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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sue Smyth November post

Christmas Canvas and Super Star Layout 
By Sue Smyth 

This month as we head towards Christmas I have made a dimensional 
canvas from cheap children's wooden blocks.
(be sure to check out Decembers post to see what I did 
with the rest of the blocks)

I have used Imaginarium Chipboard to alter the fronts of some of 
the blocks to spell out Merry Christmas and 
other appropriate words.

Some of the blocks have been cut in half with a saw for a 
lower profile and give a variety of dimension.

I have tucked some red wood fibre along the sides 
to hide the gap between the blocks and the 
canvas edge 

Cover some blocks with small squares of scrap patterned paper
 and use buttons and small decorations to add to blocks
that do not have an alpha on them 

I have reversed the canvas and arrange the blocks inside the cavity
then adhered them in place with strong glue.
When dry I have painted with gesso and sprayed 
with Red Dylusions or similar 
Then cover with spray adhesive and sprinkle liberally
with white glitter.
Decorate as above.

We all love a good boy page, so this month I have made a layout 
about my middle child who is quite the rock star.(well in his mind anyway )
He is talented with the guitar and I wanted to capture his
first performance in a layout.

By placing the arched window over the photo I 
am directing the viewer to notice the middle of 
the photo where the face and guitar is.

Add the Super Star title and of course lots
of gold embossed stars and you have your own Super Star layout.
I have covered the title with dimensional magic and black glitter.
Glitter comes in wonderful colours these days and is 
under rated as a medium 

Here I have added a splot of distress ink for an
enamel red arrow to sit.
I have used a bright red Utee to get that gorgeous glossy colour.

Emboss stars with a variety of gold powders for a great variation in colours 
To emboss the arch I have randomly applied embossing fluid, sprinkled with 
an aged gold embossing powder and heat set.
Once cool rub over black in to cover the areas that the 
powder has missed. Wipe off excess ink with a wet wipe.

Some candid shots of my work space 

I need to have all of my materials where I can see them
so I remember where they are! So I store the majority of 
my things in clear glass jars including my ribbons.

I have  a huge corkboard which I pin layouts onto, and I
have just added the white cane bird cage for displaying 
small items. I like to display my work to keep me 

All of my punches and dies, again I like to see them to 
be inspired as I work 

Other side of my garage( it is a 2 car garage) are 2 banks of  book shelves
with papers, projects and books in them

My three tables are usually only clean in 
between projects and classes, never during them lol

My newest purchase was this multi drawed cabinet 
which holds all of my tools and then some.
Each draw is labeled and though I cannot 
see the tools, the labels work well for me. And 
it makes putting away so much easier.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my works space
I think it is important to have it as creative as you can, 
to inspire you all of the time.

Happy Crafting 
Dont forget to leave a comment to go in the 
running for an Imaginarium chipboard prize 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Couture Creations Christmas Baubles

Christmas Baubles 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi all
As Christmas approaches, I love to make decorations
I can give away to friends and family

Here are two charming baubles to make with
Couture Creations Dies

Cut two bauble shapes from cardstock and chipboard.
Use a die or a jam jar lid, add a small square shape
to one edge of the circle for a true bauble shape.

Emboss the cardstock with  a Merry Little Christmas embossing folder

Dry brush with white gesso

Spray with Red glimmer spray.

Rub over with a rich gold paint.

Spray with adhesive and sprinkle with
large flaky glitter

Die Cut bauble with Christmas Bauble die from light weight chipboard.
this way the die will act like an embossing folder.
and the shapes will stay together .
Paint with gesso.

Spray with Red Glimmer mist and rub over
with rich gold paint. 
When dry add to large baubles as shown below.

Handy Hint
Dry brush ends of Christmas branch with 
gesso to resemble snow. Layer over the top 
glitter or Glitzin Glamour for sparkle

Couture Creations Materials

Happy Crafting 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Couture Creations Mini Canvas

Mini Canvas 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi all
With Christmas coming it is always nice to 
think of some small gifts to make for family and 

One of my things I like to do is a mini canvas
search around for a pretty decorative easel
to sit it on and it makes a beautiful gift 

I have started with my canvas, that just 
happens to be the same size as the Fancy Frame die.
Cut this and the other shapes from light 
weight cardboard.
Old cereal boxes are ideal.

Adhere chip frame to canvas, paint with 
gesso and spray with Red spray.
Rub over gold paint. 

Emboss Ornate frame with gold 
embossing powder, add scrap 
paper to the centre and attach
to canvas with 3 D foam tape.

Apply ink to Dress form and add Dimensional magic.
Allow the ink to swirl and marble for a neat pattern.

Add paper flowers, pearls, hat pins, muslin and some
mini wings to decorate the dress form.

Couture Creations Materials 

Happy Crafting