Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Technique Tuesday a triplet Frame...

Happy Tuesday,

First I must mention that I am really sorry but I forgot to say who had won last Mondays card!  The winner was Jacquie who has  a fab blog of her own click HERE to see Jacquie's blog and say hi!

Back to today and today's card is using my fave range of the dies the triplets again hopefully in a new way. The bonus with the Quilted Blocks striplet die from the latest release.  The difference is that I have used the die to make a frame just by reinserting the die.

The way this works is to make a cut with the centre section of the die down one side of a square of card.  Next turn the die 90' inserting the end quilted block back into the one that has already cut (you will find that the die will find its natural home and fit in exactly as the die is fully symmetrical.  next simply cut this long the side, turn 90' and repeat.  The final cut will match up the quilted blocks on both sides to create the square frame.

To make this card I cut another of the dies in the sand col,our mounted it onto the Sky blue and foam mounted it in the centre.  I added a bow and a couple of CE stick pins to one side to finish and then added 8mm cream pearls to the centre of each block.

I made the base for this card during the demo day at Brykley on Saturday and it was made rather quickly I would suggest you take your time as I allowed the die to move slightly in my haste!  The colour combination came from choosing the Sky blue and mistakenly grabbing some Sand foundation card that I thought was milk.  However I love this happy accident and this colour combination which I think looks fresh and elegant!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Quilted Blocks striplet 
Sand and Sky Blue foundation card
Antique White satin ribbon
8mm Cream stick on pearls.


Monday, 30 March 2015

Monday Giveaway...

Happy Monday,

As promised here is the version of last Saturdays card this one I made at the demo day at Brykley Garden centre this Saturday.  I wanted to make a slightly different colour and style however the principles are the same!  And in the usual run of Mondays this card is up for grabs by leaving a comment!

I started by die cutting a folded single card using the outside die from the Perseus die form the Gemini Collection.  As I have mentioned before the joy of the Gemini collection is that the 2 edges of the die are separate dies in themselves making this card so easy to make. Next I die cut the filigree section along with the edge die form aqua foundation card.  I cut a piece of coconut white card using just the border die and added the die cut aqua piece directly over the coconut white.

Next I cut all three dies in the set together from aqua card (laying the 3 dies together gives you a full shape however you do have to cut the piece out of the card at the 2 sides )  I then cut the 2 edge dies from coconut white without the filigree centre ( the best way to do this is to leave the edges stuck together with low tack tape tape and gently remove the filigree centre die before cutting)  I then added the aqua detailed cut over the plain white one to make a solid shape.

I then cut a piece of coconut white card with the matching edge die to the other side of the die I had already cut for the bottom.  I then embossed this using the CE A4 embossing folder Large Braided Vines and added gilding wax over it the pearlise the finish.  I then stuck this over the first piece where the edges match (i know this is starting to sound complex but if you play you will get there!)  The full cut piece is foam mounted over this and I added the whole piece to the die cut card base.  Finally I added an insert cut with the same edge die and a piece of ocean thin ribbon tied at the front.

A complex set of instructions to make a simple looking card however Once you have got the hang of it you can replicate this in all colours and Gemini dies.  Can I ask though that if you do copy or are inspired to make a version of my cards that you credit me in your post on your blog or Face book, this will allow others to gain the inspiration you have!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Gemini Collection Perseus
Aqua and Coconut white foundation card
CE embossing folder A4 Large braided Vines
CE ribbon set Ocean

If you would like to own this card just leave me a comment or email one to Lockers@live.co.uk and I will randomly select one to be posted this card.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Something Different Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I had a lovely time with the lakes from Brykley Garden Centre yesterday and once again ended demoing far after the time I was supposed to finish!  The ladies asked to see some interesting techniques and demos so there should be a few new bits popping up along with some different colour combinations!

Back to today (not Toady I hope) and something different, as you all know I have been playing with MDF and the stunning new papers from Craft Consortium and this is a scrapbook cover or page I made using some of our MDF pieces mixed with the papers and as much Cosmic Shimmer as I could throw at it.  Now I am not a messy crafter and would like my style to be seen as quite classic however I did really enjoy getting messy and covering a whole page!

I covered the main piece in a couple of torn strips of the Bird Treetop Large paper and stamped around the edges with my Daisy Striplet stamp.  I then added dots of Gold PVA Pearls in the centres of the flowers.  I aged the edges using a smoothie and Dusty Concord distress ink.

Next I covered an MDF heart with golf drop pare, stamped the edge and gilded the whole piece with enchanted gold gilding wax.  I then added a piece of cream crochet ribbon and sealed the whole piece with the new Cosmic Shimmer glue and seal.  This allowed me, when dry, to gild the crochet ribbon and make it match.

I added the MDF cut words Think Craft piping think with Gold PVA and rubbing the gilding wax over the craft.  This gives a similar shade but different textures.

Finally I added some ties of ribbon with teardrop beads from Sue's new stick open elements set on the ends of the ribbon.  A couple of rolled roses cut with Spellbinders set 4 and a coup,e of pearl stick pins.

Hopefully this isn't too bright for a Sunday morning and you will all enjoy this little trip into MDF.  Back tomorrow with a demo card giveaway and instructions on yesterdays card!


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Demoing Toady...

Happy Saturday,

Now I know its short notice but I simply forgot to mention that I am doing another demo day toady!  It's been in my diary for weeks and I have been working on it all week however I forgot to share with my lovely blog family, sorry!  I will be in the Strikes Garden centre in Brykley Park (Burton on Trent) form 10am this morning, click HERE for more details on the venue.

Back to today and I thought would be nice to see one of the actual cards I made during last weeks demo day.  I will make a similar version of this today however I am hoping that we will have a stock of Periwinkle or Aqua (my new favourite)  whichever is in stock there will decided the colour!

This is a deceptively simple card to make as the Gemini die does all the work.  Top find out how this is made pop into the demo today and I'll share with you all how I made it!

Gemini Die Perseus
Vintage White satin ribbon
Lilac & Milk foundation card.

I will post todays version on Monday as the giveaway with detailed instructions then!


Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday is Blue...

Happy Friday,

Well its Friday which means its blue and I'm really pleased to say that Periwinkle foundation card is back in stock!!  I had to show this card which was a joint effort between me and Mr ND as he added all the twinkles to the card when finished!

I stared by embossing a square of milk card with the new Creative Expressions 8x8 embossing folder Scored lines.  I the  repeated the procedure with a piece of Periwinkle foundation card I then cut the opposite triangles out of the blue and glued them over corresponding areas of the milk embossed piece.  Mr ND then added Aurora Twinkles to the blue and Decadent Denim to the milk.

This was mounted onto a layer of milk and cobalt foundation card to give a crisp line to the edges of the card.

I then cut the largest square from the Herald Square die set in periwinkle and added a thin mat of the cobalt to make it stand out.  I then cut the filigree die from the same set in milk to which Mr ND added some more of the twinkles.

Finally I cut a plain square using the smallest square die in the set and added another square cut in milk however with this one I added the centre filigree section to the mix.

A few more applications of Twinkles, a seam binding bow, stick pins, pearl embellishment and a couple of stick pins made from the new elements set and finished.

Hopefully you will like our joint effort!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
New Your Herald Square
CE 8x8 embossing folder scored (not blurred) lines lol
Periwinkle, Milk & cobalt foundation card
Decadent Denim & Aurora Twinkles


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Another Box?...

Happy Thursday,

I thought after the positive comments I received on Monday and Tuesdays post it would be nice to show you the box I made in the demo last saturday that uses the fire and Ice technique.  I have to admit I love how the fire and Ice (Sue Wilson's technique) shines and sometimes hate to cover it and use it as just a background therefore I showed on this project how to make this into a simple box that packs a punch (IMHO that is!)

I ran through the technique for this on Monday and I know Sue has a video on this on her you tube channel, click on Sue blog link on the right panel of this page to have a look!

Coconut White foundation card
Harvest Moon Gilding Flakes
Iced Snow
CE Double sided adhesive sheets
CE Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Caribbean collection background


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Creative Wednesday...its couture all the way

Happy Wednesday,

What could be better than a couture Wedding?  Well today's creation for the CE Design Team is a couture Creations themed project using singles stamps from Creative Expressions.  These are designed to alert wedding guests of the date of the approaching nuptials.  The tradition of Save the Date is American and is designed to give people a good years notice of an appending wedding prefect if its in the summer as we know how quickly summer weekends are all booked up.

Today's project would make the perfect gift for a bride to be, a set of save the date cards and a Couture Creations die cut box to hold them in.  I stated by making the card banks at 10 x 10cm and stamping the Heart and Roses single stamp and colouring the flowers in distress markers (you could colour these to match any wedding theme or simply change the colour of the card to match.  Next I stamped the Save The Date legend from the Bold Flourish wedding stationary stamp set, this set is remounted and cut and contains all the sentiments you need for any wedding stationary even a order of service!

Next I made the box by making a simple 11 x 11cm box and die cutting the Couture Creations Love Abounds die.  I then added a piece of coconut white foundation card behind the die cut aperture onto which I had added a piece of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet.  I then replaced the die cut into the aperture and added a sprinkling of Iced Snow for the Glitter Jewels collection into the spaces.

Finally I added a seam binding tie and bow and the gift is made.  Click HERE to see what the rest of the team have come up with or the enter the CE Blog challenge it would be great to see some of you enter and display your work to us all!

Couture Creations Love abounds die
CE Bold Flourish Wedding stamp set
CE Heart and roses single stamp
Coconut White Foundation card
Iced Snow
White Seam Binding.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Technique Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday,

Today's technique is a mica dusted box.  yesterday I mentioned that one of the demo pieces I usually do is to show the mica dusting technique so I thought it was best to explain what I mean by the term!

This is a really easy way to adapt the look of a die cut and to quickly add some drama to your work.  I started by die cutting the background die from a piece of coconut white foundation card into the centre of a piece I have scored as a box lid using the Scandinavian collection background die.  Next I added another piece of coconut white card to which I had added a piece of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet to to the back of the die cut so that the sticky is visible through the filigree of the die.

To create the background I simply brushed different colours of cosmic shimmer mica in stripes over the die cut so that it sticks to the sticky parts.  I then polished off the excess using my mums old blusher brush.  This makes the Mica simply shine and depending on which colours you use and the manner of application the possible effects are endless!

To finish I stamped the centre with black archival ink using a sentiment form my daisy Corner set and made the piece into the box lid.  I added a large white seam binding bow and a small pearl embellishment to finish.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies Scandinavian background
Cosmic Shimmer Garden Floral Mica set
Coconut White foundation Card
White seam binding
CE Clear stamps daisy corner elements set
CE double sided adhesive sheet


Monday, 23 March 2015

Monday Giveaway...

Happy Monday,

Today's card giveaway was inspired by my trip to Northallerton Strikes garden centre craft shop last Saturday and the demo's I did there!  I am back at another Strikes this Saturday however this one is a little nearer being in Burton upon Trent which is only a 50 minute drive from me!

The first 2 demo's I was asked to do was a Noble Hinged card, which I made with Mica dusting and Sue Wilson's Fire and Ice technique.  When I got home I had an idea to merge the two together with a card made with the hinged technique from the new Noble Classic Adorned rectangle die but using fire and Ice for the centre panel.

I started by making the hinged base then cut a panel in Aqua foundation card using the centre filigree section of the die and added a sheet of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet over the front of the die cut.  I then turned over the piece and added Silver Dream gilding flakes to the sticky parts that are showing through the die cut.  I removed the leftover gilding flakes and polished the piece using a piece of rubit scrubit.

Next I turned the piece over, removed the protective film and covered the entire front with Iced snow from the glitter jewels range and rubbed off the excess.  This gives the beautiful look of the gilding being visible through the die cut which is tempered by the ice!

I stamped the sentiment from the Butterfly Dreams clear stamp set form Creative Expressions (designed by me) covered it in a scrap piece of DS adhesive sheet and cut it with the smallest die in the set.  I removed the protective film and added more iced snow before foam mounting this in the centre of the iced background.

To finish the card I added a border made with the filigree section of the Noble Ornate Pierced Rectangle die set making the section into a frame by using the 2 dies from the set which match.  I added a zircon seam binding bow, a couple of stick pins I made using the new stick pins elements and a small aqua dazzler.  The whole piece was added to the card blank and finished.

I have added a new page to my website detailing my booked demo's and workshops have a look through and see if there is a date near you.  I will be in the Byrkley garden Centre this Saturday!

If you want a chance to win this card just leave a comment or email me and I will pick a winner at random.  last weeks card winner was a comment and was number 47 which is Laura O'Connor, if you email me Laura on Lockers@live.co.UK I will post it out to you.  Could I ask that if there is anyone who is still waiting for a card that you let me know as I have posted all cards out and would hate to disappoint anyone!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Noble Classic Adorned Rectangles
Noble Ornate Pierced Rectangles
Clear stamps by Creative Expressions Butterfly Dreams
Silver Dreams gilding flakes
Iced Snow
Aqua and Coconut white foundation card.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Waste not want not...

Happy Sunday,

Today's post was going to be a couple of the demo projects I made with the lovely ladies of Northallerton yesterday however after getting in from the the 3 hour drive I have come down with a raging case of 'Man Flu' (read cold for anyone else)  Im hoping that its just the long drive and not my first manifestation of the dreaded man flu that Mr ND has been suffering with most of the week!  Therefore I hope you will all forgive me and accept a few pics of a card I made recently using the stunning new Weaving dies from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  I made this card using the waste pieces from making  a card using the full strips that I did for a project for CE.

I wasn't able to get my usual high Res photos as they decided to send this one off as well so it was quickly snapped on my phone!

I will revisit this die next week with more explanation so today just a close up and ingredient list.

CE Craft dies by Sue Wilson 
Weaving dies Striped & classic
Pierced Flags
Periwinkle & coconut white foundation card


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saturday stamping...

Happy Saturday,

\Well today will find me stamping all day! and die cutting, layering, making stick pins and all the usual things I am known for as I am doing another demo day for the Strikes garden centre chain up north.  Today I set off at 6am to be at the Northallerton click HERE to see the address and details.  I will be demoing the latest range of Creative Expressions craft dies from Sue Wilson as well as some of my stamps and my usual array of Cosmic Shimmer products.  I have put a couple of new pots of glitter flakes and some Iced snow in the car so there's bound to be a little Fire and Ice!  If you are in the vicinity pop in between 10am and 4pm to say Hi!

Back to today and quite a simple stamped card for Saturday, again from my shows at the end of February I promise some new creations on Monday!

This one was made using my Lotus flower elements set (a favourite of Mrs Duck) I stamped the main flower from the elements in Black archival ink on a strip of coconut white foundation card at the top left and bottom right.  I then coloured them (and shaded them too which is a rarity for me lol)  using a shaded lilac distress marker.  All I did to shade the flowers was to outline the petals leaving areas white.

I then added the sentiment from the same set by stamping it with perfect medium and adding detail black embossing powder.  I then shaded around the strip using the matching distress ink and a smoothie.  Finally I made up the card as shown using a panel embossed with the heart lattice embossing folder shaded with the shaded lilac again and a seam binding bow added along with some stickpins and a large pearl embellishment.

Creative Expressions Clear stamps lotus frames and elements set 
Coconut white and Vintage silver foundation card
Shaded lilac distress ink and marker
CE Heart lattice embossing folder

Hopefully see some of you later today, I will add a full list of my workshops and demo's to a new blog page next week!


Friday, 20 March 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

I had a fab time at the NEC yesterday It was like a bus man's holiday as Sue Wilson, Julia Watts and I took a day off together and toured the show as customers.  We had a really fun day with loads of laughs and shopping as well as the odd chocolate brownie!  We all said it was fun meeting people on the other side of the desk and not demonstrating from within a stand as we have been doing recently with Stitches etc.  I will pop some pictures up on Face book later (Johnathan Lockwood on Face book if you want to Friend me) It was also really amazing to see my stamp sets on sale as I hadn't yet seen them in a retail  shop.  Julia will be demoing on the Craft world stand on Saturday, I will be at the Strikes Garden centre in Northalerton on Saturday and all three of us will be back together demoing at the Big Stamp and Scrap booking event at Alexandra Palace on the 11th and 12th of April.

Back to today and quite a simple card again where the stamping does most of the work for you.  I used my flower frames and sentiment set for this one and stamped the main Lilly image using perfect medium onto Cobalt foundation card and embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer true white detail embossing powder.  I added the sentiment, with deepest sympathy, which is one that I feel one of us like using but is, unfortunately, one we all need in our craft stash.  This set has loads of other sentiments and is not all built around the sympathy which means it is really flexible.

I had cut the stamped panel out leaving thin border and stamped a second version of the flowers in the same matted, cut them out and foam mounted them over the original.  This gives the front piece some depth and interest without being too fussy.

The card base was made by running a 18x18cm square of the cobalt card through the quilted flowers embossing folder from Creative expressions and I added a cosmic pearl PVA dot at all the junctions.  I matted this onto coconut white foundation card and foam mounted the piece onto a card cut at 21x21cm and layered with the cobalt and coconut.

To finish off I added a messy bow and strip of blue white seam binding and a couple of pearl sprays.

CE clear stamps Flower frames and sentiments - by Me
Cobalt and Coconut white foundation card
Cosmic Pearl PVA
Blue white seam binding
Perfect Medium
Cosmic Shimmer true detail White embossing powder.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

A Day Late...

Happy Thursday,

With all the excitement and rushing to be at C&C for 8am to set up I completely forgot my DT card for Creative Expressions yesterday!  Naughty I know so I'm afraid its a day late lol so those of you who pop over to the CE blog will have had a look at today's card already, a day earlier than I have posted it (its a good job Sarah who runs the DT is snowboarding in Italy isn't it?!?)

I used the CE Craft dies by Sue Wilson Bevelled Glass triplet to create this square background using the same technique as I used for the butterfly card last week.  This time I aligned the die so that a square section was left in the middle.  The die lends itself to being repeated in this fashion all I did was to cut the first aperture then line up the long edge against the short edge on each turn, the pictures should help to show you what I mean.

Next I cut a square aperture using an old square die from spellbinders and inked the edges of the piece using antique linen distress ink.  I cut a larger square using vintage gold foundations card (hard it see the gold ninth pictures but the soft colour and sheen really shines through in real life)   I cut a smaller square aperture in the centre of the gold piece and added a further layer with a piece of white cut with a smaller still square.

The centre panel is made from a sheet of the Couture Creations 12 x 12 paper pack vintage rose garden which has the sentiment already printed on it.

Finally I hand cut some of the flowers and a postage stamp from a further piece of the paper pack and foam mounted it around the centre to give a focus.

Don't forget the challenge is still running on the CE blog so there's time to get your Easter themed entry in for a chance to win some Creative Expressions goodies, click HERE to have a look and perhaps throw your hat into the ring.

Off tho the NEC today for a look around, Ive never been to the show before having been living in Spain for a few years till the middle of last year.  I can't wait to see what all the fuss is about!  lol


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

What more decoupage?...

Happy Wednesday,

Well its more samples from todays shows featuring some lovely papers from Craft Consortium, storage items and MDF bits!

I thought it might be fun today to show you our kitchen table!  Now this may be strange but the reason is that the other Sunday Mr ND decided that wouldn't the table look nice if he decoupaged it with  the Blue Dots decoupage paper from Craft consortium.  I decided it was a great idea as long as I didn't have to do it!  Therefore MR ND did it all by himself!

I thought It would be fun to show the techniques used especially as for once I was able total the pics but not do the work!

The table was a round high gloss table to start with.  The psheets of the Craft Consortium blue dots paper was torn into random sized pieces.

Next Mr ND painted an area of the table with Cosmic Shimmer glossy Glue, Seal and glaze.  Then he added the torn pieces to the glued area and coated them in a layer of the glaze.  To make the random pattern the pieces were simply added randomly sealing over each pice as added.

Ays can see form this pic the table was covered rather quickly with this method, in fact it was all finished in just under an hour!

Finally he added pieces around the edges and simply sanded off the excess which ives a really south finish on the edges.

Wallowed it to dry for an hour then added another layer of the glue, seal and glaze.  This has meant that we have wiped and polished it and no marks!!!

I did say last time I did a show with these papers that it is very addictive, the table was not enough and soon a tray was covered to match.  I gave up when he started asking for vases and anything else he could cover!

Hopefully some of you can tine in today at either 10am or 1pm on Create and craft and I will demo the techniques used as well as show you a whole range of these papers there are some amazing designs perfect for covering any items.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sneak Peak...

Happy Tuesday,

As I have shows on Create and Craft tomorrow I thought I would give you a sneak peak of some of the samples I have made for the show.  This is a decoupage show featuring the Craft Consortium pares, MDF storage units, some stunning MDF frames that are brand new as well as a couple of my stamp sets that are prefect for stamping on the papers and the units making them truly individual.  I have, as usual, made far too many samples but I love playing with these papers and find so many different ways to use them!

IN the top 2 I have used a couple of new papers from Craft consortium to cover a big boy unit (as named by Martyn) in postcards and a ribbon units in the matching chevrons design.

The ribbon unit featured here is simply painted using mat chalk paint as well as the brand new matching crackle paint.  I have then stamps on this using some of the elements from the Fen frames and sentiments clear stamp set form Creative expressions.  These small flowers have a solid centre stamp as well as a detailed outline making colouring and stamping so easy.  I added a few of the ferns as well then distressed the unit by adding pewter gilding wax.  I hope you agree but to me this has a really nice soft feel to it.
Finally there is this MDF ornate from which I have made look like an old gilt mirror frame.  To see how tune in as this will be a demo tomorrow!

The shows are on tomorrow at 10am and 2pm so tune in or record if it takes your fancy!


Monday, 16 March 2015

Monday Giveaway!

Happy Monday,

Today's giveaway features my all time favourite Sentiment which is why I had to have a large version of it in my first release of stamps!  This sentiment is taken from the Lotus frames and sentiments elements set from Creative Expressions.  Here I have tied it with Spellbinders Labels 42 and Labels 42 decorative elements.  These spellbinders dies are the ones I had on the show for my stamp release which is why they have been featured a lot recently.  I am feverishly working away with Sue's dies for something in April,  so there will be some (for that read quite a lot) of these featured later in the month.

Back to today's card, I started by stamping the sentiment, which as I said is one of my personal faves as it is really true, in black archival onto coconut white card and cutting it out with labels 42.  Next I inked through the dies using stormy sky distress ink.  Next I cut another label the same size and inked this one in black soot, very lightly, to give a contrast and make the sentiment 'pop'. I then cut 2 of the largest dies in the decorative accents in aqua foundation card and matted the 4 die cut together rotating them 90' each time within foam tape.

To make the card up I made a card blank at 21x21cm in aqua and added a few layers of White and aqua making each layer 1/2 a cm smaller each time.  I ran a square of the coconut white card through the quilted flower embossing folder and added this.

To finish the central element I made a square mat at 16.5x16.5cm in aqua and added a 16x16cm panel.  I then  tied a strip of zircon seam binding around it twice and added the sentiment panel on the top. Finally I added a messy bow, which is made in a similar manner as my double bow which is featured on my video tutorials page, a pearl spray and small pearl embellishment to finish.

If you would like to win this card simply comment, either on my blog or by email and I will randomly select a winner.  The winner of last weeks card was sent in by email and was Christine, if you would like to email me on lockers@live.co.uk with your address I will send this out to you.  I have also managed to but a set of my stamps for the giveaway so they will be posted out today!

Finally I will be back on your screens on Wednesday at 10 and 2 it would be great if you could tune in.  I will be featuring the return of the Craft storage items and yes the glue stand will be back in stock!  also there are some new packs of the stunning decoupage papers as well as some new combinations and smaller sets.  I will also be featuring some of my stamp sets so there is a chance for you see some more of these!!