Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Lyra Love Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday,

Back to the Gemini and Lyra die today, now I know I'm not supposed to have a favourite but if i just say I LOVE this die and leave it there lol.  I promised a few more outings of this die this week and here is the first.  I just think this card looks so classy I hop you do too!

Its simply the die cut across the bottom at an angle using the centre and one of the edge dies in Rich Plum foundation card.  I then added scored lines at half centimetre intervals from the die cut to the top.  This simple style, Pioneered by Sue Wilson just gives a plain piece of card a classic edge.  As I was using a classic Sue technique I thought I should have a go at her pierced edge around the card, mine isn't anyway as neat as hers always are!

I added a piece of Milk foundation card behind the plum panel which I had embossed with a pinpoint embossing folder.  I cut this to the same size however I allowed it to make the piece into a nice long rectangle (I used A4 card and judged the sizes by eye led by the die)

It looked a little plain so I added a row of the Camilla flowers in the same Milk however I edged each one using the open petal die set in the plum to make the flowers 'pop'

Finally I added the new Dainty Rectangular frame which I cut as a whole, in milk card, and I drew around the centre die and hand cut the piece in the Plum.  Finally I stamped the sentiment, from Creative Expressions, in Black Archival on a piece of milk and cut it with the smallest die in the set.

Sue Wilson's Dies
Camilla Open Petals
Camilla full petals
Gemini Lyra Die
Dainty Rectangular Frame
Creative Expressions Pinpoint A4 Embossing Folder
Plum & Milk Foundation Card

Finished Dimensions 12cm x 19cm



  1. Morning John
    This is a beautiful die and the flowers just set it off. I love that embossing folder too a no. 1 in my collection with the pinpoint gives it that extra touch of interest.
    The plum card is gorgeous too.
    Yes this card is a winner in my book!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Sheila x

  2. Stunning card today-looks great.


  3. Good morning John your card is gorgeous. I must admit I haven't tried this technique but it is very effective. My piercing is never as neat as Sue's. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  4. very elegant john, i love this one......your costing me a fortune with all these new dies (not complaining though!)

  5. Hi John. Beautiful card. This is another die I've ordered and they should be here any day now so thanks again for a great idea.
    Got back late last night form my shopping trip in the UK with a very full case. Can't wait to go through it.
    Loved the weekends cards.
    Love Val x

  6. Stunning card John, love these dies, so much use in them, will have them on my Christmas list which is getting longer each day lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  7. Hi John,
    Oh this is such a fabulous card and the plum colour is so rich.

    Love Sheila xx

  8. John this is stunning ,love the plum colour card and this die is fab too ,Laura O

  9. Beautiful, elegant, and something I think I might be able to replicate. Thanks

  10. Hi John, although on my screen the rich plum looks brown, I have some so I know how pretty this card must look close too. I am making a list ( it saves any confusion) and this edge die is at the top. I have all of Sue's flowers so not sure where to put them on my list. As you have all what do you think? I would appreciate your opinion.
    Thank you.
    Ros Hodgkins

    1. Hi Ros,

      If you email me on Lockers@live.co.uk I can give you a fuller answer I would, of course, say you need these as they are a different shape entirely from Sues previous flowers.
      John x

  11. Hi John,
    Another fabulous card...I like you love these Gemini dies, so much so that I have them all....it was my birthday yesterday and they were on my list LOL. Just wish you would have a "pin it" button on your blog like Sue Wilson and Julia Watts, then I could save all your beautiful cards for future inspiration!
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  12. Once again a beautiful card John.
    Lynne x

  13. Good morning John, Beautiful card today I am just about to have a play with this new dies and hope mine turn out as good Beryl xx

  14. Ooh, that Gemini die will have to come home to me sometime - I'll wait until it's not exclusive to C&C then get it post free from Joanna. Card is super.

  15. Morning John,
    A beautiful classy card, love the use of the die so clever, and the flowers are the finishing touch.

  16. Hi John,
    Lovely card - those flowers really are the icing on the cake.
    Does Lesley know that she can get those dies NOW - I've had mine for some time, from Iconuk.
    HAGD, Rose

  17. I fell in love with Gemini collection when I first saw them and although I don't have any (yet!) I think Lyra is my favourite (so far!) Card is gorgeous

  18. Very classy looking card John, love all the detail you put into your cards x x x

  19. Stunning card today, love the colours and design - :( will have to wait until after Christmas to order mine, spent far to much lately!!

  20. Wow John, I was sitting on the fence about this die, wasn't sure if I needed it (haha) guess what, you've just change my mind, this card is so gorgeous - I need this die!!!!!!! Brenda

  21. Love your card today. Simple yet classy. Thanks for including the finished dimensions. As I'm sure you know, our cards in the States are much smaller so it 's hard to judge size without the dimensions listed.

  22. Hi John, love the card, very classy, and a great use of those phenomenal dies. Love the colours too. Bx

  23. A really beautiful card and the colours are very opulent and so rich looking. I have been trying to resist these dies as there are so many on my must have list, but you have convinced me so these are added to the list.
    I can see me going bankrupt at this rate, do you do prison visit? lol
    Thank you for helping me spending my money!!!
    Margaret corgi owner

  24. Hi John
    This Card Is Truly Stunning I Love The Fabulous Rich Colours The Plum Is Devine I've Just Got Mine From Joanna Sheen And Its Even Nicer In Real Life So To Speak! I Love The Beautiful Gemini Collection, Thanks For Sharing.
    Hugs From Sam x

  25. Love this card John, but only the last one shows plum all the others look black!!

    Love Nancy

  26. Eh up John
    Stunning card. The flowers look like they are surfing a filigree wave.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  27. Gorgeous card - luv it xx I have used this scoring technique a couple of times but always on the bottom third of a card but think it looks fab being the larger area of a card - I wouldn't have thought to do it that way round but it really works - luv the flowers along the die cut too xx GailT xx

  28. Hi John wow gorgeous card I love the Lyra Die,I want it & need it on the list!!!
    Your card is so elegant with the rich plum card, the Lara die & the flowers all stunning. Hugs Lynda xx