Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trim the tree Christmas Card - by Jowilna Nolte.

Hi there and welcome to another blog post with me Jowilna for Couture Creations!
We're heading towards the silly season fast and i thought i would share a quick and easy Christmas card for the festive season - just so you can get ahead and start getting creative.
To introduce some cooler colours into my cards i used a blue patterned paper from the Sew Jo | CO723545 paper pad to cut the scalloped border die from the Chandeliers Set | CO723247. 
On top of the border i layered some cardstock and clear words for added interest - the trim the tree element was raised using the Couture Creations foam tape.

I used the Trio of trees die to create a focal point for my card. Cut out of white smooth technique cardstock and then coloured using red dye ink. Once the ink was dry i added some gold glitter glue using my finger tips for a subtle shine.
The tree die cut was layered on top of a patterned paper from the paper pad, adding some colour behind it and grounding it on the white card background.
a quick and easy card using only a few elements effectively! i hope you are getting all geared up for the festive season and making your own cards this year! So easy when you use your Couture Creations products to create with.
Couture Creations Products I used for my project:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Selfies and single page layouts.

Welcome to another blog post – i can’t believe how the weeks and days are flying by as we head towards the end of the year. Whenever I see some of my niece’s “selfies” she takes they crack me up! I love seeing them in their everyday environment, and love capturing those moments for them onto scrapbook layouts.
So for this layout I used a sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to create this fun layout. I used a combination of patterned papers and dressed up my layout with border punches, glitter and burnishing paste from the Chiswick range of products. I totally love the end results.
I love this border punch – it really is a timeless and classic design – perfect for any layout or card. Use it with plain cardstock or patterned paper – whatever suits your design best.
I also used some of my favorite glitter to add a purple glitter strip across the bottom of my layout. I used my thin double sided tape for this, remove the backing from the tape and sprinkle liberally with glitter. I press it down lightly with my fingers and then shake off the excess and return it to my container.
For my title word, I used a word cut from my Silhouette machine in smooth black cardstock. I wanted to dress it up a bit to remove the harshness of the black. Enter my favourite go to product  – burnishing paste in bronze. I used a cloth to simply wipe a thin layer of paste across my word and then adhered it to my layout – quick and easy and so effective. A slight shimmery colour!
Man i love this stuff – the colours, the simplicity and the versatility. Here you can see how i used it effectively on a black Christmas tree to add
some shimmer to it – really very effective!
These are the products i used for my layout
Ultra fine glitter sb4225
Simplicity Border Punches – Dotty Border pct 778
Burnishing Paste 25ml Bronze pa2195
You can view these and all the other products on the website at www.chiswick.co.za
Let us know if you have trouble finding any of the products at your local craft store.
Until next time – happy crafting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scrap-a-doodles Bo Bunny traveler - double page layout.

I am a traveler at heart, so when i get to do something with a travel theme it really is my cup of tea. So this month with on the Scrap-a-doodles blog i get to play with this gorgeous travel range. Strangely enough I battle with this range, but once i forgot about all the colours and elements, and did what comes naturally i actually loved working with it! can you see it? yes that bit of vintage flair added to the layout in the form of the card on the left hand side and the muted colours and various elements.
 who doesn't love a good film strip? and these new film strip stickers are amazing. I dressed up my filmstrip with some added elements right on top of the strip.
 A few chipboard elements, cut out elements from the patterned paper and some gorgeous twine
 On my background i created a shimmery layer -  a technique using the Bo Bunny Pearlescents....i love this effect
 more twine wrapped around the chipboard elements for texture
here's what i used to create my layout:
I used the very versatile and permanent roller tape from Crafter's companion. it really stuck down all the papers and elements well
 the film strip is a sticker and to remove the plastic bit at the back can be tricky to remove - i used my craft knife to catch the tip and then carefully pull it back
 to reveal and show the images well - i adhered it to a white background and burnished it with my bone-folder to smooth it out well
 to create the shimmery background streaks, i added some Pearlescents to a palette knife on the back - you can also use an old credit card or gift card to apply it - all those gift cards i keep as they are really handy for these applications
 a little goes a long way - you can always add more if you need to later on
 then carefully apply the paste to the background in long even streaks and leave it to dry - it only takes a few seconds.
TIP: avoid going over the same spot more than once when it is still wet - wait for the first layer to dry completely before adding another layer.
remember that the Pearlescents are almost "c-through" in a sense
 i also added some pearly dots all over my layout for dimension - these are great to replace diamante and even the look of brads
So where will your next trip be to next?
Happy scrapping until next time!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stenciled and stamped - a card for a special boy.

Ever find yourself just creatively stumped when it comes to making cards for men and boys? I hear it so often! So today i am sharing a quick little card i put together for a special little guy. I wanted to create a simple background using stamps and stencils and inks – something that is quick and easy, won’t cost the earth and can be done by anyone. So here’s what i put together using the Chiswick range of products…
I used white cardstock to stencil a triangular image onto my background using the Chiswick range of inks and a sponge applicator. What i like about the ink and stenciling is that it is subtle, but i can make it darker by applying more pressure and loading my sponge with more ink.

 Once i was done stenciling, I added some stamping around the edges of my card using Chiswick black dye ink and a script stamp from the Feline stamp set. I inked my stamp and then stamped off some of it onto a scrap paper before stamping onto my actual card piece, this way it us a light black and blends into my background nicely.
  I also added a border stamp in a darker black ink making it stand out against the background – nice and bold.
See the green stenciling just peek out behind the script stamping – really effective.
I matted my background center panel onto a dictionary print patterned paper and then onto Chiswick Crimson red cardstock before i adhered it all to my folded card base. The focal point and fun part of my card consists out a Chiswick sticker and some chipboard elements – nice and perfect to brighten a little boy’s day!
visit the website www.chiswick.co.za to view all the products and contact your local craft shop for products!
Happy creating until next time!