Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Did You Realise It's Tuesday?



Well I didn't realise what day it was, I've been so busy over the holidays that one day seems to be slipping into another without noticing. 




So I thought I'd do a quick Totally Ladybug Tuesday reminder and share a few previous makes that just happen to fit in with the
It's running throughout January as the Ladybugs are having an extended break to recharge the batteries!





They also have a bit of a celebration feel to them, Well, it is New Years Eve after all!




So whatever you're all up to tonight, stay safe!




Spend time with your loved ones 
and celebrate the old year! 


I'm sharing this card with the MIM where they encourage you to share makes both old and new.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Still Catching Up

A lovely friend of mine gave me a LOTV Sketch Pad for my birthday, I have to confess that I didn't realise you could buy this sort of thing, it's something I will definitely look out for in the future as it gives a gorgeous selection of printed images, none of my hit and miss stamping lol!


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
ACB, W for whatever you wish,
MIM171, Anything goes,
Bloggers, Celebration,
C4E156, Something new,(Sketch pad)
DD68, Let's party,
CCT301, Anything goes,
4KGC, Anything goes,
CCC49, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by, Julie.x

Friday, 27 December 2013

Last Of The Christmas Cards.

I do hope that you all had a lovely Christmas, ours was eventful one way or another but it's been lovely to slow down and spend time with the family. I've just been sitting and looking back over my files at cards that I've made but still haven't got around to showing. This one's another that I did for Karen's craft taster night back at the beginning of November, it proved to be popular, it was lovely to inspire other crafters.



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
ACR, Sparkle,
BS74, Winter,
Craftitude 55, Anything goes Sparkle,
Crafty Hands 4, Winter,
MIM171, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Been A Busy Girl!

Well, Father Christmas will soon be flying over off to leave presents for all the good boys and girls!
Today I have been a busy girly and have also spent a little time in the "Crafty Cabin" I do seem to have left things till the last minute this year.




The little red bag was made using my Stampin Up Envelope  Board (I think that's what it's called) It took a 11x11" square of bazil to create it, it's big enough for a net of chocolate coins and a coupe of chocolate penguins.

It really is a great gadget! I just wish I'd given myself more time so that I could have added more decoration to the tiny money wallet/bags that I also made using 8x8" DP.


Then I got cracking making my mum a card, I know, it's similar to my card from the other day but this one has loads of glitter and a splash of red too!


I'm using these for the following challenges:-
ACC January, Anything goes, no cards, (Red bag)
PR13, Washi Tape,
LIM151, as week 143, twine,
Craftitude 55, Christmas sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Julie.x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

And Another.

 I  wish I'd had this die sooner, I ended up making 30 cards in a few hours .



The hardest thing with this card was positioning the snowflake in the cutter so that I could use both halves.




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

LIM151, 140 WOW Christmas,
MTTC228, WOW,
Jellypark Friends, Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Saturday, 21 December 2013

A Quick Solution


Ok as usual I left it till the last minute to make my cards for posting. Luckily the most perfect die arrived in the post courtesy of a rather special courier service.(thank you Kerry.xxx)





A few minutes on "Word" and a sheet full of "Christmas" was printed out to be hand cut into tiny tags, ready to be doodle tied to the "Y".



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
LIM 151, Week 140, wow Christmas,
CHNC156, Last minute cards,
MTTC228, WOW Christmas,
CCC,CAS.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Lay A Little Egg For Me!

I've so many cards in my "yet to blog" file but just don't seem to find the time to post them. Thought I'd share this one that I made for my lovely nephew, I hope he liked it, it's so hard to know what to do for teenage boys but as he keeps chickens I thought it would be the perfect time to break out my long neglected Quickutz die. It took flippin ages to cut out and ink each of the pieces, especially as originally I'd planned on using 13 of them! Oh well, at least I've got a few made ready for next time I want a Fowl card lol!



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
CIOCB, Anything goes,
RCC88, Anything goes, spooled,
BZC, Wings,
MIM170, Anything goes,
HCTB66, Anything goes,
WNW118, Wings.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Clean And Simple.

It's time again for a new challenge at Totally Ladybug Tuesday and this time it's the lovely Susan's turn to host the challenge, her chosen theme, one of my favourite,




As usual with me at the moment, I had little time to play so chose to colour only the bow of Christmas Wreath Delight and add some shadowing using a black Polychromo pencil. I then just used the most gorgeous holographic silver glitter .



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

CAS23, Christmas,
FTT12, Sparkle,
DMC118, Sparkle,
MIM170, Anything goes,
LIM149, Metallic.


Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Lots Of Inky Goodness.


Would you like to know the honest truth of how this card started?  Well, after watching several You-tube demos on how to use a brayer, I decided to free my "Speedball" from the drawer and break out my luscious boxes of 
inky goodness and brayer a background. Well, that was the plan, in reality though all that happened was I used up a ridiculous amount of copy paper and a whole load of patience  and became rather frustrated. 
I CAN'T BRAYER!
Anyway, wanting to create a rainbow of colour and make a card fit for my beautiful neice I decided to put the brayer away again and use makeup sponges to build up a vibrant background over the masked full moon I then bought in a little colour and swiped some shadowing across it before using a collection of various Lavinia Stamps 
to create a scene.


A computer generated wording, ribbon, a sprinkling of  "Glamour Dust" and a few squeezes of Stickles  complete the card. If you fancy the chance of a £40 spend up at Lavinia, Ink up your "Lavinia Stamps" and join us in this months "Anything Goes Challenge". 





I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
Hobbycutz 27, Make a scene,
CHCB3, Sparkle and bling,
WnW118, Wings,
CR72, Anything goes, ribbons,
HCC24, Glitter,
PCJ, Bling,
CFAS66, Birthdays,
SD12, Sparkle.


Thanks for stopping by,
scroll down for my previous post today.
Julie.x

Anything Goes.

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!
December already!
That means it's time for a new challenge at Lavinia Stamps and a perfect one for a busy month. 
I inked up Midnight Meandering for the first time, masking a little hill and sponging with distress inks. 



Without a Lavinia snowflake stamp I think I got away with using a star stamp by using the second stamping so that it was feint.




Oooooodles of glamour dust and a couple of die cuts complete the card.


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
CHCB3, Sparkle and bling,
JFFC, Christmas,
LIM148, Sparkle,
KIS28, Snow,
CBD23,Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x



Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Embrace Your Lumps And Bumps


That was a close one, I've been so busy that I forgot that today's the day for a new theme at Southern Girls.

For this fortnight's challenge Lou wants us all to 




Mine aren't all on show here lol!
I couldn't possibly share them all!
Anyway, I made this tag book as a birthday gift for a friend, it's decorated simply with washi tape and tiny hearts.




The lovely die cut on the front is by Marianne Createable, one of the sponsors this time. Please check out the challenge blog for full details of all of the sponsors this time!



I made the envelopes for my tag book using my wonderful new gadget, an "Envelope Punch Board" by Stamping-Up.



My oh my, if you think it's only for making envelopes, think again. I can't wait to get time to play properly with it and share some of the other things you can make using it.




I'm using this book for the following challenges:-
TTCRD, Anything goes,
Use It Tuesday, Brown lace,
CDD20, Tags,
MIM168, Anything goes,
SCH74, Tags or boxes.
Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Blue And White Ladybugs?


Good morning, where did the last two weeks go? 
maybe I blinked cos I missed it!
Anyway, here we are, Tuesday and time for a new 
Totally Ladybug Tuesday Challenge!
The theme this time is 

I used "Birthday Billie",doodling  around the edges of the focal image,matting it and placing it on an embossed background. I cheated just a tincey wincey bit and added a yellow centre  to my die cut flower.




I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
CAGI, Anything goes, with digi twist,
TTCRD, Anything goes,
FCB14, Monochrome,
MIM168, Anything goes,
OLLCB144, Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Roll Out The Washi Tape.

I know I posted a very similar card to this a few weeks ago but you know what it's like, sometimes you find something you like and you just have to go back to the idea when you're short on time. This time however, I used a strip of washi tape and popped the image panel onto foam pads. (I love this Lavinia image!)A quick heads up, there's still a few days left if you want to join in with this months challenge and be in with the chance of winning a £40 spending spree!



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
PCC17, Birthdays,
SACC34, Anything goes,
CBD, Birthdays,
CM30, CAS,
FNF, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x



Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fancy Some Pudding?


My blog is feeling neglected, it's not that I haven't anything to show you, in fact I've quite a few things to share, it's more along the lines of not enough hours in the day to find the time to write any posts! Anyway, here's another of the demo cards that I made for Karen's craft taster evening a few weeks ago. Don't quite know why the berries  don't show as red, I assure you that they are! The berries in the pudding were made using the eraser on the end of a pencil and various suitable ink pads. The "sauce" was hand cut and shaped slightly before gluing around the card edge only. I can't remember who the holly stamp is by but I seem to remember buying it from "The Range" for 99p




I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
CC46, Christmas,
CFAS65, Stitching,
TPS138, Christmas,
R&R 20, Christmas,
SAM199, Christmas,
CTD269, Christmas,Colour recipe,
MIM167, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Quickie.

It's been a while since I posted a "Sunday Quickie"
So here it is, exactly what it says on the packet lol, a quick card, made on a Sunday!



Sometimes it pays being a messy crafter, there was already a remnant of  narrow card and a folded card just waiting to be used. I just used my "Tattered Lace" snowflake, using the negative cut, placing the white waste into the middle by using a quickie glue pen into the remnants within the die and then putting the die back into the cut and using a pin to push them out so that the stuck perfectly into place. 


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

CC November, Christmas,
LIM 146, DP CAS,
LC39, Christmas,
T4S24, Die.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Not Too Flashy For A Big Birthday,

My husband had a "Big" birthday last week, struggling with making just the right card, I remembered a card I had "Pinned" some time ago. As luck would have it, I had also received the most perfect die for my birthday a few weeks back, putting them both together and mixing them up a bit, here is what I came up with. A bit of paperpiercing, a bit of fake stitching some die cutting and glittered numbers.



My fave bit in real life is the tiny doodle stitched hearts that are only stuck in the middle so  pop up slightly from the rest.

 I tried taking a decent photo of them up close but it makes it look a bit dodgy :(



I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
TKJ146, Use any sketch,
CFAS65, Stitching,
FnF193, Anything goes,
CYP188, Doodling,
MIM166, Anything goes,
OLLCB, Stitching.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Time To "Kraft" With The Ladybugs.

Good morning, and a chilly one it is too!

It's time for a new challenge at
"Totally Ladybug Tuesday"
and the theme chosen by Sally is




I fussy cut the gorgeous Kera and added her to my card using foam dots.



The scrummie papers are Nitwits at LOTV,



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

GnS58, Autumn colours,
DDD, Girly,
Craftitude, Twine,
PC79, Birthday,
WnW116, Autumn shades,
PTT146, Twine,
MIM166, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x



Monday, 11 November 2013

Evening!

I've been a bit of a slack blogger of late, I just don't know where the time goes, my "Cards yet to post" file is getting fuller so I thought that even though this is going to be a "short but sweet post", it would be better than nothing at all.
This is one of the cards that I made to demo at


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
Allsorts 232, White Christmas,
Hobbycutz 24, Christmas,
2Sisters 169, Christmas sparkle,
CC November, Christmas,
CHNC150, Outdoors,
Sweet Stampin, Christmas,
Speedy Fox 185, White Christmas. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Friday, 8 November 2013

Simply Hot And Bright!

Another DT example for this months
 Challenge at Lavinia Stamps.

Yes my colours are hot and bright it's just the minimalistic approach lol! I used one of the new 
Colouring it with Copics adding a few white gel pen dots
and doodling some strings with a Copic multiliner to hang my die cut letters from. 

I Love This Card!





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

CnC20, CAS,
PC79, Birthday,
CC44, Anything goes,
LRS77, Anything goes,
MIM165, Anything goes,
TTPH, Anything goes.


Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Friday, 1 November 2013

Hot Colours With Lavinia.

 "A pinch and a punch for the first of the month!" 
So that means it's time for a new theme at Lavinia Today.
November's theme is




I sponged a selection of red, gold and yellow inks on to Papermill's  felt card which resulted in an almost leather look. I then stamped Lavinia's "Three Kings" image.




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

ATSAM, CAS,
PWC282, Bold colours,
SOS125, Stitching,
MIM164, Anything goes,
ASC92, Christmas,
Aloha 11, Black,white plus one,
Polka Doodles 44, Christmas.


Thanks for stopping by,
 Julie.x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sweet Treats With The Southern Girls

Hi there, it's time for a new challenge with the Southern Girls,

As usual there are some brilliant sponsors, I'm using the sweetest of images by one of them,
A Day For Daisies
I'm not sure if it's what Lou had in mind when she set the theme but I think the image is uber sweet and I'm sure the flower he's eating is quite a treat! ;)

The gorgeous leaf die cut is a SweetCuts Die that I won a month or so ago, I have to say that it gives a really beautiful, clean cut!


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

DBD, Orange,
JIC, Kraft,
SOS125, Stitching,
SSB141, Frames,
AI65, Autumn colours,
TSG231, Leaves,
MIM164, Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x