Monthly Archives: April 2009

Some brief bits of news ….

Last chance to enter today for the Blog Candy over at, as it will close 30th April.  Don’t forget anyne who has entered any of the blog candy competitions this year will be carried forward to our “I Want It All” draw on 31st December 2009, when one lucky person will receive all the Toodles and Binks Stamps, Zoomz, SG-me! embossing powders and much, much more.  The more people that take part the more over the year the more we will add.

There will be a temporary shut down of the Stamp Galaxy Store at some point tomorrow, Friday 1st May whilst we do some essential update, but the good news is it won’t take too long and we will be back with a better shop …. able to offer discount codes and a whole lot more!

There are a few “second” stmaps to be had, and if you are interested please use the email address (which can be found on their blog for details.

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Copics Colour Challenge #11


this week the Copics Colour Challenge is right up my street, with Acid Yellow, Brick Beige (which I use all of the time) and Mint Green (which is another favourite of mine).

The fact that Adele used Clive Cockran as her DT piece this week, made me smile …… he really is so lovely.  I also noticed that he has been seen on some other blogs today, and Leann is in love with Guiseppe, but don’t tell me Leann as she can’t afford the therapy for him!

Right, despite the fact that I have at least three unfinished projects on my desk I am off for a colouring session …. laters peeps.

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I was waiting to collect some cooked rubbah from the Stamp Elf, when I noticed a nice piece of textured offcut in the scrap bin, so sneaked in with the new sheets and mounted it on a spare piece of UMount …… perfect frilly texture stamp that will come in handy for loads of things.

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Not the best of days yesterday, but at least one thing was my fault

which is the most frustrating thing.  It was mega, mega busy at work, and I simply didn’t have a moment to take a breath yesterday,  but at least the day does fly by.  The disappointing bit was that the lovely Mark Olver (I have mentioned him before on the blog, and he is the inspiration behind Mark & Milo Stamp) was gigging in Tunbridge Wells at Trinity Theatre.

I had forgotten to get tickets (not normally a problem as they are not normally sold out, and even if they are returns that come in quite early, so I tried as soon as the box office opened to find they were sold out, so they put me on the waiting list and I was the only one on it.  Wonderful, I would easily get the returns …. the day went on no phone call whatsoever …. so we went about my day … with minor things going wrong ….. had my hair done a fabbie purple …..Guy got home late and we went out to eat at the Harrow in Ightham Common ….. at 7.59 pm exactly I had just eaten 2 mouthfulls of delish pate when my phone went to advise that they had 2 returns ……. now even if we had bolted down our food, we wouldn’t have made it to Tunbridge Wells by about 9 …… so we had to thank them and decline …… bummer!  It has taught me a valuable lesson to be more organised, and actually bloody book something in good time that I really wanted to see. 

I missed out on a lovely supper at the Trinity and also on saying hi to Mark, still we will have to now have a weekend in Bristol to see him at the Oppo Commedy Club.

Good news for the day:  plates arrived and so the cookin’ will begin tomorrow night, and we will if all goes well despatch priority orders by Saturday.

Still further good news, I love my purple hair ……

The night Add text here

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The state of my desk ……….


oh my goodness, it just looks really messy at the moment – I need to have a tidy, but would just like to finish the current project I am working on first I think.

I didn’t get much time to work on my current project last night (apart from cutting the front cover and painting the edge of the tag book), but the paint should be dry this afternoon when I can hopefully get a bit more done, after my meeting with the lovely Alan ………………..


ahhhh yessssssss …………….. Alan ……………… it will kill me not to say any more about this for the time being, truly it will!!

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Stamping on Fabric


I’ve been meaning to have a go at stamping onto fabric for some time, and so on my way to Chicken Shack Craft Club on Saturday I called into the local quilting shop to pick up some supplies.

I am just about to start working on a video tutorial for Toodles & Binks Blog, and so have just had a really quick first go at trying to do it – I am actually quite pleased that it has turned out quite nicely, but have leart that if any of the COPICs are quite juicy they will run if you are not super careful, or unless you have a really, really light touch.

On the Toodles & Binks Blog I have listed a list of supplies if you fancy playing along when I upload the video, which hopefully I will have done by next Saturday.


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I had a lovely day yesterday

First thing I popped into Sevenoaks to go to the Puddleducks, the local quilting centre and bought some calico to stamp onto, then next off to Chick Shack Craft Club in South Nutfield to see Caz and all the lovely crafting ladies, then home for a quick sandwich and out the door again for a girls night out.

I cannot do anything too taxing today, so I have just ordered a couple more COPICS to add to my collection, and am in the process of cooking a roast chicken, whilst listening to the film score from Twilight (thank Caz honey, it was a fabulous surprise).

It’s now really difficult to keep track of what markers I have, so I printed off the Copic Colour Chart,  and have just scribbled my colours on, I will keep in my stamp folder, and then it can easily be pulled out for reference in the future.

Actually, it will be enormously helpful to use on of these when I do colouring, so that I can keep a tally of exactly which pens I used for a project.


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Off to The Chicken Shack today

where my lovely friend Caz is doing an SU demo.  Hopefully, I will also do a quick Toodles & Binks demo if there is time.  I fully intend to travel light, which will be a first (and we shall see if that is a true statement when the time arrives for me to leave!).

I said yesterday that I would upload the card, and voila ………..


Although from the angle that I photographed it, you can’t really see how lovely and shimmery the ArtQuest Watercolours are.

It was a frustrating end to the day yesterday, as we’ve run into some technical issues with the new Sally-Ann Hancock Stamps, and have had to push them back to Priority Ordering – this is a pain as they are proving very popular – hey ho, they will be worth the wait, and will be despatched on first come basis – it won’t take up long to catch up the orders as the Rubbah Elf has promised to work through the night if necessary to cook sufficient.  I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say manufacturing rubber stamps, can occasionally be a bit like a long night shift in the maternity ward.

Supplies List

  • SU Roses in Winter set
  • SU Circle of Friendship
  • Soft Grey cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sugar cardstock in pink (Stamp Galaxy)
  • US ArtQuest Watercolours
  • Small white self-adhesive pearls
  • SU inkpads
  • SU scallop circle punch
  • Creative Imaginations round circle punch
  • Green stitched ribbon (Stamp Galaxy)

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Toodles & Binks – New Release ** BLOG CANDY **

I forgot to tell you all yesterday, Toodles and Binks have got some truly cute and scrummy stamps coming out (they are on pre-release currently, but the images haven’t been added yet), which have been designed by the uber lovely and talented Sally-Ann Hancock from Grab a Doodle Do.

As usual to launch the release, there is blog candy up for grabs over on their blog ….. all you have to do a post on your blog, and then add the permalink to their Mr Linky list whilst leaving a comment about what you think the name might be for the new range  ….. even if you don’t win this time you will be added into the “I Want it All” draw on 31st December, which includes all of the 2008 and 2009 released T&B stamps, Zoomz, all of the Embossing Powders they SG-Me! do, and will also grow depending on the amount of interest that is show in the draw – you have to be in it to win it, and the prize is getting bigger all the time!

I will be back in a bit to post a quick card that I have been meaning to post for a few days, I then need to do at least a small amount of hoovering, as I have one of my UK STamper buddies coming over for a play date this afternoon – laters….

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How to add Permalink tutorial – quick and simple


It’s easy to forget when you’ve been blogging for a long time, that we once struggled with the basics – so this is just a really quick and basic tutorial for anyone who doesn’t know how to get the permalink, which is basically the particular address for a post, rather than the address of just your blog.  Obviously, this is a WordPress screenprint, but it is exactly the same principle in Blogger.

  • Once you have published your post, go back into your blog, and click on the post that you have just published (see 1 in the picture above), this url address for that particular post will show up in your top bar (see 2 in the picture above).
  • Simply copy this url address (I drag across it with my mouse and think cntrl + c).
  • Go to Mr Link Widget and paste the url in (I use cntl + v) – thus when anyone else clicks on it they will go to just that post and not your blog as a whole.

Having to check blogs for links for Toodles & Binks giveaways, I cannot tell you just how annoying and time consuming it can be to have to try and plough through somebody’s blog to find the relevant post.

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