Thursday, 26 March 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday

Hi Folks

Huge thanks for all your kind words on yesterdays post , It is always nerve racking creating something with lots of layers and texture as to whether your audience is going to like it too as sometimes they can be very different and I am very thankful you are all here and that you like my pieces like that too. I love writing it all out for you too in case there are even small parts you would like to have a go at after all I started exactly that way too.

 So today I am using the Vintage rose garden Paper pad from Couture Creations for the last time this month next week we start a new month on the DT and will have new items to work with. So here is my last card for March with CE.

The Vintage rose garden Pad as you know from the last few weeks has paper in these gorgeous muted coral/pinks and green papers and some fawn type beige too and I chose some pieces of paper to match each other in the coral tones again for this week. I cut out a few sections to add together and add pieces in separate places to use for edges etc.

 I like to gather most of my pieces that I may use together as best as I can to have them to hand as we build the card. I cut out four of the die from Intiricutz by Couture Creations  cut in black card.

I saw these fab little flowers and butterflies on this piece of paper so I simply fussy cut a few flowers and butterflies for today's embellishments.

 I like to lay out the pieces I like and choose to add to get a feel for how I could start  as you can see I did end up changing how it turned out but I always do that  as I move things around until I feel like it will all fit together in the best and prettiest way as it were.

The Paper pad has several pages of sentiments and I chose this one for today's card and mounted it onto a piece of Black Foundation card from the natural pack sold on Create and Craft TV or any black or dark card you love to work with.

I distressed the edges of the papers I decided I would definitely use and inked the edges of all in Aged Mahogany distress ink to match, I chose two papers and added them together wrapping a piece of the Ribbon we were also sent for March Dt work but I also added a strip of crochet ribbon made by May arts too as I like the vintage feel mixed with textures like this crochet ribbon.

Here is another view so You can see the mats and layers I used to create the base the foundation of the card as it were. At this point I decided I wanted to have the card landscape as up til now it could still could have been landscape or portrait view still.

 I darkened the edges of the next piece I had previously distressed,  By the way I use the little Tim Holtz gadget to distress the edges of the paper before inking them with Aged Mahogany again.
I also decided to have something coming out of a rather large tear in the paper so I chose one of the Postcards again from the paper pad  I laid the top piece where I was going to have it and placed the little postcard in place I then moved the top piece and glued the postcard into position before adding the top piece back raised up on foam with the tear open by spritzing slightly with water and rolling the paper back round my pokey tool to make sure it stayed in this position.

 Here is a close up which also shows the edges and inking better  The mats and layers I used were blossom pink card and black foundation card to keep it all matching with the theme.

This next stage is where I brought in the embellishments I cut using the Intricutz Daffodil spray die and the items I fussy cut earlier the flowers and the butterflies I decided to keep the butterflies as they were and not add any bling etc  just let the beautiful paper speak for itself, I did however add some iridescent white pearls to the flower centres.
I also added a strip of the paper used in the back under the sentiment section to tie in the patterns from the back and keep the whole thing grounded and not so it just looks like a hodge podge of papers. I also added a couple of the pearls to this section too.

Here is a close up of the sentiment on another distressed section made earlier.

 I added one whole section of die cut under the bow and a half piece too which I cut into sections to add randomly as needed. The centre is the Bronze button embellishments from CE as part of the Finishing touches range.

This picture is a close up on the bottom left corner and the little flowers I fussy cut out with the pearl centres, I snipped in between each petal and shaped them a little with a ball tool before turning back the edges of the petal to just make them look pretty.
I decided against glitter and sparkle on this one I just wanted it to look classic a little vintage and nicely elegant. 

Here is a couple more angles of the finished piece.

 You can see I added a tiny piece of one of the die cut pieces behind the butterfly.

So I hope you like the finished card. I love this colour and especially mixed with the Aged Mahogany edges it really makes it so pretty and just a hint of sparkle in the 5mm pearls brings that tiny twinkle that keeps it elegant.

                           Thank you so much for being here with me and I will see you all very soon.

Lots of love



  1. Love this card Kim and the way you have constructed it and used all the different elements.
    I am sorely tempted bu the die pretty!

  2. Stunning card kim it's just beautiful and the pictures are jus great thank you so much love always nana June xxxxx

  3. Love the vintage feel about this card I don't particularly like pink - as I mentioned before! But I do love this coral pink and the way you've distressed it etc

  4. This is gorgeous Kim and so beautifully put together and I love the vintage feel with the pretty orangy browns and the cream satin ribbon. There are lots of interesting touches with the different layers and added embellishments. x

  5. Beautiful! I love the paper and also the postcard coming out of the ripped piece. Xxx

  6. Evening Kim, nice card, I like the colours and your paper combos.

  7. Hi Kim, This gorgeous paper again, I absolutely love it, and that sentiment is so 'true', we should all 'Treasure the time, and love the moments'.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Rose in Chester27 March 2015 at 02:22

    Lovely card Kim, very different from yesterday's post but equally appealing to me. Re yesterday's - I shall heed your advice and use some backing stamps, see what happens. If it turns out as good as yours I won't complain at all.
    Thanks for showing us how it's done.
    Hugs, Rose

  9. Morning Kim
    Stunning card, I absolutely love the papers you have used, just love the sentiment also.

  10. Hi Kim, I have seen you on TV, but this is the first time I've followed your blog ,and its fantastic !! So informative, you are a very. Clever crafter.