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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Sweet Life by Anita Bownds


I thought I would share a little tip of using up some of those die cut papers 
we all seem to have in our stash . I don't know about you but I tend to put them back in my die cut box so I thought why not try and use some on my layout

So here is a bit of patterned paper from the 6x6 vintage rose garden
I used it for a few different dies as you can see and it's going to be my first layer

I die cut the large winter tree and the rickety fence 
in white so they would pop on the page

I used a craft knife and cut around the leaf 
so I could pop it out and have it in front of my photo 
And added the English rose with a bit of sewing cotton under it

I cut my title out with a electronic machine using a bit of patterned paper from the 
Vintage rose garden 12x12 paper pad added 

It's a simple way to use some of your die cut scraps and still have a lovely page

Products used 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Hope & Beauty by Sue Smyth

Hi all 
I am sharing two cards I recently made to teach at a store near by
each card is made from the Hearts Ease range and Couture Creations Dies

This card I have cut about 2 cm off the front opening 
and adhered a strip of die cut paper lace from the Amaryllis range
This always makes a nice focal point to a card.

Here are a few close ups for you to enjoy.
Don't be afraid to cut up a die cut, this is the Cycad leaf
I have inked with green distress ink and
then blended around the edges with pink or red distress ink.
Then spritz with a little water to blend them together nicely.

A nice example of a wicked flower( have shown this on a previous post)
The larger the flower the better the effect.

To add a spot of colour to the centre of the flowers
just pick up a small amount of ink on a small stipple brush.
Wipe off any excess, you really only need a little, and 
dab all over the center of the flower.

When you fussy cut an image, flip it over on a mouse pad
apply pressure with a stylus to give a curved appearance.
Flip back over, I like to cover with a little dimensional magic
and a really small amount of white glitter.
Then adhere to card with 3 D foam tape.

Add a pocket to the inside to hold a gift card or tag.

Use up your left over pearls, and add an accent, they don't have to be 
the same size, and they will add a bit of shine and bling.

Material list 

Happy Crafting  

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Couture Creations Class | Craft Giraffe


for a layout class with a different spin

Saturday the 11th of July  
9.30am - 11.30am
for some couture creations fun creating this project with a difference. 
Recycle and old vinyl record into a beautiful scrapbook layout or wall hanging, using the latest Couture Creations Hearts Ease papers and Kalini Dies. 
Kit contains  all materials including a Kalini Die for you to keep! 

Contact Craft Giraffe to book your place

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Treasure Each Day by Anita Enright


Welcome Back Everyone,
So glad you could join me again on the Couture Creations blog.  I am having so much fun being part of this wonderful Design Team, I am getting to create some beautiful projects. 

When I started this project I had an idea in my head but the end result was so totally different.  I love the finished product.  I hope the beautiful lady I have made it for loves it too.

I fell in love with the Jocund Julie die from the Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Collection and what better way to use it than to create my own lace paper.  It is a smallish die and I needed to cut 25 to cover the sheet of cardstock that I chose to base the colour scheme on.

 I located the center of the piece of cardstock and one by one glued down each diecut working my way to the edges of the paper.  As there was a small edge left uncovered I grabbed a matching, slightly darker ink and inked all the edges to slightly soften the look. The dies matched together beautifully.

At the moment I really love using laces on my scrapbooking pages to give that real feminine look so found a wide crisp white piece and adhered it approximately 2/3 down the page. I then added contrasting edge to the top of the lace using the Simone's Style border die from the Amaryllis Ornamental Lace collection and adhered it to the top edge of the white lace, then added more dimension with a bit of bling.

From there it is was just about layering flowers and embellishments around the 5x7" photo that I mounted on 3D mounting tape. I added a slight pop of colour taking it through in to the title.

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Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting.

Anita E

Friday, 3 July 2015

Discover Card by Lesa Bird


Hello and welcome
Today I'm having a play with Couture Creations Hearts Ease Embossing folder and a couple of old favourites from the Van Roe Collection
This is a quick card, so here we go

first cut a piece of cardstock to suit you card size, making sure it just a little smaller than the base card itself, place the piece into the Hearts Ease Words 5x7 Folder, and run it through you machine

cut a piece of cardstock and one piece of Hearts Ease Pattern Paper from the 6x6 pad into 1" strips with the cardstock piece slightly smaller than the patterned piece, emboss the cardstock using the words embossing folder, sand lightly to reveal the core colour and to enhance the embossed words. layer these pieces slightly over each, use the Turbo Glue Pen to do this,

From the Van Roe Collection, I've chosen the Sign Post and Discover Dies, cutting out one of each, here I also simply cut two of the smaller sizes, Square nesting dies, using the larger square as the mat,
attaching the Sign Post and Discover, to the top layer, place over last strip as shown in main picture.
Mounting the Square on 3D foam tape, adds a little dimension to the card.

To finish off I add a little ribbon, attaching with 6mm Double Sided Tape.
 Hope you like this very quick, simple card
Couture Creations Product Used
CO723735   The Van Roe Decorative Die,  DISCOVER
CO723042  Nesting Dies, Square 
CO724201 Hearts Ease 6 x 6 Paper Pad
CO724389   Turbo Glue Pen
CO721985   Double Sided Tape 6mm
CO723780   3D Foam Dots

Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Day

Thursday, 2 July 2015

If the Shoe Fits by Jo Simons


Hello friends!
Thanks so much for popping by.  Today I have a layout to share with you all.

So I tried to get in touch with my mixed media side seeing as that seems to be all the rage at the moment.  I really struggle with mixed media.  I kinda like it all nice and clean and mixed media is so random that it kinda plays with my OCD side :).  Anyway - here is how I achieved this layout.

Here is my first little tip.  To save on paper when I am working on a white background and using a patterned piece of paper as a border, I always cut the middle out so that I can use the inside piece later. 

Set both pieces aside and work on your white cardstock to create you background paper.  I have cut an inch of two sides to create a border.  I then used the long stamp strip for the Heats Ease Border and Butterflies stamp set and randomly stamped over my paper.  Then I added another layer using some gold texture paste and a stencil.


Using the 6 x 6 Hearts Ease paper pad I made my paper cluster and hand stitched around the edges before I stuck it all onto the base page.

Using the new flowers I gently swiped them with a little distress stain.  These white flowers are just awesome to be able to put your own touch to.  I also cut a couple of doilys using the Rowena die from the Amaryllis Ornamental Lace Die collection.  I also coloured these with the distress stain.

I have then started to layer my page and add my embellishments. 
Here is a closer look at all the details in the embellishment cluster.  I have used lots of dies and cut from the paper pad too as well as a few bits and pieces from the Hearts Ease ephemera pack.  The little butterfly is from the Everyday Essentials collection.  The swirl tucked in amongst my flowers is from the new Secret Garden collection called Butterfly Flourish 2.  I have also used the Nesting Hearts Dies too.  The photo corner is another favourite die at the moment.  Its called Twisting Corners and looks awesome cut in gold glitter.  I have also been using it as an extra touch to nestle into my flower clusters too.

Just before I go, I wanted to share another little tip that I have found really useful.  A lot of my layouts are loaded with details and I found a really good way of making creating a little quicker.


This little box of goodies makes my crafting life so much easier.  Every so often when I want to craft but don't really know what it is I want to do, I pull out my dies and a bunch of papers and die cut.  Yep I'm on a bit of a cork and glitter thing at the moment.  Seriously having a bunch of stuff already cut out makes scrapping so much easier for me.  I do the same with all my doilys
(coz no page of mine is complete without a doily or two).
Thanks so much for letting my share and for all you beautiful comments.  They are truly appreciated!
Until next time
happy scrapping!

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