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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Classical Card by Patricia Basson

Hello again from me Patricia Basson...

Today I have created an elegant card for my posting on the Couture Creation Blog. I wanted to use my Die a little more than just as a cutting element and thus used it as a stencil to add some interest to my plain white card stock. 

Using a Dauber and some light Blue Distress Ink, I first stencilled the background using the Tied Together Die from the Momento Ornamental Lace Collection. Using papers from the Damask Delight Paper stack I also die-cut and cut a strip to use as a border. Using another patterned paper, I cut a second piece from which I only used the diamond shapes to add as elements. I have used some foam dots to add some dimension to these pieces.

Using the same paper as for the Diamonds, I die-cut the Heritage damask flourish. I first adhered some Gemstones and then embossed with clear embossing powder, resulting in the Gemstones being embedded in the embossing.
To create the frame I used two of the Nested Victorian Square frames, laying them asymmetrical to add some interest. In the back I used a stamped piece of white card stock. 

I also added some Embossing paste and a few glass beads and flowers...


Showing the die and dauber as used to colour my background paper.

The placement of the nested Squares to achieve my frame.

Using foam mounting tape allows for the frame to be lifted.

This handy tweezer with the LED light makes placing gemstones on ones project an absolute breeze! 

Thank you for viewing my project...I hope I have shown something new for you to try...Please visit the Couture Creations Shop were you will find the products I have used and many more.
Till next time, Happy Scrapping!

Products used on this card.
Sponge Daubers CO723623
Gemstones , Vintage Gold CO721990

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Irresistible by Tracey Cooley


Hi Everyone

Today I would like to share my 2nd ever mixed media layout... I have been inspired by all the wonderful mixed media artist everywhere including our very own mixed media guru's.. I am fairly happy with it but would love your feedback.
I first created my mixed media background with texture paste, embossing powder, stamps, spritz, walnut ink and gesso....Then I cut a strip of matching pattern paper and used 2 borders from the Couture Creations Momento Lace Die Chandeleirs Set. down each side. after touching them with a bit of gesso and chocolate embossing powder.
Then I tucked a ruffle underneath the bottom of the strip and under my photograph.
To make the ruffle I simply cut a Couture Creations Momento Lace Die Cappuccino and cut into the centre and around the edge of the first detail. then spritzed it with water to soften the fibres.
then I gently gathered the inner edge being careful not to fold the outer edge.
By gathering the inner edge your Lace die will become straight... Let your ruffle dry and run some Couture Creations Double Sided Tape along the gathered edge.
I added some gesso to the ruffle before adding to my Layout.
I did the same to my photograph to add some interest (not that my darling daughter is not interesting!)
I then added some flowers and used some Couture Creations Adhesive Gemstones and Pearls to make the centres pretty...
I then used the Couture Creations Secret Treasure Honeycomb Strip to add some honeycomb shapes around my layout and complemented them with some Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Nested Hexagons and some stickers.

Don't forget to Join Kerrie Gurney and myself tomorrow and Thursday for some $10 Couture Creations Classes at Photo Continental... We will be there all day both days and would love to see you!!
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Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit the Couture Creations blog!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Special Memories with Special People by Kerrie Gurney



Kerrie here
It is my turn on the Couture Creations Blog today I have finally printed out some of my favourite photos from my trip to South Africa and I love this one of us ladies. Not the best photo of us all but this was our first time meeting and we all went out on an adventure to Sandton to visit Nelson Mandela Square. This photo makes me happy as not only was I in South Africa with my Mum I got to meet these fabulous ladies, Amber Crowell, Trisha Ladouceur & Angela Lanoy ..we didn't know yet but we were about to have an amazing adventure together thanks to Glenda Viljoen

anyway onto my layout which I have used lots of Couture Creations products on

Start by cutting the striped piece of Sew Jo patterned paper down to 11.5" 11.5" and then distressed the edges of both the patterned paper and the Core'dinations cardstock using my scissors, using scissors helps get the edges really distressed.

next sprinkle some walnut ink crystals in some texture paste and mix in

then place the Tied Together die with the flat side down onto the bottom right side patterned paper 
and randomly smear into the pattern

carefully lift off and repeat on the top left side, set aside to dry

Die cut 3 of the Classical die using a cereal box, as you can see it cuts through easily 

pop the bits out

Add some Crystal Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to Gesso mix in and then paint the chipboard die cuts and set aside. This add a subtle touch of sparkle to your die cuts

die cut 1 x Sophia Stella die and emboss using Small Dots embossing folder, lightly ink edges using a Sponge Dauber

Using  the 3 middle sizes of the Sunflower Nesting Die die cut 2 of each size, cut sections into petals, spritz with water and scrunch to give dimension. lightly ink the edges with ink using Sponge Dauber
Assemble flower and add an embellishment to center

here is a look at all the dies I have used, I keep the dies I am using on one of the Magnetic Storage Sheets while I am working on a project, this way I don't misplace the dies. On the Cappuccino Ornamental Lace Die I have used double sided tape to keep the Quick Release Die Paper permanently on my die, making it easy to use and all those pesky bits fall straight out.

Once all pieces are dry, assemble layout.
I have also cut a measuring tape strip from Sew Jo Paper Pad ...finish off with some pearls

I lightly brushed the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard title with Gesso and then lightly sprayed with Walnut Ink, I also lightly sprayed the Classical Chipboard die cuts with Walnut Ink.

Other Products Used

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Happy Creating 

Friday, 25 April 2014

Hello I love You by Jowilna Nolte


Welcome to another Couture Creations post- this week I played with some more gorgeous die-cuts to add some simple elements to a double page layout. I love how simple it is to dress up your projects with a beautiful die-cut. The latest themes and designs are amazing and so versatile. I also used some gorgeous papers from the So Jew paper pad to add patterns and colours to my layout - I did combine it with some other patterns and colours for a beautiful and vibrant look.

I also added some embossing using this beautiful embossing folder from The Marriot Collection - Abbey Road. I used a printed card element and used only the top corner of the embossing folder to add texture to it. I then used my sponge dauber and some dye ink to lightly add colour to the top of the embossing highlighting only the selected area.

I used the Lady and Gentlemen dies and embossed them in a dark brown chocolate embossing powder for colour. I embossed them twice to give a nice solid colour and a smooth effect.

The Paddington street lamp was my other die-cut turned embellishment. I embossed it in the same dark brown embossing powder as the lady and gentlemen  but added some additional colour also using heat embossing. I also added some of the Couture Creations gemstones to my flowers - a girl can never have enough bling!

Here's how I added additional coloured embossing
1. die-cut the street lamp out of smooth white cardstock

2.emboss the lampshade using dark brown embossing powder. A detailed embossing powder works better because of the intricate details on the die.

3. use an alcohol based ink to colour coarse white embossing powder - i used a green colour. let the alcohol ink dry and evaporate - this means that you simply have to leave the embossing powder to dry really well before using it.

4. heat set the coloured coarse powder and see how it turns the lamp post into an old rusty metal with a great patina added to it over time.

see how one layer of embossing looks against a double layer of embossing - a nice smooth layer and well worth the effort.

I used these wonderful products from Couture Creations for my layout
CO723720  Glamour Days Intricutz Die, Devonshire Lady & Gentleman | 
CO723740 Glamour days Intricutz Die, Paddington Street Lamp

Anzac Day 2014...Lest we forget

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.
It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Stitched with Love Canvas by Sue Smyth


I love to make a mini canvas, this tiny little works of art
 can be a great way to try out a new technique, as well 
as making a sweet gift for someone.
The Glamour Days sewing dies are the perfect way
to make a sewing inspired canvas. 

To make the faux canvas, cut sturdy chipboard to 6 x 6 inches
cover entire surface with mesh tape, masking tape, canvas tape
and even muslin. Adhere with gel medium and allow to dry
Coat with gesso, dry and spray with coloured inks.

The dress form can be embossed with the existing pattern on
the die, by running through
your machine with a rubber mat, after cutting .
But you can also run the die cut through
your machine with an embossing folder for an
alternate pattern

For that aged look to the sewing machine, 
scissors and bobbin I have embossed with
silver embossing powder.

First cut the die out with light weight chipboard or 
recycled cereal packets.
This can be easily done with most of the Couture Creations 
Dies and makes a great way to produce
lots of your own chipboard shapes.

Cover surface with an Embossing medium stamp pad.
Remove shape to a clean sheet of paper.

Then sprinkle with embossing powder, the clean
sheet will mean you will not waste powder on the 
excess embossing fluid on the scrap paper.

Heat set to a high shine.
Handy Hint
Make your own aged embossing powder
just mix gold, black and silver fine embossing powder
together and store separately.

Handy Hint 
For a really high shine, emboss again 
when the first layer has cooled. 

Couture Creations Materials 


Happy Crafting 

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