Friday, 13 February 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

Back to the samples today that I made for sues shows so its the New York collection which is coming up on C&C in a couple of weeks.  I wanted to show with this card how a rectangular background can be made easily into a square background!

I started by die cutting 2 of the New York background in pale blue card and then cut them through the middle on the long edge.  The pattern on this die is a mirror image on each corner meaning that if you rotate the half pieces at 90 degrees of the background die they fit over the other edge perfectly.  What I have done is to rotate each of the 4 cut pieces and fitted them so that the design turns into the square shown at the background of this card.  I usually show this technique on demo's so its hard to explain without showing you!!

Next I cut the largest pierced square die from the Herald Square set, wrapped a piece of blue seam binding over the square and foam mounted it over the background which Hides the joins in the centre!  Next I cut the filigree section of the Herald square die set in blue and foam mounted this on top.  I added a centre square die cut stamped with the sentiment from the Friend amount stamp set and shaded the die cut in the die with stormy sky distress ink.

Finally I added a simple double bow however I used white ruffled edge ribbon and blue seam binding together to give a bow with a difference.  To highlight the background I added some pearl PVA dots on the junctions on the detailed now square background.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies for Sue Wilson
New York background
Herald Square die set
Friends sentiments stamp set
Stormy Sky distress Ink
Pearl PVA



  1. Hi John,
    Your Card is Truly Stunning, I Love the Beautiful Colour I may try out this myself!!
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam xxx

  2. Hi John.
    Thank you a very pretty card. Have a good weekend take care Kitty.

  3. Hello John, a very pretty card, and in one of my favourite colour combos, thank you. Bx

  4. Mornign John,

    Gorgeous card, I do love these new dies. Love how you have done the bow, looks great.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  5. such a statement piece, beautiful john

  6. Morning John, Beautiful card like the design and colours, I have all the New York squares and love how they mix and match, looking forward to seeing what you do with the Times and Madison squares, Bye for now, June (Cumbria)

  7. Gorgeous card & love the colours.


  8. Hi John, what a happy blue Friday it is!gorgeous card and I love the shabby chic bow! Have a nice weekend and take care Jane B.

  9. Morning John
    WOW love this blue and white card the dies are beautiful.
    Carol x

  10. Morning John,
    Gorgeous card, love it all.

  11. Lovely card in my favourite colour I had the Times Square set for Christmas (I asked for any of the NY dies and as daughter holidayed there in 2014 she just HAD to buy that as she'd been there) I will try over the next few months collect the rest! I'm keen to see what you do with them

  12. Hi John,
    Stunning card and great idea to cut the background die to make a square.
    Lorna D

  13. Great card again and I love the colour.

  14. Morning John, A beautiful and fresh-looking card in the gorgeous blue and white, gorgeous die-cuts.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Eh up John
    Its that terrific Wedgewoody colour combo again. Love it. Can see how you have done the background. I don't do the bigger cards very often so don't think to do this with the dies but it does make for a fab card.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  16. Another beautiful card john - love these square dies. Well done Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

  17. Gorgeous card as usual John, lovely colours.
    Lynne x

  18. Hi John
    What a stunning card today. I love how you've turned the background into a square. But I'm not to sure how this was done. What we actually need is a demo. Perhaps if your at Ally Pally, I'll come and ask for one, as this seems a great idea. Love the colours as well.

  19. What a gorgeous card John, thank you for the tips re. Changing a rectangle background die into square, I have to say square cards are my favourite x x x

  20. Hi John, gorgeous card, love the colours together. X Ros

  21. Lovely John. I so like the sentiment as well.
    Love Val x

  22. Good morning John,
    I think I am following what you have done, no doubt I need to buy the dies to try it!! makes a very nice card though
    Love from Jackie xx

  23. Hi John, Gorgeous colour and I love the NY collection. Beautiful card. Theresa (TOB) xx

  24. Hello John and all

    Great card, lovely colour and a great technique. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  25. Hi John,
    Stunning card, fabulous colour blue and the die's oh wow!
    We defo need demo's on quite a few of your cards....
    Will we be lucky to see you at AP ?
    Have a nice day Maria x

  26. Hi John
    a really lovely card. Love the shade too.
    Jo x

  27. Hi John this is an absolutely gorgeous card I love the blue. Enjoy the rest of the day. Hugs Jackie

  28. Hi John,
    What a beautiful card and such a clever way to use the background die! Wouldn't have ever thought of this.
    You have excelled yourself!
    HAGD, Rose

  29. Hi John, Beautiful card today, love the die and the colour. Linda

  30. Love the card John - I wish I could buy all the dies that come out, it's sometimes very. frustrating

  31. A fabulous card John, love the blue and white - hope you have a fab weekend

  32. Hi John

    Really clever, stunning looking card- could pass as a Sue card so can pay no higher complement than that! Clever use of background. Looking forward to the shows, have a club renewal voucher to put toward and I'm flexi free. Had a birthday last month and was kindly given some money for dies so I'm all ready and waiting:-)


    T x

  33. Really beautiful card again! Love it!

  34. Love it John , love the colours, xxx

  35. A truly delightful card love this one
    Have a good weekend
    Margaret corgi owner

  36. Another fab card and again love the colour combo - I have cut and shortened and altered dies cuts before but not for a long time and it is so easy to forget these techniques and I for one sometimes need a reminder so thanks for that and I will be looking at my dies again to see how I can alter them xx GailT xx

  37. Hi John. Beautiful card and I do love this blue and white combo. Have a great weekend. x

  38. fab card ,god the bank man is going to go mad if I buy any more of these fantastic dies [oh heck won't tell him ],Laura O

  39. Sorry John I didn't get a chance yesterday to visit the blog, but I am loving this card, beautiful

    Have a great day everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx