Ally Pally & New DT Members

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Wow what another fantastic show at Alexandra Palace last weekend. As always it was a pleasure to see old friends and make new ones. Typical of me not remembering to take some pictures from the show, so instead I have stolen a group photo from the lovely Phill Martin who joined us on the Creative Expressions stand for the first – I must admit that myself and Julia did enjoy having the ‘new boy’ around – lots of giggles lol

AP f improf 437x414 Ally Pally & New DT MembersOn Saturday I spent the day demonstrating the Melt Pot (sadly no pics) and then on Sunday I changed over to our Matt Chalk Paints with Masks and my ‘Up,Up & Away’ stamp set. Below are a few finished tags from the day. The reason I chose this set was because my next TV show is ‘Travel’ themed….I am using this stamp set along with some new Singles stamps which I have just finished designing. The next show date is 10th May (times to be confirmed).

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**NEW DT Members revealed** I want to thank everyone for taking the time to apply to the DT positions…It was such a tough decision to make as you are all so talented! And yes I say ‘Positions’ with an ‘S’ as we say a fond farewell to DT member Sue Davies – thank you for all your hard work Sue. You will be missed!

So I can now officially announce that our new DT members are: Sandie Vincent, Carole Zorzo & Jackie Trinder. Congratulations ladies and welcome to Creative Studios Team! I will email you all are very shortly icon smile Ally Pally & New DT Members

Right I best be off as I have lots of things to catch up with this week, but please check back on Thursday as the lovely Emma Williams will be back as a Guest Designer for Creative Studios – Emma’s projects are soooo cute and a must see!! All for now, S@m x



Silver Fox

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Only a few days to go until the Ally Pally show…only seems like 5mins since the last time we were there. I am in charge of the meltpot this weekend to continue the fun I had on my previous Melt Pot show. Please come and say Hi if you are attending the show this weekend.

Today I am sharing my Silver Fox card featuring my latest Mask designs.

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I started of with a piece of Black card which was cut to the same size as my Masks. I then spritz through my Doodle Crosses Mask with Rich Gold Cosmic Shimmer Mister and then dried with my Heat Tool.

Next I sponged some CS Flake & Glitter Glue through my Birch Trees Mask with a piece of CutnDry Foam. I only used half of the design to create a group of tree’s on the right hand side of the card. I then applied some Cosmic Shimmer Silver Moon Gilding Flakes to the glued design.

I then stamped my Mr Fox stamp onto more black card in Clear Perfect Medium Ink and embossed in CS Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder.  I stamped Mr Fox twice so I could cut another layer of his head to create a decoupaged look.

Although this card is quite simple in its design, I really like the gold and silver combination for a ‘midnight’ feel to the woodland scene.

I hope you like today’s card, All for now, S@m x


More favourites from the show

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! I am trying to get more samples put up on here for those that may have missed the shows. The weather is so rubbish here today so the pictures I have taken aren’t the best – my apologies! Here are another two favourite cards from the show.

This first one was a demo in the second show with Dawn. There’s something about the colours which I really liked about this card – something a bit different anyway.

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I began by double stamping (side by side) my A6 ‘Silhouette Leaf’ background stamp onto some Dark Roast card in Clear Perfect Medium ink and embossed in Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I then used a Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour set called ‘Natures Twist’ to colour the different leaves inside of the design.

Next, I stamped the A6 ‘Tree Background‘ stamp and ‘Mr Fox‘ onto more Dark Roast Card in Clear Perfect Medium Ink and this time I embossed in Ancient Copper Detail Embossing Powder. I stamped Mr Fox twice so that I could decoupage his head to make him more 3d.  I then cut out the tree from the right hand side leaving a border of Dark Roast Card on the left hand side which I then trimmed to fit the card afterwards.

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This next card was a back up demo in case we had a spare 5mins to fill – turns out we didn’t lol It is a very simple card where I took some yellow card and die cut various circles to create a ‘cheese’ background piece. I then stamped, cut and coloured our little friendly mouse called ‘Squeak‘. To finish I cut out a triangle of more yellow card and punched some smaller holes out but this time I dipped the piece of cheese into some Clear Utee to give it the sheen. what do you think? Too cheesy?? lol

*HEADS UP* If you enjoyed the shows last weekend then there will be another opportunity to see all the products again but this time the lovely Hels Sheridan will be demonstrating the meltpot along with my Woodland Animals on Tuesday 8th April @ 12pm for a 2 hour show.

I hope you like today’s cards, All for now, S@m x


Melt Pot Show Samples

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Wow thank you all so much for you kind messages of supported for my TV shows on Sunday. Even though I was very nervous to do my first two hour show…I actually enjoyed it and it went much faster than I ever imagined. I was thrilled with the positive response everyone had over my woodland animal stamps icon smile Melt Pot Show Samples I want to say a BIG thank you to the design team girls for helping me out with samples for the show and also Sue Wilson. Sue has kindly blogged a few of her favourite samples over on her blog HERE.

Today I wanted to share a few samples from the first show with Dean for those that may have missed the shows.

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This is one of the blank MDF frames which was on the show. To start, I painted the MDF frame with some Gesso to seal the wood. I then painted the frame with our brand new Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paints (another very popular item on the show) I used ‘Jade Mint’ which is one of my favourite colours in the collection. To make sure I have even courage of paint I always like to give x2 coats. I then used my A6 ‘Feathers’ background stamp using a Clear Perfect Medium Pad to stamp and emboss in Bright Gold Detail Embossing Powder around the edges of the frame.

UTEE Embellishments – th two square brown bark embellishments were created by ‘double dipping’ a squares piece of mount board into ‘Ancient Copper’ UTEE in the meltpot and then carefully press my A6 ‘Tree Bark’ background over the top whilst the UTEE is still molten.

The UTEE hearts were created by pouring ‘Lapis Jade’ UTEE straight onto ‘Scattered Leaves’ texture tread and then using a heart cookie cutter to punch into the molten UTEE. Once cooled, I then applied ‘Umber’ CS Matt Chalk Paint over the entire piece and then used a piece of damp kitchen roll to remove the excess paint straight off the top leaving the colour in between the cracks to add dimension.

I added a flower made from Spellbinder Die ‘Blooms Two’ S2-045 from some Kraft Cardstock which I then dipped in Clear UTEE and once cooled I added a 5mm Cream Pearl to the centre of the flower.

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This is one of my favourite cards I demoed on the show which focuses on creating a Crackle Background using our Brand New Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze medium. To begin, I started with a piece of Coconut White Card which I then painted a layer of ‘Citron’ CS Matt Chalk Paint. Once dry I then applied a coat of CS Crackle Glaze. I then dried this with my heat tool for a minute or so. I then applied a final layer of ‘Heritage Green’ CS Matt Chalk Paint and then heat dried….only this time as I dried the piece of card the ‘Crackle’ effect appears. It truly is fabulous stuff to work with.

I then placed my ‘Birch Tree’ Mask over my crackled piece of card and sponged ‘Warm White’ CS Matt Chalk Paint through the mask using a piece of CutnDry Foam. Once dry I then stamped the sentiment which comes with ‘Hoppity Bunny‘ through the mask using Black Archival ink to create a ‘story book’ feel to the card.

To finish I stamped, cut and coloured ‘Hoppity Bunny’ and also stamped the Phrase. I created a flower by die cutting Spellbinders ‘Blue Bells & Lily of the Valley’ die set S3-207 in Coconut White card. I then inked the flower with Archival Inks and then finally dipped them into Clear UTEE. I created a border around the card using CS Dark Bronze PVA Glue.

Hope you like the show samples. I will be back later in the week with more from the show.

All for now, S@m x


Sneaky Peeks for Sundays Melt Pot Shows

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Wow this week has flown by and I have been busy making the finishing touches to my samples for my Melt Pot shows on Sunday (30th March) at 12-2pm & 5pm on Create and Craft (Sky 671, Freesat 813, Virgin 748) Even though its Mothering Sunday I do hope you can still tune in to the shows. I am sad as I won’t get to see my daughter that day as by the time I get home on Sunday night she will be fast asleep. But as a Mother and Daughter treat I am going to take her to a Farm during the week so I really looking forward to that.

I thought I would share a few sneaky peeks of my show demos. I have had so much fun mixing my Woodland Animals stamps with the Melt Pot and also experimenting with our new Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paints with my newest mask designs – yes this show is PACKED with many new and fun products!

I would also like to thank my amazing design team for sending me all there Woodland Animal samples cards for the shows! It seriously is like Christmas opening up all their parcels! You can see all of their wonderful creations on the blog HERE.

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to apply for a position on my Design Team – You can find the details in my previous post HERE.

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TV Show Date Change & Design Team Member Position

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Wow its been a busy few weeks with show prep and new products appearing on the shop…so I’ve neglected the blog a little – sorry!

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So first of all my TV show has been brought forward a week, it will now be Sunday 30th March (Mothering Sunday) at 12-2pm & 5pm. I do hope you can still tune in!

Now for some EXCITING NEWS…

I am looking for a new Design Team member! Our lovely Nicky has decided to step down from the design team for personal reasons and she will be truly missed – thank you for all your hard work Nicky! icon smile TV Show Date Change & Design Team Member Position

So what do you need to do…….

I am looking for a talented designer who is passionate about rubber stamping and of course passionate about my rubber stamp designs, to help promote my designs and fun products on my online shop.

The successful applicant will need to work well with deadlines and consistently produce projects of a high standard.

As part of the Creative Studios design team you will:

-Receive new rubber stamp releases designed by myself and other fun products from the Creative Studios Shop.

-Be featured on the Creative Studios Blog and facebook page.

-And of course receive my undying love and affection!


-Create one project each week using the rubber stamps and products supplied and then share on the Creative Studios Blog.

-Maintain the Creative Studios Design Team blog …always linking back to the website/shop.

-Be able to post any sample cards to me when I have TV shows. This will be returned back to you after the shows.

So if this sounds like something you would be interested in then Please send me the following information by the 14th April, Midnight via email to sam@creative-studios.co.uk with ‘Design Team Call’ in the Subject line.

1. Name, Address and email address

2. Short Biography including what type of crafts/styles you like.

3. Links to your blog

4. Pictures of 2-3 of your best finished projects that MUST include at least one project using some of my stamp designs.

The lucky Design Team Member will be announced by 16th April,2014.

Good Luck to you all!

S@m x

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