Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday's designs from the Creative Expressions design Team

For You from Tina 

Tina Eldridge has made this delightful card using the Lisbon and St Lucia Craft Dies by Sue Wilson.

The pretty flowers have been made using the Classic Foldover Flower die set.

For more details on how Tina created this card, visit Tina's blog now! 









Tracy's Farewell!

Tracy Heaton has decorated an MDF frame using Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paints and decoupage papers by Craft Consortium. 

This is Tracy's last post for our Design Team and we would like to thank her for sharing all of her wonderful designs with us. We will miss her and wish her the very best for the future.

For more details of how this project was created read Tracy's blog now!  






Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday Creative Expressions Blog

Happy Birthday from Rushanne

What a delightful way to start the week with Rushanne's stunning card design.  She has used the John Lockwood Striplet Cherry Blossom stamp and Bright Gold Embossing Powder to great effect.

To read more, go to Rushanne's blog now.












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PLUS exciting events taking place this week . . . .

Tomorrow, Tuesday 30th June: "Try It Tuesday" - free demonstration day at Creative Expressions

A new monthly event at Creative Expressions'
Factory Shop


We have put together a selection of Try-It-Tuesday demonstration sessions where new products will be showcased throughout the day.

No need to book, just join us for these special events at our Factory Shop where you will find out what's new and be shown various techniques by our very own in-house crafter Tracey Laughton.

And don't forget you will get 10% off all products in our Factory Shop and an extra 5%, if you spend over £50!

AND on Thursday 2nd July:

Be among the first to see the new Festive Craft Dies designed by Sue Wilson

Internationally renowned crafter, demonstrator and designer Sue Wilson will be demonstrating her exciting new collection of Festive Craft Dies at Creative Expressions on Thursday 2nd July and would like to invite you to join her.

Watch Sue as she shows how to create beautifully original Christmas cards sharing top tips and great advice along the way.

There are 2-hourly sessions available to book throughout the day where Sue reveals her dies for the first time to a live audience.

We expect this to be a sell-out, so please BOOK EARLY!

Date: Thursday 2nd July 2015

Demo session times: 
1st session: 10am - 12pm
2nd session: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
3rd session: 3pm - 5pm

Duration per session: 2 hours
Venue: Creative Expressions, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Price: £10* 

* £10 can be redeemed on items purchased at our Factory Shop on the day of the demo.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE CALL SALI ON 01536 481778 with your payment details.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Three Wise Men Striplet


Good morning all!  The new Three Wise Men Mini Striplet introduces you to the new slightly smaller sized striplets. These are just over  1 3/4" x  5 1/4" in size. (The original striplet size was 2" x 6" in size).   The detailing is stunning with both embossed and debossed areas within. 

The next blog post is scheduled to arrive at 10.30am.  Hope you can join us again then.


Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.








Friday, 26 June 2015

Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Snowflakes


I hope you are all enjoying the posts for the day, but don't forget that there are several more days to follow!  This blog post is featuring the Snowflakes.  A set of six snowflakes of varying sizes that look fabulous layered up as seen here, or will hold their own equally as well as single snowflakes.  You will see them used quite often on many of the upcoming cards in the days to follow as they are a real staple for building backgrounds as well as focal elements.


Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.

Fun Time Friday!

Welcome to Fun Time Friday!

It's time for this week's Fun Time Friday competition, where we ask you a simple question and if you answer it correctly you are then entered into a free prize draw to win the goodies pictured here.

The prizes are:

1 x Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches
1 x Stamps To Die For - Peony
2 x 3m pink ribbons

Simply visit CE's facebook page now and answer our question to win the prizes shown.

Don't forget to check back on Monday to see who's won and then send us your details, so we can send you the prize.

Shaker Heart by Lisa Horton

We love this beautiful MDF Shaker Heart decorated with Craft Consortium Decoupage Paper by Lisa.
It's the perfect present or you might love it so much that you want to keep it for yourself.

Find out more at Lisa's blog now.


Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Deboss Snowflake



Next up is one of Sue's favourite dies - the Deboss Snowflake.
This die set has separate cutting edges so it is easy to create a lovely frame for your cards, as well as a decorative inside die detail which is perfect for creating beautiful letter-pressed effects.


Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.


Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Peeking Snowflake

Here's the next new Sue Wilson die design for today. The Peeking Snowflake Die is unique as it cuts out the inside shape.  There are several dies on the outside which give you the flexibility of deciding how large you would like the outside oval to be.  Also included in this set is a pretty Let it Snow Die.

Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.


Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Snowflake Background


Here's the next new Sue Wilson die design for today.  It's the detailed Snowflake Background with a delicate snowflake motif and separate cutting edges to give you a decorative aperture for the centre of your cards.  The card above beautifully illustrates how to get the best out of this delightful die set.

Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.





Christmas 2015 Craft Dies by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions launch


Welcome to the first post for the 2015 Festive Craft Die Collection by Sue Wilson.  We have just released 21 brand new Christmas dies and Sue will be showcasing them all on her Blog at Particraft over the next four days.

This card features the beautifully detailed new Snowflake Border, Corner and Tag die set.

We have also decided to bring back several of the more popular dies from last year's Christmas release, including Joy, Let It Snow, Peace, Holly Sprays, Classic Poinsettia, Filigree Poinsettia and Pine Bough.

Visit Sue's blog now to find out more.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Swirly Channel Card for Creative Expressions



Sue has a beautiful Swirly Channel Card to show you today. Join Sue as she walks you through step-by-step, how to make a simple swirl to bridge the channel in the card.

Be inspired, watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.

Thursday's Design Team blog

Floribunda Take 2 by Pam 

Pam's fresh back from her festival and straight in to making this very pretty card using the Floribunda Stamp. The clever application of the butterflies, flower and ribbon really enhance this card and make it one you will wish to keep.

Read more, go to Pam's blog now.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wednesday is Boy's Day

Understated elegance by John Lockwood

John knows how to create a card which looks effortless but in reality would have taken some time to craft.

John has used the Lisbon Craft Dies designed by Sue Wilson for his delicate centrepiece, decorated with 3mm and 5mm white stick on pearls.


To read on, have a look at John's blog now.


A friend for all Seasons by Andy

What an attractive and clever card from Andy - we love it! Each panel has been coloured using Mica Powders, Lilac for Spring, Pink for Summer, Moss for Autumn and Blue to represent Winter.

The stamps used for the panels are the Cherry Blossom Striplet.

Go to Andy's blog to read more now.


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Striped Background for Creative Expressions



Join Sue to learn how to make this stunning Striped Background card, in this free tutorial video in the Crafting My Style series.

Be inspired, watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.

Tuesday's designs from the Creative Expressions design Team

Best Wishes from Tina 

Tina show just how effective the Creative Expressions' Craft Die by Sue Wilson - Classic Foldover Flowers is with this design decorated with a profusion of pretty flowers. 

Tina has also used dies from the Finishing Touches, Portuguese and Noble Die Collections.

To see how Tina has created this, go to her blog now.





A great idea from Tracy

We really like this great idea from Tracy where she has decorated a MDF Rectangular Frame with Craft Consortium Decoupage Paper to create a jewellery holder.

Have a look at Tracy's blog to find out how to make this.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Monday inspiration!

Topography Tag from Rushanne

What a great design for Dad's Day!  We love this Topography Tag and the 'Scrabble like' squares are a great touch.
Rushanne has covered a Creative Expressions' MDF Tag with an photocopy of an old Ordnance Survey map to great effect.

To read more, go to Rushanne's blog now.











For You from Debbie

Another beautifully contemplative card from Debbie today, where she has used the Lisbon and the Classic Foldover Craft Dies designed by Sue Wilson to create an alternative look.

To read, more have a look at Debbie's blog now.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Stained Glass Stunner for Creative Expressions


Join Sue to learn how to make this really pretty stained glass card, in this free tutorial video in the Crafting My Style series.

Be inspired, click here to watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Sue Wilson Demo Day at Creative Expressions on 2 July 2015

Be among the first to see the new Festive Craft Dies designed by Sue Wilson

Internationally renowned crafter, demonstrator and designer Sue Wilson will be demonstrating her exciting new collection of Festive Craft Dies at Creative Expressions on Thursday 2 July and would like to invite you to join her.

Watch Sue as she shows how to create beautifully original Christmas cards sharing top tips and great advice along the way.
There are hourly sessions available to book throughout the day where Sue reveals her dies for the first time to a live audience.
We expect this to be a sell-out, so please BOOK EARLY!

Date: Thursday 2 July 2015

Demo session times: 
1st session: 9.30am - 10.30am
2nd session: 11.00am - 12.00pm
3rd session: 12.30am - 1.30pm
4th session: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Final session: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Duration per session: 1 hour
Venue: Creative Expressions 
Price: £10* 

* £10 can be redeemed on items purchased at our Factory Shop on the day of the demo.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE CALL SALI ON 01536 481778 with your payment details.

Fun Time Friday!

Welcome to Fun Time Friday!

It's time for this week's Fun Time Friday competition, where we ask you a simple question and if you answer it correctly you are then entered into a free prize draw to win the goodies pictured here.

The prizes are:

1 x Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers
1 x MDF Tags (pack of 6)
1 x Cosmic Acrylic Glue
1 x 3m pink ribbon

Simply visit CE's facebook page now and answer our question to win the prizes shown.

Don't forget to check back on Monday to see who's won and then send us your details, so we can send you the prize.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thursday design update from Creative Expressions

The poetry of the Earth by Pam 

A very pretty design from Pam this morning with a lovely sentiment.
Pam has started with a Creative Expressions' MDF Bunting pre-cut shape and covered it with Marine World and Climbing Rose Decoupage Papers. The centre piece is cut with the Lisbon Die set from the Portuguese Collection of Craft Dies by Sue Wilson.

For top tips and to find out more, go to Pam's blog now.













Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Rustic Floral Thank You for Creative Expressions



Get rustic with Sue Wilson in this episode of Crafting My Style. Sue has used her Cornflower Die to cut out parts of an old dictionary which is really effective and gives a genuine vintage feel.

Be inspired, click on the video above to watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Boy's Wednesday at Creative Expressions

Andy is getting ready for Christmas

You may think it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas but you have to agree that this stunning tag design from Andy is one to try.

Andy has decorated one of Creative Expressions' MDF tags with a variety of products including Mermaid LagoonBlack Soot and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. 

To see what else Andy has used have a look at Andy's blog for full details.

John's Floribunda extravaganza

What an attractive card this week from John where he has used the Stamps to Die for Floribunda stamp as a centre piece, cleverly creating a layered 3D effect.

The pretty background was crated using the A4 Bed of Roses Embossing Folder from Creative Expressions. 

To find out exactly how John has created this card, go to his blog now.

 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday's designs from Creative Expressions

Tina makes your day

Tina show just how effective the Creative Expressions' Craft Die by Sue Wilson - Classic Foldover Flowers is with this design decorated with a profusion of pretty flowers. 

Tina has also used dies from both the Caribbean and Canadian Die Collections.



To see how Tina has created this, go to her blog now.




Tracy send you hugs and kisses

How pretty is this MDF Shaker Heart decorated with Craft Consortium Decoupage Paper.  Tracy has also used Alice Blue and China Pink Chalk paint to great effect.

Have a look at Tracy's blog now!

Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Recessed Squares


Today's video from Creative Expressions featuring Sue Wilson shows you how to make a stunning Recessed Squares design using the versatile Noble dies as apertures.

Be inspired, click on the YouTube image above to watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.



Monday, 15 June 2015

Monday Inspiration

Debbie designs Just For You

Another very pretty card from Debbie this morning where she has used the beautiful Floribunda pre-cut stamp from the Stamps To Die For range and coloured it with Creative Expressions' Iridescent Shimmering Water Colour Paints - Set 3 Autumn Sunrise and set 4 Summer Garden.

Read Debbie's blog now!




Rushanne design for Emily

Rushanne's design is a great example of how a plain MDF Shaker Heart can be transformed into a pretty keep shake that will be treasured forever.

Rushanne has used the Cosmic Shimmer Gesso White, Chalk Paint Mulled Wine/Shy Violet and Crackle Glaze.

Go to Rushanne's blog now to read more.



Saturday, 13 June 2015

Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Perfect Posies

Today's video from Creative Expressions featuring Sue Wilson shows you how to make a stunning Perfect Posies design.  Learn how to recreate this really striking card using a combination of gloss and matt cards.

Be inspired, click here to watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Fun Time Friday!

Welcome to Fun Time Friday!

It's time for this week's Fun Time Friday competition, where we ask you a simple question and if you answer it correctly you are then entered into a free prize draw to win the goodies pictured here.

The prizes are:

1 x pack of Finishing Touches Crystal Corners - 12 self adhesive Rhinestone Corner Designs.
1 x Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Spray and Micra Set.
1 x Finishing Touches Vintage Silver Buttons - 6 flat backed embellishments.
1 x 3m violet and peach ribbon

Simply visit CE's facebook page now and answer our question to win the prizes shown.

Don't forget to check back on Monday to see who's won and then send us your details, so we can send you the prize.

Lisa's friends

Here's Lisa's beautiful design for today, which is another great treat. 

Lisa has used John Lockwood's Cherry Blossom 'Stamps To Die For' with a selection of Distress Inks to create this fabulous floral card.

See how Lisa has created this, go to her blog now.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thursday is girls day!

Pam is dreaming

We love today's design from Pam which cleverly uses the Lisbon Die set from the Portuguese Collection and the Cherry Blossoms Elements Stamp set by John Lockwood to create this pretty card.

Finished off with a ribbon flourish and a large Lilac Dazzler from our Dazzler Embellishments, this card will thrill.

For more detailed information, visit Pam's blog now.








A good friend by Kim 

We also love Kim's attractive card which like Pam's has a lovely sentiment.  Kim has used the Craft Consortium Rose Decoupage Papers, the Creative Expression's Sentiment Stamp and the Diamond Sprinkles Glitter to great effect.


Read Kim's blog now.




Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Open Weave Background





Today's stunning card designed by Sue Wilson and featured on our video demonstrates another way to use the Striped Weaving Die to create an alternative look for your background.  Tight or loose, backgrounds will never be the same with this versatile die.

Be inspired, click on the YouTube image above to watch Sue Wilson's latest video or go to her blog at 'Particraft' to read more.