Saturday, 15 October 2016

More Modern Christmas...

Happy Saturday,

Firstly I just wanted to let all my blog family know that I have updated the side bar to include all the Hochanda shows I have coming up in the next couple of months.  I have also listed demos and workshops for the next few weeks just look to the right to see the details.

back to today and another sample made for the shows on Monday and Tuesday.  This time it is a modern twist on the traditional christmas rose stamp and die set and its really easy to achieve honest!

I stared with the bvakcgorund which is just another of my kitchen roll technique with Pixie powders.  I have agreed to dos a few video shoots on techniques next month at CE Towers and so far this technique is first on the list, I would love to hear what else you would like to see a video on there will be more details on the blog next week.

The background is made with kitchen roll ( I originally typed troll in there but luckily spotted it rare for me I know!) which i used to wipe up pixie powder water coloured with midnight blue and a lot of aqua lagoon.  once dry I added this to a piece of card using cosmic shimmer glossy glue, seal and glaze.  I added random gilding flakes ( the rubble leftover if you have seen me using these) and added a last coat of the glue, seal and glaze.  Once dry, about 20 minutes, I cut the card down to an 7 x 7" piece and matted this onto silver, cobalt and spearmint foundation card.

Next for the flowers I stamped my Christmas rose elements clear stamp set, to avoid confusion there are 2 sets of stamps that match the christmas rose die I use the clear set no my projects shown not the rubber set as this is a different design.  I stamped these in jet black archival ink onto another piece of the kitchen roll paper this time one with more of the midnight blue pixie powder.

I shaped the flowers using a ball tool and stamping mat and simply added these at the bottom over a strip of silver ribbon i had stretched down the side of the background.  I then cut the matching holly spray and rose leaves from the christmas rose die set and scary glued these before adding diamond sprinkles.  I arranged these around and between the roses along with a messy bow tied in silver ribbon.

Finally I cut the triple Merry Christmas perspectives die and used the fall away pieces around the border so that the card reads Merry Christmas along every aspect!

A simple modern card hopefully with a traditional twist!



  1. Good morning John today's card is lovely xx

  2. Fabulous card today John. Thanks.
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  3. Hi John
    Love today's card. Thanks

  4. Hi John.
    Lovely card Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  5. Superb card John, gorgeous colours and design, lovely blooms, Kate x

  6. Hi John,
    Lovely card today John, really will have to get some pixie powders.
    Looking forward to your Hochanda shows.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxxx

  7. Morning John, a gorgeous card and love your kitchen roll backgrounds especially these colours.
    Nancyd xx

  8. Beautiful card John. It's great to hear that you'll be making some videos of various techniques as it's much easier than scrolling back through blogs. Thanks.
    Going to Julia's workshop today - fun all the way.

  9. Good morning John this is a stunning Christmas card. I love the design and the colour is beautiful. Thank you for adding all the show and workshop dates. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Great card, love the background. Looking forward to watching your shows.


  11. Hi John
    A beautiful card. I love the background, colours, and how the words are used like a border round the card.
    B xx

  12. Love this card, John. Pleased to see that you will be at the NEC on 3 November - see you there.

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Morning John, lovely card. I love the Pixie Powder technique using Kitchen towel, and have used it quite a few times.

  14. Morning John,
    Love the design.

  15. Hi John, lovely card. I can't seem to get the kitchen roll method right, always ends up looking muddy . Love Rosemarie X

  16. Good Morning John a beautiful card this morning and that colour is just gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  17. Fab card John, roll on Monday/Tuesday for your shows.
    Annette x

  18. Hi John. Love it!! Hoping to book Breedon if there are any spaces left. SueL x

  19. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, love the flowers and look forward to seeing your techniques videos and the hochanda shows.
    Thanks for sharing,

  20. Love this card John. Joyce x

  21. Hi John,
    beautiful card, love the colours and simple design.
    Hugs, Rose

  22. Stunning card John love the colours and the flowers thank you love June horrocks xxxxx

  23. Morning John

    I so love how you've created this card, especially the decorative display of flowers and leaves on the ribbon!

    June x

  24. Beautiful card John, love the colour you have chosen.
    Marion S x

  25. Hi John,
    Another stunning card today, I must remember to record your shows.
    ended up babysitting yesterday so didn't get round to doing any crafting.
    We are off to Rainbows in Earlswood for our usual regular workshop. Lunch with the girls first.
    enjoy your day

  26. Hi John, I love everything about this card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  27. Hi John. I love the way you have used the perspective dies - I hadn't thought of that. Love the colours of the pixie powders that you have used.


  28. Another card that speaks to my heart I must try the pixie powders - though there are too many dies I want at the moment and unfortunately I cannot afford everthing.

  29. OOOpppps I forgot to thank you for reading my email and taking the time to update your future plans.

  30. Very pretty card. Like the bold colours.


  31. Ooh please do the kitchen roll technique! Can u or Julia do the one with texture paste through a mask and then is it sprinkle on PP? And is it white or clear or what texture paste Love the card and in my favourite colours And I have the clear stamps Yay!

  32. Eh up John
    That fab background reminds me of the gorgeous turquoise of the Caribbean Sea.
    Beautiful card. There's a couple of techniques I've mentioned I think I've forgotten recently so would love to see you You Tube those 😆.
    Ang x

  33. Hello John,
    Lovely card and thanks for that and all the information about the upcoming Shows! I've never been able to watch Hochanda Shows live as we have Virgin Media! However my kind husband took me out today and we bought a new TV! It has Freeview so I will be able to watch on a bigger screen! It's been my iPad up until now! Excited - me - it doesn't take much!! Been away for a few days so haven't been commenting!
    Love Myra

  34. John that is one gorgeous card, i love the colour of the background and those fab flowers.
    I must get those pixie powders one day but everything else
    seems to need replacing like glue etc
    Maybe santa will be kind enough to bring me some.

  35. Love this card John. Thanks for sharing.