Thursday, 12 June 2014

Creative Expressions Blog Hop

Hi Bloggers.

Welcome to the Creative Expressions June 2014 Blog Hop! Hopefully you got here from the Creative Expressions blog, but if you didn't that's fine as my blog is the first in the hop.

The four new large Frame stamps from Creative Expressions have been designed with co-ordinating mini frames inside, which can be used separately or as a whole and also swapped with other frame designs in the range. There are also an additional four mini frame designs, plus sentiment sets which have been designed to fit inside the various frames.

One randomly selected person commenting on this blog post before the closing date will win a fabulous prize of some of the new stamp designs.

Here's my card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Weaved Embossing Folder. I ran it though a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Salmon Adirondack Dye Ink.

I popped the Squared Mask onto a piece of Coconut White Card and secured it with some Removeable Tape. I mixed some Warm Gold and Pink Blush Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste together on my Craft Sheet and spread it through the mask. I put aside to dry. Once dry, I cut it into 3 sections and mounted it onto some peach card.

I stamped the sentiment from the All Occasions Sentiments Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and added Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder (I did not heat set at this point). I stamped one of the Floral Mini Frames around the sentiment, again using Jet Black Archival, added Clear Embossing Powder and heat set the lot. I coloured in using Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paints. I used Pastel Lemon and Pastel Orange from the Pastels Set and Golden Malachite from the Garden Tones Set. I cut it out using Spellbinders Captivating Squares and inked through the die with Salmon Ink.

I cut a Spellbinders Ornate Square out of peach card and inked through the die with Salmon Ink.


I cut a couple of leaves using Sue's Faux Quilled Leaves out of peach card. I made a couple of flowers (yes, again!) out of Crochet Ribbon following Sue's Tutorial.

I assembled the card as shown adding soem White Pearls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Cosmic Pearl around the edges.

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave a comment below in order to be in with a chance of winning a prize!


Once you have done that, you will need to click here to visit Kim Robertson's blog.
To help you along the way, here is a list for the Blog Hop:-
1. Julia Watts (you are here)
2. Kim Robertson
3. Tracey Laughton
4. Donna Ratcliff
5. Neil Burley
6. Tracy Heaton
7. Kerry Hickton
8. Pam Smith

Start page, prize details and how to take part: Creative Expressions News Blog. The blog hop started on Thursday 12th June at 10am and ends Tuesday 17th June at 5pm.
Thank you for taking part in our Blog Hop – good luck!

Here's a pic of the prize offered on my blog -



All for now.

Julia.

124 comments:

  1. I love this card Julia, I watched you make it on C&C and loved it then. Please can you get some more frames in your shop as you sold out of the ones I wanted.
    Hugs Michelle xxxx

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  3. Loved watching you demonstrate this card yesterday Julia, it really is beautiful, gorgeous colours you have used

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  4. cant get onto kim robertsons blog don't know if it is my fault

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    1. As I type this, Kim's, Pam's and the Creative Expressions News Blog Links are not yet live. Sorry! Please try again later.

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  5. I watched you make this card on C&C Julia.You always fill me with inspiration when I seem to have lost my mojo.I love the sparkly effect through the mask.Thank you.xxx

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  6. I loved these stamps when I came across them yesterday and your cards are amazing.

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  7. Love that frame Julia. Haven't managed to watch your shows yet, still on Kim's at the moment, having a busy few days (sadly not crafting!!)

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  8. Very pretty card! Will have to bookmark your blog to come back to see your lovely projects. Wish I could watch C&C here in U.S. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You can watch it online at www.createandcraft.tv Also you can view the previous shows on the tv schedule on catchup on the same website. Julia

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  9. Beautiful card julia as always x

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  10. Wow this is stunning Julia, love the sparkly background and the gorgeous new stamp is beautiful, the flowers are amazing and I love that ornate square die too, will have to start saving! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration
    Hugs Julie x

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  11. Wonderful stamps and very beautiful card :) x Hugs Sylvie x

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  12. Beautiful card Julia,really like the sentiment
    and the colours and the flowers...
    Maria x

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  13. Beautiful card watched you make it lovely sentiment. Love the flowers made with the ribbon ginny x

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  14. Love this card! Just recieved the leaves, so i'm going to try something like this.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Julia fabulous card as always x

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  16. Hi Julia, a really lovely card I love the leaves die it is fantastic!
    Margaret corgi owner

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  17. Love this card Julie, saw you making it on C&C. I love how you do your own backgrounds and you have inspired me to get out my barely used embossing folders and have a go. I love stamps you used and hope to get them at some point :-) thank you for all the inspiring demonstrations that you do, it really helps.

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  18. this is just beautiful Julia - love all the dies you have used and the colours are stunning! Hugs rachel x

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  19. Hello Julia, Beautiful card, saw you make it and love everything about it. Thank you for the inspiration you give us.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

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  20. This is a gorgeous card,loved watching your demo of it yesterday especially the texture paste background.

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  21. Julia what a beautiful card! I love everything about it, the colour, design and technique. I would love to own this card.

    Love Elaine

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  22. Beautiful, love the colours and great inspiration as always xxx

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  23. I love your cards. Even though I don't comment very often I check your blog every day for inspiration and buy lots and lots!!!!

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  24. Lovely Card Julia, Loved how you made the flowers on C&C

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  25. Lovely card Julia. I'm itching to try the shimmer pastes.

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  26. Hi Julia, Truly Beautiful Card, I really love The Shimmer Paste they look amazing I Love The Stamp you chose they are such pretty Stamps, you were great on Create and Craft as usual. I love the Flower and The Faux Leaves from Sue's Finishing Touches Collection.
    Hugs from Sam x

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  27. Hi Julia ,great excitement and you are first on the hop,love the card,and the colours you used,almost Art Deco and the Stamps are Stunning.
    I am not so well again and back in Hospital,but thank goodness I can follow your blog.
    Ita.

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  28. All the posts are now live. Please visit any that you missed earlier. Julia

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  29. Gorgeous card, love the texture paste. Love your blog and look forward to seeing it every day. Love Helen

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  30. Hi Julia, I saw you do this card on C&C yesterday and love the texture paste too.
    You have given me some Ideas for a project that I going to be starting soon.
    Love Carol x

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  31. Hi Julia - Your card looks lovely, I will definitely have a go at it! The blog hops sound fun too and what a lovely prize to win! Saw you on C&C yesterday. Luv Mo

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  32. Love this card you are so clever where does your never ending mo jo come from Julia love June xxxx

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  33. Beautiful card love the stamping and the texture paste background. I look at your blog everyday but don't normally have time to comment
    Best wishes, Pat

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  34. This is so pretty Julia, and I do love the sparkly texture paste, and the Floral Mini Frame is so pretty and you have coloured with lovely bright colours too. I love all the die cuts and a personal favourite are those beautiful Faux Quilled Leaves. x

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  35. Love your cards Julia and watching you on C&C. Truly inspirational

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  36. Love your cards |Julia,and your blog is superb.

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  38. Hi Julia, love the mix of texture paints that you used. The card is very pretty.

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  40. Really ellaborate. I have sooo much to learn... Thanks for sharing.

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  41. This has to be my new favourite I love that mask and how you've used it I knew I should have got some shimmer paste wen I was Ally pally to go with the paints I bought!

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  42. Hi Julia, this is gorgeous, I especially love how you have done the three panels.

    I shall now join the blog hop.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  43. Hi Julia,
    Have so far managed to watch one of yesterday's shows! I was out all day. Today's card is lovely as ever. Really like the stamps on yesterday's show . You are a busy lady! My buttons arrived and are lovely. Thank you.
    Love Myra

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  44. Hi Julia beautiful card i really enjoyed the show yesterday and how you used paste and loved the paints too
    thankyou jeanie

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  45. Love the flowers and leaves, Julia. Not seen them before. Will check out Sue's tutorial. Thanks very much!

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  46. Hi Julia I'm back again for the blog hop. I love this card. I must try this technique. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

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  47. Just found this hop what a great idea specially for crafters block!

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  48. So pretty and almost ethereal - love it!

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  49. Beautiful cards, I particularly love the crochet ribbon roses

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  50. Hi Julia lovely card, I enjoyed your demo on this. Looks really opulentx

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  51. Great inspiration as always Julia, love your crafting style x

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  52. Hi Julia

    I love masks, they are such good value for crafters on a budget as you can do so much with the and wow! You've certainly done them justice! I commented yesterday on how much I like the stamps and what you've done is so nice I like them a little more today!

    This will be really good fun looking at all the DT's blogs, sure I'll learn loads :-)

    Crafty hugs

    T x

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  53. Hi Julia love this card l dont use masks much as seem to get in a mess but will keep trying . I love the stamps they are super hugs linda

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  54. This is a stunning card - well done Julia. The stamps are gorgeous and I'll take the tip from you about cutting the centre out.
    You have really inspired me to use my masks more and now I can't make a card without them! They must be one of the most versatile tools for card creation.
    Good shows yesterday - I was most impressed.
    Hugs, Rose

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  55. Love this one Julia, you've used my favourite stencil too!

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  56. Fab card love the mixture of simple luxury and colour. Very pleasing end design.

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  57. love the project, cant wait to have a go. this is my first blog hop - hope I know what I'm doing lol.

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  58. This is fabulous Julia and the shows were great. I loved the colours on this one and the way you have done the panels. Great blog hop
    x catherine

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  59. Evening Julia, A truly beautiful card, lovely colours and the sparkle texture paste through the mask and then made into this triptych looks stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  60. Beautiful card. Never tried to use texture paste, after seeing you use it must have a try. Something else on my 'to buy list'. Will pop over to the next blog on the list.

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  62. Beautiful colour of sparkle paste that you've created Julia. Your backgrounds are always something special and this one is lovely - a gorgeous card. Pat x

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  63. A beautiful card Julia. I love the colour and the texture paste is gorgeous. x

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  64. This card just shows how much you can do with ribbon! Thanks for the great card Julia!

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  65. I loved this card when demo'd so delighted to have instructions.
    Janet in Kent

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  66. Beautiful card Julia. I saw you make it - there's dedication for you ... rather than sit in the sun on holiday! !! I even emailed in but wasn't lucky. Now I'm home and sorry to say your card still hasn't arrived! !
    Sheila x

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  67. Yet another stunning card from you. I visit daily for inspiration x

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  68. stunning card, particularly like the Crochet Ribbon flowers

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  69. Love this card. Can't wait to get my hands on the lovely paste so I can create beautiful backgrounds like you cards xx

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  70. Hi Julia
    Lovely card. I enjoyed your C&C programme in the week and am looking forward to seeing more of e samples. Love the frames. Anne O

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  71. Hello Julia, I love this card, and really enjoyed you demoing it, have recorded the show, so can go back to watch it again. Love the pastes, and you always seem to get it perfect, guess I need a bit more practice. Bx

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  72. Busy yesterday so didn't get chance to see this page until noe. Clever card Julia. Blimey!! what a lot of comments . Mabex

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  73. Hi Julia. Love how you have changed the use of the mask by cutting it into 3 panels and anything sparkly always gets my vote. Sue xxx

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  74. Hi Julia..I'm a bit late starting the blog hop..but looking forward to being able to catch up now! I saw that you demoed this lovely card on c and c but wasn't really able to watch what you did so I'm glad you've blogged it. ...such lovely stamps..but I missed out on them!! xx

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  75. Hi Julia. Beautiful card, I am off on the hop now: ) Take care.

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  76. Nice card love the sparkle

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  77. Loving this Julia , stunning!
    XxxRuth

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  78. Stunning card ! Love the floral frame and the sparkle paste, promise to watch the shows today!

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  79. Love this card! The mask is stunning and the colours glorious!
    Marion B xx

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  80. Beautiful card : ) I especially love the little flowers, and will be having a go at those myself x Thank you

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  81. Thank you for the chance to win a gorgeous prize.

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  82. I'm really like those texture pastes and the mask - the card is beautiful!! Must get myself some Spellbinders frames, it's hard to see the benenfit of them just looking at them in the packet - seeing the cards made really makes them come alive. Thank you (and I did see you do this card on C&C with naughty Nigel). Maxine x

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  83. I really love the effect from the texture paste and the colours obtained..... such a lovely idea with the diecuts and colouring in of the stamp around the sentiment....It makes the card really stand out and jump at you..... lovely absolutely lovely . Rita x

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  84. Hi Julia,
    Absolutely beautiful card, love the panel effect and the colours are so pretty. Love your flower too.

    Love Sheila xx

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  85. Lovely Lacey flowers...inspiration personified.
    Mariax

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  86. Hi Julia, wow another fab card, really enjoyed your shows on Wednesday. I am loving the new stamp frames. Off I hop. Fern x

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  87. Beautiful card. I love the bronze glitter, and the roses and leaves are gorgeous!

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  88. This card is stunning and very elegant. The roses are magnificent.

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  89. I love your card. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  90. Beautiful card Julia, watched you demo it on C&C. Keep emailing in to try and win one of your cards but no luck so far. Have one from Sue, Sam and Phil and need you next, will keep trying.

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  91. Excellent card Julia, would be great with few adjustments for men.

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  92. Lovely card, have recorded your last two shows and can't wait to catch up with
    Them. Jacqui

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  93. What a lovely card! Love all your cards :)

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  94. Fab card, great giveaway. Love your shows Julia. Suz xxx

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  95. Lovely card, love the geometric look of the squares

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  96. Hi Julia, lovely card so many techniques, best wishes Jackie D

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  97. I loved this card you created on C&C and to be honest I bought some of the sparkle Texture paste to have a go myself. Its a stunning card and very clever techniques to. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

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  98. Good morning Julia,
    I like the colours that you have used in your design as it is not too bright. I haven't bought the glitter paste yet as needing to use it for practical means the now but that doesn't stop me from admiring from afar,
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

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  99. I really love this card. I need to get and use some texture paste, something I don't have in my supplies!

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  100. Try to watch as many of your demos as I can. Did manage to watch you make this one on C&C - lovely card.

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  101. Great card, love those flowers and sparkle, xx

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  102. Jumping in on the blog hop, better late than never , super card Julia and I love the sparkle x

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  103. Great card Julia and your demo of the crochet flowers on C&C was really useful :) x

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  104. Love your use of Spellbinders - it always gives me ideas how I can use mine in different ways x

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  105. Beautiful card. I love the masked panels. The embossing paste you used is so pretty.

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  106. Beautiful card, love the colours

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  107. Lovely card - really like the addition of the crochet ribbon flowers too :o)

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  108. Brilliant card and especially love the flower. I am just getting into crafts again now that I am semi-retired. I love learning from these blogs and who knows I might try a blog site of my one one day. I love learning and sharing with people.

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  109. Hi Julia - as always absolutely beautiful card - I particularly like the way you have broken up the stencil design into 3 panels.

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  110. Lovely card Julia, very effective with the three panels.

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  111. love what you created with texture paste here. your stamps are really pretty and so versatile. enjoy watchibg you on tv as you are so bubbly and full of life. you and nigel together make for an entertainig watch xx

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  112. Beautiful card. Love the texture paste.
    Donna

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  113. Stunning card, beautiful colours.
    You are so nspiring, Julia. Thank you!

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  114. Good Morning Julia, wow that is truly stunning, and I really enjoyed your demo's yesterday evening those dies are just gorgeous and I will have to start saving Im afraid as they really are more some. hugs Shirleyxxx

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