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.


4 September 2017

Flower Parade | Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, welcome to a new week.
I am still playing with the beautiful Bohemian Bouquet collection from Ultimate Crafts and designed by the talented Denise Boddey.
For this layout I have decided to keep it fairly simple as the papers do the work, they are just that pretty.

After selecting my background patterned paper, I die cut two of the String of Daisies Edge Die and then inked the edge in a matching pink ink. Next I die cut six of the Orchid Decorative Die.

 Using the Blue from my Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments I made up my own spritz to put some splats on my background paper. I then also used it to add some colour to some of the Bulk Flowers from Couture Creations.

Next I chose several patterned papers and and tore several different sizes.  I stapled them together to make the backgound mat for my photo.

Once the cluster of background papers were adhered to the base 12x12" patterned paper  I added my photo and then embellished around it using the die cuts, decoupage pieces and my flowers.

Here are a couple of close ups of the finished page.


Thank you for stopping by today.  We hope you enjoy this wonderful new collection of papers, dies, stencils, stamps and other embellishments.  

Keep crafting.


27 August 2017

"Hope and Love" | Ultimate Crafts

Welcome to FRIDAY!!!! 

The layout I am sharing with you today was just so quick and easy.  Sometimes things just happen.  Well, since I have gotten my hands on to the Bohemian Bouquet  range from Denise Boddey I have been loving playing with the pretty papers and gorgeous dies. 

To start I chose four of the patterned papers that matched beautifully together. Each strip was the full 30cm (12") long by 7.5cm (3") wide.  Next I distressed all the edges and attached them to a piece of white cardstock.

Once attached to the page I played with the edges again this time with my fingers rolling the edges a little more so you can slightly see the white cardstock underneath.

Next I chose a selection of the Decoupage papers for use later to decorate the page.  I used some of my Glitzin' Glamour in Lilac to all the burgundy colour on the Decoupage pieces.

Whilst the decoupage pieces were drying I selected a fifth coordinating patterned paper and cut a horizontal strip the width of approximately 13cm (5") and mounted it on some Ultimate Crafts cardstock in Cherry Cola.
Next I selected a couple of the words from the sheet of patterned paper that matched my photo and and mat them on to some of the Cherry Cola cardstock too.
My last task prior to construction was colouring two of the Ornate Corners chipboard with a matching ink.

I attached a strip of matching green lace from my stash to the lower edge of the 13cm wide strip and then mounted it on to my base mat over the top of the vertical strips approximately in the centre.  I added the chipboard to opposing corners, added my photo to the right of the page and then added the decoupage flowers to the left of the photo.  Finally I added the two words on to some foam tape adding a couple of 3mm Perfect Plum pearls to the words mounting them on my page. 


Thanks for stopping by.  This gorgeous collection will be in stores beginning September so don't forget to keep an eye out for the range to appear.

Happy Crafting


15 August 2017

Bohemian Bouquet Cards | Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone.

So today I get to show you my first creation with a beautiful and new collection which is being released from Ultimate Crafts very soon.  It is another gorgeous collection by the wonderful
Denise Boddey called Bohemian Bouquet.

To start I selected several papers from the 6x6" paper pad and trimmed them down to the size I wanted to use.  I then distressed the edges of all the papers using my Couture Creations scissors.

Next I die cut two of the Moonlit Orchid die and then inked the edges using a matching ink and dauber.

 I attached the largest patterned paper to my card base and then attached the slightly smaller piece.  Next I mixed up a solution of the turquoise glitter mix and match powder with water and sprayed it liberally over the paper.  Below is the finished look. Being me and wanting things finished yesterday I dried it off with my heat gun.

I selected several flowers from my stash and the largest one which would take the centre of my card I sprayed with a mixture of water with the blue mix and match pigment powder from the Anna Griffin set.

The most important role of ribbon in my stash is basic white seam binding.  It allows me to change up to any colour combination that I want just by adding inks and spraying with water.  So for this card I used some matching blue/turqoise and purple.  I forgot to take a photo of the ribbon after I had sprayed it with water and dried it off, but you will see it a little in the close ups further down.

Once I had done all my elements all I did was construct the card to the finished product.  
Here are some close up of the card.

I also created the same style card using the papers with reds and greens.

And here is a third card I made whilst I was having fun creating the other two.

Products Used

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking my very first creations using the soon to be released Bohemian Bouquet collection from Ultimate Crafts.

Don't forget to keep the craft alive.