16 July 2017

Christmas in July

Hi Everyone

I am back again for my next July post.

I have to say that I really like the new Tina Higgens Let Every Day be Christmas range from Couture Creations.  I love how the colours aren't traditional going into yellows and greens/blues shying away from red.  I am even looking forward to using it for something not Christmas based shortly, so watch this space.

Today I have two Christmas cards to share.  They are both nice and quick to complete so let me show you what I've made.
My cards are a Z fold card using ephemera and my second card is an A framed card.

 CARD 1 - Z Fold Card

To start I cut a piece of Ultimate Crafts Ivory cardstock  to 5" x 8 1/2".  Next sore  at  2 3/4" and at 5 1/2".  Next trim off 1" as per the picture below.

I then chose patterned papers that I liked and cut them to size.  Prior to adhering I inked all my edges in a matching green.

I selected several different Ephemera pieces and adhered them to the front of the card and along long narrow piece.  To finish I used some of the 2mm pearls in Sunflower.  Some close up photos are below.

 CARD 2 - A Frame card 

To start I made a frame from patterned paper and put 3D foam mounting tape on the reverse.  Next I cut a piece of Mirror Board in Damask matte gold and adhered it to my card base, then placed my foam mounted frame on top.

Next I die cut out of matte gold Mirror Board the Merry Christmas sentiment.  
It came out just so pretty.

I forgot to take a couple of photos but I also die cut in the matte gold Mirror Board the Christmas Branches.  I also mounted 2 more patterned paper on some ivory cardstock after inking the edges in a matching gold ink.  I also did this at the end around the entire front of the card. I mounted the 25th December tag from the Ephemera pack on some Battle Fatigue green card stock and fussy cut and edge around it.

I layered it all together, added a matching flower, a little green lace and gold baubles to finish it off. There are some close up photos below.


I hope you enjoyed viewing my post and my two cards.  

Take card and see you again soon.


5 July 2017

Let Every Day Be Christmas | Artdeco Creations

Hi Everyone

WELCOME TO JULY!!!! Wow we are half way through the year already, I swear I blinked and the last six months have gone.  So much has happened for me during that time including receiving a redundancy from a job I had been employed in for 31 years. 
I think I pretty much gave my age away :) 

To be honest it couldn't have come at a better time.  I have been able to chill out for the last two months getting my body clock back to normality after working 19 years of night work.
I am now ready to take on the world!!!

There are so so many new ranges coming this year, the first one is Let Every Day Be Christmas from Couture Creations and designed by the lovely Tina Higgins which will be out in your local papercrafting store very soon.
I am really loving this collection as the colours are so so different to most Christmas ranges.

My layout is all about the layers, just building and building until I liked the end result.

To start I decided that I wanted more just an ivory coloured cardstock for my background so I took the gorgeous Holiday Tree decorative die and cut out enough to place over my cardstock to become a type of template.  I then sprayed it with a mix of yellow gold and brown Anna Griffin pigment powder.  After removing the die cuts I was left with a subtle pattern to my cardstock.

Next I chose several patterned papers and cut them to a few different sizes and orientations to use for my layers behind my chose photos.

I cut out a heap of the Christmas Branches decorative die in some of the matte gold mirror board, and also two shades of green Ultimate Crafts Cardstock, Battle Fatigue and Cypress Pine.

To construct the layout I started with the patterned paper pieces and arranged them so that I could see them behind my three photos, then glued them down. I added a few of the Ephemera branches behind the photos and then kept adding the Christmas Branches die cuts and Ephemera pieces to keep adding layers.   A few flowers and I was done.

Products Used
CO725410 Couture Creations Mirror Board - Matte Gold
ULT200087 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Ivory
ULT00039 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Battle Fatigue
ULT200031 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Cypress Pine
CO725502 Couture Creations Let Every Day Be Christmas - Holly Tree decorative die
CO725508 Couture Creations Let Every Day Be Christmas - Christmas branches decorative die
CO725490 Couture Creations Let Every Day Be Christmas - A4 Paper Pad 
CO725493 Couture Creations Let Every Day Be Christmas - Ephemera
CO724866 Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mix & Match Pigments

Thank you for dropping by to see my first post as part of the 2017-2018 Design Team.  I hope you continue with me on this journey.

Take care and keep crafting.


28 June 2017

ARTDECO Creations Design Team 2017-2018

Hi Everyone,

I totally forgot to share this with you my good news that I will be staying on for another term on the Artdeco Creative Team.  There are a couple of new faces and a few no longer there but we will be creating up a storm over this next year showcasing a lot of new collections.

I hope you can join me on the journey.

Introducing The Design Team For 2017-2018

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts  

Would you please join us in congratulating our Design Team for 2017-2018.  These ladies are well known to many of you and we look forward to them creating some amazing projects with the large array of new collections that will be released.

This year we have  a smaller core team but we have some great Guest Designers who will all give you fabulous projects each and every month.

We welcome  our 2017/18 fabulous Design Team

(Creative Team)

(Creative Team)

(Creative Team)

(Creative Team)

(Design Team Coordinator)

We will also have a great lineup of Guest Designers including:

We can't wait to see what these amazing ladies will create for us this year. Please visit their blogs to see what beautiful projects they have been creating and don't forget to leave them all some love. 

We look forward to inviting other Guest Designers throughout the year,  so please if you create something with our products please make sure you share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram.

 You too could be a Couture Creations | Ultimate Crafts Guest Designer.

23 June 2017

Forever Inspired | Artdeco Creations

Hi Everyone, Anita here back on the blog with my last blog post for the month.

Today I have a project using THE RITZ collection from Ultimate Crafts, designed by Sue Smyth.

There were oh so many photos taken from the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo from earlier this month but I loved this one of the three of us girls that tutored classes for Craft Giraffe.

For this photo I decided to use the Evening Cocktail colour range using blacks and golds throughout my layout.

To start my layout I mixed together the 'yellow gold' and 'brown' pigment powders from the Mix & Match Pigment Powder set.  I sprayed it over my black cardstock not only to give it a shimmer but also to remove the starkness of the black

Once dry I took my Anna Griffin Embossing Paste and the Artdeco Waves stencil and applied some texture to the page.  Immediately after applying the embossing paste I sprinkled the wet paste with some of the Mirror Gold embossing powder and set it with the heat gun. I never let my paste dry before heat setting the powder as I love the look of the paste when it bubbles. 

Next I die cut some of the Deco Feather in some of the matte gold foil mirror board.  Using the GoPress and Foil machine I used the Geometric Waves and Think Waves hotfoil stamps on black cardstock and then fussy cut them.  Finally using the Artdeco Waves decorative die I foiled on some black cardstock.  I absolutely love the delicate details the dies give to the foil. This I also had to fussy cut.

Next I chose several patterned papers from the 6x6" paper pad from the Evening Cocktail range and cut them to differing sizes.  I then layered them one on top of each other.  I glued them together and then decided I didn't like them so I glued them on to some of the Cinnamon coloured Ultimate Carfts cardstock and then trimmed around them. I liked this better when it was attached to the black base cardstock. I then layered everything together.

For my black flowers I added some tacky glues to the edges of the petals and then rubbed some of my scrap foil over it.  The glue cannot be wet otherwise the foil will not stick.  Once it is tacky to touch is the perfect time to add the foil.  

The finishing touches was foiling of my chipboard layout and also the diamond wood 
veneer that I added.  

ULT200007 - Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Obsidian
ULT200044 - Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Cinnamon
CO724970 - Couture Creations - Mirror Finish Embossing Powder
CO725410 - Couture Creations - Matte Gold Foil Mirror Board

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time, stay crafty


15 June 2017

Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Class Creations

Hi Everyone

Well I'm finally back to share with you the creations I made for the classes I taught at Brisbane's Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.
I was privileged to be asked by Craft Giraffe to takes a class for them, and I loved every minute of it.  All the ladies in my classes were very welcoming as this was my first show teaching.

My creations showcased the 'Gatsby' colour collection from the new Ultimate Crafts THE RITZ Collection.  The other colour collections included 'Theatre' which was softer colours of creams with gold and 'Evening Cocktail' which was black and gold based.

My class consisted of a 1 page scrapbooking layout along with two cards that could be completed at home.

Celebration Card

 Best Wishes Card


1.     Cut you piece of white cardstock down to 11 ½” x 11 ½” or 29.3cm x 29.3cm.

2.     Taking you geometric stencil, using the Couture Creations embossing paste, add some texture to the left hand side of the page, but not right to the edge.

3.     Whilst the embossing paste is wet sprinkle with the gold embossing powder.  It is up to you, but I didn’t coat all of the embossing paste, and some areas were more heavily sprinkled with the powder than others.  Hold aside to allow it to start to dry.

4.     Let’s cut the papers:

Patterned Paper -
1. Spiral Fan – cut a horizontal line at 3” or 7.5cm (you will have 2 pieces of the same size)
2. Crashing Wave – 5” long x 4” wide or 12.7cm x 10.4cm
3. Damask Paper – 5” x 5” or 12.7cm x 12.7cm

Black Cardstock
1. For Spiral Fan – 12” wide x 3 1/8” long or 30cm x 7.7cm
2. For Crashing Wave – 5 1/8” x 4 1/8”or 13cm x 10.7cm
3. For Damask – 5 1/8” x 5 1/8” or 13cm x 13cm.
4. Cut a piece of black cardstock to use to mat your photo.

5.  Go back to your white cardstock.  Using a heat gun, heat set your embossing powder.  Don’t worry if the embossing paste bubbles a bit as this gives it even more texture. 

6.  Attach your white cardstock to your second piece of black cardstock.

7.  Attach all your patterned pieces of paper to the black card mats.

8.     Inside your kit you will find two black die cuts, the Art Deco columns die (curly) and the Art Deco Tag die.  There is also a piece of black cardstock that has a white backing.  This backing is double side tape.  Using your geometric die from your kit, die cut two of these on the black cardstock piece.

9.     Using the A5 piece of white card we are going to heat foil the Art Deco stamp on to the card with some matte gold foil.  Follow the instructions given by the tutor.

10. From your kit take the floral die cut that has the double sided tape (with the white paper on top).  Cut a piece of gold foil just big enough to cover the floral die cut.  Remove the white paper from the die and gold side facing up adhere the foil to the double sided tape.  Rub rub rub the foil with your fingers (gently) to coat the tape with the foil.  Pull off the foil to show the result.  If foil hasn’t taken in all areas, you can continue to add the foil back to the die until you are happy with the end result.

11. Take the large and three medium size flowers and tab lightly with some liquid glue.  Hold to the side until the glue has gotten ‘tacky’ but not dry.  Take a piece of ‘scrap’ foil and rub over the flower over the top of the tacky glue.  The foil will adhere to the glue. 


13. Remove the backing of the two die cuts that you did using the geometric die.  Adhere to the left side of the white cardstock approximately 1” in from the side.

14. Take your hot foil stamped image and fussy cut.

15. Take your foiled floral die cut, fussy cut hot foiled stamped image and your Art Deco tag die and cut each one in half.

16. Attach each half of the hot foiled stamped image on to each half of the Art Deco tag. Adhere to the back of your photo, to the top and bottom using some double sided tape. 

17. Adhere ½ of your floral foiled die cut to the Art Deco column (curly die) and attach both to the back of the left side of your photo.

18. Attach some 3D foam tape to the reverse of your photo.

19. Adhere the second half of the foiled floral die cut to the back bottom edge of the Crashing Waves patterned paper.

20. Next attach your matted patterned papers to the layout as per the above photo.  Personally with this layout I found it easier to attach the patterned papers to the back of the photo and then attach the entire stack to the white cardstock.

21. Using the packet of gold pearls adhere to both the left and right sides of the Spiral Fan patterned paper. 

22. Adhere your flowers to the layout, glue down the tassel and add some sequins of your choice to the page if you choose.


24. As this layout is designed to cover an array of different photos I did not choose a title for the page.  I will leave this up to you to add one should you choose. 


1.     Cut a piece of chosen patterned paper to cover your card front, attach with glue or double side tape.
2.     Attach both the blue Art Deco Columns dies to the card front.
3.     Cut a piece of the white card approximately ¾” or 2cm to cover the seam of the two dies that your adhered to your card front.
4.     Mount the white cardstock strip on some 3D foam dots or 3D foam tape and attach to your card.
5.     Fussy cut the Art Deco tag hot foiled stamp and then adhere to some black cardstock from your kit.  Fussy cut around the foiled stamp to make a black mat. Adhere to the white cardstock strip using 3D foam tape or dots.
6.     From your 6x6” paper pad fussy cut the ‘celebration’ sentiment from the gold foiled papers at the back of the pad.  Adhere to the centre of the Art Deco tag foiled stamp.


1.     Take the floral die cut with the doubled sided tape on the front and remove the paper.  Add some foil to the tape as you did in the layout.
2.     Adhere, off centre, to the back of the black floral die cut.
3.     Cut a 2” wide strip of chosen patterned paper and mat on some black cardstock. 
4.     From your 6x6” paper pad fussy cut the ‘best wishes’ tag from the gold foiled papers at the back of the pad. Add some 3D foam dots to the reverse.
5.     Taking the white card front we are now going to try another different technique using the GoPress and Foil machine.  We can foil using your existing dies.  This will put a nice fine detail on your card. Hot foil a geometric die to both the top and bottom of the card.
6.     Adhere your matted patterned paper to the centre in between the two foiled die images.
7.     Adhere the double floral die cuts to the left of the patterned papers.
8.     Add your sentiment next to the floral die cuts.