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Friday, 20 October 2017

Christmas Blooms by KATRINA THOMPSON

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 Hello and Welcome. Thankyou for joining with me again today to see the last in a set of 4 card creations using the "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" collection by Tina Higgins.
For this project I have created a Christmas Bouquet by layering and fussy cutting the 12x12 patterned papers, along with the adhesive chipboard, Vellum Decoupage sheet and the Merry Christmas Die. Deconstructing and decorating the 2pc Velvet Christmas Poinsettia flower to use as the feature will give you a few more ideas on how to make the most of items in your collection.

Prepping our flowers:
Pull 1 layer away from the back of the large White Camden beaded flower so it's not so thick.
Remove the diamante from the centre of the Florette.
Remove the back layer from the 2.5cm English Rose. Cover the 3 flowers/petals in a layer of the Crystalina Glitz'n Glamour to give them a shimmer.
Ink the small English rose in a yellow shade.
Remove the beaded centre from the velvet poinsettia flower. Flip over as we are going to use the reverse. Cover the reverse in a layer of the Crystalina.

Constructing the flowers:
Once dry, attach the large White Camden to the Poinsettia as pictured.
Attach the small yellow English Rose into the centre of the larger English Rose petal that we removed earlier. Glue and wrap around to create a casing as pictured, then glue the combination to the centre of the Florette petal.

Along with your deconstructed flowers -
Fussy cut 2 of the white flowers with foliage from the 12x12 prints as pictured.
Pull 2 of the foliage  pieces from the Adhesive chipboard pack.
Remove the red berries from the velvet Holly Leaves.
Die cut the Merry Christmas from Garnet cardstock and cover with a layer of Crystalina, then cut a piece of Snow White cardstock to use as a base, 12.7cm wide x  17.7cm high.

Pop 3 of the Vellum flowers from the sheet. Cut them into various combinations of patterns.

All at a height of 17.7cm, cut a strip of foliage print 2cm wide, a Snow White Strip 1cm wide and a Red polka dot strip 1.5cm wide. Cut a piece of thin scalloped lace as pictured and a large piece of matching patterned paper 10.8cm wide x 17.7cm high.

Ink around the edges of all the patterned pieces with a red ink. Distress the large piece.
Layer each of the pieces in order, as they are arranged above, overlapping at different intervals to fit edge to edge on the Snow White base.

Begin to arrange your Bouquet onto your decorative base.
Glue through the centre of your pieces, allowing room around the outer edges to lift, shape and tuck other elements.
Start with the large focus flower and holly leaves. Once in place, add the chipboard pieces then the small flower, starting to create a teardrop shape as pictured.

Continue to fill your bouquet by adding the fussy cut flowers and foliage then arranging the Vellum pieces as pictured.

To finish, add the Merry Christmas sentiment.

Until next time, Happy Creating! Kx

Products Used:
It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas collection
Art Deco Creations Brands

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bohemian Beauty by JULIE SCHINKEL

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Hi everyone! It's Julie here back on the blog today sharing a layout that I created using the new release "Bohemian Bouquet" collection from Ultimate Crafts, designed by Denise Bodey. I absolutely love this collection! There's four colour combinations and designs that you can use separately or mix and match for some added contrast. The possibilities are endless! For this layout, I've used a photo of Delta Goodrem for this layout as Delta's style is very "Bohemian" and perfect for this collection.

I started by taking two of the patterned papers from the 12x12 paper pad. I've randomly torn both pages top and bottom. Start with the yellow flower patterned piece then once you have torn your first strip, line it up on top of the blue patterned paper so you know roughly where to tear it. Line these two pieces on top of the yellow patterened paper and tear another strip. Repeat the process for the bottom layers. Once you have your strips, alternate and attach the layers to reassemble your page as shown below. Ink around the whole page using tumbled glass, or similar blue toned ink.

You should end up with a leftover piece looking someting like this. Cut into four random sized pieces, these will be used for the photo mat.

I've then taken the same blue patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to use as the main photo mat. If you don't have the 6x6 paper pad, use the same patterned piece from the 12x12 paper pad. Adhere your photo then trim down leaving approximately a 1/4 inch border around the photo.

From the four pieces of leftover paper, assemble around the photo as shown. I ended up cutting some pieces in half to fill in the spaces. There are no measurements as I've just cut these pieces down randomly. Ink all layers with tumbled glass before adhering.

I've cut down some thick cardboard from an old box to give the photo mat some extra dimension. You can use foam tape/squares/dots if you prefer. I find the cardboard is much more sturdy, especially for large areas.

The main flower is a La Belle Vintage Bloom coloured with salty ocean distress ink mixed with water on a non stick craft mat. Pre soak your flowers with water first as it helps the colour to spread easily over the flowers. Cover the stamens with Pharoah Liquid Pearl 3D Drops.

For the Tye Died Jewelled Florette flowers, I decided to add some shimmer by mixing yellow pigment powder to some spiced marmalade/fossilised amber distress inks and water. Blue pigment powder was also added to the tumbled glass/salty ocean distress inks for the Camden Cottage Roses.

 Next, I've taken some baby blue glitter paper and die cut five pieces using the Classic Branch Decorative Die. Four go on the flower cluster to the left of the photo and one cut in half for the top right cluster. Take the Geo Flower Decorative Die and cut one piece from some Marigold cardstock. Cut in half and arrange on the layout as shown. Ink the Bouquet Doily Chipboard with fossilised amber distress ink, cut in half then one half in halves again and arange as shown. Adhere all the embellishments as shown in the photos below, add some gemstones, pearls and one of the Yellow Layered Butterflies.

To finish, mix some salty ocean ink with water and with a paint brush lightly splatter around the layout focusing more on the bottom left and top right of the layout. Remember to cover your photo first! :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.
Until next time.
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


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Hi Papercrafters

Today I have another layout using the beautiful 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas' collection from Ultimate Crafts.

My son Jack loves to fool around and is so photogenic. I loves this pic, he was pretending the bobble on his hat was his mike and was singing Jingle Bells. 

How I love Christmas!

The layout is very straightforward and easy to copy. I embossed some vanilla cardstock with beautiful Christmas words (ULT158301 - Winter Wonderland Embossing Folder), and die cut some snowflakes (ULT 158320 - Snowflake Decorative Die) to add texture. 

I also cut the poinsettias and layered them up.

It's a great layout that you can do in advance for this Christmas, who says we can't scrap first and take pictures later!!!

For my little sentiment I simply printed it out on the computer and rolled to edges to form a scroll.

Product List

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Collection

Other Products
Berry Spray

Thank you for popping by today.

Have fun

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Memories by ANITA ENRIGHT

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 Hi Everyone, Anita back with you again today on the blog.  

For my post today I thought I would share with you a fairly quick layout that I have created using the Bohemian Bouquet from Ultimate Crafts and designed by Denise Boddey.
It is such a beautiful collection and today my focus was more on the papers and layering.

This photo is of my brother and his gorgeous two children Sabine and 
Thomas celebrating Father's Day this year.

My layout was pretty quick to put together.  Once I had the idea of what I wanted to do in my head and had chose my patterned papers it came together within 1 hour.

I chose the green and white damask paper to use as the base for my layout and then chose patterned papers that I like the matched with each other.  
The smaller pieces I decided to distress the edges using my Couture Creations non stick scissors as I find it easier to control.  In saying that I do tend to get a little heavy handed and can sometimes tear the paper, but I love that and make the most of the tears to add another feature to the layout.

Above is how I layers all the papers together prior to adding my photo and the embellishments.
I matted my photo on a small piece of snow white cardstock to give a tiny white border and then added a cherry cola cardstock mat under then white, then mounted it all on to a piece
of chipboard to give more depth.

I added a chipboard title from the 1st release chipboard collection from 
Couture Creations "Happy Memories" and hotfoiled it with the Chocolate foil.

I finished it off with an array of flower clusters and a few enamel dots and the layout was complete.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Ciao until next time.

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Jingle All the Way by GUEST DESIGNER Novi Ferris

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Hello everyone,

Novita Ferris here..... I am so happy and feeling honoured to have been invited again by Artdeco Creations to be the Guest Designer for the month of October. 

When I picked up the package from Artdeco Creations, I thought that  Christmas is just around the corner... maybe you are already preparing something nice for Christmas such a presents to give for your family or friends.  I am always excited when talking about Christmas and presents lol!

So today I would love to share with you a mixed media layout and one extra card that I made that might give you an inspiration to make and gift to someone special on Christmas day.

I created this layout and card using the new and beautiful It's Beginning To look a lot like Christmas collection of co-ordinating papers, dies, stamps, adhesive chipboard and vellum by Tina Higgins. 


I choose this photo of my nephew and nieces, taken last Christmas, they look very happy and can't wait to open their Christmas presents. 

I had so much fun creating this layout. 
So many beautiful papers in the It's Beginning To look a lot like Christmas collection. I started with picking a few sheets from 12" x 12" patterned paper pad.

Using three different patterned paper for my base layout, I first picked the brown patterned paper (see below photo on far left) then I tore strips from the bottom and top (see middle photo)  I trimmed the strip with the holy leaves (as shown in the photo on the right)

Using the photo as a guide, I've then assembled the torn strips, patterned paper and the strip with the holy leaves over the green cardstock.

 To designed a background of the layout, I started by sponging the middle of layout quite thinly with gesso - I used Acrylic Gesso from the Anna Griffin Collection. Once the layout was dry,  I stamped randomly with the Fractal Snowflakes clear stamp using versamark ink and then put gold embossing powder and heat set to make a textured background.

I created a mist by mixing the Couture Creations Mix and Match pigment - green powder and Acrylic White gesso with water and flicked over my layout with a brush. Once this was dry I added some random stamping with black inkpad using the Joyeaux Noel from Winter Wonderland stamp set.

Next up is fussy cutting hmmm why not? lol...... So I fussy cut all of the poinsenttia flowers from the patterned paper in the  It's Beginning To look a lot like Christmas collection pack so that I could layer it underneath my photo. 
This particular paper has so many beautiful elements on it.

Now it's time to put your layout together, start by adding some papers under your photo to make more dimension with double sided foam mounting tape.

I adding some die cut flowers from the Vellum Decoupage Sheet..... Ohh they look very beautiful, don't they? and they come already cut so they are very easy to use.... no more fussy cutting!
I also stamped small snowflakes randomly here and there with white ink pad and finished with a small crystal gemstones and  then scattered some extra for a touch more bling.

 As a finishing touch, with dry brush I applied white gesso in all of the edges of the  embellishments and paper to give a softer effect and white glitter. 

Here are some close up photos

For the title I've used the "Jingle All the Way" die cut from It's Beginning To look a lot like Christmas Collection.

And for last project, I've created a mixed media card with the same paper collection as the Layout.  With the same techniques of applying stamping and embossed for making a background on the card and also splashed white gesso that has been mixed with water. 


Close up photos

Adding Christmas Flourish die underneath the flower and paper then put some crystal gemstones on it.

I used the rest of the paper by rolling them to make a straw embelishment and tied them up together with string and glued it.

Well thats all from me today. 
I hope you enjoyed my projects created with the beautiful It's Beginning To look a lot like Christmas collection and will feel motivated to get creative.  

These are the product I used..

 It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas 
Ultimate Craft ULT158298 Patterned Paper Pad 12" x 12"
Ultimate Craft ULT158300 Vellum Decoupage Sheet
Ultimate Craft ULT158303 Stamp Set - Cardinal and Poisenttia
Ultimate Craft ULT158304 Stamp Set - Winter Wonderland
Ultimate Craft ULT158305 Stamp Set - Fractal Snowflakes
Ultimate Craft ULT158308 Advise Chipboard Shapes
Ultimate Craft ULT158310 Poisenttia and Holly Set
Ultimate Craft ULT158318 Christmas Flourish Dies
Ultimate Craft ULT158317 Jingle All the Way Dies

ArtDeco Creations Products:
ULT157663 Seasons Greetings - Large Mixed Poinsettias 
ULT15664 Seasons Greetings - Poinsettia Duo
ULT157667 Seasons Greetings - Mixed Fern
CO724866 Anna Griffin Mixed Media - Mix & Match Pigments
CO724871 Anna Griffin Mixed Media - Acrylic Gesso - White Finish
CO721971 Glitz'n Chrystalina 
CO724156 Crystal Gemstones

 Thank you so much for looking and see you next time.

Happy crafting xxx


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