Monday, 18 June 2012

Where Lipstick is concerned ......

Hi Bloggers.

We're back to Ethel & Murray again today. I know that some of you don't like the images but I just haven't had time to make a card just for the blog today. I'm not even sure if I like this card myself. In fact, as I look at it, I can think of something I would have done differently if I made it again. I certainly did a lot of faffing around to even get it to this stage!

Anyway, here it is

The backing paper is called Floral Dream and is from the Foundations Paper range from Creative Expressions.

I stamped the image from the Creative Expressions Well Adjusted Women Stamp Set using Coffee Archival and embossed with Coffee Archival. I cut this out using the largest but one of the Labels Twenty-Five dies. I inked around the image with Dusty Concord Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam. I stamped and embossed the image again on a smaller piece of card. This is the image I coloured in. I stamped and embossed the image again on the reverse side of the Floral Dream Paper and cut out just the dress. I used a selection of Cosmic Shimmer Matt Drawing Inks to colour the image. I glued the paper dress to the image using Cosmic Shimmer Glue. I cut the image out with scissors and a craft knife and mounted on top of the un-coloured image using 3D Foam Pads.

I cut a frame out of black card using the largest of the Labels Twenty-Five dies for the outside and a Labels Fourteen for the inside. At the emboss stage I added the Creative Expressions Bark Embossing Folder. The Grand Calibur sandwich you need for this is Base Plate, approx 15 sheets of copy paper, embossing folder, dies with card with cutting edges face up, Tan Mat, Creative Expressions Embossing Plate. Do not close your folder - you will damage it. I mounted the frame on top of the image using 3D Foam Pads.

I made 2 flowers using the Floral Dream paper and the Creative Expressions Floral Embossing Folder. You can see how to do this in the video tutorial in this post. I cut some leaves out of white card using the Spellbinders Damask Accents die set. I inked through the die with Dusty Concord using Cut n Dry Foam. I cut some more leaves out of lavender card using the Spellbinders Foliage die set. I added these to my frame.

I stamped the sentiment onto some white card using Coffee Archival and embossed with clear powder. I cut it out using Labels Four and inked through the die with Dusty Concord. I cut a mat out of black card using Labels Four Small.

I ran a piece of 6mm Hi-Tack Tape down the length of the card at the side and ruffled some Mauve Rose American Seam Binding along it. I think here, it would have looked better if I had added some black crochet ribbon first. I tied a bow using 2 lengths of the ribbon and added a polka dot button that I bought from Sam here with some Baker's Twine from the Vintage Set tied through it.

I finished the card off with some Creative Expressions Black Rhinestone Swirls.

Let me know what you think - I know you will!

Don't forget you still have time to leave a comment for a chance to win a demo card in this post.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, I really like the card, and the colours. Bx

  2. Hi Julia, Ok you are winning me round to Ethel and Murray, I seem to, on first look, be drawn to this card. Good choice of colours. Your instructions on how to make your cards are very detailed which I like because I feel I can replicate your designs.


  3. Love the layout, colour combinations and ribbon but again not the stamps I would use the corsets or dressform stamps but that's just my preference for stamps! Bye for now xxx

  4. Love this one Julia - the sentiment is great - I do like the stamps but I thik the names have put me off a bit - irrational I know!

  5. Hi Julia, Love this card and the ribbon ruching is gorgeous. Looking forward to your next slot on C&C. Lots of love from Patricia xx

  6. I love the card....these 'oldies' are great. I've only got one Ethel stamp which I've had for years, but have used her a lot. Love the sentiment as well.
    Carolyn B

  7. Morning Julia, lovely card i think if lovely as it is. Really like the stamped image and the sentiment xx hazel

  8. Morning Julia

    I love the images but I think the card is too sophisticated for this image, if you know what I mean.

    The layout is wonderful.

    Sue xxx

  9. Morning Julia, i was being thick you know, i know why i like these stamps and thats because my gran was called Ethel! And this stamp is her definately as she would never go anywhere without her makeup on, hat & gloves, used to drive us all mad if we were only going into the garden!!!! We all loved her for it tho.
    I like this card, altho i think maybe the topper is too far to the left and feels left out. I love how you've done the topper with the diff labels making a frame. I think these stamps depend on the person as i could use them for my nan who had a wicked sense of humour, but not Ethel she never laughed - sadly.
    Wishing you all a good week

  10. Hi Julia, I do like this card it's fun. The colours are great and your instructions very detailed which I think are fantastic and much appreciated!
    Hugs Christine H xx

  11. I don't know why you don't like this card Julia, I think it's great and I have friends who would really laugh if they received one like it.
    Thanks for the flower tutorial, hope there's more of these to come

    xxx Sandra

  12. I love these stamps Julia and have made a few cards using them myself. I am a real fan of the colours you have chosen, the card is brilliant.

    Hugs Sue P xx

  13. I think this card is just fine! Love the colours and of course Ethel is a classic. Thanks for all the details you give, they are really helpful. Michelle x

  14. Hi Julia, good to see Ethel again, just love all the captions. I like the framing with the decopaged Ethel in the frame, but not sure abut the ribbon down the side, seems too sophisticated for Ethel I like her more rustic. A lot of work and different techniques involved in this card

  15. Hi Julia,
    Love this card and the colours that you've used
    Best wishes
    Caz x


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