Tuesday, 27 December 2016

You mean the world to me

Hi Bloggers.

Well, I managed to get my lie in yesterday - yay! Woke up to the sad new about the death of George Michael. I missed out on going to see him live in the 80's but Kathryn and I went to see him on his 25 tour - brilliant! So many talented people have been lost during 2016, let's hope that 2017 does not follow suit.

We really enjoyed Rogue One - I had already seen it but Nathan hadn't and I was happy to see it a second time.

My Craft Room is tidier now - still not really tidy but my problem is space and too much stuff to fit into it! I'm sure many of you have that problem too!

Here's today's card -

The background is the Pixie Powder Caught in Crystal technique. To recap, I used a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate. I added CS Glue and spritzed with a little water. I then sprinkled CS Pixie Powders over - I used Purple Violet and Teal Wash. I spritzed with a little more water and then sprinkled CS Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost over. I scrunched up a piece of White Tissue Paper, opened it out and added it to my background. I pressed it into the glue using a piece of Kitchen Roll and put aside to dry (4 – 5 hours).

Once my background was dry, I cut the Spellbinders Wagonwheel Kaleidoscope Die out of Coconut White Card twice. I glued them onto my background. I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Squares and Double Pierced Squares Set B. I added it to my background using 3D Foam and trimmed away the excess.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Crysanthemums Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using a die from Spellbinders Acanthus Leaf Tags and the corresponding larger die from the set. I inked through both dies using CS Phill Martin Decadent Teal Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

I spritzed a piece of Watercolour Card with water and sprinkled over Teal Wash and Purple Violet Pixie Powders. Once dry, I made a flower from it using a die from the Spellbinders Pinwheel Posies Dies Set and added a Craft Consortium Pearl & Diamante Circle to the centre.

I added a couple of leaves cut from Coconut White Card using the Spellbinders Romantic Vines Die Set.

I finished my card by adding a Craft Consortium Pearl Heart to 3 corners of my frame.

Sorry if I confused anyone yesterday regarding John Lockwood's One Day Special - no one told me that it was starting at 9am! Anyway, apologies if it messed you up. It's still on catchup at www.hochanda.com if you missed it.

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  1. Morning Julia.
    So glad you had a productive day yesterday.
    Today's card is so lovely Thank you.
    Well like you today is big clean up day.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Morning Julia, a beautiful card love the colours. Glad you managed your lie in and feel better for it, so sad about George Michael we heard it on Christmas Day well the evening about 11 o'clock and 2016 hasn't been a good year for the stars has it so many have passed.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Love today's card Julia, the colours are beautiful.
    Marion S x

  4. Morning Julia, I like todays card, beautiful and the kaleidoscope die, must look into that one.

    Yes my craft room is the same, too much stuff and not enough space.

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

  5. Morning Julia and crafters all,
    Lovely card today, really need to try these techniques, but with my hubby being so ill I do not like leaving him whilst I while away the hours on my craft room.
    Yes crafters my craft room needs a good tidy up, it can wait as Peter is more important.
    Glad you got your lie in Julia, put ear plugs in next Christmas Eve to blank out the brass band.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  6. Love this card Julia. My whole house needs clearing up after family has been but doesn't need to be done all at once. Loads of sheets and towels to wash too.

  7. Gorgeous card, stunning colours in the background.


  8. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. Glad you had a good day yesterday.
    B xx

  9. Hi Julia love tha card today yes so sad about George and toda nana from the royal family has passed away. Thank you Julia
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  10. Morning Julia,
    Beautiful card, and your boxes from yesterday were lovely as well.

  11. Good Morning Julia, glad to hear you managed to get your lie in eventually, and that you even got to the cinema with your son yesterday, its lovely to have time with the men in your life, my hubby is not one to sit around in the cinema Im afraid but will have to wait for it to come to the TV.
    And it sounds as if you might have to find a bigger room for your crafty goodies but probably even a hall wouldnt be big enough. hugs Shirleyxxxx Gorgeous card love the blue.

  12. Hi Julia, what a brilliant card, love the die you have used. Glad you got your lay-in. It has been a sad year not just for celebrities, but many other people too. If you are feeling energetic, my craft room needs a tidy quite badly. Have a great day. Bx

  13. Hi Julia. Lovely card, love the colours you have used. Know what you mean about too much stuff and too small a space. Mines now tidy but no doubt I won't remember where I have put everything. SueL x

  14. Beautiful card, fabulous colours.

  15. Lovely card Julia and like the colours. I need to tidy and like everyone else too much craft stuff probably why no one buys me any for birthday and Christmas. Thank for showing the lovely card.

  16. Morning Julia

    This is such a vibrant and lovely card

    June x

  17. Lovely card Julie. Inspired me to try your acetate technique and it has turned out beautifully. Definitely one I will use again THANKS. Love watching you on Hochanda as I always learn some new technique. Have a happy new year.

  18. Hello Julia.

    I really like this Card Julia. The Caught in Crystal technique is great and the colours are lovely, dark enough with the amount of White. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  19. Hi Julia this is a stunning card. I love the colours. I have ordered some bits in your sale. We are looking forward to seeing Rogue One we haven't managed it yet. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  20. Beautiful card julia x lovely colours x
    Theresa w x

  21. Hello Julia,
    A really lovely card and the colours are beautiful! I love your flower too.
    Glad you managed to hve a lie in yesterday! I may be having one of those tomorrow!!!!
    Love Myra x

  22. Hi Julia, wonderful card and soooo love the pixie powder background. Glad you managed a lie in, guess you not manage to get many. Very sad about G M, way too many have got wings this year. Hugs Maria x

  23. This kaleidoscope die is the sort that is attract without totally covering the gorgeous background you have made. Lovely card.


  24. This is gorgeous and i love that background, i have those colours and you have given me just the inspiration i need to do hubby's 60th birthday card.

  25. Great card Julia. Love that bright blue background and the Wagonwheel die. Xx


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