Tuesday, 28 December 2010

First and Latest

Hello All,

Crafty Card Makers have the most fab challenge on at the mo...they are asking to see our latest creations but also photo's of where we started.....I think the girls have been really brave putting their early work for all to see.....I personally want to hide mine....but at the same time I want to join in.......Its fab to see though that extremely talented crafters that I really admire.......and would love to reach their standard had humble beginnings.........I think there might be hope for me yet!!!

I will start of with my latest card.....this is me playing with the collage look again...I have a long way to go before I become any good at this style but I am enjoying playing and learning....and thank you for all the encouragement I have had so far regarding this style of card.

What I have loved is digging out old stamps, and falling in love with them all over again.....Like the scroll stamp I have used on this one.....Unfortunately I have not written down the names of the stamps....and I have packed everything away as the inlaws are arriving tomorrow for a few days.

I have done quite a bit of masking for this one.....and the scroll image has been coloured with copics. I have used "distress ink - shabby shutters".......and then the whole thing has been sprayed with a mica powder spray. I have added some stitching detail with green glittery thread and I have added some micro beads to the chandelier.

Now with regards to my first ever card.....I don't have a picture, and to be honest I am quite grateful, I can remember I used wet glue, wrapping paper and stuck a dried flower on it. I only started taking photos of my cards when I began blogging and I had already been crafting for a few years by then.

However my mum came to me with an old card that I had made, asking me to put an insert in it as I had made out of Black card.....well she is not getting it back....but I will make a replacement for her...

so here goes...............
I remember that the paper was wrapping paper from borders.......also check out that huge amount of glitter card.......eek!!!......I stamped and embossed the image....and it looks like I must have coloured the image with a versamark pen, and embossed it with red embossing powder.

Despite my huge embarrassment right now....this has been good for me, I have just not been happy with my cards recently and feel disappointed in myself and my creations.....but to be honest I have been able to see just how far I have come.

Well I think that has been enough waffle from me..

This is my entry for:

Crafty Cardmakers - First and Last
City Crafter - Stamp it out

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls


  1. juls what are you talkign about.. your cards are all precious and pretty. no need to be unhappy at all.
    look at the card you have made for this challenge. absolutely stunning.

  2. awe, your crafting is always beautiful & inspiring Juls. Thanks for sharing your artwork & inspiration with us. Best wishes & happy crafting in 2011.xx

  3. Lovely and elegant too, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  4. oh wow juls hun your card is just stunning adore what you have done,honest hun,you have a real flare for this that iamge is beautiful,and your masking is first class just love love it hugs cherylxxx
    There is nothing wrong with your first card either,hun,xxxxxxxxxxx love the image you used on it,

  5. Oh wow! Love the card with the woman on it! Super!

  6. Hi Julia

    That first card has to be one of my favourites.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year and thank you for all your support in 2010.

    B x

  7. there's nothing to feel embarrassed about Juls - wish my first cards looked that good! Be proud of what you have created, then and now - and appreciate how much youve progressed creatively.

  8. Morning Juls,
    Hope your having a lovely Christmas...
    I just adore your cards, how strange it is to see how far we have come since starting crafting and I chuckled at your comment about the first card you made, if your anything like me I bet you were so proud of that card at the time and i have to say I can see you had an eye for it because the design is far more advanced than my first...

    Wishing you and your family all the best for 2011

  9. Hi Juls,

    I just love your collage card - it's fab!
    I think your earlier card is great too. I'm glad I haven't got to show pictures of my early cards!!

    Clare x

  10. Hi Juls, OMW! your latest card is amazing, love all the techniques you have used especially the masking. Perfect. The stitching and beads really finish it off. Also love your early card, very elegant.

    Donna x

  11. Hi Juls,

    WOW I wish some of my early creations were that good! You may not love all the glitter but it does have an elegance about it!

    I'm sorry I haven't dropped by lately but I've been catching up on all of your beautiful cards and just wanted to to wish you a very Happy New Year and to thank you for all the lovely encouraging comments that you've left me throughout the year.

    I really appreciate receiving them and visiting your blog to see your amazing creations.

    Take care in 2011 - Sharon x

  12. Your collage card is stunning Juls as are all your cards so stop beating yourself up...your first attempt at card making is very similar to mine lol! Deffo proves how far we have come lol! :) Donna x

  13. Hi Juls

    I am loving your collage cards - they look awesome!

    You made me laugh showing your first make too. I don't think any of us realise just how far we have come without looking back.

    I can remember my first attempt .. .. before I even started photographing my makes .. . it was pathetic looking back but I was well proud of it at the time LOL!!

    I hope your Christmas was good and wish you a happy 2011.

    Love Jules xx

  14. Beautiful card ... love the images and the colours ... and hey your early card was really good too!
    Thanks ever so much for joining us at CCCB this week

  15. Hi Juls, your collage look card is absolutely beautiful. I just adore that image. Your older card is not embarrassing at all. I think it's fun to look back and see how far we've progressed, or how our styles have changed. keeleyxx

  16. Hiya Juls
    Hope you've had a great Christmas.
    Totally love the collage card - the images are gorgeous. I also love your first card - the colurs are so striking.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us.
    Have a great day
    Debs xx

  17. These are gorgeous, Juls! Hope you had a great Christmas! Have a wonderful New Year!

  18. What a beautiful card Juls.

    Hugs Riet.x

  19. Wow! This is just stunning, Juls! Hugs to you!

  20. fantastic cards juls.i love seeing how peoples styles change.your 1st card is certainly a lot more professional looking than my first ones which were peel offs...eek.i love your collage card,its really beautiful and stunning stamps you have used :D

    xx coops xx

  21. your earlier card is a huge amount better than mine Juls I promise you...I love your new collage card, you use that image so beautifully
    Mina xxx

  22. Your college card is stunning, I love all the images you have used. As for your first card, it's not that bad - in fact it's rather nice. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Cardmakers. xx

  23. Wow, both of your cards are beautiful! So glad I stopped by for a visit!

  24. Juls, When I started blogging, I did not know not to post my cards as I thought they were good. I had encouragement from everywhere. I started doing challenges and realized I could be better. I never put up a card that I did not want someone to see, but I know how you feel. I still do some good cards, some outstanding cards and some not so good cards! It is all relative to what you think is good! Art is subjective. I did enjoy your post and both cards show that you are growing. Love each card because it is a piece of you! You will always have frustration, that is life! Have a Happy New Year!

  25. Two lovely cards - the early one is simpler (aren't they all!) but still a great card, and the recent one is just gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

  26. I think these three latest cards from you are fabulous. I know what you mean about getting to grips with the collage effect. I haven't but you surely have. The main image used on the first and third cards is gorgeous.
    Hope you have a very Happy New Year.
    Beryl xx

  27. thank you dear Juls for taking some time to day to see me and leaving me a sweet comment

  28. Hehe, don't be embarrassed! Your first card wasn't bad at all - I would be proud to call that my first creation :) I hope you have a happy New Year Juls!

    - Ann

  29. Love your latest card Juls, it's gorgeous. And I'm pretty sure your first is better than mine. It's very elegant. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

    Kat xx

  30. Hi Juls,
    Well I hope you can see what we see in your creations as they are really beautiful! Its very brave to post a very early creation, I think we should all have a go at doing this too!

    Your collage cards are perfect and your newest one is stunning, keep having fun and enjoy the challenge!

    Keryn x

  31. LOVE your story and journey! LOVE LOVE LOVE the collage! WOW! My friend and I were talking about playing in challenges and how I attribute that to my ever evolving "style." I look back and see how much I've grown and how much JOY I have received because of this crafting addiction. Plus I have "met" so many FAB people along the way! Like YOU! Happy New Year, Juls!

  32. Such beautiful work! Thank you for playing along at CCCB!

  33. Jules, you have nothing to be ashamed about with either of these cards, your latest one is gorgeous and I would say you have already mastered the technique and your first one has a great eye for colour.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Cardmakers. Do hope to see you back again.

    Lin - Lil Miss Chatterbox

  34. Hi Juls,

    Your latest card is just awesome, I could never in a month of sundays make anything quite a beautiful as that, you should be really proud of it.

    As for your 1st one the layout is very elegant and like me you have an ability to think outside the box. I'm always buying wrapping paper and using it for cards. Just been to Paperchase today and bought 5 sheets, all lush :) I'm lucky that I took photos of all the cards I made and when I look at my earlier cards I think they are awful compared to what I do not but you have to remember there was nothing like the amount of materials there are now. We didn't have oodles of paper collections with matching embellishments so we did really rather well with what we had and also what we could afford.

    It's all a journey, I am glad we started on it and hope it never stops.

    Thanks for being brave enough to take us up on our First & Last Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.