Saturday, 31 January 2009

Mojo Monday challenge

A bit late in uploading today!!! I had a very long day yesterday travelling down to Stampin Up HQ, I set off at 6.30am and finally made it back to Lincoln (where I was spending the night) at 11.10pm!!!! We sat on the M1 not moving for 1.5 hours which wasn't very pleasant!!!!
Anyway onwards and upwards, here is my card for the Mojo Monday challenge
I also have my own Monday challenge within my team (Julie's Jems) and I make a card every Monday with a set I have either not used before or very seldom use!!! SO this is my Motivate Monday card, its late this week as I kept forgetting to photograph it!!!!
The stamped image is from the Fun and Fast notes set, very versatile set which you can use for all occasions!!! I have coloured this in with my marker pens.
Papers are my all time favourites, Sweet Always, just love them!!! The sentiment is from the Best Yet Level 1 hostess set.

Chocolate chip ribbon tied in a scrummy bow to finish it off!!!!
So yesterday I went to some Stampin Up training, lots of good things will be happening I am aure this year as we move forward. Sale A Bration has been very popular and don't forget it is still running until the end of February. There are rewards for everyone, so if you are thinking of signing up to become an Independant Demonstrator please get in touch with me for more infomation!!! My team has grown to 9 this month (inc me!) and we are a very friendly bunch, if a little crazy at times!!!
Have a great Sunday

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Card orders

I have a few regular customers for my cards, I mainly focus on my wedding stationery these days but like to help out my regulars!!

I make cards for a lovely lady up in Kendal and she likes the A5 size with peoples names on. She usually sends me a batch at a time like 4 or 5 but last week she had gone through her birthday book and sent me a list of 21!!!!!!!!

I have only had chance to make this first one as it was quite urgent!
As you can see its for a guy called Phil!! Who is 21 believe it or not!!!! I used Chocolate Chip card base with Spiced Cider papers and cut out his name with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip. I have stamped the faithful beer mugs from Cheers to You and cut out some stars with the Star punch which is becoming a firm favourite for male cards!

Bit of doodling detailing on the stars.

She mailed me this morning to say it had arrived and that she loves it !!! Phew - 1 down , 20 to go!!!!!


Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Sketch Saturday card

Here is my card for the Sketch Saturday challenge, I need a boys card for a party my son has to go to in a couple of weeks, so got the good old Changitos out again!!!
All other products are Stampin Up. Image is coloured with my SU markers and I have used the Rainbow Sherbert range of papers again. The sentiment is from the Starring You set of 4 stamps, great for boys cards. I have punched the stars out in Tempting Turquoise and then stamped the smaller stamp from the Starring You set and layered it up.

Lots of doodling aswell on this one!!!!
Hope he likes it!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Penny Black Challenge

Here is my card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, the challenge was to use a frame on your card. My friend Anna lent me these Circle Nestabilities, I have never used them before but managed to make a frame with them and think I may have to make a purchase!!!!!
This card is for one of my son's to give his Dad for his birthday or Father's Day which are only 1 day apart!!!!!
Products are from Stampin Up, the papers are Spiced Cider, and the Dad has been stamped with Schoolbook Serif Alpha, I have doodled with the Choc Chip marker and the frame is cut with Choc Chip. Stars cut out from the same paper range with my Star Punch and I have used a Close ot Cocoa button and tied a cute little bow through it with the linen thread, pinched this idea from my fab downline Jeannette. Thanks love! Old Olive in a knot finishes it off!!! Oh and the image has been coloured in with my inkpads. All products are available through me!!!

Right will put it away until June now!!!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Three Fold Baby Girl Card

I was asked to make one of these style cards for a lady who I had made a card for like this previously. I havent done one for a while so it made a nice change.

I have cut out 3 tag styles pieces of card, layered them with Scallop edged papers and typed the details of the birth of the baby onto pearlescent white card and chalked the edges.

Daisies punched out with my little retro daisy punch and the cards all tied together with pink and white ribbon.

Hope you likey!

P.S I did post this earlier with an altenative added in the middle and I didnt like it so I have covered it up with the image of the little baby, stamp by MAMBI and used the Scallop Circle Punch!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Friday Sketchers

This is my card for the Friday Sketchers challenge, sorry for the late post today I have been rehearsign all day for a show I am in. WIll post about that on seperate post!!!!
This is my version of the card, I am not that happy with the overall end result but never mind! I made it for my sister and her husband for their anniversary in May, their wedding colours were black and hot pink!
The background has been stamped with the Forever Flowers wheel which matches the Mr & Mrs set which I have used for the black floral circle, the flowers and the sentiment

I have used my precious hodgepodge hardware with some rhinestone brads. The spots are stamped with the Polka Dot background stamp. Colour Combo is Pixie Pink and Basic Black.
Sorry for the rushed post, I am shattered!!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

My little bit of heaven!!!

I have been asked by a few people to show pictures of my little craft room. Before I show them I need to explain a few things!!! LOL!!!

  • This room is only 9ft by 6ft
  • It used to be Evan's Nursery so hence the lilac and turquoise!!!
  • I do all my wedding orders from in here so I have a LOT of stuff for a very small space

Ok then, here goes!!! This is my Stampin Up area!!! My drawers and caddy are sat on a cupboard which is built in and we used to use this area as a "changing" area for Evan!!! Most of my stamp sets are in the plastic drawers from Asda. The others than won't fit in are on the shelf above. In my really useful boxes are my wheels and various ribbons. As you can see I have the Ink Caddy and the Embellishment caddy!

Another view!

OK, here is the mess!!!!!! This is my desk (obviously!!!) It is from Ikea, the shelf bit clamps onto the actual desk. In the middle section I have my Stampin Up card and bits and bobs in the spotty boxes. To the left (above my laptop) are some very useful card storage holders on which my card for my weddings rests. To the left of that is a large Ikea bookcase with loads of bits and bobs on it!!! As you can see the window sill doesnt escape!!! It has all Ikea little tubs with various things in!!!

This is the other side of the room, I have a smaller bookcase with my printer on and various 12x12 in Really Useful boxes and then some wonky shelves that my husband put up!!! With my Stampin Up ribbons strung onto pieces of card and hung on nails!!!! LOL

So thats it, its small and sweet and very cluttered, but its all mine!!!!

Friday, 23 January 2009

Quick and Easy with bling!

I needed a really quick 30th card today, which I chucked together in 10 minutes!!!
The pink doesn't show up very well on the photo but its a lovely bably pink with black and some bling!!!!
Papers are from Craftwork cards and I have cut out the 30 on my Cricut using the Alphalicious cartridge.
The card is for a girl called Georgina but she likes to be called George in case you were wondering why it is pink!!!! George is cut out with the Alphalicious cart too.

Diamantes and Stampin Up Pink taffeta ribbon added to finish it off!!
Hoping to have a card marathon tonight as I have given my craft room a huge tidy up!!
Have a good weekend!


Well I was intending to do a Blog Candy soon as my counter was nearing 40,000 hits but like most people my counter appears to have disappeared!!!

Never the kiljoy I have decided "what the heck" I will still do my Blog Candy
So would you like a chance at my "NO COUNTER BLOG CANDY!"
All you have to do is leave me a comment and add a link to my blog from your blog! Simple as!
The blog candy is the CONGRATS set from Stampin Up Sale A Bration. This set is brand new but I have mounted it for you!!!!
It contains 7 stamps all perfect for those times you need a Congratulations card! Babys card, wedding cards, anniversary, retirement, they are all covered in here!!
I will also add in a few little extra Stampin Up surprises to the candy!!

So jump on in and leave me a comment!
This is only available to UK residents, sorry!
I will draw the winner next Thursday evening (22nd Jan) at 7pm!
Good Luck

Thursday, 22 January 2009

We have a winner

Drum roll please........... my little boy is just ready for bed and his last job of the day before brushing his teeth was to pick your number out!! I asked him to write down a number between 1 and 58 and here is what he wrote.............20
I have counted down to 20 (I had to delete one comment that was duplicated) and the winner is Vicky from Cuddly Cards!!!! OMG Vicky, can't believe you have won, you have got my Evan to thank!!!!! He likes chocolate and Mr Men!!!!
Thank you all for entering and for your lovely comments on my blog!
See you tomorrow with another card!
Jules (& Evan) x

Sketch Saturday

Here is my card for Sketch Saturday, I was determined not to miss this as I love the Sketch Saturday challenges and have done quite a few of them now!!
I know quite a few people who are pregnant, including my little sister so I thought I would make a baby boy card. I have used the Nursery Neccessities set for only the second time!!!! Shock horror!! I think I have had it since November!!!
The background paper is Certainly Celery designer paper and I have used the Bashful Blue designer papers too along with a bit of Barely Banana thrown in! I have stamped the little heart from the Big Bold Birthday set as a background on the circle and decoupaged the little sails on the boat.

Finished it off with the Circle of Friendship set and layered up with various circle punches and the scallop edge punch.
Its been put away into my box of cards now, you watch everyone will have girls now I have made this!!
Bye for now!

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

At last I have a photo of my card!!!!!!
This is a card for the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is to make a card for a New Baby, Mum to Be or a Pre-schooler.I went with the Pre-schooler and made this for my friends baby who will be one in a few weeks.
I got the idea for this card from one I saw on Spiltcoast stampers and changed a few bits around like the size and some of the layout.
This is the first time I have used my Wild About You set which I actually got in December!!
Its a great set for kiddies cards! I have decoupaged the lions mae which I relly like. The colour combo is Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana.

I cut out the squares on my cricut and then punched out the layers with the scallop square punch. I have used Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon with Blue gingham overt the top. Stamped the number 1 with the Schoolbook Serif numbers set and punched out and layered up with my scallop circle punch. The paper is Certainly Celery designer paper which has been retired but is still available whilst stocks last. To finish it off I have added some dots of blue stickles.

Hope you like it, I have a card ready for tomorrow for Sketch Saturday challenge!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Disaster and another Paper Share!!!!!

Well I did have a card I made yesterday all ready to show today but I have been out and about all day and forgot to take a photo until around 4pm and it was just too dark, so I am gonna have to add it tomorrow!!! I feel like I have failed with my daily posting so here I am with a post!!!!

Anyway I had such a good response to mkae paper share I have decided to do another one if I get enough people! I already have 2 ladies so I need another 6 ladies to join in the share!

Here is a photo from the share I did last week. You get a piece of each of the designer papers that Stampin Up sell, thats 84 sheets of 6x6 double sided paper. It will come packaged up in cello bags and secured in a pizza box and delivered to your door for £16.00.

Also 2 of the 8 ladies will be lucky enough to win a free stamp set as this order will qualify us for 2 Sale A Bration stamp sets!!!! So your £16.00 could be well worth it if you win!!!

For further info or to book a slot in the share please contact me on

Will post the card tomorrow (promise!!)



Monday, 19 January 2009

Friday Sketchers challenge

Well another new week and here I am with my entry for the Friday Sketchers. Its the first time I have entered this one, I do like to follow a sketch, make life easier!!!
The stamp is the Picking Apples again which I coloured with my Stampin Up inkpads and an Aquabrush.
Papers are all Tea and Crumpets range and the sentiment is from the lovely Best Yet hostess set

The flourish is actually from the Christmas set, Season of Joy, but its very useful for non Christmas cards. I have added some little retro daisies with gems in the centre. Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon is just visible.
If you would like to order any Stampin Up products don't hesitate to contact me!!!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Spoon full of Sugar challenge

Gosh I am shattered, I have been at a wedding fayre all day exhibiting my stationery!!!
Here is a card I have made for the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is Paper Piecing.
I have pieced the dress and also pieced her little socks!!!!

Papers are Stampin Up Sweet Always (I love them so much!!!) and I have scalloped the edge of the papers. The image has been backed with Chocolate Chip designer papers. I have added some choc chip ribbon and stamped the sentiment with the Circle of Friendship set, layered up with the circle and scallop circle punches

The image has been coloured in with the Stampin Up ink pads, I am loving this technique. Creamy Caramel button with linen thread tied through to finish it off!

Hope you have had a good weekend.


Saturday, 17 January 2009

Cupcake Class!

Today was my Cupcake class, I have been planning and looking forward to this since before Christmas!!! Now you have to know that I LOVE cupcakes!!! I like to eat them (not good), I like to make cards with them and I like them as decoration as I like retro trendy things!!!

Now this is going to be a long post and I apologise!!!!! I have had a lovely afternoon with 6 other lovely ladies. I baked Cupcakes last night and we partook in one with a lovely cuppa!!!

Here is my favourite cupcake book!!!

Here are the little beauties complete with a Malteser on top!

I even had Cupcake coasters and check out the Cupcake table cloth!!! Yes I am Cupcake Crazy!!!!

Here are the cards we made, first one is a DL size, I did this size on purpose as I always opt for square cards so thought I would go long!!!!

The cupcake has been paper pieced onto Sweet Always designer paper and layered onto Chocolate Chip card, bit of doodling and a malteser on top!!!

Next up is a Cupcake shaped card covered in Sweet Always papers and then I have concertined the paper to make like a bun case at the bottom, A rhinestone brad holds the sentiment in place.

We decorated the inside with a tiny cupcake!!!

Next up is a desktop calendar. I got the style of the calendar from my upline Monica when she initally used the truck from Loads of Love, I thought a cupcake would look fab on the end so adapted it. The flower is stamped with the Sale A Bration set Polka Dot Punches and punched out with the 5 petal flower punch

I had a prize draw and gave away a Polka Dot Punch stamp set tied up with gorgeous Choc Chip Double Stitched grosgrain!! The lovely
Diane won it and she was so chuffed bless her!!

Talking of Diane, here she is with Vicky, they are concentrating from the look of this!!!

And here is the aftermath!!!!

I really enjoyed it girls, thanks for attending, hope I inspired you and please check out my sidebar in the next few days for more classes over the next few months!!


Papertake Weekly Challenge

This weeks challenge on Papertake Weekly is to follow the sketch by Dawny!
I need this boys card in a few weeks for a party my son will be going to. So I have used my new Changito monkey stamps and stamped the star background and of course the monkey in his spaceship!!
All other products are Stampin Up. The colour scheme is Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Brilliant Blue. The name has been stamped with my trusty Schoolbook Serif stamps and the image has been coloured in with my Stampin Up markers.

Number 6 stamped with Schoolbook Serif numbers set and punched out with 1 3/8 circle punch and then layered with the Scalloped Edge punch. The stars have been cut out with my brand new Star punch which I treated myself to!! Bit of doodling and a button and thats it!!
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Sarah to my team! Sarah took advantage of the the fab offer during Jan and Feb and purchased the Starter Kit and earned herself 2 extra free sets!!! Please see sidebar for details!! Welcome to the Jems Sarah!!!!
I have my Cupcake class this afternoon, got 6 lovely ladies coming, the cupcakes have been baked and iced so we are ready to rock and roll! I will take some pictures and report back!!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge Number 2

I made 3 cards last night at my crafting session with Anna and they are all for different challenges so watch this space!!!
The challenge was to use 3 different papers and 3 different embellishments, no more, no less!!

For the papers I have used the Tea and Crumpets pink paper for the main background, the spotty paper is Chocolate Chip Designer papers and the floral papes is from Sweet Always. All Stampin Up products and all available through me!!
The stamp is Picking Apples which my fab downline Steph sent me. I have coloured it with the Stampin Up Inkpads and an Aquabrush.

For the embellishments I have used some Choc Chip ribbon, a jewelled brad and a flower from the Pretties Kit, again all by Stampin Up.

I love the sentiment "a friend is someone who makes it easy", its from the Simply Said stamp set.
Hope you like it! I will be back tomorrow with another card.
Whilst I am on I just wanted to say well done to Marlene who is another of my fab downline for being a fantastic cardmaker and for getting herself a trip to Orlando with the Sugar Nellie team, you so deserve it Marlene, well done.
P.S Please don't forget my Blog Candy but please do leave a link on your blog. A couple of people have entered but not left a link! Thanks

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Trio of Cupcakes (in the dark!!!!!)

Morning, would you believe me when I tell you I have just taken these photos are 9.30am!!!!

It's such a dark dismal day here, it looks like I took them at midnight!!
I am adament to post every day so have added them but will probably replace them tomorrow if its brighter!!!!
I have decided to make a few small cards to always have to hand. I always need to send little cards out to my team of ladies to say "thanks", "well done" etc... so these will fit the bill!
They are all made with Sweet Always papers and the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp (can you tell this is my favourite set!!!) and I have used my scraps of paper up!

The card above had Sentiment from Sincere Salutations and I have used the Scallop Edge punch.

Card above includes the With Love sentiment from the Sale A Bration set "Yummy", yours free for every £45 you spend with me!

The last one incorporates the gorgeous flourish from the Yummy set again along with the With Love sentiment.
Having a crafting session at Anna's tonight so hoping to get lots of cards made!!!