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Monday, 24 April 2017

Digi Chooseday Week 17

Hi All ... Once again it's time for another Digi Chooseday .. the most exciting day of the week as it means fabulous discounts, so please do pop over to the blog to grab the discount code, so you can go & fill your boots. The team were asked to use a design sheet this week. I was greedy and used 2
You can find them here & here

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty Card Makers - Pearls & or Gems
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Crafty Hugs
Julia

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 16

Hi All,

So I have a bit of exciting news, The lovely Nikki from Polkadoodles has asked me to join the Colour Crazy design team ... I am so excited as Colouring is my very favourite thing to do.


So this month I was given this increadibly adorable image from Knitted Kitty designs to play with. You can find this little cutie here  I have coloured this up using my copic markers and created a little sunset scene. I also created the Background Paper by just swooshing some watercolour paint onto a background. I also added a little die cut using Leonie Pujol's entwined heart dies

I really hope you will join us over at The Colour Crazy Challenge ... I love looking at everyone's colouring, cant wait to be inspired by you all.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

World Wide Design Team - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs Julia

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Hi All,

Back with another card. This time I was asked by my mum to make a card for her to give to a friend who was getting married this week .. I was told that she loved all things romantic and her theme colour was blue.

I used this gorgeous image from Lili of the Valley and I have coloured using copic markers and Spica pens. I have kept the card very simple, a little Vellum and some dies.

Hope you like.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Craft Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia

Monday, 17 April 2017

Digi Chooseday - Week 16

Hi All .... Time for another Digi Chooseday as always the theme is Anything Goes. I really hope you will come and join us. As always Nikki is offering a fabulous discount for today only, so please do pop along to the blog to grab the discount code.

I love creating fantasy scenes when I am colouring. I have used the gorgeous Bella on a Swing which you can find here I put her on a slight angle so it looks like she is swinging .. then I coloured up with my copic markers ... I tried to make it look like she was swinging over the earth. I have then used a sentiment from the Rose budd collection, which you can find here  and the papers are from the Eden collection, which you can find here and then a little piece from the Magic garden collection.

I have done lots of inking with Distess Inks Picked Rasberry & Faded Jeans. I have used a Martha Stewart punch to create the lace edges and added a few little embellies, I hope you like.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
As you like it - Fav card Base Shape ( 8"x8" square ... I love the the way a square card looks its always my go too & 8"x8" .. just gives so much scope for playing )
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia


Monday, 10 April 2017

Digi Chooseday - Week 15


Hi All, Time for another Digi Chooseday .... As always the theme is Anything Goes. I have chosen one of the new Darling Bud images, you can find this little beauty here. I have coloured her up using copic markers and spica pens, to add a touch of sparkle. Unusually for me, I have kept the card very C&S ... I have used some of the scraps from pervious polkadoodle makes to create a few paper ribbons.

Please do pop over to the Digi Chooseday blog, as Nikky will be giving a fabulous discount as always to be used throughout today only. Plus the team have made some gorgeous things, that really are worth taking a peek at.

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

Worldwide Design Team - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - April Showers/spring
Wed Creative Inspiration - Spring Spectacular
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs Julia


Friday, 7 April 2017

The Accidental Card

Hi All,

So the other night I was having one of those crafting sessions, where everything I touched or tried just didn't work. In the end as I do on these occasions, I just put it to the side and start making backgrounds .. where I just swoosh water colour onto paper, or spray randomly, no thought or frustration involved .. but still feel creative.

The next day I popped into the loft to grab my light to take some photos .. & started tidying away a little ... then various rejected pieces from different projects the night before got placed on top of each other, & kind of worked ... so I ended up accidentally making a card, rather than tidying up.

The papers I used, are from "My Minds Eye - Oh La La"   The quirky flower is a Leonie Pujol Mixed media flower die .. and has been cut out of paper that had some watercolour paint effects on it. I then added the Hello greeting which is an " Anna Griffen" stamp.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Tie one on
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Fab and Funky - Buttons & or Bows
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Thinking of you with Krafting Kimmie

Hi All,

Just checked my sidebar, and I posted more last month than I did in all of last year ... definitely getting back in the way of blogging.

Pulled out an old fav .. love this Krafting Kimmie image, wanted to play with it again now I have had a little more practice at folds. I have teamed it up with some papers from santoro & added lots of gorgeous embellies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Monday, 3 April 2017

Digi Chooseday - Week 14

Hello All .. Well its time for another Digi Chooseday. As Always the theme is Anything Goes. The team were asked to make a spring themed card, & this is my creation for the week.

Now I have to be honest, I have owned Nikki's CD's for as long as they have been going, .. I mostly have the digi images on the CD's .... as I love colouring. However I have not really been tapping into the full amount of gorgeousness that is available .. Now I am being asked to use the papers on the cd's e.c.t ... it is like I am discovering a whole load of gorgeous goodies I didn't know I had. I am really enjoying Hybrid crafting like I have never done before. There are so many steps to the creativity, it adds lots of fun and variety to my crafting .... if you are like me and have loads of Nikki's cds in your stash .. pull them out and have a play, its lots of fun.

I was watching craft telly and a show where there was lots of samples of hot air balloons and I was feeling inspired, so I went on a hunt for a polkadoodle hot air balloon digi and I actually squealed out loud when I found one on the Summer Time cd which you can find here ... I also printed out loads of flowers from this cd too & teamed it with some papers from the Magic Garden collection, which you can find here.



I added some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in over the digi stamp  .. and then paper pieced over it & added all the flowers e.c.t. This was an 8"x 8" card ... however I really didn't like the white space was looking, so added some stamping detail .. & then I hated the card even more!!! ... So using Leonie Pujol's theory of " If it offends thy eye - chop it off" .. I decided to chop it up keep the bits I liked and just stick it to another white card .. however I quite liked the quirky shape I was left with so in the ended, created little wire embellies to pop out from the fence, neatened up the back and made a smaller card to attach it too ... and ended up with this quirky shaped card. Which I hope you like :-)

As it is Digi Chooseday, Nikki is offering a fabulous discount code so please do pop over to the blog and grab the code, so that you can fill your boots ( I have to admit ... that's exactly what I did last week & got some gorgeous things that have been on my wish list for a while ) Also my fellow teamies as always have created some stunning spring themed makes that inspire me to get those creative juices flowing.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Worldwide Design Team - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Anything Goes/Flowers
Crafty Calender - April Showers/Spring
Crafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Wed Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes/Add Metal ( wire spring embellies )
613 Av Create - Anything Goes/Spring
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs Julia



Monday, 27 March 2017

Digi Chooseday - Week 13

Hello,

Time for another Digi Chooseday. As always the theme is Anything Goes, although the team were asked to use a deisgn sheet. I have chosen one from the lovely Sticks and Bones Collection ... I love this collection, It reminds me of the film " The Croods" .. which my daughter has watched many many times!!!!  you can find the design sheet here I printed the layers a couple of times so I could add dimension. I also added a few little extra embellishments .. from the full bundle, which you can find here  & finally I added a little quirky animal print to the edge of the card, using one of the little stamps from the Summertime - Stamps made easy collection. Which you can find here


As always Nikky is offering a fabulous discount for today only, so please do pop across to the challenge blog & grab the code .. every Tuesday deserves a treat :-) ... Also my teamies have made some amazing creations that will get your creative juices flowing :-) ... look forward to seeing you there.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creatalicious - Anything Goes
Wednesday Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Moments  - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thanks for Looking
Hugs Julia

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mixed Media Houses

Hi All,

This is a card I made to help me wage war on all my scraps. All the houses are made from scrap papers that I cut in random shapes to sort of resemble quirky houses, lots of layers of Gesso's and inks have been added, lots of stamping and a bit of heat embossing.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Wed Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's paper Crafter - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
613 Av Create - Anything Goes


Crafty Hugs
Julia

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Digi Chooseday - Week 12

Hello All,

Its Digi Chooseday again, and as always the challenge is Anything Goes ...

I'm very excited to share my make with you this week .... I have been pinning lots of gorgeous Altered Art on pinterest, including lots of altered paintbrushes, so when the team were asked to make anything but a card I was given the push I needed to stop pinning & start creating.

One of my most favourite things Nikky has come up with, is stamp soup. I LOVE it !!!! this time though there has been no stamping but I have used loads of elements from the Little Kingdom selection which you can find here


So I bought a cheap paintbrush & covered with lots of Gesso. On the handle of the brush, I glued on some papers from the little kingdom ... & then knocked it back again with a bit of gesso ... I then added a bit of dimension, using some textured paste and some of the lindy stamp gang mica powders.

I then painted the bristles with some Dylusion pink paint, and I added a little extra detail using some blue distress crayons. Once I got the base prepared with lots of layers. I started to decorate. I added the lace and pom poms. I cut out loads of flowers, leaves, little houses, trees & butterflies. & arranged to my hearts content.

The gorgeous flowers Nikky created, had lovely swirls with little hearts dangling from them, however my fussy cutting is just not that good!! so I added them back in by twisting a little floral wire & glued the little hearts onto the wire & glued to back of flower, so it still maintained the lovely look that Nikky had created. & then I added some final details with some little dew drops.

I hope you like the results.

Please do join us over at Digi Chooseday, so we can be inspired by your gorgeous make. Also please do pop over to the blog and grab the fabulous discount code so you can maybe treat yourself to some goodies & also be inspired by the fabulous makes from the whole team.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Momments - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes/ Touch of pink
Alphabet - Anything goes with wings ( butterflies )
Allsorts - Anything but a card
Lil Patch of crafty Friends - Anything Goes
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Graphic 45 Anniversary

Hi All,

Back with another card .... No stamping or colouring, shock horror!!!!!

I was commissioned to make an anniversary card. I have used Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers, cut lots of elements out ... honestly I do own a Brother Scan and Cut ... Yet I have not taken the time to play properly, so I ended up cutting all the elements by hand, I really could make my life so much easier for myself!!! ... I have added a few little extra swirls using Leonie Pujol's entwined heart, die collection. & played with lots of techniques .. bit of frontage on there & got my glossy accents out for the first time in forever .. lol.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean - Dots and Stripes - ( the backing paper has stripes with dots in the centre of the stripe )
Simon Says - A bit of Green

Thanks for looking
crafty Hugs Julia

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Just a Note

Hi All,

Back with another card, Coloured this image up a while ago, and added a little extra detail to the edge of the card, using distress inks. I have teamed with some papers from DCWV and dies from Heartfelt creations.

I would like to add this to the following challenges:

Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie - Dies and Digi's
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pennys Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Ladies and Girls
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Digi Chooseday - week 11

Hello All,

Time for another challenge over at Digi Chooseday, although week 10 is still open for another week, so plenty of time to have a play and join us.

 This week I have used another Serenity image this week .. this time I have used Serenity Blossom, which you can find here or you can buy the whole collection here its been reduced to £7.99 .. so perfect time to buy :-)

Once again I have been playing with my copic markers, I have also added some detail to her dress with Spica pens ... and added a little fairy dust swirl with a white posca pen and spica pens. I added a couple of extra details to the background using stamps from the Lavender Tea stamp soup set which you can find here  We were asked to use lots of green so I have pulled out some gorgeous papers from the Eden collection, which you can find here I have kept the design quite simple, but created a few flowers using the papers and the gorgeous Daisydays stamps which can be found here

Please if you can pop over to the Digi Chooseday blog today. As always Nikky is offering a fabulous discount to use in store today & the code can be found on the blog. Also the team have made some most gorgeous things, its worth taking a peek for some inspiration. Hope you will join us so we can be inspired by you too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creatalicious - Anything goes ( lots of Green )
Simon Says - Special Lady/girl
Pennys Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Moments -Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Green
Cute Card Thursday - Ladies Only
Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes ( Lots of Green )
Allsorts - Ladies and Girls
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends -Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes

Once again, Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia

Monday, 6 March 2017

Digi Chooseday Week 10

Hello All,

I am here with my Digi Chooseday make. I was in my element this week as I got to colour. I chose a beautiful image from the Serenity collection. This little beauty is called Serenity Star Dust and you can find her here I have coloured her up using my copics and have added a few touches of sparkle with the gorgeous Spectrum Noir sparkle pens. I then teamed her up with some gorgeous papers from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection, which you can find here


I added a little distress ink to the edges, and coloured the stars with distress ink too and of course added a little sparkle. A few ribbons, die cuts and embellies to finish it off.

I hope you all like and it has given you a little inspiration. I also really hope that you will come and join us, so I can be inspired by you all too.

Please don't forget that the fabulous Nikky always offers a fabulous discount on a Tuesday, so please pop across to the challenge blog to get the discount code and maybe treat yourself & also to check out the fabulous makes of my teamies :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Colour Crazy - Anything Goes


Many Thanks for looking Crafty Hugs
Julia

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Mixed Media with K&C and Saturated Canary


Hi All,

I love pretty steam punk images, and more and more I am getting into mixed media. Coloured this along with the Kit and Clowder Mixed Media class, which you can find here

I coloured up this Saturated Canary image ages ago, but never got round to finishing off the complete project, then I was randomly making a background with Dylusion black paint I then took a Tim Holtz stamp and stamped with white embossing powder .... I had other plan for it, but then thought .. oh that would work with the image I already have ... added a load of embellies, following the K&C class. I then added a few little scraps of paper from Hot off the press, and then I die cut a few cogs and added some guilding wax to make them look more real.

I would like to add to the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes / Optional twist dollies ( Dollie in her hair )
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

I have now set up an Instagram account so if you would like to follow me there you can find me at @juliamcneillcrafts

Thanks for looking,
crafty hugs
Julia

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Brewed to Perfection

 
Hi All .. how are you today? As a lady who is a complete Tea Jenny ... I am drawn to any stamps or sentiments that involve tea ... normally because I can completely relate. I love this Saturated Canary Image .. I have coloured her up with my copics ... & teamed her up with some papers from my stash ... I am so sorry I have completely forgotten which paper pad they have been taken from ... will need to take better note, now I am trying to get back into blogging.

I would like to add this to the following challenges:

Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Wednesday Creative Inspiration - Petals & Pearls
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pennys Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Ps .. You can now follow me on Instagram @juliamcneillcrafts

Crafty Hugs
Julia

Monday, 27 February 2017

Digi Chooseday


Hi Every one ....... so I have some exciting news:


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh .... I'm so excited, I was asked to join the Digi Tuesday team, in all honesty I am still a little stunned!! Thrilled, honoured, and very very excited!!!

So this is my first week designing for the Digi Tuesday team. This challenge this week is " Anything Goes" however the DT was asked to use a design sheet. So this week I decided to step back in time, and played with one of my favourite collections, the Rosebud collection which you can find here



& I noticed it has been reduced to £6.99 .... honestly if like me you are in love with Mr Darcy and you love all period drama's this collection is an essential!!! it has sooooooo much in it!!!


So this is my card, using a couple of design sheets ... the paper is so amazing, believe it or not I have not even been near it with distress inks, that lovely distressed feel was already there!! ... I have added a little sparkle to the butterfly wings using a SN sparkle pen, and added a few paint splatters using some Kuretake Gansi Tambi paints ( unfortunately those details aren't showing up to well in the photo, but in real life it looks really lush )

Please come over and join us, I am looking forward to being inspired by your creativity. Also Don't forget that Nikky always offers an amazing discount in her POLKADOODLES store on a Tuesday, so please pop over to the blog and grab your discount code :-)

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs
Julia
 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Scrap Skirt

Hi All,

Woo Hoo ... check me managing a fairly regular blogging schedule :-)

I have been warring against my scraps for years, I have done all sorts, decorated my daughters room, created journals e.c.t ... recently I used up a whole lot doing some crafting with my daughters nursery ... the bag I have now is fairly small, but I don't like to add to it!!

So at the end of a crafting session I like to grab my scraps and use up there and then ... that was the thought process behind this creation. I have used a Julie Nutting stamp ... but chopped her up so I just have the legs, paper pieced her shoes and created a 3d skirt with my scrap papers and created a little handbag too.

I then added some stamping and colouring, but in all honesty I fell out with it a bit, so knocked the colour back with a little gesso, did a little stenciling ... then I created a little flower to use up the little bits of scraps.

Hope you like

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Createalicious - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Creations - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Stencils
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

I have now set up an Instagram page for my cards ... when I learn how I will add a fancy button to my blog, but in the mean time you can find me at @juliamcneillcrafts if you fancy giving me a follow :-)

Crafty Hugs
Julia

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I Love Polkadoodles

Hi All,

How are you, its a blustery kind of day here today .... sitting writing this post with the windows rattling and the rain bouncing off the windows .. definitely a day for staying in and crafting. This post does come with the warning that is very picture heavy. I have decided to be brave and apply for the Digi Chooseday DT so I have decided to put a few of my Polkadoodle makes together to use as an application, so here goes:

Recent makes:

 

 

 
This one is using one of the new Darling Buds Images .. I masked her off using Pebio Drawing gum, and played with some pigment powders from Lindy's stamp gang, and some distress inks with a Sheena Douglas stencil. I added a little extra detail using some stamps from the stamp soup collection.
This is an image I coloured up a while ago, using copic markers I have then created a background using distress inks and stamps from the stamp soup collection.

 
This is a card I made using Winnie In Wonderland. I made the card on Serif and then printed out all the elements and layered together with a few extra bits and bobs.

Older Makes:


 
As you can see I love the Rosebud collection ... got to love a bit of Mr Darcy!!!!


 
Polkadoodles colouring:

 
 

 

Right ... now off to e-mail the lovely people over at polkadoodles.
Crafty Hugs to you all
Julia

Scruffy Little Cat

Hi All,

So sharing another card, with colouring from Eons ago ... Love these crafters companion " Scruffy Little Cat " images ... don't play with them nearly enough ... teamed it up with some paper from my scrap pile and some handmade raffia roses.

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

Creatalicious: Anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
City Crafter -A few stitches
Simon Says - Fantastic Florals
Wed Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pennys Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs Julia

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Cinderella

So, Its about time I got this blog thing moving again!!!

Coloured this Saturated Canary image using Copic'c ... as I created a whole scene decided to keep the embellies fairly simple so that the image stands out. ... I am quite proud of the little pumpkin Embellishment ... Its paper clay & I used a little mould in one of my daughters play doh sets .... have found some real treasures in her sets ... gradually building up a set of pre made embellishments.

Hope you all like

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

Digi Chooseday - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to pop by,
Crafty Hugs Julia