Friday, 30 November 2012



I have been busy this week creating with Visible Image's new stamps.  They have brought out some characters which I'm sure you'll all love.  Get out those promarkers and copics....because you  all know that colouring is very calming to the soul!!!!

I have been lucky enough to have recieved Isabella to play with and this is what I came up with....hope you like it.
On December 8th two more characters will be available and I will be doing some projects for those too, keep an eye out for those, they have a very different twist to the others and I love them.

Visible Image has a facebook page here.

For this project I used...
IMMORTAL LOVE stamp set by VISIBLE IMAGE (used the small rose to emboss the background on front page with clear embossing powder).
Stampin up die for the butterfly.
Spellbinders die - Decorative chateau gate for the window
Memory box die for the flower sprays
Martha Stewart punch for the bottom border inside.

I coloured Isabella with promarkers....

Skin  Ivory-blush-pastel pink
Hair   tan-caramel-cocoa
Dress pastel green-soft green
Cape  cool greys 1-2 and 4

I gave her dress a coat of clear matt medium and roughed it up for some texture.

Flower sprays where embossed with clear versamark ink and then embossed with silver embossing powder.
The butterfly is coated with gesso and can see how I did one in my video tutorial for the mixed media canvas (you can view it here) they come out really well...hope you will try it.

Will catch up with you all soon.
Happy crafting X


Wednesday, 28 November 2012


  Hi there everyone,

It's been a few weeks since I put up a post on WOYWW, hope you are all fitting fit.  I've been soooo busy with work at Mothercare...doing over time, yuk!-  I work in ELC and of course this is our busiest time of year!!!!  Also Visible Image have had lots of new stamps out.  In fact they have some great new character stamps coming out this weekend.  Check out my latest blog posts for some tutorials ...

I have done a tutorial on making some great gift bags from C5 envelopes which you might find useful right now.

At the moment I'm in the middle of a card for Invisible Images December challenge....that's what's on my desk today.

Have also been to Pembroke for a Birthday treat  woooo hooo....had a great time chilling out, eating too much and walking the stunning pembroke coast path...

Here are a few photos......

our little cottage in pembrokeshire
The stunning coast path in west wales

One of my cards..oh yes it really was my birthday!!!
I'm heading over to Julia's page now to browse thos ecrafty desks of yours....

Have a great week  XXX Julie

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Gift bag for your christmas gifts

Hi there,

I needed a gift bag for some jewellery I'm giving to a friend and as I was using envelopes at the time  I thought that I would have a go at making a bag from one of the C5 size envelopes.


Here are the two styles that I came up with a handle and one with a ribbon closure.

Of course you can decorate it in any way you wish but here is a list of the products I used.
On both bags I used the following...
Dovecraft back to basics christmas (love the vintage colours)
Distress ink - vintage photo to edge all round

Bag one - with handle.

Crafty Individuals  stamp C1 - 211 (this is sooo beautiful)
Sizzix TH holly branch die (painted with crackle paint to give texture and edged with antique white acrylic paint.
Sizzix tattered pine cone- foliage only
Sizzix embossing folder for the sentiment.

Bag two -  ribbon closure.

Crafty Individuals stamp C1 -142 for the sentiment (so vintage- love it)
Printed image from Crafty Individuals book Minitures 'Merry Christmas' (has 166 fabulous images to use on your christmas projects).
Sizzix tattered pinecone die
Spellbinders Anitque frame and accents die
punches for the circle and scalloped circle.


Sunday, 25 November 2012


Here are some photos of the finished and decorated Christmas card/bragbook.
I have used some Visible image stamps,  these are the ones I used, you can click on their title to go to the stamps page, christmas collage, snowy background, snowflake corner, and the vintage christmas trio.  You could of course use any of the Visible Image stamps for your own book. There are six pages where you can add photos and you can  also add two tags if you like.  Plenty of room for that Christmas photo bragging!!!

For the photo corners (which you can slide a photo under) I used the sizzix Tim Holtz Baroque movers and shapers and just cut it into quaters.  I've inked with stampin up inks crumb cake and real red and distress ink pine needles. The die cut leaves are Tim Holtz alterations autumn gatherings.  The little bells add a christmasy tinkle when you move the card.

If you have any questions let me can the finished TUTORIAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS CARD/BRAG BOOK on my you tube channel.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Challenge frenzy!!!

I have gone completely mad and have been entering all sorts of challenges!!!!......I never realized that there were so many!  It seems that anyone whos anyone is posting challenges.  I know it might seem absolutely mad but this weekend I seem to be a bit addicted (could be the rum and coke mixing up my poor brain it what you like...but challenges here I come)

Well my christmas hanger I'm going to enter into the following

stamping sensations who are asking for Traditional christmas

Saturday, 3 November 2012


Hi there,

I have decided to have a go at some challenges as I've never entered any before....Woo Hoo love a new challenge (He He).

I'm going to enter this card which I made using visible image stamp set Beauty is Art.
I have used some textured soft netting and then applied some versa mark ink is places to it.  Then I sprinkled on two different colours of embossing powder and heated it. Used normal embossing for the letters on the vellum (very thick one) and on the torso and word goddess and the greek key border.
The plastic connected by the chain is shrink plastic.  Ripe a shape out and then punch a large hole in it near the edge then shrink it.  now apply embossing powders and heat, when it is cool apply a good coat of glossy accents or diamond glaze and then add some beads.
The red card for the background is by kanban.
Hope you like it....these are the challenges I am entering it in....

The stampman challenge which is embossing for this month

The Joanna sheen challenge the theme being silhouettes

Raise the bar  anything goes for this challenge

Stamping for the weekend the challenge is anything goes

Polka Doodle this time it is bright colours and sparkle

The artistic stamper anything is the style here

 Saturday 3rd November

Hi everyone,
Today sees the release of some new stamp sets from Visible Image....they are a little different and very bold in design.  All the design team have been busy creating with these new sets and you can see all the images on the Visible Images blog other info can be found on their facebook page so join to get regular updates on what's happening at Visible image. The other two new sets are called immortal love and free your imagination and mark has also recently added the movie set which is brill!
Mark and Helen are working so hard producing all these gorgeous new stamps and the company is really taking off now.  They are hoping to have yet more new sets out in the near watch this space....
This is a card I made with the Beauty is art set I had to design with.....

I've also done a mixed media canvas - that's mega fun you should try one.....if you feel the urge go to my you tube channel for part one and part two.  to find the tutorial......I promise you will get addicted!!!!

Of course you can apply most of these techniques to card making and gives texture and interest...go on head over to you know you want to!!


Thursday, 1 November 2012

November challenge

Thursday 1st Nov

Hi my crafty friends,

Today is the lauch of Visible Images Challenge for November......the theme is sparkle.

I have made this card using the for your special day stamp along with the clock stamp time after time.

I wanted to use this stamp as I really find it useful for loads of projects from mini albums to cards and gifts to altered's a very useful stamp set.

Have a look at the Visible Image blog as all the design team have been busy with their creations and of course you will be able to find out how to add your own entry too the Challenge...Good luck.

I am entering this card into these challenges

Craft- room challenge which is time keeping  their challenges start on tuesdays

The Ribbon girl challenge is to add  sparkle at the moment - this is my favorite shop for trim,charms and ribbon etc- glad to be entering their challenge