Monday, 16 October 2017

"Bohemian Beauty" Layout

"Bohemian Beauty" Layout

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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing a layout that I created using the new release "Bohemian Bouquet" collection from Ultimate Crafts, designed by Denise Bodey. I absolutely love this collection! There's four colour combinations and designs that you can use separately or mix and match for some added contrast. The possibilities are endless! For this layout, I've used a photo of Delta Goodrem for this layout as Delta's style is very "Bohemian" and perfect for this collection.

I started by taking two of the patterned papers from the 12x12 paper pad. I've randomly torn both pages top and bottom. Start with the yellow flower patterned piece then once you have torn your first strip, line it up on top of the blue patterned paper so you know roughly where to tear it. Line these two pieces on top of the yellow patterened paper and tear another strip. Repeat the process for the bottom layers. Once you have your strips, alternate and attach the layers to reassemble your page as shown below. Ink around the whole page using tumbled glass, or similar blue toned ink.

You should end up with a leftover piece looking someting like this. Cut into four random sized pieces, these will be used for the photo mat.

I've then taken the same blue patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to use as the main photo mat. If you don't have the 6x6 paper pad, use the same patterned piece from the 12x12 paper pad. Adhere your photo then trim down leaving approximately a 1/4 inch border around the photo.

From the four pieces of leftover paper, assemble around the photo as shown. I ended up cutting some pieces in half to fill in the spaces. There are no measurements as I've just cut these pieces down randomly. Ink all layers with tumbled glass before adhering.

I've cut down some thick cardboard from an old box to give the photo mat some extra dimension. You can use foam tape/squares/dots if you prefer. I find the cardboard is much more sturdy, especially for large areas.

The main flower is a La Belle Vintage Bloom coloured with salty ocean distress ink mixed with water on a non stick craft mat. Pre soak your flowers with water first as it helps the colour to spread easily over the flowers. Cover the stamens with Pharoah Liquid Pearl 3D Drops.

For the Tye Died Jewelled Florette flowers, I decided to add some shimmer by mixing yellow pigment powder to some spiced marmalade/fossilised amber distress inks and water. Blue pigment powder was also added to the tumbled glass/salty ocean distress inks for the Camden Cottage Roses.

 Next, I've taken some baby blue glitter paper and die cut five pieces using the Classic Branch Decorative Die. Four go on the flower cluster to the left of the photo and one cut in half for the top right cluster. Take the Geo Flower Decorative Die and cut one piece from some Marigold cardstock. Cut in half and arrange on the layout as shown. Ink the Bouquet Doily Chipboard with fossilised amber distress ink, cut in half then one half in halves again and arange as shown. Adhere all the embellishments as shown in the photos below, add some gemstones, pearls and one of the Yellow Layered Butterflies.

To finish, mix some salty ocean ink with water and with a paint brush lightly splatter around the layout focusing more on the bottom left and top right of the layout. Remember to cover your photo first! :)


Bohemian Bouquet Collection
ULT158030 12x12 Paper Pad
ULT158031 6x6 Paper Pad
ULT158056 Classic Branch Decorative Die
ULT158368 Bouquet Doily Chipboard
ULT158050 Yellow Layered Butterflies
Artdeco Creations Products:
CO725343 Baby Blue Glitter Paper
CO724294 White Tie Dyed & Jewelled Flowers
CO724297 3cm White Camden Cottage Roses
CO724300 White La Belle Vintage Blooms
CO724292 4cm White Tie Dyed & Jewelled Florettes
CO724153 Azure 2mm Gemstones
CO725368 Sunflower 2mm Pearls
CO725543 Blue Mix and Match Pigment Powder
CO725545 Yellow Mix and Match Pigment Powder
 ULT200051 Marigold Cardstock
ULT157649 Pharoah Liquid Drops 3D Pearls

Other Products:
Tumbled Glass/Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Spiced Marmalade/Fossilised Amber Distress Ink
Cardboard for photo layer

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

Design Team Call - November 2017 to June 2018

#artdecocreations #couturecreationsaus #ultimatecrafts 

Do you love creating with Couture Creations & Ultimate Crafts products especially our Dies and Embossing Folders and now our GoPress and Foil products?
Do you love creating fun and innovative projects?
Do you have an active blog?
Are you active on Social Media?
Do you love doing videos of your projects?
Do you take fabulous photographs of your projects and write great steps by step instructions? Do you live in Australia? Sorry at this stage we are looking for local team members.

If you said YES to all of the above we would love you to apply to join our 2017/18 Design Team …we are looking for two new Design Team members to join our team and represent our brand with inspiring projects that make Couture Creations & Ultimate Crafts products the star of the show.

If you think you have what we are looking for and can make a 7 month commitment through to the end of June 2018 to our brands then please apply.

If you are successful your commitment to our Design Team will be for a FULL 7 MONTHS and will run from mid November 2017 through to June 2018.

Benefits to you for being on our team include:
  • Receive a generous starter kit filled with Couture Creations & Ultimate Crafts products including tools and adhesives, mixed media and foiling products. 
  • Receive Couture Creations new releases before they are released 
  • Exposure on our blog and through our International Distributors. 
  • Have your projects displayed at Craft Shows including CHA 
  • Possible Teaching opportunities. 
What we require from you;
(please do not apply if you cannot commit to the full 7 months)
  • 3 posts per month posted on our blog with step by step instructions, product list and photos. These can be Layouts, Cards, Mini Albums, Off the Page, Mixed Media or Home D├ęcor projects, you can mix it up or do what you are most comfortable doing. (You will need to send through the HTML code for your blog posts as directed by the DT Coordinator) 
  • 2 Projects with full product list (and if needed step by steps) for our Creative Inspiration Monthly Magazine (when these occur), these will need to be posted to us to be professionally photographed. 
  • In the lead up to CHA we may ask for extra projects for display on our stand at CHA.
How do you apply? 
email by midnight TUESDAY 31st October 2017 - AEST (QLD time) including the following;
  • * Full contact information (name, address, contact number, email address, web/blog address, all social media links) 
  • * Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you think are your design strengths 
  • * Tell us why you would enjoy being part of our design team 
  • Let us know if you have been on or are now in any other design teams. 
  • * On your blog, create a post including a minimum of 3 projects that you have created using paper collections along with Embossing Folders, Decorative Dies, Mixed Media and/or foiling preferably using Couture Creations & Ultimate Crafts products, this way we can see how creative you are with our products. 
If not Couture Creations products please make sure you do use embossing folders, decorative dies and mixed media in your projects we want to see how creative you are using these product lines. Remember be true to your style, we want to see the real you in your projects not someone you think we want as we are after a variety of styles that will relate to scrapbookers, cardmakers, papercrafters and mixed media artists.

We welcome video tutorials, if you are set up for creating videos please do make sure at least one of your projects has a video tutorial. (this is only if you are set up please don’t do a video if it is not your thing) ***You must send a direct link to your audition post in your email to us.
  • *They do not have to be new projects but we will also be looking at your photography skills as well as tutorials on your blog. 
  • *Title the post “Couture Creations 2017/18 Design Team Audition” (You must have an active blog and social media presence to audition for our design team) 
We ask that our designers have a dedication to our brand and would like applicants to NOT be serving on more than 2 design teams (non product based eg. Kraft+ one, White with One, Dlish Scraps) and on no die design teams for the duration of your term with us.

Depending on how many entrants we have we may also introduce a final round, but entrants from this first round will be chosen by the 3rd November 2017 and notified via email.

We will announce the successful applicants on the 16th November.

Please share this post with anyone you think maybe interested in joining the 2017/18 Couture Creations | Ultimate Crafts Team.

Looking forward to seeing your creations. 

Anita E 
Design Team Coordinator

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Dimensional Christmas Cards with a Twist

Dimensional Christmas Cards with a Twist

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts  

Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing some dimensional Christmas cards that I created using stamps to create my own patterned paper with a twist.

I've taken the Poinsettia stamp from the Cardinal and Poinsettia Stamp Set and stamped around the edge of a 5x5 inch piece of white cardstock. For the second card I have used the Holly stamp from the To Be Jolly Stamp Set and repeated the process. Start with stamping each corner then fill in the middle areas as shown.

These stamps have been coloured with Distress Ink markers but you could use your preferred colouring mediums such as Copics, Spectrum Noir or even pencils. 

Next I've worked out where I want my sentiment to be on the card. Lightly mark above and below the die on the horizontal card and to the left and right of the vertical card. Cut into three strips with your paper trimmer.

Adhere the top and bottom/left and right pieces to some coordinating cardstock in the colour of choice. For these examples I have used Ultimate Crafts Shamrock for the red card and Ultimate Crafts Rubelite for the green card. Mat the middle piece onto it's own piece of the same colour cardstock and trim down. The ends have been cut right down so there is no cardstock showing and it aligns with the other two pieces. Adhere to the card making sure to line up the stamped images as close as possible prior to cutting.

I've then die cut the Merry Christmas and Jingle all the Way sentiments using glitter cardstock. I've used a different colour glitter cardstock to the matting so it pops more on the card. I've also die cut these sentiments from craft foam and adhered to the glitter die cut. You could add some Die Cut & Bond to your glitter cardstock prior to die cutting, this will make adhering to the craft foam a little easier if gluing is not your thing.

For the inside of the card I have used the same poinsettia and holly stamps that were used on the card front, only this time I stamped the image in the top left and bottom corners. I used grey ink for these to make them appear softer. I've taken sentiments from the To Be Jolly stamp set and stamped in the middle of the card. 

Add some 2mm gemstones and some shimmer pen around the images as shown in the pictures and the cards are finished. You can use the colour scheme as I have or any other combination such as pink and blue, purple and silver, gold and silver. Or do a full set of all colours. The choice is yours :)

Artdeco Creations Products Used:
CO724845 Square Cards - White
Black, grey ink
Shimmer pen

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

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

White.. With 1 October Challenge

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in Australia which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  I am sure there are few of us who have not been touched by breast cancer in some way from amongst our families, friends, neighbours or work colleagues.  So this month we are using PINK WHISPER in honour of this cause. I urge each and every one of you to be vigilant in your self awareness and care - early detection saves lives so ladies please, please check your breasts.  For those in Australia here is a link to the National Breast Cancer Foundation where there is vital information and an opportunity to make a donation if you wish.

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my October inspirational piece for White.. With 1. The colour for October is Pink Whisper and there is also a mood board for inspiration too.

Here is my layout inspired by the sketch above.

White.. With 1 challenges require your layout to be at least 85% white PLUS the specified challenge colour for that particular month. You can use black (or dark brown) as an accent colour on your layout but it must not be the dominant colour, unless it is the specified colour for that month. The full WW1 challenge rules can be found here. This year there will also be either a mood board for inspiration or a sketch to follow.

White.. With 1 Challenges are sponsored by:

You have a chance to win an EXCLUSIVE Mystery kit from THE RESIN RAINBOW based each month on our own monthly colour here at White..with 1.  One of these amazing kits will be put aside for one lucky Australian / New Zealand entrant who will be chosen by creative team vote.

Our random draw winner up each month will receive a delightful selection of handmade embellishments, flairs and flowers (chosen from amongst these) from SCRAPPERS GARDEN.  Some beautiful creations here and available from her STORE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Kids "Merry Christmas" Layout

Kids "Merry Christmas" Layout

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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing a Chrismtas layout created using papers from the "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" Collection by Ultimate Crafts and dies from the "Let Every Day Be Christmas" Collection by Couture Creations. I wanted to make a fun layout which is quite a challenge as these papers are very formal. But I managed to make it all work to compliment the photo of my nephew Matty at his daycare Chrismtas party :)

I've taken the green plaid patterned paper from the 12x12 paper pack and a piece of Ultimate Crafts Battle Fatigue cardstock to use as the base for this layout. The cardstock has been trimmed down so you can see the plaid paper behind it forming the border. I then used some Anna Griffin Texture Paste with the Be Merry Holly Flourish stencil and randomly stenciled around the area where the photograph and embellishments were to be placed. I've also randomly stamped two images from the To Be Jolly 5x7 Embossing Folder and Stamp Set in green and red ink to add some more interest to the background.

I took some scraps of the same plaid patterned paper and some of the deep green snowflake paper and cut them into random sized pieces to form a mat for the photo. These were all inked with red ink for some contrast. I die cut a Snowflake Doily from some Ultimate Crafts Shamrock cardstock which I cut down and placed around the photo. The sprigs were die cut using the Pine Needles Die Set with some DieCut&Bond tape placed onto cardstock. I removed the backing and adhered with some Green Mirror foil. I've die cut some red glitter cardstock using the Winter Corner Die and Merry Christmas Sentiment Die and the flower was sprayed with red spray ink. Some gems and pearls scattered around the layout and we're done! :)

Artdeco Creations Products Used:

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

Foiled Christmas Cards

Foiled Christmas Cards

#artdecocreations   #couturecreationsaus    #ultimatecrafts  

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!