Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Wednesday's Design Team Inspiration

Just for you from Tracey Laughton


Tracey has created this beautiful card, using 1 die from our Frames and Tags collection - Hannah and various embellishments. Watch this die in motion over on our YouTube channel here

Take a look at Tracey's blog here

Items used:
Frames and Tags - Hannah
Orange Blossom Leaves Die
Orange Blossom Leaves Stamp

Just for you from Wenche Jensen

Wenche has created this ornate style card using the Damask premium paper collection, which is great to use if your not confident on stamping.

Take a look at Wenches blog here

Items used:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tuesday's Design Team Inspiration

A longer than normal blog today after the powers of scheduling were not on our side over the weekend. So here is yesterdays and today's blog from 3 our of our design team. 

Happy birthday to you from Sharon Curtis

Sharon has made this simple colorful card, which is perfect for those spring birthdays. To create the transparency effect, print your sentiments on some vellum, we have a range of patterned or plain vellum here.

Read more about this design here

Items used:
Stitched Heart Background
A4 Vellum Paper

 Thinking of you Debbie Stevens

Debbie has made this very interesting design using double sided printed paper. You can try this out with our John Lockwood paper pad, take a look here

Read more about this design here

Items used:
Sue Wilson Noble Squares 
Frames & Tags Hannah

Dream Big from Liz Borer

An inspirational card from Liz today with a Dream Big sentiment. Using the Floral Cartouche Pre cut Stamp she has been able to make the center piece and create corner decoration.

Read more about this design here

Items used:
Floral Cartouche Pre cut Stamp
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder - Gold

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sunday's Design Team Inspiration

Friends are like stars from John Lockwood

Another wonderful creation from John using his new paper pad. If you were lucky enough to come to his workshop last week we learnt new ways to use the papers and why he choose the colours. Be sure to keep an eye out for future workshops.

Read more about this design here

Items used:
John Lockwood Spring Shades Paper Pad
Finishing Touches Orange Blossom Complete Petals
Finish Touches Orange Blossom Open Petals
Frames & Tags Maggie

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Saturday's Design Team Inspiration

Hello Friend by Lynn Brown

Our team has been enjoying the dandelion stamp, for more ideas how to use, see previous posts. But we love the way Lynn has used it as a center piece on the card along with a delicate green bow. 

For more of her designs click here

Items used: 
Dandelion Striplet Die
Petite Lavish Sentiments 

Eternal Ivy Embossing folder

Congrats on your Baby Girl America Kuhn

A perfect way to welcome home a baby girl. Layering up die cuts can make a card look really pretty and more feminine. Using a smoothies sponge and some Colour Cloud Blending Ink you can highlight the edges of dies as America has done here. 

See more design from America here

Items used:
Frames & Tags Hannah
Perspectives Thank You Circles
Australian Collection Melbourne Die
Ornate Oval My Friend Die

Friday, 25 March 2016

Friday's Design Team Inspiration & COMPETITION


If you would like to win this beautiful Easter tag and 2 tickets to the Crafting at Ally Pally show in April. Just comment below your favourite creative expression item you own and go over to Claire's blog here and comment on her most recent blog. 

Winner will be picked by Claire at random after posting on both blogs on Wednesday 30th March. GOODLUCK!

Succulent from Agnieszka Szczepanska

Agnes has created a beautiful succulent flower on today's card using our Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Orange Blossom Complete Petals die. She has created a checkered back ground using the Configurations Corner Squares die.

To read more about this design click here

Items used:
Australian Collection Melbourne Die
Configurations Corner Squares
Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Orange Blossom Complete Petals

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Thursdays Design Team Inspiration

To a Special Friend from Lisa Horton

A clean and simple card from our design team member Lisa today using the Just Rite Pin Wheel Daisy Stamps creating this zen doodle design. Use the Tim Holtz Distress Markers to colour in any of our stamps to create a simple card like this. Our Camellia Ring Elements sentiments is perfect for those special friends.

Items used:
Camellia Ring Elements Stamp
Just Rite Pin Wheel Daisy Stamps

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Wednesday's Design Team Inspiration

Pop up bouquet box from Tracey Loughton

What a fabulous creation from our in house designer, Tracey. This quirky card would definitely stand out on anyone's mantelpiece. We love how she has combine the open and closed Orange Blossom Petal dies to create these full flowers. 

To read more about this design click here

Items used:

Gift box from Wenche Jensen

Wenche has made this cute gift box for today's blog using our Teresa Collins Paper pad. These would be great as wedding favours or a fun way to give small gifts.

Click here for Wenche's blog, and find out more about this creation. 

Items used:

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tuesday's Design Team Inspiration

 Enjoy the Journey from Liz Borer

Who said all card making had to be feminine. This is a great card to give that man who loves travel combining our aviation and nautical theme stamps. Liz has used embossing powders to raise the stamps and give them a shimmer.

To read more about this design and more from Liz click here

Items used: 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Monday's Design Team Inspiration

Celebrate your day from Debbie Stevens

What a fabulous card from our design team member Debbie. We love the way our Gemini Collection Pyxis Die frames the front of the card. 

For more on this design and more from Debbie click here

Items used:

Dandelion Sympathy Card from Sharon Curtis

Another beautiful card for today's blog from Sharon Curtis. The neutral colours make it ideal for any recipient. 

Read more about Sharon's designs here

Items used:
Mini Dandelion Striplet Stamp
Foundations card Taupe
Petites Lavish Sentiments 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday's Design Team Inspiration

Saturdays Child from John Lockwood

Once again another beautiful bouquet from John, made using our Orange Blossom range, links below. The inside of the lattice striplet has been used to create a church looking window, this combined with the Saturday Child sentiment would make this a perfect christening or holy communion card. 

Further details on this design here on John's blog

Items used:
Creative Expressions Lattice Window Striplet

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Saturday Design Team Inspiration

Pewter Panel Card from Lynn Brown

We're starting the weekend right with inspiration from Lynn, with this elegant card. We love how she has used the Cosmic Shimmer Silver Detail Embossing Powder to create a 3D effect on the dandelions. 

For more details on how to use the embossing powder like this check out Lynn's blog here

Items used:
Sue Wilson Dandelion Mini Striplet Stamp
Petite Lavish Sentiments
Cosmic Shimmer Silver Detail Embossing Powder
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax- Pewter

My Friend by America Kuhn

What a feature from America on today's blog. Using our Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Orange Blossom Complete Petals and 
Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Orange Blossom Leaves die she has made a dazzling wreath. She has aldo highlighted some in our Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes. Why not try this out!

Find out more about this design here

Items used:
Sue Wilson Ornate Oval Die - My Friend

Friday, 18 March 2016

Friday's Design Team Inspiration

Creating backgrounds with Creative Expressions from Claire Newcombe

Our team have been really loving Sue Wilson's Dandelion Mini Striplet Stamp, we don't blame them, it creates a eye catching feature to any creation. This week Claire's creation includes a new way to use tags as a feature on a card, getting the most out of your Sue Wilson Pierced Tag Die.

Read more about this card here

You could also use the tag die for your cards and gift wrapping, we love when a card and wrapping match, it gives a gift that extra special touch.

Items used: 
Sue Wilson Embossing Folder- Treasure Box
Sue Wilson Pierced Tags
Sue Wilson Dandelion Mini Striplet Stamp
John Lockwood Stitched Heart Background Stamp
Petite Lavish Sentiments
Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud - Indigo Mist

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Thursday's Design Team Inspiration

Bookmarks by Lisa Horton


We would love these bookmarks from Lisa, wouldn't you? The mix of stamp design and embellishments make all the difference, which make them a great gift filler for those bookworms. These book marks are sold in packs of 6 and come in 2 different shapes.

Items used:
Mini Dandelion Striplet Stamp

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday's Design Team Inspiration

Thinking of you from Tracey Laughton

Our in house designer Tracey Laughton has made this beautiful easel card using our pretty Dandelion Mini Striplet Stamp. We love it! To make this easel style just use some backing foam to create a step on the base for the card to rest. You can write your message on the back of the card or use sentiments, like Tracey has done here with this flag. Browse all our sentiments here

If you would like to see more cards like this let us know in the comments below.

See what else Tracey has been creating here

Items used:
Mini Dandelion Striplet Stamp
Cosmic Shimmer: Chic Aubergine, Chic Viola & Decadent Denim Colour Cloud Blending Ink
Acrylic Dries Clear Glue

Welcome by Wenche Jensen

A bit of a different creation today from Wenche with this cute lollipop card. This would be great to welcome a new baby home. Wenche loves this die from our Decorative Frames Italian Collectionin the set there are countless possibilities for combinations and circular shape is so easy to use. 

Read more about this design from Wenche here

Items used:

Decorative frames Italian Collection Die

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tuesday's Design Team Inspiration

Age is just a number from John Lockwood

We love how John has used our dies to create this intricate detailed look. Another favourite from our design team this month is our Orange Blossom range. You can make these great 3D flowers with our dies and stamps.

Read more about this design from John over on his blog

Items used:

Just because from Liz Borer

If you wanted to make different style 3D flowers why not try the Sue Wilson Peonies Complete Petals die. Curving and layering the flowers make them really pop off the card, you can use our Gold Gilding Wax to highlight the edges. 

See a step by step guide how to make this card here

Items used:

Monday, 14 March 2016

March Workshops

Hey Crafters! 
We have some exciting workshops for you this month. Our workshops will cover variety of techniques that will be perfect for expanding your crafting skills, in a fun and relaxed environment!

If you are interested in signing up for any of the workshops featured below, then please contact Tracey on 01536 481778, email or visit the Creative Expressions Factory Shop (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm).

Thursday 17th March with John Lockwood

                                                          10am-1pm (Morning Session)
Using selected craft dies from Sue Wilson, in the morning workshop you will make this unusual shaped box with matching tag. You will also learn how to make Orange Blossom flowers to decorate the box.

  • Date: Thursday, 17th March 2016
  • Time: 10am - 1pm 
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Venue: Creative Expressions 
  • Price: £30*

2pm- 4pm (Afternoon session)
The afternoon workshop will be using the latest release of dies from Sue Wilson, together with John Lockwood's new stamp designs.

  • Date: Thursday, 17th March 2016
  • Time: 2pm - 4pm 
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Venue: Creative Expressions 
  • Price: £20*
  • Suitability: All levels 

Wednesday 30th March with Julia Watts

10am-12.30pm (Morning Session)

This workshop will cover various techniques, including die cutting and stamping. You will also make 3-dimensional flower embellishments and colour a stamped image. Although this photo shows an Easter card, various sentiment stamps will be available to use, to make this card for any occasion.

  • Date: Wednesday, 30th March 2016
  • Time: 10am - 12.30pm 
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Venue: Creative Expressions 
  • Price: £25* 
1.30pm- 3.30pm (Afternoon session)

In this workshop, we will cover die-cutting, stamping and using Weaving dies.
  • Date: Wednesday, 30th March 2016
  • Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm 
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Venue: Creative Expressions 
  • Price: £20*