Couture Creations | C’est La Vie Cards

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which features a pair of simple and economical cards created with the Cést La Vie collection being released by Couture Creations later this month. 

I have used A6 Kraft card bases from one of the popular Card & Envelope Sets produced by Couture Creations.  I love using these bases and envelopes as they are less than 40 cents per set, meaning that if I butcher a card base to create embellishments it is cheaper than cardstock – and I can always use the spare envelopes anyway.

The patterned papers are from the 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ Cést La Vie paper pads, including the butterfly and “Life is Beautiful” tabs.  You could just use the 6″x6″ paper pad, however I liked the spots being all the same colour so used the larger sheet of this paper.  The tag is from the Cést La Vie Diecut Ephemera pack and the tiny chipboard Bees are from the A Hive of Bees Chipboard set, which includes 20 pieces/Bees.

One of my favourite items from the C’est La Vie collection is the Butterflies & Roses Stamp and 3D Emboss A2 set.  As this is a 3D Embossing Folder you have to be very careful when using it with your Go Press & Foil Machine, as I have because it is of a higher quality with a deeper design – so no packing is needed and you may need to remove the lid to replace it with a B plate if it still too tight.

I have distressed the edges of all of my pieces of patterned paper and ephemera before inking them with coordinating inks and sponge daubers.  Keeping sponge daubers in a sealed case and having one for each colour prevents contamination and helps them to last a lot longer.  

Like the foiled 3D Embossing Folder design I have foiled the Thank You sentiment onto my butchered spare card base.  The Kraft is beautiful and smooth so it takes the foiling perfectly on both sides, as do all of the card bases in the Card & Envelope Sets range.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some pictures of the individual cards and a list of the products I have used.

Products I have used: 

CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m
CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m
CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces)
CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine
CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine
CO725355 Heat Activated Foil Gold Foil (Vintage Matte Finish)
ULT158117 Hot Foil Stamp – SE – Thank You
CO725737 Cést La Vie 12″x12″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725738 Cést La Vie 6″x6″ Paper Pad (24pgs)
CO725739 Cést La Vie Diecut Ephemera Set (43pcs)
CO725777 Cést La Vie Paper Doilies Set (25pcs)
CO725774 Cést La Vie Butterflies & Roses Stamp and A2 3D Emboss Set
CO725911 Cést La Vie  A Hive of Bees Chipboard Set (20pcs)
CO724849 Card & Envelope Set – A6 Kraft (50pcs each)
ULT157645 Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Cottonball
CO724289 English Roses (2cm) – White
CO725849 Sponge Dauber Storage Case (40pcs)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Couture Creations | Bohemian Bouquet | Beautiful

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my first post as a Creative Team Member for the Art Deco Creations group of brands.  I am so excited to be a part of this talented team of creative ladies, and to be working with some of my all-time favourite products – and especially my number love in my studio right now… trusty Go Press & Foil Machine!

I have created a layout using a photograph of our lovely little darling Amelia-Ann at the Hairdressers with the Bohemian Bouquet Collection of papers, along with a mix of cutting dies and embellishments from several other go-to ranges released recently by Couture Creations and Ultimate Crafts.

I started my layout with a semi-neutral paper from the 12″x12″ Bohemian Bouquet Paper Pad, the Loving Flourishes Stencil from the LÁqarelle Designs Collection, Anna Griffin Gloss Texture Paste and Couture Creations Silver Glitter.

I like to gather all of the embellishments, tools and papers together before creating a layout.  I then set about die-cutting, foiling, fussy-cutting and creating the handmade embellishments for my design.  As I go I try to place each item roughly where it will go, however this is never set in stone.

I love to mat my photographs with colours to compliment them and to help them make sense with the paper range and embellishments I am using.  This particular pair of photographs I have treated as one by adhering them together prior to cropping.  I remove the centers from my photo-mats to save paper and reduce the final weight of my layouts – if it can’t be seen it probably isn’t there.

My next step is to add tape to the back of all of the layers of paper/card, before I put it all together and place it onto the background.  Notice that nothing is hidden behind something else – if it can’t be seen it probably isn’t there.

Now to add tape, foam and dots behind all of the embellishments – both purchased and handmade.  This just makes the final stick-down quicker, easier and smoother – allowing me to concentrate on my design.

The title was part of a Hot Foiled Life is Beautiful Sentiment that I have fussy-cut with a 1mm border once it was completely cool.

Below are some close-ups of the embellishments I have on my layout, including the flowers I created using the soon to be released C’est La Vie Collection Geraniums Layered Die Set.


Products I have used: 

CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – 12mm x 4m
CO721985 Double Sided Tape – 6mm x 50m
CO723815 Mini Glue Spots (3 1/16” x 300 pieces)
CO723817 3D Glue Spots (½” x 1/8” x 75 pieces)
CO724156 2mm Adhesive Gemstones – Crystal
CO724280 Secret Garden Collection Tall Flourish Cutting Die
CO724288 English Roses (2.5cm) – White
CO724289 English Roses (2cm) – White
CO724290 English Roses (1.5cm) – White
CO724574 Ultra Fine Tip Applicator Bottle 20ml (2pcs)
CO724634 3mm Adhesive Pearls – Chiffon Cream
CO724824 Go Cut & Emboss Machine
CO724868 Anna Griffin Texture Paste – Gloss Finish
CO724917 Be Merry & Classic Glitter Assortment (3 vials) – Silver, White
CO725032 Go Press & Foil Machine
CO725342 Glitter Paper (210gsm) | Deep Blue
CO725358 Heat Activated Foil Blue Foil (Mirror Finish)
CO725368 2mm Adhesive Pearls – Sunflower
CO725765 C’est La Vie Collection Geraniums Layered Die Set (7pc)
CO725830 Hot Foil Stamp Life is Beautiful Sentiment
ULT157630 Ooh La La Collection Paper Doily Set (25pc)
ULT157646 Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Evergreen
ULT157799 L’Aquarelle Designs Loving Flourishes 10”x10” Stencil
ULT158030 Bohemian Bouquet 12”x12” Paper Pad
ULT158045 Bohemian Bouquet Collection Petal Doily Metal Charms
ULT158049 Bohemian Bouquet Collection Blue Layered Butterflies Stickers
ULT200048 12”x12” Cardstock – 216gsm – French Vanilla

Thanks for stopping by and thank you to the team at Art Deco Creations for giving me the wonderful opportunity to create on their team.