Saturday, 24 January 2015

Put A Sock In It!

In reality, I put a pair of socks in it lol!

A little personal joke with my nephew means that I always give him a pair of socks at birthdays and Christmas and now that he is getting older, I tuck some money inside them instead of putting them with his present.
I made this box to put them in, the panel with the greeting on slides up to allow the narrow box to open.


I wish I'd thought to take a side view photo.

I'm using this for the following challenges:-
CUYL7, Box,
SPHD19, Male,birthday,diecut,
PDELP, 3D project.



Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Happy Birthday 2 You!

Just a quick post to share a card made for a friends gorgeous two year old.


Made using the ScanNcut.


It's a great lifesaver, an easy way to make a number card!





I'm using this card for the following challenges:-

AGOAC136, Birthday card for a boy,

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New Beginnings!

It's all about new beginning for
We are lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors again this year and for his challenge I have used 
Ollie Hatched by one of them, Lacy Sunshine!
Please check out the challenge blog for details of other sponsors for this challenge.


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
CIO, Pinks, (Stash item, wooden button)
CCC78, For a child,
PWC, All new,
TTT, Keep it simple.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Friday, 2 January 2015

Anything Goes!

I know, I know, it's a bit like buses here today, see none for ages then several turn up at the same time!
These cards are all for the new challenge at
 Lavinia where the theme is


I've been playing with my latest crafty buy, Brushos.
If you've seen some of the amazing creations that many of the Lavinia ladies have made using them you will be forgiven for not realising that I'd used them in 4 of today's creations.





I've a lot to learn and if you were a fly on the wall when I made this collection, you would have (in the words of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman) "Peed your pants" I was ooing and ahhing, gasping and holding my breath, amazed at the gorgeous colours appearing on my paper and my hands and the area surrounding my craft mat. 
LOTS of baby wipes and paper towels were used in the creation of these items !




For the first two items I simply shook the tiniest amount of powder onto my mat, so tiny that I didn't realise there was any there until I touched it with my damp brush, I then just used it to paint my stamped  Hanging Lanterns.
I just LOVE the strong colours that can be achieved!



It's a good job that Tracey couldn't see what I was doing with my stamps for the next two items, I took my experimenting to a new level for me, Eileen was in my ear saying "Go for it" well actually she wasn't but I know that she would have been egging me on lol! 
I tried spraying my stamp with water and adding a sprinkle of powder, this didn't create what I wanted as the water was too wet if you get what I mean, the stamping just spread it's way into an unrecognisable splodge on the paper.
Then I remembered my bottle of glycerine, I added a tiny drip to my craft mat, added a light spray of water and painted this onto my stamp, I then sprinkled my stamp with different powders and brushed across the stamp with a dry brush. I love the look, especially on the first one here, I made the mistake on my second one of spraying the edge of my card after which caused the pigment to start to bleed, won't make that mistake again! I'm looking forward to experimenting some more. I've yet to try some of the techniques that Eileen demos on YouTube.
I wonder if she has any tips on how to remove the colours from my stamp lol! 


The last card was made after my tidy up, stamping one of my favourite images for a man's card, the Large Deer. "Happy" was cut using the ScanNcut.
If you fancy joining in with January's challenge, you can make anything you like using your Lavinia stamps or dies, it isn't necessary to have a blog to enter as email entries are accepted. You could be lucky enough to win a £40 voucher to spend at Lavinia.


I'm entering the following challenges:-
LRS132, Something old something new,(Brushos, piercing wheel)
ESC121, Something old something new, ""  ""  ""
CUYL5, Kraft,
LIM203, Family.

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy New Year!
Julie.x


Friday, 26 December 2014

Happy Boxing Day!

Morning all, and Happy Boxing day, I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday!



I thought it was about time I shared a card, not quite sure whats going on with me at the moment, I just seem to have lost my drive, I just don't seem to be able to craft, when I do get the time to do it, lots of cutting,shuffling and sticking goes on, closely followed by a bit of sulking and ultimately throwing my creations in the bin. 
This card was made back at the beginning of November.


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-

DBD, Anything goes,
LRW269, Happy Birthday,
PPC 208, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Monday, 8 December 2014

Simply Happy

A quick share of a card that I made last week using the weld option on my ScanNcut.


Simply cut in black and white and offset to form a shadow effect.



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
S.H.27, Birthday,
TCC214, Anything goes,
ALBC, Not Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Add Flowers For Lavinia.

It's time for a new challenge theme at Lavinia and the theme for December is
"Add Flowers"



I used one of the gorgeous new dies for my first card, adding a little sponging and stamping to my background and a few punched flowers to the silhouette.




I thought I'd show you a real side on view so that you can see how I treated the wings. I cut the image three times, trimming around the wings on two and sandwiching a trimming of sheer lilac ribbon between them. I then shaped the wings and glued the rest of the silhouettes together. If I was going to be sending this card through the post, I might add a squeeze of silicone glue up close to the body just to help them stay fluttery. 




The next card is just a masked and inked background  and the poppy stamp inked in two colours.



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-

DDC11, Girlie/diecut,
AGOAC 133, Kraft and a colour,
Allsorts287, Milestone birthday,
Little Claires, Shaped card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x