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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Creative Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday,

Its the last day of the month for my Design Team spot for Creative expressions and this month we have been playing with Phil Martin's Cosmic shimmer range and stamps,  Now as I was so busy last week making demos  for the U.S shows for Create and Craft I merged the 2 making one of my demo cards using the new Chic Moss cosmic that Phil designed.

I hope you don't
mind a quick post, click HERE to see what the rest of the team have come up with!  

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Delicate daisies Open & Complete Petals
Italian Collection decorative frames
Fern leaf trio
Daisy Tiers embossing folder
Chic Moss Gilding wax and PVA Pearl glue


Tuesday, 26 May 2015


Happy Tuesday,

what a nice way to say hello lol  I always think that we don't always need a reason to send a card it isn't always someones birthday, anniversary or other occasion but we want to send a card just to say hello.  That's where the Expressions Hello die come in for me!

I wanted to play with this die to see what would happen if I kept the waste would it still spell out the word, well the answer is yes! I started by die cutting the hello in aqua card however i covered the back of the 2with low tack tape to keep all the piece in place. I then embossed the piece with the embossing sandwich which just ensured that the waste pieces stayed in pace.  Next I carefully removed the die cut and placed the die, with the pieces in pace, over a piece of coconut white card onto which I had added a piece of double sided adhesive sheet.  Next I carefully pushed all the pieces of the waste onto the sheet and carefully removed the die.  This left me with the negative hello you see on the top of the card.

to finish the piece I added diamond snow in the gaps to cover the sticky sheet that wasn't adhered to anything and to give a sparkle to the piece.

To make the card I made 3 sizes of the cornflowers in aqua card twice and coloured the edges with broken china distress ink.  I added a small silver dazzler as the centre of the flowers and added them at each opposite corners set with foliage cut in vintage silver.  I mounted the two hello's in layers of aqua, white and silver and mounted these , with foam tape of course, in the opposing corners.

The waste pieces of the hello die make an interesting optical illusion as looked at close up directly then it is hard to work out the words (hopefully this is apparent from the pictures) however at an angle or as the card draws away from you it becomes clear. This makes an interesting eye opener for the receiver!
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Hello Expressions
Delicate Fronds
Diamond Snow
Double sided adhesive sheets
Aqua, Coconut white and Vintage silver foundation card
Silver mini dazzlers


Monday, 25 May 2015

Feel the Love...

Happy Bank Holiday Monday,

I'm sorry today's post is late I got home from Create and Craft at 2am this morning and I thought I had scheduled this post!  Ive been filming for the American Channel this weekend so many timings are all out as the last hour finishes UK time at midnight!

so for today a simple card and question, can you feel the love lol? well with this card you can certainly see it!  I just used the love die from the expressions die range by Sue Wilson to make this card and one embossing folder, you can't get simpler ingredients.

I started by cutting the word die form a piece of milk card in the centre.  next I die cut the matching outline die into another piece of milk card then ran the whole piece through the calibur using the wild roses A4 embossing folder.  Next I added a shading of Victorian velvet distress ink, using a smoothie, over the raised are giving the edges a faded look.

To finish the card I foam mounted the aperture over the love and placed a piece of the milk card, covered in double sided adhesive sheet and iced snow, behind the piece again with foam tape.

A frame of a piece of distress inked milk card and a thin ilk mat and the card just needed a bow.  I made a messy bow using rose seam binding and a heart shaped dazzler and finished.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson 
Love Expressions Die
CE A4 wild roses embossing folder
CE Double sided adhesive sheets
Iced snow
Victorian Velvet distress ink pad
Rose seam binding


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

Todays card is really simple with just the Cherry Blossom triplet stamp and some watercolour painting!

I started by stamping the recut and mounted triplet rubber stamp with perfect medium onto a piece of blush foundation card and heat set it with true white detail embossing powder.  Next I coloured the image using a selection of the Mica Watercolour paints from the new palettes.  I used the carnival brights set (the same as yesterday) and the blossoms shimmer in real life which just doesn't cone across on the pictures!  I stamped the sentiment in a dark pink archival ink and shaded around it using the mica paints.

to make up the card I die cut the outline die form the bevelled glass striplet into a square of coconut white foundation card and foam mounted it over the stamped and coloured image.

A simple card but hopefully effective and great for a quick card!

Stamps to die for cherry blossom striplet
Carnival Brights mica watercolour palette
Blush & Coconut white foundation card.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Stamping Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

I am in the Craft Shop in Astbury Meadow garden centre in Congletom today form 10am to 4pm if you are in the area or like me a bit of a Saturday Garden Centre addict ( I think we have something for the Coffee Shops lol) then pop in and see hi.  I will be demonstrating Die cutting techniques with Sue's new range of dies and throwing in a few of my stamps!

Back to today and I thought it was time for Stamping Saturday to return!  Today's card is made using the focus element from my Tulip elements clear stamp set.  I stared by stamping the oval frame with the tulips onto coconut white foundation card.  I then coloured the tulips using the CE Mica watercolour palettes in shades of pink and green (all taken form the carnival brights set) and then carefully cut the image out leaving an aperture in the frame.  Next I mounted this onto a piece of acetate to straighten the frame and create a window.

Next I made up a gate fold card, from a sheet of A4 coconut white card and die cut the centre panel form the regal striplet into each of the two front folds.  I then added a pice of card covered in CE double sided adhesive sheet behind the aperture and covered the exposed are with Iced Snow.  To get the colour in there I brushed over a soft mallow pink mica concentrating on the corners to 'shade' the die cut.  The Mica colours the iced snow and does not need any additional sealing.  I then added the frame onto the right hand side with foam tape so that it floats in the centre.

I then stamped the same image into the centre back of the gate fold card and coloured it using the same Mica watercolour paints.  I added a little gold around the tulips (again using one of the watercolour set)( to give some shading to the frame, this is where you can stamp your sentiment or write a message!

Finally I added, as usual, a liberal sprinkling of pearls!

Creative Expressions Clear stamps by John Lockwood
Tulip Elements
CE Craft dies by Sue Wilson Regal striplet
Carnival Brights mica watercolour palette
Coconut white foundation card
Iced Snow & Mallow Mica
Double sided adhesive sheets

Pin IT, I didn't realise I had to add the pin it button to every post so sorry its been missing.  I have added it to the last couple of days and today's and will try (honest Guv) to add it to every post!

I have been asked where US and Canadian followers can get hold of my stamps well I am pleased to say that The Glitter Pot have agreed to send them anywhere in the world!  Click HERE to see their range.


Friday, 22 May 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

After Blue Thursday I couldn't not show blue today even though I should of changed the colour!  Todays card is made as a team effort at my demo in Strikes garden centre in Blackpool.  The ladies were asking me how to apply the pearl PVA in dots so I cut the Lattice diagonal die (as it has a perfect place for the pearl dots join the lattice, and got them to do a row each!  I think they did very well and as you can see for the card got better with each row.  I didn't want to waste their hard work so I made the piece into this card whilst there!

I used the same etchniqure as yesterday to make the frame however this time I didn't add the double sided adhesive I just cut a blue filigreed frame and a plain coconut white frame and set them on top of each other.  I then cut the smallest die and filigree section from the die set and set this in the centre adding foam tape to each panel.

I die cut the smallest frame die in the set in the sky blue without the filigree section and stamped the sentiment, from my butterfly dreams clear stamp set, in black archival ink.  I made a frame using the outside die and the insert and added this above.

next I embossed a piece of coconut white card using the new fantails A5 sized embossing folder.  This was to show how this folder can be extended to cover a larger piece.  I rubbed pearl moon gilding wax over the piece and added it rot a card base made with layers of the sky blue and coconut white.

Finally I added a messy bow, made with the help of 2 fingers form one of the ladies, and added it with a dazzler over the lattice.

I hope you don't mind me showing this group effort!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Greek Island collection Rhodes
lattice Diagonal
JL stamps butterfly Dreams
Sky Blue & coconut white foundation card
pearl moon gilding wax
cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA

I am starting on a heavy weekend today by filming at Create and Craft for their US channel,  I am doing the weekender on for the U.S. tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night along with a demo at the strikes garden centre in Congleton tomorrow, so wish me luck! lol


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Blue Thursday?!?...

Happy Thursday,

I know its a day early for Blue but I couldn't resist this periwinkle card from the POD shows with Sue Wilson.  I think its the wide borders that appeal to me, one thing I usually say to people when I am demoing is the I like to frame my cards which is why they have so many layers.  I do feel that when you make a card you are making a piece of Art and as such you should frame it!  Speaking of demoing I will be updating my list of demo's as I have booked another range in independent craft shops and in the Strikes garden centres.  This weekend I will be in Astray Meadow Congleton, click HERE for details, at the Strikes garden centre demonstrating techniques in die cutting using the new range of Sue Wilson's dies for Creative Expressions.

Back to today's card and I wanted to try the technique that Julia Watts demonstrated on her Craft Clinic show last month however it doesn't show well on this card!  I used the letterpress technique with the embossing folder using perfect medium.  I then brushed pearl mica powder into the deboss areas to give a pearl sheen to the debased area.  I then added PVA pearls in cosmic pearl colour to highlight the flourishes on the embossing folder.

To make the topper I die cut the the St Kitts die set from the Caribbean Collection.  I used the largest and next sized outline die to cut a frame in the periwinkle.  I then used the same dies to make a frame using a piece of coconut white card that has a sheet of double sided adhesive attached to it.  I then die cut the filigree section in the set from the Blue frame and attached this to the adhesive frame.  I then brushed the same mica powder into the gaps so that the filigree has the same sheen.

I then cut the centre section of the die set in the periwinkle and white and layered them to make the centre section, I then rotated this and offset it as shown.

For the sentiment I cut 2 of the medium tags in the pierced tags set one in blue and one in white.  I stamped the sentiment, from my daisy chains clear stamp set, in black archival.  I then offset the blue tag behind (with foam tape) tied them with a thin strip of bluebird creative expressions ribbon and added it coming from the corner of the topper.

To finish I tied a double bow of the matching bluebird wide double sided satin ribbon and added a strip, for balance, along the embossed piece.  I filled one of the dazzler settings with summer blue PVA to give a mother of pearl finish.  to layer the card I added a couple of mats of Vintage gold foundation card which just balances the brass on the dazzler setting so that it doesn't stand out too much!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Caribbean St Kitts
Pierced tags
Coconut White, Periwinkle & vintage gold foundation card
Pearl PVA & Mica (cosmic Shimmer)
Blue bird double sided satin ribbon set


P.S. yesterdays post has been update with the ingredients!