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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

Thursday 17 December 2015

Final Dream Team Blog Hop for 2015

Despite the sentiment on my card I can't believe that this is our last  Mo's Dream Team Blog Hop for 2015!  Where oh where has that year gone!!
Our fabulous Debby has chosen the theme and of course, it had to be Christmas! Debby's  blog is also where you should have started so hop on back there if you want to see all the cards in the hop. The full order is below if you need it.

I've used this cute image called Nativity Play - I used to love going to these when my children were little.
As always, I've used my Promarkers to colour my image and then used an array of Marianne products, as below:

Large Star XL Die - LR0369
Village Chalet  - COL1328
Tiny's Grass Die - LR0360
Victorian Christmas Papers - P9125 
A5 Glitter paper in Gold
Frames 4 Square Die (although I appear to have covered most of it up!) - LR0234

The shepherds and sheep are from  Joanna Sheen die set, and the Away in a Manger sentiment is from a Graphic 45 paper scrap that I had.
Well that's it for now, I'm also the last stop on the hop, so I hope you've enjoyed it. I also hope that you've left a comment on each of the team's posts as you could be in with a chance of winning one of the two $5 dollar vouchers to spend in  Mo's Digital Pencil store,

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Mo's Anyu and Nanook

Really enjoyed making this card - I've seen a few of these designs in blogland and think they're so effective and reasonably easy to create.  My  digi image, is Anyu and Nanook, from Mo Manning of course, love it and suited this design perfectly!
My promarkers have been out, along with lots from my Christmas stash!
I hope your festive preparations are well underway, I feel I'm finally getting somewhere, spent the day shopping in Carlisle yesterday, which seems to have bounced back although it's so sad to see people's lives piled up outside their houses. Our home town, Cockermouth, is also back open for business but still so many people out of their homes for Christmas and a lot longer beyond, I'm sure.  There are so many bridges closed, if not gone entirely, that it's taking a while longer to get to places but we drove through the snowy mountains yesterday and it was still as beautiful as ever here.
Today will see me tackling the pile of ironing this morning and then going to Crafternoon, which is just a great place to go and take whatever craft you are working on and sit with like-minded people and chat and drink tea!  Lovely!
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday 13 December 2015

Simple Xmas Cards with a Freebie

These snowglobe stamps were a recent freebie with a magazine and they helped me to get my card count somewhere near it needed to be!  Honestly, I'm behind as ever this year, and I'm not even working!  
I've stamped them with Versamark and then heat embossed them with Wow white opaque embossing powder.  You'll see I've made a few versions as you scroll down.

Think I'm just about finished now apart from a few specials!  Countdown this week to my lovely Em coming home in a week's time!!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion for Promarkers!!

This week at Passion for Promarkers we are launching our very special “Mega Christmas challenge” which runs for a whole month and ends on 5th January 2016!    It gives us all a chance for a bit of a breather but to make up for the lack of challenges we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs!
Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “let’s celebrate”.  You are welcome to make Christmas cards but as the challenge will still be running after the ‘BIG’ day you can of course make any type of creation as long as you follow the theme.
I've picked another Mo image - Candy Cane Pug - which can be found here in Mo's store, and I've  gone with some non-traditional Christmas colours which suit the image I think!
My papers are from Lili of the Valley and the sentiment is Kaisercraft .  I've left it quite simple as the image is my focal point.
  As time is precious for our DT at this time of year we are limiting the number of entries you can make to just 3 for this month long challenge.  Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, metallic or aqua markers.  Please can you help us by stating which Letraset products you have used on your creation i.e. ‘coloured with promarkers’ etc.  Thanks x x
So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!
Letraset are generously offering one lucky winner a super bundle of goodies which includes:
2 x packs of Winsor & Newton Promarkers, 1 A4 bleedproof marker pad, 1 A4 pack of Safmat and 1 pack of transfers.
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DigiStamp Boutique are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10.00 voucher to spend in her store.
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Bugaboo stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a $30.00 voucher to spend in their store.
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Polkadoodles is offering one lucky winner 2 gorgeous digis called ‘Serenity Blossom’ and ‘Octavia Thinking’.
Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a €10.00 voucher to spend in her store.
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Little Claire Designs are offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice from their online store.
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Crafty Sentiments Designs is offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice from their online store.
Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
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The Ribbon Girl is offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store.
The Ribbon Girl - £10 gift voucher
Wow we are sure you’ll agree our sponsors have been super generous once again this year!
Both  design teams are taking part in the mega challenge with Team 1  sharing some inspiration today and then in two week’s time you can be further inspired by some makes from Team 2 - all can be found here on the challenge blog.
That's it for now - well done for making it to the end!!
Big hugs, Juliexxx

Monday 7 December 2015

Dollar Digi December Flashback sale at Mo's Digital Pencil
Hi Folks - just nipping on quickly to share this awesome bargain with you - Mo has reduced a number of her older images to a dollar until the 11th December!! So go!  What are you still doing here!!

Sunday 29 November 2015

Saturated Canary girl with Staffie

I nipped over to France recently (as you do!) to visit my sister who is out there doing up a gite and enjoying some late sunshine which helps with her RA.  I left this card for her birthday - she has a houseful of animals, in particular three staffies so I  had to use this image from Saturated Canary!
I used one of the largest dies from Marianne set Anja's Oval die set LR0376 and also an embossing folder for the mat underneath the image -  Flowers DF3401. Finally the sunflowers were cut with a Marianne die - Tiny's Sunflower Die - LR0361.  Oh and the fabric roses are also from Marianne Designs - love the denim feel of these.

Hope you like!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Christmas is coming (in case you hadn't realised!)

We have a lovely theme of Christmas is Coming over at Passion for Promarkers this week, chosen by our fabulous Lisa, so come on, get those Christmas finished!!
I've used the darling Gathering Kindling from Mo's Digital Pencil and coloured her in traditional Christmas colours. adding some distress ink and frantage for that aged look.
The Marianne goodies have been out again too with the  trees and the Happy Christmas Postcard stamp - deets below:

Pine Tree Set - LR0370
Xmas Tree - LR0174
Postcard Stamp - CS0936
The tartan paper is from the Craftwork Cards Chalkboard Christmas pad and the rest of my embellies are from stash.

Our sponsors for this challenge are Letraset with a great pen set as a prize!



All I need to do now is send you over to PFP HQ to check out the fab cards of my teamies here.

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday 22 November 2015

Mo's Penquin with Gift and a Knittted Penquin!

This was my card for Mo's Dream Team last week but my internet was down for the best part of the week and I hadn't scheduled it to post on my own blog, so here it is!.  This little fella is Penquin with Gift off through the snow to deliver his present!!

My papers are from the Chalkboard set from Craftwork Cards and then I've used the following Marianne Dies including a stunning new tassel die from them which I love:

Christmas Tree - CR1230
Icicle Border - LR0135
Tassel Fringe  Die Set  - LR0391
Winter Wonderland - CR1347

I also knitted the Penquin below recently for DD Holly - my first knitting in years and I rather like him!

Thank goodness my internet is back - obviously - so nice to be back in touch!

Thursday 19 November 2015

November Blog Hop with Mo's Dream Team White plus One!

Hello - it's my turn to choose the theme for this month's blog hop with Mo's Dream Team and I've gone with White plus one other colour - blue is my choice.
I've used one of the fabulous Valerie  images from the Valerie in Winter set which is such great value at $6.75 for three digi images!
As you can see I added some chunky white frantage to enhance the snow effect and some Marianne dies mixed in with a couple from Joy Crafts (Winter and Half doiley) and Memory Box (gloves).  My Marianne Dies are as follows:

Frame - Petra's Birds - Catalogue No LR0351
Star - CR1226

As I am the start of this month's hop, all it leaves me to do is send you on to the blog of my lovely friend, Debby who will be sharing something delightful with you I'm sure.  And don't forget to leave a comment on each of the hop posts as there are a couple of $5 vouchers hidden to spend in Mo's Digital Pencil.
The full order of our hop is below - happy hopping!

 Julie, Debby,  ViliAnnekeGretha,

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday 15 November 2015

Marianne Song Stamps

These are just a few simple Christmas cards using a couple of wonderful Marianne Song Lyric Stamps.  I've simply heat embossed the backing panels with some snowflakes stamps and then done the same with the lyric stamps from Marianne Designs.  I've also used a little Marianne snowflake from a Hearts set  - details below:

Winter Wonderland Stamp
White Christmas Stamp
Snowflake die - from Hearts die set - CR1225

I'm so behind with Christmas card makes that I've got to make an awful lot more simple ones! And I've got to post a lot more this year so they need to be simple and flat to keep postage to a minimum!
Hugs, Juliexxx

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Mo's Witchy 2 for our new Autumnal challenge starting at Passion for Promarkers today

Yaayy it's my turn to host this week's challenge over on Passion for Promarkers and I've chosen and Autumn/Fall theme - either image, colours or elements!  I've gone mainly with gorgeous russet and red colours using, this fab image, Witchy 2 from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I don't think she just has to be for Halloween!!
I took my colour combo from the Basic Grey Lucille pad that I've used and my list of Marianne Dies used are below:

Rose Border - LR0212
Large Ovals by Anja - LR0236
Anja Vintage Swirls - LR0231

Everything else is from stash!  
My PFP teamies have got some awesome cards to share with you so check them out here.
We have a great sponsor prize this week from Sassy Studio designs - four of their digi images!!
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Thanks for popping by, big hugs.