Monday, 11 June 2012

Something a bit different

Hi Bloggers.

First, thank you for your lovely comments about the shows on Saturday. Sometimes I worry that I'm having a bit too much fun and not getting on with the demos but they do wind me up a bit especially the chap upstairs who kept putting music on every time I used the Grand Calibur in the 7pm show. And I did have to use it a lot as the show (well, actually all the shows) were heavy on demos rather than looking at all the products on sale. He did that last week too. I think that'll be his thing whenever he works on a show that I'm doing. Something to look forward to!

Today I'm giving you a sneeky peek of the kind of thing I'll be doing on my stamping shows later this month. I'm doing the latest batch of Ethel & Murray stamps from Sue Wilson's RubberNecker stable. They were first released last year hand have been on Create & Craft once before.

Some of you may find this card a bit dark - I'm not sure if I like it myself or not.

This is Ethel. Her tattoo is a bit saggy as she's getting on a bit. Poor thing!

I started with the background. I ran a piece of Kraftcore card though the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Radiant Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the pattern. I sanded it to make the design stand out a bit more. You can see the background a bit better in some of the close-ups below.

I stamped Ethel from the Creative Expressions Ethel & Friends Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut her out using Spellbinders Labels Four Small and inked through the die with Faded Jeans Distress Ink using Cut & Dry Foam. I cut a mount out of cobalt card using Labels Four.

I cut a couple of Elegant Posts out of cobalt card, chopped off the end bits and glued them either side of my background. I popped Ethel on her mount in the middle.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set again using the Cobalt Archival and embossed with the clear powder. I cut it out using Spellbinder Ribbon Banners and inked through the die with Faded Jeans.

For the border at the top, I cut a border out of Foundations Dot and Dash Paper using the Edgeabilities Classic Bracket, a border out of the Edgeabilities Classic Ric Rac and then another border out of bright blue card using the Classic Bracket again. I added a few blue gems across the top. I glued these together with Cosmic Shimmer Glue and then mounted them onto my card using 3d foam.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Royal Blue American Seam Binding. I added a Playhouse Posie to the centre and then a navy button with some Baker's Twine from the Vintage Set. I added a couple of pins from the Playhouse and Sassy sets that I'm hoping to have on the show.

I finished the card off with some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Summer Blue Pearlescent PVA around the edges.

If nothing else, I hope this card shows that you can make a card with a stamped image without colouring it in.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, the card looks a bit dull but I expect it looks good in real life. I love the way you go into great depth with the instructions on making the cards it makes it easy for me to achieve the same results when I attempt to duplicated you designs.


  2. Hi Julia, I think the card is great in blue. I have these stamps and have used them for a number of female friends birthdays as we are all getting to "that" sort of age. Bx

  3. The card is fantastic! Love everything on on=t and the colour is brilliant!

  4. fab vard Juliia - shows again that using a strong colour works well woth spellbinders dies.

  5. Morning Julia lovely card, yes i remember these stamps last time they were on sure they were a real hit and sold you quickly. looking forward to seeing more samples xx hazel

  6. This is a lovely card Julia, and the kraft core card is great....something else on my 'wish list' I have an 'Ethel' stamp that I bought some years ago in America, she's letting it all wobble in a polka dot bikini!....I use it with the sentiment' if you've got it, flaunt it!'

    Carolyn B

  7. Hi Julia,
    Great card and I love the colour, it works for me. Also love the way that you've used the borders at the top of the card.
    Have a great day
    Caz x

  8. Morning Julia

    These stamps are brilliant. Think maybe the background is a bit dark on this one but love the tip on using stamps without colouring

    Sue xxx

  9. Gorgeous card,love the colour,and the

  10. Hi Julia, I love the layout and the colours on the card, but unfortunately I don't like the image..Sorry about that...Still I can't "Like" something that doesn't appeal to me.. But I love the layering of the borders...:)..Enjoy your day..P.S. I thought it was funny, having the music whilst you were running stuff through the GC but I can see that it could get annoying for you ...:)...xx

  11. Morning Julia, looks a bit dark to me but maybe the photo isn't doing it justice. Love the layout and the use of the borders, must get some of the edgeabilities. Looking forward to your stamping shows! Christine H xx

  12. Great card Julia and love the stamp too... love the whole colour scheme you have used in fact:D

    I really like watching your shows and love how well you get on with the C&C folk (gotta love Deano lol) I look forward to your shows as much as I look forward to Sue's as i love the products you use but like the fact that you both have very different styles of crafting.

    Best wishes and lots of love

  13. Morning Julia
    I think i agree with you, i love the background and card but not sure it works with the topper. I think maybe the topper is overwhelmed by the background. I love these stamps as i know one day when im old and grey my tattoos are going to turn saggy!!!
    I think you did amazingly well demoing on C+C at weekend with both Dean winding you up and the musical GC.

  14. I must look out for this embossing folder Julia as I don't think I have seen it before. I'm not a stamper but like all the different elements you have used to bring the card together and a topper from my stash would work just as well. Jackie D

  15. Hi Julia,
    another great card quite like the colours.
    Just watched one of your shows from Sun.
    I find you really funny you don't take any nonscence
    from them and you'r demo's are always great.
    Nancyd xx

  16. A tad dark for my taste but I do like the style of the card and love that stamp
    xx Sandra

  17. Prefer the more classic lingerie and dress form stamps but nice to see something different and love the construction of the card itself. Like the new pins so hope they will be available soon! Another for the wish list! Think you do so well on C&C must be so stressfull demoing on live TV and having to keep the presenters under control too! Look forward to tomorrow's offering xxx

  18. This card raised a smile after getting home from work and a long wet walk too! I think you are brilliant on C&C, we love it when presenters and guests are light hearted and have a bit of fun...great demos too! Carole Z X

  19. Hi Julia, Like the card but do agree the background is a bit dark but it makes Ethel stand out more. Must get hold of some of the border dies (one day) they're on my wish list now. I agree with Carole Z you are brill on C & C and it's great to see people enjoying their work and having a bit of a laugh. Bye for now Love Teresa (Nottingham) xx

  20. I have not seen these stamps before, this one raise a chuckle so I'm looking forward to seeing what is to come. Really nice to have a little fun now and again. I like the blue and perhaps appears slightly darker in the photograph.


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