Friday, 20 November 2015

Orange Blossom...

Happy Friday,

It seems everyone liked the orange blossom dies, how about a stamp to match?  Today's card uses the brand new shaded orange blossom stamps that match sue's new dies and features a bit of a change for me, not stamped in black or grey?!?

I started by stamping the orange blossom stamps onto coconut white foundation card using deep purple archival ink.  I then cut them out using the matching dies and shaped the flowers using a ball tool and the mat I use for my stamping.  I then cut the matching leaves and shed through the die to get the foliage using the new mini smoothie.  I used the fine point which gave me a great deal of control over the ink.

I then shaded the flower and foliage using the smoothie and a little of the deep purple ink to give more dimension to the flowers.

For the base of the card I cut an aperture using the central die form the new Cathedral background.  I stuck this over a background I created as a test of a technique I have been working on for my new stamping show on the 7th December ( I have been playing with some Brand New stamp designs which will be launched on the 7th December)  I call the technique Seed Pearl background, however this is a sneak peak you may have to tune into the shows or my blog on the 7th ti see how it was done ( I am a tease at times lol)

I made up a set of games using the double pierced rectangles using both A and B sets to give me the central frame with its with of an inch layer.  The new B sets are great as they give you perfect layers with a small neat border and let you have detailed piercing all over!

The rest of the card was put together as shown using a combination of the rectangles with a central spray of the flowers and foliage which highlight the sentiment, from my tulip elements clear stamps set, stamped onto the smallest Pierced flags from Sue Wilson for CE.  I love the way that each collection builds so that the piercing on the tags and flags matches perfectly with the new squares and rectangles.

Another new Stamp to Die for tomorrow!


Edited as spelt really badly lol x


  1. Morning John, a gorgeous card and the stamps look great but I'm not sure about the diseased dies you have to be careful at my age what you come in contact with and I'm a bit old for games but whey hey will give anything a go. You do make me laugh at this time in the morning it makes my day.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning John, oh this is such a gorgeous card, love the colours you have used, the pierced dies are a real must for any crafter, I absolutely love both the A and B sets, you said I would and you were right, I have the Cathedral die so you have given me ideas for that but the flowers, yes I got the dies but didn't know you had the stamps to match it as well, they really do add the final touch to this card, I want to see the stamps on your show, I will put it in my diary now.

    I agree with Nancyd above you really do make us laugh with all your misspelt words and how they then become interpreted, it has me in stitches some times, don't ever change John as you give us a laugh a minute, and that is just what you are like.

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

  3. Oh dear John, you are so funny.
    The card and flowers are lovely.Thank you.
    Have fun and take care. Kitty.

  4. Good morning John I can't work out what diseased should be either! but never mind I get the gist. Your card today looks more like a picture with the inset framing. The stamps do make such a difference to the flowers a real finishing touch. Have a good weekend though no doubt you will be touring the UK somewhere. Love from Jackie xx

  5. Very beautiful. Will make sure to watch the show!

  6. Hi John,
    Your typing is about as good as mine! I have learned to re read it though but your blog is so funny.
    The card is really nice - tempted by the Cathdral die now!
    Love it - will watch out for the show - Julia convinced mr to replace my old machine and invest in the new Spellbinders one - can't wait for it to arrive so no sweey spots............... love is Creative Expressions.
    Anne M xx

  7. Wish I could get hochanda, ....this card is stunning.....even if it has a disease!

  8. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the design. The stamps and dies are devine. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  9. Eh up John
    Well, I'm sure that Sue will be well chuffed at you mentioning her diseased it something she picked up in Florida lol?
    Your card is magnificent. I had convinced myself that I only needed the orange blossom leaves but maybe I need the flowers...........and maybe the stamps lol! All because of this card too!
    Are you sure that "seed Opearl" is what you really want to call your technique? It sounds like some herbal remedy for gardeners lol!
    Have a good one.
    Ang x

  10. Hi John,
    Gorgeous card. I love the stamped flowers and leaves.
    B xx

  11. Good morning John. Aside from Ang's quips (!) I think your card is lovely especially the orange blossom flowers your new technique sounds exciting so recorder will be Set for 7 Dec.
    All the new dies are so tempting but last night I was looking at how many I have....

  12. Gorgeous card, really pretty. You have us all wondering what we should substitute for "diseased "- my money is on Dies.


  13. Hello John, such a lovely card, beautiful colours on the Orange Blossom flowers. I must admit I am with all the others and their comments, but the 'diseased' did give me a giggle. Have a great day. Bx

  14. Another gorgeous card today John!
    Your spelling is very furry but you nose it's not always easy to smell correctly all the tine. Don't ever change John :D. Debra x

  15. A lovely card John, could be used for so many occasions. { You and Ang make a good comedy act you should have her on your shows }.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Elaine H X

    1. Noooooo........I have a face for radio lol!
      John's the crafting eye candy!

  16. Hi John,
    A really beautiful card, I love the way that you have used the cathedral background and the flowers are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  17. Wow John this card is stunning.
    I can't wait to see your shows, I will tape them also just in case and so I can go back and watch again.
    Thanks for sharing you are a gifted artist.

  18. Stunning card John, love the flowers

  19. Hi John,
    You are a tease! This card is stunning! I love the cathedral die, so beautiful!
    Your flower stamp is divine and really compliments the die.
    You are all a fabulous team!
    Lorna D

  20. lovely I like the purple flowers they are real pretty

  21. Morning John,
    Gorgeous card, love the orange blossom flowers, another must have.

  22. These pierced dies make such wonderful frames. This card is stunning, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Beautiful and in my colour too.
    SueL x

  24. Morning John, This is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. My eyes picked up on the 'mini smoothies' will have to find those.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  25. This is an absolutely stunning card John. I love the colours and the flowers or so, so beautiful.

    Darn, darn, darn: I shall miss the first shows on the 7th and 8th as I shall be mid flights, shame I can't set programmes to record more than a week ahead. Just have to hope they will be repeated at some point.


  26. Lovely card John. Those flowers are gorgeous.
    Best wishes, Rose

  27. WOW!!!! Love it absolutely stunning. The flowers are stunning
    Hope your well

    Terri xx

  28. Fabulous card John, love the flowers and the colour of them. Roll on 7th December! Pat x

  29. Hello John

    Well what a fantastic card. Love what you have done with the orange blossom stamp and die. Really lovely effect.

    So looking forward to your new 'reveal' in December. Just in time for Santa's list !!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  30. You have done it again - absolutely beautiful, thank you John.
    Sue Mac

  31. This is a beUtiful card. Definitely one to try.

  32. That should of course read 'beautiful'.😃😃😃

  33. Another stunner. Must get hold of these dies and stamps, my list just grows.

  34. HI John, absolutely gorgeous! I love the Orange Blossom flowers and leaves and what a stunning deep purple colour. it really makes it rich and just gorgeous! "Thank you John" xx Love Karen xx

  35. A beautiful card, just love the centre piece you have made....The Orange Blossom flowers are really lovely.... luv Ursula xxx

  36. Beautiful card John and I think the Orange blossom is my favorite

    Crafty hugs Pen x.

  37. I really like this card and design. I also am very fond of the color purple.

  38. Hi John,

    Stunning card, love this Orange Blossom, beautiful

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  39. Words fail me - such a beautiful, beautiful card. You are so, so talented John. Wish I was next door - I would be watching your crafty inspirations all the time.
    Best wishes
    Till Lady aka Anne x

  40. Hello John, beautiful dies and stunning card, love it, Kate x

  41. Wow another stunning card today, I absolutely adore the flower stamp and dies and can't wait to get hold of them.
    Also curious to find out the technique you have used, you are teasing us lol

  42. John, This is amazing!
    Love Nancy xx

  43. Hi John,
    Simply gorgeous, love the flowers.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  44. Beautiful card John the orange blossom dies are lovely as are the stamps. Take Care Melody xXx

  45. Stunning card John, really like the new orange blossoms and
    with the stamp it's coming to life
    Maria x

  46. This is an absolutely gorgeous card :)