Friday, 25 November 2016

Double Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

Its back to Christmas Friday as its getting close the sign ion my local supermarket said there were only 30 sleeps left so not much time left!

Today's first card is one I made quite a while ago but forgot to photograph so Im afraid it got marked while waiting sorry.

I started by cutting the frame die from the poinsettia mini background into a piece of white foundation card.  I backed this with double sided adhesive sheet then cut the centre out using one of the double pierced oval dies.  I then removed the carrier sheet and added gold microbeads into the patterned frame.

Next I cut the country cottage dies in white ( making sure to emboss the dies as well) I mounted these behind the opening using mounting cushion.  Next I added cosmic shimmer dries clear glue over the snowy areas of the cottage scenes and added diamond snow to make the snow area shine.  I cut the starry night background from white card and mounted this over black card.

I finished the card, and this is an actual card, with layers of black and bright gold pearl foundation card.  A simple looking card but the depth really works and would make a great card for those who celebrate the holiday but not christmas.

I thought it might be nice to see the opposite version using black and silver.
Back tomorrow with another sample for my Hochanda shows!



  1. I love both these cards but for me the black and silver just has the edge.
    Have a great day.
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  2. Hi John
    Two very beautiful but different cards again today. I think I like No.1 best.

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you two very nice cards.
    take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Morning John, two beautiful cards but must say I prefer the white and gold one.
    Nancyd xx

  5. Hi John and crafters all
    What lovely cards these are, love them both so it's a draw for me.
    Patiently waiting for your Hochanda shows on Sunday.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  6. Hi John, two really wonderful cards, love them both. Looking forward to the shows. Bx

  7. Two stunning cards John but my favourite is the gold and white.

  8. Morning John, oh how lovely these two cards are, the first one is my favourite and I am going to see if I can make this or something similar, Christmas is nearly on top of us and I am nowhere near ready, can't seem to get myself motivated.

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

  9. Good morning John both of these cards are gorgeous I love all the dies. I am so looking forward to your shows. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Two fantastic cards, especially the second one.


  11. Morning John,
    Love these cards, wish I could magically make them myself in a few minutes.
    Can't believe how close Christmas is, I've hardly done any cards.
    I Have done some crafting this week, made two full sets of advent boxes for Christmas trees, filled them with choccies and they are ready to go on Christmas trees for our grandchildren (well 4 of them, has been decided by her mummy that the youngest granddaughter is too young )
    Also made 3 Christmas cards & 4 Birthday cards, now have two more Christmas Eve boxes to make and decorate. I have done a load of die cutting, just need the time to create cards with them lol.
    Babysitting two youngest grandchildren again today and then having one of them overnight tonight so in for a fun day (and night) lol.
    Have a great time prepping for your shows

  12. Two great cards, John - the first is my favourite though.

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Both cards are lovely John.Hard to choose a favourite.Joyce x

  14. Delightful John. Thanks for FB last night too, sorted now I

  15. Hi John
    Two lovely cards. The first is my favourite because it looks snowy in white.
    B xx

  16. Both cards are spectacular and although they have depth, they appear "flat enough" for posting

  17. Morning John,
    Two gorgeous card, love them both.

  18. Hi John. Two really great cards. I love the depth they have. Makes you feel you are really looking into the scene. Love Rosemarie X

  19. Lovely cards John. I think I like the white one best.

  20. Love em both very clever thank you
    Love June horrocks xxxxxx

  21. Beautiful cards John, especially the first one. Xx

  22. Good Morning John, a gorgeous pair of cards this morning love both the colour cordination's its amazing how different they look to. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

  23. Hi John, both cards are lovely but the first one has the edge for me as the second one looks a bit gloomy (I would light the windows up). I have these dies but not used them yet - getting panicky now as re Xmas cards....
    Hugs, Rose

  24. Hello John, both cards are so different but I particularly love the effect the gold micro beads make.
    Many thanks

  25. Hi John. Lovely cards but prefer the white and gold myself. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Oh my goodness these are gorgeous cards, fabulous dies and the designs are amazing, great work John, Kate x 😉

  27. Hi John, Two fabulous cards, the second is very dramatic, I find that there is my 'definition' in the houses in the first card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  28. that should read 'more' definition hahaha xx

  29. Hi John

    I love the first version of your card and agree with Patricia Howarth on the second

    June x

  30. Hi John, can't believe how different these cards look just by changing the colour combination. Both are great and I cannot choose a favourite as I like them both but for different reasons.

  31. Both stunning cards John.
    Love Valxxx

  32. Hi John. I was thinking about making something similar using the country cottage dies but I think your cards look much better so I may pinch some of your ideas (they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)


  33. Hi John,
    2 wonderful and super cards today.
    My fave is the first as I love the colours used and the wonderful design.
    Love the wonderful scenes in the oval cut out.
    Lots of crafty regard. Jenny L.

  34. Hi John,
    Love these cards and the technique you have used. the gold and white looks stunning. Wish you could do a video how you made them would be wonderful!!. Love everything about thses cards. Jenny Isle of Wight.

  35. John these cards are truly fabulous, the first one is definately my favourite.
    The white and gold look so christmasy than the black &
    silver one and i think it shows up the detail more and the wonderful technique.

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  37. Both cards are lovely, John.

  38. Hi John,
    Two beautiful cards, love them both.
    Thanks for sharing,

  39. Two very nice cards John but the second one is a bit dark for me so the gold and white is a winner for me.
    Take care, Maria x

  40. Lovely cards John but the first one is my favourite.
    Love Nancy xx

  41. Eh up John
    Sorry, I looked at these yesterday, got side tracked and forgot to comment, doh!
    Great cards but the first is more appealing to me. I think the second may have benefited from highlights at the windows to look like lights, just to break up the black.
    Ang x