Friday 31 May 2013

Fashionable Scraps!!

Hello All,

Check me, 2 posts 2 days in a row!!!

Went to Howdens for a coffee this week, and just had to visit the craft shop while I was there ... FATAL!! .... so much for being really good until the extension was built and we know how many pennies will be rattling the bottom of our bank account!! saw this fabulous new Dylusion stamp and knew I NEEDED it!!! I just Love it, but its massive Really want to play, adding the hats e.c.t, but its clearly been designed with journaling in mind, so I will have to have a play in my journals. I have bought the set in the smaller size too, but love this one as I really thinks it makes a statement.

I stamped this on loads of scrap paper, and pieced it together to create this quirky coat, I added some shading using distress inks. I have layered it up using pinflair gel. A touch of black glitter on the shoes and the belt.

I would like to add this to the following challenges:

Kaboodle - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Wednesday Creative inspirations - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Pixes snippit playground

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Thursday 30 May 2013

Sugar Bowl Challenge 104

He He ....... I cant quite believe this is real, I keep pinching myself !!!  The bruises prove that I am really here telling you its time for a new challenge over at the sugar bowl!!! As always a fabulous prize of some lovely sugar is available so its well worth joining in!! As its anything goes, let your creativity go wild!! Cant wait to see what you all create!

Well ... first card as a sugarbowl sweetie! The hardest choice was to decide which to use ... I counted them up, I have 99 Sugar Nellies .... may need to go shopping it would be rude not to round it up to a 100!! .... I've cheated slightly and gone for 2!! I do love masking, and I love these 2 together. I have used High School Student and I Love to read both available from Funky Kits

I used some of my new yummy Tilda papers that I got on holiday. I made fake notepaper using my cropodile and scissors!! I stamped out the sentiment using an alphabet stamp that I have onto some of the scraps. Then I had to give everything a good sprinkling of frantage, some flowers gems and pearls.

As always thanks for looking
and dont forget to join us!
Hugs Juls

Tuesday 28 May 2013

We've Travelled the world together .....

Hello All,

Sorry I have disappeared off the face of the earth!! I have been on Holiday.

We have also got planning for our extension (yehhhh!!!) - No I am not getting a craft room, I am still relegated to the loft, however we have a small house & I work from home, so now there 3 of us it was a choice of move or extend ... so lots of activity going on, so much to do!!

I have managed to escape to my loft a couple of times, however I have been working on projects I cant share just yet .... but they will be coming soon!!

This card was a commissioned card. My sister wanted me to make it for her Flat mate who is now moving. They have had a ball during there time together, visiting places like, Egypt, India, China ... and much more. So my brief was A map, to use Saturated Canary images ( my sister loves them!!) she always buys cards off me where they have been featured. She wanted them to be coloured to represent her and her flat mate ... and they also have a pet tortoise!!.....eek, wasnt sure quite how to fit all that in!!!

I was asked to do it, just as I was leaving form my Hols, so this is another Serif Card, I put it altogether, printed out and coloured while I was away, so it is another completely flat creation ... quite handy as I had to post it down to my sister!!

This is my entry for:

Kaboodle - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes

As Always
Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Friday 17 May 2013

Sugar Bowl Sweetie

Hi All,

I am beside myself with excitement to let you all know that I have the huge honor of being asked to join the Sugar Bowl Sweetie design team.

The Lovely Gayle announced it on the Sugar Nellie Blog on Tuesday .... and I have been going round with a constant smile since! I have been on holiday this week, so that has been the cherry on top of a most lovely week!! It is also the reason that I have had a slight delay in shouting this news from the rooftops!!

Hugs to All

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Loving my box of bits!!!

Hello All,

Last night I got to take advantage of those 1500 die cuts ... the 4 days work it took finally seemed worth it! In blogland I love looking at all these cards that are piled up with embellishments and dies, however I normally manage to cut a couple of flowers, but I cant be bothered to cut more, however having a box of 1500 bits to rummage through, meant I could go mad ..... but I think you may be seeing hearts circles and flowers on everything now!!

I have used a SN Leanne Ellis image, the background was coloured with pan pastels, and the circles highlighted with prisma pencils. The girl was coloured with my copics .... and everything has been covered with glitter, using stickles!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

The Sugar Bowl - Anything Goes
Crafty Calander - blooms and blossoms
Cute and Girly - Flowers
Kaboodle - For the Ladies
Simon Says - Happy mail
ABC - Make it sparkle
Charisma Cards - Shaped Cards
As you Like it - Favorite die or punch
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - shaped cards
Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes
Stamping for the weekend - Dies and Punches
Allsorts - add some sparkle
Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - No squares allowed
Pixies Snippit Playground

Thanks for looking
Hugs Juls

Monday 6 May 2013

Quickly Sketched Face

Hello All,

Well, I cant quite believe I am posting this .... I feel really exposed & a little embarrassed at the results, l really do need a lot of work and practice when it comes to sketching faces, portraits were always my nemesis when I took art at school. I have been avoiding the page that has you drawing faces in my doodle art book, so it was time to give it a try.

I quickly sketched this in about 10 min, when I was just going to bed last night. The eyes do look a little freaky, try as I might I cant get 2 to look the same ... hence why I tried to sketch it on graph paper to see if that helped.

My original plan, was I would use the sketch as a base and paint over it, however I decided to tape it into my journal with Washi tape as it is and hopefully in a few years I will be able to look back at it and see how far I have come.

Thanks for looking
Hugs to All

Friday 3 May 2013

The War on Scraps!!

Hi All

Warning ... This is a picture heavy post! As most of you know January of this year, I began " Mission Impossible" .... to use up all my scraps, I have been faithfully crafting from my bag of scraps ( a large bag for life, from Tesco ) ... If I have afforded myself the luxury of cutting into a nice fresh piece of paper, then I have made sure that I have used up every last little bit, so I did not add to the scrap pile. However after months and months, I realized that I could craft for a hundred years and the scraps would never be gone!! I would never be able to move onto the Mahoosive pile of DP's that also need tackled, so I have to admit that I have resorted to some underhand dealings!!

I have asked some of my friends if their children would would appreciate and use a collection of patterned paper, so I have gone through my scraps, found usable pieces and squared them off, I found a few unloved peel offs and stickers, and stamped some images, and created these gift bags:

Even though if I had crafted for a month of Sundays I would never have been able to use all of those papers up ... I was still left with this:

I decided to do some die cutting, and thought I would create a little box of die cut shapes so they are to hand to use as embellishments at any time, In my head this would maybe take an hour or so to do, my scraps would disappear, and then I would do some crafting ....

5 days later, I had to stop at 1500 die cuts as my little box was full:

 Look what I did to my poor big shot:

P.S I didn't count all the punched flowers, decided life was to short for that!!

As the die cutting did not successfully conquer the scraps, I had to think again!! I have done art journal pages in the past, I decided to make an entire art Journal, using some old business cards and covering them with DP :

I think I will get some large jump rings for it, but for the moment I have tied it together with some fibers, from my stash:

Here are a couple of my Fav pages from the Journal, I wont show them all ... think there have already been far too many pictures in this post .... these are the raw product, they are yet to be covered with Gesso, paint and all things inky:

Lessons Learned:

I have descovered that even papers I dont like, when cut into lovey shapes, actually look really cute ... so I need to learn to see things differently. Also with the pages, I was putting papers on that I really had didnt like, the picture behind, I thought that orange paper was cheap looking and hideous, however by just keeping going and adding other things its turned into one of my fav pages ... so it will be good to challange myself to make things with some of my unloved stash and see what I can do with it !!

I have put in so much work, I know that I HAVE to have created a dent in my scraps, however it is not yet visable to the naked eye!! My loft floor is still full of scraps so I will see what I can come up with next time I venture up there.

This is my entry to Pixies Snippit Playground

Thanks for putting up with me and my waffle!!
Hugs Juls