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Monday, 25 May 2015

Lifetime of Memories by Anita Enright


Hi Everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with you that I have done using the beautiful new Hearts Ease paper collection.  They are the most wonderful colours to use on all our 'old' photos.

  1. I selected the Pansy Background, Small Pansies and Fading Pansies 12x12" papers from the Hearts Ease paper collection. I then also flicked through the 6x6" stack for two other prints that matched with the other papers that I selected.
  2. I cut the Fading Pansies paper down to 10x10", the Small Pansies paper cut to a 4x12" strip, and the 6x6" piece of patterned paper into a 2" piece then halved again into two 2x3"strips. 

  4. Attach 6mm double sided tape to the back of all pieces.
  6. Take the large die from your Circle and Scallop Circle Nesting Dies and die cut one each in two differing colours of cardstock.  Do the same with the 3rd smallest of each of the two different Nesting Dies. With the smaller circle I chose a pale print from the 6x6" stack so that I could journal on it.

  7. Attach the circle die cut to the scallop circle die cut with 6mm double sided tape, then slice in half. Add some more of the 6mm double sided tape to the two halves of the circle and attach them to opposite sides of the Fading Pansies 4x12" strip of paper.

  8.  Now it's time to attach everything to the base patterned paper. Grab the 10x10" paper and attach it to the center of the 12x12". Then take the 4x12" piece (this is the one with the two half circles attached) and place it just below center across the 10x10" square. Then position the two small 2x3" pieces across the 4x12" piece just above center.  
  9. To cover the lower seam line I found a piece of matching ribbon and attached it across the seam.  I mounted it on 6mm double sided tape and secured it on the back of the 12x12" sheet.
  10. I chose a selection of white flowers from Couture Creations and inked them in matching colours. Set them aside to dry.

    The one thing I really love about the new Heart Ease collection, it now has even more in the collection including stamps, die cuts and chipboard stickers, even number/letter stickers.
  11. I decided to do a watermark effect on the Fading Pansies patterned background and I did this using the large and small fob watch stamps.
  12. Mount your photo with 3D foam dots or foam mounting tape and position it on your page.
  13. I selected a few of the chipboard die cuts along with a small die cut insect and positioned them on my layout.
  14. I adhered the small circle to the small scallop circle and then I put a small saying on it in freehand (I so hate my handwriting).
  15. I then placed my flowers around my layout and once I liked the how it looked adhered the flowers with the Turbo Glue pen (my new best friend).
  16. WOOT WOOT - we're Finished :)

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     Thanks for stopping by.
    Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Time to Treasure Layout & Video by Guest Designer Bec Genet


Hi I'm Bec, 
I am originally from New Zealand but I now live in Brisbane with my Husband and Daughter. 
During the week I work as a Laboratory Chemist for a Vitamin Company but every other spare minute I have I'm at my craft table. 
I started to scrapbook after my Daughter was born in 2006 but in the last couple of years I've become super obsessed. I love creating 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts the most, being able to beautifully preserve memories  makes my happy. I do also create altered items and canvases from time to time. 
My style is very feminine, I can't live without my flowers and sparkles when I create and I adore mixed media scrapbooking with lots of textures, layers and dimension. 
I hope you enjoy my creations and please visit me 
at my blog  
on Facebook  
or on You Tube  
Hugs - Bec. xoxoxoxo

Hi there - I'm so happy that this month I get to guest design for Couture Creations. I'm using their new Hearts Ease Collection - so Pretty!!!! Plus I got to use some of their dies and embossing folders, I don't own a Big Shot so I had to borrow one for a couple of week but now I think I'm hooked and will have to buy my own.

For my first layout I made a start to finish video so please sit back and enjoy.

My close ups:

My Video:

Couture Creations Products used:
Papers - Pansy Dressing Pansy Dreaming, Pansy Grid, Golden Pansy, Dragonfly Phrases

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Fancy fold cards with Vintage Rose by Jo Simons


Hello crafters! Jo back again to share today.  Thanks for popping by.
Today I have a couple more cards to share with you.  Yep I have kind of gone a little card crazy the last few weeks.  These cards are a little different in that they are fancy folded cards.
I have used the 6 x 6 Vintage Rose pad for my cards with some of the new dies

Here is a close up of my first card.  Kind of like an easel card but it has the ends cut off.  You will see from the template below how I have made this card.

I have used my favourite Anastasia Set from the Frames n Frills collection for the doily and also the decorative strips down the side panels.  I then layered another piece of patterned paper cut with my circle nesting dies.  Then I added the super cute Honeypot die from the Background Savvy dies.  On top of this I then put my finishing touches.  I made some flowers using the Sharp Flower die from the Kalini collection.  I cut about 4 of each and just laid them on top of each other.  Poked a Cycad Leaf at the top and my card is done!

Below is a picture tutorial on how I made the card base if your interested in having a go

Cut your card base at  22cm x 14 cm
and score and fold in half

Next cut 4cm of each side of the top of your card.
Then with the little piece that is left in the middle fold it in half and that is the part that you will attach your doily on.

Here is a closer look at my second card.  This is a tent card. 

The little butterflies (Edith and Baby die) are attached by a piece of fishing wire.  I have added a little sparkle using some Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue.  The flower patch is another from the Frames N Frills collection called Elissa Set.

Below is a template to help you make your card base.

 Hope I have inspired you all in some small way :)
Until next time
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Friday, 22 May 2015

Thoughts Journal by Kerrie Gurney


Hi all Kerrie here on the Couture Creations Blog

Today I am sharing with you all a quick gift idea
Embellishing a store book notebook or Journal

I love to personalise gifts to suit the person I am giving them too
It makes for such a special keepsake for them

I bought this Journal months ago as when I saw it in the store I new it would be perfect for when the Hearts Ease Paper Collection was release.
Luckily it wasn't lost on my desk as most things are :)

To embellish this journal was so super easy, I am thinking I may have to go and buy some more journals and embellish a few more.

To start I cut 2 pennants from Hearts Ease patterned papers and distressed the edges using my non stick scissors

I also distress this Heart Ease Chipboard sentiment piece slightly and inked the edges of the papers and the chipboard sentiment using a sponge dauber

I die cut 1 x Keepsake Kandy doily die from the Amaryllis collection and 1 x Cycad Fern from the Everyday Essentials collection ..using the Quick Release Die Paper

I then foiled my Cycad Fern using foil and my laminator as shown in this post

I grabbed a selection of Couture Creations Flowers,

Which I then sprayed to suit my journal cover
I always colour more than I need as you never know what arrangement you want and then you always have some coloured for your next project. 

and then it was a matter of arranging everything onto the front cover.
I used the 18mm Double Sided Tape for the paper and 6mm for adhering the flowers and doily
I used the Turbo Glue Pen for adhering the leaves

 Happy Creating 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Everything is beautiful by Tracey Rohweder


Hello again crafters! 
Tracey R with you today. 
I'm so glad to be once again here on the blog and sharing more 
awesome Couture Creations products.
Enough talking - Let's get making! 
I really love the detail and fine lines of the Malvoisie Corners die from the Elegant Card Cuts range.  I've been wanting to use it for something other than a card 
and thought it would be perfect to use as a frame on a scrapbook layout.  
I chose a bright pink core'dinations card stock background to match the photo and distresses this with my non-stick scissors.  I've then layered a torn piece of kraft core'dinations on top,
 flicked white paint and sprayed pink pearled mist over the page.
I've cut 8 of the separate corner pieces from Malvoisie Corners using the Quick Release die paper, placed them in a square shape, and placed my mounted photo in the middle. 
The perfect adhesive to use with such delicate die cuts is the Turbo Precision Pen
The glue comes out in such a controlled and precise way, it makes it so easy to draw fine lines and not have glue go everywhere (and how many times have we have THAT happen!)

When mounting my photo, I wanted to give it some dimension on the page, so I've used Couture Creations 3D Foam Strips.  No more cutting little bits of foam tape! 
This product is fantastic!
Next I've used the Hearts Ease Words embossing folder to add some detail for a corner embellishment, and tucked it under the bottom left hand side of my mounted photo. 
 Don't forget that you can use your embossing folders for shapes not just as a whole.
Next I've cut three little flower lace borders from the Elissa Set (Frames N Frills Ornamental Lace Die Set) and layered them on top of one another, in the lower left hand side of my page. 
I've used my very favourite embellishment at the moment - 2mm Gemstones
(I can't get enough of these!!!) to decorate the bottom white layer of the borders, 
on the bottom left corner of my photo mat, and on the points around the diecut frame. 
on the back and adhered on tp the flower lace borders.  
TIP - I find it so much easier to add my die cuts to the spot while it's on the roll, peel off the diecut and place where required. 
To match my Couture Creations bulk white flowers perfectly to my layout, i spritzed them with the same pink pearl mist that's on the background and once dry opened them out. 
I purposely left the flowers closed when misting so that when they were opened (after the mist was dry), there would still be some contrasting white.
In the middle of the flowers I've placed some of the larger Gemstones to compliment 
the other bling on the page. 
Some close ups of the details...
A few other hints of pink, some sequins and the layout is done. 

Couture Creations Products Used
                                                      CO7241512mm Gemstones, Crystal   

CO721998 Classic Gemstones, Crystal  

CO723818 Quick Release Die Paper  

CO72185 Double Sided Tape 6mm  

CO724037 Turbo Precision Glue Pen  

CO723815 Mini Craft Glue Spots   

                                                CO721955 Pointed Non-Stick Scissors 

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I hope that you find your 'Everyday Beautiful today! 
And that you create something to celebrate it. 
Thanks for stopping by
Tracey xxx

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