Thursday, 29 June 2017


Happy Thursday,

When I was in Washington at the weekend I saw the most beautiful card made by one of the tutors there Norma.  I was lucky enough to be given the card as I wanted to emulate the lacing she had done at the top of the card.  As you can see form today's card I went down the full lacing route!

I stared by cutting the edger die by spellbinders ( Sorry I can't find the package so dont know the name) twivce and cut one down the centre.  I then arranged them as shown with a full die cut in the centre and one half on each edge adhered with foam tape.  I then threaded thin gold satin ribbon between the centre and the two sides ( as shown)

I then cut the largest die in the elegant ovals die using the Creative Expressions pierced ovals to cut an aperture.  I then cut just the oval in gold and mounted this behind.  I added this with foam tape in the centre of the card and used spring foliage and camellia flowers for the main element.

I finished with the flowers and foliage (shaded with vintage photo distress ink)  over a messy bow of white and more of the gold satin ribbon.



  1. Morning John.
    Thank you a beautiful card, I remember seeing a demo of this done on tv a few years ago, thanks for reminding me.
    Take care and have fun. Sorry I cannot remember the name of the die,
    the one I used had a mask die with it.

  2. Good morning John, beautiful card and I love the flowers shaded with vintage photo distress ink. I too remember seeing a demo of lacing, it is beautiful. I think the die could be the Spellbinders Arched Diamond
    Marion S x

  3. Hello John, WOW, this card is just incredible, I love the laced design and it is the perfect backing for that gorgeous flower spray. Have a great day all. Bx

  4. Morning John, this is certainly different - but in a nice way. WakeyL

  5. What a beautiful card John.Love the lacing and the flowers spray and ribbon add the finishing touch. Joycex

  6. What a gorgeous card John. I like the lacing technique.

  7. Good morning John,
    Great card, love the concept and that flower spray is just beautiful.
    Thank you for the list of your Demos and Workshops. I like the little hint of excitement.
    Have a fantastic day
    Patricia xx

  8. Oh Wow! John this is so different and is beautiful. Hazel x

  9. Rose in Chester29 June 2017 at 07:51

    Hi John,
    Wow, Stunner! Loving this card. The lacing is just superb.
    Norma is a very talented lady indeed.
    Hugs, Rose

  10. Hi John
    What a stunning card so different it's beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing .

  11. Morning John,
    A beautiful card and beautiful flowers.
    Catherine xx

  12. WOW, WOW, absolutely stunning. The ribbon is so effective done in this way John. The die is gorgeous.
    Annette x

  13. Love the lacing and the flowers too, making a very lovely card .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  14. Morning John, absolutely gorgeous card love the lacing must go through my dies to see which would work like this thanks for sharing.
    Nancyd xx

  15. good morning john xx stunning card and a gorgeous use of the lacing idea of normas, have a fab day lots of love and huggs to you xxx p.s the die is called shapabiities art deco arched diamond

  16. Hi John, that is certainly a stunning card. Just love the lacing, bet it took a little while to do. Love Rosemarie X

  17. Morning John, oh a great big WOW for this card, never thought of using ribbon like that, it looks so effective, I will have to check out my dies and see if I have something similar, I know I don't have this spellbinder one, would make a lovely Christmas card with red ribbon wouldn't it.

    Hope all is going well for you, not long nw.

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

  18. Wow, looks a lot of work in this card, but very effective. SueL x

  19. Eh up John
    This is magnificent. Looks like a corset. Just stunning!
    Marion is indeed correct, it's the lovely Arched Diamond die.
    Ang x

  20. What s beauty John love the flowers too
    Love June horrocks xxxxx

  21. Wow that's amazing! I would never have thought of using ribbon in that way. Beautiful. I'm not very good with ribbon. Every time I decide to use some on a card I end up taking it off because it doesn't look right. Maybe I'll give this a try!

  22. Like Hetty I rarely use ribbon as an embellishment It always looks out of place Maybe this technique would be good for me Fabulous card

  23. Hi John
    Very different! Love the colour tones.
    Heather R Oxfordshire

  24. Morning John

    A very different design today, it's so gorgeous. The vintage photo distress ink works fantastic on the gorgeous cluster of flowers

    June x

  25. Wow this is the most stunning card I have seen for a long time John. Please, pretty please, with a cherry on top; Can we have a tutorial on this one as I cannot work out how the lacing is done.
    The colours are perfect too. I like this - did you guess.

    Love and hugs
    Helen xxx

  26. We're all going to be looking for dies in our collection that we can use for this lacing technique now, John.
    Love the flowers.

    By the way, I did my candle from the workshop yesterday and was amazed how easy it was.

    Anne (Northampton)

  27. Fantastic card John .its stunning. Laura O

  28. Wow! This is an amazing card. Must see what I've got that would work for this technique.

  29. A stunning piece of work, beautifully designed card, Kate x

  30. Hi John
    Wow, what a stunning card!
    The lacing looks very complicated to do though, but what a gorgeous result.

  31. Morning John,
    Lovely card.

  32. John, this is absolutely stunning. Must have taken ages to do.
    Made up that Preston is on your demo list. Xx

  33. Good morning John
    Wow what a very beautiful and elegant card, I would never of thought of lacing!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration.
    Have a lovely day.
    Margaret xxx

  34. Morning John, fabulous card, love the lacing, will certainly be giving this a try.

  35. Hi John. What a really stunning card and what a really good idea to lace ribbon between the edges. I can see why you would be taken with this idea.


  36. Hello John
    A gorgeous card and well done to Norma, the tutor who gave you the inspirationn for your card. I love the colours you have used and the lacing which must have been quite time consuming!
    Lesley S

  37. Hi John, can't decide on the lacing but the flower topper is beautiful love from Jackie xx

  38. Hi John this is a stunning card. It reminds me of how I have to lace our daughter's wedding dress I have been practising and the bow as well. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  39. Hi John what a stunning card today really pretty thank you
    Have a great day

  40. Hello John,
    What a beautiful card! I , too, thought corsets when I saw it! It's the same technique . I think! It looks gorgeous - love the flowers and colours used too.
    Many thanks, love Myra x

  41. Such an unique card design. At first glance your card looked to me like a lady's corset, but a lovely corset it is. I have never seen this technique used on a card before. It gets me thinking.

  42. Beautiful card John. Love everything about it. Thank you for sharing this. Take carexx

  43. Hi John,
    such a very pretty card and the design is super and very lovely.
    Beautiful flowers, and this would look excellent all white for a wedding card.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  44. Hi John, wow, what a gorgeous card. I can see why you wanted tthis technique on your crafty arsenal, l would too. Love and hugs,
    Alison D x

  45. Hi John,What a beautiful idea on a card,love the colour scheme as well.Haven't got that particular die,but I am sure like people have already said I might have one that I could adapt for the lacing technique.Well done to Norma for the inspiration.Take care stay healthy and happy,Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  46. WOW John this is stunning. The lacing looks amazing.
    Love Valxxx

  47. hi John this card is stunning how very unusual to see lacing on a card its fabulous. I love the soft colours you've used too its all just perfect

  48. Lovely card John. The lacing is very unusual. Must have taken you ages.
    Beautiful flower spray too. Betty

  49. Lovely card and I really like the lacing. Very unusual and I wouldn't have thought to do anything like that.
    Hope you've had a good day.
    D xx