Friday, 24 October 2014

Love These Gorgeous Girls - Version 2

I originally shared this layout as part of my Scrapmatts DT work for this month. However, due to Harrison going through a grumpy stage I didn't get to quite finish it as I'd imagined it in my head. Today I would like to show you the new finished version, with some paint splatters, builders tape, buttons, crackle accent and journaling added. I also changed the photo over to black and white. You can see the original version here, let me know which one you prefer.
I was originally going to journal about my 30th birthday, which was when this photo was taken, but then I realised the girls meant much more to me than just one night. My journaling speaks about the support these ladies have provided me during my pregnancy (I was 26 weeks in the photo) and becoming a first time mum.

Now that I've added the journaling, I can also enter it into the current challenge at Once Upon A Sketch. The theme is "The women/girls etc in our lives...". I have rotated the sketch below counter clockwise to suit my photo.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Friendship Card - Couture Creations DT

I think it's always good to try new things once in a while to help you learn new techniques or styles. With that in mind, I have a created a very girly greeting card for my second project this month with a muted colour pallet. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to try something new yourself.
1/ Cut your cardstock to 12" x 6", scoring it halfway and folding to create the base.
2/ Cut the middle panel out of the cardstock using the largest Square nesting die, ensuring you have centred this.
3/ Use the centre square piece to cut Touch of Love from the Floral Lace collection. Because this is such a delicate design I strongly recommend you use the Quick Release paper with this and run it through your machine a couple of extra times. Most of the design will then fall away easily, use your craft knife to get those last stubborn pieces. 
4/ Use your finger to rub Crystalina Glitzin Glamour over the heart and set aside to dry.
5/ Use the largest Scallop Square nesting die to cut the border from the green spots side of a sheet of Time from the Vintage Rose Garden paper (if you want to ink your border edges, now is the time to do it). I then used the same Square nesting die to cut out the inside of this and adhere it to the cardstock. Be careful when lining it up or you wont get a single solid border piece, you can always glue the scallops on individually if this happens.
6/ Cut a piece of vellum slightly larger than the window of the card. Run this through your die-cut machine with the Floral Lace die, however add in the embossing mat to your sandwich (you may need to remove one of the tabs, depending on how your machine works) so the design is embossed into the vellum rather than cut out of it.
7/ Use watercolour pencils to colour some elements of the design on the back of the vellum. I used a wet paintbrush to lift the colour straight from the pencil and applied a couple of layers to get a nice thick coverage so you can see it from the front of the card. The picture below shows you the back of the vellum so you can see which elements I have chosen to colour.
8/ Once your watercolours are dry, adhere the vellum to the back of the window. Adhere the white die-cut to the front of the vellum, I used spray adhesive for this.
9/ Adhere ribbon to the bottom of the card as shown in the photo.
10/ Cut the 'Smile' sentiment from Butterflies & Words paper from the Vintage Rose Collection and adhere to the centre of the ribbon.


Couture Creations Materials List:
CO723998 Vintage Rose Garden 12" x 12" paper, Time
CO724020 Vintage Rose Garden 12" x 12" paper, Butterflies & Words
CO724005 Floral Lace Collection, Touch of Love
CO723042 Nesting Dies, Square
CO723043 Nesting Dies, Scallop Square

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Love These Gorgeous Girls - Scrapmatts DT

 Thanks for popping by to see my latest layout featuring Scrapmatts chipboard. I love this Leaf Spray design, which comes with seven pieces and is very versatile. I've also popped in a couple of Scrap Words which I've found can be used on almost every layout.
Scrapmatts used: CB4063 Leaf Spray 13; CB1189 Scrap Words 01

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Christmas Card - Couture Creations DT

It's now October which means less than three months until Christmas! I'm sure there are a few organised crafters out there who have already made all their Christmas cards for this year. However, if you are like me you probably haven't even thought about it and will go through a mad rush of creating sometime in November or even early December. For this reason, I keep my Christmas card designs pretty simple so I can mass produce them. The trick is to include something in the card to introduce a 'wow' element to make the design pop and embossing is a great technique to achieve this.
Here are the instructions for re-producing the card above:
1/ Cut your cardstock to 6" by 8". Score halfway and fold to create the base. My green paper is 1/4" smaller than the base, and the cream paper 1/4" smaller again. The green banner is 3.5" wide, cut it to your desired length.
2/ Run the cream paper through the Bouncing Baubles embossing folder from the Christmas Collection. I have then gently rubbed a sand coloured ink pad over the top to really bring out the great bauble design.
3/ Using the Scallop Circle nesting dies, cut out a red background shape for your sentiment.
4/ Ink all the papers, including your sentiment die-cut, with red ink.
5/ Cut a set of Pine Needles from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.
6/ Adhere all the elements as shown in the photo. The scalloped circle is mounted on foam tape and the sentiment is mounted on top of that using more foam tape to add some dimension. My needles are only adhered under the sentiment so they can fold up a little.
Good luck with all your Christmas card creating!

Couture Creations Materials List:
CO723041 Nesting Die, Scallop Circle

Friday, 19 September 2014

Creative Inspiration #5 projects - Couture Creations DT

The free product showcase magazine Creative Inspirations #5 is out now. Check it out to see the new Christmas ranges by Couture Creations. I thought I'd also take the chance to show the projects I created for the magazine. Any ULT product codes are from Ultimate Crafts, a sister company. All chipboard pieces are from Scrapmatts, of course. :)
Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue 5
 A simple rustic card to showcase this lovely nativity die-cut. It also comes with a donkey shape I didn't use. Materials list: CO723903 Merry Little Christmas Collection, Nativity Scene; CO723686 Ambassador Embossing Folder, Large Circles; CO721981 Glitzin Glamour Aztec Gold
Christmas tags are so much fun and you can actually use them on presents. Materials List:CO723914 Merry Little Christmas Collection, Pine Needles; CO723902 Merry Little Christmas Collection, 3 Peace Doves; CO723723 The Van Roe, Royal Oval.

I can't find this card in the magazine but I loved both the die cut and the embossing folder. Materials List: ULT157179 Feliz Navidad Collection, Christmas Tree Flourish; CO723909 Merry Little Christmas Collection, Trio of Trees; CO721990 Gemstones Vintage Gold.

Lastly, a greeting card I letterpressed with embossing ink and then sprinkled with silver embossing powder. Took a while to clean up before heating. Materials List: ULT157175 Feliz Navidad Collection, Snowflake Frame.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Celebrating Special Occasions with Scrapmatts

I'm back with a new Scrapmatts DT post after taking last month off to spend some time with my new baby. Harrison Donald Tomecek was born on 5.8.14 and has consumed my life since that time. People tell me it gets easier after 6-8 weeks, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Right now though I'm managing on very little sleep and even less craft time. I did manage to whip up a painters tray as a Fathers Day gift for my husband though.
I love the variety of painters trays available (circles, hearts, stamps) and they are such an easy way to do an OTP project. Just pop in a photo or two, maybe a quote and embellish away!
Scrapmatts used: CB1078 Gears 05; CB1189 Scrapwords 01 and CB6094 Mini Tray Stamp 01.

My other project for this month was originally intended to be one of last month's projects, however my waters broke while I was working on it! I love doing Christmas layouts and find the Kaisercraft ranges work perfectly with the huge variety of Scrapmatts Christmas pieces available.

I have only used two chipboard designs on this layout but they are two of my favourite Christmas ones. The ornaments were coloured with distress inks and the stars have been embossed with gold.

Scrapmatts used: CB6081 Christmas Stars 02, CB1059 Christmas Ornaments 07.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Welcome to Harrison Donald Tomecek, born 5.8.14.

So besides my pre-scheduled design team post it's been a bit quite here on my blog. Regular followers will probably have been able to guess why: I gave birth! Even though my due date was 20.8.14, little Harrison didn't want to wait and was born on 5.8.14.
My waters broke around 4pm on 4.8.14 however I was not experiencing any contractions. After calling the hospital and confirming I had likely had my waters brake, I drove myself into hospital still partially expecting them to tell me I had wet myself when I got there and have them send me home. :) Instead, they set me up in a birthing suite and said I should settle in for the night. I tried to contact Ben to update him, however the battery on his phone had gone flat so I didn't get a hold of him for another hour. He did sound sufficiently guilty over the phone once I did speak with him.
At 8.30pm the on-call OB came to see me as contractions still had not started. We decided to wait overnight to see if things would progress naturally. By 11pm I had been having severe back pain for a while and decided to ask the midwife for some pain medication. She performed an examination and discovered I was actually 7cm dilated! Unfortunately, we didn't progress too much further during the course of the rest of the night. My OB saw me around 8am Tuesday morning and determine I was 9cm dilated however baby's head had not descended. He went to perform another induction and returned at 10am. We discovered I was fully dilated however baby hadn't moved and appeared to be stuck on the 'spines'. Dr Bopp advised me of my options, however given Harrison was starting to show signs of distress we chose to proceed with an emergency C-section delivery and he was born at 11.15am (19 hours after my waters broke).
 We spent five days in hospital recovering and were hopeful of a smooth transition to home when discharged on 10.8.14. Unfortunately, I developed a serious case of mastitis and was re-admitted to hospital on 11.8.14. We needed to stay in for three nights for the IV antibiotics to kick in and were discharged on 14.8.14. We then had another flair up within 36 hours, which we are currently managing at home with the assistance of our GP. The blood work has indicated the second bout is more intense than the first, however luckily it didn't come with the fever the first bout did.
 In addition, Harrison does not sleep well during the night resulting in me achieving three hours sleep per night on average since his birth. There is limited opportunity to catch up in this during the day due to the feeling/expressing schedule we are using to treat the mastitis. Harrison is also struggling with latching during feeding so he has not put on any weight since initially being discharged from hospital. We have another check up tomorrow with a midwife and I have my fingers crossed he will have gained some weight. It will probably continue to be pretty quiet around here until we can get all the health dramas worked out and settle into a new routine.

Photos of little Harrison from 8.8.14, 11.8.14, 13.8.14 and 24.8.14.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Discover Travel Tag - Couture Creations DT

Welcome back for a quick and easy travel-themed tag today. I received the Couture Creations Paris embossing folder in my design team kit and was stumped as to how to use this, given I'm not one of those people who has a real passion for Parris or the Eiffel Tower. I do however love to travel, so have kept the 'Travel * Escape' part of the design and covered up the part I didn't like. :)
Start by running your cardstock through the Paris embossing folder. I have used Core'dinations cardstock and then used the sanding block to reveal the kraft core which really highlights the image.

Adhere the cardstock to your chipboard tag and trim to fit. My tag is from Scrapmatts of course, they have a variety of sizes and styles. I find the thickness is perfect to provide good support yet you can still emboss them, sew through them or layer them up without getting them too bulky. I like to sand the edges of the tag too, as my cutting isn't always the smoothest.

Create the rest of the background for the tag. I have just stuck down some patterned paper after inking all the edges and then layered two different washi tapes at the bottom. Ink the edges of the whole tag to give a cohesive look. I also cut two of the Discover word from The Van Roe collection.

Gather a random assortment of embellishments and adhere these to your tag. I have used both halves of a travel-themed tag, flair button, skeleton leaves, twine and some Gemstones. Lastly, adhere the two titles slightly off-centre to create a shadow effect. Now you have a travel tag, ready to display on it's own or add to you next travel themed layout or journal.
Couture Creations Materials List:

Thursday, 7 August 2014

My 30th Birthday - Couture Creations DT

I was feeling inspired to get messy when I created this layout, probably because I had just spent a couple of days cleaning my craft room. Nothing like enforcing order to make me want to pull everything out again for one layout! The photo is of my sister and I, it was taken at the end of my 30th birthday celebrations. My journaling is just a quick re-cap of how I celebrated, but I pleased I included it none-the-less. I need to make more of an effort to remember to include journaling in my layouts.
So because this layout was created as a Couture Creations DT layout, it also comes with a tutorial on how to make it:
 1/ Start off by die-cutting all the pieces you will need. To create the frame I cut four of the Light Box Frames from the same colour Core'dinations cardstock. Because this is a fiddly piece I found it easier to remove if I used to quick release paper between the die and my cardstock. I also cut one Moulin Rouge piece from vellum, again using the quick release paper. Make sure you keep the quick release paper die-cut too. Lastly, I cut two lots of the Roman Set from Core'dinations cardstock and covered these in crackle medium.

2/ Cut off the bottom section of each Light Box Frame, so the frame becomes square. Trim your photo to fit inside the four frames (I think this was 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" from memory). Tape the frames to the corners of your photo to create a single decorative frame.

3/ I had a beautiful piece of watercolour printed paper which matched my colour scheme perfectly, however I wanted to add a soft purple border to the page. I grabbed some ink pads and sponge daubers and set to work to create the effect you can see below. I found it works best if you move the dauber gently and lightly around the edges in a circular motion, rather than up and down like a stamp.

4/ Get messy with your background. I used some Gelatos and blended them into the background with water (hence the very warped background paper), then sprayed white mist through a mask, before adding the silver paint circles and teal paint splatters.

5/ Paint your chipboard pieces. I have used two lovely designs from Imaginarium Designs and painted both of them with metallic silver paint.
 6/ The next step is just to assemble all your embellishments. I adhered my two Moulin Rouge die-cuts first, with the quick release paper version at the top left of the frame and the vellum version at the bottom right. Be careful what medium you use to stick these to your page, I used spray adhesive and it caused both die-cuts to blend into the background quite a bit. From there, I added the washi tape, punchinella, ribbon and twine. Once I had this basic design sorted I placed my photo frame using some foam tape to lift it from the page. Then just build up your flowers and place the Roman Set die-cuts, chipboard, brads and sequins.
7/ Finish off your title using letter stickers. Create some strip journaling and edge that in a light coloured ink to blend it into the background a bit more.
Couture Creations Materials List:
CO723818 Quick Release Die Paper
CO723623 Sponge Dauber 6 pack
CO721962 Foam Mounting Tape
 CO721956 Stainless Steal Scissors
CO721986 Handheld Essentials Craft Knife, Piercing Tool and Scoring Tool

The colour scheme for this layout was inspired by the fantastic challenge over at Kreative Koncepts which runs until August 14. I was initially really drawn to the deep jewel tones and the way they popped against the greys. When I went to pull out all my supplies though it turned out I didn't have those rich colours or very much of anything in grey (only ONE sheet of cardstock!). Hence, I have taken a somewhat loose interpretation of the pallet this time round.

 I will also be entering this into the Gold Coast Show in the Celebrations scrapbooking category. I'm not sure if they will like the arty feel but there are only so many clean and linear designs I can do before I need to break loose. :)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sweetheart mini canvas series - Couture Creations and Imaginarium Designs Blog Hop

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Welcome to Day 4 of the Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs Blog Hop!  

We’re so excited to team up with Imaginarium Designs  sharing inspiring projects created with both our products with you this week. What could be more perfect than our Embossing Folders and Dies and Imaginarium Designs  gorgeous Chipboard designs.
Each day this week we will feature our Design Team projects and over on the Imaginarium Designs Blog they will also feature their Design Team projects all created using Couture Creations and Imaginarium Designs products. So loads of inspiring projects for you to help get your creative juices flowing.
We will link to the tutorials on each Design Team members blogs, please show all our designers some love and leave a comment on their blog.
We’ll be giving away Two $100 prize packages filled with Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs goodness at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on both Imaginarium Designs and Couture Creations blogs Monday 4th August 2014 to see if you’re one of 
the lucky winners!
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their Chipboard and our Couture Creations products! They also have a  giveaway, so what are you waiting for – hop over!  Oh and don't forget to follow our Design Team Blogs.
The ID ladies posting today are: Natalie May, Amy, Chito. Patricia is also posting today from the Couture Creations website along with me. 
Finally after all the administrative stuff is out of the way, welcome to my post for the combined Couture Creations and Imaginarium Designs blog hop! I have created this three piece mini-canvas series.  

So, without further ado let's get on to seeing how you can create a mini canvas series just like this one. I wanted to create some texture in the background of each canvas and decided to create my own stencil using the Moulin Rouge die from The Treasures range of ornamental lace dies. Because I cut this out of an acrylic sheet, I made my sandwich up using cutting plate, die, acrylic, metal plate, cutting plate. The metal plate helps get a really tight sandwich and can be used when cutting acrylic sheets, fabric, light chipboard etc.

Once you have your stencil, place it on each canvas and apply texture paste over the top. I put the stencil in the centre for my centre canvas and slightly off-centre for each of the side pieces. Let the texture paste dry before moving on to the next step.

I chose to use the beautiful Embellishment 1 Corner pack from Imaginarium Designs on each of the edge canvases. The feature of the middle canvas is a Light Box Frame die-cut from The Metricon range. I have cut two of these from an old cereal box and glued these together to become the same thickness as the chipboard. Glue these to the canvases using a strong adhesive. Cover all three canvases (including the chipboard/cardboard) in gesso and leave to dry. 

Use your favourite colours of mist to add some colour to the canvases. I sprayed mine while they were close together to give a more cohesive look with the pink along the bottom. Don't forget to paint the edges of the canvas as well. I found the chipboard didn't absorb the colour as well as the rest of the canvas so I painted more colour directly onto those pieces. Dry brush some gesso over the canvas to highlight the stencilling work we did at the start.

Add a photo to the centre of the Light Box die. Embellish to your heart's content! I used lots of Glitzin’ Glamour and Gemstones for bling, along with ribbons, flowers and other bits and pieces.

Couture Creations Materials List:
CO721990 Gemstones 100pc Vintage Gold
CO721992 Gemstones 100pc Blue Iceberg
CO721991 Gemstones 100pc Green Envy
CO721980 Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue Rainbow

If you're new to my blog, I've also got some giveaways going on at the moment. Please check them out too if you're interested. All you need to do is leave me a comment on the relevant post.

Kaisercraft Paper pack


Rubber stamp packs.