Thursday 29 September 2016

The Magic of Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

I'm heading up to my parents this afternoon to take my Dad back to the hospital for some more tests. I have scheduled blog posts for the next couple of days but please be patient with website order as although Nathan is a very competent house sitter he really isn't clued up enough to get orders sent out yet.

Here's today's card which features a Pixie Powder technique that I demoed a few times on Hochanda on Sunday/Monday.

This is a very simple little 'proper' card, brilliant for batch makes.

So, for my latest favourite Pixie Powder Technique - I made a palette by sprinkling some Aqua Lagoon and Plum Twist CS Pixie Powder onto a piece of Coconut White Card. I spread it around using a Dusting Brush.

I then pressed the Justrite Snow Days Background Stamp into the powder palette - there is no need to ink the stamp with Perfect Medium unless you want a two-fer (see Hochanda Catchup Sunday 25th Sept 8pm). You will see that the background stamp now has Pixie Powder on it.

I put my palette to one side to use again and then spritzed the background stamp with water. I added a piece of Watercolour Card (it can be Coconut White) to the stamp and rubbed all over to transfer the image. And voila! Stamping with Pixie Powders!

It dries in just a couple of minutes.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Inside and Outside Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Cobalt Archival and cut it out using the Justrite Snowflake and Tags Dies. I cut the snowflake die out again out of Deep Blue Card. I glued them together, offsetting them slightly to give a shadow and added some 5mm White Pearls.

I added a mat of Deep Blue Card to my background and some more 5mm White Pearls and added to my card blank.

I stamped a sentiment on the inside, again from the Inside and Outside Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival and job done!

If you'd like to have a go at this an many more backgrounds, my next Milton Keynes workshop is on Saturday 15th October. You can book via my website here.

My next workshop at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering is a Stamping Masterclass on Wednesday 12th October. Here we will be doing lots of practice with a wide range of stamps and stamping mediums. You can book for this one via my website here.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia, a gorgeous card loved your technique with the pixie powders and getting two backgrounds it was fascinating.
    Nancyd xx

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

  3. Hi Julia a beautiful card with a fab technique. Need to go back and watch the demo again, then give it a go. Travel safely. Hope your Dad gets on ok. Bx

  4. Hi Julia and crafters all,
    Lovely card today, pixie powders are very versatile and your techniques for using them are brilliant.
    Good luck and best wishes to your dad, hope his tests go ok.
    Love and crafty hugs to all,
    Tina T xxxx

  5. Lovely card. I managed to catch you demoing that technique. It's something I'll have to have a go at
    Hope all goes the best it can with your dad and his tests. Take care

    Donna Golby

  6. A fantastic card Julia I saw you demo the pixie powder technique what a great idea.
    I hope your dad's tests are ok xxx

  7. Good morning Julia this is a gorgeous Christmas card. I must try that technique. I hope it all goes well with your dad I will be thinking of you. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Morning Julia.
    A lovely card Thank you.
    My best wishes to your Dad hope all goes well.
    Take care Kitty.

  9. Gorgeous card, really lovely.

    Hope your Dad gets on ok at the hospital.


  10. Morning Julia, lovely card today, beautiful cheerie colours. Hope all goes well with your Dad's tests, sending hugs to him and your Mum. xx

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

  11. Good morning Julia, gorgeous card, watched you demo this technique on Hochanda. Hope all goes well for your Dad.
    Marion S x

  12. Must try that technique with the pixie powders, Julia. Very effective.
    Hope all goes well with your dad.

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. I saw you demo this technique on Hochanda and am in awe of how versatile pixie powders can be.
    B xx

  14. Hi Julia,
    Love the colours on this card, rich and luxurious.
    Best wishes to your Dad hope all goes well.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  15. Morning Julia a beautiful card today very preety good luck to dad with his tests xx I'm going in hospital for s skinn graft this afternoon Thank you Julia
    Love June horrocks xxxxx

  16. Hi Julia. I love your pixie powder cards. The colours on this one are gorgeous. Hope your Dad gets the results he wants at hospital. SueL x

  17. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card. Hope all goes well for your Dad.

  18. Good Morning Julia, I hope all goes well with your Dad and the tests come back showing good results.
    A stunning card today, love the background and your design. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  19. Wow! A beautiful card. Just going to book one of your workshops.
    Safe journey and I hope you have a smooth passage with your Dad.

  20. Morning Julia

    Pretty card, the Pixie Powders are so versatile!

    Hope all goes well with dad's tests

    June x

  21. Very effective card. Particularly love the Pixie stamping and the Justrite snowflake stands out so well with the addition of the blue shadow. Thanks.

    Susan x

  22. A lovely card,Julia. Hope all goes well for your dad x

  23. Lovely card and background Julia, hope your Dad goes on ok.
    Elaine H X

  24. Hello Julia.

    I really like this Card and the Pixie Powder technique background sounds great, a must try. Yet again another proper Card, go Julia, go Julia. Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you have a nice visit and all goes well.

    Best wishes

  25. Loved the pixie powder technique, and love the effects especially the 'twofer'. The result is another great card.

    Hope all goes well with your dad's tests.


  26. Hi Julia, I hope everything goes well for your Dad.
    A lovely card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  27. I did have to laugh at your comment about it being a proper card lol.
    This is a beautiful card.
    I love the effect with the stamped pixie powder, i thought it would be impossible but you proved me wrong.
    I still need to get some of these pixie powders.

  28. Ooh something else to try with Pixie Powders Will need to watch on catch up as have been out dancing the past few evenings Lovely card

  29. Gorgeous card using the pixie powders and stamping.
    Take care, Maria x

  30. Lovely card. Haven't tried this technique yet. Didn't manage to get here yesterday so hope all went well with your dad.


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