2015 Design Team introducing Cindy Porter


I am married to my wonderfully supportive husband Bill and we live in Melbourne, Victoria with our furbabies Cleopatra (Cleo) and Henri (both kitty cats). 
I am a Mixed Media Artist, Craft Designer, Educator and Scrapbooker. My Mission in life is to Create and Educate. I have been paper crafting for over 19 years and in that time have had the privilege of becoming a Fully Certified Ranger Educator, Copic Certified Instructor/Designer, and published designer. I have been teaching in Australia for the past 12 years, and have been lucky enough to have had the privilege to teach overseas on numerous occasions. 
 In my spare time I love to ride my Harley Davidson, there is nothing that compares to that feeling of freedom, except designing and teaching.
Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity and I am really looking forward to working with you….
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Hi everyone, it's Cindy here with my very first blog post for Couture Creations.... I'm so excited to be here and share my first project using the fabulous Vintage Rose Paper collection and some of this years gorgeous die releases.

 Since being selected for this team, I have learnt something I didn't know about the Couture Creations dies, and no it's not how fabulously they cut, lol, I already knew that.... it is that the majority of them are limited editions... once they are gone they are gone.... so you need to order your favourite dies from your local supplier, asap to make sure you don't miss out!

So onto my project, for my first share I created a layout "Disneyland"... this is a pic of the seven dwarfs water feature in the happiest place on earth...

Now, onto the details...

I started by die cutting 5 borders using "Simone's Style" border die from green cardstock, 2 doilies using the "Keepsake Kandy" die from the Vintage Rose paper and 2 decorative corners using the "Malvoisie Corners" die also from the Vintage Rose paper.

Aren't they just gorgeous.... and sitting on my lovely new cutting mat... I love that this cutting mat is double sided (black on the other side) and that it has a lovely scalloped edge and is bigger than 12 x12"... and if that isn't enough, it even has inspirational sayings around the edges, simply fabulous.

I chose the "green florals"  page as by background which I cut down to a 10" square, this let me edge all sides with the die cut border, ensuring to mitre the corners for a neat finish.

I then clear embossed a script stamp onto the background for a little extra texture.

Next I went about creating a rosette for the layout using the last green die cut border...

I used the paper trimmer along with the scoring tool to carefully score the die cut at 1/4" intervals along the full length of the die cut...

 then glue the start to the end.... this is where I discovered the truly awesome new Turbo Precision Glue Pen....  WOW! what can I say, those who know me well, know that I have been a lover and advocate of "the purple glue" as we have nicknamed it... but no longer is this my go to glue... I have found the ultimate replacement, and it already comes in it's own easy to use fine nib applicator.... love love love it... can't rave enough about how fantastic it is... it is a must have product...  
Ok rave over, back to creating a rosette; and as when creating any rosette, gently press the straight edge together in the center and use a button to hold it all in place.... doesn't this die create a gorgeous rosette.... definitely worth the fiddling with the scoring.

Next I used a couple of the different green printed pages from the Vintage Rose Garden 6x6" pad to create a couple of tags (5 1/2" x 3") and then embossed them using the "Music of the Heart" and the "Lilliputana Curtain" embossing folders.

 Once embossed I inked them up and put in an eyelet and some ribbon.

So from here I put my page together.
I inked all my pieces using the sponge daubers and bundled sage distress ink, I added some cotton thread underneath my photo and used some 12mm foam tape to mount the music tag and the photo to give some extra dimension to the finished layout.

Here are some more close ups....

 I embossed some chipboard letters to create my title.

 I used the corner die cuts on opposite corners.

and one last close up of the general placement.

I hope you've enjoyed my first post and would love to hear your feedback...
thanks again for joining me today.

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till next time
happy creating
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