Thursday, 8 January 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday.

Hello all

And A very happy new year to you my internet family and friends.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with lots of family and friends round you all.
I got to see my son and so all three of us were home together which was special for the Christmas week. Unfortunately I had the dreaded lurgy and currently am fighting a sinus infection but it is on its way out thankfully.

Sometime before Christmas we were sent the lovely stamps you see on today's card so meet Alfie
isn't he adorable. If you look at the background it is a lattice work A6 stamp but I have used it in my hand and stamped it randomly with coffee Archival ink. But the cross sections in the lattice are little tiny paw  prints isn't that cute haha. Of course it is called Paw prints lattice stamp so easy to find.

 I wrote this post a while ago now and here I am adding a huge message of good will to all for the upcoming year and getting back on track with the blog posts and getting videos up so thank you for sticking with me and I will let you know my uploading schedule very soon.

Meet Alfie.

I started this one by stamping Alfie onto some Coconut white card with Coffee Archival ink and heat set it so I could use my Inks and Distress pens etc without disturbing the ink.
I also stamped out the lovely quote using the new Clear Creative Expressions Paw prints on your heart verse set of stamps.
 I inked the edges and mounted onto soft gold card to draw your eye into the words.
 I took the Paw print lattice stamp and randomly stamped it onto some coconut white foundations card stock using Vintage photo Distress ink.

 Here is the look so far 

Next I took Peeled Paint and used the same stamp, cleaned between colours so not to muddy the inks.
I stamped again randomly over the first brown layer .

 At the moment it looks a little jumbled but don't worry it all comes together. I inked the edges with Vintage photo to cover the white raw edges and draw your eye to the focus on the card of course.

 Green seam binding on the left side of the card in a small simple one line strip

 I used several brown, grey  red distress markers a grey/blue alcohol marker and a white gel pen for highlights.
Here you see the background piece we made earlier mounted onto white and then soft gold then raised onto foam and mounted on the same card again.
 I tied a small bow from the same green seam binding and topped it with an 8mm pearl

 To ground Alfie I have added a small shadow to the foreground in grey/blue, these colours fool the eye and make your image pop out from the page much more than if you left it empty.

I added some foam and popped it at an angle onto the card. I decided not to add any pearls to the corners or extra embellishment as I wanted all your attention to go to the two focal points  on this one.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I look forward to showing you more from this new pet line.

I am next on your screens at the beginning of February so I hope  you will pop by and have a look at a new line of products for Creative Expressions on the show.

Thank you to all for your continuing patience re the giveaway now Christmas is over I will catch up on all the emails , I have 1050 to get through (ouch) too and lots of extra goodies to get out to all the winners.
Huuuuge thanks to Carol Clarke for my Gorgeous bracelet  she made me for Christmas  what a clever lady you are and I look forward to thanking you in person real soon now the festive period is over.

Thanks also to Karen for popping into where I work to meet me in person and say hi.

And again massive thanks to all you lovely ladies for stopping by and for all your comments as always. I look forward to catching up on all of them and getting back to 'normal' now I am starting to feel human again.
I welcome 2015 as the last one certainly has been a challenge and happy new year again to all my blogglies and friends to the blog.

best wishes



  1. Hi Kim nice to see you back and I wish you a happy, peaceful and healthy New year. Love the stamp of little Alfie, so cute. x

  2. Hi Kim, wishing you a happy and healthy new year. Hope you're feeling better soon.
    Love the Alfie card. he looks very cheeky!
    Sorry I haven't been on your blog for a while. I haven't been very well but now on the mend.
    Take care, love Beryl x

  3. Hi kim lovely to see you back glad to hear you had s good Christmas with your family love the stamp a must have this one. Love the card may all your dreams come true for 2015 love always nanna June xxxx

  4. Oh Kim, it's so lovely to have you back! I really missed your blog. Hope that you quickly get rid of the sinus infection, I have them quite a bit and they're so painful. (Apparently redheads are more prone to sinus infections, no idea why though!!) Love your card, pets really do make our lives whole. I don't know what I'd do without my 3 cats. Lots of love to you and look forward to your next blog, once you've tackled all those emails! Gulp! Love Sarah

  5. Sorry to hear you have been under the weather Kim but glad you are on the mend now and that you had a good Christmas. Little Alfie is so cute and love the randomly stamped background in similar colours but brightened with that gorgeous green ribbon. Wishing you a Happy New Year. x

  6. So pleased that you had a good Christmas with the family and that you are feeling a little better. I hope 2015 brings all that you're hoping for.
    I love this card and these stamps! I'll have to look for them. We are a very doggy family so I know that they'll be useful!
    Looking forward to the regular posts!!! Take care, Jan x

  7. I was seriously worried about your long absence and so glad you're with us again. This horrible flu-like cold seems to be doing the rounds all over the place, thank God you're now clear of it.
    Also nice to know you've had a good Christmas with your family and wishing you all the very best for 2015.
    Hugs, Rose

  8. Hi Kim, A Very Happy New Year to you and yours, and I hope that 2015 is kinder to you than last year was.
    I'm glad you are feeling better now, both myself and my hubby have been suffering all over the Christmas break, and are still not right yet.
    Loving your card, especially the background and the gorgeous green ribbon.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Evening Kim, sorry to hear you haven't been well. We had a great Christmas all over too quickly. Happy New Year to you. Great card as always, I'm more of a cat person but love all animals and this is very cute.

  10. Hello Kim, great to have you back. Love your card, Alfie is very cute, and reminds me of one of my childhood pets with the same name. Hope you are feeling tons better now. Have a wonderful 2015. Bx

  11. Hi Kim,
    Glad you are feeling better.
    We have had the same thing and it keeps coming back and revisiting!
    Great to see your blog again and your card is cute.
    Love the background.
    Take care and look forward to seeing you next month, it will soon be here!

  12. Morning Dear
    and A Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Great to hear from you and to have you back - hope this is going to be a better
    year for you.
    Love your card - Alfie is lovely - looking forward to more cards from you
    Carol x

  13. Hello Kim and Happy New Year to you too I'm hoping 2015 is a better year too I'm not a cutesy dog person but I like Alfie and the sentiment It was lovely to meet you too Hopefully next time it won't be unannounced and we can have this coffee we've been promising ourselves Don't forget the offer to help is always there xx

  14. Hi Kim,
    HAPPY NEW YEAR I'm sorry to hear you have been unwell but I understand I fell ill at the end of November and it just got worse I'm only now picking up, anyway enough of that, I'm thrilled you spent Christmas with your Children.
    I Love this Card as I Love Dogs I Love How you've Coloured the Dog and created your background but then you always produce Fabulous Cards
    Take care
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam xxx