Hello Life | Sea Breeze layout for Couture Creations

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Up on the blog today with another Guest Post using the wonderful Sea Breeze Collection from Couture Creations.

For today’s project I created a single page layout with a beach theme of course. This range of papers and embellishments are simply amazing, and so very versatile.
step 1 – Cut your patterned papers to form your background. Use a nautical themed stencil and apply
Embossing Paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.
Tip: I repeated the stenciled design 3 times on my background creating repetition.
step 2 – Use a selection of mists and sprays to add colour to the stenciled image.
Mist 2-3 shades of blue onto your stenciled area, then mist with water and leave to dry naturally.
step 3 – Use walnut stain ink and add additional ink splats onto the background overlapping onto the stenciled area.
To set the scene I cut out the lighthouse from the patterned paper and adhered it to the background.
Overlapping the lighthouse image, I used a combination of die-cuts and netting from the range.

TIP: I sewed the netting onto the layout using thin gold thread. This helps keep the netting in place and adds a nice touch of detail.

On top of my shell elements, I added some gold glitter. Cover the shell with a layer of dimensional glaze and then sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the original container.
A simple printed filed {Ali Edwards} was used a title at the top of the layout and stapled in place.
Add your photo to the right hand side of your layout with a chipboard element overlapping onto the photo.
A few torn pieces of washi tape adds a fun accent to the background.
Scattered beads, sequins, stars, diamante and other elements add dimension and texture.
It’s always an honor and so much fun Designing with the beautiful and versatile products from Couture Creations.
This range particularly is one of my favorites released.
I hope you are inspired by this gorgeous range and create a few of your own Sea Breeze treasures….
Thank you once again Couture Creations for having me on your blog….and to Kerrie for delivering the products in person all the way in South Africa.
Lets do this again – soon {hint hint}

Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
shadow_step1Step 2 – Use a second die-cut title and ink it in the same way using a darker shade of blue ink. Leave them to dry.
shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.


step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.

step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.

What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.


Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
detail2step 4 – Cut the frame from the On the rocks paper and separate the edge. Adhere the strips to the front of the card to form a corner.
Add some fake sewing around the edges of your card using a sewing wheel and a black fine liner pen.detail1
I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
Thank you for stopping by – hop on over to the Couture Creations blog and website – like their facebook page and then shop their amazing product range.
The Wholesaler is the proud distributor in South Africa of Couture Creations products.
Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Shimmering Tsukineko Delicata, Beautiful Memories.

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Tsukineko Delicata is the latest generation of metallic inkpad. Remarkably true and bright, it outshines other inkpads and provides stamping results that resemble the true effects of gold and silver leafing without the mess. Yes you heard me, without the mess of using actual foil you can achieve the look of those gorgeous metals in a few easy steps.
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These inkpads feature a substantially raised inkpad surface to accommodate even the largest stamps without interference from the inkpad case. A Water-based, acid-free and archival ink that is perfect for cardmakers and scrapbookers and any one just feeling the need to add some bling to their creative life.

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This truly is a remarkable ink pad that can stand on its own but combined with other inks will shine even brighter.

In all my years of stamping and using inks I have never come across another ink that truly shimmers and shines like Delicata.

And of course it would be great for the holidays but also for year-round bling.


  • Pigment ink
  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Best left to dry naturally to bring out the shimmer

Here’s how I used Delicata to create this gorgeous shining layout.

Delicata Copper

I used the copper re-inker to create a die-cut background. Squeeze a small amount of re-inker onto an old credit card or applicator tool like the lift-off tool and then drag the ink across plain cardstock for an even layer of metallic. Leave the ink to dry naturally. Once dry, use a Kaisercraft die cut and cut out the image out of the inked cardstock piece.

Delicata Black

Use your ink pad and lightly in a circular movement add ink to cardstock using the direct to paper technique to add Black Shimmer to the cardstock. Leave to dry naturally – (heat setting seems to take away some of the beautiful and incredible shine).

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Use Golden Glitz Delicata and a stencil and ink a pattern onto the background cardstock. Use a single colour or layer different colours over each other using a clean sponge dauber for each colour to avoid contamination. Leave to dry.



Use a second stencil and a clean dauber with the White shimmer Delicata ink pad and stencil another pattern onto the background. Use Silver Delicata and the same stencil with a clean dauber and ink silver over the background for a two tone effect. The white leaves a gorgeous shimmer while the silver gives off a soft glow.



Add shimmery ink splats to your background. Press the ink pad onto your craft sheet and mist with water. Use a small paint brush to pick up some of the ink, mix the water into it to make it liquidy and then splat ink onto your background. The ink leaves a beautiful shimmer that is really hard to capture on photos – but truly spectacular in real life.


The shimmer and lustre is truly amazing on white, but on black it is even more spectacular – opening up a whole new world for cardmakers and wedding invitations – adding the perfect amount of lustre to any occasion.


Layout Inspired By An Art Journaling Page | Lady Pattern Paper

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Being creative never is a one sided affair. For me being creative is the constant thinking of how you can use scraps, samples, or experiments. Creativity is evolving and growing into different things, creating multiple things at any given time. This of course brings me to my next project…
art journal page

This art journaling page was created for a class and evolved into something that I really love! And while demoing how to create the background on a 12” background I created a gorgeous effect using pretty much the same colours of paint. And of course the natural progression would be to turn the sample page into a layout – mimicking everything from the art journal page onto the layout.

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The only thing I needed was some pretty patterned paper. And when looking at the bright and beautiful background I could definitely use something that is neutral but also blue at the same time. This calls for some Kraft Essentials paper – matching up a perfect blue from the photo used with the necessary neutral needed.


It just goes to show, that inspiration is everywhere, that creativity is only an opportunity waiting to be taken and that Lady Pattern Paper papers are the perfect match in any situation. And that’s why it should be part of your crafting stash basics – fulfilling every creative need imaginable.

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Have you tried creating an art journaling page using the versatile Kraft Essentials?

Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Bloghop with Imagine Crafts | stamped card

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Welcome to the Cas-ual Fridays stamps and Imagine Crafts bloghop. We are so excited to share our beautiful creations using the gorgeous products sponsored by Cas-ual fridays
along with the amazing range of inks and products available from Imagine Crafts.
You should have landed here from Joanna’s blog http://www.hartybyheart.com

I used the stunning and versatile Chevron stamp set Zigs&Zags CFSS-13-015 to create a colourful background for my card.
On top of the stamped background I used the Fun-Fetti die CFD15-105 to add some fun elements in the same colour scheme as the stamped chevrons.


step1 – In small circular movements add some color using three different ink colors. Apply a light pressure only to transfer the VersaMagic ink.

step 2 – Use the same three VersaMagic ink colors and ink the stamp. Stamp the bottom Chevron once, and the the entire stamp again to create the card background.
step 3 – Die-cut the Fun-Fetti die out of the colored cardstock piece repeatedly to get a colorful array of confetti pieces.
step 4 – Adhere the Fun-fetti pieces to the stamped background piece. I scattered the pieces across the card in a fun and random manner.
step 5 – Use some washi tape and tape off the die-cut piece leaving only a selected portion open. This way you are creating your own strencil.
step 6 – Use a large ink sweeper and Pink Grapefruit Versamagic and stencil the heart pattern onto your folded card repeatedly to create a decorative element.

Adhere the stamped panel to the stenciled card piece and finish off your card with diamante and star confetti pieces. Add a stamped sentiment using Versafine ink.


Thank you for hopping by – I hope you are inspired by the beautiful Cas-ual Fridays stamps and dies and how you can create beautiful elements by combining them with the fabulous Imagine Crafts Inks.
Now Hop on over to Lisa’s Blog for some more inspiration

Remember you can WIN BIG by being a part of the blog hop by leaving us some comments and love.

In case you get lost, head on over to the Imagine Crafts blog https://imaginecraftsblog.com/2016/06/25/blog-hop-with-imagine-and-cas-ual-fridays

or head over to the Cas-ual Fridays Stamps blog https://cas-ualfridaysstamps.blogspot.com

My Origami Heart – a true story layout.

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This week I am focusing on a boyish layout using my some of my favourite Lady Pattern Paper papers. We already know how versatile they are combined with other patterned papers,
but today I am sharing how simple it is to choose which papers to use.
true story layout

This layout started off with a fun and vibrant floral patterned paper. I then grabbed my stash of Lady Pattern Paper and chose which colours best matched and complimented the patterned paper – and the following colours won loose hands: Red Pop, So Buff and Intense Teal – perfect for a boyish themed layout with a fun twist.

But that’s not all, I also embossed some stars onto Green Chartreuse using a green embossing powder that turned teal and matched my layout perfectly. My red origami heart is a fun twist using a piece of scrap paper. Foam tape was used to adhere the heart to add some dimension.

Here’s how I created my elements:

Step 1

Stamp stars onto green chartreuse patterned paper using VersaMark ink pad. Sprinkle embossing powder over the stars and shake off the excess.
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Step 2

Heat the stars using a heat gun until the embossing powder is fully melted and shiny. Cut out the stars.
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Step 3 – Folding the origami heart

Cut your patterned paper 11 x 11cm square. (click to view the easy step by step illustration)

My layout is comprised out of blocks of paper with the corners rounded and adhered to the background. My photos are scattered in between the blocks and then finished off with embellishments, embossed stars, the folded heart, rub-ons and a die-cut title.
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Use your corner rounder to get perfectly rounded corners each and every time.

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Use your scrap papers to create beautiful squares – perfect for a layout like this.

folded heart
Larger pieces of scrap paper is perfect for folding elements on your layout – use every single inch of your papers.

A simple layout finished off with little details adding interest, dimension and texture. I love the simplicity and details the papers offer this layout.
for a full step x step visit Lady Pattern Paper’s website

Get moving – a card in a box for Imagine Crafts.

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I am on the Imagine Crafts blog with this super fun and easy card with a twist.
Sometimes creating a flat card is just not good enough, sometimes something different is refreshing.
For today I created an accordion fold card inside a little box. Not only can it be used for the card, you can add a small gift inside for the recipient too.
For a full step x step head on over to the blog! I am simply in love with the StazOn Glaze inks – versatile and amazing to work with!
Happy inking!

Scrap-a-doodles Design Team Final audition – layout and cards.

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So this past month has been a bit of a whirlwind with teaching around the country, traveling and creating. And one of the exciting things is that I made it through the first round of the Scrap-a-doodles design team and here a week or so later is my next entries. I am not a busy scrapper, I am a ME scrapper, true to myself and my odd style with some techniques thrown into the mix. Love it or hate it – this is me and I am totally comfortable with it all. So for this week I created a layout and some cards. The layout is done using the new Fancy Pants range of paper with some photos of my niece. As with most of my layouts i added some of my current favourite techniques and elements alongside this bright and beautiful range of paper.
HER BEAUTY LAYOUTI used a few sheets of patterned papers which also included some of her favourite colours at the moment. One such product is this tree die-cut from Couture Creations. I first added a layer of green Distress ink and then misted it with Gold Mister Huey ink to add the shimmer.
DIE CUTSOne of my favourite new border punches is this circle punch – not only because of the circles which i love but also the endless supply of confetti dots that i can recycle and use again all over. On top of the punched border I added another little die cut element using a Sizzix die cut with my Cuttlebug.


Step 1 – I cut the shape out of white ‘technique’ cardstock
step 1 die cut

step 2 – ink the die-cut with Versamark ink on a scrap piece of paper.
step 2 inking

step 3 – Add your first colour of embossing powder over the inked die-cut. Shake off the excess and return it to the container.
step 3step 4 – Heat set the embossing powder until fully melted. Once the powder is shiny that’s when it is melted.
step 4

step 5 – Leave the embossed die cut to cool down before inking it again using the Versamrk ink. If the embossing is still hot the embossing powder will pull off and stick to the ink pad damaging the surface. Once the die cut is inked, lightly sprinkle a thin layer of gold embossing powder onto the die cut.
step 5
step 6 – Heat set the gold embossing powder for a multi coloured effect. Cut the element in half to use on your layout.
step 7
To create my own elements for the layout I cut the sun on my silhouette machine and then added
a layer of colour using Distress ink.
step 1 – Press the ink pad onto your craft sheet repeatedly until you see some colour.
*lighter colours may not be visible on your craft sheet
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step 2 – Mist the ink with water until colour drops form
3 inking die cuts
step 3 – Dip the die cut into the ink until it is fully coloured. You can leave it to dry naturally or heat set the colour with a heat gun.
If you want a darker more intense colouring leave it to dry and then add another layer of colour until you are happy with the look.
2 inking die cuts
I love stamping and what better way than to create my own stamps and use different mediums to add interest to the stamping. For my background circles I used 2 colours of Mister Huey inks to stamp with. My stamp was die cut using fun foam and a circle die from Provo Craft. I simply adhere the foam circle to an acrylic block using double sided tape.
step 1 – Mist the 2 colours on top of each other on your craft sheet
1 two tone stamping
step 2 – Dip your stamp into the ink and carefully lift it. Avoid getting too much ink on your stamp, when turning it over the ink may splash and drip all over your project – a little ink goes a long way
2 teon tone staping

step 3 – Position the stamp onto your cardstock and press down – the ink may cause it to slip so be carefully and hold it steadily. Hold your cardstock down with your one hand and lift the stamp carefully not to smudge the image. Repeat as desired
3 twon tone stamping
and so I completed my layout using lots of different techniques and products to add colour, texture and interest.
Products used
Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Meology Inks: Mister Huey Gold & Classic Tan, Distress ink Evergreen Bough, Versamark ink pad Die-cuts: Sizzix Decorative Icons Set, Couture Creations Tree Punch: X Cut Border Punch Dotted Wave Embossing Powder: AC Zing embossing powders Other: Heat Gun, Fun foam, Craft sheet, Mini mister, Cuttlebug
I love making cards as well. A couple of years ago I fell in love with the Gorjuss range of stamps. These stamps are perfect for colouring in, and so I simply had to re-create some cards i made years ago for a class – and if you know me this is rare.
What I love about these easy cards is that the stamps are really versatile and opens a world of opportunities by combining techniques and products to get different effects.
card 1I stamped the images onto white watercolour paper and coloured them using my Distress markers. Once i finished colouring the images I added some paper pieced layers to the images adding to the cute factor.
Here’s how i did it
step 1 – Stamp the image onto the white cardstock using black Versafine ink. Versafine ink is perfect for the detailed images with their fine lines and also dries permanent and will not affect your painting with water at all.
step 1 painting
step 2 – On an acrylic block lightly scribble your marker to add colour to the surface.
TIP – Always use the flat side of the brush tip to scribble with and colour to the block, to avoid damaging the tip itself
step 2 colouring
step 3 – Mist the ink with water and then use a small soft paint brush to paint your image
step 3 colouring
step 4 – Repeatedly stamp the image again onto scrap pieces of patterned paper. I only stamped the areas I know that i am going to cut out and use as paper pieced images liek the rabbit and the dress. The cut out the image and ink the edges
step 4 coluring
step 5 – Adhere the cut out image to the stamped image on the white cardstock that you are colouring in. I sometimes add the cut out paper pieces first and then add my colouring afterwards to avoid colouring an area that I may cover with paper later
step 5 colouring
Finish off your cards with other elements that will match the theme or the colours of your card. Remember that any good card has a background, embellishments and a focal point
And here’s another card I made using my left-over papers and elements.
card 2
Products used
Stamps: DoCrafts Gorjuss Inks: Tsukineko Versafine, Ranger Distress ink Markers Patterned paper: Teresa Collins She Said 6×6 Paper pad, Bazzill Cardstock, Watercolour paper Other: Sewing machine, Embroidery thread, Buttons, diamante, paper doilies, Olba flower punch

I leave you with this canvas i did earlier in the year and am now working on a second and third one to match….
altered canvas
texture paste and shimmery mists in gold – pure joy

texture paste
Happy crafting! And here’s to creativity and design teams and living a creative life everyday!
Love what you do and do what you love!

Prima – stamped frame of mind – the artist within me.

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I love my stamps – and a good design can be so versatile! The thing about stamps is that you can use them over and over again and they never go to waste. Using the same stamp in different ways combining them with different products and techniques is what makes stamps so versatile. So for this week’s project I took to the new artistic stamps from Prima – don’t you just love the “girls”.

stamping frame jnjpgSo once I decided on the image I wanted to use I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a masking technique and combine the image with different stamps and stencils to create a background effect. So here’s how I did it

Step 1
stamp the Karlie image twice. Once on the white cardstock you will use for your project and again on a scrap piece of paper.

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cut out the image stamped onto the scrap piece of paper. You want to cut on the line as opposed to just outside the line on the outer edge.

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use sticky squares to adhere the cut out image on top of the image stamped onto your cardstock. Then ink your second stamp and over stamp onto the background where you want your design to be.

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When you lift your stamp you can see that you stamped onto the background as well as onto the cut out image only. When you remove the cut out image from your project the second stamped image will appear as if it is in the background behind the original stamped image – pretty cool!

TIP – the cut out image also prevents you from messing up your original image – this is a great way of adding stamping to a project after you have finished it and if you think it needs a little something!
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Use your artiste markers and water to colour in your image. Once you are done colouring add some gold glitter glue to dress up your image and add some sparkle to it.

I cut my image smaller and added some stencil ling and ink splats to the background. My stamped images created a corner effect to frame the center image. I then added flowers and other decorative elements to finish off my art work before popping it inside of an empty gift box lid. In the end I had a funky little artwork to use in my studio.

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I added gold glitter glue to my coloured image and love how that turned out. I hardly ever use glitter glue out of the bottle, I always squeeze it onto my finger tip and then apply it – this way you don’t get those unsightly glue streaks and marks left by the tip of the bottle, but rather a clean glittered look.

stamping painted jnI also added some more Prima embellishments and pieces cut from their paper pads to decorate my image
stampingjnand no Prima project is complete without their beautiful blooms

stamping flowers jnI hope this inspired you to pull out those stamps and utilize them even more! Happy stamping!

Products used
PM 980023 Cling Stamp – Karlie
PM 990114 Cartographer Cling Stamp
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker – Watercolour
ADCO 721981 Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour – Aztec Gold
PM 814144 Seashore Collection Kit
TVF-82 VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black