Season’s Greetings – stamped card background

Welcome to another blog post featuring some of the amazing Christmas themed goodies available now. I love the Mini Stamps from the Naughty or Nice Collection – simple to use and easy to make a statement with on your next project. This stamp is the one I might just chose to use for all my Christmas Cards this year – gorgeous and elegant.

step 1 – Stamp the images repeatedly onto smooth white cardstock using black ink.
step 2 – Add colour using whatever medium you prefer – I used my watercolour paints to add colour.
step 3 – Trim your background to fit onto the front of a folded card. Then use Liquid Pearls to add some dots in between the stamped images. Leave to dry.
step 4 – Grab some elements to use form your Ephemera packet to use on your card.
step 5 – Adhere the ephemera to your card and finish off with some embellishments.
I love how elegant and simple this card looks – just perfect for the festive season.
Products used:
Mini Stamp – Naughty or Nice – Mistletoe (1pc)
Ephemera – Naughty or Nice Die cut Ephemera Set
Adhesive Pearls – Deep Red (2mm- 424pc)
Adhesive Pearls – Emerald Green (3mm – 206pcs)
Adhesive – 3D Foam – White – Strips (3mm Wide)
Double Sided Tape – Bulk 12mm (12 Pieces)
Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Rouge
Water colour paint, smooth white cardstock
Until next time – I hope you have started your Christmas cards already!

A quick how to resist canvas panel

Today on the blog I am sharing a quick canvas project I made using this vintage Bicycle stamp from the Gentleman’s Emporium Collection and some flower elements from the Le Petit Jardin range.

Step 1 – Punch a 3″ circle out of patterned paper from the Gentleman’s Emporium paper pad.
Step 2 – Stamp the Bicycle in black VersaFine Clair ink onto the circle.
Step 3 – Ink the edges of the circle in brown ink, then sprinkle the entire circle with clear embossing powder and heat set. Ink brown over the entire circle again and then use a soft cloth to buff the embossed surface. The inking will reveal all of the embossed areas.
Step 4 – Select some Le Petit Jardin elements from your pack as well as some foiled elements.
Step 5 – Adhere the embossed circle, foiled elements and flowers to the canvas.
I prepped my canvas background by adhering a serviette to it.
I like foiling and creating elements with my Go Press and Foil machine and keeping them for future projects so they are ready on the go and I can use them at any time.

Products used:
CO 726842 Gentleman’s Emporium Mini Stamp – Bicycle
CO 726813 Gentleman’s Emporium Paper Pack
CO 725434 Le Petit Jardin 12×12 Paper Pad
Other: Clear embossing powder, Canvas, Black VersaFine Clear, diamante

Gentleman’s Emporium Card with a twist

I love mixing and matching different paper ranges – for me there is something special about being able to make them work together and look amazing. For this card I combined Butterfly Garden and Gentleman’s Emporium together and it looks awesome.

It all started when I tested my foiling technique on this piece of Butterfly Garden Patterned paper using a dot stencil I knew I wanted to turn it into a card and this was the perfect opportunity.

Products used: CO726063 Foil – Gold (Iridescent Triangular Pattern) – Heat activated, CO726526 Paper Pad – Butterfly Garden – 12 x 12in – 304.8 x 304.8mm, CO726823 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentleman’s Emporium Sheet 10 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
Other: Pearls, heavy gel, stencil, foam tape.

I added a cut out element to the center of the card form the Gentleman’s Emporium, as well as the sentiment piece layered on top of it. Below the card in the center I added a foiled scroll element tucked under the card and finished off with a pearl.
The center piece was raised using foam tape for dimension.
And a few more pearls added on the card piece for repetition.
Until next time – I hope you experiment with some different ranges combined together to create magic. Live creatively Jowilna x

Gentleman’s Emporium Single Page

I had some time to create with the Gentleman’s Emporium so more and made this single page layout. It turned out even better than what I had imagined. I often find it hard to work with browns and greens, but somehow this range with its pretty softer shades was so much better for me personally. And add some bling and you have a winning combination.

Products used: CO726846 Mini Hotfoil Stamp – Gentlemans Emporium -Gentlemans Centrepiece, CO726823 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium, CO726819 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium, CO726063 Foil – Gold (Iridescent Triangular Pattern) – Heat activated , F CO721964 Foam Mounting Tape – Standard (12mm x 4m)

I used Mini Hotfoil Stamp – Gentlemans Emporium -Gentlemans Centrepiece to create some foiled elements used on the layout on either side of my photo.
I love this amazing foiled stamp – so versatile and pretty. Perfect for any project.
A collection of elements cut from the patterned paper and arranged to create a background for the photo to sit on. My layout is finished off with some pearls and ink splats. Some gold ink picks up on the gold foiled elements for repetition.
Until next time – live creatively Jowilna.

How to make quick and easy Gentleman’s Emporium Cards

Welcome to today’s blog post with me Jowilna. I finally got my hands on the New Gentleman’s Emporium Range and I love it. I made some quick cards with foiled details, and let me just say that the foiling makes these cards shine even brighter.

I used my patterned papers as a base for my cards, and if you get hold of the 6×6″ paper pads they are simply perfect for making cards – no waste, no mess, no fuss.

For the sentiment on this card I cut a strip of the patterned paper and raise it using foam tape. A few pearls dresses up the card.

For my second card I used some elements from the Collection pack layered on top of a foiled frame. Note how I dropped the frame off the edge of the card for a fun look.

I repeated my use of pearls as embellishments and a few ink splats.

Quick and easy cards for all those men in our lives, but still adding some bling for good measure. Until next time, live creatively!

Products used
CO726850 Mini Cut, Foil and Emboss Die – Gentlemans Emp – In Spades (1pc) – 49 x 57mm
CO726819 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 6 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO726814 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 1 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO725357 Foil – Gold (Iridescent Square Pattern) – Heat activated
CO726591 Creative Detailer (inc 12 large refills, 10 small refills, 2 positioners)
CO726813 Paper- Gentlemans Emporium Collection Pack – Stickers, Postcards and Papers – 12 x 12in

Create a Gift Card Holder with foiled details

Hi everyone, Jowilna on the blog today sharing this easy Gift Card Holder using envelopes. It’s so easy to make but so clever and will really add interest to any gift.gift card envelope tag_main

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step 1 – Paint your chipboard title with some gesso and then spray with mists to add colour. Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun.

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step 2 – I had this tag that I stenciled for dimension and a blue background. I then added orange and purple mists to match my project colours.

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step 3 – Create 2 small envelopes using the Coutere Creations score board. My envelopes measure 4×3″.
Foil the outside of the one envelope and then add some embossed detail.
Adhere the 2 envelopes together by sliding the flaps inside each other and add some adhesive to adhere.

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step 4 – Decorate the inside of the envelope using some Ephemera.
Cut flowers out of white cardstock and add mists for colour. Cut extra smaller flowers out of patterned paper.

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step 5 – Adhere the envelopes to the tag using double sided tape. Adhere the title (cut up) to the envelope with the die-cut flowers.
Wrap a ribbon around the bottom of the tag and add diamante to the center of the large flower.

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Rub some copper wax onto the chipboard words for interest.

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Use dimensional glaze and add some detail to the bee only.

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Notice how the colours all look so amazing together – shades of purple, orange, pink and copper.
How easy is this little gift card holder – now simply slip a gift card inside the envelope (or two) and make someone’s day really special.
Products used
CO 726526 Butterfly Garden 12 x 12 Paper Pad (24 Sheets)
CO 726540 Butterfly Garden Ephemera
CO 725697 GoPress Heat Activate Foil – Copper (Mirror Finish) – 125mm x 5m
CO726578
Chipboard – Butterfly Garden – Bee Happy Sentiment (1pc)
Until next time – happy crafting Jowilna x

Mother’s day cards in 5 minutes

Happy mother’s day to all the moms out there! Thank you for all you are and do for us.
I created these quick cards using Kaisercraft Paper and Collectibles and a few stamps.
For this card I used my GoPress and Foil machine with an Anna Griffin Embossing folder to create the gorgeous background. A collectible flower and a stamped image with diamante finishes off this quick card.card1

For more card ideas head on over to the Kaisercraft blog for inspiration.

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This card uses only a few elements from the Collectibles pack and a stamp. I added some paint splatters and diamante and in 5 minutes I created a beautiful card.

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I love making these quick and easy cards – not only am I using up some stash, I can make someone’s day special with a beautiful card and message.
Until tomorrow – have a creative day! Jowilna

Project Life Scrapbooking – why it makes sense

I love Project Life Scrapbooking – when i first heard about it i was totally sold on it. It just makes so much sense.
It has taken years to convey my passion for it, and to ignite the fire in others, but I happy to say I have manged to do it!
But why? For some one like me the everyday little things really are the big thing – and simply put thats why.20190504 sneak peak JNPL

It’s not about the huge things, the dressed up special occasions where you compete with the Jones’s. It’s the real hard core good, bad and ugly things that count.
And those are memories that we all have. Its the dressed up fake lets pose for a happy family photo that doesn’t make sense. But this, this is what its really like in my life.
Its the story that when someone looks at my album, they can relate to me, know the real me – not the one that puts on a brave face everyday to portray something false to the world.

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Yes its raw, and maybe a bit too honest for some people, but its real. Its where my hopes and dreams and special moments are captured right alongside the sadness of real life.

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Each month I do a project life class at Short Cuts craft, and each month I see how more and more people get it – how you can add loads of photos into an album,

But where you also have permission to tell the real life behind the masks (scenes) stories of your heart.

My story matters if only to me – that’s all that counts. And this is the way I love telling it.
Will it ever replace my normal scrapping – heck no – its an extension of my art and memory keeping – and I love it all!

Combine foiling and 3D Dot kits for a beautiful card

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Step 1 – Decide what papers you want to use from the Butterfly Garden range. Trim off the barcode strip and trim a panel to fit onto the front of your folded card.

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Step 2 – Use double sided tape to adhere the panel to the front of the card. Then adhere a strip of the barcode above the strip on the panel. Add some paint splats onto the background.
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Step 3  – Die cut some flowers from patterned paper Butterfly Garden Sheet 4.
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Step 4 – Foil some square frames using copper foil with you Go Press and Foil, and then die-cut the frames for a perfect cut.
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Step 5 – Use a 3d Design to create an image for your card. Dot & Do 3D Push Out Kit – Vintage Flowers – Purple Birds
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step 6 – Assemble your card using the background, foiled frame and 3D element. Finish off with some diamante and dimensional glaze.
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When you combine all these wonderful elements together to create a card, you can create some really interesting.
Foiled and distress bits and pieces layered on die-cuts with a beautiful 3D element – what more can you ask for.

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And in a few easy steps you have created a great card, and with the right sentiment it would be perfect for mother’s day this month (in South Africa)

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Until next time – I hope you are inspired to use your stash together and for different things.

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Butterfly Garden Single Page with foiled elements

Welcome to today’s blog post with me Jowilna. I am sharing a single page layout with you today using the Butterfly Garden Collection, with an interesting twist using hot foil.detail1

For my layout background I switched my traditional white background for this golden caramel coloured stripe.

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To add interest I used my oink mirror foil to create some striking elements for my page. There’s a number of ways you can achieve this look.
I love how the foil picks up on the pink and purple in the paper but also adds an unexpected element of surprise because of its bold colour and shine – just as bold and gorgeous as my friend in the photo.

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I apply gel medium through my stencil and left it to dry, once the gel easy just tacky I added my foil to the gel and rubbed it off using my boned folder.
Then quickly peel off the sheet of foil to reveal this stunning effect. I cut the chevron pieces up to separate them and then added them to my layout.

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Secondly I added some ephemera bits from my pack.
I understand the the border is a necessary evil, but i don’t like the thick white border around the elements. But i solve it in a few easy steps…

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I simply use my scissors to trim the excess white around the elements smaller, almost like fussy cutting them. This makes for a much neater and nicer looking element.

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And in a few easy steps I created a layout I love with this stunning range and a few clever ways of using my stash.
Until next time – live creatively.
Products used

CO726539 Butterfly Garden Sheet 12
CO726534 Butterfly Garden Sheet 7
CO726536 Butterfly Garden Sheet 9
CO 726540 Butterfly Garden Ephemera
CO725359 Foil Pink Mirror

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