Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Beauty of Life

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card from the shows tomorrow. I'm hoping it'll be a demo, but who knows if there'll be time! I have a hacking cough at the moment so I hope I'm able to speak tomorrow. Never been ill on TV before!

For the background, I placed the Grid Mask at a jaunty angle onto some Milk Card and inked through with Scattered Straw Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam. I then inked through the Flower Mask with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink moving it around so that the whole area was covered. I randomly stamped one of the flowers from the Creative Expressions Whimsical Floral Stamp set using Dried Marigold Distress Ink. I mounted the background on to some orange card and then I wrapped some Champagne Wrinkled Edge Ribbon and some Cream Crochet Ribbon (which I had inked with Rusty Hinge) around the card.

I cut a Spellbinders Fancy Postage Edge out of orange card and at the emboss stage added the Couture Creations Alora Embossing Folder. I stamped the sentiment from the Whimsical Floral Stamp set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Metallic Embossing Powder from the Metallics and Darks Set. I cut it out using the Fancy Postage Edge die. I left the card in the die and stamped the scroll from the Artsy Floral Stamp Set around the edges using Scattered Straw. I cleaned the ink off the edges of the die with a dry cloth and then inked through the die with Rusty Hinge.

I inked some more cream crochet ribbon with Rusty Hinge. I cut it in half lengthways and added some 12mm Hi-Tack Tape to the cut edge of 3 of the pieces. I removed the backing, folded down the end to touch the tape as usual when making a ribbon rose but then just rolled the remainder of the ribbon along the tape, finishing off as usual by folding the other end down to the tape. I cut off the excess tape. I repeated this for the other 2 pieces of ribbon. I cut some leaves out of orange and milk card using the Spellbinders Little Leafs Set. I inked through the milk ones with Scattered Straw and the orange ones with Rusty Hinge.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Pearl Swirls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Golden Pearl around the edges. I also added some spare pearls from the swirls to the orange postage edge die cut.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia lovely card i like the colour thatnyou have used. I looking forward to the shows tomorrow.

    Debs A

  2. Great concept and love the leaves and flowers. Love how elegant and sophisticated you make look so easy to do.
    See you tomorrow

  3. Pretty card, though I'm not usually enamored of yellow shades. Sorry about the cough, I hope you get rid of it before tomorrow.

  4. Hi Julia, yet again I love the colours on this card, it brightens a dark morning, superb layout. Sorry you are not well, hope you are ok for the shows, get better soon. Bx

  5. A lovely bright card Julia. Looking forward to the shows tomorrow.

  6. pretty stamps look forward to seeing your shows.Laura O

  7. Hi Julia. Really pretty cheerful card. Looking forward to your shows. Keep sucking the cough sweets.

    Val in Spain xxx

  8. Hi julia what a lovely bright and warm card on this dark and cold morning!! Love everything about this card,looking forward to your shows tomorrow hope your feeling better for them! Love lesley xx

  9. Morning Julia, I can sympathise with you, I really hope your cough abates before tomorrow, not something you want when you are in front of the camera. I have had my cough now for 7 weeks, and it really racks you up, so I know what you are feeling.
    Your card today is a ray of sunshine in this dank, dark, weather. I love the background, as always, it is beautiful, how ingenious with the lace flowers, really lovely.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Lovely Spring coloured card just what we need on a cold dark morning. looking forward to tomorrow shows xx hazel

  11. Morning Julia,
    Sorry about your cough mine has only just started to clear after 5 weeks, I tried everything then an old lady recommended buttercup cough syrup and it worked.
    Very bright cheerful card today bot colours I would normally use but its very striking.
    Have a good day.


  12. Hi Julia,

    Sorry to hear you are unwell.

    This is one powerful colour. X

  13. Morning Julia, a lovely card personally I would change colours
    it would be lovely in blue's must try it when we get home we are
    of to Tenerife tomorrow but will try check blogs with my tablet
    also set record for your shows so something to look forward to
    when I get home. Nancyd xx

  14. Morning Julia, Lovely bright card today....I love the background and the colours you have used...Hope you are feeling better soon, good luck with the show's...I wont be watching live but will record...

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

  15. Hope you are better soon Julia and all goes well with tomorrows shows
    xx Sandra

  16. Morning Julia, lovely sunshine card, bright and cheerful which is what we need. Love the background. Hope your feeling better for tomorrow. Emma

  17. Julia,
    I hope you are feeling better soon. This is a great card... Get plenty of rest....

  18. Hi Julia,
    Need a bright cheerful card on this foggy morning, seems to be getting thicker now instead of clearing. Hope you feel a bit better tomorrow, will be watching with interest - hope you get a presenter who lets you get on..............need I say more? Regards Jackie D

  19. hi julia love the colour of your card,i have managed to get marigol ink pad.just need yellow now. will be whatcing tommorow,love bluebell-flowerwood.

  20. Hi Julia. Sorry you are not feeling to well - wish you better soon.
    Like the style of the card today but not really my sort of colours. Good thing we are all different. Looking forward to the show tomorrow.

  21. Hello Julia, Pretty card, love the colour and the background, you are so talented. The flowers are scrummy. Hope you are feeling better for the shows, these coughs take some fixing. Looking forward to the shows.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  22. A lovely, cheerful card Julia...looking forward to the shows and hope you feel better, hugs Carole Z X

  23. Hi Julia
    What a super card so warm and colourful even though I am a great fan of white on white I like this one.
    Hope all goes well tomorrow and you are feeling a bit better I am sure you will cope.

  24. Hi Julia,
    Great background, lovely warm colours today, love the lace flowers.
    I hope you feel abit better tomorrow, nothing like a barking cough, hope you manage tomorrow on the shows, bless you.

  25. hello Julia Great background and very warm colours thank you Tracy w x

  26. Lovely orange card and I loved the way you have sneeked in a holly leaf! Looking forward to your shows tomorrow. Just have a hot lemon and honey drink and a big glug of whiskey in it and you'll feel fine! Good luck. X


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