Thank you and see you next year, perhaps?

December 31, 2019 — 64 Comments

Well, the year started out with the exciting news of the release of some dies that I had designed and progressed to include a trip to Australia and a UK TV appearance to launch them.

It saw me move house from one side of Scotland to another.

This in itself involved me getting to grips with something that I have never had, a garden – and lots of it!

Streams were dredged, holes were dug, many MANY leaves were collected and 25 tonnes of gravel and HUGE piles of logs have been manually shifted.

Thankfully, I made a new friend.

She’s now a semi-permanent fixture in the daily goings on in the country as she’s the neighbours dog and comes to visit regularly, with or without the neighbours.

Over the last six months there has also been an ever evolving craft area which I now think is pretty much as I hope it’s going to be for a while.

This year also included the updating of the online Scan N Cut course to include new and updated lectures for the CM series machine and the start of the new content for the DX series machines, which will continue into 2020.

Brother Scan N Cut DX 1200

2019 also saw the closure of Digital Craft Emporium and the movement of all of the SVG cutting files back to this blog. A decision not taken lightly as it meant a lot of downloading, uploading, rejigging and manually delivering of files.

The year also included the creation and launch of what I hope will become a series of colouring books via Amazon.

I even managed to go on a workshop for my own enjoyment and made a fabby notebook!

Oh, yeah, and I made a whole bunch of blog posts too!

Doesn’t seem like much when I put it into a list like that but I can assure you, it has been a full on time.

Anyway, the point of all of this wasn’t to bore you with how busy I have been. It is to thank you for keeping me company, keeping me sane-ish and supporting me with your witty comments, generosity and genuine kindness.

You seriously made a BIG difference to this year.

Thank you.

Two little words but I hope you realize how much they mean.

Now, I won’t be staying up until midnight so I will just say this. I genuinely wish you all the best for the coming year/decade and sincerely hope to have your company when the new year rolls in and the craziness starts all over again.

Best wishes and much love.

John. x

64 responses to Thank you and see you next year, perhaps?


    I love the picture of you with the Shiba Inu they are great little dogs.
    All the very best for 2020, hope to see lots more of you on TV
    Love and Light
    Sioux x

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    Thank you so much for all the things you gave us this past year John, your inspiration, look in your life, gorgeous examples, great tutorials, stunning downloads and such great blog posts. I hope my friend that you have a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year!


    Elizabeth Marie Adams December 31, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Best thing I did was buy your online course John. Thank you for all your expertise. Looking forward to new content when you add to the course. I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.



    Wish you a happy crafty new year! So nice that you share pics and info about yourself, so tired of blogs that just want to sell and nothing else. You really connects with subscribers that surely sooner or later buy files. Thank´s for all.



    Definitely see you on here and FB next year, John. Hope you have a lucky New Year. Debbie



    John, I look forward to 2020 and following your crafting journey. You always inspire me and thank you for being such a positive spokesman for mental health. Happy New Year!



    Happy New Year to you John, and to all the readers of your blog. Thank-you for keeping us entertained and all the inspiration and tutorials, it has meant a lot to so many of us. Look forward to more of the same next year. Kath x



    Happy new year John, look forward to seeing what you have planned for 2020. I wish you all the very best. Take care and look after yourself xx


  9. December 31, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Happy New Year to you too John. May your inspiration continue to feed our creative juices for another decade to come xx



    Thank you for all the lovely ideas you come up with & demonstrate in such a in-depth way. You are an inspiration to us all. Happy New Year to you & everyone who love & follow your blogs. XX



    Happy new year John.
    Thanks for all your hard work it’s really appreciated.



    Happy New Year John!


    Handmade By Deborah December 31, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Happy New Year John – here’s to it being a good one. I look forward to following your journey in 2020 and taking inspiration from it too 💜

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    Like many others I wish you a year full of happiness and success. I wish the same to all that follow your blogs and share the smiles you give us. Plus all the tips and hints.
    See you next decade. Jan x

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    Happy new year John, hope its a good one.x



    Best wishes for 2020.



    Hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you and wishing you much happiness in your new home with the neighbours dog to cuddle. A granddog just like a grandchild. Spoil them, play with them and cuddle them then let the parents pick the bits up. 😂😂😂Good luck to you in all you do and many thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us. Big hugs xxx



    Here’s hoping you have a wonderful successful and very Happy New Year ! Xxx

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    Happy New Year John, looks like you are going to be busy, loving the dies , very useful as a go to favourite , wishing you well
    Zena in Leicester

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    Happy New Year John Best Wishes for 2020! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and great you tube videos. Love and light

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    Happy New Year, John hoping its a great year for everyone xx Hazel

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    You certainly have been busy since you left your job at C&C John long may you continue with new ideas. Happy, healthy and hopefully wealthy new year to you.



    What an amazing year you have created and shared with us. Thank YOU! May 2020 bring you health and happiness and be filled with creativity!

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    Don’t under estimate yourself. You have accomplished loads. Wish I had your get up and go. Happy new year to you too. Long may your inspiration continue.

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    Happy new year johm may next year bless and excite you. May your inspiration continue to flow for yourself and us in the long run as you share your heart and head with us all. God bless Maria n family. PS family say thank you to u 4 keeping me sane. 🤗 🤗 🤗

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    Happy New Year to you and yours xx

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    Happy New Year John, I hope it brings everything that you wish for, especially a healthy and happiness xx



    Thank you too John. You are an inspiration to us all. A very happy and healthy 2020 to you! Clare x



    May not seem like much? You’ve had a HUGE year with some major changes. And you’ve done a lot to keep all your followers happy, interested and inspired, despite things not always being easy for you. So thank you, and all the best for a wonderful 2020! Helen

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    Happy New Year to you. May it be a prosperous, successful & healthy one. Many thanks for all your freebies, very much appreciated. Look forward to your adventures in 2020.
    Carole x


    Lorraine Mauchline December 31, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Wishing you lots of love, health & a wealth of happiness in 2020. Happy crafting xx

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    Happy New Year John – look forward to your designs for 2020 xx

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    Sounds like a very busy year to me with lots achieved. I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2020. I hope by the end of this year I will be retired and able to spend many happy hours crafting. I look forward to more of your wonderful inspiration and thank you very much for all that you have given us this year. All the best.

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    Thank you John for all you give to us – your band of followers. Happy and healthy new year to you x

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    Thank you John, for helping me to stay positive a lot of the time. You have no idea of the difference you have made. Have the best New Year possible. With lots of love and gratitude. Anne xxxx

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    Happy New Year to you too John. May good health and prosperity be yours in 2020. xxx

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    Thanks John, for all your inspiration & the hard work you do to keep us all amused (I’m sure that’s not the only reason ;) ).
    I wish you peace and happiness and a very prosperous & positive new year.

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    Happy New year to you John may it bring health and happiness lots of love

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