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Thursday, 21 July 2016

It's all about Fun in The Sun for our Mo Dream Team Blog hop this month!



We have the perfect theme for this month's hop with Mo's Dream Team - Fun in The Sun - we finally had our day of summer yesterday, here in the Lakes - boy was it hot.The theme has been set by our fabulous Kaly and that is also where you should start the hop.  Otherwise, hopefully you have arrived here from Gretha's blog who I just know had something wonderful to share with you.


I've used Shucks for my card, one of my most favourite Mo images, and I do love picking all the veg and fruit as it grows in the garden, so perfect for Fun in The Sun!! It also comes in a boy version here.

I've used two gorgeous pressies from best matey Lesley - the Wonky Stitched Squares Dies and the My Mind's Eye papers - The Sweetest Thing, Tangerine. I've also used some rolled flower dies from Marianne Designs - LR0256 and LR0162

It's time now to send you onto the blog of another awesome Mo  teamie, Gaynor, Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the posts that you visit as you could win a rather lovely $5 voucher to spend in  Mo's Digital Pencil.  AND, your voucher will go rather further at the minute until the end of July as Mo has a 20% off Sale on so don't miss out on that!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Summer Days at Passion for Promarkers


Yayyy, it's my turn to choose the weekly theme at Passion for Promarkers and I've chosen Summer Days.  As well as the images from Mo's Digital Pencil (which I'll link to shortly) I just couldn't wait to use this brand spanking new die set from Marianne.  It makes this box die card and comes with loads of embellishing dies for the branches such as cherries ,apples and chinese lanterns. Such fun to use too - it's part of their July release - CR1374. 
The image that I used for the farm building comes from Mo's Digital Pencil and is from the Farm Background stamp.  I think it just added a bit of depth to the little scene,
!

The main image on the front of the box is called Wheelbarrow - I love this image and seems to be me at the moment harvesting fruit, lettuce, rocket and kale.  I've had a bumper crop of raspberries so far this year and have already used 2kg of them to make a batch of jam and I picked another load yesterday
The strawberries aren't as good as last year's crop, I think it's been too wet for them but still plenty for eating!

The lamb is also from Marianne Designs - he looks just like the one who found his way into my herb garden on Sunday morning - he loved my mint plants!  Luckily the farmer came and rescued him as he was nearly Sunday lunch!!

Here's a full list of the Marianne Dies I used:

Box Die Set - CR1374
Lamb - LR0358
Grasses - CR1355
Tiny's Tree - Oak tree die set - CR1338

The box die set was so straightforward to use that I can see me using it the whole time!
My lovely teamies over at PFP have done me proud with their makes for this week's challenge so do check them out here. Then please come along and join in our challenge - we're being sponsored by  Digistamp Boutique this week, and there's a fab £10 voucher up for grabs!
That's all for now folks, happy Tuesday!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Mo Image - Suso


I finally managed to put the finishing touches to this card tonight!  I don't know what is wrong with me, I seem to have completely lost my crafting oomph.  NOT my shopping/accumulating of stash, you understand, just using it!!   I must say I couldn't wait to colour up this gorgeous new image from Mo's Digital Pencil - Suso is her name, and here is where you can find her in Mo's store. Mo is also bringing our new images thick and fast at the minute - so original and so must have!!

Anyway I coloured her with my Promarkers, and matched her up with some Marianne papers and of course some Marianne Dies below:

Stitched border - CR1361
Fern - LR0403
Lavender - LR0157
The little heart and round green accent thingies are also Marianne!

The sentiment is from Fiskars ( I think but I've lost the packaging!) 

Thanks for stopping by- I'm going to try and muster some mojo from somewhere by checking out a few blogs!!  
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Elephant




I forgot I hadn't posted this and an elephant never forgets!!  My daughter loves  Elephants so this was her birthday card back in May.  The image was a freebie with a magazine and I tried to conjure up and indian vibe to match the elephant's costune.
The papers are My  Mind's Eye and  I've used the following Marianne items:

Frame/Flourish- LR0236 - Large Ovals by Anja
Rolled Flowers - LR0256


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Father's Day Card with Marianne goodies!



This was my card for my Dad for Father's Day here in the UK last month, and look no coloured image!   I just had to use these brilliant new goodies from Marianne, I love the dunes and sand stamp they've just released.  My Dad can often be found down the Norfolk coast bird watching so  rather apt, although I don't think he's interested in your bog standard seagulls!  Any hoo, the full list of Marianne products that I used are below, and take a peek in the Crafts U Love store if you want anything - I find the usually have a good stock of Marianne loveliness!
Must just point out one thing - the eye on the seagull perched on the post was a mark on the paper but matched the eye placement perfectly!

Rope - LR0418
Grass - CR1335
Beach Chair - LR0424
Beach House - LR0422
Seagulls/Posts - CR1279
Grass Stamp - TC0840
Dunes Stamp - CS0969
Stitched Circle Die - CR1360

That's all for now folks!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Passion for Promarkers - In or Beside the Sea



I didn't think I would have time to make today's card for our new challenge at Passion for Promarkers.  We've been busy with visitors and gardening for an Open Garden event in our village- I think I've got tennis elbow as a result!  However, I was pleased to be able to find a couple of hours peace and made this little cutie into a card.  
Our theme this week, has been chosen by our lovely Eileen which is In or Besides the Sea, and of course, Mo's Beach Baby is just perfect for the theme.
I've used a Marianne Frame to showcase her and a couple of new Beach themed dies, details below:

Tiny's Beach House Die - LR0422
Bear Chair die - LR0424
Anja's Oval Frames - LR0376

My papers are mostly from Lili of the Valley - Beach Belle pad, and flowers, ribbon and scrim are from stash.
Do go and take a peek at the fabulous makes of my PFP teamies here - they are gorgeous!

And, then come and play along!  We are being sponsored by Sassy Studio designs who are offering an amazing prize of a $20 voucher to spend in their store.
Sassy Studio Designs

Happy Crafting folks!

Juliexx

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Monthly blog Hop at Mo's!


It's terrible to think that it's time for our monthly hop with Mo's Dream Team - just where did that last month go!!  Maybe I've spent it with our little Violet, she really is a proper time waster, just love to chat and coo over her!! Just as well our them for this month's hop is babies, as chosen by our lovely Anneke and that is where you should also have started. Otherwise, I hope you hopped over to me from Gretha's blog!
I've chosen to use the delightful Morgan dressed up in her bear suit - just one of many uber-cute baby images from Mo!
I've coloured her with my Promarkers, and matched my colours to these fabulous First Edition, It's a Girl papers. 
Now it's time to send you on to the next blog in the hop, the fabulous Gaynor, who will have something fab to share with you!! Oh and while you're hopping, make sure you share some love and leave a comment on each post, as you could be rewarded with a $5 voucher to spend in Mo's online store!
Happy Hopping Folks!!
Juliexx

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

PFP Food or Drink



We have a great theme for our new challenge starting today over at Passion for Promarkers - Food and Drink, chosen by our lovely teamie, Ali - what's not to love?!!

I've used this gorgeous image from Mo's Digital Pencil, Blueberry girl -except, she's been picking redcurrants from my garden!! My colour scheme was taken from the papers I chose (from the Pound Shop - and they're really good quality!) and then I saw my colours are almost identical to Mo's sample in her store!  I often think these things are subliminal as it's an image I've had a while so didn't see the colours recently in Mo's store!
I've also used the following dies from Marianne Designs:

Grass Border - LR0360
Square curve border frame - LR0414
Ducks and Chicks - LR0410

Now don't forget to get some inspiration from the awesome makes of my teamies here. Then, come and join in our challenge - you could be the winner of this fab prize from our sponsor,  DigiStamp Boutique, who are offering one lucky winner a prize of £10 to spend in their online store.

DigiStamp Boutique logo

Hugs, and thanks for popping in!
Juliexx

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Mo Baby Fairy

Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments about my new crafting space, I wish you could all come and play along - there is plenty of room!  This card is my first one made in there, using another  one of Mo's gorgeous 6 Baby Fairies, girls. I love, love, love this new frame and flower set from Marianne Designs - Catalogue Number LR0245 - Anja's Labels Die Set - and in stock here at 
Crafts U Love in the UK.
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Just a little close up of this little cutie!
My papers are also Marianne from their Pretty Paper Bloc, series - called Baroque.  Maddy Lisa Crafts in the UK has it in stock here.

That's all for now folks, we have family visiting at the minute and the weather has continued to be glorious, so we're out and about a lot with not much time for the cyber world but do hope to catch up soon!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 6 June 2016

Ta-da!!!! My new craft room

I'd better warn you now this is a really long post with lots of pictures, but I cannot tell you how happy I am with my lovely new crafting space!  A place for everything and everything in it's place.  This is as you come in from our boot room, with my main work desk just at the forefront of the picture.
This view is from the opposite corner and is of the main shelving unit that was already in the room when it was used previously as a store/work/shed room!  I was waiting for the floral cubes which arrived today and they fit the shelves perfectly! 
This is a close up of my fabric and felting storage. together with some vintage sewing bits and pieces and a couple of vintage dollies, including the baby which was a birthday present from my MIL - it's a Rosebud and I have a collection of these so I was very happy to receive this little cutie. 
We inherited the piano when we moved here, also from my MIL, and hubby bought me a Piano book for beginners for my birthday, so intend to have a go, once it's been retuned!  Maybe something for winter months.

 This is my usual working desk next to the door to the garden - the bottom panel of wood in the door is being replaced by glass to let more light in (and to keep the local cats out!). 
This unit houses mainly all my embellishments - flowers, charms, pearls, buttons, lace, ribbon etc.  I may prettify the folders along the bottom which hold mainly my cling stamps - I shall enjoy looking for new pretty storage boxes/folders. 
Moving on to the corner next to my embellishment unit is the corner with all my 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 design papers. Behind the ribbon storage,(which I also want to change) are all my Stampin up Stamp Sets and the small wooden chest to the left holds mostly wooden backed stamps.  Also lots of paper and card storage here.  Oh and the metal card drawers hold all my  dies - and they're all now in alphabetical order!!   
The top glass cabinet was being got rid of by my SIL, so I nabbed it as I thought it would look fab on top of this old plan chest which belonged to my late FIL.
The cabinet houses my vintage card collection for now, a couple more dolls and some old ink bottles.  The flowers here were from my son for my birthday, and can you spot a wedding pic of me and hubby 32 years ago!!
The first three drawers of the plan chest hold all my punches - I pinched this idea from best matey, Lesley, who has her punches in large drawers like this (although purpose built for the task).  The ones above are mostly my Stamping Up and shape punches - it's so nice to be able to see them all easily.
My Martha Stewart punches
Finally, all the others, and my punch boards which I hope to make more use of now that I can put my hands on them so readily.
This next corner, has been designated messy/ mixed media corner!  The cabinet behind houses all my inks and paints and general stuff to help alter other stuff!  A few years ago, hubby bought me a melt pot which I can now use without having to clear the decks on my desk.   
The Thornton pic is an old advertising board that one of my daughters obtained which is rather in keeping with my love of  chocolate! This is really to show you my new Big Shot Plus machine which hubby got for my birthday - the little Revolution  machine was my first die cutting machine and it's rather handy now to keep out for those small, fiddly dies.  I am also thinking about giving craft lessons or craft parties for children so the table will be perfect for that (I already tried it out with Nick's cousin's girls who were here last week and they loved it!  They made two fab cards, I was very impressed!
Finally, my little relaxing area where I may just sit and read or look out on the garden.
This unit contains all my 12 x 12 papers, and I recently bought the card display stand for when I start doing craft fairs!!!!! 
You may be able to spot a new card which I will be uploading to my blog in the next couple of days. 
 And to finish off a close up off my seating corner - I love this chair!!

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour of my new space, I've just got to start using it now - however, we have my Aunt and Uncle and my Dad arriving to stay for a few days tomorrow, so I may have to wait a little while yet!!
Let me know if you want to come and play - Crafty retreats can be arranged - our holiday let is directly above!!
Hugs, Juliexx