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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Birthday card for my little sis!



A bit of a break from Christmas cards - this was for my lovely little sis  whose birthday was in November.  I concentrated my card around the sentiment and the papers hence no coloured images.
The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and everything else is from Marianne designs.  These beautiful papers are from the  Romantic Vintage Pretty Paper Bloc (Catalogue number - PK 9093) - I love this unicorn page!
The dies I used are also all Marianne Designs as follows:
Circle die with stitched flowers and leaves - CR1248
Flowers and leaves from the Square version of the circle - CR1249
Leaf Frond - LR0151.
I know that some of these items (maybe not the papers) are in stock at MaddyLisa Crafts here in the UK, and always at a really great price here :).
Resigned to the fact that we will probably not move before Christmas but hey ho, there are worse things that could happen!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge!!


Hi Folks - today's card is for our special month long Mega Christmas challenge on a Passion For Promarkers ending on 6th January 2015!  This allows a bit of a breather to finish getting ready for the big day!!  We're struggling to get ready here as we still haven't exchanged contracts on our house and it's beginning to look a lot like it's not going to happen before the 25th!  Trying to be philosophical about it all though, just haven't got a tree, or much in the way of decorations up - just rooms full of boxes!!
 Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “bingo”.  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 use the bingo board.  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.
Here is the bingo board you must use for your creations (you can use any line horizontal, vertical or diagonal).  Please tell us which line you have used in your post:
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For my card, I chosen the middle line - Die Cuts, Free and Glitter - love my die cuts and glitter.  As you can see, I've made a pop-up box card with this fabulous Mo Manning Image, Season's Greetings.  I thought the image would be brilliant on this pop-card but have to confess that I can't remember if I have already seen this somewhere in blogland!  I have scoured the internet trying to find it so that I could give credit for the idea but couldn't find it - maybe I dreamt it!!
I went to best matey's Lesley's house yesterday, who helped me through the trials and tribulations of making this design (she had a template and previous experience!).   
You can see all my die-cuts below, including my favourite Winter die cut from Noor Designs-UK, an Impression Obsession sledder cut in glitter paper, as was my Marianne tree on the left side of my box. There's also a couple of Craftwork Cards pre-cut die shapes and some felt snowflakes. 
My papers are mostly Basic Grey Nordic Winter. 

That's enough about my card but next is a list of all our wonderful sponsors and prizes for this mega challenge.

Letraset are generously offering 4 lucky winners a 6 pack of promarkers (blending set)!
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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 ‘Dollie Sleepyhead’ and ‘Dollie Trendsetter’.
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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 a gorgeous stamp set called ‘changing birdhouse’.
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A Day for Daisies is offering one lucky winner a $12.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
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Crafty Sentiments Designs is offering one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice from their online store.
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My DT mateys on Team one have made some awesome cards here to share with you and the equally fabulous Team two will be posting their makes in a couple of weeks!
Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Jack Frost Brrrrrrh!



Hi everyone - well Jack Frost does seem to have arrived now here in London - we've had some lovely, crisp and frosty days! My card today is for our new challenge starting today over at Sketch N Stash.   I love this non-cutesy image from Rick St Dennis (one of this fortnight's sponsor) - he's called Jack Frost of course and can be found here in Rick's store. The sketch for our new challenge is below.

I've kept the colours fairly frosty using blues and greys.  I actually did a version with loads of black distress stickles and promptly tore it up!
I've had my dies out, as your can see, mostly Memory Box and a couple of Crafts Too for the snowflakes, and also the snowflake edge die from Noor Designs. The snow sentiment is a die and stamp combo from PaperTrey Ink.

We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge, as below:

Sponsor 1 - Rick St Dennis

Prize - 2 images or 25% discount voucher
  
Sponsor 2 - Live and Love Crafts
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Don't forget to check out the wonderful  cards of my SNS teamies here, and then, please, please come and play along with us!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Stampin Up Robins



Several years ago now I was a member of a Stampin Up Stampers 10 group which met regularly but as I lived too far away, I couldn't go to the classes but got the card pieces each week to make up the card in question!!  I've never done anything with the card kits so decided to hunt them out to use some of the papers etc to make some Christmas cards.  Joanne the SU demonstrator made these gorgeous robins out of round punches and petal punches - I've added the link here for you to see how easy they are to make.   It doesn't look like Joanne's blog is active anymore but you can still get lots of amazing ideas for cards, especially flowers on her blog. You'll see that I've added my own twist, with this Marianne branch die instead of a flourish stamp for my robins to perch on.  I've also done a few variations below just to ring the changes.


All the stash used is from Stampin Up including the card stock and design papers. The only non SU stash is the Marianne branch from the Tiny's Pine Cone set (catalogue no: LR0286) which you can find here at MaddyLisa Crafts at the minute, the Papertrey Ink sentiment and the tag which is cut with a Magnolia die. 
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Waltzing Mouse Little Lanterns

Just posting a really quicky crimbo card from LAST year that I hadn't blogged -tsk tsk!
I made it with some fab die and stamp combo sets from Waltzing Mouse - I really must get them out again to use this year!

Feeling pretty despondent here at the moment - beginning to think our move won't happen before Christmas - and we went with our buyers for a quick sale!  Hate estate agents and solicitors with a passion at the minute!
Hope you're having a better day!
Juliexx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Blooming Marvellous - new Passion for Promarkers Challenge


Our new challenge at Passion for Promarkers starts today with a gorgeous theme of Blooming Marvellous as chosen by our fab Lisa!
I've used a fab Lili of the Valley image from this year's Christmas release and coloured up with a mix of Promarkers and Trias.  I based my colours on these gorgeous Pion papers from the Vintage Autumn pad and did lots of distressing .
The quatrofoil backing die I think is Stampin Up and the rest of my dies for the flowers and mistletoe are Marianne - Poinsettia Die 1 - LR0121, Mistletoe Dies - LR0245.

Polka Doodles are sponsoring us this week and the lucky winner will win a gorgeous digi from them.

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Do come and play along with this week, and take a look here at the gorgeous makes by my PFP teamies for some inspiration if needed!
I'm entering my card into the current Lili of the Valley challenge which has a theme of Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Sketch N Stash New Challenge - with Mo's Winter Delivery



My card today is for our new challenge starting at Sketch N Stash today with the fabbie sketch below.  I don't often do animal cards, but a squirrel was called for and Mo's Digital Pencil just happened to have the perfect specimen.  The image is called Winter Delivery but for me it's more an Autumn Delivery!
I coloured a great part of him with the fine nibs on my Promarkers, and Trias, and I have to say, I'm rather pleased with the outcome of his fur and bushy tail. I also chose a red squirrel as apparently we have quite a few of these in our new garden, (no news yet, grrrhhh!).
My papers are part of the enormous pile of 12 x 12 pads that we carted home from California this time last year, which is rather appropriate as the card was for the birthday of our host in San Fran, my niece's hubby - go Team Squirrel!!
The skeleton leaves are a Marianne Die set (LR 0156) and the remaining leaves are cut with punches.  The tag is cut with a Magnolia die and this perfect sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink!  The little pennant tabs were cut with a Stampin Up punch.  
We have two awesome sponsors for this fortnight's challenge as below:

A day for Daisies

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 Crafty Devils

Prize £10

My lovely SNS teamies have made some fabulous cards to share with you so pop on over here and show them some love!
I'm fitting in another crafting day at my best matey's, Lesley of Grenouille Greetings, today.  Don't know if we'll get another one in if we ever manage to move this side of Christmas!!  Have a great day whatever you're doing!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

She's Leaving Home Today!!


Yep, my gorgeous girlie, Holly is moving into her new home today, sob!  She's decided to stay in London when we move up north, so she can keep her work going and also stay near to her boyfriend.  I'm so proud of her for taking the plunge, but know what a big deal it is for her to be doing this,  
My card is made with all sorts of Marianne dies which complement each other perfectly  - the full list is below,  My papers are from the Autumn Vintage Pion pad which I love, especially for the sky, and the rest of my bits and pieces are from my stash.  The curved borders were  cut with a Spellbinders die and the sentiments are Stampin Up.

Marianne Dies Used:
House - COL1327
Tiny's Pine Trees - CR1287
Tiny's Village and Fence - CR1288
Horizon Pine Trees - LR0283
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mo Blog Hop - It's all about the Fairies!



It's the third Thursday in the month already which means it's time for our monthly blog hop with Mo's Dream Team.  This month's theme has been chosen by our awesome  Alexandra and that is Fairies! Alexandra is the start of the hop so pop on back there if you want to join in our hop.  Otherwise, you should hopefully have arrived from the lovely Gretha's blog.

  Mo has a wealth of fairies in her digital store so we were spoilt for choice.  I've actually used a series of new images which haven't yet been released into the store and they are Fairy Snowmen - how  cute!!
The only one I've not used from the series is the one holding our snowy friend's head but couldn't quite fit that into my design!
I added the friend sentiment from LOTV into the middle of the biggest snowball - I like the idea that they are actually making the snowman/their new friend!

As you can see, I've gone to town again with my frantage - below is a little close up of this on the die-cut SNOW ( a die from PTI) and the icicle edging ( which is actually a 'goo' punch from Martha Stewart!).
A close up below of our gorgeous Fairy Snowman all finished below.

And a final pic of my finished card.
Your next stop on the hop is to our lovely Debby but the full order is below should you need it.

AlexandraAnneke, Kaly, Gretha, Julie, Debby, Alice,Vili.

As always, there are two $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop hidden along the way so don't forget to comment on each of my teamie's blogs as the lucky commentor could be you. 
Have fun hopping!!
Juliexx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My final card using that Marianne Flower Frame (for now!!)



I was going to make a few more of these cards with the Marianne Flower Frame die but I think this is my last for now!  This time I've teamed the frame up with  the Marianne Skates Die, ( I love the detail you get when you emboss the paper after cutting).  I've also used some Ivy from a birdhouse/ bird set and the small snowflake from the Chalet set - full catalogue details are below. 
The centrepiece of the ribbon is a from a vintage strip of Christmas ribbon and the gold leaves were cut down from a much bigger gold spray of leaves. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley and cut with a Spellbinder's Tag Die.
Marianne Dies Used:
 Flower Frame - LR0322
Skates - LR0247
Ivy/Birdhouse - LR0206
Snowflake (from Winter House set) - COL1327

I've been suffering the last few days with a heavy cold, wish it would just go away!  Still no news, either on our move - beginning to wonder if it will even be before Xmas at this rate!
Juliexxx