Art by Marlene Art Journaling Page

Each month I teach an Art Journaling Class and the Art by Marlene stamps and products has quickly become a firm favorite in these classes. This month we used the beautiful crab stamp – and it was a huge hit with everyone!

The base was created with watercolour paint [my first love] some of my stencils and of course lots of stamping to create the different layers.
These guys are so cute – we used watercolour paint to add layers of colours to the crabs giving them such unique personalities – each one looking amazing.
Rainbow colours for the win!
Stunning effects on the background using DecoArt paint and Glamour Dust for the coolest resist technique!
Why not join me for class next month at Short Cuts Crafts.

Products used
Art by Marlene stamp #18 Crab
Art by Marlene stamp # 38 Little Ladies
Background Flocons stamp Carabelle
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Jow’s Mandala stencil
Americana White
DecoArt Glamour Dust Black iris

Make a rainbow coloured décor piece using flowers

With Spring looming and the days starting to warm up what better way than to celebrate with a rainbow of spring flowers décor block. Just a fun way of creating something meaningful, bright and happy.

I love how these All-Purpose Inks make colouring your mixed media projects so easy.
I used a selection of colours to create a rainbow effect colouring the gorgeous little birdie flowers.
I added a cute little handle on top of the wooden block – so it can be hung, but also just be purely decorative.
And did you spot the amazing stenciled effect on the background – using Little Birdie Mixed Media Paste and a Celebr8 stencil. The chipboard swirls are also from the Celebr8 range – and look how amazing they look. This is just the end result of letting the ink run into the chipboard and doing its thing naturally.
Until next time – time to get colourful and use that stash to add some colour into your life!
For a full step x step you can head on over to The Wholesaler’s blog

A mixture of Scrapbooking paper ranges

There is no denying that I love mixing up paper ranges together for added interest. I love a good range, but if I can combine all that gorgeous goodness together using bits and pieces then I am as happy as pie.

For this layout I combined 3 ranges of paper together for a result that even I absolutely loved!
I combined 2 Celebr8 paper ranges together with Kaisercraft for a surprising outcome – one that is bright and beautiful with a touch of vintage and fun at the same time.
You can see all those different paper ranges and elements peeking out from the side of the photo.
The Magenta flowers raised across the layout for added dimension makes for an amazing statement against the grey background.
The grey background is from the Magenta Paper Pack and works so well for adding gorgeous paint and ink splats like I did here using the Gold Shimmer KAISERmists.
I cut out all the elements from the papers that I wanted to use. Then grouped them together building layers of pattern for my photo matt to sit on.
Combining different colours of splats adds lots of interest against the background and repeats colours used throughout the layout.
So amazing what gorgeous paper ranges can do for a quick snapshot taken from social media – making memories so much more special – perfectly imperfect in every way.
Thanks for Stopping by today! Jow

Products Used

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

See How to Make a Moon and Stars Art Canvas with Fireworks Spray

Create a beautiful dimensional Moon and Stars home decor element using resin embellishments and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Combine warm rich colors to compliment your yellow and the end result is simply stunning. A quick and easy project with lots of colors showcasing the amazing shimmer and shine by using Fireworks.
Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30 – 45 minutes
Supplies
Imagine
Craft Mat
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Dandelion, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Cantaloupe
Sheer Shimmer Spray – Sparkle
Delicata Inker – Golden Glitz
Other
Wooden block
Jowilna Nolte stencil
Prima Moulds Resin
Texture Paste: Little Birdie

To see the full step x step you ca head on over the the Imagine blog here

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.

Memento Dew Drop Backgrounds for cards

One of my favourite techniques is simply plain inking a background, and admittedly with all the amazing products and must-haves on the market it is one of the things we do less and less. It was time to dust off the amazing little inks and make some magic with blending backgrounds.

I used my Memento Dew Drop ink pads and blended through some Celebr8 Stencils to create 3 magical cards. It is that simple. I combined the 2 colours by first blending the one colour and then the second colour for a stunning effect. Remember to overlap your ink colours when blending for a seamless effect running into each other.

I use small circular movements to pick up my ink and to blend, to get a streak-free perfect effect.
To complete my cards, I added some simple stamped sentiments in black, a few pearls and diamante as decorations and paint splats for that fun messy effect.
These quick cards are gorgeous and as a bonus I used everything I had on hand, using ink colours that I don’t always use, and stencils that haven’t been used in a while. And a stamp set that I love but haven’t used nearly enough.

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

Stamping and Colouring

How gorgeous is the new stamp set from Little Birdie? I simply had to colour the images as soon as I got hold of it. It calls for creating a stained-glass window card, but in the meantime, a good colouring session with some of my favourite watercolour markers did the trick.

Stamp the image onto white cardstock. I used my smooth AC white cardstock using Black VersaFine Clair ink. Then use your markers to add colour to the image.
I did add some watercolour splats once the image was totally coloured, just because she called for some magical fairy dust floating about.
And now I need to add some glitter to her, some dimensional glaze and turn her into a stunning card or use her on a layout.

Products Used
LBCR76268 Little Birdie Fairy Sparkle Clear Stamp (4.5×6.5 inch)
TVF-CLA-351 VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocturne
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker (12 Pack) – Watercolour
DDOA851102 Artiste Dual Tip Brush Markers (12 Pack) – Pastel
AC NEUTRALS 71793 AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – White (10 Sheets)