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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Joyous Christmas Cards by ANITA ENRIGHT

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Hi Guys,

I have really enjoyed playing with the GoPress and Foil machine and have created many Christmas cards.  As much as I love traditional Christmas colours I also love the new brights that we are starting to see more and more of out and about.

Today I have two cards that I recently taught in a class setting, helping to get new owners of the foiling machine acquainted with it and hopefully 'wetting their appetite' for more.


My JOY  card used the stunning bright rose gold foil. 

 To create the background for my card I used some of the Anna Griffin Embossing Paste from Couture Creations and one of the stencils. I have to say that the embossing paste is my favourite from the mixed media collection as it dries so quickly and has a wonderful fluffy texture.  

Once dry, normally around two hours, I then added the foil.  Just be careful because if you foil it too soon without the paste setting properly the heat from the GoPress and Foil machine with 'squish' the embossing paste flat and you will lose the nice details of the stencil.

The 'JOY' decorative die is from the Let Every Day Be Christmas range and mounted on 3D foam dots,  and the doily is from the Bohemian Bouquet collection. 

I added some white seam binding along with a fabric flower and a 
few baubles and the card was done. 


For the Merry Christmas card I decided to use the green mirror finish foil.
I used the Couture Creations A6 white card bases to create the card, adding a card front in a piece of cardstock from my stash to match my chosen foil. Next I cut down a piece of white card and using the Holly Frame decorative die, hotfoiled the die onto the white card.  
I chose the Merry Christmas hotfoil stamp from the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas collection and hotfoiled it on to a piece of white card, snipped in the right side of the card and then mounted it on to another piece of the green cardstock.  Using the Holly decorative die I cut two out with my GoCut and Emboss machine.

 The Merry Christmas tag that I made to get the curl in it I adhered it using a hot glue gun, adding my holly diecuts to the left side.  Finally I added some organza ribbon, a contrasting pink flower and then added the 2mm gemstones to points on the holly branch die that I hotfoiled.


Let Every Day Be Christmas

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Bohemian Bouquet

 Thank you for stopping by and checking out my two cards. 
Don't forget to come back for some more inspiration from the Design Team.

Monday, 20 November 2017

"Journey" layout by ADRIANA BOLZON

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Hi there, Adriana here and today I have created a layout using the new release Ultimate Crafts - Bohemian Bouquet from Artdeco Creations - Couture Creations designed by talented Denise Boddey

In this collection there are 12x12 paper pads & 6X6 paper pads, stunning and fancy dies and also a few new hot foil stamps that can be used together 
with the GoPress & Foil Machine by Couture Creations,  
These are fabulous too !!! So, Here is my layout

" Journey " layout by Adriana Bolzon

Firstly, I stamped around the edges of my background card stock with the solid flower stamp from the
Ultimate Crafts - Bohemian Bouquet 
"Flowers in her hair" stamp set ULT158041

Using the Ultimate Crafts - Bohemian Bouquet 
Field of daisies stencil  ULT158038

together with the Couture Creations
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste CO724870
I spread the paste over the stencil
and then sprinkled some gold glitter over it and using a heat gun to set it dry.

Using the 2 sheets of the 
6x6 paper pad of 
Bohemian Bouquet ULT158031

I created a paper side panel on my page.

Cutting two of the Bohemian Bouquet Corner die ULT158054
and placing them on each of the left hand side , top and bottom of page.

Cut one of the Bohemian Bouquet Totem die ULT158059, 
cutting in half and adhering it under my photograph.

Adding a Bohemian Bouquet Teardrop Jewel Die ULT158057
and two Bohemian Bouquet Burling Florette die ULT158058 
as shown below.

Using the
Ultimate Crafts Bohemian Bouquet Traditional Floral hotfoil stamp ULT158083
Together with the
I hot-foiled this gorgeous flower a few times and cut some of the flowers and leaves.

Layering all the hotfoil images and dies on top of each other as 
detailed in the photographs below.

 Cutting a Bohemian Bouquet Totem die ULT158059, 
Bohemian Bouquet - Wrought Iron Frame Die ULT158055
and adding to the top right hand corner of my page, with a chipboard word - JOURNEY.

Now the photo is of one of many temples in the countryside in Penang, we went there once for a family holiday, the place is called "KeK Loh Si Temple" which means "Heavenly Temple"

Sometimes this place is called the "Temple of 10 thousand Budhas"
You have to walk on many steps up a hill and at the top of the hill are many temples each lined with many gold Buddhas, hence the name 10,000 Budhas.

It was a very peaceful place and this one is decorated with gold and coloured lanterns outside. Inside you have to take your shoes off and pay respect to the Buddha. 
Here is a photo with all of the Temples before you climb up all the steps.

Artdeco Creations Product list:

Thanks for looking - 
Big hugs & Cheers Adriana  XX

Friday, 17 November 2017


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Hello everyone and thankyou for joining with me today for my newest card project.
I have been creating with the Bohemian Bouquet collection, once again displaying the wonderful colour palettes from this collection.
Today I have selected the yellow butterflies as a focus, creating sets of simple layers using the 12x12 papers. These elements can be flipped to the reverse print, changed from portrait to landscape and just a simple movement of the focus piece to a different place on the card will give each card a fresh new look.  K x

Each of these cards are created from a white base 7x10 inches. When scored this makes a card 5x7 inches and gives you a nice amount of space to work in.

Card 1.

The simple movement of the butterfly will change the look of your card. See the photo above and below. Your options are endless!!

Cut a yellow patterned base 11.5cm x 16.5cm. Ink the edges and attach flat to white card.
Cut a flower pattern as pictured 10cm x 15cm. Ink edges and attach with 3d.
Cut part of the border strip with the text and a length of blue patterned print to match. Lay the blue behind the text to create a strip of blue across the top then attach the whole piece to a strip of lace.
Cut 2 flowers and 2 leaves and create 2 sets as pictured. Select 1 butterfly.
Follow the photos to attach your elements or create your own.

Card 2.

Cut a yellow patterned base 11.5cm x 16.5cm. Ink the edges and attach flat to white card.
Cut a flower pattern as pictured 10.5cm x 15.5cm. Ink edges and attach to yellow base.
Cut the greeting out, trim the outer edges and ink. Cut a yellow print to create a 0.5mm border around the greeting. I did cut a white mat initially to back the 2 patterns to help it stand out further but chose not to use it in the end.
Cut 1 flower and 1 leaf and create a set as pictured. Select 1 butterfly.

Cut the barcode strip of the same patterns from a 12x12 and trim a piece to 16.5cm. Lay it on a piece of lace, then on a 2cm strip of white card. Attach to the card 3cm up from the base.
Follow the photos to attach your other elements or create your own combinations.

Card 3.

Cut a yellow patterned base 11.5cm x 16.5cm. Ink the edges and attach flat to white card.
Cut a flower pattern as pictured 9.7cm x 14.5cm. Ink edges and attach to yellow base.
Cut out the greeting and cut a yellow print to create a 5mm border around the greeting. Cut a white panel to create a 3mm border around the yellow. Select 1 butterfly.

Follow the photos to attach your elements or create your own combinations.

The butterflies come as 2 halves which make it easy to attach without any creases through the middle.

Products used to complete this project:

Bohemian Bouquet collection

Art Deco Creations product

Thanks so much for looking and until next time, Happy Creating. K x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Christmas Foiling Frenzy by JULIE SCHINKEL

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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing some clean and simple Christmas cards using the GoPress & Foil Machine from Couture Creations.

To start I've taken the Anna Griffin Christmas Tree hotfoil stamp and placed it onto my GoPress & Foil Machine to heat up.

I've cut down some silver mirror finish hotfoil and placed this on top of the hot foil stamp shiny/coloured side down. A good tip to remember with your foils is to think of the dull grey side as the "adhesive" side - it adheres to what you are foiling. Another good tip is to cut each corner of the foil to avoid the whole piece adhering to your project. 

 Everyone's die cutting machines are caliberated differently so you'll have to play around with shims to see how many or how thick you'll need them to get a good result. In this case, a shim wasn't required but I have had to use shims for other hot foil stamps. Have a play with your machine to find out what works for you the best. Another tip is hang on to your scrap foil. I'll show you a way to use up some of those scraps plus how to use the negative image in a future tutorial.

I decided to challenge myself and foil the sentiment directly to the inside of the card. It does leave a slight impression on the front but you won't see it under the tree panel. To do this, place your sentiment hot foil stamp in the centre of your GoPress & Foil machine and cover with foil. Again, it is really important to trim the corners to prevent the foil adhering to your card. For this tutorial I'm using a white A6 card from Couture Creations.

Fold your card inside out and place the sentiment side over the foil and stamp, centred as shown. Gently close the lid whilst holding the card in place. It's sounds tricky but it does work.

This is the result!

Next I've adhered some Diecut'N Bond tape to white cardstock and cut into strips approximately 1/3 inch. You'll need two strips per card. For this tutorial I made four cards so I needed eight strips.

Cut down your foiled Christmas tree to the size of your A6 card. 

Adhere a sticky strip of cardstock to the back of the foiled tree card leaving at least 1/4 inch exposed.

Take a scrap piece of foil and press onto the sticky strip as shown in the photo. This is a great way to create a faux layer and match the silver to your foiled image.

To finish, I've added a few matching 2mm gemstones on the 'berries' in the foil stamp pattern and also on the "i" of the sentiment inside. The tree panel was adhered to the front of the card with foam tape for some dimension. This is what the finished card looks like.

I've replicated the card in different colours and changed the sentiment for some variation, keeping the sentiment the same colour as the card front. I decided to stick with the traditional Christmas colours for this tutorial but you can use any or as many colours as you like. It's great for those of you who like to mass produce Christmas cards.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.
Until next time.
Happy Crafting!

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