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

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



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.


Wedding Guest Book with Creative Expressions


We are in wedding season, and with Creative Expressions we are showcasing the wonderful products, and our projects that you can make to accessorise your wedding, and remember those special moments. it is very apt, for me to be sharing this post with you this week in particular, because this week  I am celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary.

The project i have chosen to create is a wedding guest book. I think it is a lovely idea for this blank paged book to be passed around from guest to guest to jot down and share their thoughts about your special day. I have step by step photo’s for you here, and at the end i have a full list of the Creative Expressions supplies I’ve used.

Step by step
wedding book 1
Step 1 – Prepare the MDF elements by priming them with a couple of layers of gesso. Allow to dry properly between layers.


wedding book 2
Step 2- . Stamp multiple images of the two smallest Filigree Peony stamps, using Colour Cloud Ocean blue. Use the corresponding Perfect Peony dies to cut out the flowers.


wedding book 3
Step 3- Take a ball ended tool to shape the flowers. Work onto a soft surface, like Phil Martins stamping mat, and moving the tool in circular movements in the centre of the flower. Add self adhesive flat backed pearls to the centre of each bloom.


wedding book 4
When the gesso is dry, begin applying Colour Cloud Ink to the MDF cover. Use the smoothie sponges to apply the colour. Either in a dabbing or circular motion, depending on the preferred finish. Allow to dry thoroughly.


wedding book 5
Step 5- Apply sparkle texture paste through the heart cluster mini stencil, as a backdrop for the MDF embellishments


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Step 6- Extend the texture paste through a portion of the stencil further up the page. Allow to dry.


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Step 7- Use Colour Cloud ink and gilding wax to colour tint the MDF elements. Accent areas with Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels. When dry fix onto the stencilled area of the book cover.


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Step 8- Use silicone glue gel to apply the stamped flowers around the MDF shapes, ‘catching’ short lengths of ribbon and loops among the petals.


wedding book


Creative Expressions supplies

MDF 6×6 book covers (2 pieces) – CEMDFBOOK6x6

MDF Wedding accessories (pack 19) – CEMDFWEDACC

Finishing Touches collection by Sue Wilson, Perfect Peony complete petals Die – CED1432

Stamps to Die For, Filigree Peony – UMS660

Mini Stencil Heart Cluster – CEMSHEARTS

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud, Ocean Blue & Summer Sky

Phill Martin Metallic Gilding Wax, Frosty Aqua – CSPHGWFRAQUA

Finishing Touches 5mm Flat backed self adhesive pearls – SAP5WHITE

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels


Many thanks for joining me today. Below I have the link for the Creative Expressions blog, so if you’d more information or inspiration, head on over to see what the rest of the team have been up to.

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

Satin Ribbon, Ocean Blue – CESROCEAN

Cosmic Shimmer lustre fabric paint, Tote bag

Today’s post is fairly picture heavy as I talk you through how I used the fabulous Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Fabric Paints to decorate a canvas tote bag. You can pick up the canvas bags from most art & craft stores these days, but why not try a painting a plain tea towel/cushion cover/pillow case, because once you have painted and ironed over the paints with a warm iron, your design is permanent…just think of all the possibilities.

Along with the paints, I used two new floral clear stamp sets by Creative Expressions. I have really fallen for these stamps, they are so pretty and versatile and am really looking forward to showing you what else can be created with them.

Shopping List

Cosmic Shimmer Lustre fabric paints – Golden Lime, Sea Green, Atlantic Blue, Summer Sunrise, Moroccan Rose

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Fabric Paint – Silver Shine

Creative Expressions Wild Flowers A5 clear stamp set CEC781)

Creative Expressions Summer Meadow A5 clear stamp set (CEC780)

Step 1. Prepare the tote bag for painting by ironing, and inserting a layer of cardboard to separate the two sides.


mix shades of green
Step 2. Onto a palette/acrylic block,  mix up 3 shades of green using Golden Lime and Sea Green lustre paints.


ink stamps with paint
Step 3. Take one of the fuller grass like stamps onto an acrylic block, and ink up using the paint.  Stamp multiple times using a combination of the three shades.


stamp darker paint to front. Maintain a good mixture of stamp shapes for interest
Step 4. Introduce a second stamp with a very different shape, and continue stamping with the green shades. Keep a good balance of the colours and shapes across the canvas.  Consider keeping the lighter colours  in the background, and the darker colour to the fore to create the illusion of dimension.


Step 5. With Sea Green paint select a third stamp (again with very different features) and begin stamping in the foreground of the composition. Using Golden Lime lustre paint, and a ‘grass like’ stamp, begin creating the canopy of a tree.


Step 6. Introduce floral stamps and colour. Use Moroccan Rose lustre paint and a wildflower stamp to add just one or two images.


Step 7. Using Summer Sunrise Lustre paint, stamp the single flower stem over the lighter green images.  The paint dries very fast, so it is fine to stamp over images already on the material.
Step 8. Add extra colour that will tone in well, mix the lustre paints to create a new colour. To create a lilac, mix together Moroccan Rose and Atlantic Blue. Taking the stamp to this paint continue adding more floral elements to suit.


Step 9 To link the tree canopy and meadow below, paint some birds free hand using Summer Sunrise paint between the two areas.


Step 10. Remember to place stamps in warm soapy water after stamping to allow the paint to wash off without problem.


Step 11. When all the colours have completely dried, take the Silver Shine Sparkle fabric paint, and randomly paint a single flower head across the whole picture.


tote bag
Step 12. As the sparkle paint dries the mica pieces really come to the fore and transforms the flower meadow into a magical fairy glen.

I hope I have intrigued you enough to have a go with these paints. Honestly they are so easy to use, and this was the first time I have tried a project like this. Because of the texture of the paints, they are perfect to use with your stamps, so you don’t even need to be confident free hand painting.

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

I have entered this into the Take it Make it challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog

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


Stamped Wild Flower ATC with Creative Expressions

Hi All! Thanks for joining me. As I am away from my craft room at the moment, I only have limited supplies with which to craft. I made sure I travelled with inks, ink blenders, a selection of stamps and plain cardstock. So over the next few weeks I will challenge myself to see what I can create. Today, for Creative Expressions I have made this little ATC with stamped wildflowers.

08Jul16 happy thoughts

What is an ATC?

ATC = Artist Trading Card, a mini piece of artwork for artists to showcase themselves, techniques, styles etc is a small collectable format that can also be swapped.  There are no rules to creating an ATC, other than the artwork must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

How Make

1.Cut a 2.5 x 3.5 inch piece of coconut white foundation card by Creative Expressions.

2.Create the background using a direct to paper technique with  Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Drag the ink pad lightly over the cardstock in one direction only, to create a wood effect. Highlight the background by repeating using Spun Sugar Distress ink.

3. Select one of the flowers from the Creative Expressions WildFlower clear stamp set , and stamp using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Re ink the same stamp with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and stamp again – I have offset the image off the page because I only wanted a small amount of blue.

4. Die cut two small banners from the Justrite- A2 stitched Banners & Rectangles set. Colour each of the banners with distress ink, one with Gathered Twigs and the other with Mermaid Lagoon. Glue into position as shown.

5.  Colour two small pieces of cardstock; one with Gathered Twigs and one with Mermaid Lagoon, and when dry die cut the words from Sue Wilson’s Perspectives Happy collection. Use cosmic shimmer acrylic glue to add to the ATC.

6. Embellish the flowers with same coloured flat backed gems.

Creative Expressions Goodies used

Creative Expressions Coconut white foundation card

Creative Expressions Wild flowers A5 clear stamp set

Justrite – A2 stitched Banners & Rectangles

Creative Expressions, Craft Dies by Sue Wilson – Perspectives, Happy Die

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


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My first watercolour painting, Bee-eater

I’d like to share something very different today, but something I am very proud of. I have shared with my Dad a life long fascination of birds, and when I received a palette of iridescent watercolour paints from Creative Expressions, I was inspired by the colours to paint this glorious bird to put on the front of a card for Dad’s birthday.

Bee-eaters are an African species, that migrate north through Spain in the summer, and as their name suggests they are known for catching and eating bees. I have never actually seen one myself, but they are a stunning bird, about the size of a crow but more slender. Stunningly they are actually this vibrant in colour in real life, though I have never seen one for myself. Dad photographs these birds regularly in Spain where he lives, and I chose one of those photographs on which to base this painting.

I have very little confidence, and perhaps patience in my drawing and painting ability, but I really really wanted to make this work, and I am so chuffed with myself that it has turned out so well. I think Dad too was pleased, and perhaps surprised!

To see Dad’s stunning photo’s of these birds, follow this link http://www.pbase.com/ednjoan/beeeaters_1



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Simple Stamping Techniques – Creative Expressions

Hi there, Friday again and this week I have a couple of bookmarks to share with you using the pack of 6 greyboard bookmarks by Creative Expressions. I have used the heart banner from the ‘New Home’ clear stamp set, and the Scrabble Tile alphabet. I have also included a little video tutorial talking you through how to create a continuous pattern from a single strip stamp…..ideal for the new stampers visiting today!


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I’ve have tried to show three different styles for you today. I was really pleased with the way the blue bookmark turned out because I was able to get it to look like actual denim fabric.

To create a denim look fabric

Cover a piece of white linen cardstock with two colour cloud inks, Indigo Mist and Ocean Blue, layering one over the other and allowing to dry.

Please take a look at my video tutorial where I talk you through how to build up a larger image just from a single stamp.

Supplies used

Greyboard bookmarks

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud – Indigo Mist, Ocean Blue, Cerise Pink, Spring Bluebell, Basil Leaf

Foundation Card – Black & Coconut white

Creative Expressions – New Home Clear Stamp Set (CEC-755)

Creative Expressions – Scrabble Tiles Alphabet set (small) (CEC769)

Justrite Stamps – Doodled roses clear stamp set (JRCR-02194)

Creative Expressions – Stitched Mobile fun clear stamp set (CEC765)


I do hope that I have inspired you to try something different today. Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon,


New Home Pop-Up card for Creative Expressions

Hello, it’s been a super busy week here, and it feels as if I’ve had no time to catch my breath. School holidays for my eldest son have begun, so I won’t have any time to myself now until September. So I really enjoyed squirreling myself away to sit and play with the new Creative Expressions stamps that I have to make this New Home Pop-Up card.

New Home Pop-Up card

I have a little video of how I made this card, and I hope the instructions to make the pop-up elements of the card are clear – it really is a simple technique, but is very effective and completely adaptable to any design.

Would love some feedback on my videos, it is a constant learning process and I’d like you to gain as much out of them as you can 🙂

Supplies Used

New Home Clear Stamp Set
Scrabble Tile (small) Clear Stamp Set
MDF Scrabble Tiles (small)
Dotty Daisy A4 emboss folder
Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating

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