Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Snowflake Arch Christmas Card

A deceptively simple card to make.    

Start with a square of ice white pearlescent card.    Stamp the Snowflake arch stamp using Silver Dollar embossing powder in opposite corners.   Heat set and place Snowflake die over each impression in turn.   Carefully raise die cut areas.  

Die cut snowflakes again in another piece of cardstock.    Cover in clear glue and sprinkle with sparklicious glitter.    Set aside to dry.

Glue additional snowflakes in place over the corresponding snowflakes on the card front using 3D foam pads for dimension.  Die cut sentiment die several times and glue together carefully to form a dimensional greeting.  Glue into centre area of card front.  Run a glue pen around the edges of the card front and sprinkle with iridescent glitter.

Take a 7" x 7" card blank and cut a piece of silver mirror card slightly smaller.   Mat onto the card.   Cut a piece of coordinating designer paper (dp) 0.5cm smaller all around to leave a larger border and stick to mirror card card on front.

Stick Snowflake topper section of cardstock to the card blank section at a pleasing angle.    Finally finish with silver border peel off around card and topper sections and apply gemstones to taste.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Are you having a giraffe?

I was lucky enough to go with a group of crafty friends to the Sincerely Yours craft event at Leigh a couple of weeks ago.   I had a wonderful time catching up with friends and looking for new stash items.  This beautifully different stamp was one of the first things I picked up to look at and I instantly fell in love with his dear little face.
He's from Pink Ink Designs, a company that hitherto I had not been familiar with but I must say that I love what they do.  Since getting this darling, I've also bought the giant bee and dragonfly sets ( yet to be worked with)
I was in the right mood to stamp and bring him to life this morning so these are the results.
I used Prismacolor pencils to colour him:
PC1009 Dahlia Purple
PC995 Mulberry
PC1038 Neon Pink
PC943 Burnt Ochre
PC1087 Powder Blue
PC1103 Caribbean Sea
PC919 Non-Photo Blue
PC916 Canary Yellow
PC908 Dark Green
PC1005 Limepeel
PC911 Olive Green
Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Magnolia
Spectrum Noir Sparkle- Firefly
and finishing touches with:
Tim Holtz
Distress Oxide - Pumice Stone
Distress Oxide - Crushed Olive
Distress Oxide - Stormy Sky
Sakura Pen-Touch - White
Artline 900XF - Gold

#pinkinkdesigns #giraffe #prismacolor #spectrumnoirsparkles #distressoxides #clearstamps #stamping #pink #creativityistherapy

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tales from Willson Wood Parcel Card

The Tales from Willson Wood  collection has turned out to be my favourite Docrafts collection of 2016.  This parcel card shows off its beautiful papers and images (this one is my favourite) beautifully.

  1. Cut a sheet of card to measure 18 x 28.5 cm.  In a landscape orientation score at 9, 18, and 27 cm.  Turn 90 degrees and score two parallel lines (each 5cm long and 2.5 cm on either side of the scoreline) on the 18 cm scoreline.  The first one at 12 cm and the second at 16cm.  Join all scorelines to create a scored rectangle which measures 4 x 5 cm.  Take a craft knife and steel ruler and cut along the two vertical scorelines.  Do not cut along the horizontal scorelines.
  2. Fold and crease along all the scorelines with paper creaser.  Force the scored rectangle area into a recessed shape and the rest of the card blank into an elongated triangular shape. 
  3. Cut two pieces of planking paper to measure 8.5 x 17.5 cm.  Cut and measure around the recessed area and ink around all edges with Chocolate dye ink pad.  Stick into place on the front.  Repeat with the second piece and stick to the back of the project.
  4. Cut a strip of co-ordinating paper to measure 3.5 x 18 cm and stick to the front of the card.  Cut a strip of co-ordinating paper to measure 3 x 18 cm and stick to the first strip.  Choose a decoupage topper from the paper pack and make up.  Ink edges of completed decoupage topper.  Cut an oval mat from colour co-ordinating cardstock.   Mat and stick to the front of the card as shown.
  5. Cut a second piece of card to measure 12 x 16.8 cm.   Score at 4 cm intervals in a portrait orientation (4 and 8 cms).  Turn to a landscape orientation and score at 4, 8, 12, and 16 cms.  Cut to match the diagram, creating the tab sections as you cut.   Decorate all six faces with patterned paper squares, cut to measure 3.5 x 3.5 cm.  Glue all tab sections together to form a 4 cm cubed box.
  6. Decorate box and card with chosen embellishments to taste.

Shopping List:

Dye Ink Pad – Chocolate (DOA 550204)

Forever Friends

Buttons (30pcs) - Forever Friends – Opulent (FFS 354302)
Copper Brads (60pcs) - Forever Friends – Opulent (FFS 353100)


12 x 12” Solid Premium Cardstock Colossal (75 pcs) (PMA 164400)
A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper pack (48pk) – Tales of Willson Wood (PMA 160326)


Nesting Dies (5pcs) – Bloom (XCU 503417)
Nesting Dies (5pcs) - Scalloped Oval (Large) (XCU 503406)

Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Adventures with Stampin' Up

At the end of June I became an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin' Up, something I had been thinking about for a long time.

In the end, taking the plunge was not a difficult decision, I have loved stamping for over 20 years and Stampin' Up are nothing if not passionate about stamping.

My starter kit arrived surprisingly quickly and included this stamp set "Helping Me Grow" which is amazing.

This set features two large floral images and their accompanying embellishment/sentiment stamps.  At £23.00 for 15 stamps I think it's great value for money as we all know florals stand the test of time and defy faddy trends.  This set will become a firm favourite, one that you will reach for again and again.

Throughout the rest of July SU are promoting their bonus.  For every £45 you spend you'll receive a £4.50 voucher which can be redeemed against any purchase in August.

Please visit my Stampin' Up website to purchase or to simply browse the catalogue.

Thanks for visiting 

Julie x

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Father's Day Card-in-a-Box

Afternoon Crafters

Here is the first of the May- June projects I submitted to the Docrafts PDT

A fun to make greetings card for Father's Day but equally adaptable for any male themed occassion.


1. Cut a piece of A4 Kraft card to measure 16 x 29.5 cm.  Score at 7, 14, 21 and 28 cm in landscape orientation.  Turn and score at 7 cm up to 21 cm scoreline.

    2. Cut along 7, 14 and 21 cm scoreline up to the 7 cm scoreline.  Fold and crease along all the scorelines with paper creaser.  Cut silver mirror card to measure 6.5 x 8.5 cm (three times) and emboss each piece using embossing folder.

3. Stick to lower portion of box with Anita’s Tacky Glue and add small silver brad to each side at bottom edge (top edge will not be seen).
4. Cut black cardstock to 3 x 6.5 cm (six times).  These will become the drawers.  Cut silver mirror card at 2.5 x 6 cm (six times) and emboss using embossing folder.  Mat each piece onto black cardstock.  Pierce each “drawer” and add a large brad to each.  Stick two drawers to each flap with 3D foam tape equally spacing them.

5. Cut another piece of mirror card to measure 6.5 x 13 cm and emboss with folder.  Glue to back of box and add silver brads to top corners of mirror board.  Glue tab to back of card.  Cut two strips of Kraft card to measure 3 x 9 cm; score at 1 cm at each end.  Fold to create “Z” shape and stick into box, parallel to each other.

6. To decorate, select desired elements from A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack.  Stamp various tools onto paper and paper piece to create ‘tools’.  Detail with silver gel ink pen. Mount each of elements onto narrow strips of acetate. Arrange elements as shown or to your desired outcome.

Shopping List:

Dye Ink Pad – Black (DOA 550205)
Metallic Gel Pen Duo – Gold and Silver (DOA 855101)

A4 Kraftstax (25pk) (PMA 160604)
12 x 12” Solid Premium Cardstock Colossal (75 pcs) (PMA 164400)
A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack (48pk) – Mr. Smith’s Workshop (PMA 160323)
A4 Mirror Board – Assorted Gold & Silver Pack (20pk, 250gsm) (PMA 164500)
A5 Clear Stamp Sets (21pcs) – Mr. Mister – Icons (PMA 907234)
Vintage Brads (140pcs) – Mr. Smith’s Workshop (PMA 353206)

A6 Embossing Folder – Galvanised Steel (XCU 515216)

Monday, 16 May 2016

Creativity Magazine - Retro Camera Project

Morning Crafters

Well the weather here is very much undecided . . . the sun comes out and then the next minute, it's grey skies again.   I'm very much undecided too. Lots of work needs doing in the garden and I've lots of crafty projects buzzing around in my head.  
Which one will win out?  Probably the crafting if past experience is anything to go by :)

I've just finished working on the third of three magazine commissions so I'm pretty footloose at the moment. I was thrilled to bits to see my recent retro camera make reach the front cover of Creativity magazine.  I had no idea that they would choose it.

It's a really easy make with a lot of the work being done by the fantastic Xcut Chronology Pocket Watch die and the Dogstooth Pattern embossing folder.

Any father would be absolutely delighted to receive it on Father's Day and it can also be adapted to be a great wedding day keepsake, Christmas mini album or to welcome a new baby.  

Pick up a copy of the magazine and give it a go, it's do'able I promise.

Thanks for popping by!

Julie x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Crafting Space Under Construction

Hi Crafters

For a long time now I've been struggling with finding a solution to my lack of crafting space.  I'm not lucky enough to have a room I can dedicate to it.  I have crafted on a small table with half my supplies constantly falling to the floor . . . well no more, not with a Springer at my feet who is all too willing to chew anything that comes her way.

I've bitten the bullet as being creative is now my full time occupation and I'm a member of the Docrafts 2016 PDT.   On Friday the answer to my prayers will be arriving in the form of a Kallax storage/desk combo; thanks to IKEA and a lot of saving up!!!

I've no time to assemble anything until next Monday as my daughter's hen party celebrations are going ahead on the weekend with spa treatments, a BBQ and luncheons, all being very civilised and welcome!  Can't wait!

I'll post some pictures soon, it's all very exciting for me, it will be smallish but perfectly functional, I hope.

Watch this space . . . 

Julie Ann x

PS If anyone has any good advice, do's and don'ts, storage ideas etc, etc, please pass it on in the comments.  I would really appreciate your time.