Monday, 4 August 2014

Blog Hop With A Difference.

Good morning all, what a great day to craft but then isn't every day?
I've been asked by the lovely Chris from
to take part in a blog hop with a difference, it's all about us crafters getting to know one another, giving a little insight into what makes us tick and showing you around a few of our friends spaces.
 I got to know Chris when we both attended the same Scrapbooking group a few years back. Chris has amazing talent in the scrapbooking department, I however used to sit and chat and sing, not much crafting was ever done by me!

So here goes, a bit about me and a few photos to help explain. I'm hoping that I don't bore you too much!

Q 1. What am I working on at the moment?
At the moment I am doing my best to work through the bits that are cluttering up my work bench.
When LCI had the Eunice and Ramsey release a while back, I somehow managed to print out several pages of the lovely "Ewe and Me" digi by mistake so they have been turning up not only together but also seperately on my cards lately. Here's a couple I made the other day!

I do rather love Eunice and Ramsey! it's a good job as I've still one page of them printed still to use!

Q 2. How does my work differ from others?

I don't really know, you tell me lol! I know I like a clean look. Saying that I love what others do, for instance, I love how some crafters are able to put lots of elements on their cards and make them look amazing, this is something that I struggle with so I've just stopped beating myself up about it and have found a clean style that works for me.
 I do like to create some interest with my
 trusty pattern makers tool!

I always resort to using it instead of a sewing machine, sometimes with a pen, it's easy to squiggle some stray threads lol!

 I've also got a bit of a thing for bunting, not the kind that requires a die but one that I've developed myself that involves hand cut triangles, inky stitching and rather more baker's twine than is probably necessary.

Oh, and tiny tags, tiny tags are a must have in my world. Hand cut generally!

Q 3. Why do I craft?

That's easy, if I didn't craft I wouldn't be me! I'm the person that at the bottom of my bag has a box with needles and thread, a crochet hook, a packet of Sharpies, odd bits of ribbon and buttons and a phone full of photos that anyone  would think belonged to a mad woman, snaps of odd things to inspire me to create at a later date. 
I'm lucky enough to work with pre-schoolers and share my love of craft with them which would also explain away the two potatoes and bag of wine corks that are at the bottom of my bag. (We did printing a few weeks back)

Q 4. How does my creative process work?

I have no idea, I can go to bed thinking about something I want to create, spend the whole night tossing and turning, making it and remaking it in my head then in the morning I can wake with a completely new idea and go with that. 
If I'm struggling, I like a wander around Pinterest, not to lift ideas but to find that spark to set my creative juices flowing again!

Well, are you still awake?
If there's anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask!
 Please take the time to visit my friends and next Monday, they will be sharing their crafting secrets and friends
 with the rest of us too.

The Crafty friends I nominate to join in with the hop are:-

 I started following B way back, not long after I started my blog. B inspired me to buy my first "Speedball Brayer" I may not have ever mastered it but I gave it a go! 

Sally does amazing colouring and is always willing to share tips and advice, she's brilliant at CAS and has also started blogging another of my loves, crochet.

Last but by no means least is my lovely friend

"Nancy from The Fibre Bubble"
Now what can I say about Nancy, she has an amazing way with words. I found her purely by accident many moons ago, her talent for writing just draws you in, in fact the very first post of hers I read was an amazing tale about her dear mum and her hanging basket tomato plants, I clicked on "become a follower" even before I'd seen any of her wonderful card making, she writes the sort of posts that have me openly laughing aloud!

Thanks for stopping by,


Darnell J Knauss said...

I enjoyed reading your post as a fellow Blogger who has been tagged, Julie! Oh, how I wish I had your talent for brevity! My post is about 100 times longer than your concise, entertaining, and informative one!! I love your cards, especially the giraffe!

Feel free to grab the "I've been tagged" button from my blog/post to put on your side bar so others will know you've already been asked! It was a pleasure getting to know you better! Hugs, Darnell

aileen (mum) said...

Julie, great post, enjoyable read. I love your card style. The cards you showed today, all brilliant. Especially that giraffe, ohhh the face says it all.

Chris said...

Didn't you do well! Fantastic post, Julie! It gives people who aren't lucky enough to know you personally a little bit of insight into your great personality! You are amazingly talented, I just love your style!
Your gorgeous giraffe card is one of my favourite cards ever!

Marilyn said...

I love these cards and your post. Already have that fab giraffe and now I must go get me some sheep!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Boring? NEVER! Love to pop over here! I can always count on inspiration! Thanks for the tag. What fun this will be! I love that you will keep your "oops" extra prints and use them up! Can never have to many sheep lying around at the ready!!!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

hello julie...oh my the world is becoming smaller and smaller, i did the same creative blog hop,last week and one of my taggees , friend is darnell who already came and visited you!!! so it is funny to see that this hop is going around so fast...grab darnell's badge, I did, it is on my side bar if you want to see it and grab it from there too!!!
hugs bibiana

Karen Oliver said...

Great post Julie. Loved reading about you and your crafting. Gorgeous cards too. I love CAS but its something I am totally useless at. Xo