Sunday 1 January 2017

With Very Best Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

Happy New Year!

Here's today's card -

For the background, I spread some CS Clear Texture Paste through the TST Triangular Mask onto Coconut White Card. Leaving the mask in place, I sprinkled over Phill Martin CS Mica Powders in Graceful Pink, Graceful Mint and Chic Viola using a Dusting Brush. I removed the mask and put my background aside to dry (a couple of hours).

Once my background was dry, 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 and the banner from Phill Martin's Timeless Everyday Sentiment Banners Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Watering Can Archival. I cut it out using scissors, chopped off the left-hand side, shaped it and tucked it into my frame.

I cut a couple of leaves out of Coconut White Card using Sue's Trailing Ivy Die Set.

For the flower, I popped some CS Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals into a Pie Dish and popped it on top of the EFCO Enamel Pot. Once moulten, I added some PM CS Chic Viola Mica Powder and mixed carefully. I poured this into a silicone mould - it sets in just a couple of minutes. It shimmers beautifully in real life.

I finished my card off by adding an 8mm White Pearl to the corners of my frame and a couple of Coconut White Card mats.

Today's Flash Sale (last one!) is 20% off all Ribbon. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight or While Stocks Last. Discount will be applied at checkout.

The new Card Payment system on my website is up and running - it should look exactly the same to you. Phew!

John Lockwood is launching a One Day Special on Hochanda this evening at 8pm. I'm not sure of everything he has on his shows, but I will add them to my website here. There'll be the usual 10% discount, applied at checkout and valid till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia Happy new year.
    Lovely card as usual thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Morning Julia, and A Very Happy New Year to everyone hope 2017 is good for you all. A gorgeous card today and love the flower you can tell it is very shimmery.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Good Morning Julia
    Happy 2017 to you and your loved ones.Lovely card,great background and flower.
    Jan x

  4. Good morning Julia and crafters all,
    Happy New Year!!!!!
    This is a pretty card today, lovely subtle colours.
    Thank you for sharing your inspiration and all the techniques with us crafters.
    Love and crafty hugs to all,
    Tina T xxxx

  5. Another background to have a go at! What a beautiful flower.
    Happy new year to everyone. Not a good start in Istanbul.

  6. Happy New Year , lovely card x xhazel

  7. Hi Julia, lovely card. Happy New Year.
    Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

  8. Happy New Year. Lovely card, very pretty.


  9. What a pretty card, Julia. Love the background.

    Anne (Northampton)

  10. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. I'm catching up with all my recordings of Hochanda (from when the family were staying) and last evening I was watching you make moulds and pour in molten powder to make embellishments; it looked like a lot of fun.
    Happy New Year!
    B xx

  11. Happy New Year, Julia and thanks for all the different techniques you show us day after day. Love the background to this and must have a go at making one similar.

  12. Love the card happy new year Julia thank you for everything
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  13. Hi Julia. Lovely, must try the texture paste with the pixies, I like the effect. Happy New Year. SueL x

  14. Another lovely card. I sent myself an email reminding myself of how to use pixie powders and texture paste, unfortunately my text shorthand means that it doesn't make much sense so it is just as well I can go back through your blogs!!

    Happy New Year to you. I look forward to more workshops and seeing you again on Hochanda.


  15. Morning Julia, a lovely card today, love the embellishment on it too.

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

  16. Good morning Julia, love the card especially the texture paste background.
    Marion S x

  17. Hi Julia
    Lovely card Thank you .
    Elaine H X

  18. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card.

  19. Happy new year, Julia. Pretty card and I love how you created the flower.

  20. Hi Julia
    A gorgeous card today. Love the colour combination.
    Happy New Year to you and your family and everyone on this blog.
    Really looking forward to your

  21. Good morning Julia this is a stunning card. Happy New Year to you and your family. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  22. And a beautiful card as a result, Queen of background techniques, I just love to see your new one each day Julia. I wish you a most blessed 2017, may it be filled will all things good for you and your family....luv Ursula xx

  23. Happy New Year to you Julia, I hope you managed to get a good nights sleep without to many fireworks going of. A stunning card today I love the pp background. hugs Shirleyx

    1. Not PP on this one - Mica Powders instead

  24. Morning Julia, love your card today, a very lovely way to start the new year. Have a great day. Bx

  25. Lovely technique Julia and I have this mask, texture paste and pixie powers. Just need to give it a try. I also have a lot of moulds so now excuse not to make this gorgeous card, thanks for sharing this and all the lovely cards you gave us last year. Happy 2017.

  26. Very pretty card and happy new year Julia

  27. Hi Julia
    Wow lovely card today very pretty
    Thank you for sharing
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & your family
    Hug's Lynda xx

  28. Hello Julia.

    Great Card. I like the C&S look and the distressed look to your background. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  29. Beautiful card and technique, I just lovecthe subtle pastel colours.
    Such a lovely card for a wet cold day, brightens you up .


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