Wednesday 15 April 2015

Happy Birthday and a Giveaway

Hi Bloggers.

Well, I've recovered now from the weekend - just needed a good nights sleep and a bit of a lie in! I'm off on may travels again this afternoon - heading over to Prestatyn in North Wales for a demo at Doodleso tomorrow. Maybe I'll see some of you there?

Here's today's card -

For the background, I applied some Phill Martin CS Decadent Oak Sparkle Texture Paste through the Native Mask onto Milk Card and put aside to dry.

I made a frame out of Chestnut Card using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Clear Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Coffee Archival. I cut it out using Sue Wilson's Pierced Flags Die Set. I cut a larger die from the same set out of Chestnut Card.

I tied a knot in a piece of Ivory/Brown Striped Grosgrain and added it to the side of the frame.

I had to fight off putting flowers on this one! A good card for a man though as the glitter in the paste won't come off!

Now to the Giveaway -

I thought someone might like my bits from the Craft Clinic on Monday - otherwise they'll never get used! One or 2 other unused bits may also find their way into the bag!

If you think you can find them a good home, please leave a comment below and I'll draw a name out on Sunday sometime.

Tracey is taking bookings for a couple of my workshops at Creative Expressions HQ. The first is on Tuesday April 28th and it's a repeat of the projects we did on April 2nd which were a sell out.

Here's the projects -

There's a different workshop on Tuesday 12th May but the projects are top secret at the moment as they're using some new, new dies from Creative Expressions but Tracey has already started taking bookings!

Please ring Tracey on 01536 481778 or email her at for more details on both dates. John Lockwood also has a workshop on May 7th that I'll be hindering at - ask Tracey for details on that one.

There has been a lot of interest in my Milton Keynes Workshops and I have been asked to share the details here on the main page of the blog again so here's the details of the next one

Saturday 16th May 2015 -

Please email me at for more details/

My workshops can always be viewed via the Workshops tab in the top menu of this blog (browse web version if on a mobile or tablet).

That's all for now - must get packing, again!

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia, glad to hear you have recovered after the hectic weekend, such a lovely card today, you always make things look so easy.

    I am disappointed that I can never get to any of the workshops so I have to contend with seeing all the lovely creations, and they are lovely.

    Have a happy Wednesday everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs June Smith. xxx

  2. Hi Julia another lovely card today, I wish I could get to one of your workshops but it's too far for me to travel.

    Maggie in Solihull

  3. Hi Julia
    What stunning cards would love to win thank you tracyw

  4. Morning Julia.
    Wow you are avery busy lady, todays card is brilliant Thank you. I would love to come to a work shop, but cannot do a week day, I live very near Kettering. Take care Kitty.

    1. Milton Keynes Workshops are all on a Saturday - less than an hour drive from Kettering!

  5. Morning Julia, a fantastic card ideal for a man. Your projects for the workshops
    look great wish I was closer to attend one but unfortunately not.Take care everyone.
    Nancyd xx

  6. Morning Julia,

    Fabulous card today, great masculine card. love the design.

    Have a great day

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  7. Morning Julia what a great guy card I always struggle with men's cards thanks for the inspiration xx I would love to win the goodies xxx

  8. Great card-perfect for a male birthday or Fathers Day. All your classes sound fantastic but they're all during the week & I work fulltime .


    1. Milton Keynes Workshops are all on a Saturday!

  9. A striking card.
    Really recommend Julia's workshops- fun and lots of ideas. The box works really well, the finished result being most impressive.

  10. Ohh Julia, another striking card, I have never tried the textured paints yet or used a mask, but must purchase both products and as they say ( have a go ) This method can be used in so many colour combinations. Would love to see you in action at one of your demo's but unfortunately have a business that's hard to get away from:( Still I can hope. Thanks for all the views of your future demos they are all fabulous. Have a great day. Linda.

  11. Morning Julia, So glad you are now feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep.
    I'm loving your card today, as always, and I had to chuckle at your write-up about having to stop yourself putting flowers on it haha, that would have been me too.
    Your samples here for your workshops are stunning and anyone attending will be lucky, lucky, lucky.
    Safe journey to Prestatyn.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. Lovely card - great for the men. Here's hoping I win the goodies!

    Love Carol xx

  13. Great card and can be adapted in lots of ways I bought a "Phill" kit on Sunday
    I'd love to win your pieces from Tool Shed because as I don't drive I can never get to any of your workshops (damn!) so to have them in my hands at least I'd be able to see what they should turn out like Have fun in Wales!

    1. There's train stations within a short taxi ride from both Kettering and Milton Keynes workshop venues!

  14. A great card for the guys I think Julia .
    The demo cards look great , one of these days I will get to go top one!

  15. Hi Julia. Lovely card in a lovely colour. Pleased to hear you have recovered from your weekend but off on your travels again so soon. Have fun in Wales. SueL x

  16. Morning Julia,
    A great blog today, so many cards to admire they are all stunning. Have a good journey to Wales.

  17. Morning Julia
    Thank you for all the lovely techniques on your show, they were very helpful.
    Yours cards are all beautiful, I have purchased the weaving dies now after seeing your lovely cards. Have a good time in Wales
    Carol x

  18. You always make lovely cards Julia. Today's are very pretty.

  19. Hi julia stunning card love it I have never tried the paste makes you want to seeing this card. Oh how I wish I could get to your workshops just one. Thank you love June horrocks xxxxxx

  20. Beautiful cards Julia and I just love the Box of Flowers the colours are so gentle. I watched the show and it was extremely informative. I am really looking forward to May 9th when you visit Leeds. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

  21. Good morning Julia today's card is fantastic just right for the men in our lives. I love all the workshop cards to. You are a very busy lady. Have a safe journey. Hugs Jackie

  22. Hi Julia, lovely card and the workshops cards are gorgeous too .Wish I could attend one but it's a little too far to fly out from Spain's! But one day I will make it while visiting my children in London!Safe journey and have a nice time in Wales Take care Jane B.

  23. Lovely masculine card Julia xx hazel

  24. Hi Julia
    A really good card for a man - just leave off the bow. I always tend to do texture paste on the male cards I make!
    Enjoyed your Craft Clinic too - learnt a few things ..... so would l love to win"the bits" to try out!!
    Glad you have recovered from AP and C&C - you're going to be travelling all over the country in the next few months - busy bee!!
    Take care,
    Sheila x

  25. Hello Julia, love the card, love all that you do, The craft clinic was fantastic I learnt a lot of things about inks because they can be confusing and which ones to use on different surfaces, I recorded the show so I can keep going back to it, need more of you on TV sorry but we do, because of the way you explain things we all understand anyway thank you, Crafty hugs Julie XXXX

  26. Glad you have recovered and are off out and about. You are certainly an advert for work in crafting and see the country - though I doubt you actually see much of the towns you go to - demo-ing in store and going over hours! Take care and I will see if I can fit in a visit to one of your workshops in May (This month I am off to Scunthorpe for a class and June it is Stamp Magic at Doncaster, May is just a little quiet at the moment.

  27. What a busy bee you are Julia! The projects you have lined up for the workshops look amazing, would love to be there but a tad too far from Northumberland! Love today's card, great for the men. Pat x

  28. Hi Julia, I've seen you a few times on C&C. Just joined your blog so not quite up to speed with everything you do, all your workshops etc. Love today's card and will certainly keep following as you give so much inspiration with all your beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing - blessings, Deb C xx

  29. Hello Julia and all

    Lovely card. I'm not a huge fan of Brown but this is a great card. As you say it would be great for a man and would be good in other colours perhaps with a flower, well done for resisting the temptation. Thanks for sharing.

    It is very kind of you to offer your homework, someone will be very lucky. The techniques you used where great, definitely ones to try.

    Best wishes

  30. Hi Julia

    Yes, a great card for a man. I recently purchased some texture paste in a couple of different colours. I have loads of masks to do this technique and I'd love to try the paper grouting.

    Glad you had a day of rest, I hope you have a safe journey.

    it's very kind kf you to offer up your 'bits' from Mondays show. I don't know how you manage to make each craft clinic you do better than the last. I have loads of new things to try and I thought I'd tried most things!

    Hugs and hope tomorrow goes well,

    T xxx

  31. Great Craft clinic lots of new things for me to try while I am recovering from my knee op. Great day at Ally Pally as well. Must finish my card from the last workshop. Nx

  32. Julia,
    These cards are so beautiful, you have some serious talent going on here. I would so love to come to a workshop, but I really am way too far, so I will have to just dream and drool from here. Do you offer any workshops online perhaps?
    Thanks for sharing.

  33. Lovely card,always find men's cards difficult.Your cards are always a real pleasure to look at,they give me ideas if only I could manage to make something similar. Thanks for the inspiration. Sue Balawajder

  34. Hi Julia lovely card today and lovely colours. xx

  35. Hi Julia, love Todays card & colours great demos at A P Saturday.
    Hug's Lynda Brock xx

  36. Hi Julia
    Great card for a man. love it
    Take care on your travels and have fun
    Maria x

  37. Hello Julia missed your craft clinic show on Monday. Would love to come to workshop but just too far away! The bag of samples would be great to inspire our craft club members. Jules

  38. Hello Julia, just playing catch up on the blog posts I have missed due to travelling away for work, and hit and miss internet. Lovely card, the Craft Clinic show was brill, so many great tips. Love the look of the creations for the workshops. Take care. Bx

  39. Stunning card, fantastic background.
    Looking forward to the workshops, every one that can make it should try, you work hard but meet some super people.
    Amanda xx

  40. Another wonderful card Julia ........ as usual. Would love some workshops in the north west!!! Jacqui M x

  41. Hi Julia
    Love this card which looks very masculine, beautiful colours & the background is lovely.
    I'm sure any man in your life would really love this card.

    Crafty Hugs
    Haze T xx


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