Friday, 17 February 2017

Craft and eat cupcakes

Hi everyone, hope you are all fit and well.
Brilliant workshop today with some amazing ladies and a special young girl called Samantha.
Today I taught them how to make  2 simple pop up cards . Make themed and a very girlie cupcake card. 
Here's some fab pictures of the ladies in action 
Now I'm wondering did they enjoy the cupcakes more than the crafting, most of the action shots seem to involve cake. Lol. 
Our next workshop is 17th March 12-3 . Hope to see you all soon and thank you to all those attended. Special thank you to Karen who owns the shop for helping xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Stamping up meets pergamano

Good evening, 
Hope you are all fit and well. As you all know by now I'm loving parchment craft, but I also love stampin up.
I recently purchased "Beautiful you" from Stampin up and I knew I wanted to mix it up alittle. 
So I stamped the lady with white ink on parchment paper. Groovi plates came out for the background. Coloured with promarkers. 
The grid work is my own design and took me forever lol, but I enjoyed the whole process of this card.
Take are and keep crafting Julie x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Hey chick, I'm free.......

Good evening, 
              Today's weather has been super windy, and has probably done a lot of damage. Some winds in the Sierra Nevada were up to 90mph.
This weather was a great excuse to have a guilt free craft afternoon
I love coloring images and fiddly cutting that's probably why I'm enjoying parchment craft so much. 
The stamp set I've used is called "Hey Chick" from Stamping up which I received free (yes free)  because I spent £45 on other products . I also bought the "Beautiful You" stamp set which I will show you later next week. 
Well here are the cards I made. 
 As you can see the chickens have quite small feet to cut out, if you aren't confident cutting them out  cut them off. Same with the chickens feathers just cut them right off.
Stamp your image onto your card and color the bits you have snipped of , then stamp again and cut out.  Hope this picture makes more sense then me trying to explain it lol 
Then foam pads and decoupage on original image. You can't tell that you may have snipped feet of etc. Hope this helps . Anyway take care and keep crafting. Please leave a comment if you have time . Julie xx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Parchment pictures.

Good evening. Today I'm sharing two pictures which I have completed. I'm still loving my parchment journey and still have lots to learn. My favorite picture up to now is the owl the Green diamantes  just finish it nicely. The giraffe was a zentangle colouring page which I turned into a parchment pattern very challenging. Hope you are all well take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Candles galore

Good afternoon, 
         Hope you all had a fab new year. We certainly did ,last guests went around 3.30am.
It wasn't the party I expected. Everybody was well behaved and no trouble. (a little disappointing really I took the carpet up expecting dancing  and lots of alcohol to be consumed lol). New Year's Day we slept then had a lovely evening meal at a friends home, proper roast potatoes .......
Well today I've been catching up on a few candles as I'm running low. Some ew quotes and some old favorites, 
I love candles , the Spanish don't use candles the same as us British . Once they light a candle they don't put it out they just let it burn, whereas we relight. 
 Still loving my parchment and have a few cards to show you In my next blog. Take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Dorso Crayons

Well this is my last post for 2016 . What a year it has been. Lots of great people have died but let's not forget those that have died who are not celebrities. May they rest in peace. 
2016 has been a roller coaster year  for me moving to Spain. We have now experienced a winter and a very very hot summer. I've enjoyed living in Spain  it's been a learning curve , 
Crafting in Spain is very different as acquiring materials are much harder and very expensive. Luckily friends and family bring me items with them when they visit. 
We are hosting a party New Year's Eve so that should be fun, so my next post will be 2017.
I'm still in love with parchment craft and I feel I'm improving slowly. 
My parchment teacher Brenda Oldham introduced me to dorso crayons , and yes you have probably guessed I love them. 
You apply the crayon to the back of your work and use essential oil to blend the color . For finer detail you use cut and dry nibs. Here's a couple of cards I've made . I need lots more practice but I'm enjoying the journey. 
I love doing white work and especially enjoyed completing the green card. Anyway have a Happy Crafty New Year . Love and hugs Julie xx

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Success in parchment with a little help from Groovi plates.

Good evening, hope you are all fit and well.
As I wrote in my last post I've been going to classes to learn the technique of parchment. 
I really struggled with the length of time and concentration needed to complete a project. I decided to buy some Groovi plates from clarity stamps to improve my technique. 
Absolutely love the Groovi plates , you can design your card so easily. Well enough of me waffling . Here's my first completed card that I'm happy with. 
I'm going to duplicate this card several times as I have so many coloring techniques I want to try. 
Here's a topper below that I've just done which I now need to colour. If you have ever wanted to try parchment  give the Groovi plates a try. 
Take care and keep crafting Julie xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Parchment problems

'Long time since I posted. 
 Well Life in Spain is so busy , the time is whizzing by. 
Craft classes and market stall are going well and I'm really looking forward to starting my Christmas cards. 
I've made quite a few pop up card boxes , they are very popular. 
I always enjoy making these cards. They are light weight and lay flat to post. 
I've also started to learn parchment craft which is so time consuming  and very unforgiving.  I'm not used to spending such a long time on one card but I'm sure I will speed up and improve my technique. 
I do enjoy the coloring. Here's two little projects I managed to complete. 
Anyway Hope you are all well. Take care and keep crafting love Julie x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Missing in Action

Hi Everybody, 
                      Yes I've been  missing in action, life is whizzing  by. Unfortunately I haven't had much time to craft as I've taken on a couple of extra jobs.   Anyway life is beginning to settle down so today I've had alittle play. 
I've used one of my favorite techniques Triple Stamping Technique..... This technique is so simple and gives a great effect on your cards. 
I always tend to make several cards at once unless it's a commissioned  card. 
The cards have been made using several Stampin up stamp sets and the colors are chocolate chip, slate grey , crumb cake and cherry cobbler perfect combination. 
Hope you like my cards and please comment. Take care and keep crafting Julie xxx

Monday, 6 June 2016

Baby cards

Hi everyone, It's very hot today, crafting with blinds down to try and keep cool. Just a quick post today . Two little baby cards using stamping up Little Additions and some decoupage. Hope you like . Take care keep crafting x

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Living Design Class

 Hi everybody, I'm alittle late posting pics from last class. Only two at this class but it was great we had a good laugh and I got lots of information regarding living in Spain. 
Sue, always smiling and so enthusiastic about every project we make , a joy to craft with. 
This is Jan  
. Jan makes her own cards for family and friends. I'm hoping to inspire her to stamp more as apparently she has lots of her own stamps amongst  her crafty stash.
I've been driving today , I've changed from an automatic to a manual and lost my confidence. But with the help of a very good neighbor I'm overcoming my fear. 
This week I met my second snake on a hot Sunday afternoon , quite scared . But he didn't bother me ( thank goodness). Anyway bye for now and Sue and Jan I haven't forgot your emails with measurements I've misplaced my notebooks with notes and emails. Lol I'm sure they will turn up. Bye for now and keep crafting xx

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Exploding boxes

Good Afternoon, 
          Yesterday class went really well this the project the ladies were to make. 
The ladies did exceptionally well. Although some of the comments about sucking cocktail sticks etc must have sounded very strange if anyone was listening from outside lol. This is areal easy project and the fun is in the decorating. We used stampin up papillon potpourri and petite petals.  Well onto pictures of the ladies as you can see by their faces they enjoyed themselves. 
Finally a pic of Jake who kept us all company for the afternoon. Take care and keep crafting. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Details of classes. Snakes and Centipedes

Hi everybody. Hope you are all well. 
      Eventful day my husband found our first snake which apparently after researching by our neighbor is called a ladder snake.
Omg  it was scary although it didn't show any reaction to us I must admit I was petrified. Lol.  Just as that left our garden we then found  this 
Horrible centipede which is called a Megarian Banded Centipede. This centipede has venom but won't kill you unless you have a bad reaction. I don't know which is the scariest. 
Anyway back to my blog post. My next class in living design will be 25th May 1-3pm. If you would like to attend please contact by either by email. ... Tel. 616605400 or Facebook  Julie McCartney . Hope to see you there . Take care and keep crafting Julie x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Living Design Craft Class

Good Evening. 
    Excellent craft class today in Living Design today. The ladies who attended were all beginners but you wouldn't have thought by the projects they produced. 
Today the ladies learnt several techniques including heat embossing and stamping. They all completed the projects no problems and I was so pleased to see they had added their own little ideas to their makes. 
I've started doing classes in Living Design , it's perfect as before you start your class you can browse around some of the amazing products been made by some amazing talented people. Hers some happy faces from the class. 
Thank you ladies for a great class, great company  and see you all very soon. If you would like to join one of my classes and you live in Spain please contact me either via Facebook, email Take care keep crafting x