post to my sweet friend, Elaine, who has a total "thing" for Pippi Longsocks!! hehe! I must admit, Pippi and her friend have stolen my heart too!

The image was colored with Copics...and these gorgeous DPs are actually digital DPs from Bearly Mine Designs (Peach collection). If you'd like more info on this card as well as a peek at a few more photos (including the "surprise" sentiment), please pop on over to my blog HERE.

Have a great, sugar-filled week! Hugs.

Sunday Showcase.

Good Morning Sugar Addicts!

Did you all enjoy the two day hop? Our fabulous DT made the most amazing samples...all of them gorgeous and showcasing these delicious new stamps perfectly.
So...which is your favourite stamp?

Here's a little round up of my favourite cards from the hop, with the DT girlies in alphabetical order...

Astrid has used Lead The Way.

Jane has used Hugs For Fifi.

Mina has used Best Day Ever.

Pat has used Babies Delight.

Tiets has used Hugs For Fifi.

And Vicky has used Birthday Princess.

Aren't they all fabulous! We do have an awesome DT who work hard to showcase our stamps.

Reading Facebook yesterday, I see that some lucky ladies have already had their stamps delivered from's that for service! So I look forward to seeing what cards and projects you make with them. Maybe a card to enter into the Sugar Bowl challenge?

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xx