Wednesday 23 December 2015

Happy Birthday

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used something from my bits box. It's a background made using the Caught in Crystal Technique which you can see described here on Sue Wilson's Blog. I used CS Clear Varnish Lacquer, Alcohol Inks in Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Latte and Rust, PM CS Decadent Bamboo Mica Powder and CS Iced Snow Glitter Jewels.

I cut the inner die only in Sue's Intertwining Circles Striplet out of Milk Card 4 times leaving a border as shown. I glued this onto my Caught in Crystal Background and then matted onto Black Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Wild Rose Studio Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set onto Milk Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Sue's Pierced Flags and cut another out of Black Card.

I made a flower out of Milk and Black Card using Sue's Orange Blossoms - Complete and Open Petals Die Sets and added a 5mm Black Pearl. I cut a couple of leaves out of Black Card using Sue's Orange Blossom Leaves Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm Black Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

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  1. Morning Julia, a very different card today love it.
    Nancyd xx

  2. love this striplet die so much can be done with it and suitable for male or female

  3. Morning Julia.
    Thank you a very striking card it is lovely.
    Take care Kitty.

  4. Stunning card. I'm hoping I'm getting this die for Christmas so I might try to re-create this card.


  5. Good morning Julia. What an effective way to use this striplet die. A lovely card.

  6. Morning Julia, a lovely card today, you wouldn't know that the background is made up of striplets would you.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  7. Morning Julia. I thought I didn't need anymore dies this Year till I saw this lovely card today.This Striplet die is now on my list. Have a good Day. Gloria (Sidcup) xx

  8. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love the background and the dies are amazing. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  9. Morning Julia, lovely card with the striplet die x

  10. So beautiful, xxx
    Merry Christmas.

  11. Hi Julia, love this card, the background colours are superb, and a great layout. Got my order, so can't wait for some play time, and loved my free card. Thank you. Bx

  12. Beautiful card Julia, love the Gilding Flakes in the background. Crafty Regards Julie kay xxx

  13. Morning Julia, A beautiful card, I love how you have done the background.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  14. I love this, Julia. You would never guess you had used a striplet.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. Morning, getting closer to the big Day, nice to see something different.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  16. Lovely card and very different from your usual style.

  17. Different but very beautiful
    Love June Horrocks xxx

  18. Lovely card ,very unusual style , i love it .
    Elaine H X

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  20. these striplet dies are so versatile, this looks lovely....a truly beautiful card....luv Ursula xx

  21. Another lovely card, looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2016. Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

  22. beautiful card... I love the Caught in Crystal technique - one of my favourites.
    Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
    Rolf xxx

  23. Hi Julia,
    Gorgeous card, love the background and the flowers are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing,

  24. Like this a lot. Another technique for me to add to my collection of those to try.


  25. Hi Julia,
    A great card, love it.

  26. Ooh! This Striplet is being delivered by Santa (hopefully!) I love the background

  27. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Card, could be a good male card. I really like the Caught in Crystal background, I think a gilding flake background would work well also. I love your floral element. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  28. I was wondering what the striplet die would look like as a complete background
    and now I have the answer, it is gorgeous and so is the card.
    I absolutely love the way you have designed it and those flowers are so pretty.
    I love the colour too.
    The background would also look fab for a male card too, which are the ones I struggle with.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful christmas and a very happy new year.

  29. Hello Julia,
    Gorgeous card and a great use of that lovely Striplet! I don't have it but it's on my wish list!
    Love Myra xx

  30. Love the caught in crystal background. The multiple use of the circle striplet looks so effective. A really striking card.

    I wish you and yours a perfect Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016. Pat x

  31. Hi Julia. Another gorgeous card which could be for a male or female. Love this striplet die which will now be on my wish list. The background sounds snd looks very interesting. Must have a go at this x

  32. Hi Julia,

    Wow!! I love this card, the background looks gorgeous.

    Linda xx

  33. Hi Julia
    Beautiful card & loving the background which looks amazing with the addition of the striplet die, will have to refresh myself with the caught in crystal technique as forgotten how it's made.
    Stunning flowers & foliage which adds the perfect finishing touch to another beautiful card..

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas & happy new year.

    Crafty Hugs
    Haze T xx (Norwich)

  34. Hi Julia, beautiful card x I love the cream and black along with the colours in the Crystal technique xx love Karen xx


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