Thursday, 1 March 2018

Dragonflies in flight...

Happy Thursday,

I really hope the snow and cold weather hasty affected you all too much as I wrote we dont have any snow here though it has been trying all day ( it stared at lunchtime during yesterdays workshop but thankfully didn't settle!)  I wanted to share a simple card today where the Dragonflies are the main element.  We use dies like these and flowers as an accent but they can be used as the main focus element of the card.

I stared with the background piece which was made using the Izink mer du sud pigment ink pad, my large media plate and a peacock feather ( I have demoed this on Hochanda a few times) I have had this piece since my last media plate shows but didn't know what to do with it it makes a perfect backing for the dragonflies.

I added some strips of ribbon down the left hand side in white and blue and foam mounted ted the white and blue panel over the top.

I cut the outer dragonfly die in blue card adding the detail die over the top in white glueing them in the centre so that I could fold back the wings as shown.  I added a Habico gem in the centre ( from the Art of Craft) and stamped the trail on below the dragonflies in the Mer Du Sud izink pigment ink.  The trails come from my Butterfly Corners clear stamp set which are the perfect size and style with these, you could use these as a guide and add a pearl or gem on each dot!

I finished with a large Gerbera cut in glitter foam over the matching Gerbera leaves and a messy bow of the blue and white ribbon.



  1. Morning John, WOW absolutely gorgeous love the colours and the layout. Glad you don't have any snow we are at a standstill schools off trucks off buses and trains off clubs cancelled so I don't have any excuse to do some crafting so hope so.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi John.
    A lovely card thank you, you can have some of our snow we have plenty.
    Take care and keep warm.

  3. Hello John, beautiful in blue, Love the background piece. Have a good day everyone. Stay safe it is cold and windy outside. Bx

  4. Hi John
    Another gorgeous card today.I now have the dragonfly die so I will give this go.
    Thanks Jan

  5. Lovely card John.ive always preffered butterflies but I’m getting to like the dragonflies. Take care everyone.

  6. Morning John, another gorgeous creation today, I love the peacock feather patterned background, as many of us cannot record Hochanda (I have Virgin) it means that we have to try and remember how you did the peacock feather, would it be very rude of me to ask if when you have time you could do a YouTube of it, I am sure that it will be so useful, as well as perhaps combining this with using other types of patterns.

    Oh dear I can see the snow coming down again, we can't get in or out of our road, I am so worried about Sunday getting out for the retreat.

    Wrap up warm and be careful if you do have to venture out.

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

  7. Lovely card, John. Not too much snow here but so cold -it's -4 at the moment!

    Anne (Northampton)

  8. Hi John, We have snow here,and it is snowing right now but hopefully roads will be clear. Just love this card I think dragon flies will be my next purchase. Stay warm and safe,healthy and happy
    Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  9. Love that one John. Snowed in here at Dronfield, of course! Have been doing some crafting to pass the time. xxx

  10. Love the dragonfly dies, pretty card, xxxx

  11. Hi John,
    what a very beautiful card.
    Love those Dragonflies and their trails is a super idea.
    Wonderful colours chosen and that flower and looks brill with the glittery foam.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  12. Very pretty I love dragonflies.

    Hugs Helen xx

  13. Morning John,
    Lovely card, the dragonflies are very pretty.

  14. Lovely card John. The glitter foam is really nice.
    Annette x

  15. Good morning John,
    This is a lovely card. I really love the dragonflies and your glittery gerbera is lovely!
    I'm so glad you don't have snow.
    Everything has come to a standstill where I am: schools are closed and the snow is getting deeper.
    I know it's cold because even my husky won't stay outside for long, lol.
    Hope you have a good day. I've decided to make Christmas cards as I'm inspired by the landscape outside xx

  16. Good morning John oh absolutely gorgeous card I love the dragonflies their trail & the beautiful background I too would like a reminder how to do use the feathers to create the background
    No snow here yet but expecting it later this afternoon Stay safe everyone!

  17. Hi John beautiful card love the layout the dragon flys are fab
    Thank you june Horrocks xx

  18. Good morning John love how you have taken elements from different places to make up the composition. Love from Jackie xx

  19. Love how you have done this card brill x

  20. Hi John
    Love everything about this card, especially your gorgeous background.

  21. Thanks John I was waiting to see the dragonflies on you blog.
    This is a fabulous card and I think I’ll be in my craft room later using my dues and gerbera!!
    Snow here so I won’t be going anywhere today!!❄️❄️

  22. Love this John. My crafty goodies including these gorgeous dragon flies arrived yesterday. Will be playing this weekend.
    Love Valxxx

  23. Hi John. I bought your dragonflies die but not had chance to use it yet, although if this snow continues I will have plenty of time. Don't think you would have made it to Breedon if you were going today. SueL x

  24. Hi John this is a stunning card I love it. Those dragonflies are gorgeous. I am glad you didn't get stuck in the snow. We have bright sun yesterday and snow today. I want to use the gerbera dies and stamps to make a card. Stay safe and warm. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  25. Hi John. I am not normally one for butterflies and dragonflies, but I would have to say that I am a real fan of these as they are a little bit different.


  26. Great card I love the dragonfly dies and will my next purchase when pay day arrives or at Ally Pally...?

  27. Wonderful card design showcasing a couple of your latest dies. I agree dies cuts can be used for one's main element on a card as well as accents. I really like these dragonflies. I remember you using the peacock feather on your Hochanda show, but have forgotten just how you got the negative look of the feather on your background.

  28. Really beautiful, the dragonflies are so delicate. We've had quite a bit of snow which I'm making the most of - I love snow. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  30. Hi John
    Great card today, the dragon flies are beautiful and I really love the tiny dragonfly on the gerbera. Keep warm.
    Love Diane x

  31. Lovely card John. I am also one that cannot remember how to do the background. A tutorial would be good. Snow here today so a staying in day. Decided to do a canvas using John’s Gerbera and dragonfly dies. Also used the Pigment Izink ink dropper bottles. Really enjoyed that.

  32. Hi John beautiful card very elegant I really love it. Your background is stunning & your dragonflies gorgeous. Tutorial would be good John please.
    Hug's Lynda xx

  33. Wooooooh, wonderful John!!!
    Creatieve groetjes, Anja

  34. Marie P from Longridge2 March 2018 at 10:32

    Good morning all.
    A truly beautiful card again today John.
    I have very unfortunately mislaid my dragonfly die (along with a few others) and hope it turns up soon.I still haven't finished unpacking after my house move in November.
    Keep safe and warm.
    Marie P.

  35. This is such a great card. I love the entire composition. I hope my Hochanda order comes soon as I want to borrow your idea for a special friend whose birthday is coming up and she loves all things dragon flies.
    Keep warm!
    Stephanie K