Tuesday 18 July 2017

Laughter Makes Everything Better and meet Ed

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For this one, I created my design directly onto the front of a card blank so it's pretty flat for posting - it's also quite dinky 😊

I dusted the front of a Coconut White Card Blank with an Anti-Static Bag. I then stamped the smallest flower from the Woodware Bold Blooms Delilah Stamp Set several times using Clear Perfect Medium. I added CS True White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

I added a piece of Scotch Removable Tape on the backof my card along the fold - this reduced the risk of getting ink all over the back of my card. I inked over my stamped flowers using Chic Pumpkin, Decadent Wine and Pum Cobbler Cosmic Shimmer Colour Clouds applying the ink with Smoothies. I removed any excess ink from the embossed lines using a piece of Kitchen Roll.

I misted some water into my hands and clapped over the card. The water bleaches away the ink. I blotted off with some Kitchen Roll.

I stamped the sentiment from the Woodware Imagination Verse Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS True White Detail Embossing Powder. I added the same 3 Colour Couds Inks as before and clapped over with water. I cut it out using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles and added a mat of Coconut White Card using Sue's Double Pierced Rectangles Set B.

Lisa Horton is launching a new One Day Special on Hochanda today at 6pm with some lovely new Christmas Stamps designed by the lady herself. The stamps are already proving to be popular with Creative Expressions Retailers so don't miss out! Lisa will be using Distress Oxide Inks too so if you're intrigued by them, be sure to tune in. Lisa has another show at 8pm (not on Freeview but on Sky, Facebook live and online) and more shows tomorrow at 9am, 1pm and 5pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

I thought you might like to meet our new cat, Ed. We got him just over 3 weeks ago from the RSPCA with his sister Ella. We took Ella back unfortunately as there was no way that our cat, Smokey, was going to get on with her. Ella settled in really quickly and from the outset it was clear that she was dominant which did not bode well with Smokey. Ella didn't like her brother much either which is another reason why we took her back. We would have loved to have kept her as she was so cute and loving but, we think, she would be better in a home where she was the only cat.

Anyway, here's a few pics of Ed (named after Ed Sheeran methinks - not by me, by the nurses at the vets) -

We've just started letting him outside but he's a bit timid - any loud noise and he comes running back in. He likes looking at the world from the safely of the back door mat. He seems to prefer going out at night just before I go to bed and then I worry that he'll come back but he always does. Another week or so and he'll be out all night with Smokey.
Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia, todays card is beautiful, love the colours. And welcome Ed, he is gorgeous, love his eyes, he looks like a real poser. Have a great day all. Bx

  2. Morning Julia, lovely card today, and a novel way of getting the splashes on there, would never have thought of that.

    Ed looks a real cutie pie, want to cuddle him all day long

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

  3. Ahhh Ed looks lovely he is a beautiful colour.
    A great card too I like the resist technique xx

  4. Gorgeous card Julia with another great background. Ed looks cute.

  5. Beautiful card Julia and love the pictures of Ed, he looks gorgeous.
    Marion S x

  6. Very pretty card, but being a cat lover, I spent more time looking at Ed (sorry Julia) he is handsome, so gorgeous. Give him a huge hug from me please.
    Annette x

  7. Gorgeous card, really lovely, so is your cat Ed!


  8. Hi Julia
    A lovely card. Ed is lovely too.
    B xx

  9. Hi Julia. Very striking card. Ed looks well settled and yes, his name does suit him and very appropriate for you, being a fan. SueL x

  10. Hi Julia
    Beautiful card (love the word dinky) gorgeous cat.
    Jan x

  11. What a stunning card, the colour combo is wonderful. And so is Ed, what a handsome chap! A pity that his sister didn't fit in so well, but he's probably happier without her.

  12. Another bright and cheerful card.


  13. Morning Julia
    Love the colours in the card. Very summery.
    Isn't Ed gorgeous. Lovely to see you have given him a new home
    Karen in Telford x

  14. Ed is beautiful
    I love your card and a great tip to put low tack tape on the back of the card to protect it

  15. Lovely card, Julia. Ed looks a real character.

    Anne (Northampton)

  16. Morning Julia,
    Great card.
    Can understand why he was named Ed.

  17. Good Morning Julia.. Beautiful card to day , I am going to have try this, it might stop me from using pixie powders and I have colour clouds.
    Awww your new fur ball is stunning . Ed is lucky to have to you. He is a handsome cat and the photos of him are so cute. Hope you post some more.

  18. Ah shame about Ella, but hey I am sure Ed is going to be in 7th Heaven living with you and Smokey....Your card is just so beautiful,I love the idea of stamping flowers on a background and creating it as you have done, so stunning...thank you Julia...luv Ursula xx

  19. Julia this a fab card, i love the sentiment and the beautiful bright colours.

  20. Hi Julia,

    Lovely card in bright colors. Love the sentiment. Ed looks cute. He might be timid now, but wait … Hope you’ll give us news about him once in a while. Thanks for sharing his pics.
    Carmen (Canada)

  21. Hi Julia,
    A beautiful and vibrant card. Ed looks a really handsome cat, glad he's settling in.
    Thanks for sharing

  22. Hello Julia,

    Lovely Card. I really like the stamps you have used and the colours work so well together. Thanks for sharing.

    Congratulations PharmacyMichele.

    Best wishes

  23. Beautiful card Julia.
    Elaine H X

  24. Love the card as always, and love Ed. He's gorgeous. In fact Ed, I'm in love with your body. lol.

  25. Hi Julia your card is gorgeous I love the bright colours and flat for posting is good. Ed looks adorable. It is a shame about the other cat but that is how these things go. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  26. Hi Julia I love todays card the colours are fabulous
    Ed looks cute he reminds me of a cat we had when our daughters were young we called him Marmalade

  27. Lovely card Julia and gorgeous photos of Ed. Xx

  28. Hello Julia,
    Still catching up! Another great card and a good one for posting!
    Really cute cat!
    Love Myra xx


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