Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Spring Cleaning!

Spring seems to have arrived a lot earlier than normal in our chilly northern parts of the world. Not that I am complaining.  Yesterday was a balmy 17 degrees Celcius. Wow! That is better than it sometimes gets in July.

So I don't know about you but I love to think about Spring being a great time cleaning and getting rid of the old. It is lovely open the windows wide and let in some cool fresh air into the house, hang the washing on the line and watch it blow, take a walk outside and feel the gentle warmth and light of the sun on your face and even wash the windows and clean all the winter grime away.

Last week we gutted the boys bedrooms and moved furniture around to suit their growing bodies and changing interests. We managed to collect 3 black sacks full of old clothes, toys and books to go to charity (have they even noticed???). How refreshing and cleansing that felt. I think now each room of the house needs the same treatment. Oh how we gather stuff! How good it is to get rid of the 'stuff' we accumulate. It is good for the soul!

Ok now I need to practice what I preach and go clean and tidy while the sun is still shining! Who knows how long this lovely mild weather will last but I don't want to miss a minute of it!

Great chatting with you!

Judy x

Thursday, 16 February 2012

New Year...New Direction

rachel cross legged

I feel like I am starting a new blog but I am at the advantage of having a few followers in tow already!

Since the end of last year I have felt the strong need to change a lot of what I was doing and how I was spending my time. I felt God was speaking to me and challenging me about lots of things. I was spending a lot of my time card making and crafting and to be honest it was bringing no pleasure to me anymore and as a business I was not making anything much at all. The hours of creating were not a worthwhile sacrifice in terms of quality time with my family and husband.

So after I completed all my orders for Christmas I shut shop! This was a big thing to do. But on a hindsight a good one.

I have been praying for guidance for the future. My life is entering a new phase with all the boys now  at school. I feel comfortable and very much at home taking care of them and running the house and  I love extra few hours I have in the day to get all the jobs done.  I also now have time to read my Bible and pray every day which was a struggle and a real challenge to do before. In addition I love having the time to serve in my local church.

Anyway this is leading up to tell you about a passion I have had for may years now and that is photography. I am delighted to be able to have time to learn the craft of photography.  I am seeking God's will for the future and where it may lead but for now it is a wonderful learning curve and fulfilling the creative side of me!

Here are a few shots I would like to share that I took on Tuesday while I met my sister at Lossiemouth beach. About a half way between us both . A wonderful place for the kids to run wild and for me to practice !


I will not be offended if you 'unfollow' as I will not be making and sharing cards but mainly a bit of family life and photography. 

The first photo is of my beautiful sister Rachel, the second of her boy and  my nephew, Ben and the third is of my youngest Peter...who I rarely catch for a photo. He always pulls a silly face or runs away from me!

I would love to hear from you and answer any comments or questions!

Judy x

Friday, 2 December 2011

what I've been up to.....

Hiya folks...just so you don't think I have dropped off the face of the earth I thought I would share a couple of pictures of what I have been up to recently.

Frankly it has been crazy busy with customer orders, which I am extremely grateful for. Thank you to everyone who has ordered from me this Christmas. If you haven't received your order this week then be assured it will be finished this week coming. My intention is to clear the books of any orders by the end of next week. I am also very thankful to have some more Craft Stamper magazine articles to work on. Will let you know as and when they appear !

This card below is for a lovely repeat customer to my Etsy shop.

What else.....mmmm some autumn pics from a few weeks ago. looking forward to gettting some nice frosty ones now!

Thanks for popping by :)

Back soon with some more news.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Quinn In Her Boots

Hi Folks!!

Good to be back with you. How are you this Friday?? It is a bit dreich here and rather yuk but hey ho !

So as it is Friday I have some rather gorgeous goodies from Quixotic Paperie to share with you. I have finally manged to get a Christmas card done :) YEAH!!!

So the image is from Stamping Bella and is called 'Quinn in Her Boots' and what lovely boots they are too :) They look fine and cosy ! She is coloured with copics and then some stickles for all the sparkly bits.

The papers are a new set from Echo Park called 'Season's Greetings'. They have some lovely colours and vintage papers in this collection.

Today is a sad day for me and this is going to be my last Quixotic Paperie blog post. I have been a DT member for Elaine since the very start so it is hard for me to say Goodbye. Over the next few months I am going to take a break from blogging. At least till Jan / Feb time. There is a lot of other things I would like to do but due to blogging and DT commitments it is hard to find the time to do them.

So to begin with  I have several crochet projects I would like to do, I have begun running and am loving how good I feel after it, I would love to decorate my boys bedrooms and several other things I have in the pipeline.

So I hope this isn't goodbye forever but just a break and a chance to refresh myself, assess what commitments I would like to have and come back with some more mojo in the New Year!

I will still be keeping my Etsy shop ticking over so do feel free to pop back and visit me over there!

take care,


Friday, 4 November 2011

Happy 30th Birthday Elaine!

Morning folks!

Now today is a very special day for a certain young it is the lovely, generous and super talented Elaine's 30th Birthday! Whoop whoop! We all want to wish you a very special and happy day! Welcome to your thirties you young thing!!

This week on the blog...unbeknown to her the Quixotic DT are having a week long celebration for her!

So I am delighted to kick the week of with a special card just for Elaine!

For this card I have used the super sophisticated 'Posh has a Present' from Stamping Bella available from Quixotic Paperie. She is coloured with copics which I have listed below.

Skin : E000, E00, E11, E13
Dress: b91, B93, B95, B97
Bags and Presents: E41, E43, E44, E47
Hair: Y21, Y14, Y99

The papers are My Mind's Eye 'Paris & Co 6 x 6 pad'  which is so gorgeous and sophisticated. I can't wait to use it again :)

I know Elaine has some very special offers going on at Quixotic Paperie until Tuesday 8th  November with 15% off most items and a very special 30 % off many others. Hop on over and grab yourself a bargain!

Happy Birthday Elaine! Spoil yourself!


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sugar Stick - I'm One!

 Morning folks!

How is your week going so far?

Today I am back to show a real cutie! This is 'Sugar Stick - 'I'm One' from By LORi Designs. I love how quick and easy these images are to colour.  There are also some lovely new Winter-themed images, which I hope to be making cards with over the next few weeks. They are available here.

The papers are 'A Walk in the Park' by Echo Park, available from Quixotic Paperie.

The stripey ribbonAmerican Crafts button, twine and brads are all from Sew Sweet.

This card will be for sale in my Etsy shop.

Have a great day folks!

Judy x

Friday, 28 October 2011

Geeky Love

Morning folks!

Sorry to be absent for so long :)

The last couple of weeks were the kids mid term holidays and it has taken me till Friday i.e. today,  to get back into the swing of things again :))

As it is Friday I have some lovely goodies to share with you from Quixotic Paperie.

Firstly I have used 'Geeky Love' from Make it Crafty and coloured the image with copics. What a cute couple ! I have also added a few pearls to the centre of the flowers for a little dimension. The papers are MME 'Lost and Found', which have a really lovely vintagey feel to them.

The brown velvet and cotton lace ribbon is from Sew Sweet. and the flower and metal tag are from my stash drawers.

Thanks for popping by today. I would love to hear from you to know that you have popped by today !

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Mommy In Waiting - By LORi Designs

Good day folks!

This is a scheduled post, so while you read this I will be away on my holidays :) The boys are off to Granny's for a few days and Norman and I are enjoying a couple of nights away from our darlings :)) Then we are off to stay with my sister and her family for the rest of the time.

Today I want to share with you a lovely new digi from the wonderfully talented By LORi Designs. This adorable image is called 'Mommy in Waiting'. How cute is it??? She is coloured with copics.

The papers, ribbon, and buttons are all a lovely gift from my friend Aileen, who is an SU demonstrator and lives in Kingswells with me too! How handy!!! I just adore that ribbon and will certainly have to get some more!! And just look at those cute little buttons...mmmmm  just a few more for my wish list ;)

Well this card will be for sale in my Etsy shop when I get home next week.

Don't forget you check out loads of wonderful inspiration over at the BLD blog right here!

Thanks for your visit!!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Praying For Katie

I am writing this on behalf and in supprot of LORi. What a great thing she is doing to help and support this family in their time of greatest need. So I have copied this post from Lori's blog and would love you all to support this wonderful cause.

Many thanks Judy x

I am writing this evening about and for Katie Renz you can meet her HERE on her Card blog and HERE on her Family Blog.

Some of you may know that she has a wonderful husband, 3 beautiful little boys, that she is a super Mum
and way talented crafter...she also has Stage 4 Gastic Cancer.

Today, her husband wrote an update on her blog. This is so sad, my heart is broken and my thoughts have been consumed with her and her family. I am continuing to pray for Katie's Miracle!!!!!

I hope will join me!

Lori Boyd  was asked at the start of the year to design a stamp for Katie, She ended up getting an email from her telling me how much she loved it. She said it really was her boys. She was so very very sweet and very
appreciative!  Sooooo, I wanted to do a HUGE push of this image for her babies!!  I told her we were going to do this and that forever this stamp would be theirs!!  It just so happens that her 2 little guys have a
 birthday on the 19th of this month and her big boy has one on the 1st of December. I would LOVE to bless them with a wonderful birthday and Christmas, so that Kevin and Katie do not have to think of worry about that!!



or if you'd like to donate what you wish:

_________All donations will receive a random image__________ 


If ANY of you would like to help spread the word on EVERY forum,
blog, etc etc you can think of then the proceeds will go to The Renz
Family...I and I know they would be so appreciate that we are helping to wrap her
boys with our love and care.

Katie Renz  said...Hi Lori,
I absolutely adore this image!  It is one of my
absolute favorites of all the donated images :)  Thank you again from
the bottom of my heart.  I also wanted to let you know that I've
received numerous cards with this image and they have all been so cute!

so I know she would love it!!

P.O. Box 5913
Bellingham, Washington

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for supporting and loving Katie and her Family!   

PLEASE keep Praying for Katie's Miracle!!

Tons of Love and Many Blessings- 


Time for Tea!

Morning all !

Hope you are all fine this lovely day :)

Just flying by to share with you today a fabby stamp set you can find at Quixotic Paperie. This one is from the Octopode Factory which has some pretty quirky and fantastical designs. This one is from the Alice in Wonderland set and is called 'Time for Tea'.

I just love the bold design of it.

Now I fell in love with THIS card I saw earlier this week on THE extremely talented Lori Boyd's blog. I loved the graphic design of it. So I have used the same sketch for my card too :)) The sketch is from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, ( SSSC138).

The papers are just scraps I have had in my drawer.. The button and chocolate brown twine are from Sew Sweet.

Thanks bunches for your time today!


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

By LORi Designs - Puddlejumper Ben

Morning Folks!

Here we are up in Scotland at the start of our two week 'tattie' holidays, so it's busy days all round entertaining the little ones. Weather is lovely, so far so good :)

I am back today with a card for BLD (By LORi Designs) . I have used the cutest little guy. He is one of the new images available NOW at BLD. He is called 'Puddlejumper Ben'.

He is all coloured up with copics with a little prisma pencil for the grass.

The papers are Fancy Pants 'Beach Bum' from Quixotic Paperie.

I have also used some little goodies from Sew Sweet:

Thanks for popping by today!


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

It's all about crochet.....

Good afternoon :)

I have no card to share today only a little crochet love :)

I am finding crochet so relaxing...and this is what I have been making.

A chunky off white scarf with a funky flower.

The button is from Sew Sweet and I have used a clasp from Sew Sweet to attatch to the scarf.  So I can take it on and off and attach it to anything I wish......

Thanks for your visit!

Back to a normal card very soon!

Judy x

Friday, 30 September 2011

Pretty in Patches - Elisabeth Bell

Good morning and what a glorious morning it is too...the sun is beating down once again  on Bonnie Scotland. You see we shout about it and get excited because it happens so rarely!

Today I would like to share with you some lovely goodies available from Quixotic Paperie. Today I have coloured 'Pretty in Patches' from Belles and Whistles. I missed this image first time around when it was sold by Sugar Nellie and am delighted now to own it!

I decided to put my copics aside and this image is done completely in Prsimacolor pencils. I have kept the layout of this card pretty clean and simple. The papers I have used are MME 'All Spice' 6 x 6 paper pad. Added a little stitching, a sparkly flourish and a cute little flower  :)

Thanks for popping by today. I have kept this short and sweet as I know we all want to be outside on this lovely Autumn day.......I just can't believe it is 1st October!!

Anyway this will be popping into my Etsy shop later, as hubby and I have a date...we are walking to Dobbies for a 2 for 1 cooked breakfast! Yum yum!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Judy x

Thursday, 29 September 2011

By LORI Designs - We 3 Friends

Morning folks. back as promised with my first ever card for 'By LORi Designs' :)

This cute digi image is called 'We 3 Friends' and is just perfect for so many occasions :)

The image is coloured with copics and I have used some scrummy Echo Park 'A Walk in the Park' paper available from Quixotic Paperie.

The button and natural button twine are both available from Sew Sweet. I've followed the sketch from this weeks Papertake Weekly Sketch.

Thanks for your visit today.

I'll be popping this card into my Etsy shop later today.

Enjoy the sunshine !

Judy x

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Coffee, crochet and some fabby news!

Good afternoon folks and I just have to say what fabulous weather here in the UK!!! Whoop whoop...heatwave all round. Up here in the far far north (!!) we normally would have our snowboots out at this time of year...instead we are topping up the tans!! Long may this wonderful sunshine continue.

So today I want to share a little bit of chit chat and some exciting news.

I have been pretty busy backstage with Etsy orders and magazine work so I things have been quite slack with posting on the blog. I am hoping to get the big bulk of that done by the weekend !

So in between orders and commission work I have been learning how to crochet. I am in LOVE!! What a wonderful new thing to learn! The pictures were taken this morning . I am so proud of my first Granny Square :). I'' show you the scarf  I am working on really soon.

I am also so very excited to tell you that I have been kindly invited to join the 'By LORi Designs Team!!
It has been a true pleasure to get to know LORi through Facebook and see her fantastic art and I was thrilled when she asked me join her lovely group of designers! So keep your eyes peeled for  a card real soon. I can't wait to share her art with you!

Thanks for visting my little corner :)

Judy x

Friday, 23 September 2011

Home Sweet Home

Morning my crafty friends. Today I want to share with you something that I was completely inspired by yesterday. And I can happily share it with you for my Quixotic Paperie DT day!

I have had this house stamp from Christy Croll for ages and have just been waiting to be inspired to use it! I was browsing through the mega talented Linda Heaven's blog and she had created a fantastic card with it for a class she was doing. I was so totally in love with it!  I was going to link you to it, but her post has disappeared :(( So thank you Linda for the wonderful inspiration. If I ever get the chance to link to her card I will because the credit for this idea goes to her.

 I used a canvas board that I got from Simply Create. I then painted the sky with blue acrylic paints and the ground with green. Whilst that was drying I stamped the Christy Croll house several times and inked with Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap and Wild honey. i cut out the pieces I needed and stuck onto the canvas board. The clouds are die cuts and the sentiment is computer generated.. To create the mottled grass effect I used tissue paper scrunched up and inked it up and then dabbed it randomly to create some texture. Then there is some random stamping around the edges with different background stamps.

Thank for your visit today!

Please let me know if you have this stamp and I would love to come see what you have created with it!

have a great weekend !

Judy x

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wee Suzi is a cutie!

 Morning folks. Hope you are well today.  Today I wish to share a card that I made with a gorgeous digital image from the very talented Sylvia Zet.  If you  prefer her art in rubber, it is now available from SCACD stamps at the Quixotic Paperie.

I have coloured 'Wee Suzi' with copics.  A combo I rarely use is from the BV family, so it was nice to dust these pens off !  The papers are MME 'A Beautiful Life' from Quixotic Paperie.

The flowers are from my stash and the funky mini yellow ric rac is from Sew Sweet. Have you popped by recently?? Emma has increased the amount of ribbon and buttons and other lovely stuff she stocks considerably! It is a fabulous treasure trove of wonderful goodies :)

I have stamped a little sentiment on the inside (from Hero Arts).

Thanks for your visit today! Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Card will be available on Etsy later today!



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