Friday, 26 May 2017

Weather Together

Yes, Friday , so nearly the weekend and a Bank Holiday weekend too !

Let's hope we get some nice weather - I have a very important list to finalise 😉 and would love to sit out in the sunshine while I write it . Let's hope I don't need the umbrella featured in today's card.

Weather together is another bundle that is worth buying now as you will only be able to get the items separately in the new catalogue......

The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms which is a lovely set too .

Enjoy the weekend and may all your umbrellas be crafty ones lol !

Julie x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Jar of Love

Morning all, got to be quick as just getting ready for today's classes and I have a treat for my ladies, I'm letting them  use some new products ! After all it won't be long til the new catalogue goes live on 1st June. Have you done your list yet ?

Today's card using the Jar of Love stamps which I'm pleased to say does feature in the new catalogue but not as a bundle with the framelits so if it's on your wish list it's cheaper to get it now.

Pretty isn't it and can you tell I'm loving the new fold designed by Amanda ?If you pop over to The Craft Spa she now has some fantastic tutorials for sale so that you can recreate her masterpieces, well worth a look!

Better get packing my bags

Julie x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Birthday Blossoms

Morning all,

Hope you all had a good weekend ? I actually managed between the showers to cut the grass , do a little weeding and visit a local garden centre for some inspiration. I love cutting the grass it makes such a difference doesn't it ? And yes I do do stripes lol !

Today's card uses the Birthday Blossoms and retiring ( but reduced) Balloon Adventures stamps.

The colours are Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate and the new Powder Pink and were very popular in my classes.

Come back on Wednesday for another card using this colour combination 

Julie x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Happy 50th!

Morning all,

I'm back with a quick post as I realised due to my birthday on Monday my posts had switched from the normal days of Mon, Wed, Fri and I hadn't stuck to my New Years Resolution of posting 3 times a week. 
Must be the  Taurean in me, but when I say I'm going to do something, I do ! Hubby calls it stubborn but always looking for the positive I like to think of it as focus and determined lol !😉 Although, I can be very stubborn- just don't tell him I admitted it !

Today's card is using up some more retired paper - I need to as there is lots in the new catalogue I would like.....

And the birthday boy is a Wolves fan as well so he will appreciate the colours.

You know that saying - "you know you're getting old when ........" Well, my auntie sent me a card for a big birthday .....but I've still got 2 years to go !!!!

Off to find the wrinkle cream

Julie x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper

Morning all, Friday again .

It's been a bit of a wet week here but yesterday there was an improvement and I managed to take my photos outside in the sunshine.
The card I am going to show you today is similar to one I have made previously but this time I wanted to showcase the gorgeous Affectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series Paper. At the time of writing this is still available AND reduced to £8.23 !

The smaller prints are just perfect for the blind and balloons but the pack also has some much bolder, multi coloured prints too, including everyone's favourites, the ones with the copper foil.....

Hope we get to see the sunshine again over the weekend but my phone tells me rain 😢

Enjoy , despite the weather !

Julie x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Oops I'm running behind on my blogging this week - but I do have a good excuse !
Yesterday, it was my birthday and I had a lovely day. In the morning I enjoyed some time with my Card and a Cuppa ladies at the tea room and then had visitors during the afternoon and a nice meal out in the evening.

Also the day before we travelled up to spend some time with my eldest at Uni and had a lovely wander around the pretty town of Bakewell and enjoyed the Spring sunshine.

I  was overwhelmed by all the gorgeous cards, gifts, flowers and messages I received - I'm such a lucky girl ! So a big thank you to everyone that made my day special. 

And look at these for a beautiful selection of handmade cards........

So special and very much appreciated 

Julie x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Berry Burst

Happy Friday !

One of my lovely class ladies has a special birthday today so I decided that called for a bit of new product !
I made the fold using a tutorial from my amazing friend and team mate Amanda Bates at The Craft Spa. This card is so quick and easy and perfect for using up scrap bits of paper ...

I have used the new Berry Burst colour and you may even spot a portion of a new punch coming very soon.
I have taken a picture from the underneath so you can see the dimension....

And to show it folds flat for a standard C6 envelope....

Thank you again Amanda for sharing your clever ideas ! And pop over to The Craft Spa and see what Amanda has done with this fold's almost everything and the kitchen sink lol.

And then this afternoon I have been creative with some real flowers instead and made 2 bouquets ready for more birthday celebrations with friends this evening.... 

Bit of Berry Burst there too I think ? Better get scrubbing the ink off my fingers

Have a lovely weekend

Julie x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Special reason

Hello all,

I had a lovely, if very busy, day yesterday with my Wednesday ladies. I normally have a morning session and then repeat it again in the afternoon but every once in a while we all get together all day and go out for lunch too.

Yesterday, it was the High Tide class and the ladies all made a stunning frame like this and a selection of cards....

Everyone loved this stamp set but a lot of the chatter centred round the Succulent dies and stamps and I ended up ordering several !

The card I'm going to show you today is using another retiring set called Special Reason and is one I CASED from my very talented Stampin' Up! Mommy Julie Kettlewell at The Paper Haven......

Very vibrant colours too, the retiring Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder teamed with Pool Party and Night of Navy

I must confess to not being a big fan of Cucumber Crush but it has started to grow on me a little now it's retiring - does that happen to you ?

Julie x

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Oh so succulent

Morning all,

Don't know where the sunshine has gone today ? It's very dull here but on Sunday I sat in the garden with my shorts on and even got a little sunburnt !

Today I have a very quick card for you using more retiring products and colours. I love making my own patterned paper and this time used the succulent stamps which are reduced and still in stock at the moment. The colours are Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush and Pool Party......

This card literally took me a couple of minutes, just very quick random stamping but I like that the succulents can be flowers as well if used in different colours.

I've got to do my cutting for tomorrow's class now and it doesn't look like I'm going to be distracted by any nice weather

Back soon 

Julie x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems May Blog Hop

Morning all and welcome to the Jems Blog Hop !

This month the theme is 'Something for the Men' and I must confess to being much keener on all things girly and pretty, so it took me much longer to think about what I was going to make.

I love all the floral stamp sets and have been making some pretty things with a NEW stamp set called Daisy Delight.....and as it was sitting on my desk.... I thought I would give it a go...... bear with me, it's not quite as mad as it sounds....

This is the stamp set and I'll show you some of the pretty things another time but today I've tried to create something more masculine....

Well, what do you think ? I've also used the beautiful new Wood Textures paper and Copper trim.

Not sure if you can see the shine of the copper embossing powder ?

And a few more little bits using the same set. For those that are interested in the colour combination it is Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Copper and the gorgeous new Tranquil Tide.

I enjoyed using different textures and the Copper Trim is great because it opens out like netting.
Okay, so I didn't actually use the Daisy image but I did use 7 stamps from this set and I hope I've showed you that it can be used for something less flowery too - I'm a great believer in making my stamps work hard and love it when they do more than what it says on the tin !

Enjoy the rest of the Hop

Julie x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Balloon Adventures

Morning and happy Friday !

Today's card features more retiring products , the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Hello You thinlits and at the time of writing both were still available....

And the Balloon Adventure stamps are reduced too !

Pop back tomorrow because it's the Jems Monthly Blog Hop again  -  I know, where do the months go ? Lots of photos for you tomorrow and maybe a sneak peek ........

Julie x

Eastern Palace

Morning all,

I just wanted to let you know about a new product suite Stampin' Up! have released. It's called Eastern Palace and its from the NEW catalogue ! Yes, that means it's available NOW before the rest of the catalogue is released!

There are two comprehensive bundle options available and they include 3 of the new ink pad colours ! Perfect for those of you that can't wait for the 1st June

These products are only available as bundles until 31st May, so let me know if you are interested.

Julie x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Botanical Builder bargain

Happy May Day !

Hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday! I have actually scheduled this post in advance in order to get a little more organised so I'm not actually sure what I will be up to today, but looking forward to getting up slightly later !

Today's card is made using the Botanical builder dies , which at the time of writing were still in stock AND reduced from £30 to £21, a bargain.

These are really beautiful and ideal for making home decor pieces - they might just sneak into my keep pile....

There is also a matching stamp set called Botanical Blooms which is reduced to £11.25 so you could grab yourself some real bargains !

Enjoy the holiday and let's hope the sun shines

Julie x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Flower Patch

Morning all,

Just a very quickie today as I need to get on with designing my projects for next weeks classes - and I'd like a little free time to play with my exciting new toys !

We made this card last week and it seemed to remind people how versatile the Flower Patch stamp is particularly for backgrounds, looks lovely in all sorts of colours and although it is sadly retiring , it is still available. And if you haven't got the Decorative Label punch - where have you been ? - sorry, it's all gone now, but check out the other ones that are still left. I really love the Stampin' Up punches, so quick and easy.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

So Succulent

Evening, apologies it's late in the day again.

I've had a very busy but enjoyable crafty day today. Firstly, with my Wednesday class ladies and then a little team training session where I was able to show some of the new products to some team members who weren't able to get to Amsterdam . Think they enjoyed playing with the new In Colours - and looking through a real life catalogue !

My project today uses the Oh So Succulent dies. I must admit I am disappointed these are retiring as I had big plans for them, but time ran away with me and so I literally just put a few together so I could show my class ladies......

Although it's a shame they are going, the good news is that they are reduced from £30 to just £18 ! And at the time of writing are still available so if you want them pop over to but don't leave it too long as things are selling out fast !

While I was tidying away my craft things, a little baby robin came and sat on the outside of my window sill looking in.....

He was chirping away and just sat there until his parents came to feed him. I didn't like to take a photo while they were feeding him in case it disturbed them but the little one was more than happy to sit and pose for me, despite only being inches away ! The innocence of youth - or maybe he just wanted to check out what's in the new catalogue lol !

Julie x

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