Saturday 24 December 2016


Hi Bloggers.

Hope you enjoyed the One Day Special shows.

I'm off to meet my parents for lunch today (if I can get out of bed!). With my Mom recovering from her Stroke, I didn't want her to do Christmas at her house and I didn't want them to come to me as my stairs are tricky, Kathryn is away with her boyfriend and his family for Christmas and Nathan probably won't surface until tea time, we're not doing Christmas this year. I'm just meeting Mom and Dad for a lovely Christmas Meal at a lovely Pub today instead (same food, alot cheaper!). Tomorrow, I will be starting a major clear up of my Craft Room. It's beyond silly now - I can't find anything and the cats can't get on the bed anywhere for a snooze!

Here's today's card -

For the background,I stamped the Justrite Winter Wonder Stamp onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Mirage Embossing Powder. I ran it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with Sue Wilson's Classic Weaving Die. I also cut the die from a piece of Coconut White Card. I cut the white die cut into strips and wove my background.

I made a frame out of Coconut White Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles and Double Pierced Rectangles Set B. I added it to my background using 3D Foam Tape.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Special Gifts Labels Twenty-Nine Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using die #2 from Sue's Dainty Rectanglular Frame Die Set. I cut the largest die in the set out of Black Card.

I cut the largest 2 dies in both the complete and the overlay styles in Sue's Striped Nasturtium Die Set out of Coconut White Card twice. I pressed the overlay die cuts into Clear Perfect Medium and embossed them with CS Black Mirage Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder. I added a Small Black Circle Dazzler to the centre of the flowers. I cut some leaves out of Black Card using Sue's Swirly Leaf Trio Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding Black and Coconut White Card mats and Small Black Circle Dazzlers to the corners of my frame.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia.
    Another lovely card and great technique shows Thank you so much. Julia I hope you have a lovely day with you Mum and Dad. Have a great time whatever you do. I bet you will find things you have forgotten about the you will have a little play and before you know it the day is over and no clear Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2017. oh i nearly forgot great news about Woodware.Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Good Morning Julia
    What a stunning card.Love it. Your day sounds just what you need ( someone else to do the cooking) enjoy it.
    I wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
    Jan x

  3. Morning Julia, a beautiful card managed to watch some of your shows last night hopefully I'll see rest today hey were great as always. Enjoy your Christmas lunch and give our best to your mum and dad.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Lovely card Julia. I hope you have a happy time with your parents and good lunch. Maybe you will get a bit of 'you' time once your craft room is clear. A Merry Christmas to you.
    I have a very excited 4 year old with me now - it's great but I am wondering how I'm going to manage to cook Chrustmas lunch!!

  5. Lovely card.

    Enjoy you mealsith your parents-sounds like a great idea.


  6. Good morning Julia and crafters all,
    Merry Christmas 🎄
    Lovely card today, all the prep work is really worth it.
    Lovely idea having lunch out with Mom and Dad, saves anything going wrong. How I miss my parents and as I come from a family with three sisters and a brother we all went to their house for Christmas dinner with our families and each took an element of Christmas food already prepped just to cook.
    Less stress.
    Thank you for the update regarding Woodware - thank you Creative Expressions for not letting this brand die out.
    Love and crafty hugs to all and hope you have a very happy and peaceful Christmas!
    Tina T xxxx

  7. Love the card....this die has been on my wish list for ages. Thanks for the great shows, the efco pot is now on my wish list. Our cat sympathises with your cats as he is having trouble finding somewhere to sleep on the spare bed, because it's covered in card and envelope boxes etc.!
    So pleased to hear about Woodward stamps being kept on as they're one of my fave brands.
    Have a lovely meal with your parents, and all the best for Christmas and the New Year.
    Carolyn B x

  8. Great card, thank you. Have a lovely meal with your parents and hope the tidy up goes well tomorrow !!

  9. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. I loved your demo of the weaving die on one of your recent shows.
    The family all come to us for Christmas. Have a great meal with your parents and enjoy your alternative Christmas tomorrow.
    B xx

    1. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love the design. Enjoy your meal with your parents. Have a safe journey. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Good morning Julia

    Love today's card, it's stunning

    Enjoy your time with your parents and good luck with the craft room organisation!!!

    Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year

    June x

  11. Your shows were fab Julia
    Enjoy your meal with mum and dad good luck with your clear up god bless for Christmas love June xxxxx

  12. Beautiful card Julia, loved the shows. Have a great day with your parents and good luck with the tidy up, if you are anything like me you wont be able to find anything when you have done it. All the best for Christmas and the New Year

  13. Beautiful card Julia. Enjoy your Christmas meal with your Mum and Dad today. Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas
    Marion S x

  14. Hi Julia, the shows were great, loved all the ideas. Todays card is fabulous. Have a great day with you parents, and have a Merry Christmas, even though you are tidying your craft room. Mine will get done at some point. Take care. Bx

  15. Hi Julia
    Enjoy your Christmas meal with your parents. The tidy up is something I must do too but I've got all next week.
    It looked like you really enjoyed yourself on the shows, I've still got 2 more to watch on catch up.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Sheila x

  16. Lovely card Julia. I also enjoyed your shows yesterday and you gave us loads of wonderful tips. Have a lovely meal with your parents. Good luck with tidying up your craft room.
    I also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family and the rest of the forum A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope 2017 is a better year for us all.....xxxx

  17. Good morning Julia, love the monotone black and white card, this is a lovely way to use the weaved background. Have a great day out and lovely lunch with your parents, sounds like an excellent solution to the problem stairs, and no cooking 😁. I really should do the craft room clear out and tidy up job too, there's not a lot of time for this in a typical week, never mind fitting in festivities of Christmas too so may fit this in before I return to work on Wednesday. Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.
    Alexandra x

  18. What a lovely card, Julia. Thank you for all your inspiration over the last year.
    Having lunch out with your parents seems to me to be an ideal compromise - have a lovely time. Do spoil yourself a bit tomorrow though.

    Best wishes

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card, I do echo what Anne has said please give yourself a few treats. Enjoy your lunch today with your Mum & Dad.

  20. Hi Julia. I really enjoyed your shows yesterday. Have a lovely time today with Mum and Dad, it's good to let someone else take the strain of cooking. Get cracking tomorrow clearing up your craft stuff and then you can put your feet up with the satisfaction of knowing that it's done. Best Wishes. SueL x

  21. Lovely card Julia, thank you for all the inspiration.
    May i wish you and yours a Wonderful Christmas and good Health for the New Year.

    Elaine H X

  22. Lovely card Julia. I haven't used these dies much so just remedy that. Have a lovely time today. Don't work too hard tomorrow. Mine will have to wait until next week but must do it.

  23. Morning Julia, love today's card, those weaving dies really are amazing. loved the shows too.

    I can quite understand about your Christmas day and what joy it will be for your Mum and Dad to celebrate a Christmas dinner with you today in a lovely pub.

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful inspiration, tips and techniques you have given us all on the blog this past year, you are amazing.

    To everyone on the blog, I wish you peace, joy and health for the New Year.

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

  24. Good Morning Julia, I hope you have a wonderful day with your Mum and Dad and that you manage to get a bit of time with your son, even if its only for a good feed. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your craft room clearing. And thank you for all your hard work and stunning cards. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  25. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Card. Great stamps and dies, some favourites here, I like black and white Cards. Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you have a great lunch with your Parents. Christmas's change as the family grow but can be great for being low key. I would like to wish you and all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

    Best wishes

  26. Hi Julia, I had to chuckle at your comment about the cats not being able to access 'their' bed hahaha, so like my cat, if my routine gets out of order first thing after feeding Lizzie, and I don't 'make' our bed, she comes down to tell me, and only gets on when I've 'made' the bed hahaha, they're so funny aren't they.
    I love this card, love the weaving dies, I haven't used mine for a while and was so glad when you re-ignited my love for them.
    I hope you have a great catch up with your Mom and Dad, and that your meal is fabulous !! Give your Mom our love and best wishes for her recuperation.
    I hope your Christmas Day is good and that you get your craft room organised, I need to organise mine, I only finished my Christmas cards Thursday afternoon, and I've just left it 'as is', it looks like a bomb has dropped on it hahaha.
    Happy Christmas to All and all the very Best Wishes for 2017.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  27. Great card. Love the monochrome look.

    Seasons greetings to one and all.


  28. Hi Julia
    A Beautiful card and the shows wehere great.
    Have a lovely day with Parents a great idea.
    Wishing you a Very happy Christmas and a great New Year .
    and a big Thank you for all your hard work for us crafters
    xxxx Jeanie

  29. Julia this card is beautiful, i love the colour combo.
    Just absolutely perfect.
    I hope you had a lovely lunch with your mum & dad and that
    you have a lovely christmas and a very happy new year.
    I think i might come and help you tidy your craft room so i don't have to cook lol

  30. Lovely card Nice to see the weaving dies on the scene again

  31. Gorgeous card Julia. So pleased to hear the news re Woodware, great products.
    Hope you had an enjoyable day with your mum and dad.
    Happy Christmas to everyone. Xx

  32. Morning Julia and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to you and the family. Gorgeous card as usual and looking forward to see more in the new year. Hope you had a nice meal with mum and dad, Take care, Maria x


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