Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Julie: Anniversary card, Octopode Factory style

Hello again.
Last time I was with you I shared the birthday card I'd made for my other half and now I'm back with his anniversary card:
There's nothing that quite says 'Happy 19 years of knowing you' like a cute snail stamp is there?

The stamp is from The Octopode Factory a really fun, unique brand that Jean is now stocking, so if you like something a bit different ... hop over there to check out the other designs. [Stick around for some new designs coming soon too!]

Behind the stamped image I used a circle of Collections Elements 'Noir et Creme' patterned paper:
There are also some lovely new printed tissue paper designs from Collections Elements in the shop and a really lovely chipboard printer's tray too.

Finally, the greeting on my card was cut from the endlessly useful [I've used mine non-stop since I got them] tiny cardstock alphas, again from Collections Elements:
I think that's possibly the last handmade card he'll be receiving from me for a while [until Christmas at least] ...as I'm fast running out of occasions.
Although ... thinking about it ... there's always ... Happy First Tomato of the Season, or I'm So Glad You Made Tea or even Welcome Home from Work ....and .....

... and those individual cardstock letters are going to come in so handy for spelling out all my new occasions!

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Don't You ........

.......just love when you can use something in lots of different ways.......like these chipboard owls from Collection Elements.

take one set of owls... four plain napkins.

a few scraps of fabric and some Bondaweb. Iron your scraps onto Bondaweb. Draw around your shapes.......

cut out and iron them in place....

stitch with a narrow zig-zag

and hey presto four customised napkins!


More of Ozzy later!



Thursday, 19 May 2011

Anyone got a piece of paper?

How many times do you hear this at a crop or workshop? You would think us crafters would always be armed with paper, yes we are but not always the sort we need to take a note. So how about getting yourself prepared. I've used some really cheap notebooks from the pound shop yes they cost a pound for 10(amazing) My sister calls these pound shops ten pound shops because you never just spend a pound lol. Anyway I digress, I've then used my favourite Websters pages to turn them into a worthy notebook that any self respected crafter would be proud to pull out of her bag  when asked that question, has anyone got?........

Cover the fronts, tie a bit of ribbon round the spiral and there you are. Easy really, hardest part getting hold of those delightful papers from the shop keep checking as they are worth waiting for but if you can't wait why not use Cosmo Cricket or Echo Park.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Julie: 'Sarsaparilla Celebrations' - vintage style card

Hello again.

Today's project is a card I made earlier this month, for my partner's birthday, using lots of 3DJean elements:
The main image is one of the Vintage Airline Playing cards which come as a pack of five and are a cross between regular playing cards and a foreign phrase book.

I chose a the card which teaches you how to ask for a drink in both Spanish and Portugese ... because knowledge like that can never go to waste ... particularly when someone's celebrating his birthday!
The 'Celebrate' greeting was cut from the kraft version of the Collections Elements 'Tiny Alphabet' sheets and glued on to a journaling sticker. The 'Mini chipboard star' is from the same Collections Elements range on to which I just added a smudge of gesso and Shimmerz paint.
The Sarsaparilla cap is one of the 'Vintage Soda Bottle Caps' available now in a pack of 5 random designs, it's simply mounted to the card with 3D foam:

For my backing paper I cut into my own 12x12 sheet of paper from the new October Afternoon  '5 & Dime' range - but there's actually an 8x8 '5 & Dime' pad available in the store.

Right then, I'm off to find the nearest Portugese bar ... anyone joining me?

Julie  :-)

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


How cute are these............from Collections Elements,there are several sizes in a pack, they look fab with the vintage papers but could look equally good with retro, chintz or contemporary papers too. They are so easy to make.....simply roll the large strip of chipboard into a tube and cover with paper , cover two large discs (both sides) and glue one to each end of the tube.

I don't think they will be around for long so make sure to get yours soon! You can have them purely for decoration or use them to store your ribbons and lace!

Look out for the next give away... this reel will be among the goodies!

Hope you like it



MORE Cabochons

They have just arrived and you can buy them 10 mixed colours for just £3 or we have bags of single colours 4 for £1.50.
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