Monday 24 October 2016

Sending Hugs

Hi Bloggers.

Cold start to the day for me today - the heating stopped working last night and there's no hot water this morning. Not a happy bunny!

I had a fab day beading yesterday. I've a pic of the little I've got done over the past 2 weekend workshops at the end of this post - it's quite a time consuming hobby.

Back to today's card which was a magazine submission that was not used -

  1. Spritz a piece of Watercolour Card with water. Add Plum Twist and Rich Gold Pixie Powders by tapping very gently on the base of the pot. The powder will explode as it hits the water. The Plum Twist separates into many colours. It’s best to leave to dry but can be heat set. Once dry you will see the shimmer from the mica.
    2.       Dust with an Anti-Static Bag. Ink up the image from the Justrite Doodled Roses Stamp Set using Clear Perfect Medium and stamp leaving enough space around the image to die cut. Add Black Detail EmbossingPowder and heat set.
    3.       Tap a little Plum Twist and Peacock Green into a Paint Palette. Use a Water Brush to make the powders into paint and then colour the image. The paint won’t stick to the embossed lines making it easier to achieve a good result.
    4.       Make sure the paint is dry and then cut out using #2 die from Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Accents. Cut #5 die from Spellbinders Astoria Labels and glue the die cuts together.
    5.       Stamp the sentiment from the Doodled Roses Stamp Set onto another section of the Pixie Powder Background using Clear Perfect Medium and emboss with Black Detail Embossing Powder. Cut out using #2 die from Spellbinders Labels 50 Decorative Elements. Cut #3 die from Spellbinders LabelsFifty out of Black Card and glue the die cuts together.
    6.       Cut a piece of Coconut White Card to 5” x 5 ½”. Run it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Spellbinders Flowersand Leaves Embossing Folder. The card is bigger than the folder so leave the excess card outside the folder and have the cutting plate a little away from the edge where the excess card is so that you don’t get a line down your card. The pattern on the folder isn’t a repeating one but you can position the folder on the extra bit of card so that the pattern almost lines up. Run through the machine again, once more leaving the excess card outside the folder and the cutting plate a little away from the edge where the excess card is. Mat onto Black Card measuring 5 1/8” x 5 5/8”.
    7.       Cut a piece of Coconut White Card measuring 5 7/8” x 6 3/8” and pierce around the edges. Add a Black mat measuring 6” x 6 ½”. Add this to a Coconut White mat measuring 6 ½” x 7” using Mounting Cushion. Add the embossed card and mat to these 3 pieces, again using Mounting Cushion.
    8.       Add the 2 die cuts to the embossed background as shown using 3d Foam. Tie a bow using 2 lengths of Black Satin Ribbon. Add to your card as shown using a Glue Spot. Cut the smallest of the flower dies in the Spellbinders Lacework Button Flowers Die Set out of the Pixie Powder Background. Cut the smallest button die from the same die set out of Black Card. 
    9.   Insert the button die cut into the flower die cut as shown adding a SmallBlack Circle Dazzler with glue and add to the bow using a Glue Spot. Add a little glue to where you have used a Glue Dot to ensure that your bow and embellishment stays put. 
    10. Complete your card by adding a Small Black Circle Dazzler to each corner securing with glue.
Phill Martin is launching a One Day Special on Hochanda this evening at 8pm with his new Dainty Daisies Collection. I'm offering 10% discount on items I have in stock from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night and discount will be applied at checkout.

As promised here's a photo of the elements I've beaded so far for my 'Is It' project designed by my good friend Sue Stallard -

The winner of the card from Freebie Friday on 21st October is ............................


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

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia.
    I hope you warm up soon.Your bead work is so pretty it looks quite time consuming. Well another pretty card today Thank you.
    take care I do hope your heating is sorted soon Kitty.

  2. SO sorry forgot to congratulate Bridget, so congratulations Bridget, Kitty.

  3. Morning Julia and crafters all,
    Different type of card with unusual colourway.
    The Beading looks very intricate . very pretty!!!
    Congratulations to Bridget!!!
    Hope the heating engineer turns up early, horrible having no hot water 💦.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  4. The beadwork is amazing you must have lots of patience.
    The pixie powders are great I need to increase my stash of them.
    I hope you get your water and heating fixed quickly xxx

  5. Morning Julia, a beautiful card love the colours you have used.
    Congratulations BridgetCG well done.
    Hope your heating is working now Julia just be glad your not in Scotland we have been about 6 degrees here. Your beading is fabulousl these seed beeds are so small no wonder it a while.
    Nancyd xx

  6. A lovely card - Ive always liked the doodle rose stamp. The beading looks amazing but as you say, time consuming as lacemaking is!
    Do hope the heating gets sorted out quickly.

  7. Lovely card, very pretty.

    Congrats to the card winner.


  8. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous it is a shame it wasn't used in the magazine. Your beadwork is stunning. I can see why it takes a long time. I do hope that your heating gets fixed soon. Congratulations to the winner. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Hi Julia,
    Lovely card and the beading projects look stunning.
    Thanks for sharing,

  10. Morning Julia,
    Beautiful card, and your beading looks gorgeous.
    Hope you get your heating sorted.

  11. Lovely card, Julia. Your beading work is beautiful but I will stick to lacemaking I think!

    Anne (Northampton)

  12. Wow Julia !! your beading projects are really stunning, I can understand how time-consuming it must be, but they are truly stunning.
    Lovely card.
    Congratulations to Bridget.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Beautiful card Julia and your beadwork is stunning. Hope you get your heating fixed today. Marion S x

  14. Wow Julia !! your beading projects are really stunning, I can understand how time-consuming it must be, but they are truly stunning.
    Lovely card.
    Congratulations to Bridget.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. Also fabulous beaded projects. Hope your heating is fixed quickly.
    B xx

  16. Love this card Julia it's beautiful the beading must be time consuming but beautiful when it's finished sorry about your heating hope it's fixed soon. You're welcome to use mine Hun. I had skin grafts a month ago not been able to shower or wash my hair since the op 😱
    Love June horrocks xxxxx

  17. Morning Julia, lovely card, love the beading.

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

  18. Hi Julia. Gorgeous card and your beading is absolutely gorgeous. Hope you don't have to wait too long before your heating is fixed. SueL x

  19. Very pretty card Julia, love your beaded project, the colours are amazing...luv Ursula xx

  20. Good Morning Julia, sorry to hear about your heating problems, do you not have a emersion heater in your water tank for hot water? Stunning card today love the pp backing paper. hugs Shirleyxxx

  21. Love the contrast between topper Pixie colours and the coconut white embossed backing. Hope you get your heating up and running. I was up early and yes, brrrrr!

    Susan x

  22. Beautiful card and bead work Julia, Hope your heating gets sorted soon.
    Well done to Bridget.
    Elaine H X

  23. Hello Julia.

    Great Card. I love the colour combination and particularly your Pixie powder card. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the 4 designs you have together and the key is Wow, I'm glad you had a good day.

    Congratulations BridgetCG.

    Best wishes

  24. Hello Julia,
    Your card today is lovely - really pretty! I like your matting and layering! Also your very pretty bow!
    Your jewellery is lovely too! I love that key!
    Thanks for the " heads up" on the new Wow products!
    Love Myra xx

  25. Hi Julia

    Really liking today's dramatic card!

    June x

  26. Oh Julia! What a nightmare for you with no heating or hot water, hope it gets sorted soon and you don't have to do what I did in the caravan last night: sleep in pyjamas (never normally wear them), bed socks (don't normally need them) to under two duvets and I still shivered!!!

    Lovely card, I don't normally go for any bow let alone black ones but yours goes perfectly with the pinkish pixie powders.


  27. Hi Julia,
    Pretty card, I still don't have any pigment powders, but having seen your card I am tempted. Love your beading work.

  28. This is a beautiful card Julia. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  29. Hi Julia, no heating or hot water at this time of year is not pleasant, hope it got sorted. Love the colours on this card, and a fab layout. The beading work is beautiful. Thank you for drawing my name for the card. Take care. Bx


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