Monday, 3 February 2014

Creative Expressions - My first DT card

Happy Monday everyone:)  I am especially happy today as I am now an official Creative Expressions Design Team member.....Yay!!! so very honoured to be joining so many talented crafters:)

Before I share my first project with you I would just like to announce the winner of my latest blog candy.......a little late I know, but I had a class on Saturday ( photos to share with you all tomorrow) and the Grandma duties yesterday and my youngest grandson 'Archie' has a really nasty chesty cough and has wanted lot's of grandma cuddles:) and then to top the weekend off we had a leak from our shower which ended up gushing through the lounge ceiling! Just as well my hubby is a plasterer lol:) but the mess was horrendous:( all in all a very hectic weekend!.....

So the winner of my blog candy which was picked by random org ........................................................number 19 which is Pat L! Congratulations Pat......if you email me I will post your goodies off to you :) x

So now for my little tutorial on my Creative Expressions Design Team card:

Thinking of You

I started with a cream blank card measuring 7"x7" square. I then matted a piece of  gorgeous Foundations cardstock called Amethyst onto my card blank with 3D foam pads.

I then took some cream card measuring 6 3/4" x 6 3/4". I took it through my Grand Calibur with a Couture Creations embossing folder called Paradise and adhered it to my card.
For the next stage I cut 2 pieces of Amethyst card. The first measuring 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" and the other measuring 3" x 4". I stamped them both with the Creative Expressions background stamp - Leafy Background using Perfect Medium. I then Heat embossed them using Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail embossing powder. TIP: Don't forget to either use an anti static bag or cloth.
I then matted them both onto some cream card.

Stamp the sentiment ' Thinking of You' onto some cream card using Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves. Die cut it out with the Spellbinder tag from the Fancy Tag Two set.

Whilst still in the die I inked the sentiment with Milled Lavender.
Next I made 2 Bitty Blossom flowers in the Amethyst card and 1 large in cream card. I used tweezers to make my flower but you can use a twilling tool if you prefer.
I then began to assemble my card. I used some 3D foam pads to adhere the sentiment to give my card a little dimension. I have added some Creative Expressions pearls to the centre of the flowers and cut some Pearl swirls from the larger Pearl Swirl pack. I made a triple bow with some Creative Expressions iridescent Grape Fuchsia ribbon and adhered it to the top right hand of my card.

To finish I added some Stickles glitter - Diamond and Platinum.

These are the products that I used:
I hope you enjoyed reading my little tutorial and I hope the photos were useful!
I will be back tomorrow with another project/card.
Take Care X


  1. hi Nikki a lovely card today, really enjoyed your class saturday (sorry I was late) x Sarah

  2. hi Nikki a lovely card today, really enjoyed your class saturday (sorry I was late) x Sarah

  3. Hi Nikki. Lovely card. I love the embossing, that folder is beautiful. I hope Archie gets better fast and your leak/mess is soon sorted. Take care.

  4. Sorry, forgot to say Congratulations to Pat L : )

  5. Hi Nikki, first of all I would Like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS for me Creative Expressions is a very special company but I'm extremely biased I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you have a permanent position. Now onto the Awesome Card for today I Love the Colours and the Stunning Embossing The Gold Embossing Looks so Rich and Opulent, I Love the Sentiment, and the Fabulous Flowers, Thank You so very much for the great breakdown of how you achieved your Card and Nikki thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations to Pat for winning the prize!
    Love and hugs from Sam x

  6. Hi Nikki, stunning card, love the colours, great start as a DT member. Congrats to Pat

  7. Morning Nikki, Congratulations to Pat, you lucky girlie.
    So sorry to hear about Archie not being well, lets hope he gets better really soon, and also about your leak from the shower and it coming through the ceiling, sounds horrendous.
    Your card today is stunning, Purple is my favourite colour so this card is already a Winner haha, loving the stamping and gold heat embossing, it is stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Hi Nikki beautiful card, the gold embossing is stunning. Hope Archie is soon on the and the leaky mess dries out soon. Congratulations to being official DT member and to Pat for winning x

  9. Morning Nikki,
    On dear what a terrible weekend you have had and still managed to send us a card, you are a dear. , and what a lovely card it is too Congrats to the winner
    Carol x

  10. Hi Nikki.
    Congratulations Nikki on Creative Expressions making you one of their official Design team members. Also congratulations to Pat for being the winner this week.
    Such a beautiful card today and many thanks for the step by step. Do hope Archie is soon feeling better and the week ahead is alot easier than your weekend.

    Love Sheila xx

  11. Beautiful card, love that background stamp and what you did with it!

  12. Congratulations on joining the CE team - they obviously have good taste! Love this card Nikki - the background stamp is gorgeous and looks stunning with the gold embossing. Pat x

  13. Hi Nikki
    Congratulations on joining the CE designer team. Sorry to hear that you had a horrendous weekend and hope Archie gets better soon, and that your leak won't take to long to fix. Today's card is absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing the step by step instructions. Congratulations to Pat for winning the prize.

  14. Hi nikki. Very elegant card just perfect for any occasion I think birthday or wedding.

  15. Hi Nikki
    Now that I've stopped jumping up and down, can't believe I've won, congratulations on your great news designing for Creative expressions. Stunning card, love the amethyst card with the gold embossing and your lovely flowers. Hope your leak's soon fixed and you get the ceiling replastered!!
    Best wishes, Pat

  16. Quite a beautiful card! Love the colors...think you might be a purple girl!

  17. A beautiful card & love the colours, very rich.
    Sue x

  18. Lovely card - not fussy and one one could do in any colour (but I'm thinking black and white with red accent).
    Hugs, Rose

  19. Hi Nikki. What a dreadful weekend! On the plus side, you became 'official' well done girl (my dream ambition) I can only dream though !
    I must admit at first I wasn't sure about that stamp, but when I saw the embossing in gold on that card it looked amazing.
    I had no idea you could stamp with the inks, I thought it would be too thin and watery, does that sound silly ? Im new to the bottled inks and only used them to do C.I.C technique and dripped them onto acitate, may I ask how you use them to stamp designs please.
    Its a beautiful card Nikki.
    Take Care.
    Lancashire Steph xx


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