Gosh what a busy life I lead . . . . . . . working! LOL

Never mind, I'm not on my own that's for sure! It's good in some ways as I am very busy at the moment as everyone seems to want their houses painting ~ or maybe it's because I have reduced my rates quite a lot to encourage new business!
seem bloody knackered for not a lot! Ha Ha.

Keeps me out of mischief (that's good!), but no time for crafting (that's very bad!).


(this is what Bev has me in with her little ditties!).

This weeks' Just Magnolia challenge was for any stitching. Faux, hand or machine stitching on your card and of course a Magnolia stamp.

For this card I used one of my Magnolia Spring Stamp Club Set and coloured using distress inks and twinkling H2O.s (still can't get the knack of these!). The papers, crochet flower, and sentiment were all from my Just Magnolia win (thanks guys, can't use all these quick enough!)).
I cut the mat layers and sentiment mats using my new nesties (thanks Judy).

Now the stitching is quite a funny thing. Well for me it is normal! I am intrigued by the stitching some people use on their cards and how stunning it looks. So I thought I would ask Rach for some advice.

Very interesting.... A 'normal' sewing machine (I have one of those) and it doesn't ruin the machine ~ so why haven't I tried it before! I have been looking at a 'mini' Janome zig zag machine on Ebay for yonks and yonks, but never quite got round to allocating the cash for it! So when Rach said I could use my normal machine I has delighted. I will have a go at that, I thought.

So off I go with my mind racing on the layout, papers, stamp etc etc, get my sewing machine out .........

Brilliant _ card finished - looks good, I'm happy ..................................

BUM ! I was so excited about sewing it I stuck it all together without stitching ! So I had to improvise and create faux stitches!

But at least I did get the machine out and think of it!



I really loved this sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge It was quite a simple sketch to follow but allowed for lots of creative impression! Jenette one of the DT ladies did an awesome thing with a bit of string and some brads! (now ladies, keep i clean!). It was so effect with the image and theme of the card being the seaside!
I did rotate the sketch, but kept pretty much to the layout.

The inside is quite simple and just takes a couple of the same shapes from the front of the card.


Papers: K & Company Hopscotch
Stamp: Magnolia Spring Stamp Club
Medium: Distress Inks and Twinkling H2O's
Brads: Papermania
Flowers: Crochet (from Just Magnolia Challenge), Paper flowers: Prima
Spacers: from stash
Ribbon: from stash
Charm: made from stash
Fabric Butterflies: from stash
Sentiments: Stampin Up & Elzybells (I think!)

Hope you like it!

p.s. you will be pleased and no doubt relieved to hear that I am finally getting my new digital slr camera! After great deliberation and lots of advice from very knowledgeable friends I am going to buy (hopefully) this weekend! I am so excited and can't wait to be able to take (well have the gear to allow me to) decent pictures for my blog!

Any advice on software girls for photo processing? I have adobe Photoshop elements, but this seems a little basic at times?
Any little pointed would be great!

Have fun

Can't keep my eyes open, so off to bed ! Apologies for any typos or grammaticals, I am just too tired to think!


  1. Fabby card sweetie, LOVE the delish colours and details. So pretty x

  2. a wonderful card, great colours. thank you for joining us at just magnolia.x

  3. such a lovely card, I love the colours you used...thank you for joining in the Just Magnolia challenge xxx

  4. Hi, Julie. The card is terrific! I am getting closer to putting stitching on my cards but my machine is still packed somewhere (we moved 18 months ago!). Haven't done much sewing for years! But I see your card, even with the faux stitching, and it looks so fab! Just might have to give it a go.

    Also, I'll jump in here with my 2-cents worth on the photo software. I've used several, but I still turn to the Adobe Photoshop Elements. It may seem basic on the surface, probably because it doesn't come with much of a operator's manual, but it can be quite involved. I bought a couple of books to figure it all out and I use it for my professional photography editing. OK, that was more like 4-cents worth, but you asked!!

    Love ya!

  5. What a beautiful card Julie,l love the image and colours.

    Hugs Riet.x


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