Saturday, July 15, 2017

Merry Christmas with Katrina Thompson

Hi Everyone,

Katrina with you today, spreading some more Christmas in July joy by sharing a new card using the beautiful tones of the "Let Every Day Be Christmas" collection by Tina Higgins. I have incorporated the new Hot Foil stamps to create a unique centrepiece coordinating with the papers, ephemera and dies. You could even leave off the Christmas greeting and turn your card into an everyday option.
I hope you enjoy!

Using the bird print from the A4 Paper Pad, slice a piece 9.5cm from the bottom edge. From the bottom edge of your cut piece tear away an edge of 0.5 leaving a length of 9cm. You can wet and tear, or score and tear or use your ruler. I tear the edges further after making the initial tear line also. Trim to a width of 17.5cm as pictured. I have cut around the head of the birdie in the top right corner so it stays whole and makes a small feature.

Cut a piece from the Damask Matt Gold, 17.5cm wide x 4cm high.

 Use the Matt Silver Mirror board, the blue satin foil and the Ornate Christmas Frame hot foil stamp in your Go Press and Foil machine to create your frame.
Cut around the oval leaving a small border around the outer edge, then cut the centre away to allow for the Ephemera piece to be placed inside.
 Using the Christmas Branches decorative dies cut one set from the bird print and another from the mirror board. Overlap the print as pictured to create a shadow effect.

To embellish our cluster first use the Merry Christmas hot foil stamp with silver foil over matt gold mirror board to create your greeting. Take another of the ephemera pieces as pictured, one half of the leaf border strips from the A4 paper pad and a few random pip berries.

Colour your Couture Creations rose using a mixture of watered down Buttercup Liquid Drops and Blue Pigment powder. Paint it on with a fine paintbrush and a dauber for easy access.
Wrap your 6mm tape around the bottom and side edges of the Damask and top and side edges of the Bird print so you have 3mm each side. Using your scraps lightly tap the foil, coloured side up, onto the tape creating a faux gilding effect.
                 Dull down the edges afterwards with a white ink to give it a more muted look.

Cut a rectangle from the Snow White cardstock 17.8cm wide x 25.3cm long, (7x10inches). Score and fold in half to make a card base.
Attach the Gold Damask print, edged in foil, to the lower edge of the card base.
Attach the 1cm strip of Silver behind the bottom edge of the bird print so 0.5cm is showing from behind. Distress the lower edge so some white shows through then attach the whole piece to the top edge of the card overlapping slightly with the damask.
Attach the Ephemera and Hot foil frame centred with 3D foam tape. Cut the leaf border strip from the A4 papers as pictured, then trim the leaf pattern in half again. Attach 2 strips either side of the ephemera frame to create another layer.


 Arrange the die cut branches and ephemera foliage, the large rose and Merry Christmas sentiment as pictured. Embellish the rose and leaves with some Crystalina Glitzin' glamour to give it a sparkle to finish.

Thankyou for looking. K x

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July with Katrina Thompson

Hello and Welcome to my first post as part of your new Design Team for 2017/18.
We are now past that half yearly mark and if you haven't already started, now is the perfect opportunity to begin your Christmas creating.
The new "Let Every Day Be Christmas" range is simply beautiful with striking muted tones that blend seamlessly.
I have created todays soft and shabby layered card using the A4 paper pad, a few elements from the ephemera pack and the beautiful Baroque Background Die from the extensive range of dies in this collection.


From the A4 Paper Pad I have cut one of the circular designs from the sheet pictured above. From the sheet pictured below I have cut a square base as the focus image, the main body of which being 10.3cm. Include all of the birds and foliage outside the 10.3cm to add a point of interest.

 I have cut the Baroque Background from the Ultimate Crafts Snow White cardstock.

Using the same A4 piece that I cut the focus image from, I have cut a square 12.3cm.Trimming the sides of the die cut, I have attached it over the yellow portion of the square.

Distress the edges of the square in a coordinating colour. Using your dauber to give it a softer more blended look. Distress the solid edges of the focus image to give it a more defined look as you attach your layers.

Firstly don't cut the barcode strip away from your sheet as your going to need the length when creating your card base. Cut your A4 sheet to a width of 15.25cm,(6 inches), as above. From the plain edge fold and score in half to create the square card base, trimming the barcode excess away to finish. Ink around the edges with a dauber in a coordinating colour to blend.

Now you have your card base, cut a white mat 14cm, then a yellow plaid 13.6cm. Distress the edges of the white and ink the edges of the plaid to blend. Layer onto the card base then attach to focus piece.
Select a small rose, the bird and the branch from the Ephemera pack. Cut the branch in two as pictured. Arrange as pictured below and attach with 3d foam.

It's always nice to decorate the inside of your card to give it a completed look. Use your offcuts and additional layers of card to make it easy to write on. I have finished it off with one of the larger  Roses from the Ephemera pack.

                                                                     Enjoy, K x

Products Used:
Couture Creations Let Everyday be Christmas Paper Pad A4 CO725490
Couture Creations Christmas Baroque Background Die CO725515
Couture Creations Ephemera Set CO725493
Other Couture Creations products:
Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Snow White ULT200001
Couture Creations 2 way glue pen CO724037
Couture Creations Double Sided Tape C0721984
Couture Creations Double Sided Foam tape C0721962


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Art Deco Creations Brands Design Team 2017/18.

I am thrilled to announce that I will be one of the Design Team members for the 2017/18 year at Art Deco Creations Brands

I have been designing for this amazing company for a few years now on their Roundtable sample team and the Magazine Team, so to join the Design Team with the very talented Anita Enright, Adriana Bolzon, Jo Simons and Julie Schinkel will make for a fantastic year of creativity.

I look forward to sharing fabulous new projects with you all soon. K x


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brisbane 2017 Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

The Brisbane 2017 Scrapbook and Paper craft Expo is on again and I am so excited to be asked to return again this year.
I will be teaching with the amazing Sue Smyth and the incomparable Tina Ollett for Arnolds Scrapbooking and Craft Supplies with amazing sponsors Art Deco - Couture Creations, Ultimate Crafts
We will be playing with florals, creating and layering a set of beautifully coordinated cards in hues of pink, purples and yellows. Learn to balance your projects and add subtle elements to blend and coordinate. You will receive an amazing kit of product that will give you many additional hours of creating.

                                                                        See you there!! K x

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nana's Garden Wedding

I would love to share with you all today a page I have made celebrating my munchkins at their Nana and Grandads Wedding. I have loved the flower fairies since I was a child and when I found this amazing paper from 49 & Market at Arnolds Scrapbooking I visualised my idea near immediately and my little fairies in the fairies garden came to life.

It's all about the paper and I have used 3 sheets of "At the Quarry" from the Flower Fairies of Spring. I have dyed a few strips of lace and muslin to coordinate and have cut a faux nest in 2 and filled the portions with moss. Chipboard words from 2 Crafty, some pearls, a jewellery finding and a button are the only additions. No flowers!!... which with all the beautiful elements of the paper I found it was all I needed.

From the 3rd sheet, I have cut a number of elements to 3d.
    The second sheet I have cut the central area out and cut away the outer details.
The first sheet is the base. I have attached lace to the bottom edge and lace/pearls along the top edge. I have also mirrored one of the pieces from the 3rd sheet as an overhang at the bottom as this page will be hanging on a wall.
Sheet 2 is 3d layered over sheet one in one large piece then the elements from sheet 3 are added along with the nests, chipboard, additional lace and muslin.
Don't throw anything away!! I have used the offcut from the centre of the 2nd sheet to create the diamond embellishments.

I mixed different levels of frost gray with peacock green RIT dye to colour match the lace banner.
The chipboard words are really fine and dainty.
For 'Precious' I have used white paint and Silver Nikko.
For the 'Timeless' I have used white paint first. Let it dry then add yellow paint, let it semi dry then rub it back in places so it blends against the papers.  

                                                 Thanks so much for looking, K x