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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

"It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like a Merry Christmas Card" by Katrina Thompson


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Hello and Welcome everyone. I've begun a new set of Christmas card creations using the beautiful new 'It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas" collection designed by Tina Higgins.
There are so many beautiful designs in this paper range. I have found great elements from the 12x12paper pad that card makers can use for design features. Today I have concentrated on the papers with the gorgeous dies and adhesive chipboard shapes.

To make the design features stand out and give the illusion of more layering you will see that I have cut 2 layers with each of the dies, overlapping them just off centre.  This 'shadow' will give more depth to your card, so you will see one layer cut in the feature colour and the other in chocolate to become the shadow layer.





Create a square card base using the Carnelian and Battle Fatigue cardstock. Because this card is larger than 6inches you can't just halve the 12x12. So we create a hinge and by using 2 colours we give it a unique look also.
The finished card is 16.8cm square, so on the Carnelian you cut a panel 16.8 x 18.8 and fold one edge over 2cm to create a hinge to give the Battle Fatigue an area to attach to.

Cut a 15.5cm square from the Kahlua to mat the patterned design pictured below. 

Cut the 'Christmas' word and the 'holly border' strip from the patterned paper at the top of the picture then cut a strip, as pictured, from the patterned sheet at the bottom of the picture below. Continue on to cut those strips in half as pictured.

1. Create the card base. Layer the panels together inking softly around the edges of the patterned panel with a coordinating colour.
2. Cut 3 layers of the Holly Frame Die in Battle Fatigue, Chocolate and Carnelian. Layer -off centre- the Battle Fatigue over the Chocolate and use the berries from the Carnelian for the corners.
3. Cut 2 layers of the Wreath from the Wreathed Wise Men Layering Die in Carnelian and Chocolate. Layer -off centre- the Carnelian over the Chocolate to create the shadow.
4. Attach the Holly strip over the dot/stripe strip pattern so it creates a nice border. Ink the edges to coordinate.
5. Cut the 'Merry' greeting from the 12x12 patterned papers and edge in a red ink.
6. Ink the 'Christmas' greeting in a red and tuck into an offcut from the Holly Frame. 
7. Ink around the edges of the adhesive chipboard panel.

Attach the strips overlapping as pictured, 2cm in from the patterned edges.

Peel the backing from the adhesive chipboard and tuck it into the frame as pictured, yes it's a little sticky!!, then place the whole piece onto the centre of the card.

 Attach the Wreath over the Holly Berry image. Attach the 'Merry' greeting then the 'Christmas' greeting with 3d foam as pictured.
Add some Crystalina Glitin' Glamour and Deep Red 2mm Adhesive pearls to the Berries to finish.



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Thanks for looking, until next time, Happy Creating!!









Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Foiled Christmas Card Set by Julie Schinkel


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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing some cards that I made using dies from the "Let Every Day Be Christmas Collection" from Couture Creations. These cards are quick and easy to make and in any colour scheme that you like. I chose these colours as they have been on trend for a few years now, especially for tree decorations. You could even colour coordinate your cards to the colour scheme you use for Christmas this year! :)


For the card bases I've used the Couture Creations A6 cards in White. I created the background layer using the Christmas Baroque Background Die and heat activated foils in each of the four colours shown. The die cut embellishments were created using some Die Cut and Bond Tape on white cardstock and craft foam. The craft foam is great for that extra dimension and still flat enough for the post. Each background was matted onto coordinating cardstock and adhered to the card base.







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




Monday, 18 September 2017

GOODBYE and Thank You from Joanne Simons


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Hello beautiful people!


Today I say goodbye. What an amazing ride it has truly been.  I will be forever thankful for every opportunity that I have been given.  I started with the team in 2013 and the last few years have been truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.

To each and everyone of you that has followed my creative journey, left me beautiful comments on my work - I say a massive thank you.  Every one of your comments were read and meant so much to me. Thank you for allowing me to share my love of paper craft with you. It has been an absolute honour and a joy to get to know you.

I will still be around creating, its in the blood so please feel free to "friend" me on Facebook if you want to keep up with my scrappy adventures.  For the immediate future, I am hoping to continue teaching classes and inspire those that share the same love as I do.

To everyone that I have had the pleasure of working alongside of on the team at various stages - thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Your love, support and most importantly your friendships are invaluable

Finally I can not thank Artdeco enough for taking a chance on me.

Today I thought I would take you for a little walk down memory lane and share with you some of my fav pieces of work over the last few years.
This is were it all started!  This was my very first blog post for Couture Creations.  Yep I still have these cards packed away! 


This layout will always be special to me.  This was the layout I designed and taught at Creative Inspiration Live.  What and adventure!  What a truly wonderful experience!  So many friendships made and happy times to cherish.



I have a bit of a soft spot for embossing folders and this one fast became a favourite.  Called Joe's Garden - maybe its the name? LOL



These cards are using the beautiful Vintage Rose papers.  I still remember how excited we all were when we released this paper line. We hadn't been doing paper for very long and this was so exciting!



Now this one is a long way back from the archives.   This was a stamp and emboss set.  Lots of fun and I love that stamp!



With a good embossing folder you can make anything.  Another favourite - Tied Together





Oh Sue Smyth!  I fell in love with this range - Magnolia Lane. I think this is probably my favourite range.  Yep those pretty soft pinks get me all the time.


Always up for a mini album.  These are my favourite things to make


Die cut n bond - my best friend!  Making these acetate cards was a breeze using this stuff.  These are dies from the On The Edge collection


The Ritz - so far out of my comfort zone but I grew to really enjoy working with this collection



Another beautiful paper line Hearts Ease by the super talented Denise Boddey



These are my all time favourite cards I made for Couture Creations using the Ooh La La collection



Was really pushing the boundaries here!  Mixed media - what was I thinking! This was with the Vintage Christmas collection



Another with the Ooh La La paper line


The Sea Breeze collection had those "bathing beauties" in the collectables and I was determined I was going to use them in a layout somewhere!


Oh I do love a good doily and fussy cutting.  Super pretty Enchanted Tea Party!


Laquarelle collection - somehow I think I made flowers and a boy page work


A sweet treat box.  This was a lot of fun!


That's it my dear friends!

Thanks for the memories

Keep crafting









Friday, 15 September 2017

Let Everyday Be Christmas Sampler by Guest Designer Sue Smyth


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Let Everday Be Christmas Sampler 
By Sue Smyth


As most of you know by now I love this format for scrapbooking a
new range, it is a great way to make a gift or work
out great card ideas.




This time I have matted each panel onto a white die cut
rectangle, I have inked the edges in Gold metallic rub
for a little bit of shine.


Each panel is raised on a scrap of chipboard
trimmed to be just a little smaller 
than each scalloped rectangle.


The Reindeer Medallion die cut deer is smeared with Dimensional 
magic and sprinkled liberally with glitter, choose
a colour that blends with the layout.


The Love and Hope Background die cut is trimmed to only
use the words and again I have smeared with Dimensional magic
and sprinkled with white glitter.



Nothing makes a sampler pop more than layering 
up the die cuts. 



Here I have layered quite a few to make a dimensional panel


I have added some altered flowers and lots of 3mm Pearls 
to finish my layout 


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Happy Crafting 





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