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Tuesday 28 June 2016

Passion for Promarkers - In or Beside the Sea

I didn't think I would have time to make today's card for our new challenge at Passion for Promarkers.  We've been busy with visitors and gardening for an Open Garden event in our village- I think I've got tennis elbow as a result!  However, I was pleased to be able to find a couple of hours peace and made this little cutie into a card.  
Our theme this week, has been chosen by our lovely Eileen which is In or Besides the Sea, and of course, Mo's Beach Baby is just perfect for the theme.
I've used a Marianne Frame to showcase her and a couple of new Beach themed dies, details below:

Tiny's Beach House Die - LR0422
Bear Chair die - LR0424
Anja's Oval Frames - LR0376

My papers are mostly from Lili of the Valley - Beach Belle pad, and flowers, ribbon and scrim are from stash.
Do go and take a peek at the fabulous makes of my PFP teamies here - they are gorgeous!

And, then come and play along!  We are being sponsored by Sassy Studio designs who are offering an amazing prize of a $20 voucher to spend in their store.
Sassy Studio Designs

Happy Crafting folks!


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.

DigiStamp Boutique logo

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