Wednesday, 26 July 2017

All three together

Happy Wednesday to you !!

Just a very quick post today to show all three cards together......

I'm loving the new In Colours, especially with Sahara Sand, which is your favourite ?

Julie x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Another new week but I'm back again with another card using last weeks colour combination .....

A bit of flower colouring this time - and check out the very subtle background music notes. I love SU background stamps and this one is equally nice with a vintage feel like this or making a bold, dramatic impact too !
Do you like those tiny square embellishments in the top right hand corner ? Left overs from last weeks door card lol ! Waste not, want not ...

Julie x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ghost technique

Hi all,

Back with something a bit different today, ghost stamping. For this I used the new SU glossy card stock, can't wait to play with this more !
I stamped the little fishy background with Versamark ink and then sent aside to dry. Once dry I then sponged them with three horizontal stripes starting with Tranquil Tide at the bottom, then Emerald Envy, then Tempting Turquoise. As you press the ink in it is resisted by the Versamark and little white fishes appear!

Fun technique and a lot less messy than getting out the heat gun and embossing powder !

Julie x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Another Amanda special !

Back again, and today it's another amazing design CASED from the very clever Amanda Bates at The Craft Spa. Colours are Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Tempting Turquoise and Sahara Sand.....

Love it ! Thanks Amanda

Julie x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Gold gift bags

Morning all, Monday again. How quickly the weeks roll by - a sign of getting old lol !

Today it's not a card I've got to show you but some gift packaging. I recently sent my grown up niece a MAC cosmetics gift card. It was a black gift card and it came with a completely plain black envelope so I decided it needed 'stampyupifying' a bit to make it a bit prettier. I used one of the new gold striped gift bags and it was literally done in a minute, complete with a gold clip and some of the new mini sequin trim to coordinate with the black inside.

Very quick and easy !


Friday, 14 July 2017


Friday again ! Thank Crunchie !

Been a busy week, but the highlight has got to be another special card I received in the post from a very special lady !

It came all the way from the Stampin' Up! Home office in Utah with a personal message from the lovely Sara Douglass, CEO !!!
Sarah from our team had taken the trouble to contact Sara and let her know about our recent effort to send cards to the emergency services following the awful tragedies and I'm so touched that Sara contacted me.  I'm such a lucky girl but really it is to recognise the whole team effort

If you can, please surprise someone with an unexpected handmade card in the post - it means so much !

Julie X

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Graceful Garden


I promised you something pretty today ......and its using the gorgeous Graceful Garden stamp set. I really love these stamps and the other products in the suite. 

We made this card at my last Card and a Cuppa and it was very popular. I've also been using some of the other papers this week but I will save those for another day.

Are these your favourite papers in the new catalogue ? Or if not, which ones get your vote ?

Julie x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bonus Days

Hi, just realised I haven't told you about the Bonus Day offer that is running at the moment.

Throughout July for each £45 ( before p+p) that you spend you will receive a code to redeem for £4.50 off purchases made in August.

You can do this as many times as you want, however, if you are spending £99 or more you may want to consider the current starter kit offer which is amazing value at the moment !

Back tomorrow with something pretty

Julie x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Happy Saturday to you !

Hope you are enjoying the weekend and the continued lovely weather.

I've had a nice day at a local church fete, selling some of my wares and talking about all things SU - could do that all day !

Here is my cute little stall......

And when I got home I had some lovely post waiting for me .... a gorgeous card from the very talented Sarah-Jane Rae from

Isn't it beautiful ? Thank you so much Sarah-Jane, there is definitely nothing nicer than receiving unexpected happy post. And well worth popping over to Sarah-Jane's blog and checking out her other amazing creations too.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Julie x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Beautiful You

Morning all,

Just a quickie today as I have a full day of classes ahead and a few Mom's taxi service runs to do too !

Today's card is another Double Z fold, tutorial available from my very talented friend Amanda over at The Craft Spa........

I love cutting out 'clothes' to dress the Beautiful You ladies and this fold is easy to do but looks impressive

Thanks Amanda for all your clever ideas !

Julie x

Monday, 3 July 2017

Christmas in July

Morning all,

As promised I'm back with details of the fantastic Starter Kit offer available throughout July........

This is the FREE essentials kit.......

And then you also get this new Christmas stamp set for FREE too.......

Love those big sentiments ! Perfect for making quick, stunning cards which is definitely an advantage when making lots of Christmas cards.

And then you can choose £130 of products ......and all of the above only costs £99 !! Amazing value !
You can make your choices now by following this link or at my online store and press Join the Fun.

Today's card is for my SU mommy Julie Kettlewell... Hope you have a lovely day !

I love those flower stamps, could sit and make arrangements with them all day .

Any questions please get in touch

Julie x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

You are my SUnshine

Morning all  and welcome to the Jems Monthly Blog Hop !

The theme this month is 'You are my Sunshine' or in my case my SUnshine as tomorrow I will be celebrating 7 years since I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Time definitely flies when you are having fun !
Stampin' Up! has meant so much to me over the years, amazing team mates and new friends, lovely customers , increased confidence in my abilities, fantastic events, personal title achievements, my own team, self development ( including learning how to blog and hop !)......and even some crafting with my favourite products ever ! And across the last month it has become even more evident how important SU is to me and the special moments I have experienced.
I also need to say a big thank you to Julie Kettlewell, my SU mommy who has helped and guided me over the years - and hopefully seen an improvement !

If you are considering joining , then without doubt I would say DO IT ! And for perfect timing there is a very special offer starting today for the month of July, with even more reasons to enjoy the SUnshine. I will be back with more details on Monday but if you would like any info before then feel free to email me as I would love to welcome you to my team and share what I love.

So , I better stop reminiscing and show you a project. I decided to go further than you are my sunshine and include the moon and the stars lol ! A bit of artistic licence but I wanted to try out my Moon Baby stamps for the first time.....

Cute isn't it ? Love the new Bundle of Love papers, the gold is stunning and definitely not just for babies.

I also have had the Window Box dies for a while so I thought I would make a little box suitable for that special first tooth or curl.....

Hope you like my projects today because I've enjoyed playing with my new toys .

Enjoy the rest of the Hop !

Julie x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Graceful Garden

Morning all,

How's your week going ? Must confess I'm still playing catch up after my busy weekend and I have 3 classes over the next 2 days and a Crafternoon Tea on Saturday so my fingers will constantly be inky lol !

Today's card uses the amazing new set Graceful Garden. The Petal Garden suite and particularly the papers caught my eye when I first saw them in Amsterdam and I love the colour combinations but I decided I would try the rose in a more dramatic combination.......

Well, what do you think ? It's certainly striking and my class ladies loved the red with a pop of Lemon Lime Twist. Not my usual 'pretty colours ' choice but it's always good to try something different and it does give the stamp set a different feel than the gorgeous vintage style in the papers.

I know I will be using this set a lot, so expect a whole array of colours !

Julie x

Monday, 26 June 2017

Birthday Wishes Challenge

Morning all,

Well what happened to the weekend ? It passed me by in a mad whirl of stamping - but it was all in a good cause !

I started at the end of last week stamping at Heath Hayes Library and then Saturday and Sunday I moved to Potsy Pamsy Paint a Pot Studio and stamped , stamped and then stamped some more !

A big thank you to everyone that joined me and made a card towards my total or just ensured I was fed and watered. I am delighted I have 172 cards to send off to the Ronald McDonald House Charity and I have requested my cards to go to the House attached to the Manchester Childrens Hospital which has been supporting the families involved in the Arena terrorist attack.

Here are a few of the cards made......

I decided to use up some of the retired papers I have been hoarding but teamed them up with some new stamps.

And here they are ready to package up for posting......

That brings the total cards I have made for good causes to almost 400 in the last month- I'm becoming quite well known at the Post Office lol !

Julie x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Label me Pretty

Friday again , nearly the weekend ! Although I am working both Saturday and Sunday, making cards at a local garden centre for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, a very worthwhile cause, so hopefully I will get some people coming to stamp with me.

Today's card uses the new Label me Pretty bundle. I love stamp sets with a matching punch and this card is very simple but effective , a bit of colouring and some DSP and it's done .....

More new Washi tape too - I'm determined to use it now , not just buy it and stroke it lol !

Have a good weekend 

Julie x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Morning all,

I'm a little tired today after another trip to Leeds on Monday with another lovely downline Angie. We made some lovely projects though and it was nice to catch up with some friends I'd not seen for a while.

Today's card is the same card I've made and shown you before but I've just changed the colour combination.....

Looks different doesn't it ? And more new Fresh Fig ribbon and Lemon Lime Washi tape. 

Need to get organised as I have the first of my Birthday Wishes Challenge events tomorrow to make cards for the Ronald McDonald House charity and I will be sending mine to the house attached to Manchester Childrens Hospital so hopefully helping families affected by the Arena tragedy again.

Julie x

Monday, 19 June 2017

Awesomely Artistic

Happy Monday to you !

And what a gorgeous weekend ! I  travelled up to Leeds on Saturday with my lovely downline Donna for team training and then spent most of Sunday sitting in the garden, with a bbq for tea, and some wine, very relaxing.

Today's card uses some stamps that have carried over from the old catalogue, Awesomely Artistic but I've given them a fresh look by using some new colours.

Colours are Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate, nice and fresh and zingy !

New Bermuda Bay ribbon too .....hope you like

Julie x

Friday, 16 June 2017

More thank you so

Hi all,

Today's cards are more of the special thank you s we have been sending as a team to the emergency services, this time in London. Hopefully they will have all been received today and will be distributed to the amazing staff.

I think the last few weeks has highlighted to the public more than ever, the dedication and bravery of the emergency services and NHS staff.

Although made initially in response to the London Bridge tragedy, of course our thoughts are with all those recently affected by the terrible fire too.

These are a few of the batch of cards I sent.....

Have a special weekend with those that matter to you most and let's hope there are no further tragedies any time soon

Julie x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Meditteranean Moments

What a beautiful day it has been here today !  Although I haven't had chance to see much of the sunshine as I have had classes all day, but I did get back and do a bit of tidying in the garden just to make the most of the nice weather.

And today's card is bright and sunny too ! It uses the Mediterranean Moments stamps with a bit of simple colouring with the watercolour pencils. The colour combination is Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.......

I believe the nice weather is due to continue over the weekend so maybe there will be more 'Meditteranean Moments' - and at least it is drying my mountain of washing !

Julie x

Monday, 12 June 2017

Guy Greetings

Happy Monday to you !

Hope you had a nice weekend. I had a busy one, Saturday morning we travelled up to Sheffield, moved my daughter out of Uni and travelled home again, all before lunch. Since then I have been feeding the washer, non stop - 10 loads so far !!  But it is nice to see the shoes in the hall and dish up the Sunday roast for four again .....

Today's card uses the car image from Guy Greetings as Fresh Fig just shouted out vintage car colour to me and the tree and grass are from Sheltering Tree and the clouds from Lift me Up ......

Good job we didn't have to bring all her stuff back in that car though !!!

Julie x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Love Today Planner

Are you an organised person ? I like to think I am, although my craft room is probably described as organised chaos !
In general though, I like to be organised and LOVE lists..... I have a monthly list, weekly lists, a daily to do list etc and so was so excited when I knew Stampin' Up! were bringing out a new planner.
I saw it in Amsterdam and have been waiting not so patiently and yesterday it arrived !

It is so pretty !

And look at those cute little post it notes. Today, I've been making lists of the lists I need to include lol ..... but I haven't actually written in it yet !

Have a very organised weekend 

Julie x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Colour Challenge

Hello All,

Over on our demo team page we are having a colour challenge to celebrate the new In Colours and this is the combination this week ....

Lovely combination isn't it ?

And this was my take on it.....

Using the lovely flowers from the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous set, have used these stamps loads already !

And yesterday I received my first big delivery from the new catalogue .......

Always exciting, even if most of it isn't mine ! And there is a certain item I have been waiting for for ages that I hope will be arriving tomorrow.... more about that next time

Julie x

Monday, 5 June 2017

Thinking of you ....

Morning all, and firstly a very big thank you for all the messages I have received about my little card, both on here and privately. I have been touched by your lovely words and inspired to keep making a difference.

It was devastating to hear of further tragedies in London at the weekend and so today's card is dedicated to anyone affected.....

And yes, I am off to make some more thank you cards !

Julie x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

One Little Card.....

Morning all and welcome to the Jems Blog Hop !

The card I want to show you today is very, very special to me although when you see it you will probably wonder why !
Yes, it does contain a new In Colour, new stamp set, new punch and new designer series paper but it's very small in size and very simple in design. However, it's not the actual card that is so important to me but the story behind it .......

Last week , like everyone else I was horrified by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena. I'm not from Manchester.....thankfully no one I know was affected.... but with 2 teenage daughters and having recently done a concert pick up ,it was something that really upset me.
Together with some of the Jems we decided to make and send some cards to show our appreciation to all the fantastic staff who had tended to those affected.
So many people were willing to give up their Bank Holiday weekend to join in and between us we managed to make 946 cards to be distributed to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, the 8 hospitals involved and the staff at the Manchester Arena. A fantastic achievement by the team and one I am very proud to be part of !

So here is my little card, spreading the Stampin' Up! love.....

And I then repeated it in various other colourways.....

141 in total, to represent each person killed or injured . Then there was the little task of writing them all by hand - you can see why I mentioned Crafting forever, housework whenever in my last post lol !
But soon they were all packed up and ready to post and we tried to time it so that they would be received on 1st June 

The team has received some lovely emails and comments from some of the recipients so we know they are doing the job intended.

Manchester may have been a tragic event but it has also shown there is still a lot of kindness and compassion in the world. So many people across the country have pulled together to 'do their bit' and I am glad to have made a small contribution.

Enjoy the rest of the Hop, this is an amazing team

Julie x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Crafting forever ....

Morning all, 

So , the new catalogue went live yesterday and I was up bright and early to place my customers orders     and I've been notified today that they are already packed and ready to be shipped ! Amazing service at such a busy time

Today's card uses the fun Crafting Forever set which I was lucky enough to receive as a Silver Elite gift at OnStage. It has lots of crafty images and also features the Angel policy stamp so you can use it on any projects that you sell, but my favourite bit has to be the sentiment - Crafting forever, housework whenever !
This just about sums up my week perfectly, well most weeks actually lol, but especially this one !

Same colour combination as before Fresh Fig, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide.

Pop back tomorrow as I am taking part in the Jems Blog Hop and have a very special little card to tell you about 

Julie x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Almost new catalogue time....

Morning all,

It's down to hours now until the new catalogue goes live.....but that also means it's your very last chance to get some of the retiring items too !

Today's card mixes the new with the old. I have used two of the new In Colours, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig and a new Happy Birthday die ( think this will be very popular) but paired it with the So Succulent stamps. These stamps are perfect fo backgrounds and are reduced to £15.20 - but if you want them you've only got until this evening !

Lots of my customers have been contacting me with their wish lists - now I just need to find time to go and write mine lol !

Julie x

Monday, 29 May 2017

Our Anniversary

Morning all,

I've had a VERY busy crafting weekend but more about that later in the week.
Today's card is one I made for Hubby as we celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday....

Sorry no time to chat today, I have some special cards to write...Enjoy the Bank Holiday

Julie x

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