Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Red Christmas Roses...

Happy Wednesday,

I know that Christmas roses are traditionally white but I love the way they look in a traditional red.  I used the Craft Artist flower foam Christmas pack selecting the deeper red and cutting this with my new Christmas Rose die plate.
I shaded the petals with black pigment ink which really brings out the colour and intensifies the colour.  I prefer using the coloured foam for coloured flowers as its far easier to shade the edges than to colour white to red then try to darken the edges and get shading.

I added my shaded ivy matching stamp and die stamped onto green crafts too linen card with Izink embossing ink and heat set it with opaline ( mother of pearl) clear embossing powder. This gives a lovely reflective shine to the pattern on the leaves.

I used the Sams Starz die set for the main card cut and added to a piece of double sided adhesive sheet before adding holographic clear glitter over the exposed adhesive.

I cut the star panels in white on the burgundy and added the flowers as shown .


Monday, 29 July 2019

Foam Roses...

Happy Monday,

I thought I would share today my Brand New Christmas Rose made with the new Silk White flower moulding foam form Craft Artist for Crafts too.  It works so well when coloured with the Verbena dye ink form Izink making, to me at least, like a traditional Christmas Rose.

I have used my round bauble die as a base for the flowers and tied these with the shaded ivy stamp and die and my Rose leaves ( cut in the Green Flower foam from the new Christmas colour pack).

The foam is 0.6mm thick meaning that, as here, you can mould this in your hands no need for an iron or a heat gun.  I coloured the petals with the ink and a finger dauber using mint green in the centre.  I then stretched the petals to give some definition and added the centres and some stamens from my stash.
The background is made using the new Sams Starz die set just cut in white and mounted onto white.

I added layers in the olive green Crafts too linen card and silver with more layers of the crystal gold card I sued for the rest of the card.


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Snowy Background...

Happy Tuesday,

I'm starting to slowly get back into blogging everything I am making,

 Today I am sharing a card that Lights up and has a snowy night background.  The background uses acetate and the Izink Pigment Ink Droppers and I thought I would share a technique video I have made for the background.  There is also a video showing how the card was made if you like ( or are a glutton for punishment!)

The colours I've used are slightly different form those I used on Hochanda as we had stock issues with a delivery form France ( I didn't say it got lost somewhere over the channel!) so I worked it with a change in colours which I have to admit I love it looks like the sun is coming up!

Here's the video showing how to make the background click the link to watch!

Back Soon,


Monday, 1 July 2019

While Shepherds watch...

Happy Monday,

Firstly thank you for the wonderful reception to my first launch of Christmas Dies, and an apology for not posting pictures and sneak peeks!  I have so many samples of the collection I will be trotting them out over the next weeks and months right up to Christmas.

This card uses the Bauble set, the Nativity scenes die set and the elements die plate which makes the stunning mistletoe and point cones as shown ion the top of the bauble.  I teamed this with the snowflake lattice from last year which makes, imho, the perfect background for the bauble inset.

Hopefully more tomorrow,


Friday, 21 June 2019

Lattice in Print...

Happy Friday,

The lattice collection is featured in Die Cutting essentials which came out yesterday so I thought I would share one of the projects I made for the feature.

I used the lattice corners to make a background which is so easy as there are 4 corner dies as well as the circle and square in the corners set far easier that using one die repeatedly to make a background.

I cut the lattice into apiece of blue card using the outlines for the square and circle to cut the whole of these pieces out.

I added a sheet of white card and then cut the circle and square lattice pieces in this before adding a navy piece at the back giving a look of dimension in a flat piece.

I added the lattice flowers cut in the navy with white lattice and the with love tag using my bold numbers for the 60.

Die cutting essentials is available now at your local craft shop or newsagent!


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Yellow Anstey...

Happy Wednesday,

Another card today made using the Anstey die set along with the lattice flowers.  I have a lot of samples to share with the flowers as Ive found them to be one of the most versatile I have designed.

Here I've just cut the solid flowers once in a pale yellow then added the lattice detail cut in a deeper yellow.  I just cut one of each for this showing that you don't need lots of layers to add a delicate detail.

The 2 shades of yellow and the white ( all linen card form Crafts Too) works really well, not a combination I often use however I love the fresh look!


Monday, 17 June 2019

Teal Lattice...

Happy Monday,

I thought I should share today my favourite card form last weeks shows and the lattice collection.. I love a lattice whether it be a background leaf or flower and to mix it with my favourite colour combo of Teal, black and white.

I used the Anstey die cut in teal over black for the centre and added flowers cut in white, teal and black.

I love the mix of styles and colours simply gained by cutting the full set in each of the three colours.



Friday, 14 June 2019

Lattice sunflowers 2...

Happy Friday,

I'm back on Hochanda today at 9am, 1pm and final call at 5pm with the lattice collection.  Todays card uses the collection and makes a lattice version of the sunflowers I used on yesterdays post.

Here I sued the lattice over the top and the waste from yesterdays card for the background.


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Lattice Sunflowers...

Happy Thursday,

It's the launch day for my mini collection the Lattice collection which will be available from tonight at 6pm tune in to Hochanda to see the samples and the collection.

I thought I would share a sample today that just uses the solid flowers without the lattice section which, to me at least, looks like a sunflower!

I simply cut the solid flowers in yellow linen card simply shaded around the edges with wax colour dye ink from izink.

I love the mix of the yellow and the brown really has a warm summer feel!

Join me tonight on Hochnada at 6pm.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Pink Lattice...

Happy Wednesday,

Another sample using the lattice collection this time focusing on the Anstey die which is the one used in the centre.

I have used the Press cut notched squares with this card as the die is designed to work with my favourite nesting dies.

I use the lattice flowers cut in pink and white and mixed together to give a two tone flower as shown.

This collection launches on Hochanda at 6pm tomorrow night tune in to see the samples ( I've got some fabulous ones form my amazing angels!)


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

More Lattice...

Happy Tuesday,

Ive got so excited about this collection I thought I would add a couple more blog posts with samples of the lattice!  This range launches as a mini collection ( only 4 die sets so hopefully within budget!) on Thursday night at 6pm on Hochanda.

here I sued the flowers offset rather than on top of each other showing a different way these can be used, honestly these are truly versatile flowers.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Welcome to the Lattice Collection...

Happy Monday,

This Thursday I will be launching my new Mini collection the Lattice collection which has a background, corners and flowers and leaves hopefully you will agree a really versatile set!

For this. are I have used all of the sets to make the card in Crafts Too Lustre pink card and a couple of shades of grey!

Ive used the corners which are very versatile you can make backgrounds and edges.

another sample tomorrow,


Friday, 7 June 2019

Back in Business...

Happy Friday,

I have finally found some time to start blogging again, I'm really sorry I've left it so long its just been so busy with the John Next Door brand - drawing, designing making samples etc!  Im now hopefully caught up with plans for this year which should free some time to be a bit more active on the blog and facebook!

I thought I would kick off with a card made using a real mix of my dies which should hopefully show what I have been trying to achieve.  The main idea of the John Next Door die range is that they are all designed to work together in different formats to give lots of versatile options.

For this card I mixed the Oakham and stamford die sets using just the Oakham for the outside and all the other players using the Stamford.  Hopefully this makes obvious how the points of the lattice on the Oakham meets the points on the Stamford, it's almost as if it was designed by the same person.

The flowers and leaves on this card are a little sneak peak of the June release so you will have to wait until Monday to see more of these and the Lattice mini collection.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

More Honesty...

Happy Tuesday,

I hope you all enjoyed the launch of my new range last night I thought id share another sample form the shows today this time showing the other heart design in the honesty heart die set!

I'm back today on Hochanda at 9am, 1pm and final call at 5pm.