Saturday, 23 June 2012


Hi Bloggers.

Another Christmas card today featuring one of the new dies that's available with the Grand Calibur Blockbuster on Create & Craft. A very simple card but effective I think.

I covered a piece of backing paper (Prima from a few years ago) with some Self Adhesive Film and then added some Creative Expressions Glass Micro Beads.

I cut the Spellbinders 2012 Holiday Tree out of white card. This is a really detailed die and does benefit from including a piece of greaseproof paper between the die and the card. I drew around the die onto some burgundy card to create a mat and glued the die cut on to it using Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

I stamped the letters for NOEL on to some white card using Plum Archival and cut them out using the small dies in the Holiday Tags die set. I inked through the dies with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam. I threaded some Baker's Twine from the Vintage Set through the tags and secured with 3D foam pads.

I assembled the card as shown and added some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Dark Bronze around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, Desparately need this die, this card is so beautiful, watched you demo it yesterday. Between you and Sue I am going to be bankrupt but it is worth it to be able to create some wonderful cards.


  2. Stunning card watched you demo this yesterday

  3. What a lovely makes me want to start on Christmas cards!!...I've just bought some micro beads and have had a little play by covering the odd embellishment, but will have a go at covering backing paper now.

    Carolyn B

  4. Loved the shows. Love the idea on this card of using the tags to make a banner. Will have to indulge in some Christmas dies!

  5. Loved this card and the demo Julia, but my fave is the blue one. Bx

  6. Morning Julia, saw you demo this yesterday. Love it xx hazel

  7. Morning Julia. Hope you are not too tired after your busy day yesterday. I love this card and this is my favourite die from the Christmas set, also love how you have used the tags for the greeting.

    Sue xx

  8. Morning Julia, I ordered this die and can't want to start using it....loved the shows yesterday, you and Nigel had me in stitches! Carole Z X

  9. Great shows yesterday Julia,another die to go on my wish list

    xx Sandra

  10. Morning Julia, a lovely xmas card but also simple which is needed when making so many xmas cards, also its ideal for posting as not bulky with embellishments. Having said that the micro beaded background adds interest.

  11. Hi Julia,
    Saw you yesterday on C&C and loved this card. In fact all your cards as lovely. Simple but elegant.
    Thanks for mentioning your blogspot. I now have another source of inspiration (I visit Sue's but am comparatively new to all this modern technology-but I'm learning!)
    Have ordered the POTD and can't wait for it to arrive as my head is buzzing with ideas.
    Looking forward to your next offering.


  12. Love this card absolutely stunning x

  13. Hi! Julia, loved the shows yesterday and you create lovely cards.

  14. great card Julia - caught one of your shows yesterday - did NIgel manage to tempt you with Lambrini lol! The christmas tree die is stunning and definately on my wish list.

  15. Hi Julia, pleased I caught the repeat of your show this morning. This die is a must have I love it! I totally agree with Cornish Emma's comments and think this is the card for me as I usually send around eighty cards at Christmas. Thanks for sharing! Hugs Christine H xx

  16. Hi Julia, not being very computer savvy it has taken me ages to find out how to do this. I have been following your blog for a while now and really like your cards and techniques. I have had a go at some of them, quite successfully I have some Ethel & Murray stamps, so was pleased to see some new ideas for them.

  17. Hi Julia - I have the small dies and hadn't used them like this! This is a great idea and looks super with the new Christmas tree die. Love the colours as well, burgundy is lurvely!!!

    Hugs Sue P xxx

    PS Not sure what Nigel was on the other day but I wish I could have some! You were both so funny I was laughing out loud!

  18. Hi Julia,
    Great card, simple but so effective. Love the new dies as well, will have to add them to the ever growing wish list.
    Best wishes
    Caz x

  19. Gorgeous card, I have the tree die on order and think I need the tag die too xx

  20. Hi Julia,
    Another lovely Christmas card. You are right it is a simpler design, but it is still fabulous.
    I must agree with Sue (Planetsusie) I would like a bit of whatever Nigel has taken. You both really made me smile!!
    Linda xx

  21. Hi Julia, I love the card, simple but very elegant. I WANT that die!!! I think you are very funny, I love your shows...

    Hugs Lesley x

  22. I keep on coming back to look at this card - it is absolutely beautiful x

  23. Love your demonstartions on the TV, very talented lady. Love the colours of this card and really want this contemporary tree die x


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