Monday, 11 July 2011

Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge

Hi everyone...hope you all had a lovely weekend and you're now refreshed and ready to start another week, that I'm sure will fly by!

I just wanted to pop on because I wondered if everyone had seen that Creative Expressions are holding a Design Team call? I'm sure that all of you know that Creative Expressions is based in Kettering, UK and are a leading manufacturer and distributors of all the latest crafting products. They also do a fabulous range of rubber stamps, including the wonderful new Tatty Button range and designs by Sam Poole.

If you would like to take part in this challenge you can get all the details, if you click, here...but you'd better be quick as the closing date for submissions, is tomorrow at 5:00pm. For all those who are taking part...the challenge is called "Calling Card" and all you need to do is, include an ATC somewhere within your project. The rest is up to your interpretation...if you do decide to enter ~ good luck!

And this is what I've made for the challenge...I hope you like it!

To make this card, you will need:
Rubber Stamps: Joyful Florals, Flutter Florals by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions
8" x 8" Pre-scored white card blank
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Broken China, Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy
Black Archival Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Grungepaper
Papermania 12"x12" Kraft paper stack
Vintage Ribbon
Decorative Tear Drop Pins
Card Candi ~ Craftwork Cards
Inkssentials ATC Manila Cardstock by Ranger
Red Bazzill Cardstock
Kuretake Millenium Writer Pen

Craft Box Tools

1.  Cover the front of your card blank with a piece of red Bazzill card, cut to 18.5cm square, leaving a narrow border of the white card, all around.

2.  Cut a piece of the Kraft cardstock, 18cm square and distress the edges, with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, to give an aged look to the card. Adhere to the front of your card, leaving a 0.5cm border of the red Bazzill card.

3.  Using a fine nibbed marker pen, draw a line onto the blank cardstock, creating a border around your matts and layers.

4.  Using a combination of the flowers, leaves, flourish and butterfly stamps from the set, stamp the images onto Grungepaper, using the black Archival Ink pad. At this point, it's entirely up to you, as to which stamps you choose to use, as there are so many beautiful combinations within these are the creator of your card, so you decide. Once the images are stamped, carefully cut them out and then with your Distress Inks and a blending tool, apply ink to each cut out piece building up the intensity of colour, as you blend. Shape each of the pieces, to give a realistic look to the petals and leaves.

5.  Stamp your quote from the stamp sheet onto the Manila ATC card, using the Archival Ink. Using a paper piercing tool, pierce a border of small holes around the ATC. Add Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks to the edges.
6.  Arrange and attach your your stamped images to the front of the card, using strong adhesive glue. Using 3D foam pads for height, attach your ATC sized, stamped quote, tucking it under some of the petals and leaves. This is your "Calling Card".

TIP: Always arrange your elements and make sure that you are entirely happy with the look of your card, before sticking anything down.
7.  Add a piece of ribbon across the bottom section of your card and tie into a bow. Attach two of the decorative border pins to the bow, tucking the points into the knot, out of harms way.

 8.  Finally, add a piece of Candi to each of the flower centres.
So, I hope you liked my little creation and I hope you have fun joining in with this challenge.

Have a wonderful day and see you all soon!
Love Emma


  1. Lovely creation Emma, love the co-ordinated look and love those pins. You would be an asset to their team with all your experience of working with Clarity etc. The best of luck. Tracy x

  2. Hey Emma, love your make! The flower is fabulous! Good luck in the call and looking forward to catching up with you in a few weeks time :) Kim

  3. Fabulous card Emma, it's a winner to me, Good luck!

  4. Great creation Emma, Love the sentiment on your Calling Card.
    Good luck - hope they take the opportunty of having you on their team.
    Avril xx

  5. Beautiful card Emma. Good luck with the DT call. xx
    Yesterday I managed to watch some of the recent Clarity shows that I'd recorded. Saw your gorgeous Christmas cards and it was DB showing them! I felt quite guilty as I was watching, as if she'd somehow know what I'd said about her! xxx

  6. Oh I love it Emma - the inks look so rich on that grunge paper. A fabulous design too.

    Love Lynda xxx

  7. Brill, totally brill! They'd be daft not to have you on board!

    Liz x

  8. What a fabulously unique card! :D

    The colours are so bright and lovely..the materials add to the different look! I love the little buddist proverb as well! Just so much to love! :D

    Brilliantly done! :D

  9. This is beautiful, Emma. Good luck with the challenge, although I don't think you'll need it with creations like this.
    hugs Lisax

  10. Stunning card, love the colours and composition. Good luck with the challenge.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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