Saturday 31 October 2015

Seasons Greetings

Hi Bloggers.

I'm demoing at Strikes in Beverley today 10am till 4pm. I have some Spellbinders dies and some Phill Martin goodies to demo today.

Here's today's card that I mostly made at my demo at Samuel Taylors in Leeds last Saturday -

For the background, I used the Bargello Technique with some waste from 3 of the papers from Phill's Frosty Christmas Holly Paper Pad (See this post fot a description on how to do the background). I ran the background piece through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Let it Snow Embossing Folder. I then rubbed some PM Frosty Blossom Gilding Wax over to bring the embossed design out more.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using a couple of dies from Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles Die Set. Leaving the dies in place, I inked through the die with PM CS Frosty Blossom Colour Cloud using a Smoothie. I had an ink pad that I had made by adding some PM CS Frosty Blossom Ink Spray Mist to a piece of Cut n Dry Foam and then misting a little more Ink onto my Craft Sheet, adding a little PM CS Frosty Blossom Mica Powder to it and then adding that to my Ink Pad. With the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped a tiny section of Phill's Holly Background Stamp into my frame - still leaving the dies in place.

I cut Sue's Seasons Greetings Die out of Coconut White Card twice. One of them I coloured by pouncing a Smoothie onto the die cut with Frosty Blossom Colour Cloud. I glued the 2 die cuts together with the coloured one on top offsetting them slightly.

I used my custom made ink pad to stamp a couple of the stamps in the Creative Expressions Shaded Poinsettia Stamp Set twice. I cut them out using Sue's Classic Poinsettia Die Set. I gave them a little shape, stacked them up and added a little Pink Dazzler. I cut a couple of Sue's Holly Sprays and added some PM CS Frosty Blossom PVA to the berries.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearl Corners and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

It's just 2 weeks till my last workshop of the year at Yardley Gobion Village Hall just outside Milton Keynes. I've now settled on the projects.

An MDF Bauble -

 A Gift Bag - for Christmas or Everyday -

Sue's Dies with John's Stamps and colouring with Sakura Stardust Pens -

Sue's Dies with John's Stamps and colouring with CS Watercolours AND a messy background -

There are some spaces still available. You can book via my website here.

All for now.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia, wow you have been busy with all these samples for your workshops and also with the beautiful card you have shown use that you made at Samuel Taylors, One day I hope I will get to one of your workshops.

    PS thanks for your email xx

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

  2. Morning Julia, a beautiful card and your projects for your workshop are fantastic have a good journey.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Morning Julia.
    Wow what a lot of lovely projects, Thank you.
    Take care Kitty.
    Happy Halloween.

  4. beautiful card and your projects are fantastic

  5. Hi Julia

    What a lovely selection something for everyone. I bought the stardust pens when they first came out and as they run out I replace they are so subtle I love them. A good way for the grandchildren to get glitter on projects without glitter everywhere :)

    I love your MDF bauble the grandchildren came for a sleepover and stole some of my stars, candy canes and paper and decorated them for their Christmas tree in the play room. They had a fab time as covering the things with the paper is so easy for little ones and the sanding of the edges and for me virtually no mess and added bonus!

    You must be looking forward to a break from workshops and all the travelling especially as the weather will be changing soon!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  6. Good morning Julia your card is stunning I love the colour choice. I do like the bargello technique. The projects for the workshop look amazing. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  7. Gorgeous array of cards Julia, love the Bargello technique, xxx

  8. Fabulous selection of cards! Couldn't pick a favourite if I tried. Debra x

  9. Lovely card, very pretty. Great selection of projects for your workshop.


  10. What a pretty card. Must try the Bargello technique.

  11. A lovely card, Julia. I have done this technique but not for a long time.

    Anne (Northampton)

  12. Morning Julia,
    Great card, would love to see it in gold and white, also a lovely selection for your workshop.

  13. Hi Julia, lovely card. I love the frame and bargello technique.
    B xx

  14. Beautiful card Julia, love the flower

  15. Hello Julia, a very pretty Christmas card, love the colours, makes it unusual and different. Like the look of your workshop projects, unfortunately cannot make it due to work. Have a great day today with the demos. Bx

  16. Like your background technique using the offcuts, it is very effective. I also like how you you have inked between the dies to colour the frame. Altogether, a lovely card.

    The selection for your workshop is very interesting. Unfortunately it is a case of 'Rats!!! I can't drive in the dark and I am going to miss a really good workshop!' I shall just have to wait until the days get longer for the next one.


  17. Lovely card love the unusual colours for Christmas. Love your demo day makes x xhazel

  18. Hi Julia,
    Love the different colours for Christmas, they look like a beautiful handmade quilt that you would find in a country cottage. The pieces for your workshops are fabulous. I think that one of the cosmic shimmer watercolour palettes will be on my Christmas list, I have one and love it.
    Thanks for sharing,

  19. What s stunning card Julia I love it and the projects are brill.
    Oh how I would love to come to one off your demoes living in the north and having to depend on others to help makes it difficult thank goodness for tele love always June horrocks xxxxxxx

  20. all fabulous Suxh a shame that I can't get to Yardley Gobion because I'd love to come to one of your workshops It'd bring back memories of my childhood too My mum's family come from Deanshanger and Stony Stratford!

  21. Hello Julia.

    A very pretty card and such delicate colouring. I like the colour mix for the Bargello background, love your frame and floral element. Thanks for sharing.

    You have settled on 4 great projects for your last workshop, I'm sure there is something for everyone.

    Best wishes.

  22. Hi Julia,

    Gutted I missed freebie Friday but was just in too much pain yesterday to even get out of bed, the card is beautiful though.

    Today's card is also beautiful and the projects are fab.

    Would love to go to a workshop but never any around Liverpool and having Fibromyalgia makes it hard to get out some days. Having the creative expressions team on Hochanda so often is the next best thing though.

    Linda xx

  23. Such beautiful beautiful cards Julia, thanks for showing the Bargello technique, quite interesting and it really does stand out....luv Ursula xx

  24. Hi Julia, A gorgeous card, I love the 'Bargello' technique, and the paper look beautiful.
    Stunning samples for your workshops. and the pierced squares and rectangles are fabulous dies, I wish I could afford them !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  25. Hi Julia, oh yesssss, this card is so pretty and love the different cast offs of papers put together. Great look embossing it with the Let it Snow EF. Just love everything about it xx "thank you Julia". Have a great time at your workshop. The projects you have picked are gorgeous! xx Love Karen xx

  26. Wow! I love the background on your card Julia and your flower is beautiful. Lucky people attending your workshop, these projects are stunning. Pat x

  27. ooh I love the colours and the style of the Christmas card it looks so different but beautiful.
    Also love the bauble and the gorgeous gift bag, both are so beautiful.
    Also love the other card and I adore the rubber stamp.
    They are all fantastic.

  28. Hi Julia
    Love all the cards equally & the Christmas bauble is so pretty & will look amazing on the tree.
    Beautiful cards & all look stunning al always.

    Crafty Hugs
    Haze T xx

  29. Hi Julia. All fabulous!! SueL x

  30. Hi Julia,
    Beautiful cards and projects, saw you demonstrate the card at Samuel Taylors.
    Hope you had a great day at get some me time.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  31. Beautiful cards today. Thank you for sharing.

  32. Hi Julia

    I've been having issues with my tablet's browser and posting on some blogger sitesso I have missed commenting on your cards. I love todays, the pastle colours are so pretty.

    Hugs, T x

  33. Hi Julia, beautiful card love the pastel colours, the tag an bag are gorgeous to. Take Care Melody xXx


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