Friday, 16 June 2017


Hello, thank you for stopping by. Just sharing a couple of cards I made for one of Lesley's shows that was shown on Hochanda.

My first card is created with the Patchwork Butterfly set, using the resist technique. I stamped and then heat embossed all of the images with white embossing powder and then went over the top with Distress inks.

My second card is stamped with two sets, Butterfly Blush and Just Butterflies. The background is just a baby wipe dipped into Distress ink and then dabbed over the card. I then inked up the Just Butterflies with blue Versafine ink and then over stamped them with the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Blush set using Distress inks.

Many thanks for stopping by

Julie xx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Very Last Colour Challenge...

Hello, thanks for stopping by. Today marks the start of the 3rd week of the very final Colour Challenge over on Chocolate Baroque's Challenge Blog. You still have time to enter so why don't you hop across and have a go because as always there is a chance of a prize.

My canvas using the challenge colours, has been created with the Patchwork Butterfly set that was recently featured on Hochanda. You may have caught a glimpse of my canvas in the background if you watched the show.

To start with I painted the entire background with a green acrylic paint, then once dry I coated the surface with cheap PVA glue. Just as the glue is starting to dry paint on some white Gesso and leave to dry. The cracks will start to appear as the PVA and Gesso dry.
The large butterfly has been stamped onto acetate. I coloured the reverse side with alcohol markers, crystal lacquer and glitter.
The three smaller butterflies came from the butterfly stencil that Chocolate Baroque recently launched on Hochanda and I applied molding paste through the stencil that I had mixed with acrylic paint. Before it dried I sprinkled with Glamour Dust to add an extra sparkle.
The flourish has been stamped with various acrylic paints.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to give the very last challenge a go.

Julie xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Happy Birthday Katie

Hi there, thanks for popping in. Today is my daughter's 19th birthday so I decided to make a couple of things on my Scan n Cut especially for her big day.
I have to say I love my Scan N Cut and makes crafting sooo much easier.

I cut these fab shoes from Card Shapes vol 2  Tattered Lace USB and glued them onto a base that I also made on the SnC. I sponged silver paint over the shoes and covered the base in molding paste before painting with black gesso and dry brushing silver and gold acrylic paint over the top.

This rocker card is courtesy of Card Shapes vol 1 Tattered Lace USB and the bag, lipstick and nail varnish came from the Glitz and Glam USB.

Thanks for popping in and hope you all have a fab Bank Holiday weekend.

Julie xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Magical Landscapes

Hello again, two cards to show you that I created for Lesley's Fairy television show that was recently on Hochanda. Both cards have been created with the Magical Landscapes set.

If you want to find out how I created them then please pop over to the Design Team blog, where you will find all of the details.

Thanks for stopping by

Julie xx

Quick Cards

Hello! Thanks for popping in. I have a quick 15 minute card to show you today that I created with Chocolate Baroque's May Fairy stamp set. 

For this card I started by stamping the card base with the tall decorative flower. Stamp the design at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions first and then fill in between. It needs no measuring or stamp positioner. Next you need to take the little butterfly and stamp around the edges. Once the stamping is done, get a wet wipe and apply dabs of Cracked Pistachio  Distress ink to the background and then edge with Mustard Seed Distress ink. Finish off the design with a die cut circle, placed in the centre, that has been stamped with the little butterfly design.

If you need a quick card idea then there is plenty more inspiration over on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog today so be sure to take a look.

Thanks for taking a peek

Julie xx

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Birthday Shoes

Hello lovely peeps. The card I have today was made for a friend's birthday and didn't take too long to make at all.

The shoe is a Tattered Lace design and was cut on my Scan N Cut. The sentiment is also courtesy of my Scan N Cut and is one that is already in the machine's memory. The coloured scroll design is from Clarity and was inked with Distress Oxides and the corners were stamped with designs I have in my stash that I no longer have any idea where they came from so apologises.

I finished the card off with a few flat backed gems and that is pretty much it.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fab weekend

Julie xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

All Things Russian

Hi, thanks for popping in. Just playing catch up with my blog posts and thought I would share these two cards that were recently shown on Lesley's Hochanda Shows where she did some fab demos with the Babushka stamps and the Silhouette Palace stencils...did you get to see it? 


This first card is created with the 3 smallest Babuska dolls, coloured with Brush Markers and the background is coloured with Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress inks. I inked up the large Crackle Background stamp with grey Versafine and stamped all over the card to create an aged effect, before mounting onto black card and attaching to the card base.

This card is created with the Silhouette Palace mask and stencil. It was really easy to create. Start by placing the Palace mask onto water colour card. Mask off the bottom half of the card, add a moon with Distress ink and then mask that off before spritzing with your inks. Whatever colours you want but I have used red, orange, yellow and grey spray inks.Remove the mask and leave to dry. Next you will need to turn the mask around and place it underneath your design so that it is a reflection. Using Cut N Dry foam go around the stencil with Hickory Smoke Distress ink. Remove the mask and then add in water ripples with Hickory Smoke Distress ink and a white paint pen. Place the palace stencil over the main image and go in with Distress ink so that you can add shadow.

Thanks for popping by

Julie xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Challenge 34

Hi there, thanks for popping in. Today marks the start of a brand new colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque so why not have a look and give it a go. As always there is a prize up for grabs!

My Challenge entry has been stamped with the clear Thank You mandala stamp set and coloured with Polychromos pencils. I created the swirly background by spraying watercolour card with a little water and then grating Derwent Inktense blocks over the wet surface. Once the granules have started to dissolve into the cardstock, take a wet wipe and swirl the colour around. There will be a few grains of colour that have not dissolved and they will create the swirl effect.

Here is a reminder of the lovely new colours for this challenge...go on have a go!

Thanks for taking a peek

Julie xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Happy Easter

Hello crafty peeps, thanks for stopping by. Today I have two cards created with the brand new Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

Both of these cards are featured on the Design Team blog today so if you would like more details on how I made them, please pop over and have a look.

Happy Easter and thanks for poppin' by!
Julie xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Challenge 33

Hi, thanks for popping in. Today marks the start of the second week of Challenge 33 over on Chocolate Baroque's Challenge Blog, so you still have plenty of time to enter. As always there is a prize up for grabs so why not have a go.

Here is my card design for the current challenge. I have used stamps from Punky Hearts and Fluttering Hearts against a stencilled background which I coloured with Distress Inks. I added an extra layer to the butterfly to add some interest and finished off with dabs of Crystal Stickles and white paint pen highlights.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to pop over to the Challenge blog and have a go...

Julie xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Quick Cards

Hi! I have been a bit slow on the blog posting so apologies for not keeping up. As the title suggests I have a quick card that takes less than 15 minutes to create. If you like the idea of quick cards, but need some ideas then hop across to Chocolate Baroque's Design Team blog where you will find plenty of inspiration as there is a recent post dedicated to 15 minute cards. 

This cute bunny card is stamped using a silhouette stamp from Glorious Spring. I started by stamping the rabbit design with Onyx Black Versafine, then using torn paper as a guide, I created the hills with Distress ink. The sun ray is a brilliant stencil from Tim Holtz which I used with Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks and there you have one super quick card, which barely took 10 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by

Julie xx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Challenge 32

Hello there, today I have a tag which I made for the current colour challenge that is going on over at Chocolate Baroque's Challenge Blog.

I chose to use the Key To My Dreams for this tag design. I started by covering my grey board tag with white Gesso and once dry coloured the tag with green Gelato. The key has been stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder before being cut out and painted with green and copper mica powders. The sentiment and lock design have been stamped with Antique Bronze Distress Paint which  I also added around the outside edge of the tag.

I punched a hole in the top of the key, threaded through some ribbon and mounted onto the tag using foam pads. I finished off the tag by threading it with ribbon and cord.

There is still time to join in with this challenge and win a prize so why not give it a go?

Thanks for looking

Julie xx