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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Make a Wish with a rubber Mo image from Penny Black!

Something a little different from me today if you can spot it?  Yes, I've got my distress markers out to try a bit of water colouring!  And I was able to do this as I've used a rubber stamp, a Mo image yes, but part of the Penny Black range of Mo rubber stamps.  I know there are ways of printing off digi images so that you can use water colours, but this was by far the easiest way for me!! My delightful girl is called Make a Wish and the rubber version is here in the Penny Black online store. Of course, she is also here in digital form from Mo's Digital Pencil.
I have a long way to go with my water colouring skills but was reasonably happy with this first attempt in a long while!!  The rest of my card followed my usual creative process - ie lots of dies and embellies, including Lili of the Valley papers and sentiment, and a pretty heart shaped doily with flowers from my stash. Oh and I have sneaked a Tim Holtz corner die cut in there! 
I'm off to Manchester today for the Stitching and Hobbycraft show!  Haven't been to a show in ages so really looking forward to it, even though it's a bit of a drive!
Enjoy your weekend, whatever it entails.
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A no colour card

If you're like me, you hoard stuff in the belief that you may use it for crafting at some time in the future (and then can't find it when your want it!!).  Well, the image here is one such thing from my hoarding - it came on a calendar block which sported a different vintage/sultry 50s lady for each day of the year.  I knew it was perfect for the recipient, who always looks glamourous, has had a tough few months, and she runs a vintage vibe online store called Rockabetty Stores here. Oh and her daughter takes the most amazing 50's pin up photograph shoots here at Rockabetty Studios.  

So no colouring today, but I've still managed to incorporate some of my beloved Marianne products as follows:

Mirror dies - Large and small handheld - LR0321
Tassel dies - LR0391
Rolled Rose Flower dies - LR0163
Paper - Dark Vintage

The fan is from Joanna Sheen, the lipstick is a Memory Box die, and the sentiment is from PTI.

Well, that's one picture out of 365 used - only a few more to go!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Favourites

We have a new challenge starting today over at A Passion for Promarkers with a great theme of Favourites, chosen by our fabbie Nic!  Of course, it goes without saying that Promarkers are a real favourite of mine, but I've also gone with Mo's Digital Pencil (my all time favourite for images!), babies (first grandchild due in just over 4 weeks!) and die cuts!
My image is Jessie from Mo's Digital Pencil - just one of some luvverly new baby images from Mo, papers are First Edition and also some fab dies, including several from Marianne Designs as below:

LR0405 - NEW- Flourish Corner die - absolutely love this new die and couldn't wait to use it.
COL1381- Stork Die cut and Cross Stitch baby sentiment
LR0358 - Lamb
COL1307 - Heart Die with sentiment
LR1250 - Loop Border die
Heart stick on embellishments
We have two awesome sponsors this week.  Firstly we have Letraset who is offering one lucky winner a 5 pack of promarkers (brights).

Letraset brights
Our second generous sponsor is a brand new sponsor for us at PFP for 2016 – Di’s Digi Stamps - and they are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 voucher to spend in their online store. 
Di's Digital Stamps
Don't forget to take a peek at the rest of my teamies' creations here, then come on over and play along with us!

Hugs, Juliexx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Blanch Fussy Cutting - perfect crafty image from Mo's Digital Pencil with some Marianne Designs thrown in!

I made this card for the recent birthday of my best matey, Lesley (Grenouille Greetings if you'd like to check our her blog).  This image from Mo's Digital Pencil, is called Blanch Fussy Cutting and is perfect for a crafty friend! Even better when used with this sentiment from PTI, although she does come with her own sentiment too! As always, there's lots of Marianne Designs products in use here as per the list below:

Anja's Oval Frame Dies - LR0376
Anja's Roses Corner Die - LR0214
Tassel Fringe Dies - LR0391
Tiny's Love Birds Die - LR0298
Stork Vintage Scissors Die - LR0195

It's always a love hate thing making a card for another crafter, but Lesley has told me she loved it, so phew!! 
I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Punches and/or Dies

Got my girly home from London for a few days, for some TLC and family time.
The weather here is pants  - look what happened to my pergola the other night!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 21 January 2016

First 2016 Blog Hop with Mo's Dream Team!

Yayyh it's time to start hopping again over at Mo's Dream Team and we have an even better and bigger hop for you this month now that Mo's two teams have merged!  To kick off 2016 we have a fab theme of Favourites for our hop and your start for the hop is over at my lovely friend's Debby's Blog.  Otherwise you should have hopped over to me from another lovely lady, Gretha's blog. The full order is at the bottom of the post should you need it.

To be honest, I just couldn't choose one favourite, so decided to go with one of my favourites from Mo's most recent releases  -  XOXO
I used a petal shaped card blank from Craftwork cards, and some gorgeous My Mind's Eye Floral papers, which I have then proceeded to cover up - grrrhh!  It takes a lot for me to use some of my papers!!
I used my Promarkers to colour her and a trustee Marianne design die to frame her - CR1331 Basic Rounds set (another favourite, albeit not from Mo!). 
The tulle roses were from The Works and the lace and pearls from stash!
Your next stop on the hop is over to  the blog of yet another lovely teamie, Gaynor!  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the posts as you visit, as always there are two $5 dollar vouchers hidden somewhere along the way, one of which could be yours and you could treat yourself to one or two favourites from Mo!

Bakker Julie Baker Gaynor Greaves

Happy Hopping!
Hugs, Juliexxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Feeling Flowery at Passion for Promarkers

We have a great new challenge starting today at a Passion for Promarkers, with a lovely theme of Flower Power which has been chosen by our lovely Marie, so as long as there are flowers somewhere on your creation, (and of course you have used your Promarkers, or similar from the Promarker range!) then you can join in our challenge.
I decided to look through my Lili of the Valley stash, and shockingly, this stamp has been in my craft room for ages, and never seen ink until today! My papers are also LOTV as is the sentiment.
I can barely have a make without any Marianne products on and this card being no exception!  List below:
Trellis Embossing Folder - DF3424
Lace Border die (love this!) - LR0385
Flourish Die - LR0271
Lavender Die -  LR0157
Tassel Die - LR0391 - love these too, and thought they echoed the catkins in the image- I've posted a close up below.
The rest of the flowers and pearls are from stash.
We have two lovely sponsors for this challenge:
Michele R Designs who are offering a lucky participant a 10 Euro voucher to spend

and Letraset who are offering a pack of 6 Neon markers!


Before I go, don't forget to hop over here to the PFP challenge blog and leave some love for my wonderful teamies!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A bit of Knitting!

 This is the baby blanket I made for my daughter Holly's baby, and our first grandchild, which is due in just about 6 weeks!  Face book friends may recall that I was asking for advice on the pattern repeat which made the zigzag edges.  Well, after undoing my work several times, I finally took a deep breath and kept going, and the zigzag became more pronounced the more I knitted.  I kept the colours fairly neutral as we don't know if it's a boy or a girl, but exciting times ahead!  Below is a pic of my gorgeous girl at Christmas with the turkey foil - not sure what she's trying to say!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Mo's Digital Pencil - introducing Lou

This little lovely is a gorgeous new digi image from Mo Manning and is called Lou - click on the link to take you to the image in Mo's Digital Pencil.
The image was crying out to be used with these yummy First Edition papers called It's a Girl and I've also used the following Marianne Products:
Circle Frame - Basic Round - CR1331
Heart/ Ribbon Tags - NEW!! From a wonderful new set of tags/labels that includes an oversize label tag - CR1353 
Knitting embossing folder and die set - DF3418

The Baby sentiment is by PTI and the Dear sentiment, I did myself with some alphabet stamps.
Bitterly cold up here at the minute, but the mountains look beautiful covered in snow, and someone even talked about skiers on Skiddaw!  
Happy Weekend, folks.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

21st Card for My daughter using Paperbabe Stamps

Our beautiful youngest daughter. Emily, turned 21 on Sunday and this is the card I made for her using a mix of stamps and templates from Paperbabe stamps. I bought them ages ago but this is the first time I've plucked up the courage to use them as I felt a bit daunted.  So, I followed a tutorial that I found in a magazine last year that took the fear factor away!  The way the stamps work where you can combine an endless variety of features/hair are fabulous so you'd always end up with a new face/profile! The sentiment stamps are a mix of Tim Holtz and Impression Obsession and the words on her hair are also from Tim Holtz.  Em is studying Art at Camberwell School of Arts and also works at a Gallery, so this all seemed rather apt.  
We had a lovely weekend in London celebrating, including Miss Saigon on Saturday night, which was awesome as ever, and a small gathering for family and friends that were in London on Sunday.
Awful thing is I haven't got any decent pics of Em on the day so can't post one here!
I'm entering my card into the current Paperbabe Challenge which is anything goes!

Happy Birthday lovely girl!xxx

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Mo's Airplane and a 20% sale at Mo's Digital Pencil

I love this little guy, and bought the airplane die specifically to use with him!!  He's called Airplane and of course he is a fabulous Mo Manning image.  Have you seen all the new images in the store here and there's a 20% discount on all stamps at the minute!!

I love the papers too - from a 12x12 pad called Vintage Charm from My Mind's Eye.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and that airplane die is a Tatty Teddy  one that was a craft fair bargain! 
We've got a busy weekend ahead celebrating our Emily's 21st, so looking forward to it!  
Enjoy your weekend!xx
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Monochrome

Well, after our long break over the Christmas period. we're back up and running over at a Passion For Promarkers. Don't forget to check on the challenge blog for the list of winners of all our fabulous prizes for the Mega Challenge - we had a super load of entries!  Today's new challenge has been chosen by our lovely Lucy and that is Monochrome.  I've loved this challenge as this colour combo isn't something I use enough!  We are being sponsored by All Dressed Up for this challenge and so I've used this gorgeous girly from their Three Little Party Girls set
Her skin colouring is with my usual mix of colours - Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush and Ivory with a touch of Dusky Rose for Blush, and her dress, I coloured with  Ice Gray skin tones.  As always, I've used a variety of Marianne dies, list below:

LR0319 - Petra's Small Ornament 
LR0385 - Triangle Border (looks like lace!)

LR0395 - Wave die set - NEW January 16 release!
LR0396 - Curved Border Die - NEW January 16 release!

As I said before, we're being sponsored by All Dressed Up and there are two of their gorgeous digis up for grabs!

That's all for now, folks, enjoy the rest of your week!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Final Christmas Card make of 2015 with a Sneak Peek of a new Mo Manning Digi image and Happy 2016!

Happy New Year everyone - hope you enjoyed your celebrations whatever  you did.  We had a fantastic NYE at my BIL's with a Disney themed fancy dress to celebrate my SIL's iminent 50th! Scroll to the bottom if you want to see a couple of pics!
Today's card is giving you a sneak peek of a new image coming soon to Mo's Digital Pencil - On a Snowball - not sure if she is my last Christmas card of 2015 or my first for next Christmas -eek, only 363 days to go!

I've coloured her with Promarkers and then used some Marianne Christmas papers, Horizons Pine Tree die - LR0283 and  some Marianne mini sparklers to set her off.

The deers are Impression Obsession, the sentiment from Lili of the Valley and the rest is from stash.
And now for the party pics:
Birthday girl in the middle with my SIL and MIL.  Below the Frozen contingent with my Holly rocking a very pregnant Elsa! 

Happy 2016 everyone - I hope the year brings you health and happiness.


Monday, 21 December 2015

Not a card but a Christmas Tree Dress!

I can share this now as my youngest daughter is now home for Christmas and this is the 'tree' in her room.  I've seen these on  pinterest and as I had the mannequin, I couldn't wait to have a go! Two pics, with slightly different lighting but just couldn't pick up the fairy lights underneath the skirt branches. Defo going to do this each year!

Happy Christmas everyone, have a wonderful time with your nearest and dearest.
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Crazy Bird Christmas Cards

Just popping on in between the housework, to share my uber quick Christmas card using the Crazy Birds Stamps, Dies and accessory sets.  They proved to be a bit of a lifesaver, as I didn't need to colour them apart from the hat.  I stamped them and then embossed with aged Black Frantage, so I retained the detail and got some depth.  The snowy embossed background is with a Marianne embossing folder - Ice Crystal, DF3419.  Decided to add a Rudolph nose - it accounts for his expression perfectly!!
Right back to the housework, hoovering now and then it's the big clean up of the craft room - I've spread out to the dining room, conservatory and living room as my craft space is so messy!!  The hubster is not impressed - he's wearing an expression a bit like Santa bird above!

Hugs, Juliexx