Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Soft Sage Birthday...

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly I want to announce the winner of the demo pack from Monday, the winner selected at random from all the comments and emails was Martin Elly if you want to email me on I will get this posted out to you!

Back to today and another colour I use very rarely however with the soft sage colour in my paper pack I have finally found a green shade that is subtle yet vibrant enough to appeal to me!

This card is deceptively simple as the paper pad dos all the work for you its juts a case of matting and layering the different papers.  I stared by stamping the March's child poem stamp onto bright white foundation card using watering can archival ink.  I cut this out using the square die in the New York Union Square die set from Sue Wilson for Creative expressions.  Next I cut the larger detail die in the union square set in coconut white card to soften the card.

I the cut a 2 of layers using three of the papers, in the soft sage paper pad, in the paper pad and matted these with coconut white.  The final layer I made with the new Dotty Daisy A4 embossing folder which I colour clouded, to bring out the pattern, using Frosty Aqua colour cloud blending ink.  ( I have a full set of the 6 matching colours to the pad on my Hochanda One Day Special launching on Sunday night at 8pm)

To make up the card I tied a piece of green / ivory grosgrain ribbon across the top of the first layer adding the stamped sentiment over this.  I then tied a large bow using more of the ribbon and added pearl swirls and mini roses ( from my stash) across the front.

a simple card that would make a quick birthday card, made in any colour, for any month, how flexible is that!?!



  1. Hi John
    Loving the subtle tones in your card , a very nice design and the stronger shade of ribbon really sets it off ,not to mention all those lovely pearls .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  2. What a classy card. Really beautiful!

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you another beauty.
    Congratulations to Martin.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Good morning John, green my favourite colour :) it's a winner!!!
    Congratulations to Martin!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  5. A lovely card John I do like green and this soft sage is a wonderful colour xx

  6. Morning John, a lovely card today using your papers, love the sage green and as you say the wonderful papers do it all, brilliant.

    Congratulations to Martin

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

  7. Good morning John and crafters all,
    Thank you for sharing this lovely card!!!
    Love any shade of green so the deeper ribbon really brings it all together!
    Congratulations Martin x

    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xx

  8. Morning John, a beautiful card and your papers are gorgeous not a lover of green but this one hits the spot.
    Nancyd xx

  9. Hi John,
    It's a fabulous card today! Love the colours.
    Anne M xxx

  10. Morning John,
    A stunning card today, I really must get your paper pad or rather 2 as I wouldn't want to cut one up. I only bought one of your Chirstmas paper pads and it's still intact because I couldn't cut it up lol.
    Congratulations to Martin.
    Have a great day.

  11. Hi John, this card is beautiful, I love this shade of green, well done on winning the pack martin. Have a great day everyone. Bx

  12. Oh my John this is absolutely gorgeous. What is it about green ? Never been a great lover of anything green, I'd choose the next sweet down - fruit pastel,spangle,opal fruit, etc if the next one was green (showing my true age now) but this shade of green papers is just so lovely and subtle, doesn't make it any easier to use though ! So like Sue's and Phill's paper pad it's time to buy another to actually use lol.
    Have a good day x 😊

  13. Lovely card, really pretty.

    Congrats to the winner.


  14. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the soft colours it is all so pleasing on the eye. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  15. Good morning John. What a beautiful card in such a lovely colour. I need to make a birthday card today so will probably adapt this idea but it will have to be thinner as it needs posting.

  16. Eh up John
    Glorious green today. Have to admit, the sage is my favourite colour in your papers (yes, even more than the lilac lol!) Superb card and set off beautifully with that tonal ribbon.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  17. Morning John fabulous card green is my favourite colour thanks for a great day on Sunday at franki's xx

  18. Beautiful card,love the green ribbon

  19. Gorgeous card John and love the colour combination on this one. :)
    Pat xxxx

  20. beautiful card..congratulations to Martin on your win!

  21. This is gorgeoous, one of the best, xxx

  22. Hi John
    I Love The Colour Pallette, It's A Extremely Beautiful Card
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    Congratulation To Martin
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  23. Morning John,
    Love it all except the bow, just don't do them. Love the colour.

  24. I am with Lydia with regard to the you know what although I do like the colour of the ribbon. Other than that, I like the design of this one.



  25. This is a beauty, John :)

    I love all shades of green and soft sage is probably my favourite.

    All together a gorgeous design



  26. I don't normally do big bows but this one works perfectly. Love the colour.

    Anne (Northampton)

  27. Gorgeous card. Nice change to see the greens making an appearance again.
    SueL x

  28. Love this card today John. Olive and sage green are my favourites. Love the bow. I have some of this ribbon bur struggle to make bows will it as I find it just too bulky.


  29. Simple stunning card John, I have been struggling to use some of the green papers + ribbon in my stash but this has inspired me thanks. This is a gorgeous shade of green you've used for the card. Now to go play as granddaughters birthday Friday + granny not done card yet but the sentiment you have there is ideal to put in her card xxxxxx

  30. Good morning John this soft sage us such a pretty colour and makes a lovely card. Love from Jackie xx

  31. Hello John, this is certainly a very pretty card and the colour is just perfect - I love sage green.
    Sue Mac

  32. Such a pretty card. Just love these sayings.
    love Val x

  33. Really unusual colour but very pretty. Luv jxxx

  34. Really unusual colour but very pretty. Luv jxxx

  35. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, love your paper pad, haven't used any yet but will be making some cards soon.
    Thanks for sharing,

  36. Hi John,
    I love this colour, this card and your papers. Beautiful.
    Hugs, Rose

  37. Hi John,
    Fantastic card! I love everything about it. Thanks again for such a brilliant day at Franki's. I was naughty and went and ordered more of your lovely stamps as I loved playing with the gilding flakes.
    Take care,
    Jayne x

  38. Afternoon John, absolutely gorgeous today's card x

  39. John, I love this card. It's stunning in its simplicity. I don't mean that's it's simple. I mean that it's lovely without being overdone. Just the right amount of bling. Anyone would love being the receiver of this card. Stunning!!!

  40. Am not a green lover but this is a really lovely shade of green. Like many others I have not cut into my pad yet but will have to soon.

  41. I love sage green and this is stunning, loving the deeper green on the ribbon and wonderful design.
    Linda xxx

  42. Hello John

    What a lovely card today...............and I love the sage colour.

    I agree that this card would be suitable for any month, but really love the March verse. I even think I could make a similar card for a male birthday!!!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  43. This card is stunning John so beautiful I love your papers and the verses for the month are lovely I need an April for my daughter thank you for sharing John
    Love June Horrocks xxx

  44. Hello John, what a stunning card, I love the March verse and your colour theme is gorgeous, Kate x

  45. Hi John,
    well this is a very beautiful and stunning card.
    I love the poem as I am a March person.
    It sounds about right for people born in March as I know a few.
    Love the colours also.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  46. another great card ,great colour ,Laura O

  47. Hi John, what a fabulous card love the colour and the papers are beautiful, you must be so proud

  48. Hi John, I adore this card, especially the colours, gorgeous !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  49. I love this card it is gorgeous and I love the colour, I am usually a bit picky when it comes to green but this is a beautiful colour.
    I had such a dilemma today as I was going to order your daisy trail stamp set and the new paper pad but found out hubby is being made redundant as of next week
    so had to choose between the two. So I got the paper pad and will have to wait patiently for the stamps but will enjoy the paper pad.

  50. Beautiful card. I don't usually go for green but this is gorgeous.

  51. lovely card ,and colours ,love the stamp

  52. I love the muted tones you have you Joh, very elegant X X X

  53. It would be more flexible if Hochanda would sell to people in Ireland.