Monday, 31 July 2017

Cherry Blossom...

Happy Monday,

Firstly I would like to than k all the lovely women of Kent ( no special mentions June or Martine!lol) who came to the workshop yesterday.  It was  fab day with a wonderful spread ( I am finishing off the chocolate cake as I type this!)

Back to today and I thought I should, as promised, stick away form the trees and media plates for a bit so thought I would share a hybrid card using stamping and die cutting with even some embossing thrown in!

I stared by cutting a square of card 4"x4" I then added this to the corner of my Press to Impress stamp platform and added the cherry blossom silhouette stamp to the platform covering one of the sides.  I inked this with Grenadine Izink dye ink and stamped this.  I rotated the card four times stamping the blossom each time until they met to m are the frame as shown.  I then reversed the stamp and repeated the process using rose izink dye ink.  Finally I stamped the sentiment, in a smokey grey versatile *( black would of been too harsh)

I matted the stamped panel in raspberry card and then cut 4 matching panels of white at 3.5" square and embossed them with the Crafts Too solid roses square embossing folder.  I shaded around the edges with more of the Rose ink and the new mini blending tool.  These I matted onto a large square of the raspberry card.

To finish the card I added 2 strips of a matching ribbon from my stash and placed the whole piece onto an 8" x8" card blank.

The flowers and Ivy are cut in white card and shaded with the rose ink ( I think there was a little of the dawn on my blending tool as I've got a little orange as well!)  I don't know what the dies are as they are from an old folder I found whilst tidying I believe they are Nellie ones but I'm sure you can add some from your stash!



  1. Hi John.
    So pretty and a pretty colour, Thank you.
    Take care and enjoy your choc cake, Kitty.

  2. Morning John, what a lovely floral card, the cherry blossom stamp really frames the sentiment perfectly. Hope you enjoyed the cake. Have a good day everyone. Bx

  3. Morning John, a very pretty card glad you all had a great day yesterday and a special mention well done June.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Pretty card John,like the cherry blossom frame Joycex

  5. Morning John, well what can I say, I had the most fantastic day yesterday in the workshop, I truly learnt so, so much that I had never even thought of before, talk about awe inspiring you were amazing, such a great teacher, I felt honoured to be part of it, and yes I did get a little bit of ink residue on my fingers but the tip about the 'Wilko' kitchen wipes really did work a treat. It was a fabulous spread, I know that Martine and Hellen spend ages preparing it and I did over indulge a little bit, I bet the scales will tell me this when I get on them this morning. It was so lovely to catch up with you again - last time we met was Detling (hope you are coming to the next one we have).

    Now to this card, because of yesterdays workshop I can now know exactly what you did with this, I can picture every stage in my mind and can certainly have a go at it. yes!! oh and I like the colour combinations too.

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

  6. What a pretty design. I can see how the stamp press would make this so much easier to achieve.
    Glad the workshop was a success.

  7. Lovely card, very pretty & delicate.


  8. Good morning John,
    So happy to hear it all well so well yesterday, we had no doubt about that.
    June sounds as though she had a ball and learnt so much. I know Hazel and I learnt lots at the Demo day we attended. Doing a Worshop will be so much better.
    I love today's card, the Stamp Press will make that so much easier. Great colours and design.
    Hope you might manage to relax just a little today ... do try!!
    Patricia xxx

  9. Morning John what a pretty cardtoday love the design and colout .
    Catherine xx

  10. Hi John
    Beautiful card i love it !.
    Elaine H X

  11. Good morning John. Loving today's card and I feel I could do this without pulling my hair out. Have to say the stamp press is the best bit of kit I have bought for a long time. Daughters is off to the Fair Isle to visit husbands brother and sister and seeing how she loves crafting her gift from daughter is going to be the stamp press, some stamps and inks if Adrian's still has a press left that is. Enjoy your day. Hazel x

    June, I can understand you saying your learnt so much from John's workshop, I did from his demo day he did up here. Great teacher and as you say it stays in her mind. I can't wait from November it will be worth the trip.

  12. What a lovely card, John. Glad the workshop went well.

    Anne (Northampton)

  13. Lovely card John, very pretty blossom.
    Sounds like you all had a great time at the workshop yesterday.
    Love Valxxx

  14. Beautiful card John. I'm still playing with the Ooh la la cards, two ink pads and spraying water. I'm loving it. Xx

  15. That's beautiful John. I love the way you've made a frame with the cherry blossom. Must try that!

  16. Morning John,
    Great card.

  17. Rose in Chester31 July 2017 at 09:39

    Hi John,
    lovely girlie card.
    Hugs, Rose

  18. Morning John, Beautiful stamping and a beautiful card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  19. Hi John. Very pretty. Hope you didn't get too much chocolate cake on your keyboard. SueL x

  20. Hi John
    A very pretty card, great colours.
    Good to hear the workshop went well and sounds like everyone had a great time.
    B xx

  21. Love the card John brill stamping
    Thank you
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  22. Beautiful, die looks like a Marianne, is it blue?

  23. Really beautiful John, I love the colours, the very pretty topper you made and the two strands of very narrow ribbon behind, which in itself is hardly noticeable but seems to set up everything else.
    Can you guess I loved this one.

    Love and hugs
    Helen xx

  24. Hi John
    Great card, lovely colours.

  25. Hi John

    A very gorgeous and pretty pink card today
    I wouldn't doubt for a minute that yesterday's workshop was a huge success. So looking forward to the one 'up north'..... that's the proper north of England lol.... please don't be offended ladies who are north of the border!

    June x

  26. Absolutely gorgeous John, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x

  27. Hi John
    Gorgeous card today and loving the colour combination too very pretty, glad you had a great day yesterday fingers crossed we might see you nearer us one day
    have a great day

  28. Hi John
    I love today's card it's so pretty & fresh the colour's are beautiful. I also love all your stamps
    Hug's Lynda xx

  29. Hi John, Wow I really love this card,as I have the platform maybe give this a try.Glad you enjoyed your weekend,and chocolate cake!! Stay healthy and happy,Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  30. Lovely card design coming from a great designer and teacher. I feel so blessed to have found you on the internet to teach me those card making techniques that I so love to replicate.

  31. hey there john xx todays card is so pretty i really love it xx enjoy the chocolate cake xx lots of love and huggsxxx

  32. Gorgeous card John an in really pretty colours.
    Marion S x

  33. Lovely card. I like the way you have made the flower frame.

  34. Great card as always John,
    Thanks for yesterday great day , hope the cake was good😂😂

  35. Stunning card and nice to see the measurements, including the card blank.

  36. Hello John,
    Glad yesterday was such a success and today's card is beautiful.
    June, glad you enjoyed it so much.
    Maureen x

  37. Hello John,
    Sounds like a great weekend was had in Kent! You are a good teacher and they are born not made!!
    Today's card is lovely and I do wish I'd ordered those colours of ink!
    Thanks again!
    Love Myra xx

  38. Love the card and a good contrast to all the trees we've seen recently ( although I liked them too). Hope you enjoyed the cake and so pleased your workshop was such a success.
    Crafty hugs,
    D xx

  39. Hi John,
    oh my word I must have missed that you were in my county demoing I am gutted now as I missed you.
    Your card today is another really gorgeous design and wonderfully created as always.
    Love the Cherry Blossoms they look so very pretty and their colours are beautiful.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  40. Hi Quorn. Love today's card and the colours. Sounds like everyone enjoyed the workshop yesterday. I am not surprised. Hope you are having an easy day today. Take carexx

  41. Hi John Love todays card the cherry blossom is so pretty and the colours are gorgeous

  42. Hi John. I didn't know you were in Kent, I could have come along to see you. I think today's card is a hit. Love the colours as I seem to be into pink at the moment.


  43. a lovely card John, I love the pink xx

  44. I love this card and especially that you manage to come up with so many different style cards using the same stamps and dies.

  45. How did I miss this so sorry I thought I had left my comment yesterday.
    This is absolutely fantastic the colours are just perfect love it!
    Margaret xxx

  46. Eh up John
    I think the florals should tone in more with the pink "background" but still a lovely design.
    Ang x

  47. A Beautiful card with lovely colours John. You may or may not know that I am low vision and do sometimes miss important things. I'm still not sure what a 'stamp press' is but I'm sure I need one.

  48. Hi John, a great colourful card to brighten up any dull day.