31 March 2012

Here comes the Easter Bunny

Morning Everyone!

Hasn't the weather been amazing this week?  I think I may have even got the tiniest hint of a tan!

Firstly I'd just like to say hello to my new followers: Joanne, Bunny, Sarah, Helen and Berit - thanks for stopping by my blog!

Today I want to share with you all my second design team project for the amazing Craft Your Days Away.

Our theme for this fortnight is Easter and we are sponsored this time by The Stamp Fairy who is giving $10 voucher to our lucky winner!

We don't normally give Easter cards in our family, for us Easter is generally all about the chocolate and getting together as a family - so instead I've made an Easter Basket for my lovely children. How cute are those little fluffy chicks! 

Although I suspect that I may need to help my children eat those eggs so they don't go off  / make a mess / make their teeth fall out / some other rubbish excuse to eat my children's chocolate.

I love my bee ribbon, so when I saw this honeycomb paper I knew I had to use them both!  To make the basket I found a tutorial here.  It's really simple to make.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Pollycraft - Chocklit
Sassy Cheryl's - Easter Parade
The Pixie Cottage - Cuddly Critters
Lexis Creations - Easter
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything But a Card
One Stop Craft Challenge - Easter
Allsorts - Photo Inspiration
Simply Create - Eggs or Bunnies

Anyway - thanks for looking - why not join us at Craft Your Days Away this fortnight for our Easter challenge - we'd love to see you there!

Julie xx

28 March 2012

Hi Tweetie


It's my second and final week as a guest designer at For Fun Challenges.  Thanks for letting me be part of your team!

This weeks challenge is Buttons and we are sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps and the amazing prize is a $15 gift code for digital images!

They have very generously let us choose a beautiful image to work with.  I chose Love Tweet Love and so here's my card:

How sweet is this image?  Although you'll have to forgive my "rustic" sewing as my new sewing machine has made it's d├ębut on this card.  I think I need a bit a lot more practice!  

The papers are a magazine freebie and the buttons are some I've had in my stash for a while now!  I've also used my favourite Stickles on the flowers and a couple of dabs of glossy accents on the beaks and heart.

Anyway it's time for me to go and have nose round to see what everyone has created.  It would be lovely if you joined us too!

Also I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Spring Fever
Paper Sundaes - Spring Blossoms
Stamping For the Weekend - Anything Goes
St Luke's Charity Card Challenge - Spring into Spring

Thanks for looking! 

Julie xx

(edited to add challenge entries!)

21 March 2012

For Fun Guest Design - Western Theme


Hope you're all having a good week so far!

The lovely people over at For Fun Challenges have let me guest design for them this week and next week!  Thanks!!!

This weeks challenge is Western and here's my card:

This cute little guy is from Bugaboo, the sentiment was done on my computer and I've distressed some Core-dinations card.  I was um-ing and ah-ing about what to embellish it with - I never seem to have anything good for guy type cards as the usual pearls and gems don't really work!  However I was thrilled when found these star shaped brads that I bought ages ago in a sale and had forgotten about.

I can't wait to see what other people have made - I love having a good old nose round other peoples blogs, and it would be great if you joined us this week too!

Thanks for looking!

Julie xx

20 March 2012



Just a quick post from me tonight as I am shattered!

I made another Christmas card last night while I was having a play. The digi is a freebie from Bits N Bobs. The gold baubles are cut from some gold tags that I've had lying around for ages.  I think they look good!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Bingo:  Die Cuts, Free (Free Digi!), Glitter.
For Fun - Circles
Winter Wonderland - Fairy or Angel
Aud Sentiments - Song Title (Hark the Herald Angels!)
Jingle Belles - Neutral Noel

Righto - I'm off to bed.  Thanks for looking! 

Julie xx

17 March 2012

Craft Your Days Away!!


It's Saturday - I love Saturdays and this one is extra special as it's my first card as part of the Craft Your Days Away Design Team.

The theme of this current challenge is Just for Men/Boys + Buttons.  Our fabulous sponsor for this Challenge is Crafty Emma's Store and there is a £10 voucher to be won!  So here's my card:

The image is Pollycraft, the papers are from My Minds Eye and the ticket was a freebie from ages ago, plus I've used some glossy accents on the bike frame to give it a bit of shine!  Do you like my little star shaped buttons?  I think they are so cute - I love my local craft shop, it does nice mixed bags of buttons for £1 - I always pop at least one in my basket when I go there!

Anyway I do hope you come over and join us at Craft Your Days Away for our challenge - it would be lovely to see you there - plus you'll be able to see all the fabulous work my amazing teamies have done!  Just click on the logo above to get there.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says - Bit O Green
Allsorts - Three in a Row
Card Mad Fairy - Add a Sentiment
Sassy Cheryl's - Wearin' of the Green

Thanks for looking - enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Julie xx

15 March 2012

Mothers Day


It's been ages since I last posted a card - our whole house has had the lurgy over the last week or so, I'm much better but still only have half a voice!

Here's my latest card - its for my lovely Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day.

I love this little person dressed up as a Bee, it's a Birdie Brown image, if you don't have any of these images you really should pop over and check them out! I also love my new Bee ribbon it's so cute.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft - Going Dotty
Papertake Weekly - One of the Girls  / Mum
One Stop Craft Challenge - Mother's Day + Ribbon
Lexis Creations - Mothers Day
Ladybug Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Mad Fairy - Mums the Word

Thanks for looking!  I'll probably be back later on to share with you all the card my little girl made this morning for her Grandma!

Julie xx

3 March 2012

Some Presents, Some Exciting News and a Card


I have had an amazing week!  Firstly it was my birthday (21 again!) and I got a new all singing and dancing paper trimmer from my husband (I picked, he paid, ha ha!).  The girls from work were amazing and I was given a little sewing machine so I can now do stitching on my cards. I have made the rather large assumption that I will be able to take it out of the box and be a pro right away... so it may be a while before you see any stitching on cards!

Yesterday I got the exciting news that I had been successful in the DT Call for Craft Your Days Away!  I'm so pleased - especially as there are so many talented crafters out there!  My first card for them will be on the 17th March - I can't wait to find out what the first challenge is!  Also my card got picked for their top 3!

So here's a card I made last night - it's for my Sister-when-my-brother-in-law-finally-puts-a-ring-on-her-finger-To-Be.  It's her birthday next week.

I used the sketch from Papertake Weekly, I think I'll add that to my file to use again as the card came together quite quickly!  The image is from The Stamping Boutique and the papers are MME.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Spots and Dots
Everybody Art Challenge - Monochrome
Papertake Weekly - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Circles
Lexi's Creations - Monochrome
Ladybug Crafts - Pink and Girly
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking!

Julie! x