October 28, 2014

Love You Layout by Mel Connell

Hello again everyone. 
This is my second creation for October for Couture Creations and I have just completely fallen in love with the new Vintage Rose Garden paper range and the Floral lace dies. They are just gorgeous. 
Are your easy to create along? Get ready this one is a bit fun!

You will need one of your favourite sheets of paper from the Vintage Rose Garden paper collection, a Coordinating glitter and sheets of sticky JAC paper and some black cardstock to get you going. 

Use your favourite Floral lace die, I used Love Abounds. Cut about 9 of these from black cardstock. 
Peel off one side of the stick JAC paper and lay your die cuts down all over the JAC paper to create your own pattern. 

Now here comes the really really super fun part. Cover the entire piece of JAC paper with glitter. The glitter will stick to all the past inside and around your die cuts. 

Tip off any excess glitter into a craft tray or onto The Couture Creations Non -stick Craft Mat to put back into your glitter jar. 
You may need to use a small paint brush to brush off any glitter that is clinging to your die cut pieces. 

Mat this onto black cardstock and then into the centre of your Vintage Rose Garden sheet of patterned paper. I did a 8.5 x 11 inch layout cut this would ale woe for 12 x 12 inches, you will just need to use two sheets of JAC and join them together. 

Cut from white cardstock two of the smaller dies from the Ornamental lace Memories set, ink these in a matching colour to your layout. Add some faux stitching with a black pen. 
I added my small photo to the centre of one of these. 

Die cut out of white cardstock 1 butterfly from The Van Roe Collection and heat emboss this with a colour that tones in with the rest of your layout. 

Layer up all your die cut pieces, your hand created background and a few embellishments to match.

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October 24, 2014


Hello everyone. 

I am so excited to say that Tomorrow's Memories recently got in the Prima/Finnabair Art Basics and Art Extravagance products in and the DT have been playing with them. 

I was so super excited to get started and wanted to do a bit of a Finnabair inspired layout. I have loved her work for ages and was so amazed by her technique and style when she came to teach at our store last year. 

So grab a paint brush, some water, a few sheets of paper and cardstock and get ready to play. 

Start by giving your self a strong background to work on so layer up two sheets of paper and cardstock, I left a little border around the edges. 

Glue them together with the Soft  Matte Gel.

Tear some strips from left over papers that coordinate and layer these up sticking them down also with the Soft Matte Gel. 

Using the gold crackle texture paste as some pattern using a stencil and allow this to dry.  You can do a little or go a bit OT and add a fair amount. 

I worked out where I wanted my photo mats to be and layers these up with a few doilies, and add this amazing truing of mason jar light chipboard from My Creative Wings. It's just beautiful chipboard. 

Next up add in all kinds of embellishment, flowers, metal pieces, gems, tickets anything really. 

I glued down all my embellishments with the 3D Gloss Gel. It is super strong and will hold just about anything in place. Let this dry really well, you don't want anything to come loose in the next few steps. 

Once all your embellishments are in place your going to give them all a layer of gesso. The Heavy White gesso is just brilliant. Start slow and build up if your not too confident. dry brush all your little bits and pieces. You can make some more heavily covered than other. Let this dry reply really well. You can speed it up with the heat tool if you'd like.  

Next come the really really fun part. I used one of the new Prima Colour Bloom sprays and some of the Primary Elements pigment powders. Put a little of all the colours you would like to use out on your non stick craft sheet and add water to get a runny pool of colour. 

With more water add the colour all around your layout, add water to make really wet puddles, then hold your pages up and let the colour run down.

Again work slowly. Add a layer and let it dry, add another layer and dry etc. 

With your paint brush flick drops of the colour around your layout too, this just looks so cute once dry. 

I hope you like this fun technique that is inspired by Finnabair. All these gorgeous new mixed media products are available in store now. 

I'd love to see what you come up with is you give this a bit of a go. 

Go create, and see you soon. 

Mel xxxx

October 14, 2014

Love and Adore Layout by Mel Connell

Welcome to October. I know I have said it before but isn't the year rolling past us quickly. Well this month at Couture Creations if pretty exciting for us all with the up coming release of our new paper range - Vintage Rose Garden. It is such a stunning and gorgeous paper collection. 
Along with the gorgeous Floral Lace Dies. Both these work together so wonderfully. It's so pretty and feminine. 

So given the soft, feminine nature of it all, I got stuck in and create a beautiful girlie layout. Firstly you want to chose three sheets of the new Vintage Rose Garden papers. Cut two sheets into 4x 4 inch squares, All these you will need to cut out circles using your Couture creations nesting circle dies.
Grab your Essential Tools Embossing Stylus and one of the Nesting Square dies that fits just inside your die cut circles.  

Run your embossing stylus around the edges of your square die to score the paper. Fold in all the sides to create these folded pieces. Do this to all your circle die cuts. 

Cut from white cardstock one of the new Floral lace Dies, I used Bold Bouquet

Cut a Victorian Square Nesting Die as your photo mat. 

Cut a bunch of foliage to sprinkle around your layout. I used the Lucky Tree from The Van Roe Collection. Ink and distress to your taste. 

Cut 4 Ornamental Lace Chandelier Set dies strips and distress with brown ink. 

Find some Flowers and a title that work well with the Vintage Rose Garden papers and start to layer up your layout. Glue down your folded squares in an alternating pattern from the centre of your page. 
Make a focal cluster in the bottom corner with your photo and all your die cut foliage and Floral lace die cut and flowers. 

Thanks for stopping by again to check out what I have been creating, make sure to stop by the Couture Creations Blog regularly as we have gorgeous projects going up all the the time. 

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