How to… Create 3D Gift Bow with Creative Dies Plus, for Craftstash

Morning. This week saw the launch of Creative Die Plus Gift Box Collection, a range of dies exclusive to I had the pleasure of giving a couple of the sets a test run and also to create a video for you to show you just how easy it is to construct these gorgeous 3D bows.

Craftstash Creative Dies Plus, Git Box collection

Gift Box

3D Bow

I really enjoyed creating with these, and made far more boxes and bows that I really needed….and isn’t that a sign of a good purchase LOL! As you’ll see in the video, the dies aren’t huge, so I found that I was able to go to my ‘bits’ box or ‘scraps’ box (we all have 1 or 3) and use up all the ends of pretty papers i had been holding on to.

To decorate the boxes I made I used the die to make the 3D bow, as you can see in the photo’s, but of course the whole collection is perfect for you to adapt in which way that will suit. While I was filming I thought how perfect these would be for children and their parties. You can perhaps get them involved in making up the party bags and boxes for sweets to cakes, or little prizes.

Please enjoy the video. All the details of the products i’ve used are listed below the video in the description, as well as all the links to the products too.

Many thanks for watching, see you again soon.

Imagine Design Create NEW STAMP BRAND, Fly Free with Gelato background

We are so pleased to now be able to bring videos to you, sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for the brand new stamp release by Imagine Design Create

There is a full product list in the video description on Youtube, and also on the Imagine Design Create Blog


See you again next time

Fly Free, Distress Oxides and stencilled canvas

I have a new post on the Imagine Design Create blog today, and would love for you to head over there.

Follow the link –

Fly Free, Distress Ink and Stencilled Canvas

I have a little peek for you here



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Playing with Faber Castell Gelatos

Imagine Design Create have a peek inside my art journal today, where I have been experimenting with Gelatos and how they blend onto a background of Starlight paints from Imagination Crafts.

Visit the blog and see what else is going on at Imagine Design Create

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Mixed media journal page for Imagine Design Create

Hi there, I have a new Mixed media journal page for the Imagine Design Create blog today. I have used a few techniques using Sparkle medium, Rusty patina paint and watercolour pens. I have gone into detail about each over on the main blog

Die cutting with sparkle medium..

but here are a few peeks of the process for you now


See you again soon,

Distress Ink stencilled background

Morning, as I continue to settle into my new role working with Kerri-Ann at Imagine Design Create, we are beginning to establish regular blog features, and Tuesday will be Papercraft day. Featuring on the blog today is a project using distress inks to create a stencilled background and also the main focal image.

I have a sneak peak for you here, so please head over to the main blog for all the details

Imagine Design Create blog

Many thanks, see you again soon,

Tim Holtz Wild Flowers – for Imagine Design Create

This is my first post using Tim Holtz Wild Flowers for the Imagine Design Create design team. I will be working closely with Kerri-Ann to bring you lots of inspiration via the shop website and facebook page



I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. I met Kerri-Ann a year ago now at a CHA-UK event for industry crafters, we hit it off and discovered we had lots in common; were both aiming for the same goal, to share our enthusiasm, turning our hobby and passion into a way of life.  So, there’ll be lots of exciting times and plans ahead, I hope you’ll join us.

My first post on the blog is a mixed media piece, I’d love for you to head over to the blog to see more.

Imagine Design Create Blog


Thanks and see you again soon

Stitched & Pierced Nesting Dies by Creative Dies Plus at Craftstash

Hi there, I have had the opportunity to create some projects for you using the new range of Stitched & Pierced Nesting dies by Creative Plus Dies now available at

These new designs launched are a larger size to the usual nesting dies on the market, making them so much more versatile for a whole range of different projects. They also are available in a range of 13 different shapes, all with both stitched & pierced details….I know

13 available designs

I have used the tag in this card

and have a video showing the creative process.

I hope you enjoyed, please join me again soon for more.


Love IndigoBlu Luscious Pigment Powders – February Challenge


Hi there we are welcoming the February challenge for IndigoBlu, and showing off the beautiful IndigoBlu Luscious pigment powders ;

Love is all you Need

So in the words of the great Beatles  song – include anything Love related, hearts, flowers, weddings etc. We can’t wait to see how imaginative you will all be.

I have gone with a soft approach, using gentle colours and a variety of stamps to create the background. The focal image is an image torn from the ‘Lost Family’ A6 mixed media paper kit and knocked back with Gesso so that it softens into the background.

Indigoblu february challenge blog DT piece, Claire Newcombe


The cluster of embellishments can be created by stamping images from various stamp sets.

IndigoBlu Heart Flourish ‘dinkie’ A7 stamp

Butterfly from the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy A5 stamp set

Cogs from the IndigoBlu Take the Time A5 stamp set

‘Love’ from the IndigoBlu word Blocks #1 stamp set by Mike Deakin

Stamp each of the elements  with ranger perfect medium (a sticky ink pad) onto a cream card stock, and apply the gorgeous Luscious powders with a soft brush to colour. I have used two colours, Coral on the heart and Bronze for the butterfly and cogs. The mica within the powders create a beautiful sheen when directed to the light … you really need to play with them yourself to see the true beauty.

Please join us on the Indigoblu Challenge Blog today, over over the coming month as the rest of the team will also be inspiring you their take on this theme.

Thanks for calling by, see you next time

Word Cloud Stamping background – Creative Expressions

Hi there welcome. Today I’m here with my Creative Expressions design team make. I have collected up a number of my sentiment sets and used them alongside Sue Wilson’s craft dies, Perspective’s collection to create this word cloud stamping card today. The design looks stylish in a monochrome scheme, but it would be fun to incorporate colour too.


Sue Wilson’s perspectives die is so versatile and i’m enjoying finding new ways to design with it. Did you see my last cards made with it?

Last time I used a nice bright colour scheme and pixie powders to add some bling to the card. pop over and have a look  Pixie Powder on coloured card

Word Cloud Stamping

I have made a video for you to show how the card was made.


Items used

Sue Wilson's Perspectives = Happy Petite Lavish Sentiments clear stamp set  Elegant sentiments clear stamp set  Pierced Tag sentiments by John Lockwood  Stitched speech bubble clear stamps


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