21 June, 2011

Parisian Couture Tags

This blog post was supposed to showcase a 'Birdie Accordion Book' project but I am stuck so I pushed it aside & pulled out the 2 packs of mini papers from the Couture Collection, my box of cut ribbons, packs of lace, some beads & flowers & they just came together.  Hopefully the Birdie Book will follow their example.

Denise Ann, the talented designer of the Couture Collection of papers is organising a blog hop for early July so she has asked me to do some projects using the Couture range for the hop - still have to figure out how to set up the hop on my blog but decided to get the projects done & then figure out the rest. Will advise the details of the blog hop.

Tag #1 is using an XL manila tag covered with 1 of the papers from Couture Pack #107 - the paper is called 'Elegance'.  Pink organza & satin ribbons are tied in bows on the main tag, just the pink satin tied in a bow & accented with a beautiful pink bead on the small tag.  The small tag is made by adding a punched tag of a corset (paper from Couture pack #108) mounted on black cardstock. I really wanted this tag to stand out & not blend into the main tag. Both tags had black scallop German scrap attached to the bottoms of the tags - the German scrap was lightly sanded & then distressed with Frayed Burlap - this gives it a beautiful vintage look. The main tag was then finished by adding some lace to the bottom, a flat velvet rose & a green leaf.

Hint: If your velvet flowers & leaves are looking a trifle limp, steam them lightly from the kettle spout & mould into shape.

Tag #2: An XL manila tag was covered with paper from Couture pack #108 - the paper is called 'Satin & Flowers'  (save all scraps for making mini tags etc). A light coffee coloured ribbon , a bow of pearls & an ivory apple blossom flower were added to the top & a strip of lace, more ribbon & a green heart bead to the bottom.
2 smaller tags were created by punching out from Couture paper #107 pack. These were mounted on apricot cardstock tags. All tags & papers were distressed with Frayed Burlap - including the edges of the apple blossom flower. Another element was added by cutting out the Eau de Cologne label.
I had started with 3 small tags but it was too busy.

Tag #3:  I rarely work with greens so I decided to push my limits & create a green tag.  This particular  paper is really elegant - it is called 'Embossed Silk & Satin'. A smaller tag was created by punching a tag shape from a green Couture paper & mounted on sage green cardstock. All papers were distressed with Frayed Burlap.
When it came to ribbons, I was in trouble. The green ribbons I had were totally the wrong shade. I had some of the black German Scrap used on Tag #1 next to this tag - absolutely perfect as an accompaniment to the Tag.  Some of the German scrap was cut to fit, sanded & then distressed.
Black organza ribbon was tied in a bow on the main tag & then as a knot for the small tag; olive green satin ribbon was added to both the black organza ribbons & also as a strip on the top of the German scrap.  Green pearls & a gilt butterfly charm completed the small tag. A beautiful green bead was added to the black organza bow & a black butterfly laser cut was folded & them glued to create a 3D effect

Three gorgeous tags completed. The same designs could very easily be used on a card (continue with more tags on the inside of the card or even in a pocket with words), on a scrapbook page with a photo & journaling & would be totally fabulous on a small canvas as an Off the Page Project - the designs are not limited.  Maybe I should do a Birdie OTP project instead of the accordion book. I have some small canvases in my stash.

Hope you enjoy these 3 Tags
Bye for now

05 June, 2011

The Couture Collection

I am loving this new collection from Denise Ann.
Decided to do the same design for:
  • vintage card
  • scrapbook page

Diana & Meg - sisters
Love in the Garden

close up of embellishment

I think this is my favourite paper in the collection - it is called 'Chic Couture Flourish' & is the most beautiful pale pink. Should have added some lace but I am happy with the pearls, a Pin of Jewels, 3  open paper flowers & 2 paper green leaves. The distress ink is Tattered Rose. I have cut around the flourish in the left corner in order to tuck in the foam mounted pics.

The top photo is of my sister Diana & me as young girls (I am on the right).  My grandmother was an accomplished seamstress so we always had the most beautiful dresses.

This is my second favourite - at least it is today - my favourites change a lot. Not sure why - maybe the weather, colour of the sky & clouds .....

This paper is called 'Silk Evening Toilette, by Mme Fladry, rue Richter, Paris'. It is so fabulous to know the designer of the dress - it was taken from an Edwardian & Victorian Fashion Book that had pics from the original Paris fashions - such a beautiful book.
This lady looks as though she is dreaming so I chose the word 'dream' as part of the embellishing of the paper (she is not dreaming but is showing the elegant detail on the back of her dress) . The top pic is using an organza flower lace with a diamante in dark brown & moccha tonings with a Pin of Jewels.

This paper is embellished again with 'Dream', a pin of jewels, pearls,  green paper leaves & an open paper rose with distressed edges in Frayed Burlap.

I am now off to try for some more projects
Bye for now