13 January 2018

LOVE Makes All Things Grow

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts 

Welcome to the weekend everyone. I hope you all get to create some time over the weekend.
Anita back with you again today sharing with you a very quick and easy layout using very minimal product from the C'est La Vie collection.  

For today's layout I used the 12x12 paper pad and the ephemera pack along with a chipboard title also from the collection.

To start today's layout I chose the Ivory cardstock from Ultimate Crafts.  This is such a lovely cardstock to use and the array of colours available is amazing.
I took my "Definitions" background stamp from the L'Aquarelle collection and stamped randomly around the edges in a brown in that matched the papers.  I then chose a second stamp from my stamp and added some more stamping to fill in the gaps.

Next I selected two pieces of patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad. The two strips measure approximately 9 1/2" x 2".  I mounted these on some of the Carnation pink cardstock.  Next I ink around all the edges in a matching brown, the same at I used for the stamping.

Next I mounted my photo on to some of the Paper Bag coloured cardstock.  My photo was printed on my Canon Selphy and I left a white border around it rather than mounting the photo on ivory/white cardstock.  I adhered some matching pink lace from my stash to the reverse of the photo that I had also mounted on to some chipboard to give it more depth.

I chose several flowers from the ephemera collection along with a tag, some leaves, a couple of butterflies and the banner strip.  Before permanently adhering the photo to the page I placed all the ephemera pieces under and around the photo and then attached them all down.
Using my 'wink of Stella' clear pen I added some glittery accents to some of the ephemera pieces.

Finally I covered the chipboard with some of the gorgeous Rose Gold Vintage Matte foil. It matched in beautifully.  The chipboard set also has a couple of little flowers with it.  I also foiled these and included them in amongst the ephemera.


C'est La Vie Collection

L'Aquarelle Collection
 ULT157798 - "Definitions" stamp set (discontinued)

Ultimate Crafts Cardstock
Other Artdeco Products

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to find some "ME" time to 
keep your craft alive.

Anita xx

8 January 2018

HOPE | Couture Creations

HAPPY 2018!!!!!!
Anita back with you today on the blog.

So who has made a resolution for this year??
More to the point, who has and has already broken it???
I answer "NO" to question one and therefore question two doesn't come in to it.

My philosophy is to go bigger and better than the year before.... so in saying that I am going to kick my craft out of the park :)

So.... in saying that my first post for 2018 is using the gorgeous new C'est La Vie range from Tina Higgins and Couture Creations.

 So my card is all about layers.  Starting with an 'ivory' colour card base using the Ultimate Craft Cardstock, I then selected the 6x6" papers that I liked for my card.  The 1st piece I attached I trimmed down by 1/4" and then distressed the edges.  The paper was the one with the words along the top and bottom of the page. 

Next I chose the stripe and cut it down  by 1",  created a banner from it and again distessing the edges, attaching it with double sided tape.

I then created two banners, a larger one in the really really pretty floral and a smaller one which I attached to the back of the floral one, in the spotty pink paper.

 The chipboard from this collection is really pretty so I took the C'est La Vie border and sentiment set and using the Champagne coloured heat activated foil, foiled the chipboard frame.

 Once all attached I took a couple of pieces of ephemera and attached them to the frame.  I also really like the fern chipboard from the collection so I wanted to use them too.  I inked them in a matching colour.  Too a little more texture to the card I added some white gauze under the flower cluster

You will notice a little glitter over a couple of the ephemera pieces. I used a 'Wink of Stella' pen to get this effect as I only wanted it very subtle. I inked up my white Couture Creations flowers with a matching pink.  I finished it off with a couple of smaller pale green flowers from my stash.


C'est La Vie Collection
CO725738 - 6x6" paper pad
CO725916 - 3 Ferns chipboard set
CO725918 - Framed C'est La Vie chipboard set
CO725739 - Ephemera Set

CO724289 - 2cm English Roses
CO724290 - 1.5cm English Roses
ULT200087 - Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Ivory

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Anita E

27 December 2017

"Say Cheese" | Couture Creations

Hi Everyone,

With the end of 2017 coming to a close I thought I would revisit the THE RITZ 
collection by Sue Smyth.  
I wanted to aim for a more male orientated theme with this photo of my brother Mark and his son Thomas.  The colourings in the photo fitted perfectly with the collection.  I think I hit the 
nail on the head, so to speak.

So, to start I chose the papers that I wanted to use with the photo, and cut the stripe at 6 1/2" along the horizontal and attached it with some double-sided tape on top of the other paper. 

To hide the seam I cut a 1/2" strip of some of the Obsidian Ultimate Crafts Cardstock and attached it over the seam of the papers as shown in the next photo.

Taking the Art Deco Tag decorative die from the collection I cut two die-cuts.  I then trimmed them down to two pieces shown below.  

Working from the outside edges, left and right, towards the centre, I adhered the trimmed down die cuts.  The two middle pieces will overlap but this will not matter as my photo and other embellishments will be placed over the overlapped die cuts. 

From one of the papers in the back of the paper pad I cut one of the border strips and added it underneath the 1/2" piece of black cardstock that I had earlier adhered over the 
seam of the patterned papers. Using the Classy Flower decorative die cut one in the Obsidian cardstock.  I cut this in half and attached it to the top left of the page.

 Using the Evening Cocktail 6x6" paper pad I took the gold stripe paper and die cut the 

 Next I chose 4 of the mini gears from the chipboard set and using the Champagne and Midnight Black heat activated foil applied it to the chipboard. 

Using a couple of other matching papers from the "Theatre" patterned papers I created three banners, each mounted on to some of the black cardstock.

 My photo was mounted on black (it already had a white mat around it when it was printed). I wrapped some white and black twine around the photo. Next I took the three banners I made and attached them around the bottom half of the photo. 

I added a paper doily from my stash underneath the die cut Otis doily and attached it to the back of the mounted photo. I then adhered the entire piece to my page.

I added some bling from my stash and then placed the gears to the page.

I added clusters of flowers and other embellishments to the bottom left of the photo, added a title and it was finished.  Not too girlie at all I don't think :)



The Ritz Collection

Other Couture Creations Products
CO725275 - Ornamental Affair Collection - Otis Doily - discontinued 
 (but there are heaps of other doily dies from Couture Creations available)

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope you all have a wonderful end to 2017 and a fantastic and safe start to 2018.  See you all back here soon.

Take care, and keep crafting.


18 December 2017

White Wedding | Couture Creations

Welcome back to the blog everyone.
For my layout today I decided to revisit some of the Ultimate Crafts 
older collection of OOH LA LA
I have a lot of dies from this collection in my stash and it is no wonder why, they are all just so so beautiful.
My mum asked me to make a special card for my brothers wedding so this is what I came up with.  I love using white with kraft cardstock and because it was for a wedding added a few hints of gold.

To start using the Snow White Ultimate Crafts cardstock I die cut one each of the Nested Labels and Intrinsic & Ornamental dies.

Next I cut in Kraft cardstock the card base to approximately 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".  From some of the offcuts I cut one of the 3rd smallest of the dies from the Fancy Rectangles nesting die set from Couture Creations.

I then cut each of the three different die cuts in half as below.

I then needed some foliage to add behind the flowers that I had decided to use for the centre of the card.  My favourite die for leaves come from the Magnolia Lane Collection.  It is from the Rose Cutting die set.  I cut four of the branches in the kraft cardstock.

I love feathers and just wanted to incorporate them somehow in this card but the feather die from the Ooh La La collection was just too big.  I found some wood veneer feathers in my stash.  I decided to heat emboss them.  The Couture Creations Glacier White superfine embossing powder is just perfect.  Once I had coated the wood in the white I then added some of the Mirror Gold embossing powder to the ends.

Now all my pieces were ready to go I then constructed the card.  
The larger of the two white dies, I mounted on some chipboard before adhering to the card base.  Next I added the kraft die cut followed by the smaller white die cut, again mounted on a little bit of chipboard offcut.  

Because there was a one inch piece in the centre of the card, to build it up I added a piece of chipboard offcut.  I did place a piece of kraft cardstock over the top of it to blend in better with the rest of the card.  (sorry no photo but you get the idea).

I then embellished the centre of the card with the leaf die cuts, added some sprays of white flowers from my stash along with the white flowers.  I added a couple of the gold bouquets from the 
Be Merry collection.


Ooh La La Collection

Other Artdeco Products

With Christmas now just one week away I am sending the best of Christmas wishes your way.  I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas.  May it be special and you have many wonderful memories that you can 'scrap' in 2018.