March 1, 2013

Couture Creations Design Team Application Round 2

I am beyond excited to have made it to the second round of the Couture Creations Design Team application!! Can you hear me internet screaming from here?! Their products are amazing and it would be a dream come true to join the team! 

They have asked us to do a project using their embossing folders and dies and I have ordered some, but they will not be dispatched in time to turn in this project, so they have kindly allowed those of us that didn't have them yet to use other manufacturers products.

Here is my layout I did:

To create this layout I first took my Fancy Pants Country Boutique "Ivy" paper and cut out the centre of the paper leaving about an inch all around. This is a tip I learned a while back and is great to really get the most out of your paper. I will use the center part of the paper later on the layout!

Next I cut Country Boutique "Defined" paper down to 10.5 inches, distressed the edges and gave it a machine sewn border...this is layered over the first sheet and glued down.

Next I embossed 3 - 4" x 5" pieces of my Core'dinations cream cardstock using my Sizzix Damask embossing folder. I used the embossed paper in three different ways.  I used one embossed panel to die cut with Tim Holtz's Hardware Findings die. The next piece I hand cut into several banner pieces to layer on my page. The last piece of embossed paper is used as it is, I just cut it down a bit to tuck into my cluster on my layout. 

I used my emery board to sand down the cream colored cardstock and give the embossed card a subtle gorgeous frosted look.

After preparing my embossed pieces, I chose several die cuts and banner cuts from the Country Boutique collection, and edged them in Walnut Stain distress ink to make them pop on the background paper.

I chose three photos for the layout, and underneath I arranged my banners on the page, alternating embossed and printed banners.

Above the photos I layered a piece of the embossed card stock along with several die cuts from the Country Boutique collection. The alpha stickers for the title are also part of the collection.

I used my Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret dies to make several flowers using coordinating Country Boutique papers and layered them with the Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose flourish.  I added the embossed keyhole and key to the cluster for extra interest.

I was able to use the centre of my first sheet that I cut out to make many of the flowers in my cluster. These dies come in several sizes and can make anything from rosebud to very large flowers. I did a mixture of sizes to create a balanced look.

To finish off the layout I added the hinge at the bottom left and accented it and the keyhole with pearls.

Products Used

Sizzix Embossing Folder - Damask
Heartfelt Creations Die - Vintage Floret
Heartfelt Creations Die - Bella Rose
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Hardware Findings Die

Core'dinations Card Stock - Cream
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Defined
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Barn Door
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Ivy
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Die Cuts
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Banner Cuts
Fancy Pants - Country Boutique - Alpha Stickers

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Melissa Frances Cream Pearls

I feel amazingly honored to have gotten this far, and am really grateful for the opportunity. Right, so wish me luck! Fingers and toes crossed!!

Couture Creations have some amazing products, drop by their site to view their full range and take a look at their blog, it is full of inspiration!  They will be announcing a special competition soon that will only be available to members of the email group. Sign up for the emails on their blog and get in on the fun!! You can also find Couture Creations on Facebook and Pinterest.


amy said...

Awesome gorgeous project and your tute is fantastic, easy to follow and understand! You rock! good luck!

Amarilys said...

wow! your layout rocks! Congrats on making it to the second round and good luck! :)

Cherished said...

Congrats Cathi! Gorgeous page and wonderful tutorial. Good Luck!

Scraps of Elegance said...

Your die cut work and flowers are amazing Cathi. I loved the pretty creamy colors you have chosen, the pics are darling and the layering of the banner work is great. Thank you so much for joining us at Keeping The Best. I hope you join us often. :)

Keren Tamir said...

Fantastic embossing and die cutting. A gorgeous LO which deserves for you to make it onto the team!! Good luck

Unknown said...

Oh, I love it- the embossing is amazing~!!


Anonymous said...

so beautiful love all the embossing and the flowers, great tutorial. Thank You not too long to wait now :)

Dana Tatar said...

Beautiful page Cathi! I love all the embossed embellishments and your roses are gorgeous! Good luck! =)

Gisèle said...

Absolutely stunning my friend !! Good luck; my fingers and toes are crossed for you...xoxooxox G.

Jennifer Snyder said...

Everything is amazing here. Love the tutorials and the LO. wow

Lisa aka Raining said...

Gorgeous work Cathi! Good luck sista!

LISA said...

This is beautiful Cathi!!! Great tutorial!!! Got my fingers crossed for you!

FiKenward said...

This is a fabulous tutorial, thanks for sharing. Stunning page and Im so glad you played along at Color Combos Galore.

Denise van Deventer said...

Oh wow....this is super special!!! Love this page! A definite favourite of mine!

Ita said...

Congrats on your on the second round and hope you make it on to the team.It is fantastic to see a crafter from Ireland .I look fordward to following your blog .
Ita in Cork

Gloria Stengel said...

Love the embossed flags and the use of Spellbinders flower dies! So happy to get to work with you on the new team!!!