Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Crafting My Style, DT Creations, John Lockwood on C&C and The Craft Awards

Morning Crafters!

Another day bursting with crafting inspiration over on our blog page today! We have a new episode of Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson (the Shaped Background Technique), as well as new makes from our wonderful DT; Pam Smith and Donna Ratcliff...

One more thing, Kim Robertson will be live on Create and Craft this coming Monday (27th October) for a Creative Expressions Stamping Show at 9am & 4pm to show off some brand new Dies from Couture Creations! We will tell you more about it nearer the time, and reveal some of her gorgeous makes for you to see.


John Lockwood on Create & Craft

We have some super exciting news - John Lockwood will be appearing live on Create & Craft today for his very own Creative Expressions One Day Wonder Show!

Times: 10am & 3pm
Channels: Freeview 36/Sky 674/Freesat 813/Virgin 748

We hope that you can either tune in and join him live, or even set your TV's to record, but am sure he would be delighted to have your support. He has some amazing projects to share with you, as he demonstrates Craft Dies by Sue Wilson.





Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson

In this episode of Crafting My Style, Sue will show you how to use your background dies for other uses (other than just simple backgrounds!). Sue really brings her background Dies to life with this project.

You can subscribe to this series of free tutorial videos, by heading to the Creative Expressions YouTube Channel. We are currently working on the next series, so there are plenty more to join the 100+ videos that are all there waiting for you!



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Start with Yourself by Pam Smith

Pam has used the Wrought Iron Stamp Set to create the sentiment and swirly elements to this gorgeous make. The use of green and black creates the perfect blend to really set off this wonderful make.

Head over to Pam's blog for more information.




Another Day by Donna Ratcliff

Pretty in Pink indeed! This make is super bright and cheerful, and the pinks are just beautiful teamed with the yellows and greens. Donna has used the Curled Frame Stamp Set for this project - we are just loving the creations that the DT are making with this set of new stamps.

Head over to Donna's blog for more information...










The Craft Awards 2014

In case you weren't aware, we have been nominated in four categories for The Craft Awards 2014 this year! 

The categories we have been nominated for are:-
Best Blog - Particraft
Best Sticking Product Range - Cosmic Shimmer
Best Rubber Stamping - Creative Expressions
Best Painting Range - Cosmic Shimmer



We would love to win an award, and we can't do it without you. If you have time, please vote for us, you can do so by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by - it's been lovely to see you!
xx




Monday, 20 October 2014

The Craft Awards 2014 & Live Simply by Kerry Hickton

Morning All,

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

We have some exciting news to share with you today; we have been nominated for a Craft Award in four categories! We are honoured to have been chosen for the categories (listed below), and hope you will support us by voting for us.

Also today, we have another lovely make from Kerry Hickton to share with you, so read on to find out more....


The Craft Awards 2014

We have been nominated for FOUR Craft Awards this year, by the readers of Crafts Beautiful & Papercrafter Magazines.

We have been nominated for:
Best Sticking Product Range - Cosmic Shimmer
Best Painting Range - Cosmic Shimmer
Best Rubber Stamping - Creative Expressions

We would be delighted if you could take a few minutes to vote for us. Please support us by voting for us in The Craft Awards 2014.



Live Simply by Kerry Hickton

What an exquisite little gift tag! Gorgeous in green, this beautiful make by Kerry is incredibly striking - we love the use of the Wrought Iron Frame to create the detail at the bottom!

Head over to Kerry's blog to find out more!

Well, that's it for today! Thanks for popping by, and please vote for us if you have the time. See you tomorrow!

xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fun Time Friday

Morning Everyone,

It's nearly the weekend, so we are celebrating with a Fun Time Friday competition over on our Facebook page!

To enter, simply head over to the Creative Expressions Facebook page and look for the post pinned to the top of the page. Once you are there, simply answer the question by leaving a comment underneath (please note that only comments from the actual post will be counted, so don't submit your entry as a private message or a separate post to Facebook).

As you can see, we have a terrific prize to give away today, including one of the latest That Special Touch Masks (Baubles), a gorgeous MDF cupcake stand, a Want 2 Scrap Nestabling, a pot of 'Arctic Ice' Stickles by Ranger, 3 metres of festive green ribbon and a tube of green beads! These are worth just over £18!

We have a winner every week, so make sure you come and join us for some Friday fun!

Have a great weekend.
xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DT Designs, One Day Wonder & Crafting My Style

Morning All!

What a great day we have in store for you today! We have two gorgeous projects to share with you from Kim Robertson and Tracy Heaton on the Design Team. We also have a new episode of Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson (a gorgeous Poinsettia project - perfect for Christmas).

Don't forget as well that today is the 'One Day Wonder' Show live on Create and Craft with Sue Wilson! We are really excited that John Lockwood will be joining Sue Wilson on several of her shows for his debut appearance on Create and Craft.

Into Blue by Tracy Heaton

This is a truly striking make by Tracy Heaton - bursting with texture and different shades of blue, the white flower really sets the piece off - this is from the Floral Silhouette A5 Stamp Plate!

Why not visit Tracy's blog to find out how to make this lovely project?







Flowers of Tomorrow by Kim Robertson

This creations by Kim Robertson has a really shabby chic feel to it! The layering and textures are absolutely charming and really draw you in for a closer inspection - absolutely lovely!

Kim has used the Curled Frame Stamp Set for the central element.

Head over to Kim's blog to find out how to recreate this lovely make for yourself.






Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson

Learn how to make this gorgeous window into Christmas, in this episode of Crafting My Style. This free tutorial video will show off the Festive Collection of Craft Dies from Sue's range of Craft Dies; including the Mosaic Poinsettia, Holly Sprays and Pine Boughs.








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One Day Wonder with Sue Wilson

Don't forget that today (all day), Sue will be live on Create and Craft to demonstrate a number of fab new products available from Creative Expressions. The most exciting of which is her new range of A4 Embossing Folders!

Times: 8am, 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Channels: Freeview36 / Sky 674 /Freesat813/Virgin 748

Sue will also be joined by the incredibly talented John Lockwood for his debut appearance on the show - good luck John!!


It's been great to share all of this exciting news with you today, we hope to see you again for tomorrow (Fun Time Friday - yippeee!).
xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Morning Crafters,

Hope you are all well and groovy today! Today, we have lots of fun things to share with you, including the introduction of our next new member of the Creative Expressions Design Team (Tina Eldridge), and this week's project from the highly talented John Lockwood! Also, Sue Wilson is live on Create & Craft tomorrow for a special One Day Wonder and will be joined by John Lockwood, as he makes his debut appearance live on the show - good luck John!!

Introducing Tina Eldridge



Tina is the last of our 'newbies' to join the team, and we hope that you will join us in giving her a warm welcome!

Tina lives in Salisbury with her husband Paul, and is a crafting enthusiast!

Click here to find out more about Tina and see some of the projects she has created.
Introduce yourself briefly... My name is Tina Eldridge, I have been married to Paul for 35 years and we have two grown up children that I would walk over hot coals for. I am extremely proud of both their achievements so far in life.

How did you get into crafting? I came across Create and Craft on TV by accident       a couple of years ago and by chance Sue Wilson was demonstrating at the time. I was immediately hooked.

How would you describe your style? My style is very feminine, I love sparkles, flowers, bow and most of all butterflies. I don't understand “less is more”  I like “more is more”.

Where do you draw inspiration from? I get inspiration from my garden, particularly in the summer from the abundance of pots and tubs I plant. I love the numerous butterflys that land on the Budliah bushes.

What’s your favourite crafting tool at the moment? Without a doubt, my Ebosser..

If you were a toothbrush, what colour would you be? As long as I had sparkles, flowers, bows and butterflys on it wouldn't matter what colour I was.

Tell us a random fact about yourself... I won the “Miss She” pageant and appeared on the front cover of the magazine but this was many moons ago. That was when everything was where it was supposed to be before everything went south and pre bags and wrinkles.

If your house was on fire, what's the first thing you would save from your craft room? It would have to be my dies as I have built quite a collection. I could always loan a friend's Ebosser but couldn't make my style of cards without my dies.

What is the first thing you grab from your kitchen to take crafting with you to eat/drink? It would be a cold bottle of fizzy water straight from the fridge.



All The Flowers by John Lockwood


Today we have another beautiful make from the talented John Lockwood!

For this make, John has used the Curled Frame Pre-Cut Stamp from Creative Expressions for the sentiment and the beautiful swirly frame. The butterfly embellishments have been created using the Magical Butterflies Die from Sue Wilson's range of Craft Dies.

Head over to John's blog to find out more!




One Day Wonder with Sue Wilson on Create & Craft

Tune in tomorrow to see Sue Wilson demonstrating with her highly acclaimed Craft Dies & Stamps! Sue will also be unveiling a brand new set of gorgeous Creative Embossing Folders as well!!

Times: 8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Date: Thursday, 16th October
Channels: Freeview 36/Sky 674/Freesat 813/Virgin 748


Thanks for stopping by, it's been a pleasure sharing these makes with you, and we hope to see you again tomorrow!
xx




Tuesday, 14 October 2014

New DT Member & Crafting My Style!

Morning Crafters!

Today is a busy one in terms of things to share with you! We will see the introduction of another member of our Design Team,  Rushanne Young as well as makes from Pam Smith and Donna Ratcliff and a new episode of Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - wow, what a great day!!

So, with that said, let's introduce you to Rushanne Young!


Introducing Rushanne Young: 



Rushanne is super happy to be joining the team, as she loves nothing more than creating a sharing (as do we!). As a stay at home mum, Rusanne has plenty of time to dedicate to her favourite pastime; crafting!

Visit Rushanne's blog to find out more about her.




Introduce yourself briefly...   Hello, I'm a craftaholic living in Suffolk and I'm very happy to be joining the Creative Expressions Design Team.

How did you get into crafting?     I grew up in a creative household with lots of encouragement from my family.

How would you describe your style? Varied, I like to try different styles and techniques to stretch myself.

Where do you draw inspiration from? All the amazing crafters around me, either in person or via the web.

What's your favourite crafting tool at the moment? My die cutting machine.

If you were a toothbrush, what colour would you be? Blue

Tell us a random fact about yourself... I used to cut goose eggs with a hacksaw and then turn them into trinket boxes.

If your house was on fire, what's the first thing you would save from your craft room?     Oh that's a hard question to answer.........my die storage folder.


What is the first thing you grab from your kitchen to take crafting with you to eat/drink?     A mug of hot tea.


Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson



Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow... Today's offering is a beautiful sparkly Christmas card, using the Let it Snow Die from the Festive Collection of Sue's range of Craft Dies. This is an absolutely STUNNING card by Sue, and really encapsulates the spirit of winter.








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All The Flowers by Pam Smith


The flowers on this project are just divine! This is a real dazzler, and is sure to stop people in their tracks every time they pass by!

Pam has created the detailed embellishments using the Craft Dies by Sue Wilson. The stamped frame at the back is made using the Curled Frame Stamp.

Why not visit Pam's blog and see how to make one yourself?






Start with Yourself by Donna Ratcliff


To end our shares today, we have this beautiful make by Donna Ratcliff - isn't it just so lovely?

Donna has used the Wrought Iron Frame to create the centrepiece for this make. The colours are lovely and vintage and set off really nicely with the Grosgrain ribbon!

Visit Donna's blog to find out more...



Thanks for stopping by today, we hope you have enjoyed all of the lovely makes we have shared with you today (and of course the introduction of Rushanne Young!). Tomorrow, we will be introducing our final new member to the team, Tina Eldridge.
xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

New Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Today, we have some very exciting news to share with you! We have now chosen our new Design Team, and will introduce them to you over the course of the next few days. We are very lucky to keep some of our old team, including Kim Robertson, John Lockwood, Pam Smith and Tracy Heaton, so we will continue to see lots of beautiful makes from them.

New to the team, we have Andy Pearson, Rushanne Young and Tina Eldridge who we are delighted to have on board. Today, we will focus on Andy Pearson and introduce him to you all!

Before we do that though, we must tell you that we also have a gorgeous make from the talented Kerry Hickton to share with you today as well!


Introducing Andy Pearson


Andy is a talented crafter, and owns his own Craft Shop (Pinnacle Crafts). Andy enjoys using Die Cuts, Inks and Stamps on his projects, and is really looking forward to taking his techniques further now that he is on the Design Team.

Don't forget to check out Andys blog too!

We asked Andy a few questions about himself in a simple Q&A, so read on to find out more about Andy...

Introduce yourself briefly... Hi, my name is Andy. I work in our family run craft shop “Pinnacle Crafts” in Billericay, Essex.. Which means not only do I get to craft most of the live long day but I get to see and spend time with my whole family on a daily basis.. Including Holly the Border Collie who is my constant companion and pretty much with me 24/7!


How did you get into crafting? To be honest, I just fell into it.. My Sister has always been “arty” and when she initially set up her own craft shop, as a loyal Brother, I helped out where I could. In the early “quiet” days I found myself twiddling my thumbs in the shop. So, I just had a little bit of a play, I think it was with Embossing Powder!! When I saw the effects which could be created, I was hooked.. And the rest, as they say, is history!! I’d love to find that first card I made, although I’d probably cringe at it now!!

How would you describe your style? I don’t think I have a particular style! I like anything from Grunge to Shabby Chic and everything in between.. It probably depends on the project and potentially who it’s for.. I will say this though, most of my projects are on square card bases! I do like things to be symmetrical.. “if it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle”, although I do try and come out of my comfort zone every once in a while...

Where do you draw inspiration from? Everywhere and anywhere! I do like to get the most out of my crafting equipment.. I guess my mantra would be “trying to see in something more than it’s intended use”..

What’s your favourite crafting tool at the moment? Just one crafting tool? Oh ek, Guess it would have to be Dies & Embossing Folders at the moment...

If you were a toothbrush, what colour would you be? Blue. As the song goes, you’re a Pink toothbrush, therefore, I must be a Blue one.. Plus it’s my fave colour.. The contents of my wardrobe is testament to that!..

Tell us a random fact about yourself... I am right handed, but can write backwards with my left hand!

If your house was on fire, what's the first thing you would save from your craft room?  My Copic Pens!! No doubt about it!

What is the first thing you grab from your kitchen to take crafting with you to eat/drink? A cup of tea... I am a bit of a teapot!!!





Lifetime of Memories by Kerry Hickton

This is an absolutely amazing make by Kerry Hickton. Kerry has used the new Framed Stamps to create this stunning wall hanging - the texture and colours used make this a really eye-catching piece!

Head over to Kerry's blog to find out more...






Thanks for stopping by to visit us today, we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow when we introduce you to our next new member of the Creative Expressions Design Team; Rushanne Young!
xx