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Monday, 24 July 2017

Merry Christmas by Katrina Thompson


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Hello and Welcome. Today I am sharing my last, in a set of 3 Christmas cards, using the beautiful new Let Every Day Be Christmas range created by Tina Higgins. For this card I have created a Step Card with a centre display.
I love this style of card and this one can easily be created in 30mins, including cutting your own template. Having the centre display allows you to showcase the design elements and for this card I have incorporated Hotfoil Stamping, the A4 Paper Pad and Ephemera. I hope you enjoy. K





Using the Matte Gold Foil board I have cut the new Merry Christmas Decorative Die.

Using the new Ornate Christmas Frame Hotfoil Stamp, I have foiled the satin finish blue over the Matte Gold Foil board and trimmed around the outer and inner edges to create a frame.


With the Die cutting and foiling complete I have selected a few pieces from the Ephemera collection. I have trimmed around the outer edges to enhance the images and one placing them on the card I decide which leaves I might trim off to fit the design and the frame.


I have used a sheet of the A4 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock in Snow White to create the Step Base.
I have made the width of this card 14.70cm. The centre panel being 9.7cm and the 2 side steps being 2.5cm each. Use the entire length of the cardstock, which when scored in half will be 14.8 cm. This gives a nice proportion with plenty of room to create on your centre display.


I found these 2 prints from the A4 Paper Pad to blend well, while giving a good contrast in colour.
Using the dimensions from my Step Base I cut the panels accordingly, giving a 2mm edge all around. Consider which design elements from the A4 papers you wish to feature, ie. I wanted the bird centred on the main panel and the floral pieces matching in placement for the 2 side panels.


Once cut, I inked around the edges in a coordinating colour. Using a dauber will ensure a soft effect.
                                            Attach flat to each of the panels ready to embellish.


As pictured, attach your frame central over the bird image and the smaller cluster of flowers in the top right corner. Cut the set of 2 large white roses to separate each flower. Attach the smaller half rose in the bottom left corner of the frame area and the larger full rose I have attached to the inside of the card to carry the design through the card. Attach the final ephemera flower and foliage piece overlapping the half rose, then the Merry Christmas to finish.


Thankyou so much for looking. Now the Christmas Card Trio is complete and I am looking forward to sharing a new creation soon.  


Happy Creating, K x


 PRODUCTS USED





Saturday, 22 July 2017

VINTAGE STYLE by Guest Designer Annette Gearside


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Hello everyone,welcome, thank you for calling by, 
 It's Annette  here sharing two masculine cards made from 
'THE RITZ COLLECTION' titled 'GATSBY' designed by Sue Smyth.
 Sometimes it is so difficult to create masculine cards, 
however this range had fantastic images to use. 
I immediately fell for the vintage cars, so luxurious looking, so elegant in design... 

CHEERS

Built on a black base I added abstract tulip design paper,
corrugated card, black & gold striped strip under knotted string, 
metal cogs and a clock face add interest. 
Cutting around the car, I then fussy cut the men & mounted them on foam tape so they appear to be gazing longingly over a high wall. the full picture was then double mounted on kraft & black  The title was stamped on kraft card, mounted on black card.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
Using the same paper & corrugated cardboard as previous card, 
I again added cogs  & knotted string.
Double mounting the masculine image in kraft & black, fussy cut the car and  stamped the title to complete the card. 

Deciding not to leave the ladies out  I created a step card featuring a very fashionable lady dressed for a day out 

BEST WISHES
The card is cut in black, two sides are first covered in gold mirror board, then featured the diamond design paper and added amber gems, 
Best wishes was cut from the embellishment sheet in the 12 x 12 pack 

PRODUCTS USED:
Ultimate crafts 12 x 12  paper pad  ULT 157826

 I hope you have been a tiny bit inspired to play with this very versatile paper pad 
 Happy Scrapping
Annette 

  







Friday, 21 July 2017

Let Every Day NOT Be A Christmas Layout by Julie Schinkel


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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing a layout I created using the Let Everyday Be Christmas collection from Couture Creations. This is a simple layout to show how you can use the beautiful ephemera and dies to create a non Christmas layout.


For this layout base, I've taken a piece of Ultimate Crafts Ivory Cardstock, worked out placement for my photo and embellishments, then lightly traced around them in pencil. This would be my guide for mixed media placement. Next, I've taken a stencil and lightly added some of the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Embossing Paste onto the page, following the penciled outline. This will create a "frame" around my photo and embellishments. I've then sprinkled some Couture Creations Chunky Gold Crystals Embossing Powder over the embossing paste and allowed to air dry before using the heat gun to set. I wasn't worried about being too careful with the stenciling as I wanted to create a random, distressed look. This is the result



Next, following the embossed patten, I've randomly stamped around the page page. I've mostly used the "Postcard" stamp from the Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Lane "Magnolia Lace" Stamp Set as it's perfect for this technique. All stamping has been done using black archival ink.


I then took a die cut of the Let Everyday Be Christmas Christmas Baroque Background Die in ivory cardstock and an Ultimate Crafts Ooh La La Collection Heart Doily. I cut one third from the bottom left of the die cut and onr third from the right of the doily. Both pieces were also edged with gold ink to tie in with the ephemera pieces. These will form the mat for your photograph and adhered onto the layout as shown below.


Next, I took two large pieces from the Let Everyday Be Christmas Ephemera Pack and inked around the edges with gold ink. I adhered these two pieces in an "L" shape using foam tape to form the main embellishment feature on the layout. My apologies, I thought I had taken a photo of them placed on the layout but didn't. You'll be able to see the placement in the full layout photo.


I've then taken one of the Couture Creations Camden Beaded Cottage Flowers and lightly added some Couture Creations Glitzen Glamour in Aztec Gold. I did this by squeezing some product onto my finger and lightly dabbing the flower. I've done the same with the other flowers on the layout which are the Couture Creations Camden Cottage Roses and the Couture Creations Tie Dyed & Jewelled Flowers. I've adhered the flowers using both Couture Creations Craft Glue Spots and 3D Glue Spots.


I have used an alcohol marker to colour the stone and add some colour and dimension to the jewelled flower. I decided to add some more diecuts so I've used both the Let Everyday Be Christmas Winter Corner Mini Die and the Let Everyday Be Christmas Stained Glass Mini Die, cut from ivory cardstock and inked with gold ink. The corner die cut was placed on the bottom right under the floral embellishments. Some gold stems from the Couture Creations Be Merry & Classic Gold & Silver Bouquets were added to both flower clusters to add a pop of gold and also tie all of the gold in together.


The stained glass die was cut in half and placed on the layout as show in the photos below.



I can't do a project without bling so I've randomly added some Couture Creations 2mm Gemstones in Champagne and Couture Creations 3mm Pearls in Glamorous Gold. To finish, I added some bits of trims from my stash to complete the layout.






Other Products:
Gold Ink
Archival Ink
Stencil
Yellow/Gold alcohol marker
Background/Texture stamps
Trims from stash



Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.
Until next time.
Happy Crafting!





Thursday, 20 July 2017

#TBT - It's a Beautiful Life by Couture Creations


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Welcome to #TBT.  This week we are showcasing the It's A Beautiful Life set of dies.
Do you have party invites to make, a special birthday or wedding card to make or even a card to welcome a new baby?  Well this is the collection for you.  
It is a collection of 30 dies covering all occasions.










Enjoy some inspiration from our Design Team members.














These are all still available for purchase from your local papercraft store.  




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