Thursday, November 19, 2020

Guest Designer - Seize the Birthday #204


I hope everyone is having a good week. It's looking very scary out there once again so I'm feeling very fortunate to live in sunny Florida where we can enjoy the outdoors.  I also very grateful to have a home based hobby to keep me busy, safe and out of trouble.

Today I'm here to share my second card as November's Guest Designer over at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog where the prompt this fortnight is Sparkle and Shine.

I have a love/hate relationship with glitz, shine, shimmer and sparkly cards.  I adore the look and I love to make them however my photographs never do them justice.  I'm going to ask you to use your imagination and see this as the bright and beautifully sparkly card that it is in real life.  :-)

I began with HUGS sentiment.  I stamped it out in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it in silver glitter powder. I chose two smaller sentiments that would allow me to position my full sentiment vertically according to size.  These were both stamped in a crisp black pigment ink onto a white card panel.  I ran the panel through my die cutting machine with the swirled cutting plate to create the textured background.  I adhered this panel to metallic silver cardstock (again, so hard to see in the photo) and then again to a 110 lb white card base. It was at this point that I adhered the HUGS using dimensional adhesive.  I finished it off with more sparkle and shine using silver pearls and crystal clear droplets.  I promise it's much prettier in person.  Oh ... and the inside says "because you can never have too many."  I really love that message, especially in today's trying times.  

Papertrey Ink - Big Hugs stamp set
Papertrey Ink - Bold Basics stamp set
Altenew - Dotted Swirl cover plate
MFT - silver cardstock
Nuvo - Silver Moonlight Glitter embossing powder
Ellen Hutson - crystal clear droplets
Studio Katia - foiled silver pearls 

I invite you to visit the Seize the Birthday blog, discover some inspiration, leave a few comments and play along with us.  Many thanks to the design team for inviting me to play along!

Stay safe and healthy my friends!  

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!



  1. So pretty. Love the sparkle & shine with the embossed sentiment and pretty bling.

  2. This is beautiful, and doesn't really take a lot of imagination to envision it in its full, sparkly glory. Fab CAS creation!

  3. It really doesn't take a great amount of imagination to see how gorgeous this would be IRL, Jules - it looks pretty darned good to me here! Such sparkly hugs!

  4. I can imagine the sparkle on this card and I love it! In this year of 2020, we can all use a sparkly HUGS card like this one. Thanks for being our Surprise Party Guest. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

  5. Lovely CAS card -- love the embossed bg too

  6. It's the prettiest sparkly black and white card, Julie! Love the design, especially the flow of the shiny droplets through your card front!

  7. We all know that this fabulous card is shiny and sparkly in real life! I am in agreement with Tae Eun...Love the flow of your droplets and pearls! This came out wonderfully!

  8. Gorgeous sparkly card, love the embossed background too, Cathy x

  9. Oh, I can understand the love/hate - but I can also imagine all that sparkle! It is such a gorgeous card! I love how you've kept it so clean, even with all the sparkle & shine, too! What an awesome inspiration!!

  10. I can certainly imagine the sparkle and shine on this card, Jules! Love that background too.

  11. I love this! The background is so perfect with the sparkle. The pearls are a fabulous details.
    p.s. the background on my card is patterned paper. You were right!

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