Friday, 27 January 2017

Vintage Friday...

Happy Friday,

Its that time of the week again and this week Ive selected some of the dies from the Californian Collection I seem to be following the relates at the moment as this was the third collection form Sue Wilson's first release of dies for Creative Expressions!  I have loved playing with this collection and can see so many great ideas in it so you may see this collection popping up more!

I stared by cutting the background twice into a piece of vanilla pearl foundations card slotting the die back into the design to continue it as a square.  I cut the centre out with the Beverly hills die and mounted this over midnight blue pearl foundations card.  I do think it was when i bought this background die and cut out for the first time that I really feel for Sue's designs!

Next I cut the first three dies form the Beverly hills die in vanilla and backed it with midnight.  I foam mounted this above background to create depth.  I added a label from one of the other sets ( sorry not sure which one at time of writing) cut in vanilla in the centre and added s amped stitched flag coming form the aperture.

I cut all of the Faux Quilled blooms from midnight pearl card and the leaves ( from the same set) in vanilla and arranged these around the frame.

Finally I added a couple of stick pins made with the Stick Pin elements and added layers of the vanilla and midnight to make this 7.5 x 7.5" smaller than it looks, card!



  1. Wow first today! That's because I'm down under in NZ visiting my son and family in Christchurch. Super weather here!
    Love the card.

  2. John,
    Fabulous card again today. Hope you're having a great time in Frankfurt.
    Jan, glad you're enjoying your visit to NZ and the weather is good. I live on the border of east and West Midlands and it's currently minus 4 so enjoy while you can!
    Happy crafting.
    D xx

  3. Morning John, oh yes a gorgeous card today, I have that background die but I must admit I have not used it for such a long time, you have given me inspiration to get it out and give it an airing again, thank you so much. Hope all goes well at Frankfurt for the new few days, you will be brilliant as always.

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

  4. Good morning John

    A truly fabulous design and card. Totally love this!

    June x

  5. Fab card John. I have this collection of dies, but haven't used them yet, but will now. Got to get my dies in some sort of order so I use them more.
    Annette x

  6. Hi John.
    Thank you a great card so lovely.
    Take care Kitty.

  7. Morning John
    Wonderful card, I must use some of my early dies by Sue they seem to get forgotten when a new collection comes out.

  8. Gorgeous card-stunning & this has made me want to use my Californian background die!


  9. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card. I hope you are having a wonderful time in Germany. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Morning John,
    Beautiful card today, I love the colours you have used.
    Glad to hear you had a proper German dinner last night.
    Have fun

  11. Hi John. I am ashamed to say that I have all these dies but forgotten about them. What a good idea to re-visit these old favourites to encourage us to get them back out again.


  12. Morning John, What a beautiful card !! I especially love the background, very Moroccan feeling.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Hi John
    A lovely card. I'm enjoying the Frankfurt Messe photos on Facebook.
    B xx

  14. Good morning John,
    Lovely card today. I have not got this background but will have to search it out.
    Hope you are enjoying Frankfurt.
    Weather in Hull is very frosty.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  15. Beautiful John love the quilled blooms, they may have to go on my shopping list

  16. Hi John, great card. Such a good idea revisiting older dies, we should do it more often. Hope your trip. On tiniest to go well. Love Rosemarie X

  17. Good Morning John I hope your enjoying your trip to Frankfurt and its not to cold. A stunning card I love that background. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  18. Love this card John so many lovely thing the flowers the background the words wow !!!!!
    Love June horrocks xxxx

  19. Morning John,
    Lovely card, I have this die, not used it for ages, will dig it out and have a go at something like this.

  20. What a gorgeous card John. I can't remember ever seeing the Canadian background used before - it's so beautiful. I can see I might have to buy that one!

  21. Good morning John the California collection are dies I have and use a lot so I'm not surprised your mind is buzzing with ideas! Live what you have done here love from Jackie xx

  22. Good morning John, todays card is gorgeous, love seeing the older dies again.
    Marion S x

  23. Very pretty card today John. Unfortunately there are only two collections I have no dies from and that is this and the Canadian collection. Neither are because I dont like them, they are both on the list of wants - unfortunately there is not a lot of chance of winning the lottery (I dont do it), so alas they all have to wait until the end of each month when I usually choose the one or, if I'm lucky, two I can get that round.

    Hope things are going well in Germany
    Helen xx

  24. Lovely card, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

    1. Hello John,
      Lovely card ! I need to get the Californian Collection out again! Thanks for the timely reminder.
      Love Myra

  25. Good morning John This card is really beautiful I love the background die sadly I don't have it but will now try to get it as I have the other dies in this collection they were the first of Sues dies I bought Thank you for this brilliant idea to use the older die collections it's so easy to forget about them when the new collections come along! You are inspiring me to revisit my older dies so thank you John

  26. Morning John, a gorgeous card.
    Nancyd xx

  27. Hi John,
    This is an absolutely beautiful card, and my kind of blue also. I think the Californians were Sue's first release, at least I think they were the first ones I bought and have never looked back. I now have just over 1000 dies of hers and every single one is loved.
    Have fun in Germany, and have a Bratwurst for me.
    Hugs, Rose

  28. Morning John, a great card and I love the dies you have highlighted, some of these dies were on my wish list but somehow got overlooked so I will have to take another look at them,
    Hope you are enjoying Germany.

  29. Hi John
    Lovely card today. I think this is the card I bought awhile ago but I haven't yet got around to using it.

  30. Hi John Gorgeous card must get this die out again not used for a long time .
    Thank you for sharing .

  31. Hi John, a really gorgeous and stunning card, reminds me of the fretwork on a Moroccan screen. Take care. Bx

  32. Great card John and a good reminder that I have some of these dies which I had forgotten about.Joycex

  33. Beautiful card john x its gorgeous x thankyou for your inspiration x
    Theresa w x

  34. Beautiful card I have this background die and need to revive it because it does make a beautiful card that is always admired

  35. Hi John,
    oh my what a very gorgeous and wonderful card.
    I love you wonderful design of this as it's so beautiful and very Asian looking.
    Love the midnight card behind also.
    Lots of craftyregeards. Jenny L.

  36. Wow John this is stunning, i really love and appreciate
    the older dies being shown as they seem to get pushed aside
    when new ones are released.
    Which is a shame as every single one of Sue's dies is
    It is lovely to be reminded and prompted to get them back and and to use again.

  37. Hi John. Great card. The midnight blue is very dramatic, I love it and you have just lifted it with the lighter blue stick pins. Thanks for the Californian background reminder that I do own, I just need to find it. SueL x

  38. Eh up John
    Stunning card and yes, I know you love this background die, with good reason.
    Gute Nacht.
    Ang x

  39. Hi John
    Gorgeous Card although I haven't got this Die it's lovely seeing it again too give them an airing every now & then. Enjoy your time in Germany.
    Hug's Lynda Brock xx

  40. Gorgeous card John. Thank you for sharing this John.