Tuesday, 20 December 2011


Hi everyone,

Hope you are ready for Christmas, I have just managed to get my cards finished and given out.
My grandchildren have all had a hand in helping with the baking and just about everything else is done, so that's me about ready, just 3 days to work then finished till the 4th January.

Just want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year.

Jean x

Thursday, 3 November 2011

NEC weekend

Well it's that time again and Gordon, Rob, Karen and Michelle are at the NEC.

 Di, Anthea and myself holding the fort at the shop, so if your not going to the show we will be open 4 hours a day except for Sunday, pop in and see us.

Jean x

Monday, 17 October 2011

New Grand Alphabet

When the new dies came in we were asked to try some of them out.
Here's my samples of the Grand Alphabet, although it's a grand die each letter is individual so can be used independantly in your small die cutting machines.

Jean x

Sunday, 9 October 2011

WOW more fantastic faux porcelain flowers

Saturday brought my second faux porcelain flowers
 class of the week
There were only 3 ladies at this class but that didnot stop us having a great day. All of them have been to my other paper flower classes and this one rounded the set off beautifully with fantastic results.

Photos 1 and 2 the 3 ladies

Photo 3 there flowers

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A really enjoyable class

WOW what a great class today!

 I have really enjoyed todays class making faux porcelain flowers.

All the ladies appeared to have lots of fun learning this technique.

Photo 1 below are the ladies who joined me for the class
and photo 2 are there flowers, each made 4.
For first-timers at faux porcelain I think they all did a
fantastic job.




Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Di's Birthday Gift

As it is a milestone Birthday for Di this weekend we decided to get her somethng special.

Di keeps chickens at home so the first thought was a new chick but, as she has rare breeds we were unsure so we went for a garden ornament, A Cockeral made from metal.

 It was a complete suprise for Di and I hope you can see her reaction from the photos.

Hoping you have a fantastic Birthday Di
Love from all at Once Upon A Stamp

Monday, 18 July 2011


Here are the cards I made for the C&C show using the Marianne dies. Hugs Karen x


Yes as Jean has said a great weekend and very busy. Here we all are just before opening all relaxed before the we began.
We are now holding the fort at the shop while the boys are in the states, even though we all have a few aches and pains between us.
Hugs Karen x

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Summer Crafting at Doncaster Racecourse

Just returned from a great weekend at Doncaster, we have had a really busy time. Hope everyone who managed to go to the show enjoyed it as much as we did, although we have all come away shattered and could do with a few days off to get over it. But we are all in the shop tomorrow as Rob and Gordon are away to the CHA trade show in Chicargo in the morning so we are left holding the fort.

These are pic's of our stand on Saturday morning before the onslaught of crafters.

Jean x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Will we see you at Doncaster?

Well after a busy couple of weeks preparing for the Create and Craft show last weekend we are now in full swing getting things together for the Summer Crafting show at Doncaster this Saturday and Sunday. If anyone is going please come and say Hi, we are on stand 9, 1st one on the left as you come in the hall.

Hope to see some of you there


Monday, 23 May 2011


We had fun on our stamping on shrink plastic part one last week.
The ladies had never done this before and were a bit nervous at the beginning.
They soon gained confidence and they were eagerly making lots of pieces.

 They were able to use different techniques to colour the images before shrinking.

 Just a few of the pieces that they have made and they were so pleased with themselves they cannot wait for part 2.
Well done ladies we had so much fun and look forward to seeing you all next time  hugs Karen x

Monday, 18 April 2011


Hi all,

We have all been very busy as we have been rearranging the shop now taking us twice as long to find where we have put them lol.
Also busy with unpacking deliveries and fulfilling orders the new spellbinders are finally starting to arrive.

I have now updated the workshops will be putting a few more up once I have finalised the details.

Well bye for now hope to see you soon. hugs Karen x

Thursday, 7 April 2011


not been on for awhile, been busy since new year.
Very busy again this week, Di, Rob and Gordon on holiday and Karen hit by a tummy bug so Anthea and myself holding the fort.
I must therefore appologise for any delays in orders and answering of messages, we are trying to get everything sorted ASAP.

Thanks for your patience


Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Well it`s been quite a while since my last post but we have been so busy with the shows orders etc.
Gordon is well on the mend but still needs to take it easy.
I have now put up the dates for the first of our workshops which you will find on the workshop dates page.
Hopefully I shall put up some samples we have made with the Marianne dies which will give you some inspiration.

We are eagerly awaiting the new spellbinders which have been arriving very slowoy but they will be worth the wait.

Well hope to talk again soon hugs Karen xxx

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Win some blog candy

We thought we would put up a challenge for you all. Guess which photo belongs to who, I still have 2 more photo`s that need to be put on once I have received them but thought I would get the ball rolling.
Just match the person with the photo number, the draw will take place last week of February.
The winner will receive a Just-Rite Baby Stamp Ensemble set with woodenoval stamper.

Di, Jean, Robert, Michelle, Anthea, Karen, have fun hugs Karen xx

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Cards I used on C&C on Sunday

Here are three cards I made using the scor-buddy to demonstrate on C&C. I wanted to show how you can do simple backgounds using the embossing lines.

This first one was using white card placed face down butted up to the edge and then embossed along the first three lines, repeat on all sides to form the outer square.

Place the card face down again and emboss on every 1/4" line.

Ink the card from the edge, I used Distress inks so that the colour picks up the embossed lines.
Mount an image onto the front and finish off with a ribbon down the side, with smaller ribbon tied onto the main ribbon.

This one was done by using mirror card cut into 2" squares.
Place the square face down from corner to corner lined up onto the centre line of the board and emboss.
Keeping the top corner in place, move the bottom corner one line right  and emboss. Repeat as many times as you want.
Place the card in the centre again but move to your left same as before. Repeat with all squares.
Mount the squares onto cardstock slightly bigger then onto your folded card. Finish off with a gemstone in the centre.

Again I used a square piece of mirror card but used alchol inks to colour it.
Place it face down onto the scor-buddy against the edge, emboss the 1st, 3rd and 5th lines. Now place the same edge face up and emboss on the 2nd, 4th and 6th lines. Repeat on the opposite side.This will give a fluted effect
You can then decorate in your own way.

Hugs Karen xxx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Well Done Karen

Didn,t she do well? Karen,the bug lady,shall now be known as the bosom buddy! That Naughty Nigel stamping her on her bazookas!!! so funny,you got to watch c&c to see what I
.Karen it looked really good fun.I am so jealous ,you always get the lovely Nigel,so not fair.
PS can you post photos of the cards as we've not seen them on here and they look brilliant.
Great news that Gordon,s back home,such a relief for all of us,a miracle maybe.Dropped Harry off on sunday and took Bobby along for a quick cuddle too.Hope the three of them take care of each other and will soon pop in the shop.Girls it sounds like you are all working beyond the call of duty,can,t wait to call in and have a natter.
Design team is a bit quiet at mo so am taking time out doing all those half finished projects that we all collect,
anyway ttfn hugs michelle&bob the dog xxx

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Hi all

Well hello to all and what lovely news that Gordon is now on the road to recovery. What fab news about their civil ceremony they were made for each other.

Watch this space as there will be a little competition for some blog candy as soon as I can organise will get it up and running.

We will also be hoping to get the workshops up and running by the end of Feb beginning of March.

Robert has also come up with some new ideas which will be fun and I`m sure you will all enjoy.

Well bye for now hugs Karen xxx

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Shop Opening Times.

We are very sorry but for the next few weeks the shop will be closed on Sundays due to illness. We will post again when things change.
Sorry for any inconveinience.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our followers.

We are hoping to be back at work this week and will be new and exciting things to the blog so please keep looking.

Jean x