Monday 28 April 2014

You Mean the World to Me

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Black Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Ooh La La Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design.

I stamped the bee from the Botanical Spray Set twice using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut them out using Spellbinders Classic Squares Large. I cut 2 Spellbinders Captivating Squares out of Black Card.

I stamped the ladybug that comes in the Ivy Corner Set twice, again using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Clear Powder. I cut them out using Spellbinders Captivating Squares. I cut 2 Spellbinders Fleur de Lys Squares out of Black Card.

I cut a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One and at the emboss stage added the Decorative Mask.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Classic Sentiments Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Clear Powder. I cut it out using Sue's Seville Die Set from the Spanish Collection.

I tied a bow using Black/Ivory Striped Grosgrain. I added a little water to some Cosmic Shimmer Vanilla PVA on my craft sheet and brushed it onto a Fancy Pearl Embellishment.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Cream 8mm Pearl to each corner and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Black Pearl around the edges.

If any of you live in the Bristol area, then you may like to come to a demo day that I'm doing for Out of the Blue in Chipping Sodbury on June 7th. Here are the contact details -

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Good morning,
    Wow this card isn't you, but I really like it, always fun to see something new. Nice job!

  2. Morning Julia.
    Thank you just the card for my bug crazy Grandson. Take care Kitty. Oh I love it

  3. Hi Julia, a very different card, but no less effective. Love the layout. Bx

  4. Morning Julia
    Ooh this is different - but love the bees.
    Sheila x

  5. Good morning Julia this card is brilliant those insects are amazing and all so dramatic in black and white. Have a great day. Love Jackie

  6. Hi Julia , love the card and colours so different. love Jean Z xxx

  7. Morning Julia, A beautiful monochrome card today, I love the bees and ladybugs, and I especially love how you have cut out the respective squares, genius and so beautiful.
    I was trying the pva glue dots again for the second time yesterday, Julia, and I was worse than the first time haha ,I think it must be that I've had my glue too long, so I'll use it as 'scribble glue' (Sue's phrase) and I will get some new when I can afford it.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Hi Julia. What a great card. I love the bees and ladybirds. You have used them so well. I'm off to see just how far away Chipping Sodbury is from me! I think it is close enough to allow me to come and see you, fingers crossed: ) Take care.

  9. I love this technique I've tried something similar with the only square set of dies I own - Marvellous Squares and every one I make is appreciated The card looks stunning with the squares layered up and the monotone is striking

  10. Morning Julia
    This card is an eye catcher, stunningly beautiful
    Wished some of you would come to Leicester to demo
    Carol x

  11. Morning Julia, lovely card, love black and white. Just looked on the map and I am only about half and hour from Chipping Sodbury so will have to see if I can make it. Love Jean xxx

  12. Hi Julia
    Love this card and the stamps used. I have the dies but not the stamps. I do have small stamps that I could use. This is so different from your usual style. But still stunning. Not to sure how Chipping Sodbury. Just might be closer than Bristol Mrs B. I think you are close to me Mrs B. I think I heard your email read out once on Sue's Demo and it said Mrs B from Southmoor. Unless there are two of them and your not the one near Witney Oxon.

  13. Hi Julia, love black and white cards.

  14. Nice card today Julia, I really like the layout.
    Hugs to all.
    Michelle. xxxx

  15. Just checked on the map. I'm about an hour away so will have to see a bit nearer the time!

  16. love monochromatic cards,they really stand out and this one is different to the usual which is great.

  17. Love the card Julia very well thought out love it. Sorry won't be able to come and see you too far. Thank you for sharing love June xx

  18. Interesting mix of dies used which should remind us all not to forget what is in the box!! best wishes Jackie D

  19. Morning Julia, a very pretty card just great for all those little boys
    in our lives.
    Wish I was nearer to come to your class but unfortunately not.
    Nancyd xx

  20. Hi Julia. How unusual using the 4 small images. Love the black and white.
    Love Val in Spain x

  21. This is lovely Julia. Very striking in black and white. Love the idea of four little toppers. xx

  22. Hello Julia, Love this card, very striking and love how you have used the four small images. Your class is too far away from where I live, mores the pity.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  23. The smaller stamps on a sheet often get overlooked, this is a fab way of using them, love it! x

  24. Lovely card Julia love the insects xx hazel

  25. Beautiful card Julia, love the desifn and it looks great in Monochrome.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  26. Love your card Julia, black & white combo always looks very striking. Particularly like those bumble bees!.
    Thanks for the link to the demo day with you at our shop in Chipping Sodbury.
    We are really looking forward to you coming & some ladies have booked more than one time slot!.
    Be lovely to meet some crafter's from further afield too.
    Chipping Sodbury is a lovely, picturesque medeival market town with lovely shops, cafes etc so nice to spend the day & have a bit of a wander too!.
    See you soon
    Amy x

  27. Shame - your demonstrations are too far away, but I am on the look-out for something closer. I love these nature/insect stamps good for a boy, though I would leave the bow off for a male card.

  28. Morning Julia,
    A striking card, love the black and white.

  29. Hi Julia,
    Really striking lovely card. Agree it would be good for a male card maybe minus the bow.
    So sorry not near enough to come to one or more of your classes! Will just have to make do with thi s great blog and your TV appearances for now.
    Love from a sunny , warm Lancashire! Having said that it's probably raining in the next village!

  30. Lovely. Been looking all over for a bee stamp, now I know where to get one. SueL x

  31. Afternoon Julia
    Amazing card -monochrome is really striking. I love it.
    Amanda x

  32. Hi Julia. Another different card from you and I think it's very striking. Like it a lot. Kind regards Joanne K x


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