Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Turn your trash in to stash

I have been working on this one and off for a few days because I haven't been very well and haven't got too much patience at the min LOL

I saw this idea on the Craft Fairy blog of die cutting drinks cans to use on your cards LO's
So I set about this project :D
I cut the top and bottom off the can first then carefully cut down the side to open it up. You have to be really carefull as its very sharp!!!
I then die cut them in my Big Shot with a sizzix original die (I don't think sizzlets would cope to be honest but cuttlebug might as they are a bit stronger) then embossed them with cuttlebug embossing folders.
I painted them with acrylic paint and wiped some of the paint off as it was drying, then tinted the edges with butterscotch alcohol ink.

The brads in the centres were covered with fabric from a cushion cover I bought in Dunelm Mill for the lace around the edge.

I made the fabric roses by folding a strip of fabric down the middle and sewing along one side and the long edge roughly. I turned this right side out and then gathered the stitched edge up. I then folded it round until it sort of resembled a flower and stitched it in place. Then I ironed with a hot iron to flatten them down a bit - does all that make sense???

The lace flowers were made by sewing the long edge of a small strip and gathering up.

I used a piece of BG boxer paper as the base and distressed it a little and a piece of Prima paper which I will have to check the name of -its IOD I know that much LOL
I printed some vintage images I found on google and added one to my Melissa Frances frame ( I luurrrvvve these little frames :D) and then covered it with Ranger crackle accents (not dried yet though LOL)
Added some brads, a prima pebble, Tim Holtz ornate frame and 7 gypsies ribbon ,oh and a lovely pic of my grandma printed on canvas :D

Hope you like it :D

Hugs'n' trashy snogs

J xx

Sunday, 27 September 2009

100th post :D

I didn't think I would keep it up LOL so yeyyyyy me :D LOL

We had a walk at Ennerdale today, we had planned on going ver to the metro centre Newcastle but because I'm still recovering we thought that was a bit much!

I kinda had a little acident but quite a funny one - I went to step down the grass verge/ledge so asked Paul to give me hand, but spotted a smallstep down too.
Don't ask me how but I ended falt on my back on the pebbles!!!
Luckily I had the camera ;)

Took hundreds, literally hundreds, of pics of the dog :D so I will share a few faves...

Hugs'n'sloppy wet snogs,
Julie xx

Memory glass

This is my first attempt with Ranger memory glass and I'm pretty pleased with how its turned out :D
I used the frosted version ,stamped it with versamark in and embossed with clear detail embossing powder.
I tinted it with Ranger alcohol inks - not really got to grips with these yet to be honest LOL
I stuck a piece of lace to the second piece and a heart sticker and put them in the memory glass frame.
I added an extra heart sticker which I used Ranger crackle accents on, which I tinted slightly when dry with lavendar distress ink.
I added a couple of flowers and prima pearls and then used distress stickles to age it all.
I then wrapped wire around the frame so that I could attach the dangles to the bottom.

All the beads and the key are from my hoarded stash so no idea where they came from LOL

If you fancy having a go most of the items I used are available from Happy Daze :D

J xx

Saturday, 26 September 2009


Take a looksie under my profile for some exciting news!!!!!! >>>>>>>>>>

Yes, Moira from Happy Daze contacted me today and asked me to be part of her new design team :D I'm so proud :D this really cheered me up considering I have had an awful week bogged down with a horrible snotty cold fluey type icky thing :(

SLYMI challenge this week was to scrap using your handwriting - not my fave thing at all, which I suppose is what made it a good challenge LOL - plus I'm terrible at journalling!!

This is a LO of Rolo, our rescued retriever who was very troubled when we
got him. Nearly two years on and he is a totally different, utterly
gorgeous dog!!
When he arrived he was incredibly naughty and very protective of his tail and anything that belonged to him, and he was a mare to get in the kitchen where his bed is LOL!!!

For this LO I used K& Co que sera sera paper sprayed with copper cosmic shimmer
over Tim Holtz masks
Tim Holtz word key, ornate frame and sprockets,
Prima Homespun Bittles, Essentials and say it with stud centres
Skin tones promarker for the journalling

All of the above are available to buy from Happy Daze :D

I also used Making Memories brads and cork letters, Bazzil cardstock and MLS letter stickers.

Hugs'n'happy snogs :D
J xx

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Should have gone to specsavers!!!

This is my week 38 SLYMI LO - scrap a lesson learned LOL :D

I was struggling with this weeks until I was browsing my FB pics and came across this one I was tagged in with the caption - should have gone to specsavers :D
This was at Solfest when I was messing with glowsticks - hmmm that was a bit obvious LOL
Although they did come in very handy as I hung rings on my backpack to stop people walking in to it and hurting my back (which had happened all weekend!!! GRRRR!) it worked a treat - just wish I had thought of it sooner LOL
As soon as I put my homemade specs on the cameras jumped in to action and the next step was to make Caitlin some :D
This was an amazingly cheap LO as all the papers, epoxy stickers and chipboard were in a kit I bought from Poundland (which I thought I would never use LOL) The gems were also from there and I altered the colour with Sharpies which I bought from Home Bargains a while ago - 12 for £1.99!!!

A bit different from my usual style wouldn't you say???? LOL :D
That's the beauty of challenges, you take a step out of your comfort zone :D

Hugs'n' bargain basement snogs :D
J xx

Saturday, 19 September 2009

I'm so upset by this :(

This is the heartbreaking story of baby P
It's horrific and quite detailed so if you are of a delicate disposition I would not watch it.

I have just sat and cried all the way through this, please let this not happen again :(

J xx

Its been a long, long week!!!

And now I have stopped to rest I have the lurgey!! How rude!
I hate getting colds :(
I was sooooooo tired after my trip to Birmingham I was in bed by 10pm last night :o How did that happen LOL
Although I was up at 4.30 to catch my train at 5.45 and didn't get home until 7pm .....YAAAWWNNN!!!

I scrapped one of our wedding pics tonight that my big sis snapped 14 years ago!!! - I took a pic of the original, then altered it on to look like a worn out old instamatic, complete with writing and a coffee stain :D I loved my wedding day :D
The frame is a digi kit from twopeas by Jen allyson called Urban chic boutique- victorian frames, gotta love hybrid :D
I aloso used lots of lush Prima centres if you look closely :D

I challenge you all to have a go at hybrid scrapping :D

Hugs'n'snotty snogs (again!!!)
j xx

Saturday, 12 September 2009

3 blogs in one day!!!!! :o

Ok, I have just finished my LO for Indigo mills sketch challenge and thought I would share :D

I have to say I'm rubbish at placing my pics on here LOL
And I can't believe I just discovered the wonders of the dashboard!!!! How long have I been blogging now???? :o apologies to all the peeps I follow, now I know how to follow you LOL :D

Julie xx

Digi bargains to be had...

Ok, if you have ever been tempted to hybrid scrap or even digi scrap and love vintage grunge like me then you really must visit this Shoppe now!!!! and I mean now because this beautiful shop is closing down tomorrow :(
But that does mean there are some gorgeous gorgeous bargains to be had and quite a few freebies available too :)
Make sure you pay a visit today so you don't miss out on the yummyness :D

J xx

Scrap with metal...

was this weeks challenge, and I know I have a sheet of embossing metal somewhere.Can Ifind it? Nooooooo!!!
So I used metal embellies instead :)

I quite like how it turned out though - although I did have big plans to make pretty embossed metal flowers :(

I used the printable canvas and I love it :D I can see me using that quite a lot :D

And I used the Prima say it in studs centres as embellies :D

Oooo I finally got round to trying my grungeboard shapes and inked them with my alcohol inks and the metal ink. You would think my hands would be purple and silver wouldn't you??? but no! I have three big turquoise splodges from the cosmic shimmer..... grrrrrrr!!!!

Hugs'n'inky snogs
J xx

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Hahahahaha :D funny dawgies :D

My lovely hubby sent me a fab e-mail with the funniest doggy pics on and these are my faves :D aren't these pooches just the funniest ever LOL
I love the look in the eyes of this poor wee hot dog guy on the left LOL :D

Hugs'n' licky snogs :D
J xx
Ooooo these little beauties are being added to my ever growing shopping list :D
How cute will these be sneaking in to my projects :D I can just see them peaking out from behind a prima or two :D

I have such a nasty headache today and I think its just tension!!! we are getting ready for our store visual kpi check next week and have to go through mega week this week first!!! WE are never going to be ready!!! Ho hum! My store manager has every confidence our side of the jobs will be done (more confidence than me!!!) but is worried about the sales teams achieving their jobs **sigh**
Oh well, I have a trip to Birmingham to look forward to next week, so that will be nice :D

Won't be much time for crafting though for a while, and I'm impatiently waiting for some delish Prima pearls to arrive LOL

I got some Inkjet printer canvas sheets today from The Works which I thought would be quite pretty to use as hybrid embellies or just to print photos on and add some texture - I love texture :D
Definitely a touchy feely girl and was always getting told of as a kiddywinks -"look with your eyes, not your hands!!" LOL
My aunt had a sofa that was the cut out velvet pattern type, and I would sit on it and trace the patterns constantly, much to my mums disgust LOL :D

J xx

Monday, 7 September 2009

Solfest '09

SLYMI challenge for week 35 was to scrap a bank holiday weekend so I had to use a Soli pic :D

I was inspired by a beautiful LO by Ingvild which features a torn opening in the paper - although hers is wayyyyyyy prettier than mine LOL
All items were handcut from MME Bloom and Grow and I added a bit of sparkle with Sakura glitter pens and K&Co bling :D

Julie xx

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Welcome to Reece Owen

My nieces baby :D

Well I'm afraid I'm back to vintage grunge, but I do love it so :D
I used prima paintable paper, coredinations cardstock, lots of prima flowers and say it in crystals
basic grey brads and rub ons.
Isn't he a cutie pie :D
I altered the photo first on by turning it Black and white , hazing the edges and adding the white lace frame :D

I watched finding Nemo again this morning - I absolutely love that film :D DH was getting a bit fed up of me saying the lines as they were said though I think... awesome dude LOL :D

Hugs'n' little squishy snogs,
J xx

edited to add Heuston we have a problem!!!
I posted this LO on my FB page and his mum wants me to make her one too -do I make another? or do I attach this to a canvas and say goodbye to it?
I love it though :(
But it will be pretty hard to get the materials again coz I'm not going to buy another set of BG rubons for 3 teeny little ones and a whole tube of primas because I have used all the blue ones - what do I do???
Answers on a postcard please???
or a comment will do LOL
J xxxxxx

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Forgot to show you .....

.... my cutie patootie felted bag I bought last week :D
My darling hubby hates it (even though he carried it all Sat afternoon because he forgot his granny bag LOL!!!) and thinks I won't use it, but this is exactly what I have been unsuccesfully trying to make :D

Hugs'n'pwitty snogs,
J xx

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Hahahahaha :D

I was caught swinging my pants to Nerina Pallot LOL :D
Hubby is the little ole lady in my pac a mac an jiffy hood LOL

Hugs'n'sniffly snogs

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

More pretty blog candy

at the craft fairy ooooo more pretty primas up for grabs :D

J xx