Monday, August 18, 2014

Dressed Up Border Punch Card.

It really is all in the details when it comes to creating with paper and punches. Punches are amazing tools that can help you add the necessary details to any projects in the smallest and simplest of ways. They can stand along wonderfully and together with other elements they shine just as bright. So how do I dress up my plain border punches to add interest to a project?
For this card I have found my new favourite border punch (sounds familiar right) – well I really have. The humble border punch filled with lots of little circles. Perfect in every way!
For my patterned paper I used the Kaisercraft Bow & Arrow range of papers that worked perfectly with my design.
Step 1 - I used the punch to punch a border from salmon pink cardstock and a brown patterned paper.
Step 2 - I then aligned the punched strips off-set from each other so that the pink would show through the back of the brown strip layered on top and adhere it to the background of my card.
Step 3 - I made small pierced holes using my Couture Creations paper piercer and sewed small pink seed beads to the inside of the punched circles using the pilot holes I made. I also added some thin gold straight stitches to the card from one hole to another connecting the punched circles to each other.
Although not that visible on the card – I truly adds the most beautiful texture and dimension in a subtle way to my punched border. It just goes to show, that the simplest of details really can made a difference to those everyday punched borders – making your basic tools more functional.
Products used

Chiswick Cardstock – budget friendly table center pieces.

This week I am playing with the super cool range of Chiswick cardstock. Have you seen this range? It comes in a huge range of colours in a gorgeous soft textured weave perfect for all my crafting needs – and perfect for any budget. So to showcase how versatile their range of cardstocks can be in any crafters’ life I am posting a set of projects here on the blog this week, starting with a cute centre piece I made. I was commissioned to make some table center pieces for a party and came up with this budget friendly center piece idea using two colours of cardstock in a fun and easy to make pin wheel. These are super easy to make and by combining the two colours of cardstock you can achieve a colourful feast for the eyes that young and old will enjoy.
 
To house my windmills I used the cute little ice-cream cups i found at my local grocery store just above the ice-cream fridge. I almost missed them – but luckily those coloured stripes attracted my attention and i could see the possibilities a mile away! you know what I am talking about right? To add some finish g touches I used bakers twine in matching colours and wrapped it around the cup tied into a knot. The windmill is grounded in a piece of foam and covered with green moss and a few decorative pins.
I love how quick and easy this project was!
be sure to check out the entire range of cardstock colours over at www.chiswick.co.za
and don’t miss the equally popular paper pad  – together they make an amazing team of basics.
If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact Denise 031- 569 5673 or visit www.chiswick.co.za
I will be back later this week with more great ideas on using this cardstock range – happy crafting!
And here’s a direct link to the wonderful products I used for my windmill project!
Textured c/stck 216g 12x12" Alma sb5260
Paper Pad sb1000
Craft Guillotine - 8.5" pct808

Friday, August 15, 2014

Die Cut Layers for a quick and easy card.

Welcome to another post at the Couture Creations blog!
I love layers of late using my die-cuts. The challenge is to not find dies that would match perfectly but dies that would otherwise not match so perfectly.
So for today i didn't do any spectacular techniques but rather played with simple die cuts using some of my pretty scrap papers. We all have so many scraps left from other projects and die cuts are perfect to use those pretty papers and not let them go to waste.
I combined two lovely dies together - the Fancy frame from the Metricon collection and the Splendour Doily from the Treasures Lace die collection.

I added some simple elements for this quick card - layered silk and paper flowers combined with diamante and rub-ons.
step 1 - Cut the Splendour doily using patterned paper. Use your quick release paper to make sure that the cut is clean and releases easily.
step 2 - Cut the Fancy Frame from red cardstock scrap. For this die you want to definitely use the quick release paper - with all it's small and delicate pieces it can be tricky to remove it without using this handy product.
step 3 - My patterned paper had a grey distressed look. So it turned over the center part and stamped my sentiment onto it to use back in the center of my doily cut.
I assembled my card by adhering the doily to the front of my card, then adhering the fancy frame part and then using foam tape to adhere the center stamped sentiment part on top of everything.
I love that i can make a ten minute card using beautiful products that make a statement - like these two beautiful die cuts. And best of all i get to use my scraps that i love so much!

These are the products i used for my card
Fancy frame  – CO723746 
Double sided foam tape
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hello Today – double page layout with Heidi Swapp

I think the reason I love Heidi Swapp products so much is because of her elegant and versatile style. There’s something for everyone and even if the collection scream ‘girl’ there is plenty in there to make boy projects too – it really is that versatile and adaptable. So when I got my hand on the new products that will be available from The Wholesaler I was in heaven! The new paper pads are so amazing, colourful and simply gorgeous. The combination of teal, navy, brown and pink is stunning and with those combinations you can really do just about anything you set your mind to.
So I had some special photos taken recently and since the papers was calling me to use them I had to make a double page layout. I combined some pretty pastel shade papers with bold navy, gold embossing and stickers and subtly background stamping – everything about this layout I really love, and I think it has everything to do with the gorgeous products from HS.


I used one of the large background stamps and embossed it in gold onto white cardstock. Once the embossing cooled down I used some inks to add colour to the background to match the patterned paper. Embossing still is one of my favourite techniques and always looks stunning!
In the background I used some of her wording stamps and repeatedly stamped the word ‘grateful’ in a light grey ink pad. I stamped it so that it would overlap each other in a random fashion inking once and stamping twice to give me darker and lighter images. A fun and totally random effect.
I love her new range of glitter stickers in her handwriting. They really are super versatile and easy to use. Any layout without writing in some form or manner will be incomplete, and these are just beautiful!
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next set of new products from Heidi Swapp – functional, beautiful and inspirational!
Two tone stamping with Mister Huey inks
step 1 - Mist classic tan Mister Huey onto your craft sheet, on top of
the tan mist Gold Mister Huey ink
Step 2 - cut a circle from fun foam and adhere it to an acrylic block with some double sided tape. Press the custom made stamp into the ink and move it around a bit to mix the inks
step 3 - carefully lift the stamp and press it onto your cardstock where you want your image. Hold your paper and lift the stamp
TIP: Keep in mind, if your stamp is too wet with the liquid ink, when you lift if the ink will simply drip off of the stamp and even land where you don't want it to land on your project.
because Mister Huey inks are not too runny you shouldn't have a problem but should you mist the ink with water you may want to be aware that this could happen

Products used
Heidi Swapp  Stickers HS01108
Heidi Swapp Stamp HS01140
Heidi Swapp Paper Pad Hello Today HS01155
ZING! Metallic Embossing Powder 1 oz – Gold AC 27158
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad TVM-001

until next time - have a wonderfully creative week!