26 February 2018

The Best is Yet to Come | Couture Creations

Hiya Everyone.
I taking a journey back today using Bohemian Bouquet from Ultimate Crafts. I wanted to make a striking yellow and white card and Bohemian Bouquet has some pretty patterned papers in the colours I wanted. 
Couture Creations has just released a new range of Hotfoil Stamps called Everyday Sentiments and I am showing one today.

Here is a look at the bits and pieces I have put together to create my card.

So to start I cut myself a 6x12" piece of the white Ultimate Craft cardstock and scored it at 6" to create my 6x6" card base.  Next I cut one of my patterned papers to 5 3/4" square and distressed the edges before inking the edges with a matching yellow ink.  I then selected a second patterned paper and cut it to 5 3/4" x 3" again distressing the edges and inking in yellow ink.

I die cut one of the Bohemian Bouquet Laced Petals dies in the Snow White cardstock.  Again I inked the edged and then snipped it in half. Using the Vintage Matte Gold ink I hotfoiled the sentiment on an offcut of the Snow White cardstock, snipped in one long edge with scissors and then once again distressed the edges and inked them with the yellow ink.

Next I adhered them to the card base. And all that was left to do was embellish with my chosen flowers in a cluster, add the die cut and add the sentiment.  My last finishing touch was adding some of the small gold pearls to the card.

Here are a few closeups of the card.


Bohemian Bouquet

Be Merry

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back and join us again tomorrow.

Ciao for now,

17 February 2018

Wishing you a Bunch of Flowers | Couture Creations

Welcome to Friday everyone, I hope you have had a great week even if you were working like me.

I am continuing with the gorgeous C'est La Vie collection.
My card today was creating using off cuts from my 12x12" paper pad.  It shows
how you can ensure you make the most out of your paper pads.

For this card I made a 6x6" white card base.  You can resize it to any size depending on the off cut paper pieces that you have .

After making the card base, I selected a range of papers and cut them to 2x2" in size.

Next I destessed all the edged and placed them on the card base just to get an idea of how I wanted the card to look.

I then adhered them all down, making that when I attached the double sided tape that I didn't go right to the edge so that once all pieces were attached, using my fingers I could distress the edges more. 
The next picture shows the extra distressing along with two pieces of decoupage flower attached with 3D foam mounting tape.

To finish off I just went to town with my flowers to make it very pretty.
Sorry for the hot glue gun threads.... I thought I got them all.


C'est la Vie Collection

Thanks for stopping by... hope to see you again soon.
Keep crafting :)

Anita E

7 February 2018

Stop and Smell the Roses | Couture Creations

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts  

Good Morning Everyone,

Having pretty papers to play with makes creating so much easier.  I love the C'est La Vie collection and am really enjoying doing layouts with the 12x12 paper pad. This latest one is of me with my gorgeous niece Sabine and some Snapchat fun :)

I decided for this layout that I needed to mute the patterned paper that I used to base my layout around.  To do this I chose to use the Anna Griffin/Couture Creations Acrylic Gesso.  I did a light coat to the paper and allowed it to dry.

This 2nd photo shows how much softer the paper looks.

I added some texture to the background using one of the Anna Griffin/Couture Creations stencils with the beautiful fluffy embossing paste.  This embossing paste is my go to for adding texture to my pages.  It is a beautiful white and more importantly it dries so quickly which is fantastic as it doesn't slow me down to much when I am on a roll with my creating.

 Next I took a selection of patterned papers and transformed them in to banners of differing widths and lengths.  I muted the edges with a matching pink ink.

Below is a rough placement of how I wanted the papers to look before I adhered them to the page.

I added a paper doily to the sides of banners to bring in some white to the page.  
This really popped in the finished page. I also added a largish paper doily from my collection.

Once this was done I mounted my photo on to a soft green/blue Ultimate Crafts cardstock called Charming, again softening the edges with the pink ink and then just added a die cut (discontined) in the same green behind the photo (cut in half), overlapping the paper doily.

Once my photo was attached to the page, I added some bling and my flower cluster.  The two butterflies at the top were fussy cut from one of the pieces of paper.

To finish it off I chose a chipboard title from the C'est La Vie collection, Stop and Smell the Roses.  This one was hotfoiled using the Champagne coloured foil.

I hope you like it.

29 January 2018

C'est la Vie "Love" card | Couture Creations

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts

Hi Everyone,

I am so glad you stopped by.  I have been lucky to have the new C'est La Vie collection on my desk lately and have created another gorgeous card for today.  A girl can never have too many cards in her collection.  I love layers and I love using them on my cards.

So let's go.

For my card I used a white A6 card base. Each patterned paper I chose from the 6x6" paper pad I distressed the edges of.  I covered the front of the card in my chosen paper.  Next I attached a strip of a darker contrasting paper and attached it to the left of the card.

I next layered one of my absolute papers to another patterned paper, again distressing the edges.  I created a banner tab. I added some 3D foam tape to the reverse and adhered it a little off the right side of the card and a little lower than in the middle of the card.  I had some gorgeous pink lace to add to it in my stash.

 The ephemera in this collection is gorgeous.  I selected one of the branches from the pack and it had a really little butterfly perched on one of the branches.  I am not a big one for sticking everything down totally so just glued it down on the stem.  This helps give it a more 3D and real effect to the individual pieces.
The white flower I chose for the card I blended the edges of the petals in a matching pink ink.  Once I had these adhered to the card I added a couple of matching green mini flowers from my collection. To finish I tucked one of the cute ephemera birds into the flower and put one of the word sentiments on 3D foam tape in the bottom right corner.


C'est la Vie Collections

Other Couture Creations Products
CO724289 - 2cm English Roses
CO724296 - 6cm Camden Cottage Roses
CO724294 - 4cm Tie Dyed & Jewelled Florettes

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be back again tomorrow for some more inspiration.



26 January 2018

"Thomas and Friends" with Pion Design

Hey Guys

I don't get much time to play just for myself so when I do I really really make sure I love the end result.  I became an auntie again in February of 2017 to a gorgeous nephew Thomas.

I call him 'a new beginning' for my brother. A new chapter in his life and a son :)

The photo in this layout is of my parents with Thomas on the day he was born.
All I can say is........ LOOK AT THAT HAIR!!!!!

Today I actually have two layouts to share using the Theodore and Bella paper range from PION
It is such a beautiful collection of papers with shades for both boys and girls.  I love the neutral colours along with the greens and blues for us doing boy pages.

For the first layout I actually was scanning Pinterest and found a card made using these papers.  I took the sketch from the card and increased it to make this layout.

For the second layout, the photo was of Thomas only a couple of days after he was born.  
The smile on this little boys face is just so so adorable.  He makes you smile.

For this layout I have to admit that I did some fussy cutting.  I know not many people love it but I do.  I think it is therapy.  I guess I like the way I do it because it is quite quick as I leave a small border around the outer edge.  This also allows you to ink it and not go over the actual images.

Well thank you for stopping by.  

Until next time......


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