Sunday, 4 October 2015

Happy Mother's Day and lots of Workshop News

Hi Bloggers.

Got back late last night from a very busy day at Bizzy Fingers in Port Talbot. Busy prepping today for my One Day Special which starts at 8pm on Tuesday. Hoping to get the lawn cut today too - we'll see!

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used a paper from the Couture Creations Hearts Ease 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I spread some Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Mink Sparkle Texture Paste onto the paper through the Criss Cross Mask using a Palette Knife and put aside to dry. Once dry, I inked around the edges with Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Oak Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

I cut one of the border dies from the Couture Creations Simone's Style Die Set out of Milk Card and rubbed Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Mink Gilding Wax over the surface.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Fabulous Sentiments Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Coffee Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Couture Creations Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set and inked through the die with Decadent Oak Colour Cloud. I cut largest die in the Couture Creations Mirabilis Die Set out of Milk Card. I cut it down to make a more square shaped die cut by removing the middle section. I secured the 2 pieces together using a piece of Double Sided Tape at the back and rubbed Frosty Mink Gilding Wax over it.

I cut the largest die and the flower die from the Couture Creations Daffodil Vines Die Set out of Milk Card. I added Clear Perfect Medium to the flower and then brushed some Phill Martin Frosty Heather Mica Powder over it. I also added Clear Perfect Medium to the spray. I added Phill Martin Frosty Mink Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more Perfect Medium, more powder and heat set again.

I assembled the card as shown adding a couple of Cream Pearl Corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

I also wanted to share with you details of some workshop that I'm running this month.

Workshops at That's Really Crafty, Loughborough

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

Monday 12th October. 

Morning Workshop -

 You'll have a go at the Bargello Technique with this one.

Afternoon Workshop -

You'll do your own messy background on this one.

Workshops at Creative Expressions HQ, Kettering

For all workshops at CE HQ, you can either contact Tracey on 01536 481778 during office hours or email her at for more information or to book a place.

Tuesday 20th October 

Morning Workshop -

You can also book the above workshop via my website here.

Afternoon Workshop - 2 projects in this one

You can also book the above workshop on my website here.

My next workshop locally to me in Milton Keynes is on Saturday 14th November. I haven't had time to set the projects yet but I have some ideas in my head! You can book a place for this one on my website here.

John Lockwood has more shows on Hochanda today with a Stamps to Die For Masterclass 2pm till 4pm. Don't forget you can watch online in HD at

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia.
    Thank you another lovely card, have fun and take care.
    I hope you got your lawn cut it forecasts rain tonight, Julia it will only grow again lol Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Love the background on this card. Pretty card altogether.

  3. Morning Julia, a beautiful card and your workshop projects look fab.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Hello Julia

    Beautiful card today and those for your workshops. I must get that mask - there is always something I must get!

    Good luck with the grass I need to do that too. It's funny at the start of the year I can't wait to get out there and at it and then by October I keep thinking perhaps just one more cut!' LOL!

    Take care and enjoy your day

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  5. Beautiful card and the cards for the workshops look fantastic, unfortunately I live too far away:( to go to any, enjoy your day,

  6. Lovely cards...Julia hope you have a good day
    Luv Rach :)

  7. Good morning Julia today's cards are all beautiful. You are such a busy lady the workshops look amazing. I hope that you get the grass done it going to rain next week so it will be harder. Enjoy your day. Hugs Jackie

  8. Morning Julia, beautiful cards, would love to live close enough to go to a workshop.

  9. Lovely card, Julia.

    Anne (Northampton)

  10. Lovely card Julia, also all your workshop cards are stunning too. I wish I lived in these area's.
    Have a great Sunday
    Hugs Michelle xxxx

  11. Lovely card. The frosty mink combined with this particular mask are gorgeous, put this on top of an an appropriately coloured patterned paper and the end result speaks for itself.

  12. Morning Julia,
    A lovely selections of cards. You are such a busy lady.

  13. Morning Julia, A beautiful, seems quite simple card, but oh so effective, the papers and die-cuts say it all.
    So glad you got back home safely last night.
    Your samples for your workshops are stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  14. Morning Julia, A beautiful, seems quite simple card, but oh so effective, the papers and die-cuts say it all.
    So glad you got back home safely last night.
    Your samples for your workshops are stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Hi Julia
    Beautiful cards on today's blog. Seemed to have missed yesterday's as well for some reason. Lovely as well.

  16. Hi Julia. Frosty mink is sitting on the top of my shopping list so I love this card. SueL x

  17. Hi Julia,
    Lovely card, saw this one on hochanda. All of the cards for your workshops are so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  18. What a talented lady.
    Love Hochanda shows as we get to see techniques so much better.
    Thank you for all these ideas.
    Janet Fuller

  19. Hi Julia,
    I love this card the colour is gorgeous, and all the workshop card are all beautiful too.
    Glad you returned home safely. What a busy lady you are don't you ever rest?

    Linda xx

  20. Morning Julia, oh today's card is gorgeous and I would so love to attend one of your workshops but they are always too far for me to travel as I am disabled and have to rely on people to take me because of my wheelchair or mobility scooter, one day you never know you might come down near Chatham in Kent.

    The cards you are making at the various workshops are fantastic I love them all.

    Do the lawn today but also try and have some time to yourself to put your feet up

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

  21. Beautiful cards today, love the Frosty Mink.
    Rosemary xx

  22. Hi Julia, gorgeous card x It has such a lovely vintage look and feel about it. The dies used are effective together and love Phill's Frosty Mink and Heather x Wow, you have some stunning and amazing cards for your workshops......"Thank you Julia" hope you manage to mow your lawn today! xx Love Karen xx

  23. Hello Julia.

    A very pretty card. I really like the background and think the effect of the Criss Cross mask is lovely. The Daffodil Vines die is so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

    You have some lovely Workshop Cards here, I especially like the 2 you have for the CE HQ afternoon workshops.

    Good luck with your lawn.

    Best wishes

  24. Good afternoon, well its been a busy day with family and my grandsons birthday party 16 years old I really do not know where the time has gone.

    Thanks for an insight to your workshops - shame I will not be able to come but enjoy the "workshops" on Hochanda and record all the shows.

    Carfty hugs Pen x

  25. Unusual colours which I love I bought the Frosty Mink texture paste when I was at AP Not played with it yet so your card has inspired me Would live to attend one of your workshops but to a non driver it's impossible

  26. Love your card Julia, that daffodil vine is gorgeous. What fabulous cards your lucky workshop peeps will be making - love the frosty looking blue and white one on the afternoon of 20th. Wish I could be there. Pat x

  27. Beautiful cards Julia, love the frosty mink it's the only colour I have brought so far from the frosty range. Looking forward to the up coming shows. Take care Melody xXx

  28. Hi Julia, just catching up on the blog posts. This card is really lovely, has a vintage look to it. As for your workshop cards, well they are all just wonderful, I am sure whoever attends the workshops learns so much. Take care. Bx

  29. Beautiful card, I really like all the background detail and the colour make it so
    And I really love all the other workshop cards too, I don't know where to start first.


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