18 October 2017

Happy Memories | Artdeco Creations

 Hi Everyone, Anita back with you again today on the blog.  

For my post today I thought I would share with you a fairly quick layout that I have created using the Bohemian Bouquet from Ultimate Crafts and designed by Denise Boddey.
It is such a beautiful collection and today my focus was more on the papers and layering.

This photo is of my brother and his gorgeous two children Sabine and 
Thomas celebrating Father's Day this year.

My layout was pretty quick to put together.  Once I had the idea of what I wanted to do in my head and had chose my patterned papers it came together within 1 hour.

I chose the green and white damask paper to use as the base for my layout and then chose patterned papers that I like the matched with each other.  
The smaller pieces I decided to distress the edges using my Couture Creations non stick scissors as I find it easier to control.  In saying that I do tend to get a little heavy handed and can sometimes tear the paper, but I love that and make the most of the tears to add another feature to the layout.

Above is how I layers all the papers together prior to adding my photo and the embellishments.
I matted my photo on a small piece of snow white cardstock to give a tiny white border and then added a cherry cola cardstock mat under then white, then mounted it all on to a piece
of chipboard to give more depth.

I added a chipboard title from the 1st release chipboard collection from 
Couture Creations "Happy Memories" and hotfoiled it with the Chocolate foil.

I finished it off with an array of flower clusters and a few enamel dots and the layout was complete.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Ciao until next time.


4 October 2017

Capturing the Moment | Artdeco Creations

Hi Eveyone, I thought i would share with you today a double layout that I created for a recent class that I taught here in Brisbane.

I love the Bohemian Bouquet collection however this time I wanted to nicely match the papers to the photos series that I had and for this layout I wanted to use a couple of the 'other side' patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad.

I love the blue and white patterns in the paper pad so made blue the feature colour of my layout with a small pop of bright pink.

My layout used the damask blue and white patterned paper as well as the blue and white leaf paper.  I also chose the piece that had the yellow sunflowers around the outside.  I cut out the middle where the large white and blue damask was.
All three patterned papers became my layers papers.

My two pages also incorporated embossed cardstock.  For the white embossed piece I took a matching blue ink pad and lightly dragged it across the cardstock so the ink only took on the raised parts. On the pink embossed cardstock I used a sanding block to lightly bring out the pattern more.

For both my white and blue die cuts, I backed them with alternate colours.  I also inked all my patterned papers with the matching blue ink so soften the edges. I also did this around both the layout base cardstock.

I love little clusters of flowers and embellishments and used several across the double page.

My love for the Go Press and Foil machine continues and I hot foiled my chipboard in Sea Breeze Mirror Finish blue and the little camera that comes with the title chipboard piece I hot foiled in Pink Mirror Finish.

Little focal point were put across the pages including matted banners and tabs and also two little pieces from the paper pads, the Love square on the left side and the little wording on the right side.

I used some of the gorgeous chipboard from the Bohemian Bouquet collection, the Geo Border, and also from the 1st release of chipboard from Couture Creations, the title Capturing the Moment which also has the cute little camera.

All photos and were matted on white cardstock to help them pop.  A couple were then mounted on foam tape to add more depth to the page.


Bohemian Bouquet Range
ULT158371 - Chipboard - Geo Border
ULT158071 - Decorative Die - Flourished Frame
ULT158075 - Decorative Die - Totems Background
ULT158033 - Embossing Folder - Bohemian Bazaar
ULT158040 - Stamp Set - Be Yourself
ULT158030 - Paper Pad - 12x12"

Other Products
CO725856 - Chips - Capturing the Moment
CO724293 - Bulk White Flowers - Tie Dyed and Jewelled
CO725359 - Heat Activated Foil - Pink (Mirror Finish)
CO725692 - Heat Activated Foil - Sea Breeze (Mirror Finish)

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you love what I have done to showcase these gorgeous photos.

Don't forget to visit again soon to see another
Design Team creation using one of our current collection.


25 September 2017

Christmas Trio | Couture Creations and Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, Anita with you today sharing a trio of cards that I have made using the gorgeous range from Ultimate Crafts  It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.  
I love the traditional colours used in this range.

These cards were very easy and quick to construct which is what we all want when we have to create multitudes to send out to special family and friends.

Alrighty then, lets check out the cards.

Card 1

Card one is a tri-fold card which I absolutely love.

 To start, I cut a 6" x 12" piece of Ultimate Crafts Cardstock in Paper Bag, scoring it at 3" and 6". 
Next I selected the patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad.  I just loved the check so had to go with that mounted on some more of the Ultimate Crafts Cardstock this time in Garnet red.
I then selected two coordinating cards from the back of the paper pad which were also mounted on the red cardstock.

I then die cut the poinsettias in the red cardstock and holly leaves in Battle Fatigue cardstock along with the  Merry Christmas die using some of the gorgeous Matte Gold Mirror Board. Finally I added a few gold baubles to the poinsettias it was finished.
Oh, on the reverse I also added a piece of white smooth card to enable the sender to add a Christmas wish to the recipients.


For my second card I used the white square card set.  I cut the green patterned paper the same size as the card base. I distressed the edges of both pieces of patterned paper.

 Again I used the poinsettia and holly dies and also used the Cardinal die but only used the little bird.

I also cut two of the Merry Christmas dies.  One of the two die cuts I added gold foil to. Because I used the textured size of the cardstock, the foil ended up a little blotchy, however I loved the end result.  The second die cut was slightly offset against the gold foiled one.

I added a fussy cuts flower and some twine, along with the gold baubles to finish off the card.


I again used the square card base set from Couture Creations.
Next I selected two patterned papers to match with the square card I chose from the back
of the paperpad. Again I distressed the edges of the patterned papers.

I chose one of the gorgeous chipboard pieces that forms part of the Let Every Day Be Christmas collection and foiled it using some of the mirror finish red foil.

Taking some match satin ribbon I foiled the ribbon using a matching foil along with the holly die. 
It added another dimension to the ribbon.

Finally I die cut the holly die in some of the matte gold Mirror Board and added some ready baubles.

All cards are relatively simple but have all turned out beautiful.





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12 September 2017

"Don't be FOILED ..... it's nearly Christmas" | Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, Anita back here on the blog with you today.  Until the last couple of days I really have played heaps with my new Go Press and Foil machine from Couture Creations. I

 really needed to start thinking of Christmas cards because I know some family and friends will want me to make some for them as well so I have been playing and really having fun.

Everything used in these two cards is from the new Ultimate Crafts range  
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

Card 1 - Merry Christmas

I really love using white and gold together so for Christmas I just had to do it.

This card I made using a 5x7" card base.
To start I embossed a piece of cardstock measuring 1/4" smaller all around than the card base.

Next I took a gold ink pad a lightly dragged it across the face of the embossed cardstock so it only coloured the raised portion of the cardstock. I also inked around the edges with the gold ink.

Using the gorgeous Snowflake die from the collection I die cut one full set of dies + a second one of the chunkier of the three dies.  I used the beautiful lined gold  Mirror Board from Couture Creations.

 There are so so many gorgeous hotfoil stamps with collections and a couple of really pretty sentiments.  For this card I used the Merry Christmas sentiment which I foiled using the Matte Gold foil on to some white smooth card.

I then trimmed it down and snipped in the edges.  I then backed the sentiment on to
some more of the lined gold Mirror Board.

All the components were now complete and I then constructed the card.  To finish I added a few 
pieces of bling from my personal stash to the centres  of the snowflakes.

 Card 2 - Season's Greetings

So, do you know the saying 'Blue and Green should not be seen', well it was big when I was a young one in the 1970's, well I say BAH HUMBUG!!!! I love them together and chose this
combination for my second card.

I got a little carried away making this card and forgot to take a photo of the embossing of the white cardstock with the gorgeous Snowflake embossing folder.
 I die cut two of the Holly Branch die from the collection and I decided I wanted to foil it.
I used several layers of card 'shim' on my Go Press and Foil machine but the centre still didn't take the foil as much I would have liked as you can see below.

So, I decided to put some of the Turbo Glue Pen glue to the portions that didn't take and 
waited until it became tacky.

Once the glue was tacky I then took some of the Blue Green foil and dabbed it over the glue.
Below is how it turned out..... I loved it!!

Next using the Season's Greeting Candle Hotfoil stamp I stamped three images with the  
Blue Green foil.

Next I took my Chameleon Pens and coloured in my candles.  
They came out pretty okay with the ombre effect. I have to say I haven't had many
chances to use them so hopefully this is the start of some fun colouring in. I then 
fussy cut the three candles.

Next I hotfoiled the sentiment Season's Greetings and again as in card 1, snipped in each side.  This time I inked around the edges of the sentiment.
Sorry guys, I forgot to take a photo of that, but I am sure you will be able to visualise it..... and 
you get to see it up close below anyway :)

I then constructed the card, adding a little bit of green bling to some of the embossed 
snowflakes on the card.




Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great week
and find some to do something creative.

Until next time.
Ciao for now.