Creative Expressions June 2014 Blog Hop

BlogHopWelcome to the Creative Expressions June 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!

The four new large Frame stamps from Creative Expressions have been designed with co-ordinating mini frames inside, which can be used separately or as a whole and also swapped with other frame designs in the range. There are also an additional four mini frame designs, plus sentiment sets which have been designed to fit inside the various frames.

One randomly selected person commenting on this blog post before the closing date will win a fabulous prize of some of the new stamp designs.

Here are my blog hop makes (as seen on TV, well, two of them!):

For the boxes, I created a cut file to cut the box from an A3 sheet of 300gsm card using my Silhouette Cameo so that the sides were sized to fit the large frame stamps. It has a crash lock base, so will fold flat for posting. For the coloured decoration, I embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Metallic before colouring with the CS Pastel Iridescent paints. Cut out the centre of the frame, and replace with heat proof acetate stamped with the centre square and embossed with the same powder. The purple box is embossed with CS Tropic Violet Lustre for the large frame and CS True White Detail for the centre and sentiment onto Foundations A4 Card – Amethyst. For the wedding box, I created the niches by cutting a square out of the centre of each side leaving a 5mm border that I could fold inwards to stick the centre square onto (also with a 5mm border folded upwards). It’s all embossed with CS Arctic Pearl Lustre. The classic blue on white is CS Denim Lilac Aurora, which matches the CS Purple Violet Pearlescent PVA wonderfully for the raised dots. Reprint and emboss the centre and rotate to create the raised diamond sentiments, mounting with foam pads. Finally, I made the card by mounting the frame (CS Arctic Pearl Aurora again) onto a card with the centre cut out, using foam pads. I embossed the sentiment with CS True Black Detail and mounted that in the centre with foam pads again, leaving a gap. The lilies were left from a previous card.

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave a comment below in order to be in with a chance of winning a prize! Here’s the allocated prize for my stop-off on the blog hop:photo

If you’d like to receive notification of new posts on my blog, don’t forget to sign up using the box at the top of the side bar to the right of your screen.

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. Julia Watts

2. Kim Robertson

3. Tracey Laughton

4. Donna Ratcliff

5. Neil Burley – you are here

6. Tracy Heaton

7. Kerry Hickton

8. Pam Smith

Start page, prize details and how to take part: Creative Expressions News Blog. The blog hop started on Thursday 12th June at 10am and ends Tuesday 17th June at 5pm.

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

109 thoughts on “Creative Expressions June 2014 Blog Hop

  1. Cool boxes you´ve made here, they´re all really beautiful and well made. Love the stamps, you´ve used for especially the two last ones, they´re sooo beautiful.

  2. I love these boxes, I must confess I have never done any of these but I will certainly be trying them out now.
    Hugs Michelle xxxx

  3. Thank you for sharing your fabulous work. I love your boxes and the acetate window box is so sweet, I can see that at Christmas with one of those little battery candles inside.. Just lovely :O) Hug Sylvie XX

  4. Beautiful boxes, saw them on C & C and thought they were great then but its nice to get a closer look at them, the card is beautiful too
    Hugs Julie x

  5. Beautiful boxes! Love the stamping and coloring you did too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I saw the boxes on C&C and was blown away by them.It really shows the versatility of these stamps.You certainly get your money’s worth.They are beautiful Neil.Thank you for sharing.

  7. Amazing boxes,saw them on TV and thought that they were beautiful.

  8. Wow, that’s really thinking outside the box! Sorry couldn’t resist the silly joke. But i am going to sign up to your blog, really loving your work. Sarah

  9. Love what you have done with these stamps, I absolutely love the boxes made with the acetate, so striking. Have signed up to your newsletter to follow your blog, I like these blog hops they help you find more amazing crafters 🙂

  10. Wow, i just love these stamps and boxes , so pleased i have found you through the blog hop

  11. Amazing boxes. Inspired me to get my Cameo out and have a go. Thanks for sharing…xx

  12. Just love your boxes. Love 3D work with stamps. Really lovely.

  13. I saw these boxes on C&C yesterday and went WOW I must try to have ago at making one of these in the future…Absolutely Gorgeous.
    Love Carol x

  14. Beautiful boxes, something I haven’t tried before so thanks for the inspiration
    Best wishes, Pat

  15. hi Neil
    These boxes are beautiful. Saw them on C & C and thought they were gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.i

  16. Love the idea of using the frame stamps to make boxes. great idea 🙂

  17. The boxes are quite beautiful, Neil. And the sympathy card is lovely but subtle: perfect for the occasion.

  18. Hi Neil,
    Beautiful boxes, admired them on Julia’s Show yesterday. The stamps are just the right size and shape. Thank you.

  19. These boxes are lovely and these stamps lend themselves to this kind of use. Every one is so different and unique but love all the effects. x

  20. Hi Neil you work is gorgeous I did see the boxes on the telly and I was very impressed. Have a great day. Jackie

  21. Neil these boxes are so beautiful, saw them on the show but looking at them now they are even more special x

  22. Love the boxes, I have 3 of these frame stamps, what a wonderful way to use them, I am inspired x

  23. Hi Neil

    I was really impressed with your boxes, the monochrome boxes are stunning. I’ve been seriously wowed at every hop so far! Am bookmarking your blog and all the blogs on the hop for a look in depth later 🙂

    Crafty hugs,

    T x

  24. Hi Neil,
    What wonderful boxes and the card is beautiful. Those stamps are really something, aren’t they?
    Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.
    Hugs, Rose

  25. Just love how you have decorated the boxes with these stamps. They are simply gorgeous. Saw them on c @ c at the weekend. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy.

  26. Just love how you have decorated the boxes with these stamps. They are simply gorgeous. Saw them on c @ c at the weekend. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy.

  27. I love the way you used the stamps on the boxes.the sympathy card is just right,we all hate having to make a sad card,but it means a lot to the Family’s.

  28. Hi I am having problems leaving a comment,so here goes for the third time.I love the way you have used the stamps to make such fantastic boxes.
    The Sympathy card says it all.

  29. Love the boxes Neil, they are just so beautiful. Your sympathy card is stunning in its simplicity. Pat x

  30. A stunning set of boxes in beautiful colours and great attention to detail.x

  31. I do like the different ideas, especially the boxes. Thaks so much.

  32. Would love a tutorial on how you make your boxes, itching to try these! xx

  33. I will certainly be giving these boxes a go. They are very me and I will be trying to recreate one of these for my sister in law who is 70 next month xx

  34. Hi, lovely boxes, such a pretty way to give a gift. The frames are lovely. I’m pleased to have found you blog! Best wishes, Anne O

  35. Wow Neil these boxes are amazing, the one with the coloured flowers (which happens to be my favourite) must have taken ages to colour in. Would make fabulous gift boxes for a very special present. Bx

  36. I absolutely love these boxes !
    Will be back to your blog now I have found it!

  37. What great use of these lovely stamps, I have never made boxes before but after seeing your beautiful ones I may give it a try,

  38. Wow, these boxes are simply great. Will have to try them. The stamp are perfect for these. Thank you.
    Marion B xx

  39. Hi Neil. Wow, I love the boxes, they are all beautiful, the stamps are gorgeous aren’t they : ) You have inspired me to make a box., thank you. Take care.

  40. Well Neil how lovely these boxes are. I cannot believe how many different ideas there are from similar stamps. The blog hop certainly is an inspiration and has spurred me on to get a couple of the stamps. Keep up the good work. Lovely. M

  41. Wow! Your projects are always so amazing. I can only make very simple boxes. Yours are really inspirational. Thanks for the chance to win too.

  42. The boxes are fab! I made my first box yesterday and just love the idea – yours are a little more advanced than mine : ) Thank you for the inspiration
    Lesley x

  43. Beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to receive a box like that.
    Love Elaine x

  44. These are so impressive!! I have made some boxes, but get carried away and glue them all up before decorating!! I did see those on C&C and was impressed then, so very glad to see them on your blog and be able to comment. Really love and can’t wait to have a go at something similar (although mine will be messy no doubt!!) Maxine x

  45. WOW! What stunning boxes Niel. I love them both and I really love these stamps. Love the colours you have used too.


  46. What a lovely idea ~ adore the boxes and the card thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂

  47. Hi Neil,
    Your boxes are just adorable, they would make fabulous gifts and so beautifully decorated. I love your sympathy card too, always a difficult one to make. Thanks for sharing so many projects. Fern x

  48. Loving this blog hop. Such inspiration on every page.

    I saw your black and white box on the C&C Facebook page and loved it instantly! The die is gorgeous and such a novel idea with it’s use. The other designs are stunning as well. Fantastic designs.

    Kate x

  49. Hi Neil, as Always your Work is Outstanding I love The Boxes and The Card, I Love The Stamp That You’ve Used it’s just so pretty great work as always Neil
    Great Photography, because of this it gives us a clear view of your work.
    Hugs from Sam x

  50. lovely stamps and the boxes are amazing – cant resist a bit of shimmer 🙂

  51. Love these creations, saw your boxes on c and c, very impressive, inspired to have a go myself x

  52. This is beautiful, I saw it on C & C and thought how stunning it was
    Carol x

  53. Wonderful projects and really shows how to think outside the Box!! best wishes Jackie D

  54. Good afternoon Neil,
    WOW your boxes are beautiful and i so wish i had one of those fancy cutting out machines. I can’t really tell you which i like best as i love the blue and white for the delph ware look, the beautiful white looking one which would make a beautiful wrapping for a wedding present, or the coloured in one which is always my first love(still a big bairn at heart you see). Your black and white one is so stylish and the card is beautiful. Thank you for your hard work and inspiration,
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

  55. a beautiful box. I have a Cameo but don’t really know how to use it. First efforts ended up with torn card because it wouldn’t stick to the mat and then the blade went through the cutting mat! I must try harder now I’ve seen these boxes – beautiful.

    • Just had to reply with this offer: I’m very happy to come over to Spain to teach you how to use the Cameo 😉

  56. Hi Neil
    just hopped over from Donna’s blog,
    The boxes are fabulous, love them.

  57. I saw these boxes on Julia’s show on Create and Craft. They are great for gifts. Very clever!

  58. Fantastic boxes (and card!) it’s really great how all the stamps work together and independently. Thanks for sharing :o)

  59. Thank you so much for such lovely and creative boxes! I haven’t tried doing the 3d crafts yet but look forward to it and yours are so lovely and I can imagine so many uses for these.

  60. I fell in love with your boxes when I saw them on C&C – they are beautiful. I am really going to have to try making one of those.

  61. I really like these boxes especially the first one which looks spectacular with the stamped frame and acetate.

  62. I cannot imagine the thrill of seeing your work on tv! I wish l could be as inspired (and talented!!) to make so many different projects!

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