Monday 11 July 2016

Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

We had really busy shows yesterday despite Wimbledon and the Grand Prix. Thanks to everyone who tuned in. As the shows weren't a One Day Special, please look out for repeats of the shows and you can also catch them on catch-up on Hochanda for up to 2 weeks after the date broadcast. There may not be much stock left though, just to warn you.

I won't hit you with loads of Christmas cards this week but I will share another today -

For the background, I've used a paper from Phill Martin's Frosted Essentials Paper Pad. I've trimmed it down a little. I popped the pine cone corner from the Christmas Corner Mask into one of the corners of the paper and spread some Phill Martin CS Frosted Aqua Sparkle Texture Paste through it. I put it aside to dry for a few hours and then repeated the process in the opposite corner.

I cut and embossed of the tags and an insert die from the Spellbinders Christmas Tags Set out of Coconut White Card and rubbed CS Phill Martin Frosted Aqua Gilding Wax over. I left it a few minutes to dry and then buffed it up using dry wet wipe. I added some Pastel Bakers Twine.

I cut the largest die from the Spellbinders Holly Motifs Die Set out of Coconut White Card. I pressed it into a Clear Perfect Medium Ink Pad, added CS Phill Martin Frosted Aqua Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more ink, more powder and heat set again.

I made some flowers using the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Die Set, inking through the die with CS Phill Martin Frosted Aqua Colour Cloud applied using a Smoothie and adding an Aqua Dazzler. I cut a couple of corners from the Spellbinders Holly Accents Die Set out of Aqua Card, cut them in the middle and used them either side of each flower.

I assembled the card as shown adding some  CS Phill Martin Frosty Aqua Twinkles around the edges and then sprinkling with CS Iced Snow while still wet. I also added some Craft Consortium Pearls. I pierced around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.
John Lockwood has shows on Hochanda today and tomorrow with his new Christmas Stamps and Paper Pad. The shows are at today at 10am, 1pm and 5pm and then tomorrow at 11am and 3pm. I'm offering the usual 10% discount on products I have on my website from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

The winner of the card from Freebie Friday on 8th July is .................................

Maria Illsley

Please email me at with your address and I'll pop your card in the post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (11th July) - Wild Rose Studio Vivianna Corner Die only £4.99!



  1. Hi Julia
    What a beautiful card love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw x

  2. Hi Julia
    Love this card and such a pretty colour,very modern looking.
    Jan x

  3. Hi Julia. Lovely card and great shows yesterday, it was wonderful to able to watch you live instead of on catch up. Sue x

  4. Hi Julia, love the card today, beautiful colours. The shows were great. Well done Maria on winning the card. Have a great Monday all. Bx

  5. Morning Julia, what a gorgeous Christmas card one I'll be doing this year love the mask and the dies really very pretty.
    Nancyd xx

  6. Thank you Julia for picking me as the winner of Friday's card.
    I saw your shoes yesterday they were great especially the smaller postal cards. This card is lovely I do like the colours xxx

  7. Morning Julia.
    Great shows yesterday, and beautiful cards
    Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  8. OOps sorry Forgot to say Congratulations to Maria.
    so Congratulations Maria have fun Kitty.

    1. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love it. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Great card, love the colour.

    Congrats to the card winner.


  10. A lovely card, Julia especially the poinsettias. Have your shows to carpet have up with.

  11. Morning Julia, love these samples, and saw your shows yesterday, wow those poinsettia spellbinder dies really do look gorgeous.

    Congrats to Maria Illsley

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

  12. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card, gorgeous colours. Congratulations to the winner.
    Fabulous shows yesterday.
    B xx

  13. Beautiful card I love this frosted aqua colour

  14. Morning Julia, Beautiful in 'aqua', I love it !!
    Congratulations to Maria.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Hi Julia,
    Pretty card today, love the colours and the shows were great.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  16. Hi Julia loved the shows the cards were lovely I loved the way you did the samples for people who do batches of cards I do mine for cancer charity all your work is special to me and I thought what you did was brill today's card is beautiful xxxxx June Horrocks

  17. What a great card, Julia. I love the stencil in the corners.

    Anne (Northampton)

  18. Beautiful card! Love the blue and white and the sweet stencilled corners! xxx

  19. Good Morning Julia, what a beautiful card I love your choice of colour and the whole design is so pretty to, just right for my daughters who dont like anything to fussy. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  20. Saw this card several times on the telly - I think Matt really liked it. Looked good on TV.

  21. Lovely card July - unusual colours for Christmas but works well

  22. Lovely card Julia ,Well done to Maria.
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  23. saw this one on the tv really lovely card

  24. Beautiful card. Enjoyed the shows yesterday and already have the Ponsettia dies so will use them again this Christmas. Thank you for sharing this.

  25. Lovely card. Really like the stencilled corners. Enjoyed the two shows I have caught up with; especially like your designing for flat cards suitable for the Christmas post.


  26. Hi Julia,
    Managed to watch two shows which were great. Loved this card when you showed it yesterday.

  27. Love the colours used today. The poinsettia is a really nice size.

    Susan x

  28. Hi Julia

    I love the colours you've used on this card and the layout too

    Congratulations to Maria.... enjoy!

    June x

  29. Love the use of the same colour throughout in different medias - great.
    Thank you,


  30. Beautiful card julia x the colours are really pretty x busy day yesterday so will be watching catch up in a mo x
    Theresa w x

  31. Gorgeous card Julia, love the corner stencil and the other ones. Take care,
    Maria x

  32. Absolutely beautiful card and i do love those colurs.

  33. hi Julia. Love the aqua colour of your pretty Christmas card. X


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