Pixie Powders & Masks – Creative Expressions

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Hello, welcome back to my blog. I cannot believe it is friday again, and time to share my Creative Expressions DT project with you. I took delivery of a very exciting parcel this week, that included the new Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. I had a little bit of fun with my youngest son during the week getting to grips with using these powders, and today I have the first of my projects to show you.

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I created the blue card to initially, before videoing a little tutorial for you, where I talk you through making the gold card. In the card above, the ‘Happy Birthday’ card, I used the Teal Wash Pixie Powder and the Sentimentally Yours, Dandelion Dream stamps by Phill Martin. The background has been embossed using a mask by ‘That Special Touch’, called Counterpane. I wanted to show you that masks can be used in ways other than stenciling.

 

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I have a video tutorial here, to talk you through making the gold card above, using the Golden Mint pixie powders by Cosmic Shimmer.

Supplies used,

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder – Teal Wash & Golden Mint

That Special Touch mask – Counterpane

Creative Expressions mini masks – Shabby Harlequin

Creative Expressions Clear stamp set – Stitched Speech Bubbles

Phill Martin’s Sentimentally Yours  – Dandelion Dreams stamp

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
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Thank you so much for joining me today, I do hope to see you again soon.

claire

 

Happy dreams come true – IndigoBlu Stamps

Good morning, today is the launch of May’s challenge theme over on the IndigoBlu challenge website. It’s a play on words this month, and can be interpreted in so many ways by different people. Everyone has dreams, either life changing aspirations or whimsical daydreams.

May Your Dreams Come True

I have dreams, and am gradually plucking up the courage and slowly working towards making them happen. It’s only as I’m getting older that I’m thinking I may as well try to realise them, it’s a whole new venture and way of thinking for me!

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I took my inspiration from the IndigoBlu’s flutterby backing paper. I continued the card by stamping and adding addition colour with Seedless Preserves, Fossilised Amber & Milled Lavender distress inks. The butterfly has texture after I embossed it with distress embossing powder.

If you have never had the chance to work with the IndigoBlu papers (of any design) I was really encourage you to treat yourself to some. They are a dream to work with, and take any medium you want to work with so well. They are the only papers I have found so far (in my opinion) that allow you to get a crisp, beautiful image with distress ink that remains true to colour.

IndigoBlu Stamps used

IB Flutterby (code F-B)
IB Flutterby (code F-B)
Bear Hugs
Bear Hugs (code BH)
Tasty Textures
Tasty Textures
looks like rain, deer
Looks like rain, deer (code RD1)

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for joining me today, I do hope to see you again soon.

claire

Baby Announcement Gift Tag – For Creative Expressions

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Hello, Welcome to my blog, where today I am sharing my ‘make’ for Creative Expressions. These baby announcement gift tags have been made using the Justrite ‘We are having a baby’ stamp sets and the cosmic shimmer watercolour paints….that are my new favourite thing to use at the moment. The mica content in the paints is really high, and as the paint dries, the mica really comes into its own.

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I have painted MDF shapes in previous projects, so this time I wanted to show you that covering MDF with design paper is just as easy and gives gorgeous results. Of course, these designs are completely adaptable and tags like this can be gifted for all sorts of occasions.

I have created a video tutorial again for anyone who is interested in how to begin a project such as this.

 

Creative Expressions Supplies Used

Justrite Clear Stamp Set – ‘We are having a baby’

Creative Expressions MDF shapes – Tags & Speech Bubbles

Phill Martin’s Sentimentally Yours – Butterfly & dragonfly paper

Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour – Set 8, pretty pastels

Cosmic Shimmer Mat Glue, Seal & Glaze

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Ink – Pretty in Pink, Spring Bluebell

 

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Many thanks for joining me today, I do hope to see you again soon,

claire

Baby Cards using Iridescent Watercolours – For Creative Expressions

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Its Friday, so that means I share with you my Creative Expressions make. Using Cosmic shimmer watercolour paints, and Justrite ‘We are having a baby’ stamp set, I have made two baby themed cards, and a little video tutorial showing you how I made them.

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Looking closely at the die cut bows, it looks as though I have used a pearlescent paper. I am so impressed at the coverage of these paints and the amount of mica and pigment they contain. I used the Irridescent watercolour pallet, set 8, Perfect Pastels and the colours are so pretty.

The thought of using watercolours has always frightened me, I had convinced myself that I couldn’t paint, so it took me a couple of days to work out how to use them. I wanted to come up with a fool proof way to use these paints, and show you that there are many different ways in which to use them.

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I have created a little video tutorial to share some of these techniques with you, I hope you enjoy!

 

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claire

Creative Expressions supplies used

Justrite clear stamp set – ‘We are having a baby’ (JRCR-05008)

Creative Expressions Mini Stencil – Shabby harlequin (CEMSHARL)

Iridescent watercolour pallet (set 8) – Perfect pastels (CSIWPSET8)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Finishing touches collection – Classic 3D Itty Bitty Bow (CED1408)

‘Enjoy’ your birthday – Creative Expressions

06May2016

Hi there, hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Unfortunately it has been rather wet and unpleasant here, but it has given me a chance to write this post. I should have shared this card with you last Friday for Creative Expressions, so I’m running a couple of days late.

I have used MDF speech bubble shapes and the Stitched Speech Bubble clear stamps to create a removable magnet on a background created with Cosmic Shimmer Vanilla Crackle paint.06May2016

I created the background by firstly colouring a piece of foundation card with three colour cloud inks, and then spreading a generous layer of cosmic shimmer crackle paint over the top and allowing to dry overnight. This allowed some of the colour cloud ink to show through, but in much more muted tones. The MDF shapes, and tag for the ‘It’s You Birthday’ sentiment were both coloured again with colour cloud ink before being stamped with words from the Stitched Speech Bubble clear stamp set.

I have a little video tutorial for you here, showing a) how the card was put together, and b) how versatile and vibrant the Cosmic Colour Cloud ink are to use.

Creative Expressions supplies used

Stitched Speech Bubble clear stamp set (CEC763)

MDF Speech Bubbles (CEMDFBUBBLES)

Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paint – Vanilla 

Cosmic Shimmer Color Cloud Ink – Ocean Blue, Basil Leaf, Decadent Grape

Creative Expressions Foundation Card – Coconut White

 

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
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Thank you so much for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

Stamped Wedding Acceptance Cards – for Creative Expressions

Hi !

Today I am sharing a little technique with you on behalf of Creative Expressions. Using only the little decorative stamps from Justrite wedding stamps collection (the lovely ‘Wedding Inner Sentiments’ ), I have created larger focal images for my cards. I did get a little carried away and ended up making 4 for you. I teamed the stamps with Phill Martins Blossom design paper and vellum, to tie all the designs together.

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You can see the set of wedding sentiments here, because I wanted to show you the small swirl stamps, towards the bottom of the collection.

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I have made a short video to show you how I created the cards above, and in particular the flowers.

Supplies Used

Justrite Wedding Inner Sentiments

Phill Martin’s Sentimentally Yours Blossom 8×8″ papers

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Ink, Spring Bluebell

Cosmic Shimmer Silver Lustre PVA

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
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Many thanks for joining me today, and I hope to see you again soon.

claire

Pretty in Pink Wedding Card for Creative Expressions

Hi, Friday again, hasn’t this week flown. I have been very busy this week and have a wedding card with a few techniques to share with you today. Using the beautiful font of the Justrite wedding sentiments, I have incorporated many mediums into this card; Pretty in Pink Colour Cloud, Mica Powder, and Gilding Flakes.

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I have also used John Lockwood’s stamp, and Sue Wilson’s dies and emboss folders (I have detailed list below). When I make wedding cards, I like to keep the colours and layers simple, and then add interest and texture to create an elegance. By gilding the rosebud frame  with silver (aurora) flakes, it softens the image. I have highlighted the frame further by adding very subtle colour and a hint of pearlescence with mica powder.

I’d like to invite you to watch the video,

Creative Expressions supplies used;

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud – Pretty in Pink

Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes (+ flake and glitter glue)- Aurora

Cosmic Shimmer mica Powder – Platinum

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue – Silver Lustre

Justrite - Wedding Inner Sentiments
Justrite – Wedding Inner Sentiments
John Lockwood - Rosebud Elements
John Lockwood – Rosebud Elements
A4 Emboss Folder - Dotty Daisy
A4 Emboss Folder – Dotty Daisy
Noble Squares- - Double Pierced
Noble Squares- – Double Pierced
Sue Wilson - Pierced Tag Dies
Sue Wilson – Pierced Tag Dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating!

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Many thanks for joining me today, and I hope you will visit again soon,

claire

Spring is in the Air – IndigoBlu Acrylic Paint

Hello, it’s time to introduce a challenge on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog,

Spring is in the air

IB April 2016

I have used a 6 x 4 inch canvas board, so the finished project has a wonderful texture to it.

Before painting the canvas with the buttery smooth English Cottage acrylic paints, I stamped a few texture stamps with Memento Black ink. The great thing is that when you paint over these stamped images, they stay visible in the background (make sure the ink is properly dry before covering with paint though!).

I have used the stencil (listed below) to create a gate effect, and shadows in with a grey promarker. In the birthday card below, I included the gates again, but this time added them using tecture paste that I had tinted with the acrylic paint.

I have used the following supplies;

IndigoBlu Tasty Textures
IndigoBlu Tasty Textures
IB Take the Time
         IB Take the Time
IB Loud Music
IB Loud Music
IB Stylised Flowers
IB Stylised Flowers
IB Texture Stencil
IB Texture Stencil
IB Acrylic paint - Banana Custard
IB Acrylic paint – Banana Custard
IB Acrylic Paint - Grandma's Teacup
IB Acrylic Paint – Grandma’s Teacup
IB Acrylic paint - Peppermint Tea
IB Acrylic paint – Peppermint Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have also made a birthday card, and videoed the process for you, but for some technical reason un known to me, the middle part of the video didn’t work!

I have photographed the card for you, and this time you can see how I finished off the projects with gilding wax.

IB Spring is in the air card

Many thanks for joining me today, I do hope we see you over on the challenge blog. Hope to see you again soon,

claire

Friendship card for Creative Expressions

Good Morning, it’s a glorious day here! I have created a friendship card for Creative Expressions today, that reflects my up lifted mood with a bunch of yellow roses. I have used the single rose stem from John Lockwoods Rosebud Elements stamps, and greeting sentiments from the Mobile Stitched Fun clear stamps.

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I have used a masking technique a one single rose stamp to create the bouquet. Join me on my youtube channel, where I have begun filming tutorials to show you how my cards come together.

 

Creative Expressions supplies used

Creative Expressions Foundation Card, Milk White & Black

Creative Expressions, John Lockwoods Rosebud Elements
Creative Expressions, John Lockwoods Rosebud Elements
Creative Expressions Stitched Mobile Fun clear stamps
Creative Expressions Stitched Mobile Fun clear stamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for joining me today, see you again soon,

claire

 

Phill Martin’s Blossom Paper, MDF Frame for Creative Expressions

08Apr2016

Hello it’s Friday again, and that means I get to share what I have been making for Creative Expressions. I have used Phill Martin’s Blossom paper, and the mobile phone MDF shapes, to create an MDF frame.

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I have joined together two of the larger MDF pieces from the mobile phone set with a couple of lengths of ribbon (acting as hinges), so that they are able to stand freely. I have attached a small clip, so that you can add and change photo’s regularly.

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The words are a stamped sentiment from a set by Justrite Clear Stamps (also available via Creative Expressions). The sage green colour way from the fabulous designer paper pad from Phill Martin, has a true vintage feel, so this piece will frame a beautiful black and white photograph. Of course you can use colours to suit, and the theme can be changed up to suit all ages.

 

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Now, this is something of a first for me – I have filmed a video of how I went about making this frame. I’ll give you a little warning that, its 20 mins long! I have a lot to learn yet, and this is by no means a polished article. I still need to work on a better intro, adding music (which just wasn’t happening for me today!!), and general editing skills. But hey – we all need to start somewhere, and this will at least give you an insight into how to approach a project like this.

So thank you for your perseverance, and I would love any tips any of you may have :-).

Supplies Used

MDF Mobile Phone Set (CEMDFPHONE)

Phill Martin’s, Sentimentally Yours – Blossom 8×8″ Paper collection

Justrite Clear stamps – Wedding Inner Sentiments (CR-02193)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson – Frames & Tags, Pierced Tags (CED4305)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson – Frames & Tags, Refined Rectangular Frame (CED4303)

A4 Embossing Folder by sue Wilson – Dotty Daisy

Cosmic Shimmer (colours by Phill Martin)- Cosmic Twinkles, Old Gold

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud – Decadent Bamboo

Craft Consortium – Always & Forever Wedding Collection Metal Lock Charm (AFMCHRM003)

 

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Many thanks for stopping by to look today, see you again soon!

claire