Thursday, 4 June 2015

Golden Gate Californian...

Happy Thursday,

Today's card is another demo piece form the US shows however I have used the stamp to die for as we'll as the shapes form the Californian collection for this, again small, card.

I started by stamping the Golden Gate Stamp to die for in perfect medium onto CE heat resistant acetate, I then embossed the piece with comic shimmer bright gold detail embossing powder.  Next I cut an aperture, in a piece of coconut white foundation card, using the largest die in the Basic frames set A form the Californian collection.  I mounted this over the acetate stupid piece and added a frame, cut in antique gold foundation card, made with the largest die in the decorative frames set and the largest die form the plain frames set.

Ive made the picture of the main piece quite large so that you can, hopefully, see the detail in the embossed stamping on the acetate as well as the iced snow behind the stamping.

The backing is a piece of CE double sided adhesive film that I added to a mat of vintage gold and sugared with iced snow.  I then foam mounted the centrepiece over this.

The centre of this card is made with a die cut from the smallest die in the Beverly Hills set stuck over the acetate and finished with an 8mm stick on pearl.

The bow, made using Sue's Classic bow die, is stamped with the Floral Bow stamp in true white detail embossing folder stamped onto vintage gold.  I made up both the loops you get in the set and the finishing ribbon 'tails' and added it to the bottom of the Beverly hills die cut.

To finish the card I added some small, 3mm, stick on pearls around the frame and mounted the whole piece on a couple of layers, layered with foam tape of course, of the white and gold.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Californian Collection
Basic Frames set A
Decorative Frames set B
Beverly Hills die set
Classic bow
Stamps to Die for
Golden gate & Floral Bow
Cosmic Shimmer detail embossing powder, true white & bright gold
vintage gold & coconut white foundations card



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you, a lovely card for any occasion. Take care Kitty.

  2. Morning John, well what can I say but FABULOUS, I love the way the gold's and white's go together, what a wonderful card for an anniversary, or that special birthday. Brilliant, thank you for sharing with us.

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

  3. Very effective and could be used for many occasions.

  4. Hello John, this card is so elegant, love the layout and the white and gold. Have a great day. Bx

  5. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love how you have used the dies. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  6. great card John love the printed acetate,and gold makes it so elegant ,Laura O

  7. Hi John,
    Lovely card today, I'll have to get some of the heat resistant acetate and give this a try.
    Have a great day
    Maggie in Solihull

  8. Great card-the edges of the diecuts look frilly, like lace. Really lovely effect.


  9. Morning John, Beautiful card, I have these dies so will be giving this one a try!
    Good to see some smaller cards too! Thanks for sharing, love Junex (Cumbria)

  10. Hi John, a very elegant card and I like the gold and the size of the card thank you for sharing.Take care Jane B.

  11. Simply gorgeous, WOW, I bet the viewers in the States are going crazy for These dies and stamps, wish we could see the shows over here! Take care, Linda.

  12. Good morning John what a beautiful card beautiful card.
    And the colour is gorgeous. And I love the
    Have a lovely day the sun is shining here today.
    Debs xxx
    Debs xx
    {Debs Cards}

  13. Hi John. A lovely card today, the Golden Gate stamp is gorgeous. It is a shame we can't see these American shows over here as it looks like you have made some great cards. Take care x

  14. Really elegant card today

  15. Morning John, a truly beautiful and very elegant card.
    Nancyd xx

  16. Hi John,
    Absolutely stunning, colours are so rich and elegant.
    The Americans are so lucky getting to see all these wonderful demos.
    Lorna D

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  18. Morning John,
    A stunner today, love the elegant design, it would make a wonderful golden wedding card.

  19. A beautiful card, John. I have booked in for your workshops at CE later in the month and am really looking forward to meeting you and having a fun day.

    Anne (Northampton)

  20. Hi John,
    FABULOUS.... Love it, love it, love it!
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  21. Good morning John, this card is stunning. Love the embossing and the way all the frames and stamps fit togther. The bow is gorgeous.
    Blessings - Deb C xx

  22. This is a beautiful card! So elegant.

  23. Eh up John
    Very elegant and classy . . . . . .a real "John" card.
    See you've been playing Russian roulette with the predictive text again hahaha!
    (Poor acetate lol!)
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  24. Wow! What a stunningly elegant card, you certainly have style John. Pat x

  25. Hi John,
    What a beautiful and elegant card, love it.
    Heather Treble

  26. Hi John, beautiful card love tho gold. Take Care Melody x

  27. Love the mix of embossing and die cuts. A stunning card
    Janice W

  28. Good morning John, love, love, love it.
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  29. Hello John, I just love this card. I will e having a go at this one myself , it is so elegant. Thank you so much
    Maeve x

  30. Hi John,
    Lovely card, so good to see older dies again.
    That bow is cute.......
    Best wishes, Rose

  31. Hi John,

    Simply Stunning!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  32. John, this is in a class of it's own! WOW :-)

  33. Hi John,
    Gorgeous card !
    Have a nice day, the sun is shining at last.
    Maria x

  34. Hi John, love this card, especially the bow stamps, they are new to me. X Ros

  35. Hi John
    This is so pretty! Nice to see Sue's earliest dies having an airing! Best wishes Anne O

  36. Hi John, I love this card, especially the stamping on the box.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  37. Hi John

    Absolutely stunning, no other words for it!


    T x

  38. Loving the colours and layout Doesn't need a sentiment so can be used for any occasion Gorgeous

  39. Just love this card - it is Ab Fab xx GailT xx