Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday Make with Creative Expressions

When I knew I needed to write this particular blog post I struggled to come up with a suitable opening sentence. OK, I have already written the opening sentence! So you might be wondering what I am talking about.

Today is my last blog post for Creative Expressions. When I joined the team back in Spring 2013 I was a late-comer having narrowly missed out on a place during the main selection a few months earlier. One of the members of the selection team had remembered my 'interview' piece and I was invited to join the team due to an unexpected vacancy. I knew at the time it was for a set period, the last Monday of September was always meant to be my last day.  So when an extension of the term on the DT was offered a few weeks ago I initially jumped at the chance. And why not? 
Over the course of my membership of the DT the products I had been given to work with were always top quality. The team and office staff are amazing. The 'work' itself creating and writing is what I love to do so I thought it would all work out. Unfortunately my life in the real world now needs to be my priority. For those that follow me, you already know I moved house to live by the coast. What some of you don't know is that I am going to be running a guest house.  I need this to be ready for Spring 2015. There is a lot to do between now and then. 

My blog today is a reflection on some of my favorite pieces, a few that didn't get published due to me making more than required for that month and a new one continuing with the required theme for this month. As I bring these pieces onto the blog I am reminded of just how much I have enjoyed my time with Creative Expressions. It is quite a sad task writing this final blog. 

This card to the left is actually a matching card I made for the first project I did, the verdigris box. I forgot to publish it at the time because I got carried away with the picture tutorial for the box!

The lime green card didn't get published either. As sometimes happens in a DT 2 people have the same idea and my zesty lime card was so similar to one that had been published a few days before I felt that you would rather see something different.

I loved making the purple and blue Thank You and Get well Soon cards. Mind you, it was difficult for me! Being a messy crafter I found it really hard to keep that lovely white card finger-print free! Lots of the comments I received about these cards said how sophisticated they were. I have to agree.

Around the time of my move I was given the seaside stamps which was a lovely co-incidence. The weather was lovely for weeks on end and I had to tear myself away from the beach but I kept the seaside flame alight at home by making cards with the seaside kit I had been sent to work with. This 3D shadow box has, as far as I am aware, never been seen before, I certainly didn't blog about it!

I have this piece on the wall in my craft room as a reminder of those lovely sunny days. 

Well, I think that will have to be all for now, I am so proud to have been on the Creative Expressions DT, it has been a wonderful part of 2014. I would like to thank the team in Kettering for their support and I would like to wish the current and new DT members all the best. It has been great working with you all.

Before I go, here is the 'official' piece I need to show you, the piece made using the products I was given for September to showcase.  I used the really lovely Filigree Poinsettia die and the A4 Swiss Dots embossing folder. I smeared the de-bossed side of the navy card with Icicle Blue Cosmic Shimmer Texture paste so that the glitter paste filled the hollows. I applied a selection of flowers made from blue and white die-cuts over a ribbon. I added a single pearl from the Self Adhesive Swirls to the centre of each bloom.  Understated by full of glitz and visual interest I think you will agree. 

So there we have it. My last post for Creative Expressions. Thank you for being with me on this journey. 

Kim x


  1. Hi Kim, I've enjoyed your blog and Creative Expressions examples which are always so innovative and varied. I'm sorry you won't be on the design team any more you will be missed. Best of luck with your guest house venture hope it all works out for you.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I am sad to be leaving the DT. It has been a fun journey, but I am not giving up crafting, I will still be here :-)

  2. Hi Kim
    I have enjoyed your blog postings and will miss your posts and inspiration. Good luck in your new venture.
    Hugs x