Monday 30 May 2011


Over on our Facebook Challenge the new theme is "Dollies" - anything doll related - altered doll, new made doll, work using stamped or collage images of dolls, card, ATCs, fabric, canvas etc. Closing date is midnight Sunday 12 June and as usual one entry will be drawn at random to win a £15 Gift Voucher. Maximum of 3 entries per person. If you do not use Facebook you can still enter, just send a pic of your work to us by email at and we will do the rest.
This little creature is called "Ich traum von Rost" ( I dream of rust) and I made her a part of an international art doll swap. She is currently on her way to Germany - hence the name. She is made using one of our 3 inch cubes, Ten Second Studio metal, bits of an old doll and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint.
And congratulations to Netty who won our "In Flight" challenge.

Wednesday 25 May 2011

In Flight

In Flight is the theme for our current Facebook Challenge. This is my piece using a square shadow box, Butterfly Garden Ephemera. the bird is made using Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals in a sugar paste mould. Entries based on the theme - which includes anything that flies birds, butterflies, fairies, dargons, planes, elephants etc - can be in any medium including card, altered object, canvas, jewellery etc and feature at least one produce available from the Happy Daze shop. the challenge closes on Sunday 29 May at midnight and one entry will be drawn at random to win a £15 gift Voucher.

If you are not a Facebook person you can email your entry to me at and we will load it for you.

Why not pop over to our Facebook Page and see our entries so far.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

HappyStampers at Port Sunlight

We had a fabulous day on Saturday at the Happy Stampers North West Stamp Festival in Port Sunlight. The show has 33 stands of stamping or stamp related exhibitors and 1600 visitors, phew. It was our first ever show so were a little apprehensive but all went well, and despite the broken rib!. We arrived on Friday to set up, me, hubby Richard, lovely sister Clare and the fabulous Jo Capper-Sandon. We took ages and were still nowhere near finished by the time we had to leave at 6pm. You could see how much more efficient were the exhibitors who do shows all the time and were all done while we looked like a bomb had gone off on our stand. Jo, Clare and I were back at 8 on Saturday morning and were joined by Joanne Wardle, Julie Dandy and Karen Cass and Michele Readitt. It was Karen Cass who talked me into applying to go on the waiting list to have a stand at the show, took almost a year but due to a cancellation we made it!


Jo and Joanne demoed all day making and giving away over 60 cards and tags, a herculean effort.

Joanne Wardle

One of the best things of the day was meeting up with old friends, customers and bloggers who I only knew by name. Of course in the rush I forgot to take many pics but I got to say hello Flutterby Crafter aka Ann, Jo aka Peach
Tree, Judith, Dawn from Huddersfield and her mom, Carina all the way from Holland and quite a few people from UK Stampers including Sid aka
Harpie, Lorraine, Linda and Annepat and apologies for anyone I've missed off!

We are on the standby list for a cancellation again and hope to be at the next show in October or next year in May.

Julie Dandy in her Alice in Wonderland Hat

Karen Cass and Michele Readit check the stand looks OK before the customers arrive

Moira sporting a broken rib and bird nest hat! (pic courtesy of Sid aka Harpie)

Clare manning (or is that womaning?) the till

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Stand 26 at Port Sunlight

We have a stand alteration for the Happy Stampers North West Stamping Festival at Port Sunlight on Saturday, we are now on stand 26. If you are coming you will see us just as you walk in the main door. We will have lots of samples at the show which use our stamp ramges, Jo Capper-Sandon and Joanne Wardle will be there demonstrating and Julie Dandy, Carol Fox and I shall be there . If you are coming to the show do pop along to say hello, it is always great to put a name to a face. You will be able to spot me I shall be the one hobbling around clutching her side moaning having had a fall and cracked a rib!

Sunday 8 May 2011

Count Down to the Port Sunlight Show

Jo Capper-Sandon

We are getting very excited about our first Happy Stampers North West Stamp Festival next weekend. It will begreat fun. We will havelots of stamps and some other great bits and pieces and non stop demos from Jo Capper -Sandon, using stamps she has designed for Stampotique Originals, and Joanne Wardle. To get us in the mood here are a few samples by Jo Capper-Sandon, Joanne Wardle and Gillian Simson using stamps from Stampotique Originals .

Jo Capper-Sandon

Decorated White Texture Tile by Gillian Simson using Adirondack Colour Wash Sprays in Denim and Sailboat Blue spritzed in chosen areas of tile, blotting off excess with Kitchen Roll, remaining areas of the tile coloured with Distress Stains in Antique Linen & Vintage Photo.

Joanne Wardle

Joanne Wardle

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Black and White Challenge

Over on the Happy Daze Facebook the new challenge is "Black and White". Make whatever you like - card, layout, altered item, canvas, jewellery etc, but only use the colours black and white, use at least one product which can be purchased from the Happy Daze shop and maximum of 3 entries per person. As usual one winner will be drawn at randon to win a £15 Gift Voucher to spend in the shop, the closing date is midnight on Sunday 15th May.

This case started life as one of our Papier Mache boxes and has been decorated with Delish Designs Peppercorn paper, the flowers are made with lace and Ten Second Studio metal and Peppercorn brads, the lid has been painted with black dabber paint then crackled with Viva Croco crackle paint in white.