Julie Butler - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Julie Butler - Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator

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Monday, September 17, 2012

A little bit obsessed with the Petite Purse Die

I am completely and totally in love with these purses and have been playing around this weekend with the die on and off.   This wee combination was made this morning as it is the birthday of a friend of mine and I wanted to take her a little gift.    Hope you like the combination of purse and card. 

(Edit - made a hasty altered paper bag to pop the gift in and protect it)

This purse does use some retired DSP but it was just too pretty to blog in my opinion.    The crumb cake tulle ribbon from the new catalogue helped create the gorgeous bow and I sponged the organza ribbon with pool party ink to coordinate. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Petite purse die - finally!


I finally got my Stampin Up order earlier this week and managed to have a wee play with it today.   I made this gorgeous wee purse with the big shot die and then embossed it with my new lacy brocade embossing folder.   A button with some thin ribbon and gold brads to adhere the handle finished the elegant look of the purse and the addition of small magnets helps hold it closed without stressing the cardstock.    I filled the purse with Hersheys kisses.

This purse is heading off to a friend as a gift along with an altered jar to be used as a pen holder.   I have plenty of altered jars on my table to hold all my pens and tools and this particular friend admired one of my jars yesterday so I decided to make one in her favourite colour which is purple.   She had admired the Rich Razzleberry so it was the obvious choice to use.    A leftover coffee jar (Screaming Turtle) and some of the DSP colour stacks made a great base to add some letters and a tiny wee flower made with the new scallop punch from the Christmas Catalogue.    A few pieces of ribbon finished off the look.     I am hoping she loves this gift and that it brings great cheer to her.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Birthday boy

My youngest son turns 15 today - a rather scary thing truth be told.    I wanted to make a special card for him and turned to his favourite obsession for inspiration - Minecraft.    To be honest I don't know much about the game he plays except it involves spending hours on the computer so I went to trusty google for some sort of image I could use.   Turns out Minecraft is extremely pixelated so I used a picture I found and recreated it using tiny 1cm x 1cm squares of cardstock.   Despite being difficult to line up completely perfectly I am still fairly happy with how this card turned out.   It was definitely a labour of love - 100 squares of paper for the base and the little black pieces (which are meant to be a creeper) are popped up on dimensionals.     

Hope you enjoy looking.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Happy birthday Dad

Today is my fathers birthday and I really wanted to share the gorgeous card and coordinating jar of liquorice allsorts I made for him with my readers.

I took a regular pasta jar and using my circle dies and punches cut firstly a cardstock circle layered with another circle of DSP.  I used the now retired elegant soiree which I really love and just happened to have a little scrap floating around.    I glued these to the lid, covered with a layer of crystal effects and left to dry overnight.    Once that was all done I layered in the sweets and then finished the jar off with a double bow of crumb cake seam binding.    I just love how easy it is to take simple things and turn them into something spectacular.

Hope you enjoy looking.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Take one design

And mix it up.     I came across this card by Georgeann Manning somewhere in my websurfing and of course as all good crafters do pinned it to my cardspiration board on Pinterest.   Because I am busy getting ready for a few craft fairs I needed to add to my current stock and it really is smart to be cutting several of the same basic design at once.       Hope you like my take on Georgeann's cards.  Sorry the photography isn't the best, usually hubby helps but I wanted to get these all snapped and then packaged up.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Funky kids cards

Well at least I think so.

I have two markets coming up this weekend.   The first at Lindale Farm in Kapiti Coast on Saturday and the second on Sunday is a brand new Underground Market at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.    I am really looking forward to these markets but at the same time needed to add to my collection of cards on hand.      I absolutely love the Big Top Birthday DSP, especially great for cards for the young at heart.    Hope you like the selection of cards I made today, would love to hear your feedback as to which ones are your favourites.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Long time MIA again

This blogging thing really is a bit of a challenge for me I must say.    I am trying however, so who knows maybe you will see some more this week.

Last night I went to my sisters 40th birthday party so I want to share with you the gift and card - all made with love by me using SU products.    Please excuse the photography, we were running late to leave for the party so these were taken around 2am back at her house on hubbies Iphone so quality is not brilliant.

Her favourite colours are red and purple so I opted to put Real Red and Elegant Eggplant together with black to come up with this bold combination for her card, with the focal point of the card being the sparkly panel and 40.  

The gift is a recycled can which I wrapped with Black grossgrain ribbon and then finished with a flower made using the blossom punch.   This I filled with hersheys kisses and it contained the two roses in Real Red and Elegant Eggplant - they are actually pens, I fashion the roses to the pens using a combination of tombo and lots of patience.    I love these pens and will be making a whole lot more to sell at the various markets I have coming up.     Anyway, hope you like todays wee projects.

Till next time


Friday, February 24, 2012

Childrens cards

I have been invited to have a stall at a gala and then a craft fair over the next few months and so have been busily creating new projects and cards in anticipation of this.   I start back at uni in a few weeks so am making the most of my current craft time.

One of the things I have been playing around with is punch art.    I have seen many examples on the net before of the punch art characters and thought I would have a go myself.   I love what I have come up with.     My prototypes aren't perfect but I have been working on mass producing these with a view to being able to put either a magnet back, badge back or clothespin magnet on the back of them after purchase.  

This afternoon after having worked on my mass production line I had the idea that I would make some cards using the same punch art.      They have come up amazingly well I think, would love to hear your opinions.


Punch art badge/magnets

Cards en masse

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Casing - the card makers answer to brain fog

So I wanted to make a few cards for my stash but wasn't feeling overly in the mood to dream up my own design.    Of course this lead me to my stash of swaps from other Paper Divas team members which I have been saving for just this occasion. 

I decided to case (copy and share everything) this card below which was a swap I received from the lovely Rhonda Imrie - you can check out her blog here.

The following two cards are my take on her original.    Hope you like them.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Hope you are all having a wonderful day with your loved ones.     My husband and I generally don't celebrate Valentines Day and this year is no different.  However this year my youngest son (14) has himself a girlfriend - a young lady he actually went "out" with in primary school and they have in the last few weeks started going out again.   It is all very sweet and adorable and he thinks rather a lot of her so asked me to help him out with a gift.

I already had the brooch made up and after discovering her favourite colours were in fact purple and black it seemed fitting that this should make up his gift.   He also helped me make her a bunch of flowers and designed the card.    Once he gets home from school any minute he is off to deliver the gifts to her.   I am hoping she likes it.




Entire ensemble

Would love to hear your feedback as always


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Julz Blossoms

I have been quite busy of late making and creating some really fun projects.    My obsession however for the past three or four days has been making paper flowers.    They have been a lot of fun to make and I am enjoying experimenting with different styles and techniques.

Paper flowers are an amazing way to brighten up the house without the fuss and bother of worrying about anything needing water and dying.

Big bunch of flowers in all sorts of sizes shapes and colours

Close up shot

Smaller bunch of similar flowers in Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight

Hope these brighten your day as much as they are mine.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

JAI entry

For the first time in a long time I have decided to enter over at Just Add Ink where the challenge this week is to case the wonderfully talented Kathy Tanner.

After snooping around on her blog for quite some time I was intrigued by this gorgeous card.    I hope you like my take on it.

Front of card


Card recipe:  
Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo and Whisper White cardstock
Cheerful treat dsp (Hostess gift)
Butterflies made using embosslit in Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette and Bashful Blue
Glimmer brad, scallop trim border punch

Hopefully be back sooner than the last blog post