Monthly Archives: June 2009

Treats for me



lovely treats for me …… yummy Ipod Touch. As I’m being thrown out of the house shortly (resist the temptation to feel sorry for me, as it’s only into my own crafting cabin in the garden) t’internet won’t be working that far away, and so I have had to put some tune ability into place, as I cannot work in silence – I need tunes, Richardson podcasts and recently The Archers!

I took the opportunity at Bluewater yesterday to pop into the Apple Store to buy one.  Surprisingly enough I have never been in there before, and it was all a bit bewildering – luckily though, Toodles was with me to steer me through it.  I just went for an 8 Gig, as realistically I don’t own (or likely to own) that many songs, but I have to admit that once on the journey home I then started to panic that this was the wrong choice ….. would I suddenly have a rush of music buying, and need more space?  I need re-assurance!!

The choice of cover was more difficult, purple would have been main colour of choice, but none was to be had; pink is lovely but not really me, so I left the choice to Toodles and she decided on Paul Frank money, and I went for this one:


If not purple, then I seen to be drawn to citrus colours, with organge just below lime green on the list of favourites … am I odd?  Actually, no need to answer that, I know that I am.  There mere fact that I am now listening to the Archers seems to confirm it for Guy! 


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What’s on your desk?


this is on mine ………. I had a spare piece of the text paper, and so decided to try out my new Spellbinders Magnetic Plate (only thing is that I have yet to work out how to use it with the CB, and used my Wizard).

The dies stick like glue to the plate, and so it’s really super easy to make a frame.

Once cut out I used specially adapted Alcohol Ink applicator with Cut’n’Dry Foam to ink around all edges, and then stamped out the pretty SU flower girl on Whispers White cardstock and coloured in with Copics.  Added Stickles to the flower heads, and Crackle Accents to the hat, then placed the frame over the image. 

’twill probably look mega pretty on a box, and so that might be the next thing on my list this weekend.


G28 ~ Ocean Green

YG67 ~ Moss

YG03 ~ Yellow Green

E00 ~ Skin White

Y32 ~ Cashmere

R59 ~ Cardinal

E57 ~ Light Walnut

BV04 ~ Blue Berry

RV34 ~ Dark Pink

C1 ~ Cool Grey


We are excitedly awaiting the return of the Rubbah Elf in this household tonight, as he’s been away on business in Italy, the house is just not the same with out him!

Tomorrow is a busy day, as we’ve got to be at Bluewater early doors for Toodles uniform fitting, and then general food shopping etc., in the afternoon, but hopefully I can make a start on my box – it would possibly make a nice housing for choccies for each of the girls on thir last day at work in September.

Have a good evening, and happy crafting.

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Toodles & Binks Explore (KXR-018)

never stick down your sentiment, and then do crackle accents over the top of it, and be careful when you remove Frisket masking film in an excited fashion…… ask me how I know this?

A quick and in an out post with a view of the Toodles & Binks Explore card that is sitting on my desk – I just need to stick down the curling edge of the sentiment with something a little stronger, and it will be good to go:



As usual coloured in with copics (too many colours to mention, but in stock at the Galaxy), and my yummy crackle and sepia accents added as well.  I used the last of the air in my air brush to do the sky.

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Busy, busy, busy, but no time to upload my card

which is a shame, but I’m working on the Toodles and Binks Wholesale Catalogue as we have had a lot of enquiries, so it’s something that needs to be done urgently.

It has been a bit of a curate’s egg today, good in parts, we were up very early as the Rubbah Elf had to go to Italy on business, and so the alarm went off around 5.00, which disturbed the whole house, and then I had the audit team in at my day job, my boss was at a meeting all day and my assistant is away sunning himself on a hot beach.  Also the first of the girls left on maternity leave/redundancy, so I had to fit in a bit of time for a good bye quick lunch and pick up Toodles from schoo….phew, no wonder I’m tired.

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It seems just like an innocent bottle of glue

but let me tell you ….. ’tis yummy after about half an hour of putting it on!


We got the Ranger Crackle Accents in stock today as I ordred it in after seeing some projects using it on the Sugar Nellie Blog hop – oh my word, I am in love with it.  I have to admit to being a tad disappointed at first as it behaves just like glossy accents (always a great favourite) and I didn’t realise that it would take a while to show up all is cracklie goodness.

I went on to crack open a bottle of the Sepia accents  for Toodles Indiana style hat after that, and I can’t wait to see what that comes out like too.

Nothing to actually show you tonight, as it’s been a bit fraught in the household one way or another, but my crackle is crackling and the sepia hat band drying, so will pop this up tomorrow.

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Family all well fed and happy

so I should count that as a success – with lovely yummy roast pork and all the trimmings for dinner, and I have a half finished card on my desk for the new Toodles & Binks Explore stamp, but apart from that it has been a quiet, quiet day.

I had to go over to Maidstone today to chase the cabin, as I’d had no news and the 8 week deadline is nearly up …. it seems that there is a problme, and there may be a delay …. cross this has most definitely made me as nobody had communicated that to me – poor customer service!

Since I was nearly there I also went over Hempstead Valley shopping centre and got a couple of nice cropped jeans, 2 tops and a scrummylicious purple handbag – so, twas most definitely spoil me time – I did get Toodles a lovely new faded denim shift dress, which shed’ had her eye on.

I am just doing a few quick bits, and packing today’s orders and then I will move my copious amounts of completely essential handbag items into my new bag ready for tomorrow, and have a snuggle with my family.

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Toodles & Binks Explore (KXR-018)


R.R.P. £4.35 unmounted and +50p mounted on UMOUNT

Main image measure about 10 cm x 9 cm (plus sentiments)

yay, rubbah finally cooked for this one….. a lovely new design by Kate Rietz, which is called Toodles & Binks Explore.

We’ve really pushed the boat out with two sentiments added to the stamp for you, “Have Fun today …” in the usual Amanda’s Hand and “EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES” in another fabbie font that we have been given permission to use – tis slightly worn looking and works perfectly with the image.

Soz about the watermarking (there are some very bad people out there who steal), I would love to show without, but can’t take the risk.

If I say so myself Toodles and Binks just keep getting better and better, with even more bang for your buck – it’s showing in the Stamp Galaxy shore as pre-order at the moment, but we have a big pile of ready to go out with the pre-orders and DT pack.

I’m off to teach a make’n’take at the Chicken Shack Craft Club in South Nutfield this morning so need to scoot to get ready.

A BIG thank you to everyone who visited the blog yesterday, I just need to get time to run round the hop myself and read everything properly.


Ohhh, and don’t forget that Toodles & Binks blog still has blog candy to give away this month.



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Hip…hip…hippity…hop – a lovely Sugar Nellie blog, blog hop…..

welcome to my world …. won’t you come on in …. and have carry on the circle of hopping ……

what a shashing stamp this one is, it’s called “Believe”….I have had a great time working with it, and am the HUGEST Diana Duda fan, so thank you Karen so much for letting me play.  Hop over to Funky Kits to get yours.

Our Toodles is off to Secondary School in September, and there is lots of girly talk around bags for books, etc., and so this little piece will hand on her zipper of the smart and v. trendy black and white bag she has her eye on:


I am such a rubbish photographer that unfortunately, you cannot see just how lovely and glassy this is – there are actually 7 layers of Chiaro-Flo Embossing Powder layered on, and in really life it is sooo shiney.  Tis a piece of stampboard stamped with Momento (Rich Cocoa) and then coloured in with the beloved COPICS which we now carry in store.  The small star image is one by Elzybells which I picked up from StampinCaz a little while ago, as she had fallen out of love with it.

Next up my main card:




It’s a bit bright, but this sweet lil lady can take it!

  1. Piece of Kraft 12×12 cardstock cut in half to make a 6×6 card.
  2. Cut a piece of  Sage Green Medium Prism cardstock to fit within that, but leaving a large border of the Kraft around the edge.
  3. Cut a piece of Doodlebug pink pattern paper and then use the SU Edge Distressing Kit to rough things up a little.
  4. Using white Prism cardstock cut the largest Labels 4 die out.
  5. Stamp on “Believe” stamp by Sugar Nellie and colour in with Copics, and edge with Dark Moss Fluid Chalk Ink.  Mount on the card to one side with 3d foam pads
  6. Take a white silk flower and colour with green and pink copics, and mount on the lefthandside of the lable die.
  7. Cut a White Cardstock panel large enough to extend just over the green panel and scallop punch the edge with SU punch.
  8. Edge with Dark Moss Fluid Chalk Ink.
  9. Tie a piece of brown gingham ribbon slightly up from the bottom, and mount the panel on the card.
  10. Cut out a swirl motiff (Provocraft) from white cardstock and colour in the swirl in dark pink copice and the heart in lime green copice and mount on the card.
  11. Sprinkle liberally with white pearls, and some coloured in BV23.
  12. Decorate the insides and rear of card – not done this as I had to get up at 5 to finish this off – nothing like cutting it fine hey!



Here’s the list of copic colours used for both products, we have vast quantities in stock at the moment:

B45 ~ Smoky Blue

B23 ~ Phithalo Blue

E40 ~ Brick White

E57 ~ Light Walnut

E11 ~ Barely Beige

E41 ~ Milky White

RV34 ~ Dark Pink

0 Colourless Blender

YG95 ~ Pale Olive

YG03 ~ Yellow Green 

BV23 ~ Greyish Lavender

Y32 ~ Cashmere

Y13 ~ Lemon Yellow


Thank you for visiting, and please hop over to Martine’s Blog …. I can’t wait to get home and hop around myself.

Twill be a long day here as Rubbah Elf has to cook the latest Toodles and Binks stamp this evening, you can check out our blog for a sneak peek, and the whole image will be revealed later on this evening.

Have a lovely day, and happy hopping.


Soz, I forgot, scroll down another couple of posts and there is a quick tutorial on mounting up your stamps on UMount (EZ Mount/Kling on)….




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I am busy doing crafty bits, but….

unfortunately I cannot share them until Friday first thing…..’cos I am in a blog hop for Sugar Nellie.  Yes, you did read that correctly, I posted a comment on Karen’s blog  and mine was one of the names that cam out of the hat.  She very sweetly let my name go through (even though I also run a stamp company) to the draw, and I was lucky enough to be one of the peeps that got a lovely new stamp from them, especially as it is a Diana Duda design ………. and I LUV Diana’s work – so thank you Karen if you read this it was lovely of you, and I shall pop one of our stamps in the post to play with as a thank you.

So, I have been playing and hopefully will have a couple of projects to post on the blog then.

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Deepest Sympathy (Rose Tapestry BIU-017)


This is the first time I’ve got to play with the new Rose Tapestry Sheet (BIU-017), and I am having heaps of fun with it.


I used a portion of the Rose Tapestry 6×6 main stamp as well as “Deepest Sympathy” and the “Rose Leaves” quotation on the inside.

I deliberately ran a bit of extra Versamark around some of the edge of the “Deepest Sympathy” stamp so that it picked up some of the Galactic Gold EP and gave it a slightly distressed look.


V12 ~ Pale Lilac

G21 ~ Lime Green

RV34 ~ Dark Pink

Y00 ~ Barium Yellow

YG95 – Pale Olive



Rich Cocoa Moment0 Ink

Bamboo Moment Ink

Sakura Quickie Pen

Crystal Glitter (SU)

Prism Cardstock:  Sage Medium, Epic Laid Black, Blush Red Dark

Doodlebug Stripe Pattern Paper


Sizzix Swirl Die

White Peals coloured with Copic Marker

EK Success Circle Punch

Scallop Circle Punch (SU)

Galactic Gold Embossing Powder by SG-me!

Nestie:  Labels Four

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