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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Simple Sunday...& More Hochanda Shows News

Happy Sunday,

I'm sure you will all be glad to hear that I am at home today I should be relaxing but I'm busy prepping for Mondays shows on Hochanda!  With the issues on the website etc we are going to show some of the other items that weren't on the shows last week over three hours on Mondays below update for the times etc lol !

Therefore today's card is a simple, yet hopefully effective, Christmas card that would be great for batch card making.

I made a DL card from vintage gold foundation card and added a few layers of white and rich red.  The top layer I added a strip of red and white bakers twine around a couple of times and tied it in a knot.

For the main element I cut the peace on earth sentiment in rich red card.  I then added a light rub of golden light gilding wax across the surface and Olympic gold PVA glue dots on the ends of the swirls.

A simple card made with one die and a few products however easily transferable into any colour scheme!

Update lol Creative Expressions and  Hochnada have asked me to do some shows on Monday as there were problems with the website etc and I know quite a few people missed them!  I will be doing new demonstrations with other items on the show on Monday at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm so tune in on freeview 39, Sky 663 and Freesat channel 822 to view.  You can also watch online at


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saturday Catchup!...

Happy Saturday,

Id love to say I am having a relaxing day today however you know me Id soon be bored lol!  I'm at The Stables Card emporium in Habrough today demoing and partaking of the wonderful hospitality of Kim and her team.  If you are in the area pop in and say hi!

Today's card is one of the pieces I will be showing today from Sue Wilson festive range of dies for Creative Expressions.  I have a lot of demo cards to show from the shows Thursday and Friday and as the email to the studio wasn't running then a few to giveaway as well.  I will start a Monday card giveaway form this Monday so watch out!

Back to today's card this is made using the ornate lavish noble die using the method I demoed on my first show on Thursday.  For this one However I used the deboss section form the die to deboss the pattern and rubbed pewter gilding wax over to highlight it!

The poinsettias, cut with the classic poinsettia die, are made from snow fibre paper from Creative Expressions which I sprayed with the Phil Martin vintage berry ink spray mister to give the variegated look.

A simple sentiment , form my 12 days sentiments set, in the top corner in archival jet black along with some ivy dies cut in white finish this simple, yet stylish card!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
noble lavish adorned
classic poinsettia
trailing ivy
Coconut white foundation card and snow fibre paper
Phill Martin vintage berry ink mister
12 days sentiment clear stamps.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Another day of demoing!

Happy Friday,

I hope some of you managed to cath the opening of Hochanda!  I know there were some teething problems but it seemed to get slicker as they day went on.  Hopefully the show at 8pm (which I have just got home from as I am writing this on Thursday night) went well for you all and that the website will be running for tomorrows shows!

I will announce the winners of the giveaways (don't forget I did offer the same prize on Facebook) later in the week when I get some time!

Todays card is another of the demos I have planned which I promise I won't rush!!

This card is made using one of the stamps to die for and one colour (turquoise Pool) of the new Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud blending Ink. The colour cloud has been used for all the shading and colouring on this card which is why I love it so much


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Showtime Peaks...and a giveaway!

Happy Thursday,

I really hope some of you can join me today at 12pm for the launch of the new Craft TV channel Hochanda!  I will be involved with the launch party show at 12pm (no idea in what capacity my usual place at parties is in the kitchen with a cloth) after that I will have my first show and launch the One Day Special with a selection of dies by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions that have not been seen on TV before.  As usual I have put together a matching colour theme in the card packs, cosmic shimmer products and embellishments.

Today's sneak peak card will hopefully give you some idea, with the others I have shown this week, of the colour palette I have picked for this show.  I did think that it might be time for some subtle yet bright shades as all I seem to have done recently is Christmas!  The fantastic news is that Sue Wilson has made a fabulous set of samples for the show and these will be very much in evidence so its worth tuning in for those alone!

Back to today's card and this is a classic buckle card with a little twist and again will be one of the demos for the show.  Hochanda are determined to give good demonstrations with loads of tips so I will be able to take you all through the making of this from start to finish (if I can remember how to make it lol)

All the items used will be available as well as all the standard CE products that we use, along with the basics being available on the Hochanda website.

It would be great if you could join me for the 8pm show today or one of the shows tomorrow 9list of all the shows is on the right.

Giveaway! to celebrate the launch I am giving away one of the just released new Christmas mini Striplet stamps ( designed by me) along with a tub of colour cloud and a pack of smoothies!  There are 2 chances 2 win comment on this post and / or like and share any of my Facebook posts today!

Winner will be drawn and announced next week!


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Its Snowing...

Happy Wednesday,

Doesn't the time fly I can't believe its time for my Wednesday spot on the Creative Expressions design team again! This month we are focusing on the Snowflake background and I have to say, as can be testified by anyone who has attended one of my demo days, that I am spoilt for choice which card to show today.  This card is a variation of a shaker card as with the background being covered in iced snow then the loose snow falls gently (this really is a card you need to see in real life)

I stared by cutting the snowflake background (with out any of the centre pieces added) in coconut white foundation card.  I left a large bored around the die and added a piece of aqua card, with double sided adhesive added to it, behind the snowflake die cut.  Next I put iced snow all over the piece so that it stuck where the adhesive was, this gives the lovely snowy background.

To make the shaker element of the card I made a frame in aqua card using the background die as a guide for the internal aperture.  I then added a piece if acetate behind the frame and ran foam tape all round the back of the frame so that there were no gaps.  I poured a sprinkling of loose iced snow into the middle of the background piece and stuck the frame over this.

What this does is that the iced snow on the background catches the loose iced snow so that the snow appears to be falling slowly rather than just collecting at the bottom.

The remainder of the back of the card was made with my usual layers of aqua and white to frame the centre piece.

The front of the card, and its effective sentiment, is made by simply die cutting the Sue Wilson treating tree die in aqua card and embossing it.  Its important to emboss this die cut as the letters all have raised areas which you can bring out, as i have here, using pewter gilding wax.

A simple double bow of green bakers twine finishes the front and gives a focal point to this, hopefully, classic Christmas card.

don't forget to pop over to the Creative Expressios design team blog HERE and see what the rest of the team have come up with and if you have time leave a comment! lol

Back tomorrow with a last sneak peak for the Hochanda Shows along with a double giveaway, one on here and another on my Facebook! if you haven't joined my Facebook page then here's fair warning! lol

Creative expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Snowflake background
greetings tree
Aqua & Coconut white foundation card
iced snow
CE double sided adhesive sheet
primary set bakers twine.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Another Sneak...

Happy Tuesday,

I hope you all don't mind but its going to be another sneak peak today for the One Day Special on Hochanda on Thursday.  Judging from the comments yesterday loads of you were interested in how the flowers were made and coloured so I thought I would show a card today, again another prepped for demonstration, using another new (to me anyway I'm sure Sue will have already of thought of it) flower.  Well I say flower its more of a background using the waste from making some flowers.

This card is also made with one of the new colours I have in the card pack which is very fast becoming my new favourite the Blue Dusk foundation card ( of course I have made sure we have a card pack on the shows with some beautiful new and sought after colours)  The other shade on this one is, of course, coconut white which I have added to the pack as personally I must have coconut white in stock.  While we are on card I have managed to make another special finishes pack which I know everyone wanted when I last put one together and sold out very quickly, the beautiful ribbed card is in this pack again however this is limited stock!

With regards to some of the comments on the channel and where you can view it you can see it on Freeview, Sky and freesat however it will be available anywhere in the world using the website at which will be up and running for the launch at 12 lunchtime on Thursday.


Monday, 24 August 2015

Sneak Peak..shows on Thursday...

Happy Monday,

I thought you would all appreciate a sneak peak of one of my demo cards for the launch of the One Day Special on Hochanda (Hone Of Crafts, Hobbies AND Arts) on the launch day for the channel on Thursday.  I will be on at 7pm for my first hour I will then be back on Friday for another 5 hours or so! for more info on this new Craft channel and number for free view etc click HERE

 I will be making demos for the next couple of days and wracking my Brian (yes I spelt this right that's what I call my brain!) for new tips and techniques.  This first of these is the making and colouring of these flowers.  To find out how they are made and also how I coloured them as they are made with white felt then you will need to tune in!

all the products used to make this card will be available on the show and online so again tune in on Thursday to see how I have made it!

I have added a few more pictures for you!


the winners from this weekends card draw are.......

Saturday - Nancy
Sunday - Lorraine Eastwood

Ladies, if you email me your address by I will post these out ton you after the shows.  There will also be another Giveaway On Thursday to celebrate as well as a separate giveaway on Face book. If you haven't friended me then you can HERE