Friday, 4 March 2016

Aprils Child in Buttermilk...

Happy Friday,

I know its really not a usual colour for me but when I first designed my paper pack I was determined that I couldn't call a paper Pack Spring Selection without a soft spring like yellow and this is the colour / shade I came up with.  I have to admit that yellow is not my colour but for some reason this shade really sings to me!

This is one of a series of cards I have made, all with the same dies and embellishments but in each of the 6 spring shades, that hopefully highlight the paper pad.  I will be demonstrating this card in other colours at Grafton Crafts tomorrow in Bicton click HERE for details of the showroom.  This will be my first live demo of my new ranges and I have to admit I am little nervous of how they will go down!

This set of cards will also feature on my Hochanda shows starting at 8pm Monday night so you will get a chance to see them in more detail then.
I used a selection of dies form the new range form Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and a range of the buttermilk papers form my paper pack.

I stamped the sentiment form the Springs Child stamp set which continues the idea of a poem, handwritten by me, for each month detailing the positive attributes of people born that month.  This set covers March, April and may.

I also used the Dotty Daisy A4 embossing folder for the background as the pattern matches so well and this will feature on the shows on Monday and Tuesday.  I shaded this with lemon meringue colour cloud blending ink and matted it with primrose foundation card.  Next I added  layer of the paper, the Australian collection background and a piece of the spring trail paper in buttermilk.

The flowers are made with the daisy dots paper in the sweetheart flower dies with the outlines, in bright white, over the top.  I then added the beaded swirl flourish behind and used Phill Martin's Graceful mustard PVA dimensional glue as the centres as again the colours tie in perfectly!

I hope you can tune in next week to see all the products in the first half of the release demonstrated.

A quick note the bright white card I have been using is a relatively new colour of foundation card and is different from the coconut white I always use.



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you this card is so beautiful, such a pretty colour.
    take care Kitty.

  2. Morning John, a gorgeous card loving your papers and these flowers are beautiful off to craft show in Glasgow today hope someone has your papers there then I can use them quickly and not have to wait for them in post.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi John,
    what a very beautiful card.
    I love your fab design of this, and the colours are so spring like.
    Beautiful sentiment, and super dies used to very high standard.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  4. Hi John,
    Wow1 what a gorbeous card today. The bright white card was in the pack I bought from Hochanda. I thought it was a mistake as it is brighter than coconut white. It's a nice white though. Love it! and the paper pad is stunning.
    Anne M xxx

  5. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the colour. I have to admit that yellow is one of my favourites colours. You don't need to be nervous everyone is going to love all the stamps, papers and dies they are all so beautiful. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  6. Hi John
    A gorgeous card, the flowers look great in the dotty paper.
    B xx

  7. Morning John,
    I love the card and the colours of your paper pad.
    I can't wait to see them all.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. Hi John, love the card today, beautiful soft yellow, but also because I am an April child, and love the verse. Have a great day. Bx

  9. Gorgeous card, love the spotty flowers.


  10. Love the spotty flowers, the paper lends itself well to this use. Yellow is a difficult colour to match but you have done a good job here.


  11. A beautiful card John. Like you, I'm not really into yellow. However, whenever I do decide to use yellow for a card I always love the result!

  12. Good morning John,
    Thanks for another stunning card!!!!
    Colours are so suttle and blend so well.
    Take care travelling today.
    Love and crafty hugs and keep warm.
    Love Tina T xxxxx

  13. Lovely card and yellow is always so uplifting .
    Love it!

  14. Like others, I don't use yellow much but you have got it just right here, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. Morning John, such a stunning spring coloured card today, so pleased I have ordered the papers when they come out. Thank you so much for answering my questions about the papers.

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

  16. The colour today is growing on me as yellow is not one I would normally choose. Everyone will love your designs so go for it. Best wishes luv jxxx

  17. Hi John,
    lovely card, lovely papers. And of course, lovely stamp. All in all - LOVELY.
    Hugs, Rose

  18. Stunning and I never go for yellow! I should be back home on Monday so hopefully will be able to catch the shows in real time

  19. This is beautiful John. Can't wait for your shows next week. Good job we've got more than one telly!! Xx

  20. This is gorgeous John, love the new stamps, xxx

  21. I am sure you don't need to be concerned about the reception of your new products - they look gorgeous. A beautiful card in a very pretty shade.

  22. Good morning John,
    What a beautiful card John and so true in what you have got in your stamp sentiment. I was so very lucky to have my daddy that was all of this and more and his birthday would be 8th April, so as i say very apt it would have been for him. Your card is stunning flower from top to toe and i think that i am going to need to invest in your months of the year stamps. He was also born on a Sunday and was "bonny and blithe, good and gay" (when it meant happy). Thank you John for your beautiful card and in such a lovely soft shade of yellow.
    Crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village)

  23. beautiful card John thinking I really must try and get these stamps ,the verses are so lovely

  24. Hi John. I love this card and I love this colour. Can't wait to see your shows next week. SueL x

  25. Ooooooooooooh what a beautiful card. I just love it.

  26. This verse fits my hubby to a T. I love this card and the beautiful soft colour palette.
    Linda xxx

  27. Morning John,
    A lovely card, like you i don't usually do yellow but this is a very pretty shade.

  28. Morning John, today's card is stunning x

  29. Hi John, a lovely card today, I am like you not one that uses lemon, but this looks to be a pretty shade so I may have to change my mind.

  30. Morning John, A beautiful card, beautiful papers, beautiful die cuts and a beautiful sentiment.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  31. Lovely again John,
    Thanks for all the inspiration.
    Sue Mac

  32. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, stamps and the colour of your papers look amazing. I'm sure all of your new items will go down really well.
    Thanks for sharing,

  33. Hi John, don't think you need worry about folk not liking your papers. lovely designs and colours and the yellow is just right for spring and Easter. Have a good weekend, love from Jackie xx

  34. Hi John,
    I Think Everyone Will Love Your New Papers I Love Today's Card Thank You For Sharing.
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  35. Hi john stunning card love the colour my daughter was born April 3rd the words suit her so well I will have to have the stamps thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  36. Wow John, you have certainly thrown everything at this card. It's a real stunner. Love the papers and the colour is perfect for spring. Look forward to seeing more and also to seeing you on TV again.


  37. What a beautiful card. Love the papers in fact mine have arrived today. I am sure I shall hate cutting into them.

  38. Beautiful card John, really Spring and Easter rolled into one as well as a Birthday Card. Hugs Johanna

  39. Beautiful card John, really Spring and Easter rolled into one as well as a Birthday Card. Hugs Johanna

  40. Beautiful card John. I love the colour. After a foot of snow on Tuesday, is spring card is just what I need- lol.

  41. Hi John, don't be worried you will go down a storm!!!
    Gorgeous colour!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  42. Hi John

    Beautiful card as usual.
    I have been racking my brain to remember a product that I think you used. It enabled you to make your own sticky masks to place over stamped image instead of using yellow stick its.
    Can you help me John as it is driving me mad.
    June x

  43. Hi John
    Me again I forgot to say I tried to use your email link but it wouldn't work

    June x

  44. Beautiful card today John. Yellow is not a colour I normally use but this is a lovely colour.

  45. Eh up John
    A splash of primrose as an injection of Spring we need. A fab card to brighten the dullest of days. Your new designs are terrific so the only thing you need to worry about is whether the shop has enough stock!
    Ang x

  46. John this is absolutely gorgeous and just the colour we need to bring thoughts of spring and summer.
    Absolutely love everything about this one