Monday, 18 May 2015

Show on Create & Craft today and a two-fer

Hi Bloggers.

I have 1 hour on Create & Craft at 9am with some lovely new dies from Couture Creations. I want to give a big shout out and Thank You to Tracey Laughton and John Lockwood who have helped me by making some gorgeous samples. I'm on with Dean today so I hope we get to show all of them. I'm planning to show as many techniques as I can with the time I have. Just a heads up - some of the dies are already out of stock at the Creative Expressions Warehouse and it's unlikely that the dies will be re-stocked so if there's anything you need/want be sure not to hang about! I've also put a couple of nice card packs on the show - 1 pastel and 1 bold colours. They work quite well together as many of Tracey's samples show - be sure to check those out.

I have 2 cards today to share with you -

An inky background on this one. I cut the larger butterfly from the Couture Creations Edith & Baby Die Set out of a piece of Coconut White Card (doesn't matter what colour actually). I used this as my mask. I spayed a little Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Denim Ink Spray Mist onto my Craft Sheet. I picked it up onto a Smoothie and dabbed through the die cut onto a piece of Coconut White Card. I repeated this randomly across the whole background piece.

I cut the border from the Couture Creations Frames n Frills Gulda Set out of Sky Blue Card. There's no cut edge at the ends so I extended it to the length of my background. I repeated this again then cut a White Pearl Strip in half and added it to the middle of both die cuts.

I cut the 2 tags from the Couture Creations 2 Tags & Flower Pot Die Set out of Sky Blue and Cobalt Card. I added a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to a piece of Sky Blue Card and cut the Flower Pot from the same die set, peeled off the backing and added Diamond Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels. I added a 5mm White Pearl to the centre of the flower.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Off White Satin Ribbon. I added another piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to another piece of Sky Blue Card and cut the largest butterfly from the Edith & Baby die set, peeled off the backing and added Diamond Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels. I added some 3mm White Pearls to the body of the butterfly.

 I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges.

Here's the second card which show off the Happy Birthday Die Set and the Edith Border.

I've embossed the background using the Creative Expressions Leafy Quad Embossing Folder. The Edith & Baby Die Set and the Edith Border have been cut out of Lilac Card.

The Happy Birthday die set has been cut out of Coconut White Card. I pressed Clear Perfect Medium into it, covered with Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Grape Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set. I added more ink, more powder and heat set again.

I completed the card with a couple of Pearl Corners, some White Self Adhesive Pearls and piercing around the edges.

I've added all my samples for today's show to the Gallery section of this blog accessable via the top menu and on Facebook here.

See you at 9!

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia, I will be watching at 9 this morning looking forward to seeing all the creations and your techniques.

    Have a great Monday everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  2. Hello Julia, such lovely cards this morning, don't have a favourite, as they are both very pretty. Looking forward to the show, hopefully can catch it, as I am sure you will have plenty of inspiration. Take care. Bx

  3. Hi Julia, two lovely samples today, working but will be taping the show to watch later. Hugs to all on this miserable rainy morning. Linda.

  4. Morning Julia.
    They are all so pretty, Thank you. I hope you get to do lots of demo's, Dean can be very naughty , put your teacher hat on LOL. Have fun and take care Kitty.

  5. Morning Julia,

    Two beautiful cards, great colours.

    Have a great day at C&C

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. There are some stunning cards in the gallery. I have you on record for this morning's show xxx

  7. Morning Julia, two gorgeous cards both are definitely ones to copy.
    Nancyd xx

  8. Two lovely samples with two lovely people...
    tell Dean I'll be waving furiously. ...have a great show Julia.... I will be watching and recording ....rewind and playing you back..!
    Luv Rach :)

  9. Two great cards, I'll be recording the show to watch later as I'll be at work.


  10. Good morning Julia the cards today are gorgeous. Good luck with the shows and keep Dean under control. I hope the travelling is OK today. Take care. Jackie

  11. Hi Julia, good luck today, think I'm going to have to check what's on beforehand as I'll have my grandsons here today.

    Off to check your gallery
    Have a great day
    Maggie in Solihull

  12. Morning Julia, Two beautiful cards, the first one is a little different with the gorgeous inky background, and I'm loving the Happy Birthday dies, both cards are gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Morning Julia, Two beautiful cards, the first one is a little different with the gorgeous inky background, and I'm loving the Happy Birthday dies, both cards are gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  14. Hi Julia. Got up extra early today to get jobs done so will be all ready to watch you. Wow, two cards today, don't know how you do it. SueL x

  15. Morning Julia,
    Two lovely cards, but my favourite is the second one, so pretty.
    Hope the shows go well.

  16. Hi Julia,
    Lovely cards, getting set to watch the shows. The blue and cream/white combination is a favourite of mine, reminds me of Delft pottery.
    Thanks for all the crafty inspiration.
    Heather Treble

  17. Lovely cards Julia, especially the second one. If that happy birthday die is on the show I will be ordering it. Thank you.

  18. Love both cards julia the colours are fab thank you see you at nine xxxxlove June horrocks xx

  19. I love the butterfly border die Sadly It looks like I'll miss out (again) Will be travelling home and won't be able to access the Internet

  20. Beautiful cards Julia really looking forward to your shows today. Crafty Regards Julie kay xxx

  21. Hi Julia, two beautiful cards.

  22. Hi Julia

    Two lovely cards but blue, butterflies and inky background is my favourite! Just seen show you did at 9am, Good job it was just the one as you sold out pretty quick but shame you aren't on again today as I love what you do.

    Must dash, dogs breakfast was postponed til the end of the show and he's dropping hints!


    T x

  23. Hello Julia and all

    Lovely cards. I love the butterfly background you have made, lovely colour. The tag dies are so cute. Your second card is lovely. I really like the sentiment dies and Edith and baby are so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes.

  24. Love the cards Julia and I thought your show was fab. Great demos, great banter and so many beautiful samples - thank you for a lovely start to a new week. Pat x

  25. Hi Julia
    Beautiful cards I love the butterfly's .
    crafty hugs xxx

  26. Hi Julia,
    Lovely cards today, the 2nd one is my favourite, watched half of your show this morning, will watch the other half later( got it on record). Not surprised lots sold out very quickly, you did warn us LOL.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  27. 2 lovely cards Julia - the lilac one is my favourite. Have recorded the show to watch later

  28. Hi Julia
    2 lovely cards today. The second is my favourite. Love the happy birthday and the Edith Border. Why on earth aren't these being re stocked if they sell out, as they are both staple things we use.

  29. Love these cards and have the show recorded but I did spend a bit!

  30. Julia - well done on today's show - nice to have some sell-outs! My favourite is the inky card - using die-cuts as masks.

  31. PS I have stared doing my homework -
    and finished off my workshop projects
    was really happy to have found the same coloured card in my craft stash to create the extra layers I wanted.

  32. Hi Julia, really lovely cards, I would hope they would restock the dies as they were so nice but didn't get the chance to buy. Take Care Melody xx

  33. Beautiful Julia, wish I could watch the show. Do you ever think you'll do some shows for us in the USA? I would love to see you.

    1. You can watch online at Have a look at the tv schedule for Monday 18th May, select 9am and play!

    2. Thank you so much, I didn't know, but will be sure to watch.

  34. Hi Julia, sorry didn't get to comment over the weekend, away at a conference. Love your cards and expecially the lilac one from today.
    Blessings - Deb C xx

  35. Hi Julia, two lovely cards ,great how you did the butterfly background. We did not have internet this morning so I am going to watch it now! Take care Jane B.

  36. Hi Julia,
    two lovely cards. My favourite is the Happy Birthday,love the font and Butterflies of course. Take care,
    Maria x


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