Friday, 15 January 2016

Friday Sneak Peek and a two fer Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

The Creative Expressions takeover of Hochanda begins this evening at 8pm with John Lockwood. A list of all the shows this weekend are in the left hand sidebar of this blog. My first show is at 11am tomorrow.

I know it should be Freebie Friday but I wanted to do another sneak peek so I thought I'd offer up the sneak peek as a giveaway. I've made 2 versions of this card so this week there will be 2 giveaways! You won't be able to request one or the other though!

For the background, I inked up the Justrite Vintage Alphabet Soup Background with Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue and stamped onto Coconut White Card (3 second rule!). While the stamp was in use, I re-inked it and stamped onto Black Card. I put these pieces aside while I cleaned the glue off my stamp - very important!

Working on the White Card, I added CS Aurora Lights Gilding Flakes and removed the excess with a piece of Rubit Scrubit.

I made a frame using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles on the outside and Sue's Double Pierced Rectangles Set B on the inside. I added the frame to the background using 3D Foam and trimmed away the excess. I cut another couple of Sue's Double Pierced Rectangles to form mats.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Elegant Fan Elements Stamp Set using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Sue's Pierced Flags and cut the next size die as a mat. I cut a couple of leaves using Sue's Laurel Leaves. I made a flower out of White Crochet Ribbon.

I made a Black version in the same way but I used CS Mulled Wine Gilding Flakes.

The sentiment is also from the JR Elegant Fan Elements but this time I embossed with CS Ancient Copper Detail Embossing Powder. Instead of making a flower, I used a Black Vintage Button instead.

To go into the draw to win one of these card, please leave a lovely comment below. I will announce the winners on Monday.
I have set up a section on my website with products I have in stock from this weekend's shows here. There's 10% discount on those items till midnight on Sunday or while stocks last.

Thanks for stopping by.

Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (15th January) - Sue Wilson Californian Background only £11.99!


  1. Morning Julia.
    Thank you so much two very nice cards.
    Have lots of fun this weekend. Take care Kitty.

  2. Both cards are stunning Julia, but I think the white one just pips the post.

  3. Morning Julia, wow these cards today are gorgeous, I love the use of the glitter glue and the gilding flakes on the background stamp and the frugal use to stamp whilst still wet onto the black card, what a difference the 2 types of flakes make, completely changes the cards, I am loving it. Got to try this one.

    I will be watching all over the weekend (will have square eyes by Sunday) but will be well worth it.

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

  4. Two great cards Julia. What a difference in the colours.
    I will be hitting the record button today to make sure I don't miss your shows xx

  5. Morning Julia, 2 Fabulous cards for Freebie Friday, love both versions, but the black one is very striking. Glad to see the crochet ribbon flowers back. Must go set the recording early so I don't forget, but hope to catch some of the shows live too. Have a great weekend, hope the prep has gone well. Bx

  6. Hi Julia,
    Love it - love it! Beautiful card. I will be watching!
    Anne M xxx

  7. Two gorgeous cards-there's going to be two happy winners!


  8. Good morning Julia both of these cards are gorgeous I love how they shine. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that all the shows go well. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Morning Julia. Two lovely shiny cards today and both look gorgeous. Very difficult to choose between them. Two very lucky winners! X

  10. Morning Julia, what a stunning card today x

  11. Morning Julia, I adore the compilation of these cards, I have this stamp and love how you have used it with gilding flakes, I must give this a try. For me the white one is best.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. Good morning Julia. What lovely backgrounds with both cards looking gorgeous.
    Good luck with the weekend.

  13. Hi Julia,
    "WOW" What Truly Elegant, Striking, Very Beautiful Cards, I'm Going To Have To Purchase This Stamp It Looks Tremendous Using The Gilding Flakes, And Sue's Frame Dies Which I Use Such A Great Deal Julia Thank You So Much For Sharing And Your Daily Inspiration.
    I'm So Looking Forward To The Hochanda Shows
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  14. Morning Julia,
    Two gorgeous cards love them both. Looking forward to the weekend.

  15. This just shows how using the Same process but using totally different colours makes two similar but but contrasting cards. My iPad doesn't do justice to the black one so it is difficult to state a preference. Looking forward to the demos!


  16. What beautiful cards, Julia. Must get my gilding flakes out. Good luck for the weekend.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. Morning Julia, two gorgeous cards today anyone would love to win either one I'm sure, enjoy your weekend I will try to catch as many as I can but we only get wi-fi at the pool not in our apartment.
    Nancyd xx

  18. Wow these are lovely - I have trouble still with this 3 second rule not sure if I am using the wrong card stock?

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  19. The cards are beautiful Julia love them can't wait for weekend love June Horrocks xxxxxxx

  20. Good morning Julia,
    I love both cards... they are absolutely fab. And I love gilding flakes. Every card looks so elegant when using these flakes.
    Best of luck for the shows
    Rolf xxx

  21. Hi Julia. How different the cards look. Really looking forward to seeing you all this weekend. Have fun. SueL x

  22. WOW ! Two stunning cards ,i would be happy winning any of them.
    Good Luck everyone.
    Have a great weekend Julia.
    Elaine H X

  23. Hi Julia, really stunning cards and both look very different.

    The weekend is set to record for 2 whole days ............ and Friday night ;-)

    Ginny x

  24. Morning Julia. Two beautiful cards but the white one just pips the post.

  25. Wow, wow, wow!! How gorgeous are both of these cards although the black card really does it for me - it is stunning.

    Can't wait for a weekend with you all.

    Best wishes
    Tracey, Hull

  26. 2 super cards Julia. I especially like the mulled wine/blackone; those colours particularly appeal to me. Good luck with the weekend on Hochanda. I will record what I can

  27. Wow these are both gorgeous, it is amazing how different they
    look with different coloured gilding flakes.
    Love both of them so could not pick a favourite.

  28. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Cards Julia, I love gilding. I am always tempted when I see Justrite's Alphabet Soup Background. I think the black version just has the edge. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm looking forward to the weekend, I think it's going to be expensive, lol

    Best wishes

  29. Both cards are amazing,they are my favourites of yours so far.
    Set lots of recording and I am so looking forward to all the shows.
    I am going to try and get myself dressed today and if that's successful then I may try cutting some more of my new dies. I really want to get back to being creative.
    Wishing good things to all xxx

  30. Lovely cards great backgrounds x xhazel

  31. What lovely cards, both in their own rights. The crochet lace flower adds the finishing touch. I love the colours with the gilding flakes on the second card a lovely contrast.

  32. These cards look so professional, not that you're not professional but they are beautiful and you have inspired me to get out the gilding flakes that go everywhere ha ha

    love Marilyn

  33. Hi Julia, Two stunning cards, and i so love the dies used and the crochet flowers. So looking forward to the shows this weekend. Good luck and hope it all works out....L Rosie xxx

  34. Two gorgeous cards Julia! Gilding flakes are something I rarely use so I need to get them out after seeing your two little beauties!!!

  35. Beautiful cards Such different effects in black and white

  36. Hello Julia

    Two very beautiful and fairly simple cards which I LOVE!

    I am really loving the Alphabet Soup Stamp as the backgrounds on each card. They look so different though, so worth me giving this a try I think.

    Thanks for your inspiration and have a great time on Hochanda.

    Lol Barbara W xx

  37. Gosh how beautiful are these, as you say both same background but different colours and how amazing are they...such gorgeous cards made up with that vintage button and that handmade lace flower.....luv Ursula xx

  38. Gosh how beautiful are these, as you say both same background but different colours and how amazing are they...such gorgeous cards made up with that vintage button and that handmade lace flower.....luv Ursula xx

  39. Beautiful cards. Hard to believe they are the same technique as they look so different. Have fun with all your shows this weekend. You always do such a great job.

  40. Hi Julia,
    2 fabulous cards today, love these pierced rectangles and squares.
    I am all set to record this weekend, really looking forward to it.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  41. Hi Julia,

    WOW both cards are stunning. Looking forward to all your shows.

    Much love,

    Shirley T.

  42. Hi Julia

    I love both cards, aimimg to have the dog fed and garden'd by 11am tomorrow! Video trailer for this weekend was brilliant :-)

    Hugs, T x

  43. Hi Julia,
    Gorgeous cards, really love the white one it looks stunning.
    Thanks for sharing,


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