Thursday, 14 September 2017

Stitched Collection Snow Scene

The new dies by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions are just soooooo super cute!

I couldn't wait to use these and I used quite a selection on this card sample.




With the exception of the "Seasons Greetings", I die cut everything from the new Festive Fun Felt Collection from Creative Expressions. You do need to take care when handling some of the finer detailed parts of the die cut felt but it is worth trying as the texture you get is beautiful.

Another sample using the new Stitched Snowman die set will follow soon.

Happy crafting!  


Items used:

Creative Expressions Dies by Lisa Horton:
Stitched Collection – Sleigh CEDLH1007
Stitched Collection - Reindeer Pals CEDLH1006
Stitched Collection – Trees CEDLH1009
Stitched Collection – Season’s Greetings CEDLH1002
Handicraft Felt Festive Fun Collection FELTFESTFUN


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Trimming The Tree

I think my favourite designs for Christmas Cards have to be Trees. This stamp, designed by Francoise Read for Woodware and Creative Expressions, is no exception!


Once stamped, you can add a small amount of colour using your favourite medium (I used watercolour markers on this sample) and a touch of glitter! Very quick for batch making if you have lots to send.

Happy crafting!


Items used:

Woodware Clear Stamp Trimming The Tree FRS357

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost Aurora Sparkle CSDFAURORA
Koi Colour Brush Watercolour Pens
Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad VF-82

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Let it Snow

This is a fairly easy Festive design, which can be made in lots of different colour ways.

The only part which needs some preparation time is the shaker star treat cup, as the glue takes a while to dry on the acetate.


Items used:

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson:
Festive Collection Radiating Star CED3094
Festive Collection Twinkle Star Background CED3127
Festive Collection Let It Snow Snowflakes CED3101
Creative Expressions Snow White Micro Beads MICROWHITE
Star Shaped Treat Cups CETREATSTAR


Happy crafting!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Let It Snow

Here is a cheeky little Snowman for you!

He is from the Woodware clear stamp, designed by Francoise Read.


This image can be coloured in so many ways and then placed onto co-ordinating card.

If you think the clear circle falling snow looks 3-dimensional, it is! I blobbed on some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear acrylic glue and left it to dry. The result are these 3-D domed bubbles.

Happy crafting!


Products used: 
FRS049 Woodware Jolly Snowman clear stamp
CED3114 Creative Expressions Gingerbread Man die set - Sue Wilson Festive Collection
CED3107 Snowflake Edger die set - Sue Wilson Festive Collection
CEWATER Creative Expressions Watercolour card
41033 Foundations Emerald Green card
XBR-48 Koi Watercolour Brush Pens
VF-82 Versafine Black Onyx ink pad
CSGLUE Cosmic Shimmer dries clear acrylic glue
XQR-S Koi Water Brush - Fine Tip
Foam pads/tape

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Two ways - one die!

I am off to Crafters Companion Aycliffe Store on Saturday to demonstrate some of the latest products from Creative Expressions.

Here is one of the 2017 Festive Dies, the Stained Glass Poinsettia, used as an everyday Celebration card . . . 



The card was coloured using some of the latest Colour Cloud colours from Phill Martin for Cosmic Shimmer, Tangy Tangerine, Bright Sunshine, Purple Paradise, Lime Burst and Lush Pink.

Golden Sand Glitter Kiss was then added all over to make the card sparkle!


. . . and here the die has been used for a Festive card.


This version was coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders.

Happy crafting!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Christmas in July

It's never too soon to start your Christmas cards and here is my first Christmas blog post for this year . . . 


I adore this cute reindeer image from the stamp set designed by Jane Gill, as part of the latest Woodware launch from Creative Expressions.

I coloured the stamped images using a few watercolours and some gel pens.

I couldn't resist using the Woodware fluffy stuff to add snow for a finishing touch. You pipe it on wet and heat it gently with a heat tool until it puffs up, giving dimension to the card.

The full list of items used, are as follows:

Woodware Clear Stamps - Reindeer Bells JGS524
Woodware White Fluffy Stuff WW2770
Creative Expressions Noble Collection Ornate Pierced Rectangles CED5502
Graphmaster Aquarel Watercolour Brush Markers - Pastel Set GRAPHAQUASETB
Creative Expressions Watercolour Card Pack 20 sheets CEWATER
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad VF-82
Cosmic Shimmer Glue 30ml CSGLUE
Sakura Gel Pens - assorted colours



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tropical Flamingos

We are still enjoying the mini heatwave this week, so here is something tropical inspired for you!


This hanging MDF plaque has been decorated using some of the beautiful new Cosmic Shimmer Carnival Colours from Phill Martin; Purple Paradise, Lush Pink and Tangy Tangerine.




The Metallic Gilding Polish can be applied direct to the bare MDF and the greyboard flamingo and large palm tree pop-ems.

The remaining palm trees, hammock and flying birds have been die cut from black card.


Here is a quick card made with some similar products.



Products used:

Creative Expressions MDF Driftwood Circle pk 2 (CEMDFDRCIRC)
Creative Expressions Tropical Island A5 Clear Stamp Set (CEC845)
Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Tangy Tangerine (CSPMMGTANGY)

Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Purple Paradise (CSPMMGPARA)
Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Lush Pink (CSPMMGLUSH)
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish Graphite (CSMGGRAPHITE)
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish Silver Dream]] (CSMGSILVER)
Black card and white card
Creative Expressions Tropical Collection Island Paradise Die Set (CED21009)
Creative Expressions Pop-ems Tropical Island (CSGBTROPICAL)
Graphmaster Acrylic Paint Marker White 2-3mm Nib (GRAPHACWHITE2.5)
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Midnight Sparkle (CSGKMID)
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle (CSGKFROSTY)
Black Versafine Ink Pad (VF-82)

      


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Summer Holidays

Have you been enjoying the wonderful sunshine recently?

This brilliant stamp set, designed by Jane Gill, makes me think of happy Summer holidays, both in the past and still to come!



Products used:

Woodware Clear Stamp - The Deck Chair JGS519
DCWV 12x12” Premium Stack - Coastal DCWVCP-012-00652
DCWV 6x6” Cardstock Stack - Shimmer DCWVPS-005-00555
Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter - Penny Copper CSPSGPENNY

Friday, 29 July 2016

DCWV on Hochanda TV

Hi crafters

Just a quick post to let you know that Sarah Hurley will be on Hochanda TV at 8pm this evening, and 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm tomorrow, to show you some of the fabulous Project Stacks from DCWV.

Here are some of the projects I have made so far using these wonderful items. 


The floral wreath, bunting and pinwheels have been made following the instructions from the various Project Stacks. The two cards have been made using some of the gorgeous papers from various Stacks.

The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is always much appreciated.



Cosmic Shimmer:

Creative Expressions:

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Nasturtiums Galore

Hi crafters

I thought I would share with you some of the samples I made for one of John Lockwood's recent shows on Hochanda TV.

As soon as I saw John's new Nasturtium designs I couldn't wait to use them.




These cards all use the Nasturtium Elements clear stamp set from Creative Expressions. The first design was coloured in using Comic Shimmer Watercolour Paints. 




I thought that this card looked like the flowers had been made from satin with gold embroidery thread stitched onto them. This was achieved by stamping several flower heads onto white vellum with clear Perfect Medium and then heat embossing with Cosmic Shimmer Brilliant Sparkle Gold embossing powder. 

The flower heads were then cut out and tinted using Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paints.





Finally, a clean and simple style using the same Nasturtium flower heads, with the Butterfly stamp from John's Summers Child clear stamp set. The sentiment comes from the Larkspur Elements stamp set.


The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is always much appreciated.

Ranger:





Please click this link to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Die Cutting Essentials - free gift!


Hi crafters




Have you got your hands on the free die which comes with Die Cutting Essentials magazine issue 12 - in the shops now!







This Gift Bag is one of the items I made for the feature, using the pretty die designed by Sue Wilson, for Creative Expressions. 






The papers come from the beautiful Craft Consortium English Garden paper pad.









Sue Wilson has some very elegant card designs in the magazine, as do Julia Watts and John Lockwood, so make sure you check out the magazine.






This was my card design for the magazine. 

I combined the free die with a selection of existing die sets from Creative Expressions, also designed by Sue Wilson, to make this card.



If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is always much appreciated.


Friday, 22 July 2016

Thank You for your patience!

Hi crafters

It's been a while since I posted on here so "Thank You" for your patience!


This card was made using one of the That Special Touch Masks called Dainty Daisy. You can choose which way round to use the mask, to have the design facing to the left or the right. 


I started by tracing around the mask with a fine line black pen. I then Zentangled into each of the shapes. Zen Tangle is intended to be relaxing and I really enjoyed doing this. You can make up your own doodles or there are books available and "tangles" you can also look up online. You don't have to just use black, but I like how striking the black and white look together.

The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is always much appreciated.


That Special Touch:
Dainty Daisy Mask

Cosmic Shimmer:
Ranger:

Creative Expressions:
Noble Double Pierced Circles die set by Sue Wilson
Small Black Pearls
Bright White Card
Black Card



Please click this link to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Iridescent Watercolour Card

Hi crafters

Today's card features one of the Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Paint Palettes, plus stamp sets from JustRite.

The large feather design, from the Whisper of Wings clear stamp set was stamped four times in an oval shape, onto white card, using a clear perfect medium pad. Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder was then added and heat set.



Stripes of different colours from Set 10 of the Watercolour Palette sets (Decadent and Precious Metals), were brushed over the feathers. 

I chose to use the six Decadent colours, which coordinate with other Cosmic Shimmer items in Phill Martin's decadent colour range.


The white embossing powder repelled the paint, leaving the feather images still showing clearly against the colourful background.


Six small pieces of white card were painted using the same Decadent colours of Watercolour Paints and, when dry, the flowers and leaf designs were stamped onto them, using the JustRite Multi-Step Butterflies and Flowers clear stamp set. 

The matching die set from JustRite was used for speed, but these shapes would be quite easy to cut out by hand as well. 



The flowers and leaves were arranged, as shown, and then finished off with some small black Dazzlers in the flower centres.

The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please ask. It would be lovely if you want to leave a comment. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Friday, 13 May 2016

WIN!

Hi crafters

Creative Expressions have a giveaway on their Facebook page this weekend.


I decorated these calico bags using some of the brand new Fabric Paints from Cosmic Shimmer, together with the Poppies Mask from That Special Touch.

If you would like to enter the competition to win these, follow this link

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sweetheart Flower Birthday Card

Hi crafters

An oval easel card today, to wish someone a Happy Birthday!





The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please ask. It would be lovely if you want to leave a comment. Your feedback is much appreciated.


Please click this link to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating.

Craft Consortium:
Wild Rose Collection Paper Pad

Cosmic Shimmer:
Ranger:

Monday, 18 April 2016

Ally Pally Make 'n' Takes

Hi crafters

Something different today! A look at what we got up to on the Creative Expressions Make 'n' Take stand, at Ally Pally last weekend.


We were using the new Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polishes with MDF.


We used a variety of MDF pieces, including door hangers and oval plaques.


Any of the colours of Gilding Polish were available to use and it was great to see all of the variations.


The cute little MDF shapes came from the In The Garden Accessory Bag.


The MDF pieces really come to life when you stamp them with the co-ordinating stamps from Lisa Horton's In The Garden clear stamp set. Some of the stamps from this set were also used to decorate the backgrounds. We also used some of the really useful clear Tile Stamps to add interest to some of the MDF.

The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please ask. It would be lovely if you want to leave a comment. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Please click this link to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Just For You

Hi crafters

A duck egg blue stepper card today, using a variety of craft dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.




The Shopping List is below but should you have any questions please ask. It would be lovely if you want to leave a comment. Your feedback is much appreciated.