Monday, April 28, 2014

Special Memories with Special People


It is my turn on the Couture Creations Blog today I have finally printed out some of my favourite photos from my trip to South Africa and I love this one of us ladies. Not the best photo of us all but this was our first time meeting and we all went out on an adventure to Sandton to visit Nelson Mandela Square. This photo makes me happy as not only was I in South Africa with my Mum I got to meet these fabulous ladies, Amber Crowell, Trisha Ladouceur & Angela Lanoy ..we didn't know yet but we were about to have an amazing adventure together thanks to Glenda Viljoen

anyway onto my layout which I have used lots of Couture Creations products on

Start by cutting the striped piece of Sew Jo patterned paper down to 11.5" 11.5" and then distressed the edges of both the patterned paper and the Core'dinations cardstock using my scissors, using scissors helps get the edges really distressed.

next sprinkle some walnut ink crystals in some texture paste and mix in

then place the Tied Together die with the flat side down onto the bottom right side patterned paper 
and randomly smear into the pattern

carefully lift off and repeat on the top left side, set aside to dry

Die cut 3 of the Classical die using a cereal box, as you can see it cuts through easily 

pop the bits out

Add some Crystal Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to Gesso mix in and then paint the chipboard die cuts and set aside. This add a subtle touch of sparkle to your die cuts

die cut 1 x Sophia Stella die and emboss using Small Dots embossing folder, lightly ink edges using a Sponge Dauber

Using  the 3 middle sizes of the Sunflower Nesting Die die cut 2 of each size, cut sections into petals, spritz with water and scrunch to give dimension. lightly ink the edges with ink using Sponge Dauber
Assemble flower and add an embellishment to center

here is a look at all the dies I have used, I keep the dies I am using on one of the Magnetic Storage Sheets while I am working on a project, this way I don't misplace the dies. On the Cappuccino Ornamental Lace Die I have used double sided tape to keep the Quick Release Die Paper permanently on my die, making it easy to use and all those pesky bits fall straight out.

Once all pieces are dry, assemble layout.
I have also cut a measuring tape strip from Sew Jo Paper Pad ...finish off with some pearls

I lightly brushed the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard title with Gesso and then lightly sprayed with Walnut Ink, I also lightly sprayed the Classical Chipboard die cuts with Walnut Ink.

Other Products Used
Petaloo Flowers
Dymo Tape

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Happy Creating 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Quick Wedding and 50th Birthday Card Share

just popped into to share a couple of cards I created using Couture Creations Dies

Happy Creating Kerrie

Friday, April 25, 2014

Anzac Day ....Lest We Forget

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.
It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Lest we forget


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

wishing you all a Safe and Happy Easter

stay safe on the roads

Happy Creating Kerrie

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrating 21

Earlier this week we celebrated a big milestone in our family, my eldest daughter Ashleigh turned 21
I cannot believe I am now the mother of a 21 year old ...when did that happen? ..what happened to the last 21 years?
Not only is my Number one child 21, she moved out of home on the 1st of January this year 2 huge milestones for her this year.

Ashleigh didn't want a party just a family dinner with us, her besties and the grandparents, so we went to Ceylon Inn for some delicious Indian for her special birthday are some snaps, unfortunately we were too busy enjoying ourselves and didn't take many photos.

the very quick Birthday Card (which i forgot to write in )

Pressies from the family

the invitation, I printed it out using my Epson PictureMate PM235 (love this printer)... I know it doesn't match the present and cake theme but it matches the venue :)

 the birthday girl

Clinton, Ashleigh & Shannen besties since meeting in Y8 (2006)

Ashleigh, Shannen, Me and Taylah

Cake Time back at home

Happy Creating Kerrie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Classes

are teaching classes using the latest releases from Couture Creations 
at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo
June 7th - 9th 2014

Class descriptions are on the website now and classes now
You will find us in Classroom 9
Places are Limited so don't delay book your place today
here is a sneak peek at our classes

I hope to see you in one of my classes  

Happy Creating


Friday, April 11, 2014

Smiling Rhino

Hi everyone
I created this layout Couture Creations Blog using loads of Couture goodness ...
Lions have always been my favourite animal since I was very young, well actually all cats big and small but while visiting South Africa I fell in love with all their wild animals but especially the Rhino they are so gentle looking and have these huge smiles, how can you not love them. (Although when one is charging towards you after an Elephant decides it doesn't want to share his space, they are not so smiley)

So I cannot begin to understand how poachers can chop off their horns and leave them to die in horrific pain. I am so upset to know that in our lifetime there will come a time when this gorgeous creature will no longer be around if something is not done to stop the poachers. We all need to take a stand and help stop poachers slaying all creatures.

For more information on how you can help save the Rhino's please visit these sites

onto my layout

Firstly I die cut some Retro Flowers and Panama Branches from calico using the Metal Adapted Plate. I  doubled the calico to cut 2 at a time and  to make sure the dies cut through completely I ran them through the machine 4 times just to get those last bits of thread holding on.
This is how I layered my cutting sandwich; multi platform base, acrylic plate, dies blade side up, 2 layers of calico, metal plate and finally top acrylic plate.

you can see how easily the fabric pops out of the dies

 die cut 1 x Mirror Mirror Ornamental Lace Die from Sew Jo patterned paper and cut a wedge out

cut 1 x Lotus Filet Ornamental Lace Die from Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit Cardstock, sand to reveal core colour and cut in half.

Cut a sheet of Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit cardstock to 11" x 11" distress the edges using scissors, then using Wire Barbs embossing folder under cardstock sand to let the core colour show through wwhile revealing the Wire Barb embossing folder design.

spray the top right of cardstock with water and scrunch down

tear a small section on the bottom left of cardstock and place section of Mirror Mirror die cut under

Use 1 sheet of Sew Jo patterned paper for your base and adhere cardstock to it

 Cut a sheet of Sew Jo Chevron patterned paper to 5.5" x 10" and distress the edges and adhere to cardstock


Die cut 2 x  Stella decorative dies from Hermit cardstock and emboss using Small Dots embossing folder so that the B side of cardstock is the side you will be using.
Die cut 1 x Victorian Rectangle die from light coloured Sew Jo patterned paper and cut in half
Spray fabric die cuts,cardstock die cuts, paper flowers and chipboard alphas with Walnut Ink to age

Arrange all pieces and adhere all to base when you are happy with your arrangement. 
I used my Save the Rhino bracelet on my layout. I ran a piece of 3mm double sided tape across the die cut and then placed the bracelet on pressing down to make sure beads attached. I then cut the bracelet so only the front was left and then used some of the beads from the bracelet to scatter on my layout, along with some gemstones and small flower die cuts from Stella sprig.

I hope I have encouraged you to create and also to help Save the Rhino's

and if you live in Brissie please come along to Photo Continental on 30th April and 1st May as Tracey and I are teaching 4 different classes each over the 2 days ...Visit Photo Continental's blog for all the info

Couture Creations Products Used

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Other Products Used
Core'dinations Cardstock Black Magic, Hermit
Imaginarium Designs, Chipboard Alphas
Paper Flowers
Save the Rhino Bracelet

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