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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Our first Dream Team Blog Hop of 2017

Wow, it's scary to think we're hopping for the first time this year, before we know it, it will be December!! We have a great theme of Hearts to kick the year off,  chosen by our lovely Anneke and that is also where you should have started to hop.  Otherwise, hopefully you arrived here from our lovely Hellen's blog, where I'm sure she shared something just fabby with you!
I've chosen gorgeous George for my card - well, Georgie Cartwheel actually! I just wanted to capture the awesome movement in the image, so made the circle so that it would rotate if you push the star tab around.  (Took me ages to work out how to do it before the penny dropped!)  The photos below show the circle at various stages of the cartwheel!
And here he is upside down, I think as Mo intended him!
My papers are from My Minds Eye, and I added the top sentiment  - I think it's from Autumn Leaves but have lost the packaging I've had it so long!

My stitched double heart border is from Marianne - CR1362 - and comes in a set of two borders (the other is a lovely big bracket!).

Right it's time to send you onto our Kaly's blog, where I'm sure she will have a treat in store for you. The full hop order is below in case you get lost along the way!
Don't forget there are two $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to be drawn from the participating Dream Team Designers comments so... make sure you pop in and comment on everyone's post for the blog hop to be in with the chance to win!!!

Happy Hopping everyone!
Juliexx

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Merged Dwarves and Doggie from Mo's Digital Pencil

I always loved Mo's dwarf images and I was delighted when she completed the set recently.  And she's given them to us in PNG format, so they're very easy to merge as I've done here!  I've used Dwarf 4, Dwarf 6 and Dwarf 7 and also Spot (goblin dog) and love the scene that's been created so easily!  Perfect for a new home card for my son!
It really didn't need much more than the image for my card, so left it really simple apart from the New Home die cut from Marianne Designs - Catalogue no CR1314.

That's all today folks,
Hugs. Juliexx

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Mixed Media Birthday Card


It was our lovely Em's 22nd birthday this week and I always try and do something a bit arty for her, her being an artist an all!  So I used this image from a Prima Finnebair set which I thought she would like.  Once stamped, I glossy accented the image and when the gel was dry, I put it into the freezer overnight. This hardened it up nicely so that I could then crack it to get this fab cracked glass effect below - I love this technique!
Before sticking my image down I added some texture using structure paste and various dies and masks.
For the bricks below, I used a Marianne die called Card with a View , which is a window with brick edging - Catalogue no CR1389. The flourishes are also Marianne - Anja's Vintage Swirls - LR0279
This corner detail was made using an Andy Skinner template.

I frantaged the Make Art cut outs and Frame with Aged Marine, and added some copper pearl drops for added detail

Still can't shake feeling sick and dizzy. spent most of yesterday on the couch!
Enjoy your weekend
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Passion for Promarkers Add some Bling



I really enjoyed making this card, somehow it matched what was in my head which doesn't happen too often!  It's for our new challenge starting today at Passion for Promakers, with a great theme of Add Some Bling as chosen by our lovely Marie. 
I've chosen this lovely summery image from Mo's Digital Pencil, Rowan and Pup and blinged her up with some glittery sea and a few sequins.  
The beautiful wavy flourish is a Marianne Die which I cut in two passes through the machine to swap the flourishy bits over so that they'd allow for the mermaid tail!  It's a beautiful die anyway - Anja's Elegant Border (LR0344).  The sentiment is Lili of the Valley.
Bugaboo is our great sponsor this week offering 4 digital images to the lucky winner of the challenge!

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It's my baby girl's 22nd birthday day today, Happy Birthday lovely Emily!xx

Hugs, Juliexx



Friday, 6 January 2017

Abracadabra

I love this image from Mo, Abracadabra, which comes with the great sentiment and I love this new Sparkle and Shine stamp  set from Marianne Designs but not so keen on my card combining the two!!  Perhaps I should have stuck to my normal fussy and fancy style! The Stamp set is perfect for the image as it added the sparkle round the wand and also all the glittery bits around the card.
My full list of Marianne products are below:

Sparkle and Shine Stamp set - KJ1704 (In stock here at Cuddly Buddly!)
Rabbit and Squirrel Die set - CR1340
Basic Stitch Passepartout Rectangle - CR1390

I've really not done much crafting over Christmas, it's been lovely but hectic, and then the weather has been so fantastic up here, we've had some wonderful walks in the winter sun!  Now, I think I've got the dreaded lurgy that everyone has been talking about, so still may struggle for a few days!
Still, could be worse!
Happy New Year everyone!
Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas - and my last Father Christmas card of the year!


Hey peeps, only one more sleep - and Santa will be on his way!  So, appropriately this is the last Christmas card I made this year, using my last (but definitely not least) Santa image of the year.  This fabulously rustic, vintagy Father Christmas is called... Father Christmas, and of course he is from our amazing Mo Manning.  He can be found here in Mo's Online Store.
I got my colour inspiration from these gorgeous wintery Pion papers and just added a couple of Marianne Spar die cut trees (LR0378), and a few Marianne  Ice Crystals (LR0393) with a few Marianne dazzlers and I was done!  Oh and some gorgeous Shabby Aqua frantage! 
We're braving Storm Barbara today and are out for our traditional Christmas Eve lunch. Then it will be back for veggie prepping and table laying!
Enjoy your Christmas Eve
Hugs, Juliexxx

Friday, 23 December 2016

Fleece Navidad



I couldn't resist these sheep stamp and die combos from Lawn Fawn and made a few to get my card count up. Another fairly simple design, framed with a Marianne Passe Partout circle die - CR1239.

My pickle arrived home yesterday!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

More Santas!



Just quickly popping in and sharing some more of the Santa images that I made into cards this Christmas - again all kept very simple as the images are so gorgeous!




Only two days to go, Emily comes home today and my Dad arrives on Friday!!  And then it's Christmas Eve!!

Are you ready?

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge Half way reminder


It's half-way through the December mega Challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and time for us Team 1 ladies to give you some more inspiration to join in our challenge.  The theme is Dies and Punches which of course is right up my street! 
I've used this gorgeous image, Shop Tot,  from Mo Manning and coloured her up in non-traditional Christmas colours

I've had the Marianne Dies out again, including the fabulous new big bow die used to dress up my parcel!  Details below:

Bow Die: - LR0447
Looped border die - CR1248
Poinsettia Die - LR0122
Mistletoe Die - LR0189
Mini Dazzlers are also from Marianne.

 Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, metallic or aqua markers.  Please can you help us by stating which Letraset products you have used on your creation i.e. ‘coloured with promarkers’ etc.  Thanks x x

So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!

Winsor & Newton are offering one lucky winner a Student Designer pack of 24 promarkers
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DigiStamp Boutique are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10.00 voucher.
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Bugaboo stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a $30.00 voucher.
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Dies to Die For are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a £25.00 voucher.
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Di’s Digi Stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a $12.00 voucher.
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A Day for Daisies is generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a $12.00 voucher.
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2 Cute Ink are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of 3 digi images.
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Clearly Besotted Stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of 1 (in stock) stamp set.
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That is some prize list isn't it!!  Hope you can find some time to get some crafting in during the festive season -come and join in our challenge!!
Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Final Blog Hop of the Year



Its that exciting time of the month again for a Mo's Dream Team blog hop and this time its a 'Snow' theme picked by our lovely Hellen. So that is where you should have started the hop but hopefully you have made your way here to my blog from our fabulous Gretha.

I decided to create a little snow scene using Mo's New  Singing Elves for this Christmas, Singing Elf Wynn, Singing Elf Flynn and Singing Elf Brynn



The Shadow Box Die is a great set from Marianne  - all the details of my Marianne goodies used are below:

Shadow Box Die set ( Frame and Branches)- CR1374
Tall Spar Tree - LR0378
Small Christmas Tree -LR0136
Tiny's Grass - LR0360
Ivy Corners - CR1253
Tiny's Pines Trees - CR1287
Fence from Tiny's Winter Village set- CR1288
Horizon Pine Trees - LR0283
Background Picture - Tiny's Background Winter Scene
All that's left for me to do now is send you on your way to  Gaynor's blog who I am sure has something wonderful to share with you
Here's the Blog Hop run in case you lost on the way......


Don't forget there are two $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to be drawn from the participating Dream Team Designers comments so... make sure you pop in and comment on everyone's post for the blog hop to be in with the chance to win!!!
Have fun hopping!

Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Spotty Santa


You may recall me showing the images below  a few weeks ago, coloured but not yet turned into cards.  Well, using my favourite Santa stamp this year, here is my first coloured image turned into a card.

As you can see, I kept it very simple as really the image is so joyous, it didn't really need to much adding to it!  By the way, jt's a Stampendous Wooden backed stamp, in case you wondered.

We've got family up this weekend for some early Christmas celebrations, have a great weekend whatever you're doing!
Hugs, Juliexx




Monday, 5 December 2016

Chalkola Pen Review and a discount!



I was recently asked by the makers of Chalkola chalk pens if I'd like to try their pens and review them on my blog.  I love trying new products so here are the results.  Now, apparently these markers can be used on all sorts of non-porous surfaces such as chalkboards (obviously!), whiteboards, glass and plastics.  However, as a card maker, I decided to try them out on some chalk paper that I have and have to say I'm pretty pleased with the results.  They come in two sets, pictures below, and my first thought was, ooh I'm going to like the Earth Tones best! And I did love the colours but also liked the way I could use both sets to get some light and shade.

There is a little preparation to get the ink flowing, a bit of shaking and pressing the nibs but it's really minimal and it was only when the pens were being used for the first time.  Even when I came back to them after a day or two, the ink flowed very readily.
I decided to try the pens on black chalkboard paper so first printed my Santa image (my favourite Christmas stamp this year!), and embossed it with Stampendous Opaque White embossing powder.

I got  very excited when I first applied this red from the Brights set, it gave such a dense vibrant colour!!  The white was a little less deep but still gave  Santa a nice fluffy beard!


I also loved the way the paper came through slightly as I felt it added to the texture and depth of the colours, particularly on his face as I was quite concerned how I would be able to get some different skin tones with only a couple of colours.  In the end I was very  pleased with the impressionist result that I achieved.

Below are a few more cards, the first one using a Mo Manning digital image, Snowman to be found here in Mo's store.
With a digital image, on black paper, I had to print it out with yellow lines so you get the no-lines effect.  It produces a rather simpler card, but again i like the effect, especially using the dots technique.
For my final try-out, I used this fab Robin image from Hobbyart, this time on Red chalkpaper and again embossed with the white powder,  As before, the paper colour shows through a little but agains this only adds depth to the colour.  I particularly like the effect here on his little red breast!
And what I really liked was the way the white and blue pens blended to produce the icy ground beneath his feet.




All in all, I loved these pens!  They produce a different effect from my usual alcohol markers but they are a very quick way of colouring.  I wish my little Violet was older, as I think they will be great to share some colouring time with her.  Still I don't want her to grow up too soon - love my Nanny cuddles!!  I will definitely be using them on more projects!
If you'd like to try them you can find them on Amazon , the Earth Colours here, and the Brights here. And my lovely bloggy friends, you can get a 20% discount on your order by using this code:

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If you'd like to know about these Chalk markers, you can find more information here on the Chalkola home page.

I'll also be sharing some cards soon using this fabulous Santa image but coloured with my usual pens, in a few days!!
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you like the pens as much as I did!

Hugs, Juliexx