The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag | Imagine

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On the Imagine blog I am sharing this gorgeous tag created using StazOn inks and embossing paste. Hop on over to the blog to see how I created this beautiful shimmery look.
The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.2017_March_JN_theme_Maintag

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Supplies

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Celebr8 | Seamless border stencil

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This month I used one of the new Celebr8 seamless stencils as a product focus. The stencil is gorgeous and delicate with lots of spunk. And once you start working with it, you really can’t stop – it is simply exquisite! For this quick sampler I used a piece of printed paper and then added my stencil design to the right of it with some quick stamping and a Silhouette word cut and painted to the left.
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step 1 – take two of the stencils together on a piece of cardstock using washi tape.step1

step 2 – Use a blending tool and dye ink and blend over your stencils.
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step 3 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double border effect. Perfect for cards and layouts.
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step 4 – Place the taped stencil as is back onto a piece of cardstock. I used a piece that had some paint on it already. Mist over the stencils using a bright pink mist.
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step 5 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double pattern perfect for your art journal.
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step 6 – While the stencil is still wet, flip it over and use it to stamp onto a card.
step6I never throw away experiments of worked on scrap sheets. These become perfect backgrounds for cards and die-cut elements on your layouts. I love the messy, grunge and layered look you can achieve by simply having fun.

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Shop Celebr8 stencils at your favourite local supplier in South Africa and come back soon for loads of inspiration using their wonderful products.
Celebr8 is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.

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

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  • 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.
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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Inspired by colour of the year 2017

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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step 2and 3 – Adhere the strips to your base using double sided tape.
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step 4 – Stamp appropriate sentiments onto white cardstock and trim to size. Ink the edges and adhere them to the card.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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step 2 – Stamp summer sentiment images onto smooth white cardstock using Versafine ink.
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step 3 – Add color to the stamped images using watercolour paint and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Mist a sheet of white cardstock using glimmer mist and leave to dry.
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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.
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step 6 – Adhere the stamped images.
Add a thick layer of Crackle Paint and leave to dry.
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Add coloured splats to the finished page, add random stenciling in blue.
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Add finishing touches using graphite pencils and chalk.
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Work the crayon into the crackle parts to highlight the cracks.
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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