Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Having a "Merry Little Christmas" in July!

Hi everyone,
It's Tina with an Easel Card I created to share with you, plus a little tutorial.

Cut a card base using the largest Scalloped Rectangle Nesting die. To do this fold cardstock in half and diecut, leaving an edge attached.

Fold the top edge back as shown.
Cut an extra single Scalloped Rectangle from Core'dinations cardstock. 
Apply adhesive to the top part of the fold.
Attach Scalloped Rectangle to folded piece as shown.

I've used a doily die with Core-dinations Glitter Silk as the basis for this card.  
I used Cappuccino from the Momento collection but the new release Moulin Rouge, Splendor, and Memories from "The Treasure" collection are just as gorgeous.  Attach the doily diecut to the front of the card.

Cut Core'dinations gold Glitter Silk cardstock using Christmas Lace Ornamental die. 
Cut two Fancy Christmas Flourishes from green Core'dinations cardstock.
 Cut birds (Birds & Branch Intricutz die) from red cardstock, and branch from brown cardstock.   Attach as shown and highlight the leaves with green Glitzn'Glamour.  I attached one of the leaves in reverse so I had a mirror image effect.

Cut a strip of white cardstock using Momento Chandeliers, Adhere using Couture Creations 3D Foam Mini Dots, embellish with Gemstones and stamp a sentiment.

  Couture Creations Products
CO723245 Memento Ornamental Lace dies - Cappuccino
CO723891 Christmas Lace collection Ornamental Lace Die -Christmas Lace
CO723915 Merry Little Christmas Intricutz die - Fancy Christmas Flourish
CO723904 Merry Little Christmas Intricutz die - Birds & Branch
CO723247 Momento Ornamental Lace Dies - Chandeliers Set
CO723047 Nesting Dies - Scalloped Rectangle
CO723781 3D Foam Mini Dots
CO721978 Glitzin'Glamour Green
CO721993 Gemstones - Red Lust
CO723818 Quick Release Die Paper

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blog Hop with a difference!

A few weeks ago I was asked by my very talented friend, Janice Nicholls, if I would like to play along with a BLOG HOP with a DIFFERENCE.

1. What am I working on? Multiple DT layouts, creating projects for the Couture Creations magazine, and a vintage tag for a swap. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? This is a tricky one!  I tend to use multiple techniques on my pages.   I like to mix collections/manufacturers.  I love using mediums, mists, and paints.  I have a huge collection of washi tape that regularly finds its way onto my pages.  I love to "messy stamp".  I love to alter chipboard and embellishments to give my projects that personal touch.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?   It is all about preserving precious memories, but I just love playing with paint, papers, and mediums.  It's my creative outlet!  I also LOVE teaching and have been blessed with some wonderful opportunities to work in the scrapbooking industry.

Here is the layout I taught recently at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo

4. How does your writing/creating process work?   It can vary depending on what I'm creating.  If I want to scrap a particular photo, I'll be inspired by the colours, and textures in the picture, and the memories it evokes.  Sometimes I'll just start with a white piece of cardstock, or old, daggy paper that has gone out of style, and just start throwing down layers of paint, mediums, mists and papers.  These are probably my favorites to create as you never know exactly how they will turn out.

And here are three ladies whose work inspires me.  I'm tagging them to be next on the blog hop.

Sue Smyth,  is the magazine editor for Australian Scrapbook Ideas and is on the current Design Teams for Imaginarium Designs, Couture Creations, and Meg's Garden.  She teachers in and around Brisbane, including recently at the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.  Sue's creations always show amazing attention to detail, whether its a mixed media masterpiece, handcrafted flowers, or one of her incredible three dimensional paper craft designs.

Lauren Tomecek lives on the Gold Coast & loves to spend her free time getting messy with paints and paper creations.  Lauren has the knack for great design, combining layers and texture, and isn't afraid to experiment and try new techniques.  She is on the design Teams for Couture Creations and Scrapmatts, and is expecting her first child soon. 

Kasia Krzyminska (also known by her nickname Czekoczyna) is a pharmacist, an amazing mixed media artist, and teacher from Warsaw, Poland.  She is currently on the Design Teams for Prima, Mixed Media Place, The Scrapbook Diaries, and is a contributor to Paper Haus Magazine.  She has a unique, innovative style, and her creations always inspire me.
Links to my Friends blogs joining in with this Blog Hop
These girls will be posting for this blog hop next week- 14th July.
I would love you to pop over to their blogs and learn more about them.
 I do hope you have fun with this blog hop and discover some new scrappers.
Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read my blog (I especially love reading your comments).    If you are not already a follower of my blog I would love you to become one...its easy just click on my followers link on the sidebar.
I hope you've been inspired to go get your hands messy and create something.

 Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Aussie Christmas cards!

Hi everybody,
Tina here with a fun technique to create some Aussie summer Christmas cards.
I used the Great Island Paradise embossing folder from "The Marriot" collection and Core'dinations cardstock.
Place your cardstock mat in the folder and spray generously with two or three  mists (enough to cover your cardstock with just a little pooling)

Close the folder and run it through the embossing machine. 

The mists get squeezed into the paper, and create a cool effect.  Make sure you allow it to dry completely before attempting to adhere it to your card base. 

 You can also heat emboss the raised areas or use Glitzn'Glamour to embellish it.

 And here's another one I did with slightly different colours, I think it suits our Aussie Christmas perfectly!

Couture Creations Products:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mixing it up!

I wanted to share a few layouts with you today.  Two are very clean and simple, whilst the other has lots of layers and different elements and mediums - more my usual style!  What they all have in common is the gorgeous Couture Creations dies. 
I used the "Tied Together" Ornamental Lace Die, trimmed the frame and cut it in half to create a long decorative strip.  I also used the Birdcage and Beautiful Butterfly dies to create embellishments.

 This one uses The Van Roe Decorative Die "Celebrate"
And one of my recent fav layouts...
 First up is a photo showing the layers, before adding mists and embellishments.  You can see where I layered some of my diecuts.

And here it is completed!

 I love the pretty texture created by the Chandeliers Set.

Couture Creations products:
Layout #1
Layout #2 
 Layout #3

Friday, June 13, 2014

'Finalist Entry Kaisercraft DT 2014/15'

Hi everyone,
I feel super excited to be chosen as a finalist in the Kaisercraft DT Call for 2014/15.  I received a wonderful package of yet to be released papers to create with. 
I created this layout using the 'Yuletide' collection.
And this using 'Yuletide', where I created some cool effects when I stamped Kaisercraft 'Crackle' into modelling paste, and sprayed it with mists once dry.
I created this Christmas wreath using some of the leftover papers.
The other gorgeous range I was given to create with is called Rustic Harmony. 
I used an number of mediums through Kaisercraft stencils as well as stamping with 'Diamonds'.
I just had to do a pretty layout with these papers.....
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope I've inspired you to go create something pretty.
Happy scrapping,


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