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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Treasure Love Layout by Cindy Porter


Hi everyone, it's Cindy here with my second blog post for the month.... I'm excited to share my second project using the fabulous Vintage Rose Paper collection and some of this years gorgeous die releases.

I created a layout "Treasure the Time"... on this layout you'll find a couple of those old time photo's you can have done, these ones were from a trip we took to the Goldcoast...we were visiting the tigers at Dreamworld (I am totally obsessed with tigers, for those of you who don't know)and we came across the old-time photo booth and had a bit of fun...

Now, onto the details...

I started by die cutting a border using "Simone's Style" border die from the glossy back cover of an old magazine.... I particularly chose the cover for it's extra sturdiness and it's glossy coating...

I then used my newly created stencil with some modelling paste to created some texture down my page(bunch in a line from the Vintage Rose 12x12" paper pad)... the advantage to using the glossy paper, is it is re-usable and can be gently cleaned with a baby wipe and kept for the next time you want some more texture...

 After drying the stencilled modelling paste with the heat tool, I then spritzed a couple of different coral sprays drying in between colours with the heat tool.

I used a sheet of the Core'dinations cardstock and sanded it back to reveal the clocks pattern, I fussy cut several different size clocks.

Next I got to die cutting.... I used some of the left over Core'dinaitons cardstock and some sheets from the Vintage Rose Paper collection 6x6" pad and I die cut these using dies from the Kalini and Amaryllis collections and the chevron arrows from the Everyday collection...

I then reached for my border stencil (yes the one that I had created from the magazine cover) and with a sponge dauber, inked the edge of my layout...

And after inking all around the edge of the layout, I decided to tear away a largish section from the bottom of the page... and also create a couple of tiny tears on opposite edges of the layout... I used the diamonds in burgundy sheet from the Vintage Rose 12x12" paper pad to back my page, and show through the rips and tears I had created...

Now the only thing left to do was to ink up all my pieces and put it all together along with some muslin, and using some 3D glue dots and foam tape for some extra dimension.... 
here are some close ups...

 I cut the statements from the Pink Words paper from the Vintage Rose 12x12" paper pad 
and used foam tape to give them a bit of height...

I used buttons as centers for my centers of my Sharp flower die cuts... and gemstones for the centers of the clocks... I also scattered around a few of the 2mm gemstones, I think these are fast becoming a favourite for me, they are so pretty and not overpowering, totally love them...

I hope you've enjoyed this project and I would love to hear your feedback...
Here's a detailed list of the products I used:

Dies used:

Tools and Accessories used:

Adhesives used: 

till next time
happy creating

Lest We Forget


Thank You to all our fallen soliders for there service to our country

Friday, 24 April 2015

Pocket Pages by Tracey Rohweder


Hello again crafters!

Tracey here today to share with you my latest project. 

I am a list lover!  In life I couldn't get by without a list to keep me on track and see what needs to be done. Scrapbooking-wise I love how easily you can journal with a list! Dot points or numbered count downs, I like the simplicity of them, and how minimalist & uncluttered they can look on a page. 

For this project I wanted to record things about my daughter when she was 10.  
It's such a busy age!  She's 11 now and already I see how different her favourite things are. 

This project uses a die from the new Kalini range 'Falling Blossoms' and a piece from the Coteaux Curls Elegant Card Cut set.  I chose 5 pieces of Vintage Rose 6x6 paper to use as backgrounds in the pockets, and a 12x12 piece of Vintage Rose patterned paper to embellish & matt with. 

*** On a side note meet Georgie Cat.  He loves Couture Creations just as much as me! 
So much so that anytime I tried to photograph for this post he put himself in the picture. 
You win Georgie. Say hello to the Crafting world! ***

Right - back to making!

I chose a 12x12 page protector with four 6x6 pockets for this layout.  Perfect for the 6x6 paper pad sheets.  All you have to do is cut off the top header with your Couture Creations paper trimmer and you are ready to slip them in. Too easy!

I did some paper shuffling and found my preferred layout.
I liked the way the leaves framed the corners on opposite sides, and the greens and burgundy colours compliment each other perfectly. 

It's time to die cut!
I'm a big one for getting value for money and lots of use out of products. 
So you don't just have to use a product for how they were intended or named for that matter.  
The curls on this layout are a set in the Elegant Card Cuts range called Coteaux Curls (2pc).

So if you're not a card maker it might be easy for you to overlook a 'card' die.  
But wait - There's more!!! You can use the separate curl die on anything as vines for flowers, an embellishment,  a background pattern etc.  You could also use the main rectangle die on a scrapbook page as a frame for a picture. Don't JUST see card on the packet and think I have to use it for a card. 

I've cut four of the curls with THE most amazing Quick Release Die Paper. 
This is where this paper comes into its own. This die is quite fine and intricate, but using the 
Quick Release Die Paper, the die cut literally just need a small tap (sometimes not at all!) and the cut falls out.  Can you imagine poking this design out of the die 'the old way'? 
Not anymore!!

I added a die cut curl to each 6x6 paper and decided on my photos.
The Turbo Precision Glue Pen was a winner to stick the curls on as the fine nozzle allowed for controlled release of the glue.

Flowers that match your papers can really bring a layout together, so it makes sense 
to actually USE these same papers and make your own flowers.  
For this layout I have made 2 different sized flowers.

The small flowers were made by cutting up 12x12 patterned paper (Diamonds in Burgundy) from the Vintage Rose Collection.  I distressed the squares with my fingernail (because they're so small) scrunched them up and layered three on top of one another using a mini glue spot. I have added a crystal classic gemstone to the center of each flower for sparkle.   

To make the bigger flowers I have used the 'Tracey Cooley spray and pinch method'.
**Tracey is the Couture Creations Special Projects designer and all-round awesome lady.  
She is a legend of flower making and has several flower projects on her blog - go check them out!** 

Firstly I've die cut the flower shapes using a really pretty die called Falling Blossoms from the Kalini range.  To make these flowers simply spray your die cut flowers with water (this breaks down the fibres of the paper) and pinch each petal. They can be quite delicate when wet depending on the weight of your paper/cardstock so pinch slowly and carefully until you get a feel for it.  Once you've pinched all the petals leave the flower to dry.  Once dry you can layer the flowers biggest to smallest (4 layers total) using mini glue spots. You will end up with this lovely aged look & feel to the flower.   So simple yet so effective.  Add some bling of your choice - on these ones I've added the 2mm Gemstones in Celadon.  The pretty light green coordinates beautifully with the green tones.

I've placed the flowers on top of my curls and in the corners of my photos.

I've matted my photos with some of the 12x12 Vintage Rose patterned paper (Diamonds in Burgundy) and distressed the edges with non-stick scissors.  I think distressing gives such dimension to a layout and really frames the photos here. 

I've added some embellishments to the pages, including more of the 2mm Gemstones in Celadon.
They are tiny, but they still add some colour pop to any project. 

This is where I originally finished my page and this post.  I liked it the layout, but 'something' just wasn't grabbing me with the title page.  So I left it. And walked away for a few days.

And came back and fiddled some more.....
And some more.  Until I arrived at this :) 

I trimmed about half an inch of the green background paper and then rolled, ripped and distressed it and mounted it on a 6x6 piece of the remaining 12x12 Vintage Rose patterned paper (Diamonds in Burgundy).  I die cut two of the curls in a green paper, using one whole in the top right corner and cut the other up and poked some small pieces within the rips. I added more of the 2mm gemstones on and around curl. 

My tip this post is that it's ok to walk away and come back to a project. 
Sometimes you can look at something too long. 

CO724037 Turbo Precision Glue Pen
CO723815 Mini Craft Glue Spots
CO721957 15" x 15" Self Healing Cutting Mat
CO721955 Pointed Non-Stick Scissors
CO723973 Paper Trimmer 

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I hope what ever you are working on this week makes you happy!
Even if you need to walk away and come back :) 

Thanks for stopping by

Tracey xxx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thanks Cards by Jo Simons


Hello paper people!  It's Jo and I'm back today to share a couple of very quick thank you cards.

I have used the Vintage Rose Garden 6 x 6 paper pad for these cards.  Just the perfect size!
Here is a close up of my first card.

I have used 2 dies from the new Hearts Ease collection.  The gorgeous Scrolled Tomentosa which is fast becoming a favourite of mine as it works so well on cards or on layouts, and also the Maviensis die.  I teamed them up with Anastasia set from the Frames n Frills collection.  I then just continued to "layer" them up.  Hand stitched around the edges of my paper for a little extra depth and dimension and finished with the super new Script - Thanks die and the pretty little butterfly is another lovely die from the Everyday Essentials collection.  This is one called Edith and Baby.

My second card I have just layered the same as the first on but I have used one of the Background Savvy dies (Crystal Aroma) as a bit of a focal point.  The pretty little circle die is from the Frames n Frills collection - Anastasia Set.  This is a fantastic set as it has a small flower die included which I have used on my card too.  Of course my flowers have to have leaves so I used the Cycad Fern die.

Hope I have inspired you in some small way.
Until next time

Couture Creations products used:

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue 8

#couturecreationsaus #creativeinspirationmagazine

the latest issue of our

Our newest paper collection
Hearts Ease collection also has  
Stickers, Ephemera Packs, Chipboard Embellishments, Stamps, Dies, & Embossing Folders

Also in this issue we introduce you to 

You can pick up a copy at your local Couture Creations stockist or view Creative Inspiration online 

Apology the 2 cards and 1 tag on page 7  by Tina Connolly were created by Megan Alford not Tina. 
We are so very sorry Megan for this error.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Together Card by Lesa Bird


Today I have another quick card,
using a Couture Creations embossing folder,

First Emboss your cardstock, with Hearts Ease; 5x7 Frame, I used the
new Couture Creation Corner punch, to round my corners,

 Then lightly ink over the raised surface, using a Sponge Dauber,
also I have run ink around the entire outer edge,
 Cut the center of the embossed cardstock out, using the  Craft Knife.

 Trim down the discarded center, punch the corners, and add a few stamps, on 3D Foam Tape place this back in the center.
Now to our flower, I'm used the  Kalini Falling Blossoms die  (love this die) with this flower I held the center, and with other hand, grab the tip of each petal and bend it into the center at a right angles.

Use the new 2 Way Turbo Precision Glue Pen. to adhere the layers together, add some
Couture Creations Seaspray Gemstones to the middle
and you have one lovely handmade flower, add to your card using Craft Glue Spots

Smear a little Crystalina Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, over the raised surfaces, for a little sparkle, and a few Couture Seaspray Gemstones , here and there

Arrange all your elements and your done.
Couture Creations products used
CO724062 Vintage Rose Garden 6"x6" Paper Pad
Hearts Ease Embossing Folders
CO724378   Hearts Ease Frame
Kalini Intricutz Dies
CO724251    Falling Blossoms
CO723974  Corner Punch
 Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Day


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