Thursday, 16 July 2015

Something Purple?!?...

Happy Thursday,

Firstly I have to mention that the snow fibre paper I used yesterday is a new product as Ive had loads of people asking about it on here and Facebook.  It will be available early next week and I will mention as soon as it comes out!

back to today and I thought you might like to see another different colour for me with some stamping and some colouring.  I made this card again on a demo day as a lady asked what to do with the cherry blossom stamps and she wanted an interesting yet simple card.  This is what I came up with.

I stared by making card blank using the largest die in the Ornate pierced noble design set.  I then made an aperture in the front only using die 3 from the set.  Next I stamped, using jet black archival ink, a spare of the sherry blossom around the edge of the plaque cut to make the aperture.  I used the branch with flowers form the set and added a few single flowers around the bottom left of the piece.  I coloured the flowers using the greens and peoples set of cosmic shimmer mica watercolour palettes.  I then shaded around the design using dusty Concord distress ink and a smoothie.

To balance the card I shaded around the aperture on the front of the card using the dusty concord,  To make the bow I took a length of white seam binding and ran the dusty concord ink, again using a smoothie as this makes it so easy, along the ribbon so that it was the exact same shade as the rest of the card.

For the flower I cut 2 of the perfect peony open petal dies and again shaded them with the distress ink before shaping them and adding a white 5mm pearl in the centre.  I placed the flower in the middle of the bow, to hide the knot, and added the whole piece to the bottom left of the aperture on the front.

Its a little purple which I admit is an unusual colour for cherry blossom however I feel it works and they could be a scary of any flowers!

Creative Expressions craft dies by Sue Wilson
Ornate Pierced design noble die
perfect peony open petals
Creative Expressions clear stamps Cherry Blossom elements by me!
Cosmic Shimmer watercolour mica palette greens and purples
white seem binding



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you a lovely card lovely flowers.
    Take care Kitty.

  2. Hi John
    A lovely card, gorgeous colour!

  3. Hi John,
    I really like this card, just shows how versatile all the noble dies are ( I plan to collect the whole collection have 2 so far lol) I love the colour as well.
    Thanks for giving me another idea for the cherry blossom stamps ( which I have got)

    Between your stamps and Sue's dies I'm going t be broke but happy lol


  4. Hi John, the card is super, I love the colours, and a great idea with the aperture, will give this one a go. Have a good day. Bx

  5. I love this. Using the noble dies as the card base makes a useful sized card. Must do a few more!

  6. Morning John, a fabulous small card and great colours.
    Nancyd xx

  7. Great card-unusual & quite dramatic.


  8. Gorgeous card John, so clever, love the way you've used the frames and colours. On the first pic, what's that card lurking in the background? Looks gorgeous, would love a proper look ha ha.
    Have a great day, Deb C xx

  9. Loving your card ,and the color is perfect .
    Elaine H X

  10. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the colours. You certainly fulfilled the brief from the lady she must have been thrilled. Have a great today. Hugs Jackie

  11. Morning John, I really like todays card the cherry blossom colours really do spring out what a wonderful card to receive. Also looking forward to details about the snow fibre papers.

    Enjoy Thursday everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  12. Beautiful card today John......posh box required !!!

  13. Hi John, beautiful card ,love the colour! Take care Jane B.

  14. Morning John, Beautiful card, love it! Junex (Cumbria)

  15. So different, stunning wish I had your imagination!

  16. Hi John,
    another beautiful creation today.
    Love the colour, and all your super work involved in this wonderful creation.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  17. I love this card, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  18. I like how the C'S mica paints seem to acted like a resist to the shading Really makes them pop Live the colour

  19. Good morning John very effective the colour works for me love from Jackie xx

  20. This is gorgeous John, got my mini striplet from Sue yesterday, still no sign of your parcel though, so annoyed its got lost, xxxx

  21. Hi John,
    Gorgeous!! Dies,stamp and colour, really make a stunning card.
    Lorna D

  22. Hi John,
    Lovely card, the stamp is perfect on this shape of card.
    Heather Treble

  23. Good morning John, what an absolutely fabulous card wow!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  24. Hi John, a stunning card.

  25. I LOVE the card! all lilacs to purples are in my fav colour range (any sweet pea colour is ) Still not quite sure how card stands up, so I'll study it some more.

  26. me again, just realised that the back has a white, larger border around it! Duh!

  27. Eh up John
    Sherry blossom and scary flowers? Have you been at the sherry? Hahaha!
    Love the shape of this one and you can never have too much purple!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  28. Morning John
    Thank You For Your Tremendous Card And The Great Breakdown Of Instructions, I Love How You've Used The Ornate Pierced Oval Design To Create Your Card, Cutting Your Aperture Stamping The Beautiful Sentiment And Your Magnificent Blossom Stamp And Using The Dusty Concord Distress Ink By Tim Holtz, I Must Say I Never Was Very Good At Blending "Until Creative Expression" Brought Out The Remarkable "Smoothies" Now I Just Love These Easy To Hold And Blend With And I Love The Fact You Can Wash And Re-use Being Very Economical I Just Love Your Card.
    Thank You For Sharing John
    Hugs From Sam x

  29. Hi John,
    Like Lesley, I could't fathom out how the card stood up. But she showed me - thanks Lesley.
    The card is gorgeous, unfortunately your flower stamp seems to have disappeared from the internet shops.
    Best wishes,

  30. Morning John,
    An unusual shape making for a great card.

  31. The is a lovely card. I really like the design and the color. But I want somewhere to write on...

  32. Hi John
    A stunning card made in my favourite colours. Love the aperture that you've cut in it. I also couldn't fathom out how to make base cards out if this die. Or any die come to that. I had to get John to show me at Ally Pally. Easy peasy when your shown. I don't know why my brain wouldn't figure it out for itself.

  33. Hi John, Very unusual card today, Love it!
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  34. fantastic card ,great stamps and love the mica colours ,Laura O

  35. Hi, long time since I said hello, but I don't feel Christmassy before the summer holidays. I love this card, it's sort of grungy but works really well with purple, and the aperture is brill. X Ros
    Ps love the sherry blossom.

  36. Hi John, A beautifully shaped card with gorgeous stamping and my favourite colour is any shade of purple, I love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  37. John I love this card, fabulous aperture, one I am sure will appear on one of my cards, and highlights the stamps beautifully. Great instructions.

  38. A brilliant idea John....beautiful card....luv Ursula xx

  39. A brilliant idea John....beautiful card....luv Ursula xx

  40. A beautiful card John, the shape and the stamps are beautiful, Kate x

  41. Nice to see something different, really like this card.
    Rosemary x

  42. Hi John
    a Gorgeous card John,love the cut out and the colour today is me :-)
    Cherry blossom is a beautiful tree.
    Hope you are ok and enjoy the summer,
    hugs Maria x

  43. Lovely shape and design John. The colour is gorgeous, I love purple, and the peony and ribbon finish it all off perfectly. Pat x

  44. Another gorgeous card, I love the way you use the dies to shape the card.
    Have not tried this yet.
    I also love the stamp in fact love most of your stamps, I have a few of them but have yet to play with them.

  45. Hi John, lovely card an I love the noble dies they are great, your stamping is beautiful. Take Care Melody

  46. Hi John

    Purple is a winner with me, so I love this card, a really interesting idea for a nesting die card. Need those ornate Noble dies, on list but list is darn long!

    Hugs, T x