Monday, September 26, 2016


Hi Everyone 

I'm not sure about you guys but I know that my camera and smart phone get quite a lot of use at Christmas time. From trimming the tree to opening presents and even just simply lazing about there is always a photo being taken. So to get some of those shots scrapbooked before I am inundated with more from this year I thought a quick Christmas Layout was the key.

This layout is so simple to achieve with just a few supplies including the Couture Creations Be Merry and Classic Paper Pad and a few of the Be Merry Snowflake Dies. I have used all the snowflake dies in the collection. Be Merry Maria's Fractal, Layered Snowflake Set and Emilia's Pride. 

Simply Take a piece of Ultimate Crafts Cardstock and distress the edges. Then trim a piece of Be Merry Classic Pattern Paper from the Paper Pad then distress the edges and adhere to the cardstock base. Then spritz a matching colour over the centre area. 

Then with your gorgeous Snowflake dies cut various sizes from Couture Creations Be Merry and Bright Glitter Sheets and Vellum. Cut mats from matching papers to match the size of your Photograph (mine is a 3x4") Distress the edges of your mats and place your random snowflakes underneath. 

Add the larges and smallest snowflakes in alternate colours to the bottom corner of your photo. And then add a couple more smaller ones here and there. Finish off with a piece of twisted silver twine, and you are all done. 

Simple but effective. 

Friday, September 23, 2016


Hi Everyone 

I am so very honoured to be featured in the latest edition (97) of Australian Simply Cards.
A Huge Thank you to Art Deco Creations for the opportunity to showcase my work in this edition.
Edition 97 is packed full of gorgeous Christmas Projects including 5 pages of step by step instructions for 6 different vintage feel cards designed by me and featuring the BAND NEW Ultimate Crafts Seasons Greetings Collection.

Featured on the cover! (bottom left corner)

and the GET IN TOUCH information!

and pages 53, 54, 55, 56 & 57

I am just a little EXCITED!!!

Pick your copy of  Australian Simply Cards up at your local newsagent.
You can visit to find your local Ultimate Crafts Stockist.

Monday, September 12, 2016


HI Everyone 
Well its just around the corner isn't it? Christmas....its so close now. 
I love love love my christmas tree... Its black and I am a little particular with it. Its only allowed to have silver decorations on it. I am such a shocker with it that I let my kids decorate, then after they go to bed I redo it..... (I know, its not good) I had wanted this tree ever since I saw one at a Christmas shop years and years ago. I thought that it would be nice with the New Couture Creations Be Merry and Classic Range.

I started with a page from te Be Merry and Classic Paper Pad and lightened the print with some Couture Creations Anna Griffin Gesso, then using some Couture Creations Anna Griffin texture paste and mixing in some Couture Creations Pigment Powder I spread it over the let dry. 

Then around my photograph I added a Couture Creations North Star Doily die cut cut in half and placed on either side. 

I then added some faux rhinestones and lace, a bit of paint, some sequins

Couture Creations Products Used
CO724911 Be Merry and Classic Paper Pad 
CO724913 Be Merry and Classic Ephemera Se 
CO724942 Be Merry Swirling layered Stars
CO724944 Be Merry North Star Doily Set
CO724866 Anna Griffin Pigment powders
CO724867 Anna Griffin Texture Paste

Monday, August 22, 2016

Life is a Journey

Hi Everyone 

My turn on the Blog today and I have created a little 5x5 card to feature today. 

to create this little gem I cut some Ultimate Craft Cardstock in Denim to a 5x5 card base.
Then I added a layer of canvas with frayed edges for effect. 

Then in one corner I folded the edge back for a more vintage look.
I then cut some more denim cardstock and tore off the same corner.
I cut a Couture Creations Sea Breeze Cardinal Frame in matching cardstock and placed it in between the cardstock and a piece of Sea Breeze pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad. As shown below.

Then I added a Sea Breeze Metal Charm to offset the frame.

I then added some embellishments from the Sea Breeze Collection including the Sea Breeze Ephemera, Chipboard Die Cuts, cabochons and some gauze. Along with a matching Sea Breeze Windy Flourish Die Cut and a ships wheel Die cut using the Sea breeze Compass and Wheel Die


I added a small chipboard sentiment to finish off. 

This card was really quick and very easy to achieve, I hope you can use it on one of those occasions that you need a card in a hurry. 

Thanks for stopping by.

 Products Used 
Ultimate Craft Cardstock 

Monday, August 8, 2016


Hi Everyone 

I am not sure why, but at the moment I am really loving shaker cards.....
So with a little help from some Couture Creations Acetate and some sequin I came up with this sweet little shaker for any occasion.

this 6x4 inch gem is just the right size to post or to pop on a gift. 
To Start I cut a 6x4 card base from Ultimate Craft Cardstock then I cut a coloured mat and a slightly smaller white one.

from the white mat I cut 2 Couture Creations Beautiful Life Fluttershy die cuts randomly.
I kept one of the Fluttershy die cuts for later

I added some Couture Creations Acetate over the back of my cut outs and then surrounded them with Couture Creations foam tape and added some mixed sequin 

I then adhered some scrap white cardstock to the foam tape (I added white because I wanted the sequin against white cardstock). Then add this to your coloured mat and then to your card base 

I then added some Couture Creations Flowers in a cluster.
I took the centre from some and the leaves from others to add to my cluster.

then I added the Fluttershy Die Cut, I folded his wings up to look like he is in flight.

then i added a couple of Flitterby die cuts from the Couture Creations Beautiful Life Flitterby and Flowersigh die .
I stamped a Sentiment from the Ultimate Craft Magnolia Lane Stamp set and added some random 

Thanks for s topping by 

Products Used

Ultimate Craft 

Monday, July 25, 2016

With Sympathy

So oft times we are creating for celebrations and happy occasions but every now and then a tragedy occurs in our lives or someone we are close to or even just an acquaintance and creating for this is a hard thing to do. But I know when I am creating for such an occasion it is done with love and fond memories and along the way it help me heal even if it is just a small amount. I have had such an occasion recently that a friend was suddenly taken from this world to share eternity with the Angels. 
So to honor him, I have made this card for his beloved wife. 

To create this card I first cut an 8x6" card base and an slightly smaller green mat and then another white mat from Ulitmate Craft Cardstock 

On the white mat I spritzed some matching green spritz and the Using the Couture Creations Anna Griffin Botanical Damask Stencil I added some texture paste 

Whilst the texture paste was wet and prior to taking the stencil off I sprinkles some Couture Creations Superfine Irridescent glitter over the top. I then helped it dry with a Couture Creations Heat Tool.

After drying I then added some Couture Creations Flowers and some Lace from the Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Lane Collection. 
Then using the Couture Creations Its a Beautiful Life Flitterby and Flowersigh die I cut some leaves to place behind my flowers 

Then with the Couture Creations Its A Beautiful Life Fluttershy Die I cut a die cut from Couture Creations Glitter Paper and Ultimate Craft snow white and spritzed to match. Then added Fluttershy to the cluster of Couture Creations Flowers

I added Fluttershys body using Couture Creations 2mm Gemstones, then I added some random bling around my cluster along with some sequin. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Under the sea

Hi Everyone 
I am absolutely delighted to once again be the Special Projects Designer for the ArtDeco Creative Team.  I love this company and would not know what to do with myself if I was not designing with their gorgeous products. Sea Breeze.... I love this range as it is so versatile in the fact that I can make beachy layouts with it or nautical cards to under the sea creations. 
I have done an under the sea card for my first blog post for this term.

I started this card by embossing some metal shim with the Couture Creations Sea Breeze Collecting Shells embossing folder. 

Then with some Blue and Green Spritz I added colour to the shim drying with a Couture Creations Heat Tool.while drying add some glitter for added sparkle 

then I cut some matching cardstock Coral from the Couture Creations Sea Breeze Seahorse and Coral Die, adding them to the side of my card making a bush of seaweed.

I added some shells and shell pieces and built my cluster up to the desired shape.

I then cut a Seahorse from the same die set out of Couture Creations Glitter paper white and added to the front of my card 

Then I cut from white card stock a banner from the Couture Creations Sea Breeze Tied Anchor and Banner die set. I stamped the die cut with a greeting and placed it among my seaweed.

I hope you like the effect of the metal shim behind my under the sea scene. 

Tracey Cooley 

Products Used