Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sneak Peak Takeover...

Happy Thursday,

I thought you might like too see a sneak peak of my One Day Special launching on Hochanda for the Creative Expressions takeover weekend starting to borrow night at 8pm.  If you haven't seen the video of Phill, Julia, Lisa and me breaking into the studio then have a look HERE on Hochanda's Facebook page Its hilarious!

This weekend is my chance to share some of my favourite of Sue Wilson dies for Creative Expressions and hopefully show you loads of ways to use them!  I stared with the Strpilets earlier this week and tomorrow night I get to choose and work with the amazing Gemini range of dies along with Frames and tags and my fave flowers and finishing touches.

For todays card I used the Beautiful Gillian along with the Lavish Swirls diagonal.  The Diagonal dies are another of my Un Sung heroes as far as dies go.  I find these so pretty and useful yet never really explored them so this hows and the samples have allowed me to play with these.

I cut the Gillian die in the three main colours, Teal, Black and white and backed then in  alternate colours before cutting the centres.  I then used the Lavish Diagonal to make a strip to thread through the centres.

I made up a spray of the Exquisite Poppies ( this really is my go to flower as you will see with tomorrows card) these I drew through the die to make the black thread lines on the petals.  I arranged these on the top right to add focus to the buckle centre.

This is planned demo so tune in over the weekend to see how this was made in detail!

There seem to have been some problems with my blog pictures for the last few weeks posts Im trying to sort what has happened and will update as soon as I have a solution!



  1. Hi John Thanks for the sneaky peak, looking forward to recording all the shows.
    Have fun kitty.

  2. Morning John, a beautiful card love the colours. Saw the video yesterday morning it is hilarious Julia steals the show.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi John, a truly beautiful card, love everything about it, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the shows. The video is a good laugh. Bx

  4. Unusual card today John but I love it. For some reason I'm having problems with the pictures you've posted this week - hence my lack of posts. It seems to be random and so far only on your blog. Instead of a lovely picture I'm getting a kind of greyed out no entry sign. I've never seen anything like it before so fingers crossed it will resolve itself.
    Have a great day.
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  5. A lovely card John I've set the recorder for the take over shows xx

  6. Morning John,
    A stunning card today, I love it and the colours you have used.
    Enjoy your prepping for the weekend shows.

  7. Good morning John and crafters all,
    Very different and dramatic card today.
    Looking forward to the weekend if it is as good as last should be ace, so will set the recorder .
    Sorry I did not post yesterday, my husband passed away, so my life was turned upside down.
    Love and crafty hugs to all,
    Tina T xxxx

  8. Such a clever card and beautiful too. Can't wait for the takeover.
    Annette x

  9. Good morning John wow what a stunning card I I love these dies.
    And it looks fantastic in these colours. Loving the poppies.
    Can't wait for the weekend to start I will be watching and also videoing it.

    Have a lovely day

    Debs xxx

  10. Stunning card! Looking forward to watching all the shows this weekend although I'll have to record them as I'll be in work.


  11. Hi John, very striking card today. Looking forward to the weekend take over. Love Rosemarie X

  12. Morning John, Lovely, especially these gorgeous flowers !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love everything about it. I am looking forward to all the shows at the weekend. The video is so funny. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  14. Morning John, oh yes I like todays card, will be watching the shows to see how you did this and many others.

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

  15. What a stunning card, John. Looking forward to seeing what else you all have on the show.

  16. Hi John
    You are such a tease, really looking to seeing the shows, and your card is striking.
    Chris xx

  17. Gorgeous card in one of my fave colours. I should get these dies as they're named after me!!! Looking forward to the shows John. Xx

  18. Morning John

    WOW... gorgeous card! Looking forward to watching the shows this weekend

    June x

  19. A very striking card. The poppies look gorgeous. Looking forward to the shows.

  20. Gorgeous John, xxxx
    Did have a giggle at the video, got some news regarding that!!!!!

  21. Hi John
    A great card. I'm looking forward to watching the shows, the recorder is set for the weekend.
    B xx

  22. Good morning John love the colours you have used love from Jackie xx

  23. Very clever this one John can't wait to see how it's done
    Love June horrocks xxxxxx

  24. Beautiful card John, the poppy is one of my favourite flower dies. Love the way you have drawn in the lines on the petals.
    Looking forward to the takeover shows.
    Marion S x

  25. What a fabulous card, John. Love the colours.

    Anne (Northampton)

  26. Hi John. It's going to be a great weekend. Blog pictures have been OK for me, I'm on Chrome if that helps. SueL x

  27. Good Morning John it sounds a riot is coming for the weekend, and I do love what youve done with this card those diecuts in different colours really set it of completely. hugs Shirleyxxx

  28. Morning John,
    Looking forward to the weekend shows, sounds like there's going to be lots of fun.
    Great card.

  29. Stunning card John, amazing design and wow colours, Kate x

  30. Love the card John, though unlike some of the others, I'm not too sure about the colours lol. Glad to be hear you will be sharing some of the Gemini dies, mine do not get enough use especially the triple ones - though Sue shared a lovely one this morning.

    Have a lovely day
    Helen xx

  31. Hi John,
    stunner of a card. Love it.
    Hugs, Rose

  32. Great card John. Love the colours.
    Love Valxxx

  33. Hi John really love the concept of the card but not too sure about the colours.

  34. Hi John. Nice idea for a card, but I think it is a bit too busy for me, possibly because the "rosettes" are all different colour combinations. Perhaps if they had been identical it may not have been too busy.


  35. Stunning card again John, i do love the layout of this one and the etire design, although the colours are a little dark for me it is still a stunner of a card.
    Can't wait to see the take over on hochanda.

  36. Hello John,
    I'm not too sure on this one! Sorry! Maybe in different colours , I don't know. However we can't all like the same things or life would be very boring! Thank you.
    Love Myra

  37. This is pretty. I love the colours and the unusual use of the lavish swirls diagonals die I have this die and have used it twice! and never like this . So I'm really keen to see what else you make with it

  38. Hi John
    Love how you've used these dies for a card. Must remember to set the recorder for your shows.

  39. Love this card John although would probably do it in different colours as purple is my colour along with pink. Thank you for sharing this. Great ideas.

  40. Eh up John
    Love a bit of teal action so it's a winner for me. Looking forward to the shows.
    Ang x