Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Something Lighter...

Happy Tuesday!

Today's card is the antidote to yesterday and is a great deal lighter!  I have to say that the ribbon on yesterdays card was actually a dark plum however it did come out red on peoples screens, will be careful with that colour of seam binding in future!

Back to today and a quite simple card of a die cut in the Sue Wilson Vienna die cut and some stamping.  I cut an aperture in a hand folded A5 card blank using the filigree section.  I then cut an oval in the same colour and stamped it.

The stamping is an old set form Creative Expressions that I've had for about 10 years.  All I did was stamp the sentiment, from the friends sentiments set, and then add the flowers, foliage and bees using green and black.

Finally a messy bow that hopefully matches the colours today!

Sue Wilson Vienna Die set
Milk foundation Card
Friends Sentiments stamp
Old random flower stamps
Moss seam binding


Monday, 15 September 2014

A Little Dark...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is a dark affair however in real life it really shines!

I started by using the shimmer texture paste through the delicate mask from that special touch.  I die cut a simple circle from the middle and foam mounted this over a piece of the same purple card onto which I had stamped and embossed the sentiment from Creative Expressions.

This was then mounted over black card and added to a few layers of purple and black to create a dramatic frame.

The lighter border, that shines, is actually made using cosmic shimmer silk glitter which I added to strips of double sided tape.  I love this glitter as it feels like silk and the more you stroke it the shinier it gets!

Finally a couple of flourishes from Sue Wilson's Curled vines die and a bow made from a matching seam binding.  Finished off with a black dazzler.

Sue Wilson Curled Vine die
That special touch detail mask
Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Texture Paste plum
Cosmic Shimmer silk glitter lavender
Creative Expressions Friend Sentiments stamp


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

Thanks for all the wonderful and supportive comments yesterday, I can now admit that i did send in some Cards for Sues shows on Create and Craft yesterday, however I didn't know if they would pass muster with her so I didn't know until I tuned in that they had been used.  There were actually three others of mine that were featured that haven been on the blog yet I wonder If anyone spotted them!?!

Back to today and its back to simple Sunday where I show a card or creation that is simpler than my usual fair, Today's is simple and hopefully easy to recreate however it is new technique that I have used on a couple of cards that you may see in October...

I simply started by making an A5 card by folding a piece of Milk coloured foundation card in half and die cutting the larger and centre oval dies from the Sue Wilson Innsbruck die set.  Next I simply threaded some of the CE ribbon in a two tone green through the apertures around the edge.  Finally I added a piece of Brunswick green behind the die cuts to make the filigree show.

All in all a very simple and quick card that could have any sentiment added and perhaps, like this one, be ready to have a sentiment added when a card is needed in a hurry!

Sue Wilson Innsbruck die set
CE Ribbon
Milk & Green foundation card.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Something Different Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Today's something different is firstly a continuation of the set I started last Saturday however It is also for a specific reason as well.  So for those of you who are going to Ally Pally next weekend you will be able to get a live demonstration of how to make this, by me!  I am really pleased to say that I will be on the Creative Expressions stand at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show demoing through the day.  Also on both days I will be giving a demonstration on how to make this candle wreath in the demonstration area.

So if you are going pop by and say hello, it would be great to put some faces to names!

Well news shared so then back to todays creation, as I am demoing this then there is just the ingredient list I'm afraid however as I have had to make so many of these that there will be enough left for me to video a tutorial.  However I have so much on my plate at the moment that it may be a while, possibly after the next announcement! lol

Sue Wilson Elegant Poinsettia die
Sue Wilson Single stamp stripe Stamp
Sue Wilson Holly Die
Red, Brunswick Green & Apple green foundation Card
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Gold embossing Ink.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Christmas Friday...

Happy Friday,

Last year I launched a Christmas Friday and it seemed quite popular along with allowing me a specific day to show my Christmas Cards and projects early!  I am resurrecting this as although its only September it is getting closer.

Also This months design Team challenge over at Creative Expressions was all about Christmas and I made too many cards for my weekly stint! lol  so here is another offering form the same range.  Also tomorrow and Sunday Sue Wilson is presenting all of her Christmas Dies on Create And craft Click her Blog HERE for show times.  So we all get an opportunity to see the full range and to see what wonderful creations Sue has come up with, with these dies!

Today's card then is my first presentation for Christmas Friday and is one of the five or six cards I made for my place on the CE Design team (for details on how to apply for the design team see Wednesdays post for the link).

  I started by die cutting a circle in a few sheets of Coconut white, Red and vintage silver foundation card and cut them into increasing sized squares.  The front white panel I embossed using the Quilted Flowers A4 embossing folder  I then simply foam mounted each layer so that the circle remains through each sheet whilst the edges overlap.

I then die cut 2 of the holly swirls dies, these are great as the design has 2 separate dies which make the branches mirror each other, and added apple red twinkles as the berries.

The remainder is pretty simple I added three of the new satin flowers from Creative Expressions in the corner which, to me at least, remind me of Christmas roses. There is also a piece of Acetate at the back which shows the dimension between the layers and stops the aperture looking flat.  I added the finished front onto a 20 x 20cm red card blank onto which I have stamped the sentiment 'Tis the Season from a stamp set by Sam Poole.

Sue Wilson Holly Swirl Die
Spellbinders Circle die
Creative Expressions Silk Flowers
Sam Poole robin stamp (sentiment form this set)
Red, Coconut White & Vintage silver foundation card stock form CE

Tune in tomorrow for a Christmas Something Different Saturday and news on how you can see a demo of how I made it!


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Monochrome, for real...

Happy Thursday,

After yesterdays silver and Navy Christmas card I thought I should go back to traditional monochrome and the simplicity of black and white.  This is still one of my favourite colour combinations (if you can call it a colour at college I was told there was no such thing as Black!)

Today's card started with me cutting the filigree section shape from the Vienna die set by Sue Wilson in black card.  I then Cut a piece of coconut white (which is a lovely soft white) card, which I had embossed with the pinpoint embossing folder, into a simple oval shape I added the centre filigree section form the Vienna die in the centre.  This was foam mounted above the black die cut and then it was simply dressed.  I added a messy bow of black seam binding, A Vintage cameo and some pearl swirls, all from Creative Expressions, round a hand cut banner with the sentiment.

The back of the card is simply the remainder of the sheet that I embossed matted, layered and foam mounted together with black cardstock to create the card.

Finally I added a few (Honest Ita it's just a few!) PVA dots in the corners, in a pearl finish, to give the card some focus.

All in all a simple card to put together with just 2 die cut pieces but the layering and embellishments really make this one I feel.

Sue Wilson Vienna die set
Sue Wilson Pinpoint A4 Embossing Folder
Coconut white & Black foundation card
Embellishments for Creative Expressions
Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearl glue.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Creative Expressions Time again...

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly thank you all for the wonderful comments about me joining the Creative Expressions design team!  If anyone else would like to apply the Design Team call went out last week click HERE for the details on how to apply for this exciting Opportunity!  Once again It would be great if you could pop over to the blog and leave a comment there!  My post goes live after 2pm so I know I'm asking a lot! lol

Today sees my second card as a memeber of the design team and again it is Christmas based using the new Christmas range of Dies and Stamps to match from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  This time I went with the non traditional colours of Blue and Silver a colour combination I love for the Let It Snow words of this die.

I stared by using Sue Wilson's triple stamping technique where you pile three sizes of card on top of each other and then stamp around the edges.  I did this using Perfect Medium and then embossed the snowflake stamped images with Details White embossing Powders.  Next I unstacked the pieces and gave each one a mat of vintage silver foundation card before foam mounting them to create the base.

The card itself is made with layers of the silver and navy blue card with the middle section embossed using the Quilted Flower A4 embossing folder.  I added a row of pearl PVA dots to emphasise the centre image.

I die cut the outside oval from the Austrian Collection Innsbruck die and mounted it onto a an oval of silver card onto which I had added a double sided adhesive sheet.  The gaps between the die cuts is then filled with Iced Snow to add just a hint of glitter to what could be a flat card with just 2 colours!

Finally I added a silver die cut of the Let It Snow die which I had added more of the Pearl PVA on the snowflakes and over the letters of the word snow to make these pop.

Sue Wilson Let It Snow Die
Sue Wilson Innsbruck Die
Sue Wilson Snowflakes Singles Die
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA
Cosmic Shimmer Details White Embossing Powder
Sue Wilson Quilted Flowers Embossing Folder
Navy & Vintage Silver Foundation Card.

For stockists of the above click HERE to check out the Creative Expression website.