Sunday, 12 May 2013

Caged bird new card and die and I blame


Good morning my lovlies.
I hope you are having a truly wonderful Sunday.
The sunshine has returned and the birds are chattering away in the garden and it has lifted my spirits no end.
I have a card today I am super proud of as you will tell by the amount of pictures.
I had to buy a new die and one I wasn't even sure would work with my cuttlebug LOL
Is it possible to fall even further in love with this machine than I already am ?
This little green machine has taken me to a whole new level in my card making and I love it.
Anywhoo this die I have bought is purely the fault of one woman.
Brenda of Floral Fantasies. Yep *nods head* it's all your fault.
Brenda is the first blog I began to stalk and I just adore all the cards Brenda has made using the die by Tim Holtz so I had to buy and try for myself.

I am extra proud of myself because for the cage, bird and flowers I have only used white card and shimmer paints.
These paints are exactly the same as the shimmering H20's but they only cost me £1.99 from The Works 2 years ago.
They give the effect of perlized (sp?) card at a fraction of the cost and they are more fun to use.
I have added fine sand in with the paint to give a grainy shimmer texture.
I used Marianne flower and butterfly dies and sizzix for the flourishes. 
These are among my favourites at the moment as you can mix and match them in so many different ways.
The center of the flowers are from provocrafts snowflake die :)
I added some ribbon which I have twisted and some bows made using the same ribbon.
The card blank is texture embossed and the papers I have used were free from card making and papercraft.
I have used some mirror shimmer card and the stamp is a SeeD sentiment which says "Thank you from the bottom of my heart"
I hope you can see all the shimmer in the photo's.
It looks much better in real life :)

Dies used....
Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz caged bird 656634
Marianne Design Creatables Butterflies LR0158
Marianne Design Creatables Floral 3 LR0107
Provocraft 2x2 snowflake #2
Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Floral Botanical Set 657095

I am entering this into the following .....

Cute card Thursday - Something Blue
Stamping Sensations - Embossing and Texture
Simon says - Things with wings
Bunny Zoe's - Colour Combo
As you like it - Dies and punches
Cuttlebug mania - Tic Tac Toe I used bottom row
Inspire me Fridays #102 - Anything goes
Sarah Hurley #80 - Shades of blue
Card Galore - Tim Holtz Homage
Crafting muskateers - Anything goes
Our Creative Corner - Anything goes
Simply create too  #37 - Anything Goes


  1. Gorgeous card! Great idea with the birdcage - thanks for sharing :)

  2. I really like all the dimension and details on your card. Thank you for joining in with our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Cuttlebug Mania.

  3. OK Julia, hands up and I've got very broad shoulders for leading you astray. But I promise you that birdcage will get no end of outings.

    A little secret, It's one I never gave a second thought to buying until a blogging friend offered to send me a few cut with her die. I didn't like to be rude so thanked her and for weeks they sat in my craft room with me wondering what one earth I would do with them. Then one rainy Sunday afternoon, much like today - none of your sunshine, rain all weekend, I decided to have a play. I was instantly hooked and had to but the die and it's my most used now.

    Anyhow your card using it is glorious, easel cards are another of my passions and along with the shimmer which looks great, I really love your card.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

    B x

    1. Don't worry Brenda you can lead me astray anytime.
      I have to say if it wasn't for you I would never have bought it LOL
      Yep pouring down again here now.
      I am sure we are going to skip Spring this year LOL

  4. She is such a bad influence Julia lol Your creation is absolutely stunning so she must be a good influence too lol. Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations.

  5. It may look better in person, Julia, but it looks really great in the photos as well. Especially love the coloring of your bird. Thank you so much for playing the CDAC PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGES!!

    Christine - CDAC DT

  6. A bery pretty easel card, I love how you added dimension to the birdcage, and I love all the flowers too. Thanks for joining the Tic-Tac-Toe Birthday Challenge at Cuttlebug Mania.

  7. O My this is a beautiful card, love your birdcage and your colorscheme, WOW!! It is beautiful and I am positive it is even better in person!!!

    Thanks for joining the Tic-Tac-Toe Birthday Challenge at Cuttlebug Mania!

    Cuttlebugs & Hugs

  8. Beautiful blues! Love the way you 3D'd your birdcage! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

  9. Wow this is fantastic Julie! Love the dimension you got. You'll get lots of use out of these dies.
    CDAC DT Member
    A Look Through My Eyes

  10. Fabulous so much to see and so many dies too! great favourites to have and love the colours too! Thanks for joining in with our first challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  11. Great card, thank you for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers , fran (dt) xx

  12. This is a fantastic card, Brenda has a lot to answer for, I have to have most things she uses!

  13. This absolutely wonderful, love the colours and depth of the project.Thanks for joining us at Sarah Hurley's with our Shades of Blue challenge this month Hugs Tania (GDT) xx

  14. Stunning card hun, love all the die cuts, thanks for playing along with us at Crafting Muskateers, good luck xxxx

  15. Fabulous card. Love the birdcage and bird. Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too in our "Anything Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next time. Hugs, Gale DT

  16. What a delightful card - love the dimensional curve you've created on the birdcage! Lovely use of the die... Thanks for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  17. Great card!Thank you for joining us at the cards Galore Homage to Tim Holtz Challenge, Denyse XXX

  18. Awesome die cutting and layering! A masterpiece!
    Thank you very much for joining us at OurCreativeCorner!

    Claudia x

  19. Fabulous card and I love the use of the Tim Holtz Birdcage die ~ thank you so much for joining us over at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog! Good luck! :)
    Emma x

  20. Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner - Love from Laura xxx