Sunday, 28 November 2010

Guest Designer for Sugar Nellie


I still cant quite believe I am putting this post together! I Visited The House of Sugar a few weeks ago, and a moment that I have to admit I have fantasized about actually happened......I walked into the shop and Karen asked me to be a guest designer!!!!! Not only that I got to play with a set of stamps from my ultimate Favourite designer, Leanne Ellis!!! well I could hardly contain my excitement!! Unfortunately the rubber arrived while I was away on soon as I got back I sat down and got all inky!!!! I am so excited, and incredibly nervous, I really want to do these fab images justice.....I have tried my best, and I guess that is all I can ask of here goes.......

I think of all the things I have made this is my favourite....I love Leanne's interpretation of Alice..isn't she gorgeous!!! The background paper, I have printed from "Debbie Moore - Venetian masks" cd...the little clocks are from a set of stamps that I bought from QVC forever ago....and I have used my new cuttlebug corner...which is one of my holiday purchases.

This card started as the mad hatters tea party, and I was going to have all the characters on it, however in the end, I preferred it with just Alice. The Template is "Craftwork Cards" as are all the scalloped cards I have used! The tea pots and cups, are from the same stamp set of my previous card & the papers are K&Co. I have inked all the edges with "distress ink - shabby shutters" I have added another layer of lace to her dress using a Martha Stewart punch, the edges have been inked with "distress ink - Tumbled Glass"

Now I have to be honest...I love this image, But I do not like this card.....I made this the after travelling all day, unpacking e.c.t, and I was desperate to make a start. I made my first Alice card, and then this one just did not really go to plan, I was too tired and should have really gone to bed...the idea in my head was that the queen of hearts is an over the top character and I decided to bling her all up, but I don't like the results....

As I said I did not feel I had done this image justice, and so I had to have another go. I have kept this one very simple. The sentiment is a "basic Grey" stamp.

This is one card I had no idea of what I was doing when I started, but actually by the time I finished I really liked it. All the papers are from my scrap pile. I have again coloured with my copics and I have used some flocking to create some texture.

I suddenly noticed all my samples were with scalloped cards...they just go so perfectly with these images, I was naturally drawn to them. So I had to challenge myself to so something different, I did not want all the samples to be samey, but to have different styles.......the one thing about the mad hatter, you can go crazy with the colour!!!! I have used some "Bo Bunny" paper, and more papers from my scrap pile!

This is my first attempt at a gift its not the best sample in the world. I used this template
The paper is from my scrap pile...yes it was a big scrap!!!! Again I have used fun Flock to add a bit of texture. The sentiment is a "Dawn Bibby" stamp.

and finally we have this little chap!...I have had these notpads in for ages, you get a pack of 10 from the pound shop...I used the left over paper from my first card....and I have made a little shrinkie charm...I am not very good with shrinkys...I always think people do such creative things with them, I always think mine look a bit armatureish. the colouring is a bit dodgy and the finish is wobbly!.....but I guess I should keep trying, practice makes perfect! and that's it!!!

I hope I have managed to make something you all definitely have to get these stamps, for more details, check out the Sugar Nellie Blog they are just so much fun to play with, and I can see me using them time and time again!!!

Finally I do have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the lovely Karen, for this amazing opportunity, I have absolutely loved it, and it is such an honour for my first ever guest designer spot to be for my favourite stamp company!! Thank you!!!!!!

Now I am sure after such a long post you will all be gasping for a coffee!! hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Hugs Juls


  1. WOWZERS Juls
    Firstly huge congrats on GDT sspot - truly well deserved. Secondly - A-MAZ-ING projects - what a busy bee you've been. They are all totally STUNNING!!!!
    You should not worry about doing these stamps (or any other) justice. You make everything magical.
    Have a very wonderful day.
    Debs xx

  2. wow wow brilliant, so you
    beautifully crafted cards, you are a very talented crafter about time you had full recognition.
    going back to take in the details of your creations.
    Hope your keeping warm ..its so cold..not looking forward to walking the poodles. janex

  3. Congratulations Juls!!! Well deserved as your cards are always A-MA-ZING :-)
    All your samples are totally gorgeous, you've showcased those beautiful stamps perfectly. In fact I think I'm going to pop over and check them out
    Claire xx

  4. Congrats Juls on the GDT spot - well, youve truly done Karen proud...these pieces are fab!!!

  5. Congratulation Juls!!! Can't really think of anyone better to show off these beautiful stamps!
    Each of your samples is soooo yummy.....Love the teapot card, so much to look at there. The Notepad is great, the easel too and all round your choice of colours perfect!!!! Way to go you........... fantastic job!

  6. Hi Juls,
    Many congratulations on your GDT spot. What a feather in your cap. It's well deserved. Your blog is one I never miss because I lov eyour work and you are such a lovely lady. The cards are magic. Great colours and colouring. Fantastic gallery of cards.
    Fiona x

  7. WOW gorgeous cards Juls, each one is stunning.

  8. well done on being guest DT, fab cards, love the teapot x

  9. firstly hun well done on the GD spot could not have happend to a more talented and kinder person,than you and as for all your makes hun they are just stuning,the images,the papers the detail amazinggggggggg
    hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

  10. Congratulations Juls, so well deserved too!
    I love all your cards, my fav would have to be the teapot - so cute!

    Sharon x

  11. WOW! WOW! WOW! You did such an amazing job Juls! I love each and every card. The Alice card is my fav, oh and the teapot one is waaaaaaay cute too! You really worked some magic with these and I am so happy for you to get to be the Guest Designer for SN. Congrats!
    Hugs, Dena

  12. WOW! congratulations on being Guest Designer, what a dream come true!! Amazing creations too, absolutely stunning! hugs, Jane xxx

  13. CONGRATULATIONS and well deserved. You always do such amazing things with SN stamps, they picked the perfect GD in you. Love all the samples. It's funny I love the Queen of Hearts that you don't like, so colorful and blingy, glad you posted it. Outstanding work as always. And huge congrats to you again!

  14. Firstly congratulations Juls!! A well deserved spot!! These creations are absolutely stunning, all perfectly finished and presented. You have certainly done the house of sugar proud!!

  15. I saw this earlier, huge congratulations hunny, well deserved and you did an amazing job!!!! thank you for your always sweet and boosting comments, they mean alot! I so need all those alice in wonderland stamps!! maybe santa will take the subtle hints I am about to start dropping!!! hugs mandyxx

  16. WOW! Congratulations Juls and what amazing cards hun :o) I bet your over the moon and truly deserved. You have done the house of Sugar proud and cannot wait to see all your other amazing creations,
    hugs Vicky xx

  17. Ohhh wowww Juls,So beautiful,I love the images and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  18. wooHoo!!!
    couldn't happen to a better girl :)))
    awesome showcase Juls!!!

  19. OMG Juls! Congratulations on your GD spot and what a fabulous set of cards and projects you've created! Love the Alice cards particularly, the images are brilliant! Viv xx

  20. Congratulations Juls and you're a very deserving guest designer, your cards are beautiful and have done the images justice in every way possible. Absolutely stunning work! Hugs, Chris x

  21. WOW indeed Juls! You are MUCH too hard on yourself! You were such a PERFECT guest designer as you love the artist so much...your samples are all should be very proud of your first GDT achievements! bx

  22. Wow Juls! They are all Fab-U-lous! :)
    xoxo Sioux

  23. Congratulations! :D Must have been awesome getting asked, and indeed - you made some wonderful cards with the stamps on! :D

  24. WOW! WOW! WOW! Juls, congratulations on your wonderful news. You really do deserve it, as all your creations are stunning. These new ones are just incredible and your colouring is perfect. You are definately going to do the artwork justice. Well Done.

    Donna x

  25. oh wow Juls huge massive go girl and all the work you did for them is stunning
    Mina xxx

  26. Oh Juls I am so happy for you.. BIG ((((hugs))) Your cards are all 1st class. BRILLIANT work! & truly inspirational. Well Done on being a GDT. Hope you are keeping warm. Thanks for your lovely blog comments. Gez.xx

  27. Wow Juls! Congratulations on your GD spot! Love your cards, but especially the first two, that image is cool! Viv xx

  28. Oh woooow Juls ! I'm very very happy to see you happy :-)))
    Congrats my friend wouhouuuu !
    Your creations are fabulous, and these stamps really niiiiice !

  29. Congrats Juls. So many stunning cards
    hugs sarah x

  30. WOW all of your projects are awesome Juls!! I love them! Congrats!

  31. Hi Julia

    So many gorgeous creations.

    Sorry not visited in a few days, optic neuritis again so computer limited to short bursts.

    B x

  32. Congrats on the GDT spot Juls. These cards, gift bag and notebook are all stunning. You've certainly done Sugar Nellies proud. I'm sure Karen will be delighted she asked you to be GDT. Well done.

    Kat xx

  33. Wow Juls .. .. how amazing and exciting for you. Many congratulations on your GDT spot. So very well deserved.

    I love all of your creations and can feel your excitement from here. I am sure that Karen will be well impressed with what you have created.

    I love the Queen of Hearts!! LOL!!

    Love Jules xx

  34. Hi Juls,
    These are AMAZING! You have really done these stamps justice. I love them all but my favourite is the teapot.
    I am glad I am not the only one who struggles with shrinkies!!
    Hugs, Clare x

  35. Wow Juls what a lot of stunning cards !!!!
    They are amazing !!! congrats on your GDT spot !!!!!!!

    Peggy xx

  36. Wow! These are ALL fabulous, Juls! Congrats on your guest designer honor.. SO very happy for you! Hugs!

  37. OMG these are absolutely out of this world - sensational!
    love tasha xx

  38. What a fantastic opportunity. Well done.
    Beryl xx

  39. This could not have happened to a more deserving creator that you! You have a unique secse of style that totally compliments Leanne Ellis's work! I am so happy for you!

  40. Congratulations Juls,each and every card is stunning,gorgeous stamps.

  41. Congrats to you Juls, your cards are AMAZING.... love what you have created.

  42. Oh my word!!! These are amazing!!! Well done you for being given the chance to do this. I just love that Alice one and love how you added some layers to the skirt with the MS punch. You are so lucky to live so close to FK!! I would be in there every day! LOL!! Might have to get some of these now. kxx