Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Plum Circled...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample form this weeks hows with the Radiant Circle collection from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I thought today I would show you the demo card that, to me at least, typifies the radiance and the circle as it uses the radiance Striplet and the Double pierced Circles die.

This card was a demo on the second show so don't forget you can watch this one bring made on catch up HERE

This is a deceptively simple card to make I stared by cutting the insert die from the Striplet three times in a row into a 7" x 7" square of bright white foundation card.  I then backed this onto a piece of rich plum to make the background pattern.

Next I cut a series of frames in the bright white and the rich plum to make the farmers I used the following formula
Dies 1 and 3 for the rich plum and dies 5 and 7 for the white farmers dies 1 and 2 and 5 and 6 ( I hope this makes sense.  I mounted the thinner white frames over the rich plum ones.  I used die 6 to cut into the background added the resultant circle to the smaller farms and foam mounted this over the background.  I added the larger frame so that it looks like I have cut 2 backgrounds which is far too much work lol.

I added mats and layers of rich plum and white too frame the centre piece and added spare of the requisite poppies and olive branch dies which I shaded with the plum cobbler cosmic shimmer colour cloud blending ink.  I stamped the sentiment, form my Lily of the Valley elements clear stamp set onto a piece of white card and cut it out using the largest die in the Pierced flags set.  I shaded the sentiment, whilst in the die, with the colour cloud and added this form the scary of flowers.

I know this looks complex and multi layered but its really not that complex.



  1. Morning John, today's card is lovely, I do like the new circle dies, they are on my list xx

  2. Morning John, this is a gorgeous card saw it on Hochanda on your fabulous shows
    Definately on the wish list these dies.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Morning John,
    This card is stunning, I love it. You have given me plenty of ideas for lots of cards.
    At the moment though card making is on hold for me I'm back to sewing this time making dresses for my I have 2 quilts to make.
    I will soon be back to card making though.
    Enjoy your day

  4. Hi John
    Beautiful card, I just love these Radiant circle dies.

  5. Hi John,
    Your ideas just get better and better.
    Anne M xxx

  6. Hi John.
    Thank you another lovely card, Thank you.
    Have fun and take care Kitty.

  7. Hi John
    what a stunning card watched you demo this card thank you tracyw x

  8. Hi John and crafters all,
    Love this card, watched you demo-ing this card on Hochanda love both the dies and colourway.
    Looking forward to your next shows !!!!!
    Stay cool in this heat.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxxx

  9. Love this card John. Fabulous.
    D x

  10. Very pretty, John. It certainly makes the card look complex the way in which you've used the circle dies. However in your demo, you explained clearly how to do it.

  11. Hi John, love this card, and saw it on the show. Like you said it creates an optical illusion. Take care and stay cool. Bx

  12. Morning John, I loved this when you demo's it on Hochanda, as you say it really is an easy one to make and the dies etc. do everything for you. It really is set off by the Rich Plum card but would look really lovely in any colour even monochrome.

    I would urge anyone who has not seen the show to watch it soon as I know they are only kept on there for a few weeks, you really will not be disappointed.

    Thanks for all your assistance recently xx

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

  13. Stunning card, really beautiful.


  14. Good morning John this is a stunning card I love the design. All the dies are amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  15. another stunning great card ,saw this demo was great ,Laura O

  16. Saw you demo this one, lovely card that touch of plum really makes it pop. Joycex

  17. Hi John
    A gorgeous card. I love how the circles focus the eye into the centre, and the flowers make a lovely accent.
    B xx

  18. Morning John,
    lovely card. Love the plum colour.

  19. Hi John, I really need these circles. Watched you make the card, you explain things so well which gives people the confidence to try things. Thank you. Stay cool. Love Rosemarie X

  20. Eh up John
    What is going on with you and the "farmers" recently lol? This was an excellent demo and the card is marvellous.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  21. Snap. I have to make a 40th birthday card today and plan on using the rich plum, giving the farmers (and my favourite aqua card) a rest though today. SueL x

  22. Very clever use of the dies, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Rose in Chester20 July 2016 at 09:49

    Hi John,
    Stunning card, you've convinced me - the circles are a MUST HAVE.
    Hugs, Rose

  24. Hi John. I saw you do this one on TV and it's true, it really is an optical illusion. Love the colour scheme. Once I have moved house it looks as though I really will have to invest in the pierced ovals and circles although I can't decide whether to go for the B sets of squares and rectangles first. Decisions, decisions.....


  25. Morning John

    Another WOW card, in fact I think it's a double WOW today!

    Have a good day

    June x

  26. Absolutely beautiful card John. Xx

  27. Pretty card john x saw your fab demo and was surprised as I thought it would be really complicated x thankyou john x
    Theresa w x

  28. Good Morning John oh my that is one stunning card I love your colour choice as its not only my favourite but was my mums and my daughters, its gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxxx

  29. Another stunning card John.
    Love Valxxx

  30. Another lovely card, John. You've really made me want to buy those circles!

  31. Good morning John,
    This is a beautiful card John and does look so intricate in design, lovely and when the thunder and lightening goes away i will watch to see how it was done, lol.
    love and crafty hugs
    Norah (glenochil)

  32. Gorgeous card John, beautifully designed and lovely colours, Kate x 😊

  33. A real beauty today John I love it the dies are brill thank you so much love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  34. Hi John
    Another stunning creation, love the plumb mixed with monochrome X X X

  35. Great circle card and demo on hochanda. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Hello John,
    Lovely card! So far I only have the pierced squares and can't decide which to have next! It's between ovals and circles I think! Thank you!
    Love Myra

  37. Gorgeous card John. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  38. HI john, a lovely card, and a fantastic demo.

  39. Ooh John Beautiful (as always) I'm in the same boat as Lisbeth - which one of the Pierced sets do I go for first!

  40. Hi John
    Stunning cards shown over the last few days. Must look at the pearl technique in more detail.

  41. John this is absolutely stunning and I loved watching you demo this
    on your show.
    you made it look so easy.