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Friday, 1 August 2014

Greetings from a very chilly Newcastle, Australia ..... After almost 12 months away!

I can't believe 12 months has come & gone so quickly and that I let my blog become so neglected :-( 
My little facebook business took off with a huge bang with very regular orders and attending weekly markets and there was so much time concentrating on the orders and ensuring stock for all the markets that some things just fell by the wayside.

In addditon I have returned to work 3 days per week and my gorgeous Miss Bella is now 111/2 years old with a social life that makes mine look very very bleak lol.  She is still playing netball and has decided that this is her passion and has been attending netball clinics and programs so that she can eventually play representative when she turns 13.  That on top of her busy social life, my working and life in general I have been kept very very busy and my craft mojo took a big vacation.

But over the last week or two it has returned and I have spent a lot of time colouring and creating so will endeavour to post regularly here again.

I do tend to post on my Instagram account (juliehales_70) quite regularly
or visit my facebook business page at

Now I'm sure that many things have changed in blog land since I was last here so please forgive me if I make mistakes or trip up :-)

I really look forward to touching base with you all again and catching up on your blogs and latest creations.

See you soon with some of my latest bits and pieces but until then take care wherever you are ...


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Live & Love Crafts Candy

Live & Love Crafts are a UK based store and they are having a candy giveaway of WOC flowers to celebrate stocking them in store ....

Live & Love Crafts have some of the most gorgeous, must have vintage products you could ever imagine and the girls on their DT are some of the most talented card makers I have come across ....

If you love everything vintage and pretty head over and check out their store here and while you are there check out the DT too ...

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day wherever you are and until next time ...


Friday, 9 August 2013


Woo Hoo!!

I've done it!!

I've joined Bloglovin' ...

I'm still a little ignorant about it and was too late to import all my blogs off google reader so it will take some time to get around to following all my faves so please bear with me :-)

Hope all is well with everyone and until next time


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How things seem to have changed in blog world lol ...

I have just become aware of something called bloglovin' and am trying to set myself via facebook and I think I need to write a post using a link that I've copied from the bloglovin' site ...

So here goes .... Hope to see you in the world of bloglovin' soon lol ...

Until then


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Tuesday, 6 August 2013


A big hello from chilly old Newcastle, Australia!

I really can't believe that I never get the opportunity to post on here anymore :-(

Things are so busy ... my little home based card making business continues to keep me busy as well as just life in general ... would love it if you come over and check out my Facebook Business page Julie's Handmade Creations ... :-)

My Miss Bella is now 10 years old and has such a crazy busy social life it puts mine to shame lol ...

This is the card I made for her 10th birthday .. She loves anything vintage, pink/green, flowers, lacey & girly ... such a girly girl (I have to say that she takes after me ... I just love pink and green, girly girl and shabby chic/vintage).

Anyway, I thought I would pop it on here and start back with entering some challenges ... I always have the best of intentions and time just passes and passes ... and passes lol.

I've coloured a gorgeous Saturated Canary image called "Thank You" with copics and used some papers from Three Bugs in a Rug "Ellie", distressed and inked the patterned paper and Bella absolutely loved it!

Well I'm off to continue my day ... all those exciting Mum/Wife things like washing, cleaning and thinking about what's for dinner!

I hope you are all keeping well wherever you are and until next time


Papers:  SU! CS, Three Bug in a Rug "Ellie" PP
Stamps:  Saturated Canary "Thank You"
Other:  Handcoloured with Copics, SU! ribbon, rub on sentiment, button, string,Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Walnut Stain"

(My fave colour combo ... pink and green)

Sunday, 14 April 2013


Happy hellos from me ...
Just a quick post tonight ...
I figure if I get a chance to make a card and post it on here and find a challenge or two to enter it into from now on I will ... Life is just so busy with my facebook business, Miss Bella's demanding social life and life in general ... You all know what I'm talking about right?!?

Anyway I made this card as a custom order for a custoner to give to her brother-in-law who "has everything" ... He is well off, retired, travels, plays a lot of golf and generally leads a comfortable and good life ... When Lyn described him to me via message straight away this image from Redonkulous Designs popped into my head and I coloured him up! He has proven to be a popular choice for the (let's just just say) middle aged male lol.

He is coloured up with copics and I used some traval papers and although the photo does not show it up to it's best I distressed all the edges and ran Tim Holtz Walnut Stain ink along all edges too.  I'm glad to say that not only did Lyn, my customer, love it, so did her Brother-in law (thank goodness!)

I found some great challenges to enter the card into as well so fingers crossed :-)
Hope everything is well with you all and for now

Challenges I will enter this card into:
Digital Tuesday - Challenge #205 - Boys

Monday, 4 March 2013


So, as I promised a few weeks ago now .... 

Here is a card that is one of two cards for a customer order ...  It's for a 50th birthday and the lady thought it perfect for the recipient!

I still can't believe how busy I have been and continue to be with my facebook business ... which you can find here ... ... card orders etc and with life in general.

I celebrated my birthday yesterday and had a lovely weekend spent with some absolutely gorgeous friends ... out for dinner on Friday night, then some of my closest friends and families over for dinner on Saturday night and my bestie and her family stayed over and we drank far too much and stayed up far too late (3am!) watching Music Max on Foxtel (pay tv) and our rule is that all four of us have to agree that a song is crap, oops no good, before we can go to bed ... hence the 3am bedtime lol ... Then yesterday morning we had a beautiful breakfast/brunch of bacon and eggs yum yum! Then I got just a chance to chill and relax which is what I and my head really needed ...

We've go a couple of big weekends to follow as well with us heading off to a food and wine festival next weekend to see one of mine and Bella's favourite up and coming chefs who won last years series of the Australian Masterchef (Bella is obsessed with him lol), a girl's night out the following weekend and then we've got Bella's 10th birthday the following weekend and she has requested a "Vintage High Tea" so lots to do and prepare for that ... Then with netball season starting and dancing/cheerleading we have very busy lives at the moment.

Anyway back to the card lol ... I have coloured a Redonkulous image "Cheeky Greeting" with my copics and used papers Kaisercraft papers from the Peachy Keen and the Up, Up and Away collections. I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog and I've used some ink to distress it and I have to admit I kinda like the way it turned out considering that I still struggle with male cards (no flowers, lace, bling and girly girl bit 'n' pieces lol). I just love Sheryl's digis and you should check out her blog here and her shop here ....

Well I have another 2 cards to finish off for tomorrow's mail so I'm off to finish those and I will be entering my card into the challenges listed below ....

Ciao for now

Stamps:  Redonkulous "Cheeky Greetin" digi stamp
Paper:  SU! CS, Kaisercraft Peachy Keen and Up Up and Away
Other:  Copics, greeting rub on, Tim Holtz distress ink