Sunday 16 December 2012

Christmas Cards

Oh My Goodness, where has December gone?
The kids break up on Friday for the holidays, and thankfully I've not got much left to do/buy/organise/wrap etc, just need to have the big clean and keep the washing up to date and hopefully we're all set.
I'd like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I won't be sending Christmas Cards this year, all the ones I've made are pretty much on display at The Papeterie, and I've been so busy with other work that I haven't had any time to make some. I also feel it would be a bit of a cop out if I sent shop-bought cards, so this year I've decided to make a donation in lieu to Mrs Murray's Cat & Dog Home in Aberdeen. 
But I did have a couple of commissions to make for one of the other mums at school, giving you a wee bloggy wave Lindsay :)
She wanted me to make cards for her 2 best friends and their families, so here's the first one...
 The tag is removable (see bottom photo), here's a better pic to show all the glamour dust...

 This pic shows the greeting tag removed...

Materials list:
Henry in Christmas Bauble digi stamp from Whiff of Joy
printed onto Diamond White cardstock from The Papeterie
Coloured with Promarkers: Umber, Burgundy, Crimson, Cardinal Red, Burnt Orange, Coral, Sunkissed Pink and Flexmarkers: Amaranth Red, Blue Grey 4, 3, 2, 1
Kraft tag diecut using Tim Holtz Tag & Tie Alterations die and stamped with Hero Arts CL630 Miracle of the Holidays stamp set
red lacquer and white cardstock from The Papeterie
White cardstock embossed with Spellbinders Holiday Magic M-Bossabilities folder
red satin ribbon, snowflakes punched from glitter paper with Martha Stewart snowflake punch, adhesive gemstones

Right, I'd better get on with my online shop for this week, need to get some goodies for the kids christmas parties. Back soon with the other card commission :)
Debz x

Sunday 9 December 2012

16 sleeps

Just over a fortnight to go until the big day and I'm just about organised - how are all of you getting on? I have all the presents either bought or ordered, and I'm hoping to wrap them all this week. 

The tree went up last weekend and the outdoor snowman went up during the week...
Yesterday we popped out to my mum and dad's so the kids could send their letters to Santa up the lum (we don't have a chimney, so its a special treat for them)

Well there's no rest for the wicked, especially at this time of year - but I'll be back again soon with some exciting news :)
Debz x

Monday 3 December 2012


Sorry folks, been a busy couple of weeks - up to my oxters in xmas shopping and prepping for the kids school fayre. I'll be back this week with some pics of what I made for the fayre, but in the mean time I had better announce the winner of the Flexmarker giveaway...
Firstly can I just thank everyone for taking the time to enter and leave a comment on my Letraset blog post - remember the craft design team a couple of times every week with inspiration featuring new products and products that are on special offer. 
I'd also like to remind you to check out the Letraset Advent Calender - there's a special discount every day, so remember to check back daily.

So, I've entered all the info, and mr has selected number 37 which is Paula Ponton (PEP), congratulations Paula, please email me with your choice of pack and your address and I'll arrange for it to be posted out to you.

Debz x

Wednesday 21 November 2012


Hi again, happy hump day :)
isn't the time flying? how are you getting on with the Christmas shopping - amazingly I'm pretty much done, just a few bits and bobs to get then I can concentrate on the food shopping :)

I've posted another super quick and easy tag tutorial over on the Letraset blog, because as crafters, our time is limited at this time of year.
To celebrate, I'm giving away a Flexmarker 12 pack of the winners choice :)
The winner can choose between these 4 sets....


As per my usual rules, all you have to do to be in the draw is:

  1. Pop over to the Letraset Blog and leave a comment on my post
  2. Pop back here and leave your details in the inlinkz widget below
  3. If you wish, please feel free to spread the word on your blog/facebook/twitter/google+ and/or leave me a comment here - this is not necessary to be entered into the draw though
Debz x

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Seasons Winner

Before I get to the winner of the Limited Edition Seasons Gift Set, I thought I'd give you a wee sneaky peek of the project I've done for the Letraset blog tomorrow - I'll be giving away some Flexmarkers, so remember to come back tomorrow.

OK, you've been very patient lol, so it's now time to announce a winner of the fab Seasons Gift Set courtesy of Letraset. *drum roll* the lucky winner, as selected by mr is............ number 7
Wendy L - congratulations, please email me asap with your address and I'll organise for your parcel to be sent out to you.

Lookout for another giveaway tomorrow.

Debz x

Seasons Gift Set Giveaway

As promised, I'm back with another giveaway - this is the perfect xmas gift for any crafter, or even just to yourself :) Letraset have released a number of gift sets in time for xmas and I'm giving away the Seasons Gift Set which includes all 24 of the Limited Edition colours released in 2012.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous set is...
  1. pop over and leave a comment on my Metallic & Magical post on the Letraset blog where I've featured Metallic Marker Packs which are on special offer during November.
  2. pop back here and leave your details on the inlinkz widget below.

A winner will be randomly selected by after the closing date of noon GMT on Tuesday 20th November. 

Debz x

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Winter Promarkers Winner

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Winter LE Promarker pack.

Mr chose number 19 which was Shazza - so congrats, please email me as soon as possible with your address and I'll get this pack sent out to you. If I don't hear from you by noon GMT on Friday I will redraw the winner.
Look out for another giveaway later today.
Debz x

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Super quick post tonight - just got the kids to bed after all the excitement, and I need to get a cup of tea sorted before Dallas, so I'll leave you with a demo image I was colouring on Saturday - it's free today at Redonkulous Designs.
Debz x

Winter LE Promarkers

This is a sticky, please scroll down to see more recent news
Fancy winning a pack of Limited Edition 2012 Winter promarkers?
All you have to do to be in the draw is...

  1. Pop over to my Letraset blog post and leave a comment
  2. Pop back here and leave your details on the inlinkz below
The giveaway will close at 12 noon GMT on Wednesday 31st October and the winner will be selected by

If you fancy another chance to win pop over to my Letraset DT buddy Enfys's blog, because she is giving away a full set of promarkers. :)

Debz x

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Rainbow Hair

As promised, I'm back with my rainbow hair post - I've selected some funky hair colour combos for you to try - I've done the hard work for you of choosing the colours :)
You'll find all the details on the tutorial blog here.
Here's a sneaky peek...

Debz x

Monday 29 October 2012

Good Monday Morning

Well, the holidays are over, back to school today - but it wasn't so bad getting up early today, I had a bit of practice over the weekend.
I want to say thank you to everyone who came to see me at Hobbycraft Edinburgh - I hope I answered all your questions and have inspired you to get the best out of your promarkers. I especially want to say thankyou to Cass for making a special trip especially to visit me - as always, it was lovely to see you and the family. And not forgetting Vicky and all the staff at Hobbycraft, it was such a pleasure to meet and work with you.

I have been putting together a colour combo chart for funky coloured hair - I wanted to do a whole rainbow of hair colours, so I might share that tomorrow - finally got it finished on Saturday. 
I have one more demo day to do this year at The Papeterie, and the kids school Christmas Fayre to get ready for and then I may or may not have time to do my own xmas cards. 

My mum was watching the girls for me while I was away at Edinburgh this weekend, and she brought pumpkins with her - so I'll let you see them on Wednesday when I draw my promarker giveaway - remember to enter if you haven't already here. And don't forget to also enter Enfys's fab promarker giveaway too here, she's giving away a complete set of promarkers :)

Debz x

Saturday 27 October 2012

Hobbycraft - Edinburgh

Well, I'm writing this at stupid o'clock :) Am up bright and early ready to head off on the train to demo at the Edinburgh Hobbycraft store.

So if you are in or around the Edinburgh area please pop in and say hello, I'll be showing off some colouring techniques and can answer any questions you have about Promarkers.
Debz x

Thursday 25 October 2012


Dunno about you, but I love the new christmassy M-bossabilites folders from Spellbinders. Now, I'm not in the habit of making A5 sized cards, but hey - a change is as good as a rest. 
 Spellbinders: Holiday Magic M-bossabilities EL-014, Create a Flake Three S4-340
Iced Black, Guardsmen Red, Ice Silver and Diamond White card and paper from The Papeterie

Spellbinders: Winter Wonders M-bossabilites EL-013
Hero Arts: Designer Snowflakes CL622, Miracle of the Holidays CL630
Iced Black, Diamond White card from The Papeterie
I'd like to enter this one into:
ABC Christmas - anything goes

I think the 2nd one has to be my favourite if I'm honest, and nice and simple to mass produce for xmas :)
Remember to enter my Promarker giveaway :)
Debz x

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Create A Flake

Here are some of the samples I was demoing at the weekend - I made all 3 of thse just slightly different but using the same Create A Flake Three die set from Spellbinders...
 Spellbinders: Create A Flake Three S4-340, 2010 Snowflake Pendant
Hero Arts: CL630 Miracle of the Holidays
Diamond White, Blue, Ice Silver card and paper from The Papeterie.
I'm entering this one into:
4 Crafty Chicks - dry embossing

  Spellbinders: Create A Flake Three S4-340, Fleur de Lis Squares S4-318
Hero Arts: CL630 Miracle of the Holidays
Diamond White, Blue, Ice Silver card and paper from The Papeterie.
I'd like to enter this one into:
Totally Papercrafts - Christmas

 Spellbinders: Create A Flake Three S4-340, 
Hero Arts: CL630 Miracle of the Holidays
Diamond White, Blue, Ice Silver card and paper from The Papeterie.
I'd like to enter this one into:
Charisma Cardz - CAS

Debz x

Monday 22 October 2012

Spellbinders Fun

 Thank you to everyone who came to my demos and classes over the weekend, we had lots of fun with the Spellbinders dies and M-bossabilities embossing folders.
We kept things simple with 3 cards at the class, using 3 new M-bossabilities folders...
here's the first one we made using the new Garden Lattice (A4 sized) embossing folder, Moroccan Motifs and Poinsettia dies

Spellbinders: Layered Poinsettia S5-055, Moroccan Motifs S5-065, Garden Lattice EG-003
Diamond White, Iced Silver, Emerald, and Guardsmen Red papers and cards from The Papeterie.

I'm entering this card into:

House of Gilli - embossing
The Crazy Challenge - hand made flowers

This second one is using my favourite christmassy embossing folder, although I think this side could also be used for general celebration cards...
 Spellbinders: Holiday Magic EL-014, Create A Flake Three S4-340
Diamond White, Ice Silver, Iced Black and Guardsmen Red papers and card from The Papeterie.
Hero Arts Greeting: CL630 Miracle of the holidays
I'd like to enter this one into:
Ooh La La Creations - christmas sentiment
Stamp and Create - winter wonderland
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - black, white and red

Spellbinders: Framed Labels One EL-018, Labels One S4-161, Create A Flake Four S4-365
Diamond White and Virtual Pearl paper and card from The Papeterie.
Hero Arts Greeting: CL630 Miracle of the holidays

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenges
HIMCR - diecuts

Debz x

Friday 19 October 2012

All Set - Busy Weekend

I'm going to bed shortly - think it's a good idea to have an early night because of the wild weekend I'm away to have. No don't worry, I'm not out hoohaaing it up or anything, just got a busy demo and class weekend ahead.
Tomorrow I have my Spellbinders hat on and I'll be demonstrating all the latest christmas dies and embossing folders from Spellbinders, and showing you some clean-and-simple and fun ideas for christmas cards. Then in the afternoon I'm teaching a Spellbinders class, where we'll be using the same christmas dies and embossing folders to make some christmas cards.
Then on Sunday I do it all again, but this time I'll have my Letraset hat on and I'll be demoing promarkers and flexmarkers and using the wonderful Gorjuss stamps - you may have heard on the grapevine that these are no longer being manufactured, so you might want to grab these while you can. And in the afternoon I'm teaching a "next steps" promarker class.
So I'm all packed ready to take the train in the morning - definitely the way to travel :)
I'd love to see you all over the weekend, and if those demos aren't enough to tempt you then maybe the spectacular deal that Charlotte has for you will....
pop over to the Papeterie blog for details of the fantastic Big Shot deal - this weekend only!!
I'll leave you with some sneaky peeks of tomorrows cards...


Debz x

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Playing Catch Up

I have some time to catch up on blogger today, am all up to date and finished my 2 Uni modules, just need to prep for this weekend now :) I still have 1 or 2 places left on my Spellbinders class on Saturday 20th and my next steps Promarker class on Sunday 21st. 
It's been a busy few weeks again so I thought I'd share some pics of what I've been up to...
Charlotte was off ill for a couple of weeks from the Papeterie, but Kath and I went ahead with the Papercraft Extravaganza last week. Thankfully Charlotte is feeling a bit better now and is back to work, so everything should be back to normal :)

And over the last few days I've done some Halloween classes for kids and here's a few of the things we made....

I'm off to have a nosey round blogland, then make a start on the spellbinders cards we'll be making this weekend
Debz x

Saturday 6 October 2012

Important Announcement

IMPORTANT - for everyone who is coming to the Christmas Papercraft Extravaganza tomorrow (7th October) at The Papeterie...please note, due to Charlotte being unwell the day will now consist of 2 workshops, 1 with Kath and 1 with Debbi, the event starts at 10am and is due to finish at 2pm. We will NOT be providing a buffet lunch, please bring your own, but we WILL provide tea/coffee cake and biscuits. The price has now been reduced to £20 to reflect the change.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
I will be phoning everyone individually to explain.

Debz x

Friday 5 October 2012


Well, yet again things have not gone to plan - I won't bore you, I'll just get on with it.
Letraset have released the last of the 2012 Limited Edition promarker sets this week and they are yummy - pretty frosted pastels.
Of course the first thing I did with mine was to complete my LE blending chart, and here's how it looks...
You can download a blank copy from my tutorial page
We have some exciting things coming up this month at Letraset, and we'll be giving some goodies away. You might want to follow my team-mates' blogs so you have more chances to get your hands on the freebies, so here's the links for:
Jessica......Enfys........and Jak.

So this week has been a bit of a blur, Pepsi had her annual health-check and jabs at the vet - she's quite happy to trot into the examination room, but as soon as the door is closed she gets very wary, the vet even got a growl when she gave her the needle.
Then it was Willow's regular hospital appointment, the following day it was Faith's regular appointment for her eyes which resulted in her getting a new prescription for glasses, and finally Willow got a major haircut yesterday. Willow has always had quite long hair, but she has masses of hair, its thick and curly and a complete nightmare to keep. She screams the place down when I wash it or brush it so I had had enough and she had had enough too, so we agreed on a chin length bob......
 that's her dad's glasses lol
Debz x

New Baby 1

My boss at work, and friend Charlotte recently had her first baby so I had a few baby cards to make, on for Charlotte and her husband James,...