Sunday, 26 October 2014

Simple(ish) Sunday...

Happy Fall Back Sunday,

I think this post should go out on time I struggle every year with the clocks changing thing!  I never can get forward or backwards, whether I gain an hour or lose an hour no matter how many times the nice people on Breakfast news or Radio 4 explain it to me! lol

Back to today's card and I have titled it simple(ish) because it may look a little complex however the stamp and one simple outline die from the French collection Provence Die set does all the work.

I started by stamping the Stamps to die for Arched Swirls, using perfect medium, onto teal foundation card.  I added cosmic shimmer detail white powder and heat embossed it.  I stamped and embossed the design three times and cut them out using the matching die in the Provence set.

Next I made a large card base using layers of the teal and coconut white card, which I embossed with the Creative Expressions A4 Honeycomb Haven embossing folder.  I simply layered the three stamped pieces together with foam tape to complete the design.

To finish I stamped the sentiment form the friends set by Creative Expressions in the same detail white and cut it with the smallest die in the set and foam mounted this onto the top.  A few swirls of pearls and a complex looking, yet simple card was finished.

Sue Wilson's Dies Provence
Stamps to die for Arched Swirls
Teal & Coconut White foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder



  1. You may call this card simplish but it is really beautiful and doesn't look simple at all. Love the black and white!
    Marion B xx

  2. Morning John,

    Gorgeous card, love the design. The Teal card looks Dark Green on my computer this morning ( or it may be I haven't woken up yet!) but still looks fabulous.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  3. Oh I love this so much - surely one of your most striking cards ever ! Absolutely amazing - and you call it simple ? From now on i shall try to be simple !!!


  4. Morning John,
    Your Card Today Is Truly Amazing I Love The Teal And Coconut White Foundation Card You've Used, I Love Foundations Card Its Just The Correct Weight Etc: And A Fabulous Selection Of Colours I'm Thrilled There All Available To Us.
    I Love The Fabulous Stamp And Die You've Used And The Honeycomb Haven Embossing Folder, It's A Stunning Card And You Make Me Smile When You Say Its Easy!
    Hugs from Sam x

  5. Simply Stunning!!! Brilliant card today.


  6. Hi John,
    Love it! Love it! Love it! It's so stunning! Elegant! Amazing! Love the teal and white too. Many thanks John for all the inspiration you give us and the wonderful job you do on your blog.

    Love Sheila xx

  7. Hi John
    An amazing card today. Stunning!
    Thank you. Enjoy your day.
    Sheila x

  8. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card. I love how you have created the focal element for this creation. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  9. Morning John,

    I'm not a fan of the honeycomb embossing folder but it all looks really well on this card. I always think that cards must be even better in person because the colours don't always show up well on a computer screen- it actually looks more black and cream on my iPad so I think your colour choice sounds even nicer than my picture if you know what I mean, lol. It's definitely straightforward and would be easy to do but it looks very elegant.

    Hugs Alice xx

  10. Hi John, love this card, especially the colour combo of Teal and White, very effective and perfect stamping too. Have a great day. Bx

  11. Hi John. Really like todays card. It is very stylish and would do for any occasion. Karen x

  12. Stunning card John. I was going to say I love black and white cards as that's how it appears on my screen but I think it would look good in lots of colours.
    Love val x

  13. Morning John,
    Fantastic card, it's black and white on my screen too but still stunning. LOVE it.

  14. Morning John, have just received my dies from Sue Wilson ( French collection and Austrian collection), really pleased with how the dies all work well together - the frames are all different sizes so altogether you have a great set. Love your card so I might have to invest in the stamps as well. Have a good day. Janice xxx

  15. Eh up John
    I'm getting black rather than teal but lovely anyway. Simple yes but still very effective. Certain occasions call for understated cards, without the whistles and bells and this would fit the bill perfectly. Love it!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  16. Hi John. Love this gorgeous card. Both the dies and the stamps are beautiful. I am getting dark green rather than teal but still looks lovely. Take care.

  17. Hello John,
    Lovely card, the stamp and EF go so well together. Love the teal card.
    Have a good day. Brenda

  18. Lovely card today John. I too struggled with the hour back and forward thing until last year when someone told me a rhyme. 'Spring Forward, Fall Back'. Now I remember what it's supposed to do at what time of year. Now I just need to remember when!!

  19. Absolutely stunning a real winner, thank you, hugs xx

  20. Your new design is
    wonderful(ish) and
    I quite think suitable for a frame.

    Happy thoughts,

  21. Gorgeous again and again could be used for a male card minus the pearls - fab xx GailT xx

  22. Hi John,
    Another super creation today.
    Love the teal and coconut white card. oooooaaaaa nearly miss spelt White, and it wasn't a very nice word. Good job I noticed it.
    Super designing as always.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.