Thursday, 17 July 2014

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi Everyone.

Massive huge thank you to all the lovely blogglies that sent in emails , I went through the cup after the show Sunday and read them all so no fear I got them and appreciate every single one. Thank you to all the ladies commenting and leaving me messages since then also. It certainly is a wonderful feeling when you get messages on air but even more so when you recognise it is people you know are part of the blog family too.

Today is DT day for creative Expressions of course so I have a couple of the cards from the show in close up to show you  as I know you do not get to see them in any detail like I like to  show on here and as I spent all week locked in my craft room working on them I really wanted to show them to you.

Here is the first one.

 Look away anyone with a pink aversion here haha... It is rather pink  but I actually like it.
It of course is made with the gorgeous papers I had on the show from Couture Creations called Damask Delight. Anyone who had the Sew Jo pad from my last show will know the quality of this fabulous double sided paper and it is such a reasonable price for 48 pages of yumminess.
Anyway I wanted to make a little fan from the paper which I did and used loops of the pearls which is hard to see here but you will see it on the close ups. Also the reason all the patterns work so well together and do not clash is the small mats of blush card in between help to give it that tiny separation needed to help it blend.
So you can see here that central panel which has two types of card on blush card with 2 different ribbons round the centre, silky crush in white and the brown/pink double sided ribbon also. I also stamped my design and used it to wrap around the base of the fan to hide the glued parts. With a bow poked into the under part so you cant see up into the messy bit and a pearl embellishment in the centre with pearl strings left to dangle below it. This is a pretty one and very very feminine I mean realllllllly feminine.

So here is a close up of the fan with the sentiment from Just Rite, to get the old look i added the Cranberry Adirondak ink to the stamp and then simple blotted a few areas back off then stamped it out onto some blush cardstock.

Here is a closer view of the side and you can see I used a ribbon to hide the gap behind the fan to give it a nice neat finish and to cover the foam etc to raise the fan up from the card also.

Another side view.

This one shows the little rolled ribbon I tucked into the side of the fan, If you were watching you will see me make a rolled ribbon on air and a bow but I thought we would spend some time on that this week along with the other tutorials I had promised for last week but ran out of time for.

Here is the last view of this one in full so you can see all the mats and layers etc. I hope you like the composition even if you are not a pinkaholic and those of you that know me now know I actually am not but It is part of the pad and so I wanted to show it can be mixed and matched well , I am much more a fan of the shabby chiq pinks which are much more muted but I actually like how this one came out.

Ok next I thought for this twofer as the first was soooo girly I would show something a little less so. Well a lot less so, here is a  masculine one made from the same pad. All the elements were cut from the paper too and mounted onto taupe card.

It looks complicated but it isn't at all ladies it is all matting an layering with wonky layers and a tiny strip toward the bottom of the first mat that helps to draw your eye in.

Here's a close up of the central panel. I just love this Just Rite stamp and it would be perfect as a chalk board effect with white ink on black card too. 

I used a burlap string from CE to make the bow on top of an old boot lace which I wrapped around as a ribbon haha waste not etc. I topped it with a brown Dazzler to match. You will also notice a couple of small wood buttons with a brown bling in the centre of each which are very small just for a couple of accents.
Here is the full view again from the bottom , as you can see the whole thing was matted onto black to frame the card nicely to finish.

Well I hope you have enjoyed today's twofer and please leave your comments etc below as always and if there is anything you need to know or want shown of course let me know I hope you loved Carols Bracelet that she sent me as a present I love it, I am going to photo it nicely for you all to see this week and if you love love it as much as I do and would like to buy one from her I will also give you her details and you can wear one too whoop whoop ...My daughter also has a beautiful set which Carol sent her so I will show that too, it really is close to my heart not only cos Carol is one of my lovely friends met through blogland but also cos myself and my daughter used to make jewellery together for a few years during her gcse's to keep her mind off the worry so I still have my little lol hmm stash to play with when ever I get the time hahahaha alright..... I know...

Anyway everyone have a lovely Thursday I will be back tomorrow with more of the cards so will see you all there.

Lots of crafty hugs to all.



  1. Hi Kim,
    I'm so glad your ok, I do hope your resting your leg, your Bracelet from your very good friend was very Beautiful and extremely kind of her.
    I Love The Cards you've shared with us today, The Stunning Pink one where you've used three different papers, I Love The Sentiment and The Fan and how you've tucked Pearls inside, I really Love The second Card very different But great Colours for Gents Cards I also am a huge fan of JustRite Stamps and this one is Stunning, I love all the textures of this Card and all the fabulous Embellishments you've used. Thank You so much for sharing Kim.
    You Take Great Care
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam x

  2. Hello Kim, gorgeous cards, thank you for the inspiration. Your bracelet certainly is lovely. Bx

  3. Hi kim loved braclet it looked lovely on the show with your lovely top. Now for the cards wow kim they are stunning the pink is lovely and the beautiful fan and sentiments on both cards. The second one is beautiful I love the stamps and what you have done with them. Congratulations your is fantastic all my love don't for get to rest nana June xxxxxxxx

  4. Morning Kim,
    Glad you have recovered from your busy weekend and it sounds as though you have been pretty busy!
    These two cards are so different and I like them both.
    The fan idea is very cute!
    My favourite is the second one though, I love those colours together.
    Am very tempted to buy these beautiful papers!
    Take care Kim and will be back tomorrow,

  5. Morning Kim
    Thank you dear for those kind words, but your cards are beautiful, love them both they are so different and yes the second one tends to go more for the man. Love the sentiments and how you have made the fan. Where you find the time to make so many cards I do not know.

  6. Hi Kim. I love both cards, like you I'm not a pink fan but the Damask Delight papers are beautiful : ) I haven't had time to watch the recording of Sunday's shows but it sounds like they went well. Have a good day. Take care.

  7. Morning Kim, I do like pink, purple/lilac are my faves, (I think any colour looks gorgeous, it's all in the compilation), but I really love both cards, especially the fan with the pearls on, absolutely gorgeous and the second card has a definite masculine feel, the colours are gorgeous. I love all your cards !!
    I loved your shows, and I'm so glad you read all the emails afterwards, your samples and demo's were. as always, fabulous !!
    The bracelet, that your friend made for you, was really pretty. I have made some stretch bracelets for myself, but yours was quite intricate and a lot of time had gone into the making of it, it was beautiful.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Hi Kim, both cards are gorgeous. Have yet to watch Sunday's show. Hope you are feeling much better. Take care Beryl xx

  9. Hi Kim, I love your two cards, even though they are so different. They're both lovely for different reasons. You did so well on your shows. Hope to see you on our tv's more often. It's lovely to be a part of your blogland! So thanks for sharing, love Sarah

  10. Rose in Chester17 July 2014 at 12:21

    WOW Kim, both cards are absolutely beautiful - even if the first one is pink. I love your little row of pearls, must get these!
    The design of both cards is eye-catching and that in a very good way. You've done it again and surprised me. I never know what you come up with next.
    Hugs, Rose

  11. Two lovely cards Kim and so different. Personally I do like the pink with the pretty pearls on the fan, such a lot of work in it, and the other masculine card is lovely with the pocket watches and the burlap string is certainly a different sort of embellishment. I'm sorry I missed you on Sunday and so glad it went well, will try to watch the recording, I think we get a week on the site to view. Hope you are finding your ankle and foot are improving. x

  12. Hi Kim. Two lovely cards today. I don't remember the second one from the shows but I do like it. It looks as though a lot of work has gone into it, it's very clever. Masculine,as you say.
    I remember the first one. I thought it looked very art deco ish! Very pretty. I must have another look at those papers!

    Thank you. Take care, Jan

  13. Hi Kim
    Thanks for sharing your lovely cards and so good to see them in more detail. Your bracelet was lovely, Carol is obviously a very talented lady. Hope you are resting the ankle
    Best wishes, Pat

  14. Evening Kim, the second card is a great idea for a man's card, always difficult to find something new to do for those. But the first card has to be my favourite, I just love pink and the 3 different papers go so well together. I watched your shows on record and enjoyed both your demos were great, if I hadn't just spent a small fortune at the Doncaster Summer Crafting show the day before I would have been very tempted to buy but had restrain myself. Love the Justrite stamps and dies and have started collecting a few of them recently. Carol made you a beautiful bracelet, so clever to be able to make jewellery like that. Best wishes, Stephanie.

  15. Late again! This is getting to be a habit of mine! I' no a pink person at all but I do like this card as it's not too much with the splash of blue/teal to break it up The second card is a stunner and great for a man that isn't into sport or beer! (not many I know!) I've not seen Carol's bracelet Is it in an earlier blog? I'll wait til you post next week's photos I hope things are going ok (you know what I mean) Take care