Saturday, 10 April 2010

Something Different

Hello All,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend...this card is me attempting a new style, when it comes to crafting I do love everything, I love the cutsie look, the more arty look, grunge and clean and simple as well as the elegant look.

Crafty Card Makers have set the challenge of challenging yourself, and maybe using some products that you bought ages ago to try something new and then never get round to it...... I often watch Sheena Douglass on Create and Craft, making background papers with inks and cosmic shimmers and stamping, I always love it and want to do it but somehow never quite get round to it. When my local crafts shop started selling distress ink I was so excited and specifically requested from them worn lipstick and shabby shutters as I had seen an amazing paper Sheena had made using those colours. I have since bought quite a few of the inks, and yet the most exciting thing I have done with them is use some cut and dry foam and colour tint the edges. My excuse then was I didn't have the heat proof mat, which I would need to make the background....I have had that now for quite a few months and still done I pulled everything out and had a proper play!!

I sploged the inks on a heatproof mat to create the main background. I stamped out...

In Black Memento Ink:

Hero Arts: manuscript background
Hero Arts: card art, Love birds
Sugar nellie, leanne Ellis (top 2 layers)

Embossed in Stampendous peal lustre - Ruby

Crafty individuals: (the flourish design)
Darcies: Flourish house (little birds)
Sugar nellie, Leanne Ellis (1 layer)

Embossed in moonglow - weeping willow
Inkadinkado - chandeliers

I stamped the SugarNellie stamp on the background paper that I had created,and on white card, which I then coloured with copics, I also stamped it on another piece of paper that I had created with more green tones to create a contrast, and I over stamped the with the script and lace stamp, and then paper pieced her dress.

The Ribbon is from DCWV, I made a handmade flower from the leftover backing paper and stitched with some anchor thread....I also had some wire which I bought maybe 8 years ago and have not yet opened the packet, I spiraled them round a pen and added the little stamped birds as a little feature.......and finally some glitter and pearls!!

Not my usual look, but I quite like it!

this is my entry for:

Crafty Card Makers - challenging challenge (making own background and using wire)
Crafty creations - paper piecing
paperplay challenges - Shiny happy people (I have glittered her hair)
Totally paper craft - Distressing (distress inks and I have roughed up edges with craft knife)
Stamp Something - stitch something (hand stitched centre of flower & faux stitching)

thanks for looking and for listening to all my waffle
Hugs Juls


  1. Beautiful card! That background you created looks AMAZING!

  2. This is stunning Juls. I love the background and the paper piecing and the handmade flower. Well just everything really. I love that image....but I think I've only used it once!

    I think I sometimes get bogged down in entering challenges and doing my DT work and never get round to experimenting. This week will be bad cos tomorrow I need to bake for the WRI as it's my turn to do the teas. Wednesday evening is the WRI meeting and Thursday my friend and I are meaning to be out all day. And on Thursday evening I am out to another friend's house to craft and chat. Should have been making DT cards tonight but I've been blog hopping and DT commenting.

    And of course - what does housework look like?

    Kat xx

  3. Wow. How awesome is that? It is very different, but I like it. It looks really complicated. You did a great job, Glitter Chick.

  4. WOW! This is totally stunning Juls and I really admire you for trying something new and different..... it takes guts and I think it totally paid off, love it!
    Hugs Tara xxx

  5. I love all the different elements of this card and well done you to venture outside your comfort zone.

  6. fabulous Juls, the inked background paper is stunning
    Mina xxx

  7. Quite like it!? It's flipin' gorgeous! LOL
    It's good to challenge yourself...looks fab. :)

  8. Hi Jul's,
    This it outstanding...fair play and well done for having a crack at something different, I can remember coming here for the first time months ago and just loving the Leanne Ellis stamp you used, I still don't own any yet...but I think the time has come to start...I noticed some new ones out at SN and hope to get a couple of them very soon...

    Your card is amazing, I love the stamp's, techniques and colours...I am pretty new to the TH ink's myself and learing as I go...just wish there were more hours in the

    Fantastic job!!!

  9. Gorgeous card. I am glad there is someone else like me who experiements with different styles, if you look through my blog I look like I am having a crafty identity crisis LOL!

    Sarah x

  10. Oooh what a really super card Juls!! Your background paper is stunning! Well done you for succeeding in a whole new area!!

    Keryn x

  11. oh this is great hun,so nice to see someone else,experimant too,hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

  12. So pretty,love the gorgeous background and beautiful flower!!!
    Hugs xx

  13. Lovely card!
    I like the stamp and the image:)

  14. You are so inspiring Juls...trying new techniques and coming up with such a fabulous all the elements....her pp'd dress looks fab (as does the pink hair!! lol) and I love your lil flower! Also love the stamped lace on your background...yep I'd definitely say you came up triumphs with this one! bx



  16. That's soft and so glamour ! I think of buying soon Leanne Ellis's stamps ! so nice !
    Hugs !

  17. Wow Juls I love what you've done with this card! It is a perfect blend of all the things you mentioned at the top of your post!! Good for you getting outside the comfort zone!

  18. It's fab juls, what ever style you try always turns out gorgeous, your a crafty wonder. janex

  19. Hi Juls
    gorgeous card, your papers are lovely well done not tried that yet, luv the swirls, fabby colours, thank you for joining us at Totally papercrafts this week, hope to see you next week, sue,x

  20. I think what you've created is amazing, I love it!
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. Such a gorgeous card!
    kim x

  22. Wow! Juls this is great! I've got a whole lot of distress inks, the craft mat....everything! Just always seem to be in a hurry to get a card made ! Maybe I'm gonna have to find some time! LOL!

  23. Oh that's pretty, Juls. I love the background paper you've made, and that image is so good, especially with pink hair!!

    Thanks for entering my challenge on PaperPlay this week.

    Julie :o)

  24. Hi Juls
    fabulous card, the edging around the paper is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Tpc this week


  25. Beautiful card!!! Love it! Olena

  26. such a beautiful beautiful card!! I have been trying to avoid those lovely Leanne Ellis stamps for two weeks,,,,,,,but I think I am a gonner now!!

    {{HUGS}} Mandyxx

  27. Hi Juls,
    You need to get that craft mat out more often...this is gorgeous :)

  28. This is different but oh so cute!! I love the colors you used,the distressing and the flower you made too!
    Jodi =)

  29. Juls this is absolutely stunning, the colours are beautiful and i love the flower
    love tasha xx

  30. Wow Juls this is so pretty. Fabulous detail. Love it.

  31. Juls, great job - I love it.

    Thanks for playing along with Paperplay again this week.

  32. Very pretty, great card! Thanks for stitching something with us this week at Stamp Something! :)

  33. Totally gorgeous. I love this card Juls!

  34. Hiya Juls, WOW this is gorgeous and totally unique. Lovely image and the border/edges and those swirly flourishes are beautiful.

    Thanks for joining us this week at Totally Papercrafts and good luck in the draw.

    Mel X

  35. Such a stunning card Juls, beautiful image and gorgeous colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts & good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  36. What a fantastic the background stamping and embellishments :)Lynn

  37. Hi Juls
    wow this is a great technique, and a gorgeous card with beautiful stamping.
    Thankyou so much for all your gorgeous comments you leave me, and thankyou for the inspiration I grt when I visit your blog.
    Hugs Kaylou xoxo

  38. This is absolutely beautiful Juls. The script stamp looks fab on her dress, a fab style.
    Julie x

  39. This is amazing and a very artistic interpretation! Beth

  40. Absolutely stunning Juls and well worth the effort you've put in! If you have a gold or silver cosmic shimmer you can give this a quick squirt on the distress inks as well as the water for added shimmer (You only need a teeny amount)

    Card looks so pretty, well done x

    Thank You for challenging yourself at Crafty Cardmakers x

  41. Beautiful card, gorgeous colours and image and I love the flower

  42. Juls this is stunning, love how this turned out! BEAUTIFUL! And congrats on being featured on Sugar Nellie! :) ~hugs

  43. Hi Juls,
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
    Your card is absolutely stunning!
    Hugs, Magda

  44. Absolutely stunning Juls. So sorry I'm so late calling. I did peep over & was sure I left a comment! I definately need a few more hours in the day! I see you are a FAB stitcher too. :D
    Hope you have a lovely day. Hugs, Gez.xx