Sunday, 31 May 2015

Additional Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

I don't know where my brain was yesterday as I posted today's post as well as Saturday's I would blame Blogger scheduling however I know I will have done something wrong.

Therefore there is a bonus post today of a prototype card.  This was my first play with my Cherry Blossom stamps so its not the neatest however it does show the principal of how to make a picture using the different elements from the Cherry Blossom elements stamp set.

I started by drawing a circle with a pencil on a square of coconut white foundation card.  Next I took the smallest solid cherry blossom stamp and randomly stamped it around the circle using worn lipstick distress ink pad.  I then stamped the larger solid cherry blossom stamp using Victorian velvet distress ink.  Finally I added the outline stamps that match the blossoms. using first and second generation stamping around the circle.

If you look carefully you can see the circle i drew as I didn't rub this out so that you could see the principal!

Hopefully this will give you an idea of what else you can do with my stamp sets!


Saturday Stamping...

Happy Saturday,

I thought id show you some stamping form the POD shows where I used the stamps to die for.  As an ardent die cutter I love the idea of stamps that fit within the dies I am using and it, in my view, adds more value to your dies as you can do more with them.  Today's card is made using the Sand dune floral stamp that matches the St Kitts dies set form Sue Wilson's Caribbean collection.

I started by stamping the image using perfect medium and then heat set it with cosmic shimmer true white detail embossing powder.

Next I coloured the image, using what is hopefully Caribbean colours, using the acrylic drawing inks. The inks come with a mica in them which, in real life, makes them shine.  They also come in small bottles with a brush in the lid which makes using them so simple and easy!  I coloured the flowers in a orange shade and matched that with a purple red shade.  Then die cut the image using the outline die form the St Kitts set and shared the whole piece using rusty hinge distress ink.

I then used the smaller outline die in the set to take out the centre panel, the stamp is designed to give a border around this cut as well as the outline.  This is one of the advantages of the stamps to die for as they are drawn using the lines form the dies so that they fit perfectly!  I finished the piece by adding some 5mm white pearls on the centres of the flowers.

To make up the card base I made a 21x21cm card base and added three panels of embossed pieces using the A4 wild roses embossing folders.  I shaded the edges using the distress ink and foam mounted these on a piece of coconut white foundation card cut to 20x20cm.

I made a wrap for the card using the quilted blocks striplet just using the filigree section and not the outline.  This meant that I could continue the pattern it give me a longer border which I cut to by hand.  I cut a larger strip of card and shaded the centre with the rusty hinge before adding the die cut piece over the top.  Finally I wrapped this around the square with the embossed panels.

To finish the card I added a few pearls on the centres of the quilted blocks and some pearl corners to balance the edges before stamping a pierced flag, shaded again and adding this coming form the centre of the stamped image.

Not my usual colour scheme but hopefully it has a slight Caribbean zing!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Caribbean Collection St Kitts
Quilted Blocks Striplet
CE A4 embossing Folder Wild Roses
Stamp to Die For Sand Dune Floral
Rusty Hinge Distress Ink Pad
Pearl Corners 
Jewel Cosmic Shimmer drawing Inks

I think I have been able to add a Pin It button to each picture on my blog permanently If you try it can you let me know if it works!  Hopefully this means you can go back on any of my posts and pin the pictures.


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

This is a real simple card today and is using the Hello die I used earlier in the week.  This was one of my Demo's form The pick of the day shows with Sue Wilson and I used it as a quick demo.

I simple die cut the Hello expressions die in the centre of an A5 piece of card stock (finished card is 5x7") without the outline die in place.  Next I stuck a piece of acetate behind this and added a mount cut with the outline die that matches and is included with the Hello.

To make the striped background I added blobs (there no better word lol) of PVA pearl glue in Cobalt and silver on the reverse of the acetate and using a piece of scrap card I dragged the PVA across the acetate to create this striped effect.  I sealed the piece by adding a further piece of acetate and foam mounted it onto a piece of Periwinkle card stock before adding to the finished card.

I think this is a great additional use for your colours of PVA glue pearl form Cosmic Shimmer as you can alter combinations and effects to get loads of different translucent backgrounds.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Hello Expressions die
Cosmic Shimmer PVa in Cobalt and Silver pearl
Periwinkle, coconuty white foundation card


Friday, 29 May 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

Well while it looks all white is but there is some of my favourite periwinkle foundation card.

I stated by stamping the Glazed tile design stamp to die for in perfect medium and embossed it in true white detail embossing powder.  I die cut the apart in the centre using the matching die from the Greek island Kefalonia die set.  Next I die cut the next die down in the set into coconut white card and foam mounted the stamped piece above it.

Next I cut a frame for the stamped image using the largest die in the kefalonia set I then cut this piece to a rectangle and foam mounted it over the stamped image.  I then cut the periwinkle piece to a thin border around the white rectangle and cut the next white layer to match.  I then added a layer of white at the back and again cut it to leave a border and I added a stamped pierced flag layered up in the blue with the larger pierced flag.

To decorate the card I cut some of the cornflowers in the white card and coloured the edges using broken china distress ink and a smoothie.  I added a group of stick on pearls in the centre of each and placed them on a spray of delicate fronds cut in the periwinkle.

Creative Expressions craft dies by Sue Wilson
Kefalonia die set
Delicate Fronds
Glazed tile stamp to die for
Periwinkle and coconut white foundation card
Cosmic Shimmer true white detail embossing powder


Post Script
Julia Watts and I will be teaming up again for a Craft Weekend at Craftasmic in Taunton on the the 26th & 27th September.  Click HERE to see the details of this Crafty weekend!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Greece in Lilac...

Happy Thursday,

I thought I should lighten things up and give a proper description for this card.  I had tried to put a link on yesterday to the demo of the card I made to the C&C America site but sorry it just didn't work!

I started with lilac foundation card and the Santorini die from the Greek Island collection.  I cut cot the first piece using the outside and inside die form the set and used the filigree section as well to make the detailed frame.  Next I cut a plain mat using the outside die in coconut white card  I then stuck the frame over the top and placed the next detailed filigree die in the space (by adding the frame first it allows you to place the next die in the exact place.  I die cut this and then added the sentiment, stamped on lilac card and cut with the centre die, with foam tape on top.

Next I foam mounted the piece over a mat again cut with the outline die in lilac however I mounted this with 2 layers of foam tape for extra depth adding a strip of orchid ribbon between the layers.

I embossed a piece of coconut card using the fine finials embossing folder and rubbed enchanted gold gilding wax over the raised area.  I buffed off the wax with a dry wet wipe to shine upon the piece.  I made a frame using a piece of lilac and white card and floated the centre piece over the aperture.  I then foam mounted this over the embossed piece and added a double bow, in the same matching ribbon, and added a couple of stick pins I made using pearls from the new stick pins elements set and a lilac dazzler.

Finally I mounted the whole piece onto a couple of layers of lilac and white.

Creative Expressions craft dies by Sue Wilson
Lilac and coconut white foundation card
Orchid double sided satin ribbon
stick pin elements 
CE A4 embossing folder fine finials


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Creative Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday,

Its the last day of the month for my Design Team spot for Creative expressions and this month we have been playing with Phil Martin's Cosmic shimmer range and stamps,  Now as I was so busy last week making demos  for the U.S shows for Create and Craft I merged the 2 making one of my demo cards using the new Chic Moss cosmic that Phil designed.

I hope you don't
mind a quick post, click HERE to see what the rest of the team have come up with!  

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Delicate daisies Open & Complete Petals
Italian Collection decorative frames
Fern leaf trio
Daisy Tiers embossing folder
Chic Moss Gilding wax and PVA Pearl glue


Tuesday, 26 May 2015


Happy Tuesday,

what a nice way to say hello lol  I always think that we don't always need a reason to send a card it isn't always someones birthday, anniversary or other occasion but we want to send a card just to say hello.  That's where the Expressions Hello die come in for me!

I wanted to play with this die to see what would happen if I kept the waste would it still spell out the word, well the answer is yes! I started by die cutting the hello in aqua card however i covered the back of the 2with low tack tape to keep all the piece in place. I then embossed the piece with the embossing sandwich which just ensured that the waste pieces stayed in pace.  Next I carefully removed the die cut and placed the die, with the pieces in pace, over a piece of coconut white card onto which I had added a piece of double sided adhesive sheet.  Next I carefully pushed all the pieces of the waste onto the sheet and carefully removed the die.  This left me with the negative hello you see on the top of the card.

to finish the piece I added diamond snow in the gaps to cover the sticky sheet that wasn't adhered to anything and to give a sparkle to the piece.

To make the card I made 3 sizes of the cornflowers in aqua card twice and coloured the edges with broken china distress ink.  I added a small silver dazzler as the centre of the flowers and added them at each opposite corners set with foliage cut in vintage silver.  I mounted the two hello's in layers of aqua, white and silver and mounted these , with foam tape of course, in the opposing corners.

The waste pieces of the hello die make an interesting optical illusion as looked at close up directly then it is hard to work out the words (hopefully this is apparent from the pictures) however at an angle or as the card draws away from you it becomes clear. This makes an interesting eye opener for the receiver!
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Hello Expressions
Delicate Fronds
Diamond Snow
Double sided adhesive sheets
Aqua, Coconut white and Vintage silver foundation card
Silver mini dazzlers


Monday, 25 May 2015

Feel the Love...

Happy Bank Holiday Monday,

I'm sorry today's post is late I got home from Create and Craft at 2am this morning and I thought I had scheduled this post!  Ive been filming for the American Channel this weekend so many timings are all out as the last hour finishes UK time at midnight!

so for today a simple card and question, can you feel the love lol? well with this card you can certainly see it!  I just used the love die from the expressions die range by Sue Wilson to make this card and one embossing folder, you can't get simpler ingredients.

I started by cutting the word die form a piece of milk card in the centre.  next I die cut the matching outline die into another piece of milk card then ran the whole piece through the calibur using the wild roses A4 embossing folder.  Next I added a shading of Victorian velvet distress ink, using a smoothie, over the raised are giving the edges a faded look.

To finish the card I foam mounted the aperture over the love and placed a piece of the milk card, covered in double sided adhesive sheet and iced snow, behind the piece again with foam tape.

A frame of a piece of distress inked milk card and a thin ilk mat and the card just needed a bow.  I made a messy bow using rose seam binding and a heart shaped dazzler and finished.

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson 
Love Expressions Die
CE A4 wild roses embossing folder
CE Double sided adhesive sheets
Iced snow
Victorian Velvet distress ink pad
Rose seam binding


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Simple Sunday...

Happy Sunday,

Todays card is really simple with just the Cherry Blossom triplet stamp and some watercolour painting!

I started by stamping the recut and mounted triplet rubber stamp with perfect medium onto a piece of blush foundation card and heat set it with true white detail embossing powder.  Next I coloured the image using a selection of the Mica Watercolour paints from the new palettes.  I used the carnival brights set (the same as yesterday) and the blossoms shimmer in real life which just doesn't cone across on the pictures!  I stamped the sentiment in a dark pink archival ink and shaded around it using the mica paints.

to make up the card I die cut the outline die form the bevelled glass striplet into a square of coconut white foundation card and foam mounted it over the stamped and coloured image.

A simple card but hopefully effective and great for a quick card!

Stamps to die for cherry blossom striplet
Carnival Brights mica watercolour palette
Blush & Coconut white foundation card.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Stamping Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

I am in the Craft Shop in Astbury Meadow garden centre in Congletom today form 10am to 4pm if you are in the area or like me a bit of a Saturday Garden Centre addict ( I think we have something for the Coffee Shops lol) then pop in and see hi.  I will be demonstrating Die cutting techniques with Sue's new range of dies and throwing in a few of my stamps!

Back to today and I thought it was time for Stamping Saturday to return!  Today's card is made using the focus element from my Tulip elements clear stamp set.  I stared by stamping the oval frame with the tulips onto coconut white foundation card.  I then coloured the tulips using the CE Mica watercolour palettes in shades of pink and green (all taken form the carnival brights set) and then carefully cut the image out leaving an aperture in the frame.  Next I mounted this onto a piece of acetate to straighten the frame and create a window.

Next I made up a gate fold card, from a sheet of A4 coconut white card and die cut the centre panel form the regal striplet into each of the two front folds.  I then added a pice of card covered in CE double sided adhesive sheet behind the aperture and covered the exposed are with Iced Snow.  To get the colour in there I brushed over a soft mallow pink mica concentrating on the corners to 'shade' the die cut.  The Mica colours the iced snow and does not need any additional sealing.  I then added the frame onto the right hand side with foam tape so that it floats in the centre.

I then stamped the same image into the centre back of the gate fold card and coloured it using the same Mica watercolour paints.  I added a little gold around the tulips (again using one of the watercolour set)( to give some shading to the frame, this is where you can stamp your sentiment or write a message!

Finally I added, as usual, a liberal sprinkling of pearls!

Creative Expressions Clear stamps by John Lockwood
Tulip Elements
CE Craft dies by Sue Wilson Regal striplet
Carnival Brights mica watercolour palette
Coconut white foundation card
Iced Snow & Mallow Mica
Double sided adhesive sheets

Pin IT, I didn't realise I had to add the pin it button to every post so sorry its been missing.  I have added it to the last couple of days and today's and will try (honest Guv) to add it to every post!

I have been asked where US and Canadian followers can get hold of my stamps well I am pleased to say that The Glitter Pot have agreed to send them anywhere in the world!  Click HERE to see their range.


Friday, 22 May 2015

Blue Friday...

Happy Friday,

After Blue Thursday I couldn't not show blue today even though I should of changed the colour!  Todays card is made as a team effort at my demo in Strikes garden centre in Blackpool.  The ladies were asking me how to apply the pearl PVA in dots so I cut the Lattice diagonal die (as it has a perfect place for the pearl dots join the lattice, and got them to do a row each!  I think they did very well and as you can see for the card got better with each row.  I didn't want to waste their hard work so I made the piece into this card whilst there!

I used the same etchniqure as yesterday to make the frame however this time I didn't add the double sided adhesive I just cut a blue filigreed frame and a plain coconut white frame and set them on top of each other.  I then cut the smallest die and filigree section from the die set and set this in the centre adding foam tape to each panel.

I die cut the smallest frame die in the set in the sky blue without the filigree section and stamped the sentiment, from my butterfly dreams clear stamp set, in black archival ink.  I made a frame using the outside die and the insert and added this above.

next I embossed a piece of coconut white card using the new fantails A5 sized embossing folder.  This was to show how this folder can be extended to cover a larger piece.  I rubbed pearl moon gilding wax over the piece and added it rot a card base made with layers of the sky blue and coconut white.

Finally I added a messy bow, made with the help of 2 fingers form one of the ladies, and added it with a dazzler over the lattice.

I hope you don't mind me showing this group effort!

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Greek Island collection Rhodes
lattice Diagonal
JL stamps butterfly Dreams
Sky Blue & coconut white foundation card
pearl moon gilding wax
cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA

I am starting on a heavy weekend today by filming at Create and Craft for their US channel,  I am doing the weekender on for the U.S. tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night along with a demo at the strikes garden centre in Congleton tomorrow, so wish me luck! lol


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Blue Thursday?!?...

Happy Thursday,

I know its a day early for Blue but I couldn't resist this periwinkle card from the POD shows with Sue Wilson.  I think its the wide borders that appeal to me, one thing I usually say to people when I am demoing is the I like to frame my cards which is why they have so many layers.  I do feel that when you make a card you are making a piece of Art and as such you should frame it!  Speaking of demoing I will be updating my list of demo's as I have booked another range in independent craft shops and in the Strikes garden centres.  This weekend I will be in Astray Meadow Congleton, click HERE for details, at the Strikes garden centre demonstrating techniques in die cutting using the new range of Sue Wilson's dies for Creative Expressions.

Back to today's card and I wanted to try the technique that Julia Watts demonstrated on her Craft Clinic show last month however it doesn't show well on this card!  I used the letterpress technique with the embossing folder using perfect medium.  I then brushed pearl mica powder into the deboss areas to give a pearl sheen to the debased area.  I then added PVA pearls in cosmic pearl colour to highlight the flourishes on the embossing folder.

To make the topper I die cut the the St Kitts die set from the Caribbean Collection.  I used the largest and next sized outline die to cut a frame in the periwinkle.  I then used the same dies to make a frame using a piece of coconut white card that has a sheet of double sided adhesive attached to it.  I then die cut the filigree section in the set from the Blue frame and attached this to the adhesive frame.  I then brushed the same mica powder into the gaps so that the filigree has the same sheen.

I then cut the centre section of the die set in the periwinkle and white and layered them to make the centre section, I then rotated this and offset it as shown.

For the sentiment I cut 2 of the medium tags in the pierced tags set one in blue and one in white.  I stamped the sentiment, from my daisy chains clear stamp set, in black archival.  I then offset the blue tag behind (with foam tape) tied them with a thin strip of bluebird creative expressions ribbon and added it coming from the corner of the topper.

To finish I tied a double bow of the matching bluebird wide double sided satin ribbon and added a strip, for balance, along the embossed piece.  I filled one of the dazzler settings with summer blue PVA to give a mother of pearl finish.  to layer the card I added a couple of mats of Vintage gold foundation card which just balances the brass on the dazzler setting so that it doesn't stand out too much!

Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Caribbean St Kitts
Pierced tags
Coconut White, Periwinkle & vintage gold foundation card
Pearl PVA & Mica (cosmic Shimmer)
Blue bird double sided satin ribbon set


P.S. yesterdays post has been update with the ingredients!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Creative Teal Wednesday,

Happy Wednesday,

Its timer for the Creative expressions design team again I missed last week as I had decoupage shows and wanted to show you all some of the samples however this week we are back with Phil Martin Cosmic colours, stamps and , of course, Sue Wilson's Die range.  This week I chose the stunning Decadent Teal colour and had to use some of the wonderfully shaded Sparkle Texture Paste.

I stated by using the texture paste, in the decadent teal colour through the that special touch mask on coconut white card.  I then made a square frame using and mounted the frame over the backing covering it with acetate for a glassy picture frame look. (hopefully you can see that on the pictures)

Next I stamped the sentiment form Phill's Inspirational Phrases clear stamp set in the decadent teal embossing powder and heat set it before cutting it out with the 2nd Lisbon Die.. I cut a mat for the sentiment using the largest in the Lisbon die set in teal foundation card and added a liberal sprinkling of pearls!

To make the strip that the sentiment panel is floating on a cut a strip of coconut white card and added 2 strips of the border, cut in teal, from the Portugal Border, corner and take set and mounted the strip over the window and frame so that it appears to float.  

Finally i added the whole piece to a set of layers in the same colours and I added four of the corners, from the same set, to balance the colours and add a little frame (well it iOS all from Phill's collection lol)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Woven Purple?!?...

Happy Tuesday,

heres another card from the POD shows and I don't think this one even made it to your screens as it was on a shelf in the background of the set.

I know I have made a load of cards with the weaving dies but I just loved playing with them to see what different weaves I could come up with and what colours would work!  A dark shade for me however i really think it works somehow in this rich purple colour!

I started by making a hinged card using the outside die from the classic adorned rectangle die set from Sue Wilson.  I then used the deboss (you may have noticed last week that spell check wants to change deboss to debs!) and letterpresses the front of the card using seedless preserve distress ink which just frames the weaving beautifully (IMHO) lol

To make the centre panel I wove together the pieces from the striped weaving die set which I cut so that there are 2 strips together with an aperture in the centre.

The centrepiece is made form more of the lilac, Mauve and coconut white foundation card layered up after being cut with the outline dies form the Greek Island collection (the great thing about this collection as with all of them the outline dies match to give different layers.

card Size A5
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Classic Adorned Rectangle noble die
Striped weaving die
Greek Island collection 

Tag Team Crafting!

Julia Watts and I are planning some tag team crafting events where we hand off to each other.  The first one is on the 28th May at CE Towers in `Kettering, I am doing the morning workshop with this card with Julia picking up the afternoon with this card:-
 If you are interested in either or both of these workshops then please Email for details.  We have also agreed to do some workshops in Loughborough (near Leicester) at Thats Really Crafty in July and August with new projects and cards, details to follow!