Monday 31 December 2012


Hello my lovely crafty friends,
Thank you for all your support today. I am glad you have loved the 4Day Deal, it really is a fab DVD and card kits.
Just wanted to wish you all a very happy and creative new year.
Hope you can tune in over the next few days for more inspiration and also some jewellery and scrapbook shows.
Have a fabulous evening
Take care
Lots of love
Melanie xxx

Monday 24 December 2012


Hello crafty friends
you have heard me talking about Pip throughout the last year so I thought i would share a couple of my favourite pictures of him.
He is a real character and is soooooo loving.
Have a fabulous Christmas.
Lots of love

Melanie and PIP xxxx

Sunday 23 December 2012

Join me on New Years Eve!

Hello my crafty friends
Please join me on New Years Eve for a brand new and first ever 4 Day Deal from HOT OFF THE PRESS.
My first show is at 8am and I am on for the following four days. I will also be doing some American Crafts showa and some Jesse James Beads.
Can I just take this opportunity to thank you all so much for all your support this year and wish you all a wonderful Christmas.
 Keep checking my blog as I will be posting the dates for my next Cricut Retreat in the next few days.
Take care
lots of love and hugs
Melanie xxx

Thursday 20 December 2012

This Years' Christmas Special

Hello Crafty friends
Every year I teach a class and we make something very special that came come out year after year.
This year I decided to work with a Bo Bunny acrylic edgy album, Bo Bunny Crush papers and Woodware stamps designed by Jane Gill and Francoise Reed.
I wanted to use papers that weren't Christmas as we find they come in too late for our market. So I went for a love themed paper collection.
Hope you like the finished project.
Keep checking for new posts over the next few days. One or two exciting announcements will be posted before Christmas!!!!!
Take care
Melanie xxx

Pictures of This Years Christmas Project

Thursday 13 December 2012

sugar gum paste for the Cricut cake

Hello crafters
I promised I would post the name of the company we got the pots of gum paste from. It is sugarshack. They call it Satin Ice.
Sarah said they are the cheapest she has found. Please give me feedback on this.
Take care
Melanie xxx

Sunday 9 December 2012

Get ready for an AMAZING deal on Tuesday.

Hello crafters
Hope you have enjoyed the shows this weekend.
I have to tell you about the POTD on Tuesday. We have got the Cricut cake mini at an absolutely crazy price!!!!! Can't tell you what that is yet but if you have ever wanted one but couldn't justify it just at decorate a few cakes each year then tune in on Ideal World at 9 pm onTuesday. I promise you won't believe the deal.
The cake cartridges will also be on offer and definitely not to be missed.
See you there
Melanie xxxxxxx

Thursday 6 December 2012

Featured products at special discounted prices!!!!!!!

Hello Crafters
Bramwells have set up a new section on their site to feature the products I like, and show you what I do with them. Check it out here:

This months products are the Little Miss collection from Bo Bunny. I think this is one of my favourite collections they have ever done. Very shabby chic without being Grungy!
Let me know what you think or if there are any other products you would like to see featured.
Enjoy the SPECIAL PRICES!!!!!
Take Care
Melanie XXXXXX

Monday 3 December 2012

This weeks and next weeks shows.

Hello crafters,
Busy working away this week on samples and demos for my next shows.
I will be on air on Friday at 8am with Jesse James beads.
American Crafts at11am and 7pm.   Really excited about that one!!!!!

Saturday at 11am with more lovely products from American Crafts

Sunday I have one hour of Sunday Scrappers at 9am. Featuring My Little Shoebox special offers and Bo bunny 3 for 2's on 12 by12 paper collections. ( not to be missed) also some Kaisercraft Off the Page Products.

Tool shed on Sunday.

Then I have a Pick of the Day in Tuesday and Wednesday. Another amazing deal!!!!!!!!!

Take care
Melanie xxxxx

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Hello Sunshine Samples

Hello Sunshine!

Hello Crafty friends,
I am still waiting for the foundations to be done on my craft room. Every time the digger man is free it rains!!!!!! Very frustrating but I will just have to keep crafting in the dining room for a bit longer!!!!
Somebody pointed out to me the other day that I had never posted the cards I made with the Hello Sunshine collection from Bo Bunny, so I am posting them now.

Sunday 18 November 2012

What a beautiful day!

Just getting ready for another day of colouring in. I am demoing in our sale shop in Stoke again today. Yesterday was great. It is always really lovely to meet you all.
This week I am at home!!!!!For the first time this month!
Even Pip thinks I have moved out for good!
I need you all to keep your fingers crossed for me this week. If the rain stays away the digger man is coming to dig the foundations for my craft room on Tursday!!!!!!Hoorah!!!!!! Keep everything crossed for dry weather. Working in the dining room is starting to drive me up the wall.....well it would if I could actually see the walls or even the floor for that matter!!!!
I will post the projects this week from the retreat so keep checking the blog.
Have a great day.
See you all soon
 Melanie xxxx

Friday 16 November 2012

Bargains Galore!!!!!

Good morning
On my way to Stoke for the sale weekend!
Lots of bargains to be had!
See you there
Melanie x

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Sale Sale Sale!!!!!!

Good morning crafters
Just a reminder that we are having a big sale this weekend at our warehouse in Stoke. I will be there demonstrating Copics amongst other products.
Lots of crafty bargains to be had. For more info please contact
The address is Pottery Crafts
                         Campbell Road
                           Stoke on Trent
                              ST4 4ET

Opening times are 10am till 4pm on Saturday  and 10am till 1pm on Sunday.
Hope to see you there.
Melanie xxxx

Monday 12 November 2012

Back on air.

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. My Cricut retreat was great. All the ladies were lovely and have all booked to come back next year. I will be doing a repeat of the next retreat, hopefully during half term time so those of you that couldn't make it can come and enjoy the fun!!!!!
The NEC was fab too. No rest for the wicked!
I am dong shows tomorrow at 6 pm with Copics and Midnight with Cuttlebug BARGAINS.
Then I am on with Stampendous on Wednesday at 11am and Cuttlebug again at 2pm and 6pm.
hope you can join me there.
Take care
Melanie xxxxxxx

Thursday 25 October 2012

Cricut Mega deals

Hello crafty friends,
Don't miss out on the amazing deals starting tomorrow on Cricut!!!!!!!


My Stampendous show is now on Sunday, just at 2pm. I am really excited!!!!!
Please tune in, there are some great deals to be had.
Melanie xxx

Stampendous Sneak Peeks!

Sunday 21 October 2012


Hello crafty friends
I am having a day at home today! I am sat in my newly decorated lounge, watching create and craft and colouring in!
I am very honoured to have been asked by Fran from Stampendous to demonstrate her fabulous products in two shows next Sunday 28th October at 10am and 2pm.
The stamps are absolutely beautiful and combined with the amazing frantage products I am going to have a very exciting week of prep.
I will also be on air next Thursday and Friday with great offers on Cricut and Cuttlebug.
I will post some sneak peeks to wet your appetite later in the week.
Have a great day
Melanie xxxxxxx

Thursday 18 October 2012

November SALE!!!!!!!

Hello crafty friends,
Hope you enjoyed the shows today.
I wanted to let you know that Bramwell Crafts are having a sale weekend on the 17 th and 18th of November at our warehouse in Stoke on Trent.
I will be there doing demonstrations so join me for two days of fun, demos and great offers.
If you would like to come along please email
I would also like to tell you that there is FREE P

Wednesday 17 October 2012

An amazing deal!!!!!!

Hello crafters
I will be on air tomorrow at 3pm on IDEAL WORLD. We have a fantastic deal on the new Bo Bunny "Little Miss" collection. Also many other double discount offers on other Bo Bunny products and Kaisercraft items
Please don't miss out and remember it is on IDEAL WORLD.
On Friday I will be on C&C at 1pm with Jesse James beads with double discount there too.
Hope to see you then
Melanie xxx

Friday 12 October 2012

Scrapbook page recipe

Just wanted to post the order in which I put a page layout together. I get so many emails from people saying they don't know where to start, so I hope this helps.
1. organise your pictures and decide which you want to use. Until you know that you don't know how much space you will need ie. a single or a double page layout.

2. Choose your focal photograph. This is the one that you consider to be the most important.

3. Journal. I always journal first now so that I don't end up limiting what I write because of the space I have left over. Be sure to use a photo safe pen. Never write on the back of your pictures with anthing that will damage them. Biros and Pencils will break the emulsion on the back of your pictures and eventually will come through on the picture side.

4. Choose colour scheme. I always think about the mood and the theme of the pictures and work from there. Remember to mat your picture on a colour that relates to the journaling. for example, if you are using a picture of a person with a yellow flower in their hair and the journaling is about the person, then mat it on a skin tone first. However if the story is about the flower, then mat it on yellow.

5. Create a title. This is like a headline for your page and will draw the reader in.

6. Mat and layer your pictures. If you mat the focal photo differently to any supporting pictures then it will stand out.

7. Plan your layout. Place your pictures, journaling and title out on your pages so they are pleasing to the eye. use line to guide the reader through your pages.

8. Add any APPROPRIATE embellishmenta to your pages. Try using the rule of threes and creating a design triangle to draw the reader thtough the pages.

Sunday Scrappers Projects

This is my Mum the year she got married. I am working on a similar page which will include journaling from her sisters and brother.
this page makes me smile. Checkout my Mums' face in the Focal picture.
This page makes me laugh. Sneeky Nana!!!! made using Alora papers from Bo Bunny.
These pages were made using On the Go paper collection from Bo Bunny and plain cardstock.
This was produced using Ambrosia paper pack from Bo Bunny.
These were made using the Serenity range from Bo Bunny, plain Kaisercraft card and Stampendous Frantage embossing papers.

Sunday 7 October 2012

Back home.

Hello my lovely crafty friends
I just wanted to say thank you for all your support and lovely comments on this mornings Sunday Scrappers show.
It seems I have had people crying up and down the country and even Dean had to really try hard to hold it together which I have to say meant a lot as it means he and you now get what scrapbooking is about. I will post my pages on here this week along with a recap of all the key hints and tips.
Thank you again
Melanie xxxxx

Friday 5 October 2012

Demonstration Day

I will be demonstrating at Craftrange in Burnley tomorrow, Saturday 6th October. Come along and pick up lots of hints and tips on using Copic Markers.
The demo starts at 10.30am until 4.30pm
Hope to see you there
Melanie xxx

Tuesday 2 October 2012


Happy Tuesday crafters
I am soooooooooooooo excited that I am guesting the Sunday Scrappers show this Sunday (7.10.12).
I will be explaining how to mat and layer your pictures to guide the reader around your pages, discussing layout design. Helping out with colour and getting you journaling. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to this two hour show. I was booked to do the show originally in March but after losing Dad I decided to delay it.
Scrapbooking has become even more important to me over the past two years as having lost both my Mum and Dad it makes it even more important to me to memorialise their lives for future generations of my family.
I hope you can join me and I promise I will cram in as many hints and tips as is humanly possible!!!!
Take care
Melanie xxx

Sunday 23 September 2012

Paper Clinic

Please dont forget Paper Clinic tomorrow at eleven till one. There are some fab deals to be had on Bo Bunny papers, stamps and accessories. Plus there will be colouring tutorials with Copic Markers.
See you there. Also on at Six pm.
Take care
Melanie xxx

Thursday 20 September 2012

Class sample for Grosvenor House Class in Kendal on Thursday the 27th of September 2012

Hope you enjoy this sample. If you can make it to the class it would be lovely to see you. 
              I have used the Penny Johnson stamp from Stampavie. Code PEN18. You can buy it from Bramwell Crafts. Postage is FREE at te moment so check out the website. I have coloured it in Copics, C1, C3, C5, C7 and Black. the reds are R27, R29 and R59. I used Spellbinder dies to make the flower.

Hot off the Press samples

All these samples have been made with the HOTP paper kits and Dazzles. I also used some of the Frantage embossing powders from Stampendous.

Demo days

Hello Crfaty friends
Just to let you know, I will be demonstrating at Cardio in Wigan on Saturday the 22nd of September. Come along for a day of craft and fun.
I will also be at Inspirations in Preston next Wednesday and Friday. Slice on Wednesday and Cricut on Friday!
see you there
Melanie xxxxxx

Wednesday 19 September 2012


Hello crafters
Wow number one is on Friday with some special offers on Hot off the Press at 10am.
Wow number two and three are on Paper Clinic on Monday when we have some fab offers on Stampavie and Bo Bunny. Also it's a colouring paper clinic so if you want Copic tutorial tune in!!!
See you there
Melanie xxx

Friday 14 September 2012

More Bargains to be had.

Don't forget to tune in at 4pm and 7pm for more great deals!!!!!
Melanie xxx

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Bargains Galore on Fridays shows

Good morning crafty friends
I am back on air on Friday with big bargains on Cuttlebug and Cricut product. Tune in at 10am,4pm and 7pm for some great deals.
See you there
Take care
Melanie xxx

Wednesday 5 September 2012


Well, what a week. Yesterday I discovered I am actually on air tomorrow (Thursday) and not Friday. This sent me in to a flat spin!!!! Anyway I have managed to get samples done for almost every product!
I am on at 9 am whith HOTP.  10am with Jesse James, 4pm with Kaisercraft and 7 pm with a mixed bag.
The paint pots will be back on air at 7 pm, so if you missed out we have got more!!!! HOORAH!
Hope you enjoy
Melanie xxx

Saturday 1 September 2012

Back home and straight back to work!!!

Hello crafters
Well I got home on Thursday night and on Friday morning started work for the next shows!
I am on again next Friday with four different shows, so lots of prep to be getting on with.
I am doing, Hot off the Press, Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny and Jewellery.
I will post sneak peeks throughout the week.
Hope you can tune in. Will post the times once they have been confirmed.
Have a great weekend. I am off now to teach a class.
Take care
Melanie xxx

Tuesday 28 August 2012


Hello crafty friends
I am back on air tomorrow and Thursday. Tomorrows show is at 6pm and Thursdays shows are at 8am, 2pm and 6pm.
Lots of lovely products and colouring in!!!!!
Melanie xxx

Wednesday 22 August 2012

A quick reminder

Hi crafters
Just arrived in Peterborough. Just wanted to remind you to tune in tomorrow at 11am for Hot off the Press and 6pm for Stampavie, Bo Bunny and Copics.
Melanie xxx
Also Jesse James beads on Friday at 11am.

Friday 17 August 2012

The Great British Craft Event.

Wow... at last...I am being let out. I will be demonstrating the fabulous Christmas range from Hunkydory on JJD crafts stand ( no.P4) on SUNDAY.
Below are some of the samples I have made. I Put my spin on them and I am really pleased with them.
come along and say hello, it's not very often I get to meet all you crafters so I am really looking forward to it. I am also doing a make and take during the show.
Hope to see you there.
Take care
Melanie xxx

Samples for Donnington

Sneak Peek.

Here is a sneak peek of they kind of samples you can expect to see on my Bo Bunny/Stampavie show next Thursday the 23rd of August. There will be lots more to see.x See the post below for more details..... x

Demonstration Day in Kendal.

Tommorow, as well as it being my 12th Wedding Anniversary, I will be teaching and demonstrating at Grosvenor House Papers in Kendal.
This is the card the class will be making. I used the Tigerlilly papers from Kaisercraft and the Stamp of Friendship from Penny Johnson and Stampavie.

Create and Craft shows next week

Just wanted to let you know that I am back on air next Thursday and Friday.
I will be doing HOTP on Thursday at 11am.  Bo Bunny/Stampavie at 6pm.(new papers and stamps).
Then on Friday at 11am I will be doing a Jesse James Beads show.
Hope you can tune in.
Melanie x

Samples from Germany.x

Hello crafters,
Sorry it has been a while. I have been running around like a busy little bee getting lots of things made for shows and demos.
As some of you may know I went over to Germany again, only this time with Bazzill Basics and My Minds Eye.
When I opened the box of product I wondered what on earth I was going to make with card, more card and paper flowers, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes it is really good to work with limited product as it really stretches your creativity..... Did manage to get an odd Stampendous stamp thrown in for good measure.
Melanie xxx

This is done using some of the My Minds Eye papers.
I found some old photos of my lovely Mum just after she got married. I used the Bazzill card, pleated borders and paper flowers.