Monday 28 December 2015

Sale - Opening Hours

Our Online Sale is on now - 20% off all orders over £20
(no code required, discount automatically applied)

In store Sale
Tuesday 29th Dec  -  10am-3pm
Wednesday 30th Dec  -  10am-3pm
Saturday 2nd Jan  - 10am-3pm
Upto 70% off in store

Sunday 27 December 2015


Vicky made this card using our Distress Alphabet stamp set embossed in white onto kraft card with Be Creative papers in the background.

Spend over £20 in our online store and receive 20% off - this week only.

Sunday 20 December 2015

Gold Leaf Bethlehem

Emboss our Bethlehem stamp with black ink and black powder onto Laminating sheet.
Cover the sticky size of the laminating sheet with gold leaf.  
Here we have used a sheet of gold leaf so you can see the pattern.
You can also do this with gilding flakes.

Stamp Stars background onto black card in gold ink for creased card.

Thursday 17 December 2015

Sale on now

In store and online now

Online - 20% off all orders over £20

Instore - upto 70% off

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Opening Hours W/C 14/12/15

Tuesday 15/12  - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 16/12  - 10am-3pm
Thursday 17/12  - 10am-4pm  Crop Day
Friday 18/12  - 10am-3pm
Saturday 19/12  - 10am-3pm

Thursday 10 December 2015

Swiss Mountains

After spending 3 days teaching we went up into the mountains for 2 days.
Unfortunately there is not yet enough snow for skiing but there was plenty of sunshine.
People swim in this lake during the summer but now it is frozen.
 All the images I had in my head of what it would look like in the mountains is totally true, just like all the movies.  Log cabins, cows with cowbells (although most are inside for the winter).
 I was trying to capture the snow glistening in the sunlight but it just doesn't photograph well.
The one thing I really could not photograph was the stars.
Because there are no street lights and virtually no light polluting the skies you can see hundreds (maybe thousands) of stars in the sky every night, it is magical to see.

Monday 7 December 2015

Opening Hours w/c 07/12

Tuesday 8th - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 9th - 10am-3pm & 7pm-9pm Project Club
Thursday 10th - 10am-3pm
Friday 11th - 10am-3pm
Saturday 12th - 10am-3pm CROP day

All of this week is Shop Small week with Amex.
Spend over £10 on your Amex and get £5 back from Amex.

Sunday 6 December 2015

Spend £10 get £5 back with Amex - Shop Small

From now until 19th December
(every day that we are open)
If you spend at least £10 on your American Express Card in our store
then Amex will give you £5 back.

You have to register your card to take part

This also applies to lots of other small business too 
so you could get £5 back from all the stores taking part.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Opening Hours W/C 01/12

Tuesday 1st - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 2nd - 10am-3pm
Thursday 3rd - 10am-3pm
Friday 4th - 10am-3pm
Saturday 5th - CLOSED

Friday 27 November 2015

Project Club December

December Project Club
Tuesday 1st Dec @ 12.30
Wednesday 2nd Dec @ 1pm
Wednesday 2nd Dec @ 7pm
Wednesday 9th @ 7pm

If you would like to join us for one of these classes please call us on 01234 855833

Thursday 26 November 2015

Grandma's Quilt Get Well Soon

Lesley made this card using the stamp set Grandma's Quilt that she designed.
The elephant on the front is available here

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Black Friday Deals

Visit our Black Friday Sale here
Click on each item listed to see the Special Offer available
i.e. Buy the Distress Alphabet and save £4 (50%) when you buy the Distress Numbers

Grunge Spots

If you saw us on Hochanda a couple of weeks ago you might have seen Vicky making this card.
It is a very quick card to make.
If you get out a selection of your favourite inkpad colours and our Grunge Set 1 you could make this card in a matter of minutes.

Monday 23 November 2015

Opening Hours w/c 23/11/15

Tuesday 24th  10am-3pm
Wednesday 25th  10am-3pm
Thursday 26th  10am-3pm
Friday 27th  10am-3pm
Saturday 28th  10am-3pm - Handmade Gift Fair

Sunday 22 November 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

Vicky created this card using our Distress Alphabet
and some of the new Be Creative papers available from Once Upon A stamp.

Vicky distressed a white 8x8" scallop card with Vintage Photo as well as the paper.
The letters are embossed in white onto brown card.
Lots of glitter added afterwards.

Saturday 21 November 2015

Love & Noel

I created these using our Distress Alphabet stamps.
They have been placed over the top of washi tape.
The Love card is layered onto mulberry paper and
Noel is layered onto red sparkly paper.

Friday 20 November 2015

Cardiff Craft & Hobby Show 22nd Nov

Sunday 22nd November
Craft & Hobby Show
Cardiff City Stadium
CF11 8AZ


Exhibitors include:

Pink Frog Cards & Crafts
Boxes & Busts
Sweet Poppy Stencils
Anna Marie Designs
Shima Beads & Wool
Glitter Magic
Terry Ross
Crafty Little Dragon
The Bead Selection
Classy Crafts
Inkwell Stamps
Stamp Addicts
Teri B Fantasy Crafts
Decoden UK Supplies
Linda's Buttons & Beads
Phoebe's Stores
Forever Living
Silvar Design
Simply Craft
Butterfly Touch
Craft Habitat UK Ltd
Craft of Hearts
Katy Freeman - Stamping Up! Demonstrator
White Gecko Craft Lounge

Thursday 19 November 2015

Shrink Grunge Flowers

I made this card using our Grunge Background stamp
As well as Grunge set 3.
All stamped in Hickory Smoke and Aged Mahogany.
The Grunge Flowers were stamped in Black Cherry Stazon onto white shrink plastic.
With our Banners & Greetings to finish it off.

I based this on a card made by Design Team member Brenda.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Table Top Sale - Sat 21st Nov

In store on Saturday 21st November
we have our
Table Top Sale

There will be lots of amazing bargains available as well as some special offers in the store.

Monday 16 November 2015

Opening Hours - w/c 16/11

Tuesday 17/11  10am-3pm
Wednesday 18/11  10am-3pm
Thursday 19/11  10am-3pm
Friday 20/11  10am-3pm
Saturday 21/11  10am- 3pm  Table Top Sale

Saturday 14 November 2015

Distress Christmas Rose

This is a card Vicky made during our recent Hochanda shows.
Using our Grunge Background which Vicky inked with Mowed Lawn
and Festive Berries Distress inkpads.

Vicky then stamped and watercoloured 2 of our Grunge Flowers in Festive Berries.
Using the largest image from Grunge set 3, which she stamped in Mowed Lawn, Vicky then cut this to form the shape of the leaves and layered them behind the flowers making them look a little like a Christmas Rose.

Thursday 12 November 2015

Ross PaperCraft Show, Seaburn Centre - 15th November

Ross PaperCraft Show
Sunday 15th November
Seaburn Centre, Sunderland

Stamp Addicts will be at this show.
If you would like to pre-order any stamps for collection at the show please
either email
or call us on 01234 855833

Find the event on Facebook here
An exhibitor list will be available soon.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Distress & Grunge

Did you see our shows on Hochanda last week using our Grunge stamps along with our Distressed Alphabet and Numbers?
Here is one of the cards I made during the show.
I covered the background with Distress Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord and then stamped some of our Grunge stamps in various Distress colours like Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron and Fossilized Amber.

I stamped the Grunge Flower in Black Archival and then used a waterbrush filled with bleach to paint it, which removes the colour but not the patterns.
I then painted over with some pink.
The Distressed Alphabet letters were stamped in Pink and if you look closely you can see I sketched a black line just around the inside the of the letters - a little trick that Lesley showed me.

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Crop Day - 14th November

In store on Saturday 14th November
is Crop Day
£5 for a table for the day 10am-4pm

You can scrapbook, make Christmas cards,
knit or use the space for whatever you want.

To book a table please call us on 01234 855833

Monday 9 November 2015

Opening Hours w/c 09/11/15

Tuesday 10/11  10am-3pm
Wednesday 11/11  10am-3pm
Plus Project Club 7pm-9pm
Thursday 12/11  10am-3pm
Friday 13/11  10am-3pm
Saturday 14/11  10am-4pm  Crop
Sunday 15/11 - Seaburn Centre, Sunderland

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Grunge Flowers

Our Grunge Flowers come in many different sizes.
You can find them all here.
Along with all the other stamps featuring in our shows on Hochanda on Thursday 5th November.

Cards by Brenda.

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Christmas Grunge

Our wonderful Design Team member Brenda has been hard at work playing with our Grunge stamps for our Hochanda show on Thursday.
This is our Grunge Background with our Poinsettia Bouquet.

Monday 2 November 2015

Opening Hours W/C 2/11/15

Tuesday 10am-3pm - Project Club
Wednesday 10am-3pm - Project Club
Friday 10am-3pm

Thursday 29 October 2015

Sheffield - 1st November - Ross PaperCraft Show

This Sunday - 1st November
we will be at
Ross PaperCraft Show
Westfield Sports College
Eckington Road
Sheffield S20 1HQ

The show is open 10am - 3pm

Exhibitors include:
Lucosa Craft, HoneyDoo, Debonaire Designs, Crafty Roo Designs,
Glitter Perfect, Krack on Krafts, Busy Bee Crafts, Stamps by Me,
J.T. Ribbon Designs, Fibees Crafts, Crafty Corner, Brambles,
N.E. Laser, Jelly Bean, Really Useful Boxes, Kathy's Crafts, Glitz Craft,
Paper n' Card, Home Farm Crafts, Once Upon A Stamp, Mad Hatter Crafts,
Stamp Addicts, Craft-e-Liza, Mad4Ink, The Make It Company, Beths Bits,
Keepsake Card & Crafts, Sparkles Crafts, 1 Craft 1, Ellas Designs,
Ross Paper, Little Claire

Hot and cold refreshment available.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Project Club November

Tuesday 3rd November 12.30
Wednesday 4th November 1pm & 7pm
Wednesday 11th November 7pm

We have a couple of spaces in each class so if you would like to join us 
please either email or call us to book 01234 855833

Sunday 25 October 2015

Opening Hours W/C 26/10

Tuesday 27/10  -  10am-3pm
Wednesday 28/10  -  10am-3pm
Thursday 29/10  - 10am-3pm
Friday 30/10  - 10am-3pm

Friday 23 October 2015

Butterfly on TV

Once Upon A Stamp will be on Hochanda this Saturday
with their new Be Creative product range.
I made this card using some of their new inkpads.
I swiped the pink and purple inkpads across the paper and then buffed with tissue to create the coloured paper.
I then stamped the butterfly over the top in black ink and added sparkle.
I did the same with the blue inkpad to create the next layer.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Merry Christmas Trees

On Saturday Once Upon A Stamp will be on HOCHANDA with their Be Creative product range 
and we made some samples with their inkpads and our stamps.
These are 2 of them using our Merry Christmas Tree

On the top card we coloured the card with glossy card direct with the inkpad and stamped with Black Archival.  The background layer is the tree stamped with the same multi-coloured inkpads.

The second card is the Merry Christmas Tree stamped with 2 of the multi-colour inkpads and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The snowflake in the background is from our Christmas Twiddly Bits stamp set.

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Back on TV

We will be back on HOCHANDA on Thursday 5th November
1pm and 6pm

We have set this up as an event on Facebook here so you can join.
We will post up the stamps we will be using (not Christmas)
and some of the samples on this Facebook page.
Plus Facebook will remind you on the day

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Presents Galore

Another of Lesley's fabulous creations.
This time Lesley has used:

Grandmas Quilt (parcel)
Christmas Trio (parcel & gingerbread)

Sunday 18 October 2015

Opening Hours W/C 19/10/15

Tuesday 20/10  -  10am-3pm
Wednesday 21/10  -  10am-3pm
Thursday 22/10  - 10am-3pm
Friday 23/10  -  10am-3pm
Saturday 24/10  - 10am-4pm
Sunday 25/10  - 10am-4pm

This is our last Sunday opening of 2015.

Friday 16 October 2015

Winter Joy

Is it true that the early arrival of the Bewick swan signfies a harsh winter?
I am not a fan of many aspects of winter, mainly the cold,
but I do love Snowmen and you can't have snowmen without winter!

This card was made by Lesley Crawford and she also designed the stamps.
Lesley is currently working on new designs for release at Stamperama in February.

To order these stamps and any of our other stamps please visit our ebay store here.

Thursday 15 October 2015

Winter Wonderland Scene

This is one of the cards that Lesley made at Stamperama last weekend.

The outer frame is from our Swirly Sleigh set
The Snowman is from our Snowman & Robin set
The present is from Grandma's Quilt set
Everything else is from the Small Winter Wonderland set

All stamps used here were designed by Lesley Crawford

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Christmas Bunting

Vicky used the Banners unmounted rubber stamp set to create this card
with a couple of words from the Christmas Trio set.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Rodney Sparkles

Rodney gets up to lots of mischief - but only when you're not looking!
Did you know Rodney has his pilots licence?

Monday 12 October 2015

Opening Hours w/c 12/10/15

We will be open the following hours this week:

Tuesday 13th - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 14th - 10am-3pm & 7pm-9pm
Thursday 15th - 10am-3pm
Friday 16th - 10am-3pm
Saturday 17th - 10am-3pm

Sunday 11 October 2015

Magical Christmas

For this card I used
Christmas Twiddly Bits
Wavy Christmas Words

Plus stickles and a white pen.
I used the white pen on the stars after I had coloured them.

Everything stamped in black Archival except the bough which is in Distress ink - 
Forest Moss I think!

Friday 9 October 2015

Rodney Framed

This is one of the cards Vicky made in the shows using
Banners set
Greetings set

The spots in the background are from the Banners set.
Everything has been coloured with Brushables pens.
The inside of the frame was cut out so that Rodney could be peeking through.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Shrink Plastic Gnome

If you saw our 2pm show on Hochanda on Monday you would have seen this card.
The Gnome was stamped onto white shrink plastic with black Stazon
and coloured with Pastel Chalk Pencils.  
You do need to sand the shrink first when colouring with pencils.
Remember when working with shrink plastic not to colour too dark because when you shrink the colours intensify.

The Snowglobe is one of our unmounted stamps stamped in black and then reverse masked so that we could stamp the trees and logs inside from the Small Winter Wonderland set.

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Stamperama - Flitwick

Saturday 10th October
Stamperama - Stamp & PaperCraft Show
The Rufus Centre
Steppingley Road, Flitwick
Bedfordshire MK45 1AH

In support of East Anglian Air Ambulance

Exhibitors include:
Stamp Addicts, Once Upon A Stamp, Honey Doo Crafts, 
The Stamp Hut, Hobby Art, 
Glitter Perfect, Craft Habitat, Noor Design, 
Inkylicious, Ross Paper, Kathy's Crafts

Lots of demonstrations
Make & Takes
Refreshments available
Free Parking 

Entrance £2

We hope you can join us for a fun day
Please share this event with all your friends
so we can raise lots of money for
East Anglian Air Ambulance

Monday 5 October 2015


We are so excited that we are going to be on Hochanda today.
It feels like we are going back 10 years when making TV shows used
to be fun and exciting and about how many demonstrations we could
squeeze into a show.
Although this time we have 3 shows in one day!
So it's going to be a very long day.

Hope you can join us today and that you enjoy the show.

Sunday 4 October 2015

Watch us on TV

Tomorrow we will be on HOCHANDA TV
@ 11am, 2pm and 5pm
You can watch on Freeview 39, Sky 663 and Freesat 817
Plus you can watch via their website

Lesley made this card using some of the stamp sets that she designed

Saturday 3 October 2015

October Project Club

This is the card we are making in Project Club this month
(alternative colours are available)

Wednesday 7th October 1pm 
Wednesday 7th October 7pm
Tuesday 13th October 12.30
Wednesday 14th October 7pm

If you would like to join us for any of these dates please call to reserve
your space on 01234 855833

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Stamp Addicts on TV

We will be on HOCHANDA TV
on Monday 5th October at 
11am, 2pm and 5pm

Let us know you will be watching and join our Facebook event here

Find all the stamps we will be using here

We will be playing with shrink plastic as well as Distress Inks
Hope you can join us

Tuesday 29 September 2015

The Great Create Extravaganza, Harrogate

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October we will be at:

The Great Create Extravaganza
Yorkshire Event Centre

(formerly Great Northern PaperCraft Extravaganza)

For more details visit their FB page here

If you would like to pre-order any of our stamps for collection at the show please let us know by 10am on Thursday 1st October.

Monday 28 September 2015

Opening Hours w/c 28/09

This week we are open on the following days:
Tuesday 29/09 - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 30/09 - 10am-3pm
Thursday 01/10 - 10am-3pm
Friday 02/10 - 10am-3pm

Friday 02/-10 - Saturday 03/10 - The Greate Create Extravaganza, Harrogate

Friday 25 September 2015

Meeting McBusted

My 13 year old daughter (2nd from right) has been itching to go to a concert
for some time, but I have been hesitant because of the sheer size of most venues
and the fact that we probably won't be able to see anyone on the stage.

So when the opportunity came up to win tickets to meet McBusted and then watch the concert
at Newmarket Racecourse I grabbed the chance and was lucky enough to win.

It was a great venue for a first concert, small enough that everyone can see the stage 
and the people on it.

Annabel absolutely loved it, plus we even enjoyed a few horse races before the concert.

Above is the photo of us meeting the band.
Now I have never been in any doubt that I am vertically challenged (5'2") but in this
photo I (in the centre) am obviously in the land of the tall!
I've even got heels on!

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Ross PaperCraft Show in Hull

On Sunday 27th September we will be at the

Ross PaperCraft Show
Costello Stadium

We hope you can join us.
We are taking pre-orders for collection at the show.

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Star Wobble Cards

If you missed these at Knebworth last week, these are our Star Wobble Cards.
The top two I coloured with Brilliance inkpads, Copper and Rocket Red.
The blue one is Distress Mermaid Lagoon and a touch of Evergreen Bough.
The Etched Star and Mini Etched Star are stamped over the top in black Archival.
The Mini Etched Star is mounted onto a Wobble, I did have to trim it slightly to make it fit on the star.

The white creased card is also stamped with the Etched Star in black Archival.

Monday 21 September 2015

Opening Hours w/c 21/09

Our Opening Hours for week commencing 21st September

Tuesday 10am-3pm
Wednesday 10am-3pm
Thursday 10am-3pm
Friday 10am-3pm

Saturday - closed
Sunday - Ross PaperCraft Show in Hull

Thursday 17 September 2015

50% off Wood Stamps

We are open every day this week 10am-3pm
Including Sunday

Plus we have 50% off almost all Wood Stamps in store.

Pop in and grab a bargain

Monday 14 September 2015

Opening Hours w/c 14/09

Tuesday 15th   10am-3pm
Wednesday 16th  10am-3pm
Thursday 17th  10am-3pm
Friday 18th  10am-3pm
Saturday 19th  10am-3pm
Sunday 20th  10am-3pm

We have our first Christmas Cardmaking Weekend of 2015 this weekend.
We do have a couple of spaces available, if you would like to book please let us know as soon as possible so we can cut and prepare all the card.

Sunday 13 September 2015

Design Team Call

We have been talking to the TV companies about going back on air and are therefore looking for some new Design Team members.

We send out our rubber stamps to DT members and in return they send us samples.
We prefer samples to be mainly cards and they have to be delivered to us either in person or by post.

We contact DT members each time to find out if they are available and usually 
to offer them a choice of stamps.  
As a DT member you do not have to participate every time. 

If you would like to be considered for a place on our DT please comment on here with a link
to your blog, Facebook page or anywhere you have photos of your samples online.
Or you can email links to me

Please do not email attachments to me.

If you are local to the store you can drop in your samples and 
collect them when we have finished choosing.

Good luck

Monday 7 September 2015

Project Club Wednesday 9th @ 1pm

We have a couple of spaces available in our Project Club on Wednesday 9th September at 1pm
These are some of the variations on this months card.
If you would like to join us please let us know on 01234 855833

Sunday 6 September 2015

Opening Hours w/c 7/09/15

All of our kids go back to school this week - finally!

Tues 8th  10am-3pm
Project Club @ 12.30

Wed 9th  10am-3pm + 7pm-9pm
Project Club @ 1pm + 7pm

Thursday 10th  10am-3pm

Friday 11th  10am-3pm

Saturday 12th  10am-3pm
Crop Day

Plus Saturday 12th  10am-4pm
Knebwork Workshop Day with Time To Sow.
St Martins Parish Centre, Knebworth
Pop in to shop or check out our Facebook Event to see details of workshops.

Friday 4 September 2015

Silver Snowflakes

and Twiddly Bits for the wavy lines to create the banner.

This is perfect for making speedy Christmas cards.

Monday 31 August 2015

New Snowflakes

Another of Vicky's creations using our new Fanciful Snowflake Stamps
as well as our Wavy Christmas stamps.

Sunday 30 August 2015

Opening Hours W/C1st September

Tuesday 1st September - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 2nd September - 10am-3pm & 7pm-9pm
Thursday 3rd September - 10am-3pm
Friday 4th September - 10am-3pm
Saturday 5th September - CLOSED

Saturday 29 August 2015

New Fanciful Snowflake Stamps

Have you seen our new Fanciful Snowflakes stamp sets.
Set one is the large Fanciful Snowflake with a solid version.

To create this card stamp the solid in Distress Cracked Pistachio.
Emboss the Fanciful Snowflake in gold over the top.

Thursday 27 August 2015

Project Club September

This is what we are making in our September Project Club
involving Distress Markers and Amazing Glaze (thick embossing powder)
plus some twinkle embossing powder.
Stamp: Grandma's Quilt

Project Club
Wednesday 2nd September @ 7pm - Full
Tuesday 8th September @ 12.30 - Limited spaces
Wednesday 9th September @ 1pm - Spaces
Wednesday 9th September @ 7pm - Spaces

Please call to book your place on 01234 855833