Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Love Bug

Hi Bloggers.

What a miserable bank holiday weekend weather wise. I have to say though that I do prefer it when I have prep to do. I did manage to make a good start on my samples for June 11th, did the housework, parcelled up the orders from my Amazon Store and went to see the new X-Men movie. Doesn't sound like much now I've wriiten it down - where does the time go?

I'm loving my new frame stamps. You guys seem to be favouring the larger stamps but there's some glimpses of what I've been doing with the Mini Frames at the bottom of this post which will hopefully convince you that you love them too.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I simply ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with Sue's Quilted Flower Embossing Folder. I inked around the edges with Raisin Adirondack Dye Ink using Cut n Dry Foam.

I stamped the Lady Bugs and trails from the Justrite Garden Tools Clear Stamp Set as shown using Jet Black Archival. I coloured in using Barn Door and Black Soot Distess Markers. I ran the panel through the Grand Calibur using the Couture Creations Small Dots Embossing Folder and inked around the edges with Raisin Ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp using Jet Black Archival. I cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 and inked through the die with Raisin Ink. I cut a Spellbinders Labels 8 out of Black Card.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Black Silky Crush Ribbon, added a White Crystal Sparkler and a couple of White Mini Pearl Swirls.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls in the top right hand corner and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Sparkle PVA around the edges.

Here's one of the Floral Mini Frames  -

and the other one -

You don't have to stamp the sentiment within the frame - you can die cut it and add to centre or add an image or a flower - one of the Mini Scrollwork Frames -

Here's the other Mini Scrollwork Frame -

You like? All the sentiments I've used with the Mini Frames are from the Creative Expressions All Occasions Sentiments Stamp Set.

All for now.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hello Julia, Yes it was a bit of a wash out weekend, but you did seem to get more done than I did :-( Love the card with the lady bugs, great layout, and the examples of the small frame stamps are just stunning. Bx

  2. Morning Julia.
    Thank you the card and all you little toppers are lovely. It is still raining today. Take care Kitty

  3. Lovely card Julia , cute lady birds.
    The samples of the frames are very convincing and I think they look great for sentiments ,
    Keep dry!

  4. Hi Julia. Lovely card. Those ladybirds are great, I don't know why but they always make me smile : ) The mini frames look really handy, can't wait to see what you have done with them. You got plenty done over the weekend, glad that you took some time out from working to go and see the X Men movie. Did you enjoy it? Our daughter and her boyfriend saw it the other day and thought it was really good. Take care.

  5. I like todays card and the mini frames are lovely. Your bow reminded me of a butterfly if some more bling going in the other direction TWO antenna. Thanks Julia. Mabex

  6. Lovely card, especially the ladybirds. I like the frame stamps too so will be looking out for them

  7. Morning Julia
    Love the ladybug, a simple (dare I say) but effective card. Love the frames oh how I wish my list would shrink but it just seems to grow and grow..
    Amanda x

  8. GM Julia. Like? I LOVE them!! Cute ladybugs on the card. Have a good day all
    Hugs Annie

  9. A lovely card today, and yes you have sold me those mini frames, just ordered mine
    from your Am shop. Many thanks Lilian

  10. Me like Especially the mini frames I particularly like the die you've used on the "Thanks for your help" card too It reminds me of a lace/crochet (there's a special name for this that I can't remember!) hankie

  11. Morning Julia, lovely card today, like the ladybirds on it and love the frames. Love Jean xxx

  12. Morning Julia
    Love the bug card and I like the frames. Well done you with prepping and relaxation time.
    I was quite pleased with my version to the rose postcard cutting 'outside of the box' and my colouring in so actually finished 4 cards!
    Sheila x

  13. Morning Julia lovely card and it shows how useful the frames are to set things out. Well you managed to get plenty done and a bit of pleasure time too. X

  14. Hi Julia, love the card and I love the mini frames so good for sentiments. Always looking for different things for sentiments. love Jean Z xxxx

  15. Love the card today Julia the colours are stunning thank you love always June xxxx

  16. Love everything you´ve shown today Julia. Those ladybirds are Sooo cute.
    Love Val in Spain x

  17. Morning Julia,
    Love all that you have shown us, the ladybirds are so cute.

  18. Lovely card Julia.
    I love the frames will have to get some
    Hugs to all
    Michelle xxxx

  19. Love today's card Julia, what cute ladybirds. The frames are lovely and, as you say, the minis are great too - perfect for sentiments. Pat x

  20. Hi Julia
    What a lovely card today and thanks for all the examples of the frames. You should have come up North to the Lake District for the weekend we had lovely sunshine I even spotted some ladybirds in the garden!
    Margaret corgi owner

  21. Julia, thanks for all the sentiment examples, as you say those smaller frames are great for that job.

  22. Hi Julia. Lovely card, love ladybirds. SueL x

  23. Hi Julia, love the ladybirds card. I also love the mini frames.

  24. Love todays card with the lady birds and I think that the small frames are gorgeous-especially your examples.

  25. Hi Julia, Lovely, lovely projects here today, the card is very pretty, love ladybirds, and the tips with the mini frames are fabulous, great ideas.
    We managed to get some sunshine yesterday, and today is quite nice on and off, up to now.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  26. Hi Julia today's card is gorgeous. We were lucky in Suffolk we had a sun filled Bank Holiday. Sounds like you did loads. Love Jackie


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