Friday, 21 April 2017

Gift bags

Hi hope you are all fit and well. I've had a couple of classes this month where we made two gorgeous little gift bags. Similar method  but one had no cutting but the smallest bag had alittle cutting. 
Some lovely new ladies who did very well. 
Here are a few bags I made , they are quite sturdy . The smaller one is made from designer series paper. This bag takes a small candle or sweets. 

Here are the ladies crafting and eating cream cakes  lol.....
All the ladies dId exceptionally well, sorry forgot to take photo of cakes but they didn't last long. Lol
Anyway got to go , cards to make for tomorrow's market. See you all soon. Take care and keep crafting Julie's 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Floating Teacups

Hola hope you are all stocked up well with Easter eggs. I love Easter egg chocolate, and especially cream eggs. My lovey friend sue has brought me 24 cream eggs from England , I'm trying not to eat them and to use them in my craft projects buts it's so hard lol. 
Anyway wanted to have a challenge so decided to make a floating teacup, I'd seen several on Pinterest but wanted to make mine alittle more unique . I decided to make my first one using parchment . 
I've recently just purchased the Tina Cox flower plate , so I colored my own parchment paper using dorso  crayons and essential oil . 
It was time consuming but loved the intricate cutting and embossing. 
Loved how this turned out. So delicate.
I then made another one with stunning red roses. Hope you like them take care and keep crafting. Julie xx

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Thoughtful Branches

Good evening, hope you are all fit and well.
Busy week so far, lunch today with the ladies of El Choppo. 
It's a time for us to have a chat and to catch up with what's happening in the village.  
I've only had time to do a little crafting. This is the first time I've used the thoughtful branches stamp set from stampin up . Thankfully they have matching dies which makes it so quick and simple to cut them out. 
I've kept the same design just altered colors and wording. Hope you like them . 
 Take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Craft and eat cupcakes

Hi everyone, hope you are all fit and well.
Brilliant workshop today with some amazing ladies and a special young girl called Samantha.
Today I taught them how to make  2 simple pop up cards . Make themed and a very girlie cupcake card. 
Here's some fab pictures of the ladies in action 
Now I'm wondering did they enjoy the cupcakes more than the crafting, most of the action shots seem to involve cake. Lol. 
Our next workshop is 17th March 12-3 . Hope to see you all soon and thank you to all those attended. Special thank you to Karen who owns the shop for helping xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Stamping up meets pergamano

Good evening, 
Hope you are all fit and well. As you all know by now I'm loving parchment craft, but I also love stampin up.
I recently purchased "Beautiful you" from Stampin up and I knew I wanted to mix it up alittle. 
So I stamped the lady with white ink on parchment paper. Groovi plates came out for the background. Coloured with promarkers. 
The grid work is my own design and took me forever lol, but I enjoyed the whole process of this card.
Take are and keep crafting Julie x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Hey chick, I'm free.......

Good evening, 
              Today's weather has been super windy, and has probably done a lot of damage. Some winds in the Sierra Nevada were up to 90mph.
This weather was a great excuse to have a guilt free craft afternoon
I love coloring images and fiddly cutting that's probably why I'm enjoying parchment craft so much. 
The stamp set I've used is called "Hey Chick" from Stamping up which I received free (yes free)  because I spent £45 on other products . I also bought the "Beautiful You" stamp set which I will show you later next week. 
Well here are the cards I made. 
 As you can see the chickens have quite small feet to cut out, if you aren't confident cutting them out  cut them off. Same with the chickens feathers just cut them right off.
Stamp your image onto your card and color the bits you have snipped of , then stamp again and cut out.  Hope this picture makes more sense then me trying to explain it lol 
Then foam pads and decoupage on original image. You can't tell that you may have snipped feet of etc. Hope this helps . Anyway take care and keep crafting. Please leave a comment if you have time . Julie xx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Parchment pictures.

Good evening. Today I'm sharing two pictures which I have completed. I'm still loving my parchment journey and still have lots to learn. My favorite picture up to now is the owl the Green diamantes  just finish it nicely. The giraffe was a zentangle colouring page which I turned into a parchment pattern very challenging. Hope you are all well take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Candles galore

Good afternoon, 
         Hope you all had a fab new year. We certainly did ,last guests went around 3.30am.
It wasn't the party I expected. Everybody was well behaved and no trouble. (a little disappointing really I took the carpet up expecting dancing  and lots of alcohol to be consumed lol). New Year's Day we slept then had a lovely evening meal at a friends home, proper roast potatoes .......
Well today I've been catching up on a few candles as I'm running low. Some ew quotes and some old favorites, 
I love candles , the Spanish don't use candles the same as us British . Once they light a candle they don't put it out they just let it burn, whereas we relight. 
 Still loving my parchment and have a few cards to show you In my next blog. Take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Dorso Crayons

Well this is my last post for 2016 . What a year it has been. Lots of great people have died but let's not forget those that have died who are not celebrities. May they rest in peace. 
2016 has been a roller coaster year  for me moving to Spain. We have now experienced a winter and a very very hot summer. I've enjoyed living in Spain  it's been a learning curve , 
Crafting in Spain is very different as acquiring materials are much harder and very expensive. Luckily friends and family bring me items with them when they visit. 
We are hosting a party New Year's Eve so that should be fun, so my next post will be 2017.
I'm still in love with parchment craft and I feel I'm improving slowly. 
My parchment teacher Brenda Oldham introduced me to dorso crayons , and yes you have probably guessed I love them. 
You apply the crayon to the back of your work and use essential oil to blend the color . For finer detail you use cut and dry nibs. Here's a couple of cards I've made . I need lots more practice but I'm enjoying the journey. 
I love doing white work and especially enjoyed completing the green card. Anyway have a Happy Crafty New Year . Love and hugs Julie xx

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Success in parchment with a little help from Groovi plates.

Good evening, hope you are all fit and well.
As I wrote in my last post I've been going to classes to learn the technique of parchment. 
I really struggled with the length of time and concentration needed to complete a project. I decided to buy some Groovi plates from clarity stamps to improve my technique. 
Absolutely love the Groovi plates , you can design your card so easily. Well enough of me waffling . Here's my first completed card that I'm happy with. 
I'm going to duplicate this card several times as I have so many coloring techniques I want to try. 
Here's a topper below that I've just done which I now need to colour. If you have ever wanted to try parchment  give the Groovi plates a try. 
Take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Parchment problems

'Long time since I posted. 
 Well Life in Spain is so busy , the time is whizzing by. 
Craft classes and market stall are going well and I'm really looking forward to starting my Christmas cards. 
I've made quite a few pop up card boxes , they are very popular. 
I always enjoy making these cards. They are light weight and lay flat to post. 
I've also started to learn parchment craft which is so time consuming  and very unforgiving.  I'm not used to spending such a long time on one card but I'm sure I will speed up and improve my technique. 
I do enjoy the coloring. Here's two little projects I managed to complete. 
Anyway Hope you are all well. Take care and keep crafting love Julie x