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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.

CARD 1

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. 


 
CARD 2

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.




PRODUCTS USED

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.
Anita
xx


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.





PRODUCTS USED

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.


Anita
xxx










1 November 2017

Love and Adore | Artdeco Creations


Hi Everyone, today I am sharing another layout using the Bohemian Bouquet Collection from Ultimate Crafts and designed by Denise Boddey.

I really love a lot of the reverse side papers as they make a more subtle background to your pages.  I do really really love the blue shades of this collection and it has really worked well with the photo that I chose of my nephew Thomas with his mumma.


To start my layout I chose a piece of Ultimate Craft cardstock in a dark grey, this one is known by the name HIPPODROME.  I cut down my patterned paper by one inch just on one edge and then distressed it along the top and bottom edges. 
Next I adhered it to the cardstock base with double sided tape.


I next chose several pieces of chipboard.  The flourishes are from the Bohemian Bouquet collection and are called Moonlit Orchid.  The other two pieces of chipboard are from the very 1st chipboard release from Couture Creations and are called Love and Adore and Viney Frame.


I next used my Anna Griffin/Couture Creations Gesso and tabbed it all over my chipboard pieces.  I then coloured all up with a matching pink, silver and blue colours.



I cut my Viney Frame in half and then used some of my paper off cuts to attach to the back of the chipboard.

After double matting my photo with white and blue cardstock I then attached the two pieces of the Viney Frame to the back of the photo as in the below photo.


 Next I cut a couple of different size pieces in another of the blue and white patterned papers and inked the edges in a match blue ink. I cut a paper doily half that I had from my crafty stash and added half to the back of the long vertical strip and on top of the bottom as show below.  I also attached the two Moonlit Orchid chipboard pieces with some hot glue.


To embellish the layout I chopped one of the La Belle flowers from Couture Creations in half and removed the centre, replacing it with a gorgeous matching pearl and diamonte centre.  I took two white pencils and coloured them a little with coloured pastes and glued them together, wrapping some white twine around the ends. I attached them above the photo on top of the two Moonlit Orchid chipboard pieces so it looked like the photo was hanging from the pencils. 

I added a couple of flower clusters to the page, added two of the chipboard words and added a couple of the chipboard hearts over the page. 

Below are some close ups of the clusters on the page.








PRODUCTS USED

Bohemian Bouquet Collection
ULT158364 - Moonlit Orchids Chipboard
ULT158030 - 12" x 12" Paper Pad

Other ARTDECO Brand Products
CO725689 - Viney Frame Set Chipboard
CO725877 - Love and Adore Set Chipboard
CO724300 - Bulk Flowers - La Belle Vintage Bloom
  

Thank you for joining me today on the blog.  
Don't forget to return tomorrow for another DT project.


Ciao for now....

Anita
xx
 

24 October 2017

A Merry Christmas | Artdeco Creations



Hi Everyone, Anita back with you today, keeping the Christmas theme on a roll.  
Hopefully you are like me and getting a good 'stash' of cards ready to send in about 4 weeks 
out to family and friends.

For today's card I have gone back to the gorgeous collection Let Every Day Be Christmas from Couture Creations.


To start I chose a selection of designs from the ephemera pack and held them aside. Next I cut my card base to 5 x 7 " in the Ultimate Crafts cardstock in IVORY. I also cut a piece of the matte gold damask mirror board  1/4" smaller than the 5 x7" card front and then cut a second piece of ivory cardstock 1/4" smaller than the mirror board.


 Taking the smaller piece of IVORY cardstock and hotfoiled my sentiment 
on the front of the cardstock in matte gold foil.

Next I took several of the ephemera pieces and stuck them down around the edges of the 
hotfoiled cardstock. Then I trimmed off the excess overhang.

I layered the mirror board on top of the card base and then added the smaller ivory cardstock piecd on top of the mirror board.

To finish the card off I added a few extra pieces of ephemera of the base pieces using some 3D foam dots to give more depth and then added a couple of flowers and some gold coloured sprigs and a few
pearls were scattered over the front.

Here are a few closeups.




 PRODUCTS USED

ULT200087 - Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Ivory
CO725355 - Heat Activated Foil - Gold Vintage Matte Finish
CO725405 - Mirror Board - Gold Damask
CO725571 - Couture Creations / Anna Griffin Hotfoil Stamp - Merry Christmas 

Let Every Day Be Christmas Collection
CO725493 - Ephemera Set
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time.....


Anita






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.





PRODUCTS USED





Thanks for stopping by today.


Ciao until next time.
Anita
xx

 

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.



PRODUCTS USED

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.

Anita
xx