Monday, 24 April 2017

New catalogue alert

Just a very quick post to say it's getting to that time of year when I need to start ordering some new catalogues !!!
If you don't already have a demonstrator and would like me to send you one please comment below and I will make sure I reserve one for you.....

You won't be disappointed

Julie x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Retiring products

Happy Friday to you all !

I've had a few days away this week, which was lovely, but got home to find a wet patch on our bedroom ceiling. This was particularly alarming as we suffered a severe leak while on holiday last year and ended up having to have some major repairs done. Thankfully , this time we caught it quickly and hopefully it will dry out without any lasting damage.  I think I'm jinxed lol !

Today's card features more sadly retiring products, in particular the So Succulent stamps and dies. I had big plans for these but to be honest time has run away with me and I haven't made any of the things I'd planned. The butterflies however, I have more than had my money's worth and have used loads across the last few years

Maybe I'll play with the succulents this weekend - hopefully no DIY will be required !

Enjoy the weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Nailed It

Morning all,

As promised I'm back with something creative today , although I can't take any credit for it as it was CASED from a card I saw on the swaps board in Amsterdam. It immediately took my eye as being such a clever idea but I didn't swap this time so I have no details of who made the original. If it was you, or you know the details, please let me know so that I can give credit.

Isn't it cute ? The magnifying glass handle is made from the hammer from the Nailed It set - proves its not just for the boys ! I've used some window sheet for the glass and raised it with the very useful foam strips. A big thank you to the original designer and if you want this set you need to hurry as it's very low in stock at time of writing.

Back on Friday with another design in these colours

Julie x

Monday, 17 April 2017


Hi all, hope you all had a good Easter and didn't eat too much chocolate !

I'm back today with some photos from the CentreStage evening which took place after the first day of the conference. This event is for all demonstrators who hold the title of Silver Elite or above and I was very privileged to attend again , especially after the figures were shared that out of 46,664 demonstrators globally only 1475 were eligible to attend !
Stampin' Up always spoil us too, it was held at a 5* hotel, with lovely food , live music and gifts too.
Each place setting had a beautiful tulip...

And the centre of each table and more tulips and tealights....

And this was the menu....

And the food...

Back with something creative next time

Julie x

Friday, 14 April 2017

More from Amsterdam

Hi all,

I'm back with some more photos from Amsterdam. There wasn't much time for sightseeing but I did manage a trip into the city centre and would love to return again one day to see more.

I was amazed by how many bikes there were and we had a few misses and plenty of laughs !

Next time I will tell you more about the CentreStage event that I was lucky enough to attend.

Enjoy the Easter weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Evening all,

Sorry I'm a bit late blogging today but I have had classes and then my lovely ladies have kept me busy inputting their choices from the Retirement List. Some have bagged some fab bargains but there has been a few disappointments too as things are selling out quickly - don't leave it too late !

I thought I would share with you today a couple of photos from my recent trip to Amsterdam for Onstage Live. I travelled with my lovely friend and downline, Angie and we arrived the day before the event started.

Our hotel was situated on the junction where 5 canals met and this was the view from our room....

And after we'd checked in we ventured not the city centre for a little look round ....and some refreshment too !

More pictures next time

Julie x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Retirement List

Hi all, 

I'm back from a fantastic time at OnStage Live in Amsterdam and I will tell you more about that next time, but for now I need to let you know that the Retirement list has gone live this evening so go take a look at

Sadly, some of my favourites are leaving and I'm sure will sell out very soon so if you see something you like it's probably advisable to order it straight away from my online store. There are some bargains to be had too so go and have a look now.

I'll leave you now with a picture of my stunning Tulips from Amsterdam....just couldn't resist !

Julie x

Friday, 7 April 2017

Happy Friday !

If this scheduled post has worked I should be at OnStage Live in Amsterdam while you are reading this. Hopefully I will have seen the new catalogue by now and enjoyed playing with some of the new goodies. Stampin' Up! are really good at putting on these large events and it's always fun to catch up with crafty friends.

These are a few of the items for team gifts I squeezed into my case - simple packaging with a little toiletry gift inside. The papers are from the Carousels and Cupcakes stack which has some lovely designs

Have a lovely weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Meditteranean Moments

Morning all,

I'm back with another card from the same colour combination and yes, I'm using the fantastic Beautiful You again but this time paired with Mediterranean Moments.

I must confess this is one of those stamp sets that didn't immediately jump out at me - until I saw it used ! Does that happen to you too ? Now I've  played with it , I love it and have a few more ideas to make.

This is made using the masking technique- stamping the lady first and then covering her with a mask and adding the background stamp. I then coloured her top with the watercolour pencils and paper pieced her skirt and umbrella.
A very simple card combining two techniques !!

Julie x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Foxy Friends

Happy Monday !

Did you enjoy the Jems Blog Hop on Saturday? A big thank you to everyone that visited, hope you were inspired by our Easter projects.

Today's card uses the same colour combination and was one that was well received at my classes. No bunnies this time , but a little Foxy Friend......

This set is so versatile, you can make a whole bunch of different creatures and I also love the little accessories that come with it.

I need to go and feed my washing machine again. We picked daughter number one up from Uni on Sunday and I think the washer has been on constantly since ! But I'm definitely not complaining.

Back soon 

Julie x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Jems April Blog Hop

Morning all and thanks for visiting today and supporting us with the Jems Blog Hop !

This time the theme is Easter/Spring - I don't know where this year has gone, Easter is late this year but it seems to have come round so quickly.

I have a couple of cards to show you and the colour combination I have chosen is Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

Cute little bunny isn't it ? The background and patterned paper has been stamped using flowers from the Blooming Love set. Although at first glance a Valentine set, I have used these flowers so many times and love them for backgrounds. The little bunny face is from Foxy Friends and my class ladies were delighted that they didn't have to draw his features!

My other card features the Circle of Spring set.......

I have used the watercolour pencils but purposefully not coloured every tiny bit and this set is so versatile that there are plenty of options apart from the Easter sentiment.

Hope you like my Easter cards

Enjoy the rest of the Hop and thank you again for supporting us.

Julie x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Final day of Sale-a-bration !

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration freebies and joining offers ! Where has the time gone ?

These two sets have definitely been the most popular amongst my customers - but that could have something to do with the fact that they were my personal favourites and we made lots of class projects with them !

If you would like to place a last minute order , or join my lovely team , you can do it at my online store but don't leave it too late !

Pop back tomorrow, as I'm taking part in the Jems Monthly Blog Hop where we have some Easter projects to show you

Keep Sale-a-brating !

Julie x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

So very much

Just a little reminder that the Sale-a-bration and joining offers end on Friday so you only have a couple of days left to take advantage of these fantastic offers.

Today's card uses one of the freebie stamp sets , So very much. This is a large swirly thank you with a few smaller additions too. I have recently been making enquiries about changing my car and I made this to send to one lovely guy who has been particularly helpful. Obviously I needed a car image  so I used Guy Greetings with a few spots from Gorgeous Grunge. 

This card literally took me about 2 minutes to make but I'm hoping it will be appreciated by the recipient. One of my class ladies has also used this thank you as part of a set of wedding stationery and it looked stunning, so simple but very elegant.

Back soon

Julie x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Bella and Friends


Hope you all had a good weekend, celebrating Mother's Day and enjoying the beautiful Spring sunshine - compensated for losing an hours sleep !

Today's card I made with the Bella and Friends stamp set and I just love that cute little doggy and she looks different depending on how you colour her.

I must confess Delightful Dijon has never been one of my favourite colours but just recently I have warmed to it - as its about to retire lol !
Remember if you have any inkpads for the retiring 2015-2017 In Colours you will want to get the ink refills asap before they are on the official retiring list. Stock up on card stock in these colours too because I can guarantee I will be asked for some when they've all gone !
Pop over to and get your order in quick.

Which of the retiring colours will you miss most ?

Julie x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New Sale-a-bration items

Evening all, I'm very late today and just wanted to let you know about some new freebie items ( with orders of £45 or more ) that Stampin' Up ! announced yesterday.

These offers are only available until 31st March so if any take your fancy , you don't have long to make your mind up !

Some lovely papers there, which one is your favourite?

Julie x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Just a quickie today, no time to chat - but I know you only come to look at the pictures anyway lol !

Today's colours are Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder and the dragonfly is from Dragonfly Dreams, the set that has the little bee in it too.

And those flower stamps, I've definitely had my money's worth out of them !

Back soon 

Julie x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Bloomin' Love

Hello all,

Today we have a special occasion as my inlaws are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary - 50 years, that's some achievement! We are 30 years behind them and that still feels like a lifetime lol !

For the card I decided to go down the 'less is more' route and just used white on white with some simple gold embossing. I must confess to not getting the heat gun out very often but I do enjoy it and still love the reaction from a new crafter when they get that wow moment.

And before this afternoon's class I quickly dashed to get some flowers so I could put together this bouquet....

Although the 'leftovers' don't make such pretty viewing...

Better get tidying up before my class and then the start of a few family celebrations this evening

Julie x

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Vintage Leaves

Morning all,

Today's card is to celebrate one of my lovely downline , Anne, who has reached her 5 year anniversary with Stampin Up ! I have used Vintage Leaves and Number of Years on a gatefold card with a belly band. Colours are Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron.

Many congrats Anne and a big well done on all you have achieved !

Julie x

Friday, 10 March 2017

Sitting here ......

Thank crunchie it's Friday !! I've had a lovely but very busy week and a big thank you to all the ladies that have attended my classes this week.

This is one of the cards we made this week .....

This caused quite a giggle midweek. On Wednesdays I do a class in the morning and then repeat the same class to another lovely bunch of ladies in the afternoon. Quite often I hear myself saying the same thing and it often feels like Groundhog Day !
Anyway during the afternoon session I was explaining about the cushions when we realised we couldn't find the round cushion stamp on the table. We searched everywhere because I knew it had been there in the morning. We checked the floor, still no joy so I ended up texting my morning ladies to see if anyone had accidentally picked it up. Still no sign of it so we improvised , and then later in the class one of the ladies stood up - and we found she had been sitting on it , block and all !!!
The fact that it was a cushion and the stamp set is Sitting Here made us all smile.

Enjoy the weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Evening all, I'm only just scraping in for a Wednesday post today, but at least I've made it !

I've had classes all day today and then an order to input tonight and by the time I realised I hadn't blogged it was too dark for photos.

Sooo, I've had a trawl through my photos and tried to find something that I haven't already  shown you  ( I hope ) but I apologise in advance if I have posted this before. In fact, if I have any eagle eyed readers who can tell me if I've shown you this previously then please get in touch and I may send you a little prize.

Anyway, I've come up with this thank you card.......

Oh good, you don't recognise it and I've got away with it !

As its a thank you card, I would like to 'virtually' send it to you all for dropping by to see what I've been up to and to those that leave me lovely comments.

I promise I will try to be more organised for next time

Julie x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Stylized Birthday

Hello, hope you all enjoyed the Jems Blog Hop on Saturday and the rest of your weekend. After all the rain the last few days it's a lovely, sunny Spring day today - lets just hope it lasts !

Over on my Facebook page ( the link is on the right) I showed a picture of my messy desk, which prompted a lot of conversation. I tried to excuse the state of it as I am busy and when I stopped and worked it out, I am doing 21 classes this month so I AM busy lol ! Still need to tidy it though.

This morning was the first of 5 classes this week and here are some of my lovely ladies at our local tea room Vintage Teas @ No3......

Some made a trifold card and some decided to make a Happy Easter card.

The card I'm going to show you today is actually from last weeks class and is a pocket card...

And when it's opened....

The inside is stamped with the lovely Stylized Birthday sentiment stamp. This is a single stamp and brilliant value at just £9 as it makes an ideal focal point and you can just add a few different embellishments for a range of different looks. You can order it at my online store or contact me for more info.

Now , I really must go and tidy my desk as I have more cards to make !

Julie x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

March Jems Blog Hop

Morning all, and welcome to the Jems Blog Hop, hope you've enjoyed the projects so far !

This month the theme is a Colour Challenge - Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron. - the colours of the stunning new glimmer paper , available as a Sale-a-bration freebie until the end of the month.
Regular readers will have seen my earlier post using Lovely as a Tree and simple sponging that I CASED from the very talented Michelle Last.
I really enjoyed making those and knew I wanted to try other colour combinations , so this seemed a perfect opportunity to try it.....

And then I got thinking about which other stamps I'd got that would work with the same technique , so I made a Build a Birdcage version....

And a Seaside Shore version....

And a butterfly one....

I really enjoy sponging but normally its around the edges of my project but I just love how these little scenes emerge from the white space- thank you again Michelle for the original idea !

Hope you like my little makes - why not give it a try, it's very addictive !

Enjoy the rest of the Hop and we really appreciate the comments that are left

Julie x

Friday, 3 March 2017

Phew, another busy week over !

I've had 4 classes this week and next week I've got 5 , so I've got lots of designing to do over the weekend.
In my last post I mentioned I'd finished work to spend time 'doing more of what makes me happy' and I have had a couple of enquiries about joining Stampin' Up so I just thought I'd give you a few more details.

The starter kit costs £99 but the great thing is you get to choose any products you like to the value of £130 !!! AND if you do it during Sale-a-bration ( ie before the end of March) you can choose 2 extra stamp sets for free - so choose expensive ones to get your money's worth lol !!!

So how do you join ? Easy, pop over to my online store and press the Join the Fun button ! You will need to input your personal details and the products you would like but please ask if you need any help.

I have already welcomed a couple of lovely ladies to my team during Sale-a-bration and am happy to chat further , with no obligation, if anyone wants any further info. Or I have a document of FAQ s I could email you if you prefer. My email address is, look forward to hearing from you.

Today's card is another Beautiful You one that has been made in all my classes this week and was very well received

Pretty isn't it ? Back to my normal style lol. This time I have used the paper piecing technique instead of colouring the dress. Colours are Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Sweet Sugarplum and Pink Pirouette.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow this week as I'm taking part in the Jems Monthly Blog Hop and we have some lovely things to show you.

Julie x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Beautiful You Frame

Happy 1st March, which means we are now into the final month of Sale-a-bration ! In some ways it seems to have flown by but there again it seems absolutely ages ago since Christmas.

Anyway, this month is the last opportunity for you to earn yourself a freebie with an order of £45 or above so if you fancy a treat from your wish list,  then now's the time to do it !

Today I have used Beautiful You again but this time it's not a card but a simple home decor piece. The gorgeous frame was one of the gifts I received when I left work last year and I just stamped a simple scene to go inside it....

The detail on the frame is almost a perfect match for the lacy stamp from Delicate Details, which is one of the Sale-a-bration freebie items.

The image is then just coloured with the Early Espresso watercolour pencil and the blender pen - Simples !
I love the sentiment too and this picture now reminds me how lucky I am to have the opportunity to spend more time running classes and enjoying Stampin' Up!

Julie x