Wednesday 17 May 2017

A Card and Gift In One

Todays project is a card and gift in one. As crafters we spend hours making cards for our loved ones for them to end up in the bin after the celebration's have finished. We are all having to tighten our belts and budget and save were we can. This gave me the idea to make a card with a gift attached
Materials List

Silver Luxury silver card pack
Centura Pearl White Card
Sara's Signature Collection are below
Butterfly Lullaby fancy flourishes dies
Butterfly Lullaby flit and flutter die
Floral Delight in bloom die
Shabby Chic filigree flourish
Glamour Flourishing Corner Die
6" round MDF Wreath Blank
Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax
Gems and Pearls From My Stash
Collall Tacky and 3D glue gel
Velcro Self Adhesive Tape

I made a 8" card blank from a sheet of A3 white Centura card. which gave me enough left to die cut the flowers and butterfly's. I attached the Wreath with Velcro to the card so it can easily removed and hug up. I decorated the inside of the card for 2 reasons. 1 to make it more stable because of the weight of the wreath. Plus when making a special card its nice to make it more luxurious.

Thank you for popping over to my crafty space, Hugs Julie x

Monday 15 May 2017

Gate Fold Diamond Fold Pop Out Card

Todays card is a take on a gate fold card and a diamond pop up card. I have used the diamond fold as a pop out insert. After making it came to me , how fab would it be to add photos. Making it a gift and card in one.
Materials I Used
Luxury Green Card Pack
White Centura Pearl Card
Sara Signature Just For Men 6x6 pad
Die'sire only words With Love On Your Special Day
Sara's Signature Shabby Chic Graceful edge die...
Sara's Signature Shabby Chic Distressed Lattice Embossing Folder
Sara's Signature Butterfly Lullaby Flit and Flutter die
Sara's Signature Butterfly Lullaby Fancy Flourishes
Collall Tacky glue and 3D Glue Gel
Gems from my stash
I made the diamond pop out card with 6" high and 12" wide from a sheet of A3 card using the template below. I'm sorry I cant not remember were I got it from, I would love to credit the original designer, if I can find will link back later. I have had it for several years. Make your gate fold card 1/2 bigger so the pop out sits inside neatly. Look forward to seeing your takes on this card, crafty hugs Julie x

Sunday 14 May 2017

Crafter's Companion Create A Card Die Set

Hello crafty friends, thank you for popping over today. I love to spend a few relaxing hours designing the layout to make a show stopper of a card for a special person or occasion. But there are days when you want to make a stylish classy card but don't have the time. I can highly recommend Crafter's Companion Create A Card range. You get 6 dies that make beautiful cards. Team them up with some Fancy card blanks and Luxury card.

You will need
Gold Luxury Card stock
Black Card
Fancy card blanks,I used the square centre stepper in white
Rococo Hearts Create a Card die
English Country Garden Lazy Daisy die from Sara's Signature collection
Pebleo Empire Gold gilding wax
Gems and ribbon and seed beeds from my stash
Embossalicious embossing folder

Challenges entered.
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog. #250 Embossing
Crafting For The Craic. Mays challenge is anything goes.
Crafting With Friends. Challenge #43 is anything goes.
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge. #370 is anything goes use some mirror card.
That's Crafty Challenge Blog. This time is a colour theme is back to black

I hope you enjoyed your visit, i look forward to seeing you again soon, Crafty hugs Julie x

Sunday 9 April 2017

Easter Treat Bag

Having walked round supermarkets looking for Easter eggs I was left feeling disappointed, and shocked how expensive they have become. I do miss Woolworths for Easter eggs and selection boxes at Christmas. So armed with bags of brightly cover solid eggs I found myself in my craft room designing personal gifts for my grandsons and niece's Eva and Arla.
You will need.
Century Pearl Card, I used the bumper pastel coloured pack.
A6 Cello Bags
Selection of small Easter eggs
Collall Tacky glue and 3D glue Gel
Glamour dust fine glitter
Decorative faux Pearls
Satin edge ribbon
Die'sire Celebration Words metal die collection
Bijou Butterflies 6"embossing Folder
Die'sire Essential Oval Dies
Tag and square dies from the Gemini three set
Die'sire Celebration Words metal die collection
Gemini die cutting and embossing machine
The Big Score Board and Embossing Tool
How To Make
1. Do your die cutting first then you can stick all the layers together and set a side to dry. The wings of the butterfly lift up so avoid any adhesive in that area.
  1. 2. After cutting out your 2 squares run the smaller square through the Bijou Butterfly embossing folder.
  2. 3. Using a score board, score both squares in half. this gives a more professional finish rather than manually folding them in half.
4. Once you have popped your eggs into the cello bag add your header with red liner double sided tape.
5. Decorate the header I like to add odd number of embellishments, seems more pleasing to the eye.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like my Easter project Crafty Hugs Julie x

Friday 7 April 2017

Butterfly Lullaby Decorative Heart

I have fallen in love with The signature Collections by Sara Davies. If you're like me I keep changing my mind which collection is my favourite. Today it's The Butterfly Lullaby Collection. I made this MDF heart as a Mothers Day gift, but you could change the greeting for Easter or on your wedding day. Plus my friends and family in America celebrate Mothers Day on the 13th of May.
You will need
11" mdf heart
Sara Signature Lullaby Butterfly 12" patterned paper pad.
Butterfly Dance decorative metal die
Flit and Flutter decorative metal die
Fancy Flourishes decorative metal die
Die'sire Celebration Words metal die collection
Collall all purpose glue and 3d Glue Gel
Centura Pearl card from the darks pack
Crystal Glamour dust extra fine glitter
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Milled Lavender
2 cup hooks, the type you would use to hang net curtains
Gems and ribbon from my stash.
Gemini Die-Cutting Machine
Black Fine Liner Pen
Glass cutting mat
Craft knife
blending tool

How To Make
1. Seal both sides of the mdf heart with a watered down solution of Collall all purpose glue and water
2. Then choice 3 sheets of 12" paper from Sara's Butterfly Lullaby paper pad. They have been designed to go with each other. Lay one sheet face down on your cutting mat. Put an even coating of glue onto the mdf heart and place onto the paper, turn over and make sure there are not any air bubble, set aside to dry. once dry use a craft knife to trim away the excess paper. 
3. with a blending tool and the milled Lavender Distress ink, this will give you a professional finish and hide and rough edges.
4. Use a black fine liner pen to put faux stitching around the inside and outside of the paper covered heart
5. Die cut 4 sets of  Fancy Flourishes from another sheet of coordinating paper you chose earlier.
6. Die cut 4 of the largest butterfly from the Butterfly Dance die and layer 2 on top of each other to give a 3d look. Plus 4 sets of the smaller butterfly's using the Flit and Flutter decorative die.
7. Chose your sentiment from Die'sire Essentials Celebration Words Die Collection. I used the Happy Mothers Day sentiment and cut it from purple Century Pearl Card.
8. make a nice large bow from coordinating ribbon and stick on the heart using 3D glue gel. attach the cup hooks to the back and tie on some ribbon to be your hanger
9.  place all your die cut embellishments around your heart and attach with glue gel. you will have a lovely personalised present .
Thank you for stopping bye today, feel free to ask any questions or shout for help.

Crafty Hugs Julie x


Tuesday 6 September 2016

Love Is All A round Us Home Deco Project

Today I want to share a Home Deco / Multi Media project.
There are so many MDF blanks around and could not help myself but buy some, well loads really
Materials List.
Love free standing MDF word from Craft Celt.
Decorative papers are American Crafts
flowers and butterfly dies are all by Tattered Lace Dies.
Midas Touch Foil and adhesive.
Pearls are by Embellishment Attic.
Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Challenges entered into.
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. challenge #28 has the theme Rustic.
Altered Eclectics challenge. September's challenge is anything goes. This is a altered art mixed media challenge no cards.
Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenges. The theme for September is Friendship.
Crafty Hazelnuts Pattered Paper Challenge. The theme for September is anything does.
Thank you for popping by , crafty hugs Julie x

Black And White Card

Black and White Elegant Card

Today I want to share a black and white card. I love this combinations of colours for cards. I think when you are choosing the layout and colour choice think of who you are making it for , the materials, dies and embellishments. I like to you the same tones of colours too.

Material List
8" Black card blank.
1 Sheet of both A4 Black and white card.
The Diva Die which came free with the Tattered Lace Magazine Number 26
Tattered Lace Diamond Trellis Die.
Tattered Lave Peal Pin Dot Oval Die.
Tattered Lace Decorative Boarder Embossing Folder and matching edge die.
Tattered Lace Lattice embossing folder set.
Pearls from my stash.

Challenges entered.

Dream valley Challenges. Challenge number 139 has a monochrome theme. They have a DT call pop over and take a peek.
A bit more time to craft challenge. The theme for challenge #27 is anything goes.
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge Blog. The theme for this month is Monochrome.
Crafting With Attitude Challenge Blog. Challenge number 19 has a anything goes Theme.
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. The theme for challenge #115 is anything goes.
Thank you for stopping by, crafty hugs Julie x

Monday 5 September 2016

Tattered Lace Dies Men's Card Ideas

Hello, today I would like to share some male themed card ideas. I love making male themed cards especially since I became a nanny. Charlie is always at party's and yes we can't leave the guys in our life out of receiving a handmade card . All of the cards are made using Tattered Lace Dies, from the men's collection.
The men's collection is made up of 6 dies. Sailing Ship, Anchor, Fish, Fisherman, Anchor and Globe. They can be purchased from the Crafting web site here.
To bring the die cuts a life I have coloured them with a combination of different colouring medium. Tim Holtz Distress inks, Promarkers, Water colour pencils and Spectrum Noir pens. I have used My Craft studio to make the sentiments and embellished them with Midas Touch foils.
Thank you for stopping by , crafty Hugs Julie X

Thursday 21 January 2016

Basket Full Of Flowers

Todays card is an example of Paper Piecing and layered decoupage. I love my rubber stamps and like to spend an afternoon colouring. but I love my dies too. I cut the Tattered Lace Delicate Basket die out three time from supper smooth 300gsm white card. I then snipped away to make 3 layers and coloured with my alcohol markers.

Tattered Lace Essential  Pearl Pin Dot Oval Die
Tattered Lace Essential Pearl Pin Dot Boarder Die
Tattered Lace Delicate Basket Die
Tattered Lace Spiral Rose Die
Tattered Lace Byzantine Embossing Folder.
Supper smooth 300gsm card
Embellishment Attic Pearl wheel.
Promarkers Lilac, Lavender , warm grey 1, 2, 3, soft green, pear green.
Ribbon from my stash.
I hope you like todays card, feel free to leave a message so I will pop back and see your beautiful creations. Crafty hugs Julie Ann

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Pearl Pin Dot Oval Die Anniversary Card.

Pearl Pin Dot Oval Die Anniversary Card.
Today I would like to share a card I made for the new Tattered Lace Release, which is the Pick Of The Day on Create & Craft UK. The pearl design is the theme which will run throw the new dies by Tattered Lace all the way throw 2016.

Recipe list.
Cream A5 card blank from Anna Marie Designs.
Tattered Lace Pearl Pin Dot Oval Die.
Tattered Lace Essentials Pearl Pin Dot Boarder Die.
A4 shades Paper Pad Ombre Blue.
Tattered Lace Magnificent Build a Butterfly Die.
Tattered Lace Anniversary verse die.
Tattered Lace Essentials Half Oval Die.
You can see by the photo below you can see how I used the half oval die to make a design feature in my card.
Thank you for stopping by today, please leave a message so I can pop and see your creations. The card samples made by all of the design team can be found on the Tattered Lace web site along with social media links. crafty hugs julie ann x

Saturday 16 January 2016

Tattered Lace Blossoming Butterfly Die

The new tattered lace collection Melding was released at CHA in America last week end. This is the largest trade show in the world where craft company's go to show their products for the coming year. It was so exciting to be involved with the samples that Stephanie Weightman the designer for Tattered Lace, and Nancy Watt the editor of the Tattered Lace Magazine took out there with them. The Melding collection is a new concept in card marking that you can choose to leave in the card or add the demi frame and cut out an aperture. There are some complimentary dies that coordinate with The Melding collection and I have chosen the Blossoming Butterfly Die to make todays card.
Blossoming Butterfly Die by Tattered Lace.
White A5 blank landscape card by Anna Marie Designs.
Supper Smooth 300gsm card, this is perfect to use with alcohol markers. I always use it if I intend to colour my die cuts. I buy it from
Solid coloured card stock is the Shades Ombre A4 card pads. These pads take the guess work out of colour matching. I used the Rose pad.
The Patterned papers are a free down load on the Tattered Lace web site.
The Pearls are by The Embellishment Attic .
Promarkers Blush, Tea Rose, Dusky Rose, Dusky Pink, Putty, Pastel Green, Tea Green, Grey Green.

Stephanie designs tattered lace dies with snip ability, which makes the dies so versatile. I hope you can see from the small pictures how I cut out the design in supper smooth card then I colour them with Promarkers. I then place on my card to see what sort of composition that will sit well on my card design. I like to snip sections out and make my own decoupage. As the die cuts are so delicate I would recommend you use a glue jell when layering up, as this type of adhesive dry's clear.
Challenges entered into
Crafting With Friends challenge #12 has an anything goes theme.
Creative Fingers Challenge #100 has an anything goes
Simply Papercraft Challenges #21 has the theme anything goes.
Jades Sparkling Butterflies challenge #10 is an anything goes challenge.
Thank you for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed your stay. please leave a comment so I can pop over and see your beautiful creations. I am lucky to be on the Tattered Lace design team along side some of the most talented card designers. please visit the Tattered Lace web site were we have a gallery and links to the Pinterest boards and Facebook. we all get crafters block or our mojo goes for a walk, if your feeling like that after Christmas this might help reignite the flame of creativity.
Crafty hugs julie

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Tattered Lace Fairytale Collection

One of the new releases from Tattered lace is The Fairytale Collection. These beautiful dies are so usable. All the members of the design team all had a different take which is fantastic. there is a gallery on Tattered Lace web site.
Ingredient List
Essential heart die by Tattered Lace
Into the sunset  die by TL
Delicate Love word sentiment by TL
Tattered lace Tapestry heart die.
Tattered Lace castle die.
Super smooth 300g white card
Centura pearl card

I hope you like this card, below are some more cards made using some other dies in this collection. crafty hugs julie Ann x

Monday 11 January 2016

Wedding Invitation Idea

My eldest daughter Zoe got engaged on Christmas eve which has got me thinking about the wedding stationary they might like. The wedding is 18months away but I will need to get my thinking cap on. she deserves some thing special and over the coming weeks I am going to make a few serving suggestions to see what she likes. Being mum of the bride who makes cards there is an extra pressure to make some thing special. I have only made one of wedding stationary and that was for my brother.

 Ingredients List.
A5 white Landscape card from Anna Marie Designs
Tattered Lace Duchess Die.
Tattered lace Byzantine Lattice Die
Tattered Lace Byzantine Lattice embossing folder
Embellishments from the Tattered Lace Embellishment Attic.
Shimmer card and paper is Centura pearl.
Please don't think the duchess die is for weddings only, here are two more cards I made using it. when buying a die please look as a tool, an investment . Tattered lace have snip-ability, not sure if that's a real word, they have lots of small detail flowers and swirls.
Thank you for popping by today, feel free to leave comments or ask any questions. I look forward to seeing you soon. Crafty hugs Julie Ann x

Happy New year 1

Happy 2016 my crafty friends !
Only 11 days late but better late than never. I have been beavering away making samples for Tattered Lace Dies for the CHA retail show in America. This is the largest craft show in America were company's go and show the retailers all there new products for the coming 6 months. Please believe me when I say the releases for 2016 are stunning. I am enjoying being on the Craft Chanel Productions design team which covers Tattered Lace Dies, Tatty Twinkle stamps and CD of Tatty, My Craft Studio and the design directory. I look forward to sharing my design team creations and all the craftiness for the coming year. I wish you all health wealth and happiness for 2016 crafty hugs Julie xxx

Sunday 1 November 2015

All The Fun Of The Fair

Todays card is my Dt card from the latest Tatty Twinkle show of Create and Craft. Nikky Hall is so talented, designing this little darling to go with Stephanie Weightman's lacy dies.
Materials List.
2 6x6 white card blanks I like the craftwork cards basic card stock
Image Tatty Twinkle rubber stamp stamped with memento ink
Decorative Papers Printed off the Tatty Twinkle CD
Solid coloured card stock American Crafts
Leaf and flower trio sets by Tattered Lace.
All decorative Dies Tattered Lace
Colour Mediums promarkers and flexi markers
Distress inks walnut stain and old paper

Challenges Entered Into.
7 Kids College Fund . Challenge #137 has the theme anything goes.
Chocolate Baroque Challenge. Challenge #16 has a colour challenge, please pop over and see the colours and dt inspirations.
Colour Throwdown challenge Blog. Challenge #366 is a colour theme pop over and see the details.
Crafty Gals Corner. Challenge #43 has the theme anything goes.
Creative Moments Challenge. The theme for challenge #80 is anything goes.
I Love Promarkers Challenge Blog. The theme for Challenge #292 is circles. I really love promarkers !
Simon says challenge blog. The theme is anything goes,
Thank you for stopping by today, I love your visits and cant wait to see all your makes this week, crafty hugs Julie Ann x

Friday 30 October 2015

All About The Boys

This is one of the samples I made for the new Tatty twinkle releases on Create and Craft.TV. This is a homage to both my dad and my Pappy who both loved their allotments. my pappy liked a bit of scrumping too. He was very much like Zac Dingle from Emmerdale. He live in a small village and loved living off the land. So different from his day job laying Tarmac on the roads around the uk.
Materials List
Image is Tatty Twinkle which can be bought from
Wooden Dad word from The Wood Barn.
Decorative papers by American crafts
Dies By Tattered Lace.
Colour medium Promarkers and Graph'it markers
white and black fine liner
Distress inks tea die, antique linen and walnut stain.
Challenges entered into.
Crafting when you can challenge blog. challenge no106 has the theme Distress It.
Crafting From The Heart Challenge Blog. Challenge #83 has the theme anything goes.
Crafty Cardmakers challenge blog. Challenge #150 has the theme use Autumn Colours.
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog. Challenge #25 has the theme anything goes and they love to see all your craft projects not just cards.
Use Your Stuff challenge blog. Challenge #195 has the these use punches and dies
I am going to try and be a better blogger. I have a new laptop so no excuses but after being with XP windows eight are taking some getting used too. I am going to try and blog every day, crafty hugs and thank you for popping by, julie x 



Exciting News !

I have some exciting news I have joined the Tattered Lace Design Team. I am so honoured to be on such a prestige team, along with some of the most talented card designers in the universe. I have been making lots of cards for shows and new releases I could tell you about all the new dies and Tatty Twinkle stamps, but I might be shot, so mums the word. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing lots of exciting things with you soon. Crafty hugs Julie x

Sunday 11 October 2015

Charlie Has A New Brother

I have some special news to share, Charlie's Nanny and Grandy have a new special grandson and Charlie has a new baby brother. Frankee David Lee arrived safe and sound at the end of September. He is beautiful and kept us waiting for 9 days little monkey. His mummy and daddy were told they were having a girl so the past 2 weeks have been spent changing all the pink and fluffy things into Blue. I have lots of very exciting news to share pop back to find out , crafty hugs Julie xxx