Tuesday 3 September 2013


Hi Bloggers.

So, the Crisscross die seems to have been really popular with everyone. Sorry, I won't be stocking any of the new dies in my Amazon Store as I just can't compete with the low prices some sellers sell their dies for. There are so many more sellers on Amazon selling craft products than there were when I started selling on there about 4 years ago. Lots of them are under-cutting me - but beware, they may catch you out on postage if you order more than 1 item. I shall be reviewing my sales and will have to decide whether it's still worth my while selling on there or if I should wind it down. I will, of course keep you posted.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I placed a couple of the Gold Ovals One Dies towards the left-hand side of a piece of Mauve Card and ran it through the Grand Calibur with the cut sandwich. I wanted to add some texture so, leaving the dies in place, I embossed with the A4 Tapestry Embossing Folder. It's very inportant that when embossing through the die, the folder is NOT closed. The sandwich you need for these folders is the base plate,  folder (open), card with dies cutting edge up, tan mat and raspberry plate.You may want to add a piece of card or 2 as a shim if the emboss is not deep enough. I rubbed Pearl Moon Gilding Wax all over the surface.

I stamped the Delicate Lily using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I coloured the petals in using Violet Frost Mica Powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Garden Flora Mica Spray Set. I coloured the leaves in using Soft Moss Cosmic Shimmer Matt Drawing Ink from the Garden Twist Set. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die and inked through the die with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Nobel Rectangles and inked through the die with Dusty Concord.

I tied a bow using White Crochet Ribbon and added a Frosted Violet Dazzler.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in White around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia
    A lovely card, great colour. Loving the noble rectangles die.
    Lisa x

  2. Morning Julia,a fantastic card you put so much work into all
    your cards you are an inspiration you really are, sorry your
    store isn't doing so good the postage is killing everyone I
    tend to wait till my local craft store gets the newstuff in sorry.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Morning Julia
    thank you Ilove the colour on this card.
    take care Kitty

  4. Lovely card Sue, the colour is great and the finished article is beautiful.
    Marion B x

  5. Morning Julia
    Such a pretty card today. Love the lilac shade.
    Sorry the shop is not doing so well, PLEASE don't go any where I love dealing with you, I get a personal touch.
    Amanda x

  6. Hi Julia
    What a beautiful card , I to think you do a great job on your blog, you and sue give me some great ideas for my card making thank you very much Tracy w x

  7. Morning Julia,

    What an exquisite card, really beautiful, these dies are so lovely I have put them on my wish list lol!

    It will be a shame if you close your Amazon store but I fully understand your reasons. Good Luck with whatever you decide.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx


  8. Love the colour of that card, it looks great as a background. Like the pretty flower stamps too

  9. Morning Julia, love this card, lovely colour and love the embossing. Love Jean xxx

  10. Hi Julia, beautiful card, the lily stamp is amazing, love the colours. Bx

  11. Pretty card, love the sentiment. Mabex

  12. Good morningJulia. Love the lilac colour. I'm not sure about the embossing folder but will come back for anothe look after.. I love hw the flower really shines. Xx

  13. Good morning Julia this card is gorgeous. I watched the shows I had recorded your demos were amazing. Sorry about your Amazon store I understand that things are difficult. I have friends who are trying to make it in the craft business and they are finding it tough. Have a good day I'm back to work. Jackie

  14. Morning Julia another stunning card.I do hope you keep your amazon store open but understand if you don't theres so much competition.

  15. Morning Julia, This is a beautiful card, and loving the embossing folder, it looks stunning with the gilding wax atop.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx


  16. Hi Julia,

    Love this card. So pretty. X

  17. Hi Julia,

    WOW. Really love this stunning card. Sooooooooo pretty.

    Tried your website for the crisscross die to no avail so I tried the C&C site and was lucky. Cant wait for it to arrive. Hope I can expand it as good as you did!!!!

    Much love,

    Shirley T. xxx

  18. Lovely card, really like the lily and crochet bow xx hazel

  19. A truly beautiful card today Julia. It would be such a shame if your Amazon store were to close Julia as you offer a great service

    xx Sandra

  20. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card great flower stamp and the background as usual is stunning.

  21. Pretty card Julia - the lily looks so delicate. Competition is so tough at the moment but I do hope you manage to keep your Amazon store open. Pat x

  22. Hi Julia

    Love this card today. lilac is my favourite colour. Sorry to hear your shop isn't doing to well. The postage is a bummer. Hope you are able to keep it open. Hope you still put cards on your blog if you can't keep it open. we will all miss your inspiration.

  23. Hello Julia, Pretty card. love the soft colours and the lily looks so delicate, your colouring is amazing. You give great service, sorry to hear that your Amazon store is not doing so well, a sad sign of the times.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  24. Good morning Julia, loving the colours you have used here, best wishes Jackie D

  25. Hi Julia. Beautiful card in my fav colour! Take care.

  26. love this flower so pretty .Laura O

  27. Hi Julia

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy shopping at your store. I totally trust your site and receive a fabulous service. I have always found your pricing and postage to be completely fair and compares well with everyone else. If you decide to wind it down I will really miss shopping from you. Love checking out your blog every day - hope you will continue to do this.
    Sandra xx

  28. So pretty Julia - love the colours and the lace bow. tfs
    Heather W

  29. Hi Julia. Another pretty card love the colour. I forget you can just emboss the dies.

  30. Hi Julia. Love the colour of the card and the new dies.
    Love Val x

  31. Hi julia this is a lovely card the colour of the card is a lovely shade and the lily stamp is really nice too. I too am sorry to hear about your amazon shop it would be a shame if you had to stop as your service is second to none, I prefer buying from just a couple of sites that I trust. I have to rely on buying from the Internet as I don't live anywhere near a craft shop so I don't mind paying postage as its cheaper than travelling to a craft shop!! Love Lesley x

  32. hi Julia
    this is stunning and I love the color.I am sorry to hear about your e.bay shop,I would have loved to shop with you Julia ,,but as you explained to me ,the problem was that I would be paying in Euro,.perhaps you might look into this,as as lot of my crafting friends live in"the Euro Zone" it is just a thought ,it may help and increase sales
    Thanks for the inspiration of your blog and your shows last week.they were fantastic as usual.
    Ita in Ireland.

  33. Hi Julia
    Yes at first I was put off buying from your store as I thought the postage was the same for each item and that can obviously mount up but then I realised it was only a very small amount for any additional item, I wish I had realised that sooner. Your service is great and very quick with the delivery.
    Thanks Julia for sharing your card with us today x

  34. Hi julia, a beautiful card. Love the embossing and the flower.

  35. Yet another lovely card Julia thank you for the inspiration you give love Gillian x

  36. Hi Julia, really beautiful card, I love the colour, my favourite.

    Hope you are having a good day,

  37. A very nice card Julia the comic shimmers are so nice

  38. A very pretty feminine card, the gilding wax gives a beautiful sheen. x

  39. Hi Julia, lovely card as always.
    X Ros

  40. Hi Julia, sorry to hear about the shop, it is a problem with the online shopping now being so huge. Hope you manage to sort something, I too love buying from your shop.
    Your card today is gorgeous, those dies you demoed are fabulous. They went on my wish list! Hugs Annie


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