Friday 1 May 2015

Thinking of You

Hi Bloggers.

I'm heading off up North again this afternoon for a demo at Strikes in Northwich, Cheshire (address for your SatNavs here). Hope the M1 and M6 are kind to me today! Any orders placed after 12noon today won't be posted until Tuesday - sorry.

Here's today's card from the Craft Clinic last month -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" Sparkle Square Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design (repeating pattern). I wrapped a piece of Creative Expressions Bluebird Satin Ribbon around the centre.

For the background panel, I used a piece of Gloss Black Card and covered an area completely with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue (it needs to be quite thick). I then dropped mica powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Summer Shades Mica Spray Set completely covering the glue. I used a stiff brush to press the powder into the glue a little then used my heat tool from below. The glue bubbles up and the mica settles into it. It takes a while but it's quite cool to watch. I trimmed it a little and matted it onto Black Card.

I popped a little Frosted Mallow and Blue Lilac Mica Powder onto my craft sheet, added a little water and used them to paint on the Creative Expressions Tulip Trio Stamp. I misted it a little with water and stamped onto Coconut White Card. I cut it out using Spellbinders Labels 25. I created a faux nestie by drawing around the outside of the die onto Black Card and cutting out using scissors.

I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Tulip Trio using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics and used another Matting Basics Die to cut out a Black Mat.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Bluebird Satin Ribbon and added a Crystal Sparkler.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 5mm and 8mm Black Pearls in the corners and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning Julia.
    A lovely card thank you, Take care. Have fun Kitty.

  2. Morning Julia,

    Gorgeous card, love the panel, I have tried this with glue and its great fun to watch with beautiful effects.
    Have a great day

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  3. Morning Julia, beautiful card love the colours.
    Nancyd xx

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  5. Hello Julia, todays card is lovely, such pretty soft colours, love the background panel. Have a safe trip. Bx

  6. The background with glue and mica powders is so defective. Love the stamp.

  7. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love the sparkly background. I hope your journeys go smoothly today and that you have a fab day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Morning Julia, I remember you making this technique on the craft clinic, it was amazing. Safe journey today.

    Happy May day everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  9. Hi Julia, lovely card today and I think the background is gorgeous must try that ! Safe journey Take care Jane B.

  10. Lovely splash of colour Julia. ...saw you and Stephanie having a laugh making the background ....the tulips look delicate and so the effect you get.
    Cracking card
    Luv Rach :)

  11. Morning Julia, I'm so upset that I won't be able to get to Northwich tomorrow, we have a Car Boot Sale at Church to raise funds, hopefully I can catch you when you are next up North.
    I'm loving your card, especially the mica and glue technique, so very effective.
    I hope your journey is good.
    Have a great weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. Lovely card I saw you or Sue demo this and thought how effective it is

  13. lovely card great colours xx hazel

  14. Morning Julia

    Love it must try this idea - safe journey - have a good day
    Carol x

  15. Hi Julie. Watched you on craft clinic making this background. Looks fab. I love the colours you have used, and that beautiful bow, SueL x

  16. Hi Julia, I love this very unusual card, every card will look different. The bow sets it off beautifully. X Ros

  17. A beautiful card, Julia.
    The glue and mica panel is lovely - an interesting technique :)


  18. Hi Julia, the colours in this card are lovely and your sentiment stamp is so crisp. I use a good quality black archival ink so I can only guess the feathering is due to the card I've been using. Just got some Creative Exp card so hopefully should be ok now.
    Happycrafter Jan made me chuckle when she said your background was "defective" he he. Good job we know what you mean Jan.
    Blessings to all - Deb C xx

  19. I saw you do this on the Craft Clinic and thought then what a wow factor you get with this technique. The tulips look very pretty in the subtle colours that you've used, a really lovely card. Pat x

  20. What a lovely cheerful, uplifting card, which is what we need at the moment Spring colours. Saw you demo on C&C. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

  21. Hello Julia and all

    Lovely card. love the colours and texture of your background, I shall have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a safe journey and a good demo day.

    Best wishes.

  22. Saw you do this on tele loved it thank you Julia safe journeys love June horrocks xxxx

  23. Lovely card Julia, have a safe journey I received my order this morning thank you I'm off to see what I can create using your, John and Sue's inspiration won't be as good as all of yours but I will give it a try.
    Maggie in Solihull

  24. Hi Julia, very pretty card, love tulips one of my favourite flowers. Take Care Melody xx

  25. The background piece - a lovely opportunity to get messy.

  26. Hi Julia
    A lovely card today. I watched you demo this card on the TV. A great technique. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day tomorrow.

  27. Hi Julia,

    Love this technique, so effective. Have a good weekend

    Karen H

  28. Lovely card Julia the background technique is gorgeous must give that a try thanks for sharing it. Hug's Lynda Brock xx

  29. Fabulous! The technique for the background is awesome! I must give it a go! The colours are fabulous too!

  30. Lovely card. The mica background looks really effective, must try it.


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