Saturday 14 January 2017

SImple Sneak Peek Two-fer

Hi Bloggers.

The Creative Expressions Takeover on Hochanda continues today. I'm heading out early as I need to be at the Studios for 8am. My first show is at 10am. I've popped the complete schedule in the left-hand sidebar of this blog.

Here's the first card for you today -

I started by cutting the Spellbinders Cascading Butterflies Die out of Bright White Card. I kept the die cuts for another project. I stamped the sentiment from Phill Martin's Butterfly Elegance Stamp Set in the bottom left-hand corner using Jet Black Archival.

I glued a piece of patterned paper from Phill Martin's Frosted Essentials 8 x 8 Paper Pad which was slightly smaller than the Bright White piece, to a piece of Black Card and then onto a Bright White card blank.
I cut the Cascading Butterflies die out of the plain side of another paper from Phill Martin's Frosted Essentials 8 x 8 Paper Pad. I glued the cascading die cut into the aperture in the Bright White Card.

I embossed some of the fall away butterflies, 2 plain and 1 patterned, using the Spellbinders Paisley M-Bossabilities Folder. I shaped them and added them to my card. I also shaped a plain and a patterned butterfly that I didn't emboss and added those too.

I finished my card, adding some CS Glue around the edges and then CS Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels. I also added a little CS Glue and Glacier Ice to the bodiesof the shaped butterflies and a 5mm Black Pearl to the corners.

Here's your second card -

For the background, I embossed a piece of Bright White Card using the Spellbinders Elite M-Bossabilities Folder. I matted it onto a piece of Black Card and then onto a Bright White Card Blank.

I cut the Spellbinders Cascading Stars Die out of Bright White Card. I added Clear Perfect Medium and then CS White Gold Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set. I added more Perfect Medium and more powder to areas I missed and heat set again. I then randomly touched some of the points of the stars with Perfect Medium and added CS Black Mirage Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.

I embossed one of the big fall away stars in the same way. I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Meadow Circles Stamp Set onto a medium sized star using Jet Black Archival.

I finished my card by adding a Small Black Circle Dazzler to the corners.

My shows are at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm today and 3pm and 6pm on tomorrow  (with Mask Techniques). I've popped the full schedule into the left hand side bar of this blog (view web version on phones and tablets). My samples into the gallery section of this blog and on my Julia Watts Crafts Facebook Page.

I'm offering 10% discount on all the products from all of the Takeover Shows this weekend that I have on my website. They're all together here. Discount applies till midnight on Sunday or While Stocks Last and will be applied at checkout.

If you aren't on facebook and haven't seen the trailer for the takeover, here it is (feel free to have a giggle!) -

Thanks for stopping by.

Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).

Deal of the Day today (14th January) - Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For - Decorative Driftwood only £2.99!


  1. Morning Julia.
    Beautiful cards Thank you.
    I must set the recorder.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. The butterfly card is gorgeous. I will be recording all the shows as I will be working today but I am so looking forward to watching you all xxx

  3. You'll all be shattered at the end of the weekend schedule! Looking forward to seeing what I can - know there'll be some great demos.

  4. Morning Julia, 2 really lovely cards, I have to go out this morning but will be catching up later on all the shows.

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

  5. Two great cards, especially like the ones with stars on it.


  6. Hi Julia
    Two lovely cards looking forward to watching Hochanda today.
    Jan x

  7. Good morning Julia your cards are gorgeous I do love those dies. Good luck with all the shows this weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Good morning Julia, I hope you've 'girded up your loins' for the weekend shows! lol

    Two gorgeous cards, I really love the first one just a tad more

    Thank you for the 'two-fer'

    June x

  9. Hi Julia
    Two great cards, especially love the butterflies. I'm sure you'll have fun with the shows.
    B xx

  10. Morning Julia,
    Two stunning card, love them both.
    Have a fun weekend.

  11. Morning Julia
    Lovely cards today, love the butterflies.
    Sky+ set to record all the shows today.
    If this weekend is as good as last years they will be brilliant.
    Just watching John.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  12. Beautiful cards Julia, adore the butterfly one

  13. Morning Julia. Lovely cards. Thanks for linking the video it is funny. Have a great day and hope Monday is a quiet day of recovery lol.


  14. mor Julia, two gorgeous cards really like the first one, and yesterday's was beautiful too just catching up with blogs today as we were traveling and getting settled in yesterday, and I am going to miss your takeover again as we are always away these two weeks you'll have to change your dates next year, I will try to catch up with them during the day sitting at the pool.
    Nancyd xx

  15. Hi Julia, the two cards today are fabulous, love the dies, need to hop along and visit your site for what you have on offer. Have the shows recorded, and just watched the video again, it is a good giggle. Have a great weekend. Bx

  16. Two fabulous cards Julia, looking forward to all the shows
    (watching John at the moment).
    Marion S x

  17. Hi Julia. Love your cards. As for the takeover trailer, I am thinking Oscar, don't know how you kept a straight face. SueL x

  18. Love both these cards, Julia. Right up my street.

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Good morning Julia Two lovely cards I'm enjoying watching John at the moment looking forward to the rest of the CE takeover! I love the takeover video so funny!
    Enjoy your busy weekend!

  20. Hi Julia, two beauties, yes had a good chuckle at the video.
    Elaine H x

  21. Hi Julia
    Lovely pretty cards, the butterfly one is my favourite as I love them, star design is nice too.
    Love the 'Creative Expressions Hochanda Takeover clip' which I've just watched, hilarious & very well done...
    Good luck for the weekend & will be watching some of the shows..

    Crafty Hugs
    Haze T (Norwich)

  22. These are definite my kinda cards I love how you placed a plain colour of the butterflies behind the patterned ones
    Loved your show and the trailer is hilarious

  23. Good Afternoon Julia, I hope you managed to get to the studio in plenty of time. I love the two cards the designs and layouts are fabulous. hugs Shirleyxxx

  24. Hi Julia, I saw these samples on your show,fabulous demo's.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  25. Lovely card Julia x really enjoying all the shows x not getting any chores done !
    Theresa w x

  26. Hello Julia,
    Thank you for the video - I don't do Facebook so was pleased you have shared it here! It's very good and very funny! Phill' s white cuffs were a bit of a give a away!! Lol!
    Love today's cards , first one in particular as I love butterflies! Thank you!
    Love Myra xx

  27. Hi Julia. two beautiful cards but the butterflies are my favourites. Just watched the trailer, still giggling x

  28. Two absolutely brilliant cards here Julia, saw both of them being made today, the stars one is just so versatile for many an occasion...thank you....Managed to catch most of was brilliant....luv Ursula xx

  29. Think I could make very good use of this die!

  30. Enjoyed watching you use these two Spellbinders' dies in a binge catch up this afternoon of your earlier shows. Very versatile with so many possibilities. Two great cards.


  31. Hello Julia.

    Great Cards. I really like the Clean Simple lines of these Cards. The first is very pretty, I think the second would be great for a male or teen Card. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes.

  32. Great card Julia. Like the butterflly one best. Enjoyed all the shows. Thank you for all the ideas.


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