Thursday, 5 November 2015

NEC Away!...

Happy Thursday,

I hope those of you that are planning to go are all ready for the NEC show that starts today!  I will be there Today, Tomorrow and Sunday with a short stopover in Blackpool on Saturday for Strikes at Burnside.  I thought I would show you today one of the cards I have made, using Sue's recent release of dies for Creative Expressions, for the show.  I will be concentrating on The Colour Cloud blending Inks form Cosmic Shimmer and how they work beautifully with Creative Expressions Craft dies.  I will be on the Daisy Jewels and Crafts stand so come and say Hi!

Today's card is made using just the Sue Wilson Butterflies in flight mini striplet.  I stared by shading colours of Colour cloud onto a piece of coconut white foundation card using Indigo Mist and Clear day.  I started at the top with Indigo Mist and clear day at the bottom.  I blended these together in the centre, using a smoothie, to give the faded look.

Next I cut one of the butterfly striplets from coconut white card without the outline die.  I added a strip of the shaded card behind this with from tape.  Next I cut the separate butterlfies from the same set using another piece of the shaded acrd.  This gave me the butterflies to place behind the apertures which i glued into place behind.  Next I cut 2 more butterflies from more of the shaded card.

I cut the aperture die from another piece of coconut white which I added to the front to make the card up.  I added a ribbon bow made using Indigo Mist colour cloud and white seam binding.  The ribbon has the really nice ombre look by dragging the ribbon between a smoothie and the top of the ink pad in the colour cloud.  The quicker you drag this across the lighter and more shades of the colour you get.

I attached the ribbon as a tie across the front and made a messy bow to accent the design.  Finally I added the other 2 butterflies on the bow and the right hand side of the card, shaping them to look like they are in flight.

I will be demonstrating this technique as well as other dies cutting and colour cloud techniques all day today.  there are also some brand new embellishments that I will be using from Craft Consortium that are just stunning!

Hopefully see you later!



  1. Morning John, a gorgeous card and still loving this indigo colour cloud, hope you all have a marvellous time at the NEC wish I was closer.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning John, oh I am so looking forward to Sunday, I do hope you have some indigo blue left on the stand Sunday as I don't have that one, got the clear day already. I want to try and do this technique so will be watching you. Oh and hope also that there are some of the new embellishments from craft consortium left too, that is the trouble with going on the last day, everything is sold out, but I am having to rely on my friends husband driving me, never mind looking forward to seeing you and Wendy. The colours on today's card really does stand out beautifully.

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

  3. Hi John.
    Beautiful card I must get this die, it is so pretty, Thank you.
    Take care and have a great weekend. Kitty.

  4. Beautiful card john, safe journey x

  5. A lovely card John I have this die so can try to recreate it xxxx

  6. Hi John, this card is really lovely, and this striplet is topping my wish list at the moment. Love the colour combo. Have a great time at the NEC and safe travels. Bx

  7. Morning John,
    Another stunning card today, funny how both you and Sue have used the same die for today's blog posts I love both cards.
    I haven't used my butterfly striplet set yet but know where I can get the inspiration from. You and Sue are so talented.
    I'm on day 4 of babysitting my baby Granddaughter today, so no crafting again, tomorrow I have the day to myself. So I might just have a go at trying this technique. I love the colour cloud inks.
    Have fun at the NEC I know it gets very busy there.

  8. Lovely card, really pretty.


  9. Good morning John this is a stunning card I love the soft colours. The striplet is beautiful. Did you know Sue used that die for her card today. Have a great time at the NEC I wish I was able to go. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. A lovely card. Hope to be able to watch the technique when I am at NEC tomorrow.

  11. lovely card ,loving these striplet dies

  12. Love all the Striplet dies , this one makes a beautiful card .
    Elaine H X

  13. Good morning John, I love butterflies we 've got a twofer today both yours and
    Sues card's are gorgeous in their own right!!!
    Have fun at the NEC!!!
    Be careful if you're having fireworks tonight!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  14. Hi John,
    And what a complete contrast from Sue's bright butterflies!
    Lorna D

  15. Absolutely gorgeous card today John! I love the colours especially on the ribbon. Debra x

  16. Hi John gorgeous card .Love the colours. Have fun at NEC. Gloria (sidcup) xx

  17. Good morning John lovely colour choices and a super striplet. Enjoy the NEC love from Jackie xx

  18. Beautiful card, John. Hope to see you later.

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Hi John. A lovely card today with gorgeous colours. I wish I was coming to the NEC now! Have a great time and wishing you safe and trouble free journeys. Take care xx

  20. Morning John,
    A very pretty card, love the colours you have used.

  21. A gorgeous card. Love the colours and the background shading technique.


  22. Gorgeous card John, You dont leave yourself much time do you, you need a chauffeur, then you can craft in the back of the limo LOL.
    Try and talk next week sometime to sort things out if still OK, xxxx

  23. Beautiful I bought this Striplet at AP and love it So two new techniques for me to try, yours and Sue's Have fun at NEC

  24. Gorgeous card, I love that striplet.
    B xx

  25. Hi John
    Another gorgeous card today. I love the Striplet dies and I love this technique. I hope you have a great time at the NEC.

  26. Beautiful, love the pastel colours too

  27. Lovely card and in fact, having just visited Sue's site, I have put this on my shopping list for the NEC, think its the only striplet I haven't bought so far. Sorry I won't see you there as I am going Saturday (not my choice). Have fun. SueL x

  28. Hi John,
    absolutely lovely, this card. And so clean and delicate. It is a gorgeous striplet, that's for sure. Enjoy yourself at the NEC.
    Best wishes, Rose

  29. Afternoon ..... hope all is good with you today. Horrid weather here so catching up with the blogs.

    lovely card do love the butterflies.

    pen x

  30. Lovely and classy card John.

  31. Hi John, such a pretty card and a really lovely striplet.
    Enjoy the NEC

  32. Hi John, This card is really beautiful, I love the 'marriage' of colours you have used and the striplet is very pretty.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  33. Hi John, such a simple yet beautiful card. I love the colour used on the butterflies and the technique on colouring the ribbon. I do forget to do this! Mind you I have so much ribbon to use, but it will come in use when I haven't got "the shade"! "Thank you John" x Have a wonderful weekend at the NEC! :) Gorgeous!xx Love Karen xx

  34. A beautiful and simple card. Amazing what can be created with very few elements. I love it!
    Tonbridge Sue

  35. Hi John,

    gorgeous card, the second one today with the butterfly striplet that I haven't used yet so I'm spoilt for inspiration. I wish someone would do a card with the art deco adornment die hint hint! haha!! But I seen Sue's new release dies last night and they are absolutely amazing so I suppose you will all be showcasing them now, but its fine because I really need all of them anyway.

    Linda xx

  36. Lovely card John. Butterflies are my favourites on any card.

  37. Hello John ,
    Today's card is lovely! I do like that Striplet although I don't have it - yet!
    I'm coming to the NEC tomorrow so may see you - never been before so may not find you!
    Love Myra

  38. Hi John,
    Gorgeous card in beautiful colours, love it.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  39. Absolutely stunning card. I am sorry that I am missing you at the NEC - work calls and no leave because we are so short staffed. I will enjoy myself in the evenings watching re-runs of your fabulous demos. I am so pleased to have found you and your inspirations.
    Till Lady aka Anne (reading)

  40. This is so pretty, I love butterfly striplet and the blending you have done
    With the ink.
    love this one.

  41. great die ,a great card ,Laura O

  42. Love this card. It's amazing that you and Sue are able to make such different and gorgeous cards with the same die.

  43. Hi John,
    Simple pretty and stunning! it.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  44. What a stunning die, fab card John. Pat x

  45. Hi John

    Lovely, I love this die and chuffed both you and Sue used it today.

    Hope everyone going to the NEC has a great time, I'll be having a virtual shopping experience this weekend instead!

    Hugs, T x

  46. Hi John, lovely card, have fun at the NEC. Take Care Melody xxx

  47. Really beautiful. I love the way you've blended the Colour Cloud inks together. Must have a go at that after buying some at NEC yesterday!

  48. Eh up John
    See, had so much fun at NEC I forgot to comment lol!
    Great card and it looked even better on the stand in real life.
    Behave yourself in Blackpool.
    Ang x

  49. Breath taking card, I remember you creating this card not long ago at wilmslow garden centre. The colours was was vibrant and thank you for the wonderful demos, such a talented gentleman.