Wednesday, 30 April 2014


Evening everyone!
Well it is that time of the week again for What's On Your Work desk Wednesday.
This week I thought I would share with you all a custom wedding card I have been making, in teals & creams.

I am surprised that my desk is still tidy! I have been a good girl and put things away.

Hope you enjoy looking at my desk this week.

Happy crafting

Julie x

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Last DT project using Adele's Easter image - not quite Easter!

This week Julie from JB Craft Supplies asked us to combine the image from Adele at Jiggery Makery (take a peek at her Facebook page here) with the stamps from last months makes.
I was already to print out my image when I discovered I had no ink! Thought I had a spare but obviously the one in the printer was my spare - oops!
Thinking cap on - I stamped out the images from the Stampendous Steampunk shoes, took a photo of them & imported the images into Craft Artist. I liked how the stamped images turned out.
Imported the Easter image into paint, removed the basket and coloured. Then imported this into Craft Artist.
I then started to play about with the images, arranging them on the layout. When I had the look I wanted I put a small  border around the whole image. Think this would make a good poster.
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by,

Vintage Buses

Vintage buses card was made for a customer.
If you would like one making then please get in touch.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Hello (again) sailor! (Dt post)

Hi Again! Sam here, late as usual. Unfortunately for me my crafty mojo did a runner this week and almost considered throwing in the towel! Luckily a few friends talked me out of that crazy idea and I managed to pull this nautical card out of the hat!
For this card I went back to Jiggery Makery's Sailor girl digi. This time I cropped her in a circle shape and framed her with a makeshift port hole! To make the porthole frame I used my aged silver frantage embossing powder and then punched holes around the frame using my crop o dile. I rummaged through my box of trinkets and found a small frame and some cute little screw eyelets which I placed randomly around the frame. I backed my small frame with white card and wrote on it and used tiny brads for each corner. This I glued to the porthole.
I coloured the sailor with my distress pens, a water brush and some homemade pearl water to give it a bit of shimmer and distressed the edges using my blending tool and weathered wood distress ink pad. I glued her directly to the card which I had stamped with chipped sapphire distress ink and a flourish stamp and then attached the porthole frame using foam adhesive.
To make the flag, I printed out the provided sentiment and got creative with my drawing! I drew a flag around the natural wave of the sentiment which I then cut and traced around 2 more printed versions of this. I then did a lot of paper piecing and distressing around the edges and gluing with foam adhesive to give it some dimension.
I hope you enjoyed the finished result! Please feel free to ask any questions as Im sure this late in the game I have probably forgotten some steps here and there! See you all next week!
Happy Crafting!

Commisioned Cards

Happy Crafting

Julie x

Friday, 25 April 2014

New Classes & Workshop List for May

New Classes & Workshop List for May

Saturday 3rd May Applique Tea pot cushion £20 1pm till 3.30pm

Friday 9th May Fabric card class £8 (weekly) 2pm till 4pm

Saturday 10th May Owl Canvas ( hand sewing) 1.30pm till 4pm £26

Friday 16th May Learn to sew on a sewing machine £12 (weekly) 4.30pm till 6.30pm

Saturday 17th May Felt bird ornament (hand sewing) £10 1.30pm till 4pm

Saturday 24th May Pretty patchwork cushion £20 1.30pm till 4pm

Saturday 31st May Quilted Bauble £12 1.30pm till 3.30pm

Payment is required at the time of booking please.

Call into the shop or phone me on 07922049825 ( payment can be made over the phone)

Hope you will join me for some of these classes 

thank you

Julie x

Spiderman Birthday Card

Spiderman birthday card. If you would like one making they are £3.25. 

Thank you
Julie x
Handmade bracelet.


                                                                                Happy Crafting


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 255

What's on your desk Wednesday?

Well as you can see my desk is clean but for anyone who knows me will know I am usually a very messy crafter. I thought I had better tidy my desk up as I had no room to craft. I am so glad I did !

Happy Crafting

Julie x

Tim Holtz Cushion

We had a workshop at the shop where we made this beautiful cushion using
some of the new Tim Holtz fabric which we now have in stock.


Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cards From Some Of My Classes

All the cards shown have been made at one of my classes.


Happy Crafting
Julie x

Fabric Bunny

Fabric bunny made at one of our workshops.
Ideal for a pin cushion.

Happy crafting 


Decopatch Bunny

Decopatch Bunny made for a work shop.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

3rd DT post using Adele's Easter image

I know this is not an image for a childs Easter basket but I know some men who are partial to a bit of choccie & would love to receive these baskets!
I found the basket template on Craft Artist, picked a backing paper and placed this in the template.
The Easter bunny image & sentiment from Adele were coloured using my laptops's paint programme, then was imported into Craft Artist. I resized the image & sentiment to fit onto the template, used the sticker option to give them a white border.  Placed a shadow onto them to make them seem to be standing off the paper.
Printed the sheet off & assembled the basket, using some garden twine for the handle. Popped a few choccie treats into the bag - now I wonder who will like this treat?
Hope everyone has a lovely Easter break and doesn't overdo the choccie too much!
Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Kraft colouring for Easter!

Good morning all!
I am running around as usual this morning as it is now day 8 of school holidays (not including weekends). Is it only me or do children act out more when they do something special? I have taken my kids out to the park to let off some pent up energy but they have only come back even more rambunctious than usual! I guess its the nature of holidays for the kids to be excited right?
We are back to our easter digi, and doing what I love best, watercolouring! The difference is that this time I decided I wanted to go for a darker, more vintage look so I pulled out my kraft cardstock and printed her on there. I used my distress inks in various mixes of water to achieve shading and then for the white I pulled out my picket fence distress stain. I had to make several passes on the white areas as it soaked in quite quickly but it wasn't so bad as the tail and ears would be 'fluffy' so the differences in the white helped me here. White it wasn't as easy for the stockings, I did manage to paint in a vertical motion so that when it dried it would give more of the illusion of see-through stockings. The distress colours I used for the rest of the image were tattered rose, walnut stain, gathered twigs, weathered wood, peacock feathers, shaded lilac and worn lipstick.
After I had finished colouring her in, I fussy cut her out leaving a small border around the edge. Originally I was going to place her on a kraft card but she just disappeared into the background. So I dry embossed the card, and then ran my picket fence distress stain over the raised areas. Once this had dried a little I also used walnut stain and my blending tool over the surface and the edges and adhered this to a 5 x 7" white card. I had a die cut piece (I believe it is called top note) which I glued to the kraft and then used foam adhesive to place my easter girl onto that. I tried writing out happy easter but in the end messed up so I cut a banner from walnut stain cardstock and a piece of kraft and used that to cover my mistake. I then very carefully rewrote Happy Easter on the banner in white.
I believe this will be my last post to you before easter so I wish you all a wonderful day! I hope the easter bunny brings you lots of goodies! Now Im off to do some egg painting myself!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

2nd DT post using Easter images by Adele Bradshaw

I decided to make bunting this time - would look good if you're having an adult Easter get - together
I imported the black & white image & sentiment into paint to colour.
I imported the coloured image & sentiment into Craft Artist where I found a template for bunting.
Picked out a background colour - thought yellow looked spring - like, resized the image to fit onto the bunting & resized the sentiment to fit below the image.
I thought that having the sentiment larger on the bunting would look better, so I went back to the paint programme to colour it yellow.
Picked out a green background colour, resized the yellow sentiment onto it.
Printed the sheets & cut out.
Matted the printed bunting onto some coloured card & threaded with garden string for a rustic look.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

There is always time for a card!

I apologise for my extreme lateness in todays post! I have been running around like mad trying to get myself and my entire family ready for a friend of mines wedding on Saturday! As a friend, I definitely don't want her to be stressing out on her wedding day and have taken on a lot to help her out. I created her wedding invitations (150 of them!) am doing her makeup on the day as well as her mother and bridesmaids, my eldest is a bridesmaid so have to make sure she will be perfect! And I am also creating a super large canvas tree for her guests to leave their fingerprint leaves on as a guest book. (little sneak peak for you below!)
Besides all of that I have altered my £8 dress that I found in a charity shop to wear and have to get my 2 little munchkins ready on the day because its not wise to leave that to my husband!

So as you can see, I have definitely been running around like a chicken with my head cut off!

On to the show! As you know from previous posts, I am lacking in the colouring supplies area. However I do have photoshop at my disposal and can get quite creative with the colouring on there! You can achieve similar effects with different programs but this is the one I have and am familiar with.

Basically what I did was I selected different sections of the drawing and coloured each one a different colour. To some I added some gradients, some I added some embossing or shadow effects and a few I went a bit further to add texture. I gave a satiny look to her hair and applied some patterns to the easter eggs. Once I was finished I created my background with a gradient effect and added a light source to the bottom right corner. When I was colouring in my girl I tried to keep the direction the light was coming from in mind so that my shadows and highlights were all facing the right direction. This applies to all forms of colouring so store it in your mental library!

I used the Happy Easter sentiment that was also provided to me and applied an overlay effect to that. This made it so that it wasn't too harsh but was still visible and left the focus on my 'bunny'.

To finish it off, I printed out the entire image, cut it out and stuck it on my 5x7" card. Voila! Quick and easy way to get a card out using mainly the computer and your printer!

Thanks again to Adele Bradwell with Jiggery Makery for the image! See you all next week!


Sunday, 6 April 2014

1st DT post using Easter images from Adele Bradshaw

The pin-up image & sentiment were supplied by Adele Bradshaw of Jiggery Makery.
I imported the black & white image & sentiment files into paint to colour them.
I then opened my trusty Craft Artist programme to make the card.
I used spring-like colours for the background & found some tulips for the bottom edge.
Printed the image off to make a card.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Easter 'bunny'! (Dt post)

We have come to that time of year when the birds start chirping, the sun starts to make his appearance and a certain special bunny comes bearing colourful eggs! This used to be one of my favourite holidays growing up because my mom always made a special effort, and the Easter Bunny ALWAYS came around my house. I would wake up and make my way downstairs eyeballing every nook and cranny in my house just so I could get a good head start on the egg hunting (shh, don't tell my brother ;) ) When I got downstairs there was always the most wonderfully full Easter basket waiting for me! We weren't allowed to open them until everyone was awake but obviously, as it was covered in clear cellophane, I would just have to take a sneaky peak inside. I used to get marshmallow peeps (these are American but they are AMAZING) and there was always a few toys in there and more sweets. Then, of course, the basket served well to collect the eggs in. One of my favourite traditions was also a special gift left by my Mummum (my grandmother) called 'The Money Bunny'. This was always some sort of bunny, either a plastic toy, a stuffed animal or a bunny shaped bank that contained money for us. I believe every year it was around $25 each, though this amount may have been smaller and just increased over the years. It was a very exciting day for us and I hope to pass on this tradition to my kids as well.

As we are mostly now too old for the easter bunny to visit our homes, sometimes we take easter in a more 'adult' manner, such as the lovely pin up girl in this weeks card provided again by the lovely Adele Bradwell.

I started by printing out my pin up 'bunny' and colouring her in with my distress markers and a water brush. I went with soft colours for easter and I tried to give her outfit a look of velvet with the purple and the pink together. I wanted to leave some white bits but I didn't want it to look unfinished so I used antique linen and tumbled glass on the white areas. I thought about doing her as a blonde but I thought I would give her a little fun-ness and make her hair a light blue. I changed the colour of the sentiment to a light blue to match her hair and printed that out and fussy cut both images.

I mounted them onto my card base which I cut a panel and dry embossed then inked over with distress inks, another die cut which was given to me in a swap, covered in crystal stickles and lined with pearl strands.
It was a quick card for me as I wasn't feeling my best with the seasonal allergies rolling in but I hope it gave you some inspiration for a fun, yet quick, adult card for easter! Keep on crafting!