Saturday, April 27, 2013

Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo Classes

There are still some places available in our classes...

Couture Creations is proud to be sponsoring classes at Australia’s premier event for people who love scrapbooking, card making, stamping, photography and mixed media.
The Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo will be held in Brisbane on June 8 to 10, 2013 from Saturday to Monday, over the June long weekend.


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Card Set with Tracey Cooley

Session 1: 9.30am – 11.30am

Skill level: All levels

Join Tracey Cooley and enter the world of the Mad Hatter for a technique tea party...create a set of matching cards with handmade flowers using nesting dies and techniques with emboss folders, that can easily be transferred to your scrapbooking/papercraft with a trip down the rabbit hole!

Class includes: Couture Creations Nesting Dies, Couture Creations Elegance Embossing Folder, Embellishments, G45 Patterned Paper, Couture Creations Tools, Couture Creations Adhesives & Core’dinations Cardstock.

Products supplied by Couture Creations
Students bring: Basic tool kit, one 5.7 acrylic stamp block, one deep purple pigment ink pad.
Class cost: $45

Family Fun (we're all mad) Layout with Kerrie Gurney

Session 2: 12noon – 2pm

Skill level: All levels

Join Kerrie  Gurney and create a single page layout using the latest Couture Creations Fantasia Doily Dies, Elegance Embossing Folder & Couture Chipboard. Some of the techniques you will get to play around with are learning how to create a unique background using texture paste, distressing & misting.  You will also get to do some die cutting and of course some embossing and you even get to keep your doily dies and embossing folder.

Class includes: Couture Creations Embossing Folder, Fantasia Doily Dies, Couture Creations Chipboard , Couture Creations Gemstones, Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, Paper Flowers, Patterned Papers, Core'dinations Cardstock

Products supplied by Couture Creations
Students bring: Basic tool kit, one 5” x 7” photo of a fun family moment.
Class cost: $45

Alice’s Shrunken Trinket Dress Form with Sue Smyth

Session 3: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Skill level: All levels

Join Sue Smyth for an afternoon of inspiration and creation with Couture Creations. Play with gesso, sprays and glitter to make your own trinket pin storage Dress form. This gorgeous angel will be a glorious addition to anyone’s workshop, with a very practical use.  Learn how to alter the basic form, with clever but simple techniques you will be able to use over and over again on other off the page projects and even layouts. See how versatile embossing folders and dies can be to make unique flowers and complete a one of a kind project.

Class includes: Calico Dress Form, Couture Embossing Folder, creating with doily dies, nesting dies, ribbon, lace, beads, buttons and more.

Products supplied by Couture Creations
Students bring: Basic tool kit, paper piercing tool, Dimensional Magic, foam paint brush, gloves if you don’t like getting your hands dirty.
Class cost: $45


You will learn some great techniques during these classes and also receive loads of  great Couture Creations Products along with giveaways and loads of fun. We have chosen an Alice In Wonderland theme and will be decking our classroom with loads of Alice d├ęcor, and there is talk that some of us may even dress the part...
So guess which one of us Couture Creations Tutors will be wearing these at the Expo!!!!


Leave a comment on Couture Creations Blog, which tutor you think will be wearing these boots at the show.
If you guess correctly and have booked into the class you will go into the draw to win a prize pack, which will be given to you in class.
(This is only open to those booked into any of our classes over the 3 days)

Happy Creating Kerrie

Friday, April 26, 2013

Australian Scrapbook Ideas Magazine #20 | Scrap Therapy

I was asked to create two layout about someone that had passed away and what I missed about them. This is a very hard subject at the best of times but the day I received the call to see if I could step in and take on this commission was the day before the 7th anniversary of my sisters passing. As you can imagine it was even harder to do but I have to say that I did enjoy my stroll back reminiscing about our childhood.

I chose to do a collage of photos of my sister Megan and I from our childhood up until 3 weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer, this was the first time I had seen in her person and she had already lost so much weight and was covered in small hard cancerous lumps all over her body. Megan only lived for 3 months from when she was diagnosed so we didn't really have long to prepare ourselves for her to loose her fight and fight she did. Megan had two small children to live for and she was determined that she wasn't going to loose this fight, but the type of cancer Megan had was rare and there was nothing that could be done for Megan as there was no research into her form of cancer.

Please if you can give generously to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and their Ride to Conquer Cancer as all the money raised goes into research all forms of cancer. My brother Lachlan is riding again this year for his 3rd year, last year Wayne, Brayden and Lachlan all took part, Megan would be so proud of them all donning the lycra just for her :)

the photos are of Megan from a young girl through to the beautiful young woman she became and one with me at Lone Pine as kids (yes I had a boy haircut) and then of us both on my wedding day.

The other person  chose was my Father In Law who passed away last year, I always loved seeing Colin interact with all his grandchildren, they all loved and adored him. Colin was a great man and we all loved him dearly, he has had some tough battles in his life and when he had a stroke in July 2011, although you could see the fight in his eyes, it was too big and he was taken from us with a massive a heart attack 4 months later. Although we miss him terribly we all know Colin was a very proud man and would have hated to live not being able to talk, walk or feed himself. 

We will miss Megan and Colin always and not a day goes by that I don't think of them both. I still think I must phone Megan and tell her that when things happen that I know she would love to hear about.

Please remember to cherish and treasure time spent with your loved ones, life is just so precious and take loads of photos.

Australian Scrapbook Ideas Magazine Issue 20

available 1st May 2013

You can get the step by steps for both these layouts in the magazine which is available now at your local newsagent or online

Happy Creating Kerrie

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Birthday 2nd Cadbury

Anzac Day is not just a day for remembering our soldiers it is also Cadbury's birthday

Here  is the birthday boy this morning enjoying wearing his birthday hat and chewing on a birthday pigs ear

Happy Creating Kerrie

Lest We Forget

today we remember those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915, we also remember of all our soldiers who have died while fighting for our country. Lest We Forget


Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Ashleigh

It is so hard to believe that 20 years ago Wayne and I went from being a couple to being a family with the arrival of our darling girl Ashleigh Brooke Gurney.

 I created Ashleigh Card using the new Couture Creations Fantasia Doily Dies & Elegance Embossing Folder

Products Used
Couture Creations Irish Dreams Doily Die
Couture Creations Ivy Doily Die
Couture Creations Rose Nesting Die
Couture Creations Elegance Heburn Embossing Folder
Teresa Collins Spring Fling 6x6 Paper Pad
Maya Road Alterable Scalloped Trim
Coredinations Core Cardstock
Country Blessing Flowers
Paper Doily

Happy Creating Kerrie

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Altered Peat Pot

I created this altered peat pot for the Couture Creations Blog

I have been browsing on Pinterest and came across Altered Peat Pots and fell in love. Don't you all just love Pinterest so many inspiration. (you can follow Couture Creations on Pinterest )

Anyway I headed straight out to my local garden centre to purchase some peat pots. I knew I had to create some of these using some of my Couture Creations products, my mind was in peat pot overdrive :)


Paint Peat Pot with Gesso and set aside to dry
Cut 2 x 6" x 3" strips of Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock and emboss using  Extra Confetti Embossing Folder.

Make a template for the side of the peat pot and cut 4 side pieces

Sand the embossed side pieces using Couture Creations Sanding Block

Distress the edges using Couture Creations Non Stick Scissors

Die Cut flower petals using the 4 smaller Roses Nesting Dies cut 1 of ea  of the bigger sizes and 2 of ea of the smaller sizes

Cut into die shape creating 4 petals

Spray the petal die cuts with water, layer together and scrunch

unfold gently and dry using heat gun
Putting it all together
Adhere the embossed side pieces to the side of the pot
Tie a piece of tulle around the pot
Assemble flower petals using double sided tape and place crystal gemstones in center of flowers
Die cut one of each doily die, Jasmine's Dream & Tranquillity Decorative dies.
Use a skewer for the stem, you can either cover using washi tape or paint it, attach the flower to the front of skewer and the doily to the back.
Use hot glue to adhere a foam ball to the inside of peat pot, hot glue some tulle to foam ball and stick skewer into foam ball.
Adhere Jasmine's Dream vine die cut and Tranquillity die in place and adhere the small flower to the front of pot.
Add Crystal Glitter Glue on flower petals and die cuts.
Finish off with some Spanish Moss in the base of the pot

I am going to make some more of these to give to my Mum and Mother In Law for Mother's day. They would also make perfect table centre pieces for a wedding or any special occasion.

Couture Creations Products Used
CO723446  Elegance Collection Embossing Folder, Extra Confetti
CO723218 Nesting Dies, Roses
CO723415 Endless Dreams Decorative Dies, Jasmine's Dream
CO723435 Endless Dreams Decorative Dies, Tranquillity
CO723114 Doily Dies, Blossom Yarn
CO721955 Non Stick Scissors
CO723060 Sanding Block
CO721996 Gemstones, Crystal
CO721971 Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, Crystalina

If I have inspired you to create any peat pots, please share them with us on Couture Creations Facebook page and don't forget to visit Couture Creations Blog to see what the other Design Team girls have been creating

Happy Creating Kerrie

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bloglovin' an alternative to Google Reader

As those of you who use Google Reader know we don't have much time before Google Reader ceases to exist. Some of my friends have been trialing different readers, but I have changed over to Bloglovin' and so far so good.

If you make the change your can click on the link and follow my blog in Bloglovin'

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Happy Creating Kerrie

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Hi this is the step by step tutorial I created for CSW Distributors and Crafter's Home USA Blog

Showcasing some fun techniques using Couture Creations Fresh & Fun Super Powder Puff Embossing Folder. 

Did you know Embossing Folders can be used as a stamp to create great backgounds.

ink Super Powder Puff embossing folder using  Versamark ink pad and randomly stamp all over base white cardstock

sprinkle clear thick embossing powder over entire page and tap off excess

 use heat gun to melt embossing powder, distress edges

lightly spritz with pale blue mist giving a frosting of colour, set aside to dry

cut 3 x 11” x  2” strip of  blue cardstock, emboss using super powder puff embossing folder

 lightly sand to revel core colour, cut pennant shape at one end and distress edges.

die cut 4 x small Daisy nesting dies and 4 larger Daisy nesting dies using white cardstock, emboss using super powder puff embossing folder

cut to create single petals on each Daisy

 spritz with blue Maya Mist

scrunch, dry using heat gun

die cut 2 x Longevity Decorative die from white cardstock

emboss chipboard alpha using super powder puff embossing folder
 paint with white paint, dry using heat gun

 lightly sand giving a grunge look

layer all pieces onto base, finish off with Crystal Gemstones and Crystal Glitter Glue

CO723441 Couture Creations 5x7 Super Powder Puff Embossing Folder
CO723217 Couture Creations Daisy Nesting Dies
CO723433 Couture Creations Longevitiy Decorative Die
CO721996 Couture Creations Crystal Gemstones
CO721971 Couture Creations Crystal Glitzin’ Glamour Glitter Glue

Other Products Used
Core'dinations White Cardstock
Core'dinations Blue Core Cardstock
Chipboard Alphas
Blue Mist
Die Cut Journaling Block
White Acrylic Paint

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
happy creating