Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Last day, Violets...

Happy Wednesday,

Well I hope you all enjoyed the shows, tips and techniques as well as all my new stamps.  Today's final set is the Birth Flower for February the violet.  This is one of the cards I demoed yesterday using just 2 of the stamps from the violet elements stamp set for the foreground.  The background is stamped using some of the elements stamped in perfect medium and dusted over with opalescent mica.

This set has one of my favourite types of stamps with the border or ribbon stamp.  This, along with the border piece on yesterdays camellia set has been sized to fit the Creative Expression double sided ribbon perfectly as well as being used, as in this card, as a focal element in itself.

Back to usual tomorrow,



  1. Morning John, a beautiful card I think this is my favourite stamp set yet so appropriate for birthdays managed to watch a couple of the shows so far still have some to catch up with hopefully will have some time today at this time of year there is so much to do and not enough time to do it.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning John, well what can I say, your shows were absolutely brilliant, as always I learnt so much, looking forward to receiving my stamps and having a you know I don't do stamps so you should be proud of yourself for me to purchase them and have a go. I like the way the long flower stamp can be manipulated to create a curved half that gives me an idea!!!! Anyway, I am off to our craft club Christmas lunch today so a busy day a ahead.

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

  3. Good morning John. I like creating backgrounds like this one using perfect medium, then either mica powder or embossing powder. The violets are very pretty. Have yesterday's shows to watch.

  4. Hi John.
    Thank you for all the brilliant shows, all the cards are lovely. Take care Kitty.

  5. Good morning John this is a stunning card and the stamps are amazing. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

  6. Love the background on this card. I know what it's like to have your birthday near Christmas. I have quite a few on the way my daughter is next week so this new release will be a great addition xxx

  7. Hi John,
    This is a really lovely card. Enjoyed your shows very much - you are a natural!
    Anne M xx

  8. Lovely card John I've not had time to watch the shows but got them recorded so hopefully will find time today

  9. Hi John
    A lovely card. I'm working my way through the recordings of your demos and love your stamps and how you've used the glitter and flakes to stamp with lots of tips. Thank you.
    B xx

  10. Hi John,
    Stunning card today I love it. I managed to watch a couple of your shows yesterday while my Granddaighter was sleeping. I have taped all the shows anyway. Love the stamps and the techniques you did. My fingers are itching to get these but will have to order them or hopefully Cara has ordered them all at Rainbows and Ribbons, I think she will sell out quick though.
    You are a talented artist
    Have a great day

  11. Morning John, Beautiful, truly beautiful, and I love your sentiments too.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. I think this stamp set is my favourite. I still have the shows from yesterday to look forward to. Can you have a rest now?

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Morning John,
    A pretty card, managed to watch some of your show, love the snowdrop set.

  14. Wow, this is beautiful.
    Love your stamps

  15. Morning John well you were very naughty or was it me....just had to order the stamps. Are you going to do Summer and Autumn and Spring names to complete all the Months? Crafty hugs loved the shows.

    Pen x

  16. Hi John,
    A really beautiful card, very chic and your stamps are so great and versatile.
    Thanks for all the inspiration,

  17. A lovely card , loving the stamps and Sentiment.
    Elaine H X

  18. Hi John. Lovely card and I love your new stamps. SueL x

  19. Oh yes the border stamp is lovely John and so beautiful in the appropriate colours, have some more of the demos to catch up with.
    Started wrapping Christmas presents yesterday, boy it's a long winded job. I still have some crafting to do to finish off some gifts. Will get round to it at some point.
    Wishing good things to all

  20. Good morning John

    This card is beautiful. I really enjoyed your Hochanda shows and you always make it so simple for us crafters.

    Loving your new stamps. Are you going to cover the other birthday months of the year in the future?

    Lol Barbara W xx

  21. Oh John, what a fabulous set of stamps not sure which month I like best but am sure some of them will fall into my Santa Sack. Beautiful card today, I think Violets are such a pretty flower.
    So looking forward to the future sets.

  22. Hi John I really enjoyed your shows .Every stamp is a winner !! Gloria (sidcup) xx

  23. Really enjoyed the shows John, stamps are wonderful

  24. Loving all these new stamps. Love how you have done this card... simply beautiful

  25. I loved all of the shows and have many things to my Wish List! But I thought I'd taped them all but one of the recordings was a repeat! I think I've missed you demo-Ing the flags and that pesky middle sized one! All of your samples are terrific When Wendy goes back to Spain can I have her job please I'd have loved to have done those tags!

  26. Hi John,
    loved your demos and the tips and of course, your stamps and cards. This one is so lovely and just the thing for one of my friends who only does minimalistic.
    Best wishes, Rose

  27. So, so pretty, love all these new stamps, so much one can do with them....luv Ursula xx

  28. Hi John,
    These stamps are divine, I love how sketchy they look!
    Lorna D

  29. Hi John, lovely card, beautiful colours and stamps, Kate x

  30. Just so sorry to have missed the shows. A lovely card made with some beautiful stamps.


  31. Hi John, such a pretty card today. Stunning stamps, love them all.....I think that the "Not older, just better", one refers to myself! lol! xx Love Karen xx

  32. Eh up John
    Yikes, where has today gone? Sorry I'm late.
    Beautifully subtle card and the stamps are the star of the show.
    Ang x

  33. Beautiful card John, your violet stamps are gorgeous. Pat x

  34. Hi John,
    Simple but stunning card,love it.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield