Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Sneak Peak that just rite...

Happy Wednesday,

I thought I would show you, over the next few days,  a few of the samples and demo pieces I have prepped for Sunday and Mondays shows on Hochanda, especially as Sue Wilson continues her One Day special today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and last chance at 7pm.

I will be doing 2 different shows on Sunday a two hour special on the new metallic lustre paints form 5pm till 7pm then a quick change for the One Day Special at 8pm.  They paint shows will be a real departure for me so tune into the blog on Saturday to get an idea of what I will be doing.

For todays card I have used some of the brand new Justrite products that I will be working with on the one day special.  Ive used the new Multistep stamp and die sets for the butterfly as well as the swirls and stamps from some of the other sets.

Parchment and velum are becoming increasingly popular so I wanted to show my favourite trick of embossing velum with an embossing folder which makes an intricate background thats completed in seconds.  I cut a frame using the double pierced frames set A and stamped over it with the swirls from the lilies and butterflies clear stamp set.

I stamped the solid butterfly in dusty concord distress ink onto white velum.  I then stamped the butterfly detail in perfect medium and heat set this using the clear sparkle embossing powder form Cosmic Shimmer.  I then cut this out using the matching die.

A stamped sentiment and some layering and finished.

Hopefully you can tune in on Sunday, dint forget that although Hochanda is off freeview for a couple of weeks you can still tune in online at or on Sky channel 663 Freest 817.



  1. Morning John, today's demo cards look brilliant, can't wait for the shows xx

  2. This is beautiful, love it

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you a great card, Looking forward to your shows.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Hi John, a beautiful card today, really lovely with the vellum, looking forward to the shows with Sue, Julia and you, always so inspiring. Have a great day. Bx

  5. Morning John,
    This card is stunning, I can't wait to see your demos especially what you are creating with the new paints.
    I an understand the popularity of working with Velum and parchment papers, they can make cards stunning.
    Enjoy your preparations for your shows.
    Happy crafting

  6. Morning John, oh yes a gorgeous card and different, I am looking forward to seeing how you make this, hopefully I will be able to see it on catch up as I will probably still be in hospital on Sunday, if not then I can watch it live on my PC. I am interested in vellum and parchment as this seems to be a big craze at the moment and it looks wonderful on this card.

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

  7. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I just love it. It sounds like you are very busy. I am looking forward to all the shows. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Hi John,
    What a great card today. Looks like being a great show. Can't wait!
    Anne M xxx

  9. Lovely card, very pretty.


  10. Hi John,
    Thank you for these two sneakie peeks at new products from Creative Expressions. Looking forward to your shows what with Sue, Julia and yourself all on again this week is like the weekend takeover again.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  11. John these are all lovely cards. Looks like you have another busy weekend.

  12. Will have to get my vellum out and try this technique. Love the butterfly, John, and look forward to seeing the shows although it will have to be on catch up.

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Lovely card John. Looking forward to your shows, the paint sounds intriguing. Love Rosemarie x x

  14. Morning John,
    Lovely card. There are so many new exciting items on the market just a pity I can't afford them.

  15. card is stunning,hopefully I will be able to see the shows on catch up it's unavailable at the moment

  16. Morning John. Judging by todays card there are going to be some luscious new products up for grabs. I am always interested to learn about new techniques and ideas to add to my crafty arsenal otherwise I do seem to get stuck in a crafty rut.


  17. Love the card John look forward to seeing you on Sunday thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  18. Hi John,
    love the card and embossing on Vellum looks
    really good but how to prevent it cracking ?
    Maria x

  19. Morning John. Beautiful delicate card. I've tried embossing vellum once before and it had too many little booboo's in it and looked untidy. I'm thinking of trying again but protecting it with wax paper what do you think ?
    Some weeks ago you demo'd a paper bouquet. Just watching Sue and they have just showed the Magnolia configuration die is it ? Knowing how artistic you are with paper/card is there anyway of cutting it out several times and 3d'ing it and moulding it into a floral shape ball type thing ? Now THAT'S a challenge for you to think about lol !!
    Will watch what I can of your weekend shows but will record them anyway. Look forward to see what you do with the new goodies.
    Have a good day xx

  20. Hi John. Your upcoming shows sound interesting, especially the 5pm till 7pm using paints. What a lovely sentiment on your card today. SueL x

  21. A lovely card John. The butterfly is just gorgeous. As you know I have recently used velum with embossing folders to produce quick large picture backgrounds at our parchment craft residentials and so can confirm what gorgeous backgrounds can be produced using this method. Gilding waxes can really enhance those backgrounds and as you recently showed on one of your TV shows, the new gilding polishes should do the same. I am looking forward to your using one of my favourite mediums - the metallic paints on your Sunday show. I am curious to see how you use them. The recording has been set up!


  22. Just gorgeous, John. Love all the new techniques you are showing us.
    Many thanks,
    Sue Mac

  23. Morning John, this is such a pretty card so I am so looking forward to seeing you demo this technique

  24. Very pretty card today John. Must try with vellum. Looking forward to your shows.

  25. Hi John
    Stunning Card I'm Looking Forward To Your Shows......
    Hugs From Sam xxx

  26. Hi John, a beautiful card love the vellum embossed it looks like parchment.
    Nancyd xx

  27. Hi John, a beautiful card, gorgeous colours and design, I love that sentiment, just that little bit different, Kate x

  28. Good afternoon John,
    This is a beautiful card John and not over fancy that it takes away from your talent but something that will still have that special couple delighted at their very different wedding card that will most certainly be one of a kind not unlike yourself flower. Havea wonderful day John,
    crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil VIllage)

  29. Hi John,
    beautiful card and very elegant. I love that EF.
    Hugs, Rose

  30. Stunning John

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  31. Afternoon John, loving this very much! Beautiful design and stamps. Good luck with the shows.
    Linda xxx

  32. Love the card today so delicate. Can,t wait to see the stamp and flower die (romantic rose ?)

  33. Hi John, I'm looking forward to watching your demo's, you are a definite 'tease' haha. This card is fabulous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  34. OH WOW WOW WOW as you might be able to tell I absolutely love this card.
    That embossing looks so beautiful on the vellum and I love the stamped swirls frame.
    I can't wait to see the shows.

  35. Eh up John
    The vellum looks amazing........must give that a go, so effective.
    The swirly background looks fab too.
    Sweet dreams.
    Ang x

  36. Hi John

    Love vellum and love this card



  37. A great card John I look forward to your shows xx

  38. Stunning card John love what you have done x x x