Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Little more seasonal...

Happy Thursday,

I thought It was time I showed something a little more seasonal especially as Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far and I was melting in the studio (Garage)!  I liked the idea of rotating between Christmas and normal so I thought you might like to see this card!  I can't promise I will switch between every day as this tomorrow and Saturday will be Christmas but I will try!

Today's card is simply made by stamping the Floribunda stamp to die for from Sues latest, non festive, release and colouring it using the fabulous Cosmic Shimmer watercolour palettes.  I then cut the image out using the largest die form the Lisbon set and mounted it (without foam for once) on a piece of lilac foundation card.

To make the top piece I simply embossed a sheet of coconut white card with the A4 quilted leaves embossing folder and cut an aperture to one side again using the Lisbon die set.  I then rubbed pewter gilding wax over the raised are and buffed it off with a dry wet wipe.

I foam mounted this over the stamped image and added a strip of ribbon and some of the self adhesive pearl strips ( a double strip cut down the middle ) to alter the look of the ribbon.  For the flower I simply snipped randomly into a strip of the ribbon and rolled it up to make the messy frayed flower you can see in  the close up below. A few layers of lilac and silver to 'frame' the card and finished.

Hopefully you will agree this is an appropriate card for the weather!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Floribunda stamp to die for
Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour palette No 4 Summer Garden
Orchid double sided satin ribbon pack
Lilac, coconut white & vintage silver foundation card.



  1. Morning John, it certainly is an apt card for this type of weather, fantastic.

    Please take care in this heat, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  2. Morning John, a fabulous card and love the flower.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi John.
    A lovely card Thank you.Stay cool and take care Kitty.

  4. Hi John, a beautiful floral card, love the colours. Bx

  5. Hi John,
    Beautiful Card, Love The Fabulous Colours And The Outstanding Stamp Thank You For Sharing.
    Hugs From Sam x

  6. Morning John, another pretty card,love the colours you have used. Glad that you are alternating between Christmas and and everyday type cards

  7. Lovely card, very pretty.


  8. Stunning card, love the flower, and the stamp is really pretty.
    I never create 'wide' cards, but will now

  9. Gorgeous John, love the flower. xxx

  10. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I do love the stamp set it is so pretty. Have a great today. Hugs Jackie

  11. A lovely card John, but ahh the frayed flower is just so beautiful ,another one for me to try as it has a totally different look .
    Elaine H X

  12. Hi John,
    Really like this, embossing and flower are fabulous.
    Lorna D

  13. Hi John,
    oh what a super creation.
    Love that wonderful stamped flower, and your super design.
    Crafty Regards.Jenny L.

  14. Hi John, A great looking card love the flower.Take care Jane B.

  15. Good morning John nice and unfussy but very pretty love from Jackie xx

  16. A lovely card, John. I really must use this aperture technique more.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. This is beautiful Living the lilac and silver together I think I have some pewter gilding wax I must have a play I don't have this set of dies but I would like to have a go at one with a substitute

  18. Another beautiful card today. Really pretty.

  19. Morning John
    A very pretty card.

  20. Love the layout here, oh, and the colours, and the stamp, and the pearls....
    Janice W

  21. Hi John
    What what a lovely card today. In my favourite colours as well. Love the layout as well.

  22. Really lovely card John.
    Lynne x

  23. Hi John,
    Love the layout of the card but for me, personally, I would choose garnet instead of lilac. But that's just because that's me.
    I was uttterly useless yesterday, couldn't have even begun to think of crafting (or anything else) in that heat. Hoping we'll get some rain and cooling off, but won't be holding my breath.
    Best wishes, Rose

  24. Hi John,
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this card, absolutely gorgeous!
    love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  25. Super card today John, love it. Also yesterdays, because I am very partial to buckle cards too.

  26. Hi John,
    This card is gorgeous I love it.

    Have a great day

  27. Gorgeous John, love the flower lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie j xxx

  28. Hi John Beautiful card and love the stamping and colours .
    I must try this way of colouring thank you

  29. Hi John, lovely card an beautiful stamping. Take Care Melody xxx

  30. Hi John, A gorgeous card, loving the pewter gilding wax atop the embossing folder background, and gorgeous stamping.
    I can't even go in my craft room, and stay, it is far too hot and I can't even get to the windows to open them because of all the storage in front atop my desk hahaha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  31. And very pretty it is too. Enjoying some crafting time now after sweltering at Hampton Court Flowere show yesterday. But it was a lovely day out and the roses were magnificent.

  32. Eh up John
    No, an appropriate card for the weather would have a sunlounger and pina colada hahaha!
    Terrific "painting" of the flowers and love the elongated shape.
    Nice to see you hard at work today lol!
    Ang x

  33. I can't say good morning John because of the time!!! but I'm going to anyway!!!
    Love today's little gem!!! Sorry it's late but I've been working:(
    Enjoy the rest of your day!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  34. Hello John,
    This is gorgeous.
    Maureen xx

  35. Absolutely gorgeous summery card for today, I love the stamped image.

  36. Hi John

    Super pretty. Unusual shape- we love our 8x8's as there's so much space to fill but in this case small (er) is beautiful!

    Hugs, T x

  37. another lovely card the long shape and a great stamp ,Laura O

  38. Lovely card John, the shape is really attractive. Pat x

  39. Gorgeous card John....luv Ursula xx