Saturday, 31 May 2008

Dottie's World

I am absolutely thrilled to bits - Louise, Nicola and Karen have invited me to be a member of the Design Team for 'Dottie's World'. Well, of course I said YES PLEASE!!! I am sure many of you will already have been introduced to Dottie and George (and some of Lou's other fabulous work), but you are always very welcome to pay a visit to the 'Dottie's World' Blog by clicking on the link on the top right to see some stunning creations. There is also a weekly challenge, posted on Sundays, with a monthly prize of an 'exclusive' Dottie image download. As well as all that, we have 'Customer Thursday' and each Thursday one super talented customer will be invited to be featured on the blog.

The word is that there are some fantastic Christmas images due out veeeeeery soon, so watch this space, add 'Dottie's World' to your favourites and you can purchase all the collections from or click the link on the right sidebar.

Here is a 'Cheerleader Dottie' card, complete with pom poms, which I made a couple of weeks ago for Angela, one of our PE teachers who was leaving school. It is A4 in size (to take about 100 greetings!!) and Dotties dress and shoes are paper pieced.
Off to work on tomorrow's challenge now - don't forget to join in for a chance to win that 'exclusive' new image!

This card is for this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge which is to make a shaped card.....

'The Design Team have been busy working on this weeks dare ' It's all in the Shape' set by me. I'm a fan of shaped cards so thought this was a great one to do for my first dare. You can do any theme but your card has to be a shape of some sort.'I don't think I have ever done a shaped card before, but this image lends itself perfectly to the challenge. Another of Louise's designs, which can also be downloaded from I resized the image in word and printed it out on the right hand side of a landscape page so the fold is on the back of the blue cat. I used shimmer watercolour paints from The Works, a few gems and a rub-on sentiment on the paper pieced heart.

Thanks for stopping by, Juliet xxx

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

DARING CARDMAKERS....They've got their beady eyes on us!

The dare from is to use beads somewhere on your card. Papers are Basic Grey, flowers are stamped, coloured with shimmer watercolour paints from The Works then black bugle beads and PM gems added. The sentiment and stems are also stamped. Lots of inky edges, some doodling and a bit of ribbon and that's it!
Thanks for stopping by....please leave a comment so I can visit you in return.

Juliet xx

Monday, 26 May 2008

Happy Bank Holiday!

First today is an A4 for Fran who is leaving work soon. My first use of the new K & Co Berry Sweet speciality pad, (and the little bird) which is really scrummy. Prima and Imaginisce flowers, rub-0ns The Scrapbook House and the flowers and butterflies are highlighted with glitter glue.

This card is for the Papertake Weekly Challenge - here to make a man's card. I've used the 'racing driver' George here but today he's being an astronaut! His astronaut suit is coloured in silver and I added an acrylic bubble to his helmet. Heidi Swapp ghost arrow and sentiment from Scrapagogo kit.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Juliet xx

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Playing Catch Up!!!

Well, I haven't been completely idle, although I've been a very bad blogger!
Last weekend I went to the Make-it Show at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and managed to pick up some different things and at bargain prices. The first card is made with papers which came in themed stacks and they are so pretty and only £1 a stack! I must make notes of suppliers - usually in my excitement to open everything I throw the packaging away. Three papers from the stack are used here and some of the boats are layered. A bit of stickles to highlight the waves and it looks really effective. This card was made using the Sketch Challenge #6 on and is made with one sheet of double sided Crate Paper, hand stitching, Prima flowers and rub-ons.
This wall hanging is also a challenge on - not to use pink, people, pets or bling. I used some of the same papers as the card above and used crackle paint on the plaque to give a driftwood effect. The bar on which the frames hang is a stirrer from Starbucks painted with Adirondack Denim acrylic paint. Lettering is Ellison Chunkadelic which I mounted on chipboard and hand cut - ouch! All held together with garden twine.
Speaking of gardens, just to show some of the work I've been doing and much harder than crafting!
This is my debut 12x12 to go public and was also for a challenge on (I'm not on commission, honest!!!) and again not to use pink, people, pets or bling. I photographed the daisies in my garden and came up with this - 'Nature's Perfection'. I added to the distressed look of the paper with brown and white chalk inkpads, the butterfly stamp was in a half price set at Make-it and I got loads of ric-rak ribbon at 25p a metre!
Juliet xx

Monday, 19 May 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge Sketch

There's a fabulous sketch over at and I couldn't resist giving it a go. Papers are from DCWV Nursery Baby Girl stack and they all co-ordinate so wonderfully. The stamp is one of the two which I won for the challenge a few weeks ago and is stamped in charcoal for a softer effect and coloured with Whispers pens and waterbrush. Sentiment is a rub-on and the glitter chip flower and velvet ribbon is from stash. I inked all the edges with VersaColor #69 Bamboo and added a bit of doodling.
I know it's been ages since I blogged but I've been so busy as well as injuring my right hand and having 7 stitches in it. That put paid to crafting, but much better now!
TIP......Always wear gloves when gardening :-(

Back soon with more - thanks for visiting.

Juliet xx