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.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Pop Up Bouquet

Hi crafters

This week I have a Pop Up Card for you. 


A lot of hospital wards don't permit fresh flowers on their wards, due to concerns over spreading germs, so I decided to make a Pop Up Bouquet for a very special Auntie, who is unfortunately in hospital at the moment. 

This style of card is very easy to make from a sheet of A4 card (*** photo instructions now added below ***) and will fold flat so that you can put it in an envelope. 



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:
Rhinestone embellishments


Ranger:
Jet Black Archival Ink Pad



*** Instructions, as requested:




Score a piece of A4 landscape card, at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm & 28cm. (I have used a heavy pencil line just so you can see these in the photo). 

Decide how tall you would like your pop up box to be and trim a piece off if required. (I wanted my box to be 18cm tall, so chopped off approx 3cm).

You then need to score your remaining card in half, portrait direction, but DO NOT SCORE the first 7cm (this area will become the back of your box).


Cut where shown in purple ink, as well as the area you have decided to trim away.



You will be left with a small overhanging flap, which you use to glue your box into a square shape. Fold down the three scored sides. 

Using some of the scrap pieces you have cut away so far, cut two thin strips of card, 9cm long, scoring at 1cm at each end. Fold in the scored ends so that you have a very wide u shape, then glue these strips across the opening of the box, spacing them out evenly, to give yourself something to attach your decorations to. If you attach any decorations, such as flowers, to thin strips of acetate, and then glue these acetate strips to the cardboard struts across your box, it will look like the flowers have burst out of the box

Have fun decorating your box! 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Dandelion Shades


Hi crafters

Here is an easel card using the Dandelion Mini Striplet stamp.




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.

Creative Expressions:
Dandelion Mini Striplet 
Dazzler embellishments
Bright White Card
Pierced Flags die set
Butterfly Embossing Folder
Cosmic Shimmer:
Ranger:
Cobalt Archival Ink Pad

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Happy Birthday to You

Hi crafters

A colourful Birthday card today.




No decorative papers used - just back to basic card, ink and stamps!



This week I chose another of the Cosmic Shimmer colours chosen by Phill Martin to use. I found the Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud blending ink matched the colours of card I used. I stamped the background using the Colour Cloud and also inked through the die around the sentiment and on the leaves. 



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.