Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Creative Expressions Sheer Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome all to the Creative Expressions Sheer Inspiration Blog Hop. This is the first blog hop for Creative Expressions and we are thrilled you are joining us to celebrate our first hop.

To celebrate, Creative Expressions are offering a prize of £15 on each blog. To enter the giveaways, simply leave a comment on each of the 8 DT members blogs (listed below). The hop will close and prize winners from each blog announced on Monday 8th April on the Creative Expressions NEWS blog.  There is also a fabulous separate SPOT PRIZE on Kim Dellow's blog on her post which goes live on Friday 5th April.

If you have arrived here from the Creative Expressions NEWS blog you are in the right place.

The Design Team are creating pieces of art combining fabulous RIBBON from Creative Expressions, our aim being to use ribbon in creative, unique ways.
I decorated a canvas board, creating a wonderful dimensional bloom from ribbon and using ribbon in the background of my canvas for added texture. I have also included step by steps to create my canvas.
Colour a piece of white card with mowed lawn and salty ocean Distress Inks. Press each inkpad onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water and then mop up the beads of ink with card stock, heat setting between each application.
Adhere pieces of CROCHET RIBBON onto the coloured card using Cosmic Shimmer PVA, continue until the whole piece is covered with ribbon.
Once the card is completely covered and totally dry, run through a die cutting machine with the Tattered Florals die.
This is what I have left after die cutting, perfect for another project, which I will use at a later date.
Cover the canvas board with old book pages using Claudine Hellmuth multi medium matt or Cosmic Shimmer PVA.
Adhere small pieces of the CROCHET RIBBON randomly to the canvas.
Paint over the canvas with a coat of Gesso.
Once completely covered set the canvas aside to dry completely.
I used the Flower and Butterfly mask, applied Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste through the mask, this adds fantastic texture to any piece of art.
Once the paste is completely dry, paint the canvas with mowed lawn and salty ocean Distress Paints.
Look at the fabulous texture the crochet ribbon adds along with the texture paste. This canvas is so tactile.
I added some metal letters to add BLOOM along with four wooden hearts for further interest.
For a little contrast I also added some random stamping with black Archival Ink.  I also added a brass bird cage charm.
I have also now added the fabulous dimensional bloom I created from the CROCHET RIBBON earlier. To finishe I added Gilding Wax over my canvas to highlight all the texture and raised areas.
I also added a wooden bird, again painted with Distress Paints and a touch of random stamping added to the body and touches of Gilding Wax added around the edges of the bird.

Should you get lost along the way I have included a complete list for the hop:

  1. Tracy Evans (You Are Here)
  2. Trish Latimer
  3. Jean Gursoy
  4. Trace Metcalfe
  5. Gillian Simson
  6. Tracey Laughton
  7. Shary Nettleship
  8. Michelle Webb
  9. Kim Dellow (Friday 5th April) - Special Surprise on offer Friday only  
Don't forget to check DT member Kim Dellow's blog on Friday for a SPECIAL SURPRISE!

Your next stop on the blog hop is TRISH LATIMER.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


169 comments:

baconbits said...

Morning Tracey,
What a wonderful flower - definately makes the crochet ribbon look different. I have never done a canvas but with you rclear instruction this could be something that i tackle. Really like the fact that it is tactile.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda

Jackie Durrant said...

This is a real work of art - and your pictures and text are so clear that it encourages me to think I can achieve this so thank you for all your hard work. regards Jackie D

Michelle Webb said...

You're right Tracy, it is perfect for another project that cut out! I love it. Fab project by the way, love the texture. My fav thing as you know. Michelle x

Kaz said...

Hi Tracey wow love your piece really beautiful! I really love the added element if the lace really clever

Ian said...

I love the canvas. very grungey and sort at the same time

nattyboots said...

Hi Tracey

A very interesting tutorial , and this type of crafting on canvas is new to me ,i particularly like the crochet flower .

Elaine H

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow this is just amazing. Jackie

auscrafts said...

morning Tracey what a fantastic work of art to start the blog hop

JaneCrafty said...

Oh Wow Tracey. That project is amazing! and so well explained! I love how you made that flower and will be having a go at that!! I also need to get to the local charity shop and purchase some old books. The pages give the project texture and interest! Just lovely! xx

Linda49 said...

What beautiful colours - can't wait to have a go.

MRS DUCK said...

Thank you for the step by step info. Will make an interesting project. Amazing.

Lesley Thomas said...

Wow, never knew you could cut through lace with the dies - will have to try that.

Pinksparklegirl said...

Wow, just love that crochet ribbon and how you have used it. The texture and colours in this projectare wonderful

nzillingworth said...

Wow what texture not sure i would want to cover up that lovely work. Fab inspiration..

scrapper said...

Love the variety in this card - so much dimension and the colours are lovely

TDQ Karen said...

What a great piece. I am just making the mve from card making to more ambitious projects and you have given me so many ideas. Thank you xx

Debby Berry said...

I love the color of this project and the variety of items, awesome. Wow

Rose in Chester said...

WOW and WOW again. This is utterly fantastic.
Makes me really eager to try this sort of crafting.
Have a good day
Rose in Chester

Hilary Smith said...

What a fab project, so inspiring. Didn't think of cutting through lace once adhered to cardstock. thanks for the ideas
Hilary

Cinders61 said...

Really love this crochet ribbon. The project also made me want to have a go with the embossing paste too!

granny sue said...

What a great piece of artwork.I especially love the flower, very different. Thanks very much for the ideas. SueL

Elaine said...

Just beautiful - love the bright greens and blues together. Love the idea of using the lace and die-cutting the flowers - great texture!!

Shary said...

Gorgeous colours and a great tut. Beautiful project xx

jean.phillips1 said...

Wow, what a stunning piece of work! I love it! Jean xxx

jean.phillips1 said...

Wow, what a stunning piece of work! I love it! Jean xxx

Norma Craddock said...

Love the colours and the flowers are something else, I must try those. Thanks for the inspiration

Helen said...

Now, how did I know you'd choose this colour?!! I love your project and the ribbons look gorgeous.

lilygee said...

This is really beautiful Trace, so much detail and texture using the ribbons. Thanks so much for putting up the clear instructions. I am definitely going to give it a go. Love jean xx

Pauline Wheeler said...

What a brilliant way to make your flower. Always looking for new ways to make flowers

Fieldsend said...

Love the way the flower has been made and will be giving it a try. We all like a challenge.

Rgd June

inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous , love the colours and the flower is a great idea ! A really gorgeous make
Trace x

Lin said...

wow!!! this is absolutely stunning and so pretty. The step by step is great..would never have thought to cover the tattered flowers with lace!!

Bev Mizen said...

love the colour scheme

Heather said...

Really neat idea! Excellent and so effective

Lynne Vowles said...

Great ideas I love all the textures.

Helen said...

Thanks for sharing all the steps to create this gorgeous work of art!

Ang said...

great canvas, thanks for sharing the steps, will def. have to try that flower it looks great.

Linda said...

Morning Tracey,
What a fab start to the blog hop. Love your canvas, it's so full of detail. Great step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing. Linda. xx

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Tracy ! Love how you've attached the crocheted lace to the card before die cutting ! Sue C x

lydia jordan said...

Fantastic tutorial thanks for showing us how its done. Love the lace flower.
Lydia

hollyberry said...

Think that this is an amazingly different way to use the ribbon and the end canvas is fantastic.Thanks for the tutorial and all the inspiration.

Helen said...

Wow, love that flower xx

Margaret Ann Moffat said...

wow, stunning. Thank you for the tut have to try this. Adore the flower it s a must do..

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is amazing! I love the step by step tutorial. The embellishments and colours are fabulous.

Hugs
Linda xxx

andrea said...

Stunning love the step by step tutorial congrats on your first blog hop
Andrea

JayBe said...

Gosh! What an amazing project, Tracy - thanx for the fantastic inspiration and the chance to win in the hop.
Hugz, Jan xx

Jeanette White said...

Wow! What a lovely card. I love thte way you have used the lace. Really different and effective. Jeanette x

Jeannie said...

Wow! I would never ever thought of making a flower like this, it's fantastic. The whole canvas is such a beautiful piece of art work.
Jeannie.xxx

Mrs B said...

Great piece of art. I love the way you can cut lace. have never thought of that.

slowef said...

This is totally stunning, I will be trying this one, thanks so much for showing it. I am loving the blog hop xx

wendy vecchi said...

this looks great! love love love the texture!

Tracy Heaton said...

Wow - so inspirational. This is a project right up my street. Love the techniques and can't wait to have a go.

margaret said...

So much inspiration in the canvass its lovely. Will have to try these!!!

darcydaydream said...

Always love your work..great project..
Christine in Darcy....xx

lesley said...

Wow I've never tried to do a canvas before but this amazing creation has made me want to give it a go!! I love how you've done the flower with the lace and the colours go really well together. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Lesley x

Caroleecrayon said...

Beautiful, so much inspiration, have to give this one a go. thanks for sharing

CraftyJo said...

Fab-u-lous! Thanks for the step-by-step photos too, reveals so much more than a single photo. I love it all.

CraftingMum said...

Wow I love that flower, lovely work. Thanks for the inspiration Louise x

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

Well what a great start to the Blog Hop, and thanks for some fresh ideas. Sam

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Brilliant work! Love the colour you have worked in x

Karen Ives said...

Wow this is so lovely!!
Karen

http://frayedroundtheedges.blogspot.co.uk/

Lynne said...

Really lovely canvas, particularly the flower. I've never tried a canvas but this has inspired me to try:)
Best wishes.
Lynne in Spain

Elaine said...

Gorgeous piece ! Wow loving a ce blog hop x

Sioux P said...

Well think everyone has already said it WOW fabulous and really really well explained thank you for the inspiration

gemma maggs said...

Wow Tracy, I love this, Im Experimenting with different textures at the moment so this was perfect. It's gorgeous x

Paper Paradise said...

Love the detail and texture you have created, amazing! x

Sandra said...

Tracy you are a creative genuis, what a fabulous idea for a textural background! I love the flower you have made too.
Your step by step instructions are really easy to follow.
So glad i have found you blog, very inspirational.
Crafty Hugs,
Sandra Riley

sandra collis said...

love the flowers and details what lovely inspewration

Pat L said...

Brilliant instructions and your flower is fabulous.

MagsB said...

This is awesome! Beautiful colours and fab crunchy texture - thank you so much for the instructions, I must have a go!

love Mags B x

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Tracey,
What a lovely canvas. Your use of lace and mask is very effective.
Sonia x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is fab, Tracy, I love that flower idea!

Lucy x

Ita said...

Hi Tracey what a fantastic work of Art,I have never seen this system and will try it,thank you for the picture step by step
Smiles
Ita

crafty lady said...

Hi Tracey
Thank you so much for sharing you great canvas with us and you photos and instruction are so clear, I love how you have used the ribbon going to have a play as I bought some from Sam Poole. The colours you have used work so well together. Now to find old books, am sure I had an old dictionary some where. All I can say to finish up is well done, great job, very inspirational, most of all THANK YOU!

Hugs
Fiona P
xxx

Britt said...

How wonderful, would never have thought of using ribbon to make the flower!! . This is now on my "To Do" List!! Thank you for sharing your talent and instructions. :)

Trulyblessed said...

Soo impressed. This is absolutely wonderful. Wish I was so talented and creative.
Thanks for sharing.x

Aurora said...

Absolutely stunning. I love the colours, so fresh and cool.

Janet Wilson said...

Fabulous canvas, & the flower is just gorgeous!

Beth Fox said...

My favourite colours. Love the background and flowers. You make it seem so easy. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Crafting

Gill said...

This is fabulous Tracy!
Thank you for such a detailed tutorial!

Andrea Moorhouse said...

Fab design, I love it! Super tuttorial, Thanks for posting

Gillian .... said...

Hi Tracy, love this textured canvas and your flower is beautiful. xx

Cee Bee said...

OMG that is AMAZING!! I love the texture and the colour. Inspiration to just let go and go with the flow..

Carol B

Helen said...

Lots of detail, especially love the flower and texture of the whole piece. love Helen

smag53 said...

Beautiful,and my favourite colour as well.It is nice to see in detail how it was made,especially as some of us have mental blocks sometimes.Thank you.
Sheila H.

melody said...

Hi Tracy,flowers looks good, really didn't know you could cut through lace with dies. Melody

Donna Jones said...

Hi Tracy,

Stunning canvas, love the colours and texture from all the different media. Your flower is to die for too :-)
Donna Jones

Trish said...

WOW! What a gorgeous canvas and so much work creating it. I adore the colour and the flower is fabulous. TFS
Hugs,
Trish

Jennifer Kirk said...

This is a gorgeous project, I love the mixture of different mediums, stunning.

Ann said...

Stunning art work!!! Beautiful colour & terrific use of the crochet ribbon, thanks for the step by step instruction too Tracey!!!
Off to the next blog now :D
Hugs Ann xx

Choka said...

wow, love that flower, may have to dig out the lacy stuff in my stash and try it out

melanie said...

Stunning project love the colour .Melanie

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic project in wonderful colors and with great texture.

carol e said...

Hello Tracey wow what a fantastic project. Love all the ribbon and textures and the blog is great
Carol E

xxcalamityxx said...

What a beautiful canvas, fantastic instructions might just have to try something similar in purples for my living room which has just been newly decorated and has plenty of blank spaces screaming for wall art!! xhugsx Nikki

bluelesley said...

What a lovely canvas and such great instructions!!!! I love the colours you have used and the finished result is lovely. I would love that on my wall.

Lesley x

bluelesley said...

What a lovely canvas and such great instructions!!!! I love the colours you have used and the finished result is lovely. I would love that on my wall.

Lesley x

Janet Fleming said...

Hi Tracey,
What a beautiful idea, I have been given a few canvases from my sister, so will have to have a go. Thanks for the inspiration. x

Dawn Louise said...

I'm impressed, I love your flower, I'd not thought of doing that, definitely one to try. the canvas looks great too x

Aileen said...

Love the colour and your creative use of the crochet ribbon.
Aileen xx

judith said...

Hi
Lovely canvas i have never attempted to do a canvas before but this is magical and the instructions so straight forward i am going out tomorrow to buy a canas and try this thank
you so much.

hazel young said...

Lovely colours used and i have never thought of die cutting the ribbon like that amazing effect xx hazel

Rocky said...

What a great use of the ribbon, must have a go at that one, lovely flower.

Barbara said...

Fabulous project with lots of inspiring ideas for me to try. Love the colour scheme and your crochet flower is gorgeous. Thank you for the clear instructions which are easy to follow.

catherine said...

This just looks so fantastic from the colour to all the effects you have achieved. Great blog hop
x catherine

Fuchsia said...

Oh My Gosh !
I think I am in love with this piece of Art I adore everything about it from the color to the techniques thank you for sharing it x

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Tracy, this is stunning, love your (signature) colours on this canvas, the fab flower and the metal embellies - gorgeous! Hugs, Anne x

Wilma Brown said...

WOW a piece of art. love the colours and design. will be back for more.

Wilma x x

Maggie said...

Great idea for the large flower must try it, love the canvas and all the texture and in my fav colour too, thanks for sharing and a great step by step.

MaggieH

Desiree P said...

What a work of art! Your flower is wonderful - so different.

Jean Z said...

So beautiful never done anything like this before Jean Z xx

suzieq23 said...

love the canvas and your instructions are right-on. Thanks!

yorkshiresue said...

Fabulous work of art
Hugs
Sue xxx

Brenda Brown said...

Love the dimension you have created Tracy and the flower is stunning.
Hugs Brenda xox

ljrhew said...

You always give us such wonderful ideas to play with. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Jane said...

Wow what an amazing canvas you created. ..gorgeous colours. ..fab x

Craftynanny said...

Love the colours and all the techniques x

Anne Crawford said...

What an amazing work of art and design! I truly love it ,I appreciate how clearly you have explained it , I could do with trying similar for a picture for my bedroom wall.thankyou!

Caroline said...

Phew, that was a long scroll down past all your compliments!! Lol. You may notice by my id pic, you have chosen my favourite colours. This canvas is my type of crafting & your way of reaching end result is fabulous!! The crochet lace on paper & die cut is brilliant & I love playing with gesso over textures. The word with beautiful charm is... Well - charming! Cute birdy & all the stamping finish it off. That flower is amazing, do you mind if I ask how you made that or is there a tutorial elsewhere? Thank you for adding (Trish does it too) to my distress colours & stamp shopping list, lol. TFS great art :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, what a stunning piece! That flower is amazing and thanks so much for the clear step by step. Love the gorgeous colours on the finished creation!

Barb Cady said...

My goodness look at all these compliments! So well deserved, a real piece of art, I love love the way you have used the lace that flower is fabulous! Love the tutorial, thanks Tracy. X

Kim Dellow said...

Just wonderful Tracy, love the textured flower and all the textures in the background too. Just lovely. Kx

lorraine (classylady) said...

WOW WOW WOW, LOVE THIS, PARTICULARY THE RIBBON FLOWER. SO GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOUR BLOG.

REGARDS
LORRAINE - SCOTLAND

shazzeranna said...

Wow the colour just grabbed me! I have never seen any of these techniques before thanks for sharing you have inspired me to try something similar x

Disco Queen said...
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Disco Queen said...

Wow! Tracy your canvas is so cool. I would never of thought of gluing ribbon to card & die-cutting. Simply Fabulous. Off to give this a go. Theresa x

Ria Gall said...

Hi Tracy
Wow what an amazing canvas I love the colours and there is so much depth, so many layers and all that texture. Fantastic
Ria

Debbie W said...

SO many fantastic ideas on one project! Love love love!

gwen70 said...

Thankyou so much for showing us how to make such a beautiful flower, certainly gets the inspiration going

Josephine said...

Fabulous project - I love that flower!

Vick said...

Hi Tracy,

I absolutely love your project it is so interesting and has lots of texture and dimension, I love Mixed Media & Altered Art and this is an awesome exhibit of that, love it!! suffice to say you have a new follower unless I am already following you I will check, hugs, Vick xx
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My YTChannels vixcrafts & saturatedcanary

Sandra said...

Fantastic work of heart Tracy x

Gail said...

Wow-wow-wow!!! What a fantastic project & thanks for the indepth details on how to xx Gail T xx

Julia S-W said...

Beautiful texture created and such depth achieved with wonderful techniques. I just love your use of the lace for the floral.
Juliax

craftimamma said...

Fabulous texture and colours Tracy and that flower is fantastic. Must give that a go!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Joy said...

Absolutely fabulous! Love the texture you've created with the crochet ribbon. Will be checking your blogs everyday now. Joy

butterfly said...

Wow, Tracy, that lacy flower is just sensational - what an amazing technique... and the texture you've created on the canvas with the lace and the paste is so gorgeous - a completely fabulous make!!
Alison x

yorkielass said...

WOW Tracy thank you for sharing these amazing techniques,the colours are beautiful and love the textures and layout.
Take care.
Crafty hugs June x

Jan. said...

Hi Tracey

What an inspiration. Love the flower idea and will be having a go. Also like your other techniques with the canvas.

Your an inspiration.

Janice.

Fandhmum said...

What a fantastic canvas, love that flower
Rosie x

Buttons said...

Now that's a flower Tracy! Love how you've interpreted this theme. Hugs, Jenny x

Moira Greig said...

This is great. Love the flower, the colours and the tutorial, very clear to understand. Thanks. Moira x

Kate said...

Awesome tutorial. I love how you made the flowers.very creative to include the lace before cutting.
Kate

Michelle said...

Amazing project and brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for sharing.

Michelle E x

Columbine Elfwitch said...

Absolutely inspirational. You are so talented. I love the colours.

Rachel Taylor said...

Hi tracey
This is exquisite ! I love the colours - you are very talented !
Rachel taylor x

susan susanf said...

What a great idea, will go and have a go, must find my apron first.

Jassy said...

What an awesome canvas, love all the ideas xx

This Dog's Mom said...

The color is amazing. I feel like I could just immerse myself in that beautiful blue! Thanks for sharing this awesome creation.

Nicola said...

Wow, what a fabulous creation, you are so "Arty" still can´t get over the beauty of this. Truly amazing and a pleasure to view. xx

Valerie said...

Fab textured canvas Tracy, love the ribbon flower and the tutorial is so clear, tfs:)
Val x

Cazzy said...

WOW, I am totally blown away by your beautiful canvas!

magpie said...

Hi Tracy, gosh this is stunning. Loving the colours and the technique is great. Just gorgeous. xx Love Karen xx

Sue said...

Amazing Tracy, I love how you have made your flower and all of the fabulous texture xx

Nan G said...

Oh my! I went backwards thru the hop...am I glad I did. This is jaw dropping beautiful!! Oh my word! I'm going to save this step by step for sure. The Lacey flower is smashing! The turquoise color divine! A Jaw-dropping beauty that's what it is!

Jackie said...

Love this. been wanting to try something like it for a while. Thank you for the detailed instructions . Jackie x

Anita Houston said...

What a fabulous step out Tracy! Love love love all the texture going on here...WOW!!! So many fab techniques!

The Taming of the Glue said...

brilliant use of the crochet ribbon.

CreativSpirit said...

So gorgeous, love everything about it, especially the colour.

Pat said...

What a great tutorial. I love the whole thing the colours are wonderful the texture amazing and that flower well what can I say. I am going to try this.
Pat x

Yvonne Gavin said...

Texture color theme love it all great job :)

Art - Tickles said...

Great project, love the colour way and an excellent tutorial. Thank you. Carolex

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh My Gosh the lace Flowers are Brilliant, So going to remember this!
You just Blow me away!!!!!
Hugs Lynn

angie Cripps said...

WOW this is amazing, these techniques create such texture and dimension. Good Job Angie xx

Carol said...

Great looking canvas, like the idea of sticking the trim on then die cutting.

Annette said...

What a fab way of making a totally unique flower. Love the completed effect

anne's said...

amazing colours and like the paste effect must try this when i get home from my hollidays
FANTASTIC AND SO INSPIREING



ANNE FROM ELGIN IN SCOTLAND

Suzanne C said...

Yummy layers! The lace flowers are brilliant and beautiful. Love how you painted over the surface. I was inspired by you doing this on your projects and created something recently using these ideas. (I don't think I got it quite yet but was pleased with the result) Beautiful!

bluelesley said...

What a beautiful canvas and so inspiring. I am going to have to give this a go. Am getting so many wonderful ideas from this hop!!!!!! :-)