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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pansies Tag/Bookmark by Tina Connolly


Hi everyone, I'm loving the new Hearts Ease paper, the colours are just gorgeous.   I decided to make a gift tag, which could double as a bookmark, so kept the layers relatively flat.

I cut a tag from Core'dinations cardstock and embossed it using Lilliputana Curtain embossing folder.

Pattern match to create a continuous pattern, but only roll part way into the embossing machine, and then out the same way so you don't get a "flat spot" where the edge of the embossing folder was.

Corner punch the corners, and sand the embossed pattern using a sanding block.

Cut Amaryllis Laced Frame and two corners from Hearts Ease paper 
and Amaryllis Keepsake Kandy from white cardstock.

Ink and then spray mist towards the center of the tag.  Adhere die-cuts as shown.

Cut another Laced Frame from black cardstock, and the center Megan's Magic die from Hearts Ease paper and ink edges.

Layer using 3D Foam Strips.

Add a sentiment using Hearts Ease Embellishments, and a few Couture Creations flowers which I sprayed and inked.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

My Abby by Bernii Miller


Bernii Miller here again with you this month to show you a layout I created a layout with the stunning dies from the Amaryllis Die Collection teamed with the Vintage Rose Collection. In my collection pack I received the Simone Style border die and I instantly knew I wanted to create an ombre type background.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

So I die cut numerous strips and then started to "ruffle" the paper, by folding the die cut all facing one way ever couple of inches. 

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

Then to help match the Simone's style dies to the layout, I laid out all the pieces ( see first photo) and then I created a water colour background that would help to emphasize the dies. 

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

I then used the Turbo Precision glue pen to firstly adhere the ruffles strip to the layout, and once the glue was dry I then used my sewing machine to also help adhere it better. 

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

Once all the layers were created I then fussy cut some of the gorgeous flower clusters form the 12 x 12 Vintage Rose paper pad to help create bases for my flower clusters. 

These flower clusters were created using the new Bulk White Flowers that have just been released by Couture Creations . These flowers are white and can be coloured by you to create perfectly matched flowers for any your Couture Creations projects. 

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

To add some shimmer I added the Glitzin' Glamour in Crystalina to the petals and fussy cut pieces. 

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

"My Abby" layout by Bernii Miller for Couture Creations using the Vintage Rose Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and I hope you have found some inspiration here with the Amaryllis Die Collection and the Vintage Rose papers. 

Couture Creations products used: 
Quaintly Queenie Die - Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die Collection - CO724302
Rowena Die - Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die Collection - CO724305
Simone's Style - Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die Collection - CO724309
Elegant Card Cuts Decorative Die - Malvoisie Corners - CO724099
Vintage Rose 12 x 12 Paper Pad CO723971
Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue Crystalina - CO721971
Sparkling Champagne Gemstones - CO721988
Turbo Precision Glue Pen - 25ml - CO724037
LED Precision Tweezers CO721954
Pointed non-stick Scissors CO721955

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Thinking of You Card by Julianne McKenna-De Lumen


Welcome everyone! It's Julianne here today, sharing how to create a quick card, that makes a statement - and believe me, it's easy, easy, easy!

There's something about using just one main colour, that creates a gorgeous visual impact. So, to keep with that idea, I have used a black background, with lots of teal, and a touch of gold. But you could recreate this card with any colours that you like. I think it would look equally stunning on white cardstock, with red butterflies. What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try?

STEP 1: You need a piece of cardstock, 6" x 12", folded in half to create a card. Now, using the Hearts Ease stamp set, take the corner stamp, and stamp it in each of the four corners, using embossing ink.

STEP 2: Cover the stamped images with gold embossing powder. Sprinkle off the excess, then set with the heat tool.

STEP 3: Using black Staz On ink, or a permanent waterproof ink, stamp 8 images of the large butterfly from the Hearts Ease stamp sets (I have stamped about 20 images so that I could choose the best ones to use). Cut out 8 butterflies. Put them to one side.

STEP 4: Stamp several images of the "Thinking Of You" title from the Hearts Ease stamp set. I was unsure if I wanted a circular title, or a square title, so I punched out both. In the end, I preferred the visual dynamic of the square title.

STEP 5: Now to get messy and have some fun! Take a butterfly, and using  mists and a paint brush, dab teal ink all over the center of the butterfly. Next, mist finely with water, to help the ink dilute and spread. Once you are happy with the colouring, dab gently with a paper towel to remove excess water and ink. Place to one side to dry. Now repeat this process with the remaining 7 butterflies. Allow butterflies to dry thoroughly.

STEP 6: To complete the card, add foam mounting tape to the back of the title and all 8 butterflies, then align evenly and adhere to the card. Place gemstones around the entire outer edge of the title. And finally, finish with a splash of crystalina glitter glue, to the center wings of the butterflies. 

Now, how easy was that? Yes, I bet even you can create one of these! 
I think I might even go and make these in a few other colours, just to see how pretty they look. Maybe I should do one for each colour of the rainbow? :) 

CO724400 Hearts Ease, Stamps & Embellishments
CO724402 Hearts Ease, Stamps & Embellishments
CO721971 Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, Crystalina
CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape, 12mm x 4m
CO723978 Craft Tools, Multi Purpose Heat Tool
Thanks for joining me today!
And if you would like to view any of my other creations, please visit my blog:
Jules The Bling Princess
Cheers, xxx

Monday, 25 May 2015

Lifetime of Memories by Anita Enright


Hi Everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with you that I have done using the beautiful new Hearts Ease paper collection.  They are the most wonderful colours to use on all our 'old' photos.

  1. I selected the Pansy Background, Small Pansies and Fading Pansies 12x12" papers from the Hearts Ease paper collection. I then also flicked through the 6x6" stack for two other prints that matched with the other papers that I selected.
  2. I cut the Fading Pansies paper down to 10x10", the Small Pansies paper cut to a 4x12" strip, and the 6x6" piece of patterned paper into a 2" piece then halved again into two 2x3"strips. 

  4. Attach 6mm double sided tape to the back of all pieces.
  6. Take the large die from your Circle and Scallop Circle Nesting Dies and die cut one each in two differing colours of cardstock.  Do the same with the 3rd smallest of each of the two different Nesting Dies. With the smaller circle I chose a pale print from the 6x6" stack so that I could journal on it.

  7. Attach the circle die cut to the scallop circle die cut with 6mm double sided tape, then slice in half. Add some more of the 6mm double sided tape to the two halves of the circle and attach them to opposite sides of the Fading Pansies 4x12" strip of paper.

  8.  Now it's time to attach everything to the base patterned paper. Grab the 10x10" paper and attach it to the center of the 12x12". Then take the 4x12" piece (this is the one with the two half circles attached) and place it just below center across the 10x10" square. Then position the two small 2x3" pieces across the 4x12" piece just above center.  
  9. To cover the lower seam line I found a piece of matching ribbon and attached it across the seam.  I mounted it on 6mm double sided tape and secured it on the back of the 12x12" sheet.
  10. I chose a selection of white flowers from Couture Creations and inked them in matching colours. Set them aside to dry.

    The one thing I really love about the new Heart Ease collection, it now has even more in the collection including stamps, die cuts and chipboard stickers, even number/letter stickers.
  11. I decided to do a watermark effect on the Fading Pansies patterned background and I did this using the large and small fob watch stamps.
  12. Mount your photo with 3D foam dots or foam mounting tape and position it on your page.
  13. I selected a few of the chipboard die cuts along with a small die cut insect and positioned them on my layout.
  14. I adhered the small circle to the small scallop circle and then I put a small saying on it in freehand (I so hate my handwriting).
  15. I then placed my flowers around my layout and once I liked the how it looked adhered the flowers with the Turbo Glue pen (my new best friend).
  16. WOOT WOOT - we're Finished :)

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