Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Be Merry Layout for Children

Hello fellow paper artists, its Bridget here with another Design Team project using the Be Merry range from Couture Creations. 

As the school holidays are upon us, it can be a little tricky keeping the children occupied. 
For my project I have created a super easy layout that the children can make using your Christmas photos. 

I am going to apologize upfront. My camera decided to go on strike so there aren't too many photos as they came out really fuzzy. 

The measurements for all the pieces are as follows (from the bottom layer up): 
Background polka dot - 12" x 12" 
Charcoal paper with reindeer & presents - 3 3/8" x 12" 
Multi Colour stripe paper - 8 1/8" x 8 1/2" 
Cream paper with large stars - 3 1/2" x 8 3/4" 
Charcoal with multi colour starts - 6 3/4" x 7" 

Once you have cut all the pieces glue them down as per the photo of the layout. 

You will need 3 photos for this layout. (1) 4" x 4" & (2) 3" x 3". 
Mat them if desired and place onto the layout. 

To make the rosette cut a piece of paper 1 1/2" x 12". Score every 1/4" using a score board or scoring tool.
With a 1 1/2" circle punch, cut one out of leftover pattern paper as the backing to glue your rosette to and one out of the Cyan glitter cardstock. 

Glue the two ends of the strip together, press it flat to "fan out" the rosette. 
Apply some hot glue to your backing paper rosette and place your rosette on top..hold in place until the glue has dried. 
Now glue your glitter circle on top, add the snowflake from the ephemera pack on top and adorn with a purple rhinestone from the Gemstones pack. 

Decorate the gift border strip from the ephemera pack with Glitzin Glamour glitter glue as well as more rhinestones. 

Die cut the Merry Christmas die from Seasons Greetings collection twice, once from Cyan glitter cardstock and once from a piece of charcoal paper from the Be Merry paper pad..this is the bottom shadow layer. 
Glue them on top of each other, keeping a slight offset. Place at the bottom of the layout. 

Choose 3 tags from the Mini Tag set and tuck those under the photo.


Products Used 
CO724920 Be Merry Bright 12x12 Paper Pad 
CO724922 Be Merry Bright Ephemera pack 
CO724923 Be Merry Bright Mini Gift Tags 
CO724927 Premium Adhesive Duo Gems Be Merry & Bright 
ULT157683 Merry Christmas Swirls Die 

Tools used
CO724824- Go Cut & Emboss machine 
CO721957 - Self Healing Cutting Mats 
CO724037 - Turbo Precision Glue Pen

There you go, super quick & easy. And it should keep the kiddies busy for a little while. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Be Merry Gift Bag

Hello everyone, Bridget here for this months Design Team blog post. Well, my first question is WHERE has 2016 gone? My second is, are you ready for Christmas? I am not..yet but decided to make this gift bag to kick start off my silly season. 

I used a few sheets of the Be Merry Classic papers from the 12x12 pad, some items from the ephemera pack and some of the beautiful silver flowers from the range.

Right, let's jump right into it..

Take 2 sheets of the same 12x12 paper from the Be Merry Classic paper pad

Trim away the top strip

Score 2” from the top and then at 3” from the outside edge of the remaining 3 sides.

Fold over the 2” strip and apply some tape runner underneath to hold the flap down

Fold all 3 remaining sides to get a nice crease. Cut away the 3”x3” squares at the bottom of one of your pieces. On the other piece use your scissors to cut a line from the bottom of the paper to where the horizontal 3” score line meets.

Apply glue to the 2 flaps you have created and stick them down to create the one side of your gift back. Glue the bottom flap from the other piece to the inside of this half of your gift bag. 
Apply some wet glue to each of the 2 sides on one of the pieces and glue the sides together.

Once the base of your bag is assembled punch 2 small holes for the ribbon handles.
In the Ephemera pack you will find the star I have used as a gift tag. Punch a hole in it. 

Cut 2 pieces of matching ribbon, each piece needs to be 12” long.
Feed the ribbon through the tag then through the holes in the gift bag, making knots on either sides to secure.

For the Christmas tree, cut 4 pieces of patterned paper of your choice. 6cm, 8cm, 10cm & 12cm.
Fold the patterned paper as per the photo below. Once you have it in a Triangle shape fold two of the sides towards the centre. 

Glue each layer inside the previous one, starting from the smallest layer to the largest, allowing equal spacing between each layer.

Under the tree I have created a small “pot” out of paper for the tree to stand in and have added the Merry Christmas tag from the Ephemera pack. Adhere to the gift bag using 3D foam tape. I added some of the silver bouquets to the top of the tree to act as the star.

 Thank you so much for looking..hope you all have a great crafting day. Hugs, Bridget

Products Used:
CO724911 Be Merry Classic 12x12 pad
CO724913 Be Merry Ephemera
CO724918 Gold & Silver Bouquets

Tools used:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ornamental Affair Wedding Layout

Hello everyone, it's Bridget here again with my November Design Team post.

I had a chance to play with some of the beautiful dies from the new Ornamental Affair Collection. This range of dies is so delicate and elegant. I had to make something pretty with it and decided to do a layout using some photos from a dear friend's recent wedding. 

I chose to use plain white cardstock from Ultimate Crafts and create patterns & textures just using the dies. 

I started off die cutting a whole bunch of Japer Doilies and stuck them around the page as a border.

Once the glue had dried I flipped the page over and trimmed off the bits that were hanging over the edge.

I used 3 of my favourite photos and matted them using white and a soft grey cardstock just to create a bit of contrast.

The English Rose flowers needed a bit of "bling" so I made a mist using the Anna Griffin Pigment Powders, mixed with some water and painted on the flowers. 

 Next I cut a whole lot of the delicate tiny butterflies from the Floral Silhouettes die from the Backgrounds Gallery 2 Collection. These I glued just behind the body to allow me to bend up the wings for some dimension.

All that was left for me to do was add the title, glue down my now dried English Roses and punch some leaves out of the same cardstock to finish off my all white wedding layout.
This one is super easy and quick to make thanks to the beautiful dies from Artdeco Creations.

Below are some more pictures of the layout.

Thank you so much for looking..hope you all have a great crafting day. Hugs, Bridget

Products Used:
ULT157549 Floral Silhouettes Die
CO724726 Jasper Doily Die
CO724866 Anna Griffin Mix & Match pigments
CO724288A English Roses 
ULT200001 Snow White Cardstock
CO724633 Snow White 3mm Pearls

Tools used:
CO724824- Go Cut & Emboss machine

Ooh La La Lever Card

Hi everyone, it's Bridget here with my Design Team post for November..I am still trying to figure out where this year has gone!

Today I have made a Step Lever card. I found the tutorial on a card making site I have followed for many years.

I have made the card to their exact measurements and the card came out perfectly & is a good size too. Go grab your Ooh La La stash and play along.

Step 1
Cut two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cream cardstock
Score the first piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and fold in half. This will be the card itself. On the side that is the front, cut out a square window, 1” from all 4 sides.

Step 2
Score the second piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8”. Go in 2 1/8” from the left edge and score down to 1” from the top and up to 1” from the bottom.

This will be the inside of the card.

Step 3
To cut the “lever” that will fit through the card front “window”, go in 1” from the left edge and cut a slit that starts 1” from the top and goes down to 1” from the bottom.

Step 4
Cut from the top and bottom ends of that slit over to the 2 1/8” score line. This produces the “lever” that will fit through the front window.

Step 5
Fold on all score lines. Folds should be valley/mountain/valley folded.

Step 6
Add adhesive to the “backside” of the left and right panels of the cardstock you just scored and glue it inside the card. The “lever” tucks inside of the front “window”. If this is a tight fit, trim a sliver off the top and bottom of the lever so that it will move freely through the window.

Step 7
Cut a 4” x 5 1/4” piece of patterned paper for the front of the card. Cut in 7/8” from all 4 sides to make the decorative layer for the front of the card.

Step 8
For the inside of the card, cut 3 strips of patterned paper 1 7/8” x 5 1/4” tall. Cut a fourth piece 3 1/8” wide by 5 1/4” tall.
Adhere two of the 1 7/8” pieces to cover the two right panels inside the card. The third will be used to cover the left side of the panel after you shape it.

Step 9
On the remaining 1 7/8” x 5 1/4” piece, cut in 1” from the RIGHT side, 7/8” from the top and 7/8” from the bottom. Make a vertical cut that connects these two cuts, so that the remaining piece of patterned paper looks like a “C”. Adhere this to the LEFT panel of the inside of the card.

Step 10
On the 3 1/8” x 5 1/4” patterned paper, cut in 1 1/8” from the LEFT side, 7/8” from the top and 7/8” from the bottom. Cut down from the top and up from the bottom to meet these two cuts and remove those two small squares of paper. This creates a shape that will cover the “lever” part of the card.

Adhere inside the card on the remaining panel.

Step 11
Once the main component of the card has been assembled die cut all your embellishments to decorate the card. I used the Elemental Corner Set from Ultimate Crafts (Ooh La La). The Tessa Doiley Die Set from the same collection created the centerpiece for the front of the car, along with the hand cut butterfly from the patterned paper.

Thank you for joining me once again. I hope to see you all again soon.
Hugs, Bridget

Products Used:
ULT157566 Elemental Corner Set Die
ULT157555 Tessa Doiley Set
ULT157610 Ooh La La 12x12 Paper Pad

Tools used:
CO724824 Couture Creations Go Cut & Emboss machine