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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!!

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!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

More Christmas cards

I've been using my Marianne dies again, including the Flower Frame which I think will be a firm favourite.  I've also used the smaller frame that comes with it for my sentiment.  I used the same vintage lady images and this time picked out the red in the images with this fabulous flocked paper from Stampin Up.
I've used another style of Poinsettia Die this time and also these lovely  Holly leaf flourishes.  Full catalogue details can be found below.
And then just a picture of the three cards together!
 Marianne Dies Used:
Flower Frame - LR0322
Poinsettia 1 - LR0121
Holly Branches -LR0244

You may be able to purchase the dies I've used via the following online stores here in the UK:

Hugs, Juliexx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Marianne Designs - the Best News!!

I had an amazing surprise email the other day asking if I'd like to join the Marianne Designs Design Team!  Of course, I said yes in a heart beat, and this is my first official card, using lots of my Marianne dies!  (The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I have started giving the catalogue numbers of the Marianne dies I have been using recently!)

Who knew that when I bought this Flower Mirror  die a couple of months ago, I would  be using it for the first time as a design team member for this awesome company!  The die also comes with a really cute smaller oval frame.
This poinsettia die has been in my stash for quite a bit longer than the frame but still a favourite, especially for this time of year.  You may also be able to see that I have used  Marianne Mistletoe Twigs and Mistletoe Berries dies. 
 My final Marianne die is a the little Christmas tree on the bottom right, one of my first ever Marianne purchases!  You can find full details of all the dies I've used below.
Flower Frame - LR 0322 - bought from Crafts U Love (they stock a huge range of Marianne goodies!)
Mistletoe Twigs - LR0245
Mistletoe Berries - LR0189
Poinsettia - LR0122
Tree - LR0136

Hugs from Happy Ol' Me!!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Passion for Promarkers - my choice of theme - Use Lace

Hello bloggers - we have a  new challenge starting today over at a Passion for Promarkers and this week it's my turn to choose the theme!  And I think I've been very kind and chosen a nice easy theme of Lace. 
I've chosen a new image from the wonderful Mo Manning - called Pignon, and I've Christmassified it!(New word of the day!!) The sketch is from Mojo Monday and my papers are a My Mind's Eye pad from last year. 
 I've added some chunky white Frantage to the toadstool caps and  my sentiment is from Magnolia. My lace is some I had before I ever started making cards which was about 8 years ago now, so it's been knocking around a lot longer than that!  The outer corner dies on my card are from Marianne (LR0143) although I've hidden them a bit with the red snowflakes! And the large felt/wood toadstool is from my stash and I don't where it came from but I love it anyway!
We're being sponsored by Letraset for this challenge with a yummy pack of Flexmarkers up for grabs!!

My PFP teamies have made some awesome cards using Lace so check them out here!
I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Mojo Monday - Sketch


Monday, 10 November 2014

Sketch N Stash new challenge

Hey folks!  It's time for a new challenge over at Sketch n Stash today using the fab sketch below.
I've gone to the fab Mo's Digital Pencil for my image - Winter Fairy Manty (click on the name to take you to the image in Mo's store).  I've coloured him with my Promarkers and then turned to my dies for embellies!
This little sentiment is from Cosmo Cricket and the twig and pine cone die set is from Marianne (catalogue number L0286).  The leaves are cut with a Tim Holtz die and the rest is from stash.  Ooh and my papers are mostly My Mind's Eye.

We have two fab sponsors for this challenge as below:

Sponsor - Crafty Individuals

Sponsor - Sparkle N Sprinkle

Prize - 4 Images
Now all we need is all you lovely crafters out there to come and join in our challenge - check out the fab makes of my SNS teamies here for more inspiration!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Twinkly Christmas

Sharing some more quick Christmas cards - I was just about to say not a die in sight and then realised that the sentiment is cut with a Sizzix banner die!  That's the only one though!  The stamp is one I've had a while and it's from Penny Black.  I've embossed it with Aged Copper Frantage and what I like about it is the verdigris  tones you get with it - you might be able to see this more clearly in the pic below.
I used some corragated card on some and glittery ribbon on others  - another few to add to my stock!

Oh and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley - love it!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Season's Greetings!

Couldn't resist this little lovely from Mo's Digital Pencil - such a great image!  She's called Season's Greetings (and comes with the sentiment!) and I love the sense of her holding on for dear life before being blown away in a snow blizzard!
I've teamed her up with some new Joy Craft papers - Winter Wonderland - from Noor Designs UK.  I also got the Winter word die from here -  this is going to be a new favourite - love the font and style!
I've also used a Memory Box snowflake wreath, Tim Holtz On The Edge snowflakes and some Impression Obsession trees.  The rest of my goodies are from stash, including lots of Aged Aqua and Chunky White Frantage! 
I'm taking a break from packing tomorrow to visit best matey, Lesley, and to see all her wonderful US purchases!!  Then catching up in the evening with my M&S mateys!  

Friday, 31 October 2014

Snowflake cards

Just nipping on to share a quick Christmas card that I made 10 of over the last couple of days!  The large snow flake type decorative die is by Joy Craft and was purchased from the lovely Tracy Payne and her new venture bringing us in the UK all the lovely Noor design craft items.  So pleased with it and with the fabulous service from Tracy :).  You can find her new shop here - Noor Designs UK.

The other snowflake die is from Crafts Too and the little birds are Impression Obsession, with the sentiment which I've embossed coming from PaperTrey Ink.
We've spent the last week packing up the house as we inch ever closer to our move-having a garage sale tomorrow to try and offload some of our accumulated-over-the-last-25 years stuff!  Not even attempted my craft room yet - think I'm going to leave it as late as possible as I can't bear the thought of not being able to nip up and do a bit of colouring or finish off my Christmas cards - I'm about half way!!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Add some Sparkle

This is the companion card to the one I showed you yesterday- today's is for our  new challenge at A Passion for Promarkers where our theme is add some Sparkle!  I'll try and show you my sparkle in my pics a bit later down but it is quite subtle! 
The image of course is Lili of the Valley, another of their new Christmas releases this year.  
I've coloured him with my Pro and Flexmarkers and then added loads of Shabby and Chunky White Frantage for the snow effect and the sparkle!
I spent ages outside our local B&Q picking up the teeny pine cones earlier this year - I did get some very strange looks, but they had an abundance of trees that shed them!! The little red berries are actually quite sparkly and were bought from the fabulous Wild Orchard Crafts - by the way, they arrived  in two days and I bought them with the refund I eventually got from Oyster Stamps after waiting over 2 months/with 4/5 calls to the shop for some final bits in a biggish order to be fulfilled - their loss!! ( I only got the refund sharpish after commenting on their facebook page!)
The little lantern is a Memory Box die and I think you can just make out the sparkle here from the Frantage.  My papers are from this year's christmas release from Craftwork Cards and the sentiment is also Lili of the Valley.

Our generous sponsor this week Polkadoodles and the lucky winner will receive 1 gorgeous digi called ‘Miss Charlotte’.
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My teamies have made some awesome cards to inspire you this week, so do check them out here and then come and play along with us!!
I'm also entering my card into the current Lili of the Valley challenge which is Anything Goes!

Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sketch N Stash using Lili of the Valley

Monday already again?  At least I don't have that Monday morning feeling anymore!  Hope your day goes quickly for anyone who is at work!  :)
Today, there is a new challenge starting over at Sketch N Stash and this is our sketch below:
I've used one of this year's Christmas release stamps from Lili of the Valley (I love them and have another to share with you tomorrow).  I've coloured him with my Promarkers and then added a load of Chunky White Frantage for my snow!
My papers are from My Mind's Eye which have been in my stash for a couple of years now and they never seem to go down! The felt snowflakes are from stash and the white glittery leaves are my newest item - a Christmas garland that I cut down just to have the leaves as embellies! The sentiment is from a Personal Impressions set.
The details of our fab sponsors and the prize for the fortnight's challenge are below:
sponsor - Stitchy Bears
Prize $10

Do pop on over and play along with us this fortnight - we'd love to see you there!  And if you'd like some inspiration, hop on over here to see the rest of the DT's wonderful makes.
I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Challenge - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes - Must be Christmas
Allsorts Challenge - Christmas

Hugs, Juliexxx