Friday, 20 March 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

I had a fab time at the NEC yesterday It was like a bus man's holiday as Sue Wilson, Julia Watts and I took a day off together and toured the show as customers.  We had a really fun day with loads of laughs and shopping as well as the odd chocolate brownie!  We all said it was fun meeting people on the other side of the desk and not demonstrating from within a stand as we have been doing recently with Stitches etc.  I will pop some pictures up on Face book later (Johnathan Lockwood on Face book if you want to Friend me) It was also really amazing to see my stamp sets on sale as I hadn't yet seen them in a retail  shop.  Julia will be demoing on the Craft world stand on Saturday, I will be at the Strikes Garden centre in Northalerton on Saturday and all three of us will be back together demoing at the Big Stamp and Scrap booking event at Alexandra Palace on the 11th and 12th of April.

Back to today and quite a simple card again where the stamping does most of the work for you.  I used my flower frames and sentiment set for this one and stamped the main Lilly image using perfect medium onto Cobalt foundation card and embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer true white detail embossing powder.  I added the sentiment, with deepest sympathy, which is one that I feel one of us like using but is, unfortunately, one we all need in our craft stash.  This set has loads of other sentiments and is not all built around the sympathy which means it is really flexible.

I had cut the stamped panel out leaving thin border and stamped a second version of the flowers in the same matted, cut them out and foam mounted them over the original.  This gives the front piece some depth and interest without being too fussy.

The card base was made by running a 18x18cm square of the cobalt card through the quilted flowers embossing folder from Creative expressions and I added a cosmic pearl PVA dot at all the junctions.  I matted this onto coconut white foundation card and foam mounted the piece onto a card cut at 21x21cm and layered with the cobalt and coconut.

To finish off I added a messy bow and strip of blue white seam binding and a couple of pearl sprays.

CE clear stamps Flower frames and sentiments - by Me
Cobalt and Coconut white foundation card
Cosmic Pearl PVA
Blue white seam binding
Perfect Medium
Cosmic Shimmer true detail White embossing powder.



  1. Morning John,

    Beautiful card, love the background. I am surprised you, Sue & Julia even managed to get round the NEC with all those crafters being there I am sure you must have been stopped every other step lol!

    Have a great day

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  2. lovely card john....these are the ones that are so difficult to make!

    nec...glad you had a lovely day!

  3. Lovely card , i like how you have assembled the stamped flowers .
    Elaine H X

  4. Lovely card today. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for the three of you yesterday walking around like members of the public-probably getting stopped a hundred times!


  5. Hi John,
    Lovely card, really like the colour.
    Looking forward to the Big Stamp show in April.
    Lorna D

  6. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card sympathy cards are never easy to make. I have had to make three in the last month. It sounds like you had a great day yesterday. I am looking forward to Ally Pally. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  7. Hi John, Sounds like a fun day.
    love todays card. Sadly I have to make so many more sympathy cards for the shop at this time of the year. Never thought of putting bows on them though.
    love valx

  8. I did not complete my post...this pesky ipad!!!
    Beautiful in every way , love the colour.
    Glad you have been having fun,

  9. Hi John,
    glad to hear that you had a lovely day as "tourists" at the NEC with Sue and Julia, might look you up on FB...............
    The card is lovely, it's always difficult to make a sympathy card. Love the embossing folder.
    HAGD, Rose

  10. Eh up John
    A striking card. Always think of paler tones for sympathy but this looks equally as elegant in the cobalt. What was hilarious yesterday, was Sue saying that you got recognised before her and Julia lol! And those brownies. . . . .ummm (and available by mail order, did you know!)
    Chill out day today matey!
    Ang x

  11. Hi John, can't believe it is Friday again ,and blue it is! Love the colour and the card is simple and appropriate for the occasion not to fond of the bow though but then I am not a bow type!!! Take care Jane B.

  12. Morning John, so pleased you were able to shop at the NEC and enjoy yourselves with Sue and Julia. Love todays card and will have a play.

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

  13. I thought you would have been demoing. Glad you had a good time, xxx

  14. Glad you enjoyed your "day off" hee hee! This card is great and as Mrs D said you always think of pale colours for a sympathy card but I love this dark blue and so so apt especially when having to send these cards to our male friends See you at Ally Pally Can't wait

  15. Good morning,I love the dark card white flower effect it is quite stunning I just don't like that shade of blue. I am staming lots of your flowers today on craft card, for my grandchildren to colour in over the weekend, they get to use my inks/pens I get to keep the flowers. X Ros

  16. Morning John,
    Sounds like you had a good time with Sue and Julia yesterday. A beautiful card for a sad occasion.

  17. Good morning John very strong card for a sad occasion but it works. Glad you enjoyed yesterday, must have given you a great sense of pride seeing your stamps on sale though how you three managed to go round the show without being continually stopped......just goes to show. ...craft stash is more important!!!! Love from Jackie xx

  18. Morning John, Beautiful card, love the colours, I am going to use the calla lily stamp to make a bouquet for my daughters wedding anniversary card as she had those in her own bouquet. Still practising! Away for the weekend so back Tuesday to catch-up, Bye for now, Junex (Cumbria)

  19. Hi John, a beautiful sympathy card.

  20. A beaautiful, elegant sympathy card, the image is just so crisp

  21. lovely card John ,glad you all had a good time yesterday [the three amegos]Laura O

  22. Lovely card John despite the occasion. You all deserve a day off. Crafty Regards Julie kay xxx

  23. Hello John and all

    Lovely card. I really like the background folder and the colour, Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  24. Hi John
    Another stunning card today. Would look great with any sentiment on it. I'm glad you all took a day off to have a look around at the NEC. I bet you all had a great time.

  25. Hi John

    Lovely card, the blue is a change from white and pastel colours normally used for bereavement cards. Jealous of your fun day yesterday, especially the chocolate brownies! Must've been a real buzz seeing your stamps on sale too.


    T x

  26. Hi John. Really pleased you enjoyed your day off yesterday. It must have felt strange being an onlooker,
    Love today's card, the Lilly stamp is gorgeous, love the cobalt card.
    Take care. Brenda

  27. Lovely choice of card for a sympathy card and congrats on your stamps being on sale

  28. Lovely choice of card for a sympathy card and congrats on your stamps being on sale

  29. Sympathy cards are always so difficult to design but you've done a great job with this one. Love the colour and the lily stamp is gorgeous. I've been looking online for your corner daisy stamp for a couple of weeks now but can't find it anywhere
    :(( Pat x

  30. Lovely card. Nice to see something striking like this for a sympathy card, not just pale colours. Ant that stamp, well, it is just perfect.
    Glad you all managed a day off too
    Janice W

  31. Hi John,
    Beautiful card as for sympathy card are
    so hard to make for, very nice.
    Sound like you had fun yesterday :-)
    Take care Maria x

  32. You must be so proud john seeing your stamps. Great card x

  33. Love the card John - the embossing is fab and love the colour way too xx don't personaly like the sentiment but that is purely personal and in the unfortunate circumstances of needing to send one of these cards I send a Thinking of You card but that is only due to receiving Sympathy cards and how it made me feel!! sorry not being negative because as I say the card itself is lovely xx GailT xx