Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Hi Everyone 

I found myself with a small empty bottle the other day! Yes I now this is not a big deal really, unless it one of those Mini Crystal Head Vodka Bottles and Halloween is just around the corner.
I fill my Crystal Skull with water that I added a touch of food colouring too and resealed it. Then I made it a Halloween Hat.

This will take pride of place in my Halloween decorations. To do this project all you need is a crystal skull, and some Couture Creations.

To make the base of your hat take some Couture Creations Circle Nesting Dies and cut a large circle then cut a smaller from the center or do them both at once!

Then take a strip of cardstock and roll it then attache the brim of your hat and the top of your hat.

Then cut a Couture Creations Lace Pockets and fun Tied together Saxony die and tim the edges so you are left with a neat rectangle. Then attach it to the front of your hat

Using Couture Creations 2mm Gemstones add a gem to the points where the pattern meet. 
Then of course we need to add flowers!! 
You can see how to make the flowers on my previous post for the Classic Violin you just need to use the second smallest Couture Creations Floral Layers Die
Here is a Link to take you there FLOWERS TUT!

Once you have made your flowers you can then attach them to your hat! I have also used some coal coloured muslin underneath with a metal embellishment. then I took the Bird from the Couture Creations Secret Garden Sparrow on a branch and cut him out in black so he looked like a crow and added him above the flowers.
To finish it off I add some flourishes cut from the Secret Garden  Tall Flourish die. 
Oh and of course a little bottle of magic dust on the side!

Here is a closer look at the awesome Couture Creations Die cuts!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hi Everyone 

Recently I was asked by my daughters school to recycle an old violin that was broken. The school wanted to do a display of instruments to inspire the students to think of music in a different way.
So I set out to make some thing beautiful and classic, that's how I see the music played by the violin. Teamed up with all those other orchestral instruments it really does make a beautiful and classic sound. I also see the violin as a very formal instrument. 
This is what I came up with. 

I first stripped the violin of its strings and features and gave it a couple of coats of black enamel paint and of course let it dry. I then restrung it with some metallic gold string. then added some laser cut stickers.
Then I hand made each flower with a Couture Creations Floral Layers Die.

I cut 6 flowers from the largest die and then shaped them as follows 

Roll the petals over the end of a paint brush or a cake skewer. Roll the first flowers petals down.
then roll one of the flowers petals upwards. Then the rest roll the petals around the skewer.
then shape them as above. 

then simply layer the flowers, adhering with hot glue as above. 
You can spray them with spray adhesive and add glitter, spritz them, make them two toned or even spray them with bleach for different effects. 
I added some Couture Creations Everyday Essentials Strawberry Leaves around my flowers for a fuller feel. 

Here is hoping that the kids at school are inspired to lay something beautiful!

Couture Creations Products used 
CO724115 Everday Essentials - Strawberry Leaf 
CO724161 Floral Layers -