Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas tree...

Happy (real) Sunday,

Sorry for the mistake in the day yesterday as I am sure you can all imagine I am rather tired after everything this week!  I do have to say a big thank you again to everyone who has helped and supported me through the launch with a special mention to everyone who came to Inspirations in Preston on Thursday and Friday to see the first live demo of John Next Door!

A couple of bits of news today so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of todays post to see info on a special Workshop!  I thought today I would share a card made with my products and other Crafts Too products.

I started this card at the demo on Friday with a mixture of my Winter Trees stamps and the Magic Stamp.

I stared by heating a cut down rectangular magic stamp which I then pushed into the christmas style tree from the winter trees set.  This creates a negative stamp of the image.  I inked this with ultramarine and the ocean izink die ink pads and stamped it in the centre of a pice of card.  This leaves a perfect white tree against the shaded background.  Next I positioned the actual tree stamp in the white space and using the Press to Impress stamp platform I stamped the tree in black exactly in the middle ( This is almost impossible for me with a stamp block as I always got outside the line!

The background is a piece from something I am trying so its a bit of a sneak peak!

Now onto the news Mrs Duck and I will be holding a workshop all details below.  I keep getting g asked if I do workshops that aren't in a specific shop so we thought we would create one!  This is the first one so spaces are listed and it even includes lunch!

There will also be a pop up shop selling my latest ranges and other selected products!



  1. Hi John.
    A lovely calm and serene card Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Great card. I don't have any of the new stamps yet but they are on my shopping list. Really disappointed that I won't be able to get to your first independent workshop, especially as it's not too far from home. Unfortunately I'll be at Chatsworth country fayre for the whole weekend with our classic car. Hopefully this will be the first of many so I'll get to your next one.
    Have a relaxing day today. I can understand how mixed up with the days you are but you do need some me time! You must be thrilled that it's all gone so well though.
    Happy crafting,
    D xx

  3. Lovely card. I'm intrigued by the background, so look forward to you letting us in on the secret of that technique! xxx

  4. Hi John
    Great card,sometimes less is best.

  5. Great card John.
    Hope you manage to have a relaxing day today after your busy week
    Marion S x

  6. Love the card John love the colours thank you
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  7. Rose in Chester23 July 2017 at 08:34

    Hi John,
    love the card today as well as yesterday's post. Red being MY colour.

    Now don't overdo it John, you'll burn yourself out! Wishing you success with all your products, but you won't need my good wishes as your products are flying off the shelves. Well done!
    Hugs, Rose

  8. Another amazing card John. Now I think you need to come up to at least the borders area to do a workshop like your doing in September. I know a few ladies who would be there. We Scottish are willing to travel but the midlands is just not possible these days and we are busy when that one is on. Have a chilled day ( if that's possible with you!). I am pleased you had another fantastic time doing your shows. Hazel x

  9. Morning John, a fantastic card and would be great for batch making at a busy time like Christmas. Tried to watch your video yesterday but it said no longer available I was very disappointed hope it appears on YouTube soon .
    Nancyd xx

  10. Morning John, wonderful card, absolutely brilliant, love it.

    Great news about the workshops too, if you need any help let me know.

    Only 1 week to go yeah.........

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

  11. Morning John, just did a post but know where it went well here is another.
    Love this card it is fantastic and great for batch making at a very busy time. I tried to watch your video yesterday morning but said it was unavailable so hope it appears on YouTube soon.
    Nancyd xx

  12. Hi John, sorry to be missing your workshop by a couple of days, but I'm sure it will be a huge success, well Ang wouldn't let it be otherwise would she.
    Your cards are gorgeous, fabulous backgrounds and of course a tree, Kate x

  13. Lovely card, could be used for many occasions.


  14. Good morning John,
    Great card, simple but extremely effective, love the background.
    Oh! goodie your getting further up the country ... we need you just a bit further up!!
    That's fantastic you have a willing assistant and who better than your good friend Ang. She will be a great help plus super company while in the road.
    TRY!!! to have some time to yourself
    Patricia xxx

  15. Hi John
    A lovely card. I can't wait to find out how you did the background.
    Wonderful news that you are doing your own workshop, I wish you every success with that (and maybe in the future you can do one a bit further south).
    B xx

  16. Lovely card again, John. Hoping to make the workshop but need to check on a 5th birthday plans first!
    I also couldn't get your video.
    You sound as though you need a day to chill. Hope you get it today.

  17. Hi John
    A beautiful card ,loving the background.
    Try to get some me time.
    Elaine H X

  18. Another lovely card, John. The workshop is in my diary - can't wait!

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Great card. Love the background especially.

  20. Morning John, great card. Wish you and Mrs Duck would head North for one of
    your workshops.

  21. Hello John, another fabulous card, I am very intrigued by the background, and the stamping of the tree looks brilliant. I would love to have been able to come to the workshop, but will be working away that day. Good luck to you and Mrs Duck. Have a great day all. Bx

  22. well now, I can't help but wonder if you are aiming for a shot on The Apprentice or Dragon's Den. Actually that might be something to think about - you could be 'a global brand' like reggae sauce!!
    Arw you going to be 'oop North' at all PLEEZE!!!!
    Maggie (Yorkite)

  23. Morning John,
    Lovely card.

  24. Hi John
    Another beautiful card. Love your background and all the shades of blue used on your card.
    Going to have a go at something similar for my Christmas cards this year.

  25. Hi John, I liked this one when I saw the demo,but no magic stamp yet,on order though. Hope you have managed to relax a bit this weekend. Stay healthy and happy,Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  26. Hi John, lovely card today, I have already replied to Ang's post.
    Love Nancy xx

  27. Lovely card John, Sorry i cant be there with you both. xxx

  28. Hello John,
    Love today's technique and the "snow" effect that's been created by stamping with the magic stamp then the original stamp on top. Very clever.
    Now then, it will take at least 4 hours driving to get to Coventry, the train doesn't start soon enough to get there in time for the 10 a.m. start, and forget about planes, Coventry doesn't have an airport!! I reckon you've chosen there so that I won't be able to make it!! A couple of hundred miles further north would be better and Ang would enjoy it ha ha.
    Am now going to play again with the media plates. I had a bit of bother yesterday but Patricia gave me some hints and tips, and Myra gave me some grief!! ha ha.
    Maureen xx

  29. Hi John this is a stunning card I love it. The workshop sounds really exciting. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  30. Hi John,
    congrats on your crafting items they look wonderful.
    Love this wonderful card and that background is stunning.
    Great stamped tree image and beautiful colours too.
    Wish you work shop was closer to me as I would love to attend.
    Unfortunately me or my hubby don't drive too far these days.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  31. Wish I could swim the Atlantic Ocean to be at your workshop and luncheon. Maybe another time - I can only wish. Congratulations on the venture out on your own, with Ang's help, to have a special workshop. Sounds exciting. Best wishes and much success, too. This is counting down to be one BIG year for you. Wish I had excess to the Magic Stamp and the Press to Impress Stamp Platform.

  32. Love the white outline and great way to do it. Lol I was one of the cheeky ones who remarked about you getting the day wrong, but really I have no room to talk as I rarely know what day of the week it is, so of course you are excused. lol I think we would let you off for most things so its lucky you don't seem the type to murder anyone!!

    Love and hugs
    Helen xx

  33. Hi John

    Love this card!

    Great news about the workshop, looking forward to it

    Hope you're chilling today?!

    June x

  34. hi John Lovely card the colours are beautiful and I like the snowflake background
    Wishing I could attend the workshop but too far away for me

  35. Hello John,
    A lovely card and I really like the effect you have created.
    Just ignore Maureen - it's the only way!! Lol!
    Love Myra x

  36. Hi John. I love this card showing yet another thing to do with the magic stamps that's I missed on TV. I have found others online, but I particularly liked the round one in the pack that you brought to the programme. Hope they come back soon. Would love to attend the workshop but I live in Kent so it I too far away, sorry.


  37. Lovely cards John. Thank you for sharing these. Good you are having an independent workshop but too far for me and in any case my granddaughter will be arriving back from Brazil that day so need to be at home.

  38. Eh up John
    Didn't get time to comment yesterday. As you know, the email was hot lol!
    A truly striking card and the effect on the background is terrific so spill the beans buster lol!
    Ang x

  39. A lovely card. Glad to see you're planning a workshop further north. I hope it's not going to be a million miles from here! xxx

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