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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tiny Dancer Cake Topper by Sue Smyth


Hello Crafters 
Today I am sharing a pretty paper confection that you could
use to top a cake, as a table centrepiece or just as a neat
3D card for someone special

First decorate a flatish ribbon spool with 
ornamental doilies cut from white cardstock
layer over the top a scalloped circle and 
plan patterned paper circle.
Add pearls.

Die cut two pink ballerinas and one ballerina from
cereal box card. Clue the pink ballerinas to each side
of the cardboard one, apply Dimensional magic and white glitter to 
both sides. This may take a while to all the 
sides to dry.

Cut two ornamental lace doilies and fold in half and half again
then in half again, unfurl and cut a slit along one fold. 

Now fold each triangle in half again in a concertina fashion to 
form pleated look.

By now they should look like this, trim off one triangle from
each end and glue both together, with 
hot glue.

This will mean the doilies will form a cup like shape 

Adhere cupped doily to top of ribbon spool and attach ballerina to the middle.
I have inserted a toothpick into the feet of the 
ballerina for her to stand on.

Paint the toothpick with gesso and sprinkle with white glitter

Now decorate
I have used pearls on strands of fishing line
paper flowers
fibres and gathered net
and adhesive pearls

I have made a scroll from cardstock 
with Tiny Dancer stamped on it.
You could put Happy Birthday or Get Well
Whatever you like.

Place onto of  a cake or a nice cake stand 

Couture Creations Materials 
Couture Creations Adhesive Pearls, Moonlight CO721998

Happy Crafting all 


Monday, 22 September 2014

Journey by Jo Piccirilli

Hey scrapping friends!
I have been super busy lately getting my school photos up to date.  My eldest boy is in year 11 and has just been offered an apprenticeship at the end of the year so he will be leaving and I still have so many school photos to scrap.
Anyway here is my layout.

Here's how I created this simple layout.
I first stamped my background with a few different stamps and different colour inks to give it a layered look.

I then cut my papers from the 12 x 12 Sew Jo Paper Pad.  These pads have lots of sewing themes on them but I love using the ruler and the other sheets for the boys school pages as they are getting older.
Here is how I created the cog border.  I cut 2 from the Cog Border die out of cereal boxes. 

I then inked them with VersaMark ink and embossed with a gold embossing powder.  You can see from the photo that they turned out a little shiny.

To tone it down a little, just very gently swipe over it with black inked sponge dauber.

I then heat set it too and let the embossing powder really bubble up.
To finish off my page I tucked a doily underneath my photos.  This is the new Splendour die.  Yep I know its a boy page but I can't help myself when it comes to these lovely doily dies!
I kept my title simple by using Journey die and adhering it to a tag that I cut using the Cameo decorative die.  The tag was cut from Core-inations card and sanded back.  I popped this all on mounting foam and tucked a flourish from the swirl die just underneath.
I love how these papers just worked for school photos now that the children are getting older.
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share
Couture Creations products used


Friday, 19 September 2014

Introducing Guest Designer Natalie May

Hi there.

Natalie May here and I am pretty thrilled to be a Guest Designer today sharing a couple of projects I have made using Couture Creations Dies and Embossing folders.

First of all... a little about me ...

I’m lucky enough to be a full time paper crafter, working at Seriously Scrapbooking alongside some of Australia’s most recognised scrappers, teaching around 15 classes a month and designing chipboard for Imaginarium Designs.
I’m also an Intermediate Certified Copic Designer and love everything inky & color based.

I don’t have a particular style – versatility is my biggest asset … from
heritage, simple, sketches and shabby through to mixed media and cardmaking – I like to dabble in it all!   
Currently I am the Design Team Coordinator for Imaginarium Designs Chipboard and recently joined the Creative Team at Australian Scrapbooking Ideas Magazine and sketch team for Scrapbook Creations Magazine plus their Online Team as well. I am also loving being part of the team with kit club A Piece of Cake Designs and White With One Challenge site.
You can view more of my work at …www.happydaks.blogspot.com
And follow me on Instagram ...happydaks_natmay

OK .. onto the good stuff ....

I created this page with a theme in mind - it needed to be young and fresh.

First I used the Large Circles Embossing folder and embossed a heap of white cardstock. I then gave each piece a coat of either gesso or multi-medium so that they would have a different finish.

I then used sprays and created a water colour effect on each
embossed square and allowed them to dry.


While I had the brush handy, I took some white flowers, gave them a spray with water
and then added some colour to the petals using a brush - love the soft look it created.


While they were drying, I cut an Art Deco Lace Frame out of some scrap cardstock and
 then used it as a mask and applied gesso around my patterned paper.


Once dry, I flicked on some colour, dried it with a heat gun and then started arranging and layering my papers. The embossed cardstock squares were cut into frames using a knife, lightly inked around the edges and I layered them in and around a few pieces of patterned paper and adhered them with a stapler.

I'm loving the texture that the embossing has given to this layout.

I couldn't stop at just one project .... I was on a roll and having too much fun so I created a gift tag as well.

I am so loving the current trend towards metallic colours and thought I'd go for GOLD with this one!

My first step was to cut a heap of trees with the Lucky Tree die and 
adhere them to the tag with Multi-Medium.

I them stamped lightly around the edges with a text stamp and archival ink and then used Ultra Thick embossing powder and added some chunky gold glitter to create a background.

Using the  Tatted Lace Doily Die, I cut some dark brown paper and 
adhered 2/3rd of it to the tag folding the rest over the edge. ( this die is discontinued but your local store may still have some stocks)

I then cut a couple of pieces from the Artdeco Lace frame and trimmed them 
down before adhering them to the tag.

I cut two pieces of paper from the Memories set - these are perfect for layering and foam mounted them before adding my flowers, Imaginarium Designs Chipboard leaves and words and the birdcage.
Once it was all assembled, I gave it a light spray with a gold mist and added some Gold Mica flakes for some more shine!


Thanks so very much for stopping by and having a look today -
It's an absolute pleasure to create for Couture Creations 


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