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Thursday, 2 July 2015

If the Shoe Fits by Jo Simons


Hello friends!
Thanks so much for popping by.  Today I have a layout to share with you all.

So I tried to get in touch with my mixed media side seeing as that seems to be all the rage at the moment.  I really struggle with mixed media.  I kinda like it all nice and clean and mixed media is so random that it kinda plays with my OCD side :).  Anyway - here is how I achieved this layout.

Here is my first little tip.  To save on paper when I am working on a white background and using a patterned piece of paper as a border, I always cut the middle out so that I can use the inside piece later. 

Set both pieces aside and work on your white cardstock to create you background paper.  I have cut an inch of two sides to create a border.  I then used the long stamp strip for the Heats Ease Border and Butterflies stamp set and randomly stamped over my paper.  Then I added another layer using some gold texture paste and a stencil.


Using the 6 x 6 Hearts Ease paper pad I made my paper cluster and hand stitched around the edges before I stuck it all onto the base page.

Using the new flowers I gently swiped them with a little distress stain.  These white flowers are just awesome to be able to put your own touch to.  I also cut a couple of doilys using the Rowena die from the Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die collection.  I also coloured these with the distress stain.

I have then started to layer my page and add my embellishments. 
Here is a closer look at all the details in the embellishment cluster.  I have used lots of dies and cut from the paper pad too as well as a few bits and pieces from the Hearts Ease ephemera pack.  The little butterfly is from the Everyday Essentials collection.  The swirl tucked in amongst my flowers is from the new Secret Garden collection called Butterfly Flourish 2.  I have also used the Nesting Hearts Dies too.  The photo corner is another favourite die at the moment.  Its called Twisting Corners and looks awesome cut in gold glitter.  I have also been using it as an extra touch to nestle into my flower clusters too.

Just before I go, I wanted to share another little tip that I have found really useful.  A lot of my layouts are loaded with details and I found a really good way of making creating a little quicker.


This little box of goodies makes my crafting life so much easier.  Every so often when I want to craft but don't really know what it is I want to do, I pull out my dies and a bunch of papers and die cut.  Yep I'm on a bit of a cork and glitter thing at the moment.  Seriously having a bunch of stuff already cut out makes scrapping so much easier for me.  I do the same with all my doilys
(coz no page of mine is complete without a doily or two).
Thanks so much for letting my share and for all you beautiful comments.  They are truly appreciated!
Until next time
happy scrapping!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Bakery by Adriana Bolzon


Hello there everyone, It is Adriana here today sharing a page I created for
 Couture Creations.

Now this layout is called "The Bakery".

The photo, was taken on our recent holiday in Northern Italy, in one of the beautiful old towns in the foothills.  There was this little cute shop with an old bicycle at the front. The bike had a basket with fresh herbs and flowers. The smell of the freshly baked bread and cakes was drifting down the old pathways. 
We had to stop and buy some beautiful fresh bread and cakes. Yummy :)

The name of the shop is called " Bottega del Pane" which translated is "The Bakery shop"

They had the yummiest biscuits as well. Everything was fresh and organic.

Of course, I created this layout with the latest releases Couture Creations products.

Here it is  "THE BAKERYusing the latest paper collection called
Hearts Ease paper collection
 this paper pad collection comes in two sizes 12x12 and 6x6
there are stickers, stamp sets and Ephemera Pack of collectables.
The Couture Creations Flowers are sprayed with bright yellow and vintage rose ink sprays.
 I think this brighten up the pages of this paper collection.

Here are some of the Couture Creations. products I used to create this layout.

On the top of the page , I created a pleated curtain type of fringe with the Hearts Ease paper collection
decorated the edges with C0721999 Vintage Gold Gemstones

 The pleats are created by hand, just folding and pleating and adhering them to the underside of the top papers.

I then mounted my 17cm x 10 cm photo on cream card stock, 
adhering it to the centre of page.

I cut several of the Elegant card cuts die - Mercato Flourish  CO724098
with some of the green paper from the
 Hearts Ease paper collection

When I first saw this flourish it reminded me of the seaweed or vine leaves.
I used the flourishes to create many leaves and therefore created a vine leaf around the page. 
I also added a little of the Glitzin glamour glitter glue C0721976 on the leaves.

Using the Hearts Ease paper collection Set of stamps,
There are 3 different set of stamps.
I used the large Butterfly stamp from the 
C072400 Hearts Ease Borders and Butterflies stamps 

I stamped several butterflies on card stock and coloured them in
with watercolour pencils and water brush.

I then cut out the butterflies and adhered them to the page with C0723817 3D Glue spots
adding a touch of Glitzin glamour glitter glue C0721976 Crystallina to the butterflies, for a touch of sparkle.

The flowers are the amazing white flowers
from Couture Creations White Bulk Flowers
they are 
C0724298 Camden Beaded Cottage flower
C0723019 Beaded flower with script paper
C074300 La Belle Vintage Blooms
C0724297 Camden cottage rose 3 cm.

These flowers can be coloured in what ever colour you want them to be
How brilliant is that, you can colour them with inks, sprays and paints.

Hope you like my project for today
"The Bakery" 

Couture Creations Materials
Hearts Ease paper collection 
 Glitzin glamour glitter glue Gold C0721976

C0721999 Vintage Gold Gemstones
Couture Creations White Bulk Flowers
they are 
C0724298 Camden Beaded Cottage flower
C0723019 Beaded flower with script paper
C074300 La Belle Vintage Blooms
C0724297 Camden cottage rose 3 cm.

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Thanks for looking, have a great day...
Cheers Adriana xx:)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Glittery Love by Kerrie Gurney


Hi All 
Kerrie here with a quick card share

To create this card start by diecutting Vierge Square die from the Elegant Card Cuts collection using purple cardstock  cut down so it is just a tad larger than the die to create a border
Next cut a piece of white cardstock to create a 15cm square card and a piece Pansy Dressing (the B side) to cover the card front
Cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as your diecut and place strips of 18mm double sided tape to cover the entire card.
Then remove all the backing paper from the double sided tape and adhere the die cut to the piece of card and ahdere to card front
Next sprinkle fine white crystal glitter to the whole card and press down to make sure all the glitter sticks, shake off the excess and you have a super sparkly card
Next diecut 1 x Anastasia doily die from white cardstock, tie a piece of ribbon around and adhere to card using foam tape
Colour a paper flower with sprays and adhere to doily pop on a word
Ink the edges of your card and your are done

 Happy Creating 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cogs and Gears by Tracey Cooley


Hi Everyone 

I seem to struggle a bit with male orientated Cards, could be the fact that I have two daughters but every now and then they will be invited to a boys birthday party or such and I never ever have male/boy cards made up waiting to be used. So..... I thought I would give one a go using the Couture Creations Mikashet Emboss Folders and some Kalini Dies.

First off I embossed some white cardstock with the Couture Creations Mikashet Grungy Cogs n Gears Emboss Folder 

Then using some scrap cardstock I cut the Couture Creations Everyday Essentials Chevron Arrows 3 times.to form a stencil.

I then squeezed a good amount of Couture Creations Silver Glitzin Glamour into a small container and added some loose blue glitter and stirred to make my very own Glitter Paste.

Using the stencil I made from the Chevron Arrow I wiped the glitter paste over the top of my cogs n gears Embossed base.

I took the homemade stencil off to reveal my awesome pattern and then dried it with my Couture Creations Heat Tool 

I then added some white Muslin over the top and with the same embossing folder, embossed a chipboard star. 

Then I cut some cogs out with the Couture Creations Kalini Gears 2 Dies and along with Couture Creations Heat Tool and Non Stick Craft Mat embossed the gears with some silver embossing powder. 

Then I used the remaining bit of Glitter Paste on some arrow Chipboard, I then added all these to the fornt of my card. 

Right... That should do nicely for the next 6 yr old male birthday party that my daughter springs on me at the last minute because the invitation has been in her school bag for a fortnight!!!!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Birthday Wishes by Guest Designer Bridget Louw


We have all been in that situation, last minute scramble for a handmade card, asked for by a family member or one we simply forgot to make. The card I made today as my last project as Guest Designer for Couture Creations for June is super quick and easy to make. The dies are so pretty that one doesn't need much else.

I started off with a 5x7" card base (10"x7" scored at 5"). Using a matching moss green cardstock I cut a rectangle at 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" panel. I used C0724192 Pansy Dreaming from the Hearts Ease collection for the front panel which measures 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". Using Old Paper Distress ink I sponged all the edges. 

One of my favourite new dies has to be C0724101 Barossa  Frame. It creates the loveliest little panel for a card and even has two extra dies in it to allow layering. The main frame was cut out of an eggplant cardstock and the extra bits out of the same moss green cardstock I used on the front panel.


I added some of the Sticky backed pearls to accentuate the centre of the flowers and curled the petals up for a slight 3D effect.

The last step before assembling is to cut out an oval from the Hearts Ease Collection using C0724171 Through the Hourglass paper and the larger oval with flourishes from the C0724249 Mirrored Flourishes Die set. Using any stamp of your choice, stamp an appropriate sentiment onto the oval. 

Assemble the card as per the picture and in under 10 minutes you have a card ready to go without too much fuss. (Or too much mess in your craft space). Thank you Couture Creations for making crafting so quick and easy.

Couture Creations Products Used:

C0724249 Kalini, Mirrored Flourishes Die
C0724101 Elegant Card Cuts, Barossa Frame Die
C0724170 Hearts Ease Paper Pad

Thank you all for following my 2 posts during June and thank you Couture Creations for the lovely opportunity to be your Guest Designer for June.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Ta Promm by Cindy Porter


Hi everyone, it's Cindy here with my second blog post for the month.... I'm excited to share another layout I created using the new Heart Ease paper collection.

 To create this layout I began by die cutting from Core'dinations Cardstock....

I cut two sets of the Nesting Dies Victorian Rectangles....I set them up on my magnetic platform to cut as frames...

I cut the Honeypot die.... of which I only wanted to use the small confetti pieces...

and I cut the Simone's style border 

I used Hearts Ease paper as my background  and marked out my photo position ... Then with a stencil I die cut from a  glossy magazine cover, I applied white sand texture paste around the marked area...

Once dry... I inked over the texture paste and inked up the die cut nested frames...
I adhered some of the honeypot confetti to the background and adhered the inked frames...

a close up of the texture and inking...

 I added some cotton thread under the photo, which is mounted up on foam tape...

to finish off the layout I coloured up some of the bulk white flowers, and cut a couple of Cycad Fern leaves...

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till next time
happy creating

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