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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sea Breeze Beach Hut - by Adriana Bolzon

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Hello there everyone, Adriana here today and I am sharing another project created with Couture Creations paper and products especially with the new release papers
SEA BREEZE designed by Denise Boddey. I really think this paper collection is so perfect for all types of projects.

 Today I have created a display piece - or beyond the page project.
I created a fun beach hut with the lovely embellishments from the
SEA BREEZE  collection.

Using the SEA BREEZE papers and Ephemera pack for decorating my beach hut. Adding many shells, coloured muslim and some white netting.

SEA BREEZE Diecut Ephemera pack C0724681
SEA BREEZE Paper pad C0724651
White Netting C0724733

To create this little Sea Breeze Beach Hut I used a small square wooden Box available from Artdeco Creations, some wooden popsticks, hot glue gun, white gesso, inks and paints.

Using the back of the box for the front of the beach hut, I glued rows of popsticks with the hot glue gun and then made a roof with the popsticks and attached it to the top of the box.

Once all the popstick are glued on the to the box, I then painted a white gesso all over the popsticks and
then added blue & rustic paints and inks.
Layering on the roof with colour muslim,shells, pearls and touch of glitter glue.

I created a banner with the Sea Breeze Papers and added a ephemera tag to the front of beach hut.

Here is another one I created for CHA - using the 
SEA BREEZE  Die cut Lighthouse & Banner C0724686 & some coloured
cardstock for decoration.

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Sea Breeze die "Lighthouse & Banner" C0724686
Sea Breeze Paper pad C0724651

White Netting C0724733

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Strong Enough to Survive by Anita Enright

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Hi fellow crafty friends! Anita here again this time to share very special card with you.
I was asked to make a 'card' for one of my work colleagues who was going into to hospital.  She had just been diagnosed with bowel cancer and a fellow Facebook friend posted a quote on her timeline that she loved and said it resonated with her .  She asked me if I could 'make her a card' using the quote so she could put it on her bedside table whilst she was in hospital.
I don't think she expected getting this. 

To create the card base I cut a 12x12" piece of Ultimate Crafts Snow White cardstock at 7".
Next I scored the cardstock at 3", 4 1/2", 7 1/2" and 9" and then folded along the score lines.  The large panels will measure 3" in size and the smaller folder 1 1/2" in size.
I then added the Floral Fancy patterned paper to the cardstock base and inked the edges in a matching green ink.

 I cut two of the Tassels die from the Magnolia Lane collection in Cypress Pine Ultimate Crafts cardstock, one a mirror image of the other, attach them to the two outside panels of the card.
I then took two of the magnolia flowers die cuts from the ephemera set and attached the over the top of the tassels.

To the underside corners of the quote, behind the green and pink cardstock, I added Magnolia Corners dies in Snow White cardstock.
I printed the quote on to some white 250gsm paper and then double mounted it on to some Cyrpress Pine and Carnation cardstock then attached it to the middle front panel of the card.
To the underside corners of the quote, behind the green cardstock, I added Magnolia Corners dies in Snow White cardstock.

I deconstructed two of the Cottage Pollen flowers to only use the center two layers of petals.  I then added some of the Flamenco pink coloured Liquid Drops 3D Pearls to slightly colour the white flowers.  These were added to the top corners of the two back panels with a couple of other flowers from my personal stash. To the corners of the quote I added some of the Pink Blush pearls in the corner of the quote.
You will see I have used some butterflies over the card.  Unfortunately I had run out of the ones from the ephemera pack so I ended up fussy cutting the ones from the packaging of other embellishments from the collection.  If you didn't know I had done it you would never have known.

I felt very privileged to have been asked to make this for her, and truly hope that she likes it. Hopefully by reading the quote every day it will help give her the strength and the positivity to get through the trying times she has ahead in beating this horrible disease.


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Guest Designer | Cathy Sanders Double Page Layout

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Hi it's Cathy and I'm up again guest designing for Couture Creations.

This layout is again from our holiday last year on the Natal South Coast. I really wanted to include the memories of the view and also use the beautiful paper to it's fullest.

My starting point for this whole page was the pretty picture on the "A Day Fishing" paper. As there are two of these in the collection pack I didn't feel too bad using the back side of one of them as my background for the page. From the second sheet I cut out the picture to use as an element on my page.and also the words for my title. The rest of the page I used as the foundation for my left side page.

So after cutting out the picture I then made the strips for the left page. Working from the center out, I cut a strip slightly wider than my jumbo photos (11.5cm wide) from "Navigating at Sea" and stuck this down. I added a two bar code strips next to this, first the strip from "A Day Fishing", then the green compass strip of "Navigating at Sea", which I scalloped the one edge of. Next to this I used a +/- 15cm piece of the striped paper (Pinstrip Mariner). And lastly the cutoff piece of "A Day Fishing" to make up a 12x12 page.

On the right hand side page I have my three 10cm square photos mounted on a strip of brown cardstock and the fussy-cut piece just slightly tucked under the photos so that the sailboat is sticking out.

All the shells are from the chipboard embellishment page and also cut out of two sheets of "Navigating at Sea"paper. I cut them with a slight white border to match the chipboard ones. Then I just laid them across the page till I was happy with the arrangement and glued them down. I also added two clustered near the photos.

The last fun element on the page is the title. For this I fussy-cut the words "sea breeze" from the "A day fishing" page. After I stuck it to my page, I applied some dimensional glaze to it and then sprinkled real beach sand all over. I left it to dry for a bit before shaking the excess sand off. I then added in the extra small stickers for the rest of my title and hand wrote my journaling on the right hand page.

Finally, I finished off my page with some stitching and a few ink splatters.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Life is a journey by Tracey Cooley

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Hi Everyone 

My turn on the Blog today and I have created a little 5x5 card to feature today. 

to create this little gem I cut some Ultimate Craft Cardstock in Denim to a 5x5 card base.
Then I added a layer of canvas with frayed edges for effect. 

Then in one corner I folded the edge back for a more vintage look.
I then cut some more denim cardstock and tore off the same corner.
I cut a Couture Creations Sea Breeze Cardinal Frame in matching cardstock and placed it in between the cardstock and a piece of Sea Breeze pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad. As shown below.

Then I added a Sea Breeze Metal Charm to offset the frame.

I then added some embellishments from the Sea Breeze Collection including the Sea Breeze Ephemera, Chipboard Die Cuts, cabochons and some gauze. Along with a matching Sea Breeze Windy Flourish Die Cut and a ships wheel Die cut using the Sea breeze Compass and Wheel Die


I added a small chipboard sentiment to finish off. 

This card was really quick and very easy to achieve, I hope you can use it on one of those occasions that you need a card in a hurry. 

Thanks for stopping by.

 Products Used 
Ultimate Craft Cardstock 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Life is About Moments by Kerrie Gurney

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Hi Everyone Kerrie here with a layout I created for
Artdeco Creations Blog 
using the gorgeous Couture Creations Sea Breeze Collection
along with the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mixed Media Collection

I am so excited that this collection is now available worldwide. I have been lucky to have had these products since before my trip to South Africa and finally I can share some projects created using them with you all.
This collection is amazing the pastes are so light and dry quickly so you don't need to dry them off with a heat tool and those pigments oh my they are just perfect for adding a pearlecent touch to all your projects and the Gesso spreads and covers beautifully.
Anyway onto my tutorial for my layout, I love this photo of us all in Noumea, Trevor was the best cruise husband putting up with all us girls.

Firstly add some Blue and Green Pigment colour to the Embossing Paste

mixed it through
(I actually added a smidge of Yellow pigment too to tone lighten the colour slightly)

Next using either a Pallet Knife or you can use a Couture Creations Lift Off Tool, spread the Embossing Paste over the stencil

Lift off the Stencil, These Couture Creations Anna Griffin Stencils are such a good quality that they are a bit thicker than most stencils and so give real depth to your project.
Set Aside to dry and then cut and ink all the edges of your Sea Breeze patterned papers

To ink the edges of the base cardstock, sponge some ink onto your craft mat and then work the ink onto the edge of the base cardstock from your craft mat. This gives more intense inking on the edge with a softer look onto inside edges.
You have more control over how much ink your want your layout to have

Next up change the colour of the metal charm using 3D Pearl Drops

and while the Pearl Drops are still wet paint on to Gold Pigment
(I also added a touch of Copper Pigment to age the charm a bit more)

here is a closer look at my embellishment cluster, I also added broken shells 

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Guest Designer | Bridget Louw

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Hi Everyone Bridget Louw here 
I am so excited to be a Guest Design Team member for August for Couture Creations. I got given some OH SO HEAVENLY things to play with. I could not pass up the opportunity to do a beach themed layout to scrapbook one of my favourite photos of my kidlets. I hope you like what I made and will feel motivated to get creative. Your local scrapbook stores should already have these items and if they don't, NAG!

Choosing papers for this layout using the Sea Breeze Collection Pack (C0724905) was very difficult as all the papers are just lovely. I cut out all the papers I need to create this slightly distressed layout. I dusted off my sewing machine and ran a straight stitch around all the edges.

Once this was all done I cracked open a lovely set of stamps by Ultimate Crafts Background Textures 2 Wire & Oil (ULT157632). I wanted to try inking/stamping with gesso and boy, did I love it. A thin layer of gesso on your craft mat and then put the stamp in it and apply randomly to the layout..Easy as pie and very effective.

Here is the stamped gesso all done & dry.

 Next up I got out my edge distressing tool and went around all the edges of my layered pieces. Ink them afterwards and you will already start having a very lovely looking layout.

Time to start sticking your layers down. Leave off the layer that goes behind your photo. We need to add a little bit of cheesecloth there and in the top left corner of the layout.

Once the glue has dried, add the photo mat layer.

Now comes one of my other favourite things to do..die-cutting and I cut these VERY detailed dies with the amazing Go Cut & Emboss machine from Couture Creations. Once they were cut I inked them up as I decided I wanted them to be dark brown. I did not end up using the leaves and stems but watch this space as I will be using them on another project soon. The scroll one is a beautiful die from the Ultimate Crafts Background Gallery Collection called Floral Lattice (ULT157545).

Assemble the layout with all your bits and pieces. I cut the shells from the paper in the Collection Pack called Navigating At Sea (C0724669) and then using a flower shaping tool I made them a bit more dimensional. Add 3d Foam tape and stick down.

These flowers are just amazing and hold up to intense inking and misting without falling apart like some other flowers do. Some pearls on a beach layout work beautifully.

I had to include a close up of how gorgeous the Floral Lattice die is.




Thank you so much for looking & happy crafting

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