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Monday, 24 June 2019

Tonic Studios - Concertina Dies



Hi everyone, I can finally share some amazing news with you all. I was recently contacted by Tonic Studios asking if I would like to share some inspiration using their newly launched Concertina dies, so of course I said YES.

These will be released on Create and Craft  today (Monday the 24th) at 10am and 3pm or alternatively at Create and Craft's website on catch up TV. I had so much fun with these Dies and can see a lot of potential in 3D designs with them.

This is the first of my makes which also uses Tonic Craft Perfect paper.




My second project I have made a small memory box, ideal for filing photographs or ephemera in.




My third project is a letter/memo rack using Craft Consortiums Herbarium and Wood Effects Papers. I remember my gran having a letter rack made of wood similar to this in design which gave me the idea to making this using the Concertina die.




Please do check out Tonic Studios on Facebook and Instagram to see all the inspiration from the team using these Dies.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Potting Shed



Hi everyone, today for my design team post at Craft Consortium I am excited to share an up-cycling project using wooden packaging that contained a sauce bottle from Christmas time.



I started by adding some brown paint to all the edges of my box and then measured sections of paper from our Wood Textures pad and cut to size. Onto all these sections I stamped on my flowers and foliage.


My watering can was stamped and fussy cut out adding my stamped caterpillar and a little glossy accents to it. My flowers and butterfly I added a decoupaged layer for extra dimension. My spade is cut from the Metal Textures Pad for the handle and the base part was cut from cereal box and coloured with a silver Promarker finishing off with some Distress Powder to look like soil.


My plant pots have been cut again from the Metal Textures Pad and using the Stamp Set from The Herbarium Collection I stamped onto coffee stirrers. I filled with fussy cut foliage from The Herbarium Pad adding my gardening tools and some 3D moss for modelling.


My table was made from the Wood Textures Pad adding some more Distress Powder for soil, die cut gloves and metal embellishments also from The Herbarium Collection.


The windows were die cut again from the Wood Textures Pad adding some Satin Miri card behind them. My cat was die cut using the metal textures pad adding a shadow layer of dark grey behind it.


My roof was cut into rectangles from the Metal Textures Pad, inked at the edges and added on the roof to look like quarry tiles.

Some more photos to look at.




Please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways. 


Thanks so much for stopping by to look at my post today.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

Monday, 3 June 2019

Altered Notebook for Craft Consortium



Hi everyone, today for my Design Team post at Craft Consortium I have made a cover for a small notebook using papers from The Herbarium Paper Pad and The Vintage Emporium Paper Pad.


I added some squiggly lines around the outside of my base layer of paper which is from The Herbarium Paper Pad to draw the eye into my design. Using the Vintage Emporium Paper Pad I diecut my  tag adding some lace onto it and fussy cut all my Ephemera inking and tattering at the edges.

Please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways. 

Crafty Hugs,
Julie x

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Just stopping by to say Hello


Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by today. For my Design Team post at Craft Consortium I am sharing some more inspiration using the amazing Essential Paper Pads

The pads I have used on this card are Tropical Paradise for my little fussy cut bird and the Grunge Tones pads both in Light and Dark Tones.


I started by matting and layering 2 tattered layers onto my card with foam strips for dimension, keeping the edges white to compliment my die cuts.


I continued to layer up my die cuts with foam strips onto my card and added some Dahlia flowers which were also die cut from my pad for the perfect complimenting tone.


Finishing with my sweet little Tropical bird, a Tonic sentiment strip and some small gems from Craft Consortiums Always and Forever Collection.

Please do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways. 

Crafty Hugs,
Julie x

Friday, 17 May 2019

Craft Consortium Essential Paper Pads Launch


Hi everyone, we are all excited at Craft Consortium today to be launching another new 4 paper pads in the Essentials range which will be shown on Create and Craft this morning at 10am, but don’t worry if you miss the show as you can always get it on catch up via Create and Craft's website.

For my Design Team post I am sharing some inspiration using the fabulous Metal Textures papers and with Fathers Day fast approaching I though it would be nice to share a masculine project with them.

As you can see I have coordinated my card and Hamper box together to make a complete gift that sweeties can be placed into.


My card has strips of Metal Textures papers added with foam strips for extra dimension. My image comes from the Vintage Emporium Pad which was launched with the previous collection of Essential pads.


My rusty cogs are also cut from the Metal Textures pad and a little Gilding Wax lightly rubbed over them, mounting onto black card to give depth.


My hamper box was made using a Tonic Studios die which I cut out from a cereal packet for the base and sides and lining with my papers. You will notice I glued a few layers of cereal box to the sides to give extra support to my box so I didn’t need to use the diecut supports. My lid was just cut from the papers.


To finish my box I added metal embellishments which gives the illusion in fooling the eye that the papers are metal. My handle was made by gluing a couple of layers of cereal box together and wrapping with string, gluing in place and finishing with some screw brads on it.

Here is also a peak of the four new pads that have been launched.


 This is the Metal Textures Pad.


Here is the Grunge - Dark Tones Pad.


This is the Tropical Paradise Pad.


And finally the Grunge - Light Tones Pad.
Which one is your favourite?

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my post, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs, 

Julie x

Craft Consortium Products Used -
Metal Textures Paper Pad

Monday, 29 April 2019

Gift for Dad


Hi everyone, today I am sharing with you all a box I made using the Tonic Dimensions Octagon Box and golfing themed Dies.

My dad loves playing Golf so I decided to make him a box with a golfing theme. He was delighted with his gift and the sweeties he found inside the box and it is now used to hide his secret stash of sweets or nuts from my mum !


I added some ink onto the edge of my Golf Balls and shaped them with a slight curve in my hand. I added Silicone Glue into the centre of the balls and some glue around the edges. This helped give a bevelled effect on them.


My golf tees have two layers glued together to also add more dimension.
My golf bag was cut out of textured paper and inked to give a leather effect adding my golf clubs cut from silver satin card.

I always like to decorate my boxes on the inside and underneath for a perfect finishing touch.

Hope you have a lovely creative week.
Julie x

Monday, 15 April 2019

Vintage Herb Bottles - Craft Consortium


Hi everyone. Today for my Design Team post at CraftConsortium I have been creating once again with the beautiful collection called The Herbarium. I absolutely adore this collection and it is fast becoming a firm favourite to create with for me.

My project today is an up cycling one. I have been keeping a hold of my large empty vitamin bottles for sometime now knowing that one day I would find a use for them and when I saw the Herb Labels in the paper pad I knew they were perfect for it.


I chose which designs of papers I wanted to layer together around my bottles. I distressed and inked the edges adding in some die cut layers for extra detail and glued them together. Whilst they were still damp with the glue I shaped around my bottles to form a curve in the paper. This makes it far easier to then wrap around the bottle once dry in a curved shape. I gave my bottles a light sand with my sanding block where the papers were going so it would give my papers a firmer grip. I attached them with a mix of Scortape and Cosmic Shimmer Glue holding in place for a couple of minutes.


My tops were painted with Black Paint and the indentations were highlighted with Gilding Wax for an aged look.


Finishing my bottles with some Twine and the gorgeous brass charms.


My base was made using a Chipboard Sheet and was measured to fit my 3 bottles in. I glued this all in place to form my tray/box and added some Washi Tape around the joins to reinforce it. This part was then left to dry overnight. Once dry I painted black and added all my distressed and inked layers of paper onto my box. 


Finishing with some brass feet which I added a touch of Gilding Wax to, which then complimented my lids and charms to bring the design all together.


Thanks so much for stopping by today, your visits are always appreciated and I’d love if you left a comment if you have time.

Please do check out The Herbarium Collection at Craft Consortium and have a look at all there other fabulous products. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways.


Make sure to tag your crafty makes using their products at #ccmakes or #craftconsortium to have them shown on their pages.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

Monday, 8 April 2019

Introducing The Herbarium - Craft Consortium


Hi everyone, today for my Design Team post at CraftConsortium I am very excited to be sharing my first card using the amazing new collection called The Herbarium by designer Katy Hackney. She has designed several beautiful paper pads and stamps for Craft Consortium but I think this has to be my new favourite collection from her.


I decided to make a gardening apron as the topper for my card. I cut this out from papers in my pad and using the stamps from the collection I stamped the word Herbs and flowers onto my apron. I also added some twine, lace, die-cut tools and finished my apron with the amazing brass scissors and trowel embellishments from the Herbarium collection.


I layered my papers tattering at the edges and adding some muslin between the layers. My garden pots have been die cut and heat embossed with Distress powder adding my cone flowers and foliage into them to compliment my paper.


Please do check out this wonderful collection HERE
Thanks so much for stopping by today and do check out Craft Consortium and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular inspiration and giveaways.

Crafty Hugs, 

Julie x


Monday, 1 April 2019

To Mum on Mother’s Day


Hi everyone, today I am sharing a box I made for my mum on Mother’s Day using Tonic Studios and Cheery Lynn Dies and of course the beautiful Maja Design Papers.


The photo is of my mum, which she thinks was taken in her early twenties with her first Toy Poodle called Nikki. Doesn’t she look glamorous.


My flowers have all been handmade using my Dies and inks adding stamens into the centres.


Some photos for you to enjoy.




Products used from

Thankyou so much for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

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