Faux Blackboard technique using inks and embossing folders.

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Last year I did a filming for “Show me how” the Craft TV show here in South Africa. I did a special little blackboard technique using my own version and original ideas. As i am passionate about inks and blind embossing using my Cuttlebug and so i combined these two into my own technique.
chalkboard card

and then I did the same technique onto a tag

chalkboard tag application

Here’s what you will need to create the technique

What you will need:
Black Versamagic ink pad
White cardstock
White wax crayon
Cuttlebug machine
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Folded card base
Patterned paper strips
Stamped tag or image
Thread and needle
Paper piercer
Piercing matt
Old cloth

  1. On a piece of white cardstock, emboss a pattern using the Cuttlebug machine and an embossing folder of your choice.
  2. Remove the embossed piece from the machine and place on your work surface. Use scrap paper or a craft sheet to protect your work surface.
  3. Remove the paper wrapping from a white wax crayon. Turn the crayon horizontal and on the long side run the crayon over the embossed surface to transfer the wax onto the raised areas of your cardstock. Make sure you get quite a bit of crayon onto the cardstock.
  4. Use the black Versamagic ink pad and tap it onto the entire piece of embossed paper. Make sure the entire piece is covered in a solid layer of black ink.
  5. Leave the ink to dry for a few minutes. Use an old lint free cloth and lightly buff the black ink. Some of the ink will be removed as it resists the wax crayon layer underneath. The buffing reveals some of the white crayon and the overall finished look is that of a blackboard.
  6. Trim the piece smaller to fit onto the front of your folded card base.
  7. Trim two strips of patterned paper smaller to fill in the bottom part of your card. Adhere to the card front and trim off any overlapping pieces. Ink the edges to cover up any cutting marks.
  8. Stamp tag image onto cardstock and adhere to the front of the card.
  9. Adhere buttons and add sewing to finish off the buttons.
  10. Add diamante and machine stitching to finish off your card.
  11. Adhere an insert inside of your card to hide any sewing.

    I hope you enjoy trying your hand at this little technique – it’s so quick and easy!

Scrap-a-doodles Design Team 2014 audition.

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I work independently and am passionate about all things craft, stamp and product related! So that’s what i do, I play with stuff all day long and simply love it! I really am very blessed in my life and position i am at the moment! So it is here that i decided to try my hand at the Scrap-a-doodles design team. I buy from them often as they stock products I love and can’t find elsewhere…plus their Irene store has the most delicious “quiches” for lunch!


This is one of my recent most favourite layouts created! I love everything about it, the colours, the papers used, the stamping techniques incorporated using Distress ink pads, the Marion Smith cut out flowers, the little bugs and my very versatile ruler stamp! And of course the little guy in the photos also make it really special!

wonder of today layout

This card I created using some old and some new products – one of my passions is creating using a variety of products from a variety of companies. The colour mix is special and unique and i love the simplicity of it.


And here’s one of my favorite Project Life style layouts created. Loads of techniques, inky bits and elements added to this layout and included in the pockets making this so very me. I will never give up my traditional style scrapping, but pocket layouts for everyday moments are very special to me!

Project Life Layout

My signature style is clean and interesting at the same time! I always include techniques into my layouts that add loads of interest to my work without taking away from the photos – after all telling the story visually is only part of the creative process, but the photos and the memories is capturing life!
Keeping it real is my motto – and these creative projects is my signature style!
I hope you have a wonderfully creative week! I am off to add some finishing touches for our Helderfontein event this weekend (teaching 100 ladies for 2 days) – we are in for a treat! I will share more photos next week before heading to Cape Town to teach….

Prima – stamped frame of mind – the artist within me.

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I love my stamps – and a good design can be so versatile! The thing about stamps is that you can use them over and over again and they never go to waste. Using the same stamp in different ways combining them with different products and techniques is what makes stamps so versatile. So for this week’s project I took to the new artistic stamps from Prima – don’t you just love the “girls”.

stamping frame jnjpgSo once I decided on the image I wanted to use I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a masking technique and combine the image with different stamps and stencils to create a background effect. So here’s how I did it

Step 1
stamp the Karlie image twice. Once on the white cardstock you will use for your project and again on a scrap piece of paper.

step 1 jnStep 2
cut out the image stamped onto the scrap piece of paper. You want to cut on the line as opposed to just outside the line on the outer edge.

step 2 jnStep 3
use sticky squares to adhere the cut out image on top of the image stamped onto your cardstock. Then ink your second stamp and over stamp onto the background where you want your design to be.

step 3 jnStep 4
When you lift your stamp you can see that you stamped onto the background as well as onto the cut out image only. When you remove the cut out image from your project the second stamped image will appear as if it is in the background behind the original stamped image – pretty cool!

TIP – the cut out image also prevents you from messing up your original image – this is a great way of adding stamping to a project after you have finished it and if you think it needs a little something!
step 4 jnStep 5
Use your artiste markers and water to colour in your image. Once you are done colouring add some gold glitter glue to dress up your image and add some sparkle to it.

I cut my image smaller and added some stencil ling and ink splats to the background. My stamped images created a corner effect to frame the center image. I then added flowers and other decorative elements to finish off my art work before popping it inside of an empty gift box lid. In the end I had a funky little artwork to use in my studio.

step 5 jn

I added gold glitter glue to my coloured image and love how that turned out. I hardly ever use glitter glue out of the bottle, I always squeeze it onto my finger tip and then apply it – this way you don’t get those unsightly glue streaks and marks left by the tip of the bottle, but rather a clean glittered look.

stamping painted jnI also added some more Prima embellishments and pieces cut from their paper pads to decorate my image
stampingjnand no Prima project is complete without their beautiful blooms

stamping flowers jnI hope this inspired you to pull out those stamps and utilize them even more! Happy stamping!

Products used
PM 980023 Cling Stamp – Karlie
PM 990114 Cartographer Cling Stamp
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker – Watercolour
ADCO 721981 Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour – Aztec Gold
PM 814144 Seashore Collection Kit
TVF-82 VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black

Chiswick Paper mache bowl.

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I remember in art class having to make our own paper mache- had it not been mandatory i would never have even attempted. it’s just one big mess! but Chiswick has a wonderful product that makes paper mache work a breeze – yes you guessed it! Ready mixed paper mache. This means that you can simply pick the project you want to make and start. So for this little project i called my inner child closer. Remember those bowls and post you used to make at school for your mom? well i do – so i decided to make her a little “imperfect” bowl filled with flowers just because. Now let me start by saying it is not perfect – and that is what i love about it. it’s real and fun and that’s important to me. I had a blast as i dug into the pot of paper mache and got my hands dirty – transporting me back to those fun and carefree dyas of when i was just a kid.paper mache 1i used a glass bowl from the kitchen as a mould to make mine.
i used some grey chalk paint to paint the outside of the paper mache to give it a french look. I think my next project will be a bowl covered in silver leaf for a luxurious look and feel.

paper mache 3Here’s how i did it
step 1 – I used a spoon to scoop some paper mache out of the tub. You only need a little bit at a time.
step 1step 2 – Grease your mould with some spray and cook (for class and plastic) before applying the paper mache to it. I worked on small sections at a time until my bowl was completely covered. I left the top edges rough and unfinished.
step 2step 3 – leave the paper mache to dry until it is fully cured. The bowl will simply pop off of the mould you used. Then decorate your bowl with paint, silver leaf, paper, serviettes or whatever your heart desired.
step 3

Now that i have tried it out i am sending my niece a pot of paper mache so she and my nephew can create some great art for grandma. I love how easy this is to use and can’t wait for my next mask or model creation so i can use this wonderful product. paper Mache is available from Chiswick at your local craft store. You can phone Denise or visit their website for info and details.
paper mache 4

the advantages of this pre-mixed product
You save loads of time and frustration rather than trying to mix your own
It is safe for your kids to use and non toxic
It is similar to clay but air dries

I used a class bowl from the kitchen and sprayed it with spray and cook to give it a coating that will release my bowl easily when dry
You can use craft glue to adhere things to your paper mache project
It comes in different sized tubs making it perfect for any project

I hope you will make some time for you and the kids to try out this amazing product – they will have loads of fun!

Prima Princess double page layout.

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Every little girls deserves a special layout that makes her feel and look like a Princess – even if real life sometimes gets in the way of that promise. I have found that when you make a layout for a little girls and it is filled with magic then you will make them feel like they can conquer the world – that is how powerful scrapbooking and memory keeping really is. It has the power to make the impossible possible, it conveys truly feelings and tells stories that otherwise may not be uttered in words – it is powerful in every way! When I started selecting the Prima Princess range to work with, I ha d a very special girl in mind – one that has conquered the world over and over in spite of her situation and in spite of who the world told her to be and what it threw at her – my niece. I wanted to make it pretty and playful just like her. For my photos I used some old photos and printed them in sepia, and I simply love how it turned out.

princess layout 2I wanted maximum exposure of the papers so I used four strips running down the middle of my background and then added my photos to that. A few key embellishments and accessories is all I needed to keep the layout from feeling and being cluttered – but rather focused on the photos and my story I wanted to tell. She is such an amazing and strong girl now, and at the age of 13 she really has come a long way, but what is still evident is that she love pink and purple and bling and all things girly and pretty. In many ways she will always be our Princess – strong and confident!

tags jnHow do you use colour and paper to convey a message? Is it something simple like strong lines and bold embellishments with a few detailed fussy cut elements? Or maybe dark colours filled with lots of embellishments, making it busy and cluttered? Everyone has their own style and their own story to tell – and that is all that matters – but in the end let’s not forget that the photographs tell an even bigger story accompanied by words that can harm or heal…

wood elements jni love this versatile punch used to create this beautiful border. I combined the border with a glitter strip of AC tape

punched borde jnrto add to the soft princess like feel i used hand dyed ribbon and made a double bow to add to the soft delicate feel of this layout

flwers jnand here’s a list of the wonderful products i used to create this layout

Products used
Prima Princess Wood Icons [PM 572907] Prima Princess Tags & TicketsPM [PM 573263] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Ava [95095] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Sophia [PM 951016] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Lily [PM 950989] Prima Princess Brads [PM 951115] Prima Princess Collection Kit [PM 951153] Prima Something Blue Collection Kit [PM 814137] AC Glitter Tape – Parfait 3/8 inch [AC 96005] Xcut Decorative Border Punch – Lace Trim [DXCU257104] AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – Coffee [AC NATURALS 71774] AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – White [AC NEUTRALS 71793]


Secret Treasures dies by Couture Creations

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I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity. So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to. For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements. I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing.

pure joy jn layout

Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight

step 1

Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink pad repeatedly onto the
die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part

step 2

Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper. Cover the die-cut with a layer of embossing
powder and shake off the excess powder

step 3

Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down
before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a smooth finish

step 4

Tips and hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating.
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn
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