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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Favourite makes from 2014

Hi All,

So excited that I actually have enough posts on my blog this year, that I can look through and choose my Favorite makes of the year to join in with Debbie's fav 5 .... I have sneeked an extra 2 in this year !!

Love this one!! .. Image Tiddly Inks, I coloured it during a colouring session and then was so delighted when I found papers that matched perfectly :-)

This is so fabulously girly .... love that dress - image scraperry/Sugar Nellie

I like this one, as I had just learned how to colour dip died hair, and love the whole monochrome look with the tiny splash of colour - Image krista Smith/Sugar Nellie

Not my usual girly image .... but do love it none the less, love the combo of the papers, its so bright and cheerful, think it was well liked by my blogging friends too as it received a lot of comments, on this one. Image - hobbyhouse
Fairly Simple card, but I love how this turned out - Image Saturated Canary

Couldnt resist sneeking a couple of extra's in ..... I so love this image, being a tea Jenny it totally appeals ... again kept the image as the main focus and the details minimal. Image - Saturated Canary

This one is a very different look for me, but something about it just really appeals. I was bought a full set of inktence pencils for my anniversary and this was the first time I had a play with them .... really need to get them out a bit more ... this that may be a goal for 2015!!


As I was looking through my cards from last year the main thing I have noticed is the improvement in my colouring skills. This is down to taking part in the classes over at Kit and Clowder If you love colouring and look at other colourists and think I wish I could colour like that, I can not recommend these classes highly enough, its amazing how quickly they improve your skills. Just as a brief illustration of that I thought I would show you a couple of before's and afters so you can see what a difference it makes:

Here is the my offical one from before and after I took the skin and hair class ... love that I have been taught to do no lines colouring :-)

And these are a couple that I did just for fun as I am working on the clothing class.

This has been a loooong post so thanks for staying with me,
Crafty Hugs to you all
Juls









Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sugar Bowl Challenge - January

Hi All,

I am here with my post for the latest Sugar Bowl challenge. We are starting the challenge early this month.

This image is Krista Smith "Party Frills" - which you can find here I have coloured it up with my copics and added a water colour background I have teamed it up with paper for echo Park and My minds eye. Decided to go for the shabby chic look, so have torn the edges and added a little frantage.

I'm posting this on holiday, and forgot to take my post it note with the copic I used, e.ct .... so will post those details later.

Looking forward to seeing you all the sugar bowl, cant wait to be inspired by you all, as always there is a prize of fabulous Sugar Nellie digi images on offer, so well worth entering.

crafty hugs to you all
Juls

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Octavia

Hi All,

Love this image, this is Octavia from polkadoodles ... I am a bit annoyed with myself I lost my little post it with details of copic's used ... i have mosetly used colours from the BV family, and the hair is from the V family .... with a little W9 to add depth ... the papers are from the depth of my scrap bag ... I have used various die cuts and punches to create the embellies ..... and the background is plain white card embossed with a crafts too embossing folder.

I would like to enter this one into the following challenges:

Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Fab N Funky - Anything Goes with Die Cuts
Crafty Creations - Embossing
Moving Along with the times - Inspired by a song " Deep Purple - Peter De Rose
4 Crafty Chick's - Die Cuts
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sugar Bowl - December challenge

Hello All ... Its time for another Sugar Bowl challenge hooray :-) .... As always there are some fabby prizes up for grabs, one winner will receive 4 Sugar Nellie digi's and another winner will get 2. There are some fab new digi images in store, so well worth playing along.

I have reached for an old Favorite this time this gorgeous Diane Duda image ... You can find some of Diane Duda's digi images here  I coloured this one a while ago, so before I got into the habit of taking a note of the copic's I used. decided to create a shaped card this time, and embellished using dies from HOTP and x-cut. The papers are from my minds eye.

Hope to see you in the Sugar Bowl ... can't wait to be inspired by your creations
crafty hugs
Juls

Friday, 21 November 2014

Sweet Always

Hi All,

Check me managing to post semi regularly :-) ... today's card is featuring a fabulous Saturated Canary image, I have coloured her with copic's

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, E04 R20 (blush)
Hair - E49, E29, E25, E21, R83
Eyes - B37 B91
Dress & Shoes R89, R87, R83, R81
                         B99, B97, B95, B93, B91
Socks - B05, B02, B00

I teamed her up with some paper I have had in my stash forever "Prima - Pixie Glen" ... then used some x-cut punches for the flowers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean - Shabby Chic
PTW - soooooo girly
Clear it Out - Anything Goes
Tip, Top, Tue - 3 or more papers
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - 2 or more colours
Daring Card makers - something old, something new ( old papers new image )
A Creative Romance - Something old ( old papers )
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anyting Goes

Many thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Juls


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blackcurrent Love

Hi All,

Finally got into my loft and got a little more crafting done. I coloured up this tiddly inks image a few weeks ago. I have totally changed the way I craft, I used to always choose a DP then colour to match. Now that colouring has become an obsession I just colour away as the notion takes me and then every so often have a wee session in the loft where I try and make something with my little pile of images ..... yes it does take longer as I have to hunt around for paper that matches, on the upside I am re-discovering paper that I have had in my stash for ages like I did here I found this DCWV paper pad "Black Current" .... considering the match wasn't planed I am really happy with how it turned out. The die's are new to my collection "spellbinders/heartfelt creation - romantic garden" ... It also has matching stamps, so I stamped and embossed the bleeding hearts and the message.

Copic's I used:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 - R20 (blush)
Hair (girl) - E49, E79, E77, E71, RV34
Hair (boy) - W9, W5, W3,W1
Dress - W9, RV99, RV69, RV34, RV06, RV02, RV000
Coat - W9, W5, W3, W1
Trousers/Scarf - BV29, BV25, BV23, B60

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Clear it Out - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tue - 3 or more papers ( 4 papers from DCWV Blackcurrent stack )
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - To Die for ( bleeding heart detail & setiment have been stamped )
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes

As always thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Juls

Monday, 10 November 2014

Marc & Cleo

Hi All,

I know I must be waaaay behind the times, but I have only just discovered The Paper Shelter .... Treated myself to quite a few digi's. This image really appealed to me, maybe because Hubby and I had a Nile cruise a few years ago.

Amazingly this card took me 2 evenings to make ... I got the basic layout that I was happy with (pretty much the one you see now ) I kept trying to add fuss but it just wasn't working so in the end I stuck with C&S

I have Coloured  with copic's

Cleo:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20 (Blush)
eyes- E00,E97,E59
eyeshadow- YG11, YG95
Lips- E04, R20, R22, R14
Hair - C10, C7, B91
Outfit - BG09, BG05, BG01, BG000

Marc:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, E95
Hair - E29, E25, E21
Cape - W9, R89, R46, R27, R35
Armour - E37, E15, YR18, YR14, YR12, Y08

Chaise Long:
W9, R89, R46, R27, R35

The card blank is From Kanban (bought years ago, just after that Egypt trip, under the illusion I would scrapbook my photos ) The blue paper is also Kanban, and the red card Cor'dinations.

I created the little embellies using paper clay and Martha Stewart Molds. I coloured with distress ink Antique linen and I used distress marker - Pummis Stone to add the detail.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Love to Create - Anything Goes
PTW - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Warm Colours
613 Av - Anything Goes

As always thanks for looking
Hugs Juls


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tea Rose

Hi All,

Being part of the Kit and Clowder group I do seem to be discovering more and more digital companies ... Its proving rather fatal .. LOL!!

This fabulous digi is from Hannah Lynn - Tea Rose Fairy, I just adore her!! I have coloured this one up with copics and added a little extra detail with prisma's and a white Graph it pen. ... the papers are HOTP.

This is my entry for:

Diva's by design - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
4 Crafty chicks - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

As Always thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sugar Bowl - November Challenge

Hello All,

Its time for another challenge over at the Sugar Bowl. For this card I have used the fabulous Sugar Nellie Stamp - Windswept which you can find other vintage Krista images over at Funky Kits

I really enjoyed colouring this one, playing with techniques I have learned in the Kit and Clowder classes, .... I think Dip Died hair is becoming a bit of a fad for me at the mo!!

I have teamed the image up with some Tilda - Classic papers. The Die is Tim Holtz and I made some paper flowers using paper clay and a WOW silicone mold. I then tinted slightly using distress ink - warm lipstick.

We had so many amazing entries in last months sugar bowl ... I cant wait to see what you inspire us with in the month ahead.

As always thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Anne Shirley

Hi All,

I think any long time followers of my blog will know that I am obsessed with the Anne of Green Gables, I have read the books countless times, and have watched the Megan Follows series so much that I can practically quote the whole thing!! ..... So as you can imagine I LOVE this Krafting Kimmie stamp.

I have coloured her up using my trusty copics ... & teamed her with papers from my scrap pile ... The background paper was a little plain so I have overstamped with Bo Bunny stamps to add a little interest, I have used memory box dies ... handmade spiral roses, and added a sprinkling of Frantage.

I found the sentiment on Pinterest it reads:

7 things I learned from Anne Shirley:

1 - Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes
2- As bad as one may think Red hair is Green is 10 times worse
3- One Cannot be expected to give up being a little girl all at once.
4- A sense of Humor is vital
5-Never settle for anything less than Gilbert Blythe
6-Riches are great, but the things unseen are what last
7-The world would be very dull if everyone were sensible

Im sure this stamp will be used time and time again :-)

I would like to enter this into this into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Warm Autumn Colours
Crafty Calander - Flowers, Sentiment, Blue
Crafting Musketeeers - Autumn colours
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Alphabet R - round or rectangle
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Av - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Monday, 6 October 2014

Carousel

Hi All,

Love this image .... this is a card I have made for Granny!! In the summer my little girl had her first experience of rollercoster rides, she had a ride on the carousel with granny ... and the horse they rode on was called Rosie, which is granny's name. So when I saw this gorgeous Tatty Twinkles image, I just HAD to get it.
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I have coloured this one up using copics. All the papers are from my scrap bag, so there is a little HOTP in there, some Bo Bunny and Echo Park in there.

I would like to add this to the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Juls

Friday, 26 September 2014

A Little Note

Hi All,

I am back with another card ... this is another fabby Tiddly Inks image, I adore her :-) .... I am not happy with how her hair turned out, but I have printed her out again to have another go!! .... I have teamed her up with some papers from my stash.

( I have now added some post it notes to my work space in the loft, I need to make a better effort to take notice of stash I am sharing so I can share more accurate details!! ) think the papers are Melissa Francis. I have added some flowers cut using an x-cut die ... a few pearls and a little stickles :-)

This is my entry for the following challenges:

Kit and Clowder - Colour Challenge
My Mums Craft Shop - Dies and Punches
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge At Least one flower
Papertake Weekly - Oh How Cute
Penny's Challenge - Spots and Stripes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Inky Impression - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thurs - Dies and Punches
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
OSAAT - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes

As always thanks for looking
Hugs
Juls

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Sugar Bowl Is back :-)

Hello All ....

So how excited am I that the sugar bowl is back .... yaaaaay!!!!

I had only been crafting for a short while when I discovered Sugar Nellie, they were my introduction to character crafting, this then led too my main crafting obsession, colouring & it was a Sugar Nellie post that inspired me to start blogging my work, so I am absolutely thrilled that the challenge blog is back, we also have some fabby new DT members so please go check out all their work for further inspiration.

I have used one of the fabby new Scrap Berry stamps, you can find this little sweetie here http://www.funkykits.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2242 these stamps are fab, I have the entire range I love the fact there are little accent stamps to match too!! I have coloured this image up with Copic's and Prisma pencils. The papers are "Tilda - Kitchen Garden" the swirly die is " Hot of the Press " and the tiny flowers a x cut punch.

So please join us in the Sugar Bowl, as always the lovely Karen will have arranged a Fab prize!! a first prize of 4 SN stamps and a 2nd prize of 2 digi stamps ... and the theme is nice and easy .... Anything Goes!! .... so come on get those Nellies out, cant wait to see what you create!!

Crafty Hugs to all
Juls

Monday, 22 September 2014

Tiddly Inks Thanks

Hi All,

Check me with a second post within a week ... lol :-)

Treated myself to a whole load of tiddly ink digi's .... Love this little sweetie, I have coloured using my copic's and added some details with my posco pen .... teamed it up with some papers that have been in my stash forever!! and gone a little mad with punches and dies !!!

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

My Mums Craft shop: Dies and punches
Createalicious - Flower Power
Craftting from the heart - Anything Goes
Papertake weekly - Punch it out
C.R.A.F.T colour combo ( brown, pink and blue )
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Pretty Women
Sister Act - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Alphabet - P for pretty flowers

Thanks for looking :-)
To learn more about the colouring classes I am taking ... check out this link http://youtu.be/wG12C7US_WE

Ps .... I will back on Thursday .... The Sugar Bowl,  is opening its doors again, ready to play? yaaaay :-)

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Kit and Clowder

Hi All,

I know you have all heard me mention the fab colouring classes, I am enjoying ... please check out Alyce's new video that explains all about them :-)

http://youtu.be/wG12C7US_WE

Hugs Juls

Monday, 15 September 2014

Austin Love

Hi All,

Yaaaay ..... I'm blogging, I am trying my best to have the odd crafty session and turn some of my recently coloured images into cards.

I have had this one done for a couple of weeks, however it was for a friend who sometimes checks out my blog so I had to make sure she didn't see it before her Anniversary.

The fabby images are from the polkadoodle Rosebud CD ..... love it sooooooooo much, love Jane Austin so much, the colours are quite retro, but hey that is artistic license, and I chose the teal colours to match my friends living room. I stamped the edges with a little kanban stamp and teamed it up with some bo bunny papers.

I would like to enter this one into the following challenges:

My Mums Craft Shop - Dies and Punches
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Diva's by Design - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Alphabet - P for Pretty Flowers
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a time - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs to All

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gorgeous Free Sugar

Hi All,

So you had a sneek peek yesterday ... this gorgeous image is one of the fabulous freebies over at the Kit and Clowder party, why not head over, download and start playing today :-)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitandclowder/

Hugs Juls

Friday, 12 September 2014

Sneek Peek

Ok ..... So I know you have heard the news that Sugar Nellie is helping Alyce celebrate over at the Kit and Clowder party .... do you fancy a sneak peek of some of the yummy sugary treats on offer .....

So please keep an eye out on the Kit and Clowder FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitandclowder/  and on the Sugar Nellie page https://www.facebook.com/groups/437854872923829/
See you at the party :-)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Kit and Clowder meets Sugar Nellie

Hi All,

I know I have been missing for sometime now ... still at colouring school, and loving it!! I would so recommend this to anyone, I really must get on with turning some of my images into cards

For anyone who has not yet joined Alyce's Kit and Clowder community, why not pop over, there is a party on this weekend, and that always means lots of freebie's and special offers from amazing companies.

There is also great excitement in the House of Sugar, as is will be helping Alyce celebrate, so be sure to check it out and get your hands on some fabulous sugary treats!!

Can't wait .... hopefully see you there,
crafty hugs
Juls 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Been Colouring

Hello All,

I have been M.I.A ..... I have still been crafting a little, In between working on the house e.c.t ..... most of my energies though are being spent trying to improve my colouring skills ..... I have learned so much from joining in Alyce's classes and would recommend you check out her website and facebook group www.kitandclowder.com ...... If you have not joined this fab group already I would soooooo recommend it. Hopefully some of my coloured images will be getting turned into cards soon :-) 
  
Crafty hugs to all
Juls

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Vintage Wedding

Hi All,

Another wedding card for me and I have gone all vintage this time .... The image is from a Joanna Sheen CD .... I have added some distress ink round the edges, teamed it up with papers from My Mind's Eye .... the little film strip is from Bo Bunny and I have embelished up using dies from HOTP, Tim Holtz and x Cut.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Just Inspirational - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
As You Like it - Fav Die ( 2 of my Fav's Tim holtz shabby flowers and my x cut flower .... Love creating flowers for card, and just really love the shapes of these ones ... they just seem to be ny go to dies )
Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

An Austin Wedding

Hello All,

Its been a while, but we have been working on the house again, on the home straight now ordered the carpets and just got the garden to clear .... it's been over a year of mayhem, but the extra space is lovely, and I on the fun decorating bit now :-)

Anyhoo ....... Just had to get the new polkadoodles rosebud CD, as I am a huge Jane Austin Fan, I just needed it!!! Mr Darcy!!!!! need I say more.

I really wanted to play with my new CD, but I also really need wedding cards, as I have a friend getting married on Friday, and I need a card for that and a few commissioned one's too. There was no Bridal Austin Figures, but I went with this little sweetie ... I decided to add some flowers to her hair and create a boquet, to make her look more bridal, and hopefully that works!!

The background and the images are from the polkadoodle CD. I have coloured the characters using copic's and Spectrum Noir pencils. I also went over the brides dress with twinking H2'os (oyster) I have added some lace some dies and a sentiment created on my computer. The flowers I have created by stamping onto both pink and green vellum with a Kanban stamp and embossing with a WOW sparkling snow embossing powder. I also used a Martha Stewart punch to create a layer of the lace and the edge of her vale. and finally added some pearls and bling.

This is my entry for:

Crafting Musketeers - Stamped image (or digi)
The Crafting Cafe - Love and Marriage
Crafty Calender - Petals and Pearls
Crafting form the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe (flowers embossing, die cut)
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Pennies Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Use Flowers and Lace
Sister Act - Anything Goes
CD Sun Challenge - Dies (polkadoodles rosebud cd)
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Once again thanks for looking
Hugs Juls


Friday, 30 May 2014

The Force of Love

Hi All,

Love this image from Saturated Canary .... I know so many Star Wars fans that I am sure it will be used a lot! I have coloured with Copic's and Prisma's  .. I went over the light sabers with a blue cosmic shimmer drawing ink but then regretted it as it covered up the colouring ... so I think next time I will use a pearlesant twinkling H2o. I then teamed it up with some papers from DCWV, a few die cut hearts to embellish.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Its all about "S" (Star Wars)
Rhedd and Rosie - No flowers, nothing floral
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Blue's and Hues
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a time - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sugar Bowl - June

Hello All,

Well its time for another challenge over at the Sugar Bowl ... and it will be our last for a while, boo hoo!!! Its all good though as Karen is looking to bring some exciting changes to the Sugar Nellie blog ... I'm so excited to see what that will include!! ..... I do so love the Sugar Nellie range, infact it was an inspirational post from Karen that started me blogging in the first place.

Sugar Nellie has so many fabulous girly images .... but they also cater for the boys in our life .. I have used a fabulous digi from Dina Duda, which you can find here ( this image is on sale at the mo, so its a good time to get it ) I printed out on Kraft and coloured it with prisma pencils ... I am kind of regretting adding the white shadow surrounding the image, it just seemed like a good idea at the time, guess you live and learn ..... The papers I bought forever when I went to Canada,

This month we have an amazing prize:
"As this is the last challenge, we have a super duper sugar prize on offer to one lucky winner of this challenge...you get to choose a Sugar Nellie bundle of your choice such as Leanne Ellis, Simply Sassy, Gorjuss with papers and matching embellishments....how fabby is that??"
Hope you will join us in the sugar bowl ... look forward to meeting you there!!
I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting for all seasons - boys will be boys
Rhedd and Rosie - No Flowers nothing Floral

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

So Happy Together

Hi All,

This is me playing with a new stamp from "Hobby House", I happened to pop into a little craft shop the other week, with the intension of buying one black promarker (As I use it to edge my paper and the one I had was needing replaced. I ended up buying an arm full of stuff, as my new stash was ringing through the till a card caught my eye ... I realised I needed that stamp!!! (LOL) .. and so that ended up falling into my basket too!!! ... I got it home and coloured with copic's and prisma's. Its teamed with papers from "My minds Eye" (something else that also fell into my basket on the same shapping trip!! ... Then I die cut a load of flowers to add as embelishments.

Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
My mums craft shop - lots of layers
love to create - Cute with punches and dies
Created with Love - lots of layers
Deep Ocean Challenges - Wings
Inky Impressons - (die cut, buttons, flowers)
Creative moments - Anything Goes
Pennys's papercrafting - spots&stripes
Crafting for all seasons - things with wings
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog - H is for handmade embelishments
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Craftitiude - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Friend Like you

Hello All,

I am soooooooo In Love with these new images from crafters companion, love love love them ... had to buy the entire range!! whoopsie!! Loving the fact you can go mad with bling and sparkle and it just really works!!

I have coloured this with copic's and Prisma pencils, I then went over her dress with cosmic shimmer drawing inks, and her eyeshadow was blinged up with some stickles.

I was out the house last week, while we were getting some work done, so I got lots of colouring done ... but it then meant I had to try and match my colouring with papers I had ...... so I have dug out a really old paper pad "K&Co - Amy Butler", and fallen in love with the papers all over again! ..... I have used a Dawn Bibby set of stamps, to stamp out the flowers ..... It amazes me sometimes that I have all these fabulous dies, and I can still find myself stamping and fussy cutting to create embelishments .... guess old habits die hard .... also it does give a slightly different look ..... anyway I am waffling!!

Looking forward to getting all of these beautys stamped and coloured :-)

In the meantime I would like to enter them into the following challenges:

Stamping sensations - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Diva's by Design - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Colouring Show Off
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Stamping for the weekend - For the Girls
Sister Act - Anything Goes
paper Crafting - My Fav's ( loving these girls ... plus copic's&prisma's ultimate fav's)
Sweet stamping - Sparkle and Shine
613 Avenue - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Once again Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Mice Thoughts

Hi All,

Sharing another card today, this one is a papermania stamp (I think ... will check the next time I get into the loft) I coloured with my beloved inktense pencils. I am really enjoying using but still needing lots of practice. I went rummaging through my scrap paper box to find papers that matched my image ... and had a little die cutting session too, to have embellies that matched.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

The Crafting Cafe - Creatures
Created with Love - for the love of critters
Love to Create - say it with flowers
Crafting from the heart - anything Goes
Papertake weekly - anything Goes
Penny's papercrafting challenges - 2 or more papers
Creative moments - Anything Goes
As you Like it - Fun, fur or feathers
Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Creative fingers - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Love those leftovers
Challenges for everybody - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Summer Dress


Hi All,

This is a card I have made using an image from the most gorgeous "Fabulous Fashion" Cd by Katy Sue .... I printed off a digi stamp and have coloured with copic's and prisma's ....( I couldnt get the photo right for this at all ... the colour is still not great, but I have included a close up of the colouring as I could not get the detail to show on the original photo) .... I do sooooo love these images, that I decided to keep the card CAS so the image would stand out ... so have just matted and layered with some paper from K&Co ... and created a few little flowers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting Musketeers - Anything but square
Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Just Inspirational - Anything but square
Papertake weekly - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Citrus Flavour
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T - make your own embellishment (handmade flowers)
Cute Card Thursday - Here comes Summer
Crafty Catz - Anything but square
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Once again thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Monday, 5 May 2014

Taking a Walk in Paris

Hi All,

One of the many purchases I made from C&C the other week was the fabulous HOTP Ooh la la kit .... I bought it mostly for the dies, however I have enjoyed playing with the kit as a whole.

Here I have used some of the elements of the kit ... I have stamped details on the background card using some stamps from Bo Bunny and Joy, and finally teamed it with this fabulous stamp from Rubber Romance, again one of my original stamps I purchased, really seem to be digging out all the old stash at the mo!! ... I have coloured the image with my copics. I have finally managed to go more over the edge of my cards now as I can make envelopes with the WRMK envelope punch ... Loving it!! I always got in a guddle before making my own envelopes ... Just hope they bring out a board for larger envelopes too .... anyway I waffle on!!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thurs - Here comes Summer
Crafty Catz - Anything but square
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Crafts for Eternity - Stamp It
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking Hugs Juls

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Kraft Kindness

Hi All,

For once in ages I have been having lots of time to play, I have made a stack of cards but been neglecting blogging ..... So hopefully I will have another month of regular posts, what a novelty!!

I have finally purchased a pack of A4 Kraft card, so have been able to have a proper play with Kraft. I have embossed a piece of craft card using a Teresa Collins embossing folder, then I have stamped using a Kanban stamp and embossed using wow embossing powder - sparkling snow. .... The sentiment is also a stamp but unfortunately I have no idea of the brand, its just a stamp I have in my stash.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creative knockouts - Flowers Galore
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Crafts for Eternity - Stamp It
One Stitch at a time - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sugar Bowl - May

Hi All,

Well its time for another challenge over in the Sugar Bowl. We have a fabulous challenge this month " April showers brings May Flowers "

I love this image .. Winter Wonderland, which you can find here I have chopped off the little robin to make her less winter and more spring!! I also stamped up the scene using some Tulip stamps. I have used my copics .... I have teamed it up with some papers from My Minds Eyes/Kate and Co. I have added some swirly dies and some paper flowers.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Dies and Punches
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Handmade Flowers
Everybody Art Challenge - Cute Card
Creative Card Crew - Girly
Creative Moments - Spring
Wed creative challenge - Cute Charicters
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Die Cut Flowers

Hope to meet you in the sugar bowl & as always thanks for looking.
Hugs Juls

Monday, 21 April 2014

Floral Thank You

Hi All,

This is a card I made for a friend who treated me to some new crafty stash ... including the dies, I used to create this card. All the dies are Sizzix and I have used papers My minds eye/Kate&Co

The main stamp is one I bought forever ago when I started this milarky, I cant even see a brand sticker on it. I stamped it up with Memento Ink ... Then I traced round the script with a copic marker, so that it matched the background paper.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Crafty Card Makers - Handmade Flowers
Everybody Art Challenge  - Anything Goes
Fan'N'Funky - Flower Power
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Crafty Chicks - Sentiment Only
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Fairytale Challenge Blog - Butterflies
Totally Gorjuss - Dies and Punches
Dream Valley - Say it with Words
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

As always thanks for looking
Hugs Juls



Friday, 18 April 2014

Spring Wedding

Hi All,

This is a card that I made for a friend who is getting married tomorrow. I actually made her wedding invites. When I asked her to give me a brief, she had mentioned that the colour of the bridesmaid dresses were sage green , she is having a herb bouquet with hints of Lavender. She asked me to think country garden. I also know that she is going to have bunting at the reception .. and her 7 year old sister will be one of her bridesmaids. I took all of those factors as an inspiration for this card.

I love this Tilda, and its been an age since I have inked it up and it seemed perfect for the occasion. I teamed it with some papers from "Tilda - Kitchen Garden" .... Then to be honest the whole card sort of evolved rather than sticking to the concept that was in my head.

I have so many flower die's but I ended up opting for stamping, and cutting out all the flowers!! I used a little rose stamp from "Kanban" onto both Green and White Vellum, I embossed it with "wow powder - sparking snow" Then I added butterflies, onto lavender veelum- Also A Kanban stamp.

The bunting is a "papermania" stamp, which I coloured with copics, but to be honest when I added all the flowers it just looked wrong, as the flowers were so soft and luxurious looking, and the brightly coloured bunting just seemed to clash and it just did not marry up. So I then decided to stamp the bunting up in the vellum too & to create an overlay to the coloured image. ... I was really pleased with the way that turned out, but then the coloured image looked so matt in comparision to the rest of the card. So I coloured over the dresses with twinkling H2o's I used "oyster" on the bride and " luminesant green" on the bridesmaid dress. ...... and somehow through a lot of playing and adapting as I went along I ended up with this, and for once I am really happy.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Handmade flowers
Magnolia-licious - All things flowery
Everybody Art challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Spring
A Random Fan - Show us your springy colours
Penny Paper Craft Challenge - Ice cream colours
Fab'N'Funky - Flower Power
Marvelous Magnolia - Anything Goes ( I have entered in beginners, I have only been in a top 3 once in a magnolia only challenge )
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - B is for? (Bride)
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale challenge - Butterflies
Open Minded Challenge - Spring Colours
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

Once again Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Stitched Thank You

Hello All,

Well, I am slightly broke, the combo of there being so many good offers on C&C and the fact I got round to downloading the app ... so I can still have a sneeky wee look at what is going on even though my daughter is watching cbeebies!!! .... I got a couple of tools from WRMK and some HOTP kits .... Just waiting for them to arrive so I can play.

Over the past few days, I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone .... It seems that I am incapable of making a card unless it has a stamped and coloured image on it ... yet whilst I scour blogland there are so many styles of cards that I love. I love sewing themed cards, sewing was a 1st love ... I am so impressed by cards that have so many elements and details,but they all work perfectly together, I am not sure I have achieved that, and I am not sure the layout is right, but I did enjoy having a play.

All the stamps came free on a magazine that I bought forever ago, and never got round to playing with. All the papers are " Tilda - Kitchen Garden" 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Just Inspirational - Wood/Fabric
Every Body Art Challenge - Anything Goes
A Random Fan - Show us your Springy Colours
As You Like It - Fav style of Stitching (Faux for me it goes on every card I make, I think it just really finshes a card off )
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Open Minded Crafting - ( I have chosen the option of Spring Colours )
613 Avenue - Anything Goes
Pixies Snippit Playground

I would also like to say thank you to the girls at 613 Avenue for choosing me to be in their top 3 last week, I feel very honoured!!

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Life full of Giggles

Hi All,

I'm having major issues getting my photo right today, After ages of fiddling its still not right, but at least it should give you an idea. Been playing with another Saturated Canary image ... she has been coloured  with a combo of copic's and prismas. I have teamed it with papers from " My Minds Eye / Kate&Co " .... Again I have gone for a fairly simple layout ... think I am just going through a bit of a less is more phase.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tue - Cute
Fab N Funky - Pink
As You Like it (Fav Real or Faux Stitching ) - I have Faux stitching, This goes on nearly every card I make, I like to do little dots and then join up with lines, to give a hand stitch look.
4 Crafty Chicks - Use Polka Dots
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Friday, 11 April 2014

Welcoming a Friend to Blogland

Hi All,

I have persuaded a friend and work colleague of mine to start blogging. We were at a work training together and descovered we both shared that crafty obsession.

Please can I ask you to check out her blog, and welcome her to blogland.

http://aaacardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Many Thanks
Crafty Hugs
Juls

Thursday, 10 April 2014

One Cup Is Never Enough

Hi All,

Love this image, from Saturated Canary, I am a total Tea Jenny, so it really appealed !!  I have coloured her with copic's and prisma's. I have teamed it with some Bo Bunny papers ... I have added a little die cut tea cup and spoon, and a few flowers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

My Mums Craft Shop - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie - Cute with Dies and punches
Clear it out - Anything Goes with Faux stitching
Tip Top Tue - Cute
Inky Impressions - Dots and stripes ( dotty paper & little stripes on her dress )
Crafting for all seasons - dies and punches
Brown Sugar Challenge - Clean and Simple
Sister Act - Anything Goes
One Stitch at at Time  - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for Looking
Hugs Juls


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Kitchen Thank You - Take 2

Hi All,

I mentioned in my last post that I had received a number of lovely gifts for my kitchen. This card is for my MIL who very kindly got me a kenwood, which I am loving especially as I bake a lot more now with the assistance of my 2 year old!!

Again I coloured in Kitchen Tilda, she is just perfect for the occasion, She has been coloured with a combo of Copics and Prisma's. I chopped into the card a little in an attempt to make it look like an apron, and I have teamed it up with some Bo Bunny papers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Moving Along With The Times - Sweet Treats
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Thanks for Looking
Hugs Juls

Monday, 7 April 2014

Kitchen Thank You

Hi All,

Well with work progressing well on the house, and now having a brand new kitchen ( Loving It ) I have been very kindly been bought some much wanted kitchen gadgets as presents. This card was for my mum and dad who got me a slow cooker.

So I inked up kitchen Tilda, she has been coloured with copic's and prisma pencils. Again some more papers from the scrap pile, I have increased the detail with some bo bunny stamps and the little teapot is a Darcy stamp, and I have inked round everything with distress ink warm lipstick.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Dies and punches
Papertake weekly - anything goes
MAWTT - Something Sweet ( food related )
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Alphabet - D is for die cut
One Stitch at a time - Flowers

Thanks for Looking
Hugs Juls

P.S .... sorry for the dodgy lighting in the photo

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Inktense Love!!

Hi All,

This is me playing with my new Inktense pencils .... I still need a bit of practice, but LOVE them!!!!!! I was very kindly bought a full set by my hubby!! looking forward to experimenting a little bit more, but this is my first attempt.

I have used a fabby Leanne Ellis Image from SN .... and teamed with some papers from my scrap pile (which I have to say I can finally see I am getting to the bottom of it ) and I have added some extra little details to the DP with some Bo Bunny stamps.

This is my entry for:

Cutie Pie - Cute with dies and punches
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Alphabet - D is for Die cut

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls