Friday, 8 May 2015

Still in Canada...

Happy Friday,

I thought it might be fun to visit Canada again as I simply love this background die and the corner, border and tags set matches beautifully!

I stared by cutting the centre panel from the Canadian collection background on its own in Coconut white card.  I then cut it out around the die to give me the panel.  I then foam mounted this onto primrose card and added a thin mat of the coconut white.

To make the background of this card I cut the Canadian border four times out of primrose foundation card and mounted 2 facing each other along a strip of the white.  I matted this strip onto white and another layer of primrose before adding a strip of raw silk satin ribbon (the thin one that comes in the pack) tied around the centre.  To make the next layer I cut a piece of the white and added the two cut borders, again facing each other,  to the edges and from mounted the centre strip in place.  I added a few layers and mats of the primrose and white to make a landscape card with the background panel added, with from tape, to the left hand side in the centre.

The flowers are made with Sue's stunning new classic folded flower die in white felt.  Julia Watts has kindly made a video tutorial on how to make these flowers, click HERE to  see the video.  I added these to a double bow, made with 2 strips, of the raw silk double sided satin ribbon from the same pack as the thinner ribbon used previously.

All the dies mentioned are available in Julia's online store and she also has a small quantity of the Watercolour palettes that sold out on Create and Craft on Tuesday.

Today will see me travelling down to Norwich for Saturdays demo day at Sew Simple click HERE for details of the shop.  I can't wait as I am informed that there is a kind of village around the shop with cafes, chocolate shops and a farmers Market!  If you are in the area pop in and say Hi or  just ask any questions you want I'm there to help with Sue's new range of dies and my stamps as well as my usual plethora of Cosmic Shimmer must haves!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Canadian Collection Background
Canadian Collection Border, Corner & Tag
Classic folder flower
Primrose & Coconut White foundation card
Wool Felt
Raw Silk double faced satin ribbon pack.



  1. Morning John, a very beautiful card the background and border dies are some of mt favourites too but I really love these flowers have a great day hope you have a safe trip.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi John.
    Just Beautiful thank you. Take care Kitty.

  3. Really pretty card. I like the way you have sort of inverted dies ie strip lets as background and background die as focus. Thinking out of the box! Safe journey A14 is horrible - a journey I frequently make.

  4. Beautiful card John, very pretty, love the colour, thank you, Linda.

  5. Hi John, lovely card, pretty colours. Have a good trip, don't eat too much cake. Bx

  6. Loving your card and such very lovely flowers , { i really must get this die }
    Have fun this weekend .
    Elaine H X

  7. Hi John, wow this card is beautiful I don't know how you all come up with your amazing designs.
    Maggie in Solihull

  8. Wow, you have astonishing inspiration for us again John!
    So beautiful
    Keep up the good work.
    Carol x

  9. Morning John, Another lovely card, I'm loving the subtle colourway and that background die is gorgeous.
    Safe journey for your trip to Norwich.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Morning John, love this card, so beautiful, love this background die too, enjoy your weekends Jean xx

  11. Lovely card John and beautiful dies,

  12. Hi John, a very pretty and feminine card .Safe journey and take care Jane B.

  13. Morning John,

    Stunning card, love the design and colour.

    Have a great day in Norwich, beautiful place.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  14. Very effective use of the dies John. Have a good trip to Norfolk, you won't exactly be in Norwich though (I used to live in the county), you will be a good few miles north of Norwich

  15. Right! I'm waiting for my card pack (ordered from C&C yesterday) Love this background so I will be buying that after pay day! And it looks like I'm going to have to treat myself to these border and the fold over flower Such a shame! Have fun tomorrow

  16. Hi John,
    Oh my this is just divine.
    This background is my favourite out of all the new release dies and second is this absolutely fabulous flower die, so you have cheered me no end this morning, thank you. I will now pop to watch the video.
    Lorna D

  17. Hi John, love it! Love the colours.

  18. Hi John, oooh lovely, very pretty card today. Great use of the border die to create a background, will try this and then the background die to create a focal element. Might have gone for a yellow ribbon myself but love everything about it.
    Blessings - Deb C xx

  19. Morning John,
    A lovely card. Enjoy Norwich.

  20. Good morning John such a pretty card. The background andborder work so beautifully together. See you tomorrow love from Jackie xx

  21. Beautiful card John. That background die and the border die are two of my favorites too. I was wondering what you use to adhere the border strips? I've been hesitant to purchase this border die because it is so thin and delicate, I'm not sure how you could adhere it. But obviously there is a way since you put four of them on this card!

  22. Stunning card John, love that background die an the fold over flower. Take Care Melody x

  23. Hi John,

    Absolutely gorgeous, I had commented on Sues blog that I thought that background was ripe for chopping up, I'm so glad you've done it (properly!) So I know it does look fantastic. The background is an easy thing to do with almost any border but something you don't remember to do. Again, glad to see it done with real class so I know what to aim for. Colours are lovely even though it's not something I'd choose but seeing it I might give it a go. Felt flower is a cute finishing touch


    T x

  24. I love this card and the Canada collection.
    Just simply beautiful and a lovely way to use the Canada collection.

  25. Afternoon John, Beautiful card love the Canadian dies! Thanks for sharing, love Junex (Cumbria)

  26. Hi John this is a gorgeous card. I love how you have used the dies. Hugs Jackie

  27. Afternoon John, a great card today using the Canadian collection dies. I too have done 2 different cards using this die. I have one shown on my blog today and the other one will be shown on Saturday. My only criticism of the inner panel die is that the daisy's are square !! so when you try and do a square background using this die you end up with a small panel in the centre as will not work out. Unless I am doing something wrong (probably LOL !!) let me know if I am. Janice xx

  28. sorry John my comment above should have said that the daisy is NOT SQAURE DOH !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Janice x

  29. Now I cant type properly SQUARE NOT SQAURE !!!!!
    Quick let's open the bottle of
    Janice x

  30. HinJohn
    I also love the Canadian dies. Which as I've just come in are sitting waiting for me to open and start playing with. Love the primrose card.

  31. Eh up John
    Oh my goodness. . . . . . you're going to be surrounded by chocolate tomorrow? I hope they are not expecting much in the way of demos then hahaha!
    Gorgeous card matey. Love all the lacey layers.
    Have a great day in Norwich and give Jackie D a hug from me.
    Ang x

  32. Hello John,
    Really like this today.
    Maureen xx

  33. Brilliant card - love it, though k this background die will be very useful xx have a fantastic time on your demo day and sounds like my kind of village - choccy shop & coffee shop perfect to me!! xxGailT xx

  34. Hi John,
    another of your gorgeous designed creations again today.
    Wonderful, really wonderful.
    I get blown away each day by your superb designing skills.
    I am one happy bunny today as I was a winner of a die set on Sue's blog.
    Enjoy your chocolates tomorrow, and safe journey.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  35. Hi john stunning card love the colours and the stylish finish it's given me an idea for a card. Got my card from create and craft going to put it in a frame as I love it. See you soon

  36. Hope you don't get choccy fingerprints on your cards tomorrow John! Today's card is beautiful, I love the colour combo and that gorgeous flower. Pat x

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  38. Hi John, sorry start again! Beautiful card and design, love the colours you have used and the dies are to die for.
    Regards Liz.

  39. fantastic card ,love this background as i'm sure everyone else does too ,Laura O

  40. fantastic card ,love this background as i'm sure everyone else does too ,Laura O

  41. Fabulous cards the flowers a stunning Debbs xx

  42. This is lovely and fresh. Love it. This just happened to arrive on my Mar today. Think I need to play. You know what iI'll be doing tomorrow lol xx

  43. This is lovely and fresh. Love it. This just happened to arrive on my Mar today. Think I need to play. You know what iI'll be doing tomorrow lol xx

  44. Gorgeous card John, love it.

    Everyone stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx