Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Christmas Bling...

Happy Tuesday,

Well I held off as along as I could but you know I am a Christmas Card (and the whole Christmas thing) addict!  So today here is my fist card for 2015 which, of course, uses a collection of Sue Wilson's new festive collection for Creative expressions.  On this first card I had to add one of the matching stamps to die for the 'Twas the night background stamp as I drew this one for Sue!

I stared by stamping the background (A6 sized) in perfect medium then I embossed it using cosmic shimmer detail gold embossing powder onto rich red foundation card.  I cut this out and mounted it onto a mat of vintage gold foundation card.

Next I cut a large square of the rich red (18x18cm) and added  a strip of the gorgeous snowflake border cut in the vintage gold to the right hand side.  I mounted the stamped image to the left and tied a strip of two tone satin ribbon in red around the right hand side and added a bow.  I left the knot 'naked' as I love the way you can see the two tones of the red at this point.

To finish I cut the Merry Christmas die once form gold and once from rich red.  I mounted the gold on top of the red however i slightly offset the gold sentiment to give a shadow.

I hope you like the rich red and gold of my first Christmas Card of 2015, trust me there are many more to come!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Merry Christmas
Snowflake Corner, Border and tag
Stamps to Die For background stamp 'Twas the night
Vintage gold and rich red foundation card
May Arts two tone satin ribbon



  1. Hi John.
    Wow what a stunner. Thank you ,it is beautiful. Take care Kitty.

  2. Morning John, this card is fantastic, I love it and can't wait to use all my new dies. you have made this card come to life for me.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  3. Morning John,
    This card is stunning I love it.
    Have a great day

  4. Hi John
    What a gorgeous rich-looking card. I love it! I made my first Christmas card yesterday - never made one quite so early before. It must have been seeing all the lovely new dies! Best wishes, Anne O

  5. Simply fabulous !


  6. Hi John,
    Gorgeous card, would go lovely with sumptuous Xmas decorations etc.
    Best wishes, Rose

  7. This is a classic card,John !!

  8. Hello John, such a classic colour combo, resulting in a stunning Christmas card. I laughed at the title of todays blog post after yesterdays. Have a great day. Bx

  9. Morning John, a fabulous opulent card love the colours the red and gold so very classy roll on the rest.
    Nancyd xx

  10. This is a wonderful card, John. I love this border die.

    Anne (Northampton)

  11. Really beautiful expensive looking card today John.....all it needs is a posh box to match.

  12. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the rich colours. The stamp and the dies are wonderful. I have ordered the border from Julia I wish now I had ordered the merry Christmas maybe I will be able to get it soon. Have a wonderful day today. Hugs Jackie

  13. HI John .All I can say is WOW!!Your card is beautiful.I to think it needs a box to match also. Hope you do to as I don't know were to start. Gloria (Sidcup) x

  14. Opulent and Rich looking card made in my two favourite Christmas colours. John this is an absolutely beautiful card, I love it. Now holding my breath and waiting for more of your fabulous Christmas demo's, please, please keep them coming, plus I totally agree with Gloria, this card cries out for one of your creative boxes! Hugs to all, Linda.

  15. Wow-superb Christmas card. Definitely needs a matching box like the other ladies have commented.


  16. Oh my how gorgeous is this ! beautiful color and a truly lovely style .
    Elaine H X

  17. This card is absolutely gorgeous John!!!

  18. Hi John, Stunning card today and in beautiful rich colours,now I'm not a bow person but this one really suits this card gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing your next designs with Sue 's new dies,I have ordered 4 already, more on the wish list!!
    Although we are melting away here,I have started the Christmas cards already.Take care Jane B.

  19. Morning John,
    Love it all except the ribbon and bow, just not my thing. Good job we all like different things.

  20. Love the colours, super card. X

  21. Eh up John
    Well, I can testify how glorious this looks in the flesh (so to speak)
    The stamp is on the shopping list as its stunning so altogether, a truly magnificent creation.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  22. Hi John,
    Oh WOW, what a stunning creation, the colours are so rich and elegant.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your Christmas ones.
    Lorna D

  23. Morning John, Stunning card today! I have four sets already of Sue's new launch dies so can't wait to see what you do with them. This border is one and it looks beautiful thanks for sharing! love Junex (Cumbria)

  24. Morning John, Gorgeous !! I love this background stamp, and I love the Merry Christmas and the snowflake border.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  25. well it's a great card to start with stunning ,love the stamp ,diesand layout of this card ,Laura O

  26. John this is a beautiful card. I, too, am a bit of a Christmas fan and love making special Christmas cards. I hope you will be flattered if I say I might try and emulate what you have done here.

    Jan from NSW (Aus)

  27. Hi John,
    This is one of the best Christmas cards I have seen....ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  28. Wow ..... simply stunning. I think this would work with blues too.
    Jo xx

  29. I like!!! Super stamp you have designed John love from Jackie xx

  30. Wow John, this is absolutely stunning - so luxurious. One of the nicest cards I've seen. Wendyx

  31. So nice to see your take on Sue's new die collection and your stamp is exquisite, put both together and wow wow wow a stunning creation, love it!!!
    Lynne x

  32. Good morning John, Wow fabulous!!! Love it!!!
    Have a great day!!!
    Loopy Lyndaxxx

  33. Hi John, wow what a beautiful card I think it's a very romantic looking Christmas card, have ordered loads of sues dies but none of the stamps as I am really useless at stamping but this card as made me think I might get this one an have a go again. Take Care Melody xxx

  34. Hi John WOW I do not know what to say so so so so GORGEOUS LOVE IT.
    Keep it up looking forward to seeing more thanks
    Jeanie .e

  35. Love this card, John the colours, etc are perfect for Christmas ............ will any of your or Sue's products be at Summer Crafting @ Doncaster?? Need to see them in 'real life' before buying xxx

  36. WOW what opulence! Just try being miserable while looking at that card. Top of the class John, you've surpassed even yourself this time .

  37. Oooh John! Between you and Sue you are making it so hard to choose between the dies! As you know I hardly sell my cards so can't justify buying the whole lot My favourites keep changing!

  38. Hi John,
    This Card Is Outstanding The Colours Are Rich And Extremely Opulent I Just Love This Remarkable Card Well Done.
    Hugs From Sam x

  39. Hi John

    I just commented on Sue's blog how much I liked all the Christmas stamps, this was one of my favourites though. Well done, it's beautiful. I think the card is absolutely stunning.

    Hugs, T x

  40. A very gorgeous and very elegant card today, I love Christmas too and never get tired of seeing the Christmas cards yourself and sue Wilson come up with.

  41. Hi John
    Well, what can I say about your stunning Christmas Card. I haven't seen the 'Twas the night background before, but I'm off to order these dies.

  42. Hi John love traditional looking Christmas cards and this one is a stunner.xx

  43. Hi John,
    beautiful vibrant red creation today.
    Love what you have created here.
    Crafty Regards.Jenny L.

  44. Wow this red and gold is gorgeous. What a fabulous card John....just great! X

  45. A beautiful card, such a rich colour. New dies and stamp look great.

  46. Absolutely stunning card. Can't stop looking at it.

  47. This is stunning John, love it.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  48. Wow!!! This is gorgeous. I just ordered several of her new Christmas dies.

  49. This has to be one of the most gorgeous cards I've ever seen. Well done!

  50. Beautiful cards. Please could you tell me what kind of ink pad you use to stamp when you do the cosmic shimmer detail gold parts? I am new to stamping but I think it is probably a clear pad but I have no idea which quality or brand to use.

  51. Absolutely stunning card.It is my favorite for new Christmas.Thank you John.

  52. Hi!
    This is a beutiful cards!! The ribbon is very elegant !


  53. This card is beautiful. Very elegant and the shade of red with the vintage gold is just perfect.