25 September 2017

Christmas Trio | Couture Creations and Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, Anita with you today sharing a trio of cards that I have made using the gorgeous range from Ultimate Crafts  It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.  
I love the traditional colours used in this range.

These cards were very easy and quick to construct which is what we all want when we have to create multitudes to send out to special family and friends.

Alrighty then, lets check out the cards.

Card 1

Card one is a tri-fold card which I absolutely love.

 To start, I cut a 6" x 12" piece of Ultimate Crafts Cardstock in Paper Bag, scoring it at 3" and 6". 
Next I selected the patterned papers from the 12x12" paper pad.  I just loved the check so had to go with that mounted on some more of the Ultimate Crafts Cardstock this time in Garnet red.
I then selected two coordinating cards from the back of the paper pad which were also mounted on the red cardstock.

I then die cut the poinsettias in the red cardstock and holly leaves in Battle Fatigue cardstock along with the  Merry Christmas die using some of the gorgeous Matte Gold Mirror Board. Finally I added a few gold baubles to the poinsettias it was finished.
Oh, on the reverse I also added a piece of white smooth card to enable the sender to add a Christmas wish to the recipients.


For my second card I used the white square card set.  I cut the green patterned paper the same size as the card base. I distressed the edges of both pieces of patterned paper.

 Again I used the poinsettia and holly dies and also used the Cardinal die but only used the little bird.

I also cut two of the Merry Christmas dies.  One of the two die cuts I added gold foil to. Because I used the textured size of the cardstock, the foil ended up a little blotchy, however I loved the end result.  The second die cut was slightly offset against the gold foiled one.

I added a fussy cuts flower and some twine, along with the gold baubles to finish off the card.


I again used the square card base set from Couture Creations.
Next I selected two patterned papers to match with the square card I chose from the back
of the paperpad. Again I distressed the edges of the patterned papers.

I chose one of the gorgeous chipboard pieces that forms part of the Let Every Day Be Christmas collection and foiled it using some of the mirror finish red foil.

Taking some match satin ribbon I foiled the ribbon using a matching foil along with the holly die. 
It added another dimension to the ribbon.

Finally I die cut the holly die in some of the matte gold Mirror Board and added some ready baubles.

All cards are relatively simple but have all turned out beautiful.





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12 September 2017

"Don't be FOILED ..... it's nearly Christmas" | Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, Anita back here on the blog with you today.  Until the last couple of days I really have played heaps with my new Go Press and Foil machine from Couture Creations. I

 really needed to start thinking of Christmas cards because I know some family and friends will want me to make some for them as well so I have been playing and really having fun.

Everything used in these two cards is from the new Ultimate Crafts range  
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

Card 1 - Merry Christmas

I really love using white and gold together so for Christmas I just had to do it.

This card I made using a 5x7" card base.
To start I embossed a piece of cardstock measuring 1/4" smaller all around than the card base.

Next I took a gold ink pad a lightly dragged it across the face of the embossed cardstock so it only coloured the raised portion of the cardstock. I also inked around the edges with the gold ink.

Using the gorgeous Snowflake die from the collection I die cut one full set of dies + a second one of the chunkier of the three dies.  I used the beautiful lined gold  Mirror Board from Couture Creations.

 There are so so many gorgeous hotfoil stamps with collections and a couple of really pretty sentiments.  For this card I used the Merry Christmas sentiment which I foiled using the Matte Gold foil on to some white smooth card.

I then trimmed it down and snipped in the edges.  I then backed the sentiment on to
some more of the lined gold Mirror Board.

All the components were now complete and I then constructed the card.  To finish I added a few 
pieces of bling from my personal stash to the centres  of the snowflakes.

 Card 2 - Season's Greetings

So, do you know the saying 'Blue and Green should not be seen', well it was big when I was a young one in the 1970's, well I say BAH HUMBUG!!!! I love them together and chose this
combination for my second card.

I got a little carried away making this card and forgot to take a photo of the embossing of the white cardstock with the gorgeous Snowflake embossing folder.
 I die cut two of the Holly Branch die from the collection and I decided I wanted to foil it.
I used several layers of card 'shim' on my Go Press and Foil machine but the centre still didn't take the foil as much I would have liked as you can see below.

So, I decided to put some of the Turbo Glue Pen glue to the portions that didn't take and 
waited until it became tacky.

Once the glue was tacky I then took some of the Blue Green foil and dabbed it over the glue.
Below is how it turned out..... I loved it!!

Next using the Season's Greeting Candle Hotfoil stamp I stamped three images with the  
Blue Green foil.

Next I took my Chameleon Pens and coloured in my candles.  
They came out pretty okay with the ombre effect. I have to say I haven't had many
chances to use them so hopefully this is the start of some fun colouring in. I then 
fussy cut the three candles.

Next I hotfoiled the sentiment Season's Greetings and again as in card 1, snipped in each side.  This time I inked around the edges of the sentiment.
Sorry guys, I forgot to take a photo of that, but I am sure you will be able to visualise it..... and 
you get to see it up close below anyway :)

I then constructed the card, adding a little bit of green bling to some of the embossed 
snowflakes on the card.




Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great week
and find some to do something creative.

Until next time.
Ciao for now.


4 September 2017

Flower Parade | Ultimate Crafts

Hi Everyone, welcome to a new week.
I am still playing with the beautiful Bohemian Bouquet collection from Ultimate Crafts and designed by the talented Denise Boddey.
For this layout I have decided to keep it fairly simple as the papers do the work, they are just that pretty.

After selecting my background patterned paper, I die cut two of the String of Daisies Edge Die and then inked the edge in a matching pink ink. Next I die cut six of the Orchid Decorative Die.

 Using the Blue from my Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments I made up my own spritz to put some splats on my background paper. I then also used it to add some colour to some of the Bulk Flowers from Couture Creations.

Next I chose several patterned papers and and tore several different sizes.  I stapled them together to make the backgound mat for my photo.

Once the cluster of background papers were adhered to the base 12x12" patterned paper  I added my photo and then embellished around it using the die cuts, decoupage pieces and my flowers.

Here are a couple of close ups of the finished page.


Thank you for stopping by today.  We hope you enjoy this wonderful new collection of papers, dies, stencils, stamps and other embellishments.  

Keep crafting.