Pages and Pages of Love | Imagine Fireworks Spray

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During February, the month of love we celebrated Love with pink and gold using the fabulous Imagine products. Here is one of the projects I created using Fireworks Spray. The shimmer is amazing and I absolutely love it.
I mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.2017_February_JN_HeartofGold_Main


Products used
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

Scrap Affairs Sketch Challenge issue 52

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What an honour to be asked by our local scrapbooking magazine to create a layout for their sketch challenge in their latest issue here in South Africa.
I love working with sketches, and I love creating sketches for layouts. Its a quick starting point for a lot of people and a guide to get some creative time into our busy schedules.
Sketches can come from anywhere and I have even been inspired by the local Mugg & Bean counters to draw a quick sketch.

This was the layout I created using my sketch for the challenge.

I absolutely loved how it turned out – and as many other layouts this must be one of my most favourite layouts ever! The colours, the imperfect inky goodness and the plain artistic input offers a good mix texture and pattern.

I used some scrap experimental papers with paint on them and cut freehand triangles to use on my layout.
The silver splats is irRESISTible spray from Imagine crafts – enamel goodness in a spray bottle – pure perfection!


Random strips of more self created papers with some sewing on top and scattered diamante.


You have until the 22nd March to enter and get your layout published and receive a free magazine! I would love to see what you create with your sketch! So don’t delay enter today!

sketch challenge masStamping and foam thickers used for my title alongside a few puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine.


Minted Copper wooden Heart

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I have been inspired by a lot of trends lately, but one trend that has stood out is colour – and specifically green and mint. Not strange at all as that is the
Pantone colour of the year and all shades of green is popping up everywhere. So instead of kicking against it (lets face it green is not my favourite colour)
I am embracing the beauty of it and making it work for me.
This week I played with some gorgeous wooden cut out shapes and also working no a little decorating project – so the 2 tied in perfectly.


Wanted to give the wood a distressed look on some way and opted for a variety of failed attempt until i got to the one look that I truly loved.
I say failed attempt as nothing is ever wr9ong or right – it’s just not quite what I liked. So after a few hits and misses here is what I truly love.


step 1 – Paint your wooden product is 2 layers of Minted Pop Paint.
TIP: Since the paint is a really nice creamy thickness one layer is really enough, but for a nice solid colour I added 2 layers
and leaving the paint to dry between layers.


step 2 – Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the heart with 60grit sanding paper. I just sanded it by hand until i was happy with the look
and with how smooth the surface felt.


step 3 – Add a small amount of copper paint and brayer the paint onto the heart.
I ended up brayering in different directions to give me a nice random effect.
TIP: Because of the uneven surface the paint onto took in certain areas which I loved.


step 4 – Using white texture paste through a stencil add wording or images to your heart.
Carefully remove the stencil and let the paste dry completely.


I love the crispness of the white paste against the copper and mint.


The perfect accessory for your home or office and even a gallery wall in shades of copper and mint.


The warmth of the copper really compliments the mint paint in the background.
TIP: You can also add some wax to the heart one you have stenciled it for protection against dirt and grime.
Until next time – happy painting and decorating.

Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506
Other: Wooden heart (Short Cuts Craft), copper ink (Delicata), roller, stencil (Kaisercraft), texture paste.

Create a quick multi-coloured layered flower – How To With Jowilna

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I love multi-coloured papers, and especially those with a washed watercolour look. And nothing is as easy as creating your very own custom paper and creating embellishments with it. Here’s how I make mine in a few easy steps.

multicoloured flowers
 Step 1 Select the colours of All Purpose Ink you want to work with – I pick at least 3 colours to give me a nice colour range.
Step 2 – Tape a piece of technique cardstock to a sturdy surface using washi tape. Add a few drops of blue All Purpose Ink and mist with water.
step 3 – While the blue All Purpose Ink is still wet add a second (green) and third colour (gold) in the same way and mist with water. Leave the paper to dry naturally.

TIP: taping the paper to a surface like a white board or A4 cutting matt helps keep the paper flat and allows the fibres to stretch back into their natural state and corrects the paper to a flat sheet once dry.


Once the paper is dry carefully remove the washi tape from the paper and then use a die-cut to cut flowers using your Go Cut and Emboss machine.
Keep some flowers single and layer others for added dimension. Add a sewn button or brad to the centre as a finishing touch.


And there you have a range of beautiful multi-coloured layered flower to use on your next project.

Embossing – Jowilna 101

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Did you know that you could mix embossing powders together for a custom colour?
Did you know that you can colour your white and clear embossing powders?

Embossing is one of my favourite techniques – it is always magical and looks amazing. Today I am sharing a quick favourite of how to spice up your plain embossed projects.

Inspired by colour of the year 2017

colour of the year trend

I like to mix my own colours of embossing powders and to create a custom look. So that’s what I did while being inspired by the green trend of the colour of the year 2017
step 1 – Add a single drop of All Purpose Ink into some white embossing powder.


step 2 – Mix the colour well into the powder and leave to dry overnight.

Sprinkle of this green embossing powder directly onto your project while still damp. Then heat the clumps of wet embossing powder to melt into puddles on your project for a fun look.


step 3 – Grab some additional green embossing powders. I was inspired by the image (trend swatch) to find my embossing powder colours.


step 4 – Add small amount s of all the colours of powders together in a tub.


step 5 – Mix the colours together really well. Use a container that can close and shake it up to mix.


step 6 – Stamp your image onto white cardstock using VersaMark ink.


step 7 –  Sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off the extras and heat set using your heat gun.


step 8 – Add some plain embossed circles and some mixed embossed circles together on your next project.


I added a variety of embossed circles onto an art journal page.
Products Used

Love cards | Stamped and cut for Chiswick

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By now we hope you have settled into the routine for the new year.
Here at Chiswick it is back to normal with loads of creative projects happening.
I am in full Valentine’s day mode – simply because we know how time flies and we want you to be super prepared to celebrate the month of love.6

I created 2 cards using some off-cut backgrounds I had lying around, but it is my Chiswick stamps that added that special touch.

valentines cards

step 1 – I always have scrap pieces of cardstock in my stash. Some are left overs, some are experiments and some are just random drippings.
For these cards I pulled out some of those scraps and used them as backgrounds.


step 2 – Stamp a love sentiment from your Chiswick stamp set onto patterned paper.


step 3 – For my second card I stamped the entire Alphabet stamp onto patterned paper.
I kept the stamp set on the backing as is and stamped it twice overlapping each other slightly for an interesting effect.
I used Versafine ink to stamp all my images.

step 4 – Die-cut some heart and word elements out of Chiswick cardstock using a die-cutting machine.
I used Grey and Lipstick cardstock from the Chiswick range for my cuts.
step 5 – Put your die-cut elements through the Xyron machine to add permanent adhesive to the back of the die-cuts.
This adds an adhesive to the back of your fine and detailed die-cuts so you can adhere them in a few seconds without the mess and fuss of liquid adhesives.

step 6 – Punch the stamped wording into a circle and matt it onto a larger pink cardstock circle.
Adhere the circle to your card background, then add a small die-cut heart and your thin die-cut word.

step 7 – Trim the strip of stamped alphabet down to 3cm wide and matt it onto the pink cardstock.
Adhere the strip running across your second card, add your die-cut pink heart and grey die-cut word.
Finish off your cards with a single diamante and some machine sewing.


And in a few minutes I made some stunning love themed cards using some of my favourite stamps and coloured cardstock from Chiswick.
Products used:

Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Grey 10 Shts/Pck sb5110
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Lipstick 10 Shts/Pck sb4990
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Bubblegum 10 Shts/Pck (99) sb4925
Clear Stamp – Alphabet 1 140 x 180mm rs3130
Clear Stamp – Sir Anthony 140 x 180mm (ER-A12) rs3166

Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful handmade card for your loved ones.
Happy crafting!

Handmade Baby Cards Using Twinkle Toes

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With the new Twinkle Toes range of papers you can create the most beautiful baby cards for family and friends. The colours and patterns are just too adorable for words and when used together they create pure magic.detail1

Horizontal, vertical and diagonal backgrounds

I used my papers in strips to create some fun backgrounds for my cards – the perfect way to use up all those paper scraps and make the best of even the tiniest of papers.

step 1 – Cut your papers into various widths but make sure that the lengths will cover the length of your card.


step 2and 3 – Adhere the strips to your base using double sided tape.

step 4 – Stamp appropriate sentiments onto white cardstock and trim to size. Ink the edges and adhere them to the card.

Decorate the card fronts using some metallic silver stickers, sewing and diamante.


And there you have a fun set of baby cards – so pretty that even I couldn’t stop at just making one card.


Find this gorgeous range of papers at your local craft store – perfect for any crafting project.


Hello summer art journal page

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Inspired by the holidays that has sadly come to an end, I created this blue summer themed art journaling page.
The shades of blue and aqua makes the texture pop against a white background.
Take a look at how I created this gorgeous effect.

step 1 – Add a background using watercolour paint. Combine 2 or 3 different shades of blue.


step 2 – Stamp summer sentiment images onto smooth white cardstock using Versafine ink.
step 3 – Add color to the stamped images using watercolour paint and leave to dry.
step 4 – Mist a sheet of white cardstock using glimmer mist and leave to dry.
step 5 – Trim the misted sheet of cardstock into random strips. Adhere the strips to your watercolour painted background using gel medium.
Cut some of the misted cardstock into a wave shape. Use a small 5mm hole punch and punch random holes onto the wave shaped strip.
TIP: Keep the punched dots to adhere at a later stage.
step 6 – Adhere the stamped images.
Add a thick layer of Crackle Paint and leave to dry.
Add coloured splats to the finished page, add random stenciling in blue.
Add finishing touches using graphite pencils and chalk.
Work the crayon into the crackle parts to highlight the cracks.
And that finishes off a beautiful study in blue with loads of texture and shapes.
I love the freedom of this random summer themed art journaling page – perfect for a summers day activity.

White on White Journal | Imagine

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I love the beautiful white on white effect you can achieve using different shades of whites. With all the white products available in the Imagine family you can create beautiful
texture and patterns in a variety of shades. For this project I chose to work on an old book and create a journal page with a soft, delicate and romantic look and feel.2016_jn_december_whitejournal_main1

Hop over to the Imagine crafts blog to read more about the products and how I created my journal page

Twinkle Toes Range | Lady Pattern Paper

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When you hear the name Twinkle Toes you automatically think baby right? Well in my case that is the last thing I think about! For me I see an amazing paper design that is just too beautiful for words. So when I finally got around to working with this beautiful new Twinkle Toes range from Lady Pattern Paper I wanted to create a layout that will inspire not only beautiful baby pages but something that will inspire any paper crafternew-paper-layout-2

So I created a layout that is perfect for a boy with pink and hearts and it turned out to be really cool. Yes I know I am a little biased, but how cool are these papers!

For me the combination of buff, pink and teal worked really well together with the photos I chose to use. It offers the perfect amount of macho, neutral and pretty that this layout needed.


The Fluffy Clouds So Buff was used for the biggest piece on my background when I created my layout. The beautiful and neutral essential basic paper with the lines on was busy enough and yet offered a neutral palette for my enlarged photo to be placed on.


The back of the Baby Hearts in Pink Mary was used together with its barcode strip – the perfect combination complimented with some sewing for texture.


The Baby Hearts in Intense Teal is supported by using similar teal coloured elements cut from patterned papers. I also added some text paper and love how adding typography elements to a project just totally change the look.


Supporting elements and accents in yellow include cut outs from paper, stickers, buttons, flowers, diamante, die-cut elements and chipboard hearts.


I used this beautiful technique die-cut heart in shades of teal that I made to match the paper and other elements on this layout.


In the end all these elements worked together to create a beautiful layout fit for any little Twinkle Toes – big or small. And once again Lady Pattern Paper delivers on her promise of bringing us the perfect basic essentials that can stand along or work together with anything in your stash.


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