Monday, 15 August 2016

Christmas Card Masterclass with John Lockwood 24th August 2016

Want to try something new for your Christmas cards this year? John will be teaching you how to use Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter in different ways, using masks and stamping with Cosmic Shimmer Sticky Embossing Powder to create dimension. You will create 1 card using a variety of products to achieve a professional looking 'Seasons Greetings' card for that special someone. 

This is only a small class and it's a great way to meet other like minded crafters and get some expert guidance from your tutor.

The Masterclass sessions will run on Wednesday 24th August. Session 1 will run from 10am till 12.30pm and Session 2 will run from 1.30pm till 4pm. Cost per person is £25 per session or £45 full day.

To book click, the button below or call Tracey on 01536 481 778. We only have a few spaces left for this Masterclass Workshop so book now to avoid disappointment.




Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Festive Swirling Stars Craft Die Gift Bag

Today's blog post comes from designed team member Wenche Jensen


Our Die Team have been using the Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Festive Swirling Stars in this weeks blog projects. Keep an eye out for the next installment this Saturday. 

Shopping list:
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Festive Swirling Star CED3056
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Festive Snowflakes CED3020
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Australian Collection Melbourne CED8105
Sentimentally Yours Timeless 8 x 8 Paper Pad SYTPPC
JustRite We Are Having a Baby Stamp Set JRCR-05008


Step 1. I've created a simple, small gift bag on the basis of a long, narrow paper bag, 'hot dog bag'.
In the bag I want to put a little candy roll and fold the length of the bag to fit this. On the back I attach a cord, which will be the fastener of the bag. 

Step 2. Now cover the paper bag with patterned paper. I do this equally on both sides of the bag. The sheet covers the cord too.

Step 3. The CED3056 Festive Collection Swirling Stars cuts in a long strip and can be cut to create smaller star swirls.

Step 4. Now assemble the die cuts as you wish, i have also added a snowflake from the Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Festive Snowflakes Die set and used a sentiment from the JustRite We Are Having a Baby Stamp Set.

 Place your contents in your bag and tie closed. 


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Saturday, 30 July 2016

How to make a Tie Dye Tote Bag using Cosmic Shimmer Fabric Paints

Designed by Design Team member Liz Borer


Our design team have been tasked this month with creating something using the new Cosmic Shimmer Fabric Paints. Liz has used her paints to create this pastel tie dye effect with these stunning silhouette butterflies and plants. 

Shopping list:



Step 1. I decorated both sides of the bag ,so insert a piece of card covered with cling film inside the bag to protect the other side while painting. I coloured the whole of the fabric with the Cosmic Shimmer Fabric Paints, which were thinned with water before applying them . I found it helped to dampen the fabric first and then start applying the first colour in random patches . Pick up a bit more water and blend the colour out onto the fabric .


Step 2 In exactly the same way add the other colours . I used Golden Lime , Antique Copper , Sea Green and Royal Purple . As the colours are blended out they mix with each other creating new colours . I mixed Royal Purple and Sea Green together and painted the handles . If both sides are to be decorated, dry the first side before starting on the other.


Step 3 Mix Atlantic Blue and Graphite Noir and stencil the polka dots randomly over the bag.


Step 4 Mix Golden Lime , Atlantic Blue and Sea Green together to make a bright green . Stencil the Peacock feather design up from the bottom of the bag.


Step 5 Use French Pearl and stencil the swirls from the All Stirred up mask randomly over the bag.



Step 6 Here you can see that I extended the swirls up onto the handles .


Step 6 Using the leaf stamp from Summer Meadow and Graphite Noir paint , stamp leaves over the bag to start the vines . Because the same paint is used it's possible to stamp the stems over the the leaves of the previous image without it showing so the leaves can join together to form a vine . It's interesting that where the black goes over the stencilled colours they partially show through creating a nice texture.


Step 7 The stem of the flower from the Wild Flowers set can be curved to the right or left when stuck on an acrylic block . Stamp the flower as though it was growing from the vines . Curving the stem creates movement in the design. Remember to leave space for some butterflies  ( from Butterfly Splash ) which are stamped with the same paint .

 

These final two pictures show the finished bag , including the butterflies , from both sides . I didn't try to make the sides match , it's more fun to have them looking slightly different !
I really enjoyed using these fabric paints , they are lovely and thick for painting solid areas areas and stamping . They can also be diluted to create washes and still retain the pearly lustre .


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The new MUST HAVE crafting item; the amazing DCWV Projcet Stacks

The Creative Expressions office is a buzz with the arrival of some amazing new products from DCWV; Project Stacks. These project books are fabulous for any level of crafter. They contain eveything you need to make the projects plus full instructions. Available now from your favourite craft retailers or on HOCHANDA TV on a One Day Special with Sarah Hurley, starting this Friday 29th of July at 8pm and going live on Saturday at 9am/12pm/4pm and 7pm. We know they will be massively popular - we all have them on our wish lists..now how to explain how ESSENTIAL it is to own one or two...

Keep scrolling for the product pictures, plus what our Design Team member Lisa Horton has been crafting, what Sarah Hurley has made for the HOCHANDA show and what Tracey, our in-house Crafter has whipped up...


Haven't they done an amazing job on these flowers - posies or wreaths to brighten up any space and easy to put together - decorate anything you like to give it a 3D effect or pop them in a vase - just don't water them!




Below we can see just how effective the Cone Wreath Project Stack is. Lisa Horton made the Christmas Wreath and Sarah Hurley has gone for a bit more of a summery feel. This pack contains some really beautiful papers with different patterns, textures and finishes. 


 
Tracey has been using more of the Project Stacks to create a whole variety of beautiful items from bunting, to cards, to MDF flower wreaths made in very popular neutral tones. See.. we told you..amazing!

 Photo Credit: Traci Mclean

Alcohol Ink Masterclass with Julia Watts 3rd August 2016

Alcohol Ink Masterclass with Julia Watts 3rd August 2016

In this full day workshop you will learn many different techniques on how to use Alcohol Inks to create stunning backgrounds. Working on 3 projects throughout the day you will use various other Dies and products such as Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Swiss or Belgium Collection, Shadow Box Dies, and your choice of Mini Striplet.

This is only a small
 class and its a great way to meet other like minded crafters and get some expert guidance from your tutor.

The Masterclass will run on Wednesday 3rd August 10am till 4pm and cost per person is £50.
To book call Tracey on 01536 481 778. We only have a few spaces left for this workshop so book now to avoid disappointment.



DIY Fabric Paint Shopping Bag with Stencils

Designed by Design Team member Lynn Brown



Our design team have been tasked this month with creating something using the new Cosmic Shimmer Fabric Paints. Lynn has used her paints to create this sweet country field tote bag, and she has also used a stencil to create this border pattern.


Shopping list:


Step 1. So that the paint does not transfer through to the other side of the bag, insert a piece of card into the bag.


Step 2. Take the fabric paint and a brush. You may find it easier to put a little of the paint into a pallet or onto a tile.


Step 3. Using a border stencil paint the fabric paint through the stencil onto the bag.  Reposition and align the pattern of the stencil to take it across the whole width of the bag.


Step 4. You will then have the border on your bag.



Step 5. Take the gold paint and put onto a glass mat or tile to use with the stamps.



Step 6. Use the paint on the mat like a stamp bad to cover the stamp with fabric paint.



Step 7. Stamp onto the fabric and then repeat over the top with an archival ink in green.


Step 8. Continue to build the border using the same technique with different stamps. Also take one of the stamps and use just the edges to form a bottom border.



Step 9. Press with a cover like a tea towel the finished bag to set the paints.


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

DIY Painted Floral Shopping Tote Bag

Designed by Design Team member Claire Newcombe


Our design team have been tasked this month with creating something using the new Cosmic Shimmer Fabric Paints. Claire has used it to decorate a shopping tote bag.

Shopping list:


Step 1. Prepare the tote bag for painting by ironing, and inserting a layer of cardboard to separate the two sides.


Step 2. Onto a palette/acrylic block, mix up 3 shades of green using Golden Lime and Sea Green lustre paints.


Step 3. Take one of the fuller grass like stamps onto an acrylic block, and ink up using the paint. Stamp multiple times using a combination of the three shades.


Step 4. Introduce a second stamp with a very different shape, and continue stamping with the green shades. Keep a good balance of the colours and shapes across the canvas. Consider keeping the lighter colours in the background, and the darker colour to the fore to create the illusion of dimension.


Step 5. With Sea Green paint select a third stamp (again with very different features) and begin stamping in the foreground of the composition. Using Golden Lime lustre paint, and a ‘grass like’ stamp, begin creating the canopy of a tree.


Step 6. Introduce floral stamps and colour. Use Moroccan Rose lustre paint and a wildflower stamp to add just one or two images.


Step 7. Using Summer Sunrise Lustre paint, stamp the single flower stem over the lighter green images. The paint dries very fast, so it is fine to stamp over images already on the material.


Step 8. Add extra colour that will tone in well, mix the lustre paints to create a new colour. To create a lilac, mix together Moroccan Rose and Atlantic Blue. Taking the stamp to this paint continue adding more floral elements to suit.


Step 9 To link the tree canopy and meadow below, paint some birds free hand using Summer Sunrise paint between the two areas.


Step 10. Remember to place stamps in warm soapy water after stamping to allow the paint to wash off without problem.


Step 11. When all the colours have completely dried, take the Silver Shine Sparkle fabric paint, and randomly paint a single flower head across the whole picture.


Step 12. As the sparkle paint dries the mica pieces really come to the fore and transforms the flower meadow into a magical fairy glen.

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