17 August 2016

Magnolia Lane Shaker Card

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Hi Everyone,  I thought I would share with you some shakers cards I created using the Magnolia Lane collection by Susanne Smyth that recently featured on the Couture Creations blog.  I hope you enjoy my creations.

To start I selected one of the panels that I liked from the Poetical Labels patterned paper.  Okay, I admit it I love every single one of them so I wasn't short of one to chose from :)

You will find that the panel is not wide enough to go behind the frame that you cut out next.  I added a small strip of matching patterned paper to the left side. It will be covered by the embellishments and dies you add to the outside of the frame later.
 I then used the largest two dies from the Rectangle Nesting Dies and cut out a frame using the Ultimate Craft Obsidion cardstock. So that the frames did not move when I ran it through GoCut and Emboss machine, I placed a post-it note over the two dies as per the photo below.

 The next step was to cut out a piece of the Couture Creations Acetate Sheets just big enough to be adhered to the back of the black cardstock frame.  Attach some of the 3D foam strips around the inside back of the frame on the acetate making sure there are no gaps or your sequins could fall out.

Prior to removing the backing paper from the 3D foam strips add a mixture of matching coloured sequins then remove the backing paper from the foam strips and attach your chosen panel.  Don't do what I did first time around and put it back to front.  Make sure you chose panel can be seen through the acetate sheet.

I made a 5 x 7" card base in the Obsidion cardstock from Ultimate Crafts.  I chose the Magnolia Borders patterned paper as this was similar to the panel that I chose and cut it to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" so that I could see a good border of black behind the patterned paper.
Next, I attached the shaker to the patterned paper and attached a seam binding ribbon across the top securing it on the reverse side of the patterned paper.  You can then glue the patterned paper to your card base.

I am still loving the Couture Creations Bulk Flowers.  I sprayed two of the Camden Cottage Roses with a bright pink spritz.  Next spray the flowers with adhesive and scatter with white or crystal glitter over the adhesive.  Once dry, using glue dots, attach to the top corner of the black frame. The flowers just come up so beautiful.

Whilst my flowers were drying a little I quickly cut out the Tassels die in Precious pink, again from Ultimate Crafts, to use as a trail down the left hand side of the black frame.  It also hid the seam where I widened the back panel.  I added a few of the small 2mm Onyx gemstones to the tassel and then attached it to the black frame at the top using glue dots. Finally I added some 2mm Wisteria gemstones to the corners of the frame, a couple of small black flowers and a sentiment to finish.

As an added bonus I have also recreated the card using the SEA BREEZE collection by Denise Boddey.  This one is perfect for Father's Day which is just around the corner.

Magnolia Lane Card

Sea Breeze Card



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5 August 2016

Pinks and blues... and Seashells too

Hi Everyone, I created a gorgeous card using the Sea Breeze papers and dies, teamed up with some of the beautiful flowers and using one of the Anna Griffin range of stencils designed for Couture Creations.

Have you tried the new Couture Creations card bases yet? They are wonderful.  It is great that you get prescored card bases and matching envelopes in a set of 50.  There are several different sizes and colours to choose from, white, cream and kraft, square rectangle and long.

For this card I used one of the white square card bases.
I selected two matching prints from the 6" paper pad,  A Windy Beach and Deep Seas and Whirling Winds
Cut down the Deep Seas and Whirling Winds paper to just slightly smaller than the card base and distress the edges. With the A Windy Beach piece cut off opposing corners of the paper and distress the edges.  See my picture below.

Next cut out two of the Sandy Border diesusing a coordinating peachy pink cardstock to match.
I have just gotten hold permanently of one of the new Couture Creations Go Cut and Emboss machines.  Oh my goodness!!! They are just so beautiful to work with.  The cut on it with the dies is phenomenal. It is so light and now takes pride and place on my craft desk.
Next, attach the two die cuts Sandy Border to the reverse of the A Windy Beach paper.
Attach the spot paper now with the dies adhered to it on to the square patterned paper.  See below.  Once adhered trim off the excess of the Sandy Border that overhang the edges.  Then adhere to the card base.

Next, I took my Anna Griffin stencil, Arabesquie, and with some texture paste add some elements to the corners of the spotted paper.  I had some matching coloured texture paste in my stash but if you only have white you can colour it with powders or inks. Set it aside to dry.

I then took one of my Cottage Pollen large flowers and four of the small 3cm Tie Dyed and Jewelled Florettes flowers and inked them in matching colours.  For the large Cottage Pollen flower I used both a teal ink for the edges and a salmon/peach pink for the centre.  For the small Tie Dyed and Jewelled Florettes I inked the edges in the teal ink.  I then totally soaked the flowers in a pearlised mist so that the inks soften and they got a gorgeous finish to them.  To speed the drying process up I blasted them with my head gun.  You will see how lovely they look in the closeup photos.  I also grabbed a couple of other flowers from my stash and inked them in the salmon/peach ink and used the pearlised mist on them too.

To finish the card I added the flowers in between the two stenciled accents and added a couple of white sprays in amongst the flowers and I was done.
When making my cards now I hold off with a sentiment on the front until I have the need to use it for someone.  I then have a myriad of cards to chose from and only need to put a fitting sentiment on the front.

Products Used
CO724651 - Sea Breeze - 6" paper pad
CO724696 - Sea Breeze - Sandy Border
CO724293 - Bulk Flowers - Tie Dyed and Jewelled Florettes
CO724295 - Bulk Flowers - Cottage Pollen
CO724824 - GoCut and Emboss Machine
CO724884 - Anna Griffin Stencils - Arabesque
CO724845 - Square White Card Base
CO721984 - 12mm Double Sided Tape
CO723816 - Craft Glue Dots

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27 July 2016

Dream Big

 Hi Everyone, hope you are having a wonderfully crafty week.  
I am sharing with you one of, I would have to say, my favourite layouts that I have done in a long time.  It is showcasing the wonderful Sea Breeze collection that has not only wonderful dies, but also papers, embossing folders and embellishments.  It is the perfect packaged set.

 TO START I selected one of the gorgeous papers in the Collection Paper pack and using a sunburst stencil and texture paste added some some highlights to the paper.

If you want the drying process to speed up use your heat gun, however be careful so that the paper doesn't buckle.  If it does, I find turning the paper over and warming it up helps bring the paper back into shape again.
I then chose a couple of pearlised/shimmer sprays to spritz over the paper.  Below are a couple of photos that show how pretty the paper looks once spritzed.

Next I chose a selection of papers from both the 12" and 6" paper pads that matched in with the background paper I chose. I tore some and cut others and then inked the edges.
 After mounting my photo on some white cardstock, I then took the photo and my bundle of patterned papers and layered them to see how I like the look together.  So that I didn't forget the finished layering I took a quick photo .

I can't help myself when it comes to the Couture Creations flowers, and this layout was no different. I love the Cottage Pollen flowers and those centres, yum, but didn't want the entire flower, so I just used the centre petals.  Keep the rest as you just need to add a bit of bling or embellishment to the centre and you have another larger flower for another layout.
I inked around the edge of my now smaller flower.  See the before and after flower below. I made two for this project.

I fell in love with the Seashells dies and just had to use them in this layout.  I only chose one of the seashells to use along with the starfish.  I cut out two of each in two coordinating colours. Next I glued them done on to the alternative colour and fussy cut around each of them.

How gorgeous do they look!!!!
 Finally just put it all together.  I glued all the paper down and mounted my photo on mounting tape to make it pop.  I added a couple smaller flowers and heat embossed my title, added a metal charm and one of the cabochons and I'm done.

 I hope you like what I've created.
Below are some more close ups of the layout.

Products Used

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Anita xx


19 July 2016

5 Today

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Hello Hello, I am really enjoying this cooler weather here in Brisbane, and I know it sounds strange but it has boosted my creative streak.  I have been playing quite a bit lately using the new releases from Couture Creations and today I am sharing with you a layout I have created using the 
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE collection of dies.  As my layout is from my niece Lilli's 5th birthday party I have used the balloons and cupcake dies.

From my paper stash I selected a background paper and some matching plain papers that matched my photo.  I think spritzed the background paper in a yellow and a pink shimmer spritz.

From the four matches plain papers cut out the two cupcakes in each of the colours.  I took the cupcakes that I die cut and sprayed them with adhesive and then sprinkled them with glitter and 
set them aside to dry.  I also cut out four of each colour in the balloons and used added a little bit of crystallina glitter glue to the balloons with my fingers to keep it minimal. You will notice when die cut the balloons there are two little stars.  I kept them as I attached them over the finished layout.

Once dry I added glue to the bottom edges of the cupcakes and attached them to the left side of my base paper.  I don't like to totally glue the die cuts down as leaving parts of it 'loose' it gives the page more dimension.  You will be able to see this in a couple of the closeups below. I then added some of the balloons throughout the cupcake dies.

I mounted my photo on foam tape and added the finishing touches to the page.   
Below are a few closeups of my finished page.

 CO724514 - It's a Beautiful Life - Cherry Cupcake
CO724511 - It's a Beautiful Life - Birthday Cupcake
CO724510 - It's a Beautiful Life - Balloon Corner
CO721971 - Glitzn Glamour Glitter Glue - Cyrstallina
CO721963 - 18mm Foam Tape
CO724389 - Turbo Precision Tip Glue Pen

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