Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Technique Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday,

Today will find find me leading a workshop at CE Towers in Kettering I have arranged a date for February and March and will let you all know the details as soon as the Designs can be released!  Back to today and a simple technique using a mask again however this time with a die cut aperture.

I have completed a photo tutorial for this week as my typing is not the best!

I die cut an aperture into spice of Kraft card from CE and then placed the waste piece over the card I wanted to add the design to.  Next I added the mask over the top and simply inked through the mask using distress ink.  I then shaded around the shape to add a little more faded effect to the piece.  Finally I simply added a stamped and die cut sentiment a bow and added it to a card blank, 18 x 18cm, that I had also shaded with the mask.

Take a look at your die collection and see what simple cards you can make from masks and the interesting shapes left behind.

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson dies
Californian Border, Tag and corner
That Special touch detail mask
Tea dye distress ink
Sand, Black,Coconut White and Kraft foundation card.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Monday Card Giveaway...

Happy Monday,

Well its time for another giveaway and I thought one of you might like a card made with the current release of dies from Creative Expressions designed by Sue Wilson.

This card is again based on my favourite shades of blue and white, i just feel this combination is so classic!

I started by die cutting the 2 centre dies from the Oslo die set in coconut white card.  I then cut each of the other dies, using the matching frame die for the centre, alternating the colours.  I then stacked the layers together using foam tape and cut each subsequent layer with a wider border.

To add the sentiment I hand cut a banner in the blue and stamped the sentiment in black archival.  Next I die cut the largest flower form the camilla closed petal set in blue and added the open petal on top cut in white.  I simply glued the edge of the banner behind the card through the aperture and twisted it onto the front.  Finally I added the flower, with a pearl centre, for balance.

Creative Expressions dies for Sue Wilson
Scandinavian - Olso
Camila Open & Closed petal sets
CE Sentiment stamp

To win this card just leave a comment and I will choose a winner.

Demo day!  - On saturday I will be demoing all day for Creative Expressions at Hi-Legj Garden Centre craft shop in Knutsford.  If you are around that area or fancy a visit pop in and say hello!  Click HERE for details on the venue


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Simple Sunday...

 Happy Sunday,

A simple card today from the shows I did with Sue Wilson back last year.  All I have done is to emboss a piece of Coconut white card with the CE A4 rambling Blossom embossing folder and rubbed gilding wax liberally all over it.   I then polished it off using a dry wet wipe.

Next I die cut a butterfly form the centre and cut it out into a square.  I matted this with sand and black card and did the same with the wastes piece.

Finally I added it to a card blank 21cm x 21cm added a bow and stuck the die cut butterfly back into the aperture down the middle and pulled the wings forward.

A very simple card that could be made in your favourite colour!

Now next Sunday will be a sneak peak as I am scheduled for the 2 hour toolshed show on Create and Craft (Freeview 36 or Sky 674)  at 12 o'clock lunchtime.

Creative Expression A4 embossing folder Rambling Blossom
Sue Wilson Butterfly Magic Die set
Autumn bronze gilding wax
Foundation card in Coconut white, sand and Black


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Saturday Stamping more Pink...

Happy Saturday,

I thought I should show another version of the rose stamp I showed last week.  This time I have stamped the image In cosmic Shimmer detail black embossing powder and then I coloured in the image. I coloured the rose bud using Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet distress markers this time making sure I colour inside the lines this time!

I coloured the leaves in a selection of green distress markers using a wet paintbrush I pulled the colours from the edges to shade the image.

Next I cut the image out using the Lotus Filet due form Couture Creations die and shaded the centre whilst in the die using Spoun Sugare distress ink.  I then gently coloured the edges of the die cut using cut n dry foam.

To make the card Background I embossed a piece of coconut white foundation card using a mask and the technique I detailed on Tuesday.  Whilst still in the mask I shaded the raised area using more of the distress ink pad and cut it into a large square.  Next I simply shaded around the card, the embossing of the mask leaves a frame around the embossed masks which looks like you have added and extra layer.

Finally I added the whole piece, with a strip of ribbon and a pink dazzler, to a hand cut 21cm x 21cm card blank onto which I stamped some creative expressions swirl stamps (I've had them for years so I don't know the name sorry!)  in the spun sugar.

Hopefully this comes across a little less pink than Thursdays offering!

That Special touch mask
CE Singles rose bud stamp
Couture Creations Lotus Filet die
Spun Sugar distress ink & Markers


Friday, 23 January 2015

Feeling Blue...

Happy Friday,

In reference to the title I'm not feeling blue but feeling a love of this colour blue!  I love this periwinkle shade from the Creative Expressions Foundation card range and didn't realise It had gone out of stock (it's due back next week so don't worry if you are wanting some like me!) when I had a couple of days of just using this colour to make a range of cards!  I have decided that I will show One each week on Fridays as none can take as much blue as I used in this range! lol

I started this card by Cutting the Creative Expressions By Sue Wilson Gemini die, using my favourite Lyra, on the edge of a sheet of A4 card.  I then scored at 1/2 cm intervals across the card too texture it.

Next I cut a sheet of white card using just the edge die from the lyra set and stuck the die cut sheet over this using cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.  I cut the white piece 1/2cm larger round and folded this to make a full card.

Next I added the frame cut in white with layers of blue and white with the CE sentiment stamped in the middle.  I added a few petals around the frame to highlight it.  The foliage is surrounding the frame is cut in white using Sue's mosaic leaves from the latest release with some punched flowers that I shaped simply dotted over the foliage.

As I said above I love this colour and in this card have allowed it to shine I feel.

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Dies
Gemini Dies - Lyra
Dainty Rectangular Frame
Periwinkle & coconut white foundation Card
Cosmic Shimmer Dries clear glue.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

In the Pink...

Happy Thursday,

Well its all been a little brown or white this week so Today is Pink Day!  Time to introduce some colour me thinks!

Today's card Is made completely with Blush card which looks really pink but is a lovely soft shade that only shows up when contrasted with white as I have on the final layer.  I started by stamping the sentiment in Archival black ink onto blush card which I then cut out with the Couture Creations Lotus filet die.  I then coloured the image in  the die using spun sugar distress ink.  Once removed from the die I shaded the edges using cut n dry foam and more of the distress ink.

I flat layered this onto another piece of the blush card and added a spray of waterlilies cut in parchment along with a knot of crinkle edge ribbon and some real sprays and embellishments.

I made the background by embossing a piece of the card with the large retro flowers embossing folder from Court Creations and extended the pattern.  I shaded this with more spun sugar distress ink concentrating soon the edges to give a shaded look.

To finish the card I simply layered a piece of the ribbon over the embossed panel and added it to a simple white mat.  I always like to add a strip of ribbon if I have added a large bow or embellishment as I feel it balances the larger flourish.  I simply added the stamped panel on top, using foam tape, and the card was finished.

Blush Foundation card
Couture Creations Lotus Filet & Waterlily die sets
Couture Creations Large Retro Flowers embossing folder
CE Sentiment stamp


The winner of Monday's card, as randomly chosen by Mr ND was no 5 which is Mrs B,  If you email me your address on Lockers@live.co.uk I will post it out to you.   Another giveaway on Monday! x

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Creative Wednesday...

Happy Creative Wednesday,

Can you believe this is the third wednesday of 2015?!?  I can't believe we are already well into January however I am always reminded when I present one of my DT cards as it shows how time flys...

This month we are showcasing the new cat and Dog range of stamps from Creative Expressions and I even surprised myself as to how much I enjoyed colouring these images!

For todays card I chose the Toby single stamp along with the Paw Print Lattice background stamp.

I started by stamping Toby onto Milk foundation card with black archival ink.  I then coloured him in using Scattered saw distress pen colouring around the edges and pulling the colour into the image using a wet paintbrush.  I highlighted him, and the ball, using Antique linen distress pen and shaded round the card using scattered stars and cut n dry foam.  It cut the rectangle I used the second largest die in the Spellbinders matting basics B set.

To make the background I stamped the paw print lattice rubber stamp onto sand foundation card using black archival.  I then cut an aperture in Milk card using spellbinders matting basics B and a larger Sand aperture using the largest die in the set.  I then layers each frame on top of the other using foam tape to make a tune style background.

To finish the card I added the background onto a 21 x 21 cm card made from layers of the milk and sand onto which I randomly stamped the background using scattered straw distress ink.  I added a messy bow and a couple of strips of ribbon and the Toby image over the top to balance the card.

Finally I added one of the new Dazzler settings and a black dazzler in the centre.

Click HERE to visit the Creative Expressions blog and see what the rest of the team have created with the same range. and if you could leave a comment I would be very smiley!! lol

CE Singles stamps Toby
CE Background Stamps Paw Print Lattice
CE Sentiment Stamps pets
Sand & Milk foundation card
Distress ink & Pens in Antique Linen & Scattered Straw
London Tan seem binding, Dazzler Setting & Dazzler all CE


P.s. The link works this week lol!