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Friday, 25 April 2014

Hello I love You by Jowilna Nolte


Welcome to another Couture Creations post- this week I played with some more gorgeous die-cuts to add some simple elements to a double page layout. I love how simple it is to dress up your projects with a beautiful die-cut. The latest themes and designs are amazing and so versatile. I also used some gorgeous papers from the So Jew paper pad to add patterns and colours to my layout - I did combine it with some other patterns and colours for a beautiful and vibrant look.

I also added some embossing using this beautiful embossing folder from The Marriot Collection - Abbey Road. I used a printed card element and used only the top corner of the embossing folder to add texture to it. I then used my sponge dauber and some dye ink to lightly add colour to the top of the embossing highlighting only the selected area.

I used the Lady and Gentlemen dies and embossed them in a dark brown chocolate embossing powder for colour. I embossed them twice to give a nice solid colour and a smooth effect.

The Paddington street lamp was my other die-cut turned embellishment. I embossed it in the same dark brown embossing powder as the lady and gentlemen  but added some additional colour also using heat embossing. I also added some of the Couture Creations gemstones to my flowers - a girl can never have enough bling!

Here's how I added additional coloured embossing
1. die-cut the street lamp out of smooth white cardstock

2.emboss the lampshade using dark brown embossing powder. A detailed embossing powder works better because of the intricate details on the die.

3. use an alcohol based ink to colour coarse white embossing powder - i used a green colour. let the alcohol ink dry and evaporate - this means that you simply have to leave the embossing powder to dry really well before using it.

4. heat set the coloured coarse powder and see how it turns the lamp post into an old rusty metal with a great patina added to it over time.

see how one layer of embossing looks against a double layer of embossing - a nice smooth layer and well worth the effort.

I used these wonderful products from Couture Creations for my layout
CO723720  Glamour Days Intricutz Die, Devonshire Lady & Gentleman | 
CO723740 Glamour days Intricutz Die, Paddington Street Lamp

Anzac Day 2014...Lest we forget

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.
It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Stitched with Love Canvas by Sue Smyth


I love to make a mini canvas, this tiny little works of art
 can be a great way to try out a new technique, as well 
as making a sweet gift for someone.
The Glamour Days sewing dies are the perfect way
to make a sewing inspired canvas. 

To make the faux canvas, cut sturdy chipboard to 6 x 6 inches
cover entire surface with mesh tape, masking tape, canvas tape
and even muslin. Adhere with gel medium and allow to dry
Coat with gesso, dry and spray with coloured inks.

The dress form can be embossed with the existing pattern on
the die, by running through
your machine with a rubber mat, after cutting .
But you can also run the die cut through
your machine with an embossing folder for an
alternate pattern

For that aged look to the sewing machine, 
scissors and bobbin I have embossed with
silver embossing powder.

First cut the die out with light weight chipboard or 
recycled cereal packets.
This can be easily done with most of the Couture Creations 
Dies and makes a great way to produce
lots of your own chipboard shapes.

Cover surface with an Embossing medium stamp pad.
Remove shape to a clean sheet of paper.

Then sprinkle with embossing powder, the clean
sheet will mean you will not waste powder on the 
excess embossing fluid on the scrap paper.

Heat set to a high shine.
Handy Hint
Make your own aged embossing powder
just mix gold, black and silver fine embossing powder
together and store separately.

Handy Hint 
For a really high shine, emboss again 
when the first layer has cooled. 

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Happy Crafting 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wheres Wally by Jo Piccirilli

Hey everyone! 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Today I have another layout to share using the gorgeous Sew Jo paper pad
This paper pad is fast becoming a favourite and at the top of my "go to" pile!  The papers are so versatile for male or female.  The papers in this layout worked perfectly with my photo of my middle man dressed up for book week.

To create the pretty black border that runs down the side of the blue and cream spotted paper, I used the Ornamental Lace dies Chandeliers Set from the Momento range.  I then cut it in half and placed each strip just under the edge of the paper.

My little squares were from a sheet of paper in the pad.  It reminded me of a patchwork rug so I have just cut out the squares separately and formed a bit of a "patch" background.  Just under my photo I have used the most gorgeous doily!  This one is from the Madeline collection and called Lotus Filet.

Here is a close up of my embellishment cluster.

To create my embellishment cluster, I used the Polaroid Film die from the Secret Treasures collection  I then teamed it up with a couple of hearts.  I first cut them from chipboard and then added some patterned paper.  I have been using up old cereal boxes for chipboard and cutting them twice and layering them.  I found it to be a bit gentler on my poor old little cuttlebug and just gives it a bit more stability.  My hearts are cut from the Hearts Nesting Dies.  I then added a little flourish.  I thought this one tied in really well with the glasses!  The die I used is from the Sophia collection.

To complete my page I have again hand stitched all my papers using my paper piercer from the Handheld essentials set.  I have then splattered a little bit of black ink on my page too.

Thanks for letting me share.  Until next time.  Stay scrappy :)
Couture Creations products used



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Art Tag by Mel Connell

Welcome back everyone. 
Today I have an Art Tag I created using lots of Couture Creations goodies. 
You will need either a white or manilla tag, some white cardstock, water reactive inks, brown ink, some embellishments and all the Couture Creations goodies you can possibly put on it. 

Start by inking the entire surface of your tag. I used two colours but you can use as many as you want. Flick some water on it to activate the inks and get the water stained effect. 

Using a Couture Creations sponge dauber,ink with brown all around the tag to get a worn vintage look. Run your tag through your embossing machine using an embossing folder, I used the Couture Creations Sew Sew Sew embossing folder. Use your sponge dauber and brown ink to highlight the raised embossed pattern. 

Using the Couture Creations Peacock delight die, cut two feathers from white cardstock. If you don't have the Peacock delights die, any of the Leaf/branch or other feather dies from Couture Creations will work just a well. I used some water soluble markers to colour the cardstock, but again crayons, inks and any colour pencils will work just as well for this also. I chose three colours Pink, purple and silver Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue. Once the card stock is coloured add a few squeezes of your Glitzin Glamour glitters over the top. 

Use your Couture Creations embossing stylus to spread out the glitter glues and blend them into each other. Set these aside to dry. 

I cut a few Ruler prints from my Couture Creations Sew Job patterned Paper pad, and gathered some embellishments. Don't for get your glittered Peacock Delight feathers. Layer these up on your tag as desired and adhere with your Couture Creations 3D glue dots and high tack foam tape. 

As a final touch, add some highlights with your Glitzin Glamour Glitter and sprinkle around some Couture Creations Gems or Pearls. 

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at this tag project, I would love the hear if you made one of your own inspired by this. You could always show us your take on this at the Couture Creations Facebook page. We'd love to see it. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Glamour Days Card by Lesa Bird

Hi, today I'm creating with Couture Creations Glamour days Decorative Dies,

First I've embossed white Core'dinations cardstock using Couture Creations  Who What Wear  JoJo folder, and then rubbed a hard surface ink over it, to highlight the raised surface

Take the Glamour Days Decorative dies 1950's Albert & Simonetta, to complete Alberts look, cut him out twice in black and once in white, from Core'dinations cardstock, Layer the white over the black, and then cut the 2nd black to form his sports jacket.
Simonetta's look is done by cutting once in white, one in black using cardstock and once in a pattern paper, the pattern paper and black are cut to styles her dress and hat, draw on Simonetta's shoe's

To give Simonetta a little class, I've add a few Couture Creations  Adhesive Gem Stones Crystal,
 to her dress and hat

From red Core'dinations cardstock, cut out one of the
run a little Dimensional Magic over the top for a little shine

To the centre of the stars, on Who What Wear Embossing Folder  JoJo, add a little more of
Couture Creations Gem Stones Crystal,  for a touch of elegance

Hope you have fun with this one

Couture Creations products used;

CO721996   Gemstones; Crystal
CO721985   Double Sided Tape 6mm
CO723780   3D Foam Dots
CO723039   Precision Trimmer

Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Day


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Once Upon A Time

 is our theme for the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo for this year ...those of you who attended our classes last year will remember how much fun our Alice In Wonderland theme was.
Book into one of Tina, Tracey or Kerrie's classes so you can see which character the girls come dressed as  will be dressing as.



Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter

From our families to yours
we wish you all a Safe and Happy Easter

Wishing You a Happy Birthday by Lauren Tomecek

You can never have too many spare birthday cards in your stash for those emergency situations, so that is what I've chosen to create for my second DT project this month.
1/ Trim a piece of black cardstock 13.5cm x 23cm and fold in half.
2/ Die cut the largest Scallop Rectangle from Damask Delight paper and adhere to the front of the card with double sided tape. 
3/ Create your flower embellishments:
a) Using the Roses nesting dies, cut 3 x the smallest and 3 x the second smallest shapes per flower you want to create. 
b) Paint the edges with white gesso.
c) On the + and X axis of the roses cut halfway to the centre, making eight cuts per die-cut.
d) Spritz all the petals with water.
e) Layer your petals into a cluster and pierce through the centre. Thread a stamen through the hole and adhere at the back to keep the layers together.
f) Curl the individual petals around the stamen and leave to dry.
4/ Cut a 9.5cm x 3.5cm strip of black Core'dinations Cardstock with a blue core, cut into a banner shape. Emboss this with the Jo Jo embossing folder, making sure it comes through with the raised design on the black side. Take your sanding block and gently rub this over the cardstock to reveal the blue core in the embossed areas. Adhere to the left of the card.
5/ Cut a length of pink washi tape into a banner shape and adhere slightly overlapping the black banner.
6/ Stamp your sentiment on white cardstock and cut to size. Apply some Glitzin Glamour to one of the words for added sparkle. Ink the edges of the card. Apply Gemstones to corners.
7/ Mount the sentiment on double sided foam and adhere overlapping the two banners.
8/ Adhere the flowers over the top right corner of the sentiment. 
9/ Doodle a white border around the whole card.
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