Friday, 3 October 2014

Creative Expressions

Hi Everyone

Today sees the start of a new month of Dt projects for me over at Creative Expressions towers and we have been given some gorgeous stamps this month  with really lovely words. I jumped straight in with some rich Autumn colours and gorgeous papers that I had on a previous show and teamed it with organic burlap and a chalk board style effect using 3 separate mediums to build to the desired effect. I love these colours for richness and of course using one of our Sue's dies never hurts on a project hey.

I decided to leave off the ribbon and use burlap and the Couture Creations Sew Jo paper pad to add the pop of colour and prettiness without going too girly and I think this card could very well be unisex.

So here is today's project  my lovlies, what do you think? 

I really enjoyed putting this together for you to look at today, right up my street.

Ok so to start I chose one of the double sided 12x12 papers from the Sew Jo pad and it happened to be that I wanted both sides of the paper , one side had the measuring tapes and the other the stripes and I still had plenty over for another card from the one piece I pulled out.
Then I took some card out to match in Chestnut Brown and Taupe, I also took a little piece of black for the stamped image.

 Here is the lovely 'Filigree frame' and Sue's gorgeous 'Faux Quilled leaf die.'
I cut out two taupe leaves and stamped my Image using the ink and embossing powder below.
Snow cap Pigment ink and True white embossing powder from Creative expressions.
Here is a close up so you can see the Focal point. I stamped it with Snow cap and quickly added my True white embossing powder and heat set, I then took a white pen and drew around some of the swirls to give a little depth to the image with a little shadowing, rather than leave it flat white.
I added a thin piece of the stripey paper to the top of the words and the bottom just to pull the writing forward without cutting it out.
I took another piece of the stripey paper and added some burlap that I frayed to the left side and a small measure to the right side, I distressed the edges and inked them all using Vintage photo Distress ink.I added foam to the back of the stamped image and mounted that on to the burlap striped piece which i kept at a jaunty angle.
Next I took a piece of chestnut card and distressed the edges and inked of course, I mounted that onto a piece of taupe card and kept those edges straight. I cut 2 small pieces of the measure paper for the right side and a large piece with a tear in the ruler to open and reveal a little clock with hands which ran along the bottom, which I inked and added with cosmic shimmer glue.I added foam  to the back and mounted it onto a  straight edged mat which I had pierced on the edges and added to a chestnut layer, then finally a double taupe layer with foam in between to give it height and dimension.
I took some burlap in natural light colour and added a fabric stiffener to a Small piece and once dried I cut out some flowers , I then added the faux quilled leaves and interlocked them together on the card, I also cut a couple of the leaves that over lapped off and added them in a different part of the flower I was building. I took a couple of small pieces of green wire and wrapped it around a paintbrush handle to give me two little springy pieces to add to the flower and the centre is of course one of Creative expressions Vintage flat back embellishments which I love.
I had a little key with dream written on it so I snapped off the bottom part and glued that above the flower tucked into the focal image. I also took two of Mr Holts's Adage tickets and added them to balance the top right of my card.
I slid a Little clock face and a small hand under the paper measure I added at the bottom of the card for a little fun and curled the paper back and inked it, drying it into place.
lastly I added a few little pearls coloured with alcohol ink mixative as the finishing touch.

 My little rip in the paper with the clock etc, it is so nice to do little things that make you look for quirks in the card , I just think it make s it so much more interesting for the person viewing it.
This is the other side so you can see the many different layers and little mats that all work together to add interest without competing and clashing.

The finished card again.

 So what do you all think of this one?  I love the warmth of it with its browns etc, but this is as close as I come to enjoying cold weather haha...

So since yesterday unfortunately my shows on the 8th  and the 20th have been cancelled by Ideal again , I can't tell you how disappointed I am my friends , I truly was looking forward so much to bringing you some fun and techniques as I know you all enjoy that . I hope to have some news for you about when it will be moved too very very soon  as I also had a demo day I was going to do in Kimbolton on the 11th too which is also cancelled. I will be booking some workshop days up at Kettering soon and hope to have some dates for you if anyone would like to attend I would love to see you all of course and meet in person while teaching lots of lovely fun techniques.

We are nearly at 200 lovely people on the blog now and only have a few more people to go and I have been gathering lots of goodies for some lucky winners and I can tell you there will be several prizes for this one so fingers crossed we get there soon my lovely blogglies.
I am sorry It took a while to get your comments answered this time but I have been back through and hopefully got to most now so don't forget to pop back as I have answered any questions etc for you.

         I hope to be blogging alot more this week so keep an eye out won't you ?

                                                             Hugs and warm wishes to you all.



  1. Hello Kim, this card is absolutely superb, colours and layout are right up my street, and perfect inspiration for a card I need to make. Sorry to hear the shows were cancelled, hopefully they schedule some more soon. Have a great Friday. Bx

  2. Hi Kim, it's been a long time since I've commented but I'm back now & trying to catch up with what's been going on with everyone I follow in blogland & hopefully blog more myself.
    Well, I love this card & all the autumnal colours you've used. The little details you add are just lovely & finish the design perfectly.
    Sorry your shows have been cancelled, will look out for the new dates. I've just been catching up on the recordings I have of your last ones :-)
    Promise to be back again soon
    Amy x

  3. Love this card Kim!
    I really like what you have done and it's quirky little additions!
    Colours are super and I love the burlap flower!
    Sorry your shows are cancelled , what a shame.
    Never mind , sure there will be others.
    Take care Kim and have a good weekend,

  4. Morning Kim,
    I'm back from Holiday so I will be catching up with your Cards, The Card today is terrific you always put a different twist on your Cards which I just Love, I'm so very sad about your shows on Create and Craft as I always enjoy them I really hope you do workshops in Kettering, I'm attending Julia's on the 21st she has one in a morning and one in afternoon I'm doing both as I have a long way to travel.
    You take great care I hope your leg is healing now.
    Hugs from Sam x

  5. Hello Kim
    I'm sorry about your cancellations I would have loved those too!
    I really like this card with the Burlap Flowers, and the use of Snowcap which bought and don't use ! lol.
    Take care Kim
    Love Marg

  6. Dear Kim, gutted that your shows have been cancelled. Ideal can be a bit naughty sometimes! Hopefully it wont be long til they re-book you! They must know how much we love your shows by the number of sell-outs and emails. But back to the card, I love the way you put so much attention and detail into your cards. I particularly love the little clock tucked in a rip at the bottom. Might have to pinch that idea! I think it could be a unisex card. Love to everyone Sarah

  7. Sorry, me again!! What's your email address so that I can send you my address as you were going to tell me where I can find the vintage card? Thank you for being willing to help me find it online as I can't get out much and Cornwall doesn't have many craft shops!! Love Sarah

  8. Morning Kim, Yes, Yes, Yes !! I love this card, it is indeed 'right up my street' ! The colours are beautifully 'earthy' and what you have done with all the papers and flowers and leaves - absolutely stunning !! This is definitely a 'me' card.
    So sorry C&C have cancelled your shows, let's hope they re-book you really soon, as I don't want to 'cry' !!
    Have a lovely day.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Hi Kim,
    Love this card Kim and the colours. Normally I lke girly and pastels but since I've joined your blog I've really enjoyed seeing the other side to card making. I love the quirky ideas you use like the little clock in the torn paper and the burlap flowers. How mean that C&C have cancelled your shows hope they set up more for you very soon.

    Love Sheila xx

  10. Hi Kim,
    this card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the different layers and autumn colours and your little "quirks".
    How dare IdealWorld cancel your shows!! Don't they know how much people look forward to seeing your lovely demos??
    Hugs, Rose

  11. Hi Kim
    Love everything about this card from the autumnal colours to all the layers and the little rip with the clock face, will definitely have a go at the chalkboard think it's lovely. Sorry the shows have been cancelled, will keep checking to see when the new dates are
    Best wishes, Pat

  12. I love this card Kim and like the look of the burlap flower and the tape measure. The colours are beautifully autumnal and the sentiment stamp is so pretty with that chalk board effect. Sorry your dates on C & C have been cancelled but hopefully the new dates will be soon. x

  13. Hi Kim, love the card especially the effect of the white embossing and the burlap flower. Really disappointed your shows have been cancelled. I haven't had much time for crafting through September and I've been out in the garden today trying to tidy up before it rains tomorrow, but am hoping to get my granddaughters birthday card finished this weekend and even do a bit of blogging over the next couple of weeks.

  14. Hi Kim. Love the card, so many beautiful details to look at : ) So sorry that the shows have been cancelled, I hope we don't have too much longer to see you. Take care.

  15. These colours are gorgeous I just wish I had your vision when presented with a piece of card! It is a real shame that shows hav been cancelled Will go back and look at replies now Have you seen my email? I'm not a lover of Google mail and am never sure if my emails get to the other end

  16. Fab card Kim, lovely warm hues together with a clean white focal point with the lovely sentiment and framing. So much detail, lots to look at and I love the tear in the measuring tape to reveal the little clock and the way you used the key head, and the little pieces of green wire. Such a shame your shows have been cancelled, I hope they re-schedule them very soon x

  17. Hi Kim. This card is so warm looking. You do have the nack to peice everything together beautifully.
    I only ever watch the shows worth watching on CC such as your's and Sue's (obviously) along with one other, so I hope they re-schedule really soon. Only one conselation is that you have more pre time maybe ?
    I hope you are doing ok Kim.
    In my thoughts.
    Lancashire Steph xx