Thursday, 18 September 2014

Creative Expressions Thursday.

Hi to everyone

I hope you are having a good week, can you believe we have made it to Thursday again already, I sometimes have no idea where time goes some weeks.
 I have been busy with gorgeous paints,waxes and inks. I also popped up to see everyone at Creative Expressions to drop off some goodies (coming soon) and plan my next shows for you to enjoy. So far if all stays the same I am on your screens next on the 8th and 20th of October which I am looking forward to very much.
I just love reading through all your emails , I do wish they would let us have them though so I could answer you all. I feel it is important for you all to know how much your kind words mean to me.
Everyone was soooo manic up at the head office yesterday getting ready for Aly Paly this weekend packing up soo much gear ready for the lorries to come collect , ooo exiting , I really wish I was demoing though but hopefully next time. least I will be there both days to chat to everyone that comes along.

Ok so back to today's gorgeous sparkle fest.... Of course this months Dt package is Xmas stamps to die for and some of our lovely Sue Wilson's new dies and I mixed in a couple of dies from Sue's original Californian collection as I simple just love them so here is todays card.

So what do you think?

I wish you could see just how sparkly and pretty this is to the naked eye. 
To start this one I pulled out the card I knew I wanted to include which was our Foundations card stock in Coconut white, black, soft gold and red. Very classic Christmas colours with a little Vintage edge to it                                                                                                                                       .
I stamped out my Elegant poinsettias in Red pepper Adirondack dye ink pad ( on reflection I wish this red was a bit brighter as on camera it does come over a little orangy) I also used some Sap green Archival for the leaves I then cut them out with the corresponding die - The classic Poinsettia Die in Sue's Christmas collection of dies.
I then chose from The Californian collection's, Background die and cut a backing piece. I wanted to create a little illusion for this so adhered it onto a piece of double sided adhesive and attached a piece of red card to the back and sprinkled the gaps with diamond sprinkles at the front I cut it flush with the backing piece and then mounted that onto black card with just a tiny border showing.
Next I created the glitter layer which is simply red card with diamond sprinkles added and then mounted onto black again with the small border.
Here I went into matting and layering over drive but seeing it is for Christmas I thought why not haha. Several layers and a double mat of white with a pierced edge to finish the base.
 A long view of the layers at the side .

I also put together a few layers of the poinsettia with a tiny bling for the centre, the petals were curled around my pokey took and a darker red ink was added to the edges all round, plus three leaves added, I always think  that leaves or petals or even flowers look better in odd numbers, rather than even so always stick to 3 or 5 etc etc, nature does not grow in an even way.
So all that's left now is the focal point  so I cut The Beverly hill die again from the Californian collection of Sue's dies a red piece and a coconut white piece , the red was added to the card horizontally and the white on foam vertically. In the centre of that I cut a black and white piece of the smaller element from the die which is simply stunning I layered the white onto the black with just a tiny shadow just as Sue has shown you all on C&C .
Lastly I added some bling around the card edges and tied a red seam binding bow for my central piece and adhered it in place with a sparkly embellishment from the CE line. 
I wanted to show you two Photos to show the difference with a bow that doesn't have glue dots 
arranging it neatly and one that is just as it comes to highlight why I say "glue dots are your friend" lol. 
Photo one is as it comes and looks pretty.
And now the same photo that I showed at the beginning once glue dots have been used to arrange the bow and tails. Card dimensions finished at 61/2 " by 7 3/4".
It just makes it look more professional and groomed. Can you see what a difference it makes just a few tiny glue dots added invisibly to the very last part of the seam binding.

The dies and stamps I used are as follows.

Stamps to die for Elegant Poinsettia and Classic Poinsettia die and also The background die and Beverly hills die set from the Californian collection of dies.

I hope you like this one it certainly took a bit longer to put together because of all the different layers and also to describe all the layers haha.

Have a lovely Thursday , please don't forget to pop over to the Creative expressions website and leave me some love on my today's post if you have a chance. Click Here and it will take you straight there.

Anyone going to Aly paly please say hi if you see me as I love a good chat , especially over a cuppa haha. If not we will meet at another show soon I hope.

Huge hugs



  1. Hi Kim. Yesterdays card is great, I love the purple, a great colour for Christmas.
    Todays card is another beauty. Sue's dies are all fantastic aren't they . I love how you have used them all. The bows look so different, thanks for showing what a difference glue dots make! Hopefully see you on Saturday at Ally Pally: ) Take care.

  2. Morning Kim , a real shows topper of a card!
    Glad you will soon be back on our screens again.
    Not sure I will get to Ally Pally , make sure you have a super time,

  3. Hi kim love the card I thought yesterday's was a dream but this is beautiful thank you for sharing hope all is well love you xxxxxxxx nana June xxxxx

  4. Hi Kim,
    Oh my word this is one very beautiful card....I love it. For some reason I missed commenting on yesterdays card loved the colours and it was so rich and vibrant.
    Have fun at Ally Pally sorry it's too far from Nth Wales for me may you and Creative Expressions will get to the NEC one year as Birmingham is far enough for me.
    Great to see you have dates for C&C look forward to seeing you back on our screens again.
    Take care and have fun at AP.

    Love Sheila xx

  5. Morning Kim, I'm just having a quick coffee break during my Thursday 'clean all day', just typed a quick comment on your yesterday's masterpiece, I missed it, I looked too early haha.
    This card is stunning, the die-cuts` and the colours are fabulous.
    I hope you have a great time at Ally Pally, wish I could have gone, looked a couple of months ago at the train prices, but it was too expensive, also I had a 'funny turn' a couple of weekends ago and I'm afraid of going too far away from home at the moment. I hope you get to meet up with lots of your Blog friends. Have a great time.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  6. Hi Kim,
    lovely card, I know what you mean about glue dots. They are amazing and have great sticking power. (Mind you, nothing beats Cosmic Shimmer glue).
    I have the Californian collection and that background is absolutely gorgeous and so versatile.
    Back to cleaning before the play starts at 14.15 and I'm settling down to my reward: cardmaking.
    Hope your foot keeps improving.
    Hugs, Ros

  7. Hi Kim
    This card is stunning, the colours are real christmasy.
    I would love to meet you all at Alley Pally but cannot make it this time. I will get there one year. Have a great time.
    Carol x

  8. Evening Kim, beautiful card as always, I have the Beverly Hills dies and used them on a card myself recently and was really pleased with the effect it created. I love the red background very Christmassy and see what you mean with the glue dots on the ribbon. Train fares to London from here are astronomical so can't get to Ally Pally unfortunately but will be looking forward to your next TV show although will miss the 20th as I've just finally got a date for my hysterectomy op and that's the day I go into hospital.

  9. Hi Kim and all

    Just back from my jollies and trying to catch up! Love this card. Perhaps I'm not doing enough matting and layering!!?? I see what you mean about the glue dots on the bows.
    Hope everyone's having a good time at Ally Pally.
    Thank you, Jan

  10. Great card and I have (one of a very few!) the background die which I've only "played with" and not used on a card So will try something like this Not goin to Ally Pally Too much other stuff going on Will email you re Craft near Panshanger I'm intrigued and we must sort this coffee out

  11. Great luxurious colours on this beautiful card Kim. The background cut out die and the layered die with the touch of gold and then the red and gold of the poinsettia work wonderfully together. Glad you are doing more shows on C & C and hope Ally Pally has gone well. Have been away so am only just getting back to commenting. x