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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Monthly blog Hop at Mo's!

It's terrible to think that it's time for our monthly hop with Mo's Dream Team - just where did that last month go!!  Maybe I've spent it with our little Violet, she really is a proper time waster, just love to chat and coo over her!! Just as well our them for this month's hop is babies, as chosen by our lovely Anneke and that is where you should also have started. Otherwise, I hope you hopped over to me from Gretha's blog!
I've chosen to use the delightful Morgan dressed up in her bear suit - just one of many uber-cute baby images from Mo!
I've coloured her with my Promarkers, and matched my colours to these fabulous First Edition, It's a Girl papers. 
Now it's time to send you on to the next blog in the hop, the fabulous Gaynor, who will have something fab to share with you!! Oh and while you're hopping, make sure you share some love and leave a comment on each post, as you could be rewarded with a $5 voucher to spend in Mo's online store!
Happy Hopping Folks!!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

PFP Food or Drink

We have a great theme for our new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers - Food and Drink, chosen by our lovely teamie, Ali - what's not to love?!!

I've used this gorgeous image from Mo's Digital Pencil, Blueberry girl -except, she's been picking redcurrants from my garden!! My colour scheme was taken from the papers I chose (from the Pound Shop - and they're really good quality!) and then I saw my colours are almost identical to Mo's sample in her store!  I often think these things are subliminal as it's an image I've had a while so didn't see the colours recently in Mo's store!
I've also used the following dies from Marianne Designs:

Grass Border - LR0360
Square curve border frame - LR0414
Ducks and Chicks - LR0410

Now don't forget to get some inspiration from the awesome makes of my teamies here. Then, come and join in our challenge - you could be the winner of this fab prize from our sponsor,  DigiStamp Boutique, who are offering one lucky winner a prize of £10 to spend in their online store.

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Hugs, and thanks for popping in!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Mo Baby Fairy

Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments about my new crafting space, I wish you could all come and play along - there is plenty of room!  This card is my first one made in there, using another  one of Mo's gorgeous 6 Baby Fairies, girls. I love, love, love this new frame and flower set from Marianne Designs - Catalogue Number LR0245 - Anja's Labels Die Set - and in stock here at 
Crafts U Love in the UK.
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Just a little close up of this little cutie!
My papers are also Marianne from their Pretty Paper Bloc, series - called Baroque.  Maddy Lisa Crafts in the UK has it in stock here.

That's all for now folks, we have family visiting at the minute and the weather has continued to be glorious, so we're out and about a lot with not much time for the cyber world but do hope to catch up soon!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 6 June 2016

Ta-da!!!! My new craft room

I'd better warn you now this is a really long post with lots of pictures, but I cannot tell you how happy I am with my lovely new crafting space!  A place for everything and everything in it's place.  This is as you come in from our boot room, with my main work desk just at the forefront of the picture.
This view is from the opposite corner and is of the main shelving unit that was already in the room when it was used previously as a store/work/shed room!  I was waiting for the floral cubes which arrived today and they fit the shelves perfectly! 
This is a close up of my fabric and felting storage. together with some vintage sewing bits and pieces and a couple of vintage dollies, including the baby which was a birthday present from my MIL - it's a Rosebud and I have a collection of these so I was very happy to receive this little cutie. 
We inherited the piano when we moved here, also from my MIL, and hubby bought me a Piano book for beginners for my birthday, so intend to have a go, once it's been retuned!  Maybe something for winter months.

 This is my usual working desk next to the door to the garden - the bottom panel of wood in the door is being replaced by glass to let more light in (and to keep the local cats out!). 
This unit houses mainly all my embellishments - flowers, charms, pearls, buttons, lace, ribbon etc.  I may prettify the folders along the bottom which hold mainly my cling stamps - I shall enjoy looking for new pretty storage boxes/folders. 
Moving on to the corner next to my embellishment unit is the corner with all my 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 design papers. Behind the ribbon storage,(which I also want to change) are all my Stampin up Stamp Sets and the small wooden chest to the left holds mostly wooden backed stamps.  Also lots of paper and card storage here.  Oh and the metal card drawers hold all my  dies - and they're all now in alphabetical order!!   
The top glass cabinet was being got rid of by my SIL, so I nabbed it as I thought it would look fab on top of this old plan chest which belonged to my late FIL.
The cabinet houses my vintage card collection for now, a couple more dolls and some old ink bottles.  The flowers here were from my son for my birthday, and can you spot a wedding pic of me and hubby 32 years ago!!
The first three drawers of the plan chest hold all my punches - I pinched this idea from best matey, Lesley, who has her punches in large drawers like this (although purpose built for the task).  The ones above are mostly my Stamping Up and shape punches - it's so nice to be able to see them all easily.
My Martha Stewart punches
Finally, all the others, and my punch boards which I hope to make more use of now that I can put my hands on them so readily.
This next corner, has been designated messy/ mixed media corner!  The cabinet behind houses all my inks and paints and general stuff to help alter other stuff!  A few years ago, hubby bought me a melt pot which I can now use without having to clear the decks on my desk.   
The Thornton pic is an old advertising board that one of my daughters obtained which is rather in keeping with my love of  chocolate! This is really to show you my new Big Shot Plus machine which hubby got for my birthday - the little Revolution  machine was my first die cutting machine and it's rather handy now to keep out for those small, fiddly dies.  I am also thinking about giving craft lessons or craft parties for children so the table will be perfect for that (I already tried it out with Nick's cousin's girls who were here last week and they loved it!  They made two fab cards, I was very impressed!
Finally, my little relaxing area where I may just sit and read or look out on the garden.
This unit contains all my 12 x 12 papers, and I recently bought the card display stand for when I start doing craft fairs!!!!! 
You may be able to spot a new card which I will be uploading to my blog in the next couple of days. 
 And to finish off a close up off my seating corner - I love this chair!!

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour of my new space, I've just got to start using it now - however, we have my Aunt and Uncle and my Dad arriving to stay for a few days tomorrow, so I may have to wait a little while yet!!
Let me know if you want to come and play - Crafty retreats can be arranged - our holiday let is directly above!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Get well card with magazine freebie!

Did you manage to get this die and stamp combo free with Simply Cards and Papercraft (issue 149)?  I love the overlaying of ink with this set and made a shabby chic style get well card ( for my SIL, who has now gotten well!).
I used a favourite Marianne Design lacy border for the circle - (Basic Round - CR1331)
The sentiment is from Stamping Up, and I didn't have the right colour seam binding so coloured it with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.
I've not been making any cards this last week as we've been decorating my new craft room and moving all my stash in!!  I am so delighted it with it but am waiting for some storage boxes to arrive so will post some pics when they're all in place!!
Happy Bank Holiday weekend UK crafters!
Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 20 May 2016

New Craft Space in progress! Warning - Picture Heavy post!

I am one very excited lady - as I'm getting the most amazing new craft room! These first ones are of my  current room which I was thrilled with when we moved  as it is twice the size of my teeny one in our old house.  However, it soon became clear that I was still very short of space and I had an overflow cupboard full of Christmas stuff, stuff to be upcycled or altered and just stuff!!

We have this most amazing space in the house, which had previously been a store/work room until hubby got a new shed.  He then thought he'd have the space as his Cinema room until we realised he couldn't have films on full blast in there, as it is directly below our holiday let.  So. lucky me, I get it as my new craft room. The pics below are prior to clearing it, having just had the ceiling plastered.
(The pink boots are hubbies, don't ask!) 

The furniture below are bits and pieces that I've collected over the past few months, I just love the pigeon hole unit and cannot wait to fill it!!

The pics below show it all painted and the first coat of paint on the floor which the hubster finished tonight. One more coat in the morning then leave it to dry for 72 hours and then I have to decant everything from my old little room, position all the furniture, old and new and then I can fill up all that fabulous shelving!

That's all for now and I promise to share some photos once it's all finished! Luckily, Emily is visiting from London tomorrow for a few days, so I'll have a nice distraction why the floor properly dries!  I will probably also be out of action, card wise while I move into my new home!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Monthly Mo Blog Hop - Vintage style

Well it's the third Thursday of the month and you know what that means Mo fans?  Yep, it's the day all the dream team get together and have a blog hop, showing off a Mo image or two!  The theme for this month's hop is Vintage as chosen by our amazing Villi which is also where you should have started the hop.  Otherwise. I hope you hopped to me from  another amazing card maker, Gretha's blog.

For my card, I've used one of the gorgeous new fairies from the set 6 Baby Fairies (girls).

The only thing is it's not so easy to take photos of the triple layers!

Now it's time to send you on to the next stop on your hop and that is to the fabby Gaynor's blog where I know she will have a wonderful creation to share with you.
Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog as you visit - there are two $5 vouchers hidden along the way and you could be one of the lucky winners!

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Passion for Promarkers - Go spotty or stripy with our Mega Anniversary Challenge !!

Yayyy, it's our anniversary challenge starting today at Passion for Promarkers, and I'm so happy to still be on this lovely team.  It was my very first design team post and I have a real soft spot for it! Get it, soft spot - our theme is Spots and/or stripes - I've gone with spots!
My image is one of my favourite Mo Manning images, Pignon and you can find here here at Mo's Digital Pencil.
My papers were from a fantastic pad I bought from Poundland a few weeks ago - such good quality and a £1!!  I've used the following dies from Marianne:
LR0407 - Petra's Beautiful Border die set.
LR0403  - Tiny's Fern die set
LR0372 - Mushrooms die set
The sentiment is from Stampin Up and the rest of my bits and bobs are from stash.
You can check out the makes of all my teamies here, and then do come and play along with us!!

   Please note we are only accepting a maximum of 3 entries per person for this one challenge only.  To be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.  As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....
Letraset are offering one lucky winner an amazing prize of a 25 pce Mixed Media Set.
Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $10.00 worth of digi papers
DigiStamp Boutique are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
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Bugaboo stamps are offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
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LC Designs are offering one lucky winner a mini paper pack called ‘Dinkies nice and stripey’.
Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
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Di’s Digi Stamps is offering one lucky winner a $12.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store .
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Clearly Besotted Stamps is offering one lucky winner a £15.00 gift voucher to spend in their online store.
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2 cute ink stamps is offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice.
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Uniko stamps is offering one lucky winner one in-stock stamp set of their choice.

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards is offering one lucky winner 8 shaker selections of their choice.
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Wow we told you there were amazing prizes didn’t we?  Definitely lots of reasons to join in the fun this week!! 

Hugs, Juliexxx