Friday, August 29, 2014


Hi Everyone
My Love of the African Continent is well known amongst my friends and I especially love the incredible sights, sounds and landscape of Kenya. I have been fortunate enough to visit this special place twice in the last ten years, when I am there I feel very much at home. 
(don't get me wrong I am and Aussie Girl through and through and there is no place like Australia but...) 
A couple of nights ago I watched a very good African documentary and decided that it was time to get out my pocket pages again and try and get some of my African holiday pics squared away. So with the Help of the Couture Creations Secret Treasures Journal tab and Polaroid frame I have created a page for my 2002 African Holiday Album.
(I went again in 2012 and have not even looked at those 1000 pics yet!)
I tried to bring an African feel to my pocket page by first die cutting my 4 Tabbed Journal die cuts (they fit perfectly in the 3x4 pockets) and 4 6x4 Pieces in Core dinations Bright White cardstock and spritzing them with earth tone colours like brown, orange and yellow..
(reminds me of the beautiful sunsets we witness over the savannah and  for me there is nothing more earthy than Africa)
I then die cut one of the 6x4 pieces with the Couture Creations Secret Treasures Aurora Vine and Van Roe Journey Dies leaving the negative on my card, then I slipped some white behind it.
Then I used the die cut by turning it over and using as a feature on one of the tabbed Journal die cuts

And the Die cut Journey on the bottom of the Couture Creations Polaroid Frame die cut.
With a brad I repurposed an old earing I had lying around and added an adjective to my die cut word.
Then adhered the whole thing to another o the 6x4 pieces
I added some more drops and splats with spritz along with some rub ons to finish off the African feel of my pockets.
I hope that my love of Africa and everything in it, can inspire you to get out your pocket pages and get crafting!
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Couture Creations Products Used
CO721986 Hand Held Essentials

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Secret Garden - Repurposed Book

Hi Everyone
  It is my great pleasure to have one of my projects featured on the cover of the Couture Creations Creative Inspirations Magazine. But as you will see it is a large project and so we at Couture Creations thought a Blog post would be best made to give step by steps for it. You can grab a copy of Creative Inspirations Magazine from your Local Couture Creations Stockist which you can find here, or you can view it online along with previous issues here.

For the base of this project I used an old book that I had lying around the house that I had read once and not really enjoyed. So what better to do with a book that you did not really enjoy, but repurpose it!
1. I started by painting the outside cover and also the edges of the inside cover.
2. Using texture paste mixed with your choice of colour and Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour Crystalina add some texture to both outside covers of your book and let dry
3. Cut a window from matching cardstock using the Couture Creations The Metricon Light Box Frame and adhere with Couture Creations Foam Dots leaving the inside of the frame adhered flat against the book
4. Cut from white cardstock a Couture Creations The Metricon Gate to Eden die. Cut the ornate top of the gate off to form a fence and age with inks, tear of one corner of the die cut and adhere to book cover below Light Box Frame
5. Cut 2 Couture Creations The Metricon Roses from green cardstock and then cut the actual flowers from the die in a matching colour. **do not flatten out the die cut after removing it from the die use its curves to give a 3D effect. Adhere the coloured flowers over the green die cut to form a two tone die cut. adhere your new Roses vine to the front of your book where desired.
6. Cut a few Couture Creations The Metricon Swirl Die Cuts and add to the front to frame the design.
7. add a couple of butterflies including one cut from book paper using the Couture Creation Van Roe Beautiful Butterfly Die.
8. repeat steps 3 - 7 for back cover but use a Couture Creations The Metricon Picture Frame instead of the Light Box Frame and add a title to the middle.
9. Cover the spine with a die cut from matching cardstock using the Metricon Art Deco Border. ** you may have to join it if your book is tall.
10. add some more of your Roses vines by repeating step 5 and adhere them up the spine of your book.
11. add Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour Crystalina to all flowers on the Roses vines and let dry.
 12. leaving a few pages in the middle of your book, adhered all the pages together by flicking through the pages whilst spraying a good spray adhesive into them...leaving a few pages on each side and the middle of the book open and free of adhesive. adhere first and last pages to inside covers.. colour edge of pages with ink  
13. Cut 2 pieces of acetate slightly thinner that your book pages but much taller and adhere to your bottom book page on each side.
(done in cardstock for better imaging)
14. cut another piece of acetate approx. 3 inches wide and fold as above and insert into the pages at the bottom of your book. this will help keep your book open.
15. Cut a die cut from matching cardstock using the Couture Creations The Treasures Ornamental Lace Die Art Deco Lace Frame.
16. Cut another piece of acetate the same height as your die cut but slightly wider.. adhere lace frame to acetate and bend the overlap on each side back. adhere this inline with the top of your book so that it fits across the front of the open book.
17. repeat this process of acetate and die cut with the Gate to Eden Die. ** to make your gate wider add some fence either side by cutting the ornate top off another gate die cut.
18. Pearce holes in the acetate either side of the middle of the gate and thread some small chain through and add a small lock charm for effect...adhere gate to the front of the open book so that there is a gap between the lace frame and gate
18. Make some more two tone Roses to add amongst the lace frame and gate as desired, placing a large butterfly behind the lace frame to form the start of your butterfly kaleidoscope.
19. add die cuts from the  
Metricon Swirl amongst the Roses for added foliage, along with some butterflies in varying sizes
20. fold back a couple of page corners adhering with Couture Creations Glue spots and add a Metricon swirl to finish off. Add some sparkle by adding Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour Crystalina to the flowers and the odd Swirl.
21. Using random butterflies and in addition to the Couture Creations Van Roe Beautiful Butterfly create a Kaleidoscope of butterflies escaping from the inside of your book on the acetate protruding from the top of your book. Adhere the exact same butterfly in the same spot on each side of the acetate, this will hide the adhesive.
I hope that you like this project as much as I do and if you do try it please post it on the Couture Creations Facebook page as I would dearly love to see it.
Couture Creations Products Used

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Hi Everyone
One of  my favourite Couture Creations Dies is the awesome Retro Flower Die from the Secret Treasures Range. Is a favourite because of its versatility, there is just so much you can do with it!
To create this Retro Flower Card I cut the base of my card to size and added a Coredinations Glitter Silk and Jet Black mats. Then on my top Bright White mat I embossed with the Couture Creations  Ambassador Large Retro Flower Embossing Folder.
Then with I added some washi tape and trim across the front of my card.
Take the Couture Creations Retro Flower Die (love this die) and cut 4 die cuts. Discard the tiny flowers and Curl 2 of each size and pinch and mould up the remaining 4, then layer each as below.
Then take each set and layer again and add the smaller flower into the middle of the large.
With Couture Creations Crystal Adhesive Gemstones add a bit of bling into the centre!!
Also add some bling to the centres of the embossed images of the mat.
Cut several Couture Creations Secret Treasure Aurora Vines to add behind your flower.
Cut Several large die cuts from The Metricon Roman Set to frame your Flower.
Add your desired title to make this card for a specific occasion or simply use it for any occasion... Birthday, Wedding, Sympathy, Thank You, Anniversary etc.
**To post your creation simply make a matching box!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Couture Creations Products used

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I was so fortunate last weekend to be able to do some classes for Couture Creations at
The Scrap n Patch in Toowoomba. Thanks to Liz for having me, I had such a wonderful time and hope to be back soon!
We made this gorgeous "Secret Garden Clock base" using Couture Creations Papers and Dies
Kits are still available from The Scrap n Patch
837 Ruthven St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(07) 4687 6888
And some Awesome "Green With Envy" Cards
Kits Available at The Scrap n Patch
837 Ruthven St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(07) 4687 6888
And last but not least a Layout
"The Window to Success"
Kits Available at The Scrap n Patch
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(07) 4687 6888
Kits are still available but not many so hurry and Give Liz a call to secure yours!