Monday, 16 February 2015

Perfect pennants

Good evening  
       I hope you are all well, the stamp set I want to share with you is Perfect Pennants from stampin up. I'm in the process of updating my display boards for my next workshop so I've made a few cards using this stamp set and I've really enjoyed it the swings are so sweet.

I love the sentiment life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful, how so very true. Take care and keep crafting Julie x

Monday, 9 February 2015

Shrinking Stampin up

Well I'm blogging this post from the bath lol...... I've had a productive day prepping for my March workshop I'm trying to be more organized  hence why I'm trying to finish projects earlier than they are due.Julie Kettlewell suggested this at the last training , she preps everything on a Monday for a Tuesday class rather than what I would do and prep on the day of class. I have several Easter stalls lined up so at least I can focus on them after my prepping is finished.
I can't share too much as I'm making the ladies several little gifts to inspire them to think outside the box with their stamp sets. 
Have you every wanted little embellishments for your cards maybe a duplicate of your favourite stamp set but smaller well you can. 
By using shrink plastic you can make those embellishments to match your card or even make a pendant for a necklace or earrings to pop into a card.
I use the love is kindness stamp with staz on ink and stamped onto shrink plastic. You have to stamp cut and colour quite quick as you don't want the image to bleed. 
 I'm really pleased with how they turned out but I can't tell you what I'm making as its a surprise for my ladies.
Shrink plastic is great for making scrabble counters for your cards just make sure when you are cutting leave a nice gap around the image.  Isn't this saying so appt "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful".  If you notice on my picture there is another saying from stampin up this is for an extra special gift for someone.  Quick tip if you are going to use shrink plastic it's much easier and you get a better finish putting them in the oven rather than using a heat tool. Anyway must go take care and keep crafting Jx 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Guy greetings

Well I've had quite a productive day. I'm trying to update my display boards for my first crop day on the 21st February and prepping for my workshop on the 28th March.
This week I seem to have only made male cards but I do enjoy it. 
Guy greeting stamp set and outward bound papers have been used in these projects. 
I've used the naturals card again which seems to suit this male theme.
On this card I cut extra hats and added dimensionals to make a few of them pop. Crystal effects on the raised hats just sets them off.  Well I had better place another order for these papers if you would like any products from stampin up just let me know. Take care keep crafting Jx 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Adventure Bound

Good evening, I received my adventure bound papers on Tuesday and couldn't wait to have a play. I was lucky enough to buy the guy greetings stamp set which go perfectly together. 
I knew as soon as I saw the papers with the wool design on I had to make a jumper and shirt card. So I made two lol 
Then I wanted to use the log effect papers with the guy greeting stamp set and this is what I came up with. The papers are such good value and size. Everyone who knows me knows I love making male cards. 
I used the natural white card to stamp on which I think goes really well for male cards. Well hope you like them take care and keep crafting. Jx 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


Good evening I'm alittle late posting today so just a quick post.
I enjoy making male cards and have several male birthdays coming up this month, so here's what I made. Traveller stamp set with colour added with gorgeous grunge. Take care and keep crafting Julie x

Monday, 2 February 2015

Happy Easter

Good morning, today I'm staying home as I'm having some bedroom furniture delivered. I'm hoping they won't be too long as I'm wanting to also get my hair cut.
   I've booked a couple of Easter fayres so I thought I had better start making some little gifts. 
I always think chocolate is a great seller so I usually design my project around some form of chocolate lol. I do tend to eat more than I sell but that's one of the perks of making them lol. 
Anyway I've made some little bird house boxes which I will share with you another time, but my main little project today is some super cute boxes with Lindt chocolate rabbits. 
I wanted to make the boxes small so that they could be given as little gifts to work colleagues ,friends and family but not cost too much. 
Here they are......

I added alittle gorgeous grunge and heart, but on the base I used the Iove lace stamp.
I'm sorry my pictures aren't very good. Anyway hope you like them take care and keep crafting....Jx 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Kinda of electric partnered with sheltering tree.

Well what a wet , cold miserable day but perfect for crafting. 
    I love sending cards and I think we are losing the skill of putting pen to paper and posting a card. Due to technology with email.facebook texts etc we don't put pen to paper as much as we used to. I love receiving a card it doesn't have to be all singing and dancing just a simple note that someone is thinking about you. 
  I decided I wanted to make a batch of cards so that I always have them ready to send for any occasion and I think the sheltering tree and kinda of electric is a perfect as they can be made suitable for all events. 
Using left over card and stampin  up notelets I spent a couple of relaxing hours making these cards.
Do you like my little stands. They are from the takeaway pizzas you get from Pizza Hut. We have been doing so decorating in the house recently and takeaway pizza is perfect for when your too tired to cook, and these plastic little stands are great for displaying my little notelets. 
I've stamped the envelopes with old olive and I think they look great, I think I will make a box to keep them in . Please leave me a comment and take care Julie xx keep crafting . 
Ps I learnt a valuable trick from Julie Kettlewell at the last training event, if you are struggling to get a good even stamp from polymer use your pricking mat as a base it works for me . Xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Notebooks using old and new favourite stampin up stamp sets.

Good evening , just a quick blog today.
       I spent today sorting through my stampin up papers and stamp sets. We all have our favorites that we go back to time and time again, which I can't part with.
So I decided to print some poignant sayings and cover some notebooks. Here they are please let me know what you think . Take care and keep crafting Jx 

And finally my two favourite ones for two special friends xxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Lotus blossom stamp set.

Good afternoon, 

      Yesterday I had a enjoyable but stressful day.  I drove to Leeds to share the day with some lovely ladies at Julie Kettlewell training class. At these training days we get to catch up with friends and in some cases but faces to new Facebook friends. 
Julie always inspires me and let's us try new techniques and products. At the moment it's saleabration which means spend 45 pounds on stampin up products and choose a freebie out of the saleabration leaflet. I hadn't tried the new blendabilities as everyone who knows me I love pro markers. But stampin up have done it again they are offering sets of blendabilities with your 45 pound order so I thought that's a chance for me to try them without buying them lol.
Well I'm hooked they are just like using a paintbrush and blending is a doddel. ( don't think I've spent that correct). Unfortunately I can't show you more blendabilities work as I've just took some items in a shop in Middleton-Teasdale but I have some blank images to colour so watch this space.
Anyway I've digressed I've still not feeling 100 per cent and may need treatment on my nose for congestion. Just a little tip please read instructions on medicines I used Sudafed nasal spray since christmas and yes it cleared my congestion or so I thought, apparently I was only supposed to use it for 7 days max and now I have got congestion reflux and a condition I can't even say never mind spell, all through using the spray for too long. 
Anyway by the time I got to Leeds the main roads were fine but the back roads were very icey  yes I reversed and didn't stop due to ice and snapped by tow bar off so that it was hanging on by the electrics, thankfully ones of julies jems came to the rescue ( Sally Jo) and managed to strap it up using my bag strap so that I could drive home. 
You can imagine by now my head was splitting and the thought of telling my husband made it worse, he loves his car.
After a cup of coffee and headache tablets and lots of kind words from julies gems I felt better and the journey home was much easier.
At these training days we do swaps to share our ideas . Here's a picture of mine.
Lost Lagoona is my favorite colour at the moment, and I've bought a lamanater so I'm lamanating everything lol. The sentiment is from the new sheltering tree stamp set. I will share some makes from this stamp set tomorrow. Take care and keep crafting Jx 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sheltering tree

Good evening, 
       Well what a cold and very white day. I usually love the snow but unfortunately the last lot of high winds took quite a few tiles of my roof and we are waiting for them to be repaired, so snow is the last thing we need.
    My daughter moved out about 8 months ago so we decided to redecorate her room. I don't mind painting but I hate all the prepping and my husband has to have everything sanded and cleaned before he will let me loose with a paintbrush. 
     Walls stripped , coving under coated  that was me done so I sneaked away and played with my new stamp set Sheltering tree. This is a polymer stamp set which means it's so easy to line up and even easier to create gorgeous scenes to add to your cards. I've made four cards so I thought I would share two with you and two tomorrow. I think I may use one for my husbands valentines card.
Another new product is the bow punch it's so cute and so easy to put together. 
Well take care and keep crafting Julie x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Post it note tutorial with pen as promised.

As promised post it note with pen tutorial . Please excuse my instructions I'm not very good at giving measurements etc.  Here we go lol  
Start with a piece of card which is half an A4 cutting down the shortest side. So u can get two post it notes from one A4 piece. 
Score at 3 2/16, 31/2, 314/16. You can make these lines spaced out if your pen is wider.  Burnish your score lines in a "v" shape the cut along the small white lines upto the score line. The front of the book will look slightly smaller until to add tape then your post it note it will line up.
 Hope this makes sense if not please don't hesitate to contact me take care and keep crafting. Jx 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Lotus blossom

Hi thought I would share some cards with you using the Lotus flower stamp which is free when you spend 45 pounds on stampin up products. 
 When you use this stamp set you stamp 3 times, starting with the darkest colour then graduating to the lightest . On the actual stamps they have alittle arrow on them to show you were to position each stamp. 
By using different combinations of colours the outcome is totally different. Please let me know what you think. Take care and keep crafting. Jx 


This card also lays flat so that you can post it. 
Hi everyone , hope you are all well. 
            Quiet week this week as I'm still trying to get over whatever  cold bug I had over christmas. 
    Exciting news I'm displaying my projects in a shop at Middleton Teasdale I will let you know more when I do, but I can see me being very busy over the next few months. 
           I am also starting a new group which will be held on the 3rd Saturday of every month starting in February. This will be for anyone who loves to craft be it knitting, crocheting, scrap booking and of course card making. We can all get together and share tips and our projects.
I will still be doing my stampin up projects as you all know I love the products and I will be sharing some fab new products. 
Of course saleabration is up and running contact me if you would like free gifts. 

I've been playing with some of my favorite stamp sets and the Traveller is one of these, I know it's not in the new catalogue but the idea of the card can be adapted to any of your stamp sets.