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: