Tuesday 29 December 2015

exciting Times

Hi Dahlings
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your Family and close Friends.
My Heart goes out to the wonderful people i no in the
Cumbria area ,alot of people i no through the crafting world ,keep safe and warm ..

I have just started a new Face book page Which is still called Ab Fab Designs i do hope you will support that page as well i will have alot more information on there ,as its easier lol lol
I will be doing Video's in the not so near future ,as i have had many requests for theses ,on my flowers so its very exciting times ahead ,and i do hope you will join me .
For this card i have used
S.B Tiered Multiloop Bows.
S.B Cascading Grace 
Litte B Labels .
Quietfire Stamps Friend .

And not a flower in sight ha ha ha 

May i take the time to wish you all 
A peaceful And Healthy 2016
Thank you once again for all your surpport in 2015.

Much Love 
Martine xxxxxx

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas

I want to take this time in thanking you all for joining me ,I no how tight and  Precious  time is for us all,and I thank you for popping in and leaving lovely comments.
I do hope you can still make it in 2016,lots of new and exciting things happening ,so watch this space .
Oh bye the way Oyster Stamps Januray Sale starts early online ,(Christmas Eve )
Grab a bargin or two ,I no I will lol .
Have a wonderful Christmas with all your love ones,and a peaceful and Healthy 2016.
Much love 
Martine xxxxx

Saturday 12 December 2015

Tone on Tone

Hi Dahlings
Welcome new followers .
It's beginning too look a lot like Christmas every where you go .
Oh how I love this sparkly time of year ,every thing seems so magical don't you think ,lights twinkling ,candles glowing ,wrapping presents for special friends and Family .and remembering close family that are no longer with us .
This card I have done is called Tone on Tone ,my very good friend Hellen taught me how to do this 
I have used 
Inktence Pencils ( willow and White)
Stampendous Create a Poinsettia 
Gold Glamour Dust 
All from Oyster Stamps.
You can't see the Glamour Dust very well in photo ,but trust me it does sparkle .
Have a great weekend 
Much love 
Martine xxx

Thursday 26 November 2015

Mirror Stamping

Hi Dahlings 
As Promised Mirror Stamping with the Misti .
At Oyster Stamps we have had made for us a Solid Polymer Stamp to use with the Misti .
Unlike Acetate which slips .
First put your stamp on your paper where you won't it .
Next you turn over the lid ,so it picks up the stamp.
Notice the stamp upside down on the lid ,now ink your stamp and turn the lid down on your paper .
Now you have a stamped image on your paper ,now take your paper of put to one side.
Leave your stamp where it is and place your Polymer stamp on your Misti.
Now ink your stamp then turn lid down onto Polymer and press ,lift lid Repeat again.
Take stamp of ,lift polymer of and place stamped image back on Misti.
Turn the polymer over so the inked image is underneath and place on your card where you have one stamped image .
Then you turn lid down on Polymer and press down .
Hey we have a mirror image :) 
And so on .
Hope this makes sence .
All products from Oyster Stamps .
That's all for now 
Much love Martine xxx

Thursday 19 November 2015

New Toys

Hi Dahlings 
Thank you for popping in today ,I have some great new toys to show you.
Spellbinders Platium Machine ,what can I say about this Machine 
Well I have every Machine there is ,this Machine comes with the small plates ,rubber mat and embossing Plate ,only small plates you say ,well yes so that way it's not so much turning,and we don't always need large plates all the time.
But the Beauty of this Machine you can use all your plates from your Grand Calibur ,embossing plate ,the Rasberry plate for your deep embossing g Folders etc .
It takes all dies that are on the market and embossing folders.
I cannot find a blank spot in this machine it cuts with one pass in the middle of the plates.
When you turn the handle it's so smooth and does not jump or slide around the Table ,unlike some of the other ones on the Market.
It's a beautiful design white with like a Rose gold Handel ,and wrighting .
Marks out of 10 for this Machine is 10 .
Now for the Misti 
Stands for the 
Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented .
Is it I here you say  well yes I think it is.
My Daughter is getting married next July all the invations are done now ,hard work getting them all the same ,but with the Misti they will be identical.(wish I had this a few months ago ) 
You cut your card to the size you won't place it over the grid paper ,put your magnets on your card ,place your stamp on the stamping side ink it up and fold it over and stamp ,and repeat and repeat.
If you don't ink it up enough first time and you don't have a full impression re ink and stamp again and it will go exactly over your first image .
You even coverage every time ,no rocking like a block ,no ink on your card only on your image .
It's great for doing mirror images ,stamps that have Dies ,the list is endless.
Oyster Stamps have them at £49.99 .first shipment gone out 2 nd shipment next Tuesday .
3rd Shipment first week in December .
Do I like the Misti ,no I love the Misti .

Well I hope that helps if you need any more information please email me .
Thank you so much for popping in today .
Have a great weekend.
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Thursday 12 November 2015

Winter Barn

Hi Dahlings
sorry ive been a bit slow at blogging of late but i have been busy doing all the prep work for two Retreats ,for the last two week ends of this month.
We have one at Brigg and the last one is at Daventry .
Plus i am demoing at the Sincerley yours show this Sunday at Mote Park On the Oyster Stamps stand,and my my the ticket sales have shot through the roof.
so i hope to see some of you there.
For this card i have used
Inkylicious Stamp Winter Lodge 
Inkylicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff
Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia
Marianne Creatable Icicle 
Stampendous Frantage Shabby Blue.
Thank you so much for popping in today .
Hope to see you at Maidstone Sunday .
Much Love
Martine xxxx

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Flowers for Design

Hi Dahlings
Welcome new followers ,I do hope you enjoy my crafty corner .
One more day at work then I have a couple of days of with my Daughter Tara ,we are going up to the NEC shopping. ,this is the first time in 7 years I'm not Demoing up there ,will seem strange on the other side as a customer ,but am looking forward to it ,to shop and watch all the other Demos by some great talented people ,think my purse will be crying by the end of the day lol.
This card I done for Honey Doo crafts a while agom
I used Flowers for Design and one of there new Setiments .
The photo has not done it much justice as I used Accete ,but hope you like it.
Thank you for popping by today .
See you all soon.
Much love 
Martine xxxxx

Sunday 25 October 2015

Wee Book Card

Hi Dahlings
Hope you all are enjoying your week end and rembered to put your Clocks back ,I needed that extra hour lol .
For this card I have used 
Crealie Die 
Leane Creatief Border Roses Embossing Folder
Memory Box Mini Poinsettia 
Memory Box Tiny Tendril 
All from Oyster Stamps 
The stamp is an Inkadinkado Wedding ,don't no if it's still Available .
I Done layers of Card so you can put a verse or message and layered Vellum on top with the embossed edges .
,so you get a little book on a card .
Thank you so much for popping in today I really do appreciate it .
Enjoy the rest of your weekend 
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Saturday 17 October 2015

Santa on his way

Hi Dahlings
Well week end here again ,more time for crafting lol 
I have been playing with my inks again ,and really having fun .
For this card I have used 
All Inkylicious Stamps 
Winter Lodge
Black Forest
Santa's Sleigh 
I used a white Gel pen for the snow effect on the trees and roof and a bit of Glamour Dust .
All from www.inklicious.co.uk
Another Christmas Card done !!!! 
Hope you are getting on with your Christmas cards .
Have a great weekend and thank you so much for popping by today 
Much love as always 
Martine xxxx

Monday 12 October 2015


Hi Dahlings
Thank you for popping in ,hope you all had a good weekend ,I was at Newark demoing ,I do like this show very much ,and loving seeing so many regulars .
We done workshops on the Saturday which are getting very popular and such fun .
And of course I get to catch up with Amanda from Honeydoo Crafts .
For this Card 
I have  used the Poinsettia Stamp from Honeydoo Crafts .
This Stamp is a new Release from Honeydoo,am loving this very much .
Sue Wilson Large Pierced Squares.
Have a great week 
Thank you all for popping in ,take care.
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Monday 5 October 2015

Little Lilies

Hi Dahlings
Welcome one and all ,hope you all had a fab weekend ,and enjoyed the last of the sunshine .
This card is another DT Card for Honeydoo Crafts .which was on C&C .
Honeydoo are back on C&C the 29th October .
I have used Heirloom Oval from OysterStamps  ,I just cut this out in the page .
Little lilies from Honeydoo Crafts and added some glitter and ribbon from my stash.

Thank you so much for popping in today ,
Enjoy the rest of the week 
Much love Martine xxxxx

Thursday 1 October 2015

Floral crest

Hi Dahlings
Do hope you enjoyed Amanda from Honey Doo Crafts ,and the lovely  new stamps that have just come out ,I no the Design Team have .
As you no I love my Flowers and this Floral Crest is no exception ,what a fab stamp this is I have Decoupaged the larger flower I. The middle .
Have a look on there website for more fab stamps 
Have a great week end 
Thank you for popping by today 
Much love Martine xxxx

Tuesday 22 September 2015


Hi Dahlings
Had a good show at Belgium ,but have come back with a really bad cold ,in bed doing this post .
Feeling really sorry for myself ,so I thought I would do a post to cheer me up .
I made this card in Belgium ,something I never do at a show ,but if had 5 days there so there was some quiet times .
For this card I used 
Heartfelt Creations Enchanted Mum Stamp and Die 
Memory Box Distressed Benson Corner 
All these are from Oyster Stamps ,on line or phone 01634686823 
I didn't get the angle quiet right ,didn't have a lot of room 
Thank you for popping in today 
Enjoy the rest of your week 
Much love Martine xxx

Monday 21 September 2015

Mr And Mr

Hi Dahlings 
Welcome new followers ,I do hope you enjoy my crafty corner.
Thank you for taking the time to pop in .

Well I must say I did enjoy doing  this card .
Andy our Designer got married last Saturday to Mike .
So a Differant card I had to make ,I no Andy won't mind me sharing this with you so here it is 
Little B Hearts 
Frantic Stamper Vintage Car 
Sue Wilson Die ( sorry can't rember the name ) 

And the Happy Couple 
May you both be very Happy Together 
Congratulations Andy and Mike 
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Blog Winner

Hi Dahlings 
Well sorry I'm late with this post have just got back from Belgium ,as we done a show out there .
Ummmmmm a bit strange to say ,but we had a laugh ,any way the winners for the Blog hop are .
Drum Roll ..........
Tracey Thurston 
Liz Cavill 
Well done ladies 
Janet from our Design Team and who works in the shop picking the Winners .

Saturday 5 September 2015


Hi Dahlings .
Welcome to Gill hope you enjoy my Crafty Corner .
What a Mixture this weather is ,went shopping with Tara today had our nails done when we came out of the nail bar I went and brought some winter clothes and closed in shoes :( .
As we are away to a craft show in Belgium next week I wanted to be warm .
Bet your life it will be warm lol lol, but just in case it's not,I will be snug as a bug .
Enough of me rambling on for this card I used 
M.Box Distressed Windham collage.
M.Box Stitched Bows.
Poppy Stamps Stitched Main Street Tags.
Crealies Stitched Retangles no 24.
S.B Romantic Agenda.
Heartfelt Creations Fushia stamp and Die.
All these are from Oyster Stamp
I'm of to Thetford tomorrow so will see some of you there .
Enjoy your week end .
Thank you for taking the time to pop in .
Much love Martine xxxx

Wednesday 2 September 2015

White Poinsettia

Hi Dahlings
Hope you are still enjoying the Oyster Stamps Blog hop ,there is still more to see,and you can join in any time you wish .

For this card I have used 
Heartfelt Sparkling Poinsettia 
Heartfelt Decortive Oval
All from oyster stamps .
Thank you for popping by today 
Enjoy the rest of your week ,and hope to see some of you at Thetford Sunday .
Bye for now 
Much love Martine xxxx

Monday 31 August 2015


Hi Dahlings
Welcome to Oysters Stamps Blog Hop.
would like to thank Pam ,a very dear friend of mine ,for yesterdays blog.

Two great prizes  to win.
 first prize.
 Heartfelt Creation Stamp from the Poinsettia Range
And Memory Box die Distressed Holiday Collage .
Second Prize.
 Heartfelt Creation Stamp ,from the Poinsettia Range .

To win these prize's you must comment and join each Blog ,this blog is running for 12 days ,so lots to see from the Fabulous designers .
If you have come straight here you need to pop back to Neet
Neet Saturday 29th August

My Lantern.

The last picture i have put a Battery  candle inside.
For my Lantern i used .
sparkling Poinsettia stamp and die from Heartfelt Creationes
Memory Box Distressed Holiday Collage 
Memory Box Holiday Winterberries 
Viva 3-D Stamp Paint (Light Blue Metallic)
Viva Inka Gold (Aquamarin)

Your next stop is for my lovely Talented  friend Hellen, cant wait to see what Hellen has done '
.Hellen Tuesday 1st September
Enjoy the blod hop i no i am

That's all for now
Much Love
Martine xxxxxxx

Neet Saturday 29th August
Pam Sunday 30th August
Martine Monday 31st August
http://abfabdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ (  YOU ARE HERE)
Hellen Tuesday 1st September
Margot Wednesday 2nd September
Andy Thursday 3rd September
Eileen Friday 4th September
Marianne Saturday 5th September
Kerry Sunday 6th September
Barbara Monday 7th September
Theresa Tuesday 8th September
Zoe Wednesday 9th September
Janet Thursday 10th September

Saturday 29 August 2015

Still Summer

Hi Dahlings 
Still hopeing for that last but of summer ,but it has gone from down here in Kent ,rain ,rain and even more rain .
For this card I have used 
Heartfelt Creations Fushia ,stamp and die 
S.B Fancy Lattice 
S.B Curved Borders 
The Fushia I coloured in from the back with Viva Decor Inka Golds 
I really love  this flower it's so sweet
All from
Thank you so much for popping by today .
Enjoy your Bank Holiday 
Much love Martine xxxx

Sunday 23 August 2015


Hi Dahlings 
Can't believe I was sitting in garden this morning in the sunshine having my breakfast .
Now it's raining hard ,what is going on !!!!!!
I am out for a meal today with Dave ,my Darling Daughter and her fiancĂ©  me and Dave have been married 30 years ,yes I no I need a medal ha ha ha .
Where has the time gone ,I just do t no .
Any way for this card it's abit of a sneak peak 
Honey Doo crafts are on C & C again 2 nd Oct and taking so e of there older stamps on as well as a new release .
So here is an older one 
I have used 
S.B Grand Squares to make a deep frame 
Falling Flowers Stamp.

For the flower I used 150 gsm card 
And I heat embossed
On acetate and layered them up .

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 
And I hope the sun is still shinning where you are .
Much love 

Saturday 15 August 2015


Hi Dahlings
Well just got back from a dress fitting with Tara my Daughter for her wedding dress .
Different Dress and more money for me ,but worth every penny ,she looked stunning ,feel very emotional today ,silly old thing I am .
For this Poinsettia it's unlike any other I have done ,it's not a die nor a stamp .
Any ideas ????? 
I asked Lucy from sweet Poppy for a Poinsettia Stencil 
And she gave me this last week ,and this is my take on her Stencils .
So go and have a look at her stencils at


Thank you so much for popping in today 
Much love Martine xxx

Wednesday 12 August 2015


Hi Dahlings 
Welcome new Followers hope you will enjoy my crafty world .
Don't no about you guys but I have been abit chilly today .
I no we are doing Christmas cards ,but I would like it to last abit longer .
For this card I have used 
Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia 
Heartfelt Creations Bright Christmas 
Memory Box Distressed Benson Corner 
Memory Box Holiday Winterberries 
3D Stamp paint from Viva Decor
Inka gold Aquamarine from Viva Decor.
I Stamped on vellum with the stamp paint ,then coloured in the edge of the petals with the Inka Gold 

All From Oyster Stamps
Thank you for popping by today .
Enjoy the rest of your week 
That's all for now ,much love 
Martine xxxxx

Monday 3 August 2015


Hi Dahlings
Hope you are all well ,and getting plenty of Sun Shine .
I can't believe its August already,how time flys .
Well these Spellbinders came in today  I had forgot ( as we all do ) I ordered this one ,and I thought when I saw it ,do I really won't it lol ,but I did buy it and I can say I just love it ,there are 13 dies in this pack ,great value if you ask me.

For this card I have used 
S.B Pop Ups Happy Days 
Leane Vreatief Embossing Folder Border Roses 
H.F Delicate Aster 
Poppy Stamps Holiday Winterberries 
M.B Typewriter Upper Alphabet Set .
Must say this is one of the easiest Stepper cards I have come across.
All from oyster Stamp .www.oysterstamps,co.uk 
Thank you for popping by today 
That's all for now 
Much love 
Martine xxx

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Honey Honey

Hi Dahlings
Welcome new followers ,thank you for joining my blog I hope you enjoy my crafty journey .
So what's New .
Honey Doo crafts are on C&C  Wednesday at 10 o'clock do hope you can join Amanda again ,showing of her new stamps ,think you will be blown away with these ..............
Here is a sneek peek for your eyes only .
Do check out there website www.honeydoocrafts.co.uk 

This card is done with the Flutterby Stamp .
So Tune in and email Amanda while she is on .

Thanks for popping by today 
Much love  Martine xxxx

Wednesday 22 July 2015


Hi Dahlings
Well this sunshine  can stay until Christmas Day ,I just love it dont you ? 
Hope you are all well ,and lovely to see a lot of you at our open day last week ,went well didn't you think ,such great support from you guys.
This week I'm of to Daventry to the Hellidon Lakes Hotel for our second Retreat of the year.
If you are thinking of comming to one of our retreats dont think for to long ,book they Rock .
So I have finished prepping just got to pack it all up :) .

For this card I used 
Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Notes 
Heartfelt Sparkling Poinsettia Stamp and die 
Spellbinders Reverant Square 
All from Oyster Stamps .
Have a great week 
Thank you for popping by today 
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Saturday 18 July 2015


Hi Dahlings
Welcome all ,hope you are all keeping well and enjoying  the sun shine .
We at Oyster Towers are all getting ready for the open day Sunday 19th ,so a really busy time for us.
I do hope to see some of you there we have have some great Demos and Make and Takes .
So if you free pop in ,would be great to see you .

For this card I used 
H.F Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl 
H.F Sparkling Poinsettia 
M.B Baptise 

Thank you so much for popping by today 
Much love 
Martine xxxx

Sunday 12 July 2015


Hi Dahlings
Welcome Ingrid from Hamburg hope you will enjoy my crafty corner .
Well all back from my girlie week away with my Daughter ,we had a great  time ,she is like a little door mouse always sleeping on the sun loungers ,apart from having a wrestle with the umbrella when it fell on her ,shouldn't have laughed but it did happen twice lol lol .

For this card i have used
S.B Mary Border
S.B Garden Blooms 
Bow made using the Zutter Bow Maker 

For the flowers 

 I Spayed each flower with water
 I Wrapped the petals round my Ball Tool ,or a pencil
 Then i pinched the petals  half way down
 Let them dry ,or if you are in a rush blast with a heat gun
 Just run the Ball tool on the edges to curve the edges over
 Turn over run the ball tool over in the middle .
Adhere together then i ink the edges with a small ink pad ramble the give a more natural effect
Thank you all so much for popping by today ,
Have a great Week end .
Much Love
Martine xxxx