27 September 2016

Be Merry Christmas

 Hello Everyone.

By now most of you will have seen the new Couture Creations BE MERRY ranges in your favourite scrapbooking and cardmaking store.  If they don't stock it make sure you ask them to get it in for you as it is a gorgeous range.

So today I have for you a card that I made using some of the gorgeous glitter papers released by Couture Creations along with some of the new dies from the BE MERRYrange. I love being a little brave straying away from the traditional colours for Christmas.

I have kind of started making my card in a backward kind of way.  The size of my card was dictated by the three die cuts using the Falling Bauble die using the Snow White Ultimate Craft cardstock.  I then turned them into individual little windows by cutting a small frame around each die cut.

I then backed each of the Falling Bauble windows with the fuschia glitter cardstock then put 3D foam tape on the back of each of the windows. Mount each window next to the other with a small gap in between on to some of the Snow White Ultimate Crafts Cardstock.  I then added some white ribbon across the middle tucking the edges under the windows. Adhere the white cardstock with the windows attached to a slightly larger piece of the fuschia glitter cardstock. I added some Snow White cardstock to the back to turn it into a card.

Next I die cut two of the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Merry Christmas Set one in Snow White and one in Onyx Ultimate Crafts cardstock, 
and four sets of the Holly Berry Sprig set in Snow White
Mount the black and white Merry Christmas die cut on top of one another slightly offset.

 I partially deconstructed one of a Cottage Pollen flower.  I sprayed some adhesive around the edges and then coloured it with some of the Anna Griffin Glitter in a matching pink.  I then glued the centre of the flower back on to the base.

To finish the card I put some glue dots to the back of the flower and attached all the white sprigs.  Adhere this to the left hand side of the card front and place the Merry Christmas sentiment to the right of the flower and then add some 2mm Onyx gemstones to finish.


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20 September 2016

Thinking of You

Hi Everyone, l hope everyone is doing well, keeping the colds and flus at bay here in Australia.  I have been off colour lately with a chest infection but hopefully I'll soon be on the mend.  It has taken my scrapping mojo away a little but trying to fight through it as I NEED to create. I WANT to create.
Below is a creation that I did for Couture Creations, Ultimate Crafts & Craft Concepts.

Some of you may recall a post I did for August where a work colleague asked me to make a 'card' for her with a quote on it.  Well she loved it.  She also had her surgery and so far, touch wood, all has gone well.  The staff where I work wanted to do something special for her.  Everyone gives flowers but we wanted to give her something personal where she could look at it and remember where she was and where she is now. To go with the gift, as per normal, I made the card, so that is what I am sharing with you today.

For the case base I made it to a finish as 6x8" in size in white cardstock.  I also cut a 4x6" landscape in white also.  I then chose some of the Magnolia Lane patterened papers, Floral Fancy and Elegant Lady and added them to the white cardstock as below. 

I then die cut  one of the Magnolia Doily dies and cut it in half.  I also used the Keepsake Kandy doily die cut in half from the Amaryllis collection from 2015. I then attached each half to opposite sides of the 4x6" matted piece as shown in the picture below. Prior to attaching the doilies to the 4x6" piece I adhered some matching pink venise lace to the two horizontal sides. Next adhere the doilies and then adhere to the card base.

Next I die cut the Thank You die in Snow White Ultimate Crafts cardstock  and backed it in Carnation pink Ultimate Craft cardstock and heat embossed a sentiment for my card. Using 3D foam dots adhere this to the left side of the card.

Using the Rose Cutting die cut 3 lots of leaves in Cyrpess Green Ultimate Crafts cardstock and cut 3 of the Drifting Feathers die.  Ink the edges of the feathers in a matching green ink.
Using one of the Camden Cottage Roses from Couture Creations remove the back two layers of leaves.  Lightly ink the remaining flower with a matching soft pink ink.  I then sprayed it with spray adhesive and scattered glitter over it. Using more flowers from my stash and some pink berries I finished embellishing the card.

ULT157489 Magnolia Lane - Floral Fancy
ULT157487 Magnolia Lane - Elegant Lady
ULT157531 Magnolia Lane - Magnolia Doily Die
ULT157534 Magnolia Lane - Thank you Die 
ULT157523 Magnolia Lane - Rose Cutting Die
ULT157525 Magnolia Lane - Drifting Feather Die
ULT200001 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Snow White
ULT200031 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Cypress Pine
ULT200078 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Carnation 

Thank you for stopping by today.  
Come back again tomorrow for another wonderful creation from the Design Team. 
Until next time... keep crafting.

1 September 2016

Together is the Best

Hi Everyone.  Hope you have had a great start to September and managing to find the time to keep your craft alive.
Today I have to share with you a layout that I created for a class.  It features the wonderful Sea Breeze collection by Denise Boddey. 

1.     Remove the strip from your Weatherboard paper and gently tear the paper from top to bottom, approximately in the middle.  See the picture below.

2.     You now have two pieces made from the Weatherboard and will use both sides of the paper.  For the piece with the word SUMMER you will use the reverse.

3.     Rotate each piece 90 degrees as above.  Distress the edges of both pieces of paper.

4.     Using some texture paste and a stencil apply to the patterned paper.  Remember to put some closer to the edges so that it is seen once your photo and embellishments are added. Set aside to dry.
5.     The layout has 3 flowers, 1 x large Cottage Pollen flower and 2 x Paper Magnolias.
Take the large Cottage Pollen flower and ink all the tips of the petals in the blue/green ink. Using the same ink dab over the Paper Magnolias with a dauber or blending tool.
6.     Take some pearlised spritz and spray the flowers with enough spray so the ink starts to soften and blend.
7.     Dry off the flowers using a heat gun or set aside to dry.
8.     Take your white netting and ink it with the blue/green ink.  Spritz with some pearlised spritz so it blends and absorbs into the cotton of the net. Set aside to dry or dry with a heat gun.
9.     Mat your photo using a corner of the Hippodrome grey cardstock. Adhere foam tape to back of the grey cardstock.
10.   Cut a second rectangle our of the Hippodrome grey cardstock as 5 x 7” in size
11.   Take the Silver Sands patterned paper and cut two pieces of 4 x 6” in size in portrait. I trimmed the tab off the top of the paper and cut one vertical strip at 4" and 12" long (portrait) , then cut in half to give your the 2 x pieces of 4x6".  You then have a 8" x 12" piece left for your fussy cutting later.
12.   Take the Bottom of the Sea patterned paper and cut a piece as 5 x 7” in size in landscape
13.   From the Silver Sands remaining paper, cut out at least 4 of the shells, a large compass and a ship’s wheel.
14.   Cut out the following dies:
1 x sea horse in the Hippodrome grey cardstock
1 x set of 4 shells - 2 in Hippodrome grey and 2 in the Charming blue/green cardstock
4 x coral in the Hippodrome grey cardstock
15.   Adhere all the die cuts to cardstock with glue.  I used alternate colours, that is, if the die cut was in the grey I adhered it to the blue/green and vice versa.
16.   Fussy cut all the die cuts.
17.   Using a cream colour ink pad and blending tool, soften the edges or the grey and blue/green cardstock on the shells and seahorse.
18.   Take your matted photo and adhere to the Bottom of the Sea 5 x 7” piece that was cut out earlier. Offset it slightly to the left side.
19.   Take the other three pieces that you cut out and distress all the edges.
20.   Using the grey as a base mat the two prints on top of each other, the greenish print towards the top left, and the cream print more centred. As per the main picture.
21.   Take the natural twine and snip off a small piece, big enough to use to attach your charm. Wrap the remaining twine three times around your mounted photo and adhere it to the back. Take your small piece of snipped twine and adhere the charm to around the twine that you just wrapped around the photo.
22.   Take your distressed Weatherboard patterned paper and place them on to the Battle Fatigue green cardstock, do not adhere yet.  You will notice that the paper overlaps on either side.  Tear off more of the patterned paper (either the top or bottom piece) so that more of the Battle Fatigue green shows. See main photo.  Once you are happy with how it looks add glue or double sided tape to the reverse approximately 1cm or ½” from the edge.
Once it is attached play with the edges and distress them further with your fingers so that the green Battle Fatigue cardstock shows more around the edges.
23.   Finally it is all about the layering of the background papers and your newly created embellishments.  Once you have attached the three background papers take the netting and attach it approximately at the half way point down the paper.  I found glue works best to ensure it won’t come loose at a later time.  Add your matted photo and then finish adding your die cuts, flowers, cabochon and fussy cut seashells, anchor and ships wheel. 
I left enough space at the bottom of the page so that I could add what ever size title I wanted that matched my photo.
And….. you’re done

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