Saturday, 24 August 2019

"Dare" Altered Arch with Starta Paste By Heather Thompson

Hello everyone, I would love to share a creative altered arch made with the new release from Andy Skinner and Creative Expressions. This new product is so much fun and it gives so much texture and details. Just brilliant how these new pastes work.

Andy Skinner Dare.jpg

I made a creative video for you of the process, sometimes I dont know where or how I will get to the finished project. Sometimes it takes days to finish, sometimes it ends up in the bin, and as you see in the video, I start with one idea and end up with another with the impression of the Buffalo Stance.
Here are a few close-ups for you. 

Andy Skinner Dare 6
The new Strata Paste is amazing for adding a texture you just want to touch. 
Andy Skinner Dare 2 
The resist paste works in so many ways. I used it to add more dimension to the word banner. 
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Thank you for stopping by! 

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 Tando Creative Straight Edge Large 
 Tando Creative Textures 1 
 Tando Creative France Papillon Embellishments Kits 

 DecoArt Media: Quinnacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Teal Hue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Payne's Grey.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Andy's New Releases

Hi everyone Dee here with a small note book I made I used a gel print to cover the book 
using chalk paint in cream pale blue and brown. I used a stencil took the print then
ran off a second print.

I used Deco art 2 Step Crackle over the Geli print. next i used antiquing cream over the top once it had dried. I stamped the skull onto stamping paper and just it out. i triple embossed the horns in silver and attached them. i attached a clay cog and added a crystal gem to the centre and attached it to the centre on the cog.

Inside the little book i inserted 3 tags made from the first release stamps from Creative Expressions.
I inked the tags up with distress oxide in sky blue, Antique linen and Vintage Photo in Distress ink.
First was the moth I wet the tags then dipped the tags into the ink.

The circus Tag was next i also added washi tape

the fish skeleton again I used washi tape and dipped the tags into the inks to create the background, Once the tags were dry I inserted the tags into the little note book.
I hope you enjoyed the post would love your feedback on the new stamps.


  1. Creative Expressions Rubber stamp by Andy Skinner Buffalo Stance

  1. 2 Step crackle glaze
  2. Antiquing cream in patina
  3. chalky finish paints

Thursday, 22 August 2019


It's Here!!!

Andy's NEW August Release is here and you're going to LOVE all of the new products from Creative Expressions.

This spooky scene was created on an 11 3/4" x 5 3/4" canvas.  It features many of Andy's new Mixed Media Transfers, Stamps and other mediums. So sit back and we'll go through the steps of this Halloween Creation I call "The Midnight Riders".

Here is just a sampling of Andy's new stamps that I used on this piece:  Skeleton of a Horse, Pray and Imperial Rover from Andy's first release.  I stamped these images onto Specialty Stamping Paper (you can also use heavy weight cardstock) with Permanent Black Ink and heat set them.  Then I fussy cut the horse and several of the skeletons so I could cut the elbow and knee joints and reposition the arms and legs to fit the activity I had in mind for my skeletons.

I completely covered the canvas with dictionary pages using Matte Medium on the canvas and then again over the canvas to seal it.  I used a brush to apply the Matte Medium and then heat set it in place.  Next, brushed some of Andy's NEW Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste from his first release onto the canvas and brayered over it to produce a very cool texture similar to tree bark.  Then I heat set to dry it.

Now the canvas looks like this; full of wonderful texture and that luscious vintage text peeking through. 

Using a combination of acrylic paints, water and a brush;  I colorized the canvas with spooky purple and orange tones.  I painted the sides of the canvas with black paint and ran my finger dipped in black paint along the top edges of the canvas to "frame" everything in place.

On the left side of the canvas, I used smaller brushes to create a spooky old tree and some bats flying around.  Some of those bats would later be transformed into sinister skeleton heads flying around thanks to Andy's NEW Transfer Sheet.  

Using Permanent Black Ink, I stamped Andy's Grunge Wallpaper stamp from his first release onto a piece of white tissue paper and tore it into sections that I then glued onto the sky area of the canvas with Matte Medium.   This made the sky darker and more eerie.  The white tissue blends into the canvas so that you cannot see it at all: a perfect way to add details onto textured surfaces!

I die cut this section of fence using TIm Holtz Grunge Board and gave it a basecoat of Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste.  I heat set it to give a lot of funky texture.  Then I brushed over the fence with Andy's NEW Creative Expressions Strata Paste: a thick textural paste with what looks like Mica Flakes in it.  This also gives a whole other look to your textured pieces!  This was then painted with an off white acrylic basecoat followed by an almost dry brush effect Burnt Umber acrylic paint for aging.  I then added some light gray acrylic paint dry brushed on the fence and also added to the tops of the fence.  Next was a light coat of a dark green acrylic paint to represent old, musty moss growing on the fence.  You can see the finished fence in other pictures.

As I said, I fussy cut the horse, bicycle and skeletons.  The skeletons elbow and knee joints were cut apart and repositioned for them to be riding a horse and also riding a bike.  I found another little witch hat stamp I used to put on their heads and added some stripped black crepe paper coming out of the top of their hats.  I added a black pole and "The Witching Hour" banner thanks to Andy's NEW Transfer Sheet!  I painted inside the bike wheels to better blend them into the background. Aren't these skeletons just hilarious?  

I also die cut some grave stones out of Grunge Board.  They were painted with the Strata Paste and heat set.  Once dry, I painted them with Acrylic Black Paint followed by a dry brush of a lighter grey paint.  They look like creepy old stone headstones.  The tree was also highlighted with a lighter grey acrylic paint and a knothole was added in the trunk of the tree.
Finally, I glued all of the pieces in place using Andy's NEW Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Quick Grip Glue. It's awesome stuff and dries clear!

FInally, I added the skeleton bodies to three of the flying bats.  The pumpkins along the fence are from Andy's NEW Transfer Page, too!  The skeleton heads are from his Alchemy Plus Transfer Pages from his first release. But, instead of using them as transfers, I scanned them, sized them to my canvas design and printed them out on heavy weight cardstock.  Then I colored the pumpkins (with colored pencil)s and cut them out as well as the skeleton heads and glued them in place.  I think they are so cool and really finish this spooky "Midnight Riders" canvas perfectly!  Here you can also notice the mossy old fence sticking out from the canvas by little stacks of adhesive pop dots.

Andy's new line of products through Creative Expressions is super fun and innovative!  Be sure to check them out!

* Denotes from previous release of Creative Expressions and Andy Skinner

Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Acrylics Paints:  Purple tones, Orange tones, Black, Dark Green, Light Grey
  • Paint Brushes
  • Brayer
  • 11 3/4" x 5 3/4" canvas
  • Dictionary Pages
  • Matte Medium
  • Heat Tool
  • Permanent Black Ink
  • Scissors
  • Die Cut Headstones and Fence from Grunge Board
  • Heavy White Cardstock
  • Colored Pencils

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Andy is at it again!  

In conjunction with Creative Expressions, he is releasing all sorts of new products that are off the charts amazing!  The products I have used in this 8" x 10" canvas are available NOW!  New products will soon be coming so stay tuned!

I love vintage work and Andy's new products help make mixed media vintage work even easier!  How?  I'll show you!

I began with Andy's Creative Expressions NEW EMBOSSING POWDERS!  They are magic! I chose Super Nova and Funky Cold Patina for this piece.  I also used Andy's new Creative Expressions Inspire stencil for the word "Vintage".  I taped the stencil in place on the tag and kept dabbing the embossing ink pad over the lettering until I was sure it was completely covered.  Then I removed the stencil and first sprinkled over part of the word with one color of embossing powder, collected the extra powder and put it back into the jar.  Then I sprinkled the over embossing powder randomly over the word and collected the excess back into the jar. This gives you a great mix of randomness and colors.  Then I heat set it in place.

I then wiped the embossing ink pad randomly on the edges of the tag and mixed the embossing powders on it just as I had done on the word.  Then using a small brush, brush away some of the excess powder where you don't want it and then heat set.  This gives a really nice random edge to your tag and makes the "VINTAGE" really pop. 

I am in love with Andy's new Creative Expressions Gypsie Queen butterfly stamp.  Incredible detail and easy to fussy cut around. I painted this stamp using watered down DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion, Cobalt Teal Hue and Diarylide Yellow paints.  Heat set and then wipe over the entire butterfly with Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink to really blend the soften the colors.  The little paper doll girl is first brushed with DecoArt Media Matte Medium to give the surface some tooth so that watered down paint will stick to it.  Then I used the same colors on her as I had done on the butterfly.  Her sash and cheeks are a combination of watered down Titan Buff and Pyyrole Red.  She is also covered in Distress Antique Linen Ink. Heat set.

The background of the canvas was done on Specialty Stamping Paper.  I created a cross hatch design using DecoArt Media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and water.  Then I heat set it thoroughly.

Next I used DecoArt Media Burnt Umber and Andy's new Creative Expressions stamp appropriately named Distressed Wallpaper.  The paint was watered down an bit and painted onto the surface of the stamp.  Then It was repeatedly stamped onto the surface of the paper to cover an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet.  Heat set to dry and wash the stamp immediately!

Then I lightly added a topcoat of watered down coat of DecoArt's Titan Buff to soften the background and blend the colors even more. I love this look and that stamp!

Andy's Creative Expressions LAVA PASTE!!!  My new favorite obsession!  You simply brush this stuff on and heat set.  Then the magic happens!  The thicker you brush on the paste, the more texture and unusual lumps and bumps and brush patterns you will get. This is by far the coolest way to add great textures to your mixed media!  And once it cools, you can paint over it!

Here are my instantly aged, "metallic" and patina'd greyboard pieces for this piece. I first applied the Lava Paste and heat set it where I wanted it.  You can add more or scrape off  to get just the look you want.  Then I added a baseboat of DecoArt Media Cobalt Fluid Acrylics Teal Hue and Blue Green Light to create that fabulous patina look.  Next I added some DecoArt Media Worn Penny Dazzling Metallics paint to add some highlight and give more of a metal look. On top, I patted an Embossing Ink Pad randomly over the surface of these greyboard pieces and then sprinkled them with Andy's Funky Cold Patina Embossing Powder.  I brush off any excess I did not want the pieces and then heat set them in place.  LOVE THE RESULTS!  

Just check out all of this luscious texture and color!  So simple to achieve with the Lava Paste!

Andy also has three fabulous new Creative Expressions Transfer Sheets! I used the bee off of Alchemy Plus to create the center here.  Still ... notice all of the color and texture on the greyboard!  I love how it contrasts with the bee transfer.

Just one more element to go and then I can start putting everything together.  I love this new Andy Skinner stamp from Creative Expressions, too.  Enigma makes for a fabulous drop down look on my canvas.  Again, I mixed the two Embossing Powders; Funky Cold Patina and Super Nova.  They were randomly sprinkled over the embossing ink pattern and then heat set.  I even layered a bit more of the Super Nova over the top of the stamped image using just a partial section of the stamp to create even more depth. Heat set to dry.

Everything is now glued in place thanks to Andy's Creative Expressions' new Cosmic Shimmer Quick Grab Glue.  It dries clear and had great holding power.  I also used some  little adhesive pop dots to place the key hole followed by the vintage tag and finally the butterfly girl.  So this piece is very dimensional.  This canvas was almost finished but still needed something.  Ah-ha!  Some stamping across the bottom and randomly on the top using Andy's flower image from his Textures stamp set.  This was done using both of the Embossing Powders as I had done before.  

Also, the edges of the canvas needed something!  The paper had been cut and sanded off on the edges but it was still bland.  Lava Paste to the rescue!

I randomly brushed the Lava Paste onto the outer edges of the canvas and heat set it.  Once dry, I added some watered down DecoArt Worn Penny Metallic Paint.  Once that was dry, I added a random brushing of watered down DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black on the edges to darken the copper and make it look more worn.

And here again is the final piece.  I love all of the elements and how they went together so perfectly! Thank you Andy and Creative Expressions for these new products!  I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the newest ones to be released soon!

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Small Manilla Tag
  • Paint Brushes
  • 8" x 10" Canvas
  • Specialty Stamping Paper
  • Heat Tool
  • Distress Antique Linen Ink
  • Small Black Dots (centers of the Textures Flowers)
  • Small Melissa Frances Plaster Frame (girl is holding)
  • Small Red Flowers (girl is holding)
  • Jute Rope for Tag

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Circus Fun Altered Clock By Heather Thompson

Hello All, long time! Life sure changes from time to time. But I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. But I am very excited to sharing a fun Circus Clock I made with the Reversible  Clock Kit and fun Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder and Rub-ons from the new Andy Skinner line from Creative Expressions. Andy Skinner Clock.jpg
 I wanted to capture a fun and creative clock, mixing up the background paper and adding the the rub-ons in the circus theme I was trying to capture. I did make a video a of the creative process.

I layered the paper and rub-ons, no pattern, no rhyme or reason. I also added texture with the lava paste and the Inspire and Redemption Stencils. I added some shadows and highlights with some ink distressing and watercolour pencil.

  Andy Skinner Clock 8  

 Here are a few close-ups for you.

  Andy Skinner Clock 4  

  Andy Skinner Clock    

  Andy Skinner Clock 2  

  Andy Skinner Clock 1

I hope you enjoy!!!!! Thanks for stopping by today! 

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