16 March 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses | Artdeco Creations

Hi Everyone,

Today I am showcasing my first layout using the newly released RAMBLING ROSE collection by the talented Sue Smyth.
I can honestly say that I love this entire collection but I totally fell for the patterned paper I used in this layout the beautiful white doily background with the yellow and pinky peach hues and the black outline of the roses. And I had the perfect photo for it too.

To start I took my patterned paper and tore approximately 5" strip from it and adhered it across the centre of my white cardstock base.  I used some washi from my stash and ran a strip along the bottom edge of my patterned paper.
Next I took a black and a matching yellow spray/spritz splattered some over the page, both the white cardstock and over the patterned paper.

 After matting my chosen photo on some white cardstock I cut a piece of other matching patterned paper slightly larger than my matted photo and inked the edges with black ink. I then adhered it to the layout.  I mounted my matted photo on some cardboard to add further dimension.

Now to embellish the layout.  I added a flower cluster to the bottom left of the photo using some of the Couture Creations white flowers along with some of the rose diecuts from the CARDMARKERS collection pack.  I also added two butterflies from the diecut sheet  and a small title to the layout.  

To finish the layout I added the gorgeous cream resin swallow and some of the grey and peach coloured pearls.


Thank you for stopping by.
And don't forget to keep the craft alive :)


7 March 2017

Spread you Wings and Fly | Artdeco Creations

Hello Everyone!
Anita here again today to share with you a layout I have created for goodies from the L'Aquarelle collection.

For this layout I decided to concentrate on some stamping and mixed media, building the textures.

So have you gotten hold of the Couture Creations Anna Griffin mixed media products yet.  I have to say I absolutely love the gesso to prepare my papers as it is so light and it dries so quickly which is what I need due to my impatience when creating.  I also love love love the embossing paste.  It is just like beautiful light and fluffy buttercream icing.  
Below you will see the Mixed Media products that I have used on the layout.

To start the layout I have taken some Snow White Ultimate Crafts Cardstock and coated it with a light coverage of the Acrylic Gesso.  If you like you can fasten the drying process with your heat gun but be gentle as too much heat will make the cardstock curl.

Next in a small spritz bottle with water add a good mix of the green and blue Pigment Powders to mix to a shade that you like.  You now have your own customised pearlised spritz.
Spray the page where you want coverage.  I had issues with my spray bottle so I assisted the blending with my fingers to get a better coverage.
Once the my spray was dry I then took my embossing paste and the Daisy Batik stencil and added some more texture to the cardstock. 
I next took some black spray and using the insert flicked some black ink lightly across the layout.

Below is how my pearlised spray and embossed stencil came up.

 Next I stamped up the single flower from the Flowers & Flourishes stamp set, and also two of the butterflies from the 'Spread your Wings' set. 
I poured out a little of the pearlised spritz on to a plate and soaked up the majority of the moisture.  The remainder on the plate I used and painted on to the flowers that I stamped.  Make sure you use an archival black ink so that the ink does not bleed when water touches it.

Enjoy fussy cutting the four flowers and two butterflies.  
I used a couple of other stamps from my personal collection to add a few 'lines' of stamping to my page, I then hot glued some lace down the length of the page. 

After mounting the photo on 3D foam tape, it is then just about laying the flowers and butterflies.  I added a few extra butterflies just stamped on the cardstock and because I loved the dragonflies so much added a couple of them as well from the Spread Your Wings stamp set.  I also used the sentiment from the same set as my page title.
To finish the page I coloured some of the snow white 3mm pearls with black permanent pen and once dry to touch placed some over the page. 
To finish I drew a thin line around the edge of the layout to frame it.

Below are a few closeups of the page.

Products Used

Thank you for stopping by today.  
Until next time...... happy crafting.


4 March 2017

be BOLD | D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to March.  For my first share on the D-Lish Scraps blog this month I got a little bit messy to create this page of my niece Sabine.  I have had this photo in my collection for a little while now and I think I have finally done it justice, well I am hoping I have.  It needed this little bit of 'grunge' to help it shine considering the attitude on her face.

To start my page I covered my white cardstock with some gesso.  Once dry I used an orange gelato stick and scribbled on the bottom third of the page and then spritzed it with water, then blended it with my fingers.  I then lightly dried it using my heat gun.

Next I used an alphabet stencil from my collection and added some texture over the top portion of the orange.  I then mixed in a little of the gelato stick into some embossing paste and used a flourish stencil to add some more texture to the page. Once dry I flicked a small amount of black ink over the page.

Using a script stamp and some black ink, I stamped in a couple of places over the background.
My embellishments came mostly from previous Just Add Paper kits, including the film strips and polaroid die cuts, the washi tape, black wire, punchinella and the flair button.  I also added some enamel dots and enamal shapes and a couple of raw veneer stars that I inked up.

Whilst some of the exact items are no longer available, there is a whole range of other goodies available that could easily replace what I have used on the page.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope you are even just a little inspired to jump in a try some of the current challenges up on The Scrap Suite Facebook page.
Hopefully I'll see you back here in a couple of weeks for my next post.


1 March 2017

Pretty in Pink

Hi Everyone, thank you for dropping by my blog today. 

My post today is of a layout that I created for D-lish Scraps March Moodboard. I love all the shades of pink and it has turned out so pretty.

To make the background I first did a thin layer of gesso over my white cardstock and lightly dried it with my heatgun.
Next I took a light coloured gelato stick and scribbled vertical lines over the page then spritzed it with water so the gelato softened.  
The rest of the layout was just all about layering.

All products used in my layout are from the D-lish Scraps store, except for pink chevron ribbon which is from Stampin' Up.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Drop by again soon for another creations.



24 February 2017

L'Aquarelle Notebook | Artdeco Creations

Hi Everyone

I am sharing with you an altered notebook using the soon to be available L'Aquarelle range from ULTIMATE CRAFTS.
I love this new range and there is such an array of lovely papers that warrant fussy cutting. 

So to start I deconstructed my notebook so that I could just work on my front and back covers.    I used the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Acrylic Gesso to seal both the inside and outside of the two covers. 

Once dry I sprayed it with some colour sprays that I made using the yellow and pinkish red powders from the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Pigment Powder Set.  I used my heat gun to hurry up the drying process because I was being impatient.
Using the Definitons stamp set from the L'Aquarelle range I inked up the stamp with black and stamped over the covers in a few places.
Next using one of the gorgeous Couture Creations Anna Griffin Stencils, Daisy Batik, and some embossing paste added some texture to the outside of the covers. Again I dried it off with my heat gun to hurry the drying process along.

The fussy cutting that I did came from the 6"x6" paper pad.  They match in the with the yellows and pinkie reds beautifully.  I stamped the fern stamp from the Flowers and Flourishes set on some Battle Fatigue green cardstock from Ultimate Crafts and fussy cut them.

I also added a couple of flowers (Camden Cottage rose deconstructed smaller and Tie Dyed and Jewelled flowers) which I added some ink to to soften the whiteness of them.  I also tied died a piece of seam binding with matching colours to add to the finish embellishing. Due to the mixed media products that I used all of the embellishing was adhered with hot glue to ensure that it stayed 'stuck'.

Products Used
ULT200039 - Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Battle Fatigue
ULT157762 - L'Aquarelle Collection - 6x6" Paper Pad
ULT157798 - L'Aquarelle Collection - "Definitions" Stamp Set
ULT157796 - L'Aquarelle Collection - "Flowers & Flourishes" Stamp Set
CO724297 - Couture Creations Bulk Flowers - Camden Cottage Roses 6cm 
CO724293 - Couture Creations Bulk Flowers - Tie Dyed & Jewelled 3cm
CO724885 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mixed Media - 8"x8" Stencil Daisy Batik
CO724866 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mixed Media - Mix and Match Pigments
CO724871 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mixed Media - Acrylic Gesso
CO724870 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mixed Media - Embossing Paste

So thank you for stopping by and checking out my creation today.

If you are joining us at Creative Inspiration Live 2017 I will see you there.  Don't forget to come and say hi!!

18 February 2017

Sunshiny Day | D-lish Scraps

Happy Weekend Everyone

I thought I would share with you my layout that appeared on the D-lish Scraps blog today. This is steadily becoming one of my favourite layouts of late.
So who were the lucky ones to get hold of the new FRESH CUTS Just Add Paper kit for February from D-lish Scraps  Oh my lordy it is stunning.  As soon as I got mine in the mail I just had use it for my next creation.
The gorgeous fresh citrus colours of yellow and lime would have to be my favourite colours of all time.  Be quick, there are still some available in the store.

To start I applied gesso to my white cardstock background and then used a bright yellow gelato and water, and of course my fingers to smoush it all together across the page. I dabbed off the excess moisture and then lightly dried it with my heat gun so the cardstock didn't curl and warp.

The Just Add Paper kit came with the cutest little flower stencil which I used with a snow white shimmery colour paste from Colour Blast

With all the gorgeous flowers in the kit and the wood veneer bicycle having a basket on the front I knew I just wanted my layout to look as though flowers were 'flying' out of the basket .  I used all the flowers in the kit and added an extra bright yellow rose and some forget-me-nots in yellow, green, white and one red on,

In the kit there are some really cute little bright yellow, green and white resin flowers in the kit.    I found some more in my D-lish stash of goodies so added some more to bulk up the flower cluster across the page.

I slipped one of the tags from the kit behind my mounted photo and added the lime doily behind it, added a sequin bow to the bottom corner and then used the three flair buttons to the bottom right cluster and the inside of the bike wheels.
Finally I added a title using the oh so cute puffy alphabet letters.

So, thank you so much for stopping by today and checking out my creation.

Don't forget to drop by The Scrap Suite Facebook page to see the new Cybercrop Challenges for February and some of the creations made by the Design Team.
Have a great and crafty week.

Bye for now.

15 February 2017

70 | Couture Creations

Well hello everyone, Anita here back on the blog today

Welcome back and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 💖

Today I have a 70th birthday card that I made using the soon to be available L'AQUARELLE range.  I really love the script background papers so I just had to use some of them for this card.

For my card base I cut a piece of  Ultimate Crafts Cardstock in SNOW WHITE to 9.75" x 6.5 " scoring at 3.25".  The card front will be smaller at 3.25" and the back a 6.5" square. 
The smaller front card is cut from an 8.5" x 4.25"piece of SNOW WHITE cardstock scored at 4.25".
Next I selected CASCADE cardstock and mats for the patterned paper as follows:
one of 6.25"x6.25" - for inside back of card
two of 3"x 6.25" - for front and inside front of card
one of 4"x4" - front of smaller card
For the inside of the smaller card the VALENTINE shade of red in the Ultimate Crafts Cardstock matched perfectly to the red in the butterflies on the L'Aquarelle patterned papers.  For the mats I cut two 4" x 4" mats, and then one final 3.75" x 3.75" in the SNOW WHITE cardstock for the area to write the sentiment.

 Next I chose several of the patterned papers that had the script background.  I cut each of these 0.25" smaller that each of the coloured cardstock mats.  Adhere all with doubled side tape.

 The next couple of photo will show you how the card starts coming together.

Next I attached the smaller card to the right inside of the main card as in the picture below.

To finish the front of the card I inked up a piece of white seam binding with match blue and red inks and then sprayed it with water so that colours ran into each other.  I then blasted it with my heat gun to dry it quickly.

I gathered the ribbon up and twisted it into a bow and attached it with hot glue to the front of the card. I added a couple of flowers from my stash as I had run out of the Couture Creations bulk flowers and have yet to get some more.

The finishing touch to the card after the '70' was the gorgeous metal butterfly from the  
L'Aquarelle  collection.

I am really happy with the end result and I hope the birthday girl loves it too.

ULT200007 - Ultimate Craft Cardstock - Snow White
ULT200022 - Ultimate Craft Cardstock - Cascade
ULT200063 - Ultimate Craft Cardstock - Valentine
ULT157765 - L'Aquarelle - Large Butterfly & Dragonfly Charms
ULT157761 - L'Aquarelle - 12" x 12" paper stack
CO721985 - 6mm Double Sided Tape

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card.  I hope you like it.

If you are free on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of March and in or close to Brisbane why not come and join us at CREATIVE INSPIRATION LIVE.  There are still a few spots free for two days of workshops featuring gorgeous new ranges of products. Click on the picture below to take you to the site to find out all the information you need to join in on a great weekend of crafting.