Tuesday, 11 August 2015

12 days, Day 2...

Happy Tuesday,

its the tern of the tree cards and stamps today, I have to admit to a slight preference of this one as I keep gravitating to it when I am making samples for Thursday!  remember if you want to win a set of the stamps and one of the new backgrounds (which I will show tomorrow!) then simply comment every day this week telling me which Card is your favourer each day!

I stared by stamping the largeHolly tree element onto Brunswick green foundation card using perfect medium.  I then added the new Cosmic Shimmer sticky embossing powder and heat set it before adding golden jewels gilding flakes.  I rubbed off the excess using a piece of rubit scrubit which revealed all the detail of the stamped image set in gold!
 I tied a double bow using a piece of matching bakers twine (from the primary pack that I have on the show) and added a small gold dazzler to hide the knot.  Finally, for this stage, I added a thin gold mat using vintage gold foundation card.

For the background I used a piece of my paperback in the matching green colour (I teamed the red and green used to Foundation card colours as It makes matting and layering so easy)  I adde this, with foam tape, to a larger square 21 x 21 cm made by layers of coconut white and brunswick green finishing with more of the gold.

The border is simply made by cutting 2 of the snowflake bored, from Sue's festive collection for Creative expressions, in the green.  I added these either side of a strip of green to which I added one of the borders from the paper pack using the 5 gold rings border.  I added some dots of olympic gold pearlescent PVA on all the ends of the snowflakes and in the centres.  I mounted this in the centre of the card with a strip of foam tape and added the tree stamp over the top.

The next card is made using the same image however I have used the smaller tree in the set, this shows that you can use the stamps to make smaller cards as well!  This time I stamped the image on black card using perfect medium however I heat set it with bright gold detail embossing powder.

I added the word JOY from the set at the bottom and embossed the same way.  I mounted this on the gold again which really sets the gold of the embossing off.

To make the card up I stamped the holly border, using jet black archival ink, onto a strip of raw silk double sided satin ribbon (its sized to fit perfectly) I wrapped this around a square of black foundation card with a thin border of gold again.  This was then mounted onto a 15 x 15cm card blank made with more of the gold and black.

Let me know which Card you prefer?

Holly Tree elements clear stamp set from Creative Expressions
Blasck, vintage gold and brunswick green foundation card
Cosmic shimmer bright gold and sticky embossing powder.
Golden jewel gilding flakes
12 days paper pack
olympic gold Pearl PVA glue.
raw silk double sided satin ribbon pack



  1. Morning John, another two gorgeous cards they are both equally beautiful but I do like the simplicity of the second one although Ibthink I'll have to get new glasses as you have used the peace stamp but to me it looks like the Joy one just luv ya.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi John.
    Thank you two beautiful cards, John I wish you Peace and Joy.Take care Kitty.

  3. Both beautiful but my favourite is the green and gold !


  4. A difficult decision John but I think the black and gold one has just piped it at the post xxx

  5. Two more beautiful cards but I love the simple elegance of the second card in just black and gold. Debra x

  6. Two lovely cards but I like your use of the striplet so the first wins for me.

  7. Hi John,
    another difficult decision today as they are both equally super.
    I love that gold tree, and your 2 fab designs with it.
    Now as I said yesterday the black just edges slightly in front for me too, as black and gold is soooooooo! elegant.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  8. Morning John, a truly lovely card today using your stamps etc. the green and gold really do come to life, love it.

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

  9. Another gorgeous stamp and the paper look fab, first one for me, xxxx

  10. Two fabulous cards, prefer the first one as I love the snowflake border. I'm with Nancy on the second card-definitely seeing Joy on it...!!


  11. Hi John, two more gorgeous cards so hard to choose,I think the black and gold one for me, it just has the extra to it.
    Maggie in Solihull

  12. Good morning John both of these cards are gorgeous. I do love the Christmas tree stamp. If I had to choose it would be the first the green one for me. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  13. Love them both.....
    If I had to choose a favourite it would be the first one

  14. Hi John both cards are fabulous, but the Balck and Gold one just has the edge for me, Stunning stamps! Hugs, Linda

  15. Lovely cards John and a great stamp.
    The first wins it for me,

  16. Hi John,
    Two beautiful cards and my favourite is the first, I just love the green and gold.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  17. Hi John, Two gorgeous cards again John making it very difficult to choose,I think I go for the first one though,thank you for sharing your talent John.
    Take care Jane B.

  18. Beautiful cards John, the Christmas tree has to be my favourite though!
    Carol B x

  19. Hi John,
    Another set of beautiful cards, the tree really is stunning, and I'm so excited about seeing them all on telly. The second with 'JOY' added just has the edge for me :-)
    Lorna D

  20. Hi John. Both cards are beautiful but I have to go for the first one. Both your Holly Tree stamp and Sue's Snowflake border are gorgeous and look so good together : ) I hope you are all ready for the shows. Take care x

  21. Today I prefer the bigger card John, as I love the more ornate background. I've just got my stamps (From Julia, as she is now sending to Ireland, Yay!) So I'll be turning out these beautiful trees as soon as I can get into my craft room.

  22. I can see why you'd gravitate towards this stamp It's all of Christmas in one! My favourite is the first one I love gilding flakes

  23. Morning John, Two beautiful cards, each gorgeous in their own right, the first one is my favourite.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  24. Hi John,
    Two more gorgeous cards, but my favourite is the first one.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  25. Choices, choices - so difficult but I think the first one has the edge. Both cards are beautiful and that Christmas tree stamp has such lovely detail. Each year I say I am NOT going to buy another Christmas tree stamp - I have loads - but this one is definitely a must have. Pat x

  26. Good morning John, it's got to be the second one for me!!!
    I don't understand half of what you write but I love trying to decipher
    everything : ) you must be tired from all the hard work you do!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  27. Good morning John this is a very nice tree stamp so much detail. I like the colour of the first card and the design of the second. Talk about sitting on the fence.....overall the design of the second probably moves that to first place! Love from Jackie xx

  28. Beautiful cards John. Love them both but the green is my favourite.

  29. Lovely cards, the second one is my favourite but only because I'm not a huge fan
    Of the colour green!

  30. I love Christmas green so I like both cards. Not much help am I? SueL x

  31. Hi John, love these two card, especially the second one, I think this was my favourite set when you first showed the stamps and I think its still my favourite so I'm not surprised you keep going back to it. Looking forward to seeing you demonstrate them all on Thursday

  32. Morning John
    Two lovely cards, great stamps too.

  33. hi john, the second one is my favourite. I'm in Portugal at the mo so won't get a chance to see your show on Thursday so it would be great if I could win a set of stamps. thanks for the opportunity. sue x

  34. Good Morning John,
    I absolutely love this set. The green one is my favorite today. So bright and cheery looking.
    Thank you for sharing.

  35. Hi John,

    Love both of them, my fav is the second one JOY, so elegant.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  36. The cards are beautiful with the tree stamp. It is hard to pick a favorite card each day! Today I will go with the first card. I do not associate the color black with Christmas.

  37. Hi John,
    Beauties, these two cards - my slight (ever so) preference is for no.1. It's a stunner.
    Best wishes, Rose

  38. Good morning John. My pick is the second card. Love how you used the gilding flakes instead of embossing powder and also how you stamped on the ribbon. Thanks so much for sharing both cards with us and have a wonderful day.

  39. Love, Love this stamp tell me when and where to buy.

  40. Tough decision today, John. Love the green tree card. Classic coloring for the holidays. Then I saw the black card. Swoon! Love black with anything! Crisp! Fresh! Favorite! The tree simply glows agains the black. :)

  41. Both cards are beautiful, but I prefer the black one, it's so elegant.
    Christine (Andypandy) x

  42. Good morning John,
    Again, you have produced two beautiful cards. I prefer the green one. The snowflake border is lovely behind the tree. I do think I'd like to see the JOY under the tree instead of the twine though. This would also be beautiful in all white with a gold tree and gold JOY under it....... (hint, hint) white and gold are beautiful at Christmas.

  43. It is obviously hard to decide but a close winner is the first one due to the lovely use of the border die.

  44. Hi John
    Once again I love both cards. However, I love the second card. I love how you've stamped the Holly Border onto the ribbon. Just a different quirky twist using the tamp.

  45. I love both cards but I pinned my favorite! Here is the pin. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765609355752/

  46. Absolutely love Christmas trees, but I have to say traditional green is my favourite.xx

  47. Hi John
    Two beautiful cards and I love the holly tree. But which one to choose? It would have to be the darker one with JOY! So stylish and I love the technique of stamping on ribbon. Best wishes, Anne O

  48. Again you have given us two stunning cards, making it difficult to chose one.
    I am finding it difficult but the first one is my choice today as I love the background
    paper with this stamp and the snowflake border is a fab finishing touch across the middle.

  49. My favourite today is the first on xx

  50. The green is my favourite, love the idea of using guilding flakes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  51. Eh up John
    Sorry I'm late, busy day.
    I'm joining Jackie getting splinters in me bum sitting on the fence as I like elements from both cards.
    Love that tree!
    Buenos noches.
    Ang x

  52. Hi John,
    two more beautiful x-mas cards ! My favourite today
    is the green one. This tree stamp is lovely.
    Have a good Wednesday,
    hugs Maria x

  53. #1 is my top pick today... love that pretty snowflake border and the contrast with the light background!

  54. Hi John, I think both cards are lovely but the 1st one would have to be my pick if I had to pick one the gold looks gorgeous on the green. Take Care Melody xxx

  55. Just fabulous John. Love these. The tree is fab x

  56. Hi John

    think I prefer the Brunswick green one today John, it's a lovely Christmas green
    and looks very festive.

  57. Two more wonderful cards but I am leaning towards the second one, stamp is fabulous

  58. Hi think I prefer the first one today Ali

  59. Hi John two more fantastic cards although the second one gets my vote.