Thursday 12 October 2017


One more card using the new and very, very, cute Stitched die sets by Lisa Horton.

This "Reindeer Pal" is peeping through a die-cut window in the front of the card, so when you open the card you see the whole of his body.

Here is a reminder of my Stitched Collection card samples.

Happy crafting!

Items used:

Creative Expressions Dies by Lisa Horton:
Stitched Collection - Reindeer Pals CEDLH1006
Stitched Collection – Trees CEDLH1009
Stitched Collection – Owl CEDLH1004
Handicraft Felt Festive Fun Collection FELTFESTFUN
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder Candy Burst EF-089

Sunday 1 October 2017

Advent Calendar

Something a bit different . . . 
This is the new Advent Calendar die set from Creative Expressions, which enables you to make your own Advent Calendars. Inside the packaging are detailed step by step instructions and colour photographs. The main steps are as follows:

Step 1 - Prepare your calendar front, either by using a decorative piece of card or maybe stamping a suitable design.

Step 2 - attach a sheet of paper to the back and die cut your windows where required. There are several sizes and shapes supplied for you to choose from.

Step 3 - Number each window, using the dies supplied.

Step 4 - The sheet of paper on the back can now be used as your template to stamp small images behind each window.

There is a set of clear stamps designed to co-ordinate with this die set, CEC878 Advent Calendar Stamps, and the next picture shows what a finished calendar looks like once the recipient has started to open some of the windows.

The calendars can be made in any size and you could also use the window dies to reveal messages on cards too!

Happy crafting!

Thursday 28 September 2017

Ho Ho Ho

As promised, another cute card using Lisa Horton's new Stitched Collection Die Sets.

With the Stitched Snowman die set you are given different options to dress him. 

The finishing touch is adding the white Fluffy Stuff from Woodware for the snow.

Happy crafting!

Items used:

Stitched Collection – Snowman CEDLH1008
Stitched Collection – Season’s Greetings CEDLH1002
Handicraft Felt Festive Fun Collection FELTFESTFUN
Woodware White Fluffy Stuff WW2770

Thursday 14 September 2017

Stitched Collection Snow Scene

The new dies by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions are just soooooo super cute!

I couldn't wait to use these and I used quite a selection on this card sample.

With the exception of the "Seasons Greetings", I die cut everything from the new Festive Fun Felt Collection from Creative Expressions. You do need to take care when handling some of the finer detailed parts of the die cut felt but it is worth trying as the texture you get is beautiful.

Another sample using the new Stitched Snowman die set will follow soon.

Happy crafting!  

Items used:

Creative Expressions Dies by Lisa Horton:
Stitched Collection – Sleigh CEDLH1007
Stitched Collection - Reindeer Pals CEDLH1006
Stitched Collection – Trees CEDLH1009
Stitched Collection – Season’s Greetings CEDLH1002
Handicraft Felt Festive Fun Collection FELTFESTFUN

Thursday 31 August 2017

Trimming The Tree

I think my favourite designs for Christmas Cards have to be Trees. This stamp, designed by Francoise Read for Woodware and Creative Expressions, is no exception!

Once stamped, you can add a small amount of colour using your favourite medium (I used watercolour markers on this sample) and a touch of glitter! Very quick for batch making if you have lots to send.

Happy crafting!

Items used:

Woodware Clear Stamp Trimming The Tree FRS357

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost Aurora Sparkle CSDFAURORA
Koi Colour Brush Watercolour Pens
Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad VF-82

Thursday 17 August 2017

Let it Snow

This is a fairly easy Festive design, which can be made in lots of different colour ways.

The only part which needs some preparation time is the shaker star treat cup, as the glue takes a while to dry on the acetate.

Items used:

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson:
Festive Collection Radiating Star CED3094
Festive Collection Twinkle Star Background CED3127
Festive Collection Let It Snow Snowflakes CED3101
Creative Expressions Snow White Micro Beads MICROWHITE
Star Shaped Treat Cups CETREATSTAR

Happy crafting!

Thursday 3 August 2017

Let It Snow

Here is a cheeky little Snowman for you!

He is from the Woodware clear stamp, designed by Francoise Read.

This image can be coloured in so many ways and then placed onto co-ordinating card.

If you think the clear circle falling snow looks 3-dimensional, it is! I blobbed on some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear acrylic glue and left it to dry. The result are these 3-D domed bubbles.

Happy crafting!

Products used: 
FRS049 Woodware Jolly Snowman clear stamp
CED3114 Creative Expressions Gingerbread Man die set - Sue Wilson Festive Collection
CED3107 Snowflake Edger die set - Sue Wilson Festive Collection
CEWATER Creative Expressions Watercolour card
41033 Foundations Emerald Green card
XBR-48 Koi Watercolour Brush Pens
VF-82 Versafine Black Onyx ink pad
CSGLUE Cosmic Shimmer dries clear acrylic glue
XQR-S Koi Water Brush - Fine Tip
Foam pads/tape

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Two ways - one die!

I am off to Crafters Companion Aycliffe Store on Saturday to demonstrate some of the latest products from Creative Expressions.

Here is one of the 2017 Festive Dies, the Stained Glass Poinsettia, used as an everyday Celebration card . . . 

The card was coloured using some of the latest Colour Cloud colours from Phill Martin for Cosmic Shimmer, Tangy Tangerine, Bright Sunshine, Purple Paradise, Lime Burst and Lush Pink.

Golden Sand Glitter Kiss was then added all over to make the card sparkle!

. . . and here the die has been used for a Festive card.

This version was coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders.

Happy crafting!

Thursday 6 July 2017

Christmas in July

It's never too soon to start your Christmas cards and here is my first Christmas blog post for this year . . . 

I adore this cute reindeer image from the stamp set designed by Jane Gill, as part of the latest Woodware launch from Creative Expressions.

I coloured the stamped images using a few watercolours and some gel pens.

I couldn't resist using the Woodware fluffy stuff to add snow for a finishing touch. You pipe it on wet and heat it gently with a heat tool until it puffs up, giving dimension to the card.

The full list of items used, are as follows:

Woodware Clear Stamps - Reindeer Bells JGS524
Woodware White Fluffy Stuff WW2770
Creative Expressions Noble Collection Ornate Pierced Rectangles CED5502
Graphmaster Aquarel Watercolour Brush Markers - Pastel Set GRAPHAQUASETB
Creative Expressions Watercolour Card Pack 20 sheets CEWATER
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad VF-82
Cosmic Shimmer Glue 30ml CSGLUE
Sakura Gel Pens - assorted colours

Thursday 22 June 2017

Tropical Flamingos

We are still enjoying the mini heatwave this week, so here is something tropical inspired for you!

This hanging MDF plaque has been decorated using some of the beautiful new Cosmic Shimmer Carnival Colours from Phill Martin; Purple Paradise, Lush Pink and Tangy Tangerine.

The Metallic Gilding Polish can be applied direct to the bare MDF and the greyboard flamingo and large palm tree pop-ems.

The remaining palm trees, hammock and flying birds have been die cut from black card.

Here is a quick card made with some similar products.

Products used:

Creative Expressions MDF Driftwood Circle pk 2 (CEMDFDRCIRC)
Creative Expressions Tropical Island A5 Clear Stamp Set (CEC845)
Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Tangy Tangerine (CSPMMGTANGY)

Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Purple Paradise (CSPMMGPARA)
Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish Lush Pink (CSPMMGLUSH)
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish Graphite (CSMGGRAPHITE)
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish Silver Dream]] (CSMGSILVER)
Black card and white card
Creative Expressions Tropical Collection Island Paradise Die Set (CED21009)
Creative Expressions Pop-ems Tropical Island (CSGBTROPICAL)
Graphmaster Acrylic Paint Marker White 2-3mm Nib (GRAPHACWHITE2.5)
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Midnight Sparkle (CSGKMID)
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle (CSGKFROSTY)
Black Versafine Ink Pad (VF-82)


Sunday 4 June 2017

Summer Holidays

Have you been enjoying the wonderful sunshine recently?

This brilliant stamp set, designed by Jane Gill, makes me think of happy Summer holidays, both in the past and still to come!

Products used:

Woodware Clear Stamp - The Deck Chair JGS519
DCWV 12x12” Premium Stack - Coastal DCWVCP-012-00652
DCWV 6x6” Cardstock Stack - Shimmer DCWVPS-005-00555
Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter - Penny Copper CSPSGPENNY