Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop! Hopefully you got here from Donna’s blog but, if you didn’t, here’s the start at the Creative Expressions News Blog!

These new Christmas designs from the Singles Range at Creative Expressions, include seven different stamps. As you will see from the samples made for the Blog Hop, they do not just have to be used as they are but can be altered and interchanged to give lots of different options.

One randomly selected person commenting on this blog post before the closing date will win the following fabulous prize, which includes some of the new stamp designs:


Here are four card ideas for three of the new stamp designs:

Joy to the World

IMG_5055_w Stamp Joy to the World in Perfect Medium on Coconut White card. Heat emboss with Lapis Black Aurora. Cut to size. Emboss 4½” square piece of Brunswick Green card with Couture Creations New Year Dove folder.  Wrap a length of Green/Ivory Grosgrain ribbon round the embossed card and secure. Mount on 4⅝” square piece of Coconut White card, then a 5″ square of Brunswick Green, using Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue. Stick down to your card blank and then outline the white card border in Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Twinkle.



Print Believe stamp onto Milk card with Perfect Medium ink and heat emboss with Bright Gold Metallic embossing powder. Cut to size and mount on Brunswick Green card. Emboss a strip of Brunswick Green card, 5″ x 1¾”, using the New Year Dove folder. Mount on your card blank and overlay the heat embossed image using foam pads. Add the pearl swirls and edge with Comic Shimmer Golden Sparkle PVA.

Joy to the World #2


Stamp Joy to the World with Perfect Medium ink and mask the bottom image before printing onto a piece of Cobalt card stock. Heat emboss with True Detail White embossing powder. Cut out leaving a ¼” border. Edge with 5mm double sided tape. Reveal top layer of tape and cover with Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Sprinkes, pressing the glitter into the tape before brushing off the excess and returning to the pot. Cut a piece of Cobalt card 2½” high to fit your card blank and edge with Diamond Sprinkles as before. Using a piece of wide low tack masking tape, press down over the self adhesive Star Swirl and carefully peel off from the backing sheet – the masking tape keeps the shape as you transfer it to the cardstock. Press down firmly on the pearls taking care not to press the masking tape too hard onto the card – peel off the masking tape. Mount on your card blank with Cosmic Shimmer Glue and then adhere two small Fancy Pearl Embellishments using the same glue. Allow to dry completely.

Happy New Year


Ink up Happy New Year stamp with Perfect Medium and mask off side and top section, print onto Cobalt card. Heat emboss with Silver Shine Metallic embossing powder. Mount on Milk card using Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue. Emboss a 5″ x 3½” piece of Cobalt card with the Couture Creations Happy New Year folder and gild with Pewter Gilding Wax. Mount on Milk card with Cosmic Shimmer Glue. Stamp, emboss and mount the sentiment from All Occasions set as before. Assemble on a C6 card and embellish with drops of Silver Lustre pearlescent PVA.

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave a comment below in order to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Once you have done that, you will need to click here to visit Tracy’s blog.

To help you along the way, here is a list for the Blog Hop:-

1. Sue Wilson
2. Julia Watts
3. Tracey Laughton
4. Kim Bacon
5. Donna Ratcliff
6. Neil Burley [you are here]
7. Tracy Heaton
8. Kerry Hickton
9. Pam Smith
10. Creative Expressions

Start page, prize details and how to take part: Creative Expressions News Blog. The blog hop started on Friday 15th August at 6am and ends Tuesday 19th August at 5pm.

Thank you for taking part in our Blog Hop – good luck!

218 thoughts on “Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop

  1. Love the colours you have chosen and my favourite card is Believe, that Santa’s sleigh is great.

  2. I love your creation especially the cobalt blue card you’ve used.
    Heather T

  3. Morning Neil, I have had great difficulty getting to your site, but finally made it a few names down the Blog hop haha.
    I love your creations here, I especially love the ‘three wise men’ stamp, I think it is gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  4. Hi Neil, Wow! You’ve been working Hard Creating Beautiful Christmas Cards I have purchased quite a few of these Stamps sometimes I’m stuck of what to do next, But yourself and The Team have given me so many different idea’s and techniques to create Beautiful Christmas Cards with these Stamps.
    Hugs from Sam x

  5. Took a while to find your blog post but glad I did. Lovely card, love the clear elements, very striking

  6. Great cards,

    Just to let you know that some of the links to your site do work.

  7. Hi Neil. Love your cards, the deep background colours are great. Card no 2 is my favourite. Take care.

  8. Good morning Neil, This is really exciting seeing all these wonderful cards. I think the blog hop is causing some trouble with my browser though. Still lovely cards today Beryl

  9. 3 amazing cards, my favourite is the second one but they are all great.


  10. Lovely cards. I can’t choose which one I like best. I like all of them. Thanks for sharing

  11. Really lovely selection of cards Neil, thank you for sharing your ideas x

  12. A lovely set if cards. I like them all but for me the first is the best. Xx

  13. Hi Neil, first time of visiting your blog but it won’t be the last. I absolutely love the cards you have made, so stunning, elegant and warming. Love them. Stay safe, healthy and happy June Smith x

  14. Hi Neil,
    Great cards, love your simple styling…right up my street. Joy to the world card is my favourite of the 4.
    Donna Jones

  15. Good morning Neil what beautiful cards I love the colours and the design of them all. Take Care xx

    Debs A xx

  16. I love all these cards and can’t chose a favourite, all unique and perfect.

  17. Morning Neil
    These cards are all so beautiful, the stamps are used in so many ways and I love them all. A must to get
    Carol x

  18. Good Morning Neil

    Lovely cards on here this morning……great use of stamps too….

  19. Hop,hop,hopping along! Lovely new stamps – thanks for the inspiration!

  20. What a wonderful set of cards and fabulous colours too..great to see a mixture.

    Love Sheila x

  21. Hi Neil great cards loving the use of the stamps and the clean and simple lines. I love the gilding was on the embossed background too (lovely smell 🙂 ). Have a great day love Diane G xx

  22. Not sure if I’m navigating this very well but hopefully it’ll work Lice your clean and simple cards

  23. Hi, beautiful card, love your colour, what a fab way to see everyone’s cards as you can tell this is my first blog hop crafty hugs Julie laz xx

  24. Hi Neil
    really enjoy the blog hops, they are fun and give chances to see other members of the team at work. What a fantastic set of cards you’ve made.
    Hard to pick the primary or secondary colour favourite as all winners.
    Seems Creative Expressions have come up Christmas trumps again with these stamps. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Good morning Neil,
    A gorgeous set of cards, it’s difficult to choose a favourite but I think ‘believe’ just pips the post. Many thanks for sharing your ideas and giving so much inspiration.
    Lots of love, Karen xx

  26. Hello Neil, Stunning cards, love your work. Thanks for sharing. Really enjoying the blog hop.
    Hugs June x

  27. Hi Neil,
    Lovely cards so inspirational, so much fun following all the blogs

  28. Well I spoke too soon – link from Donna’s blog to here was not there – the name link on Donna’s took me to a facebook page – went through Creative Expressions blog and got here only to be asked for details. Not a great first visit experience.

  29. Hi Neil
    You have created three stunning today for the blog hop. These stamps are so versatile that you hardly need any embellishments on them at all. I think I love the Merry Christmas and the Let it Snow best, but all the stamps are lovely.

  30. Wow, three cards – you’ve spoilt us, they’re all lovely.
    Christine (Andypandy)

  31. Such Gorgeous Creations Neil.

    They are all lovely, but my favourite one is the Joy To The World #2. I love the layout and the colours and the fancy pearl embellishment is lovely.

    Hopping on to the next blog now.

    Happy Crafting!!! 🙂 X X

  32. I could get here from Kim’s blog, I kept getting a window saying there was a problem, but I managed to come backwards and get here. I love, love, your blog hopping, I have a collection of blue white plates!

  33. I have all your different cards and this is the first time I have joined the blog hop but it is good fun and very inspirational to see everyone’s projects. Helen x

  34. These cards are so pretty.
    First time I try a blog hop 🙂
    Love from the Faroe Islands,

  35. three for one this time!! I like ‘Believe’ best. Had a problem getting to your site but well worth the effort in finding you. Lovely cards
    Janet in Kent

  36. Hi Neil, number one has to be my favourite. A gorgeous card with plenty of inspiration from all the cards, thanks so much

  37. Lovely selection of cards you have created with the new stamps. This is the first visit I’ve made to your blog. I am impressed, thank you. Incidentally the link from Donna’s blog didn’t work.

  38. Hello Neil,
    These stamps are so perfect that it’s hard to choose a favourite. I think “Believe” just beats the others!! Maureen

  39. First card is my favourite, very strong and masculine, I am sure there are many men who would love to receive this, or women who don’t like anything too fancy!

  40. Good morning Neil,
    Today’s cards that you have made for our delight look so quick and easy but still look hand crafted. The dazzlers and beautiful pearl embellishments just add that finishing touch.
    Crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

  41. Hi Neil, really like how you’ve used these stamps and your designs are perfect to inspire those of us who have dozens of cards to make (and I don’t sell them either!!) – the first one is my favourite. Thanks for sharing, Susan

  42. All three cards are stunning, love them all
    Hugs to all
    Michelle xxxx

  43. Good morning Neil,I love all the cards you have made they are all gorgeous the new stamps are brilliant the way they can mix n max. Hugs Lynda Brock xx

  44. Love how you have used the stamps so beautifully. You have given me ideas now and also want to try and follow your examples. Thank you for sharing and getting my mojo back up and running.

  45. lovely cards, i had trouble getting onto your blog but worth the wait fabulous cards

  46. Great cards, the green one being ideal for a man, thanks for sharing your cards with us.

  47. Hi Neil, thanks for sharing 4 cards with us for the blog hop. I have to say that I think my favourite is Joy To The World, if only for the wonderful deep green card. It’s great to follow the blog hop and visit places I’ve not been before, thanks for taking part. x

  48. Four different and lovely cards, great colours and use of the stamps. Loving the blog hop and enjoying so many different styles of cards.


  49. Love these stamps and your cards, the first one has a very masculine feel about it
    Best wishes, Pat

  50. I love all the cards you have made and what a brilliant idea to make the Anniversary one. Love the green on the 1st one, a very unusual colour and a bit different.
    Louise x

  51. Such wonderful cards you made this the stamp set…
    Such a great blog hop…
    Well done

  52. Hi Neil

    It’s lovely to see some smaller designs. But that does not make the effect any less dramatic. These are lovely. I haven’t seen any repetition on this blog hop and my head is crammed with ideas! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Crafty hugs,

    T xxx

  53. Hi Neil, This is my first time to your blog and I’ve really enjoyed looking at all your wonderful projects. Today’s blog hop has been great and I am just blown away by all the wonderful work of the CE Design Team. Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Margaret A.

  54. Hi Neil
    Such beautiful cards. They are all fantastic. Thank you.
    Bye for now.

  55. Hi Neil,
    Fabulous selection of cards showcasing the new stamps. Thanks, Alison

  56. What a lovely collection of cards using the stamps in a variety of ways.
    Vanessa x

  57. great cards ,just show how different cards can be with sentiment and little image ,Laura O

  58. Inspirational use of these lovely stamps. I can’t choose a favourite x

  59. Hellooooo Neil! just to say love each and every card. I love these sentiments and the embossed background. I love them all in their different ways. the first one for the meaning, the second for the “fun”, the third one for the bling of pearls and the curly swirls and the last one for it’s different uses of celebrations and Happy New Years! This blog hop has given us all the chance to add a few more sites to our favourites so we can have a look at everybody’s different but unique ways of crafting. “Thank you!” xx Love Karen xx

  60. Stunning Cards,I love the New Year one,as I send a lot of new year cards,
    Thank you for the inspiration .

  61. Hi Neil

    Really like your cards and how you have used the stamps in different ways.
    Hugs Annx

  62. All of your cards are lovely but I especially like the joy one, brilliant for someone who is religious.

  63. Fabulous cards Neil. I really love the Celebration stamp as it is so versatile. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

  64. Lovely cards Neil. It is so nice to see the stamps used in a more masculine way to give us some variety. Look forward to seeing more of your designs on Create and Craft in the future.

  65. Absolutely love the Believe set with santos sleigh, my favourite set out of the entire collection. Great cards x

  66. Good inspiration to use things in a new way. Nice materials and stamps. I would love to use them on new projects. Monika

  67. All the cards are lovely but particularly liked the way you matched to colours of the background to the ribbon and the 3 wise men on the stamp in the first card

  68. Hi love the versatility you have shown with these stamps. Kind regards Joanne K x

  69. I really like all of your cards and the different colours that you have used, it’s going to be really hard to decide which Christmas products to buy for my cards this year. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  70. Hi Neil, a goodly selection of CAS cards from you. Very different from Sue’s style but beautiful nonetheless.

  71. These cards are fab. There is something about blue and white that just looks cool and classy xx

  72. Very pretty cards, but my favorite is No 2 Joy to the World. I just love blue and white cards and it is so very pretty.

  73. What beautiful cards, Neil. We’re spoiled for choice! I love this blog hop….never done it before 🙂 Jo

  74. Great selection of designs that really show off the versatility of the stamps. I’m loving this blog hop, finding all these great blogs I didn’t know existed!

    Alice x

  75. 4 cards, We are lucky to have such inspiration. I like card 2 best. The stamps are lovely

  76. Hi, Neil, this is my first visit here too! I’ll be sure to come back again.
    Thanks for sharing your cards. Some more wonderful ideas for Christmas cards

  77. Really enjoying what everyone I’d doing with this stamps. I think the believe one is my fav so far but you guys are making it hard to choose.

    All the best Pauline ( freedom99)

  78. Every single one of your offerings is beautiful – thank you for sharing.

  79. Lovely cards…I think my favorite has to be the blue and white Joy card. My mom’s name…r i p

  80. I can’t decide which is my favourite stamp but am leaning towards believe. It is so evocative of childhood memories. Thank you

  81. Lots of lovely cards, and the chance to see a new blog too! Thanks for sharing. Sue of Worcester

  82. Hi Neil, wow, 4 lovely cards, I wouldn’t like to have to choose they are all great. My love of blue though… 🙂
    and I have not found your blog before so an added bonus!

  83. Great cards, my favourite is Joy To The World
    lorraine – scotland

  84. Hi all cards are great particularly like the Joy To the World. What a great eclectic blog you have, I love all different types of craft. Will come back when have more time and go through it.

    lorraine – scotland

  85. Hi

    Stunning cards I love the colour ways you have used. Really enjoying the blog hop

  86. Hi Neil,
    Love all of these, now I need, need to get more new embossing powders.
    I will be penniless soon, but who cares!
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  87. What a great selection of cards. Joy to the world ones are my favourites.

  88. Great cards Neil. The first one is just perfect for male cards and I love the blue one with the bling

  89. I enjoyed seeing your cards Neil. Really like them, thank you. Joy to the world is my personal selection mainly because it is so needed at this moment in time I guess. Lets hope that and peace is soon attained. Thanks for the ideas. Maureen

  90. All such lovely designs – I do think the best things come in small packages, and that includes cards! (and me, at only 4’10” tall!!)

  91. Beautiful card, love the colours would not be disappointed to receive this
    Jan x

  92. Just loving these stamps. Can feel a shop coming on soon!! These cards are lovely, particularly the I believe one. The inspiration on these blogs has to be seen to be believed, I’m going to be spending too much time blogging and not enough crafting before long LOL. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  93. You are spoiling us by showing us 4 cards!!!!
    They all showcase the new stamps beautifully
    Karen xx

  94. Hi Neil,
    The Joy to The World card is my favourite but that maybe influenced by my love of the sentiment. Thank you for sharing your lovely cards.

  95. Hi Neil, Loving all of your cards and I especially like how you’ve used the stamp to make an Anniversary card. Have a great weekend.

  96. Neil,
    Oh my gosh, what beauty you have created. They are all simply stunning. Great, great, job.

  97. Hi Neil
    A lovely selection of cards that show off the stamps’ versatility well. My favourite is ‘Joy to the world ‘. Best wishes, Anne O

  98. Love all the cards. Four lots of inspiration. Thank you for sharing!
    Marion B xx

  99. Hi there – Lovely to see all these stamps in the different combinations and colours. Definitely a ‘must have’!
    Luv M

  100. Amazing inspiration and you have spoiled us with three cards. My favourite is the Joy to the World.
    Love the blog hop.
    Sheila x

  101. Hi, lovely cards couldn’t pick a favourite, all so lovely. Carole x

  102. Wow someones has been enjoying herself with this gorgeous images, I love all your cards they are just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxx

  103. Hallo Neil, and how you are spoiling us with your array of cards. I like the way you have used just one panel on some and two on another, particularly like the sleigh silhouette stamp and also using one without words for the anniversary card. Best wishes Jackie D

  104. Wonderful selection of projects……My fave has to be the blue ‘Joy to the World’!
    Hugs Donna xx

  105. Hi Neil, what a lovely selection – I love them all. The ‘joy’ stamp is on my shopping list. Thanks for sharing, I’m off to the next ‘hop’. Marie x

  106. Whew! A bit of a journey to get to leave a comment, but worth the journey! Love set of cards – all of them. Thanks for sharing.

  107. A first visit to this blog. It’s so nice when you think, oh, got that, could do that. Lovely card.

  108. All the cards are straightforward and well executed but not to my taste I’m afraid.

  109. My word, Neil!
    What a treat. FOUR fab cards 🙂
    Great use of the lovely new stamps.
    Excellent job


  110. Love your cards Neil just shows what you can do mixing the stamps and colours thanks for shareing from kath

  111. wonderful card set! The stamps are gorgeous and look amazing no matter what medium has been used! Very versatile. xx

  112. Great use of the stamps. Super cards, Neil. Not used to blog hopping and love the fact that I could use my handle without being part of another social network group.

  113. Lovely cards. Great way of showing two different ways of using the same stamp.

  114. Great cards. I like how you used just the image for the Happy Anniversary card.

  115. Lovely cards, can’t believe it is coming so soon, better get a move on. Thanks the inspiration.

  116. Lots of inspiration here. Love the religious theme to some of the cards and the designs are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. <3

  117. Wow, quite a variety of cards to feast the eyes upon. Love how you’ve chosen some bold and solid colours that are probably just off the traditional colour palette but still work wonderfully. A great selection of inspiration, thank you for sharing.

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