Friday, 26 August 2016

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

It's Freebie Friday again. This week I have a demo card for you -

You can read how this card was made here - I used Peacock Green Pixie Powder on this one instead of Candy Pink.

Leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw to win it - I'll announce the winner on Monday.

John Lockwood is continuing with his One Day Special on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm with his Autumn range of stamps and birthday year. I am offering 10% discount on items I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer valid till midnight tonight or while stocks last. Discount will be applied at checkout. I am still waiting for the new stamps to become available for me to order on the CE website. As soon as I spot them, I will order them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (26th August) -
Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours Petite Scribbled Sentiments : Occasions only £9.99!


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thinking of You

Hi Bloggers.

I finally caught up with all my website order backlog yesterday - a good feeling, I can tell you. Thank you all for being so patient. Too hot to do much else other than the post and sit on my pc yesterday. Needless to say, I didn't tidy my Craft Room - I haven't even emptied my bags from the Studios. At least I didn't have to do any prep yesterday. I have a little gap from TV till 26th September but I'll still be busy.

I have a few dates for your diary -

I have a Christmas themed workshop at Yardley Gobion (just outside Milton Keynes) on Saturday 24th September (date change). We'll be doing a mix of stamping and die cutting. It's £40 for the day - you can book now via my website here.

I am also doing a Christmas themed workshop at CE HQ on Wednesday 21st September. Again, we will be doing a mix of die-cutting and stamping. They will be different projects to the workshop in Yardley Gobion. Bookings are not being taken for this just yet as I haven't designed the projects yet but you can register you interest with Tracey Laughton either by phoning her on 01536 481 778 or emailing her at tracey@creative-expressions.uk.com.

Looking a little further ahead, I am running a Backgrounds Masterclass at Yardley Gobion on Saturday 15th October (book here) and a Stamping Masterclass (by request) at CE HQ on Wednesday 12th October (booking now being taken by Tracey - see contact details above). I have also booked the hall at Yardley Gobion on Saturday 29th October for a Christmas Playdate - on this day, I will bring my Christmas Dies and Stamps and you can use them to your hearts content (but share nicely!) to really crack on with your Christmas Card Making. You can book here for that - just £15 for the day.

Of course, we have Ally Pally on 17th and 18th September - don't forget, if you're a Hochanda Freedom Member you can get the tickets half price! They're reasonably priced anyway so do consider going - it's a lovely venue and some great retail stands plus Hochanda will be broadcasting live from there again.

I'm also demoing at Phill Martin's new shop in Sheffield on Sunday October 9th - that should be fun!

Right, I'd better get on with sharing a card -

This card was inspired by the Justrite Stampers Blog - well worth a visit. I started by stamping the Justrite Text Background onto Coconut White Card using Coffee Archival. I made sure it was dry and then dragged a Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad across it to make it a bit distressed (surprisingly!). I then inked around the edges with Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

On a separate piece of card, I stamped 1a and 3a from the Justrite Multi-Step Poppies Clear Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival twice each. I then stamped 1b and 3b on top using Crimson Kiss Colour Cloud using a Smoothie. I stamped 1c and 3c on top using Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud, again applied using a Smoothie. Finally, I stamped 1d and 3d on top using Onyx Black Colour Cloud, again applied using a Smoothie. (Acutally, it's not necessary to stamp 1d as it's hidden but it's good practise just in case you change your mind and use the image in a different way.) I cut the flowers out by hand using scissors and stacked the 3 images on top of the 1's.

I stamped the leaves directly onto my background - I stamped the stem (6) using Basil Leaf Colour Cloud, leaves 8a and 7a using Olive Archival, 8b and 7b on top using Chic Moss Colour Cloud and then 8c and 7c on top using Basil Leaf Colour Cloud. I added my flowers to the top of the stems.

The sentiment is from the Justrite Meadow Circles Clear Stamp Set. I stamped it using Jet Black Archival and cut it out using a die from the Justrite Four in a Square Die Set. I inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud. I cut a mat from Black Card using Sue Wilson's Melbourne Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm Black Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat. I inked my Coconut White mats the same way as my background.

John Lockwood is launching a One Day Special on Hochanda this evening at 8pm with his Autumn range of stamps and birthday year. I am offering 10% discount on items I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer valid till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. Discount will be applied at checkout. I am still waiting for the new stamps to become available for me to order on the CE website. As soon as I spot them, I will order them.

My latest post has gone live on the Spellbinders Blog here. It would be lovely if you have the time to leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (25th August) -
Sue Wilson Frames & Tags : Zoe only £7.99!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Live Your Dream

Hi Bloggers.

A day of catching up today and chores. Must tidy by Craft Room a bit too!

Here's today's card -

Bit of a nightmare to photograph this one because of the Black Gloss Card!

The background is the Caught in Crystal Technique - a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate, I trailed some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer over it and then added Alcohol Inks in Poppyfield, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow. I sprinkled over some Bronze Blush CS Pixie Powder and some Frosty Dawn CS Diamond Frost. I scrunched up a piece of White Tissue Paper, opened it out and added it to my background, tapping it down using a piece of Kitchen Roll. I put it aside to dry (approx 4 - 5 hours).

I cut a frame out of Black Gloss Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Background Rectangles. I cut the border die from the Spellbinders Venetian Accents Die Set out of Bright White Card and added to my frame. Once my background was dry, I added my frame using 3D Foam and trimmed away the excess.

I cut the mask die from the Venetian Accents Die Set out of Black Gloss Card. I cut the large motif from the Spellbinders Venetian Motifs Die Set out of Bright White Card and inked through the die with Chic Pumpkin Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

I stamped the sentiment from the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Live & Make Art Stamp Set onto Bright White Card. I trimmed the sentiment down and edged with Chic Pumpkin Colour Cloud.

I completed the card by matting onto Bright White Card and then onto Gloss Black Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (24th August) -
Woodware Clear Magic Single - Huge Dog only £2.99!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

More One Day Special Shows on Hochanda today

Hi Bloggers.

Spellbinders Sale One Day Special continues on Hochanda  today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm. I hope you can join me..

I have a simple two-fer to share with you today

I started by cutting the inner die only of the border die from the Spellbinders Octagon Strips & Accents Die Set, at both sides of a piece of Bright White Card. I folded and tucked and matted onto a piece of Aqua Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Circle of Friends Stamp Set (should still be on the Hochanda website at intro price) onto Bright White Card using Watering Can Archival and cut it out using Spellbinders Venetian Motifs. I cut another of the same die out of Aqua Card and glued them together offsetting them.

I assembled the card as shown adding Single White Pearl Strip around the edges and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat. I decided not to add any pearls to the die cuts as I felt it might be too much if I did.

The second part of your two-fer is a gift bag -

I used John Lockwood's method to make the bag -



On an A4 piece of Brilliant White Card – score at 2cm, 4cm, 14cm, 16cm, 18cm and 28cm
This creates all the score lines you need across the landscape card. Turn the card so it is portrait and then score at 4cm.


I'll demo the bits to cut away and how to fold it in the 9am show today.

I cut the border from the Spellbinders Venetian Accents Die Set out of Aqua Card, cut it in half and added half to the front and half to the back of the gift bag.

I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Venetian Motifs Die Set out of Aqua Card twice and glued them together, offsetting them as I did on the card. I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Meadow Circles Stamp Set onto Bright White Card. I cut it out using a small die from the Venetian Accents Die Set. I cut the die again and glued the 2 together offsetting them and added the sentiment in the centre.

I punched some holes in the top and added some Blue White American Seam Binding. I finished off by adding some 5mm White Pearls.

I'm not stocking any of the Spellbinders dies on the shows as I just can't match the prices on Hochanda but I'm offering 10% off other products I have in stock on website. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight or while stocks last. Discount will be applied at checkout.

I'll see you at 9am!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (23rd August) - John Lockwood Lily of the Valley Elements Stamp Set only £8.99!



Monday, 22 August 2016

Spellbinders Sale One Day Special on Hochanda Tonight

Hi Bloggers.

Tonight, at 8pm, I'm launching a One Day Special with some gorgeous Spellbinders dies at great prices. Hope you can join me.

I cut the border die from the Spellbinders Venetian Accents out of Bright White Card 6 times. I added a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to a sheet of Custard Card. I peeled away a section of the backing sheet and added one of the border die cuts. I peeled away more of the backing and added another border. I continued this until all 6 borders were secured. I used the backing sheet to make sure all the delicate areas of the die cuts were secured to the adhesive. I added CS Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost to the remaining adhesive.

I cut the #1 die and the #3 in the Spellbinders Floral Burst die set out of a remaining piece of Custard Card with adhesive on it. I removed the backing sheet and added Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost. I folded and tucked both die cuts. I cut the #2 and #3 dies from the Floral Burst die set out of Bright White Card. I folded and tucked them and then stacked all the die cuts, offsetting the two #3 die cuts as shown.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Meadow Circles Stamp Set onto Bright White Card using Watering Can Archival. I cut it out using a die from the Venetian Accents Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm White Pearls, 8mm White Pearls and a couple of White Mini Pearl Swirls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

I'm not stocking any of the Spellbinders dies on the shows as I just can't match the prices on Hochanda but I'm offering 10% off other products I have in stock on website. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow or while stocks last. Discount will be applied at checkout.

I am still not caught up with all my website orders - I'm really sorry. I will make sure ALL the backlog is cleared by Thursday at the latest. Many apologies - regular customers will know that I usually try to get orders out quickly.

The winner of the Freebie Friday Card on 19th August is ..........................

Marion Scott

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

See you later.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (22nd August) - Sue Wilson Alexandra Die Set only £9.99!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sneak Peek

Hi Bloggers.

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek from the One Day Special starting on Hochanda tomorrow night at 8pm. The show features some old favourite Spellbinders dies at some great prices. Please don't miss out on some bargains!

Here's today's sneak peek -

For the background, I embossed a piece of Coconut White Card using the Creative Expressions Butterfly Dreams Embossing Folder.

I cut the pair of corner dies from the Spellbinders Octagon Strips and Accents Cut, Fold & Tuck Die Set out of one of the papers from Phill Martin's Blossom 8 x 8 Paper Pad - I used the Chic Grey Blue shade. I folded and tucked and glued the corners in place.

I cut dies #2 and #3 (where #1 is smallest) from the Spellbinders Floral Burst Cut, Fold & Tuck out of the same patterned paper. I folded and tucked, stacked them up and added a Craft Consortium Vintage Pearl Charm.


I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm and 8mm White Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.


Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (21st August) - Couture Creations Happy Birthday Die only £2.99!


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Friends Warm the Heart

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I started by stamping the Justrite Text Background onto Coconut White Card using Sepia Archival. I made sure the ink was dry and then rubbed over my Anti-Static Bag. I then stamped the Justrite Blooming Vines Background over the Text Background using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder.

I coloured in using Mica Powders. I added a little of the powders to a Palette and added a little water to make them into paints. I used Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Aubergine, Graceful Pink, Chic Moss and New Gold Mica Powders.

I trimmed the background a little and matted it onto Rich Plum Card and then onto Black Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Circle of Friends Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Powder. I cut it out using the smallest circle die on the Justrite Stitched A2 Banners & Rectangles Die Set and cut a mat out of Black Card using the larger circle die.

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

Lisa Horton is continuing with her One Day Special on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items I have in stock on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight or while stocks last.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (19th August) - Leonie Pujol Feathery Flourish Stamp Set only £2.99!


Friday, 19 August 2016

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

It's that time of the week again - today I'm offering a card that was featured on the Spellbinders Blog.

You can read how I made this card on the Spellbinders Blog here.

Leave a lovely comment below to be in with a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Lisa Horton is launching a One Day Special on Hochanda this evening at 8pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items I have in stock on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. 

I am frantically prepping for my One Day Special on Monday evening so please be patient with me as I may not able to get all website orders out till Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (19th August) - Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours Scribbled Birthday Verses Stamp Set only £9.99!


Thursday, 18 August 2016

True Friend

Hi Bloggers.

Wow! That was a busy set of shows! Sorry the background stamps sold out so quickly. Back at it today - catching up with website orders and prepping for my shows next week. Please be patient with the website orders - there are quite alot to get through and I may not manage them all today. It may take me till the weekend to catch up. I have ordered some more of the stamps that I've sold out of but I may not get them till early next week.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate. I added some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer. I sprinkled Pewter CS Pixie Powder over and spread it around using my fingers (you can do this with a brush but make sure you wash your brush immediately). I then sprinkled some Peacock Green CS Pixie Powder over and added some Sparkle Star CS Diamond Frost. I scrunched a piece of White Tissue Paper up, opened it out and added it to my background, tapping it down carefully with a piece of Kitchen Roll. I put it aside to dry (approx an hour - it dries quicker than the Caught in Crystal Technique as you have spread the lacquer out). Do not remove the tissue paper - it's there to add texture.

Once dry, I dusted over the front of the acetate with an Anti Static Bag and stamped one of the flower heads from the Justrite Floral Silhouettes One Stamp Set several times using Clear Perfect Medium, added Black Mirage CS Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.

I made a frame out of Steel Pearl Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles and Double Pierced Rectangles Set B. I added it to my background using 3D Foam Tape and trimmed away the excess background carefully using scissors.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Circle of Friends Stamp Set onto Steel Pearl Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using a die from the Justrite A2 Butterfly Garden Die Set.

I spritzed a piece of Watercolour Card with water and added the same 2 Pixie Powders. Once dry, I cut butterfly circle from the same die set out of it.

I stamped the outline poppy stamp from the Justrite Multi-Step Poppies Stamp Set onto Steel Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Black Detail Powder - I stamped 1 flower twice and another flower once. I cut them out using scissors.

I cut a pair of leaves from my Pixie'd Watercolour Card using Sue Wilson's Maidenhair Fern Die Set.


I completed the card by matting onto Coconut White Card and then Steel Pearl Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (18th August) - John Lockwood Snowdrop Elements Stamp Set only £8.99!