1 July 2018

💖💖💖 Colour Blast Design Team 2018-2019 💖💖💖


So excited today!!! 
It is so great I can finally share this amazing news.

So when I tried out for the Colour Blast Design Team a couple of months ago I really never thought I would be here now.  The team at Colour Blast are just the best and they are such an awesome Australian company which I have supported for a long time now.

Now that I am officially on the Design Team I cannot wait to start creating and hopefully inspire you all just even a little bit.


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27 April 2018

Mixed Media fun in Pink


I love playing with patterned papers, but I also love using white cardstock.  I guess I can then go crazy with mixed media products, with some of my favourites coming from the amazing Australian owned and made brand Colour Blast. They have the most gorgeous shimmers to a lot of their products and the colours.... WOW!!!


To create my layout I have used many many Colour Blast products for my layout, including Colour Paste, Shimmer Cube, sprays and Embossing paste.

After adding some of the Heavy White Gesso to my cardstock and allowing to dry, I added some water to the Blush shimmer cube and then using a flat head paint brush added it to my white cardstock.  Being impatient I assisted the drying with my heat gun.  I added some splatters using the sprays, but only just lightly.

I do love stamping on my backgrounds when using white cardstock to add some interest and here I have used several different stamp sets from 49 and Market.

Next, using a stencil and the Snow White colour paste I added some dimension to the page. Taking a second stencil, and this time a Distress Ink stamp pad, I added the cross highlights to the background. 

 I can't help but added some flower clusters around the page :)



 

I absolutely love the wood veneer diamond cut-outs so I had to add some to my page.  I used some of the embossing powder to them using Versamark ink and heat setting it.  Isn't the shimmer gorgeous.
My 'shine' title I used the shimmer cube in Dusty Charcoal to colour it. 



I am so happy to say I have returned to my happy place..... my craftroom.  It is so nice to create what I want when I want and with products I love to play with.

Thank you again for dropping by.  I hope to be here a little more regularly in the future.

See you next time :)




A Return Ticket to a Moment Otherwise Gone


So, I've been missing in action for the last couple of months. But today I thought I would share with you a gorgeous layout that I created using the "Together" range from MINTAY by Karola.  Every collection I have I just love.



For this layout I loved this photo of my little neice and nephew that my brother took.  I wanted to showcase the photo as it was taken, upside down.  I guess the name of the range Together matches perfectly.  Even though there are flowers throughout the range, the gorgeous muted greeny blue tones with the pinks and oranges means I could use it for boys too.


There is one page (inside cover of the paper pack) of images for fussy cutting.  I cut out a couple of balloons along with the floral wreath and layered them slightly off centre of the matching image on my layout base patterned paper.



I added a largish flower cluster ..... I can't help myself :)



For my title I used Colour Blast shimmer cube in Deep Water to colour the Celebr8 chipboard.  The shimmer cubes are so easy to use.  Add a touch of water and taking my paintbrush added the colour.



I really enjoyed putting this layout together.  It is so much fun playing with new paper ranges.  I am quite sure Mintay are on to a winner with these beautiful ranges.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a great weekend...... ours looks pretty spectacular with beautiful autumn weather here in Queensland.


26 February 2018

The Best is Yet to Come | Couture Creations



Hiya Everyone.
I taking a journey back today using Bohemian Bouquet from Ultimate Crafts. I wanted to make a striking yellow and white card and Bohemian Bouquet has some pretty patterned papers in the colours I wanted. 
Couture Creations has just released a new range of Hotfoil Stamps called Everyday Sentiments and I am showing one today.



Here is a look at the bits and pieces I have put together to create my card.

So to start I cut myself a 6x12" piece of the white Ultimate Craft cardstock and scored it at 6" to create my 6x6" card base.  Next I cut one of my patterned papers to 5 3/4" square and distressed the edges before inking the edges with a matching yellow ink.  I then selected a second patterned paper and cut it to 5 3/4" x 3" again distressing the edges and inking in yellow ink.

I die cut one of the Bohemian Bouquet Laced Petals dies in the Snow White cardstock.  Again I inked the edged and then snipped it in half. Using the Vintage Matte Gold ink I hotfoiled the sentiment on an offcut of the Snow White cardstock, snipped in one long edge with scissors and then once again distressed the edges and inked them with the yellow ink.


Next I adhered them to the card base. And all that was left to do was embellish with my chosen flowers in a cluster, add the die cut and add the sentiment.  My last finishing touch was adding some of the small gold pearls to the card.




Here are a few closeups of the card.





PRODUCTS USED

Bohemian Bouquet

Be Merry

Other
Thanks for stopping by.  Come back and join us again tomorrow.

Ciao for now,
Anita
xx




17 February 2018

Wishing you a Bunch of Flowers | Couture Creations


Welcome to Friday everyone, I hope you have had a great week even if you were working like me.

I am continuing with the gorgeous C'est La Vie collection.
My card today was creating using off cuts from my 12x12" paper pad.  It shows
how you can ensure you make the most out of your paper pads.




For this card I made a 6x6" white card base.  You can resize it to any size depending on the off cut paper pieces that you have .

After making the card base, I selected a range of papers and cut them to 2x2" in size.


Next I destessed all the edged and placed them on the card base just to get an idea of how I wanted the card to look.



I then adhered them all down, making that when I attached the double sided tape that I didn't go right to the edge so that once all pieces were attached, using my fingers I could distress the edges more. 
The next picture shows the extra distressing along with two pieces of decoupage flower attached with 3D foam mounting tape.

To finish off I just went to town with my flowers to make it very pretty.
Sorry for the hot glue gun threads.... I thought I got them all.


PRODUCTS USED

C'est la Vie Collection






Thanks for stopping by... hope to see you again soon.
Keep crafting :)

Anita E






7 February 2018

Stop and Smell the Roses | Couture Creations


#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts  

Good Morning Everyone,

Having pretty papers to play with makes creating so much easier.  I love the C'est La Vie collection and am really enjoying doing layouts with the 12x12 paper pad. This latest one is of me with my gorgeous niece Sabine and some Snapchat fun :)


I decided for this layout that I needed to mute the patterned paper that I used to base my layout around.  To do this I chose to use the Anna Griffin/Couture Creations Acrylic Gesso.  I did a light coat to the paper and allowed it to dry.


This 2nd photo shows how much softer the paper looks.

I added some texture to the background using one of the Anna Griffin/Couture Creations stencils with the beautiful fluffy embossing paste.  This embossing paste is my go to for adding texture to my pages.  It is a beautiful white and more importantly it dries so quickly which is fantastic as it doesn't slow me down to much when I am on a roll with my creating.

 Next I took a selection of patterned papers and transformed them in to banners of differing widths and lengths.  I muted the edges with a matching pink ink.

Below is a rough placement of how I wanted the papers to look before I adhered them to the page.

I added a paper doily to the sides of banners to bring in some white to the page.  
This really popped in the finished page. I also added a largish paper doily from my collection.

Once this was done I mounted my photo on to a soft green/blue Ultimate Crafts cardstock called Charming, again softening the edges with the pink ink and then just added a die cut (discontined) in the same green behind the photo (cut in half), overlapping the paper doily.

Once my photo was attached to the page, I added some bling and my flower cluster.  The two butterflies at the top were fussy cut from one of the pieces of paper.

To finish it off I chose a chipboard title from the C'est La Vie collection, Stop and Smell the Roses.  This one was hotfoiled using the Champagne coloured foil.

I hope you like it.









29 January 2018

C'est la Vie "Love" card | Couture Creations

 
#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts

Hi Everyone,

I am so glad you stopped by.  I have been lucky to have the new C'est La Vie collection on my desk lately and have created another gorgeous card for today.  A girl can never have too many cards in her collection.  I love layers and I love using them on my cards.

So let's go.

For my card I used a white A6 card base. Each patterned paper I chose from the 6x6" paper pad I distressed the edges of.  I covered the front of the card in my chosen paper.  Next I attached a strip of a darker contrasting paper and attached it to the left of the card.



I next layered one of my absolute papers to another patterned paper, again distressing the edges.  I created a banner tab. I added some 3D foam tape to the reverse and adhered it a little off the right side of the card and a little lower than in the middle of the card.  I had some gorgeous pink lace to add to it in my stash.


 The ephemera in this collection is gorgeous.  I selected one of the branches from the pack and it had a really little butterfly perched on one of the branches.  I am not a big one for sticking everything down totally so just glued it down on the stem.  This helps give it a more 3D and real effect to the individual pieces.
The white flower I chose for the card I blended the edges of the petals in a matching pink ink.  Once I had these adhered to the card I added a couple of matching green mini flowers from my collection. To finish I tucked one of the cute ephemera birds into the flower and put one of the word sentiments on 3D foam tape in the bottom right corner.




PRODUCTS USED

C'est la Vie Collections


Other Couture Creations Products
CO724289 - 2cm English Roses
CO724296 - 6cm Camden Cottage Roses
CO724294 - 4cm Tie Dyed & Jewelled Florettes


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be back again tomorrow for some more inspiration.

Ciao

Anita