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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas tree...

Happy (real) Sunday,

Sorry for the mistake in the day yesterday as I am sure you can all imagine I am rather tired after everything this week!  I do have to say a big thank you again to everyone who has helped and supported me through the launch with a special mention to everyone who came to Inspirations in Preston on Thursday and Friday to see the first live demo of John Next Door!

A couple of bits of news today so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of todays post to see info on a special Workshop!  I thought today I would share a card made with my products and other Crafts Too products.

I started this card at the demo on Friday with a mixture of my Winter Trees stamps and the Magic Stamp.

I stared by heating a cut down rectangular magic stamp which I then pushed into the christmas style tree from the winter trees set.  This creates a negative stamp of the image.  I inked this with ultramarine and the ocean izink die ink pads and stamped it in the centre of a pice of card.  This leaves a perfect white tree against the shaded background.  Next I positioned the actual tree stamp in the white space and using the Press to Impress stamp platform I stamped the tree in black exactly in the middle ( This is almost impossible for me with a stamp block as I always got outside the line!

The background is a piece from something I am trying so its a bit of a sneak peak!

Now onto the news Mrs Duck and I will be holding a workshop all details below.  I keep getting g asked if I do workshops that aren't in a specific shop so we thought we would create one!  This is the first one so spaces are listed and it even includes lunch!

There will also be a pop up shop selling my latest ranges and other selected products!


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Stamp Press Pink Trees...

Happy Saturday,

What better to cheer us all up on a Sunday than a row of cherry blossom filled trees?  I have cheated on this card as the cherry blossom appearance is made with a leaves stamp and inks but it does suggest trees in full bloom to me!

I have added the video which shows the basic technique for this card as part of the Press to Impress Facebook Live I filmed yesterday at Inspirations in Preston.  If you click the link HERE it will show you the video.  I will try to add this youtube as soon as possible but its a little tricky! lol

It was a fabulous 2 days and Thank you to everyone who attendee I'm sorry the stock didn't last longer!  I will let everyone know as soon as the Media Plates and Masks are back in stock promise!

I stamped the trees in a row as shown in the attached video.  I then used thermal leaves stamp included in the winter trees set and stamped leaves over the tress in Raspberry, Walnut and Tea Izink die ink pads.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Sunrise in Brown...

Happy Friday,

I wam doing a Facebook live video today between 9am and 10am all about the Press to Impress stamping platform to share some of the unique features of this prior to its launch on Hochanda on the 8th August  I will try to post the video on my blog tomorrow for my blog family that aren't on Facebook!

Another sample from this weeks shows using the Media Plates ( I promise we will bring these back as soon as possible) this time what looks like a more complex card but again with the system really easy to reproduce!

I started by adding the circular media plate too my Press to Impress temp platform and added the Izink inks in walnut, honey and dawn in stripes across the plate.  I then ran my brayer across the surface to make an ombre effect which suggest a sunset.  Next I used the new small blending tool form crafts too and added more of the walnut to the top edge of the circle and the honey at the base, stamped it,  to give the circle a 3D appearance.

I then added the wheat style clear stamp form the spring stamp set onto an acrylic block and using the walnut ink I stamped this around the base of the circular media plate and stamped this.  This adds the shadows in the circle which, because I stamped it onto the media plate the shadow finishes perfectly at the edge of the circle.

I then added the wheat stamp onto the stamp press and inking with the honey stamped this repeatedly, by sliding the card within the stamp press, across the bottom of the card.  This is one of the reasons I love the press to impress board as It has an open side and bottom means I can use any size of card as well as slide card in the press to repeat a stamp perfectly!

To make up the card I simply cut the piece into a 6 x 6" square and then into 3 2" strips.  I mounted these in a chestneu card and spaced them evenly, with a 1/4" gap across the front of the card.  I made up the card with a long strip of the powder puff style embossing folder ( again form Crafts too and on this weeks shows)  Repeating the pattern by embossing twice as these folders are designed to repeat as much as you need and I love flexibility almost as much as value!

The card is finished with an 8x8" card blank in white *( hand made from Limetree A3 warm white card)


Thursday, 20 July 2017

in the pink with magic...

Happy Thursday,

Today and tomorrow I am at Inspirations in Preston demonstrating my new range and Christmas craft dies by Creative Expressions so pop along if you want to see what I will be doing!  They should have stock of the new range so it's a good chance to get the products that seem to be selling out so fast!

Today I thought I would share a card that is made using the magic stamps and my spring collection of stamps.

I stared by heating the magic stamp with my heat gun then I pressed the stamp into the Crafts Too rose embossing folder ( Part of the set on this weeks Hochanda shows) this made a large rose stamp.  I then randomly stamped this over a piece of white card  (8x8") using the rose, grenadine and ultramarine izink die ink pads.  It does have a look at an early 1980's wallpaper to me!  Next I cut a smaller block form the main piece and again heated and pressed this into the embossing folder this tine selecting a single rose.  This i stamped, using the same colours, over the top to give a more defined rose pattern.

I cut this piece into a square for the backing and a strip for the side of the card and backed these in deep blue card from my stash.  Next I stamped, using my press to impress of course!, the open flower spray from the Spring flowers clear stamp set onto more of the white card.  I coloured and shaded this using the Clear Colour watercolour brush pens and using a water brush pulled out the colour to add the shading.

I matted this on blue and added a pale blue bow to bring the ultramarine colour to the front and finished!

I have been asked loads of questions about the press to impress stamp platform so I am planning a short Facebook live video for Friday morning explaining the way it works and the differences between the other platforms on the market ( you know me I like to explain what something is my favourite!)


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Trees in the mist

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly thank you al Sooooooo much for the wonderful support yesterday and through this period of change to me new John Next Door brand.  The shows yesterday were so busy I hardly had time ti think trying to get more stock between shows so I didn't disappoint anyone!

I know I have said it before but I want to reiterate that none of this would be possible without those of my blog family who visit, whether you comment or not, every day It really is so special!

Roight Mushy over now nback to the crafting.  I thought I would share this card today as It has a softer feel but shows what other things can be achieved with the Winter Stamps from the new range .

This card started out as an accident, it happens to all of us I know, as i accidentally smudged one of the trees.  I stamped the tree from the winter trees set in the tea izink dye ink pad onto pearl acrd.  I moved the card along 5am and stamped it again and repeated this once more to get three tress.  I then used the mint and ocean inks and randomly stamped the leaves in the set over the trees. It was at this stage that I smudged one of the trees ( as the ink takes longer to dry on pearl card)

This gave me the smoky / misty look as seen on the trees.  I repeated the process but didn't smudge the next one and I simply cut this out and mounted it in a gold circle ( using the CE pierced circles dies)

I mounted the crisp tree at one edge of the misty strip and added a border of more gold before making up the card as sown with the Happy Birthday stamped repeatedly across the bottom.

Again something different to do with the Joh  Next Door range!

I have had loads of emails asking where the stamp press is available form as well as the rest of the range. There are lots of retailers who are stocking these there is a link to a couple on the sidebar.

I will be demonstrating the new John Next Door range at Inspirations in Preston Tomorrow and Friday as well as my selection form the Creative Expressions Christmas die range so pop in and see in person how to use the system and products!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

John Next Door range TV Launch...

Happy Tuesday,

I can't believe the TV launch of my new Brand and range has come round already It has, as I'm sure you can all imagine, taken a lot of time, drawing and planning to get to this stage especially as I am back on Hochanda on August 8th with more ideas!

Today I thought I would share a selection of the cards I will be demonstrating techniques from across the two hours today ( 10am and 2pm) The shows are really technique based and I thought it would be good to show as many different things you can do with the Media Plates, Masks and Stamps!

There are so many different things you can do with the range from building your own tree for any season as in this simple card  to building complex looking backgrounds and art style projects in amateur of a couple of minutes ( as in the card above with the blues and reds.

I really hope my Blog family can tune in remember there is catch up and online ( just don't get caught at work watching! )

Show times are 10am and 2pm (UK time) on the following platforms

Freeview - Channel 85
Sky - Channel 663
Online -

and also available live streaming on the Hochanda Facebook page!


Monday, 17 July 2017

New Mask technique...

Happy Monday,

The feedback from the launch of my John Next Door brand has been so positive I would like to thank my Blog family for the support and (vital) feedback!  I am sharing a card today made with a combination of the Autumn flowers stamps and the Argyle stencil / mask.  I will be demonstrating this technique on Hochanda tomorrow at either 10am or 2pm but there is also a You tube video awaiting upload for this one as well.

This is a simple technique however it does relay on having a stamp press to make it work as the stamp and paper both need to stay in the same place for a few different layers of the stamping!

I stared by using my Duo mask Argyle on a piece of white card and shaded through this using a warm red and a honey die based Izink ink pad and blaending tool.  Next add the stamps one the top with the mask still in place, ink up the stamp with black ink and stamp.
I then open the press and add in a scrap of paper and stamp the image again onto the new piece if card.  this gives the shaded stamped image as seen on this card which is made form the piece form the main card ( hope this makes sense I have a video on this technique and will demo this on Hochanda tomorrow at 10am)

Finally I ink the stamp, after removing the spare piece, in red and stamp this onto the main piece.  This gives the shaded look to the stamped image above with different areas being in either black or the red.

I made this up into the card as shown adding a layer of brown and a matching ribbon.

All the products used for this card and technique will be available on the Brand launch tomorrow at 10am on Hochanda ( freeview 85, sky 663 and online)