Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Its Snowing...

Happy Wednesday,

Doesn't the time fly I can't believe its time for my Wednesday spot on the Creative Expressions design team again! This month we are focusing on the Snowflake background and I have to say, as can be testified by anyone who has attended one of my demo days, that I am spoilt for choice which card to show today.  This card is a variation of a shaker card as with the background being covered in iced snow then the loose snow falls gently (this really is a card you need to see in real life)

I stared by cutting the snowflake background (with out any of the centre pieces added) in coconut white foundation card.  I left a large bored around the die and added a piece of aqua card, with double sided adhesive added to it, behind the snowflake die cut.  Next I put iced snow all over the piece so that it stuck where the adhesive was, this gives the lovely snowy background.

To make the shaker element of the card I made a frame in aqua card using the background die as a guide for the internal aperture.  I then added a piece if acetate behind the frame and ran foam tape all round the back of the frame so that there were no gaps.  I poured a sprinkling of loose iced snow into the middle of the background piece and stuck the frame over this.

What this does is that the iced snow on the background catches the loose iced snow so that the snow appears to be falling slowly rather than just collecting at the bottom.

The remainder of the back of the card was made with my usual layers of aqua and white to frame the centre piece.

The front of the card, and its effective sentiment, is made by simply die cutting the Sue Wilson treating tree die in aqua card and embossing it.  Its important to emboss this die cut as the letters all have raised areas which you can bring out, as i have here, using pewter gilding wax.

A simple double bow of green bakers twine finishes the front and gives a focal point to this, hopefully, classic Christmas card.

don't forget to pop over to the Creative Expressios design team blog HERE and see what the rest of the team have come up with and if you have time leave a comment! lol

Back tomorrow with a last sneak peak for the Hochanda Shows along with a double giveaway, one on here and another on my Facebook! if you haven't joined my Facebook page then here's fair warning! lol

Creative expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Snowflake background
greetings tree
Aqua & Coconut white foundation card
iced snow
CE double sided adhesive sheet
primary set bakers twine.



  1. Morning John, a gorgeous card and love the idea of the shaker style but more subtle as I think they are wasted sometimes as the snow just lies at bottom.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi again John just been over to CE blog but no button to leave comment for you.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi John.
    Lovely card Thank you. Take care Kitty.

  4. Morning John, I think todays card is absolutely stunning, I love every bit of it, I know you have been so busy with all the prep for Hochanda as well as all your normal day job things, you are amazing. How can you bear to part with this card, I would love to win it.

    So looking forward to tomorrow for the launch and also because it is my birthday (have I told you that before, sorry).

    Enjoy Wednesday, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs June Smith xxx

  5. Eh up John
    Very pretty card but I'm guessing it has to be appreciated more in real life to see the shaking bit in action.
    Looking forward to tomorrows show.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  6. Hi John, todays card is gorgeous, love the colours. Hope all your prepping is going well. Take care. Bx

  7. Good morning John, stunning card!!!
    Looking forward to the new craft channel!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  8. Ps sorry having got facebook!!!
    Loopy Lynda

  9. Morning John,
    This card is stunning I love the colours you have used as well. I can't believe I picked up a pack of Aqua card yesterday but then decided to wait until next week to get it, then you go and show us this beautiful card.
    I'm a bit miffed at the moment, as my junior plates arrived on Monday and yesterday my grand calibur handle broke, not happy as I don't use it very much I usually use the big shot and only the calibur for larger dies. My husband has glued it but I don't thing it will hold much as its right by the handle. Fortunately my Sister has a spare handle but I might have to invest in the new coloured machine and hope it doesn't break so easy.
    So today being the miserable rainy day it is. I am going to have a go at using your poinsettia stamp set. Plus have a go at using the cloud inks I have, mine haven't been opened yet. Will show you the result if I'm happy with it.
    Looking forward to your shows on the new channel, and everyone else's of course.
    Keep up the great designs you inspire us all.
    Maggie in Solihull

  10. This certainly looks very snowy!
    Still no sign of the card I won from C and C.

  11. Hi John
    Well I Knew You Were A Fantastic Crafter And Creator.
    Today You've Proved It Even More I Love Your Rich Opulent Card And The Awesome Colour Palette You've Used, I Hope You Don't Mind It's Another One I'd Like To Have A Go At For My Christmas Cards It Would Be Great In Other Colourways Also. Thank You For Sharing Your Tremendous, Outstanding Card With Us.
    Hugs From Sam x

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous! Lovely colours and a wonderful design. I would be thrilled to win your card John so fingers are firmly crossed. Debra x

  13. Good morning John this is a gorgeous Christmas card I love the colours and all the sparkle. Of course the dies are amazing. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  14. Stunning card-love the design & the colours are just gorgeous.


  15. Hi John
    A lovely card and a great idea, loving the snowy bits too , right i am away to F/book hope i can find you as i am not very good with WWW. fingys ......
    Have a good day
    Elaine H X

  16. This is a gorgeous card, John. I suspect I will end of up buying the "tree" die as I have seen so many lovely cards using it!

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. Morning John,
    Gorgeous card, love it all. Looking forward to seeing what's on the new channel.

  18. Good morning John I think we all need to see this card in real life to enjoy it properly as the description sounds so interesting. Have a good sleep tonight! Love from Jackie xx

  19. Hi John, lovely card again nice colour too. Take care Jane B.

  20. Stunning and what a lovely idea to make a shaker card beautiful soft colours as well Very calming

  21. Hi John,
    A really beautiful card, love the colours and the way that you have made the shaker element sounds great.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  22. Hi John. What a gorgeous card, and making it a shaker one is a great idea : )
    I hope you are nearly ready for tomorrow and Friday. Have a safe and trouble free journey and enjoy yourself. Only one sleep now : ) Take care x

  23. Hiya John,
    What a gorgeous card, even more sumptuous in real life I imagine. You have utilised Sues dies to the max,and I love the ideas for the shaker card, ingenious!
    How are your preparations coming along-feeling nervous? Don't be, because if your examples are anything like this little beauty then you'll sail through!
    Wishing you a productive dayxxx Laine1972

  24. HibJohn
    I of this card.its simply gorgeous. I love the idea of using iced snow for a shaker. Hopefully this card will be at Ally Pally. Must get you to show me which way round you put the die onto the sticky sheet when you cut it out. I saw you doing it but Dave was coughing when you were explaining how you did it. Plus he was talking over you at other times as well. We'd rather listen to you explaining than him.

  25. No words can say just how beautiful this card is. I would love to see it in real life, I am sure it is absolutely amazing. Pat x

  26. Hi John, great card, love the shaker effect with the Iced Snow, Good Luck for tomorrow - you will be great,

  27. Hi John, great card, love the shaker effect with the Iced Snow, Good Luck for tomorrow - you will be great,

  28. Hi John a Beautiful card this morning love the shaker idea.

    Hope every thing goes well for tomorrow x

  29. Super card this morning John, I just ordered the tree die this morning, it has been out of stock - so your timing is good!

  30. Morning John, Love the iced snow and love the background on this card, looks really icy and brrrrrrr now I feel cold hahaha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  31. Hi John
    Beautiful card. You'll knock 'em dead tomorrow. I'll be the other side of the screen.

  32. This looks very interesting. I've gotta try this technique. I hope that tomorrow goes extremely well for you. Hoping to be able to watch on the computer.

  33. Hi John, gorgeous card. Love the aqua colour as it makes it look wintery along with the Iced Snow, one of my favourites. Love the shaker card element and will have to try x Just to say you'll be fine tomorrow on the new channel......just be yourself, that's all you need to be xx

  34. Thanks for the tip of how to show the gently falling snow in the shaker element. Brilliant!

  35. Lovely card in a lovely colour. I will be watching you tomorrow and cheering you on. Have fun. SueL x

  36. Abzolutely stunning card again today, gorgeous colours too.

  37. Oh I love the look of this card .well done John All the best for tomorrow. Gloria (sidcup) xx

  38. Oh I love the look of this card .well done John All the best for tomorrow. Gloria (sidcup) xx

  39. I am so amazed at the beauty of this card! Absolutely love it! :)

  40. Very striking! I love the combo of the aqua and white and love using the shaker idea with "regular" dies. Great ideas!

  41. Hi John,
    Stunning card today, just love the background die.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  42. You have a fab blog John, just getting a few lessons :). This is superb! You have so many wonderful products to play with your a very lucky bunny x

  43. Gorgeous card in a beautiful combination of colours, would love to see this in life! hope you understand what I mean. See you on the box tomorrow, All the best for a fabulous day. Linda.

  44. Hi John,
    this is a very lovely card.
    Your design as always is wonderful, and I love your colour choice too.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  45. What a fabulous card John. Love the colour. Am getting very excited for tomorrow x

  46. fab card John ,can't wait for new channel to start and to see your fab shows ,Laura O

  47. Hi John,
    this is a gorgeous card, I love the idea of falling snow. And the colour combo just sings to me!
    Can't wait to see you on TV tomorrow, and watching your demos etc.
    Have fun.
    Best wishes, Rose

  48. Hi John, beautiful card love the colour an the falling snow is great. Take Care Melody xxx