Wednesday, 9 August 2017

One Day Special on Hochanda today

Hi Bloggers.

Today's the day when I launch a new One Day Special on Hochanda with Festive Dies from Sue Wilson. I'm really looking forward to it. I hope you can join me.

Here's today's card -

I started by creating my caught in crystal style background. I used a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate. I added CS Glue, spritzed with water and spread the glue all over using my finger. I then added Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders in Peacock Green, Lava Red and Rich Gold so that all the glue was covered. I spritzed with a little more water and then added CS Aurora Sparkle Diamond Frost. I scrunched up a piece of White Tissue Paper, opened it out and added it to my background. I dabbed it down using a piece of Kitchen Roll and put aside to dry.

I cut die #1 from Sue Wilson's Poinsettia Star into a piece of Milk Card several times.

Once my Caught in Crystal background was dry, I glued my Poinsettia Star background to it. I made a frame out of Milk Card using Sue's Doubled Piercd Squares Set B. I added it to my backgrounds using 2mm Foam Tape and trimmed away the excess. I matted onto a couple of pieces of Milk Card.

I stamped the sentiment from Creative Expressions Santa's Sentiments Stamp Set using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I cut it out using Sue's Pierced Flags.

I cut the outer die from Sue's Poinsettia Cluster out of Milk Card. I cut the inner flower die out of some more of my Caught in Crystal Background. I added a Cream 5mm Pearl to centre of each flower.

I completed my card by adding an 8mm Cream Pearl to each corner of my frame.

I have uploaded photos of the samples from the shows to the Gallery Section of this Blog and to my Julia Watts Crafts Facebook Page.

Shows are at 6pm and 8pm today (the 8pm show is not on Freeview but it's on Freesat and Sky and you can slo watch online at and they usually stream live on facebook). Shows continue tomorrow at 7am (Netherlands and, 9am, 1pm and 5pm.

I'm offering 10% discount on items from the shows on my website. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by.

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


  1. Morning Julia, what a lovely card, love the background colours behind the stars. Looking forward to the shows and your demos. Have a great day all. Bx

  2. Hi Julia
    Great background again.Striking card, love it. Will be watching yours shows.
    Jan x

  3. Morning Julia, lovely card today, looking forward to the shows.

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

  4. Gorgeous card, really lovely.


  5. Love the background. Looking forward to your demos.

  6. Love the card Julia looking forward to the shows
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  7. Great card. I do like the way you have used the star die to creat the design.

    Looking forward to seeing the shows.


  8. Good Morning Julia. And a huge Thankyou for my winning prize free card it's beautiful and the pixie powder background is divine. So much better than my efforts. Thankyou again . Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

  9. Lovely card and background is fab. Really looking forward to the shows. Hope there is loads of Christmas ideas. I'm on holiday but will try and watch on my phone.
    Annette x

  10. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card. Great cards in your gallery. Looking forward to watching your shows, the recorder is set.
    B xx

  11. I will look at the gallery later as I'm just about to go into work ho hum!
    I love this card and the technique for the background I love the effect I must try it

  12. Morning Julia,
    A gorgeous card. Looking froward to seeing more on the shows.

  13. Good morning Julia. stunning card this morning . I love how you have created the background with the pixie powders. Looking forward to watching you later... Wendy

  14. Hi Julia. Lovely card. I have just tried the caught in crystal technique for the first time using exactly the same colours. It's so lovely. I will have to make another piece to use as I can't bear to part with my first one. SueL x

  15. Lovely card, Julia. Looking forward to the shows.

    Anne (Northampton)

  16. What a gorgeous card Julia, love the background with beautiful star patterns,it looks fab and pretty flowers. Love this card and the beautiful star die is wonderful x

  17. I have just looked at the gallery of cards for the new dies. WOW, WOW, WOW. What stunning cards, they are all so beautiful. So many ideas, I don't know which to choose.
    Thank you so much for sharing them.

  18. WOW! just beautiful Julia.
    Elaine H X

  19. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Card. Great dies (I always like stars) and I really like your background. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  20. Hi Julia,
    Gorgeous card, very elegant.
    Looking forward to seeing your shows.
    Thanks for sharing,

  21. Hi Julia this is a stunning card. I am going to try that technique. I am looking forward to your shows. I hope you have a safe journey the weather is horrible today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  22. Hi Julia, This card is really lovely, a beautiful background.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  23. Hello Julia and thanks for showing this lovely technique - I think the effects are stunning.

  24. OOh Julia i love this card.
    The star dies as a cut out background with those gorgeous pixie powders is just fab and ticks all the right boxes for me.

  25. Hi Julia,
    Love everything about this card.
    Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

  26. Just watched the show Julia. I agree about this's absolutely fab. A great design x

  27. Brilliant, love this, made many Christmas cards with this die last year....see it coming again this that background...thanks you Julia...luv Ursula xx

  28. Hi Julia absolutely fabulous card the poinsettia star is lovely I was not able to watch your shows tonight as I was putting my two young grand daughters to bed they are staying with us for a few days So I will be watching your shows on catch up

  29. Beautiful card Julia, love the caught in crystal technique.
    Marion S x


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