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

My Creative Journey @ Practical Publishing- my year in cards 2016

Hi all. Many thanks for joining me on my creative journey. Today I’d like to share with you a compilation of my magazine commissions during 2016. I have been very honoured to work with the amazing editors at Practical Publishing Ltd, who have given me many opportunities to create and showcase my style through  projects in their magazines

Creative Stamping

Papercraft Essentials 

Die-cutting Essentials (plus special editions)

Simply Cards & Papercraft


Did you know that you can also follow the latest news and releases from these magazines on Facebook? Find them them by searching for

Papercraft magazines

I look forward to you joining me through 2017, I’m looking forward to what the team has in store for me.


many thanks for watching, see you again soon

Pixie Powder on Coloured Card – Creative Expressions

Hello, welcome to my first blog post for 2017 (I think!). Today i have been playing with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, trying them out on coloured cardstock. What do you think of the result, I just love it. I love how subtle they become in the background, letting the beauty of the mica catch the light.

I don’t usually, go to pink as my first choice but this Raspberry foundation card is so vibrant i thought it would be fab to team it with crisp white. I sprinkled two Cosmic Shimmer Pixie powders over an A4 sheet  and activated the pigment with water. I was quite liberal with the powders just in case on the bright background they didn’t show, and I think I got the balance just right. I used Aubergine Dream & Burnt Orange – give it a try at home you’ll be so impressed at the effect and how the light changes the background.

I wanted to achieve crisp lines, and Sue Wilson’s Perspectives word dies are perfect.  For me, the addition of the black stamping in the background lifts the entire design and completes the perfect colour combination.

I aim to find new ways to use the supplies I have and an idea came into my head ‘what would pixie powders look like on a coloured cardstock?’. I should say at this point, I sat down originally with a different idea!

I have embossed the flower heads in white embossing powder directly onto the pixie powder background. I wanted to show the versatility of stamps by Creative Expressions. The flowers, with accompanying dies are part of Sue Wilson’s festive collection, and are actually Christmas Roses (and their leaves)….. you wouldn’t have guessed would you?

I always stamp and cut two lots of flowers so I can choose the best for my project. I was able to use all of them and managed to create a second card, sticking to the same theme.

Supplies used

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder – Aubergine Dream & Burnt Orange

Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder - Aubergine Dream   Pixie Powder - Burnt Orange

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Festive Collection – Christmas Rose (CED3052)

Stamps to Die for by Sue Wilson, Christmas Rose (UMS728)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Perspectives – Happy (CED8301)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Australian Collection – Background (CED8101)

Creative Expressions Clear Stamp set – Stitched Mobile Fun (CEC765)

Creative Expressions clear stamps – Elegant Sentiments (CEC745)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Christmas RoseChristmas Rose UMS728Sue Wilson's Craft Dies Perspectives - HappyAustralian Collection, Background (CED8101)Stitched Mibile Fun CEC765Elegant sentiment stamps CEC745



Snow with Unicorn Sparkles – IndigoBlu

Hi there, we are so near to Christmas now and this is my busiest week of the year.

For the December challenge on the IndigoBlu blog, it’s all about Snow, Snow, Snow.

IndigoBlu December Challenge


Many of you will either have snow at Christmas this year or are wishing for it, my sister wishes for it every year, but living in Devon very rarely see’s it unfortunately.

My Design Team Entry

I have created my snow effect on an acetate sheet. I have mixed unicorn sparkles into Super Thick Slap It On medium and applied it to acetate through the textures stencil. When the slap it on has dried it will be transparent and the sparkles glisten through as if it is snow. These two products combined are fabulous and I love working with them both. Mixed together they create a super snowy effect.

I have domed the acetate to create a 3D effect in front of a woodland scene. I really enjoy using tree stamps, and am always exploring alternative ways in which to use them and to create believe landscape scenes. by using acetate I was able to use more tree images without layering them on top of one another. When you are building your layers with stamps it is really important not to lose too much of the detail of the images.

Using tree stamps from the A6 Winterland Wood set, I have created a scene in the background onto IndigoBlu paper using Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I just loved the richness of the colour in the design paper, and teamed it with a teal cardstock. The background scene takes the landscape structure from the paper, and the woodland created by the varying style of tree. The colour is quite alternative for a christmas theme, but works….in my opinion anyway :-D.

IndigoBlu Supplies

A5 Winterland Wood
A5 Winterland Wood
Textures stencil (6x6 in)
Textures stencil (6×6 in)
Super thick slap it on
Super thick slap it on
Unicorn Sparkles
Unicorn Sparkles







To accent the card I have used Tim Holtz sissix ‘Holiday Greens’ dies, again using shades of teal to continue the colour scheme.

Many thanks for joining me today. I’d like to extend many festive wishes to you.

Merry Christmas everyone, see you again soon,

Embossing Techniques on Pixie Powder background

Hello, today I wanted to share some embossing techniques with you. I have used the pixie powder background that I created in my last post. This piece has been sitting on my desk drying, and along with some other off cuts I had laying around, I was able to pull together a couple of really sweet cards.

Below I have put together a video, and especially for those of you who are new to papercrafting particularly heat embossing. It is a favourite technique of all the papercrafters I know. I don’t think i will ever tire of watching the magical moment when the embossing powder turns into it’s molten state.

This time of year we are concentrated on batch cardmaking, creating designs that are quick and simple to make….yet remain stylish.

Creating a co ordinating collection

As you can see there is a theme running through the cards above.  Reminding  you of the card I made in my last post, you will see that I have again used pixie powders and stamps.

Using a couple of different embossing techniques, these cards are so quick to assemble and are really fun to make. The focal image and colour theme can be changed up, but still allow you to create a co ordinating collection.


please follow the link to see how this card is made, http://www.creativemakings.co.uk/?p=2400


Embossing techniques on a pixie powder background, youtube video


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



Pixie Powders & Gnomes – Creative Expressions

Hi there and welcome to all my new and existing followers. I have made a little video for you today using the fab pixie powders and two great stamp sets,  Lisa Hortons ‘Make Gnome Mistakes‘ & John Lockwoods ‘Christmas Borders & Flourishes‘.


I couldn’t wait to share this with you today. There are so many ways to use all of these products, and I wanted to create a card with a Scandanavian / Nordic style, I am loving the clean lines and uncluttered style this year. it’s not often I choose to use red, but this shades tones so well with the icy blues.

I stamped and  coloured with watercolor crayons with under tones of grey. The card is lifted by adding a pop of colour with the pixie powder ‘Teal Wash’ it tones beautifully with the images and the foundation card I used to make the card blank (Aqua & Cornflower foundation card). I use the christmas borders to stamp a repeating pattern in the back ground, using Hickory Smoke distress ink, much subtler than going with black.



Creative Expressions Supplies used

Make Gnome Mistake clear stamps

Christmas Borders & Flourishes by John Lockwood

 Foundation card, Aqua & Cornflower Blue

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder, Teal Wash

Many thanks for joining me today, see you again soon.