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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Card Challenge 73

An easy one this week and very topical. Our challenge is…..
and our Design Team have been really busy making scrummy examples to get you started.


Julie Wilson

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P1160021Looking forward to seeing all of those floral cards. xx

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Buttons at last

I’ve been working on these for a while now and at last I have had the time to get them finished.

Here are the buttons for all of you who have won our Card Challenges or our Scrapbook Challenges.


SBS Card Challenge Winner Button


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If you have won one of our Card or Scrapbook Challenges in 2011 or 2012 then please place the button on your blog. All we ask is that you link back to us.

Thank you to everyone past and present for entering all of your lovely works of art. It is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations in the up and coming Card and Scrapbook Challenges.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

A great day

loads of creativity in one room and loads of Tea, coffee, cake and laughter. A good recipe for a fantastic day.
Here are some of the photos from today and I will put more on Facebook later.
We were lucky enough to have Gayle doing Make and Takes using her brand new digi stamp
And Sue & Pam showed everyone the new Digi releases from Ladybug crafts including the new discs.
You will be able to see the wonderful card samples from ladybug Crafts, in the shop from Monday along with loads of lovely clear stamps and of course, the new discs available to buy.
A big thank you to everyone who helped today. It was much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you all in May.
Have a great weekend.
Julie  xxxx

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Creative Juices

Get a group of people together and let them loose with Distress Inks and stamps and you get a wealth of creations. Here are a few of the works in progress.

and of course a quick snapshot of the creators
and I’ll share some of the completed projects tomorrow. Thanks for looking xxx.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Giveaway Winner Announced

Loads of entries this time which is great. The winners this time, as chosen by is….
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Congratulations Annette. Please e-mail me at with your full postal address and I will your prize sent out to you asap.
Watch out for the next monthly giveaway coming soon. xxx

To make you smile

I got the heads up on this from Yvonne today pointing me in the direction of a Blog post. This was posted on Happi Scrappin and is from A Scrapbooker's Dictionary written by Heather Dewaelsche in the 1st edition of Chicken Soup for The Scrapbooker's Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson.

ARCHIVAL SAFE: A locked container for Scrapbook supplies.
CHOCOLATE: Food for Thought.
CRAFTS: What a Woman should be in order to hide Scrapbook purchases from her husband.
CREATIVE JUICES: Beverages consumed while Scrapbooking.
CROP: (verb) To remove all the dirty dishes, piles of clothes and other household clutter from photos (noun). A get-together where Scrapbookers eat, drink, socialize and occasionally complete a page layout. (THIS IS SO TRUE as we will see on 25th Feb).
A Scrapbooking injury caused by a craft knife, scissors or other sharp object.
ENLARGEMENT: What needs to be done to every Scrapbookers workspace.
HOMEMADE: What every Scrapbooker needs so that they can spend more time Scrapbooking and less time cleaning.
LAYOUT: What photos, paper and embellishments do on a Scrapbooker's table for hours (sometimes days) at a time.
PAGE PROTECTOR: A Scrapbooker with young children.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: A sale at a camera store.
PRECIOUS MOMENTS: Time spent Scrapbooking.
SCRAPBOOK RETREAT: When you walk away from a Scrapbook layout in progress for a period of time so as to better evaluate it on returning.
SCRAPBOOK STORE: What you do with the album you bought just because it looked so cute.
SPRAY ADHESIVE: What a Scrapbooker should do when she finds a good man that supports her hobby.
TRIMMER: What a Scrapbooking hobby makes your wallet.
UN-DO: An imaginery button you wish you could press when you make a mistake on a Scrapbook layout.

Take a look at Happi’s Blog. Lovely cards.xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Card Challenge No 71

Spring is in the air and now is the time that people start to move home, me included. So this weeks challenge is
And we have some great inspiration from our lovely DT.
Looking forward to seeing all your lovely designs and this week there will be two winners, one chosen by and the other chosen by the Design Team. Good luck everyone. xxx

And the winner is…

Wow so many lovely cards. Glad good old had to choose.
The lucky winner this week is
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Congratulations Elaine, you will be entered into our half yearly draw and if you send me your e-mail address to I will send you Gayles 4 newest digi stamps.
Thank you to everyone who entered. There are some great ideas and some very talented people out there. xxx

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Giveaway Reminder

Don’t forget that the Scrapbook Sisters Monthly Giveaway ends in THREE DAYS. You still have time to enter. Click HERE to playSmile

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Card Challenge No 70

Wow we’re at challenge 70 already. Doesn’t time fly. Well to celebrate the winner of this challenge will receive Gayles 4 new Digi Stamps to play with.
So to make it easy for everyone to enter the challenge is…
And our fantastic DT have come up with some great cards.
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I am currently sifting through all of your lovely DT entries and will be contacting the successful ladies very soon.
Looking forward to seeing all of you lovely cards. xx

And the winner is…

Only a few scrummy entries this time but they are all lovely as usual. So without further ado, the winner as chosen by is….
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Congratulations PRIYA SONDHI
You will be entered into our half year draw. You can see more of Priya’s work on her BLOG.
Thank you to everyone who took part. xxx

Monday, February 06, 2012


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Sue is another valued member of our Design team and like the rest of the talented team, has her own style and a wonderful imagination. Having known Sue for ages I know that she is her own severest critic and often throws cards away if she is not satisfied with the end result.
We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her better.
1. What is your favourite tool? - Tough to choose, but probably my Copics - do they count as a tool?! If not then I'd say my Tim Holtz scissors, they are the MOST comfortable scissors ever!!

2. What is your favourite technique? - Colouring is up there, but I am getting more and more into distressing

3. What colours do you like using most? - I really like blues, especially when mixes with browns and kraft shades, gorgeous!! I struggle with pinks!!

4. Name your favourite embellishment? - I have to pick one!!! Ribbon, but followed closely by flowers and buttons... ooh and gems, and I love using pins too, they look really classy!!

5. Do you ever buy a card and why? - Yes, my kids Christmas cards. I made them one year and got halfway through and wish I hadn't started!! I also buy a card for if they are invited to birthday parties by their school friends
6. What occasion do you not like making cards for? - No-one likes making sympathy cards, but they give comfort at such a sad time, but thankfully I don't make too many of them! Overall I don't like making cards for men, apart from my HB, Dad, FIL they don't seem to notice!!
7. What occasion is your favourite for making cards?  - Probably Baby and Wedding cards as they tend to be kept as keepsakes and I think that is lovely! Other than that I do like getting an image to suit the recipient - either their interests, clothes, mannerisms or colouring

8. Tell us three things about yourself:
I craft on the dining table, I'd like a craft room but think I'd miss being with the rest of the family!
I nearly gave up crafting a couple of years ago, thank goodness I didn't!!
I work to fund my craft habit!!

9. What do you predict will be popular (name a technique or style) in 2012 in the cardmaking world? - I think the steampunk trend will continue, and that digi stamps will continue to grow in popularity. I think colours will be softer and styles will be more feminine and romantic.
10. What card size do you use most and why? - I tend to make 15cm or 13.5cm square cards, or A6. I don't make A5 cards very often as my head just can't get round the proportions!! Occasionally I'll make a shaped card, and love them when I do so I should make more of these!!
We asked Sue to send three or four of her favourite cards from 2011 to share with you but Sue couldn’t make up her mind so here are five scrummy examples of her work..
You can see more of Sues work on her blog “I can’t draw but I can do this”.
Thank you for sharing Sue. We look forward to seeing all of your lovely work in 2012. xx

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Card Challenge 69

It’s bitterly cold here this morning with frost on the cars and ice on the road. Not a good day to go out so plenty of opportunity to make a few cards me thinks.
This weeks challenge is
Here are some lovely examples from our DT.
We look forward to seeing all of your lovely cards. xxx