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Friday, 5 February 2016

Altered Book by Sue Smyth

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Hi Bloggers
Today I am sharing another of my CHA projects.
I love an altered book, they can be so much fun to make 
and are a great decorator statement.
You can also make them useful by 
altering inside to form a journal.
Or like I do sometimes I cut all of 
the pages out and turn the inside
into a box. So I can then store things in it. 

I have altered the flowers, by wicking, 
you simply need to wet the paper 
flower first before dipping into
spray of your choice, this way the 
ink seeps up the petals for a softer look.
Magnolia Lane paper flowers are perfect for this.
Then I like to spray them with adhesive and sprinkle
with white glitter...

I have trimmed out the Magnolia Grandiflora panel
and adhered it to scrap cardstock for stability.
Then cover with Dimensional magic for 
shine and strength, and sprinkle the smallest 
amount of white glitter over top for a faint sparkle. 

I have used the gorgeous tassel die, I love this one most I think.
Cut the die from scrap cardstock or even old cereal boxes. Did you
know our dies will cut light weight chipboard?
Then, I have double embossed with gold embossing powder for
a rich full look.

Here I have die cut the leaves form green cardstock 
and then dry brushed with white gesso.
Then rub over gold paint for a neat gilded look.

Inside the book I have, glued all of the pages
together by painting the edges of the pages 
with gel medium. Then paint over 
gold paint to hide the gel medium.
I have left the front pages as is, to decorate 
with Magnolia lane papers 

Here you can see the tassel die in action again
this time I have die cut them in white cardstock.
I have covered them with Dimensional magic and 
dipped into white glitter for a classic look.
The leaves this time I have blended a 
little Victorian Velvet ink over the ends 
for a burnished look.

The Finished book!
how to create the cover, well that is a whole nother post, coming 

Products Used 

Happy Crafting !

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Layered Magnolia Lane Cards by Jo Simons

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Hello and thanks for joining me on the blog today.
I have had a lovely time playing with the new paper line Magnolia Lane by the very talented Sue Smyth.  This collection is just divine! 
I must admit I did have trouble making that first cut so decided to make a couple of cards.

Super easy to make by layering up some embellishments and die cuts along with the gorgeous paper.

Here is how I created these cards

First gather your pretty supplies

Here is what i picked out of those supplies to use.

Here I have used the Magnolia Frame die and cut it from cereal boxes and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I then start to layer up
First my paper strip, then that beautiful, pink lace and then the decorative strip from the ephemera pack.

I kept the insert from the Magnolia Frame and layeredit over the top to use as a base to put my birdcage and butterflies on.

Here's a closer look at my finished card

Here's another card that I made using the same layering process.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time

Ultimate Crafts products used

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

With Heartfelt Thanks Easel Card by Adriana Bolzon + Bonus Card


Hello there everyone, Adriana here today and I am so excited to share with you my latest projects using the new papers and embellishments "Magnolia Lane" from Couture Creations sister brand Ultimate Crafts.
These papers are so lovely to work with and the embellishments are so fabulously designed to go with all the papers.

I created two cards to showcase one of the embossing folders called
"Petite & Tied Together" ULT157271
along with the Magnolia Lane papers and stamping set  Songbird ULT157511

"With Heartfelt thanks" Easel card

The top base is created with layers of black card stock and Magnolia Lane papers. I embossed the cream card stock with the "Petite & Tied Together" ULT157271 Embossing folder. After I slightly inked the raised surface of the card stock with vintage ink pad and sponge daubers.

Using a Diecut Ephemera framed image of lady from the 
Ephemera pack ULT157515 for the center of my card.

With some cream card stock and Permanent black ink pad, I stamped several images of the flower and leaves from the Stamp set "Songbird" ULT157511

Then I coloured all the flowers and leaves with watercolour pencils, cutting out the images and inking the edges with vintage ink pad.

with some of the flowers I cut the middle of the image and placed a 3D glue dot in the center of the flowers. Adding some glittery sparkle with Crystallina  Glitter Glue C0721971

at the bottom of the card and top of card I added some beautiful Black Lace ULT157507 and I stamped the word sentiment from the stamp set and
added a butterfly die cuts from the Ephemera collection ULT157515

With a final touch of the gorgeous Oval Cabochons ULT157503
at the top right hand corner of the card.
also I added on top of the black lace some of the pearls from the Bling Flourishes with pearls embellishment ULT157499.

Next I created another card using the same "Petite & Tied Together" Embossing folder ULT157271 along with the Magnolia Lane papers and stamping set  Songbird ULT157511.

This time once I embossed some card stock with the embossing folder I cut a scalloped circle with a Couture Creations Scallop Circles Nesting Die  C0723041

Adhered it to the square mounted card, adding more of the same stamping  flowers which I coloured in with watercolour pencils. Adding this time some Pink Lace ULT157505 and Metal Trinkets ULT157500

So here is the links to both Ultimate Crafts magazine and also the Couture Creations catalogue HERE

Thanks for looking :)

Cheers Adriana XXX

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Upcyled Treasure Tin by Lesa Bird


Hello everyone
Welcome to February and my first post, using Ultimate Crafts NEW
Magnolia Lane Collection by our very own Sue Smyth.
I know Mothers Day is a while away, but it never to soon to start thing of it, so today I've created a "treasure tin" just for mum, using a old coffee tin.
First I chose a page from the 12x12 paper pad "Elegant Lady", cutting it in half, and attached it to the tin using 18mm double sided tape

As there is a small gap, at the top and bottom of the tin which I've covered it with pink cardstock. Next take a piece of Pink Decorative Lace, run 3mm double side tape along the center of the lace, fold it in half, run more tape along the folded edge and attach to tin

From the 6x6 paper pad, fussy cut the lady corner from the Elegant Lady paper adhere to tin using  foam and double sided tape, placing it over the larger Elegant Lady,
 layer flowers and butterflies from the Ephemera set using foam tape to add dimension.

to the large Lady image, add Couture Creations Adhesive Pearls - Pretty Pink, to her string of pearls, and head band, adding a small Cottage rose to complete her head band

diecut 5 Drifting Feathers from pink cardstock, ink the edges and place them behind the flower cluster 3 at one end and 2 at the other end

Place a couple of tassels for the Ephemera pack, along side the tassel in the pattern paper,
use foam tape for a little depth

Cut several flowers layers from the Floral Layers collection using Blue Eyed Daisy, ink the tip of each petal. Layer your flowers adding a dot of glue to create your flowers. Spray with a little water, bend petals into the center and when they dry reopen the flowers. 
Diecut some leaves from green cardstock and adhere the leaves and flowers to the lid of tin.

 I have added Couture Creation Gems, and Pearls to the flower centers. I glued onto wire some butterflies from the Ephemera pack, this creates a look of the butterflies hovering above the flowers

have fun with this beautiful collection

Products used

Couture Products

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