8 December 2017

Wedding Congratulations

Hi Everyone,

Anita back here on the blog with you today.

I can't believe we nearly half way through December already.  CRAZY!!!!!!

For my post for your today I thought I would share with you a card I made for my younger brothers wedding.  Looking at it you would not know it was a wedding card, and I guess it could be used for any occasion.

The real reason I am sharing this with you is because I have found another technique that can be used with your GoPress and Foil machine.

You will have to follow through my tutorial to see exactly what it is but if you love your shabby chic card making or scrapbooking you will love what I have found for you.

So come on this journey today with me and check it out.

Okay, so to start I chose a very pale piece of pink cardstock and it cut it down to 6"x12" to make a square 6x6" card base.
Next I took some of the gorgeous Damask Gold Mirror Board and cut it down to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and adhered it to the card base.

Using the Damask Gold mirror board cut out two of the Nostalgic Narelle die from the Ornamental Lace collection of dies.

I attached the two die cuts along the top and bottom of the card base just along the straight edge.

OKAY...... now on to what I've found out!!!!!!!

So many of us have played with embossing or texture paste into silicone molds.
These molds are the same ones that cake decorators use with the fondant icing.

 I applied the embossing paste in to my chosen mold.  I love using the embossing paste because I tend to find that it dries quicker than the texture paste and remains a little more malleable.

I left it overnight to dry so that it came out of the mold cleanly.  If you try and take it out too early it will break and/or stick to the mold. PLUS be very careful taking it out particularly 
the more detailed ones.

 So this is just how pretty the mold it when you remove it from the silicone. 

So, I had been playing with my GoPress and Foil Machine and thought that we can pretty much foil most things so I thought, what about these gorgeous molded embellishments. The one I used is not thicker than a piece of normal chipboard so it had to work.... right??

I played and played and finally I got the result I was after.

So, as per normal heat up your machine.  
Place your chosen foil coloured side down towards the black heat pad, dull silver side facing up.  
Next, place your mold facing down on to the dull silver of the foil.

Now, I always have protected my plastic plate at the top of my machine with a cardstock shim, but found if I used this with the mold embellishment it stuck to the cardstock.  I think this was because of the heat being transferred through the embossing paste and making it slightly sticky for a small period of time.

So the end result was I used a piece of a 'stuffed' non stick mat which I had mistakenly cut with a craft knife.  I cut the mat down in to several different sizes and now one stays with my 
GoPress and Foil Machine.

The most important thing to remember is that pretty much as soon as you put the foil, mold and craft mat down you need to run it through the die cutting machine.  If you keep it too long on the heat plate I found that when you run it through the die cutting machine it squishes flat.  

It's all about speed for this one. I let it cool on the mat prior to pulling it off so that it became a little harder again.

So this is final result.  I had made the picture big so you can see just how gorgeous it came out.
I used the Champagne Iridescent Foil for this one. 

The foil doesn't get down in to the nooks and crannies of the mold but that is the whole point.
We want it to look 'shabby chic'.

I just love it!!!

So I now know you all want to go out and try it..... but let me finish my tutorial first :)
Okay, so next I cut the molded piece in half, and then glued it on to a piece of the pink cardstock, matted again on some of the Damask Gold mirror board.

I mounted this piece across the centre of the card and added some matching flowers to the centre of the mold.  To finish I made a matching envelope and added a Simone's Style die cut across the bottom of the envelope, adding another couple of flowers.  This die was also from the Ornamental Lace collection of dies.

It was a quick card and I love the new technique I discovered whilst playing.... now I just want to keep playing more and more making pretty things.


Okie Dokie, so I hope you loved the new technique with the GoPress and Foil Machine.

It is amazing what you can do with the machine.  Just use your imagination.

Thank you for joining me on the blog today. Don't forget to check back
tomorrow for some more wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.

Keep Creating

2 December 2017


Hi Everyone

I don't get much time to just scrap for myself, but I grabbed some inspiration from our wonderful PINTEREST and created this page .  

I love monochromatic pages and had fun playing with some of the gorgeous Dylusions paints which I have only just started to collect. I love the consistency of these paints and am looking to expand from my current four pots to many many more.

I only have three shades of pink in my collection along with white (of course) so this helped me make my extra shade.

Using a 1" wide flat brush I took generous amounts of paint and brushed them down the page to varying lengths.  In two spots down the page I did brush strokes of of glue and then scattered silver glitter across the glue.

Once the paint was dry I took some of the gorgeous Colour Blast colour paste in Lipstick along with one of the mini Kaisercraft stencils and added some texture to the background. Using the same colour Lipstick embossing powder I heat embossed my HAPPY title.  Once cool I added some wet glue (tombow) to the ends of it and add some more of the silver glitter.
Taking the Colour Blast  Spray in Lipstick (you will see I always get the entire colour set in Colour Blast) I scattered some small splats on the page.

My little wood veneer hearts and arrows were covered in some of the gorgeous Prima Art Alchemy paint in "Sparks".

I added some gorgeous venice lace under the photo before attaching it to the page.

A couple of gorgeous flower clusters never go astray of a pretty page.

I added some more highlights by stamping with a couple of different 49 and Market stamps, the "Gabi's Loose Threads" set which contained the circles and the "Gabi's Line Stitch" set which contained the lines of stitching. 
Finally there I added some enamel dots over the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Hopefully I will get back here again soon with another fun page :)


30 November 2017

Seasons Greetings

With Christmas just around the corner I have been making a stack of Christmas cards and today I thought I would share with you one using some of the gorgeous Christmas coloured foils available from your local papercrafting store.

The post I am sharing with you today is using a very simple technique but can be very effective both on your card and scrapbooking creations. 

I have a range of different widths of double sided tape in my stash and used these to make an array of stripes  across a 5"x7" card base.

I just did these messily across my card base and then once complete I trimmed the edges down.  This made is a lot quicker than to do the trimming on each strip down as I went.

Next I chose a gold and a red foil and snipped off a strip of each.  
I removed the paper off one piece of tape at a time prior to placing the foil over the top of the tape and rubbing it with my finger.
The foil adheres to the tape beautifully as in the image below.

Here is a photo of the finished card base.

 Next I cut a piece of vellum and using the Season's Greeting hotfoil stamp with the same gold foil added the sentiment to the bottom portion of the vellum.  
As I was going to layer flowers over the vellum I just used my normal double sided tape to the back of the vellum where the flowers would go to hold it in place.

Taking my 6x6" paper pad I selected one of the papers that had a nice array of poinsettias and fussy cut them out. Next I cut out two sets of the Christmas Branches decorative die from the Let Every Day Be Christmas collection in the Gold with Draft Lines mirror board.

I then layered the flowers and die cuts on top of the vellum using 3d foam dots and tape, added bling to the centre of the two smaller flowers and then added some red berries to the centre of the largest flower.

It is a very simple but very effective end result.  I hope you like it like I do.


Let Every Day Be Christmas

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Thanks once again for stopping by.

Until next time..... happy crafting :)



23 November 2017

My Heart - You Had Me At WOOF!!

For a long while now I have only posted creations that I have made using Couture Creations products.  With working long hours and other ad hoc priorities I find very little time for anything else other than DT commitments. 
Well, the other weekend I went away to a papercraft retreat with a bunch of friends and I finally got my mojo on with other products. 

I have to say I love playing with mixed media products and one of the scrapbooking layouts that I created was for a very special friend who had recently lost her number 1 furchild Murphy. 
I was very privileged to have met him and we got on like a house on fire, we bonded from the moment we met.  He was one hunk of a rottweiler and let me tell you each and every one I have met was exactly like him..... a huge big teddy bear.

When my layout was finished I placed it in a white frame and sent it to her. Well the result at the other end was exactly as expected. Tears, happy tears.

So let me share with you what I made.

My chosen mixed media products were Colour Blast.  I just love the quality of all of the products and the best part is that they are AUSTRALIAN MADE..... you can't get better than that!!!

I used the Dusty Charcoal paste with my chosen stencil.  I love the slight shimmer that the pastes have and how quickly they dry and you can continue with whatever project you are using them on.

My chipboard pieces were heat embossed using the gorgeous powders. The  negative piece of chipboard I used the Steel embossing powder and the chipboard 'heart' word was heat embossed using the Stormy Weather powder.

The photos just popped straight off the page.  With the white frame it looked amazing.

Thanks for taking a look at this post.

I am hoping to find more time to play with different products and get them on my blog for you to pop back and see.  

Keep your craft alive.



21 November 2017

Joyous Christmas Cards | Couture Creations

Hi Guys,

I have really enjoyed playing with the GoPress and Foil machine and have created many Christmas cards.  As much as I love traditional Christmas colours I also love the new brights that we are starting to see more and more of out and about.

Today I have two cards that I recently taught in a class setting, helping to get new owners of the foiling machine acquainted with it and hopefully 'wetting their appetite' for more.


My JOY  card used the stunning bright rose gold foil. 

 To create the background for my card I used some of the Anna Griffin Embossing Paste from Couture Creations and one of the stencils. I have to say that the embossing paste is my favourite from the mixed media collection as it dries so quickly and has a wonderful fluffy texture.  

Once dry, normally around two hours, I then added the foil.  Just be careful because if you foil it too soon without the paste setting properly the heat from the GoPress and Foil machine with 'squish' the embossing paste flat and you will lose the nice details of the stencil.

The 'JOY' decorative die is from the Let Every Day Be Christmas range and mounted on 3D foam dots,  and the doily is from the Bohemian Bouquet collection. 

I added some white seam binding along with a fabric flower and a 
few baubles and the card was done. 


For the Merry Christmas card I decided to use the green mirror finish foil.
I used the Couture Creations A6 white card bases to create the card, adding a card front in a piece of cardstock from my stash to match my chosen foil. Next I cut down a piece of white card and using the Holly Frame decorative die, hotfoiled the die onto the white card.  
I chose the Merry Christmas hotfoil stamp from the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas collection and hotfoiled it on to a piece of white card, snipped in the right side of the card and then mounted it on to another piece of the green cardstock.  Using the Holly decorative die I cut two out with my GoCut and Emboss machine.

 The Merry Christmas tag that I made to get the curl in it I adhered it using a hot glue gun, adding my holly diecuts to the left side.  Finally I added some organza ribbon, a contrasting pink flower and then added the 2mm gemstones to points on the holly branch die that I hotfoiled.


Let Every Day Be Christmas

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Bohemian Bouquet

 Thank you for stopping by and checking out my two cards. 
Don't forget to come back for some more inspiration from the Design Team.

14 November 2017

Smile | Couture Creations

Hi Everyone,  I had so much fun making this layout using the Let Every Day Be Christmas range from Couture Creations.   You will see it isn't even a Christmas layout.  

My girlfriend Tracey and I recently went to a Thermomix day in Brisbane and got to try some yummy goodies, chocolate mini cupcakes being one of the many treats. We actually went there prior to heading to our QPAC theatre at South Bank to see KINKY BOOTS which was amazing I might add.

This is such a nice photo I just had to scrap it.  The colours matched perfectly with the collection and I really do love using it for non-chrissy crafty items.

 To start I just chose one of my many favourite papers from the collection along with a snow white piece of Ultimate Crafts cardstock and the ephemera pack.

I cut a piece of the patterned paper to 4 1/2" x 9". Then added some strips of the cypress pine green Ultimate Crafts cardstock to the back on a angle as below. I then adhered it to approximately the centre of the white cardstock.

 Next I went through the ephemera pack and took out several pieces that were not Christmassy and adhered them to bottom 1/3 of the page. I used the gorgeous flower and branch pieces along with one of the borders that I snipped in half.

I decided after using the ephemera that I need to use the Christmas Branches die to add a further layer to the cluster in the bottom right corner. I used some of the Cypress Pine cardstock to cut out the die twice for my page.

Next I added flowers from my 'stash' that matched in with my colour scheme and then finished it off with several small enamel coloured dots, added a title inked in a matching colour, and drew a freehand line around the edge of the cardstock.

Simple, but effective and very quick which is even better. 

Below are some more closeups of the finished page.


Let Every Day Be Christmas Collection
CO725508 - Christmas Branches Decorative Die
CO725493 - Ephemera Set
CO725489 - 12x12" Paper Pad

Other Artdeco Products
ULT200001 - Snow White Cardstock
ULT200031 - Cypress Pine Cardstock

Thank you once again for stopping by.  
Take care until next time and remember to find time to enjoy your passions.