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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday.

I'm back with another design using the fab frame stamps, this time it's one of the smaller ones.  I've also used a sentiment that was issued a few months ago but it's one of my favourites!

Start by covering a Pronty MDF Heart with Couture Creations Paper from the Damask 12x12 pad.  Distress around the edges with Adirondack Citrus Ink.

Ink up one of the Ornate Mini Frames with the Citrus Ink, stamp onto Coconut White Card and heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.
Line the sentiment up to fit the frame and stamp the sentiment with Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss (carefully!) with clear powder.  After trimming to size, distress around the edges with the Citrus Ink.
Matt and layer onto black card.
Die cut the tag from the Californian Collection, Corner, Border and Tag Set using the Couture Creations Paper.  Cut it in half and glue to the ends of the stamped image.

Paint around the edge of the heart with Black Soot Distress Paint.
Punch 2 holes in the heart to thread the ribbon through.  A Crop-a Dile goes through the MDF with no trouble.
Glue the sentiment into position on the heart.
Die cut some flowers and leaves from the Finishing Touches Faux Quilled Blooms Die Set using the same papers as before.
Layer the flowers and glue together.  Shape and glue into position on the heart.

Use the Couture Creations Papers to die cut butterflies from the Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies set of dies.  Edge them with Citrus ink and shape the wings.  Glue into position.

Add some Small Black Circle Dazzlers to the flower centres.  Stick a row of 3mm Black Self Adhesive Pearls to the bodies of the Butterflies.
Colour a length of white Seam Binding with the Citrus Ink, dry with a heat gun and tie onto the heart.

And there's the finished project!

A really cheerful summery feel to it, just what's needed now the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting decidedly cooler!!

Well, that's all for this week, I hope you like the project.
Just wanted to say, hasn't John done an amazing job showing you the Sue Wilson dies on Create and Craft...lovely to have him on the team!

Until next time, have a happy, crafty week!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Make Someone Happy

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!  I'm back with another design using the new frame stamps from Creative Expressions.

So without further ado, let's get started.....

Ink up the Wrought Iron Frame stamp with Black Archival Ink and stamp onto White Card.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.
Ink up the centre section of the and stamp and heat emboss again.
Trim to size then matt and layer onto black card.

Matt and layer co-ordinating Teresa Collins papers onto White card for the main background then onto black card and some smaller pieces just onto Black card.
Glue into place.

Glue the larger stamped image into position then add the text section with 3d foam pads.

Ink up some flowers from the Art Flowers A5 Stamp Set with Black Archival Ink and stamp onto Teresa Collins paper.  Cut them out and shape them then glue them into position covering the text of the larger image.
Add some 3mm and 5mm self adhesive pearls to the flower centres and some Mini Pearl Swirls onto the main card.
And that's the card finished!
I do hope you like it, it's quite different from the sort of card I usually make but it's good to experiment sometimes!
Well, that's all for today except to say a big thank you for stopping by and leaving comments.  Whatever you do this week, just remember the sentiment from this stamp! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Flowers of Tomorrow

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!

I'm back with another project using the Frame stamps from Creative Expressions and today I've used the Curled Frame stamp to make a wall hanging.  Let's get started.....

Cover an MDF frame with Teresa Collins paper.  Apply Flake and Glitter Glue to the Botanicals Spray stamp and stamp onto the paper.  Apply Calypso Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes.
Paint the edges of the plaque with Cosmic Shimmer Graphite Shimmer Paints.

Ink up the Curled Frame stamp with Flake and Glitter Glue and stamp onto Coconut White Card.  Apply Calypso Gilding Flakes.  Trim to size then matt and layer onto black card.

Stamp just the text section again with Black Archival Ink then heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.  Trim to size then place over the top of the gilded text using 3d foam pads.
Add a strip of Teardrop Black Lace along the bottom of the plaque.
Glue the stamped image into position with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

Using Spellbinders Spiral Blossom 3 and Bitty Blossoms Dies, cut some flowers using co-ordinating Teresa Collins Papers.  Die cut the leaves from the Foliage set using Black Card and some Butterflies from the Finishing Touches Magical Butterflies set using the Teresa Collins papers.

Tie some Black Seam Binding through the holes in the plaque to make a hanger and there we have it, the finished wall hanging!

I hope you like it....something cheerful on a wet and blustery day!

Do think of me today as I'll be getting VERY wet and muddy on an archaeological dig near Stonehenge!  Hopefully, it'll be worth it and we'll get some amazing finds!!

Well, that's all for today.  Many thanks for stopping by and leaving comments, they are much appreciated.

Until next time, have a happy, crafty week!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Something Wonderful!

Good Morning All and a very Happy Tuesday!

It's a new month which means it's time to showcase some of the new stamps from Creative Expressions.

For this weeks blog post I've used the Filigree Frame Singles Stamp.  So, let's get started!

Stencil through random areas of the "Fleur-de-Lis" Mask with Wild Honey Distress Ink onto Coconut White Card.  Stamp small areas of the "Scented Borders" stamp with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the top. 
Dry emboss using the Creative Expressions A4 Interlocking Circles Folder.
Distress around the edges with Rusty Hinge.

Ink up the Filigree Frame stamp with Black Archival Ink and stamp onto Coconut White Card.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.
Stamp the centre section again and heat emboss as before.
Trim to size.  Paint around the edges of the smaller piece with the same colour Distress Inks as used on the background.
Matt and layer onto Black Foundations Card.

Using the Petite Vinery Dies, cut two leaves from black card.
Colour a piece of Coconut White Card with the Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Inks.  Die cut some Butterflies from the Magical Butterflies Dies.

Glue all of the layers together and add the top layer with 3d foam pads.

Glue the Vinery Leaves and Butterflies into position and add 3mm black pearls to the bodies of the butterflies to finish.

And there's the finished card!

The background technique is one that the lovely Julia Watts uses a lot and I'm a big fan of it (and her!).

I hope you like it.  All of the products are available from Creative Expressions and it's a nice easy card to make.

So until next time, have a great week and many thanks for stopping by.