Thursday, 24 September 2015


Hi Bloggers.

Wow! What a busy few days! I had a lovely day at Hochanda. So good to work with Lee again. It was also good to meet some of the other presenters on the channel. Thank you so much for your messages and emails. I'm so glad that you loved the new products from Couture Creations - there are some beauties, aren't there. No rest (what is that?) today as I'm off to Creative Expressions HQ today for a meeting and then tomorrow John Lockwood & I are heading down to Taunton for a weekend of workshops and demos at Craftasmic (all sold out - sorry but I will be demoing in the shop all day on Saturday so feel free to pop in if you're in the area). I've got to try and find time to do my post and get some washing done before I set off for my meeting this morning - wish me luck!

Here's today's card - the final demo from the Hochanda Shows :

My much loved Mica & Ice technique. I've cut the Couture Creations Vierge Square out of Coconut White Card. This die has no outside cutting edge so you can trim your outside edge to whatever width you like.

On the front of the die cut, I popped a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet. On the back, I added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Aubergine Mica Powder spreading it all over the sticky areas with a Soft Dusting Brush. I removed as much of the excess Mica Powder as possible and then sealed the whole area with a piece of copy paper. I turned the piece over, removed the other backing sheet from the adhesive and added Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow all over. I trimmed the piece to size by running it through the Grand Calibur with a die from the Spellbinders 6 x 6 matting Basics A Die Set.

I cut the largest die from the Couture Creations Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set out of Coconut White Card and inked through the die with Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud Blending Ink using a Smoothie. I also inked the piece that popped out of the middle.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Fabuous Sentiments Clear Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using another die from the Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set and inked through the die with Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud.

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

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia, a beautiful card watched your shows yesterday when I got home but still to watch last show with this demo looking forward to it as usual you were great loved them.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Good Morning Julia

    I love today's sparkly offering, the background is lovely. Sorry my email last night put you off :( I just wanted to let you know at the end of the day how much I had enjoyed it!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  3. Well done Julia... your demonstrations were great and the banter with Lee and Alex was funny need to be back on Hochanda very soon we've missed you on the telly.... your brill..!
    Luv Rach :)

  4. Morning Julia.
    Thank you so much for all the great shows, and lovely cards.
    Take care Kitty.

  5. A lovely card again. I managed to see a bit of one of your shows but have the rest to catch up with.
    Sounds like you and John have plenty on again!

  6. Hi Julia, the shows were great, and such a giggle, especially when they procured something for you to stand on, and trying to pronounce the names of the dies. Demo's were brilliant, and this card is beautiful. Safe travels, hope the meetings and the demos go well. Take care. Bx

  7. A great card the colour is lovely and the dies are gorgeous .
    Good luck for your meeting and I am sure you will hsve a grea weekend with John xx

  8. Morning Julia, Fabulous shows yesterday, you and Lee work so well together. I had to chuckle at the problems you were both having with the Couture Creations 'names' for the dies, CC do tend to have strange names for their dies haha.
    A beautiful card, gorgeous colours, and fabulous twinkles from the mica and ice technique, absolutely gorgeous !!
    I hope you manage to get a little 'me' time, you busy bee.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Good morning Julia today's card is stunning I love all the sparkle. I enjoyed your shows on Hochanda the demos are much easier to follow. You are so busy I hope that you get all the jobs done that you need to before you head off. Hugs Jackie

  10. Great card and great shows went so well and you had time to chat and do your demos.
    Hope you find time to fit everything in you need to do!

  11. Morning Julia .Did enjoy your shows. This card is stunning close up . Hope you get a rest in the next few days .Gloria(Sidcup) xx

  12. Hi Julia,
    Gorgeous card, I love the colours and the new couture creations dies are lovely. Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  13. Good luck with the meeting today I managed to watch bits of your shows Trying to pronounce the names made me smile and forgetting to put the ribbon on too! - glad I'm not the only one
    Today's card is beautiful On Sunday I totally forgot to look out for mica flakes - were there any left...

  14. Hi Julia
    really good shows and the dies are super and I absolutely love the paper pad.

  15. Hi Julia. Loved your demos, what I've seen so far. Have a bit of a backlog of recordings of the four of you to watch, and Sue is on again this weekend, but loving it. If you had been in Taunton last weekend I could have popped in to see you, was only 30 mins away. Have fun. SueL x

  16. Well done Julia on your shows, loved seeing you again, demos were fabulous, love this card really pretty

  17. What a beautiful card, Julia. I must do this background technique. Still have the shows to watch so hopefully have this one recorded.

    Anne (Northampton)

  18. Morning Julia,
    So sad I didn't get to see any of the shows yesterday, I hope they may be repeated I'll keep looking. Love your card very sparkly.
    Be careful you don't do too much and end up poorly.

  19. Morning Julia, really lovely card from Hochanda, saw you on 4 of the shows and thoroughly enjoyed them, brilliant.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  20. Beautiful card Julia, I loved your last show last night, and really enjoyed the tutorial, you explain things so well. Take care this week end and enjoy.

  21. A beautiful card Julia. Love the technique.

  22. Hi Julia,
    Great card, love the colours and the iced snow background, really pretty!
    Watched all your shows yesterday, really enjoyed them, thanks for all the tips and techniques...brilliant.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  23. Morning Julia,
    Beautiful card ! Love the mica and the dies. Hope the meeting goes ok and
    I said you were going to Taunton at Ally Pally but won't see you there but
    hope to do the November one in MK. Take care
    Maria x

  24. Hello Julia.

    I love your Mica and Ice technique. All the dies are nice especially the Couture Creations Vierge Square and a pretty colour. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm glad you had a good day at Hochanda, I really enjoyed the shows.

    Best wishes

  25. The use of this technique gives a more subtle end product that the fire and ice one, I like this - less messy for my bedroom floor that is for sure. I watched you using the dies on the shows and aruen't they nice? I enjoyed the Hochanda shows that I have so far caught up with and In between sneezes and coughing fits, will catch up on the rest.

    I hope Taunton goes well.

  26. Gorgeous card-love everything about it.


  27. Glad you had a lovely time at hochanda and that they found you a decent step. Have a lovely time in Somerset.

  28. Aww, what a beautiful and sparkling card. Love it.

  29. Lovely card Julia, I am going to try this technique at a later date.
    I have watched most of your shows but I am hooked on a TV series that my Daughter has on DVD.
    I received your card today thank you so much it is gorgeous I will be looking for a frame now.
    Hugs Michelle xxxx

  30. Hi Julia! Well, I'm chuffed to say...I managed to see this demo! Absolutely gorgeous technique and masterpiece at the end....even with the panic! I loved the Vierge Square and the Tomensota, along with the colour.....I love this colour! Hope you managed to do your post and get some washing done before your meeting! "Thank you Julia" xx Love Karen xx

  31. I saw you making this on the telly yesterday, it is beautiful....watched your shows and thoroughly enjoyed them, thank you Julia....luv Ursula xx

  32. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the colour and the sparkle.
    Will definitely be having a look at those dies.

  33. I really enjoyed all of your shows Julia, I just love your giggle. This card is absolutely beautiful and such a lovely colour. Pat x

  34. Hi Julia,
    Gorgeous card, haven't had chance to watch all the shows yet but what I have seen I really enjoyed. Look forward to seeing the demo of this card.
    Linda xx

  35. Beautiful card. Love the mica powder and iced snow technique.

  36. Another beautiful card! The colours ard beautiful as is the fire and ice technique.

  37. Hi Julia, gorgeous card, an a really big well done all your demos were fantastic. Sorry for late reply had real tough day Thursday not been to bed yet an don't think it's worth bothering now. Take care alway Melody


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