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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Together by Kerrie Gurney


Hi everyone it's Kerrie here

It is my turn again on the Couture Creations Blog
and I am just loving the new Vintage Rose Garden Patterned Papers, they are so soft and pretty.

Seeing today is my 50th ..yes 50th Birthday I thought I would scrapbook one of my childhood photos, this is a photo of my brother Shane and I taken in March 1968.
 I love this photo of us, we were just too cute.

To start die cut from cardstock 1 x Postale Square die using Quick release Die Paper 

see how the die lifts straight off when you use Quick Release Die Paper

Cut the die in half

adhere to the top and bottom of 4"x 6" photo using double sided tape 
you want the top is hanging over the top of photo

Die cut 2 x Vintage Borders from cardstock

Cut a strip of gingham patterned paper 5cm wide x 20cm long and emboss

pop the strip through the slot in the top of the embossing folder and emboss the full strip.
I love that this Christmas embossing folder is so versatile and can be used for any occasion

Die Cut 2 x Vintage Branch dies from patterned paper and 1 x Daffodil Spray Die from cardstock

Ink the edges using a sponge dauber so as to not overdo the inking 

Lightly sand the embossed paper strip

and then ink lightly around edges and on the embossed pattern

Distres the edges of all pieces and then start layering pieces onto the base pattern paper

add some pearls to flower centers on base patterned paper

Finish off with some Crystalina Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to flowers on base patterned paper and premade flowers

here is a closer look at the details

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Smile by Lauren Tomecek


I think it's always good to try new things once in a while to help you learn new techniques or styles. With that in mind, I have a created a very girly greeting card for my second project this month with a muted colour pallet. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to try something new yourself.

1/ Cut your cardstock to 12" x 6", scoring it halfway and folding to create the base.
2/ Cut the middle panel out of the cardstock using the largest Square nesting die, ensuring you have centred this.
3/ Use the centre square piece to cut Touch of Love from the Floral Lace collection. Because this is such a delicate design I strongly recommend you use the Quick Release paper with this and run it through your machine a couple of extra times. Most of the design will then fall away easily.
4/ Use your finger to rub Crystalina Glitzin Glamour over the heart and set aside to dry.
5/ Use the largest Scallop Square nesting die to cut the border from the green spots side of a sheet of Time from the Vintage Rose Garden paper (if you want to ink your border edges, now is the time to do it). I then used the same Square nesting die to cut out the inside of this and adhere it to the cardstock. Be careful when lining it up or you wont get a single solid border piece, you can always glue the scallops on individually if this happens.
6/ Cut a piece of vellum slightly larger than the window of the card. Run this through your die-cut machine with the Floral Lace die, however add in the Universal Embossing Mat to your sandwich (you may need to remove one of the tabs, depending on how your machine works) so the design is embossed into the vellum rather than cut out of it.
7/ Use watercolour pencils to colour some elements of the design on the back of the vellum. I used a wet paintbrush to lift the colour straight from the pencil and applied a couple of layers to get a nice thick coverage so you can see it from the front of the card. The picture below shows you the back of the vellum so you can see which elements I have chosen to colour.

8/ Once your watercolours are dry, adhere the vellum to the back of the window. Adhere the white die-cut to the front of the vellum, I used spray adhesive for this.
9/ Adhere ribbon to the bottom of the card as shown in the photo.
10/ Cut the 'Smile' sentiment from Butterflies & Words paper from the Vintage Rose Collection and adhere to the centre of the ribbon.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Couture Christmas feature in Australian Simply Cards Magazine


Kerrie Gurney has created these gorgeous Christmas cards using our latest Christmas Dies and Embossing Folders for a special feature in Australian Simply Cards Magazine

All the cards are created using Couture Creations 2014 Christmas Dies and Embossing Folders which are available NOW at your local papercrafting store

All Couture Creations dies and embossing folders used and instructions on how to recreate these cards are in the magazine

Purchase Simply Cards Magazine for Kerrie's tutorials on how you can recreate these cards
and know you are helping to support the Aussie Craft Magazine industry

Friday, 17 October 2014

Baby Sampler By Sue Smyth


Hi all
I thought I would follow up my baby banner with a beautiful
Baby sampler layout.

This is designed to be framed with one of the gorgeous
Couture Creations frames 

You could adapt this concept to any colour for a 
boy or girl. 
Here are some nice close ups to give 
the idea.

Bust out all of your dies and see what ones will fit 
your theme, and go from there.

This is a great time to use bits and pieces you may have saved
and left over scraps.

Add some lace and soft ribbons for added texture. 

I have added cute trinkets and buttons from 
my stash.

Start by cutting 12 scalloped rectangles from white 
or cream cardstock.

Trim scrap chipboard to fit the back of the 
rectangle and adhere in place as pictured.
Decorate each panel with a patterned piece of 
paper and decorate with dies.

Handy Hint
Decorate all of the panels first before adhering to 
a background. You may change your mind about
the order you would like them to be in.

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 Happy Crafting

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Enjoy by Jowilna Nolte

Hi it's Jowilna on the blog today sharing a layout I made using the versatile sew Jo paper pad.
I love the colours on these papers and find them really versatile - what you may think can only be for girls hence the name SEW JO, actually work really well for the little guys too. I wanted to create a layout showcasing the paper range and picked a photo that will use orange as the accent colour - and it turned out to be an all time favorite!

I created the background for my layout using various widths of paper strips in the different designs from my paper pad. But it is My die-cut title that happened by chance...and so i just went with the design that clearly was meant to be!
My nephew went fishing in the Koi pond and so the Gone Fishing title was perfect for the layout. I started off by cutting the words out of white cardstock, and then did a second cut. BUT, my die moved and it created a really cool looking 90 degree corner.
so I popped out the words and created the corner that clearly wanted to be.
I trimmed down the words and manipulated them to create a double "fishing" in the corner.
I kept them white as I love the white on white subtle look of it all.

On the paper strips with the patchwork feel I cut some of the triangles out and raised them using the versatile foam tape from Couture Creations. What I absolutely love about this tape is that it is not so thick, so even thought you can lift elements for dimension, its proportional and not too bulky.

I added some orange and white twine for repetition and as an accent colour.

and more triangles lifted and raised using foam tape and added interest

some elements cut from packaging and again my accent colour repeated in my orange buttons.

I cut my title out of black to make it stand out against the patterned paper background.

and some finishing touches all complimenting the beautiful Sew Jo paper range.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Touch of Gold by Tracey Cooley


HI Everyone
I am extremely happy to be able to create with the brand new Pattern Papers
 "Vintage Rose" by Couture Creations and on this card I have used a sheet from the
6'x6' paper pad and of course some Couture Creations Dies.

I simply cut a card base to my desired size which happened to be the width of the Couture Creations Metricon Gate To Eden Die cut. I then added an gold mat and of course the Couture Creations Vintage Rose Pink & Green Roses paper.
I then die cut the Gate to Eden

Hint: if your cutting machine is a little well used like mine try turning, your larger dies and running them through again.

After cutting the Gate to Eden I add it to the front of my card.
I then cut a Couture Creations Floral lace Heart Bouquet die cut and embossed it with gold UTEE with the help of the Couture Creations Heat tool and Craft mat

I then added it to my card. , I took some old silk flowers I had and heated the middle of the flower with the Couture Heat tool until it melted a little.

The heat gives the flowers some texture and lift and makes for a fuller flower. 
I then layered the flowers adhering each layer with Couture Creations Glue Spots, then added it to my card.

Using some Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour Aztec Gold and a Clear Button I created a flower  centre for my heated flower.

I added some Aztec Gold Glitzin Glamour to parts of the Gate to Eden and a gold embossed greeting to finish off.

I hope you like the way this card turned out as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by.


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