Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Time Flies New Year...

Happy 2019!

As promised are all moved in and the internet is up and operational so Its time to relaunch the blog.  This break has been very beneficial and I have decided that blogging every day took a great deal of time and meant I was occasionally posting projects I didn't feel were blog worthy.  Therefore form now on I will be blogging three times a week as standard with special posts as ranges are released.

I thought I should start today within a new card made especially for New Years day and what else could I use but my Time Flies die as new year always makes me think of clocks and midnight!

I based the colours of this card on one I saw on Facebook son have to say thank to Maxine for the inspiration!

I started by cutting the panel die from my sandwich box die set in white pearl card three times.  I backed this with apple green linen card and matted this onto silver mirror card.

For the clock I cut the Time Flies die twice, once in white pearl and once in silver mirror card, and used alternate pieces to make top the clock setting the hands at 5 to Midnight.  The outside of the clock was embossed with a dots embossing folder to add some texture.
I stamped and heat set my new Swirl poinsettia stamp in Izink silver embossing powder and after cutting these out with the matching die.  I made up 6 full flowers colouring the centres and edges with mint Izink dye based ink finishing with a pearl in the centre.

I added these onto mint shaded swirl leaves cut in white in 2 sets of three on either side of the watch.

I finished with layers of white, shaded with mint, and the green and white to make the finished card as shown.

JND Time Flies die set
JND sandwich Box Die Set
JND Swirl Leaves Die set
JND Poinsettia Die Set
JND swirl poinsettia stamp set

Gold dust card - Limetree Crafts
Apple Line Card - Crafts Too
Silver Mirror card and pearls from my stash



  1. Morning John and Sam, a Happy New Year to you both, I am so pleased to see you back on your blog and that the move went OK and you are in your new home,. What a way to start the new year with this stunning card, wow it is gorgeous, the lime green, white pearl and silver mirror card certainly do your dies justice, love it, yes really do.

    Looking forward to your new releases this year and hopefully getting to see you soon.

    Quite understand about the blog and look forward to each of the new days and what you have to inspire us.

    Once again Happy New Year to you both.

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

  2. Happy New Year John
    I don’t blame you for not blogging on a daily basis I found three times a week very time consuming I’m not very techie either
    Today’s card is a real stunner

  3. Happy New Year John to you and Sam and hope you're settling into your new home and enjoyed your first Christmas there too.
    Beautiful card today and so understand about not blogging every day.
    Bye for now.

  4. Hello John, so good to have you back. Happy New Year. Pleased your move went well. Today’s card is just absolutely fabulous. Quite understand about cutting down your blogging, I can imagine it does consume a lot of time.
    Annette x

  5. Happy New Year.

    Love today’s card-it’s stunning.


  6. Nice to have you back John.
    Happy New Year to you and Sam . Xxxx

  7. Hi John
    A beautiful card. Looking forward to your 2019 blogs and shows.
    Happy New Year.
    B xx

  8. Happy New Year to you and Sam, lovely to see you new house, have missed your blogs, but will always log in to see your latest creations.

  9. Happy New Year to you and Sam!
    I'm so pleased you have a happy new home too.
    Wishing you the best of everything for 2019!
    Lovely card to start the year with xx

  10. Have missed you Good to see you back Love today's card

  11. So good to have you back, John. I have missed my daily fix of JND but do understand your decision. The card today is stunning.

    You must be so relieved to be finally in your new home and I wish you and Sam all the best for the New Year.

    Anne (Northampton)

  12. Happy New Year to you and yours John. Great to have you back, especially with such a fabulous card xx

  13. A beautiful card to start the New Year John! Good to see the blog back. xxx

  14. Absolutely stunning.. happy new year and have a fab 2019 x

  15. What a lovely surprise this morning. So glad you are back and with a beautiful card. Thank you. Glad everything is going well. Take carexxx

  16. Morning John,
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Beautiful card, love the colours.

  17. Welcome back John. Fabulous start to the New Year - your card is gorgeous. Xx

  18. Hi John this is a stunning card I just love it. The colours are perfect. I can understand your decision about blogging it does take a while. I am so pleased that things are going well in your new home. I hope you and Sam have a wonderful 2019. I hope I will be able to see you at some craft events around. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  19. Hi John, What a lovely start to 2019 seeing your blog again.I am sure everyday was very time consuming and whenever you blog will be a treat for us all.This card is just beautiful I love everything about it.All the very best to you and Sam for the New Year I hope it is as successful for you as 2018.Stay healthy and happy Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  20. stunning card john xx i love the colour choice too xxx very happy to see a blog post xx

  21. Happy new year to you both, nice to have you back. I have missed you,and understand about you new blogging routine xx

  22. Happy New Year! Missed your card designs as you moved. Looking forward to your designs this year.

  23. Hello John
    Here’s wishing you both Happiness in your new home and a Happy New Year too!
    Lovely to see you back again and fully understand how time consuming posting your Blog every day must be.
    What a beautiful card you have shown us today! Your colour choice, dies etc are just perfect for today! Lesley S x

  24. Happy New Year may all your dreams and wishes come true love the card colours are simply gorgeous xx

  25. Hello John,
    It's good to see you back and I'm glad the move to your new home went well, and I hope you'll both be very happy there.
    Today's card is beautiful, thank you.
    I wish you both a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    love Maureen x

  26. Stunning card John it's beautiful.
    Hug's Lynda xx

  27. Hi John and Sam,
    Glad the move went well and youve had a great Christmas,glad to have you back,between blogging,shows and workshops etc., totally understandable you want to cut back,we all need a work/life balance.just happy you're going to continue 😀

  28. Excellent design showing your very real talent. Good to see you back and looking forward to more from the huge banks of your imagination.

  29. Hello John, a really beautiful card to celebrate the arrival of 2019. I look forward to your blogs. Take care all. Bx

  30. Marie P.from Longridge2 January 2019 at 11:05

    Good morning John and Happy New Year in your new home.
    Your present to us posted yesterday is absolutely beautiful. I love every bit of it.
    Keep well and happy.
    Marie P.

  31. Morning John and welcome back to the land of Blog. Happy New Year to you and glad to hear your are all settled into your new home.
    What a really pretty card today, love the colours and the really spectacular sprig of flowers.


  32. Hello John, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Welcome back with a lovely appropriate card. Wishing you continued success in 2019. WakeyL

  33. Happy New Year John and good to have you back on the blog.
    Gorgeous card as always. Looking forward to seeing what you bring us in 2019.

    1. Just a quick add-on John. Was wondering if the "time flies" die set will be available again as I'm having difficulty finding it anywhere, they all seem to be sold out.

  34. A happy New Year to you both and pleased to hear you’re settled into your new home.
    What a stunning card to restart your blog. Look forward to seeing your new creations.

  35. Happy New Year to you both ,loving the New look and the card .
    Elaine H X

  36. Marie P.from Longridge3 January 2019 at 09:27

    Sorry to be so late with my comment John but I didn't realise that you were back to blogging.
    Glad your move went well and my best wishes for both of you.
    Your card is gorgeous in every aspect.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Marie P.

  37. Hi John this is a stunning card. The dies are amazing and I love the colours. I always get distracted when I am tidying my crafty stash. It is good to see your makes again they are always inspirational. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  38. Hi John, Happy New Year/home etc. Not sure if you get these when it's after the date, but I'm just thanking you for giving show dates etc. and - deep joy - there's Harrogate on 02 March. Have just bought my ticket, hope to say hello on the day (weather/snow permitting!).
    Maggie (Yorkite)

  39. Happy New Year! I am glad to see you are back up and settled in your new home....new year, new home, new collection....lots to look forward to in your New Year.
    This card is lovely. I really like the color scheme plus wonderful to see the pocket watch die making an appearance for 2019.
    Will be watching your shows,
    Stephanie K