Sunday, 26 February 2017

Scrap Skirt

Hi All,

Woo Hoo ... check me managing a fairly regular blogging schedule :-)

I have been warring against my scraps for years, I have done all sorts, decorated my daughters room, created journals e.c.t ... recently I used up a whole lot doing some crafting with my daughters nursery ... the bag I have now is fairly small, but I don't like to add to it!!

So at the end of a crafting session I like to grab my scraps and use up there and then ... that was the thought process behind this creation. I have used a Julie Nutting stamp ... but chopped her up so I just have the legs, paper pieced her shoes and created a 3d skirt with my scrap papers and created a little handbag too.

I then added some stamping and colouring, but in all honesty I fell out with it a bit, so knocked the colour back with a little gesso, did a little stenciling ... then I created a little flower to use up the little bits of scraps.

Hope you like

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Createalicious - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Creations - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Stencils
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

I have now set up an Instagram page for my cards ... when I learn how I will add a fancy button to my blog, but in the mean time you can find me at @juliamcneillcrafts if you fancy giving me a follow :-)

Crafty Hugs

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I Love Polkadoodles

Hi All,

How are you, its a blustery kind of day here today .... sitting writing this post with the windows rattling and the rain bouncing off the windows .. definitely a day for staying in and crafting. This post does come with the warning that is very picture heavy. I have decided to be brave and apply for the Digi Chooseday DT so I have decided to put a few of my Polkadoodle makes together to use as an application, so here goes:

Recent makes:



This one is using one of the new Darling Buds Images .. I masked her off using Pebio Drawing gum, and played with some pigment powders from Lindy's stamp gang, and some distress inks with a Sheena Douglas stencil. I added a little extra detail using some stamps from the stamp soup collection.
This is an image I coloured up a while ago, using copic markers I have then created a background using distress inks and stamps from the stamp soup collection.

This is a card I made using Winnie In Wonderland. I made the card on Serif and then printed out all the elements and layered together with a few extra bits and bobs.

Older Makes:

As you can see I love the Rosebud collection ... got to love a bit of Mr Darcy!!!!

Polkadoodles colouring:



Right ... now off to e-mail the lovely people over at polkadoodles.
Crafty Hugs to you all

Scruffy Little Cat

Hi All,

So sharing another card, with colouring from Eons ago ... Love these crafters companion " Scruffy Little Cat " images ... don't play with them nearly enough ... teamed it up with some paper from my scrap pile and some handmade raffia roses.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creatalicious: Anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
City Crafter -A few stitches
Simon Says - Fantastic Florals
Wed Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pennys Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking
Crafty Hugs Julia

Sunday, 19 February 2017


So, Its about time I got this blog thing moving again!!!

Coloured this Saturated Canary image using Copic'c ... as I created a whole scene decided to keep the embellies fairly simple so that the image stands out. ... I am quite proud of the little pumpkin Embellishment ... Its paper clay & I used a little mould in one of my daughters play doh sets .... have found some real treasures in her sets ... gradually building up a set of pre made embellishments.

Hope you all like

I would like to add this card into the following challenges:

Digi Chooseday - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Anything Goes
Lil Patch Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to pop by,
Crafty Hugs Julia

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

At Last I see the light

Hi All,

This is a card I made quite a while ago now .. using a fabulous Little Darling stamp ... Think I would like to attempt colouring it again now that I have done a few more Create and Learn classes over at Kit and Clowder and am now getting more confident in colouring backgrounds.

This has been coloured up with copics ... I have kept the embellies quite simple, a little gold thread stitching, and a few dies. Also I have sprinkled a little frantage over the card too.

I have shared this on FB when I first made it so I am not entering it into any challenges today, but hope you enjoy looking at it none the less :-)

Crafty Hugs

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Last Ever Sugar Bowl Challenge

Hi All,

When Karen announced that she will be closing the doors on the Sugar Bowl Challenge and this would be the final one, I knew I just had to enter!! My first ever challenge entry in the magical world of blogland was in the Sugar Bowl .... and I was honoured to be on the Sugar Bowl DT for quite some time .... so I couldn't not be part of the last ever challenge.

This was a card that I made for my daughter to give her teachers on the last day of school ... unfortunately the photo is not the best quality, I quickly snapped it on my phone as we were running on the way to school :-)

I used a stamp from the Simply Sassy range and she has been coloured up with copics. I created a shaped card free hand ... and added bits and bobs to make it pretty, I made 3 of these as the Nursary she goes to has 3 lead teachers in the 1 class.

The Sugar Bowl

Also for anyone that's just visiting, I hope you don't mind me mentioning an earlier blog post of mine, I am doing a charity run for a cause that is very close to my heart. If you are interested in learning more you can read about it here

As always thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Midnight Run

Hi All,

Here is an image from Saturated Canary, that I have coloured up in Copics. On the 27th of Aug I will be doing the 5K Midnight Runway Run on behalf of Clic Sargent.

So when I saw this image of Krista's I had to colour it up, and wanted to create a whole scene, It has turned out to have quite a fantasy look about that but I love it!!

I am going to give this to my Friend Melissa at the end of the run. There is a group of over 20 runners running in her daughter Jenna's name, we have called ourselves Jenna's Joggers. Jenna was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 2. Jenna is now 7 and has been in remission for 2 years. I remember a time together and heard Jenna say to her mum " Mum I don't want to die" .. when you hear a 3 year old say that is kind of stays with you. The charity Clic Sargent offered support, physically, emotionally and financially. I have seen first hand the difference this charity can make and so this is why I wanted to get involved and take part in this charity event.

I am not the kind of person that likes to ask for money for anything, so I am really going out of my comfort zone to even be asking for sponsors ... however if it is something you feel you would like to do then you can learn more by following the link to my just giving page

I do appreciate there are lots of good causes out there so I realise we can not individually contribute to them all .. so if you just interesting in my colouring, that's fine too :-)

Thanks for taking the time to read this post
hugs Juls