Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Green Holly...

Happy Wednesday,

It does seem a little strange to be sharing christmas cards in this weather we are having!  I am sat typing this next to a window and the heat is streaming in but I know so many people like to get a start on their cards!  Today I thought I would share a card made with the Holly and Ivy Frame, although this is a rectangular frame it can easily be cut, as if it was designed that way!, into three panels that fit together to make a square.

I started by cutting a rectangular piece off card slightly bigger than the Holly and Ivy frame die.  I then cut the die into this and shaded through the die using verbena and mint Izink dye based ink pad.  I attached the panel to another piece of white card wintry Spray glue and then cut this into three equal panels.

I arranged the 2 outer panels on a square of Christmas Green Crafts Too Linen card and then foam mounted the centre panel in the middle.  Hopefully the picture shows how the centre panel fits perfectly and looks  like an offset piece.

I cut the Holly and Ivy sentiment, from the same set, in the green then the white.  I shaded the white using the same 2 colours of izink dye ink.  I added the coloured version on top of the green one and added these too an oval panel cut with the Media Plate rectangular dies.  I cut a mat in green using dies from the same set and added this in the centre of the card.

I gently released the holly from the frame ( thats one of the best things about spray glue) and added these over the tag in the centre.

Finally I added the Swirl Ivy cut again in white and the green behind the sentiment tag and added layers of embossed white and green to make the card as shown.

JND Holly and Ivy die set
JND Media Plate die set Rectangle
JND Swirl Ivy die set
Izink Dye ink pads Verbena and Mint
Crafts Too Linen Card Christmas Green.



  1. Hello John, keep the inspiration coming, and I may actually get started on my Christmas cards early. Love this card, the Holly and the Ivy text die is one of my favourites. Have a good day everyone. Bx

  2. Absolutely beautiful John.
    Annette x

  3. Morning John, oh what a great sample and brilliant idea about the converting from rectangle to square, I will give this a go myself.

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

  4. forgot to say that I never get tired of your samples so keep um coming xxx
    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  5. Love this card. Can’t find time to do much crafting, let alone start Christmas- seems to be so much to do at home especially in the garden - that is when I’m at home!

  6. Gorgeous card and lovely colours, xxx

  7. Lovely card I love the addition of the paler green It’s not a colour I would have chosen for Christmas cards

  8. Morning John,
    Great card.

  9. A beautiful card today John thank you Christmas cards are so helpful even in the sun xxxxxx love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  10. Susan Sollinger8 August 2018 at 09:56

    Beautiful card John and lovely colours x

  11. Hi John. A lovely card again today, I just love the Holly and Ivy frame. I really hadn't realised just how pretty the sentiment dies are, they really do add something special to the card.


  12. Good morning John Great card I love the holly & ivy frame

  13. Hello John,
    This is lovely and the colours remind me of Spring, so two seasons in one!!!
    love Maureen x

  14. Lovely card John. Don’t mind how many Christmas cards you show us. Really should get started on them. Take carexxx

  15. Hi John, Absolutely beautiful,very gentle and understated,just love it.Stay healthy and happy.Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  16. Hi John,
    don't faint it's me after not being able to blog beacause of Internet Drop Outs.
    ooooooooooooo! I love this gorgeous card and your super, super design.
    The colurs look so pretty too and that embossing folder used is fantastic.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  17. Stunning card John. I just love the colours.
    Love Valx

  18. I love the colour pallet John, so crisp and fresh. It's a stunning card, I love it, Kate x

  19. Hello John,
    A lovely card , really showing the versatility of the beautiful frame! I shall be trying this - when my room is a fit place in which to work once again!
    Nearly forgot - been a funny old day! I’m now dead tired!
    Thanks John for your daily inspiration!
    Love Myra x

  20. Marie P. from Longridge9 August 2018 at 10:03

    A beautiful card John. It has a certain elegance that I really love.
    Keep healthy and happy.
    Marie P.

  21. This card is unusual in the coloring and (to me) the sentiment. Very pretty though.
    Stephanie K