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Thursday, 31 March 2016

It's a Beautiful Life Giveaway

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we have rebranded our social media accounts to include all our brands,
our latest die collection It's a Beautiful Life  has just released and we reached 5000 likes on Facebook 
and it is the end of National Craft Month
So we are celebrating with a 

all you have to do is tell us 

what makes life beautiful for you 
which country you live in

follow us on Facebook and Instagram
 tag your papercrafting friends on Facebook and Instagram

and you could win a 
 It's a Beautiful Life Die 
pack valued at $125RRP

It's a Beautiful Life die collection is available NOW at your local papercrafting store

You can view our latest issue of Creative Inspiration Magazine featuring It's a Beautiful Life

You have until midnight 5th April 2016 AEST to leave a comment and tag your friends and we will choose one winner

*Please Note; Our giveaway is open to everyone everywhere but if you leave outside Australia you may have to pay your country tax on your prize parcel. This differs with each Country, please refer to your Country tax laws to see if this affects you.

Couture Creations WILL NOT pay any Country taxes incurred.

Capture the Moment by Kerrie Gurney

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Hi Everyone Kerrie here with another tutorial for Couture Creations Ultimate Crafts blog using the gorgeous Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Lane collection.

My baby girl turned sweet 16 in December last year,  I absolutely love these photos of her in front of her photobooth backdrop I created from rosettes and tissue pom poms
(which I have to admit we still have hanging up as we love it so much, the upside it will be perfect for photos Easter morning)

onto my tutorial

On this layout I have torn the paper layers rather than using a trimmer. To get your paper to tear where you want it too just use a paintbrush with a bit of water and paint a line where you would like the paper to tear.

next up I fussy cut the floral border from Butterflies & Lace patterned paper ...yes I fussy cut it is so not my thing but as you can see I am not too fussy with my cutting :)

 I then die cut a Magnolia Heart from white cardstock to use as a stencil
(don't forget to use Quick Release Die Paper so the cardstock come out of the die easily

I then embossed a piece of  Damask Curtains using  Magnolia lace embossing folder

I then cut it in half 

next I used Cottonball Pearl Drops and the Magnolia Heart Die Cut to add a subtle and pearlescent texture to my base white cardstock, set aside to dry

when I finished I covered the whole heart with a thin layer of Pearl Drops 

and set it aside to dry off so now I have a beautiful pearlescent heart to use on another project.

Next up i mixed Madagascar and Cottonball Pearl drops together to get a lovely soft pink shade

and then painted the pearl drops onto the tips of my Magnolia paper flowers

now my paper magnolias have a lovely pearlescent tint to them 

I then layered all my pieces together. I have used the following Magnolia Lane papers
ULT157489 Floral Fancy, ULT157494 Damask Curtains & ULT157491 Butterflies and Lace
Use you fingernails to curl the edges of your layers for more texture and pinch the leaves on the fussy cut border.

I then added some paper flowers including the pearlescent tinted Magnolias, a sprinkling of sequins and pearls and some muslin for texture

 don't you love how deeply the embossing folder embosses

a closer look

I hope you have enjoy my tutorial and give my techniques a try

I have used the following Artdeco Creations Products

ULT157489 Magnolia Lane 12x12 Patterned Paper, Floral Fancy
ULT157491 Magnolia Lane 12x12 Patterned Paper, Butterflies and Lace
ULT157494 Magnolia Lane 12x12 Patterned Paper, Damsk Curtains
ULT157529 Magnolia Lane Decorative Die, Magnolia Heart
ULT157513 Magnolia Lane Embossing Folder, Magnolia Lace
ULT157508 Magnolia Lane, Paper Magnolias
ULT157506 Magnolia Lane, White Lace
ULT200001 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock, Snow White
ULT157645 Ultimate Crafts Pearl Drops, Cottonball
CO724633 Couture Creations 3mm Pearls, Snow White
CO723818 Couture Creations Quick Release Die Paper
CO723828 Couture Creations Non Stick Craft Mat

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

with heartfelt thanks by Tracey Rohweder

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Hello hello on this lovely March Day.  Where is the year going? 
Days are flying by and before we know it Winter will be here (and I say bring it on!)
Here in Queensland we are on Easter school holidays, next term my son will be starting a new school, so I've made a Thank You card for one of his teachers using Ultimate Crafts gorgeous Magnolia Lane range.  
For something a little different I've used bright & vibrant colours - it shows just how versatile this range really is. 
Don't get me wrong, I adore the colours in Magnolia Lane. But I also love using the collection dies embossing folders & stamps to create with any colour you want.   
Which is exactly what i've done with my card today.  
Sunflowers are my favourite flower.  So it seems only natural that my favourite colour is bright yellow.   So let's get crafting!
I'm all for getting more for my dollar and using my products & tools in as many ways as possible. Here I've ink the top of my embossing folder with white ink, and then run it through my Big Shot as normal. Effectively I've made my embossing folder into a 3d stamp! I love how this technique adds more dimension to the embossed pattern. 
White ink on top of embossing folder. Just swipe lightly.   Try not to get any ink in the pattern indentions. 
 Cut your cardstock to size and place in the embossing folder as normal. 
 Carefully take out the embossed cardstock, and admire your handiwork!  Using the white ink also gives it an understated chalky look.  I have been itching to use this beautiful rose and leaf die called 'Rose Cutting'.  It''s so intricate and detailed, I can see this becoming a favourite in my collection.  And by using Quick Release Die paper, you'll have crisp cuts and images that fall out of the dies. 
I've cut one each of the solid background & rose petals in yellow cardstock, and 3 of the leaves in green cardstock.  I've attached the two pieces of the flower together by using very thin lines of glue using the Turbo Precision Glue pen in the middle of the flower. This means I can bend the flower and give it a more realistic shape rather than being flat.
To construct the card, I've placed a piece of double sided tape in the middle of the top third of the card and laid a piece of white gauze, gently scrunched on top. 
Using mini glue spots, I've stuck the leaves on, and then the flower on top of them which was mounted on foam tape.  On top of the flower I've used one of the large pearls from the Bling Flourish and Pearls set. 
 Towards the bottom of the card, under the flower, I've added a stamped sentiment (from the Songbird set) on green cardstock and a piece of white lace has been folded in half and placed on the back with double sided tape.  The sentiment has been mounted on foam tape.
And we're done!  A  bright & happy thank card that will hopefully makes someones day. 
I really think there is something so special about giving and receiving handmade cards. 
Thank YOU for visiting us today!  We love to read your comments & appreciate your kind words. 
Until next time my crafty friends! 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Adore by Tina Connolly

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Don't you just love this Typography paper?  And the Typography Embossing Folder?  
As soon as I saw it I started thinking of so many ways to use it.  I decided to create a vintage layout with a touch of mixed media. 

I smeared some gesso onto my typography paper, and embossed Denim cardstock using Timeless Garden, sanding the raised design, and a piece of Gentle Magnolias and Lace paper using the Typography embossing folder, and inking the raised design.

 Cut two sets of leaves with Rose Cutting from Denim cardstock, and Magnolia Borders from black cardstock. 

Layer various Magnolia Lane papers, embossed pieces, die-cuts, a strip of lace, and cut-off strips.
Cut Adore using Rosey Frame to use as a title. Add flowers and a metal trinket. 

Products Used
ULT200008 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Denim
ULT200007 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Black
ADS0032 Flowers - Cornflower Blue
ADS0035 Flowers - Pink/white blend
ADS0027 Flowers - Snow white

Monday, 28 March 2016

Happy Birthday Husband by Anita Enright

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for stopping by again today. I am sure you agree that we are all in need of more male themed cards in our stash.  A lot of us find it so quick and easy to make beautiful female cards, so I decided I was going to focus on a more male orientated card using the Magnolia Lane collection.

I started by cutting a piece of black cardstock 10" x 7" and folded it in half to make a 5"x7" base card.
Next, cut a piece of Denim colour cardstock at 4.5" x 6.5".  With black ink,  ink the inside of the front side of the Petite and Tied Together embossing folder.  Insert the denim cardstock carefully and run it through your Bigshot (or equivalent machine) to emboss the cardstock.

Take the Timeless Garden paper piece from the 6"x6" paper pad and working from the bottom left edge, cut a piece 4 1/2 wide by 3 1/2" long.  Ink the edges in black. I then took the compass from the Timelss Garden stamp set and stamped the top right hand corner in black.

Die cut 3 of the Timesless die in black and glue the three together to give you some depth to the die. Cut 1 of the larger of the two Magnolia Borders die in denim.

Once the glue has dried I then covered the Timeless die cut in versamark and covered it in clear embossing powder and heat embossed it to give it that amazing gloss finish.

 Finally I die cut the larger of the two frames from the Square Magnolia Frame die, once in black and once in denim.  Cut the black die cut in half and mat it behind the blue one.  Stamp a sentiment on it and then add 3D dots to the reverse.

That's it.  Now you just have to put all the pieces together to create your card.  Gee I love quick and easy cards.
Below are a couple of close ups of the finished card.

Products Used

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until next time.....

Anita Enright

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