Saturday, January 31, 2015

Frame it up!

Hi there, it's Tina here.  I'm sharing with you today, a layout I created using one of my favorite photos of my Mum and her sister, taken when they were little.

I created a frame using "Heavy Stripes" from the Vintage Rose Garden collection.  Cut four strips with the same section of pattern.  Overlap each strip at a right angle, and cut the top piece at 45 degrees to give a mitered corner.  Use foam tape to raise the frame, and attach to background paper.

I created a garland effect using `Classic Vine' cut in half.  Use the Two-way Glue Pen to allow you to stick the fine die-cuts with ease - no more yucky clumps of glue squeezing out and making shiny marks on your creations.

Die-cut a doily and layer with some strips of muslin behind the photo.  Tuck 'Love Abounds' die-cut behind the photo on the right

Using a Chandeliers die-cut, thread some ribbon through the holes along the top, and embellish with Pink Blush Pearls.  Adhere 'Vintage Roses' on the edge of your photo to frame it.

Couture Creations products:
Vintage Rose Garden papers
CO724042 Vintage Rose Intricutz Dies - Vintage Roses
CO724046 Vintage Rose Intricutz Dies - Classic Vine
CO723519 Secret Treasures Dies - Fan
CO723247 Momento Ornamental Lace Dies - Chandeliers
CO724003 Floral Lace Die - Love Abounds
CO723243 Madeline Ornamental Lace Die - Les Fleurs
CO721997 Pearls - Pink Blush
Seam binding

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Creating a celebration cup!

Hello everyone, it's Tina here with a celebration cup I created for a friend of mine. Some of the ones you see in the shops are very expensive, and I wanted to create something personal as a gift. 

It does need to be cleaned with care, and I suggest a very gentle washing of the outside and pat dry with a soft teatowel. 
Here's a tutorial on how I decorated it:
Mix a small amount of Magicals with Gloss Gel Medium on a palette or piece of plastic.  I only used around a tablespoon of Gel Medium to create this project. 

Mix the Magicals in well, and ensure the colour is an even consistency.

Apply coloured Gel Medium through a stencil on the lid and around the sides of the glass.  This was quite difficult and I recommend using a small stencil with a pattern that doesn't need to be "perfect".  I worked in small sections and heat dried the gel before moving onto the next section.

Ink metal flower with clear embossing ink.  Sprinkle Morning Glory Azure on the outer edges of the flower.

Sprinkle Aurora Amethyst in the center. and then heat emboss.

You'll have lovely colours, which blend across your flower.  Repeat this process with metal leaves and other flowers.

Ink the stem and base of the glass with clear embossing ink, sprinkle desired colours  and heat emboss. Attach metal embellishments and gold edging using gel medium and allow to dry.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope I've inspired you to go create something beautiful!
Lindy's Stamp Gang Products:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My first Lindy's Stamp Gang DT project!

Hello everybody, I'm super excited to share with you my first project as a member of the Lindy's Stamp Gang Seasonal Design Team. 
In line with the gorgeous colour palette for January's Challenge, I've used shades of purple along with Orange Creamsicle and Cosmopolitan Pink. 

Here's a tutorial on how I created it. 
Firstly, I layered lots of different die-cuts and a doily onto my canvas. 

I lightly marked where my photo would go.  I added some laces, buttons, and embellishments I'd made from paper clay.  Next I painted everything with white Gesso, and added flat flowers.  

I sprayed a few layers of mists, building up the colours in different areas.  When you are using contrasting colours, my tip for spraying is to build the colours in separate areas first, starting with lighter tones and then build depth with the darker sprays.   Don't spray all over with one colour, then expect the contrast colour to pop.

Darker purple tones were added for depth.  I allowed my dark purples to sit in the crevices around the diecuts, the top of the diecut will resist absorbing the spray because of the gesso.

I stamped some leaf patterns using clear embossing ink, and embossed with Aurora Amethyst embossing powder. I also inked and embossed the highpoints of the paper clay mouldings.

My metal flowers and title was embossed with Pop Rock Purple embossing powder (which is opaque), then the "My" and the lower part of "Girls" was embossed with Aurora Amethyst (which is translucent). 
I love the effect this creates!

My chipboard branches were painted with Witches Potion Purple, and heat embossed once dry using Aurora Amethyst.  Cosmopolitan Pink Starburst spray was added to create a few highlights.

And here are some closeups of the finished project.

The flowers were misted with shades of purple Starburst sprays to give that beautiful shimmer.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Lindy's Stamp Gang January colour challenge

The start of a new month brings a new colour challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Here's the January colour palette, isn't it just gorgeous?

I decided to create a layered card and started with white cardstock and Cordinations Gemstone cardstock in white, which has a pearlescent finish.  This meant that any sprays used on the Gemstone cardstock became very soft and muted.

 I used five different Couture Creations dies which I either sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst & Flat Fabio sprays, or I embossed them.  I also embossed my metal elements.

I dyed some muslin using LSG Orange Creamsicle Flat Fabio spray before layering it behind my metal flower.  Both the metal pieces were embossed using Pop Rock Purple which is one of the opaque embossing powders.  I sprayed the flowers with Pop Rock Purple and Love At First Sight Lavender to give a nice two-tone effect and add some shimmer.

Lindy's Stamp Gang products:
Love at First Sight Lavender Starburst spray
Witches Potion Purple Starburst spray
Tea Pot Purple Starburst spray
Pop Rock Purple Flat Fabio spray
Orange Creamsicle Flat Fabio spray
Orange Creamsicle embossing powder
Pop Rock Purple embossing powder
Aurora Amethyst embossing powder

Couture Creations products:
CO723889 Christmas Lace Ornamental Lace die -Christmas Border
CO724005 Floral Lace Ornamental Lace die - Touch Of Love
CO723736 The Van Roe Decorative die - Celebrate
CO723242 Madeline Ornamental Lace die- Mirror Mirror
CO723311 The Treasures Ornamental Lace die - Splendour

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Challenge at Off The Rails Scrapbooking

 I'm excited to announce that I've been asked to join the Design Team at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.   
Check out the new challenge for January...

When I first saw the mood board, I must admit I thought this was going to be a tough one! 
You see,  I hardly ever use yellow on my creations, and if I do, it's only in small amounts. 

I looked through my photos and came across this one taken of my eldest daughter at Sandon River in New South Wales where we went camping. 

The layout came together quite easily, I used a sunray stencil with Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste - the first time I'd used this product (and it's super cool!) I used Faber Castell Whipped Spackle on the Harlequin stencil, and tried out some Goosebumps by Imagine Crafts too.  Using three new mediums meant I had no idea how it with react with the Lindy's Stamp Gang mists, or how it would turn out.  I couldn't be happier with the end result.


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