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.


Stamped year end card

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Today on the Chiswick blog I am sharing a quick card using one of my favourite stamps from the Chiswick range.
It also happens to be the perfect stamp to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 ….tell me when you spot it….

Upon closer inspection the stamp revealed that it does say 2017 but a bit scrambled up – 1720.
So for me personally it is quite significant – 2017 is going to be a good good year!stamped-card

This quick card is perfect for a someone special – wishing them a good end to 2016 but an even greater 2017.
step 1 – Tape a folded card to a piece of scrap paper using washi tape.
I added the tape just over halfway and made sure it was straight.
Ink the top half of your card using your Chiswick dye inks and a sponge applicator.


step 2 – Add some water splatters to the dye inked portion and leave to dry. The water reacts with the ink and causes a beautiful effect.


step 3 – Carefully peel off the washi tape from the inked card.


step 4 – Stamp the Chiswick stamp onto the bottom portion of the card using a grey ink.


Decorate the stamped card using a pre-printed acetate card sewn to the top half of your card and some cut flowers.


And there you have a gorgeous end of the year card – celebrating the new year pretty in pink.
What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?
Here’s wishing you many more stamped cards and stamped projects with lots of inking goodness.

1 Stamp 2 Ways with 49 and Market – Take 2

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Welcome to another addition of 1 stamp 2 ways. This week I am using the beautiful Borders and Textures stamp set in 2 different ways adding loads of interest to my projects. 1-stamp-2-ways_main
For my first card I used my background stamp to create a fun stamped background for my card. Pretty self-explanatory using the stamp but with a bit of a twist to give it an interesting look, using 3 colours of ink to stamp with.
detail2On my second card I used the same stamp but stamped it onto a recycled piece of chipboard from a title I used on another project. The stamping adds a beautiful texture and pattern to an otherwise plain frame.

step 1 – Use black VersaFine and ink the stamp. Stamp the texture repeatedly until the frame is covered in the pattern. Once adhered to your card, add a layer of dimensional glaze to the frame and leave to dry.


step 2 – For your card background, stamp the background onto the front of your card in black VersaFine ink.

step 3 – Ink the stamp with gold Delicata ink and over stamp the first pattern by slightly off-setting the pattern.
step 4 – Ink the stamp again with copper Delicata ink and over stamp the black and gold pattern by again off-setting the pattern.
Leave the ink to dry and then add a colour to both the background and the tag. Add some Pistachio Memento LUXE ink to your craft sheet and mist with water. Dip the tag and card into the ink to add the colour, then leave to dry before completing the card.

Finish off your cards with some patterned paper strips, and technique card hearts coloured with red Memento LUXE ink and a layer of dimensional glaze.

You can clearly see how by using your stamp in slightly different ways, both stamped can create two very different looks on your projects.

Your stamps are so versatile and should be used on cards, layout and in your mixed media projects. They can work for any theme and any project – all you need is some innovative thought.

Happy 1 stamp 2 ways with 49 and Market stamping!

Classic Layout With A Pop Of Neon

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Every now and again the wild side of creativity takes hold and I find myself drawn to neon colours bright and bold – but only so often. And so it was on this occasion that I had some left-overs on my desk with some really bright and bold and colours, a newly acquired bright pink embossing powder and some printed photos…well what else to do than create and use all those beautiful stash.neon-pop-layout

What inspired me was to combine all of those gorgeous colours with the classic feel and Basic Essentials Egyptian Gold paper from Lady Pattern Paper.
I love how this layout turned out – simple, classic but with a touch of oh-my-gosh added.

The barcode strip in gold hearts was perfect as a side border to balance the gold chevron paper strip on the left hand side of my layout. Repetition after all is a good design principle.
detail1Over the gold chevron I added a layer of green paint using a credit card to smooth out the paint and give me a nice thin application.
detail5The pink inked stars make for a nice statement against the green painted background and also looks great with the slightly vintage feel of the 7gypsies patterned paper.
detail4Red, pink and yellow paint splats combined make for a stunning effect but also pulls the colour combination together.

The pink embossed chipboard title looks great and completes my visual triangle by picking up the lighter shades of pink in my stars.

But at the end of the day it is the Lady Pattern Paper that shines brightest on this classic layout even against the bright and bold colours and accents used – the gold enables me to create a busy layout without overwhelming the design of distracting from my photos and the story I am telling – and after all that is what this visual storytelling is all about.

Quick Christmas Cards | Lady Pattern Paper.

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If you are a card maker then Christmas time is one of those special times when you manufacture and create beautiful Christmas cards for family and friends. For me, card making means quick and easy. And what better way than to use beautiful patterned papers for these cards.detail3

For my Christmas cards I am using my range of Lady Pattern Paper papers to create quick die-cut cards to send out this year. I am using two of my favourite die-cuts, a gorgeous delicate tree cut and dressed up with diamante and finished off with a cut out light garland, and a stamped sentiment.
christmas-cardsMy second card uses this beautiful and delicate wreath.

Die-cut the wreath twice and layer it on top of each other for dimension. Add diamante, a cut out element and a dimensional wooden star dressed up with silver glitter glue. Add a stamp sentiment to the centre of the wreath.
die-cuttingNot only does my Lady Pattern Paper offer me some beautiful Christmas colours to work with, I can create quick and easy cards that need very little dressing up, since this range of papers offers me a basic paper with beautiful designs on it already.
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Just like that you are able to create quick Christmas cards. Have you started making yours yet?

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.

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
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.

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.

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)


step1 -Punch a selection of strips using a single punch design but in a variety of colours.
step 2 – Arrange the strips onto your background as you would like to adhere them.
step 3 – Adhere the strips slightly overlapping each other using a glue pen until the entire background is covered in strips.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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….