Thursday, 16 March 2017

Show some Heart...

Happy Thursday,

I'm back on Hochanda this evening at 8pm with the second part of the current die release designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  This week I am showcasing the beautiful hearts dies which are the One Day Special along with the striplets ( you all know my weakness for a Sue Wilson Striplet).

There's a real autumnal feel to today's card but I think it could very closely be classed as spring like in a way? lol

I thought I would hare this card today which features the Fluttering Heart die along with Antlia Gemini die and my new faves the Chrysanthemum die set.  I stared by cutting the Antlia detail and one of the outline dies form the top and bottom of a piece of Milk foundation card.  I then added a panel behind this in papyrus foundation card using just the outline die to match the detail.

I cut the dies in the fluttering heart die set in papyrus, milk and tan foundation card and layers them as shown above.  Next I cut the various sizes in the Chrysanthemum die set in the same shades and using Irene's technique ( one of the ladies of my Breedon workshops) I rolled the petals in tan into the centre to make the centre of the flower and added other shades around the outside.  I placed this on a spray of the spring foliage and a messy bow in thin gold satin ribbon from my stash.

Hopefully some of you can join me tonight on Hochanda freeview channel 85, Sky 663 or online at



  1. Classy card John, love it, xxx

  2. Morning John, a beautiful elegant card lovely colours and gorgeous flower.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hello John, a very classy and elegant card, love the colours you have used. Have a great day. Bx

  4. What a beautiful card! Love it. Gill and I are off to the NEC today. Do wish you were going to be there. We were looking forward to seeing you again. Will have to make do with watching you on Hochanda instead! Hope the shows go well. xxxx

  5. Hi John.
    A Beautiful card Thank you.
    Have fun Kitty.

  6. Hi John
    Very classy card today. Love the colours. Will be watching your show tonight.

  7. Morning John,
    Beautiful card today.
    Will have to record your shows, I am babysitting tomorrow, so will have to have kids programs on tv lol.
    Off to our first sewing group session today, should be fun
    Have a great day

  8. Beautiful work john.
    Elaine H X

  9. Morning John, STUNNING is what comes to mind with this card, the colouring you have used is perfect, and you have shown us how to get the best out of the dies, your a genius, love it, so looking forward to the show tonight. xx

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

  10. Beautiful card John, would be great as a wedding or anniversary card. Looking forward to your programme. Love Rosemarie X

  11. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the design and the dies are amazing. I am looking forward to your shows. Have a safe journey. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  12. Morning John i just love this card its so elegant and the colours are one of my favorites this would make a beautiful Wedding card.ill be watching you tonight .
    Catherine xx

  13. Hi John
    A beautiful card, I love how you've done the flower.
    B xx

  14. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely designs.

  15. Just stunning I love it thank you John see you tonight. Love June horrocks xxxxx

  16. What a fabulous card, John. I'm off to the NEC shortly and will be looking for that flower die.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. Another great card John, looking forward to your shows tonight and tomorrow
    Marion S x

  18. Hi John, Beautiful card, will be watching and taping.
    Got the chrysanthemum die, looking forward to all your demonstrations.

  19. Gorgeous John, so classy.
    Annette x

  20. Morning John,
    Beautiful card, love the colours.

  21. Striplets? I love striplets. Can't wait for your shows. Just bought the Chrysanthemum. Hope I can make them like yours. SueL x

  22. Good Morning John oh wow what a stunning card I love the whole layout and design and your colour choice. hugs Shirleyxxx

  23. Hello John, just love this layout and the flower looks stunning. Thank you.

  24. Rose in Chester16 March 2017 at 10:28

    Hi John,
    Looking forward to your show tonight, can't wait to see what you've done with the striplet - I can feel myself weakening already, I love the design of it but keep telling myself that I don't really need any more striplets! But it's just a matter of time, I know.
    You are super-busy these days, good job you're enjoying it. But it must be an awful lot of work to prepare etc....... So thank you for that.
    Hugs, Rose

  25. Beautiful card John. Thank you. I love this striplet and so pleased I bought it. Am waiting for the Chrysanthemum dies and hope they arrive today. Will be watching at 8pm. Will have to miss a couple tomorrow but will watch on rewind.

  26. Morning John, lovely card and lovely colour combination.

  27. What a truly elegant card John, beautiful dies and design, I love the soft natural shades you've used, Kate x

  28. Eh up John
    Beautiful card in lovely natural tones.
    All these heart references are a little poignant at the minute, especially the fluttering one lol!
    Looking forward to the shows.
    Ang x

  29. Beautiful card, love everything you have done, Dies, colours and design.
    Will miss the 8pm show, I have a Crafty Talk to do.
    I will watch on Catch Up when I get back.
    Good Luck
    Patricia X

  30. A beautiful card I like the unusual colours you have chosen

  31. Such a beautiful card John, so looking forward to tonight

  32. Hi John,
    beautiful card and such a great design too.
    Love the colour choices.
    I always record your shows, and watch at my leisure for your wonderful tips on crafting.
    Don't watch live as I might get tempted too much to buy.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  33. Hi John

    W O W!!! So love this card!

    June x

  34. Love this most elegant card with the lovely lace and romantic heart design. Looking forward to your hochanda shows on rewind. I hope this set of videos will work so I can see what you are demonstrating.

  35. John this is absolutely beautiful and stunning.
    I really love this card and can't wait to see the shows.

  36. Hello John,
    A beautiful card! I'm hoping to watch tonight's show Live! There is football on as well. However I can watch on my iPad with ear phones!! Never thought I'd do that!
    Today's card is lovely! I have succumbed and ordered the Chrysanthemum Die ! You showcase it so beautifully as does Sue and with added encouragement from Brenda , well , I just give in!
    I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Patricia's crafty talk too!!! She has made some gorgeous things!
    Thanks John, hoping all goes well tonight and tomorrow.
    Love Myra

  37. Hi John Wow what a gorgeous card I love the delicate subtle colours I have watched your 8 pm hochanda show and thought the samples and demos were stunning the heart dies are fabulous I'm looking forward to seeing tomorrows shows

  38. Gorgeous card John. Love the colours you've chosen too,
    Haven't managed to watch tonight's show but it's recorded. X

  39. Good morning John, I've only just been able to see this but it was worth the wait! Another beautiful card. I must buy the striplet as you've proved it is so versatile. Thank you for all the inspiration. Take care. Craft Owl by the Sea, north Norfolk. x

  40. Very elegant card John, look forward to the shows x x x