Monday, 28 January 2019

Be Positive canvas for Bubbly Funk

Hi everyone,
This was a canvas I made using Carolines fabby new Bubblyfunk stencils and Aall & create stamps.
Deets are here if you want to see how it was created 😊

Julie xx

Thursday, 17 January 2019

It must be Love... a project for Bubblyfunk

My first DT project is here now!!!
I really enjoyed creating this piece (good job because I had to do it twice because I got excited and forgot to take pics lololol)
And can I just point out how fab the packaging looks... so much more environmentally friendly than plastic bags and much easier to store them in!!
Oh, and I also read the stencil as “Love” but its meant to be I 💗u... I think it works either way to be honest lol

Have a look at the rest of  the blog while you are there because there are some fabby projects by the design team on there!!

The how to...

It’s not an exact replica of the original but the nature of the techniques used are never going to give the same results. Its more about playing with the paints, inks, brayer and stencils until you find a balance and pick out the elements that you like.
So I started out by choosing a selection of acrylic paints, inks and stencils. I stencilled on to my mixed media paper with my archival ink pad as my very first layer using a sponge – don’t worry about perfect stencilling as any imperfections will be covered in the layers and you just want to be able to see the shapes under the paint. 
Once happy with the result I put a little bit of each acrylic paint on my glass mat. I like to start out with the lighter colours then go in with the dark tones (Be a bit cautious with dark colours like grey because it can take over). As you can see I am currently using an old kitchen worktop protecter but use whatever you have – nonstick craft mat, glass work mat or even a smooth tile would do. Roll the brayer through the paint and the colours start to blend then apply over your stencilled images. I tend to stick to horizontal and vertical strokes but randomly applied all over. Just add as much or as little as you want until you are happy with the effect. 
I decided I wanted more of the pearl colour so went back and brayered a bit more on. Keep scrap paper and cardstock to hand to clean up your brayer and any left over paint. Its amazing the results you can get from this for future creations. 
I then went back in with my stencil with a darker shade of pink acrylic paint. In some places I emphasised the original images but others were just randomly placed. Next I picked out the area I liked the best, weighted down my stencil large heart stencil and applied the distress resist spray ( I sprayed too much on the second version so you can’t see the letter detail but that’s just another variation in the end result). 
Make sure you wash your stencil before this drys as it will leave a coating on your stencil. Once its completely dry on your artwork you can start adding your inks. I started by picking out the heart with hickory smoke distress oxide using a sponge. Then I swiped my worn lipstick distress ink across the top then put the paper on an angle and spritzed with water letting it run over the heart shape. 
When dry I took my black soot distress ink pad and swiped it a few times diagonally following the pink drippy ink, then spritzed with water again an let it run off at the angle again. I blotted up some of the ink on the paper then dried it off. You will end up with a big black puddle of distress ink at the point so have lots of scrap paper or brayered pieces to hand to mop up the ink.
Once your ink is dry buff off any excess ink on your resist heart and it will really start to stand out. I then went back to my worn lipstick distress ink and stencilled the scattered hearts and dots over the diagonal stripe ( I found pouncing the sponge left a stronger colour then swirling did – I would have used distress oxide but I don’t have a pink one yet lol).
Dry off and then add more hearts and dots with texture paste. Now go and make a cuppa and wait for this to dry or you will smudge it and ruin the texture. If you do make any mistakes or make an area too dark you can always go in with gesso or your acrylics again until you are happy with the result. I did that on my first attempt but didn’t bother the second time. 
Once its dry you can then go in with a fineliner and outline the main heart and any other images you want to pop. I like the scribbly effect and its also much easier to do. Because I was too heavy handed with the resist spray the second time I repositioned my stencil and outlined with the fineliner, then went back and scribbled over. 
I stencilled the word “love” in the pink distress , shifted the stencil slightly and stencilled again in my black archival to create a drop shadow. To finish I cut it down to a square keeping my favourite areas and created a scribbly edge with the fineliner. I added white highlights with my paint pen and then splattered dots by tapping my pen over another pen. 
Hope this inspires you to get your paints and inks out and get messy and creative. 
Hugs, Julie x

Julie x

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


As you can see I have been playing about and getting covered in paint and ink lately.
Just finding my feet with new techniques and products.

Sooooo ... Imagine my surprise when Caroline at Bubblyfunk asked me to be a guest design team member for her new stencil range!!!
Of course I said yes .... hurrah... more pretty stencils to play with 😊

So the first of my projects should be on the blog here tomorrow!!!

Wanna sneaky peeky???
Go on then....

Julie xx

P.S... the Tim Holtz sizzix release is in the shop too!!!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


So things have changed a lot since I last regularly blogged for me personally and in the crafting world
I have made a lovely new start in my life in a lovely new home (that has taken quite a lot of work to make it that way, and still a lot to do) 😊

But hurrah!!!!.... I have a craft room.... all my crafty things all in one place... eep... there is a lot more than I realised!!!!
To be fair it has taken a long time to collect (since teenage years... but us crafters are like that lol) a vast array of craft materials from sewing and knitting through to my current passion which is acrylic paints, inks, stencils and awesome new ranges of stamps.

My craft room is starting to take shape now and most things are unpacked, but there is still a lot to do to make it work.

So i’ve invested in quite a few amazng new things since I started my new crafting journey and a few of my fave things are my stamp platform, distress oxides and crayons, Aall & Create stamps and stencils, Jane Davenport stamps and books... i could go on lol

I thought I would do a quick share of a few projects I have completed over the last few months that i’m so happy with 😊
Although this may go horribly wrong because I can’t remember how to resize my pics lol 🤣🤣🤣
Please bare with me... I feel like a newbie again!!!


Saturday, 5 January 2019

testing testing...123

Ok.... I think I might be back in the blog world!!!


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Totally Tropical Necklace

Foof...Fooooooffff....just blowing the cobwebs out of my long lost blog :D

I am creeping back in to my crafting...under the influence of!!!
Seriously.....what an inspirational shopping channel, that just gets better and better :D

I bought a kit last week with the red agate cala lily beads and orange, pink and blue quartz in it....they match perfectly the suedette cords I also bought there quite a while ago.

a simple design, but really striking with the lush coloured gemstones, which just happen to match one of my fave summer max dresses :D Win, win :D

Julie xx

Friday, 24 January 2014

Wire wrapped Flourite

Well I haven't played with my wire, or any jewellery making supplies for a while and was determined to at least make one thing on my weeks holiday!

I'm pretty pleased with this wire wrapped pendant as it is smaller flourite beads I have used rather than one focal gem stone.

What I like most about this pendant is that its wearable both ways, has dimension and also movement :D

I made another pendant too, but I think that one might get deconstructed LOL

Anyway, at least I made one thing :D

Julie xx

Monday, 20 January 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Sorry I'm a bit late... but you know what I'm like LOL :D
well I come bearing news too....

I will be attending The Mad Hatters Tea Party on the 19th of April at Chill Out Community Centre - St Gregory's & St Patrick's School Esk Avenue, Mirehouse.
If you want to see what its all about visit the facebook page HERE

So guess who's going to be busy for a couple of months getting prepped?? ME lol :D

Julie xx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

It's almost time....

...for Minnie's Emporium!!!

So I have some pretty pendant watches ready to go with me....and yeah, I know all the times are different, but hey...that's how I roll LOL :D

So if you are out and about in Cumbria between 2pm and 6pm this weekend why not pay Minnie and me a visit at the Carnegie in Workington :D

Hope to see you there :D
Hugs'n'vintage snogs,
Julie xx

Friday, 22 November 2013

Getting ready....


oooooo I thought  had loads and loads of time but the weeks have just vanished!!!

So I set to work and have a few things ready along with existing jewellery :D

So here's a few sneaky peeks....
  Scarf jewellery

                                                                   Handbag hooks

 and I was making hairpins but found I was collecting more for my personal use than making for the vintage fair..............but then I got a bit carried away LOL

  and there's more LOL :D
Oh well, if they don't sell I will have lots of new pretties :D

Hope to see you there :D

Julie xx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Wirework Dragonfly....or is it????

is it really a wirework dragonfly???
Do you really think I got THAT good in just a few weeks??? LOL

Nooooooooooooooo - well would you believe it started as a crochet motif I bought from the auction site a while ago and it was white cotton?
Why does it look like silver wire??? Swellegant!

Christi Friesen's awesome metal paint transformed my pretty crochet piece in to an even more awesome addition to my wirework pendant!!

I added peridot chips and wire both from jewellery maker which is also a UK stockist of the swellegant products :D

I gave it all a coating of charcoal dyeoxide to tone down the brightness of the wire :D

Christi, I hope you love it too :D

I am working on a much bigger piece but just had to share this in the meantime :D
hugs'n'swellegant snogs,
Julie xx

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Wire wrapped pendants - again :D

I have been playing with wire and gems again :D
The moon shaped pendant is made with gold and silver coated copper wire with moonstone and shell stars

The wrapped stone is a gorgeous piece of blue chalcedony which is cut and polished on one side but rough (but smooth LOL) and textured on the other side,
The colour running through it is gorgeous and the sparkle on the rough side is sooooo pwitty :D
It is wrapped in copper wire with moonstone chips added.
Now what to hang them on???
They are fairly large pieces so would even make pretty suncatchers

Loving playing with wire :D

Julie xx

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Time for Tea?? for That's Crafty

This is my final piece as guest designer for august over at the That's Crafty blog so I had a bit of fun with the Tando village in a box and The Octopode Factory Alice stamps :D

I decided to be a bit different and use the lid as a base so that it looks more like a cake stand on my charity shop candlestick :D
It would look so awesome in christmas colours and if you made it as a box it would sit quite nicely if you put the lid over a pretty stemmed wine glass with the box part sitting on top!!

I may be adding a few more of these to my collection LOL

Here's a few more pics...

For all the deets of how to visit the blog HERE and to go shopping visit the site HERE :D


Julie xx

Friday, 30 August 2013

Tea time sneaky peek!!!

Here's a little sneaky peeky of my last guest DT project for That's Crafty....check it out on their blog tomorrow HERE :D

Julie xx

Friday, 23 August 2013

Secret Garden Specimen box for That's Crafty

What's the secret???
Open it up to find gorgeous garden finds :D
I have used Graphic 45 Secret Garden stamps and papers on a Tando covered printers tray to create this pretty vintage style specimen box.

For all the deets visit the That's Crafty blog HERE and to go shopping visit the site HERE :D

here's a close up of the inside ....

Julie xx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Roaring Twenties fan for That's Crafty

This is my third piece as guest designer over on the That's crafty blog so only two left to go :-(

As soon as I saw this Tando fan I knew it would make a gorgeous Gatsbyesque 20's style fan :D
The gorgeous stamps I used are Crafty Individuals Fashionable Twenties Ladies and were the perfect size for the large fan :D

I used a wire wrapping technique on the base of the fan I learnt from Jewellery Maker and using their wire.

If you want to go shopping visit the That's Crafty site HERE, and for how to create your own visit HERE for the deets.

Julie xx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Wire wrapped Amethyst pendant

I was so inspired watching The Rachel Norris masterclass on Jewellery Maker channel this week I finally manged to pluck up the courage to attempt a wire wrapped pendant.

It's defo not perfect, and I need practice, but I don't think its too bad for a first attempt LOL

I haven't decided what to string it on to yet so have just threaded it on to a piece of organza ribbon while I think about it :D

Here's a close up :D
I love those little faceted shell pearls along with the silver plated wire, they look so delicate :D

Julie xx

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Sew Pretty for That's Crafty

Good Morning everyone, hope you are up to crafty business today :D
This is my using  piece for this weeks That's Crafty design team using the Tando chipboard oval bowl/frame.
I of course used it as a frame :D

I embellished it with my current favourite patterned papers (Tilda), lace, buttons and ribbons, but used paper clay on the base if the frame.

For all the pics and deets visit the That's Crafty blog HERE and leave me some feedback please :D

Then if you want to go shopping visit HERE to see a fab range of products and an amazing range of stamps :D


Julie xx

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Awkward Alice!!!

Well, I don't think I have ever had as many problems trying to photograph a project!!!

I am afraid this is the best I can do!!!
So here she is, awkward Alice hanging on my very munched Honeysuckle! (stoopid flippin caterpillars!!!)


Julie xx

P.S look who arrived today :D
hope these guys behave better!!!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

How curious, Alice mobile for Thats Crafty

 That's me :D

Yes,  I am very honoured to be the guest designer for August on the That's Crafty blog :D
If you haven't been and visited the shop head on over HERE and see the amazing range of stamps and other crafting goodies in Laura's fab shop :D

This is my first piece using the lush Stampendous Alice stamps along with tando chippie yumminess :D

I had a terrible time trying to capture this at its best so will attempt to try and get some better pictures for you while I am on my weeks leave this week ;-)
For all the deets and how to visit the blog HERE and show me some support :D

I am rather out of practice at not only blogging but crafting these days!! But I intend to sort this out :D
I have some fabby Tando to play with, moulds and paper clay, and lots of yummy stamps :D

Watch this space,

Julie xx