Creative Expressions

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 13

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 13 of Christmas in July 2020!

Today was super busy and I didn’t have much time to craft. I pulled out the wonderful Creative Expressions Paper Cuts Reindeer and paired it with a background I created some time ago using Ken Oliver Color Bursts – they really shimmer in real life! I added a small sentiment by Mama Elephant to complete my CAS card.

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Christmas in July 2020 – Day 7

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 7 of Christmas in July! Today I’m playing along with a new-to-me challenge – the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! This week, they have a sketch challenge which I thought would be perfect for my newest festive stamp – the super-cute Rudolph Pressies from Woodware/Creative Expressions.

I coloured Rudolph using my Twinkling H2O paints and then masked him off to apply some distress oxide inks. The sky is actually a blend of Tumbled Glass and Speckled Egg, but you can’t really see it properly in these photos.

I cut some strips from an older BoBunny paper pad – as the green strip has ‘Merry Christmas’ printed along it, I decided I didn’t need to add another sentiment. I did however add a few white snowflakes to the card base to give it a little something extra!

To complete my take, I added a sentiment by Mama Elephant.


Oh Christmas trees

Hi Everyone!

I’m playing along this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge

I used a couple of dies from Creative Expressions plus a some rejected backgrounds I created using Colour Bursts a few months ago. Tim Holtz is right – never throw away that rejected background – it will always come in handy!.

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Hello Bootiful!

Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge

When I saw the sketch, I thought of my Poppy Stamps Stick Frames die. It didn’t really work exactly with the sketch so I cut up the frames and arranged them separately on my card. The ghosts are from the Friendly Ghosts set by Memory Box and the sentiment is my My Favorite Things.

I embossed the background using a Creative Expressions folder.

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Color Throwdown Guest Designer Week 1

Hello everyone!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to say that I have the honour of being the August Guest Designer over at one of my favourite challenges, the Color Throwdown. I’m so excited!

I have to say that this week’s fabulous colour palette of green, yellow, pink and lavender was a little challenging for me… It’s a beautiful palette with some amazing possibilities BUT I have a bit of a difficult time with lavender! Whenever I try to use it for a colour challenge, I always end up with a shade I feel is too purple or too pink!

So, for this week, I played it safe and used Milled Lavender distress ink!

I thought this palette would be perfect for a flowery card and decided to use a somewhat neglected background die that I bought last year (Daisy Mosaic by Creative Expressions) and one of my favourite techniques – inlaid die cutting. I started by creating four ink blended panels (in addition to Milled Lavender, I used Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw and Mowed Lawn). I then cut each of these panels using the background die. I also cut a piece of white card with the die.

I removed all the little pieces from the white die cut panel, adhered the negative to my card base and got to work inlaying all the little bits from the ink blended die cut panels. It’s time consuming but I think it’s totally worth it!

I had originally planned to add a green frame to the card, but as I was about to cut the frame, the green negative die cut panel fell onto my card base. I really liked the green outline and so I adhered the whole green negative panel on top of the inlaid background, effectively hiding all the white!

I added a Winnie & Walter die cut sentiment and a Penny Black butterfly to complete my card.

For full details of how to enter this week’s challenge, please head over to the Color Throwdown challenge blog. As usual, the design team has some amazing inspiration:

Amy Rohl

Amy Rysavy

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Jodi Collins

Lisa Henke

Lori Tecler

Lynn Put

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

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