Wednesday, 12 April 2017

John's Language of Flowers . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you all well.

A glorious weekend weather wise but turned a bit cooler now. Thank you for your comments on my tongue in cheek 50 Shades card. Glad it made you chuckle.
I should add that I've never read the book or seen the film. 
We used to get several well thumbed copies into the charity shop every week but one of the funniest was when someone bought in a book called 50 Sheds of Grey, which was full of photos of sheds in various grey hues lol!!! One for the fellas eh???

Now, today marks the start of showing the samples I made for John for his shows on Hochanda tonight and tomorrow, using his divine new collection, Language of Flowers Stamps. I didn't have all of them to work with but enjoyed using the ones I had to hopefully improve my colouring.
This is a little photo heavy as I sort of discovered a new technique . . . . . . well, new to me anyway, and I think John will be demoing how to do it.
I was going to do a candle using the Michaelmas Daisy rubber stamp, so stamped it in grey ink onto some white tissue paper and to stop it wrinkling up whilst I coloured it, I taped the tissue paper to some white card using low tack tape (after I had stamped the image).

I then set about colouring the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

When I was happy with the finished colouring, I lifted the tissue paper carefully from the white card below and discovered this on the card . . . . . . . . . . 

A lovely transfer of the image onto the card, with no outside line around the image and an almost water colour effect. 
Well, that wasn't going to waste so I used this on a card.

White, green and lilac card
White tissue paper
John Lockwood's Michaelmas Daisy Stamp
John Lockwood sentiment
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
That Special Touch Delicate border mask (used to emboss the card)
Memento Dew Drop inks
Lilac organza ribbon
Lilac bling

And here's a couple of snaps of the candle that I created using the tissue paper image.

Apologies for all the photos but it made it easier to explain what I did but as I say, I think John is going to demo it anyway.

I made 12 samples, including the candle, so these are going to take over from the last couple of Christmas cards I had left to show (Hurrah!!! I hear you cry lol!!!)

Had a rough couple of days with ectopic beats causing some discomfort so that's me for now.

Hope you enjoy the shows and the samples.

Ang x


  1. Ang, I just love, love, love what you have done with John's wonderful stamp, great job done by you.
    Really, really looking forward to watching and learning from John.
    Look after yourself, try not to overdo things.
    Patricia xxx

  2. I'm sure you'll have given John loads of ideas and samples so it will be great t o see them today and tomorrow. His stamps look lovely and you've certainly done them justice.
    Sorry to hear that you've had a rough two days.

  3. Morning Ang,
    Love what you have done with John's gorgeous stamp. Sorry yo hear you have had a few rough days.

  4. A happy accident sort of, looks fab anyway as does the candle. Looking forward to the shows. xxx

  5. Hi Ang
    Wow! loving the card and candle ,the stamps are really pretty.
    Sorry you have had a rough couple of days try and take things easy ..
    Elaine H X

  6. Good morning Ang, what a happy accident and a new technique. Both the card and the candle look great. Hope you are feeling a bit better today love from Jackie xx

  7. I really like your card both of them. How wonderful to discover a new technich. Do you think in the future when some of us make a card using this method we will be calling it Mrs Ducks brilliant idea. I was thought how to make lemon curd in the microwave and to this day,20 years after she showed me, as Mrs Huntington Lemon Curd. Hope you are still feeling well. Kind regards Sandra

  8. Morning Any. What a beautiful card and a great new technique,. You are one clever lady. Sorry you have had a couple of bad days, i hope you are not trying to do to much. Take care Any Wendy x

  9. Well my goodness Mrs Duck, What Fantastic makes, I Love your card and candle. It's a gorgeous stamp and your colouring is brilliant, beautifully designed card,love it Kate x

  10. Everything you have done is beautiful. Thank you for your ideas. I am sure John will be 'over the moon' with all your examples. Sorry you haven't been feeling too good. Take care.

  11. Ahhh, you are so creative and you got a "two-fer". Looking forward to your cards and latest technique on John's shows on hochanda. Sorry you had tense times with your heart. Have you given your heart a good talk about behaving? Please keep an eye on your body swelling and take those water pills and keep those feet up as much as possible. Thanks for sharing your idea about the tissue painting technique.

  12. Fabulous happy accident, just gorgeous. Sorry to hear your heart is misbehaving again, I hope things improve. Off for an ECG myself tomorrow, apparently some of meds can affect the QT interval or something so they need to check before altering them. Really wish I was a bloke at times like these! Sending hugs, Cara x

  13. Stunning Ang I can't wait to see the others you have done and WOW! the one John has just shown of the scraper board rose is just gorgeous. What a lovely technique. Now I definitely need to start stamping and using white ink. Sorry to hear you've had a few ectopic beats and that it's settling down now xx

  14. Hi Ang,
    yes this card and your candle are both stunning and very wonderfully created.
    I love the colours used and the colouring is prefect too.
    Now your post made me think of when I worked in retail, and this one time we were giving away books with purchases, and had samples on the counter.
    In those days I had a few young Saturday girls, and of course they found a juicy bit in one of the books, and because they kept opening and reading that particular page it just kept falling open at that page.
    Really made me smile thinking about those days.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

  15. Hi Ang, hope the discomfort has eased. I love your card and candle, and a great result from a happy accident. Can't wait to see your other samples. Had a good laugh about the 50 Sheds book. Take care. Bx

  16. Congratulations, not just on this beautiful card, but also on all the others we have seen so far on John's show.

  17. Lovely card and candle! Great color combination!! Have a great weekend!

  18. The card looks amazing, Ang. What a happy accident. I have watched much of John's shows but did see your beautiful rose on scraperboard.

    Take care.

    Anne (Northampton)

  19. Hi Ang

    I've been without internet for 2 weeks now, I'm like a demented soul, weeping and wailing whilst searching for wifi in anyone's nook and crannies!!! oh er matron lol

    Tuesday could be the day when all is 'back to normal' but I'm not holding my breath! My poor little blog has been abandoned too

    Anyway, love this card and the candle but I have to say that the cards (at least the ones I saw on TV) you made for John's shows are absolutely fabulous

    Hope you have a good weekend

    June x

  20. Gorgeous Ang and what a dazzling candle!!!!
    Sandy xx

  21. This is such a soft gentle image on both the card and candle Ang! A happy accident indeed! Christine xx