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Monday, 30 November 2015

Aussie Bush Christmas Card by Kerrie Gurney


Hello Everyone Kerrie here ... here we are at the end of November already!!! ..how did that happen?

 I am here today to share with you a card I created for Couture Creations Blog using a mix of collections to create an Aussie Bush Christmas card ...something a bit different to the normal Christmas card, but super quick to create which is what we all love at Christmas time especially so we can mass produce cards.

Onto the tutorial

 Start off by embossing the front your card front
(Did you know Couture Creations Embossing Folders are perfect for embossing whole card fronts as the folder is cut smaller on the embossed side so you don't get any dead spots)

next lightly sand the embossed front so your embossed pattern pops ( I have used Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock, this is one of my favs)

cut a couple of pennants from Hearts Ease patterned papers
Distress and ink the edges of both pennants along with the card front

next up cut your diecuts, I have used these two from Couture Creations
(This Large Winter Tree die is also perfect for cutting up and using as foliage behind flowers so a must have die for your collection )

don't forget to use Quick Release die paper to stop the cardstock and patterned paper sticking into the die

lightly sand the edges of the reindeer to give more character

 Ink the edges of the reindeer and ink the leaves and trunk randomly on the tree to give light and dark appearance making the tree look more natural
then adhere both to card front using foam mounting tape,
For the tree only place foam tape to the trunk so the leaves are free
To finish off fluff the leaves, antlers and legs to give life to the tree and reindeer. Nobody likes  lifeless trees and reindeer

Layer everything onto your embossed card front

 a closer look at the leaves and reindeer with the leaves and antlers fluffed up 
add some gemstones to the baubles hanging from the reindeer antlers 

and there you have an Aussie bush chrissy card

Couture Creations Products Used
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Product Showcase | Glitter Cardstock


We are beyond excited to introduce you to our new Couture Creations Glitter Paper although it is really card as it is 210gsm and covered with a beautiful coat of glitter that doesn't come off when you touch it 
Our Glitter Paper is available in a pack of 10 x  12"x12" sheets, 
with 1 sheet of each of the following colours  
White, Teal, Hot Pink, Blue, Pale Blue, Pale Pink, Red, Green, Gold & Silver
Making our Glitter paper perfect to add that special touch to your next project

Here is a more true to colour look at the range

Couture Creations Glitter Paper Packs are available NOW from your local Couture Creations stockist
Just in time for Christmas Creating

Friday, 27 November 2015

Merry Christmas Layout by Julianne McKenna-De Lumen


Welcome everyone!
Did you realise Christmas is nearly upon us? Are you ready?
Well, I thought I'd help you get into the spirit with a Christmas layout, created using the Christmas Emporium papers, Christmas Eve dies, and bulk white flowers. 

This layout involves a fair amount of fussy-cutting, but it is definitely worth it, and comes together quickly once the cutting has been completed. 

I have layered several layers on top of each other to create depth and dimension. For this layout, foam tape is your best friend! 

And I have used Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue (red), to tie it all together with sparkly touches. 

Shall we begin?
Start with lots and lots of bulk white flowers, including at least 5 large flowers and a handful of medium and smaller flowers, and spray them with a red colour mist.  Once dry, I have sprayed a coat of  Gold  over the top to create a golden shimmer. 

Your next step is to complete all the fussy cutting (it's good to do this while the flowers are drying). Find the appropriate Christmas papers and cut out the following - cherry vine, Merry Christmas title, two medium holly clusters, and a large bird on holly branches (I have actually cut the bird separate from the holly branch that it is sitting on). 

You will need the presents, and hanging baubles dies, from the Christmas Eve Die Collection. Cut one set of the presents, and four sets of the baubles (one is a spare - I always cut one extra than needed, just in case). 

Let's create the layout base. You will need three sheets of cardstock - one white, one red, and one green. Cut the red to 12x12, the green to 11 10/16 x 11 10/16, and the white to 11 2/16 x 11 2/16. Now adhere the green sheet on top of the red, and the white sheet on top of the green, as shown in the photo. To add a decorative border, I have used a ruler and black pen to create a stitched border around all three layers. Alternatively, you could create those borders with a sewing machine.  

Using a ruler and pencil, draw a line across the page, 6.5" from the top of the layout. Take three of your bauble die cuts, and glue them to the page, keeping them all just below the line. I have not glued the bottom edges of the baubles down, just the top ends, as I didn't want them to sit flat.  

Take the cherry vine that you cut out previously, add lots of foam tape to the back side, and then adhere it to the layout, sitting just on top of the pencil line that you drew. 

Continue by adhering the "Merry Christmas" title to the left hand side of the layout, sitting just a little above the cherry vine. Next, adhere 5 large flowers across the center of the page, using either glue or foam tape. Start with the middle flower, and work your way out.

Continue by adhering two photos to the right of the Merry Christmas title. I have used smaller photos, and layered one on top of the other, with the second one slightly tilted at an angle. 

Take the large fussy cut bird, add foam tape to the back, and adhere it to the right of the page, sitting on top of the fifth (last) large flower. Take the branch that the bird was sitting upon, cut it in two, add foam tape, and adhere one piece under the bottom edge of the first large flower, and the second piece under the bottom edge of the fifth large flower. Take the two medium holly branches that you cut out previously, add foam tape to the back, and adhere them to the Merry Christmas title, as shown.  

Take the large die cut present, and adhere it to the left edge of the layout, just beside the first large flower. Now, time to adhere all the extra flowers. I've tucked small flowers into each end of the large flowers, and added smaller flowers in and under the cherry vine, and Merry Christmas title. Refer to the photo for exact placement. 

Finally, add the sparkles! I have added red gemstones to the right corner of the second photo (double layer), and to the top left corner of the layout, and along the center bottom edge of the layout. I have finished with Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue (red) highlighting the die cut present, and all the baubles. Allow to dry. Finish with any journaling that you may desire. 

Thank-you for joining me today, and happy crafting! 


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Delightful by Tina Connolly


I created this layout using the beautiful Heart's Ease collection from Couture Creations.  I just love the muted colours, 

The Couture Creations flowers were altered using mists in complementing tones, and gold beads were put in some of the centers.

Petite Doilies were layered behind the flowers.

I embossed some of my layered papers to create extra texture.

The chipboard title by Imaginarium designs was heat embossed.

Couture Creations Products:
C0723978 Heat Tool
CO721983 Double-sided tape 3mm

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Pringle Ornament by Sue Smyth


Ahh Christmas time, my favourite time of year.
I love making little hand made ornaments and gifts
and the humble pringle tin is a great place to start.
As you know I have used just a little before lol.

Of course I have made a little snowy scene in the middle using
Couture Creations Christmas dies.

Add a pearl brad and lots of soft white ribbon to hang
your ornament and everyone who receives this
will be filled with the joy of the season.

Here is a little step by step for you to follow 

Step 1
Cut down a pringle tin, I use a small hacksaw and trim
up with Couture Creations scissors 

Step 2
Cover the outside and inside of the tube with
double sided tape.

Step 3
Trim patterned paper for outside to 3 cm, and
plain white cardstock for the inside to 3 cm.
Carefully adhere them both to the cylinder.

Step 4
Die cut 2 medium scalloped circles from
white cardstock.
Recut the second scalloped circle with a smaller 
nested circle die to create a frame.
Next cover with dimensional magic and 
drench with white glitter. 

Step 5
Use the cylinder to cut a circle from acetate. I find
that scoring on the acetate with the Couture Creations
pointed tool works a treat to create a guide for cutting.

Step 6
Die cut Reindeer twice from white cardstock.
Snip off one of the deer from both and glue together.


Step 7
Dab a small amount of brown ink to the rump of the deer.
Add dots of white ink or liquid paper over the brown ink.
Also add 2 mm and 4 mm red rhinestones to the baubles
hanging from the antlers.
Draw in eyes etc.

Step 8
Adhere pringle tin to the scalloped circle
with hot glue to hold in place.

Step 9.
Add a continuous line of PVA glue to to the outside
 and inside of cylinder to fill 
in any gaps, and avoid any glitter escaping from the ornament later.

Step 10
Scrunch up a tissue and adhere to bottom of ornament.
Paint the sky with a little blue or turquoise spray ink.
Add a few flicks of white ink for snow.

Step 11
Adhere a row of small pearls to the inside of 
the scalloped frame, and add 2 mm red 
rhinestones to the edge of the scallops.

Step 12
Build a scene inside the ornament, add glittery trees. to 
the background and place the deer in the front. 
Secure in place with hot glue. 
You can add a spoonful of white glitter and 
mica shards to the snow, to form a 
shaker ornament.
Adhere acetate top to ornament, again
use PVA glue to seal the edges.

Step 13
Adhere the decorated top over the acetate, and check
for any glitter leaks.
Add a strip of glittery washi tape or ribbon around
the outer edge, insert a pearl brad into it first.
Then tie a piece of organza ribbon around the brad 
to hang the ornament

Couture Creations Materials 

Happy Crafting.

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