Tuesday 26 August 2014

Joy to the World

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's blog post -

For the background, I stamped the Newsprint Stars A6 Background several times using Perfect Medium and then dusted Seasonal Silver Mica Powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Festive Brights Mica Spray Set all over. I removed the excess mica with a dry wet wipe.

I stamped the Joy to the World Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shime Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B.

I cut a Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28. Leaving the card in the die I applied some Silver Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint through the die using a Natual Sponge (the paint comes off the die easily with a Grime Boss).

I tied a bow using White Satin Edged Organza and added a Small Fancy Pearl Embellishment.

I assembled the card as shown addin some White Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Silver Lustre around the edges.

I have decided that I will be closing my Amazon Store on Friday 26th September. There's very little activity on there, even with the August Sale. I have discovered that everytime I sell an item at 99p I actually lose money! It's also irritating me beyond belief that when I'm the first to load a product on to Amazon, another seller can come along and the name I've given to the product gets changed on my inventory to the name they've given it. Sometimes it's wrong and sometimes it seems really stupid like 'Pack of 1' on Sue's die sets and 'Beige' on Ali's Masks. Sometimes pictures are changed incorrectly too and I have to photograph them and take a photo of the barcode to prove to Amazon that my photo is correct. Drives me nuts!

I'm gradually moving some items over the ebay and I've had another clearout this weekend so lots on offer on there. The links to both Amazon and ebay are in the top menu of this blog (does not work on tablets or phones).

Phill Martin has shows on Create & Craft today at 10am and 3pm. Hope you're able to watch - he has some gorgeous new stamps.

I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek from Thursday's shows.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia.
    Thank you a lovely card, Sorry to read about your shop, I have never had a positive out come with either Amazon or e bay. Take care. Kitty.

  2. Hello Julia, so sorry to hear that you have made the decision to close your amazon store, but can understand with the frustration you are feeling. Well I am sure it will give you more time to create beautiful cards like this one. Love the white and silver, really lovely. Bx

  3. Morning Julia
    Again sorry to hear that you have decided to close your Amazon store - very frustrating for you.
    This card is gorgeous - love the silver (the silver detail embossed so well!) - one to try on a similar theme. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Take care. Will try and catch some of the gorgeous Phill today - something to look forward to after the long weekend and back to work!
    Sheila x

  4. Lovely card today-very classy.

    Shame about your Amazon store but it sounds like the right decision.


  5. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous. I am sorry to hear about your Amazon store closing I do understand it sounds very frustrating. Sending you hugs. Jackie

  6. Morning Julia,
    A very pretty card. love the background stamp.

  7. Love this card Julia , so classy!
    Sorry about your Amazon hassles, I think you have done the right thing , you don't need that aggro!

  8. Morning Julia, lovely card, I have the shimmer paints but keep forgetting to use them, might give this a try. Like everyone has previously said sorry to hear of the trouble with Amazon, I don't know how you have time to do that and all your demo's and tv appearances anyway. Love Jean xxx

  9. Morning Julia, A gorgeous card, very elegant and truly gorgeous !!
    I can't understand why that happens on your Amazon Store, especially when you have loaded yours first !! unbelievable, no wonder you are considering closing it. Would the same thing happen if they were first and you were second, would theirs be changed !! No wonder you are seething. Take a deep breath and count to ten.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Great card Julia Sorry to hear about problems with Amazon It must feel very disheartening and frustrating for you

  11. Good morning Julia, beautiful card today simple and elegant Beryl xx

  12. Morning Julia, stunning card, colours are beautiful.
    Sorry to hear the problems with Amazon you can do without that.
    Carol x

  13. Hi Julia, very nice card love Jean Z xx

  14. Hi Julia. Sounds like you have made the right decision to close your Amazon shop, you don't need that sort of nonsense in business do you!
    I love todays Christmas card, change the sentiment stamp and you have a lovely card for many occasions. Take care.

  15. Morning Julia. A beautiful Cbristmas card just getting ready to
    start mine so will be checking all recent blogs from you and Sue
    for inspiration. Sorry about your store but maybe it will turn out
    for the best.
    Nancyd xx

  16. Beautiful card today Julia love it thank you xxxxxjune

  17. Hello Julia, A beautiful Christmas card, love everything about it. Sorry to hear that you are closing your Amazon store, it is probably the best thing for you, you don't need the hassle and frustration.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  18. Hi Julia and all your lovely followers. I love this card today, I have some of these stamps so might have a try later if I get a chance. I know exactly what you mean about loosing money when selling on ebay and amazon, I recently put on over 50 punches, many of them brand new still in unopened boxes and by the time I paid out for charges on ebay, postage, and paypal, I lost money on almost everyone of them. People seem to sell quite a lot on fb so I might try that. Like many other crafters I have loads of stuff that I never ever use and never will and I need the space. Anyway have a safe, healthy and happy day everyone. June Smith xxx

  19. Hi Julia, a beautiful card. Love the colours. Sorry about your amazon store.

  20. Amazon Store - I share your frustration - Usually the changes are made by sellers who don't know what they are doing - I have tried to sell items on there and the descriptions get changed to something wrong. You cannot operate at a loss - so understand the reason for the closure. I will have another look today.

    Lovely card by the way.

  21. A fabulous christmas card, Just love it. Looking forward to your shows on Thursday. Have been watching Phil on C&C, as you mentioned gorgeous stamps. Helen

  22. Hi Julia, I will miss your Amazon store but absolutely understand that you don't need all that hassle.
    Looking forward to your shows later in the week.

  23. Lovely card Julia. I still haven't started my Christmas cards, every
    time I try to make a start something else crops up.
    Hugs to al
    Michelle xxxx

  24. Hi Julia,
    I Love your Background Stamp, and The Beautiful Joy To The World Stamp, This Card Is A Stunning Christmas Card.
    Hugs from Sam

  25. Hi, very lovely card. Will miss your amazon store but understand as the last time i ordered something I thought you were selling found when it arrived it was from some other seller, although I was in your store on the site. Good wishes for the future . Lilian

  26. Hi Julia,
    I'm late again! Unable to watch any craft this week as power off in the conservatory where the sky box lives! Kitchen being done so all is chaos. Tonight we have no centre lights upstairs as new fuse being installed!
    Today's card is lovely . I love the sentiment - it is Christmas in 4 words!
    Sorry about your amazon store. I fully understand your frustration and annoyance . Nobody needs that hassle. As someone else commented if I placed an order of one item with you and wished to make another purchase I was often directed to another seller. I got wise to that one but you don't need the trouble.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.
    Love Myra

  27. Great card love the colour tones xx hazel

  28. Hi Julia,

    I love the colours. The newsprint stars aren't just for Christmas I think!

    Crafty hugs,

    T xxx


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