Our new craft guest chats to QGossip


Marion 180x230 After working for a bank, handling mortgages Marion Emberson soon realised that her real passion was for crafting and opened Sugar and Spice Crafts back in 2003 and hasn't looked back since!

She also runs workshops and loves teaching people, saying " anyone can craft it's just a matter of being shown how to!"

Here, you can find out a bit more about what inspires Marion and get some handy crafting hints and tips too…

1) How did you get into crafting and how long have you been crafting for?

As a teenager I used to make my own clothes, but they nearly always fell apart in the wash! I never gave up though and I've always loved taking something in its original form and changing it into something amazing… well, in my eyes anyway!

2) What are your favourite craft projects to create and why?

I LOVE making mini albums. I find them so quick and simple to do and they use up all the scraps.

3) Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Anything and everything – I love looking around boutiques and seeing the eclectic mix of styles. I go out to CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) twice yearly and feel totally inspired from there.

4) What do you think are the hot trends in crafting right now? 

Shabby Chic is returning with a modern twist and yummy it is too!

5) What is your top tip for crafters? 

If, like me, you're scared of colour…invest in a colour wheel.

6) What items do you think are essential for every crafter to have? 

The circle punch (plain and scalloped) is probably my most used tool, alongside clear stamps – you can never have enough stamps.

7) What are your hobbies?
I don't get much time to relax, but when I do, and this is going to sound sad… I love playing on my iPad – I'm a bit of a techie freak and just love a gadget !!


You can see Marion in our Creativity with Stamps show on January 21st at 4pm – so don't forget to tune in!


  1. Deb January 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    WOW! So pleased to hear that you’re coming to QVC!!!
    I love your stuff and always manage to get trapped in your stand at Ally Pally – not that that’s a problem!!!
    Good luck with your show and hope it’s the first of many!

  2. P Baines January 3, 2011 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    At last – a new slant on craft.

  3. Penny Carter January 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Really pleased QVC have listened and bought in some new talent. Good Luck and I am really looking forward to your hour.

  4. Deb January 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Just watched your show – it was great!!! Well done Marion!!
    The products were lovely (especially your stamps), the samples were delish!!!!I want everything on the show – can’t remember last time that happened!!! And the hour WHIZZED by – that has happened for a while, either!!!!
    Please can we have Marion back again and again – maybe every Tuesday???? (sharing with Rosemary, of course!)
    The best Tuesday afternoon for AGES!!!!!!!!

  5. Irene January 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    I loved watching your show this afternoon and do hope that we will see you on QVC again very soon loved your stamps and demos

  6. patricia butcher January 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Love Marion ,hope we see more of her ,it’s nice to have someone different for a change and she will be able to give Dawn a well earned break now and then

  7. Ann Douthwaite January 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hope you get a regular show its nice to see a real crafter and someone who enjoys the craft.
    I also like to watch Dawn’s shows ao maybe you can become another crafter at QVC do hope so
    Tried to buy your stamps but on wait list will have to be quicker next time

  8. Mrs yvonne Pool January 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    enjoyed the show today. will definitely watch you again.

  9. Heather January 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic to see a new crafting face on QVC, hope we willsee more of you, great first programme so happy, you made me smile, Thank you

  10. Mandy January 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Totally loved seeing Marion with her fresh approach and new products!! Hope we’ll be seeing plenty more of her. Her designs are much more contemporary than those usually shown on QVC and will appeal to more crafters – of all ages!!

  11. Sharon Fowell January 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Wow.. What a new fresh craft show… Loved watching, QVC Lets have more from Marion .. ps must get all of your stamps 🙂

  12. Sue Scopes January 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Loved yesterdays show-Marion’s stamps are lovely and it was so nice to see a different style and hear some new tips and ideas. Hopefully Marion will be back very soon.

  13. Sharon January 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Really enjoyed your show on Tuesday. Picked up lots of new ideas too! Hope you’ll be back soon!

  14. carol evans January 6, 2011 at 4:50 am -  Reply

    Really enjoyed watching your first QVC show and hope to see a lot more of you in the future.

  15. Gail Bush January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Really enjoyed the show and love your cardmaking and scrapping style. Hope to see you and more of the lovely new products on future shows.

  16. SueP January 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    How wonderful to see a fresh new face with great new products instead of the same old, same old!
    I thoroughly enjoyed your show Marion, please come back soon!!!

  17. marlene randell January 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    great craft show this week both shows were great fun keep it up please

  18. L January 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    How lovely to have a different slant on things. Marian did really well and I do hope this is the start of something new!! Like the OP I always get trapped on Marians stall at Ally Pally and love her stuff!

  19. marion emberson January 7, 2011 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    Can I just say a great big THANKS to all the above for the lovely comments, I had a brilliant day and hope I can do it again soon
    Marion xx

  20. C. Camp January 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic show, loved every minute of it!

  21. Claire January 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Yes I love Dawn, but now I love Marion toooo!
    Hope u come back soon…….
    sorry this is a bit later than everyone else’s post!!!

  22. Donna January 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Thought you were great, you had lots of talent, enthusiasm and some new to QVC products. Seeing different techniques and styles was an added bonus.
    Hope we’ll be seeing you again soon.

  23. Heather January 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Got to agree with anybody else. I don’t usually get the pleasure of watching the craft shows as I’m at work, but happened to be stuck in bed with the flu feeling sorry for myself, so this was a very pleasant surprise and I picked up some tips watching Marion. Hope you’ll return soon.

  24. C. Camp January 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Loved your show today. Hope to see you on QVC again.

  25. Mandy March 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    When are we going to see Marion back on your screens? She was a fantastic breath of fresh air and her more contemporary style really appeals to me, and no doubt plenty of others if the comments above are anything to go by!

  26. Debbie Pindura May 24, 2011 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    I didn’t see the show, but I know Marion from her gorgeous shop which my Mum has “bought out” on many an occassion – usually after I’ve told her not to buy TOO much and then seen so many lovely things, I’ve encouraged her to get more than she would have!! She is a lovely person, a fantastic crafter (her designs are really fresh and modern which I love) and she’s got such an infectious enthusiasm for crafting that even a non-crafter like me can’t help but be drawn in. She really deserves to be on QVC – well done Marion!! And well done QVC for spotting her!! I look forward to seeing your shows!

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