Friday, 29 April 2011

A New Gorjuss girl - Little Heart

Wooo anyone excited??? I am....once this is all posted I will be sitting down watching The Big Day! I can still remember watching Charles and Di getting married on an old colour telly that we hired for the day! 

Even my kids are excited about today....maybe that is because they are getting the day off school!

OK down to business. Today I have to share with you some gorgeous goodies from Quixotic Paperie. Can I just say that Elaine's shop goes from strength to strength. I have to resist temptation to buy all the lovely goodies she has in stock. I feel incredibly lucky to be designing for her. Here is the  link to all the 'New Arrivals' . See if you can resist!

This Gorjuss Girl is called 'Little Heart' and she comes with some lovely little additional images. The papers I used today are from Prima 'Moulin Rouge'.

Don't forget that this weekend there is special offer of free postage on any orders over £25.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dear blog...

Dear blog,

I do love you very much and I am truly sorry for neglecting you off late. We have been together, well now it is 2 1/2 years and you have been a part of my daily life (almost!).

Somehow, now I find it so hard to find spending time with you...maybe it is the gorgeous sunshine we are having. I find myself wanting to be outdoors instead of sitting looking at you (please don't take it personally!). Or maybe it is the fact that during April the kids are only in school for 8 days...whatever the reason....I have not managed to spend as much time with you as I would like.

 Also, some wonderful opportunities have popped up in the outside world. I am currently designing altered wooden boxes for an online company (will let you know when I can reveal some more!) and running some children's parties, doing some craft fairs, prismacolour classes,  magazine work and running my Etsy shop.......which are all so much fun.

So I have just popped by today to say sorry and that I will be back with you soon !

I will now hereby pledge to come by and visit you at least twice a week during the summer but any more than that might be difficult.  I will be here every Friday with some 'Quixotic Inspiration' and at least once more per week:)

So my dear blog, I hope you understand this season of my life and that I still do love you. Things will change in the Autumn...I know they will!  Please do not forget me and I hope you can forgive me....

with affection,


P.S. Hope you like the spring piccies of my garden !

Friday, 22 April 2011

Little Friend - Quixotic Paperie

Hiya folks,

Happy Easter you you all! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Today is Friday and that means it is is my turn to share with you some lovelies from Quixotic Paperie.

First up we have this gorgeous stamp 'Little Friends' released by Belles and Whistles, available to but here in the Uk from Quixotic Paperie. many of you will recognise this gorgeous image from its first time around where it was available from Sugar Nellie.

I think it goes without saying that Karen from Sugar Nellie has an incredible knack of spotting wonderful artists. Karen was the very first to bring us the amazingly talented Elisabeth bell, whose stamp illustrations are now known worldwide! I am proud to have designed for this small Scottish stamp company for 2 years!

So now a whole bunch of Elisabeths' Sweet Art' (originally from Sugar Nellie) have now been released again. Click here to check out the whole collection.

I have coloured the image with prisma pencils and have used chalk for the sky background.  I alos used some Go Kreate dies to cut the wavy shapes....I quite like it!

Thanks so much for your visit today :)
All your comments are very  much appreciated!

This card will be for sale in Etsy shop later on today :)

Judy xx

Monday, 18 April 2011

Mr and Mrs!

I was asked recently if I could make a wedding card for a friend (hello Michael!). I was delighted to do so and rumaged around in my box (es!) of stamps to find a suitable one. As this card was from a bloke to his brother to man....I din't want the image to be too girly or cute...but then again the card was for a wedding so had to be pretty but not too masculine.

So out came a very old ...but eminently suitable wood mounted 'Stampendous' stamp. This must have been one of the very first stamps I bought. Now I have a cupboard full :)

Having never attempted yet a WOW (white on white card) I knew that this was the perfect time! The image is coloured with prisma pencils and some stickles for her veil. The edging of the image is also done in stickles. I stamped the sentiment and the image in Memento Brown ink to give it a softer look. I have used a gorgeous doily and some embossed cardstock to make the base of the card. I have made some more of the rolled flowers.....coz I just love them! I then tied a bow with some organza ribbon, added a little ribbon slider and some lovely paper rose buds.

This card will be popping into my Etsy shop today!

Thanks for your always it is greatly appreciated!

Judy x

Saturday, 16 April 2011


Hiya folks!

It is fab to be back sharing with you.

 I was going to have some posts scheduled while I was away on holiday this past week. However our hard drive died.  Boooo!

It was amazing  really as we have kept talking about backing up our photos and documents etc and Norm was given a freebie at work of an external hard drive and so we backed up everything purely because it was handed to us on a plate. If it had just been left to us it would have been another of those things we 'should get around to doing'. Then not 2 days later the whole computer went dead and we lost everything..... but having left it in the hands of an 'expert' while we were away on holiday we have arrived home to a working PC again! Phew....not one photo or document lost! Praise the Lord!

So this is a card I made just before we went away to Edinburgh for a few days.

The image is from Mo Manning and is coloured with copics. The papers are Bo Bunny onto which i ahve added a little machine stitching. It would look bare without it wouldn't it???

I have used an MFT die to create the spiral flowers with a gorgeous acrylic bead from Quixotic Paperie for the centre. A little seam binding bow and a button to finish! Oh and the sentiment is from Hero Arts and I have just curled it to give it a little bit of dimension.

This card will be winging its way to my Etsy shop this evening :)

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Thanks for popping by!

Judy x

Saturday, 9 April 2011

A Friend Loves at all Times

Hi Guys,

I fancied sharing with you a little something I made for my Etsy shop.

I really wanted to make some pieces that folk could buy and maybe keep for themselves. I know how hard it can be sometimes to part with a card. So I bought some pictures frames and  then distressed some old book paper for the background.. The Bible verse I printed out from the computer, cut out and distressed the edges.

The Gorjuss girl is coloured with prismas cut out and mounted onto the picture. I then coated the whole picture in Mod Podge to seal it all and protect it.

I am certainly going to be making some more of these ...with different verses and quotes. I am already in the process of making another for my sister to give to a friend as a gift.

Thanks for popping by today.

I really appreciate all your lovely comments.


Friday, 8 April 2011

The Peekers Blog Hop

Introducing...The Peekers by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps!

Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps - The Peekers - available at
The Quixotic Paperie design team have once again joined forces with the SCACD design team for this blog hop to celebrate the release of THE PEEKERS by Elisabeth Bell. We think you'll agree, these are some of the most adorable images by Elisabeth Bell, truly capturing the mischief and innocence of childhood.
There are FIVE adorable Peekers in this release, and they are available either individually or as a full set at a special discounted price!
If you're in the UK/Europe you can buy the stamps NOW at Quixotic Paperie.
On to the hop!
If you have hopped on over here from Marti then you are on the right track, if not then the first blog on the hop you need to go to is Kim G's Blog - Crafts By Kim.

For my make I have used 'New Beginnings Peeker'. Isn't she a proud big sister??

She is coloured with copics and I have used to chalk for the quick and easy!

The papers are Marianne Design 'In the Meadow'.

The next stop on your journey is Danni!

Enjoy the hop!

Judy xx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Simply Create and Craft Stamper E-Zine

Morning folks!

Just a couple of things to share with you today. The first being a card I made for the Simply Create DT. Jacqui sent us some Hero Arts stamps to play with. I received the 'Leaf Clusters' set. I admit to being a little bit stumped as to what to do. However I am always inspired by the beautiful work on the Hero Arts blog and often wish I could create cards like that.

Sometimes I feel that I get stuck in a style rut...that I HAVE to  stamp and colour an image. So I found that recently on the Hero Arts blog that Shari Carroll had created a video on how to do multi layered backgrounds. So I followed her video tutorial using the materials and stamps that I had to hand and came up with this.

I will tell you briefly how the card was made but if you want full info and details you can watch her video here!

I firstly stamped and heat embossed in white the Friendship definition background stamp from SU!. I then inked and misted my acrylic block with Frayed Burlap to created the background. I then stamped, and misted the Leaf Clusters in various Distress Ink colours and stamped on top of the background stamp.

I then made the rest of the card up with bits and pieces I had from Simply Create!

Secondly I want to point you in the direction of  very inspiring freebie! Craft Stamper have put together a FREE downloadable e-zine of the best projects from 2010 as voted for by readers. It contains 12 complete step by step projects. Feel free to take the button on my sidebar and if you post it on your own blog and then leave a comment on the Craft Stamper blog, there is some blog candy up for grabs. 

Thats all from me folks!

Have a great weekend!
Judy x

Friday, 1 April 2011

Hugs and Fishes


Wow thank you all so much for your comments yesterday. They are truly appreciated. You are a lovely bunch!

Today is Fri which means only one thing...yup it is time to show some yummies available from Quixotic Paperie!
My card today features a Greeting Farm chap called Oliver from the set called 'My Favourite Things'. He is coloured with copics and I have blended some prisma pencil for the background. I also used some Glossy Accents for his fishbowl to give it some dimension. Now I am almost at the end of the bottle, so I was giving it a good shake and a squeeze and what happened but a HUGE blob just dripped onto my page. Luckily it was mostly in the right place, on the fishbowl. So I kind of pushed this massive blob onto the Fishbowl and I was amazed at how good this stuff is as not of it leaked over the edges. It just stays where it is put! So now I have a VERY dimensional  fishbowl :)

The papers are again my very favourite  MME Stella and Rose 'Hattie' collection and I have used some delicious Bakers Twine to wrap around with my button.

A quick view of the inside of the card.

And finally a wee shot of the copics used.

Thanks for your visit today. I hope you all have a good weekend. Our Easter Break starts today at 3:15pm! Yippee!! And we have the in-laws arriving a couple of hours later so I going to get off here now and get those bathrooms etc gleaming!

Chat soon,


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