Saturday 1 June 2013

Birthday Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

I'm having a day off from packing today as I'm taking Kathryn to see my Mom & Dad. It took me a day and a half to pack my craft room! You wouldn't believe the number of full boxes that came out of my little room.

Anyway, here's today's card -

I cut the largest of the Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles out of Coconut White Card and inked through the die with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

I dusted a piece of Coconut White Card with my anti-static bag and cut the second largest Grand Stately Circle. I did not emboss it. I placed it cutting edge down on my tan mat which was on my base plate. I inked up the Fretwork Mask with Perfect Medium and placed it ink side down onto the card/die, placed my pink plate on top and ran it through the machine. The Perfect Medium transferred to the debossed pattern. I removed the card from the die, added Cosmic Shimmer Lava Black Embossing Powder (from the Metallics & Darks Set) and heat set. I placed the card back in the die and inked through the die with Aged Mahogany.

I stamped the Perfect Poppy using Perfect Medium and embossed with Lava Black. I cut it out using Spellbinders Labels 30 and inked through the die with Aged Mahogany. I cut an A2 Curved Matting Basics A out of Coconut White Card. At the emboss stage I added the the Couture Creations Nuevo Embossing Folder and then inked through the die with Aged Mahogany.

I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Perfect Poppy Stamp, again using Perfect Medium and embossed with Lava Black. I cut it out using Spellbinders Ornamental Tags 1 Die D-Lite and inked through the die with Aged Mahogany. I added a White Pearl.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of White Silky Crush Ribbon. I pressed a Fancy Pearl Embellishment into the Perfect Medium Pad, added Lava Black Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set.

I assembled the card as shown. When I demoed this on Monday, I used Steel Blue Embossing Powder (from the same set as the Lava Black) and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. That looked lovely too. Lots of colour combos would work with this one.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! ! ! Hope you have a wonderful day with your daughter , beautiful card with lots going on, very pretty!

  2. Happy Birthday Julia. Have a lovely, relaxing day with your family. Love the card and that poppy really is perfect! Take care.

  3. Hi Julia
    Hope you have a great time with you daughter and your parents this card is beautiful love the colours happy birthday Tracy w x

  4. Morning Julia ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... Have a great day with your family.
    Very pretty card love the background. love the stamps.

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

  5. Good morning Julia,
    Happy Birthday to you, here's hoping your day is as lovely as the card. Enjoy your family and have a big piece of birthday cake. This card is amazing love it. Celebrate!!!!!!!!

  6. Happy birthday Julia,
    Have a great day and wishing you many more to come.
    The card is lovely. Thanks to you I am now using masks, never knew how much fun they are.
    My best wishes to you

  7. Happy Birthday! Lovely card today, hope you have a relaxing day away from packing.


  8. I love your use of the Stately Circles and Distress Inks in general. Have a good day!

  9. Morning Julia, HAPPY BIRTHDAY hope you have a lovely day
    with your family your packing will be still be there when
    you get back so enjoy a nice rest. Todays card is gorgeous
    like the way you have embossed mask.
    Nancyd xx

  10. Good Morning, Julia,
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Enjoy your day, I am sure it will be special and one to remember among all the packing cases!
    Great Card as usual, featuring one of my favourite dies.
    Love to Kathryn as well,
    Lis xx

  11. Mornng julia Happy birthday. Well i love this card the colours that you have used make this card. Hope you have a lovely day with your family. Take care julia. Xx

    Debs A

  12. Happy Birthday Julia, hope you have a wonderful day. Love your card hope you received some beautiful ones yourself today xx

  13. Hi Julia, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Hope it's a wonderful one. Enjoy your day with your family - I hope you get spoiled rotten.

    Beautiful circle card today. LOVE the fretwork mask.

    Love Val in Spain xxx

  14. Good morning Julia and it is a lovely sunny one for your birthday I hope you have a good one. You deserve a day off from packing. The card is beautiful. Enjoy your day. Love Jackie

  15. Hi Julia,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and have a wonderful day with your family. Your card today is beautiful, love the Grand stately circles and how you have put this card together.Enjoy today.

    Love Sheila xx

  16. Happy Birthday Julia, loved watching you make this card, I find myself using this fretwork mask more and more, love the stately circles and the stamp.

  17. Hi Julia

    Happy Birthday have a lovely day with your family. The card today is lovely and thankyou for the detailed description of how to make it I love the stately circles one of my favourite dies.

    Love Annx

  18. Hi Julia. Know the feeling packing up craftroom then you have it all to unpack at the other end. Still you find things you'd forgotten you had got. Enjoy your day off with your daughter. Lovely lovely card today. SueL

  19. Morning Julia, happy birthday to you! Hope you have a great day with your family. Lovely card, loved it when you demonstrated it on C&C. Love Jean xxx

  20. Pretty card Julia, and Happy Birthday too. I would believe how many boxes came out of your craft room, because I've just done something very similar. Have a great day (hope you got some nice goodies).

  21. Morning Julia,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hope its a good one and have a great day with your family.
    Very pretty card.

  22. Morning Julia
    Happy Birthday. This card is brilliant - later today I am going to be trying this technique of the embossing with the masks.
    Amanda x

  23. Hi Julia, Happy Birthday!!!!. Love today's card. Have a great day with your family. Lol Lynne M x x x x x

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Julia, what a wonderful card. Have a great day with your family everyone deserves a day off especially on a birthday. I'm doing the same as you packing boxes and sorting out my crafty stash! Some things I had forgotten all about, anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY again.

  25. Happy Birthday Julia, hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve a break from packing, and if your craft room is anything like mine - well enough said. This card is beautiful, and I hope you made it for yourself. Bx

  26. lovely card Julia,happy birthday,enjoy the day.Laura O

  27. I just love this card Julia it is striking, saw you do it on c&c . Happy Birthday to you hope you have a lovely day Jean Z xx

  28. Happy Birthday Julia, pretty card for today. Hope you have a wonderful day and I would like to wish you luck with the move next week. Kind regard Joanne K x

  29. Hi Julia
    What a beautiful card so delicate I love it.
    I do hope you are putting labels on all your boxes and some identification as to their contents, I know from bitter experience this is so important or you will be pulling your hair out after the move looking for something! Have a good weekend.

  30. Happy Birthday Julia!
    Bet you found some forgotten treasures going thru your stuff.
    Have a great day with Kathryn and the family. x

  31. Hi Julia and a Happy Birthday to you.
    Love the card so pretty. Have a fab day
    hugs n stuff
    Carol B

  32. Happy birthday Julia, lovely card xx hazel

  33. Hi Julia - I am wanting to sort my craft room out and keep procrastinating!! don't really know where to start!!! Anyway a little American birdy advised us it is your birthday today so have a fab day and by the way the card is luvly too xx GailT xx

  34. Hello Julia, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, have a lovely day with your family, hope you get spoiled rotten, forget about the packing you deserve a you day. Hugs to Kathryn too. Love today's card, clean and fresh and soooo pretty.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  35. Hi Julia happy birthday, hope you have a lovely day with your family and can allow yourself a day not thinking about packing!!! It will still be there tomorrow. Today's card is lovely and it has reminded me that I haven't tried this technique with the mask so I think this might be what I attempt this weekend!! Love Lesley x

  36. Happy Birthday Julia!

    Enjoy your day.

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  38. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA, Great card as usual, very pretty. Have a great day with your family.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  39. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday dear Julia have a fantastic day

  40. Happy birthday Julia!
    You deserve a day off today, I hope you are having a good day with your family!
    Many happy returns,
    Sandra Riley

  41. Happy Birthday Julia, I little birdie on another blog told me it was your birthday today!

    Glad you are having a good day and taking it off for your birthday.
    I don't intend moving again as I wouldn't want to have to pack up all my craft stuff especially all my spellbinders dies and GC. I'd cry!

    The card today is lovely I just love those grand stately circles I have the grand decorative circle dies which I love and would love to get this set of spellbinder dies. The labels thirty die is a great shape for your poppy to go on , that poppy stamp is special. Love the way you have used the fretwork mask to enhance the background with embossing powder. I like the colour of the aged mahogany distress ink you've used.
    All in all a very special card.

    Hope you enjoy your birthday and you are spoilt by your family. To make it a very special day indeed.

    Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

  42. Beautiful card Julia and happy birthday, have a great day

    xx Sandra

  43. Happy Birthday Julia, hope you have had a lovely day with your family, great card today as always, thanks very much x

  44. Happy Birthday Julia, hope you've had a great day with your family and enjoyed some sunshine. Your card is beautiful as usual . Hugs x ChrisB

  45. Happy Birthday Julia, hope you are having a lovely day with your family. Todays card is lovely as always.
    Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

  46. A very Happy Birthday, Julia, I hope you have had a beautiful day with Kathryn and your Mum and Dad. Your card is gorgeous, lovely die-cuts and gorgeous combination of colours, beautiful.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  47. Beautiful card Julia. Happy birthday too, I hope you have enjoyed the day with your family, you deserve some time to yourself.
    Hugs Lynn

  48. Happy birthday Julia. Hope you have a very special day. I to am a Gemini, we have to stick together. Anyway today's card is stunning. Have a great day birthday hugs Debbie Ravenhill xx

  49. Happy Birthday Julia have a nice day. Love from Yvonne


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