Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrating 21

Earlier this week we celebrated a big milestone in our family, my eldest daughter Ashleigh turned 21
I cannot believe I am now the mother of a 21 year old ...when did that happen? ..what happened to the last 21 years?
Not only is my Number one child 21, she moved out of home on the 1st of January this year 2 huge milestones for her this year.

Ashleigh didn't want a party just a family dinner with us, her besties and the grandparents, so we went to Ceylon Inn for some delicious Indian for her special birthday are some snaps, unfortunately we were too busy enjoying ourselves and didn't take many photos.

the very quick Birthday Card (which i forgot to write in )

Pressies from the family

the invitation, I printed it out using my Epson PictureMate PM235 (love this printer)... I know it doesn't match the present and cake theme but it matches the venue :)

 the birthday girl

Clinton, Ashleigh & Shannen besties since meeting in Y8 (2006)

Ashleigh, Shannen, Me and Taylah

Cake Time back at home

Happy Creating Kerrie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Classes

are teaching classes using the latest releases from Couture Creations 
at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo
June 7th - 9th 2014

Class descriptions are on the website now and classes now
You will find us in Classroom 9
Places are Limited so don't delay book your place today
here is a sneak peek at our classes

I hope to see you in one of my classes  

Happy Creating


Friday, April 11, 2014

Smiling Rhino

Hi everyone
I created this layout Couture Creations Blog using loads of Couture goodness ...
Lions have always been my favourite animal since I was very young, well actually all cats big and small but while visiting South Africa I fell in love with all their wild animals but especially the Rhino they are so gentle looking and have these huge smiles, how can you not love them. (Although when one is charging towards you after an Elephant decides it doesn't want to share his space, they are not so smiley)

So I cannot begin to understand how poachers can chop off their horns and leave them to die in horrific pain. I am so upset to know that in our lifetime there will come a time when this gorgeous creature will no longer be around if something is not done to stop the poachers. We all need to take a stand and help stop poachers slaying all creatures.

For more information on how you can help save the Rhino's please visit these sites

onto my layout

Firstly I die cut some Retro Flowers and Panama Branches from calico using the Metal Adapted Plate. I  doubled the calico to cut 2 at a time and  to make sure the dies cut through completely I ran them through the machine 4 times just to get those last bits of thread holding on.
This is how I layered my cutting sandwich; multi platform base, acrylic plate, dies blade side up, 2 layers of calico, metal plate and finally top acrylic plate.

you can see how easily the fabric pops out of the dies

 die cut 1 x Mirror Mirror Ornamental Lace Die from Sew Jo patterned paper and cut a wedge out

cut 1 x Lotus Filet Ornamental Lace Die from Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit Cardstock, sand to reveal core colour and cut in half.

Cut a sheet of Core'dinations Black Magic, Hermit cardstock to 11" x 11" distress the edges using scissors, then using Wire Barbs embossing folder under cardstock sand to let the core colour show through wwhile revealing the Wire Barb embossing folder design.

spray the top right of cardstock with water and scrunch down

tear a small section on the bottom left of cardstock and place section of Mirror Mirror die cut under

Use 1 sheet of Sew Jo patterned paper for your base and adhere cardstock to it

 Cut a sheet of Sew Jo Chevron patterned paper to 5.5" x 10" and distress the edges and adhere to cardstock


Die cut 2 x  Stella decorative dies from Hermit cardstock and emboss using Small Dots embossing folder so that the B side of cardstock is the side you will be using.
Die cut 1 x Victorian Rectangle die from light coloured Sew Jo patterned paper and cut in half
Spray fabric die cuts,cardstock die cuts, paper flowers and chipboard alphas with Walnut Ink to age

Arrange all pieces and adhere all to base when you are happy with your arrangement. 
I used my Save the Rhino bracelet on my layout. I ran a piece of 3mm double sided tape across the die cut and then placed the bracelet on pressing down to make sure beads attached. I then cut the bracelet so only the front was left and then used some of the beads from the bracelet to scatter on my layout, along with some gemstones and small flower die cuts from Stella sprig.

I hope I have encouraged you to create and also to help Save the Rhino's

and if you live in Brissie please come along to Photo Continental on 30th April and 1st May as Tracey and I are teaching 4 different classes each over the 2 days ...Visit Photo Continental's blog for all the info

Couture Creations Products Used

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Other Products Used
Core'dinations Cardstock Black Magic, Hermit
Imaginarium Designs, Chipboard Alphas
Paper Flowers
Save the Rhino Bracelet

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Classes at Photo Continental

Hi Everyone
Tracey Cooley and I are teaching 4 classes each at Photo Continental's Relaunch.
Both Tracey and I and doing 2 card classes and 2 layout classes each day on Wednesday 30th April and Thursday 1st May.

Tracey's Classes

My Classes

Bookings are now open and places are limited.
Classes are just $10 and include all materials.
 Visit Photo Continental's website to secure your place today

We hope to see you there

Happy Creating Kerrie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Disney Pocket Pages

Hi, I am on the Couture Creations Blog today with a super quick post.
I am creating an album of my one day visit to Disneyland Anaheim using the Simple Stories 6x8 Snap Album and Say Cheese Collection. which is just perfect for Disney pages.

I wanted to share some of my pages with you that I have used Couture Creations Decorative Dies and Embossing Folders on.

Here are some close ups of the cards created using Couture Creations Decorative Dies and Embossing Folders

 6x8 pocket page

3x4 pocket card

2 x 4x4 pocket cards

I printed all my photos using my Epson PictureMate PM235
which i have had since September and have only just taken it out of the box ...I am now kicking myself for leaving it in the box for so long is amazing the clarity of the photos and the quickness of printing photos are fabulous. It is also so user friendly. I will now be getting some photos in albums that is for sure.

the only technique I have used it to sand back the Core'dinations Cardstock to reveal the core colour on the embossed pieces of Core'dinations card.

here is a closer look at the Damiris die from the Sophia collection, I love the fine detail on the die.
The Sophia collection are still available in limited stocks and are worth a revisit.

Other Products Used

Happy Creating Kerrie

Monday, March 17, 2014

Simple Card Set

Hi everyone it is Kerrie and it's my turn on the Couture Creations Blog again.
 For today's post I created a quick and simple set of cards using  3 colours of Core'dinations cardstock, a few sheets of the Pink & White patterned papers from the Couture Creations Damask Delight Paper Pads and some of the fabulous NEW Couture Creations Embossing Folders and Dies.
Stay with me as there are alot of photos and some techniques for you to look at....

All the cards are quite simple and don't take long to create, this is a fabulous way to stock up your card collection so you have a card ready for your next special occasion.

 Here is a close up look at some of the techniques I have used on the cards

Embossing, pop all your strips into the embossing folder to save time. When embossing with the Chevron folder make sure you check whether you want your chevron horizontal or vertical on your cardstock and place in the the folder the correct way.

 One of best things about using Core'dinations color core cardstock is how you can change the whole look of your project just by sanding lightly to reveal the core colour

If your cutting plates are a bit worn use a Metal Adapter Plate to help the die cut through, actually even if you palates are new use one as it stops your plates from marking

with just one run through your machine your die will cut through and lift straight off the die

If you only want to die cut one size from the Retro Flowers Die cut your cardstock to fit, save a lot of wastage

Sand the edges of your flowers to add some texture and definition to your petals

don't have glitter cardstock, create your own using our GLitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, just squeeze it out onto the doily die

and then use your finger to smooch it all over the die giving a thin coating, set aside to dry

To create a paper flower die cut 3 of the Retro Flower Dies

Layer the two larger ones together using a mini glue spot to hold in place. Spritz with water

Pinch and scrunch your petals, until you are happy with how they look. Leave to dry

do the same with your leaves instead of leaving them flat. You can then add some glitter glue to the leaves giving them some sparkle

When you don't need a full 12" border strip just die cut the size of cardstock that you need

Finish off by adding Glitzin Glamour Glitter Glue to the edges of flowers to give them a nice sparkle.

TIP; when diecutting Core'dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock place the back side onto the blades, it gives a clean cut.
TIP; Distress the edges of your cardstock and patterned papers using the edge of scissors

and that is the end of my very long photo filled post, I hope I have inspired you to create some fun quick and simple cards.

Couture Creations Products Used
CO723545 Paper Pad, Damask Delight
CO723242 Madeline Ornamental Lace Die, Mirror Mirror
CO723524 Secret Treasures Decorative Die, Retro Flowers
CO723530 Secret Treasures Decorative Die, Aurora Vine
CO723531 Secret Treasures Decorative Die, Ivy
CO723536 Secret Treasures Decorative Die, Decorative Plaque
CO723624 The Harmony Embossing Folder, Chevron
CO723631 The Harmony Embossing Folder, Small Dots
CO723630 The Harmony Embossing Folder, Asian Wave
CO723247 Momento Ornamental Lace Die, Chandeliers Set
CO723040 Nesting Dies, Circle
CO721998 Pearls, Moonlight
CO721995 Gemstones, Pink Flamingo
CO721994 Gemstones, Pink Diva
CO721971 Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue, Crystalina
CO721955 Pointed Non Stick Scissors
CO723060 Sanding Block
CO721957 Cutting Mat
CO721986 Handheld Essentials
CO723608 Metal Adapter Plate
CO721954 LED Precision Tweezers
CO723815 Mini Glue Spots
CO721961 12mm Foam Mounting tape
CO721985 6mm Double Sided Tape
CO721983 3mm Double Sided Tape

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Other Products Used
Core'dinations Cardstock; 
Glitter Silk Opal
Bright White
Maya Road Mist, Iridescence
Seam Binding Ribbon, Eggshell