Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Couture Creations Design Team Audition 2019

Hello, and Welcome to my Design Team Audition for Couture Creations 2019/2020

Concertina Album Using Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country would have to be one of my favorite ranges that has been released. Its colours are amazing and the flora and fauna images are just stunning.

The above image is the front of the album. I have used the A4 Kookaburra Decoupage sheet image and some leaves and printed stamp from the ephemera pack. The back ground is Sheet 4 that i got out of the 12x12 Collection pack and I have used some Liquid drop 3D Pearls in Buttercup to highlight the blossoms from the wattle.

I created this Concertina Album from scratch using Chipboard and Cardstock. I will show the basic concept of putting it together towards the end.
This is what it looks like opened fully, and below are larger images of each section I created with more detail.

I created 2 tags using the images from the paper ....

This is the other side of the album
and below are close up images for more detail.

The basic construction for this album
 Firstly, Cut chipboard to desired size.
 Cut cardstock 1.5cm larger then the chipboard
 Cut corners, and then fold over the overhang and stick down with your choice of adhesive. I used double sided tape. 
Work out the size you want for the Concertina part of the Album, then fold in the Mountain/Valley fold. Then attach to the front and back covers of the album. Lastly use coordinating papers and embellishments to decorate.

With another image from the Kookaburra 3D pack I whipped up this card with left over papers. The paper is Sheet 10.

Layout using Sunburnt Country
 I love a little fussy cutting, and the paper Sheet 8 from Sunburnt Country was asking for I did and it lead me to create this cute little layout of my son, and I even added some real items from my backyard as a little extra. 

Fussy cutting and finding the right sized stick was a challenge for the bird, but I did manage to find one that helped give the layout more dimension. Sheet 5 will have this gorgeous bird from Sunburnt Country 

I even managed to wrap the birds feet/claws around the stick so it looks likeit is perched there.

Layout using Gentleman's Emporium
 I have been holding onto this photo of my grandfather for some time. It was taken back in the 80s at one of his favorite fishing locations.
Below is a little close up of the layering I created for the layout.

Although this is not a current Video of my work, I thought I would include this so you can see how I produce and create videos for Demos/projects.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Beautiful Happy Friend, for May Scrapmatts DT blog

Sharing with you the layout i created as part of my Design Team duties for the Scrapmatts blog.
I came across this photo of my old girl Border Collie Lucy, and thought the lovely papers from the Kaisercaft 'Misty Mountains' range. 

Beautiful Happy Friend

Here are some close ups...

Items used - 

Scrapmatts Chipboard CB1189, CB6106, CB5166, CB6110
Scrapmatts Stencil - ST9053
Little Birdie - Snow Matt Chalk Paint, Lavender Blush Matt Chalk Paint,
 One Step Crackle Medium, Grainy Texture Paste, Craft Glue
Embellish With Flair - Dog Set, Purple Tone Chevron Set
Thickers - Letters
D-Lish Scraps - Flowers
Tim Holtz/Ranger - Distress Oxide

Monday, February 18, 2019

Keto - Raspberry Chia seed Jam

Hello everyone, something a little bit different for you today. Im sharing a recipe I found for Raspberry Chia seed Jam. 
Like every year I have made the decision to get healthy, but after a month or so I give up and go back to my old ways.
This year I have started a new journey to change my lifestyle habits. I'm trying the Keto lifestyle.
Keep reading after the recipe to find out the basics of a Keto 'Diet'

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
3 cups of Raspberries (frozen or fresh) I used frozen
Juice of 1 lemon - I used about 1.5 tablespoons of liquid lemon juice from Aldi
2 Tablespoons of natural Sweetener - I have used Raw Earth brand Stevia & Monk Fruit Sweetener
3.5 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1. Place raspberries and lemon juice into a large saucepan over a medium heat until soft.
2.  Mash them up and add sweetener.
3. Stir in Chia seeds and let cool. 
Pretty simple and SUPER tasty.
Recipe found on instagram @ketoxoxo

Before I go any further...
I am NO EXPERT or DOCTOR so if you want to try this lifestyle, please check with your doctor!!!

So what is Keto?
"The keto diet changes the way your body converts food into energy. Eating a lot of fat and very few carbs puts you in ketosis, a metabolic state where your body burns fat instead of carbs for fuel. When your body is unable to get glucose from carbs, your liver converts fatty acids from your diet into ketones, an alternative source of energy. Burning ketones in place of glucose reduces inflammation and spurs weight loss." (taken from Keto Diet for beginners)
Thanks for stopping by, I am hoping to share a few recipes every week ass well as my other creative little projects.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

My DT Layout for Scrapmatts this month - Hello Happy

 Wow 2019 has come running and January was just a practive for the rest of the year, but im hoping to be able to share a bit more this year (I know I say that every year) My boys have finally settled and I am enjoying creating Flairs for Embellish With Flair.
I am also still on the Scrapmatts Design Team which I am so honoured to be apart of. Such amazing talent in that Design team so make sure you pop on over to the Scrapmatts Blog for a regular visit!

So here is a little sneak peek of what I have created for my DT post for this month...
 This is a layout of one of my gorgeous cousins, she never looks bad in a photo!
If you want to see the layout in Full then you will need to head on over to the Scrapmatts blog.
There you will see more sneak peeks and also a list of all the Scrapmatts products I used!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cute As A Bunny

Don't fall off your chair...Yes its my Second post for the month!!!
I think my Mojo has finally started to return, I'm really pleased with how this layout turned out.
I used a few different products, which I will list below.
Cute As A Bunny

I have been wanting to use my Easter Flairs for awhile now, but could quite figure out the papers/photo or where to start, so this was the end product. A layout of my bff's daughter the gorgeous Mia.(yes I am biased) 

And here are some close ups..

What I used...
7 Dots Studio - Home Grown Paper Pack
Tinby Designs - Colour Crush in Guava
Embellish With Flair - Happy Easter Flair Set
Kaisercraft - Be Yourself Template
Scrapmatts - Chipboard
Little Birdie - 2 in 1 Gesso and Modelling paste in white 
- Assorted Flowers
-Cheese Cloth
D-Lish Scraps - Pink Bow
-Pink Tassel
-Wooden/pink leaves
Thanks for looking
-Sorry for poor photography...I used my iphone

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Beautiful - Layout

I know its been a long time between posts, I have been flat out busy with my new little business Embellish With Flair and have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to teach at a few craft shows around Australia.
Next week I am off to Canberra and later in the Month Melbourne.
I just want to share a layout I recently created of my gorgeous cousin.
I have used many different products on this layout so I will do my best to list them as I share the layout with you. 
I started with white cardstock, I watered down some yellow chalk paint and used a plastic bag to sponge the paint onto the cardstock.
I then used Damask Stencil 9025 from Scrapmatts with modelling paste and randomly went over the painted area.
I wanted to add another colour, so I used a dark shade of brown water paint and added a splash here and there.

I also added a little stamping to the background.

I then painted the hexagon chipboard with some metallic copper paint and tucked it under the photo and to the top left of the layout.

I also tucked some a few chipboard leaf sprays under the flowers, I painted them with some Gold metallic paint and then using my finger I applied a little white gesso to soften the look. 

To finish of the layout I used some chipboard words 'Beautiful'
and 'Close to my heart'
I love the natural brown leather look these chipboard pieces have, and they worked really well on this layout.
List of Items Used:
Embellish With Flair:
Lemon Chiffon Chalk Paint
2 in 1 White Gesso and Modelling Paste
Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic paint
Cheese Cloth
Assorted Flowers in Cream and Bisque
Smooth White Cardstock
Texture stamps - Script & zigzag
Sue Smyth's Artsy Treasures
Bee Page
Other Items:
Brown watercolour paint
 Gold Mica Flakes
Thanks for looking

Saturday, April 21, 2018

April Scrapmatts Canvas project

Its sure has been a while since my last is my canvas project I did for my Scapmatts DT post.
And here are some close ups...


The Scrapmatts Chipboard used :
Everything Beautiful Has Its Moment (not online yet)
Scrapmatts Stencil :
I have also used
Finnabair Metallique wax Art Alchemy in White Gold
Finnabair Opal Magic wax Art Alchemy in Royal Robes
Finnabair Opal Magic wax Art Alchemy in Turquoise Satin
Modelling paste
Cereal box
Clear Microbeads
Silicon Face Mould I got at a craft show from Zyneri
Large Butterfly Charm
Thanks for Stopping by