12 December 2014

Unusual Colour Christmas!


I'm here with my challenge post for Kitty Bee Designs.  This is our last challenge before Christmas and our theme is unusual colour Christmas - so step away from those reds, gold and greens.

As you can see from my card below I went wild! Well not really wild I chose blue as my colour and used this seasons must have Bunny!

I love this paper too it's from My Minds Eye and is called Winter Wonderland - I got it cheap in the sales last year!!

I'm probably going to make a few cards like this - well until the glitter card runs out as they are lovely and easy to make and more importantly... quick!!   You can buy these little cuties from the Kitty Bee Shop.

I do hope you can pop over and join us for our challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Julie x

28 November 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge - Thanks!


The current challenge over at Kitty Bee Designs is "Thanks", now this technically isn't my challenge week, but the other team got to play with some A Day for Daisies images and I have got a bit of a soft spot for them so I joined in too!

Here's my card - I've used a lovely image called Curvy Birds - it's lovely.  The little birds had some glitter on them - they were super cute!

So why not pop along and join in with our challenge.  That's if you're not all too full of Turkey from Thanksgiving!

Thanks for looking!


26 November 2014

Cute Little Bunny


I;m here with my Kitty Bee Spotlight post for November!

Every year I have one go to image for my Christmas cards.  One that will go with almost any paper and looks good whether you've spent ages colouring and shading or just getting it coloured as you've still got what feel like 100 cards left to be finished,

Last year it was a cute Kitty Bee Penguin, this year is the year of the totally cute bunny!  Just when you think things can't get any cuter - up pops another!

To get some of this fabulous cuteness for yourself - click here!

Thanks for Looking


31 August 2014

SQUEEAAL!! It's a Halloween Blog hop!

Happy Weekend!

I'm so excited - Kitty Bee Designs have launched a bunch of amazing new images and to celebrate we are having a blog hop.  If you're on the hop - hopefully you've joined me from Tracey's blog

As soon as I saw the images I knew which one I had to have and I know when you see it you're going to love it too.

I've got a cute little Ghost Giraffe, it just cracks me up.  I reminds me so much of my children when they try to play hide and seek, but only cover their faces and you can still see the rest of them!  This little guy has thrown a blanket over his head, covered himself in talc and hoped for the best!

I've teamed it up with some craft card and some new to me but old season Stampin' Up Papers!

You all know how a blog hop works by now - visit all the other fabulous blogs on the hop, go bankrupt deciding which stamps you want and win amazing prizes!

There will be 3 random winners who will each win a digi of their choice from the new release - hmmm I wonder if I can enter???

Every comment left on the blog hop gives you a chance to win, multiple comments on the same blog don't count but the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are to win!  If you want to check out all of the new release images click here to be taken to the Etsy store.

The Hop ends Sunday 7th September at 11pm Hawaii time. (10pm UK time!) and the lucky winners will be posted on Tuesday 9th September.

And if that wasn't enough Ruth is offering a 15% off coupon to her Etsy store (click here) for Labor Day.  Code is 'Labor15' and runs from Friday 29th August through to 5th September, which can be used on on both clear stamps and digi stamps. (Thanks to Kel I now know all about Labor day as it's not something we have in the UK!)

Your next stop on the hop is: Taniaj - can't wait to see what she's made!!  The full hop line up is just below!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and good luck!


Here's the Hop Order just in case:

27 August 2014

Kitty Bee Spotlight Post - Super Cute Owl Alert!


I'm here with my spotlight post for the Kitty Bee Designs blog.

This could have been my challenge card for our current "In the Garden Challenge" as I couldn't decide between two cute images - so what else could I do? I coloured them both and made two cards.
 (What's that? You've not linked your card to our challenge yet?  Come on... closes on Friday!  You need the link? Click here!)

I've chosen to use Plant Pot Owl and teamed it up with some lovely purple papers. In fact pretty much every card I've made over the last week has been purple as I bought a new pretty paper stack. Yep poor me I had no paper at all in my house, nope none and had to buy some more!  (OK so that last sentence may be a little fib - but you know where I'm coming from as you were probably behind me in the queue!)

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

Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe - Summer Colours

Anyway thanks for looking - hope you have a fab day!


23 August 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge - In the garden.


I've been so terrible with my blog recently.  I been making wedding invites for a couple of friends which turned out beautiful (even if I l do say so myself!) But as I've been procrastinating over them I've put my normal crafting to one side. 

Happily I've made quite a few cards recently which I've got lined up to show you all.   I've also had a sneaky peek of some fab new images from the fabulous Ruth at Kitty Bee Designs.  I ♥ them and can't find wait to play with them.

This evening I'm sharing my card for our In The Garden challenge at  Kitty Bee Designs.  I've used Peek a Boo Kitty!

My teamies have made some lovely projects so why not stop by check them out and link up while you are there!

Hope you like it - thanks for stopping by!

Hugs Julie x

(edited to do the links properly!!)

2 July 2014

Kitty Bee Designs - spotlight post!


I'm here with my Kitty Bee Designs Spotlight post - we get to take our pick of the lovely images!

I needed two cards quickly this month (I'm so behind at the minute as I've been making wedding invitations for friends and catching up on Game of Thrones - it's like having a full time job!)

I decided to make two cards the same but different and coloured up two Happy Birthday Kitty Bee images.  You'll have to trust me that these cards were very pretty - but the light in my house was terrible when I took the photo and I couldn't even fix the lighting on my PC.

Anyway thanks for stopping by - don't forget you have an other couple of days to enter our Fairytails / Fantasy Challenge - click here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie x

28 June 2014

Aloha Friday Challenges - Fairytales / Fantasy

Hello again!

Another catch up post from me - but it's not as bad as my one earlier, this one is only a day late!

This is the mid-challenge inspiration post for our Fairytale / Fantasy Creatures theme.  This challenge we have Meljen's as a sponsor!

I've chosen to use a Kitty Bee image for my card.  I've made this card for my husband as it's his birthday next week - luckily he has no interest in my blog so I'm safe to post this!

My image is called Ninja Kal-Bee I though he fitted the bill of a fantasy creature quite nicely. I've printed him out a couple of times and layered him up - which you can't really tell in this photo! If you want to own some Kitty Bee cuties - you should stop by the Etsy shop and have a look!

So don't forget to link up your card on the original link here!

Thanks for looking!

Julie x

Stampin' For the Weekend - Final Challenge Ever .....sob sob


I'm playing catch up today.  I totally forgot to post my SFTW design team post last week!  Better late than never - sorry girls!

It's also Stampin' For the Weekend's last every challenge - the challenge is closing which is such sad news.  So hop on over there and say goodbye to everyone!  It's been really lovely working with everyone!

So here's my final DT card, the theme was everyone's favourite - Anything Goes!

I made this for my friend Lisa!  I'm loving this Gorjuss Stamp at the minute, and it's really fab for paper piecing - especially if you haven't got time to do lots of colouring.  These papers are pretty - I can't remember the name of them, but they are from the new Docrafts / Santoro range - with the girls with the big heads!  If you've seen them you'll know what I mean.

Anyway - I do hope you can join us for our final challenge!

Thanks for looking


30 May 2014

Kitty Bee Designs - plus DT Call!


It's time for a new challenge at Kitty Bee Designs and our new theme is Congratulations / Graduation.  We are also being sponsored by Bugaboo!

I've chosen to go with the congratulations theme and have made a new baby card!

I've used Super Star Bun - it's so cute! To play along with this challenge - click here!
To check out some more Kitty Bee cuties - check out the Etsy Shop here!

Even more exciting - we are having a design team call!! So if you want to be able to play with loads of these lovely images plus fabulous sponsor images - why not join us!! For more information hop on over to the Kitty Bee blog for more info - or click here!

Thanks for looking!

Julie x

25 April 2014

Stampin' For the Weekend - Buttons and Bows


Happy Friday - I've had a lovely week off work with the children, the weather has been lovely (no thanks to the weather reports predicting rain all week) and today we're off to look for the Gruffalo so let's hope the weather holds!

Today our new challenge launches at Stampin' For the Weekend - and our theme is buttons and bows!

We are sponsored for this challenge by The Paper Nest Dolls - they are new to me, but their images are super sweet!

Here's my card:

I've used Little Chick Avery - isn't she cute!  My papers are from Stampin' Up - I love those cute little chicks!

Hope you can join us for our challenge!  Thanks for looking.

Julie x

23 April 2014

Kitty Bee Designs - Easter Easter Hunt Ever


A few weeks ago I opened my big mouth and said to my friends wouldn't it be nice to do an Easter Hunt round the park for the children. "Oh yes" they said and silly me said I'll do it - it'll be easy! Then this Saturday I realised the hunt was the next day!  Cue a very last minute trip to the supermarket for eggs and lots of them!!

Next to make some clues, lovely Ruth from Kitty Bee Designs sent me her very cute Easter Egg Bun so I could start making clues.  I'm a huge fan of her little cuties and so glad I'm on the DT otherwise I would be bankrupt by now.  Here's the link to her Etsy shop - go on take a peek!!

Now in the spirit of making things easy for myself (and leaving it until 11.30pm to sort out!!) and still needing to colour quite a few bunnies - how could I do this quickly?  I opened the image in paint and simply used the paint pot tool to fill in the large areas on the rabbit grey and then a couple of quick clicks to colour it's little nose and ears pink. I then printed out an army of bunnies, with just the eggs to colour.

 I coloured the eggs (very very quickly) with my promarkers and made a quick colour book for the smaller children to match up and the older children took the highlighted letter from each word for their part of the hunt - as they needed to find out the name of another bunny.  

I then used some classy plastic wallets to put the clues in, and dodged the rain in the park attaching them to trees with a bit of ribbon. It worked really well - and the children had loads of fun.

This was so simple to do and so much fun!  Thanks Ruth!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - my mojo has been missing for a while but I've got a lovely crafty night planned tonight!



6 April 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge! Play Pretend


I'm here with my post for the Kitty Bee Design Team. For our challenge our theme is Play Pretend (show someone in a costume or doing something job/hobby related).

We have a fab sponsor for thi-s challenge  it's 2 Cute Ink you should check them out.

Here's my card - it was for my lovely mother-in-law. She is amazing!

This is a penny slider card - so Super Bun moves up and down.  With hindsight I should have made the writing a bit bigger.  I love this paper too - it's from a Crate Paper stack.

I hope you like it.  Why not join us for our challenge - you can link up your card here!

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

Little Miss Muffett - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - Animal Magic
Simply Create Too - Easter or Use Bunnies

Thanks for looking!

Julie x

16 March 2014

Everyone's favourite challenge...

Happy Friday everyone .... what's that ... it's Sunday evening?

Oops - that'd be me late again!

I'm here with my Stampin' For the Weekend post - it should have gone live on Friday, but I'm really not sure where the last two days have gone.

Luckily we have a very easy challenge this fortnight - you might have heard of this one before - ANYTHING GOES. I'm sure you'll have something to enter

Our sponsor for this challenge is Marker Pop

Here's my card. I made it for someone who was leaving at work:

Oh what's this? Another Tiddly Ink image- I think I have problems - ha ha.  I love the paper on this card - it's from a Crate Paper Pack - Fourteen.    The flowers are fabric cut with the Tattered Florals die.  The range are selling little packs of fabric, it's quite thin and cheap but perfect for cards.  I used a small amount of antique linen distress ink just to tone down the white fabric a bit.

Anyway - that's it from me for now - don't forget to enter our challenge!

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

Digi Choosday - All about the girl
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Mothers Day / Special Girl
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Digi Galore Challenges - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Flowers

Thanks for looking!

Julie xx

8 March 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge - Monochrome


I'm here (late again!) with my post for Kitty Bee Designs. We're half way through our challenge, and the theme is Monochrome.

Our challenge is Sponsored by Lacy Sunshine, you should see what my teamies have done with their images! I choose to use a super cute Kitty Bee image  - this one is called Espresso Bun!

I'd like to be able to tell you where the papers are from - I think they are First Edition - Spring Drop - but I can't be sure.  What I can be sure of is my new memory box die - it's lovely (although it was a bit of a cow to cut properly!)

Anyway - I hope you can join our challenge, you can link up your monochrome project here.

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

Inky Chicks - Monochromatic
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Craft Boots Challenges - Green

Thanks for looking!


Julie x

1 March 2014

Stampin' For the Weekend - Sparkle and Shine


Hope you've all got something lovely planned for the weekend.  I have a super day planned -  today we are visiting Cadbury world.  Mmmm I can't wait, unfortunately my children think we are actually visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and my little boy (he's nearly 4) is terrified of falling the chocolate river and being sucked up the pipe, like Augustus Gloop!

I'm here with my design team post for Stampin' For the Weekend.  I'm running about a day late - sorry teamies.  Our theme is Sparkle and Shine and our fabulous sponsor is Bunny Zoe's- you should check her store out - there's even a sale this weekend with 20% off stamps.

Here's my card - it's a bit usual for me - I don't tend to use bright colours or images with lots of hair - so you'll have to let me know what you think.

Although it looks like there isn't a lot of sparkle - but her wings are covered in Stickles.

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

Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Make it Digital
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Digitally Sweet - Anything Goes
Jelly Park - Things with Wings
Sister Act - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Use Glitter
Aud Sentiments - For a Girl

Thanks for looking - and don't forget to play along with our challenge!


Julie x

26 February 2014

Kitty Bee Spotlight

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

I love the Spotlight part of being on our Kitty Bee Design Team, it's also the most difficult - it takes me ages to choose which image to use as there are so many cute images! 

I made this card for one of my lovely friends as up until this afternoon was due to be going into hospital at the weekend.  Now her op has been postponed so I'll have to put it away for a little while.  I chose this cute little ladybug image for my card - I think he is perfect to make her feel better. 

I love this dotty paper too - it's perfect with the image, it's actually out of a very floral Prima paper pack.  You can't really tell on this image but the wings are all lovely and sparkly!

Crafty Creations Challenges - Keep it Simple
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Dies / Punches
I love Pro Markers - Use Die-Cuts
The Paper Shelter - Animal Magic
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes with Pearls
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - Spots and Dots

Thanks for stopping by to have a look!



14 February 2014

Stampin' for the Weekend - Flower Power

Hi Everyone!

Happy Valentines Day.  Tomorrow we're taking our children to stay with their Grandparents for half term.  Woop Woop a week off for me!

Today I'm sharing my Stampin' For The Weekend card and our theme for this fortnight is Flower Power.

Our sponsor for this challenge is

  I made this card for my lovely friend Sheena for her birthday.

I've used some lovely Prima Papers and a cute image by Tiddly Inks.

I'll be back to enter some challenges later.

I do hope you can join us for our challenge- it nice and easy, we just want to see flowers on your creation somewhere either on the paper, the image or as an embellishment.

Thanks for looking!

Julie x

9 February 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge - Love / Valentines!


After being all on time last week - I'm back to my usual service of posting a day late.

I'm feeling quite exited today as I'm going to the Creative Stitch and Hobby Craft event in Manchester at home.  Woop Woop!!! I'm hoping to pick up some crafty bargains and lots of "essentials"!

I'm here with my design team post for Kitty Bee Designs - we're half way through our love / valentines challenge.

Here's my card - this will be my valentines card for my husband - good job he doesn't read my blog!!

This cute image is called My Heart Bunny - it's so super cute.  The papers are Crate Paper - Fourteen - which is a beautiful paper stack.  I'd like to say I've kept this quite simple for a reason - but actually I don't have many embellishments that are suitable for a guy card.  (Maybe I could buy some today!!)

Thanks for stopping by and looking - I hope you can join us for our challenge - you can link up your card here!

I'll be back with some challenges later - once I've spent all my money!

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

Simon Says Stamp - Have a Heart
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
The Male Room - Valentines
Crafts 4 Eternity - With Love
Digi Haven - Valentines Day
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts - Patterned Paper
Digi Galore - Valentine
Ladybug Crafts - Be Mine
Natalie and Amy - Love is all around



31 January 2014

Kitty Bee Designs - Super Cute Blog Hop!


Yep you're seeing this right - two posts in one day.  Scroll down if you're here for my Stampin' For the Weekend Post!

Now this post needs a warning and this is it:


And here is the reason for this warning!

Kitty Bee Designs has released 12 lovely new images just in time for valentines day.  There are Kittys, Pandas, Red Panda and Racoons!  And they are all cute cute cute.  So what else can we do celebrate this .... hhmmmmm ....  a BLOG HOP!

And the reward for completing the hop - is the chance to win one of these cuties for your very own!  That's right, if you leave a comment on every stop of the hop you can be in with a chance to win one of this new releases digi's of your choice.   You need to complete the hop by 10am (Hawaiian Time) on the 7th February and winners will be posted on the following Sunday.

So the place to start is the Kitty Bee Blog! and if you are following the hop through you should have come here from Taniaj's blog. Did you like the cute panda she used?

Here's my card, I've used Two of Hearts Racoon:

Oh yes and the red glitter glue on the image is still wet -this card is hot off the press. 

So after me you're off to Kel's blog ... I have to warn you though - it's another cutie! 

Just in case you get lost, here's the full blog hop order and don't forget to leave everyone some love!:

Shirl - Creations by Shirl 
Larissa - Muffins and Lace 
Katie - Katie's Crafts 
Leanne - Finding My Groove 
Taniaj - ManxMade 
Julie - I Made A Card (you're here!)
Victoria - Very Belle Makes 
Niki - Stampn'HI 
Zella - Joyful Expressions 

Thanks for looking and good luck!

Julie x

Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything But a Card


I'm not a work today which is great, especially as I've got all my crafty bits out.  The only problem is that the house is a bit cold and I'm being mean and not putting the heating on, so I've got my husband's fleecy dressing gown on!!  (Thanks Dave! - and yes that is glitter glue sleeve - oops!).

Anyway this morning I'm sharing my Stampin' for the Weekend project:

For this challenge our lucky winner will be getting a surprise gift.  Our theme for this fortnight is Anything But a Card.   Here's my project - I've made a wine gift tag.  It was a Christmas Gift for my son's nursery teacher - not a very original gift, but I'm sure it's considered a staple for all people who work with small children on a daily basis!!  

I ended up making a fair few of these wine gift tags - as they are nice and simple (and because lots of people I know drink wine and/or have small children!)

The image is from Kitty Bee Designs, I used it lots and lots over Christmas as it's easy to colour up and is super cute!

So why not join us at Stampin' For the Weekend and link up your not-a-card project!  Can't wait to see what you all create!!

I'll be back later to add some challenges!
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Baby it's cold outside
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Digi Haven - Snow Buddies
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking!

Julie X

22 January 2014

Kitty Bee Designs - Super Cute Lady Bird Baby.


It's my turn to do a spotlight card for the the Kitty Bee Designs blog.  It's a fab idea - we get to pick one of Ruth's super cute images and do whatever we want!

So here's my first spotlight post - and I must admit I've been coveting this cute little ladybird image ever since Team Kitties used it for a challenge last year. I was asked to make a new baby card for one of our friends who's baby is due any day now and I knew exactly what image to use. 

Have you seen it? It's just too cute to be allowed and just perfect for my card! 

The lace and script papers are from Stampin UP! and I really can't remember where the hearts paper is from!

While we are talking about Kitty Bee, why not stop by the blog and join in our new current challenge? The theme is something new - a technique, a product or perhaps even try a new tutorial! Our sponsor is A Random Fan who are offering 3 digis to winner. So why not click here and join in the challenge too!

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

My Sheri Crafts - Delightful Digis
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Valentines Day or Use Hearts
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Flourishes - In with the New
Card Mania - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking!


Julie x

17 January 2014

Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes


Happy New Year and all that!!

This is my first post of the new year.  With both my DT's taking a break over Christmas I don't seem to have done any crafting at all.  Hopefully once I start making things I'll find my crafting mojo - I think it got put in a box with all my Christmas card stuff and stashed away.

I've also realised my little blog is 3 years old - so I'll sort out a little candy over the next week or so for my lovely followers.

Anyway.  It's time for the first challenge of the year at:

This first challenge is super hard and will require lots of thought from you all.... nah only kidding - it's anything goes!!  

This time we are sponsors by one of our lovely regular sponsors:

So here's my card.  I made a while back for a friends 60th Birthday.

I think the paper is a magazine freebie and the image is from Tiddlyinks.  I also covered the bird cage in some distress crackle paint, but you can't really tell from this photo but it is!

I do hope that you'll be able to join us for this challenge!  Especially as I'm going to the Creative Stitches and Hobby Crafts event in Manchester in a couple of weeks so I need some lovely things to put on my shopping list!

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

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
MAWTT - Girly Cards
My Heart Pieces - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Colouring
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - For the girls
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies - In the Kitchen

Thanks for looking!

Julie xx