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Tuesday 28 December 2021

St Nick for my NIck

 I've been enthralled by all the CAS card making on that group on FB - there really are some wonderful makes and this is the card I made for hubby, Nick - I always try and use a Father Christmas image on his cards so was thrilled to see this one being used by Chris Stokes in the FB group.  It's a jpeg from Hungry Caterpillar.  

I've used some of the smaller dies from the Wonky Square set from Marianne Designs as well as the berry die again, that came with the Advent Calendar

Wonky Squares Die set - CR1375
Berry Die

I am full of cold at the moment, I just about managed to get through Christmas Day before it came out in force!  Did a LFT but luckily negative not that it would have meant changing our arrangements for the Christmas period .

Anyway, Season's Greeting to  you lovely bloggers!


Friday 17 December 2021

It;s halfway time at our Christmas Mega Challenge at Passion for Markers

It's the half way mark for our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion for Markers - but only a few days to the big day and I'm not ready!!  Luckily I made this card a few weeks ago using one of my favourite Mo Manning image from the Valerie in Winter range

The papers are a great 12x12 pad from The Works heere int he UK

Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “anything goes”.  We don't mind what you create for this challenge, as long as you colour with your markers!  You are welcome to make Christmas creations but as the challenge will still be running after the ‘BIG’ day you can of course make any type of creation.  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 markers such as Promarkers, Copics, Spectrum Noir, Karin, Zig Clean Color etc

So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!

Dies to Die For are offering 1 lucky winner a £20.00 gift voucher

Dies to Die For logo

Uniko Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 1 stamp set (must be in stock)


Dr Digi's House of Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Dr Digi's House of Stamps

Leann’s World 101 are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Crafty Sentiments Designs are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

Colour of Love digis are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

All Dressed Up stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Take care


Wednesday 15 December 2021

Marianne Wishes using the Berry die from Advent Window number 14.

I absolutely love the new Poinsettia stamp from Marianne this season and I've used it here a bit like a design paper.   I stamped it in the corner of my square piece of card and then partially just above.  I then coloured it with my Copics and added the die cut poinsettias on top.  Now it's really hidden my coloured pieces but if you look at the next picture it adds some great depth to the card.  I've then used die cuts from the berry die (behind window number 14 on the advent calendar) to add further dimension.

The little fir tree branches are from the Holly Wreath set that I used on my previous card this week - it's all about mixing and matching!  Full list of items used below.

Marianne Products Used

Berry Die from Advent Calendar window 14
Poinsettia Stamp - MM1649
Sentiment Stamp and Die Set - KJ1719
Poinsettiea Dies - LR0121
Fir Tree Branches from Holly Wreath and Bird Die set - CR1387

I'm so enjoying using all the goodies from the advent calendar - I have another to share in a few days!


Monday 13 December 2021

Marianne Designs Advent Window no 11

I'm sharing another card with you today using the cute little birdhouse that is behind window no 11 in the Marianne Designs Advent Calendar.

I cut the Holly Wreath die three times and then stacked them up to add some dimension and did the same with the birdhouse before cutting again in red to get the little heart in the centre. I did the same with the house and then added the fabulous red rhinestones for the berries.

I then cut the wreath in kraft card purely so I could stamp and  heat emboss the sentiment onto Kraft knowing that it would fit snuggly inside the die and I wouldn't have to worry about centralising everything!

A full list of Marianne products used is below

Birdhouse die from Advent Calendar
Holly Wreath and Bird - CR1387
Senitment - Handlettering set - EC0156
Rhinestones - CA3159

Quite a simple card but very effective I think!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday 2 December 2021

It's Advent calendar time - Marianne Snowflakes


I'm not sure if you've seen but Marianne have the most fantastic Advent calendar out for us crafters this year - full of delightful Marianne goodies!

 Hopefully, you have opened your calendar by now and you will find this gorgeous little snowflake stamp behind window no 1!  

My card uses the stamp  to create a whole panel of snowflakes as  it stamps randomly with no edges.  I've used it to make a silver embossed panel on my card which matches perfectly with lots of other snowflake goodies in my Marianne collection - details below.

Marianne Products Used

Snowflake Stamp from 2021 Advent Calendar
Snowflake Stitching Border Die - CR1571 - NEW!
Snowflake Chain Die - CR1574 - NEW!
Snowflakes Die set - LR0393
Christmas Sentiments stamp set - CS0980
Stitched Edge Circle Die - CR1360
Brocante Winter Papers- CR1574

And just a little close up  of the panel below so you can see how beautifully it stamps!

The Marianne Design Team will be sharing more samples using the calendar goodies over the next month - and it's still not too late to buy your calendar! Buddly Crafts have it in stock here for those of you who are in the UK!

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Christmas Critters at Passion for Markers

Hi folks 

It's my turn to choose the theme for our weekly challenge at Passion for Markers and I've gone with a Christmas Critters theme.  I've used a Marianne set of cute hedgies which I think  are now out of production but they're still rather cute! And I love the new stocking dies from Marianne - I've made sure to hang three so all the hedgies have  got one!  A full list of Marianne goodies  used is below.

Marianne Products Used

Frame Die Set - LR0730
Stocking Dies - LR0733 - NEW!
Papers - Sparkling Snow - PB7072
Hedgehog Stamp/Sentiment Set - EC0173
Holly Die - COL1439
Pine Tree Branches Die - LR0732
Bow Die - CR1343

Our fabulous sponsors for this challenge are Clearly Besotted Stamps and they are offering a fantastic prize of a £15 voucher to spend in their store!  

Before you go, don't forget to check out the gorgeous makes of my teamies at PFM here.  And, do remember that you must use a marker of some kind and point them out to us in case it's not too obvious!

It's the  First of December tomorrow  and time to open your advent calendars - I'll be sharing a project using  the gift that is behind window 1 of your Marianne calendar!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday 25 November 2021

Marianne Designs Poinsettias

My card today is for my spot on the Marianne Designs Inspiration Blog here.  I'm a huge fan of this Poinsettia Stamp and thought it would look fabulous alongside the new Poinsettia Stitching border die. And hopefully you can just see the berries sparkling using a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter pen.

My list of Marianne Products used is below and you can also find a walk through of my card on the Marianne blog here.

Marianne Products used

Poinsettia Stitching Border die – CR1570 - NEW!
Poinsettia Stamp – MM1649
Brocante Christmas Papers – PK9171
Gold Rhinestones – CA3155


Tuesday 16 November 2021

Anything Christmas

We have the perfect theme for you today for the new challenge at Passion for Markers - anything Christmas, so perfect for anyone needing to add to their Christmas card count!

I've used this gorgeous truck image from our sponsors - Leann's World 101 - it's called Driving Home!

I've used my favourite small rectangle die set from Marianne as well as the small tress - details below.

Small Rectangle Frame  die set - CR1563
Small Trees Die set - LR0556

The papers are Stampin Up.

As I said, we're being sponsored by Leann's World 101 and the DT have been lucky enough to work with some of their fab images.  The winner of our challenge will be able to choose 2 digi images of their choice!

Oh, and don't forget to check our my teamie's makes here!


Wednesday 10 November 2021

Lavinia Baubles

Following on from following Jo Rice's Lavinia Tutorials  a couple of blog posts ago, it definitely gave me the confidence to follow my own ideas (although I'm sure this type of Lavinia make must be plentiful!).

This time I did the circle as Jo does but then just stamped the top of the circle and to me it looks a little like a Christmas bauble so I've made a few of these for cards this year.  I think I have only 10 more cards to make for my Christmas list so almost there!

Oh and I do love these small dwelling stamps in the next card!

Thanks for popping by!


Wednesday 3 November 2021

Crafty Sentiments Joy of Christmas

I'm a Klutz - I meant to use this image for our 3 Design Papers challenge at Passion for Markers that started yesterday!!  So here's another card for the challenge using our sponsor image, Crafty Sentiments' The Joy of Christmas - he's a great little snowman isn't he!

The papers are from The Works - another of their great quality 12x12 pads for £3!  Such a bargain (even though I need papers like a hole in the head!

I've used a couple of new Marianne products too including the children and sledge die and the Ice Crystal Stitching border die that I've not used any stitching on! I still like the effect and I have the option to stitch another time - dual purpose!

Marianne Products Used

Children with Sledge - LR0740 - NEW!
Ice Crystal Stitching Border Die - CR1571 - NEW!
Stitched Circle Frame  - CR1360
Large Fir Trees - LR0685
Small Trees - LR0556
Snowflakes - LR0393

You can join in our challenge at Passion for Markers here for the next week.

I'm also entering my card into the Crafty Sentiments Anything Goes Challenge  here.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 2 November 2021

Design Paper Challenge at Passion for Markers

It's Tuesday which means it's new challenge day at Passion for Markers.  This week's theme of use Three or More Design Papers has been chosen by our lovely Marlene - I love a bit of design paper!

For my vintage -style card I've used some Marianne products including the candle stamp, papers and
 dies (full list below).  A little distressing and inking and a primitive metal star later and this is my card.

Marianne Products Used

Papers - Winter Days PK9164 & Brocante Xmas PK9171
Candle Stamp- TC0878
Candle Dies - LR0243
Small Rectangular frame - CR1563

Our fabulous sponsors this week are Crafty Sentiments and I'm going to share another card for the challenge using one of their images in a few days.  The lucky winner of our challenge will be able to choose three images from their digi range!

Hope you will pop on over to the challenge blog here to see the makes of my teamies and then play along with the challenge!

Monday 1 November 2021

Lavinia Stamps and tutorials

I love Lavinia Stamps but sometimes just don't know where to  begin.  So, the Design Team tutorials are fab.  I've been particularly looking at  Lavinia creator, Tracy's, Jo Rice and Eileen Godwin tuts and had intended to go down to the Open Day at Lavinia Stamps on the Friday just gone.  However, the weather here has been atrocious and what with that and the distances, I decided it was best not.    

So the card above is following Tracy's tutorial and the one below is following Jo Rice's which I subscribe to on YouTube.

And it's very true that Jo said on her tutorial that once you have followed along, you  then start to figure out how you want to use the stamps.  I'll have a few more to share in a couple of days.


Tuesday 26 October 2021

More Marianne Poinsettias

Today's card is another with the fabulous Poinsettia stamp from Marianne Designs but this time I've  stamped it off centre at either corner.  I've coloured it with copics then added some Crystal embossing powder on the berries.

I'd cut and layered the Christmas word  (sadly now discontinued)for another project but couldn't get it fit so have used it here to much better effect I feel.  I've also added the Crystal embossing powder onto the word so it does sparkle in the right light!  

A full list of the Marianne Products I've used are below.

Distressed Frame Die Set - CR1565
Poinsettia Stamp - MM1649
Christmas Die, Stamp and Sentiment Set - KJ1719

Weather is awful here for the next few days, wind and rain, so gonna hunker down in my craft room this afternoon after a shop for the groceries this morning!

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday 24 October 2021

Wish Big Eclipse

Another Eclipse style card I made a few weeks ago for a male birthday using an old Kanban stamp and a scrap of design paper I had.  Not sure the recipient needed to wish for this car as I think he had one at some point!!

The 'BIG' letters are a Marianne die set - CR1513.

Hugs, Juliexx

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Lavinia Lodge

I love these new dwelling images from Lavinia Stamps especially as I could do a little colouring with my Copics and then do a little inking.  The trees are all the same stamp - Fairy Fir Tree - I just masked off the bottom for the one by the lodge and masked off the lodge itself to position it behind.  I used Versafine Clair Morning Mist for the inking along with some of Lavinia's Acetate masks for landscaping.  There was a little Twilight ink left on the acetate which has given this green/grey background which I think was a happy accident.

I am definitely going to make a few more of these for Christmas.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 19 October 2021

We're using Dies and Punches at Passion for Markers

It's new challenge day at Passion for Markers and our theme this week is Dies and/or Punches.  

Well, I grabbed my Marianne Dies (of course) and also found this little lovely looking for some love in my printed images. This is Little Elf Tippi from Mo's Digital Pencil.  It seemed the right thing to frame him with the Lantern Die from Marianne Designs - full list of dies I used below.

Marianne Dies Used

Lantern Die - LR0669
Star Frame Die Set - CR1226
Hanging Baubles - LR0682

Our sponsors this week are the fabulous Dies To Dies for and they're offering the lucky winner a £15 voucher to spend in the store!

Look forward to visiting you and seeing your lovely creations!

Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday 16 October 2021

A Red Frost

I'm a bit late posting this today but had a call to arms!  

So, this is Frost from Mo's Digital Pencil  but in some unfrosty colours  - we actually had our first frost here yesterday morning!  

I've coloured her with copics  - R89/R39/R29/R27.

The frame is a fabulous Marianne one - LR0627 - and the papers are a great pad  of 12x12  Christmas papers from The Works.

That's me for now - looking forward to a bit of Strictly tonight - and we have Holly and Violet sleeping over, yayyyyhhh!

Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday 10 October 2021

A Snowy Alpine Scene

This is my latest project for Marianne Designs using their fab new Gondola and Forest Horizon die release.  I've teamed these up with some older stamps and dies - mix and match, people, and show your older stash the light of day!
Full list of products used below and you can also read a full walk through on the Marianne Inspiration blog here.

Tiny’s Gondola – LR0734 - NEW!
Tiny’s Forest Horizon – LR0735 - NEW!
Slimline Distressed Die Set – CR1569 - NEW!
Sparkling Snow Papers – PB7062 - NEW!
Tiny’s Border Christmas Village – TC0867
Forest Trees – LR0556
Horizon Pine Trees – LR0283
Tiny’s Pine Trees – CR1287
Hello Fall Sentiment– MM1630

No sign of any snow here on the Lake District tops yet - positively balmy!

Hugs, Juliexx