Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Happy 2014!
This is definitely  a scheduled post.

I'm going to be fluttering delicately into the new year, sharing not one but TWO DT cards for the first Lavinia Stamps Challenge of 2014.
The Challenge Theme is
Now, I'm more of a "Stickles" kind of girl so I thought I'd set myself the challenge of trying something different.

I read on Pinterest that you could add glitter to embossing powder so even though I'm a bit challenged when it comes to using a heat tool, I thought I'd give it a go, I would like to add that for the first time ever my heat tool behaved, usually it overheats mid way though an image.

I tried lots of variations, my favourite result being the one shown here where I used clear embossing powder and a mix on green and fine gold glitter on the butterfly stamped using black Versafine ink. The colour was created using a wet brush and some Cosmic shimmer that has been in my drawer unopened for several years.

This was the first DT card that I made, this one I created by making a mask so that I could ink pink and purple shades before stamping the Zentangle butterfly and adding stickles. I pierced a frame around the image then masked the centre  before stamping the Zen leaf.

I'm using this card for the following challenges:-

LIM 151,108,Paper piercing,
Sweet Stamps 149, Something new (new technique),

If you would like to enter the challenge using a Lavinia image but you do not have a blog, it is now possible to accept email entries!

Thank you for stopping by,


brenda said...

Love them both Julie, but the first really ticks the box for me.

Happy New Year.

B x

Zoe said...

I just this butterfly and these two cards are so elegant and classy, happy new year xx Zoe xx

Wendy McCarthy said...

Both very striking cards! Happy new year! Xx

Barbara said...

Two beautiful cards, Julie....that butterfly has been so very popular this month and no wonder, it's so gorgeous!. Happy new year xx

Claire said...

A beautiful card, love the image with gorgeous colouring and sparkle. Hugs, Claire x

Hellen said...

Gorgeous Julie - don't you just love that butterfly stamp - I know I do ! Happy New Year x

Nancy in Iowa said...

Lovely times 2! Have a fabulous flutter into 2014!

Karen said...

Lovely cards Julie, the butterfly is just gorgeous isn't it? Happy New Year. Kx

Stamping With Bibiana said...

happy 2014! all wonderful and so pretty...bibiana

Eileen said...

Lovely cards Julie and thanks for sharing how you overcame your 'add the glitter' problem! Super colour and I adore that butterfly ... I haven't got that one yet!
Eileen xxx

Chris said...

Both gorgeous, Julie! Particularly love the first one!
That is one stunning stamp! Happy New Year, Chris x

coops said...

so gorgeous julie.the butterfly is beautiful ;D
Happy New Year.

xx coops xx

Pauline Butcher said...

Gorgeous cards Julie, I do love the Zen Butterfly, and you have made it look real. Hugs P xxxx

Linda R said...

Well it is Beautiful. Love the sparkle my friend.


Donna K said...

Lovely card, Julie. Thank you for sharing at the Something New Challenge on Happy 2014!

Karen Clare said...

Hi Julie, lovely design, I like how you've created the background on the second design and thanks for sharing the adding glitter tips too.
Really love these, all the best for the New Year xx