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Monday, 31 August 2015

Bird House Card by Sue Smyth

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I was tidying my studio and found this old template, I cannot even remember
what site I got it from, but it inspired me to make another
bird house card.



I knew I would be able to incorporate an idea I have had with 3 sleeping
stems from the Secret Garden collection.


You can make sweet white snow drops with
green stems from the intricate dies.
See my how to below.



Die cut 3 sets of sleeping stems from white and green cardstock.



Snip off the white flowers and adhere over the green
die cut. I like to do one side at a time,so I don't
get them mixed up, though they are pretty forgiving.
I have added green dots with a sharpie pen to the sides of
the flower. You can also emboss the white 
flowers on a mouse pad for extra dimension.


I added the Sparrow on a branch die.
Cut 2 one from green cardstock and one from Hearts Ease
papers and adhere the birds together.
But leave the branches un-adhered and spread them
apart. Adhere the snow drops and Sparrow onto your card

Couture Creations Materials 


Happy Crafting 







Friday, 28 August 2015

Oh Man by Jo Simons

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Hi there paper friends.
Today I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little.  My work is predominately very girly and pretty but every now and then we need man cards.  So I pulled out a couple of dies and some super cool embossing folder and this is what I have come up with.


With just a couple of embossing folders and some inks and white cardstock you can create some cool background effects.
Here is a quick run down on the cog card using the Grungy Cogs and Gears embossing folder from the Mikashet collection teamed with the Gears 2 dies set from the Kalini collection
Using some distress inks I have blended 3 colours over my white card base.   I then ran it through my machine with the embossing folder. 

After it has been embossed, I gently hit the tops of the embossed areas with a little bit of darker ink just to give it more definition.


Now for the gears.  I cut a few of the gears from old cereal boxes and cut them twice and layered them.  Just makes them a little stronger and also creates a bit of added texture to your card.
I then pressed them into my VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed them with some gold embossing powder.


Just give them a couple of minutes to cool down then with a Stazon black ink pad (Stazon is the best for this as it doesn't smear) gently swipe it over the gears to give them a more aged look.  I have also used the Feathered Arrow die and some of the 2mm black gemstones just to finish the card..



Here's a closer look at my second card.


To create the background for this one, I have used the Chain Link embossing folder from the Hearts Ease collection.

This time I have again used distress inks but have used a sponge dauber to gently sponge some areas on the folder and then placed my paper in the folder and ran it through your embossing machine.

The super cute diecut (perfect for Fathers Day) is called Father and Son Fishing and is from the Kalini die collection.  I have cut it out twice.  Once in black and once in the same blue that I matted my card on.  I then used the blue negatives from the die to piece back into the die to create a little scene.

Too easy!  I always struggle with masculine but am really happy with how these turned out.

Until next time




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Tools used


Adhesives used






Thursday, 27 August 2015

Cousins by Kerrie Gurney

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Hi Everyone
Kerrie here and I am back with a layout I created for Couture Creations Blog
using the soon to be released Couture Creations Secret Garden Dies along with my favourite die from the Background Savvy Collection Evergreen, I love love love this die it is just so versatile.


 lets get started


start by arranging the Evergreen diecuts ...these are ones I had from demonstrating at the Craft & Quilt Fair, You don't have to worry about what colour they are or if they are perfectly cut as you are going to be using them for texture.


next scrap on a thin layer of Gesso where your diecuts will go and layer them on top


then apply more Gesso covering the diecuts up, but allowing the texture to show through. Then while the Gesso is still wet spray with a mix of sprays. I have used Green,  Peachy and Gold colours. 
You can mix the spray in with the Gesso to make it less stark white
dry off using a heat tool


I then sprayed some Couture Creations White Flowers, some seam binding ribbon and Muslin using the green spray with a touch of gold over the top.
Dry with a heat tool


now it is time to die cut your dies, I laid them all on the plate and cut them all at once, I placed a piece of brown cardstock over the fence and then layers the green patterned paper over them all and run them through my die cutting machine


as you can see I cut off the side of my tree but all was good as that side was going under my photo
I ended up cutting another fence in brown cardstock and not using the green diecut fence


now it is time to layer everything on your page and when you are happy with your placement glue everything in place using the Turbo Glue Pen, it is brilliant for adhering diecuts and flowers


you can see here how I have layered the photo ontop of the right side of the tree branches


a closer look at the textured background


 finish off by applying some Crystalina Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue onto your diecuts


I hope I have inspired you and that you have enjoyed my tutorial and please if you recreate my layout please share your layout on the Couture Creations Facebook page as we love to see what you create.

Secret Garden Decorative Dies are available to Pre Order now and will be available at your favourite papercrafting store soon


Couture Creations Products Used
CO724096 Background Savvy Decorative Die, Evergreen
CO724274 Secret Garden Decorative Die, Pointy Fence
CO724280 Secret Garden Decorative Die, Tall Flourish
CO724278 Secret Garden Decorative Die, Butterfly Flourish 1
CO724279 Secret Garden Decorative Die, Butterfly Flourish 2
CO724283 Secret Garden Decorative Die, Large Winter Tree
CO724287 English Roses 3.5cm 
CO724290 English Roses 1.5cm
CO724292 Tie Dyed Jewelled Flourettes 2.5cm
CO724297 Camden English Roses 3cm 
CO724298 Camden Beaded Cottage Flowers
CO724299 Beaded Satin Flowers
CO723019 Beaded Script Print Flowers
CO721971 Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue
CO724037 Turbo Glue Pen
CO723818 Quick Release Die Paper
CO723608 Metal Adapter Plate
CO723978 Heat Tool

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Little Miss Giggles by Anita Enright

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Hi Everyone,

I've fallen in love again with the Vintage Rose collection and have been playing with my paper pad again and all the offcuts that I keep. So this month I've teamed it up with two dies from the new soon to be released  Secret Garden collection of dies. Today I have a layout that was pretty quick and easy to create.



Using the Simone's Style die from the Amarllyis collection, cut four die strips from a sheet of Vintage Rose paper.  Choose another two prints that you like and cut two strips the same size and one about 4" wide.  Attach your die cuts to the reverse of each of the four strips, then attach all together and adhere to a selected 12x12" patterned sheet from the Vintage Rose paper pad.



I cut three of the Tall Flourish from the Secret Garden collection and because I love it so much one of the Classic Vine dies from the Vintage Rose collection. I then chopped the Classic Vine into four smaller pieces.


One more die to cut out, which I did 24 times is the Layered Bloom from the Secret Garden collection of dies.  I layered three together and made a total of 8 blooms. When using glue dots I always add the punch or die cut item to the glue dot and then carefully remove them from the paper strip prior to adding them to my layout or card. Don't forget to add a pearl to the center of each flower too :)


It's now time just to construct it the way you like.  I used 18mm mounting tape on the reverse of my photo to pop it up before tucking in all the flourishes and embellies behind it. I found a bit of matching gauze in my stash which I gathered onto some double sided tape and placed behind the photo. I took two of the white bulk flowers and blinged them up with some Glitzin' Glamour, and added some other flowers to the layout along with a chipboard title and a few inked up wooden flowers too.

 Below are some closeups of the layout details.







 Couture Creations Products Used


Happy Crafting
Anita 














Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Life is Beautiful by Cindy Porter

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Hi everyone, it's Cindy here with my second blog post for the month.... I'm excited to share my latest layout "life is beautiful"


Another layout of my gorgeous niece Chelsea.... having fun eating sand in her sandpit... well I guess you need to try these things for yourself...lol...


 To create this layout I began with the nesting oval dies and cut 5 sets of them from core'dinations heavy weight 80lb black cardstock....


I then used the two way glue on the ovals and let it dry, so it becomes a removable adhesive....


I then adhered the ovals to a piece of 12 x12" chipboard it a random pattern and left one corner uncovered as shown...


Next I applied modelling paste all over the ovals... 


 and then removed the ovals....  I dried the modelling paste with the heat tool which caused it to bubble up... next I gave it a light coat of gesso before adding colour...


I used Blue Hawaiian Blue Lindys spray and then Lily Pad Tattered Angels spray, drying in between...


I then applied Tattered Leather  spray with a brush to the ovals to make them really pop...


I cut one of the Simone's Borders and one of the life is beautiful from a piece of brown core'dinations cardstock from the Cafe pack ...


Finally assembly..... I used a small amount of qauze under the photo and applied some silver Glitzin' Glamour onto the exposed gaze for a little sparkle...  I cut the Simone's border die cut to fit the photo and layered two pieces at the bottom of the photo.... 


I used a finger dauber to apply some distress ink to the edge of the page...


I sprayed some of the bulk white flowers to match the layout and added a few gemstones to the border die cut....


One last pic of the completed layout... she is a cutie isn't she...

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till next time
happy creating






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