Creative Inspiration Live 2020 with Couture Creations

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In February 2020 Creative Inspiration Live is coming again and we are so happy to introduce you to one of our talented creatives teaching at the event. Jowilna Nolte is coming all the way from South Africa with a fantastic class we know you will love, so let’s learn a little bit more about her and if you are interested

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa after having studied Pastoral Psychology.

Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper
as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time.
Traveling abroad to trade shows like Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany and CHA in America gave me an even broader insight into paper and its many uses.
This prompted a keen interest in stamping, especially in the craft industry where scrapbooking seems to be my favourite.
I gained a lot of knowledge of the industry and was fortunate enough to spend time with the owners of Ranger Industries
at their premises making the journey even more significant. I have since gone on to be editor of two scrapbooking and craft magazines as well as being a contributing editor to several other craft magazines.
In 2007 Jayson and I started our own scrapbooking Magazine “imagine” The art of Scrapbooking. 
This was a dream come true but soon we were faced with the harsh reality of recession in South Africa. We switched over to a digital version for a while. I realised my dream of working in publishing while sharing my passion and knowledge of stamping, card making and scrapbooking.
While My work had been published extensively in local magazines and on the internet as well as in international publications such as Somerset Studios,
Take Ten magazine, and Catch Up Issues I realised that there was an even bigger spectrum to publishing.
My love for publishing and sharing ideas, tips and techniques shifted me onto another career
path and saw the publication of my first book in 2008.
My second book was released in December 2010 and has been on the 4th best seller in South Africa
since its release. In less than three months it has been sold out and is now in its second print. Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making. 
I am proud to have been one of the teachers at the SA Scrapbooking convention in 2009  along side well known scrappers like Tracie Hudson(UK), Melissa Kennedy (AU) and others.
I teach scrapbooking classes weekly to grow the industry and hope that I am making a difference in the lives of others through my talent.
I am honoured to have taught in the great company of designers like the stunning Kasia Krzymińska from Poland and Frank Garcia {Prima} at the Scrapbook Studio International Event and Helderfontein Events.
Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy- making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.

Check out the details and register for Creative Inspiration Live 2020 by clicking here

Joy Clair New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to today’s blog hop celebrating Joy Clair Stamp’s 5th Anniversary and New release Stamps.
You arrived here from Maria’s Blog with her stunning creations…

Joy Clair is giving away ONE gift card of $25 dollars to TWO lucky winners. The be considered, you need to leave a comment in ALL participant blogs, from August 30 at 9:00 AM until the Monday, September 02, 2019 at 11:59 pm. ET. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card to be used on Joy Clair Store.

You are in for so many surprises with this amazing NEW release and going to love them all. Remember to hop along with all of the Joy Clair designers, leave us some LOVE and see how amazing all these new stamps are when used in so many different ways.

For my first project I made a card using the You’re a gem stamp set.
I love how versatile the actual crystal stamp is – I even cut away one of the crystals to accommodate my sentiment. I love altering and using stamps in different ways and this one will work well for so many different projects and techniques.
For my second stamp set I used the Shadow of the Almighty stamp set. Such a cute set with such an amazing message to it. But I can see those umbrellas used in so many ways and for so many different projects like beach layouts, holiday cards etc.
I create a bright blue background using inks blended and misted and then stamped my sentiment onto it once dry using VersaFine Clair ink.
I added colour to the char and umbrellas using watercolor paint in bright and happy shades. I cut off the umbrellas poles and repeated the bright and happy shades only – multiple covers for resting totally in HIS Shelter. I hope you feel inspired by these projects and stamp sets – now hop onto
Next up is Shari Gibson with her stunning projects – so hop on and leave some LOVE along the way to WIN!
Thanks for stopping by Jowilna xxx

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Way to Go Celebration card with Joy Clair and Thermoweb

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Today on the Joy Clair Blog I am sharing a celebration card made using a previous release stamp set and some Thermoweb foiled elements.

I struggled using this stamp set when it first release – I think personally I had been in a bad space for a while and just didn’t ‘see’ the potential. But once I got over the pressure of being creative and just went for it, things fell into place.
First I started with a background I had created using the Gelli Plate and acrylic paints. I then added some foiled elements from Thermoweb/ Brutus Monroe punched into circles. The circles formed a base for my stamped mask to sit on but also used as an element at the bottom of the card as decoration.
A few diamante adds to the theme and a little bit of glamour.
Stamped diamonds colored with markers grouped together with the sentiment at the bottom of the card.
Using foam tape to raise the mask at the top of the card adds some dimension and just makes it stand out against the foiled circle. And now this stamp set is quickly becoming one of my favorites to use . And the moral of the story is simply that once the ice is broken, and you just go for it – things often fall into place. So for today – go out and be brave – just do it!
Until next time Love 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

Trusty All-Purpose Inks

When you love your inks as much as I do, then running out of a specific colour is an absolute train smash. It’s a little like a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store and they don’t realize that it’s really not that bad. In my case it was when I ran out of Walnut ink crystals – my go to for anything and everything.step1

But luckily the tantrum only lasted a few seconds and I made a plan.
Because I know how inks will react, I could recreate the effects and colour of walnut ink crystals almost to a T with things I did have on hand. My trusty All-Purpose inks!
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I used old papers that I needed to colour. Lightly misted them with water. Then add some Lemon Yellow and Truffle All-Purpose inks with a pipette and misted with more water. I did this all over a plastic tray and let the ink drip off the paper.
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Eventually, I just started dipping the papers into the ink collected in the tray, lifted them up and then placed them on my craft sheet to dry.
The mixed yellow and brown ink created the perfect light brown ink that mimicked my favourite walnut ink crystal brown.
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The initial inked papers in yellow and brown also created an amazing look that has quickly become a stunning favourite effect of mine.
Now to head off and use these beautifully coloured pages on my next project.
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There is always a plan to made when you have inks – so tantrums are totally unnecessary. But creativity is always the answer.

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Create Your Own Paper Flowers with Kaisercraft DIY Cuts

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I created this quick tag using the beautiful Greenhouse range from Kaisercraft, but it simply wouldn’t be complete without some greenery on it. Using my DIYcuts machine and die from Kaisercraft was so easy in creating a dimensional succulent for my tag – take a look at how you can create it in a few easy steps.Flowers_main

Die cut the elements out of green cardstock using the small succulent die and DIYcuts machine.

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Use your bonefolder and burnishing tool to shape the petals.

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Adhere the petals together using Tombow glue. A few small dots are all you need to keep them together. Add a pearl in the middle to finish it off.

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Create a tag background using off-cut scrap papers. Adhere some succulent stickers from the sticker book to the tag, and then add your dimensional succulent overlapping the stickers.

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Products used are available from The Wholesaler in South Africa

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Milk Carton boxed with Butterfly Garden

Jowilna on the blog today with the gorgeous Butterfly Garden range of papers. I fell in the love the moment I saw this range and knew that I would love it.
The soft colours and beautiful details make this range perfect for most projects. I chose to create some boxes this time around with the new Scoring Board released.
And in a few minutes I created these beautiful boxes because I had amazing tools.

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Step 1 – Cut your Butterfly Garden patterned paper 06A to measure 10,5×7″.

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step 2 – Place the paper on the score board and score the following lines as per the diagram.
Vertically on the short side at: 2,5″, 5″, 6,5″
Horizontally on the long side at: 2,5″, 5″, 7,5″ and 10″
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step 3 – Once all the scoring is done, use your bone folder to burnish all the lines and fold them.
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step 4 – Trim away the bottom edge spine area using your scissors.
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step 5 – Continue along the bottom and cut into the fold lines to the first horizontal scoreline only.
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step 6 – Start assembling the box. Add a thin line on adhesive on the thin spine area and adhere. Then add tape or adhesive to the bottom flaps and seal the box at the bottom.
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step 7 – Pinch the top edge inwards to create the seal at the top. Now decorate your box with the embellishment pack.
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Seal the box with a little peg after filling it with chocolates or a small gift that is not too heavy. Decorate the front of your box and add ribbon and other elements as desired.
This box is a slight adjustment to the measurements to make a taller milk carton. I simply adjusted the size of my patterned paper and when scoring i made the center part longer.

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Quick and easy gift boxes that anyone can make. I love how the decorative elements from the Die-cut Ephemera pack can be layered on top of each other for a really stunning effect.
And don’t forget to pick up your scoring board and guillotine trimmer from Couture Creations to make crafting so much easier.

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Until next time – give the scoring board and these boxes and try and share your projects with us.

Products used:CO726540 Butterfly Garden Die-cut Ephemera Pack
CO726537 Butterfly Garden Sheet 10
CO726533 Butterfly Garden Sheet 6
CO726533 Butterfly Garden Sheet 9
CO726342 Scoring Board 12″
CO724389 Turbo Precision Glue Pen

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See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag.

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This month’s color, Coral offers so many possibilities. I pulled out all my products in those shades and created a bright and beautiful gift tag perfect for tying around a gift.
I love making tags instead of cards – so quick and easy and just the right size to experiments and create some fun effects.
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For a step x step on how i created this tag head on over to the Imagine crafts blog

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Supplies used

Imagine

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  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paint

Bargello Inspired Greeting Card using Carabelle Studio Stamps.

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Today’s card uses ‘Bargello” as inspiration. Bargello is a traditional type of needlepoint embroidery with a mathematical pattern/design created by an arrangement of flat stitches, most famously seen in the Italian Bargello palace. But in paper crafting Bargello resembles paper strips to create a pattern however complicated or simple you want it to be. Here I used strips as a simple background for my card using this amazing texture plate stamp from Carabelle available from The Funky Llama South Africa.
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1. Ink texture plate/stamp  with turquoise ink for stamping. Make sure the stamp is ink with a nice even layer of colour.
step12. Stamp the image onto smooth white cardstock. If you battle with large stamps, keep the stamp on your table and place the cardstock on top. Then use your hands to smooth over the pattern to transfer it onto the cardstock.
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3. Use watercolour paint to add colour to the white. Tip: To make colouring in easier, emboss the image with clear embossing powder. The white areas will be paintable but the embossing will resist taking on colour.
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4. Cut your coloured image into strips. Cut different widths of strips and even add some other stamped strips into the mix for interest.
step45. Adhere the strips to the front of a card. Use double sided tape or glue. Change the strips up to create an interesting effect on your card.
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6. Trim off any overlapping pieces from the edges. Adhere a sentiment to the card, as well as a cut out heart and diamanté to finish it off.
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