Weekend Freebies – “Peggy Legz” …and “Little May”

I kinda missed “Friday” Freebies with all the fun and games getting the Spotlight Giveaway up and running… but I did run across these new ones 🙂





I found this cutie “Peggy Legz” over at Digital Delights, she is only available free this weekend ..so don’t delay.  Choose between a colored, or black & white version





spiri_freebiebanner Little May




Julia Spiri has “Little May”  for you when you subscribe for discounts, freebie alerts and more 🙂






End of Series Giveaways – Updates

Well… we are, over half way through the Spotlight Series.. so time to start pulling together all of the giveaway prizes on offer.  I will start listing them all here …. this list may change over the next two weeks…so expect edits on this post 🙂  This is just a fun giveaway and an opportunity for  the spotlight guests  and of course myself to thank you, the visitors, crafters, fans and group members for your interest and support of this Spotlight Series.spotlight_giveaway-sneaky

Each one will have its own giveaway page which will be opened for comments on the 1st  of July.

Once it is open for comments… you will need to enter each one you are interested in, individually.   All you have to do is comment on the giveaway post “I commented” AND have commented on the sponsors spotlight post.  So if you haven’t been leaving comments on the daily guest spotlights .. now is the time to play catch up LOL.  Not all spotlight guests are able to offer prizes;  so their spotlight may be sponsored by an external sponsor, but you will still need to comment on the spotlight to enter.

If it’s a non spotlight sponsor,  the giveaway post will have details on what you need to do to enter those.

Winners will be picked randomly and will be posted  here on the blog on/around the 15th of July.

Some are open to the US only, some are worldwide and will be duly noted on each giveaway.. please verify you are eligible to enter.

I reserve the rights to modify this list as needed before the official start date of the giveaways.

Prize list so far

**TBD  – To Be Determined


Additional Sponsor Prizes:

Keep checking back to see who & what else gets added to the list as we continue into the latter half of  the Spotlight Series 🙂


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Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri

Who are you ?

Julia Spiri, Stamps By Julia Spiri



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Where are you ?

Barcelona, Spain


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

I think I’ve been drawing since I was born. My first drawing lessons were from my father (he is an artist too), I then went to art school and then had 5 years study in Fine Arts.



Charlotte Pirate



What is your favorite piece in the whole store

Difficult to choose one. Each last stamp seems to me the favorite until I draw the next, he, he.

My last image is Charlotte Pirate






Who is your inspiration/muse?

The life around us, nature. And the rest is imagination.


How many people work with/for you ?

I draw alone, but I have great DT team, they help me a lot.


What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Chocolate, aww


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I have always drawn for a living. I’m lucky to work with something I like


What’s your favorite color?

Pink, green


What was your favorite subject in school…?

Easy, he, he… Drawing! All my notebooks were filled with drawings


When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Venice. Love Venice and Paris too!


If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Character does not matter. The only thing I would ask is to wear the old clothes/dresses, preferably 16 or 17 century


When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Better not sing, he, he. Can not have everything in life, I can draw 🙂


What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

I have several items.   Set of 4 Digital Stamps, The Hat Collection and The Flower Girl


The Hat Collection


The Flower Girl











What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

Playing with my German Shepherds


How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends on the drawing. I can take several hours or several days


When you are working, what is the view from your window like

Forest, green all year


What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

It allowed me to get to know amazing people who share the same passion.



Hugs, Julia xx



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Spotlight Series Introduction..and final sneaky peek !!!

spotlight seriesWell it’s finally upon us,  just a few  more hours  till the start of the Spotlight Series… woot.

The idea behind this spotlight was to give you an insight into some of my favorite artists, designers and small craft business owners.  None of that  stuffy “About Us” stuff we all have to put on our pages..  the fun stuff  🙂 ..and of course to celebrate the blog First Anniversary.

Each spotlight guest was sent the same 50 questions; with the instructions to choose at least 10, or more if they wanted to and answer them in any fashion they see fit…. and some of them surely did LOL.

Here are the 50 questions I asked our Spotlight guests to answer…. not all of the questions are relevant to all of the guests.

  • Who are you ?
  • Where are you ?
  • When did you first start drawing/designing seriously
  • What was the first product you ever had for sale?
  • What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
  • Who is your inspiration/muse?
  • How many people work with/for you ?
  • Name your favorite cartoon?
  • Favorite quote?
  • What’s your guilty pleasure ?
  • What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
  • If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?
  • What’s your favorite color?
  • What was your favorite subject in school…?
  • If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
  • What is your best and worst personality trait?
  • When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
  • If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
  • If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
  • If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?
  • What’s your favorite horror movie?
  • If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.
  • When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
  • What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
  • Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
  • If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
  • What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol
  • If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
  • When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
  • What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
  • Would you go cave diving with sharks?
  • If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
  • Which decade do you think had the best music?
  • Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?
  • What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
  • What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
  • Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
  • If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??
  • Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
  • If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
  • How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
  • When you are working, what is the view from your window like
  • What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
  • Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
  • What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
  • Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise?
  • Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

So who are these brave souls who dare to bare their inner secrets ….

The list is still growing, so I’ll be adding to it throughout the month ..only 10 slots left.. who will it be??.  Gathering together this many fab, but busy people at short notice and in a short amount of space is a major undertaking.. so props to all these fab people for taking part and who already sent back their Q&A’s and coupon codes and sponsoring all the fab prizes coming up in the End of Series Giveaway… and  thanks to everyone who opted in and is feverishly trying to get their completed 🙂

Thanks for celebrating the blogs 1st Anniversary with me  🙂

In no  particular order…..


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Spotlight Series … we’re almost there, who will be day one?

So, can you guess who else is  a guest spotlighter on the Crafting Circle Spotlight Series which will run through June?  Some names haven’t been mentioned yet, because I am still waiting on Q&A ‘s to come back and responses to some of  the invitations.


We have so many cool artists and designers signed up already (did you see the list on the other sneaky peek?..it’s growing) and some  who could and probably should be..aren’t. * sigh   I feel like such a stalker/groupie these days lol.  If you are an artist and you are wondering why you didn’t get invited… check your email junk and  Facebook PM’s… you may well have been invited and just not seen it yet….. or I may not have got to you yet… trust me I am beavering away with all of this.

Who said this?

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

“Finally, she walks on the shores of TĂ­r na nĂ“g. “


There are only 30 spots so I apologize if anyone thinks they should be on here and doesn’t get an invite. Feel free to bust me a message on Facebook, even if there aren’t free spots now…  doesn’t mean I can’t pull you in on another crazy project in the future. There is always going to be something going on :)..and you never know I may get some last minute spots open up once all the invites have been accepted, or declined.

For those of you who haven’t seen any of the previous sneaky peek posts… you can find them all on the front page of the blog…. or here:


Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4

Sneaky Peek 5


I have had so much fun reading these answers as I drafted up posts.  Ya’all are just a bunch of comedians… LOVE it!

If you don’t already subscribe to the blog, or  have me on Facebook, Google+ or twitter.. make sure you mark your calendars for this spotlight series.. you won’t want to miss it.

I shall need a vacation at this rate lol..but it’s been a lot of fun so far 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has made this series a possibility.. you all are fab and I am so glad I can be a part of this 🙂



Sneaky Peek……End of Spotlight Series Giveaway !

Well I have been a busy busy BUSY bee… so tired, but so worth it.  Lots of great coupons coming up from our Spotlighter’s on their Q&A spotlights…and … Drum roll please!!!!


The June Spotlight Series will round up with a fab sponsored giveaway…. lots of prizes from spotlighter’s and sponsors.  spotlight Series begins June 1st and the giveaway July 1st, so don’t forget to subscribe for blog updates, or follow Crafting Circle on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for updates…and be sure to follow your favorite artists, designers and vendors on social media  too 🙂

Want a quick sneaky peek at what you could  win??.. and woohoooo.. finally I can  offer some international giveaways.  I always feel so bad making them US only due to shipping costs. I can’t promise they will all be open to International, since it depends on the sponsors… but there will definitely be some this time  🙂

Chameleon Pens –  Win a 5  pack of the new color range International

2 Cute Ink –  win a 6 month Subscription to the 2 cute Ink Stamp Club  International

Rick St Dennis –  Original Artwork  International

Cute As a Button –  Clear Stamps tbd

KennyK –  Digital Stamps  International

NanaDonna’s Card Dreams Blog –  Crystals Border Mega Pack, self adhesive lace and rhinestone borders. tbd

CraftingCircle – Shaker Windows  and maybe a few other miscellaneous small prizes… stay tuned. tbd

Kit & Clowder  –  K&C Gift Card International

Simply B Stamps – Gift Certificates  International


…are you excited yet?    and that’s just  for starters.. more to come  🙂

Be sure to check out the previous Spotlight Series Sneaky Peek Posts….

Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4


Spotlight Series Sneaky Peek part 4

Popping this one up a few hours early.. busy, busy night ahead of me and I wanted to make sure I got this done.


Well the first 7 Q&A’s are back and boy did I have a few giggles at these ones.  Here’s your sneaky peek for tonight…. the  lineup for the first week of  the Spotlight Series goes as follows:

..and another quick sneaky peek

One of these 7 spotlighters answered the question … who do you think it was?

Q. Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
A.  oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!

Did you notice a new name in that list…. ?   yes the list is still growing…. invites are still going out and responses awaited to fill up  the remaining spots… but what a  fab list we have so far.

Sadly a couple of declines, but sometimes  the timing isn’t quite right and  much as I hate to lose them from this fab lineup….I totally understand how busy these gals are. Maybe they will change their minds before the spots are all filled up??  if not.. there is always another crazy blog project later on down the road 🙂

I think Facebook might be eating some of my invites.. so I shall have to follow up with a few people to make sure  they got their invites…I know a few didn’t, luckily we connected and now have that straightened out 🙂

Ok ..  lots to do….stay tuned for more sneaky peeks over the weekend.


..More Spotlight Series sneaky peeks….

Well the Q&A sheets are starting to roll back in now… and I am loving these.   Everyone has been so cool and  taken time out of their busy days to answer some fun questions for you guys n gals.  Only one declined invitation so far out of all the ones sent.. that is pretty danged impressive for a last minute series.  Still a few open invitations… but I am beginning to get feedback that some of the PM’s weren’t going through on Facebook, so will have to chase up a few of them via email.

So  what’s tonight’s sneaky peek?  well .. how about a bit of news first.  There will be an end of series giveaway.. sponsored prizes from some of the spotlight guests and some from lil old me too. So be sure to follow the series, share the love and show these fab spotlighters how much we appreciate what they do for our craft!  Details will be posted later on when the series is under way and you will be able to enter the finale giveaway starting July 1st.. it will only be open for about a week… and winners will be posted by July 15th, so be sure to stop by.

A couple of quick WIP images featuring some of our artists & a designer spotlighter 🙂
day3_sneaky ok.. sneaky peek.. WHO DUNNIT? well more accurately.. who said it…..and why?

One of our spotlight series guests answered this to a question …. and I have to admit  this is not the FULL answer…. so  may be  slightly misleading, but heh.. that is half the fun right

….  the answer was “one that runs smooth, BLACK, and bad ass”

Now … what do you suppose that was about? ….. leave a comment if you think you know who said it and what the original Question was.



Spotlight Series – Sneaky Peek Part II


I know some of you are curious as to what those 50 questions our Spotlight Series guests are going to be answering…  sooo here are just a couple of them.  Just remember that everyone has a choice to pick and choose what, how many and how they answer.. so you may never ever know the answer to all of your favorite artists and designers deep, dark secrets muahahaha.spotlight_sneaky2

If you missed yesterday’s post with the current list of guests… just click on the home tab at the top…you can find that post.


Of the list posted yesterday…. who do you think is most likely to answer this one with a YES !!!  


“Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?”

…and how about….This one… what do you think  they said to this one?

“Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?”


and last sneaky peek for tonight

“What is your favorite piece in the whole store?”



I’m a coloring foo’   lots of WIP projects featuring our fab artists and  our designer/vendor goodies.  Time is ticking down….

Spotlight Series….. starts June 1st.. sneaky peek

spotlight seriesJune is the blog’s first anniversary… as part of the fun and games, there will be a spotlight series.  In my infinite wisdom I had a wee hours “moment” and this idea just came to me out of nowhere.  Of course I just had to see if it would fly…. and flying it is.  The response so far has been awesome, most all of the initial invites have been responded to… and everyone said YES!  I feel like the man from Del Monte!!!   ( youtube it if that went right over your head )

I am soo  honored that all these fab people are taking time out to do this, so…  just a sneaky peek at the list of artists, designers and vendors you will be getting a fun and sometimes crazy insight into starting June 1st.

Each of these people were sent a list of the same 50 questions.  The only rule was, you had to answer at least 10.   You could answer whichever ones you wanted ….and as many as you wanted, however you wanted.  Yes I know… that could get dangerous with some of these  guys n gals lol.

I am loving the answer sheets I am getting back…. so much fun learning these totally fun random things about people we know and love and chatter with day to day 🙂

Some of them may be new to you, be sure to go check their spotlights out too and leave a comment if you would be so inclined.   Crafting is just one big family… so let’s show these fab people that keep  showering us with all their crafty awesomeness ….some reciprocal lurv!!!….

There will be a few coupon codes, freebies and possibly even a giveaway, or two throughout the month on various spotlights. So feast your eyes on the current list which will grow as we reach the start of the spotlight series. Not necessarily appearing in this order….. we have  the luvvily, talented and admired….

  • Betty Queen of Hallows – Simply B
  • Elena/Kenny K – KennyK Stamps
  • Sherri Baldy – Besties
  • Heidi- 2 cute Ink
  • Samantha- My little Paper World
  • Janice- Scrapper’s Delights
  • Francesca – Cute As A button
  • Amanda Byron –  Faery ink
  • Lisa -Bloobel Stamps
  • Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art
  • Amy Chomas – Chomas Creations
  • Naz – Sasayaki Glitter
  • Carol Clarke – CUP Designer
  • Alyce- Kit & Clowder
  • Julia Spiri

…hmm I wonder who else is coming to the party!  We’ll have to wait n see… Series begins June 1st.. don’t be late 🙂

In the meantime… here’s a little something somethings I was working on  tonight.. still WIP ( works in progress ), but shaping up nicely.




Bloobel Stamps




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