Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

Change of plan - no show today. I think the plan is to include the Heartfelt Stamps & Dies in my first show tomorrow. That may, of course, change! There's also a change in the time tomorrow, the first show is now at 10am and not 11am. So now I have to get up an hour earlier and I have a 7 hour gap between shows instead of 6! The good news is that the first show appears to be with Dean so that should be a giggle! I'm surprised we're allowed in the studio together. The 6pm show is currently with Dawn but please do re-check the schedule during the day for any changes.

Here's a card I've made with the Heartfelt dies & stamps -

For the background, I stamped around the edges of a piece of Milk Card with the pine cones stamp from the Sweet Memories Stamp Set using Pine Needles Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Wild Poinsettia Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design -this is a repeating pattern and very easy to line up. I inked around the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam.

I stamped the main image from the Christmas Song Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and added Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment inside the image, added clear powder and heat set the lot. I coloured in using Cosmic Shimmer Matt Drawing Inks.I used Scarlet Flame from the Autumn Shades Set, Jade Teal from the Garden Twist Set and Blue Lace from the Soft Velvet Set (more stock due in soon). I swiped a little Antique Linen Distress Marker onto my craft sheet and diluted it with my water brush. I used this as a wash around the edges of the scroll. I cut the image out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 and inked through the die with Fired Brick. I cut a mat out of burgundy card using Spellbinders Labels 8. I stamped the 2 smallest flowers from the Heartfelt Petite Poinsettia Stamp Set (from last year) using Jet Black Archival. Using a template, I cut them out using Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia. I shaped the leaves/petals and glued them together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue. I put a spot of glue in the centre of the top flower and added 3 Cream 3mm Pearls. I added this poinsettia to the top of the one in the image.

I stamped 2 of the largest holly swirl stamps from the Holly Berry Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival. I coloured them in using Scarlet Flame and Jade Teal Cosmic Shimmer Matt Drawing Inks. I cut them out using the Ornamental Add On dies. Now, usually I would make a template first and then cut them out. And I did actually cut a template. However, I heard Sue say on her show last week that it was easy to line die up over the stamped image. I didn't really believe her but I had a go and - surprise, surprise - she was right! How could I ever doubt her? Now, don't expect to get it perfect every time - you don't always with a template. But it looks pretty good even when it's not perfect. I tucked them in either side of my image panel as shown.

I tied a bow using Burgundy/Ivory Grosgrain and added a Fancy Pearl Embellishment.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Cream Pearls in the left-hand corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Berry Red around the edges.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card from the original line-up on tomorrow's shows.



  1. What a shame, was looking forward to it. Love those Holly dies and stamps, really effective on your super card xx

  2. morning Julia
    nice traditional colours thank you, Iwill have to wait another day now never mind it will be worth it take care Kitty.

  3. Hi Julia, what a super card, love the stamps and the dies. Bx

  4. Morning Julia
    Oh I am disappointed about the show was looking forward to watching - still there's always tomorrow.
    Loving the card today and that Christmas stamp is divine these are defiantly going on the ever growing want list...
    Enjoy the unexpected rest today.
    Amanda xx

  5. Morning Julia, Love this card, love the colours, love the background, love, love, love, the holly dies and stamps.
    They are messing your shows about, Julia, this is how we miss your shows, especially if peeps have to programme the recorder. Hopefully they will sort everything out, and hopefully you won't have to wait 7 hours inbetween shows, such a long time !!!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  6. Pretty card Julia, and I feel for you with the schedule changes, what a long time to have to hang around.

  7. Good morning Julia and everyone.
    Gorgeous card in lovely colours. Don't know what is going on with C & C as they disappeared at 5pm last night from Freeview.
    Should be interesting for your 6pm show if it happens again today and tomorrow. x

  8. Morning Julia, a fantastic Christmas card the Holly stamp
    and dies look great watched Sue do them in Vegas looking forward
    to seeing you tomorrow now not today shame hope some of the presenters
    take you out to lunch to fill in your time.
    Nancyd xx

  9. great card ,love these stamps and the red glue dots around the outside.Laura O

  10. Morning Julia, another stunning card! Why do they keep messing your shows about? Looking forward to watching tomorrow, make sure Dean behaves himself! love Jean xxx

  11. Stunning card Julia, love it all xx hazel

  12. OOH Julia I love this card and good morning too. I really must get up the courage to have a go at one of your backgrounds although I doubt it will look anywhere near as good.

    10.00am is a better time for me tomorrow morning as I have to go to work in the afternoon and if you are with Dean it will be even better still. I hope they repeat the later show as I will miss that.

    Have a great day

  13. Hi Julia,

    Fabulous card.

    Thanks for letting us know about your show times. Looking forward to them, especially you and Dean. X

  14. Hi Julia. This card really speaks Christmas to me and makes me feel all warm inside.
    Sorry about todays show but all the more to look forward to with you and Dean tomorrow.
    Love Val x

  15. I noticed last night that your shows had disappeared from C&C schedule - how dare they?? Looking forward to tomorrow & it's always good fun with Dean and yourself together! Love today's card, traditional Christmas is always best in my opinion. Pat x

  16. Morning Julia,

    Sorry about your show, they do seem to mess you about a bit, not very organized at all!! Still at least we can see you tomorrow...hopefully and with Dean, Brilliant!

    Love the card, these new stamps and dies are so beautiful would love to have the whole set, unfortunately have spent out this month!

    Take care an hope to see you on our screens soon.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  17. hi Julia, really love the traditional look about this card. As for your shows, well as I do not subscribe to Sky or Virgin I won't be able to watch in the evening unless the C & C management renew their Freeview subscription pronto but I will be with you in spirit. Best wishes Jackie

  18. Hi Julia. Beautiful Christmas card! The poinsettia is gorgeous. Sorry to hear you are being messed about by C & C again! What is happening there? So many repeats, lots of late changes to programmes, off air early...very odd and not the way to keep viewers. Hope you manage to relax though. Take care.

  19. Morning Julia,
    My they do mess you around at C&C, lets hope they don't cut any more of your shows. Love the card today very traditional.

  20. A great card Julia,

    xx Sandra

  21. Hello Julia, Was so looking forward to seeing you today, never mind there is always tomorrow. They do seem to mess you about at C & C, hope they leave tomorrow alone, it will be great to see you and Dean.
    Love today's card, very traditional, bought the set and can't wait for then to arrive.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  22. Hi Julia

    My my they do mess you around Julia. Changing your show times as well. I'll have to go and change my recording accordingly. What a beautiful card today. Just love the stamps, hopefully we will see you demo them on your show.

  23. hi Julia
    what a stunning card love everything about this card thank you tracy x

  24. Hi Julia,
    Such a beautiful traditonal Christmas card, love the holly leaves swirl. Was so looking forward to watching you today but never mind at least you'll be on tomorrow. What a pity that I'll only be able to watch the first show though as I'm a Freeviewer and they turn us off at 5pm...grr!

    Love Sheila xx

  25. Sorry to hear about the change of schedule Julia. Love this card though, it's so beautiful. Hugs Rita xxx the

  26. Hi Julia this is a lovely card,so traditional in colour and style and I can't wait to make some cards with these stamps. I'm so annoyed that they have cancelled your show today,I was so looking forward to seeing what ideas you had come up with, I hope you get to show them tomorrow or all your hard work will have been for nothing! Looking forward to tomorrow's show and I hope they don't muck you about anymore. Love Lesley x

  27. Hi Julia, what a fantastic xmas card, just love it. Lol Lynne M x x x x

  28. Hi Julia - lovely card. Love the colours and the stamps.
    Wondered what had happened to you this morning!
    Look forward to seeing you tomorrow - must go and change my recordings now before I forget

  29. Hi Julia, Its not fair Why do C&C keep messing you around? Love todays card.

  30. Hi Julia, love the card I do love Christmas cards love Jean Z xx

  31. Hi Julia, lovely card, very nostalgic. Thanks for the heads up on your change of times on C and C. If you are with Dawn she will at least let you finish your card unlike some of the newer one's.
    X os

  32. Hi Julia stunning card,sorry you are not on T.V. today and look forward to tomorrow,and It will be good fun if you have Dean.

  33. Good evening Julia,
    I really like todays card, the background stamping and the colour scheme. I do like a poinsettia card, but with the vintage looking verse and the burgundy striped grograin, it just looks perfect. Will record shows so that i can watch them when hubbys' not about.
    Love and crafty hugs

  34. Wow stunning card today Julia. Love it!! I wondered what happened to todays shows. I thought I was going mad when I checked the planner last night in order to record it. Never mind, shall look forward to tomorrow's. Enjoy!! Kind regards Joanne K x

  35. Hi Julia, I love this traditionally coloured Christmas card. The background you have stamped and embossed and inked is amazing. Love the focal point stamped image of the scroll. I missed out on the poinsettia stamps set unfortunately as I have the dies and wanted to get them to enhance them, maybe next time.
    The holly and berry swirled flourishes are beautiful I'm glad Sues tip helped you out. I will have to try it with some stamps And matching dies I have.
    The bow really finishes the card wonderfully.

    Best wishes from Katie-Louise

  36. Such a shame they cancelled your show I was looking forward to it. I don't know if I will be able to watch your 6pm show on freeview as it has started to stop earlier and earlier recently much to my dismay it was off at 5pm or 6pm tonight and at 9pm on Sunday instead of 10pm. If you could put a word or three in someone's ear at c&c I'm sure all us freeviewers would be very appreciative. I will have to try and watch your first show on my phone app as I have an appointment at 11am and have to leave at 10 am to get there.
    I hope that I will be able to catch some of your show at least I love seeing all your demos and with dean it should be demo rich hopefully and a giggle to watch too.

  37. Absolutely love this card, unusual, gorgeous background and Great colours. I too am a Freeview watcher and was horrified to see they've cut the viewing times from 6 am to 5 pm. I telephoned the customer service line and was assured by a gentleman in a far off land that the freeview would be back on today as normal and that it was just a temporary thing. It appears not. No announcements have been made that I've seen. It means I can't watch C&C as I work all day and don't have a recorder. I am distraught!! I think they'll lose a lot of custom, not everyone has Sky and I can't buy if I don't see!! Hope you can have a word in an ear as katielouise has suggested. I can't see your later show tomorrow, so very sad about that :-(

  38. Julia,
    This card is outstanding. Sounds confusing on cc schedule. Best to you.

  39. Love this card .. Need to have a go :)


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