Sunday, 20 March 2016


Happy Sunday,

Today's post has a double as it is the launch of my second half of the Spring stamps for Creative expressions as well as my design team inspiration for Creative expressions, hews that for multitasking! lol

The first card was shown slightly on the sneak peak of my stamp launch however I am intending to demo a version of this card on one of tomorrows shows ( 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm) and I thought it dissevered its day in the sun!

I stared by stamping the spring trail background in Cosmic Shimmer flake and glitter glue and added silver moon gilding flakes over the top to give this gilded stamped panel.  I cut this out using the outline die from the Sue Wilson Australia collection and threaded thin satin ribbon (bluebird) through the slots around the edge.

For the main element I stamped the oval form the Lily of the valley clear stamp set again in gilding flakes and cut this out adding a die cut mat in blue.  Finally I stamped the sentiment, from the same set, in gilding flakes and cut this out with the smallest in the Creative Expressions pierced flags die set.  I added this accross the bottom coming from the oval.  I added a few layers of white and blue, a bow and an 8mm pearls in the centre of the bow and 5mm pearls on the other corners.

The second card is one of the demo cards form my Hochanda show a couple of weeks ago and again is perfect for this weeks Inspiration for the Creative Expressions design team.  I used the orange blossom dies, leaves and the matching stamps as well as the Lattice Window triplet which as you see makes a perfect church window by just using the centre die from the triplet.

To see what the rest of the design team have made click HERE...

Hopefully some of you can tune in at 8pm to see what Demo's I have prepped.



  1. Morning John, wow two today and so beautiful they are too, I am looking forward to seeing your shows and all the new stamp sets, and I want to see how you do the gilding flakes on this card too, especially as today is the 'first day of spring' which is so apt. The second card is wonderful, love the monochrome colours and the sentiment too. Hope you have a wonderful time yesterday, I am sure you did and were spoilt too.

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

  2. Hi John
    Two lovely cards , however the second one hits the spot for me , if i had to choose.
    Elaine H X

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you two beautiful cards.
    TV all set. Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Morning John, two fabulous cards love the second one just my style, have recorder set for your show tonight just in case I forget.
    Nancyd xx

  5. Good morning John, 2 gorgeous cards for us today, looking forward to seeing you on hochanda tonight xx

  6. Morning John,
    Happy Sunday and first day of Spring!!!!!
    Well!! we are being spoilt today two for the price of one.
    Both cards are lovely but number 2 card is my favourite.
    Looking forward to your shows - tonight and tomorrow.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  7. Morning John,
    Two stunning cards today, I love them both.
    I can't keep up with you, I've just ordered your Daisy element stamp set and your paper pad plus the Daisy and checkerboard embossing folders.
    Now you go tempting me with more lovely stamps lol.
    I was going to get them from Hochanda but had invested in the noble rectangles so had to watch my pennies for a while lol.
    Looking forward to your workshop next month at Rainbows & Ribbons.
    Which reminds me I need to set my HD box to record your shows tonight & tomorrow.
    Have a great day

  8. Hi John,
    Both lovely cards today. Will be watching on catch up. Love your shows!
    Anne M xxx

  9. Lovely cards John. I especially adore the black and white one - so classy! Will be watching the shows and look forward to them. xx

  10. Lovely cards today John. The lattice window is getting so close to being a must have, not would like.

  11. Good day today. Off to the NEC shortly and you on the telly later, can't be bad. SueL x

  12. Hi John
    Lovely cards, the second is my favourite, it just sings to me.
    The recorder has been set for your show tonight.
    B xx

  13. Good morning John both of your cards are gorgeous. I am looking forward to your shows that are coming up on Hochanda. I hope that you have a wonderful day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  14. Two lovely cards, the second one is my favourite.


  15. Two fabulous cards John. Looking forward to your shows. Xx

  16. Hi John,

    Sorry not been around of late, not been too well but now on thee mend. Two stunning cards you have created, beautiful. love the Lily of the Valley stamps, one of my favourite flowers. Looking forward to your shows.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  17. Hello John, 2 beautiful cards, love elements on both, especially the gilding flakes on #1, but like nearly everyone. #2 is my favourite. Have a great day, hope the launch show goes well. Bx

  18. 2 nice cards but love the second one

  19. Two lovely preference!

  20. Two beautiful cards John can't wait to see your stamps ect have a good show I'll be watching xxxxx love june horrocks xxx

  21. Two beautiful cards John, looking forward to the shows

  22. I have the lattice window die so that card has to be my favourite!

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Morning John, two fabulous cards, would not like to choose between them, they are both beautiful

  24. Good morning John, fab- u - loud!!! Love them both but the second one is my favourite!!! Good luck with the shows!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  25. Both so beautiful John. Hope the shows go well.
    love Val x

  26. Love them both and both are my favourites! Show is being taped and will be watching tomoz. Great. Hope it goes well, although I'm sure it will. Luv jxxx

  27. Morning John,
    Two lovely cards, love the both. Looking forward to the shows.

  28. Two very attractive cards. Especially like the background of the first as I like the stamp and have a penchant for gilding flakes.


  29. Two gorgeous cards John but the second one is my favourite it's beautiful, hope you don't mind if I pinch the design to do my version, hugs Johanna

  30. Two gorgeous cards John but the second one is my favourite it's beautiful, hope you don't mind if I pinch the design to do my version, hugs Johanna

  31. Love the cards today John, but I think the second one is my favourite of the two. After seeing it on TV I had a go at making a similar one (but of course mine is not as good as yours)

    Looking forward to seeing you on TV again tonight.


  32. Two absolutely stunning cards I love both equally but that church window - amazing idea

  33. Hi John,
    gorgeous cards, both of them.
    Hugs, Rose

  34. Wow! John you are so clever two cards what a bonus, two different styles but both amazing X X X

  35. Two gorgeous cards John, love the different styles and designs.
    Linda xxx

  36. Two great cards. I saw the 2nd one on your show and liked it so much I bought the die. Looking forward to your shows today and tomorrow.

  37. two great cards ,very different ,Laura O

  38. Eh up John
    Just realised that I'd looked but not commented lol!
    Love the Lily of the Valley stamps and looks great with the gilding flakes by the church window effect is so striking and could be used for hatches, matches and dispatches, as they say. A multi occasion design.
    Get some rest've got a long day tomorrow.
    Ang x

  39. Both cards are equally beautiful today John. Really enjoyed the show tonight and look forward to tomorrow's shows.

  40. Two very nice cards John, recording your shows as out most of the day. hugs Maria x