Saturday, 23 August 2014

To my Dear Friend

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I stamped the border from the Justrite Floral Fan Elements Clear Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival along the top and bottom of the card. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Rows of Bows PinPoint Embossing Folder.

I stamped the fan from the Justrite Floral Fan Elements Clear Stamp Set 3 times using Jet Black Archival and added Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder (I did not heat set just yet). I stamped the sentiment in the centre of one, added clear powder and heat set. I stamped the flower in the other 2, added clear powder and heat set. It's not actually essential to emboss the stamped fan but I find the image shows up better when adding Glitter Jewels. I added a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to each image and cut out using the Justrite Vintage Fan Die. I removed the backing and added Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Chips. I assembled the fan as shown securing with a Black Brad and Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.


I cut a couple of Spellbinders Adorning Squares Dies out of Black Card and mounted the fan on top using 3d Foam.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Black Swirl and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Black Pearl around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Love

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I started my randomly inking through the Doodle Squares Mask onto Milk Card using Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Then, with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped the Scented Corner Stamp using Dusty Concord. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Feather Frenzy Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design. I rubbed Golden Lilac Gilding Wax all over the embossed surface.

I cut 2 borders out of Rich Plum Card using the Couture Creations Chandeliers Set.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Celebration Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Pastel Lilac Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Couture Creations Ornamental Rectangle Die and inked through the die with Dusty Concord.

I cut a Couture Creations Cappuccino Die out of Mauve Card and inked through the die with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I cut a Couture Creations Elegant Motif Die out of Rich Plum Card.

I tied a bow using Purple/Ivory Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and added an Ivory Organza Ribbon Rose.

I assembled the card as shown adding some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pastel Lilac PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background,with the stamp in my hand, I randomly stamped the Newsprint Holly A6 Background onto Milk Card using Bottle Adirondack Dye Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Poinsettia Lullaby Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Bottle Ink.

I stamped the Merry Christmas Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I stamped it a second time in the same way. I cut out the Merry panel, the poinsettias panel and the single poinsettia. I coloured in using mica powders from the Cosmic Shimmer Festive Brights Set. I used Christmas Red, Bright Holly and Soft Gold. I cut the main image out using Spellbinders Adorning Squares and inked through the die with Bottle Adirondack. I edged the cut out panels with a little of the Bottle Adirondack.



I added the extra pieces to the main image using 3d Foam.

I wrapped some Green/Ivory Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around the right hand side of my background. I tied a bow and added a Bronze Vintage Button.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Cream Pearls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Vintage Golden Green around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Winners of the Creative Expressions Blog Hop

Hi Bloggers.

The Creative Expressions Blog Hop has now come to a close.

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who took part over the past few days - we've all enjoyed it and hope that you have too. There have certainly been many positive comments along the way, and it seems that everyone has been able to take a little bit of inspiration away with them, which is great news!

All of the winners have now been chosen, so here are the list of lucky winners from each of the Blogs:-

Sue Wilson - Jackie Whiteman
Julia Watts - Wendy Armstrong
Tracey Laughton - June Ballenger
Kim Bacon - Lynda Edmondson
Donna Ratcliff - Clai01
Neil Burley - Karen Burton
Tracy Heaton - June Smith
Kerry Hickton - Sam Smithard
Pam Smith - Anne Crawford
Creative Expressions - Crafty Jo

Here's a reminder of the prize

Well done everyone! If you are one of our lucky winners, then please email Tracey@creative-expressions.uk.com with your postal details so that we can get your prizes sent out to you.

All for now.

Julia

Hey There!

Hi Bloggers.

Be sure to read to the end of this post. I have some newsy bits to share.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Mauve Card through the Grand Calibur with the Checkerboard PinPoint Embossing Folder. I rubbed Pearl Moon Gilding Wax all over the embossed surface.

I pressed 4 Victorian Metal Corners into Perfect Medium, added Cosmic Shimmer True White Detail Powder and heat set. I added some Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to the backs of the corners. I left the glue for a couple of minutes for it to become tacky and then added the corners to the background.

I wrapped a piece of White Crochet Ribbon around the centre of the background.

I stamped the Justrite Basket Weave Background using Perfect Medium. I brushed some Lapis Lavender Mica Powder from the Cosmic Shimmer Summer Shades Mica Spray Set. I wiped away the excess with a dry wet wipe. I cut it out using Sue's Granada Die from the Spanish Collection.

I stamped the typewriter from the Justrite Just Typed Clear Stamp Set onto Mauve Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with True White Detail Powder. I cut it out using scissors.

I stamped several sentiments from the Justrite Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set using Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I trimmed them and edged them with Dusty Concord.

I tied a bow using White Crochet Ribbon and added a Clear Sparkler.

I assembled the card as shown adding some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Cosmic Pearl around the edges.

I raised £50.42 for Macmillan Cancer Support from the sale of packs of samples on ebay. Thank you you to those of you who supported this. I hope you are pleased with your purchases. I will auction some more packs next month.

I am pleased to reveal that I have set the date for my next workshop at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering. The date is Tuesday 21st October. A morning workshop and an afternoon workshop. Both workshops feature some of Sue's new dies.

The first workshop is 10am till 1pm.

The second workshop is 2pm till 4pm.

Please contact Tracey on 01536 481778 for more details and to book a place.

The winners of the Blog Hop have been drawn. Please be sure to go and check on the Creative Expressions News Blog here to see if you're a winner. You may have to scroll down to find the post with the winners.

Thanks for stopping by,

Julia.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

So Grateful for You

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I stamped all over a piece of Periwinkle Card with Perfect Medium using one of the sunflower images from the Justrite Stitched Sunflowers Vintage Labels 8 Clear Stamp Set.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Celebrations Sentiments Clear Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using a Justrite Vintage Labels 8 Die and inked through the die with Stonewashed Adirondack Dye Ink.

I stamped the frame from the Justrite Stitched Sunflowers Vintage Labels 8 Clear Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival, embossed with Clear Powder, cut out using another Justrite Vintage Labels 8 Die and inked through the die with Stonewashed Ink.

I cut one of Sue's Decorative Frames B Dies from the Californian Collection and inked through the die with Stonewashed Ink.

I made a flower out of Blue/White Grosgrain Ribbon and cut a couple of Faux Quilled Leaves out of Coconut White Card.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Summer Blue around the edges.

You have until 5pm today to take part in the Creative Expressions Blog Hop - start point is here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Santa on his Sleigh

Here's today's card -

The image is half of the Creative Expressions Believe Singles Stamp. I stamped it twice onto Milk Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Christmas Red Sparkle Embossing Powder. I cut one out around the outer line and one around the inner line. I mounted the smaller on top with 3D Foam.

I stamped the Newsprint Stars A6 Background using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B and inked through the die with Barn Door Distress Ink. I cut another Matting Basics B die out of Ruby Card.

For the background, I ran a piece of Milk Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations New Year Dove Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design and inked around the edges with Barn Door.

I tied a bow using Red/Ivory Striped Grosprain Ribbon and added a Bronze Vintage Button.

I assembled the card as shown addding some Cream Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Berry Sparkle PVA around the edges.

Don't forget that the Blog Hop is still going - details are here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

A simple one as long as you're patient!

For the background, I spread some Warm Gold Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste through the Festive Frame Mask and set aside to dry.

I stamped the Merry Christmas Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Spellbinders Adorning Squares. I popped a little Gold Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint onto my Craft Sheet. I picked it up using Cut n Dry Foam and edged the die cut with it. I cut a mat out of Vintage Gold Card using Spellbinders Grand Squares.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon and added a Fancy Pearl Embellishment.

Once dry, I edged the background with Gold Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint.

I assembled the card as shown adding dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Olympic Gold around the edges.

Don't forget that the Blog Hop is still running - start point is here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Christmas Blessings

Hi Bloggers.

Thanks for all your emails to the show yesterday. Sorry that there was no 2pm show - out of our control. Lovely to see so many of you taking part in the blog hop. It's running till Tuesday afternoon so there's still time to take part. The start point is here.

I'll post some Christmas cards for a few days and then mix it up with some cards from last Sunday's Toolshed. I've popped my samples from yesterday's shows on Facebook here. The only one that's not on there is the one on the Blog Hop.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Poinsettia Lullaby Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design. I popped a little Gold Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint onto my Craft Sheet. I picked some up onto a piece of Cut n Dry Foam and rubbed over the embossed surface.

I stamped the bottom panel from the Joy to the World Stamp using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out around the outer frame.

I cut a couple of the Spellbinders Adorning Squares Dies out of Vintage Gold Card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expessions Winter Greetings Stamp Set. again using Perfect Medium and embossed with Gold Detail Powder. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles Two Die. I cut the die again out of Vintage Gold Card, which I then cut in half lengthways and glued it behind the sentiment panel offsetting it slightly.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon and added a Fancy Pearl Embellishment.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Sparkle PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.