Saturday 9 July 2016

Sneak Peek

Hi Bloggers.

I'm running a workshop locally just outside Milton Keynes today - with Alcohol Inks and Sue Wilson Dies. It's going to be a good one!

Today I have a sneak peek from tomorrow's 3 shows I have on Hochanda and it's a two-fer!

This card features the brand new die set from Spellbinders called Holly Berry Wreath. Here's what you get in it -

As you can see, you get lots of extra little dies that you can cut to layer up in different colours. I've cut the wreath out of Brunswick Green Card, the holly out of Emerald Card, the foliage sprigs out of Rich Green Card, the pine cones out of Antique Gold Pearl Card and the berries out of Ruby Card.

The background is Milk Card run through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Couture Creations Jolly Christmas Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design. The sentiment is from the Justrite Holiday Magic Stamp Set, stamped onto Milk Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I've cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A.

I've matted and layered with Milk, Ruby and Brunswick Green Card and pierced around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat. I've added some Craft Consortium Pearls to the corners.

Here's your second card - same die set, different colour scheme.

For the background on this one, I've used Coconut White Card embossed with the Couture Creations Merry Little Christmas Embossing Folder, running through a second time to extend the design.

I've cut the wreath out of Coconut White Card and then rubbed CS Phill Martin Frosty Sky Gilding Wax over it. I added some CS Phill Martin Frosty Sky PVA to the berry spots and put aside to dry.

I cut the foliage springs out of Coconut White Card twice and then pressed them into Clear Perfect Medium. I added CS Phill Martin Frosty Sky Embossing Powder and heat set. I repeated the process a second time for a glossier finish.

I cutsome little poinsettias from Phill Martin's Frosted Essentials Paper Pad using a die from the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Holly Frame die set. I chose 2 patterns and cut the die twice from each paper. I paired them up and added a little Craft Consortium Pearl to the centre of each.

Once my PVA dots were dry,  I added my wreath to my background and glued the extra pieces in place.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Holiday Magic Stamp Set onto Blue Dusk Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed using CS True White Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Craft Consortium Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek two-fer. 6 of the dies sets are brand spanking new and Creative Expressions/Hochanda are the first to receive them in the UK. Needless to say, I don't have any in stock yet!

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  1. Hi Julia. Two fabulous cards, can't wait to see your shows, I think these dies are going to be "must haves". Sue x

  2. Morning Julia, two fantastic cards I thought the first one was beautiful but when i scrolled down the second one just stole my heart it is absolutely gorgeous definately on my list as a to do Christmas card just love the colours you have used.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi Julia
    Wow, hard to believe both cards use the same die, they are so different and both are gorgeous. Looking forward to your shows.
    B xx

  4. Hi Julia
    Such pretty cards. Love them both.
    Anne M xxx

  5. Morning Julia.
    Thank you for the two beautiful cards, this die is a must have.Take care and have fun Kitty.

  6. Good morning Julia both of these cards are gorgeous. I love the dies they look amazing. Enjoy the workshop. We are off to a wedding. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. Hi Julia, 2 really great cards, with a brilliant die set. I like them both, but the blue and white is my favorite as it is unusual. Have a great day with the workshop. Bx

  8. Two brilliant card, especially the second one. Love the pastel colours on it, makes it stand out more somehow.


  9. Looks a really useful die. Lovely projects. Have a good workshop.

  10. Both these are fabulous! What a cool die set. I am looking forward to your shows! xxx

  11. Especially love the blue and white card - very classy !!
    Thank you,
    Sue Mac

  12. Morning Julia,
    Tow lovely cards, enjoy your workshop.

  13. Lovely cards, Julia.

    Anne (Northampton)

  14. Hi Julia, Two fabulous cards. You would not believe it is the same die. They are both fabulous and a must have die. Enjoy your workshop. Love Rosie xxx

  15. Both these cards are stunning Julia love em wish I could make the workshop love June Horrocks xxxxxxx

  16. Both cards are lovely and so different from each other The second one could be used for other occasions too Have fun today Just wish I had the means to be able to get there

  17. Morning Julia, wow that is a great die set, what a difference in the 2 cards, you would never have thought it was the same set would you, love it.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs June Smith xxx

  18. Hi Julia. Two lovely cards and both so different. SueL x

  19. Two lovely cards , love them both equally.
    Elaine H X

  20. Hi Julia

    Gorgeous cards love both the traditional and the modern really

    useful set of dies Thankyou for sharing.

    Hugs Annx

  21. Two brilliant cards julia x both different but beautiful x sadly will miss your shows tomorrow as I'm out thank goodness for catch up x
    Theresa w x

  22. One word that describes both cards..... magical.

    Susan x

  23. Hi Julia

    When I saw your first card I thought how festive it looked, but when I saw the second one it was a real WOW for me. The contrast is amazing

    Have a great weekend

    June x

  24. Good afternoon Julia,
    I liked the first card as it looks just like it should for a christmas card, in just the right colours but your second one is stunning in colour and i am not usually a person that goes for non christmas colours but this is stunning, so beautiful. That die has so many bits to make it as full or as stylish as you need or want, what a great die. Thank you flower for a gorgeous pair of cards especially the second one,
    love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

  25. Sorry I could not make it this month but looking forward to a busy weekend next month. Will also look on in on the shows tomorrow. Nice colour combinations on the cards.

  26. Hi Julia, A fabulous sneaky peek two-fer, looking forward to your shows.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  27. Hi Julia, I love both your cards they are just gorgeous and I especially love the second one. hugs Shirleyxx

  28. Hello Julia,
    Thankfully no more internet problems as I'm now back home! Received package - many thanks! Today's cards are beautiful I like both but the second one is my favourite although I'd probably change the sentiment - that's just me!
    Thank you, love Myra xx

  29. Two great cards my favourite is the,second one. I'll be recording your shows xx

  30. Stunning cards and look so different xx hazel

  31. Two gorgeous cards. Surprising how using the same dies with different coloured card can result in such contrasting end products.

    Tomrrow's shows are set to record. Hope you had a good day today and have a good one tomorrow. See you Wednesday.


  32. Two gorgeous cards today Julia. Hope you had a good day today.

  33. Julia these are both gorgeous, I love them both.

  34. Two lovely cards Julia but I prefer the blue and white one. X

  35. Hi Julia,
    Two completely different looking cards today with the same die set....amazing.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield


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