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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mother's Day Cards with Stampin Up

I have some fabulous Stampin Up stash and don't use it enough, partly because I struggle to know how to use it!  So I've taken lots of inspiration of Pinterest and made these two Mother's Day cards using the Flower Patch stamp and die sets.  On the one above I used the gorgeous Anja's Edge die from Marianne Designs (LR0202 and in stock here in the UK at MaddyLisa Crafts).  I added some hessian, doilies and twine from stash and that was pretty much my card, and I have to say quite simple to make, apart from the cutting out of all the dies!!!  I've also used as much as possible, my Stampin Up inks.
The only change to this one is the Spellbinders border that I used for the curved edge.

I spent yesterday, out in our vegetable come flower come fruit garden and have managed to clear most of it as you can see below, just got to think about what to plant now!!

That's all for now, folks!  Nearly the weekend!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

March Mo Blog Hop - Hoppy Easter!!

Whoopee it's almost Easter - and it's also the the third Thursday of March, which means it's time for our monthly blog hop with Mo's Dream Team.  It's also my turn to host the hop and I've chosen a theme of Easter as we're so close to the chocolate festivities!  You're also right at the start of the hop but our full order is below just to help you along.

I've chosen the gorgeously cute Valerie Bunny for my card which handily comes with a ready-made sentiment for you!
I've used some lovely Magnolia Easter paper for my card but have then proceeded to cover most of it up!  And it has the cutest little Easter chicks on it too!
The butterfly border and fence were cut with Tim Holtz dies, the little duck and lamb are Die-Versions, while the little bow is a Memory Box die.  And the cute little rabbit is cut from a Pion 12x12  sheet.  The rest of my embellies are from stash. 
Right, it's time now for you to hop on over to the blog of my lovely teamie and friend, Debby Y who will have something eggstraordinary to show you!! ( Geddit?!)  And. as always, don't forget to leave comments on each of the Dream Team posts, as there are two vouchers to be won to spend in Mo's Digital Pencil, and one of them could be yours!
Happy Hoppy Hopping!!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Duck Face!!

Today's card is for our new challenge starting today at  a Passion for Promarkers with a great theme of Check it Out as chosen by our  lovely Eileen!  I've used this fab image Duck Face from Mo's Digital Pencil which you can find here. She also comes with a couple of great sentiments!!
My papers are a mix of We Are Memory Keepers and My Mind's Eye, Miss Caroline range - Fiddlesticks for the plaid.  The side leaf border with the embossed/die cut combo is from a great new set from Marianne Designs (Cat no: DF3414) and in stock here at Maddylisa Crafts.  The frame is by Sizzix.
Don't forget to  check out the beautiful cards of my fellow PFP teamies  here and then come and join in our challenge!!
Off food shopping now - boring!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Mo Manning's Reach Star Girl

It's been a cold and windy day here, and my Dad went home yesterday, so I've spent the afternoon making this card using Reach Star Girl from Mo's Digital Pencil. I also had a delivery of some new Marianne Dies out this month so I couldn't wait to have a play.  This new frame set called Petra's Birds (Catalogue no: LR0351) is just fab - it comes with a little bird flourish although I've used another Marianne die, Tiny's Love Birds (Catalogue no: LR0298) as I loved how the little heart fitted into her outreached hands.  The bird border at the top of the frame is actually from some muffin cases that I bought a while ago.  There's also a couple of PaperTrey Ink dies on here, including the side banner die which has teeny little hearts cut out from it (which I've proceeded to cover up!!) and the little arrows/sentiment combo.  The star flourishes at the bottom are cut with a Memory Box die,  and the teeny dazzlers are also from Marianne and in stock at Crafts U Love!  The other embellies are all from stash, oh and the papers are Melissa Francis (as is the tiny eschuteon actually!).

And just to finish off, a couple of pics that we took during our travels around the Lakes with my Pa over the last week.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lovely Lilacs and Lemons - Passion for Promarkers

I'm a bit late in posting today's card but I have my Dad visiting and we've been out and about showing him the wonderful Lakeland scenery.  We've had a lovely day, even though it's been bitterly cold!  Anyhoo, today's card is for our new challenge at Passion for Promarkers, with a colour theme of Lovely Lilac and Lemons  chosen by our Shelly who has popped in from her maternity leave to head up the challenge this week.  I've used this little cutey image from Marianne Designs Snoejies range - she's called Victorian Style (Cat no: 9470),
My papers are from My Mind's Eye, I've used some Stampin Up butterfly punches and the rest of my dies are from Marianne as below:
Creatables Labels - LR0241
Sentiment from Clear Stamp set CS0916
Lavender die - LR0157
Rectangle frame and flowers set - CR1202
Anja Edge die - LR0202
Confetti die from which I've used the 'confetti' for my butterflies and the waste for my top left hand corner! - LR0342. 
The little resin flowers were my final touch and from stash.

Our generous sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments designs and they are offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice from the online store.
That's all from me for now, but don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog to check out the fabulous makes of my teamies - and then do join in with us!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Floral Trellis box

 I made this floral trellis popping box using a stencil and die combo from Robert Adams - in stock here at Joanna Sheen.
Kept it reasonably simple as the papers are quite detailed - K&Co.  I made the big flower on the front using a Sizzix Lily die and the rolled flowers are made with Marianne Dies(Catalogue no: LR0162).
The butterflies and smaller blooms were punched using Martha Stewart punches and the sentiment is an old Hero Arts (I think). 
This was for my M-I-Ls birthday yesterday so hope she liked it!!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Super Duper Boy for our Super Duper Sam

I've headed south today to go to the "Christmas" Birthday party of my great-nephew Sam!  Yep, he asked for a Christmas-themed party,  so that's what he's getting apparently!    Thought this image from Mo Manning, Super Duper Boy, (girl versions are available!) would be perfect and I've used some Christmassy colours to get on board with the theme!
I picked the papers up in California cheap as chips, The lettering is from Cosmo Cricket, whilst the Star ribbon border is from Marianne Designs (Catalogue No: LR0134 and in stock here at MaddyLisa Crafts!).  The stars were a freebie set from a magazine and the rocket ship is an old Provocraft die.
Looking forward to seeing my girly, Holly, lots of family and friends over the next few days along with a spot of craft therapy with best matey and landlady for my trip down south, Lesley!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

February Mo Blog Hop and it's Spring (well nearly!)

Yep, it's the second month of the year already and the third Thursday of the second month, so it's time for us to hop over on Mo's Dream Team with a fab theme of Spring chosen by our wonderful Gretha - so that is also your starting blog for the hop and hopefully where you've hopped on over from  to me!!
I've gone with a springlike scene and used these gorgeous papers from My Mind's Eye  that definitely have a feel of spring about them.  And of  course, I've used this gorgeous new image from Mo called Lulu which you can find in Mo's store by clicking on the link.
I've also used a ton of Marianne Dies as below:
Trellis Panel Die - CR1263
Circle Stitch Edging die - CR1248
Border Stitch Edging die- CR1250
Ivy, Bird and Birdhouse set - LR0206
Flourishes from Swirls and Frame set - LR0116
My little fence die is from Tim Holtz and the sentiment is Lili of the Valley. 
So now it's time for you to hop on over to the blog of my fabby friend, Debby, where she will have a fabby make to show you.  Oh and don't forget to leave a comment as you visit each of the team's blogs as there could be a hidden $5 voucher to spend in Mo's online store and it could be yours!

Happy Hopping!!
Hugs, Juliexxx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Perfect Pearls at Passion for Promarkers

Thought I'd brighten up the cold winter days with thoughts of summer and holidays!!  This is for our new challenge at Passion for Promarkers starting today - with a great theme of Pearls chosen by our fabulous Nic.  
I've used this wonderful image, Little Umbrella, from Mo's Digital Pencil, for my card - wish I looked like that on the beach!!   The papers are Marianne Designs Pretty Paper Blocs - Garden Party and I 've edged it with a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set. 
There are also some Marianne Dies in there - the Butterfly (cat no: LR0153), Anja Vintage Edger (cat no: LR0269) and Anja Vintage Swirls (cat no: LR0271) and I think most of these items are in stock at Maddylisa Crafts.  The birthday sentiment lettering is cut with PTI dies and the rest - flowers and pearls- are from my stash.

You can check out the rest of my teamie's PFP makes here and then you can get crafting and join in the challenge with us. You could be the lucky winner of a £10 voucher to spend at the DigiStamp Boutique.

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Divine Maybelle from Mo's Digital Pencil

This is the divine Maybelle from Mo's Digital Pencil - aint she a cutie!!  Still trying to get my mojo back and into colouring again, it's amazing how rusty you get even after just a few weeks.
And I now have no excuse not to do my Clothing Class from Kit and Clowder.  Maybe after this week!!  
I started off by following the sketch over on Sketch Saturday but ran out of room for the last bit so veered right off  course!  My papers are from Maya Road, the sentiment is  LOTV and the flowers are from stash - I did find a long-lost pair of glasses in with my purple flower storage so that's a positive!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you likey!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Thank you with new Marianne products!

I'm still struggling to find time to play as we're still sifting through boxes and moving furniture around but couldn't wait to play with some new Marianne goodies that arrived this week!    I had to make a thank you card and so they seemed perfect for the job.  My absolute favourite is the large edge flourish which I think looks a little like stylised cloud - it's part of the Anja range and called Anja Flourish (catalogue no: LR0344).  The sentiment die is part of the Anja Labels set(LR0241), and while not new in itself, now has a set of clear stamp sentiments to fit (CCS0916).   
The house border is a Memory Box and the ribbon etc from stash.  As I said a very quick card, and I've got to now start helping hubby move boxes up into the newly boarded loft!  Enjoy your Sunday - hope you have a nicer day than me planned!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

And I'm back although my mojo doesn't seem to be!

Yes, here I am, having moved from London to the Lake District at the beginning of January.  I was so happy to get my craft room all set up last week and was raring to go and really enjoyed making this new baby card for my niece who gave birth to little Joshua a couple of weeks ago but since then - nothing!!  Maybe because I have so much else to do and think about at the minute.  
Anyhoo, today's card is for our new challenge at Passion For Promarkers which starts today which is One for the Boys as chosen by our lovely Marie.  Lucky my niece had a boy then - congratulations Harrisons!!
My image is a new one from Mo's Digital Pencil called Laundry Day which you can find here as well as lots of other gorgeous new digital images to tempt you!  I feel my colouring has got a bit rusty too so really must try and get some more practise in.  I've used lots of lovely Marianne Dies including the letters from a new Alphabet  Banner set (LR0340), the Baby word and Safety Pins (LR0217) and the fabulous Anja Squares (LR0242) of which I've used the two outer dies.
The star dies were from a magazine freebie and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado, oh and my papers are First Edition It's a Boy!
I must remember to post up some pictures of our new home and our little business attached to it - we have a holiday cottage to let but for now a couple of pictures of the view from our garden with the recent snow, and a lovely winter walk the other day.

We have two sponsors for this week's challenge - Letraset and Polkadoodles:

The prize from Letraset is a 12 pen Manga set

and Polkadoodles are giving two digi images to a lucky entrant!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's fab makes here and then don't forget to come and join in our challenge this week.  I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging even if not making stuff!
Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Card for my daughter's birthday - just before she goes off travelling!!

Hi everyone - still not got any time to make cards (or find stuff even if I did have time!)  Our move went really well and we feel very happy and content in our new home here in The Lake District.  It was our Emily's 20th birthday last Saturday, just before she set off on her latest travelling expedition and this is the card I quickly made before my desk was packed!  The image is by Stamping Bella- love it because it's very Hepburn-esque, and rather suitable for a traveller!!  My loveliest friend, Lesley (from Grenouille Greetings) gave me the die-set (amongst loads of other crafting delights) for Christmas and it was so easy to use.  The papers are by Marianne Designs from their latest 2015 release - Pretty Paper Blocs - Old Press(PK9120) and Baroque(PK9119).  The flourish is also by Marianne Designs - Tiny's Flower 2 (LR0249) and currently in stock here at Maddylisa Crafts.
The rolled flowers are by Kort and Godt and the pearls etc from my stash!
Emily got off from her travels ok and we even managed to skype her during her stopover at Singapore airport- technology eh!
Just looked out the window and it's snowing here and already settling -eek!!  Stay warm everyone!