Friday, 31 October 2014

Gold Waste...don't waste it!

Happy Friday,

Today's card is made with waste pieces, well to be exact one waste piece that determined the whole card!

The centre panel of this card is made from the waste of a gold die cut form the Austrian collection background die.  I say the waste as for the card the background was intended for I wanted a large aperture in the middle.  I cut the aperture using the largest die in the Innsbruck set and to make this card I glued it onto a die cut, with the same die, in coconut white card.

I then mounted this over a full die cut of the background and then added it to a further gold panel that I embossed using the Creative Expressions A4 honeycomb haven embossing folder.  This was then added to a further mat of the white, a larger embossed piece of Milk card and a final vintage gold layer.

For the front of the 'waste' panel I added the centre panel form the background die and a smaller hand cut oval.  The sentiment, form the CE friends sentiment set, is stamped in black archival onto a further background centre die, at a landscape angle and I added a few pearls for effect.

I finally added a strip of champagne silky crush ribbon and a double bow before attaching, with foam tape, the top panel.  As always with a large bow I threw in a couple of hatpins and finished.

Sue Wilson's Dies
Austrian Background
Creative Expressions Honeycomb Haven A4 embossing folder
Friends Sentiments Stamp Set
Silky Crush ribbon, pearls and hatpins all Creative Expressions.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Dandelion Meadow

Happy Thursday,

I used this stamp on Tuesdays card however I thought you would want to see what it actually looked like.  I know that when I reviewed Tuesdays post the centre panel looked even darker than I thought.  So I thought you would like to see what this stamp actually looks like!

I had a great day yesterday and learnt a lot form Julia and met some really nice ladies who made some fantastic cards!

Now whilst I was in the Factory shop I saw them preparing for a sale.  I have added the details below as it seems its going to be a mega sale!

Have we got some exciting news for you!
We are going to have a Crazy Craft Sale here at the Creative Expressions Shop!!! We are talking some SERIOUS bargains, with some items as low as 1p...
Dates: Thursday 30th & Friday 31st October
Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
If you are in the area, it's most definitely worth popping in to see what crafty bargains you can pick up. We are having a 'clear out' and there are some great bargains to be had.
There are some fantastic bargains and yes I did indulge a little thanx tracey!

Stamps to die for Dandelion Meadow
Sue Wilson Austrian collection Innsbruck die
Delicate Daisies die
Magical Butterflies die
big n juicy ink pad
Couture Creations swiss dots A4 embossing folder


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

CE Time Again!

Happy Wednesday,

I can't believe how quickly the days seem to pass at the moment!  I'm heading down to CE towers today for a workshop with the fabulous Julia Watts as I want to see how a professional does it!  I'm hoping to learn some new skills and get some ideas as I am running my first workshop there on January 27th!  Details nearer the time...

Today is strangely my day for the Creative Expressions DT, click HERE to see what the other members have made with similar products.  

Today's card is a simple one using the same colours and techniques as I did on Monday (great Scheduling hey!)

I started by stamping just the sentiment from the Creative Expressions singles stamp filigree frame onto lilac and cut it out using the smaller oval die in the Sue Wilson Innsbruck die set.  I then matted this onto a coconut white die cut of the filigree section of the same die set.

I placed this as a tag onto a piece of the lilac that has been heat embossed in detail white embossing powder using the that special touch Delicate mask.  I wrapped a two tone, matching, ribbon around the embossed piece and placed it on a double layer of white and lilac that I embossed with the couture creations A4 Swiss dots folder.

Finally a large messy bow and a couple of creative Expressions hatpins and a lovely sentiment card finished.

I wanted to show that one stamp can give lots of different looks, by cutting the sentiment from the centre of a stamp it can be used in many different ways.

Creative Expressions singles stamps filigree frame
Sue Wilson Austrian Innsbruck die set
Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder
That special touch delicate mask
Lilac & Coconut white foundation Card


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Back to Beige

Happy Tuesday,

I'm afraid that today's card is another the doesn't photo well!  IN real life the centre panel of this one looks like a baked clay tile and does have a lovely shine however in all the pictures I took (I took quite a lot of this one) looked quite dull.

I started by stamping the Dandelion meadow stamp to die for form Creative Expressions in black archival ink.  I then cut it out with the matching die from the Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Innsbruck die and rubbed the ice cut piece all over with perfect medium.  Next I added a heap of clear embossing powder and heated the piece from underneath.  I repeated this twice more to build up a thick enamel layer, making a glazed tile effect.

I then made up the card to hold this piece starting with the largest die from the Innsbruck collection however I didn't cut the die I simply embossed it.  I shaded the piece using tea dye distress ink to bring out the embossed design.

To make the card base I embossed some khaki foundation card with the creative Expressions checker board pinpoint embossing folder and layers it with chocolate card in 2 layers.  I made the front panel by inking through the that special touch mask, counterpane, and adding this to another piece of the chocolate.

Finally I added a strip of brown seem binding balanced with a messy bow, a pearl dazzler and a couple of matching hatpins.

Sue Wilson's Die Innsbruck
Dandelion Meadow stamp to die for
Khaki & Chocolate foundation card
That Special touch Counterpane mask
Tea Dye distress Ink
Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder
Brown seem binding, Dazzler & Hat pins


Monday, 27 October 2014

What time is it?

Happy Monday,

I am writing this at either five passed seven or six on Sunday morning, I'm not sure of the time as I said yesterday I have a mental block when it comes to the clocks changing.  AS I am up I thought I would write today's post while I am checking that Sundays (today's to me now, see I get confused, has gone out!)

Today's card is a lilac affair that I thought would be nice after the blues and beige's I have been showing for the last week!  I started by stamping the Oval Iron work stamp, from the stamps to die for range, in perfect medium and embossed it with cosmic shimmer detail white embossing powder.  I cut the stamped image using the filigree die from Sue Wilson's Austrian collection Innsbruck die set.  I stamped the sentiment with the same embossing powder and cut this from the centre die in the Salzburg die set and foam mounted it onto the stamped image.

To make the background I ran a piece of the lilac card through the GC with the mask in place then added perfect medium over the top, with the mask still in place, and again embossed it with detail site embossing powder.  I added some pearls using the pearl PVA cosmic shimmer glue.

To finish the card I added the square to a card blank made by embossing a further piece of the lilac with the quilted flowers A4 embossing folder from Creative Expressions.

Finally I added a piece of white silky ribbon and added the die cut shop over the ribbon on the bottom right corner and dressed it with a bow and pearl dazzler and hatpins.

This is a card with a lot of texture that gives a nice feel to a one colour card.

Sue Wilson's dies
Creative Expressions A4 Quilted flower embossing folder
That Special Touch mask 
Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing folder
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA glue


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Simple(ish) Sunday...

Happy Fall Back Sunday,

I think this post should go out on time I struggle every year with the clocks changing thing!  I never can get forward or backwards, whether I gain an hour or lose an hour no matter how many times the nice people on Breakfast news or Radio 4 explain it to me! lol

Back to today's card and I have titled it simple(ish) because it may look a little complex however the stamp and one simple outline die from the French collection Provence Die set does all the work.

I started by stamping the Stamps to die for Arched Swirls, using perfect medium, onto teal foundation card.  I added cosmic shimmer detail white powder and heat embossed it.  I stamped and embossed the design three times and cut them out using the matching die in the Provence set.

Next I made a large card base using layers of the teal and coconut white card, which I embossed with the Creative Expressions A4 Honeycomb Haven embossing folder.  I simply layered the three stamped pieces together with foam tape to complete the design.

To finish I stamped the sentiment form the friends set by Creative Expressions in the same detail white and cut it with the smallest die in the set and foam mounted this onto the top.  A few swirls of pearls and a complex looking, yet simple card was finished.

Sue Wilson's Dies Provence
Stamps to die for Arched Swirls
Teal & Coconut White foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer detail white embossing powder


Saturday, 25 October 2014

A different Technique...

Happy Saturday,

As I'm still on the show run I'm really sorry but there isn't a something different than a card this week, for my new followers I try to present a project every Saturday that is something different from just a card.  However with the twists and turns my crafting life has taken in the last 3 months I seem to be short on time for some projects at the moment!

Instead today I am showing a card from the shows I did with Sue Wilson Last week with a twist that I didn't get to explain on air, in the hopes that you like it too!

The technique I mean is used in the centre of this card, although it is subtle it does make an impact close up!

What I am waffling on about is the centre panel of the card, cut with the Austrian Collection Salzburg die.  What I have done is to take a piece of 5mm ribbon and thread it, alternately, through the die cut.  I repeated this around the shape so that a complex woven pattern appears (I really hope you can see what I mean)

This adds another layer and texture to what could be a plain card.  The remainder is simply layered in the soft colours using the remaining dies in the set.  The background is embossed using the Creative Expressions Pinpoint Checkerboard A4 embossing folder.

Sue Wilson's Austrian Collection Salzburg die set
Creative expressions Pinpoint Checkerboard A4 Embossing folder
Coconut white, Milk & Khaki Foundation card (from their naturals pack)
Pearls & ribbon from stash.