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Monday, 3 August 2015

Not Christmas...

Happy Monday,

I thought it would be nice to have a break from Christmas (well it is August lol) so today's card is one that I can't find on the blog but I thought I would have blogged this as I love it!  If you have seen it before sorry but I checked and couldn't see where!

This is made using the Canadian collection and the prefect peony.  I stared by die cutting the outline die from the Vancouver die set in the centre of a 18 x 18cm square of milk foundation card.  Next I embossed this using the scored lines embossing folder.  I then cut the second and third die for the same set in lilac foundation card.  I then die cut a piece of milk with the third die and mounted the lilac piece above.  I then cut die 4 and 5 form lilac, die 5 from milk (and mounted these together.

To make up the central piece I simply foam mounted each layer together alternating colours.  I finished with a lilac layer and added some pearls and a set of pearl squares cut form one of the corner sets in the centre.

The flowers are made by cutting the perfect peony complete petals die (all flowers) in lilac card.  I then cut one of each of the open petals in milk card, mounted these above the matching flowers and made up the peonies as shown.  A 8mm pearl in the centre and I then repeated the above to make 2 flowers.

I tied a bow in Amethyst satin ribbon and mound the flowers above.  I made a couple lot stick pins using Sue Wilson stick pin elements and placed these at 45 degrees to each other framing the centre piece.

I made a card blank at 21 x 21cm and added 2 of the Canadian border dies cut in milk down the sides and added the topper with layers of lilac and milk to frame the piece.

Creative Expressions Craft die by Sue Wilson
Canadian border corner and tag
Perfect Peony Open and complete panels
Lilac and Milk foundation card
Stick Pin elements in Amethyst


Sunday, 2 August 2015

On the fourth day...

Happy Sunday,

Sorry for the late post for dome reason this didn't pop up as scheduled (knowing me I probably scheduled it for next year lol)

This is the final day of the stamps launch preview, there are a couple more items coming to match but I will show them when they are ready!

Today's set is the pointer elements a set drawn for, and inspired by, Julia's Watts.  Jules said to me one day that she would love a bold poinsettia set that she could do stamped backgrounds with as well as the main elements top colour and play with.

I took up the challenge and this set is then dedicated to Julia (lets hope she gives us some fabulous samples with them! lol)

This set is designed, as with all my elements set, with a main piece as well as all the individual pieces to make backgrounds or to pattern build.  On this set I have added something new the spray of poinsettias on the right of the set has been designed for you to build your own poinsettia wreath.  I have shown this in the card below.  I have, of course, added some sentiments however I have added different sentiments so that if your taste covers the whole range then there are no repeats!

As per, with the reveal, each card will have it's day with description etc.

Just a quick note re the emails I have had about Julia's online shop and EU delivery.  Julia has opened an  online shop now and no longer operates or has all the stock on Amazon.  For Julia's online shop click HERE.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

On the Third day...

Happy Saturday,

Today I am demoing at Strikes Garden centre in High Legh Cheshire, pop in and say HI if you are around!

Today is the third day of my Christmas range reveal, thank you so much for the support and wonderful comments on what you have seen so far! I have to admit as a bit of a Christmas Card and creation fan this set had me nervous!  Today I am showing you all the Holly Wreath elements set, as with the tree I have drawn a set of Wreaths using individual Holly and Ivy.

This set lends itself to simple cards as well as more complex designs as I have included all the elements as well as a holly swag which is designed for you to be able to repeat it,  There is also sprigs of holly and Ivy leaves included in this set in different sizes as well as positive and negative letting you create backgrounds and features you can even build your own tress etc using them!

The simple stamping of the wreath can be used for simple batch cards as well as mixed with the paper pack or die cuts to make more complex cards.  I promise there are more samples to come of this one over the next few weeks!

As usual they are available in Julia Watts online shop and she has just added European delivery option to the site so she now delivers to Ireland and Spain (as I have had a couple of requests!)


Friday, 31 July 2015

On the second day of Christmas...

Happy Friday,

Well I covered all the days yesterday so look back for the second day but I thought it would make a great title! lol

Todays reveal is the Holly Tree elements stamps set, A5 clear stamps.  This was drawn as a Christmas tree entirely made out of positive and negative holly, I loved the tree so much I drew it twice in different sizes!  The tree makes a great stamp just used on its own however, as I have in this card, the sentiments are designed to match the Holly style and can be used underneath.  Here I used the Joy and simply embossed the design on black for a quick yet high impact card.

As with all of my Elements stamp sets I have made sure that there are different elements in the set.  This means that you can make one or all your Christmas cards simply using this one set of stamps.  I have also included a selection of baubles in there to use for small cards or tags or to build up pictures.  Why not decorate the tree with the mini baubles?

The holly border and corner are quite interesting in this set as these work separately or together to create borders or frames and the have been designed so that they can be used in continuing strips.

The next card shows this matched with my paper pack, just to show how the designs all work together.  I love the simple stamped tree element and it lends itself to so many different mediums and stamping techniques.  In this card I have stamped the image with gilding flies so in real life there is a glittering real gold feel to it!

As with all the reveal cards these will appear individually with ingredient lists and descriptions!

All my designs are now available in Julia Watts online craft shop click HERE for the shop.

Another reveal tomorrow,


Thursday, 30 July 2015

On the first day of Christmas...

Happy Thursday,

My true love sent to me!  Well after what feels like weeks of drawing, testing and sampling my new Christmas ranges of stamps and paper pack are finally available!  I have had a fascination with the song the 12 days of Christmas for years and so my first designed range for Christmas just had to use the song as its starting point!
 I wanted to create a set of stamps and matching paper pack that covered all the 12 days however I wanted it to focus on the Partridge in a pear tree image as I feel its so flexible.  The idea was that whilst it was christmassy (is that a word) it would work for anyone and has elements that would be useful for other occasions.  For the next few days I will be showing a different set each day starting with the 12 days collection.

There are 2 sets in the stamp range, a few of which I have shown here ( I will, over the next few weeks, add descriptions and methods for the cards I am showing) is made using the main image from the Partridge in a pear tree set along with some of Sue's fabulous Festive dies.

The cards at the front are made using the main set as well as the 12 days set, this has 12 individual square stamps one for each verse of the song (and yes I don't think I will ever forget the order of the lords leaping and maids milking etc!) these are sized so that you can stamp each of the smaller days around the main element to make an 8"x8" square.  This means that you can make a 12 days advent calendar with this, something I will be showing nearer the Christmas period!

Finally, for today, there is the matching paper pack.  I designed this to have a selection of patterns and stripes as well as small and large version of the images.

The pack is 48 double sided pages using the classic colours of Rich Red and Brunswick green as it is m,watched to my favourite Christmas colours of foundation card, like Phill Martin I love things to match lol.  The paper pack is great for making your backing layers or use the images to make quick cards just by cutting up the pack.

I hope you like these designs as much as I do, another set tomorrow, the range in full, along with the ribbon and card etc I have used are now available in Julia Watts online shop, click HERE to have a look! 

HERE is the link directly to the stamps!

Enjoy x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Creative Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday,

Its creative expressions design team day and as promised I made a version of the Ornate Noble pierced card from a couple of weeks ago as a Christmas card.

I stated by making a card blank, form coconut white foundation card, by using the largest die in the set.  Next I made a filigree frame using the largest die no1 and no 2 and three together to make a frame with the detail.  Next I cut just a frame using dies 1 and three form coconut white card onto which I had added a
sheet of double sided adhesive.  I slipped the backing off and placed the filigree frame over this leaving the sticky showing through the filigree sections.  I then added iced snow and rubbed of the excess which leaves this glittered white on white finish.

I foam mounted the fame on and using the next die in the set, no 4, i cut out an aperture in the centre which I backed with heat resistant acetate (the heat resistant has the right stability for this).  Next I die cut the let it snow die using the piece of card form the centre of the frame that had the DS adhesive sheet on it,
I removed the protective film and covered the whole sentiment in iced snow.  This was placed over the aperture and a piece of vintage silver foundation card was added on the inside back go the card so It frames and shines through the sentiment.

Finally I added a die cut of the illuminated three die again cut form card with adhesive sheet and covered in iced snow.  I placed PVA pearl dots, using cosmic pearl PVA, on all the junctions of the filigree frame and added a small white seam binding bow and silver dazzler to finish.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Ornate pierced noble design
let it snow
illuminated tree
Coconut white foundation card
Heat resistant acetate
Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheets
Iced snow.

If you get chance pop over to the Creative Expressions blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with HERE!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Something Different...

Happy Tuesday,

Firstly thank you for all the lovely comments yesterday about the Sneak Peak of my new stamp and paper ranges for Christmas.  I can now reveal that they are packaged and will be ready for dispatch from Thursday.  Therefore form Thursday I will share a set (or two) a day along with  a sample (or two) from each set!  I don't want to share them all in detail until I know where and when they are available.

For today's post I am showing something different, still in the Christmas theme, and I hope you will like it!

Creative Expressions have just launched the new range of Christmas MDF and decoupage papers so I have been busy beavering away making samples for the launch last week.  I wanted to share a few of the samples I made with you all especially as for the last couple of weeks the studio has looked like Santa's grotto or workshop with paper glue paint and glitter (and of course Iced Snow) flying everywhere!

First picture is the 3D sleigh, which I covered in the new Craft Consortium papers and shimmer paints.

Next is the Happy Christmas stand up words and holly form the Christmas Grab Bag.

The third piece you may recognise as it is an MDF stand up version of the CE tree die by Sue Wilson.

Finally, for this session I have made loads, is the Storm lantern with classic poinsettia die cut flowers also using my favourite two time ribbon in red (the stocks of this are really low Julia has some 3m lengths left click HERE for more info)

with so much MDF and decoupage I am thinking about setting up a second blog to cover it all, what do you think?

For now I will post a piece every Sunday from next week with more detailed explanations.  I have also decorated some 10 different MDF baubles and tree decorations so there's plenty to go at!

Back tomorrow with the promised Ornate Noble Christmas Card in white.