Sunday, 16 February 2014

You make my day a bit brighter

Hi Bloggers.

Thank you for all your emails and comments yesterday. Much appreciated as always.

I'm off to the NEC today to demonstrate on the Creative Expressions stand at the UK Trade Show. Lots of new goodies to play, I mean work, with. Exciting stuff! Just hope the weather is kind on my journeys up and down the motorway for the next 3 days.

Here's today's card -

A messy background on this one. I used Coconut White Card. I started by randomly inking through the Ivy Mask with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Then, with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped the flower head from the Delicate Daffodil  using Scattered Straw. I then randomly stamped the Justrite Filigree Leaves Background, again with the stamp in my hand and Scattered Straw. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur witht the Couture Creations Endless Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Scattered Straw.

I stamped the Delicated Daffodil onto Sand Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer True White Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Detailed Scallops and inked through the die with Scattered Straw.

 I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Celebration Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with True White Detail Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Nobel Rectangles and inked through the die with Scattered Straw.

I tied a bow using Cream Crochet Ribbon. I made a flower using Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper and added a Cream 8mm Pearl.

I assembled the card as shown adding some more pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Golden Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia The shows were brilliant, I loved the way you gave Martyn some work, todays card is for both you and Sue as you make our days brighter,thank you take extra care Kitty

  2. Morning Julia, a beautiful card another very spring like one to lift
    everyones spirits good luck at the NEC hope you have a safe journey
    there and back. Only managed to watch one of your shows so far it
    was great as usual looking forward to the other one with Martyn.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi Julia, what a Beautiful Spring Card I love the Colours, and I really do Love The Flowers and your Bow! Your Stamping is Excellent and your Backgrounds are Awesome. Hugs from Sam x

  4. Hi Julia. Love the card, bright and fresh. Thank you for two great shows yesterday with Leonie and Martyn. I hope you have a great time demoing at Stitches. Wishing you safe journeys each day. Take care.

  5. Hi Julia
    What a bright and beautiful card loved your shows yesterday good luck with NEC thank you Tracy w x

  6. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous so bright and cheerful a real antidote to the horrible weather we have been having. Enjoy the NEC I was there demoing last year and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I hope you have safe journeys there and back. Love Jackie

  7. Hi Julie lovely spring like card. The shows were wonderful really enjoyed them. You and Marty make a great team. My email wasn't read out ,but I won a card on the pm show , very exciting to hear my name can't wait to get a Julia original Enjoy your time at Stitches. Thank youx

  8. Morning Julia
    A bright and sunny card today, very spring like.
    Enjoy the NEC - no glitter this year lol....
    Amanda x

  9. Morning Julia, enjoyed your shows yesterday. Lovely card today. Good luck with the shows and do hope the weather stays ok for your travelling. Love Jean xxx

  10. Love the card Julia so spring is in the air beautiful safe journeys stay safe and enjoy yourself
    love June xx

  11. Hi Julia, love the shows yesterday some beautiful cards and the stamps are gorgeous love Jean Z xx

  12. Hi Julia. Love todays card. Looks like Spring might be around the corner.
    Have a safe journey today and a great time at the NEC.
    Love Val x

  13. Another lovely card. Enjoy the NEC!

  14. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card, love the colours you have used, very springlike, lets hope it's coming soon.
    Enjoy Stitches.

  15. Morning Julia, Firstly, Congratulations to Mrs B having your email read out.
    Secondly, I'm so glad you have showcased this card today, I was in 'awe' Julia, when I saw your completed background with the flower heads dotted here and there together with the mask and the filigree leaves stamp, when you held it up, I was 'in love', the background looked very ethereal and mystical, but I couldn't get over the flower heads, it was magnificent. I absolutely love this card.
    Thirdly, your shows yesterday were brilliant, I could watch you all day demo'ing.
    Fourthly, have a good time at the Trade Shows.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  16. Hi Julia this card is just beautiful, loved the shows yesterday

  17. Hello Julia, a beautiful card, would be lovely for Easter with the daffodil stamp, and the yellow. Have a good time at the Trade show, I am sure you will be swamped with people watching your demo's. Great shows yesterday. Bx

  18. Good morning Julia,
    A very busy weekend for you. This card is like today with some sunshine. Enjoy the trade show.

  19. hi Julia
    Another brilliant card today. very spring like to cheer us up in this awful weather. I haven't watched your demo's yet but according to Patricia I have a real treat in store. Hope you have a good journey to and from the NEC. Happy crafting.

  20. Love the idea of using white on a colour and not use black! It's a lovely soft colour too Have fun at NEC playing (I mean working!)

  21. Very pretty Julia I am just beginning to get interested stamping again(my previous efforts were never very good) you make it look so easy so I'm thinking of trying again thanks for sharing x

  22. Morning Julia
    Wishing you safe journeys to the NEC.
    Loved your shows yesterday - I'm sure having Leonie & Martyn with you makes a lot of difference!! Loved the demos and although I wasn't lucky enough to have my email read out or win a card - just to see you demo this card and now read how you made it will make up for it (just a little) - I will keep on trying until I do win a card!! Actually Julia, ever thought of doing a Wednesday Giveaway like Sue does? You must have stacks of cards......
    Anyway look forward to seeing you again on C&C at the end of the month.
    Take care - although nice to see the sun shining this morning. No wind or rain.
    Sheila x

  23. lovely card love the flower xx hazel

  24. Hi Julia, a beautiful card. Love the daffodil stamp and the colours.

  25. Lovely, fresh look to this card.
    enjoy your time at stitches, there are plenty of new toys to play with. We envy you that.
    Janice W

  26. Lovely card Julia - what a beautiful daffodil stamp. Pat x

  27. Beautiful card. Have the treat of watching you demo this card later today as I taped your shows. Take care travelling to the NEC. Helen VofG

  28. Love this card, wouldn't usually like yellow but this is really lovely. Hope your journeys are safe. Love Sarah

  29. Hello Julia, Such a pretty card,and lovely words. Hope you enjoy yourself in Brum.
    I am pretty sure you should be travelling in sunshine as I have folk travelling the reverse journey. Really enjoyed the shows yesterday. I love listening to you and . Martyn, like an old married couple.
    X Ros

  30. Love the card gorgeous spring time yellows.Hope that the shows go well.

  31. Hi Julia,
    Loved the shows yesterday. The card samples are amazing and must take hours of planning and making ! Sent in an email for each show! I used to be too scared to do that! Today's card is so Spring like - just what we need! Weather here lovely at the moment - so nice to see the sunshine! Enjoy your trip for work/play at the NEC! Trust the weather is kind to you. Take care,
    Love Myra

  32. Hi Julia, I could watch you demo on C&C 24/7! You absolutely crack me up sometimes - especially when you and Nigel are together :o) Going to have to get some of the 'Stamping with Creative Expressions programmes transferred from my Sky box on to DVD! This demo was lovely and I particularly fell in love with the Nobel Rectangle die set. I missed out on the new sentiments singles, but hey ho! There's always a next time. Have seen the dates for Ally Pally in April and really hope to get to meet you this year. Enjoy your time at Stitches. Love Karen xx

  33. Beautiful card Julia watched your show with Martie yerstday fantastic demos.,and tips ,I loved the Lilac card,you give me lots of inspiration ,thank you for all the work yo do for your blog,and your shows.

  34. Hi Julia,

    Beautiful and bright card to brighten up our day.

    Loved yesterdays card too, sorry missed a lot of posts yesterday.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  35. Hello Julia, A beautiful warming card, the daffodils are gorgeous and love the scalloped dies. Sadly missed the shows yesterday, will watch them online. Good luck at Stitches, enjoy and stay safe travelling.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  36. Watched you make this yesterday Julia and am so glad you posted it as I missed the bit at the beginning!
    Love the colours and think the background is really great -something for me to try with stash I have , until that happy day when I can just buy ALL the wonderful stamps and dies you use!

  37. Beautiful card, today. I love the way you match the colours so they really stand out well. Just gt home so didn't catch the shows but will watch online. Don't want to miss any tips and new skills!
    Take care travelling
    Love Jan x

  38. Hi Julia,

    Beautiful, bright and sunny card.


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