Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Shiny Bee's...

Happy Wednesday,

I can't believe its been month already but today sees my monthly workshop at Breedon Priory! we will be playing with the pocket watch dies and the new Bee Balm collection.

Today I am sharing a card made with the Bee Balm collection and the Crafts Too scoreboard that was the Bonus on Hochnada.  Ive never tried scoring parchment before but I love the look of this with the Bee;'sin the centre of each panel.

I started by using the embossing board to score the 9 squares onto a piece of parchment which gave me the gridlines for the stamping of the bees.  I then stamped one of each size of the bee from my Bee Balm stamp set in the centre of each square repeating this unit, I had all three rows.  I then heat embossed these with the Izink Transparent glitter embossing powder.  I framed the pice using the Press Cut Stitch doit and plain square dies and from mounted this onto a set of my usual mats and layers.

Next I stamped the bee balm flowers using the single stamp using embossing ink and the same glitter embossing powder.  I heat set these then placed the large Bee Balm flower die on the registration marks to cut this out I love the fact all six cut in one die and one pass.  I shaped the flowers adding a Crafts Too diamond in the centre of each flower.  I cut the Swirl leaves and arranged these on the bottom corner of the card arranging the flowers on top.

Finally I cut the Butterflies, just using the filigree dies, and shaped these before adding them too the arrangement with gems in the centre.

JND Bee Balm Stamp
JND Bee Balm Flowers dies
JND Small Butterflies
JND Swirl Leaves
Press Cut Plain and Stitch Dot squares

Parchment and gems from my stash.



  1. Good Morning John

    Gorgeous delicate card, I simply love the vellum background.

  2. Hi John, a really beautiful card, love the nearly all white colourway, and the embossed vellum is so soft, and very effective. Have a good day everyone. Bx

  3. Hi John.
    Thank you a beautiful card, so delicate and fine.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  4. Beautiful, I do love the vellum, xxx

  5. Morning John, another cracker of a sample today, excellent idea of the parchment with the bees and it looks so effective too.

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

  6. Lovely card John. Love the parchment.
    Annette x

  7. A lovely floral element today.

  8. Just beautiful John
    Love June Horrocks xxx

  9. Lovely I have only tried parchment once A friend at craft let me play but it was the “old fashioned” way (not what I mean but you know what I mean!) using ink to mark design out etc Very faffy and time consuming Boards like these and Groovi have made all the difference

  10. Lovely effect with the parchment John xx

  11. Morning John, absolutely gorgeous card I love the effect of parchment but never thought of scoring it its very effective.
    Nancyd xx

  12. Morning John,
    Beautiful card, would be lovely for a wedding.

  13. I have a wedding card to do so this has given me an idea for it. I have the embossing board - somewhere!

    Anne (Northampton)

  14. Hi John. Would also look lovely used as a photo frame with a black and white wedding photo in it. SueL x

  15. Beautiful card John. Great idea to include the ingredients in your post, that's really useful for us. Thank you.

  16. Another beautiful card John. Thank you for these ideas. I am sure the ladies at Breedon Priory will have a fun day. Take carexxx

  17. Hi John, Absolutely stunning,just love it.Stay healthy and happy,Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  18. Good morning John Really beautiful card the scored parchment looks fabulous

  19. Hi John this is another stunning card it is just gorgeous. I hope the workshop goes well I know it will. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  20. Hi John. What a really delicate looking card today. Love the sprig of flowers, leaves and butterflies in the corner.


  21. Hi John

    Gorgeous card the vellum works a treat.

  22. Hello John,
    First of all - a gorgeous card today! The vellum squares each with a bee look so effective! I love the card.
    Yesterday I mentioned about your 1pm Show and the cardblank book! I’ve watched it and I’ve ordered the Die because it will be great for my After School Club prep. We’ve made books before but paper had to be cut using the guillotine and that’s so time consuming and not always accurate! This Die will be worth its weight in gold! Thank you!! Sorry to go on!
    Love Myra x

  23. Lovely card design. Really like the parchment.

  24. Such a beautiful, delicate card. The flower accent is beautiful.
    Hope you are having a break after your big sale!
    Stephanie K

  25. Hello John,
    This is elegance personified!! Love it.
    love Maureen xxx

  26. Marie P. from Longridge31 May 2018 at 10:37

    Beautiful card John. I love the effect of the parchment which I haven't yet tried. Everything about the card is elegant.
    Hugs to all.
    Marie P.

  27. Hello John from Australia love your card I sure miss all your demo’s you did at Franki’s at Darlington there’s no craft channels on tv over here but I can watch catch up on hochanda xx