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Friday, 17 November 2017

Dashing - not just for Christmas either

I love cars with Christmas trees on - and I've even made my own over the years - with toy cars of course!  So you can imagine that I love this image from Mo called Dashing - and not least because Nick had a red mini when I first started going out with him 38 years ago!!!!!  I made a few of these cards recently and as you can see have left them fairly  CAS as they may need to be posted to their recipients.  
                                                  I love this sentiment with it.                                                     
I'll Be Home for Christmas also works really well too as does the dark green paper against Kraft.

With this set you also get a car without the tree on top so you can use it for other occasions such as congrats on passing driving tests!  Click here to take you to the image in Mo's store.

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Winter Scene with Marianne goodies

A while ago, I made several winter scene backgrounds using brushos and masking tape and a Lavinia Stamps tree stamp.  I did them in lots of different colours and this is the first card I made with the background. As usual, there's lots of Marianne products used including the wreath,  poinsettia dies and stamps - full list below

Marianne Products Used

Poinsettia Dies - LR0435
Wreath Die - CR1387
Shooting Star Spray from an embossing folder/die combo - 
Pine Cones/Leaves Die Set - LR0438
Rope Effect Border Stamp from a fab new die/stamp combo set- KJ1715
Christmas Sentiment Stamp - CS0980

And finally a side view

That's all for now.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Alcohol Ink Tiles

Here are a few of the alcohol ink tiles that I made for the Craft Fair last weekend.  I don't have a full picture of the top one which was actually my favourite and the first one I made!   
The four smaller set of tiles above I made for Harry for his new flat - I love the way the mixatives shimmer and shine through them. 
Another jewel-toned one and then the one below is another favourite made with mostly light tones.

I then added either cork or felt to the bottoms which gave them a nice finish.  I then gave them at least two layers of spray seal to protect them.

They are so enjoyable to make as you never know what you're going to get!

Hugs, Juliexx 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Winter Wonderland

This is one of  my winter scene cards that appeared in Making Cards magazine last month, using all Marianne products.  I loved using a combination of old and new products to create this little scene, not least the new bendy card die set, which gives such a lovely dimension to your card and is perfect for ski slopes! 
All Marianne Products used Below

Bendy Card Die - CR1402
Hetty's Winter Trees Stamp - HT1610
Hetty's Happy Snowmen Set - HT1609
               Winter Wonderland Sentiment Die - CR1347
               Chalet Die - COL1328
               Skis Die Set - CR1252
               Large Spar Tree Die - LR0378
               Small Christmas Tree Die - LR0136
               Eline's Sweet Stars Papers - PB7051
               Aqua Colour Papers - PK9147

I wonder if that is hot chocolate or coffee trasch in that mug!  I know I always needed  a few coffee trasches to help me ski!! 

I think the starry paper is just perfect for the sky background and the green tones from the Aqua colour paper pads make perfect die cut Christmas trees! 

 I added a few snowflakes and some glitter to complete the wintery scene.  
Thanks for popping in!
Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 10 November 2017

Sizzix Flower Fairies

I bought these Sizzix flower fairies many years ago from a sale on the Sizzix site and have only now found some time to play with them.  I thought they'd be perfect on my stall at the craft fair and made a few Christmassy ones as well as others that I thought could be out all year round - lovely in a little girl's room. 

I coloured the faces and bodies with my Promarkers  and then matched them up with some 12 x 12 papers which were big enough to fit the large die.   I then matched them up with some old large petals that I had for their skirts and bits of ribbon and embroidery to make them all individual.

I was thinking I'd need to find some split pins until my daughter Em pointed out that I had drawers full of them but called Brads!!  Honestly!!

I added some Stickles Glitter  and they were done.

Back soon with some more goodies to share.

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Oh Deer It's Christmas!

I did my first proper craft fair over two days last weekend and I was really pleased with how it went.  I made up some packs of these two cards and they went down really well.  The Stag die is from Marianne Designs as is the Oh Deer sentiment.  Details below:

Stag Head die- LR0177
Oh Deer sentiment from Christmas sentiments set - CS0980

I love this sentiment and I love  the little polyester ball that I shrunk down with my heat gun to make his red nose!
That's it then  - two really simple cards but quite effective I think.  I'll have more of my stall items for sale to share with you over the next few days.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Passion for Promarkers - Use Your Dies

I cannot believe that it is me hosting the challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week and yet BT or more specifically Open Reach have totally left us without any internet since last Friday!  So frustrating and they sent the wrong engineer today despite knowing what the issue was .  I'm currently at my craft club posting this!! Still, deep breath ...........
As I said, it's my challenge and you know I love my dies so that is my challenge- to use your dies.  I've chosen this gorgeous new 2 dollar digi from Mo's Digital Pencil - Lovebirdz.  I then decided to make it into a bird house using my Marianne dies and papers - all listed below.

Marianne Products

Snowflake Corner Die - LR0497 - I've used this on the roof of my birdhouse to create a fretwork type effect.
Petra's Christmas Corner Die Set - LR0488 - I've used one of the dies in the set for the decorative edge on my bird house,
Holly Wreath Die - CR1387
Ivy Corners Die - CR1253
Rustic Wood Papers - PK9124

I finished off with some red pearls for the berries and copious amounts of Shabby White Frantage!

Our generous sponsor this week is Alicia Bel and she is offering one lucky winner a €10.00 voucher to spend in her online store.  I will have another card over the next few days showcasing one of her gorgeous Christmas images!
Check out the stunning cards of my teamies here - and then come and join in the challenge ,I can't wait to see your makes!!

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Naming Day Card

I can't believe that it's already a week since we were down south for some family dos, including a naming day for our niece Charlotte's gorgeous Benjamin -  this is the card I made using Jessie from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Loving those big doleful eyes!  Of course it wouldn't be complete without a few Marianne dies thrown in - details below!  I love the bear die, although how I've highlighted his eyes make him look a bit evil!!  

Marianne Dies
Bear Die - LR0465
Balloons - COL1378
Heart Shaped Balloon - Limited Edition Let's Party

Oh and the papers are Graphic 45.

I'm doing my first winter fair next weekend so I'm mad busy trying to build up stock - I barely slept on Thursday night, I've been feeling so anxious about not having enough stock to cover the two days!    I'm hoping to just go hell for leather (and I have been) over the next few days.  My house is a tip but it will have to wait!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

PFP new challenge Halloween/Halloween colours

Morning - our new challenge starts today over at Passion for Promarkers with a great theme of Halloween or Halloween colours.  My card sort of falls in between as they're Halloween images/colours but my card is actually a wedding card!
It's for my niece who got married over the weekend and the wedding was fancy dress!! I hope to have some photos to share soon!  Both images are from the fabulous Mo of Mo's Digital Pencil and Dark Lady is a new release here.  Teamed with Come Hither here it made for a perfect Wedding card for my niece. 
It didn't need much embellishing once I'd used this fabulous lattice frame from Marianne Designs, deets below.

Lattice Dies and Sentiment shape from Large Anja's Ovals - LR0236

Just a big, fancy bow and rose embellishment to match the rose she's holding and done!

We're being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this week with a spooktacular $12 voucher going to the lucky winner of our challenge.  So come along and play to be in with a chance of winning!!


Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sneak Peak of some works in progress!

Alcohol Inks


And more Fairies - upcycled dolls and redressed

Just thought I'd share my works in progress!


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Marianne Layering Squirrel stamp

This has been a card in the making for weeks on my "desk"!  It just kept getting pushed aside and covered over with other stuff!  Finally managed to finish it  before Autumn finishes and Winter rolls in!
The image is fabulous layering stamp from Marianne designs, details below along with all the other Marianne goodies that I've used. 

Squirrel Layered Stamp - TC0856
Label from Basic Shapes Big Label Die set -C1353
Window Die - CR1286
Acorn and Oak Leaves Die Set - LR0373
Rake Die - LR0374
Broom Die - LR0433
Leaves Die - CR1336/LR0430

I especially love this acorn and leaves die set!

The sentiment is by PaperTrey Ink - I have to use it whenever I use a squirrel image - it's the law!!

Right, got a write up to do now! 
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sympathy Card

I hate having to make sympathy cards - it's always such a sad time.  This one was made a little easier because  of these free papers from Making Cards Magazine - I knew they would be perfect with this Lavinia stamp and the fairy theme was a fitting tribute for the family who had lost their loved one.
The sentiment is also one that came from a set from Making Cards Magazine - I absolutely love them - you have your traditional sentiments but there are also less formal phrases too.

We're in the middle of a power cut at the minute that started last night - so we're at Holly's having a cuppa and recharging all our devices!!

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Birthday Card

It was my Sister-in-law's 60th birthday yesterday ( you would never believe it if you saw her!) and this is the card I made for her using this fantastic Bohemian image by Emily Louella at Crafts and Me - click here to take you to the image at Crafts and Me.
She's so great to colour as the detail in the drawing is fabulous with all the shade and light done for you. 
You may have noticed that my main picture doesn't have  a sentiment on - I decided it needed one at the last minute and this one is just perfect for my artist SIL.  I can't remember who it's by - from a birthday set I bought years ago but no labels remain!!
My Marianne goodies have been out in force too as below:

Bow border die - LR0464
Butterfly pearls- CA3116
Frame Die - LR0405
Circle Slot Edge Die - LR0483

Everything else from stash.

You'll be pleased to know I've finished that darned tax return, so now working on hard on building up my stock for a Christmas Fair I'm doing!

Hugs, Julie

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Embossing Challenge at Passion for Promarkers

I've been missing in action for a while as we've just been on a great trip to Rome!  It was wonderful - the place, the weather, just great.  Have missed my crafting (although I did take my pens) so managed to get into my craft room yesterday to get this card made for today's challenge starting at Passion for Promarkers.  We have a theme of embossing, either heat or dry) and I've gone for both! There's a star embossed panel behind the image and heat embossed star sparkles! The image is called Frost from Mo's Digital Pencil- a must have in my opinion!

As you can see, I've not used any DPs - but she just didn't need it.  The stars, embossing folder and sentiment stamp and starburst stamp  are all Marianne Designs, details below:

Sparkle sentiment stamp and star burst stamp - KJ1704
Star Embossing folder, star border and mini stars die - DF3427
Large Star - COL1442 (New!
Don't forget to check out the makes of my teamies here and then get your  stash out  and join in the challenge!  We have a great sponsor - Uniko- who are offering the lucky winner a stamp set!

Uniko Stamps

Hugs, Juliexx