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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES". So here is the first of our top 5 to tell us a little bit about herself.
I've been married to my wonderful hubby for nearly 27 years and have 2 sons who are now 25 and 18 and I'm so proud of them. I'm also doting Mum to Spike the scruffy Yorkie, Snowball our little white cat and Gypsy a big fluffy black one who likes to cuddle up and hold hands/paws.
I've loved all types of arts and crafts since as far back as I can remember, colouring and sewing with Mum, knitting with Nan and calligraphy with my Dad. I became a florist when I left school and taught myself pyrography (wood burning) about 15 years ago which I really love to do. I have a reputation for taking too many photos and now have thousands, so I've quite a few scrapbook albums on the go with photos and memories of my past and present family. My Nan also collected postcards as a girl from 1914 onwards, many of which were sent during the first world war, so another ongoing project I have is scanning and printing them all and putting them all into albums along with old photographs telling their family story. I like to combine all of my crafts to make embellishments for my albums.
I've watched Barbara on Create and Craft for years and would have loved to have bought all of the lesson stamps so I could join in and send in "homework" but unfortunately funds didn't allow but I've enjoyed watching them nonetheless and never miss any. My husband bought me a Clarity Club membership as a present last Christmas which has been the best present ever as I really look forward to my new stamp each month.
The shades of blue and grey challenge was the first challenge I'd entered at Christmas and I used my quirky cottage club stamp as it was the only Clarity stamp I had, a good a reason as any I suppose! I was then lucky enough to win the next "Love" challenge so had a £50 voucher to spend on lots of lovely Clarity stamps.
I started my blog in November of 2012 - Bluebell Woodcrafts - and for my new years resolution I decided to enter some blog challenges (much easier to keep than trying to lose weight!!!) I've entered a few challenges so far but this is the first time I've been picked for a top 5 so I was absolutely thrilled to see my card had been chosen. My dream would be to make crafting my job, you never know, one day....
Here's Julie's fairytale card, which I think you'll agree looks gorgeous with the glimmer of the glitter pen doesn't it? We also loved how Julie drew her own tree around the owl stamp.
If you'd like to see more of Julie's work please pop over to her blog and have a look around
Thank you for giving us an insight into both your life and crafting background Julie!
xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx