Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments – spectacular backgrounds.

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Today I am sharing an idea of how to use your Pigment powders in a really versatile way with a technique I developed.
It is one of those techniques that is so versatile you can use it on cards, layouts, for backgrounds, to die-cut elements out of and even on your mixed media projects.
These versatile pigments by one of the designers I admire most Anna Griffin and who I had the honour of meeting way back in 2004 are simply amazing.

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I used three different shades of my pigment powder to create a shimmering background for my card, but also used the same technique and then die-cut matching feathers to use as accents on my card.
How beautiful is the shimmer
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here’s a quick step by step on how to achieve the look
step 1 – select the 3 colours of pigments you want to work with.
step1step 2 – Add a small amount of pigment onto a palette.
TIP: I just used some plastic packaging so that it would be easy to just recycle and throw away once done.
In Johannesburg where i shop, we have had these amazing little spoons for years and i always have those on hand – perfect for these types of scooping needs.
step2step 3 – Squeeze some clear adhesive onto the pigment powder. I used my Tombow Mono Aqua for this – the perfect glue for this technique.
I was never really a fan of the Aqua version of this brand – even when i first started working with Tombow back in 1999 but over the years it has become one of my favourites used for the right application
and for techniques it is amazing, just like its popular brother – Mono Multi.
step4step 4 – Use an old gift card or palette knife to mix the powder and glue together. At this point you can add some more glue or more powder.
You might want to add more glue if you need it to spread further.
step5step 5 – Spread the pigment mix onto white cardstock using the same card. The card enables you to spread it out smoothly for a nice clean and even finish.
Mix the three colours one at a time and apply them to your cardstock next to each other and slightly overlapping and blending into each other for a seamless look.
step7step 6 – Leave the pigment background to dry, then die-cut feathers out of the one sheet, and use the second sheet as your card background.
step8I used a tone on tone effect for my card, lining up the same colour die-cut feather onto the matching portion of the background on my card.
The delicate feather die works perfectly for this – it shows the texture and effect of the pigment beautifully.
detail3I hope you are inspired by this easy to do technique using products that you have at home – just another unique technique from my table utilizing your products in more than one way
for some stunning effects.

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The pigment powders are distributed by The Wholesaler here in South Africa, designed by the fabulous Anna Griffin.
For a more comprehensive description on this technique and pigment powders, you can download the technique article PDF below.
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Until next time – shine on!

Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card.

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How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch.

But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any products is repetition. And repetition of a pattern can be a great design element with loads of appeal.sunshine_detail1

For this card I punched the border strip repeatedly onto a variety of cardstock colours. I combined the punched strips to create a card background with great effect. On top of the card I layered a chipboard element coloured in the same shades as my paper strips. Together they make for a fun element perfect for a tag, card or layout.
(Please be aware of what type of paper or cardstock you punch – as cardstock is generally not recommended for punching – you are doing this at your own risk and will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations)

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step1 -Punch a selection of strips using a single punch design but in a variety of colours.
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step 2 – Arrange the strips onto your background as you would like to adhere them.
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step 3 – Adhere the strips slightly overlapping each other using a glue pen until the entire background is covered in strips.
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step 4 – Use a variety of pens and markers to add colour to your chipboard element. Once the element is coloured, add a layer of dimensional glaze to finish it off nicely. Adhere the chipboard to the background piece and add some diamantes and other embellishments as you please.
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I hope you are encouraged to look at your punches in a different way, seeing loads more possibilities and get behind the creative options they have to offer. I know I sure do look at them differently each time I use them.
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I love both the simplicity and complexity of this cardstock card. It can be so interesting by simply adding a few extra elements like an additional colour behind the punched flower strips.

imagine crafts and Echo Park blog hop.

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Welcome to the imagine and Echo Park blog hop.

You should have arrived here from Monica’s blog
Hop along with us and stand the chance of winning some amazing give-aways from imagine and echo park.

our blog hop order is as follows
Echo Park Paper
Jana Eubank
Mary Prasad
Terre Fry
Kimberly Crawford
Alison Heikkila
Jennifer Vanderbeek
Wendy Sue Anderson
Roni Johnson
Nadine Carlier
Anya Lunchenko
Mark Melnick
Neva Cole
Becki Adams
Monica Edwards

We are celebrating creativity by combining the wonderful products from  Imagine crafts and Echo Park showcasing how well they work together.
I created a quick and easy layout – I was inspired by the colors in the paper range as well as the beautiful die-cut.
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I used a combination of irRESISTible Pico Embellishers and irRESISTible sprays to create a fun background on my layout.
Different colors combined to create a beautiful effect.
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step 1 – Add a stencil design to your cardstock using texture paste and sprinkle with glitter. Leave the paste to dry completely and shake off the excess glitter.

step 2 – Spray the background with irRESISTible Texture spray in white across the stenciled design and the background. Leave to dry completely.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step1step 3 – Die-cut the doily out of white cardstock and mist with Yellow Fireworks spray. Let dry.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step2step 4 – Cut a variety of paper strips and ink the edges.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step3step 5 – Create your layout. Adhere the paper strips to the left edge of your layout. Trim off overlapping pieces and ink the edge.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step6step 6 – Layer your photo, die-cut doily, flower stickers from the sticker sheet and thread under your photo.
Add the ampersand sticker and additional flower stickers on top of the layers.2016_october_jn_ephop_step4step 7 – Create colored confetti using punched circles from your scrap papers and a combination of diamante and irRESISTible dots.
TIP: Remove the top of the spray bottle from the bottle and carefully splat and drop irRESISTible dots onto your layout.
Set aside to dry completely before finishing off your layout.
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Products used
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher  Bahama Blue
irRESISTible Texture Spray
Wedding Dress
irRESISTible Texture Spray  Electric Coral
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher  Silver
Fireworks! Dandelion
Echo Petticoats Paper Pack
Echo Park Doily die-cut

Remember to hop along to all the designers taking part, there are some awesome PRIZES up for grabs!
thank you to Echo park for their generosity and stunning products.

Next hop on over to the Imagine blog….

Celebr8 Product Focus – Lanki Frames.

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Welcome to this week’s product focus with Celebr8.
This week we are focusing on Celebr8 Layered Chipies – Lanki Frames. Each week I use a Celebr8 Product and focus on how you can use it in different ways,
dress it up, alter it and make it come alive by using products you may have in your stash.
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I hope you are inspired to go out and alter some chipboard. Until next week.

Layer Upon Layer – Creating With Chipboard And Ink

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Layers of inks, chipboard, stamps and paint offers you a world of creativity. Today I am sharing how I created a stunning effect by layering chipboard elements, paint, stamping and colouring to create a beautiful card. By combining your products together you can create beautiful effects to use on cards and layouts. detail3

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Add colour to a chipboard title using Memento LUXE ink. Lightly press the ink pad onto the chipboard repeatedly until it is covered in a solid layer of ink. Once the ink is dry add a layer of dimensional glaze (how stunning and vibrant the red ink becomes under the glaze)

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step 2 – Add colour to the Bubble Mesh chipboard piece. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the chipboard until it is covered in a layer of green ink

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step 3 – Colour 3 strips of white smooth American Crafts Cardstock. Add some ink to your craft sheet, mist with water and then press the strips into the colour repeatedly and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Once the coloured strips are dry, punch small circles.
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step 5 –  Adhere the coloured circles to selected areas at the back of your Bubble mesh piece.
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step 6 – The coloured circles will be visible once you turn your mesh piece over.
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step 7 – Stamp a flower and colour using your Prima water colour paints. Once dry assemble the card with the flower, bubble mesh piece and then layer the coloured title on top of the mesh and the stamped flower.
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And there you have a beautiful card with loads of personality and layers.

Layers are beautiful and by combining certain products together you can create a totally new look for your next project using chipboard and ink.

The Magic of Silver – Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver {Lady Pattern Paper}

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There’s a certain charming quality when it comes to the colour silver. Subtle, beautiful, soft and friendly – but when you combine it with Kraft paper then there is pure magic. Yes that’s right – Lady Pattern Paper created pure magic once again with her new range of Kraft Essentials.today-kraft-silver-layout-2

I love everything about this range of papers. It combined my classic favourites with the basic essentials that we have come to love from her. Today is that special day when the Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver additions are released and I created this beautiful layout with this range. It simply is perfect in very way.

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I combined the classic Metallic Silver Kraft with a soft mint green, grey, navy and yellow for this layout. The silver accents are soft and beautiful and can work with any colour combination.

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How beautiful is this silver flower from the Lucy Lace paper? It is pretty and feminine and yet a little macho and masculine at the same time – making it the perfect element for both feminine and masculine layouts and projects.

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The classic Little Star and Sheet Music designs are perfect for so many projects…and the most obvious that comes to mind is (drum roll) Christmas.

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A classic chevron adds a beautiful touch to any project.

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The barcode strip combined with patterned paper and other decorative elements makes for a beautiful effect.

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Randomly stamped sewing circles on the Kraft paper, and then sewn with my sewing machine and cut out for a beautiful handmade embellishment.

There are so many beautiful things you can create with the new Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver range of papers. And I can’t wait to explore it even more!
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Hello Life | Sea Breeze layout for Couture Creations

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Up on the blog today with another Guest Post using the wonderful Sea Breeze Collection from Couture Creations.
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For today’s project I created a single page layout with a beach theme of course. This range of papers and embellishments are simply amazing, and so very versatile.
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step 1 – Cut your patterned papers to form your background. Use a nautical themed stencil and apply
Embossing Paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.
Tip: I repeated the stenciled design 3 times on my background creating repetition.
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step 2 – Use a selection of mists and sprays to add colour to the stenciled image.
Mist 2-3 shades of blue onto your stenciled area, then mist with water and leave to dry naturally.
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step 3 – Use walnut stain ink and add additional ink splats onto the background overlapping onto the stenciled area.
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To set the scene I cut out the lighthouse from the patterned paper and adhered it to the background.
Overlapping the lighthouse image, I used a combination of die-cuts and netting from the range.

TIP: I sewed the netting onto the layout using thin gold thread. This helps keep the netting in place and adds a nice touch of detail.

On top of my shell elements, I added some gold glitter. Cover the shell with a layer of dimensional glaze and then sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the original container.
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A simple printed filed {Ali Edwards} was used a title at the top of the layout and stapled in place.
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Add your photo to the right hand side of your layout with a chipboard element overlapping onto the photo.
A few torn pieces of washi tape adds a fun accent to the background.
Scattered beads, sequins, stars, diamante and other elements add dimension and texture.
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It’s always an honor and so much fun Designing with the beautiful and versatile products from Couture Creations.
This range particularly is one of my favorites released.
I hope you are inspired by this gorgeous range and create a few of your own Sea Breeze treasures….
Thank you once again Couture Creations for having me on your blog….and to Kerrie for delivering the products in person all the way in South Africa.
Lets do this again – soon {hint hint}

Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
shadow_step1Step 2 – Use a second die-cut title and ink it in the same way using a darker shade of blue ink. Leave them to dry.
shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

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step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.

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step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.
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step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.
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What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.

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Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
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step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
detail2step 4 – Cut the frame from the On the rocks paper and separate the edge. Adhere the strips to the front of the card to form a corner.
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Add some fake sewing around the edges of your card using a sewing wheel and a black fine liner pen.detail1
I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
Thank you for stopping by – hop on over to the Couture Creations blog and website – like their facebook page and then shop their amazing product range.
The Wholesaler is the proud distributor in South Africa of Couture Creations products.
Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Basically Textured Range – NOT just another brick…

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Lady Pattern Paper does it again with her new Basically Textured range. Each time a new release hits the printing press I get more and more excited. But this time around I am ecstatic. This basic range is so full of possibility that it literally jumps at you with ideas.Basically Textured layout1LPP

When I first saw the brick paper I knew what I wanted to create. I had the perfect photos of my niece in front of a graffiti wall and I kept humming that tune of Pink Floyd in my head…

I used the papers cut down into smaller bits. I wanted to create my own graffiti wall but ended up going a bit more classic. For the bricks, instead of writing on them I created a background with some layering on top. I simply cut some additional bricks out and raised them on foam tape for dimension.

The little heart was printed straight onto the brick paper – from my initial graffiti idea, cut out and then added to the wall.
detail3A few ink splats add to the imperfect graffiti look and feel. The flowers and leaves are growing up the side of the brick wall – and make me think of an old British homestead complete with a perfect vintage garden filled with old roses and lots of bees and butterflies.
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On the opposite side of my layout I combined the Fency woodgrain paper in both So Buff and Dazzling Blue. It forms the perfect background and neutral base for my photos. I love the texture it creates without being bulky and overwhelming. Even with its texture and pattern it perfectly matches my classic graffiti look.

The beautiful barcode strip was die-cut using a scallop die – don’t you just LOVE that splattered look?
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With the Basically Textured papers you get two for one. Not only do you have this amazing pattern, but the plain side on the back enables you to get the perfect colouring to complete the look.

I matted my photos on the back of my paper, as well as die-cut my title out of it. This way it perfectly complements my textured papers and colours throughout my layout.
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The Basically Textured range is really beautifully classic basic and will go a long-long way in your stash. And I am so excited to see how well it works with other paper ranges – classic, feminine and boisterous boy projects alike!

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