Couture Creations Design Team

Introducing the Couture Creations 2018-2019 International Design Team

Posted by on 6 Oct 2018 in Couture Creations Design Team | 0 comments

I am super proud to have been accepted onto the amazing new International Design Team for 2018-2019, featuring some awesome talent from across the globe!

Now to introduce the team…..

I have been scrapbooking, card and paper crafting for over 20 years. It is a hobby and my creative out let which I am totally passionate about. I believe that preserving memories is important. You will always find me in my craft room creating, experimenting with different techniques and playing with new products. My mission is to inspire others to give it a go. Another passion of mine is creating altered art pieces, turning everyday items into works of art.  My work has been shared on many paper-crafting Design Teams and published in many paper-crafting magazines around the world. I am so excited to be creating again for Couture Creations, along with the other talented Design Team Members, we hope to inspire you all with our projects.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://abinspirations.blogspot.com/

Hi my name is Alicia Redshaw and I live in Gladstone, Queensland. I am married to the most amazing man, and we recently celebrated 25 years of love, happiness and being together. We share four beautiful children, who are our reason for living the life we live. I own Scrapbook Fantasies and love that my life is full of creativity and I get the opportunity to meet new people every day.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://www.aliciaredshaw.com.au

Hi I am Anet, my journey in card making started one day standing in a Magazine shop looking through craft magazines.  I thought it will be nice to make my own cards for someone special.  I have been making cards for 7 years.  I like to craft, colour, using dies and mixed media to create and design cards.  I like exploring new techniques and keeping abreast of new products that I can incorporate in my card designs.  I am very lucky to be on some fantastic design teams who support and encourage me.  Being on different design teams inspires me to improve even more in my card designs.

You can find my creations here on my blog: https://anetscrafting.blogspot.com

I have been making cards for as long as I can remember – well over twenty years. I steal every possible moment to play in my craft room, mostly making cards, but also dabbling in art journaling and canvases. I also make the occasional mini album, which so far, have all been given to friends. I’m a great fan of mixed media, and love getting inky.  I supply two local outlets with cards and use cardmaking for relaxation. In my “spare time” I write romance novels (in a variety of sub-genres), which can often prove challenging. I have been married for more than 43 years, have two adult children and six teenage grandchildren, some of whom share my love of crafting.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://ideasforcardmaking.net

My name is Collette and I have been in love with paper all my life.  I remember cutting out and collecting those little paper dolls and their amazing wardrobes from a very young age; I still hunt them out today! I opened a craft shop 14 years ago and of course I had a HUGE papercrafting department. I really enjoyed running classes and had an amazing group of ladies who come week after week, some for 14 years! Although I love all forms of paper play, I am a passionate card maker and have a love of the more unusual ‘foundation’ cards. A few years ago I won Australia’s Card Maker of the Year, and feature most months in a variety of card making magazines. I have also been on a few Design Teams which has been amazing fun! I am a passionate YouTuber and love to bring my more creative cards to life with You Tube classes and am blessed to have thousands of followers from all around the world.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://lillybits.blogspot.com/

Based in Bedfordshire in the UK.  I’ve done various types of paper and needle craft for as long as I can remember (I remember my grandmother teaching me embroidery when I was 6 years old).  I’ve spent many years working in IT support before starting my family, and also as an Adult Education tutor teaching beginner IT and computer graphics courses.  I really got into card making early in 2016, having seen the demonstrations on TV shopping channels, and to begin with focussed on die cutting, and then also started to use stamping and heat embossing on my cards.  I had a GoPress & Foil as a Christmas present, and now use it with almost every card I make.   I love figuring out how to do things and sharing what I learn with others.

You can find my creations here on my blog: https://joscraftyplace.blogspot.com

My name is John Bloodworth and I am, like you, an arts and craft enthusiast and have been so for over 30 years. I have previously worked as a TV producer, a role in which I created over 10,000 hours of TV and internet content about arts and crafts. Having recently completed the All Counties Craft Challenge – a creative fund raising campaign in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. – I am now engaged in a variety of activities including demonstrating arts and crafts on TV, designing my own range of products and also sharing my creative passions under my online pseudonym, Gentleman Crafter.

You can find my creations here on my blog: https://gentlemancrafter.com/

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa after having studied Pastoral Psychology. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time. Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the South Africa that mainly focus on different techniques, stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/

I am Lea-Anne Alexander, 55 and living in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. I married to John, spending 31 wonderful years together. I have been crafting for most of my life and started my cottage craft business in 2006 in Cape Town. My focus since then has been designing, creating, teaching and selling unique handmade greeting cards, tags and gift bags, gift hampers and paper jewellery made from recycled magazines pages. I love sharing and interacting with fellow creative people to explore and complete projects using beautiful paper and embellishments. I am adventurous and enjoy experimenting and pushing the boundaries. I love working with new products and learning techniques that I can share with others. I endeavour to find ways of using everyday items incorporating them into craft projects. I am blessed in having a very supportive family which allows me to focus full time on my craft business, creating beautiful craft projects, publishing my designs and creations and sharing my passion with fellow crafty friends. I sell and promote my handmade paper craft projects at a local gift, corporate, schools and individual orders, at a monthly craft market and host regular workshops with our craft group. I am a firm believer in recycling, re-use, recreate, upcycle and using your stash to the maximum. I am currently on the FabScraps Throwback Thursday Design Team, belong to the Nelson Mandela Business Chamber, Business Woman’s Network and PE Camera Club.

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://info032593.wixsite.com/amazingcards

I’m Goga from Warsaw in Poland and I have been scrapping since 2011. I like to create colorful scrapbooking works with stamps, stickers, diecuts and dies. I’m writing a scrapbook blog at Goga Crafts.com and have a one of a kind project – Psss. Goga’s Spying Frenzy fanpage at Facebook about advertising scrapbooking companies from all over the world. 

You can find my creations here on my blog: http://www.gogacrafts.com

My name is Michelle and in the online world some of you might also know me as Mrs Frizz. I love to create with paper, cardstock, paint, mists, gesso, metal dies, canvases, flowers, chipboard, off the page projects.  I love adding ‘bitsers’ to my creativity.  I love to play a little, that really should say, I love to be creative. I work full time as an executive assistant, but when I’m not at work, friends and family know that they can find me at home in my craft room. You can normally find me playing, oops, that really should read, creating in my messy crafty space – it makes me happy.  It’s my ‘me’ time, it’s what I do to relax. I enjoy cardmaking, making tags, mixed media, anything paper related, altered art and off the page projects and yes, I do still create the occasional scrapbook layout and I love making little boxes for little treasures and trinkets for friends and family.

You can find my creations here on my blog: https://frisbys.blogspot.com

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Couture Creations DT Reveal | Highland Christmas Twisted Easel Card

Posted by on 27 Aug 2018 in Cardmaking, Couture Creations Design Team, Foamiran | 1 comment

Hi and welcome to my post today which is a Twisted Easel Card I have created with the new Highland Christmas collection designed by Sue Smyth.  I have also created a pair of Foamiran Flowers especially for this card, on which I have edged the petals with Red Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue.     

I started my card by folding the cardbase in half on the fold line and then folding the front inwards in half diagonally so that the bottom right corner meets the top of the centrefold.  I then layered the sections using the Highland Christmas patterned papers – being sure to fussy-cut around the cottage.

Cutting instructions:

  • Easel Base – Red Tartan – 5”x5” – cut diagonally
  • Easel Feature – Scene – 4¾”x4¾” – cut diagonally fussy-cut around cottage
  • Base Square – Red Tartan – 5⅛”x5⅛”
  • Base Triangles – Scene and Snowflakes – 4⅞”x4⅞” – cut diagonally
  • Back of Easel – Snowflakes – 5”x5” – cut diagonally

The bow tucked under the Foamiran Flowers is fussy-cut from patterned paper and stuck in place with the rest of the elements in the floral cluster with the Helmar 450 Glue.  I did hold the elements in place for a minute or two to make sure they stayed together nice and tight.  

The front triangle on the bottom layer holds the Easel in position, which is achieved with the help of Foam Tape.  

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO726275 Highland Christmas 12×12 Doublesided Paper #2
  • CO726281 Highland Christmas 12×12 Doublesided Paper #8
  • CO726278 Highland Christmas 12×12 Doublesided Paper #5
  • CO726297 Highland Christmas Peace on Earth Mini Die
  • CO726286 Highland Christmas Diecut Ephemera Set
  • ULT157907 Special Occasions Beaded Branch
  • CO724846 Card & Envelope Set – Cream Square
  • CO726144 Foamiran Multicoloured 10 pack (Red)
  • CO724918 Be Merry Bouquet Stamens (Gold)
  • CO725403 A4 Gold with Draft Lines Mirror Foil Board
  • CO724161 Floral Layers Cutting Dies – Clavelina
  • CO721979 Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue – Red
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • ULT157644 Diecut’N Bond
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors
  • H00043 Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue 125ml

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I created this Twisted Easel Christmas Card – have a wonderful day

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Couture Creations DT Reveal | Special Occasions Sympathy Card

Posted by on 22 Aug 2018 in Cardmaking, Couture Creations Design Team | 0 comments

Hi and welcome to my post today which is a Sympathy I have created using the recently released Special Occasions collection.  

I fussy cut the flowers from one of the papers before adding the decorative pearls to the centers and applying glue dots to the back so that they were ready to add to the card at the end.

One of my favourite Hot Foiling techniques is to fussy-cut the Hot Foiled Sentiment and then raise it on foam tape.  The fussy-cutting doesn’t have to be perfect, just a consistent width over the majority of the design.  

I found that the Pearlised Lace needed to be cut at the ends (not wrapped to the back) and stuck with a dot of dimensional magic behind each pearl, otherwise it moved and looked messy.

The patterned papers in this collection are light weight allowing for additional layers on a card without adding excessive weight – which can lead to cards falling forward if your not careful.

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • ULT157908 Special Occasions Adhesive Pearls
  • ULT157896 Special Occasions Pearlised Lace
  • CO726385 Special Occasions Gold Vines A4 White Paper
  • CO726398 Special Occasions Gold Swiss Dots A4 White Paper
  • CO726403 Special Occasions Gold Damask A4 White Paper
  • CO724848 Card & Envelope Set – Tall – Cream
  • ULT157744 Rambling Rose Stamp & Die Set – Grateful
  • CO726041 Heat Activated Foil – Pale Gold Mirror Finish
  • CO725287 Anna Griffin Hot Foil Stamp – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • CS11215 Dimensional Magic
  • CO723815 Adhesive Glue Spot – Mini
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I created this Sympathy Card – have a wonderful day

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Couture Creations DT Reveal | Nouveau Cut, Foil & Emboss Scrapbook Layout

Posted by on 15 Aug 2018 in Couture Creations Design Team, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Hi all, and welcome to my post today that includes a scrapbook layout I have created with cardstock and embellishments – and NO PATTERNED PAPER.  As an added bonus I have included a sketch with this post for all of my sketch fans out there – and yes I am listening to your requests for me to do more sketches.

I have used Nouveau Cut, Foil and Emboss Dies to create the feather, swirl and birdcage embellishments for my layout.  The pink cardstock layer has been embossed to add an extra dimension to the layers – whilst the photo mats and swirls are actually a Kraft Cardbase, because that was the colour I wanted and the Cardbase was close to hand.

I opened out the flowers and then used Pigment Powders, water and Gloss Texture Paste the colour them – before adding Aztec Gold Glitzin’ Glamour to the centres.  This technique requires quite a bit of drying time as the flowers get really wet – and they do fall apart if you play with them too much whilst they are wet. 

The best way to stick layered embellishments like this is to use 3D Glue Spots as they allow you to create dimension and stick bulky items with ease.  I like to add them to the back of the embellishments before playing with the placement so that I can stick it all together as soon as I am happy – without having to muck around adding adhesives.

I foiled the Bees and the title with Pale Gold Foil, which I love so much that I have now purchased three rolls – it just goes with any theme and all of my favourite ranges this year.

Last but not least I have my sketch for you and I would love to see your take on it, and welcome to share a picture or link in the comments.

 

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO725405 A4 Matte Gold Damask Mirror Foil Board
  • CO721997 Self Adhesive Pearls – Pink Blush
  • ULT200079 12×12 Cardstock – Fairy Wings
  • ULT200019 12×12 Cardstock – Ice Crystal
  • CO724849 Kraft A6 Card & Envelope Set
  • CO725839 Nouveau Delicate Feather Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725846 Nouveau Hanging Cage Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725842 Nouveau Sweeping Flourish Cut & Foil Die
  • CO725818 Go Press & Foil Metal Conversion Plate
  • CO726041 Heat Activated Foil – Pale Gold Mirror Finish
  • CO726060 Heat Activated Foil – Light Green Mirror Finish
  • CO726043 Heat Activated Foil – Peach Matte Finish
  • CO725911 C’est La Vie A Hive of Bees Chipboard
  • CO725917 C’est La Vie Frame C’est La Vie Set Chipboard
  • CO725777 C’est La Vie Paper Doilies Set (25pc)
  • CO725768 C’est La Vie Intricate Background Emboss Folder
  • CO725750 C’est La Vie Vintage Border Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO721981 Glitzin Glamour Aztec Gold Glitter Glue
  • CO724868 Anna Griffin Gloss Finish Texture Paste
  • CO725543 Mix and Match Pigment – Blue
  • CO725542 Mix and Match Pigment – Silky Gold
  • AD49538 English Roses (15pk)
  • AD49266 Jewelled Florettes (50pk)
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • CO723817 3D Glue Spots
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I have created my layout and look forward to seeing your take on my sketch – have a wonderful day

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Couture Creations DT Reveal | Special Occasions Decorative Embellished Candle

Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Couture Creations Design Team, Home Decor, Off-the-Page & Gift Ideas | 0 comments

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a Decorative Embellished Candle that would be perfect as a Gift or Special Occasion Table Setting.  The products I have used just happen to be from the new Special Occasions collection from Couture Creations.  This collection would also make the most beautiful Invitations for a Wedding, Engagement, Christening, Anniversary or Special Birthday.  

I have used a white candle that I purchased from Target, however any pillar candle in white or cream would work just as well.

I started by choosing the papers, foil and cutting dies that worked together to create a simple and elegant design.  I added Diecut’N Bond to the back of the Silver Damask Paper before diecutting it with the Swirling Banners Die.  The addition of the Diecut’N Bond makes assembly simpler and easier, and helps keep the intricate border in place.

I prefer to use Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape to adhere the layers that don’t have the Diecut’N Bond.  I also find that adhering each layer separately prevents buckling – which will occur if the layers are stuck together prior to adding them to the Candle.

I foiled two identical embellishments with Matte Gold Foil and a limited release Hot Foil Stamp to hide the join in the band layers.  If you would like to purchase this Hot Foil Stamp which is part of a three piece set please contact your local Couture Creations Stockist.

I added Adhesive Pearls to the two embellishments before adhering them together with the Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape – making them easier to glue to the Candle in the next step.

Helmar 450 Glue is super strong and takes some time to dry, allowing for a bit of movement to get embellishments into the perfect spot before they dry.  This benefit also requires some patience as the creation process really needs to stop until the 450 Glue is dry before moving the Candle around.

Whilst waiting for the Glue to dry the Butterfly layers could be assembled using 3D Glue Spots and Foam Tape.  The Foam Tape is between the solid layers and the 3D Glue Spots are the best choice for sticking the Butterfly to the Candle.  There are two solid layers and one lace layer to the Butterfly – using the same papers as in the other elements of the Candle. 

It was really exciting as the elements came together and the finished Candle took shape – just the drying Glue was holding up the process.

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • ULT157908 Special Occasions Adhesive Pearls
  • CO726402 Special Occasions Silver Damask Foiled A4 White Paper
  • CO726403 Special Occasions Gold Damask A4 White Paper
  • ULT157928 Special Occasions Layered Butterfly Decorative Die
  • ULT157943 Special Occasions Swirling Banner Decorative Die
  • CO725403 A4 Gold with Draft Lines Mirror Foil Board
  • CO721964 12mm Foam Mounting Tape
  • ULT157644 Diecut’N Bond
  • CO723894 7mm Embossing, Foil & Glitter Tape
  • CO723817 3D Glue Spots
  • CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Matte Gold)
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors
  • H00043 Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue 125ml

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into how I create Decorative Embellished Candles – have a wonderful day

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Couture Creations DT Reveal | Seaside & Me Card with Custom Coloured Hot Foiling

Posted by on 2 Jul 2018 in Cardmaking, Couture Creations Design Team | 0 comments

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a Card I have created with the Seaside & Me collection and Custom Coloured Hot Foiling.  

I have used a 5″x7″ Card as the base onto which I have layered scrap papers and Ephemera pieces that I have left from several other Seaside & Me projects.  

The feature of this card is the Hot Foiled Chipboard Sentiment that is featured in the video below.  I have layered Vintage Gold Matte and Transparent Blue Hot Foils on the Chipboard Sentiment to get a custom Aqua colour to match the ribbon on the card.  NOTE: The top layer must be transparent for this technique to work!

I have used a layered foiling technique on the Starfish that I will share in a future post and video.

I have distressed all of the layers on the card, except the starfish and the Chipboard Sentiment.  I have also used Foam Tape between many of the layers to get a more dimensional finish to the card.

We would love to see what Custom Coloured Foiling you come up with…..

Couture Creations products I have used:

  • CO725816 Cream 5″x7″ Card & Envelope Set
  • CO726196 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #03
  • CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
  • CO726151 Seaside & Me 6×6 Paper Pad
  • CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
  • CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Transparent Blue)
  • CO726178 Seaside & Me Starfish Hot Foil Stamp
  • CO725355 Vintage Gold Matte Hot Foil
  • CO725702 Chocolate Mirror Hot Foil
  • CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set
  • CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
  • CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this insight into my Custom Coloured Foiling process – have a wonderful day

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