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Julie Mogford Designs Release

Hi there!

Hope you’re having a lovely day. One of my lovely designer friends has recently set up her online store with digital designs. Julie Mogford  has created some wonderful designs whether you like colouring, geometric designs or beautiful florals (which she’s so well known for!). It’s my pleasure to guest design using some of her illustrations which are available as SVG (cutting files) and PNG and even a PDF colouring page too.

If you visit  her blog– she’s got some gorgeous projects that’s she’s created using her designs. I’ve gone down the svg route; cutting these designs with my Silhouette Cameo. All of these would be perfect printed out and coloured and the beauty of digital files is that you can size them to your preferred dimensions too.


Enough of file talk! What have I actually created? The Gardenia files are a collection of flowers and leaves. I’ve simply cut them out from white cardstock, adhered them to some patterned paper, trimmed the outside out and then added some depth using Prismacolor pencils.

The background was using the Rose Window file. If you check out Julie’s blog you’ll see some of the ways she’s used the patterned file foiled and it looks really amazing. I imported it into my Silhouette software, traced the image and then cut it out. You’ll find it’s created this wonderful stencil-like layer (which actually would make a wonderful stencil!) and I’ve adhered straight to the base and added the floral layer.IMG_0232

You can see the detail better on this picture; just a beautiful image. If colouring is more your thing, print out the PNG files, resize them first if you want and then add some alcohol markers or pencils, or add sponged inks too. Once you get used to digi files, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried them before! So versatile.


The Gardenia file comes with a beautiful scripty font, that I made use of and I used the other flower so you can see this image too. The background was made with the negative shapes left from the cut out background in the previous card. I picked the whole lot of leftovers up with Orafol (which is a transfer tape used with vinyl and electronic cutters) and it’s useful for positioning multiple images. Add some 3D foam pads to the reverse and you have an unique texture for your base layer.

These designs have been so much fun to work with. You end up being more creative with digital files, and here’s a secret (they’re so inexpensive too!).

I want to wish Julie the very best with her new venture. She’s certainly not a new face in the crafting world but her design skills are well known and loved. If you’ve never tried digital images- let me encourage you to purchase one or two and have a play. If you want more ideas of what to do with them, just get in touch!

Have a lovely day, and don’t forget to visit Julie’s new store!

See you soon!


July 17, 2017 at 10:00 am 4 comments

Dazzling Diva Challenge #57

Hey! A new year..a new challenge. I’ve not half struggled getting back into the swing of it all. Wednesday means the challenge is up..and it’s this inspirational photo.
I went a little mad!
To make this I’ve used Golden Glimmer, and used a file from the Silhouette online shop.

Golden GlimmerIt took a little while to construct. First I cut out the Glimmer Gold with my Silhouette Cameo. I then backed it with some acetate to give the front of the card some stability. I traced some similar sized circles so I could create a back piece for the shaker part. For the stamping I’ve used some Winnie & Walter stamp sets; The Big, The Bold & You and Big, Bang, Bling.

I stamped the sequins and the sentiment before adding foam pads around the outside. Sprinkle in some glitter, mini-beads and sequins and stick it to the back of the inside of the clock. Then I simply cut out the outline of the shape in black cardstock and attached it to the top of the clock so the card could stand up.
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I used my new light tent that I got for my Birthday- and despite it only being an iphone and I’ve still got to tweak the set-up, it’s not done badly considering it was pitch black outside.

Back to the challenge!challengepicDo join’s simply an inspirational challenge- whatever inspires you from the picture. Link up here– it would be great to see how you can use metal craft sheets, but it’s not a requirement. Just add the tag Dazzling Diva Challenge #57 if you’re linking up from an online photo gallery or simply link up your blog. There’s a $15 voucher up for grabs- so get creating.


Winnie and Walter are having a big Birthday bash over at their blog here
I’ve added this into the sketch challenge.
See the circles and the two banner shapes- they look a little like clock hands don’t they!!!

I’ll be back soon xx

January 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm 10 comments

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Swan Song Blog Hop

papercraftshop1 Hi everyone! A thankful post from me.

Thankful for many things.

Today..I’m sharing my gratitude for the powerhouse that is Paper Crafts & Scrapbook mag.

Of course, it’s the people rather than the pages, but it was those pages that inspired a whole world for me.

It was a grey ordinary day many years ago, when I wandered into a local store and discovered what was then simply ‘Paper Crafts magazine’. I’d not seen anything like it before. The design and card styles spoke to my graphic loving heart. As a beginner crafter with a bent for artsy creations, this magazine was quite mind blowing. I’m sure most of you haven’t forgotten your tentative beginnings. Those ‘staring blindly’ moments as you try and work out how something was made; what were those techniques? How do I create something similar?

It was before the internet became the giant it is now. Those simple days where pages were king and information had to be sought out from the pages of a library or bookstore. It was the beginning of a love-affair. Sounds corny. Ridiculous even. Those little germs of creativeness that would blossom into doing a creative job that actually paid me money!

There’s much to be thankful for. thanks2 You’ve hopefully turned up here from Mendi’s blog and are part of a large and wonderfully creative group of girls all wanting to express our thanks particularly for Jennifer Schaerer, Kerri Miller, Susan Opel, Stacey Croninger, Holly Anderson, Matt Anderson & Melinda Ward.

You can’t have a list without including Cath Edvalson nor the Go-to-Gals who have been an inspiring main stay over the years.

These lovely people have lost their jobs.

We have lost something too.

Not as crucial as their jobs (here’s hoping they find something completely perfect for each of them..and SOON!).

We’ve lost the spearheads of a community.

A community that has inspired, encouraged, challenged and forged trends. An artistic army cheering on each other during contests, publication parties and in Moxie Fab World challenges.

I have felt its value through learning. Through meeting online friends that remain with me today (and beyond). Through opening up opportunities for me like getting published, and being involved with Gallery Idol.

It’s more than a meeting of minds, Paper Crafts mag (as I still think of it!) encouraged me to think more uniquely, to push myself creatively, to embrace other styles and try something new.

It made me compete, congratulate, commiserate and cheer.

It enabled (it did a whole TON of that), it educated, it encouraged and it excited me creatively so often.

It forced me to examine critically my work. With lots of other girls (& the few guys) we felt the highs and lows of rejection and acceptance with our submissions.

It is an industry leader.

It’s fallen prey to a rapidly changing economy, to evolving technology and changes in patterns of readership.

We love you all.

We will miss Susan’s emails and funny comments.

We’ll miss Teri Anderson’s witty and cool posts over on Moxie Fab World.

We’ll not be able to pop over to Papercrafts Connection and read the posts from the super inspiring PC&S staff.

But so much remains.

Our thankfulness for having spent a few years in some top class creative’s company.

My personal gratitude for its part in pushing me to be a better designer and more rounded crafter.

I’m sad today. Sad, but thankful.

I hope all the guys over at the magazine feel the warmth of our affection.

We are grateful for you.

For each one of you.

For those not listed. For the editorial staff, for the photographers, for the finance, admin and clerical staff.

I have no idea who dreamt up this magazine.. but Thankyou.

We still are a community.

We will keep inspiring each other. We are still going to knock the creative socks off each other on a regular basis. Goodbye Paper Crafts & Scrapbook Magazine.

We owe you much, but you won’t be forgotten. thanks3 Please go, continue to hop and be super inspired at Trinh’s blog

Much love,Keren x

Thanks to Taheerah and Veronica for organising this.

Should you get lost, just head back to Jennifer McGuire’s blog where the blog hop began.

There’s a fab video produced for the hop by Bethany & Taheerah here

Crafty supplies today were from ‘Project Life Kraft edition dividers & 12×12″ Blush edition papers’, Uniko Studio Background Builders-‘Vines’, Clearly Besotted ‘Many Thanks’, and the cut file created in Silhouette Studio and cut on my Silhouette Cameo

December 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm 24 comments

Welcome Baby! & just popping in!

Hullo! Just popping in. Apologies for not posting in a few days. I have a post for tomorrow showing my card for Make the Day Special blog
This card is in the little card book that accompanies the latest Crafts Beautiful magazine. Sadly it wasn’t attributed to me by mistake. But it’s mine- here’s proof! I created it using my Silhouette Cameo. Loved using cut out pieces and cut images. Baby cards in green are perfect – just right for both kinds of baby!
If I sat down to chat to you this morning it would go something like.
I’ll spare you the details until I’m able to give you the funnier version. For now my itinerary for today goes something like this.
Deep breathing.
Take daughter to hospital to visit the orthodontist.
Return her to school.
Amend a commission I’ve not quite got right.
Clean up my disaster area of a craft room.
Get cracking on two more commissions.
School pick up from two places.
Magic up tea somehow.
Crafty work for the evening.
Sleep. Ahhhh.
Unsurprisingly I’m rather looking forward to the last one on the list!

See you tomorrow with a less than funny story!!

July 16, 2013 at 10:43 am 4 comments

Aeroplane Card & Getting the Train.

Thought I’d show you a fun card I created for a competition-Gallery Idol. Now I’m certainly not holding my breath over that one but thought I’d post it here anyway.
It was one of those ‘accidental cards’. The brief was to create cards for kids or teens- and no- this isn’t a teen one 😉
I saw a shape I’d downloaded a while back & thought I’d use it. It even included the vapour trail. Thing is- I didn’t check the size and when I cut it all out- realised it was way too big to put onto a card. I was going to move onto another one but had the idea to create a 3D one. I started messing around with all the bits and realised the trail could be a great part of the stand so it balanced. I then cut out some clouds both for interest & to hide the stand at the back. Couldn’t find my dotted folder so used a bark embossing folder which happened to be right there. Then I wanted a shiny ‘window’ in the middle so sprayed my grey piece with Perfect Pearls mist.
On to the sentiment- well I wanted a banner & had a perfect Hero Arts stamp that was the right shape but the wrong sentiment. ( didn’t think ‘happily ever after’ quite fitted the bill!). So I stamped it and turned it upside down. I then couldn’t find the right sentiment. Due to utter laziness (& not being able to find the post it notes) I snipped another Hero Arts stamp in two so it was easier to stamp separately (!!), added some stitching using a white pen & made a stand so it would stand up.
I know there’s a bit of a shadow on the photo- but at least you can tell its 3D! See- sometimes your favourite cards just come together accidentally!!

It’s half term & my littlest 3 are off on an short adventure on a train. All thanks to a free voucher for a family and friends railcard and 3 free £5 vouchers off a train price. It’s as cheap as going by car and with the added bonus of being fun for everyone.
We have reserved seats- what’s the chance of actually being able to sit in them?!!
I’m at High Leigh Garden centre demonstrating ( little or great Sutton) on Saturday- will be fun to see some of you again.

Well better go- a train before 8am takes a bit of hurrying to get on there! The boys are so excited they can hardly contain themselves! I am slightly nervous about the rest of the passengers- hope none of them were looking forward to peace and quiet. I nearly picked a ‘quiet carriage’ for our reservation for a laugh…then thought better of it!

See you when we’ve managed to make the connection ( here’s hoping!) we’re so bound to have a story or two by the end of it!! xx

May 28, 2013 at 6:58 am 7 comments

Yay! Card & Searching For a Dress

Morning!! It’s a cold and chilly one at that. This little card was made with my Silhouette- yes, I know I could have cut the bricks out individually -but it was way quicker and a neater finish using the Silhouette.
You can see I’ve stamped on acetate and punched out some holes to give movement to the card

The papers are the Soirée range from Pink Paislee- a slightly older range and I’ve combined them with some of the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic papers from American Crafts.

This Saturday I’m off to Lady Green Craft Shop out in Blundell Sands. It’s my first time demonstrating there- and I’m looking forward to it.
We’re still in the Easter holidays and enjoying a slightly slower pace.

Today, however we’re all going shopping. Dress shopping to be exact. It’s not for me- there’s no way I’d take 4 of the kids frock hunting.
My eldest has her prom to go to. Coupled with the fact that she doesn’t like wearing dresses and has a particular style in her head plus a limited budget, it could be an interesting trip.
The other kids are overjoyed. Not.
I’d go with her on a Saturday but as most of them I’m working, I’m going to be brave although I’m trying to remain positive & hope we find something in the first shop! ( unrealistic optimism?!!). She wants a black velvet tank maxi. Not specific or anything. They’re a little thin on the ground. She found one in Canada! Despite my reservations she thought it would be cheaper to get someone to make it for her. £125 was the quote. Never mind. She pleaded with me to make it.
Sadly my skills are not that impressive and can you imagine creating it and then they didn’t like it?!!

Anyhow, I’d better go. There’s clearing up to do.
This week- we’ve been doing some meals together. Harri is my sous chef and she’s fab at helping with veg prep. As we’d put a meal in the oven, No.4 peered at the oven, looking at what was inside.
As he nonchalantly strolled off, he queried ‘is that, that German Shepherd meal?’
Ermm no.
We’re not in the habit of eating dogs.
I swallowed my laughter although couldn’t subdue a grin-
‘That would be Shepherds pie, hon’.

See you when I’ve found something else exotic to cook.

April 10, 2013 at 9:41 am 3 comments

Valentine Box & Share The Love!


Happy Valentines Day!
Are you feeling the love?
This little box is what my kids found at the bottom of their beds this morning. Thanks in the most part to the free tree and hearts which is on the Silhouette website.
I added it to a box designed by Lori Whitlock
I added the tree to the box outline & some love letters here

I added some blue card to back the tree hole.The hearts are in red and green vinyl & the chocs inside are mini matchmakers ( which look just like twigs in keeping with the tree theme ).
I made 6. 1 too many.
There’s a secret destination for that one!
I’ll show you Steve’s card when I’ve managed to photograph it; using the complete version of the heart tree file.

Hope today you can think about the love you have and give in every form and relationship. I like to celebrate Valentines Day as a day about the love we find rather than just that ‘special someone’ that not everyone has found.
I don’t want my kids to experience that gut wrenching ‘nevergotavalentinetoday’ feeling.
I posted this on Facebook yesterday- but it kinda ties into today.

Sharing love is also about not pulling each other down. Often us girls are horrendous at not seeing the best in each other- aren’t we?!
Hoping you get to share the love today even it’s just a little smile to a stranger ( but don’t go smiling at any dodgy looking ones!!!)

See you when I’ve eaten one of these

20130214-080603.jpg ( Steve made them- he just might be getting the baking bug!!) xx

February 14, 2013 at 8:06 am 4 comments

Sunshine Card & Animals!

Good Monday morning!
Hope your weekend went well. Had a fun evening on Friday with Sharon, Sue & Emma. We tried some different stamping techniques & I’ll show you one of the cards we created later this week.

This is a card created really quickly thanks to my Silhouette Cameo. Love using up buttons. The cardstock is American Crafts Tropical- bright zingy colours prefect for brightening up your day.

The kids are busy cooking up various schemes. Quite literally.
No.2 has house bunnies. I may have mentioned them.
Very cute.
Not supposed to be inside.
We adopted them at the wrong time of year when they didn’t have winter coats.
They couldn’t be separated as they’re sisters. The only problem is that they need medical attention – to avoid hormonal fighting! Two girls in a confined space. I understand that dilemma exactly.
The next problem is that vets cost money.
Umm. A lot. Double spaying is pricey.
To encourage her independence we’ve suggested she raise the money.
She’s doing what she does.
She’s worked it all out. Costed every item. Even down nearly to each grain of sugar.
She’s quite a way to go.
The whole animal thing is rubbing off. Now the others are scheming. They’d like hamsters. The ticket to animal bliss is to be found by selling their Moshi monsters on eBay! I feel like our house will soon become overrun.
The entrepreneurial spirit may be going into override.
Selling cakes to your siblings without any discount is not so great. However lured by the prospect of sweet coated calories, the younger ones will cough up whatever’s the going rate.
Lets hope ‘family rates’ winkle their way in.
Did you ever save up for something? And should my kids have to pay full price understanding its for a good cause or should the prices be lowered for friends?
I can feel a headache coming on!

See you once I’ve escaped the potential menagerie! xx

February 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm 4 comments

New Year Page & Presents!

It’s nearly new year- so I’ve been looking ahead and planning and thinking. You get a bit reflective at the beginning of a new year, don’t you? Time to change? Time to be different?
I guess I’ve been musing on this too. This page is a result of that. Initially I was considering how 2013 would be different and then I thought- of course it will be…no two years are ever the same.
And that’s positive.
After last( still this) year, the thought that the next one would be just as tough is a little scary. Then I knew I didn’t need to fear 2013..just one day at a time.
This page contains elements I’ve learned to create on the silhouette or strictly ‘Studio’ ( the software programme). The learning comes from Kerri Bradford- ( via and her class I can highly recommend. The ‘slots’ on the page are something I’ve been thinking about for a while. You’ll see more of these. It’s all so easy with the Silhouette- it would’ve taken me forever to fussy cut these.

Christmas presents have been occupying the kids’ attention. Jamie and Steve and been thoroughly logical putting together the first of several Star Wars lego sets. William just wants them to build the ‘millunium Vulcan’ ( Millenium Falcon) and wanders around hugging a mini ‘talking’ or wailing cuddly Chewbacca! If you sit still long enough my no.3 will video you and once she’s worked it out is desperate to put every single one of the recordings onto YouTube. Thankfully I have a password!
The others have their heads into Christmas books- some keener on the stories than others.
I’m waiting for some ‘downtime’ to enjoy reading some of my books. I suspect I’ll be waiting a while.

See you soon with a roundup often favourite parts of 2012 xx


December 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm 5 comments

Thank you Card & Christmas!

Happy Christmas! I hope you had a lovely time celebrating Jesus’ birth!
We have had a great ( albeit pretty manic!) time. This card is for you- my lovely blog readers who’ve stuck with me this year.
I’ve been overwhelmed more than ever with new (& old faithful!) friends who’ve taken the time and trouble to visit, comment and encourage me. It means a lot— thankyou!!
This year is going to see quite a lot of changes. The biggest is that I’m now a DoCrafts demonstrator.
It’s really interesting to explore other companies. I have been impressed with the direction they’re going in. The latest ranges are really great- and the quality of the products just might surprise you. I got the most enormous box full of Chronology (kinda a steam punk style with a modern edge) Love Notes ( vintage-y, pretty, lace-y) and Spots and Stripes pastels (think you can manage to imagine that one?!!)- to prepare for demonstrations. A great lovely free surprise!
Looks like demonstrating is the route I’m going down but I am putting together a proper schedule of classes and will be holding some events. This year is going to be exciting.

Back to the card…I received a pretty special present. A silhouette cameo. Steve said it wasn’t very interesting particularly as its partly a business pressie- but you girlies know different huh? 😉
I’ve been glued to my laptop trying to shove the nuances of a new software package into my resistant brain. I’m there at a basic level. The cut out background is a free cut-graphic that comes ( amongst others) with the Sihouette. The wording & star I’ve created. I have to say I’ve made a few mistakes with it but learned heaps already and have discovered the next big thing – vinyl for papercrafting!! It’s so tactile, doesn’t really blunt the blade ( aka moneysaver), and has a stretchy property to morph over any textural elements on your card. Trust me- vinyl stickers are the way to go.
I’m going to start selling some vinyl shapes and phrases- so watch out too!

Well- better go. My back is giving me grief. Somehow I managed to pull a muscle cooking Christmas dinner. Who’d have thought it was so dangerous! I’ve had some lovely presents and some funny ones too. My friend commented that I’ve now found my gift— wanna see what it is?!
Here’s a picture ..

Toilet paper origami !! Beware all bathrooms. I just might ‘pretty up’ your loo roll!
Better go- have a walk to go on. Need to walk off all those calories that seem to have clung to me over Christmas!!

Oh and just found I’ve been put in the 10 ten trendiest cards at Moxie World. The voting is for another 20 hours- so if you found yourself over here and fancied voting for me- then I’d not be unthankful 😉

See you when I’ve dug myself out of the mountain of chocolates, biscuits and nuts (not that I’m complaining!!) xx

December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm 8 comments

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