Friday, 24 October 2014

Life is Better

Hi Bloggers.

I had an email yesterday telling me that I have been nominated in the Most Inspirational Craft Blog Category in the British Craft Awards 2015 in association with Craft, Hobby & Stitch International. Gobsmacked - I think that's the term I would use! I'm not expecting to win as Sue Wilson and Sam Poole have also been nominated but well chuffed to have been nominated. You can vote here.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I simply ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Celtic Flower Embossing Folder.

I stamped the sentiment from the Uplifting Thoughts Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped a Swirl from the Justrite Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set either side of the sentiment using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B.

I stamped the Wrought Iron Frame onto Black Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer True White Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B.

I cut 4 Justrite Heirloom Flourish Two out of Coconut White Card and attached them to the frame as shown.

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

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia.
    Congratulations for being nominated, In my world you are all winners that is why all your names are their. Lovely card today. Good luck take care Kitty

  2. Congratulations for being nominated I've just vote for you and sue Wilson this card is stunning thankyou tracyw x

  3. Hello Julia, congratulations on the nomination, you deserve it. Love todays card, the dies look fantastic around the stamped image. Have a great Friday. Bx

  4. Morning Julia
    Well done on being nominated! Then you show us a card like this - you're a Winner in my book.
    This is an incredible card.
    I've also been on eBay and found your samples - so if I can't win on C&C - there's every chance I could get quite a few and for a good cause.
    Sheila x

  5. Morning Julia, beautiful card today, love black and white! Well done on being nominated. Love Jean xxx

  6. Morning Julia and all crafters, such a lovely card today, the embossed background and the swirly stamped front really do compliment themselves to this design, well done.

    Have a great Friday everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  7. Stunning card Julia and congratulations on your nomination xxx

  8. Stunning card-love black + white on cards.


  9. congrats Julia lovely card x xhazel

  10. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous. Congratulations on being nominated in the craft awards. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  11. Beautiful card Julia and well done on being nominated, you deserve it!

  12. Morning Julia,
    Love this card it is stunning, and congratulations for being nominated, you have really worked hard and deserve it
    Carol x

  13. Congrats Julia Will cast my vote Love the card The wrought iron stamp seems to marry up with lots of dies

  14. Morning Julia, Hearty congratulations on your nomination, very well deserved.
    Your card is really lovely, as always.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Morning Julia,
    I Truly Love Today's Card as I love Black and White together.
    Congratulations on your Nomination extremley deserved as your work is excellent
    Hugs from Sam xx

  16. Morning Julia,
    Congratulations on your nomination, well deserved. Love black and white cards, so this is right up my street.

  17. I love that wrought iron frame, so beautiful. Today's card has that Wow factor, stunning. Well done on being nominated, you never know x

  18. Hello Julia, my fav colour scheme and the focal words are so true.
    X Ros

  19. Julia,
    Comgrats on your nominations, awesome!!!

  20. Brilliant card Julia... another fabulous idea from you. I am voting now ! I am sure you will doe well ... you certainly deserve it. Crafty Regards Julie Kay x

  21. Julia, I could not believe it when I saw you all in the nominations when I voted yesterday - just goes to show that you as a group are what crafters are looking for in their work - lovely card. Keep up the good work and congratulations again.

  22. Well done! You deserve it! Love this card, it's stunning! xxx

  23. The card is stunning well done on the nomination you well deserve it too your work is awsum you must be chuffed girl. Love June xxxxxx

  24. Hi Julia

    Simply stunning... I love this stamp and the way you've used the flourish dies. This card is really a style I love

    Many congratulations on your nomination, it is absolutely deserved. I think it goes to
    prove also that CE has the best crafters using their products and representing them. I think that CE DT are all very different types of crafters and this shows by looking at the blogs. I really love the way you use Ali's masks in particular. I am a huge fan of masks myself and love your demos and cards with them.

    Crafty hugs,

    T x

  25. Hi Julia, stunning card today. Congratulations on your nomination, well deserved. Love and hugs,
    Alison D x

  26. Big Congrats, fingers crossed for you! :)


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