Friday, 24 November 2017

Freebie Friday and Beadwork Pics

Hi Bloggers.

It's back! Here's this week's card that is looking for a new home -

This is a demo card - you can read how the original card was made here.

Leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw to win it. I will announce the winner on Monday. Be sure to pop back to see if you have won.

Please note : Only comments left below will go into the draw. Comments made on the original post will not count. Information given on the original post was correct at the time that post was published.

Don't forget - our Black Friday Sale is on over on our website. Enter BLACKFRIDAY in the discount box at checkout to get 20% off your purchases PLUS - the frst 10 customers each day will receive a FREE GIFT! Offer valid till midnight Monday 27th November or While Stocks Last.

Here's a pic of the beading that I did on my last beady break - it's a long process especially when I don't get to go to my monthly beading session. I can't go next week as I'll be at Hochanda do a One Day Special.

On this one, I still have to do another length of chain on left, attach the chatons together in pairs, add them to the chain and then do another length of chain to each side, make a toggle and attach the ring and toggle to the chain. Should be finished by next Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Thursday, 23 November 2017

UTEE overlay

Hi Bloggers.

Our Black Friday Sale starts today over on our website. Enjoy 20% discount on all our products till midnight on Monday 27th November. Enter BLACKFRIDAY in the discount code at checkout to activate your discount. PLUS - the first 10 customers each day during the sale period will receive a FREE GIFT! Remember to use the Filter button to help you navigate around the site. Click here to go straight to our website.

Here's today's card -

I started by stamping the verse from the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 3 Cheers for Art Stamp Set and the sentiment from the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Parisian Art Stamp Set using Garden Patina Archival onto Coconut White Card cut from Sue Wilson's Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B. I edged with Faded Jean Distress Oxide using a Smoothie. I matted onto Black Card and then another piece of Coconut White.

I set the Efcolor Stove up and added some CS Clear, Midnight Blue, Ocean Black and Tropic Pearl Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals to a Melt-It Case. I popped it onto the stove platform, added the lid and left to melt. I inked up the sentiment from the same set using Clear Perfect Medium. Once the crystals were molten I poured some onto my Craft Sheet and added the verse stamp to it.  I left it to set for a couple of minutes and then peeled away the stamp. I brushed CS Phill Martin Old Gold Mica Powder over it. I added my UTEE verse over the top of my stamped verse with a little Hi-Tack Tape and a little CS Glue.

I poured some more of my molten powder into a mould that I had made from a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 embellishment and some Mould n Pour. After a couple of minutes, I removed it from the mould and added it to my card with a little Hi-Tack Tape and a little CS Glue.

 I completed my card by adding a 5mm Black Pearl to each corner.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Peach & White Classic & Intermediate Weave

Hi Bloggers.

I have another woven card for you today -

For the weave on this one, I cut the Classic Weaving Die out of Coconut White Card once and the Intermediate Weaving Die out of Peach Card twice. I glued the peach die cuts together, offsetting them to fill in the gaps. I then cut them into pieces 2 strips wide and wove them through the Classic Die Cut.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using the Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B and added it to my woven background using Woodware 2mm Foam Tape, trimming away the excess. I matted onto Coconut White, then Peach and then another piece of Coconut White Card.

I cut the Birthday Wishes Die out of Peach Card.  I cut a Stitched Flag out of Coconut White Cardand added my sentiment using CS Glue and a Fine Tip Glue Applicator.

The foliage is cut using Sue's Spring Foliage Die Set. The flower is made using  Sue's Striped Nasturtium Die Set with a 5mm White Pearl added to the centre.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Shaving Foam & Pigment Stain Weave

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the weave on this one, I started by creating some Shaving Foam Backgrounds with Bluebell, Citrus Lime and Rose Pink CS Intense Pigment Stains. I cut the Intermediate Weaving Die out of the first generation print from the Shaving Foam, 3rd generation print and out of Coconut White Card twice. To fit the smallest frame possible from the Stitched Square Peg Board, you need to extend the weft. So, I cut an extra strip from my first generation background and another strip of Coconut White. I glued a Coconut White die cut to my first generation cut, offsetting it to fill in the gaps but dropping it down to leave a space at the top and the bottom.I then added my extra strips.

I added my other Coconut White Die Cut to my 3rd generation cut, offesetting it to fill in all the gaps. I cut it into pieces 2 strips wide and then wove the strips through my extended piece.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using dies #2 and #4 from the Stitched Square Peg Board Die Set and added it to my woven background using 2mm Foam Tape trimming away the excess with scissors. I matted onto a couple of pieces of Coconut White Card.

I cut the Make a Cake die out of Coconut White Card, Silver Mirror Card and from my 3rd generation background. I coloured the candles using Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers.

I made my flowers from Coconut White and 1st generation background using the Pinwheel Floral Die Set and cut the leaves out of Coconut White Card using the same die set. I added an 8mm White Pearl to the centre of my flower.

I completed my card by adding a 5mm White Pearl to the corners of my frame.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Monday, 20 November 2017

Industrial Chic and Oxides

Hi Bloggers.

I have one last sample featuring dies from the Industrial Chic Collection (I do actually have one more but that's for my workshop on Saturday).

For the background, I started by scrunching up a piece of Coconut White Card. I opened it out an touched the peaks of the card with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide. I misted with water and left it a couple of minutes for the ink to move a little. I then ironed it with my Encaustic Iron to flatten out my card and stop the ink from moving any more. I used the crackle stamp from Lisa Horton's Textures  Stamp Set and stamped it several times on my background using Frayed Burlap Oxide. I distressed the edges of my background with a Woodware Edge Crimper and then edged with Frayed Burlap Oxide using a Smoothie. I matted onto Black Card and then Coconut White Card.

I cut die #1 from the Industrial Chic Background into a strip of Chestnut Card twice. I glued it to a piece of Black Card and then trimmed to fit my background. I glued it in place.

I cut die #3 from the Industrial Chic Frame & Tag Die Set out of Black Card and the Ransom Note Birthday Die out of Chestnut Card.

I completed my card by adding some elements from the Industrial Chic Mixed Essentials cut from Chestnut and Black Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Discover Industrial Chic

Hi Bloggers.

I have another card to share with you featuring Sue Wilson's Industrial Chic Collction -

The background was leftover from a demo I did and is made from Watercolour Card with some Misters and Masks. I've cut it to size using a die from Sue Wilson's Double Stitched Rectangles Die Set and matted onto Black Card and then Coconut White Card.

I cut die #3 from the Industrial Chic Background Die Set out of of piece of Coconut White Card and added it t my background.

I stamped the gorgeous Mr. Vintage Inventor onto Coconut White Card using Onyx Black Versfine Ink. I cut him out using scissors leaving a thin border around him. I cut the wings from the Industrial Chic Mixed Essentials Die Set out of Steel Pearl Card and glued them behind my man. I added him to the centre of my frame using CE Mounting Cushion.

I cut the sentiment from the Inspirational Words Die Set out of Steel Pearl Card and added him to my card using glue and a little CE Mounting Cushion.

Thank you for all your kind comments and messages about Smokey.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Industrial Chic One Day Special continues today

Hi Bloggers.

Back from a great beady week - I will share some photos next week, after I've had chance to take some pics. Unfortunately, our cat, Smokey, died on Tuesday. It was very sudden. A neighbour found her and brought her round to our house. The vet thinks that she had a heart attack. Totally unexpected as she was very healthy, very active and only 10 years old 😿. I've put a couple of pics of Smokey at the end of this post.

Lisa Horton continues with her One Day Special on Hochanda today with Sue Wilson's Industrial Chic Collection with shows at 9am, 1pm and 5pm.

Here's another card that I made featuring the dies -

The background was one that I made as a demo at the recent workshop I ran with Leonie Pujol.

I dusted a piece of Coconut White Card with an Anti-Static Pad. I stamped some of the stamps from the Woodware Pocket Watches Stamp Set using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I added CS Matt Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. I misted a little CS Phill Martin Misters in Sunshine Yellow, Lime Burst and Purple Paradise onto my background. I dabbed off excess ink with a little Kitchen Roll which also transferred a little of the ink to other areas. I inked around the edges with CS Lime Burst Colour Cloud using a Smoothie. I misted a little of the Purple Paradise Mister onto my Craft Sheet and picked it up with a paint brush to colour the butterflies. I repeated the process with Lime Burst and coloured some of the areas on the pocket watches. I matted onto Black Card and then Coconut White.

I cut the sentiment from the Inspirational Words die set out of Black Gloss Card.

I cut the Industrial Chic Swirl out of Black Gloss Card.

I cut the head from the Industrial Chic Mixed Essentials out of Black Gloss Card.

I'm offering 10% off items from Lisa's shows on my website. You can find them here. Please enter STEAMPUNK in the discount code box at checkout to activate your discount. Offer valid till midnight tonight or while stocks last.




Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Friday, 17 November 2017

Lisa Horton One Day Special Shows on Hochanda today

Hi Bloggers.

Lisa Horton is launching a new One Day Special on Hochanda at 6pm. I have made a few samples for the shows so I'm sharing one today -

The background has been created by mopping up waste Distress Oxide Inks. Whatever ink was left on my Craft Sheet has been misted with water and picked up onto a piece of Milk Card. The colours on there are Broken China, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.

I stamped some cogs from an old very loved stamp set from Creative Expressions Stamp Set called Vintage Inventor using Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. I placed the Creative Expressions Vintage Diamond Mini Stencil on the bottom right of my background and spread some CS Clear Texture Paste through it. I repeated this in the top left hand side and put aside to dry.

I wondered if the Distress Oxide Ink would ride to the surface of the Texture Paste but it did not - this could have been because the background ink had been really dry (from a demo). If it had just been made then perhaps some of the ink might have moved in the Texture Paste? Something to try!

Once my Texture Paste was dry, I placed the Mini Stencil back on top and inked through with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to make the design a bit more prominent.

I went around the edges with a Woodware Edge Crimper and then edged with Vintage Photo and Fired Brick Distress Oxides. I matted onto Black Card and then Milk Card.

I cut dies #2 and #3 together from the Industrial Chic Background out of Milk Card twice.

I cut the largest die in the Industrial Chic Frame & Tag Die Set out of Chestnut Card. I cut the Ransom Note Birthday Die out of some more of my mopped up ink card.

I painted a Flourish Pop-em with Tarnished Silver CS Shimmer Paint. I added Marigold CS Metallic Lustre Paint - I added a good thick coat. I heated it and it bubbled a bit. I then added some Chocolate Gold CS Metallic Lustre Paint - again quite a thick coat. I heated it and it bubbled some more. Looks good, doesn't it?

I cut a few of the dies from the Industrial Chic Mixed Essentials Die Set out of Black Gloss Card.

I'm offering 10% off items from the shows on my website. You can find them here. Please enter STEAMPUNK in the discount code box at checkout to activate your discount. Offer valid till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. Lisa has another show at 8pm tonight and then more shows at 9am, 1pm and 5pm tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Industrial Chic Sneak Peek

Hi Bloggers.

Lisa Horton is launching a new One Day Special on Hochanda tomorrow with the first set of dies from Sue Wilson's November Release. I had a little time so I have made some samples for the shows. I thought I would share one with you today -

My background was one that I created at a demo. I used a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate. I added some CS Glue to it. I misted with water and used my finger to spread the glue all over. I then sprinkled CS Pixies Powders all over, completely covering all of the glue. If I remember correctly, I used Aqua Lagoon, Purple Violet, Candy Pink and Pewter. I misted lightly with water and then sprinkled some CS Sparkle Star Diamond Frost and CS Silver Chrome Glitterbitz over. I scrunched up a piece of White Tissue Paper, opened it out and added it to my background. I pressed it down carefully with a piece of Kitchen Roll and then put it aside to dry (a couple of hours).

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using Sue's Double Pierced Squares. Once my background was dry, I added my frame using Woodware Foam Tape. I matted onto a couple of pieces of Coconut White Card.

I cut the Industrial Chic Corner out of Steel Pearl Card twice and glued them to my background, tucking them inside my frame.

I cut the butterfly from the Industrial Chic Butterfly & Dragonfly Die Set out of Coconut White Card. I shaped it and glued it to my background, securing at the body and antenae only.

I cut a couple of the words from the Inspirational Words die set out of Black Gloss Card and added them to my frame as shown.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Woven 3 Die Christmas Card

Hi Bloggers.

I have a Christmas Card with a woven background for you today.

For the weave on this one, I cut the Classic Weaving Die out of Milk Card, I cut the Intermediate Weaving Die out of Rich Red Card and the Striped Weaving Die out of Antique Gold Pearl Card. I cut the Red and the Gold die cuts in half lengthways. I then glued the 2 Red pieces together offsetting them to fill in the gaps. I cut them into pieces that were 2 strips wide. I also glued the 2 Gold pieces together offsetting them to fill in the gaps. I cut them into pieces that were 4 strips wide.

4 strips of a Striped die cut = the width of 1 Classic and 2 strips of an Intermediate die cut = the width of 1 Classic. So, here, we basically have a 1 x 1 Classic weave in terms of how quick and easy it is.

As you can see, I have woven 2 strips of Red Intermediate through the Milk Classic then 4 strips of Gold Striped through and so on until my weave was complete.

I made a frame out of Milk Card using Sue Wilson's Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B and added it to my woven background using Woodware Foam Tape. I matted onto Milk, Rich Red, Antique Gold Pearl and another piece of Milk Card.

I cut the sentiment out of Rich Red and Antique Gold Pearl Card using Lisa Horton's Christmas Wishes Die Set.

I cut the Poinsettia Cluster Die Set out of Rich Red and Antique Gold Pearl Card and added a 5mm Cream Pearl to the centre of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Elegant Congrats Card

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I started my cutting die #2 from the Stitched Square Peg Board Die Set out of Coconut White Card to get my square piece of card. I removed the die and added die #1 from the set and cut. I matted onto Silver Mirror Card.

I cut one of the dies from the Ecliptic Edger die set out of Coconut White Card 4 times and glued it to the back of the SIlver Mirror Card to frame my background.

I matted onto Coconut White, then Silver Mirror and then another piece of Coconut White Card.

I cut the elements from the Make a Cake Die Set out of Coconut White Card and Silver Mirror Card. I coloured the candles using Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers. The decorative trim on the cake has been cut from a 3rd generation print of Shaving Foam with Bluebell, Rose Pink and Citrus Lime CS Intense Pigment Stains.

I cut the letters for my sentiment out of Coconut White Card using the Alphabet Grid Die. I cut a banner out of Silver Mirror Card using the Stitched Flags Die Set. There isn't actually a die the right size with a 'V' at both ends but it's easy to extend a die by making sure that you don't run the rollers of the machine over the straight edge at the end of the die - stop rolling just short of the edge. Take the die off the card, turn it around and re-seat it to the length you want. Cut again, stopping just before the straight edge again.

I cut my leaves and flowers out of Coconut White Card and more of my 3rd generation shaving foam background using the Pinwheel Floral Die Set. I added a small dazzler from the Silver Pack to the centre of my flowers.

I completed my card by adding an 8mm White Pearl to the corners.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk