26 June 2016

Irish Blessing

Hi Everyone

Where has this first half of the year gone.  Before we know it it'll nearly be Christmas.
I am so excited to have the chance to use the new Sea Breeze collection.  It is a collection of wonderful papers, dies and embellishments that you can use for so many of your photos.  

For my post on the Couture Creations blog, I decided to use a photo, but one of a quote that I love rather than a family photo.  I will be getting hold of a Couture Creations 30x30" frame so that I can put this on one of my walls at home.

I selected several patterned papers from the collection to use along with a piece of craft and white cardstock and a lighter matching sand colour.

To start, cut down your selected patterned piece that you have chosen for your background.  I chose the Windy Beach paper and cut if down approximately 1 inch then distressed the edges prior to attaching to my sand coloured cardstock.

 Next I selected a range of both plain and patterned papers that showed the transition from deep ocean through to the colours as it comes on to the beach.  The patterned papers I used were Secrets of the Ocean and Setting Sail (both sides) along with some white and craft cardstock.
Tear strips of paper  approximately 3" wide each and distress the edges again.

Mount the paper strips one on top of the other starting with the darkest (the deep ocean) then the lighter shade of blue as the ocean appears closer to the shores, the cream shade for the close to shore colour, then the white of the foam and craft for the sand.
Once you get the distribution right attach the papers to the background mat.

From there I mounted the quote that I had on some white cardstock to make it pop even more and added 3D mounting tape to the reverse before adhering it to the completed background mat.  I then cut a piece from the netting for the bottom right corner, die cut a couple of the coral in matching shades of cardstock using the Seahorse and Coral die set and added a couple of the shells from the ephemera set.

And there you go, layout complete.  I kept my embellishing simple as I wanted the quote to be focus of the layout and wanted nothing to take away from that.  I love the way it turned out.  Simple but effective.


Thanks for stopping by.
Anita E 

4 June 2016

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

This time of year is all about the men in my life - husband, brothers, father etc.  I always have a tough time making male cards that I like.  So, with my eldest brother's 50th birthday happening I had to get my act together.

I love the greens of the Magnolia Lane collection so focused on basing my card on them.

 I chose a background die from my Couture Creations collection and die cut it on some of the reverse side of the Rosehip Memories from the Magnolia Lane collection.

I then dabbed my die cut paper with my Versamark pad very roughly and then scattered it with a brown embossing powder, then heat set it. The second photo shows a close up of the embossing. I then mounted it on some chocolate brown Ultimate Crafts cardstock.

Next I die cut the Timeless die on a piece of scrap cardstock.  Again I covered it in Versamark and then used the brown embossing powder and a coordinating green on the die cut. By using both the brown and green on the die cut  it has a rust effect now.
I then spritzed some more of the reverse side of the Rosehip Memories paper with a bit of brown ink and then dried it using my heat gun.  I glued the die cut to it and then cut around the outside so the die cut now has a backing.

Finally I mounted the mounted background die on a Cypress Green Ultimate Craft cardstock base card, attached the Timeless die cut and added a couple of metal embellishments and a sentiment and it was done.
Quick and easy and very effective.

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Thank you again for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed my quick card.  Happy crafting and see you all again soon.

Anita E