Tuesday, 4 August 2015

21 today!

Hi Bloggers.

My brilliant, gorgeous daughter, Kathryn, is 21 today! I just can't believe where those years have gone! She's celebrating by spending 3 days in London with a friend. I have to wait till Sunday or Monday to see her when she comes back up to MK to celebrate the same friends 21st. I'm at Stoneleigh with Phill Martin on Sunday which is why I might not see her till Monday.

I was a little bit more prepared this time when I made a card than I was for her graduation, but I was still pushed for time as I made it last week when I was knee deep prepping for my demo at Colemans. So, we have another really simple card - I hope Kathryn likes it!

This is an actual card with the blank made from Coconut White Card and the largest die in Sue's Ornate Pierced Rectangles Noble Die Set. I cut the largest die in the set again out of Vintage Silver Card this time and glued it to the front of my card blank.

The image is from a series of stamp sets from Creative Expressions called Betty Boots. I've used the Steampunk Betty Set. I think these sets would be great for keeping children occupied during the summer holidays - the images are a bit different and the sentiments included are brilliant! Anyway, with no time to colour (and I'm a bit out of practice!), I simply stamped Betty onto a piece of Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder. I cut Betty our using a couple of dies from Sue's Ornate Pierced Rectangles Die Set.

I stamped 21 from a Stampendous Stamp Set I've had for years and the cog frame around it is from this Steampunk Betty Stamp Set - I stamped both using Perfect Medium and embossed with Silver Shime Detail Powder. I cut them out using the inner die in Sue's Tuscany Die Set. The silver mat has been cut from Vintage Silver Card using Spellbinders Circle Delight Die Set.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto Coconut White Card, again using Perfect Medium and embossed with Silver Shine Detail Powder. I cut it out using a die from Sue's Ornate Pierced Squares Noble Die Set. I cut a mat out of Vintage Silver Card using Sue's Classic Adorned Squares Noble Die Set.

And just to prove it's a proper card!

It would be great, if you have the time, if you could pop over to her blog and leave her a birthday message! http://cat-gotyourtongue.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Ask for a free card when you order in August!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Winner of Freebie Friday Card

Hi Bloggers.

Bit later than usual, my Monday has gone pear shaped as usual! Without further ado, the winner of the card from Freebie Friday on July 31st is......................

foxyg

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop your card in the post.

All for now.

Julia.

Peace and Workshop News

Hi Bloggers.

Hope you had a good weekend - nice to have the sunshine back! I had a great day at Colemans on Saturday. It was so good to go somewhere quite local to me and it meant that I met quite a few ladies that have been to my workshops in Kettering an Milton Keynes. I also saw some ladies who used to come to my shop when I had it. So lovely to see them again.

Yesterday, I managed to get out into the garden for a couple of hours to cut the lawn and have a tidy up. So good to be outside in the sunshine.

I have a simple card made with the new Spellbinders Reindeer and Sleigh Die Set today -

For the background, I inked through the Snowflake Flurry Mask (I have more on order) with Antique Linen Distress Ink using a Smoothie over a piece of Coconut White Card. I cut it out using the largest die in the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B Die Set.

I tore a piece of Coconut White Card and dabbed Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Star Twinkles on the torn edges using a piece of Cut n Dry Foam. Once dry, I glued them together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue. I decided where I wanted these pieces on my background, lined the same die up over them, removed the background and ran through the Grand Calibur. I then glued them to the background - they lined up perfectly and had a nice edge to them.

I cut the Reindeer and Sleigh out of Vintage Gold Card. They cut beautifully. The Sleigh has a gorgeous detail to it. The Reindeer is quite handsome - I think he looks quite snooty and very important!

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Peace Love Joy Stamp Set using Perfect Medium onto Coconut White Card and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using a little die from the Spellbinders Holly Tags Die Set and inked through the die with Antique Linen. I didn't want a fancy frame around the sentiment as I felt it would detract from the Reindeer and Sleigh so I just trimmed a little Vintage Gold Card as a mat.

 I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler and a Precision Probe.

I've managed to get 3 projects ready for my next workshop in Yardley Gobion on Saturday September 12th. I am planning on a 4th project (really going for it this time!). I'll show you that hopefully later this week. We have a Christmas theme and the 3 projects so far are -



For those of you that have a thing about red and white, the 3rd card is actually Milk (Cream) not White. There are still some places available. You can book via my webite here.

I have a workshop at Thats Really Crafty in Loughborough on Monday August 17th, again with a Christmas theme. With this one, you can come to the morning or afternoon or come to both and get a discount.

Morning Workshop -



Afternoon Workshop -

Contact Christian on 01509 767740 for more details and to book a place. You can also book online here.

As always, details of my workshops with future dates are permanently stored on my Workshops page on this blog accessed via the top menu.

I've spent quite a few hours over the weekend loading lots of new stock onto my website including Brand new Creative Expressions Embossing Folders in both A4 and 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" sizes here, some new Christmas MDF here and some gorgeous Cardmaking Kits, Topper and embellishments from The Hobby House here. There's over a thousand products in stock on my website now! Don't forget that if you want a Free Card, tell me in the comments box when you place your order. Some are already on their way to new homes!

Don't forget to pop by later to see if you have won Friday's card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Ruff Time

Hi Bloggers.

Well, you seemed to enjoy the card I posted a couple of weeks ago with Pickles the Cat so today's card which has not appeared on the blog before features Toby the Dog.

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Knotted Trellis Embossing Folder. I inked around the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then rubbed Pearl Moon Gilding Wax over the surface. I left it a few minutes to dry and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I swiped some Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto my Craft Sheet, spritzed with water and then added some Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent Mica Powder. I picked the colour up onto some Blue White American Seam Binding and dried with a Heat Tool. I then stamped the Creative Expressions Pawprint Lattice A6 Background onto it using Jet Black Archival. I split the ribbon into 2 pieces and wrapped it around the background.

I stamped Toby using Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue and added Gunmetal Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter. I cut Toby out using Sue Wilson's Auvergne Die Set and inked through the die with Pumice Stone. I cut the Couture Creations Splendour Die out of Dark Grey Card and rubbed Pewter Gilding Wax over the surface, buffing up once dry.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Pawprints on Your Heart Clear Stamp Set using CS Flake & Glitter Glue and added Gunmetal Polished Silk Glitter. I cut it out using Justrite Antique Labels Ones Dies and inked through the die with Pumice Stone.

I made a bow using Sue's Mosaic 3D Bow Die Set and Dark Grey Card, rubbing the die cuts with Pewter Gilding Wax prior to assembly.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Small Circle Dazzlers to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Pearl Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA around the edges.

You can find another couple of previously blogged card featuring Toby here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Let it Snow

Hi Bloggers.

I'm at Coleman's in Rushden today demoing a bunch of Sue Wilson's Christmas Dies and some od the co-ordinating stamps. If you're in the area, please stop by - there's other demonstrators there too today.

Here's one of the samples for today -

An all white affair!

For the background, I embossed a piece of Coconut White Card using the Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice A4 Embossing Folder.

I cut a frame using Sue's Classic Adorned Noble Die Set and then spread some Cosmic Shimmer Polar White Sparkle Texture Paste through the Snowflake Flurry Mask. Now, this would be easier to pop the texture paste through the mask onto some card, leave to dry and then die cut - lesson learned!

I cut the various layers in Sue's Peeking Snowflake Die Set out of Coconut White Card.

I popped some Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of Coconut White Card and then cut 3 trees from Sue's Winter Trees Die Set. I peeled off the backing and added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White 8mm Pearls to the corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Friday, 31 July 2015

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card that needs a new home -

Leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning this card. I will do the draw on Monday.

You can read how this card was made here.

Also - more Freebiess! I'm sure you can imagine that I have boxes and boxes of sample cards! It's getting a bit out of hand actually - they're everywhere. I'm having little success selling them on ebay, partly for charity so, to reduce my storage problem, during August, I will send a free sample card to everyone who places an order on my website. I realise that not everyone will want one, so, if you do, please enter 'Free card please' in the comment box at checkout. If you forget, email me at admin@juliawattscrafts.co.uk BEFORE you receive your email saying your order has been sent. There'll be no specific topic, I'll just open the first box I come to under my bed and go from there. Remember, there is a postage charge of £2 for orders under £20, £20 and over is free postage (UK only). There is a postage charge to Europe - I think I have that sussed now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk


Thursday, 30 July 2015

John Lockwood Christmas Stamps now available!

Hi Bloggers.

I've just received stock of John's gorgeous new Christmas Stamps - you can order them here






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

All for now.

Julia
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Peace

Hi Bloggers.

Continuing with the Christmas theme, here's today's card -

For the background, I inked up the Creative Expressions Frosty Swirls Embossing Folder with Perfect Medium and ran it through the Grand Calibur with a piece of Milk Card. The ink transferred to the deboss pattern. I then brushed Enchanted Gold Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powder over the surface.

I cut the Spellbinders Angel of Peace Die out of Vintage Gold Card. I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Oval Majesty Die Set out of Milk Card and inked through the die with Antique Linen Distress Ink using a Smoothie.

I cut the Spellbinders Peace Strip Die out of Vintage Gold Card and added it to the bottom section of my card.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Cream 8mm Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler and a Precision Probe.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Let it Snow

Hi Bloggers.

Another Christmas Card today - sorry if I'm bombarding you with Christmas at the moment. I am frantically trying to get samples made for my demo at Colemans in Rushden on Saturday. It a Sue Wilson Christmas Dies demo this time so I have to make a whole new set of samples! No time to do anything else!

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder and inked around the edges with Stonewashed Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie.

I cut the tree, star and tree stand out of Coconut White Card using Spellbinders Stylized Trees Die Set (there are 3 trees in this set as well as some bits and bobs).
I cut some spotty paper from my stash using Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B. I cut a mat out of Cobalt Card (I would haved used 5 x 7 Matting Basics A to do this but it has gone missing in my Craft Room! lol).

I cut the lovely corner flourish die from the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Holly Frame Die Set (the one I used in yesterday's post) and inked through the die with Stonewashed ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Peace on Earth Clear Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders Holly Tags Die Set.

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

As many of you may know, John Lockwood, has just released some more Clear Stamp Sets. I have them on order and hopefully they will arrive in the next day or so and I can get them onto my website. I do already have his 8 x 8 Paper Pad in stock here.

Phill's latest collection of colours - Frosty ones, and his new 8 x 8 Paper Pad are in stock here. I am waiting for my Frosty colours to arrive and will make some samples when I get them. I do have Phill's latest Christmas stamps in stock in this section here.

I have some lovely ribbon in stock that I have cut into lengths for you to make it more affordable, including Two-tone ribbon, Sheer Iridescent Ribbon (we used to call it Cosmic Ribbon) and Vintage Ribbon - in this section here. There's not much of the Christmas Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon and none left in the warehouse so be warned!

All for now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Warm Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

Another Christmas Card today folks -

This card features the new Spellbinders Holly Frame 5 x 7 Card Creator Die Set.

I started by cutting the largest die in the set out of Rich Plum Card. I added a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B Die to the centre to make the frame.

I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B Die Set out of Milk Card and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Frosty Swirls Embossing Folder. I edged it with a little Plum Archival.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Peace Joy Love Clear Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Plum Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B and cut another die from the same set out of Rich Plum Card. I trimmed down some Cream Pearl Corners ro make them a little smaller and added them to the sentiment panel.

Using the dinky dies in the Holly Frame Die Set, I cut some little poinsettias out of Rich Plum and Vintage Gold Card, shaped them and added a 3mm Cream Pearl.

Using the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Die Set (still a favourite), I made a larger flower and added a 5mm Cream Pearl. I tied a knot in a piece of Cream Tulle, trimmed it a little and added it to the back of the flower.

I made a couple of Stick Pins using Cream Pins, Cream Pearls, Bead Spacers - one with a Frosted Amethyst Teardrop Bead and one with an Amethyst Teardrop Bead all stuck together with Glossy Accents.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler with a Precision Probe on a Piercing Mat.

All highlighted products are in stock now on my website.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk