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Friday, 27 February 2015

They're here!

Happy Friday,

Yesterday I was doing a workshop in Kettering at CE towers with a lovely bunch of ladies but more of that on Sunday!  However it was a very fortuitous day to be there as my stamps arrived!  Therefore I have included some pictures of the stock all piled up!  There they are waiting to be packaged the next shot is of one of the wonderful ladies in the shipping department packing them...

I know its probably a little sad but I am so proud of them although the pile awaiting orders seems too large at the moment hopefully you have all liked my take on stamping and the cards I have created.

Back to todays seventh and final set (in this release lol) and I am finishing with the Lotus frames and elements set with this sample...

In this sample I have used the large lotus flower element stamp along with one of the sentiments in the set.  To see more of the cards I have made in this set then you will have to tune in to the Create and Craft shows tomorrow (although I think there may be a few popping up as a sneak preview tomorrow!)

As usual I have include a picture of the whole set as there are so many more elements, as well a couple of main element frames, in this set along with even more sentiments a couple of them quite large which would work wonderfully for inserts...

Lotus Frame Elements Clear Stamp Set

These began shipping out to craft shops today!


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Thursday Ferns...

Happy Thursday,

Sometimes we all need to create something simple, classic and elegant todays stamp set is designed to give that look and flexibility.  Todays set, called Fern frames and elements, contains some of my favourite ever sentiments.   I have designed these sentiments to be relatively small (against some of the other sets that is) so that they will hopefully prove perfect for die cut cards or smaller thoughtful cards and creations.  As die cutting is my primary craft I wanted a set that would work in tandem with more complex die cut cards that need a focul element that doesn't detract.  This fist card hopefully demonstrates what I mean.

I have used one of the two fern frames in the set on this card which I have stamped onto a die cut square form Sue's Noble pierced squares set.  I stamped the image using perfect medium and I dusted blue mica powder, from the garden floral set, over to reveal the image.  As I said above i really feel this lets the die cut card shine but compliments the style.

The next card uses the elements form the set, again I felt it was important to allow you to use every element used in the design separately, to create a more dramatic card.

this is again stamped in perfect medium and mica however this time plain gold!

Heres the full set to view, last one tomorrow!


Fern Frames Elements Clear Stamp Set

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Creative Wednesday double

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly its my day to feature for the Creative Expressions Design team the card for this is below.  I have used a selection of the new Couture Creations dies and embossing folders for today's DT card.

Secondly its day five of my stamp release so the first card is taken from my next new set which is Dogwood flower frame and sentiments.  There is a story behind the drawing of this set as the inspiration came form a blouse of Mr ND's mum.  I loved the flower on her top so at the table (we were out for a meal at the time) I drew it on a napkin and this set came from that original inspiration. This set is so flexible as not only can the elements be used on their own, the main image has been designed so that it can be easily decoupaged.  This is achieved by either cutting the main image or by using the separate elements stamped to stack on top!

This first card is made just by using the foliage element and the smaller of the three dogwood flowers on the set.  I made the age by drawing a circle off the edge and stamping around the pencil line.

This second card shows the elements used to make a random background with the main elements stamped, embossed and decoupaged.  I coloured the image using the Autumn shades set of drawing inks.  A simple card but I feel that that's the best way too show off the ease of use of this stamp set.
Dogwood Flower Frame Elements Clear Stamp Set

Finally here is my DT card for this week, I hope Creative Expressions don't mind me posting this at the end but I really wanted to get all my sets of stamps out there before my Shows on Saturday as I feel its important for all my blog family too see them first!


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday Sympathy...

Happy Tuesday,

Todays set is more gentle and although I have put a sympathy sentiment in the mix I wanted a set that could be used for lots of accessions that need something gentler.  Therefore I have included a range of sentiments in this mix that could be used in this or any situation.

The mix of elements in this set are really useful as well, I have included the outlines of the leaves as well as a solid stamp this allows you to make the look I have here.  What I have done is to stamp the solid leaves in a colour then stamp over them with the detail stamp in archival black.  This gives an easy build background or statement piece.

I have used the technique in this card for the background strip I have then used the central panel, coloured with a stunning range of Acyrlic drawing inks I have on the show on saturday.

Flower Frames Elements Clear Stamp Set
As we all need, as card makers, a sympathy set I wanted this to be useful for other occasions so have included a second panel that is with a hand drawn sunflower, not a traditional sunflower but a flower that reminded me of the sun once I had drawn it.

Just a quick note on these sets I have been informed that stocks for craft shops should be ready next week so they should start appearing!  Also as these were hand drawn the frames are supposed to be sketchy, they are not designed to be perfect squares as I really wanted that hand drawn look.

Another new set tomorrow!


Monday, 23 February 2015

Monday Giveaway....

Happy Monday,

Rather than a Card giveaway this week, as I need all the samples for my stamp launch on Create and Craft therefore I will be giving away a set of my stamps today!  I will enter the name of everyone who comments on todays post and the chosen winner will get one of my new stamp sets (when I can buy one as still not sure of the stock levels) sent to them!

I have had a lot of questions from people asking where can you buy these at the moment the answer is I'm not sure!  they are due for release to craft shops this week and I know quite a few ordered them but as to which ones I don't know.  If you have a local craft shop I would advise, if you want a set or two that is lol, that you ask if they can order them for you.  Failing that the whole range will be available on Create and Craft this Saturday.

Todays set is the third set from first range of stamps (as a reminder all the stamp sets featured this week were designed and drawn by me!) called Butterfly Dreams.  When I was drawing these I had to do a butterfly because who doesn't love a butterfly! One on my favourite dies from Sue Wilson's die collections was the magical butterflies, so I had to match my stamps to this one so that I could use them on my show and for my samples.

Therefore the first card (pictured) today features the butterfly magic die and the matching stamp to die for as well as one of the main elements from this set.  When I was demoing some of my stamps last week everyone loved the elements on this set, especially the bubbles.  Therefore I thought I would show you one of the pages I made last week.
Butterfly Dreams Elements Clear Stamp Set

Here is the tag,


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Ive Been Scribbling...

Happy Sunday,

My chosen set for today is the Scribble rose set and this is the first design I drew and submitted.  The idea is simple It is in the elements range so with this set you get the main oval sentiment frame, a selection of sentiments and all the elements that make up the main design.  These first two cards are maddening the elements 2 of the scribble rose along with a selection of the leaves in the set.  As the stamps are all acyrlic you can see where you are stamping which allows you to build up different designs.

The second card features a wreath made entirely using the elements in the set.  I hand drew around a small plate to give me a circle.  I then stamped around the circle using just 2 of the roses in the set and 2 of the foliage stamps.  I then coloured in the wreath and rubbed out the penal line.

I have also designed a background to match .  As you can see the backgrounds have been designed to match the outer die from most of Sue Wilsons striplet dies.  I love the idea of the flexibility of this as you can repeat the design or cut in in panels with the die or even use it recessed with the die cutting an aperture for the stamped image to sit behind.

There should be a card to match these 2 showing the main oval element of this set however when I unpacked from stitches this set was missing I don't know if someone took it home by mistake or what so if I can get another there will be a few cards made in this set!

Scribble Rose Elements Clear Stamp Set
Scribble rose A5 stamp set from Creative Expressions - designed by me but now missing lol!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Saturday Stamping Sneak Peak...

Happy Saturday Stampers!

Last Sunday was the first day of the Craft, Hobby & Stitch trade show and Creative Expressions launched all their new 2015 products therefore I can finally reveal what I have been beavering away at for the last couple of months!  I have drawn, designed, tested and sampled my very own stamp ranges!  I am so Proud of this my first range of Acrylic Stamps and Rubber stamp backgrounds.
Daisy Corner Elements Clear Stamp Set

The range, which has 7 separate A5 stamp sets and 4 backgrounds, is called the Elements range as I have designed these to be used in many different ways.  I will be revealing a set every day for the next 7 days starting today with Daisy Corner and the first card shows the frame and one of the sentiments in the set.  The elements range is designed to have one or two main elements or frames with all the individual pieces or designs used to make the main pieces also included in the set as individual stamps.  Finally as I am an avid user of sentiments I have included a selection of different sentiments in each set.

There is also a background stamp to die for to match this set however I will reveal these over the coming days, don't want to show too much at once!! lol

The above image is the First set of stamps called Daisy Corner, I thought it might be nice to see the whole sheet.

The second card shows how you can use the individual elements to make your own background or designs piecing these together with the different elements.  I chose a very simple design for this card just using the swirls, two of the daisies (there are 6 different sized and styled daisies in the set)

I hope you like my first set as much as I do and as I crafter I have designed these to be used to bring out your own creativity.  Flexibility in craft products has always been what I have chosen to buy and use myself,  now I have been given the chance to deliver flexibility and hopefully value in my range!

The stamp sets should be available from your local craft shops in the next couple of weeks and will be featured on Create and Craft on the 28th February along with a range of products (including Foundation card as so many of you have asked) that I have chosen to compliment my range.

These stamp sets are designed to give you the flexibility to create hundreds of different designs all based on your creativity or make a quick and simple card, the choice is yours!

Dont forget Sue Wilson is presenting the weekender with some fabulous new products this weekend on Create and Craft, tune in at 9, 12 and 6 today!

Another reveal tomorrow,