Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Thinking of You

Hi Bloggers.

Another card made from demo bits - there is a mistake on this one. See if you can spot it and I'll tell you at the end of this post.

I stamped the sentiment and the frame from John Lockwood's Scribble Rose Elements Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A and inked through the die using Eggplant Adirondack Die Ink (thank you to Zoe at Strikes, Northwich for letting me borrow hers) and a Smoothie. I swiped a little of the Eggplant Ink and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto my Craft Sheet and used it to paint the flowers using a Water Brush.

I cut the large decorative die from the Spellbinders Lovin' Diamonds Die Set out of Mauve Card and matted it onto a piece of Milk Card cut using the outer die in the Spellbinders Labels One Card Creator Die.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Antique White Satin Ribbon and tied another bow using 3 lengths of thinner Light Orchid Satin Ribbon. I nearly added another flower (!) but removed it and added a Dazzler Setting and a Lilac Dazzler instead.

I assembled the card as shown adding a little Purple Dazzler to 3 of the corners and piercing around the edges.

I have a busy couple of weeks ahead with Workshops and Demos. I'm hoping to have my dies today so I can start prepping for my show on May 18th. With that in mind, I'd just like to remind you about my workshops in CE HQ Kettering on May 12th and Milton Keynes on May 16th. Details in the workshops section of this blog or just click on the links I've just given to go to my website to book. I need to be super organised so that I get all the kits cut and the prep for my show done.

So, did you spot my mistake?? The Lovin' Diamonds die cut is upside down! Didn't spot it till I had finished the card - too late then. lol.

Thanks fpr stopping by.

Julia.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

How to use Sue Wilson's Classic Foldover Flower Die Set

Hi Bloggers.

I've been asked quite a few times how to make the foldover flowers using Sue's Die Set. Sue will have a video with a card showing how to do this shortly but in the meantime I've put together a quick, less professional video showing how easy it really is to make the flowers. I've also added the video to the videos section of this blog and to the product on my website here.

Easy Peasy!

All for now.

Julia.

New Items in Stock Now

Hi Bloggers.

Just to let you know that I have just received stock of the new Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Sets and Water Brush Sets that John Lockwood demoed this morning on Create & Craft. You can see them here.

I've also got some Decadent Teal Sparkle Texture Paste that I used on today's card and some lovely new Stamps to Die For to co-ordinate with Sue Wilson's Perfect Peony Complete Petals Die Set. You can find the stamp set here.

All for now - more products to add into my store!

Please scroll down to previous post to see today's card.

Julia

Thankful

Hi Bloggers.

This card is made up from demo bits!

For the background, I first spread some Phill Martin CS Decadent Denim Pearl Texture Paste through the Wavy Mask onto Milk Card across the centre diagonally. I then added some Phill Martin CS Decadent Teal Sparkle Texture Paste to fill in the gaps. Where the two pastes met, they merged looking very pretty! I is aside to dry (approx 2 hours).


The frame is cut from Cobalt Card - the outer edge is from a Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die and the inner edge is from a Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B Die. I lined the dies up on my tan mat on my pink plate and then added the Wired Mask and then the base plate. I ran them through the Grand Calibur and removed the mask. I then ran it through the Calibur with the cut sandwich. I rubbed some of Phill Martin's Decadent Teal Gilding Wax over the surface.

I stamped the frame and the sentiment from John Lockwood's Daisy Chain Elements Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival (I've just spotted a void created by a little spec of Iced Snow - it gets everywhere! Too late now!) I cut it out using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B and inked through the die with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using a Smoothie. I cut a mat out of Cobalt Card using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A.

I tied a bow out of 2 lengths of Tornado Blue Satin Ribbon. I made a flower using Spellbinders Flower Play and added a little Blue Dazzler.

John Lockwood has shows today on Create & Craft at 8am and 3pm with his new stamps (also available here on my website).

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Happy Birthday

Hi Bloggers.

Just a reminder that the special launch offer of 10% off everything on my Website ends this evening at midnight.

Today's card features a bunch of Sue Wilson's new dies and a little twist with the Striped Weaving Die.

The background is a piece of Coconut White Card run through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Bed of Roses Embossing Folder.

I cut the Canadian Border from the Border, Corner & Tag Set twice out of Peach Card. I cut a length of the Double Pearl Strips in White in half and added them down the edge of the borders.

I cut the frame out of Peach and Coconut White Card using Sue's Ornate Pierced Design Noble Die Set. For the weaving. I cut the Striped Weaving Die out of Coconut White Card twice and Peach Card twice. I glued the 2 Coconut White pieces together, just at the end, offsetting them to fill in the gaps. I did the same with the 2 Peach pieces. I cut the Peach set down into sections - 3 strips wide. On the Coconut White one, I left one side intact and on the other side, I cut into sections, again 3 strips wide. Then I wove the Peach sections in and out of the White sections as usual. You could do this with 2's or 4's or a mix.  I popped the frame on top and trimmed off the excess.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's Daisy Chain Elements Stamp Set using Coffee Archival. I cut it out using Sue's Pierced Flags and cut a larger die out of Peach Card.

I made a couple flower out of felt using the largest die in Sue's Classic Foldover Flowers Die Set (2 flowers achieved by cutting felt into 2 pieces approx 1/3 and 2/3 of the length). I cut Sue's Maidenhair Fern Die Set out of Peach Card.

I made a couple of Decorative Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements and Glossy Accents.

Most of the products used are in my Store - just click on the highlighted text to go straight to the individual products.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wedding Style Pop Up Box

Hi Bloggers.

I made this Pop Up Box thinking it would be suitable for a wedding -

I've used Coconut White and Milk Card, Spellbinders Scalloped Pop Up Box Die Set, Marisa's Bouquet Die Set, Spellbinders Bordered Sentiments and some Cream Pearls.


Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A Friend is Like a Rainbow

Hi Bloggers.

I'm demoing at Strikes Garden Centre in Northwich, Cheshire today 10 till 4. Please stop by if you're in the area.

I have a quickie, clean and simple card today - way out of my comfort zone!

I've used the inner die only from the Spellbinders Lonely Hearts Dies Set, cut into Coconut White Card and backed onto Black Card.

The sentiment is from John Lockwood's Daisy Chain Elements Stamp Set stamped in Jet Black Archival.

I've just added a few 5mm Pearls and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Thinking of You

Hi Bloggers.

I'm heading off up North again this afternoon for a demo at Strikes in Northwich, Cheshire (address for your SatNavs here). Hope the M1 and M6 are kind to me today! Any orders placed after 12noon today won't be posted until Tuesday - sorry.

Here's today's card from the Craft Clinic last month -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" Sparkle Square Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design (repeating pattern). I wrapped a piece of Creative Expressions Bluebird Satin Ribbon around the centre.

For the background panel, I used a piece of Gloss Black Card and covered an area completely with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue (it needs to be quite thick). I then dropped mica powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Summer Shades Mica Spray Set completely covering the glue. I used a stiff brush to press the powder into the glue a little then used my heat tool from below. The glue bubbles up and the mica settles into it. It takes a while but it's quite cool to watch. I trimmed it a little and matted it onto Black Card.

I popped a little Frosted Mallow and Blue Lilac Mica Powder onto my craft sheet, added a little water and used them to paint on the Creative Expressions Tulip Trio Stamp. I misted it a little with water and stamped onto Coconut White Card. I cut it out using Spellbinders Labels 25. I created a faux nestie by drawing around the outside of the die onto Black Card and cutting out using scissors.

I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Tulip Trio using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics and used another Matting Basics Die to cut out a Black Mat.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Bluebird Satin Ribbon and added a Crystal Sparkler.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm and 8mm Black Pearls in the corners and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Thanks so much

Hi Bloggers.

I quickly made today's card yesterday from bits left over from some recent demos. I chose the sentiment and now realise how appropriate it is as I would like to thank you for all the orders on my new website yesterday. I am so grateful for your support. All orders placed by 3pm yesterday were in the post yesterday afternoon. I have some more of Sue's Configurations Dies on order and have loaded them so they can be ordered. They should be here today or tomorrow. I loaded some more items onto the store yesterday - be sure to pop back as often as you can. Remember the launch offer of 10% off carries on till Midnight 4th May.

Now to today's card - remember I'm using up demo bits as I'm a bit pushed for time and I know that a lot of you don't like green but it is Phill Martin's Decadent Bamboo so hopefully I'll get away with it.

For the background, I used one of the papers from Phill's Decadent Damask Paper Pad - trimmed it down a little.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Delightful Sentiments Clear Stamp Set using Olive Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Fleur Essence Die Set.

For the background within the frame, I embossed a piece of Coconut White Card by running it through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Bed Of Roses Embossing Folder. I mixed a little PM CS Decadent Bamboo Texture Paste with a little PM CS Decadent Grape Sparkle Texture Paste on my Craft Sheet (a bit of an experiment!). and spread it thinly over the deboss pattern. I does actually look better in real life!

I cut the frame out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders Triple Floral Die Set - the middle 3 dies. I embossed them first, removed the decorative die and then cut with just the plain dies. I rubbed Decadent Bamboo Gilding Wax over the surface.

For the pretty outer frame, I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Floral Assortment Die Set out of Coconut White Card twice, cut them in half and glued them to the back of the Triple Floral Frame using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm and 8mm White Pearls and piercing around the edges.

Phill Martin has shows today on Create & Craft at 9am and 1pm with part 1 of his new Chic Collection.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Be eccentric!

Hi Bloggers.

Well, some of you may have noticed the links appearing in the text in yesterday's and Monday's post as my website is now live and taking orders! There's only about 300 products on there at the moment. Last night I added Sue Wilson's new dies. They're in stock now - you can see them here. There are new dies in the Canadian, Portuguese, Nobles, Finishing Touches, Expressions and a new collection - Configurations. I don't have any of the new striplets or gemini dies - seem to have forgotten to order those!

Here's the link to the homepage - juliawattscrafts.co.uk You can also click on Shop in the top menu of this blog. Don't expect it to be as slick as alot of the sites out there - it's really early days yet and I'm just getting to grips with it! I am offering 10% discount during the launch period which expires midnight 4th May. Everyone who attends my Milton Keynes Workshops will receive a code to get a permanent 10% discount on my site - those who attended the March Workshop will receive their code via email next week. You can also book workshops at both Kettering and Milton Keynes via my website. At the moment, I'm just delivering to UK addresses. I will try and expand to European addresses soon. Postage is free on orders of £20 or over - it's £2 on orders under £20. Any problems, email me at admin@juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Back to today's card -

I started my running a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Wild Roses Embossing Folder. I then spread some Phill Martin CS Decadent Denim Sparkle Texture Paste over the deboss side, removing as much of the excess paste as possible. I put aside to dry - it doesn't take long as the paste isn't very thick when applied in this manner.

I cut a frame out of Cobalt Card using a couple of dies from the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B Die Set. Once the background was dry, I added the frame to it using 3D Foam, trimming off the excess. I cut a mat out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's Fern Frames Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Cobalt Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in Spellbinders Floral Assortment Die Set and inked through the die using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and a Smoothie.

I cut the circular die from the Spellbinders Blooming Collection Die Set out of Cobalt Card.


I made a flower out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders Flower Play Die Set (again! it's what people want to see me demo!), I added Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue and some CS Iced Snow Glitter Jewels. I tied a bow using Creative Expressions Off White Satin Ribbon. I tied another bow out of the thinner ribbon in the Bluebird Satin Ribbon Pack. I made a couple of decorative stick pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements and Glossy Accents.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Pearl Corners and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Best Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

I'm heading up to Creative Expressions HQ today to run a couple of Workshops. Should be fun as always. Details of my next workshop at CE HQ are at the bottom of this post and in the Workshops section of this blog.

Just a reminder - details of my demos, etc are always in the left hand side bar of this blog, usually with a couple of months notice. There are a couple of secret demo dates that will be revealed as soon as I get the go ahead from the shops concerned.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used a paper from Phill Martin's Decadent Damask 8 x 8 Paper Pad. I cut a frame out of Milk Card using the largest 3 dies in Sue Wilson's Classic Adorned Squares Noble Die Set. I rubbed Phill's CS Decadent Grape Gilding Wax over the surface. I cut the largest die from Sue's Ornate Pierced Squares Noble Die Set out of Rich Plum Card. I glued the 2 die cuts together, reseated the die that I used for the inside of the frame and ran it through the Grand Calibur to remove the centre from the Rich Plum Card. I popped it onto the backing paper using 3d Foam and then onto a Milk mat cut using the largest die from the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die Set.

I cut the Sue's Best Wishes Expressions Die out of Milk Card. I pressed Perfect Medium all over the die cut, added Phill's CS Decadent Grape Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more Perfect Medium, more powder and heat set again.

I tied a bow using Creative Expressions Antique White Satin Ribbon and tied another using the thinner Raisin Satin Ribbon. I made a flower out of Milk Card using Spellbinders Flower Play Die Set, added CS Dries Clear Glue and then sprinkled with CS Iced Snow Glitter Jewels.

I made a couple of Decorative Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements and Glossy Accents. Once dry, I popped them into the 3d Foam under the frame at the back of the bow.

Here are the details of the next workshops at CE HQ on Tuesday 12th May -

Morning Workshop -


An actual proper card! I know, don't faint! We'll be using brand new Sue Wilson Dies, you'll do some paper grouting, make a couple of Decorative Stick Pins and learn how to use Sue's new Classic Foldover Flower Dies.

Afternoon Workshop -

Lots of new dies on this one!

As always for Kettering Workshops, please contact Tracey on 01536 481778 during office hours or email her at tracey@creative-expressions.uk.com for more information or to book a place.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.