27 July 2016

Dream Big

 Hi Everyone, hope you are having a wonderfully crafty week.  
I am sharing with you one of, I would have to say, my favourite layouts that I have done in a long time.  It is showcasing the wonderful Sea Breeze collection that has not only wonderful dies, but also papers, embossing folders and embellishments.  It is the perfect packaged set.

 TO START I selected one of the gorgeous papers in the Collection Paper pack and using a sunburst stencil and texture paste added some some highlights to the paper.

If you want the drying process to speed up use your heat gun, however be careful so that the paper doesn't buckle.  If it does, I find turning the paper over and warming it up helps bring the paper back into shape again.
I then chose a couple of pearlised/shimmer sprays to spritz over the paper.  Below are a couple of photos that show how pretty the paper looks once spritzed.

Next I chose a selection of papers from both the 12" and 6" paper pads that matched in with the background paper I chose. I tore some and cut others and then inked the edges.
 After mounting my photo on some white cardstock, I then took the photo and my bundle of patterned papers and layered them to see how I like the look together.  So that I didn't forget the finished layering I took a quick photo .

I can't help myself when it comes to the Couture Creations flowers, and this layout was no different. I love the Cottage Pollen flowers and those centres, yum, but didn't want the entire flower, so I just used the centre petals.  Keep the rest as you just need to add a bit of bling or embellishment to the centre and you have another larger flower for another layout.
I inked around the edge of my now smaller flower.  See the before and after flower below. I made two for this project.

I fell in love with the Seashells dies and just had to use them in this layout.  I only chose one of the seashells to use along with the starfish.  I cut out two of each in two coordinating colours. Next I glued them done on to the alternative colour and fussy cut around each of them.

How gorgeous do they look!!!!
 Finally just put it all together.  I glued all the paper down and mounted my photo on mounting tape to make it pop.  I added a couple smaller flowers and heat embossed my title, added a metal charm and one of the cabochons and I'm done.

 I hope you like what I've created.
Below are some more close ups of the layout.

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Come visit again tomorrow to see another wonderful creation from the Creative Team.

Anita xx


19 July 2016

5 Today

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Hello Hello, I am really enjoying this cooler weather here in Brisbane, and I know it sounds strange but it has boosted my creative streak.  I have been playing quite a bit lately using the new releases from Couture Creations and today I am sharing with you a layout I have created using the 
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE collection of dies.  As my layout is from my niece Lilli's 5th birthday party I have used the balloons and cupcake dies.

From my paper stash I selected a background paper and some matching plain papers that matched my photo.  I think spritzed the background paper in a yellow and a pink shimmer spritz.

From the four matches plain papers cut out the two cupcakes in each of the colours.  I took the cupcakes that I die cut and sprayed them with adhesive and then sprinkled them with glitter and 
set them aside to dry.  I also cut out four of each colour in the balloons and used added a little bit of crystallina glitter glue to the balloons with my fingers to keep it minimal. You will notice when die cut the balloons there are two little stars.  I kept them as I attached them over the finished layout.

Once dry I added glue to the bottom edges of the cupcakes and attached them to the left side of my base paper.  I don't like to totally glue the die cuts down as leaving parts of it 'loose' it gives the page more dimension.  You will be able to see this in a couple of the closeups below. I then added some of the balloons throughout the cupcake dies.

I mounted my photo on foam tape and added the finishing touches to the page.   
Below are a few closeups of my finished page.

 CO724514 - It's a Beautiful Life - Cherry Cupcake
CO724511 - It's a Beautiful Life - Birthday Cupcake
CO724510 - It's a Beautiful Life - Balloon Corner
CO721971 - Glitzn Glamour Glitter Glue - Cyrstallina
CO721963 - 18mm Foam Tape
CO724389 - Turbo Precision Tip Glue Pen

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10 July 2016

Breathe in the Salt Air

Hi Everyone

For my 1st July post on the Couture Creations blog I have used the gorgeous new Sea Breeze collection from Couture Creations.

To start I took a 12" piece of craft card stock and cut a 5" x 10" piece and a second piece of 5" x 5".  Score the 5" x 10" at 5" and fold in half.
I then took two matching papers from my 6" paper pad, On the Rocks and Adventurous. I cut them both down to 4 7/8" to just have the craft base card showing once they were stuck down. Mount the On the Rocks piece to the 5" x 5" piece.

Next, glue or tape, the Adventurous piece to the inside bottom of the card base.  I then folded the top part of the card base diagonally inward.  See photo below. 

Glue the 5x5" piece on to the folded piece.  I added glue to the triangle and then placed the 5x5" on to it.  I will look like the photo below.

Next, I heat embossed with chocolate brown powder the three word stamps from the Beside the Sea set of stamps. I used the Breathe the Salt Air stamp on the top part of the card, and the Swim in the Sea and Live in the Sunshine on the bottom part of the card.

Die cut in brown cardstock one of the Figure 8 Knot and two of the seashells from the Seashells die set in two coordinating blue cardstocks.

Using the Secrets of the Ocean piece of paper from the 6" paper pad, fussy cut out the seashells, anchor and wheel.
I then cut two small pieces from the white netting and using a hot glue gun attached one piece to the top part of the card and one to the bottom of the card. I also took a couple of the shells from the Ephemera pack to add as well.

To finish just add all your embellishments to it the way you like. I don't like everything to be stuck flat so I popped some up using 3D foam dots.  I did add an actual shell on the base portion of the card so the card would sit up beautifully when finished to display, however this can be omitted if you want to keep your card nice and flat for posting.


Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you enjoyed my creation.