Thursday 5 June 2014

Julie is guesting with elegance!

Toay we are featuring a guest and Top 3 blog badge winner from April's challenge, Julie Lavalette. Julie is sharing her creative and elegant style of crafting with us...

Julie Lavalette of Juliz Design Post
"Hi, My name is Julie Lavalette and I live in Central Scotland. I have enjoyed crafting from a young age and found my love for paper craft reignited about 8 years ago when I needed Wedding invitations for our Wedding. I love my craft to tell a story and to become keepsakes or heirlooms for my family and adore all things Vintage. I think I was born in the wrong era. I have a dolls house which I also enjoy crafting for and I like to go around Antique Fairs to window shop or museums for inspiration. I also love a car boot sale to find my little treasures to alter or add to a project as find myself more recently crafting in a mixed media style."

When Chris sent me the theme ‘ Only Men Allowed ` for my project I must admit I initially panicked a bit and thought I don’t do men things... So this was a big challenge to me, but I do love a Challenge.  It took me about 2 days and probably nights thinking what I was going to do and then I remembered the Opening Ceremony at  the Olympic Games and the part where they went through the Industrial Revolution and it all looking very masculine and the men standing with their Top Hats on. I now had an idea and started to plan my project.

I wanted to give my project depth with lots of layers so it gave the impression you were peeling back the years through History and stepping back in time. I started off by ripping some layers off a piece of cardboard to reveal the corrugation and sealed with a coat of Gesso. I then layered a mixture of papers, stamping, texture paste with stencils and freehand, also adding die cuts using various mediums all over my project. Thanks for having me over at Country View Challenges and I hope you all have enjoyed my project as much as I did in making it.

Wow, the detail of this project is quite, quite stunning Julie - a fabulously stylish steampunk piece, beautiful! Thank you for guesting with us today!

In every post we publish, our team and our guests strive to bring you variety of ideas and genres to tempt and challenge you. We look forward to seeing what you're up to in YOUR craft rooms.

Jennie's up next, on Saturday, with another beautiful make. We hope you'll join us.

Chris and the team xxx


  1. Wow, Julie's work is always stunning and this piece is no exception. The details and layers are wonderful! Anne xx

  2. Hello Julie,
    I have to commend you on producing such a wonderful piece of work for this Challenge,you are indeed a worthy guest.

  3. What a stunning project Julie! So many different elements that have been composed in such a way that it's a feast for the eyes! Fabulous layering and a really great layout, love it! Thank you for guesting with us today! Chris xxx

  4. I love this project! The layering is the most beautiful example of the technique I've seen in a while! Great work! Julie Ann xxx

  5. Wow!!!!love this project,so much to look

  6. Wow, love this, so much detail and as Chris says a feast for the eyes, beautifully done Ruth x

  7. This is a stunning project Julie, for one who doesn't do men things you hav certainly risen to the challenge. Mo x

  8. Thanks so much to everyone for the supportive comments and to Countryview. Its been an honour to share this post with you all. Julie x

  9. You have created a fabulous masculine industrial piece Julie, great work xxx

  10. What a fabulous guest piece from Julie!
    Alison x


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