Friday 21 June 2013

'Tis the Season of Love

Hi Bloggers.

Christmas in June! I know - not my fault though. I have shows today on Ideal World at 11am with Dave and on Create & Craft at 4pm with Paul. Hope you can join me.

I have to say I have struggled a bit with the prep for this one - just can't get into Christmas cardmaking just yet! Anyway, here's my favourite from the cards I have made (did take me a few hours of faffing around to complete it!), and hopefully my first demo at 11am.

I know it's not a traditional colour and if pink isn't for you then use another colour. I kind of like it!

For the background, I randomly stamped the Small Beaded Bauble from the To Die For range (I have asked for some of these from my Amazon Store) using Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I then stamped the 'Peace' sentiment from the Creative Expressions Winter Greetings Stamp Set using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations New Year Dove Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Spun Sugar using Cut n Dry Foam.

I popped some Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto some pastel pink card and cut a Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornament. I peeled off the backing and covered with Glass Micro Beads. I cut 4 of the largest dies from the Spellbinders 2011 Snowflake Pendant out of Coconut White Card. I inked through the die with Spun Sugar on all of them. I left 2 of them whole and fixed them together using 3D Foam offsetting them slightly. I trimmed the long pointy bits off on the other 2 and scored them across the centre. I made a cut to the centre of each and mountain and valley folded them. I glued them together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue. I cut one of the Catherine Wheel style dies from the 2011 Snowflake Pendant set and inked through the die with Spun Sugar. I cut a small snowflake die from the 2012 Snowflake Pendant die set, removed from the die and inked the edges with Spun Sugar. I assembled the rosette on top of the bauble as shown adding an 8mm White Pearl.

I wrapped some White Sheer Wrinkled Edge Ribbon around the card toward the right hand side. I ran a strip of pastel pink card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Star Pere Noel Embossing Folder. I rubbed some Pearl Moon Gilding Wax over it.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Christmas Miracle Ornaments Stamp Set using Plum Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Holly Accents and inked through the die with Spun Sugar.

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

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. I like the colour and think it would look great too in baby blue, love the snowflakes xxx

  2. OOOOOOOOOOOO I love it - sorry should have said morning first.
    This is a fab colour for Christmas - thinking I might be trying this for this year.
    Good luck for the shows today - unfortunately its work today so will have to record and watch later.
    Amanda x

  3. Gorgeous card, Love using non traditional colours for Xmas. I know what you mean about not having your Christmas head on...I've just had to prep a November workshop with an Xmas theme. Very difficult, especially as the sun was actually shining that day! Hugs. xxx
    P.S. Good luck with the shows...I'll be watching!

  4. Hi Julia, I think the colour is brilliant, and what a lovely sentiment. Looking forward to the shows. Bx

  5. Morning Julia
    Stunning card I know it's only June put I have already started buy christmas card to do special when hunkydory have a great christmas pack on c and c so I will watch you can get some more christmas items thank you Tracy w x

  6. Lovely card Julia. But I agree, how can anyone think about making Christmas cards in June? !!

  7. Good morning Julia this card is gorgeous. I know Christmas in June is a bit odd but us crafters like to get a head start. I will be watching later. I hope the shows go well for you. Jackie

  8. Hi Julia. This is so pretty, a real girlie Christmas card in pink, but as you say you could use any colour. It may have taken you a long time but it is gorgeous. Will be watching your shows. Hope all goes well for you. Take care.

  9. Morning Julia, A really girlie and beautiful card, 'pretty in pink', it may have taken you ages to do, but the outcome is stunning !! Looking forward to your shows today, bring it on ha ha!!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Beautiful card and love the colour xx hazel

  11. Gorgeous card Julia and well worth all the work you put in to it! Yay, I'm not in work today so can watch your shows as I craft, Carole Z X

  12. Hi Julia this is a great card and yes the colour might not be traditional but I like it, I know what you mean about Xmas in June it is a bit weird!! I am determined to get my cards done early this year just can't see myself starting yet!! Lol good luck later I will be watching. Love Lesley x

  13. Morning Julia, what a great Christmas card, I love the pink, very girly. Will have to make sure I watch you today. Love Jean xxx

  14. Stunning card! I do prefer jewel colours for Christmas cards but that's just me, I can see this would be a Special as it takes such a lot of time to do,looking forward to your shows today,Good Luck !

  15. What a stunning Christmas card , even in Pink! Can't wait for the shows Julia, would have ordered now but got no images on the web page again, seems to be a trick of theirs to stop us from ordering everything before the shows as it only seems to happen to the Creative Expressions or Spellbinders shows lol!!!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  16. Morning Julia,
    Beautiful card, but for me it would be done in more traditional colours. As for faffing I do it all the time change my mind so often and end up with something completely different to what was in my mind.
    I'll be watching your shows today.

  17. Good morning Julia. Stunning card. I don't do pastel pink but the card is amazing.
    Nothing wrong with a good faff now and again! Looking forward to the shows. x

  18. Stunning card Julia, I like the pink, makes a change from the traditional cards. Will be watching later

  19. Morning Julia, todays card is certainly worthy of all the "faffing" its gorgeous. Looking forward to today's show. Kind regards Joanne K x

  20. Good morning Julia,
    i do like this card with its varying depths of colour of the pink, the textures, the swirls showing soft wispy to the definite colour. this card is a winner on all fronts as because it doesn't say christmas for everyone that has friends of another religion they could give this card without the fear of offence to their beliefs.Thank you for the inspiration Julia,
    crafty hugs and love

  21. I agree Julia, christmas in June just isn't right. Love the card in pink though.

    xx Sandra

  22. Morning Julia, a stunning christmas card love the pink done some
    last year in a pink colour and lilac they went down a storm it
    is a bit early to get into the christmas spirit I have to do all
    my birthday cards for friends and family upto December before I
    can start my christmas ones so must get cracking I have 5 to do
    yet the girlie ones are no bother but the guy ones always give me a
    headache. Looking forward to your shows later to get some great
    ideas as always.
    Nancyd xx


  23. Morning Julia,

    Lovely card. The out come of all your struggling was well worth the effort. Gorgeous. X

  24. Hi Julia,
    Love it! Love it! Love it! It's stunning and I do like the pastels for Christmas, especially for the younger members of my family and friends.

    Love Sheila xx

  25. Hi Julia, I love the colour choice, very pretty card.
    I love the sentiment. I hope to be watching you live today...
    Good luck with the show's.

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

  26. Hi Julia, a very pretty xmas card. Lol Lynne M x x x x

  27. Hi Julia, what a stunning Christmas card. Colours are lovely. Don't want to be thinking about Christmas yet! x

  28. Morning Julia, gorgeous card and worth all the" faffing" lol.I'm ready and waiting for the show at 11. Good luck! !........Christine xx

  29. Morning Julia, gorgeous card and worth all the" faffing" lol.I'm ready and waiting for the show at 11. Good luck! !........Christine xx

  30. Hi Julia, Love the Christmas card and will be watching at 11am love Jean Z xx

  31. Ooh, it's pretty - I have problems thinking about the 'C' word this time of year too. It's almost 11 am, so see you in a minute!

  32. Love the design of this card Julia but I can't be thinking of C..... yet. Regards Jackie D

  33. Have just watched you demo this card and hope I have the dies or something similar to do this stunning card.

    Thank you for the inspiration to create a wonderful card.

    Wilma x x x

  34. Hi Julia
    Great card and a great show this morning always a giggle when you are on. The card may have taken you a while but the result is absolutely stunning.

  35. Oh my! love it, may need to copy this one Julia.

  36. I personally luv pastel coloured Christmas cards and very often use lilac and white so I think yours is very nice and different xx GailT xx

  37. Hi Julia I am always faffing about when making cards,but do not get the results you get lol.I love this card and yes it is difficult to think Christmas in June I love the design of this card the soft pink.
    Will be watching your show at 4
    Thanks for all your inspiration and showing us a new design every day,it is a lot of work for you.

  38. great card Julia,a really pretty one.Like the pink even if it is not traditional.Laura O

  39. A truly stunning card Julia. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the 11 o'clock show this morning (work got in the way) but looking forward to see the fab demo's this afternoon.

  40. Gorgeous card, I love the pink and white!
    Mandy x

  41. I absolutely love this card in every way Julia - stunning!

  42. Hi Julia

    this card is absolutely fabulous. I'm out today so hopefully I have set the recorder. If it says Spellbinders or creative Expressions I always record to watch afterwards.

  43. It's is gorgeous and surprisingly the colour is great! I like it a lot!
    Missed your shows boohoo... Wish they would always do an evening one for you (maybe not so nice for you though because you would get home so late!)
    Have a lovely weekend hugs Annie

  44. Hi Julie, The card is lovely, watched both your shows today, and ordered to much, never mind. You make everything so easy to understand. Thanks. Hugs. Jan xxx

  45. I saw you demo this card today Julia and I was sooo impressed. What a beautiful design - I must have the stamps, and dies, and embossing folder...... Pat x

  46. Hello Julia, A gorgeous card, so girlie, love the pastel colours, may use similar for some of my Christmas cards. The layers and textures are stunning. Unfortunately I missed your shows, had to go away for the day.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  47. Hi Julia. Love this card and pink makes a nice change.Managed to catch the last show. I've got the heirloom 2010 so must
    get the stamps , they make such a difference.

  48. What a gorgeous card! Love pink! Watched both your shows, great demos, really got me into making my own backing paper.


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