Couture Creations 2016/17 Design Team Audition

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I have had the honour and privilege to design with Couture Creations products for the last couple of years and just love how their stable has grown with not only the basics but with some really cool die cuts and embossing folders, not to mention the amazing new Go Cut and Emboss machine. So it would be fun to be a part of this amazing team once again, and maybe even travel to down under to teach a few classes :-) - not that sounds amazing!
so I am sharing some of my favourite projects created with their range of dies and embossing folders...
a beautiful baroque looking altered tin...
ten minute cards with embossing folders
texture - simple and elegant but also very effective
having loads of fun combining different embossing folders all in one card - love this!
and die-cuts on a layout - easy and effective to add texture and dimension.
and just so much of prettiness - perfect for a lovely mother's day card don't you think?
And that's a wrap of some of my all time favourite die-cut and embossed projects using the gorgeous range of Couture Creations products.

2016/17 Kaisercraft Design Team Application.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today I am so excited to share some creative news with you.I have been invited to the second round of the 2016/2017 Kaisercraft design Team application process.
I have had a long love-affair with the Kaisercraft range of products and so to be a part of this team would be such an honour and a dream come true.

For round 2 I received a new collection of products to work with -  The Boho Dreams Collection. There's always the anticipation of will I like it OR will I absolutely love it - well I truly fell in LOVE with this one! It is perfection - from the beautiful papers and colours to the stunning stamp set and Collectables pack. So I started visualizing my creation immediately.
And since I love creating double page layouts this was a natural choice for me - but I have a million other projects I want to create with this stunning collection. But it is the techniques used on my layout that were inspired by the beautiful mists and stencils received in my parcel. And that is how my layout came to fruition...

I started off by visualizing a repetition of texture and colour with an informal look and that's when I decided to use the stencil broken into pieces as part of the main design to create flow and repetition combined with strips of paper and other embellishments to support the theme.
Here's how I did it...
step 1 - Add some modelling paste to a palette and mist with the iridescent spray ink.
step 2 - Mix the ink into the modelling paste using a palette knife.
step 3 - Apply the coloured paste to white cardstock through the stencil.
step 4 - Remove the stencil carefully and let the paste dry thoroughly. Once dry use your guillotine and cut several squares. Mine measure about 3x3cm.
Ink the edges of the squares and adhere them to the background of your layout. Cut some smaller squares and use foam tape to raise them for dimension. I start off by positioning my photos, paper strips, punched strips and other elements on my background. Once I am happy with the placement I start adhering everything. Only then do I add my embellishments and finishing touches.
step 5 - Mist the denim and peach mists onto a palette. Add some water in the one corner of the palette.
step 6 - Paint the feathers from the patterned paper using both colours of mists. I love how the mists add a slight shimmer to the feathers - a gorgeous effect.
step 7 - Add some white mist to the palette and paint another layer over the colours on the feather. The white tones down the colour and adds extra shimmer for a stunning effect.
step 8 - Cut out the feathers and layer them on top of each other.
Add a baker's twine bow and then a layer of dimensional glaze for some extra shine on the top feather. Adhere the feathers to your layout using foam tape.
Use elements from the Collectables pack together with beads sewn to the background, buttons, diamante and wooden elements to finish off your layout.
Use all three colours of mists and add coloured splats across the layout. The ink drops leave a beautiful finishing touch

Kaisercraft Products used:
Designer Template Mandala IT913 | Boho Dreams Wild P2109 | Young P2108 | Bohemian P2113 | Feather P2107 | Wanderer P2111 | Collectables CT858 | Boho Dreams Clear Stamp  CS266 | Kaisermist White KM111 | Kaisermist KM107 Peach | Kaisermist KM106 Denim
Here's hoping that the Kaisercrafters  will like what I have done with their products and I will become a part of this wonderful dream team - what a privilege that would be - to be trusted with their beautiful creations, and create some inspiring works of art - something for everyone to love and try no matter what your skill level.

wish me luck on this journey.... and thanks for popping by.


Life | I am back

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I have stepped back and taken some personal days - hard to believe as life still went on I just didn't get around to blogging regularly. And for now that is OK. Thanks for hanging out though - i know how frustrating it can be if nothing happens in blogland, but sometimes we just need to break away.

I have this fun Spring inspired tag up on the ImagineCrafts blog. Spring - yes - don't you just love that some parts of the world get to see new blooms as we head into winter with some colder weather, which I am looking forward to.
Hop on over to see the full article as well as the latest technique articles using the fabulous imagine Crafts Tsukineko products!

In the meantime I have packed some 600 + kits for various events and classes I will be teaching in the next two months. And if you know me really well, you can imagine how bored I was with the whole process. But also relieved that it is done so I can concentrate on the fun stuff....like playing with some really cool products I received. More about that tomorrow.... such awesome and exciting news to share. Have a wonderful creative day!

DIY Birthday | Golden Birthday Celebrations Part 2

Friday, April 1, 2016

We continue our birthday celebrations with a gold theme. With birthdays there are so many things to make and create that will make a celebration really special. 
As part of the celebrations we want a menu to showcase a selection of delicious dishes. This simple concept can also be used for an invitation and any other stationery you are creating for your celebrations
step 1 - Print a simple design onto textured white cardstock. I changed my design from black to a golden yellow. Fold the card in half, then use a small paint brush and Venus Gold All Purpose Ink to splatter some small gold dots onto the front of the card.
Last time I shared my straw holder, and this week we continue with the same simple concept but this time for a drinking bottle.
step 2 - Cut the top portion of a gold balloon off.
 step 3 - Stretch the bottom part using your hands and pull it over the bottom of small drinking bottles and let go. The balloon stretches over the bottom portion of the bottle creating a beautiful gold dipped look.
 step 4 - Die-cut some numbers ‘10’ out of gold foil paper using your Cuttlebug and the number dies from Kaisercraft.
 step 5 - Adhere the sticker numbers to the bottom portion of the bottle.
 step 6 - Wrap a strip of 6mm double sided tape along the top edge of the bottle. Remove the backing off of the tape and sprinkle with gold glitter. Shake off the excess and return to the container.
Display some beautiful gold straws in the bottles and then pour the drinks once your guests arrive.

Adhere one of your gold star birthday candles to the front of your card using Tombow glue or a hot glue gun. Adhere the die-cut ‘10’ sticker to the left of the candle to further add to the theme.

 step 7 - Punch 5mm dots out of your gold foil sticker sheet and sprinkle it around for confetti on your table. I also adhered some of these punched confetti’s to the front of my menu card.
.And so I will keep on creating gold elements for this very, very special birthday celebrations.

DIY Birthday – The Wholesaler turns 10.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

As part of The Wholesaler’s 10th birthday celebration, we are celebrating in style with a spectacular gold theme. Gold elements are so much fun to work with and sourcing pretty gold elements is part of the creative process.
I knew that I wanted to celebrate with some beautiful cupcake liners. And the perfect way to create custom gold liners was to cut them on my Silhouette CAMEO machine.
To showcase my cupcakes, I placed them on a yellow/gold paper plate and sprinkled some gold glitter around the cupcakes. Some pretty candles finish off the cupcakes.

 I worked with plain white cupcake liners and then added a layer of gold ink to them. By combining a light misting of Gold Foil Color Bloom spray, then a layer of water misted onto the ink and then small drops of All Purpose ink, I was left with a spectacular gold marble effect. Two shades of gold – perfect for a celebration!
step 1 - Cut a variety of cupcake liners on your Silhouette machine.
step 2 - Use a combination of Vegas Gold All Purpose Ink and Color Bloom spray to add a gold layer of colour to your cupcake liners. Leave them to dry.
step 3 - Fold the cupcake liners and attach the ends together so that they fit snugly around your cupcakes.
 These cupcakes are perfect for a whole table of celebratory elements.
Next I added a pretty recycled bottle to hold the drinking straws on the table. This is such a fun element to make. Wash and remove all the labels from an empty drinks bottle. Cut down gold balloons and then pull them over the bottom of the bottles to look like a gold dipped effect. Paint can be so messy and so this is an amazingly easy alternative that is not messy at all. I added some white stars to the balloon dipped bottom that I had left over from cutting my cupcake wrappers.
So in the end everything finds a place and can be used to celebrate! A DIY Birthday made easy…
 
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