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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Moment in Time by Julianne McKenna-De Lumen


Well hello there everyone!
Today, I thought we might have some fun with fussy cutting. The Vintage Rose collections lends itself to some beautiful fussy cutting, and helps make creating a layout quite easy. 
Let me walk you through it, and in no time, you'll be creating your own fabulous fussy cut layouts!

"Moment In Time"
For me, the secret to creating a good fussy cut and layered layout, it to create a good background to work on. Once you have a solid background, you can keep layering and adding to the layout to create more depth and dimension. In this case, the secret really is in all the little details.  

Step 1: Start with some die cutting. I've used the swirls from the Coteaux Curls die set to create my flourishes (cut two pieces). I've used the center piece from the Megan's Magic die set, to create a frame (cut 1 piece). And I've cut three pieces with the Vintage Border die.

Step 2: Decide which pieces you would like to cut out for your layout. I always decide that more choices is a better option. I've chosen quite a few pieces from several sheets of paper in the Vintage Garden 12x12 paper pad. 

Step 3: Choose a border, a frame, and a title. All these chipboard items are from Imaginarium Designs, and have been dry heat embossed in Copper embossing powder.
If you do not have these items, a border can be created with a border die, a frame can be die cut, and a title can be created from any chipboard letters.

Step 4: Choose your base colours. One cardstock sheet, and two paper sheets (from the Vintage Rose 12x12 paper pad). Cut both paper sheets slightly smaller than the cardstock, as shown in the image. Sew a border around the cardstock and paper sheets.  

Step 5: Layer the cardstock and paper sheets as shown, and adhere with double sided tape or glue. 
Now add your larger base pieces to your layout, as shown. This is creating your background.

Step 6: Now add your chipboard border, photos, swirl/flourish die cuts, and more fussy cut pieces. Use the foam adhesives to give height and definition to your layout. 

Step 7: Add your die cut border to the bottom of the page (I have simply glued three die cut border pieces together). Add a few butterflies, some more fussy cut flowers (that have been raised with foam adhesive), and finish with your title.

Step 8: Add your rhinestones, and highlight some of your fussy cutting with glitter glue.
You are now complete. 

Couture Creations Materials:
CO723971 Vintage Rose Garden Paper Pad 12x12
CO724045 Vintage Rose Intricutz Dies - Vintage Border
CO724307 Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Dies - Megan's Magic
CO724100 Elegant Card Cuts Intricutz Dies - Coteaux Curls (2PC)
CO721988 Classic Gemstones  - Sparkling Champagne
CO724154 2MM Gemstones - Celadon
CO721971 Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue - Crystalina
CO724037 Adhesives - Turbo Precision Glue Pen
CO721984 Adhesives - 12mm Double Sided Tape
CO723899 - 3D Foam Adhesive - Foam Strips
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Thanks so much for joining us today, 
 Julianne xx:)

Friday, 17 April 2015

You are Loved by Anita Enright


Welcome back Everyone,
I have to say that I enjoy all types of papercraft, but will always come back to a good scrapbooking layout to showcase some of my more favourite photos.

Today's post moves away from the pinks and greens of the Vintage Rose collection, focusing more on the red and yellow hues to take it in a different direction.

To start the page I selected a red from Core'dinations Vintage Collection stack as it matched perfectly with the Couture Creations Vintage Rose paper collection.
I selected the Plaid and Music print from the Vintage Rose papers and cut it down to approximately 8x12". Using the sanding block I lightly sanded the four sides of the cardstock. I then took my 'non stick' scissors and distressed the edges of both the cardstock and patterned paper.  I was a little more rough on the patterned paper slightly tearing in some places to show more of the cardstock underneath.

I then grabbed my 6x6" stack of Vintage Rose papers and selected my contrasting papers for the rest of my layout.  I used the smaller frame from the Amarllyis Ornamental Lace die collection set Megan's Magic, die cut one of the print paper and then cut the piece into four equal pieces.

After inking around the photo with a red brick coloured ink, attach the four pieces of die cut patterned paper to the reverse of your photo with some 6mm double sided tape.  

Prior to attaching the 8x12" patterned piece to the cardstock base I added a small piece of tea stained gauze to the back side of the top and bottom edges of the patterned paper. After attaching the patterned paper to the cardstock I then edged top and bottom edges of the patterned paper with a matching lace trim softening the lines.
From the Pink Words sheet of patterned paper I cut out my wording, and from the same sheet of the 6x6" paper stack I cut out the live, smile, love and laugh words, adding 3D foam dots to the back of all wording.
More fussy cutting of flowers and butterflies from the Smile paper and one of the postage stamps from the Carte Postale paper. I inked, in the same red brick ink as the photo, all the wording I have just cut out. I then added just a small amount of bling on the cardstock.

I took the 6x6" patterned papers that I had selected and cut them into different shapes, again inking all the edges. I attached 3D foam dots to the back of the photo. Prior to attaching the photo, I positioned the different shapes on to the layout. Attaching the fussy cut flowers, stamp and butterflies to the layout and adding a few flowers to the bottom left corner.
The layout was finished off with a flair button and some twine twisted around the page and through the small words after placing them on the layout.

Thanks for stopping by.... til next time.

 Couture Creations Products Used:
CO723971 - Vintage Rose Garden 12x12" PaperPad
CO724064 - Vintage Rose 6x6" Paper Pad
CO724307 - Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Dies, Megan's Magic
CO723817 3D Glue Dots
CO721985 - 6mm Double Sided Tape

and the winners are ....


Thank you to everyone who left comments, liked and shared our posts introducing our 
2015 Design Team
We love that you loved meeting our new designers and welcoming back those designers who we a blessed to have continue on with us

onto the news you have all been waiting for

Christine Kosmak
Fiona Knobben
Kylee Bowe Wilton
Karla Santos
Kerry Campagna


If you could all please email kerrie@artdecocreations.com.au
your full postal address and phone number, so we can get your parcel in the mail

 Our winners who live outside of Australia please allow 3-4 weeks for your parcel to arrive

*Please Note;  if you leave outside Australia you may have to pay your country tax on your prize parcel. This differs with each country, please refer to your country tax laws to see if this affects you. 
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Flutter by Butterfly by Adrian Bolzon


Hello there everyone, thanks for stopping by
is it my turn again today showcasing a project that I have created for
Using the new release dies collection

I created a very different and special project
 "Flutter-by Butterfly"….
using the Vintage Rose paper collection
and some Core'dinations card stock paper.

Cut 3 of the C0724308 AMARYLLIS collection - Nostaligic Narelle die
and glue them in the centre of the vintage Rose paper, as shown below
with the C0724037 Turbo Glue Pen

Cutting one of the die cuts in half.

Cut 3 of the  C0724115 Everyday Essentials Strawberry leaf die
and circle die cut 
Cut 1 - C0724255 KALINI - picket fence die-
also trim it a little on the edges and end. Glue them all on the page.

Cut 7 of the C0724112 Everyday Essentials - Autumn leaf die
and ink the edges with ink pad and glued them down with
C0723817 3D Glue Spots, underneath each leaf, (these are so fabulous)

Cut several flowers blossoms with the C0724251 KALINI Falling Blosssoms die

and layered them on top of each other and
created a cluster of them for the body of my butterfly.

Cut 2 of the 
C0724260 KALINI collection- Daffodil Vines die
for the antennae of the butterfly

Decorate the inside of the flowers and
all around the butterfly with C0721995 Pink Flamingo Gemstones
as shown below.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

2015 Design Team Introducing Kerrie Gurney


Hi everyone Kerrie here,
I live in the beautiful Redlands which is the bayside of Brisbane and have been married to my husband Wayne for 26 years, we have 3 children Ashleigh (22 today) Brayden (20) and Taylah (15).

I started my “career” in the craft industry way back in 1996 and still love every minute of it.
I have worked in the papercrafting industry since then, teaching classes at conventions and stores around Australia. One of the most amazing teaching experiences I have had was traveling to South Africa to teach at the SA Scrapbook Convention in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It truly was an amazing experience and one I will remember forever. I dream of returning to South Africa one day as I fell in love with the people and the country.
In 2014 I was so very privileged to be the Papercraft Guest Artist at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Brisbane, and in 2015 I am their Guest Artist at Craft & Quilt Fairs around Australia, so please check my blog to see when I will be in your city and come and say Hi, oh and don’t forget the coffee :)
2016 will see me hitting the high seas on the inaugural Workshop Wonders on Water Scrapbooking Cruise, I am very excited about this event although I think will be getting a needle to help me get my sea legs :)
I really love teaching as I love the enjoyment people get out of creating. I have had my work published here in Australia and also in the USA.

I am very proud to be part of the Creative Design Team for Couture Creations an Australian company devoted to producing high quality products to the crafting industry. As part of the Couture Creations Education Team I have been lucky to teach classes in stores around Australia, at Papercrafting events and also at the Artdeco Creations Retailers Education Event.

As for crafting I love that I can make a page or card as simple or as embellished as I want but when scrapbooking for me it is about the photo and reliving the memory while I am scrapping. I also love to try new techniques and love adding texture to my projects. I don’t really have a style it is usually how I am feeling or what I am doing that dictates what I create, in saying that sometimes it is whatever is on my desk as my room is so messy that I can’t get to anything else.

I have made some fantastic friends over the years that is what is so great about the papercraft industry, the friendships built and the memories saved and of course all those gorgeous products we just have to have.

I can’t wait to inspire you and hopefully meet you at an event one day soon


I created this Vintage look card using the new soon to be released Hearts Ease Papers, Dies and Embossing Folders.

I just love the purples in this collection

This card is another super quick one to create once you have coloured all your Couture Creations Flowers to match the papers.
I have used these 6 different flowers and coloured some purple/aubergine to match the paper and some I have given just  a touch of  gold.

It was a bit of trial and error to get the correct shade of purple/aubergine
I started with a purple mist but it was so the wrong colour so I added some gold to tone it down but that didn't work so I mixed 5 colour sprays this is where the non stick craft mat is perfect you just spray onto the mat mix the colours together and then rub the flowers onto the colour. I give my flowers a spritz with water first so the colour soaks in more evenly and then to add more texture to the flowers give them bit of a squeeze and scrunch

I then set the flowers aside to dry or you can dry them in a  hurry with a hit of the Heat Tool

Here is a closer look at the flowers all coloured and scrunched

Onto creating the card

 die cut 1 x 10.5cm section of Simone's Style lace border, 1 x Lilliputana die both in aubergine cardstock. 2 x the top section of Cycad leaves in green cardstock, 
use Quick Release Die Paper so the cardstock doesn't stick into the dies.

Ink all the edges of the die cuts using brown ink and sponge dauber. Pinch the leave to add some life to the leaves.

Cut a piece of cream cardstock 10.5cm x 5cm and emboss using Garden Frame embossing folder

Cut Small Pansies paper to 10cm x 14.5cm and scrunch up to give a more vintage look

Cut pennants from Pansy Gingham, Orchard Delight and Pansy Damask papers I cut 2 x 4cm x 10cm and 1 x 2.5 x 10cm 
Embossing the 2.5cm strip using the Chain Link Embossing Folder

Distress the edges of all papers and cardstock and ink the edges
and then start layering onto card base

Use the Turbo Glue Pen to adhere all your embellishments ..these pens are fabulous for adhering intricate die cuts

add all the flowers and leave on 

with a touch of seam binding ribbon and muslin

finish off with some 2mm Gemstones

 Couture Creations Products Used
CO724114 Everyday Essentials Decorative Die, Cycad Fern
CO724309 Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die, Simone's Style
CO724315 Hearts Ease Decorative Die, Lilliputana
CO724374 Hearts Ease Embossing Folder, Chain Link
CO 724379 Hearts Ease Embossing Folder, Garden Frame
CO724176 Hearts Ease Patterned Paper, Orchard Delight
CO724179 Hearts Ease Patterned Paper, Pansy Damask
CO724181 Hearts Ease Patterned Paper,  Small Pansies
CO724184 Hearts Ease Patterned Paper, Pansy Gingham
CO724289 Flowers, 2cm English Roses
CO724290 Flowers, 1.5cm English Roses
CO724292 Flowers,  2.5cm Jewelled Florettes
CO724293 Flowers, 3cm Jewlled Florettes
CO724297 Flowers, 3cm Camden Cottage Roses
CO724301 Flowers, 4.5cm Beaded Script Print
CO724150 2mm Gemstones, Wisteria
CO723818 Quick Release Die Paper
CO723608 Metal Adapter Plate
CO723828 Non Stick Craft Mat
CO723623 Sponge Dauber
CO721986 Handheld Essentials
CO724037 Turbo Glue Pen

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