Friday, 1 April 2016

Blue Birthday...

Happy Friday,

Today I'm hopefully catching up at CE towers on the plans for the Crafting at Ally Pally event next weekend, have you got your tickets yet?  I also wanted to remind everyone that Hochanda have come off freeview for a temporary period it will be back on there soon however It is still running online at and on Sky and freest.  Sue Wilson is starting her one day special ton night at 8pm!

Today's card was going to be a birthday card for a really good friend however she informed me that she is having an official birthday in June when she goes on holiday rather than the real one which was yesterday!  I thought I would blog this instead! lol

Its quite simple as I've allowed the New Zealand background die from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions to do all the work for me.  The only dies used in this card are form the background and they all match perfectly.  The paper is form the Craft Consortium 12 x 12 Wild Rose paper pad and is the reverse of one of the papers in the set.

All I have added is the March's Child stop and a silky crush ribbon , one of the new Craft Consortium embellished hearts and an organza rose. A splattering of white stick on pearls and an elegant card finished.



  1. Morning John, a very pretty card and the stick pin is quite different.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi John.
    lovely card and pretty embellishments, Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  3. Morning John, beautiful card today xx

  4. Morning John,
    What a pretty card love the colourway!!
    This is a card for use on any occasion.
    Enjoy CE towers , sorry can't get to Ally Pally.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡

  5. Morning John. Another really pretty card today. I thought the little white flowers was done through a mask I didn't realise it was from a paper set, it's so pretty. Such a shame that some of the DT can't bottle their crafty imaginations and sell it in bundles with dies and stamps it would be sold out in seconds !
    Have a good day at CE xx

  6. Hi John. A very pretty card, you really show off Sue's dies to perfection. Sue XXX

  7. Sorry John, I did have 1 question. I've recently bought your stamp set with the Monday/Tuesday's child etc poem on with the separate swirls, bow and seperate Mondays child sentiment. Has the end of the poem had to be changed due to all the daft political correctness as i dont remember it finishing like that years ago ! It only dawned on me yesterday when I stamped it for the first time, and I thought ' that's a bit different than I remember it to be' so just because it has the word gay on it, it's had to be changed ? How stupid and annoying it was fine as it was when it was first written all those years ago xx

  8. Beautiful card John.....hochanda does not affect I have never managed to watch it here in manchester!!!

  9. Morning John,
    I love this card it's stunning.
    Enjoy your day today. Unfortunately I won't be able to go to Ally Pally.

  10. Gorgeous John, love the charm on your bow, xxx

  11. Hi John, a really lovely card, beautiful bow and love that heart. Have a great day, wish I could go to Ally Pally, maybe September. Bx

  12. Beautiful card, really lovely. Will be recording Sue's programmes tonight & tomorrow to watch next week. Unfortunately Ally Pally is too far for me to get to easily.


  13. Good morning John. Pretty card today. I can't make Ally Pally either as my son is coming for the weekend then. Missing Hochanda on Freeview.

  14. I love this card, John. Will have to try and watch some shows online over the next few weeks.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. Hi John,
    Lovely card, even though I'm not a blue person. But these are my shades (unless we go for the nearly black).
    The dies are just lovely.
    Hugs, Rose

  16. Lovely card John. The little charms are adorable. Hope you have a good weekend. Love Rosemarie x

  17. Hi John
    A lovely card. Sounds like your friend is the Queen lol.
    B xx

  18. Morning John, just wrote all my comments and then pressed the wrong button............. so here is the second attempt.

    A beautiful card today and I have just realised that I don't have the New Zealand background.......why I ask myself.......will rectify that immediately......I love the papers they are wonderful and the lovely sentiment, your stamps are to die for.

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

  19. Beautiful card We all deserve to celebrate our birthdays at least twice!

  20. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the design and the dies you have used. I have ordered my tickets for Ally Pally and we are aiming to come on Sunday. On the Saturday we are looking at a wedding venue with our daughter and her fiancรฉ it is all very exciting. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  21. Eh up John
    Elegant unfussiness (if that's a word lol!) One birthday in a year is more than enough lol!
    Wish I could be with you all at Ally Pally again as last Sept was manic but fun.
    Ang x

  22. Good morning John the NZ background is quite elegant and works well with papers. Very nice card love from Jackie xx

  23. Lovely card John, I love everything about it, sorry I can't come to Ally Pally either as its too far away from me too, but one day who knows, love Johanna

  24. Lovely card John, I love everything about it, sorry I can't come to Ally Pally either as its too far away from me too, but one day who knows, love Johanna

  25. I'm never sure what to do with background dies, but you've made great use of this one John.

  26. Very pretty card, even like the bow!


  27. A stunner today John I love it the birthday month stamps are beautiful l must have them spending my birthday money already and it's not till June 1st oh dear !!!!!thank you John
    Love June Horrocks xxxxx

  28. Beautiful card John, love the stamps, so useful

  29. Gorgeous card and love the verse!
    Linda xxx

  30. Hi John. It's true, this card is truly elegant. I love the central element of this die but am not too sure about the flowers. I would have to say that I am a fan of your birthday stamps as they are so versatile and can be used for people of any age or sex. Have you had any thoughts on designing stamps for star signs?


  31. Hi John a beautiful card very simple but very elegant, but not sure about the bow. Love the Birthday stamps

  32. Hi John, Really lovely.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  33. A lovely, elegant card John.
    Thank you.
    Sue Mac

  34. Hello John

    Fantastic card which is simple, but the perfect colour!

    Lol Barbara W xx

  35. Just lovely John as usual.
    Love Val x

  36. Really pretty card and set off by the sentiment. Luv jxxx

  37. Hi John,
    a lovely card and such a sweet sentence. Also
    like the little heart. Have got my ticket for
    Ally Pally, shame so many of you can't go
    because of where you live. A girlie weekend to
    London will have to be organised for Sept. :-)
    Take care, Maria x

  38. Lovely card I really like the heart charm. Received some of you stamps yesterday so no excuse now not to cut your paper pad.

  39. Hi John,
    a very beautiful card, and I love your superb design of it.
    I am a March person so I love that sentiment, and it's very true of March people as I know quite few and they are all like that.
    Great idea cutting out the flowers from the paper.
    Must have a go at that at some time.
    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for all your lovely designs you create.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  40. Stunning card John, the die is beautiful.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  41. This card has a contemporary feel to it, John your cards always amaze me X X X

  42. Stunning card again today, I really like the new Zealand background die and must have overlooked that one some how.
    I love the layering and those lovely colours.
    Hoping to make ally pally this year, decided not to pre buy a ticket as can't decide which day to go decisions decisions lol

  43. Lovely card John and yes, I have my ticket ready for next Saturday.
    SueL x

  44. Lovely card John. Thanks for sharing.