Sunday, 8 December 2013

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Hi Bloggers.

I have shows today on Create & Craft at 12noon for 2 hours (with Nigel - beginning to be a regular date!) and Dawn at 5pm. I can now reveal that guesting with me will be Nikki Payne. Nikki is on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team and has recently made samples for me for the 3 in 1 shows and the last Heartfelt Creations Toolshed I did. This is her first show so I hope you will give her all your support as you have always supported me. If you'd like to see some of her work, pop over to her blog

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Before I go on with today's card, I'd like to tell you that Sam Poole has been nominated in the British Craft Awards 2014 for her wonderful stamp designs. You can see the details here on her blog and there's a link to take you to the place where you can vote for her. Would be absolutely fantastic if she were to win!

Here's today's card -

Heads up - we're of the opinion that the background stamp I've used on this card will be the first sell out of the day. It's the Justrite Rose Garden Background. Don't say I didn't warn you!

So, for the background, I stamped the Rose Garden background using Dried Marigold Distress Ink and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Lustre Embossing Powder. Then I took the Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad and really worked the ink into the white spaces in the design. I used a piece of Kitchen Roll to remove the excess ink. You find that the ink really works into the little cracks in the embossing powder and looks really aged. I ran some Champagne Stickles around the edges and put aside to dry.

I stamped the frame from the Justrite Vintage Oval Labels Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I coloured it in using Wild Honey and Tea Dye Distress Markers, Pastel Orange Water Colour from the Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Pastels Watercolour Set, Frosted Scarlet & Tropic Yellow Watercolours from the Cosmic Shimmer Autumn Sunset Watercolour Set. I cut it out using Spellbinders Labels 6 and inked through the die with Dried Marigold. I added a little Champagne Stickles to the sort of seed heads on the image and put aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Vintage Floral Labels Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Clear Powder. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two Die and inked through the die with Dried Marigold.

I cut a Spellbinders Labels Four out of Ginger Card. At the emboss stage I added the Couture Creations Paradise Embossing Folder. I went around the edge with Champagne Stickles and put aside to dry.

I tied a bow using Cream Satin Edged Organza and added a Vintage Metal Button.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Pearl Swirl and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Olympic Gold around the edges.

See you later!

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Love it all, especially the background! Will be watching, and good luck to Nikki, I'm sure she will be nervous, but it won't take long before she is a seasoned pro like yourself.

  2. Good Morning Julia Firstof all the card is lovely. Julia I hope Nigel keeps his word and you get your roast lamb LOL. I shall be watching take care Kitty

  3. Morning Julia. Ur card looks lovely as always looking forward to seeing u on the tv with lots of new things to tempt us with x

  4. Hi Julia liking this card very much, oh dear more temptation for this stamp. Lots of news today, on the blog. Look forward to seeing Nikki on the shows today and wonderful news about the lovely Sam. Will vote and hoping she wins she is so talented

  5. Hi Julia. Love the card. The rosegarden background is beautiful and I agree that it will be the first to sell out. Good luck to Nikki, if she is feeling nervous she will soon relax with you and Nigel as you two always give us loads of laughs : ) I hope you have a good day and a safe journey. Take care.

  6. Hi Julia
    What a stunning card love the rose background and yes I think to that it will sell out first thanks Tracy w x

  7. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous. I think you are right about that stamp selling out first. I hope the shows go well for you and Nikki. I'm hoping to be watching as I will be wrapping presents today but I'm recording them in something goes wrong. Have a great day everyone. Love Jackie

  8. Hi Julia, I can see why the rose stamp will sell out early its really beautiful. I forget how versatile stickles are.Your card is wonderful. Good luck with your shows today hope you finish all you start as Nigel is a big chatterbox.
    Good luck to Nikki, and Sam.
    X Ros

  9. Lovely card Julia. I am really looking forward to your shows I will be watching and recording. At least I don't have to panic about the Rose Garden stamp as I already have it. Good luck for today although you won't need any as you will be brilliant as always xxxx

  10. Hello Julia, beautiful card, love the rose garden stamp, my wish list keeps getting longer. Good luck with the shows, hope Nikki enjoys it, will be recording and watching. Bx

  11. Hi Julia,
    Lovely card, looking forward to your shows.

  12. Morning Julia, Gorgeous card, especially the background stamp and the colours and the die-cuts etc are stunning, and what a fabulous effect the stickles gives.
    Good Luck to Nikki, and it is brilliant that Sam has been nominated, hope she wins. Looking forward to the shows today, have set the record button.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Hi Julia. Love the stamping on this card and will have to buy these stamps and dies at some point. Good luck to you and Nikki for today's shows - I can't wait to see what lovely goodies and samples you have. xx

  14. Morning Julia
    WOW I love this card has a very antique feel.
    My list is ever growing and I am sure these will soon be winging their way to my craft room over the next few weeks.
    Enjoy the shows
    Amanda x

  15. Lovely card, the background is fab, I better be quick today to get my hands on it. Good luck with the show. X

  16. Gorgeous card Julia, really looking forward to todays shows. Have fun!! Kind regards Joanne K x

  17. Stunning card today Julia. I LOVE the background. Will order mine now as I'm sure it will go early.
    Looking forward to todays Tool Shed and good luck to Nikki.
    Love Val x

  18. Fabulous card today Julia, that background stamp looks beautiful. Looking forward to your shows today - good luck to Nikki for her first show. Pat x

  19. Morning Julia,

    This is stunning, I think there will be quite a few sell outs today.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  20. Hi Julia
    What a smashing card, it would make a beautiful autumn or winter birthday really special. Am so looking forward to your shows today and welcome to Nikki. Hope you get your lamb dinner from Nigel today lol.
    Love Jan x x

  21. Good morning Julia, love the ornate look to this card and can see that the Rose Garden background stamp will be popular. Hope to catch the 12 o'clock show but unfortunately won't be able to see the 5pm one :( Have fun with Nigel. x

  22. Hi Julia and all Wattsonettes Happy Sunday. Have got record ready and waiting for your shows as I cant watch them in peace as no matter how lovely and wonderful Mr Lancashire is, and tollerant he cant sit through 2hrs of craft :( and Im not sending him out in this cold !! I also have the 5pm show ready to record now so I can fast forward and hopefully just watch the demo's our great Julia does for us without the sound ( only problem I miss the hints and tips) :(

    Good luck to Nikki, although we all know she will be great.

    Love to all this Sunday.
    Lancashire Steph xx

  23. Love the card. I have the background stamp which is stunning. Good luck to Nikki.

  24. Hi Julia , Lovely card so different and the colours are perfect for this time of year , good look to Nikki and Sam love Jean Z xx

  25. Morning Julia, a fabulous card today really like
    how you have done the background and the stamp
    looks great.
    Nancyd xx

  26. Hello Julia, A stunning card today, the Rose Garden stamp is beautiful, agree it will sell out early. Thanks for reminding us to use stickles, forget to use mine. Good luck to Nikki on her first show. Off to watch now.
    Take care and safe journey
    Hugs June xxx

    1. Wow Julia, that background is simply sensational, a beautiful card all round

      Xx Sandra

  27. A stunning card today ,love that background stamp especially.

  28. Hi Julia beautiful card you look beautiful today.
    Have a nice time with Nigel
    Love you June xxx

  29. Just tried to vote but it just took me to Sams blog ! What could be easier, but it wouldn't happen for me !!
    Lancashire Steph xx

    Cant wait to catch up later with Tool Shed, bet it was great as usual.

    1. I did say that the link was for Sam's blog and that details of how to vote were on there!


  30. Love the background. Hope the video recorded Tool Shed so that I can watch how its done.

  31. Lovely card, looked even better on the telly, great shows, shame I only caught half of the tool shed, love it when you are on with Nigel, you both get on so well together, saw the 5pm show and again the demos were great, just not so keen on Dawns presenting, x

  32. Great card Julia, I wouldn't normally go for brown but do like this one. Nikki and yourself made some beautiful cards today

  33. Hi Julia,

    List is too long to name everything that I love about this card. It is really gorgeous. Thank hyou.

    Much love,

    Shirley T. xxx

  34. Hi Julia

    I just love every single card you make, I can't help it, but it's true. How do you keep coming up with fresh ideas all the time?

    I have a request - I have found that many of my customers are only buying smaller cards now - thanks to postal prices - and although my favourites are also the larger square cards, I wondered if you could occasionally make smaller cards such as 4"x4" and DL cards too please.

    Thank you.

    Hannah x


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