Precious Remembrance Blog hop day 2 with Imagine.

Today is Day 2 of the Imagine and Precious Remembrance Shop (PRC) 2-Day Blog Hop, May 16th and 17th 2018. During this hop, we will feature awesome creations from the Design teams at PRC and Imagine. Not only do we show you PRC’s fabulous stamps with Imagine’s outstanding inks, but you will also get a chance to win prizes.

Giveaway Details:
– Hop Along and leave us some comments on each blog.
– Show us some love!:) Like & Follow both companies on Facebook & Instagram
– Winners will be announced at the end of the month
1 Winner : School Days & Totally stamp sets (Precious Remembrance Shop)
1 Winner : $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts

Precious Remembrance Shop: Facebook , Instagram
Imagine Crafts: Facebook , Instagram

Have fun & Goodluck!
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For this card I used the School Days Stamp Set. I used the sentiment stamped acorss the background in Black VersaFine Clair repeatedly with only
1 sentiment stamped in a different colour to make it stand out.
The circle element was stamped on a Rose coloured circle, and my star inked in VersaFine Clair as well.
A bright pink strip coloured with the VersaFine Clair runs across the top section of the card.

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A few diamante and ink splats finished off this quick and easy card.

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Don’t forget to like our social media pages and hop along for loads of inspiration.

Next hop on to Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Blog

Lisa Elton
Kelly Lunceford
Greta Hes
Helen Gullett
Rosemary Dennis
Steph Ackerman
Melissa Andrew
Nadine Carlier
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson
Jowilna Nolte (you are here)
Kyriakos Pachadiroglou
Iris Rodriguez
Elina Strombert
Kassy Tousignant
Jennifer Vanderbeek

Kaisercraft Design Team.

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I am so happy and excited to annouce that I made the Kaisercraft Design Team for 2017/2018. It is such a honour to be a part of this Dream Team
and I look forward to working with this amazing talented group of guys and girls.
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Thank you once again to everyone for their support – the real and true people who are behind me and that believe in me!
You know in your heart who you are.
Love always!

The Magic of Silver – Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver {Lady Pattern Paper}

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There’s a certain charming quality when it comes to the colour silver. Subtle, beautiful, soft and friendly – but when you combine it with Kraft paper then there is pure magic. Yes that’s right – Lady Pattern Paper created pure magic once again with her new range of Kraft Essentials.today-kraft-silver-layout-2

I love everything about this range of papers. It combined my classic favourites with the basic essentials that we have come to love from her. Today is that special day when the Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver additions are released and I created this beautiful layout with this range. It simply is perfect in very way.

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I combined the classic Metallic Silver Kraft with a soft mint green, grey, navy and yellow for this layout. The silver accents are soft and beautiful and can work with any colour combination.

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How beautiful is this silver flower from the Lucy Lace paper? It is pretty and feminine and yet a little macho and masculine at the same time – making it the perfect element for both feminine and masculine layouts and projects.

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The classic Little Star and Sheet Music designs are perfect for so many projects…and the most obvious that comes to mind is (drum roll) Christmas.

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A classic chevron adds a beautiful touch to any project.

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The barcode strip combined with patterned paper and other decorative elements makes for a beautiful effect.

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Randomly stamped sewing circles on the Kraft paper, and then sewn with my sewing machine and cut out for a beautiful handmade embellishment.

There are so many beautiful things you can create with the new Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver range of papers. And I can’t wait to explore it even more!
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Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
shadow_step1Step 2 – Use a second die-cut title and ink it in the same way using a darker shade of blue ink. Leave them to dry.
shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

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step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.

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step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.
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step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.
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What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.

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Quilted Valentine heart – Lady Pattern Paper.

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Are you one of those people who have everything together (yeah me neither)? You know what I mean, the kind that creates fun things for your family like lunches that are really special, decorate your house for Valentine’s, Easter and St. Patrick’s day and write quirky little notes tucked away for them to find during their day?detail 1

Yes you know the kind! The kind we all want to be but when life’s reality hits and you fall so behind with ordinary things like dishes and washing you just go with the flow.
Well today I am encouraging you (and myself) to be the former – to try and create something special for your loved ones,
to write the little note even if it makes you 5 minutes late, to let go of the mundane and do what really matters.

Head on over to Lady Pattern Paper’s blog to see how I made my quilted heart.

Stamped and masked – a fun and versatile technique.

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Todays blog post on the Chisiwck blog is all about their gorgeous butterfly stamp and masking the image for a fun effect.
This is such an amazing technique, so simple and yet effective!
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I created this quick and easy tag using their stamps.

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for a step by step on how to create this effect, head on over to the Chiswick blog
They also have some amazing new stamps that I will share as soon as I Have created some fun projects with them, so watch this space.

Scrap-a-doodles Design Team 2014 audition.

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I work independently and am passionate about all things craft, stamp and product related! So that’s what i do, I play with stuff all day long and simply love it! I really am very blessed in my life and position i am at the moment! So it is here that i decided to try my hand at the Scrap-a-doodles design team. I buy from them often as they stock products I love and can’t find elsewhere…plus their Irene store has the most delicious “quiches” for lunch!

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This is one of my recent most favourite layouts created! I love everything about it, the colours, the papers used, the stamping techniques incorporated using Distress ink pads, the Marion Smith cut out flowers, the little bugs and my very versatile ruler stamp! And of course the little guy in the photos also make it really special!

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This card I created using some old and some new products – one of my passions is creating using a variety of products from a variety of companies. The colour mix is special and unique and i love the simplicity of it.

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And here’s one of my favorite Project Life style layouts created. Loads of techniques, inky bits and elements added to this layout and included in the pockets making this so very me. I will never give up my traditional style scrapping, but pocket layouts for everyday moments are very special to me!

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My signature style is clean and interesting at the same time! I always include techniques into my layouts that add loads of interest to my work without taking away from the photos – after all telling the story visually is only part of the creative process, but the photos and the memories is capturing life!
Keeping it real is my motto – and these creative projects is my signature style!
I hope you have a wonderfully creative week! I am off to add some finishing touches for our Helderfontein event this weekend (teaching 100 ladies for 2 days) – we are in for a treat! I will share more photos next week before heading to Cape Town to teach….

Prima – stamped frame of mind – the artist within me.

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I love my stamps – and a good design can be so versatile! The thing about stamps is that you can use them over and over again and they never go to waste. Using the same stamp in different ways combining them with different products and techniques is what makes stamps so versatile. So for this week’s project I took to the new artistic stamps from Prima – don’t you just love the “girls”.

stamping frame jnjpgSo once I decided on the image I wanted to use I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a masking technique and combine the image with different stamps and stencils to create a background effect. So here’s how I did it

Step 1
stamp the Karlie image twice. Once on the white cardstock you will use for your project and again on a scrap piece of paper.

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cut out the image stamped onto the scrap piece of paper. You want to cut on the line as opposed to just outside the line on the outer edge.

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use sticky squares to adhere the cut out image on top of the image stamped onto your cardstock. Then ink your second stamp and over stamp onto the background where you want your design to be.

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When you lift your stamp you can see that you stamped onto the background as well as onto the cut out image only. When you remove the cut out image from your project the second stamped image will appear as if it is in the background behind the original stamped image – pretty cool!

TIP – the cut out image also prevents you from messing up your original image – this is a great way of adding stamping to a project after you have finished it and if you think it needs a little something!
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Use your artiste markers and water to colour in your image. Once you are done colouring add some gold glitter glue to dress up your image and add some sparkle to it.

I cut my image smaller and added some stencil ling and ink splats to the background. My stamped images created a corner effect to frame the center image. I then added flowers and other decorative elements to finish off my art work before popping it inside of an empty gift box lid. In the end I had a funky little artwork to use in my studio.

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I added gold glitter glue to my coloured image and love how that turned out. I hardly ever use glitter glue out of the bottle, I always squeeze it onto my finger tip and then apply it – this way you don’t get those unsightly glue streaks and marks left by the tip of the bottle, but rather a clean glittered look.

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stamping flowers jnI hope this inspired you to pull out those stamps and utilize them even more! Happy stamping!

Products used
PM 980023 Cling Stamp – Karlie
PM 990114 Cartographer Cling Stamp
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker – Watercolour
ADCO 721981 Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour – Aztec Gold
PM 814144 Seashore Collection Kit
TVF-82 VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black

Chiswick Paper mache bowl.

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I remember in art class having to make our own paper mache- had it not been mandatory i would never have even attempted. it’s just one big mess! but Chiswick has a wonderful product that makes paper mache work a breeze – yes you guessed it! Ready mixed paper mache. This means that you can simply pick the project you want to make and start. So for this little project i called my inner child closer. Remember those bowls and post you used to make at school for your mom? well i do – so i decided to make her a little “imperfect” bowl filled with flowers just because. Now let me start by saying it is not perfect – and that is what i love about it. it’s real and fun and that’s important to me. I had a blast as i dug into the pot of paper mache and got my hands dirty – transporting me back to those fun and carefree dyas of when i was just a kid.paper mache 1i used a glass bowl from the kitchen as a mould to make mine.
i used some grey chalk paint to paint the outside of the paper mache to give it a french look. I think my next project will be a bowl covered in silver leaf for a luxurious look and feel.

paper mache 3Here’s how i did it
step 1 – I used a spoon to scoop some paper mache out of the tub. You only need a little bit at a time.
step 1step 2 – Grease your mould with some spray and cook (for class and plastic) before applying the paper mache to it. I worked on small sections at a time until my bowl was completely covered. I left the top edges rough and unfinished.
step 2step 3 – leave the paper mache to dry until it is fully cured. The bowl will simply pop off of the mould you used. Then decorate your bowl with paint, silver leaf, paper, serviettes or whatever your heart desired.
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Now that i have tried it out i am sending my niece a pot of paper mache so she and my nephew can create some great art for grandma. I love how easy this is to use and can’t wait for my next mask or model creation so i can use this wonderful product. paper Mache is available from Chiswick at your local craft store. You can phone Denise or visit their website for info and details.
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the advantages of this pre-mixed product
You save loads of time and frustration rather than trying to mix your own
It is safe for your kids to use and non toxic
It is similar to clay but air dries

I used a class bowl from the kitchen and sprayed it with spray and cook to give it a coating that will release my bowl easily when dry
You can use craft glue to adhere things to your paper mache project
It comes in different sized tubs making it perfect for any project

I hope you will make some time for you and the kids to try out this amazing product – they will have loads of fun!

Prima Princess double page layout.

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Every little girls deserves a special layout that makes her feel and look like a Princess – even if real life sometimes gets in the way of that promise. I have found that when you make a layout for a little girls and it is filled with magic then you will make them feel like they can conquer the world – that is how powerful scrapbooking and memory keeping really is. It has the power to make the impossible possible, it conveys truly feelings and tells stories that otherwise may not be uttered in words – it is powerful in every way! When I started selecting the Prima Princess range to work with, I ha d a very special girl in mind – one that has conquered the world over and over in spite of her situation and in spite of who the world told her to be and what it threw at her – my niece. I wanted to make it pretty and playful just like her. For my photos I used some old photos and printed them in sepia, and I simply love how it turned out.

princess layout 2I wanted maximum exposure of the papers so I used four strips running down the middle of my background and then added my photos to that. A few key embellishments and accessories is all I needed to keep the layout from feeling and being cluttered – but rather focused on the photos and my story I wanted to tell. She is such an amazing and strong girl now, and at the age of 13 she really has come a long way, but what is still evident is that she love pink and purple and bling and all things girly and pretty. In many ways she will always be our Princess – strong and confident!

tags jnHow do you use colour and paper to convey a message? Is it something simple like strong lines and bold embellishments with a few detailed fussy cut elements? Or maybe dark colours filled with lots of embellishments, making it busy and cluttered? Everyone has their own style and their own story to tell – and that is all that matters – but in the end let’s not forget that the photographs tell an even bigger story accompanied by words that can harm or heal…

wood elements jni love this versatile punch used to create this beautiful border. I combined the border with a glitter strip of AC tape

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flwers jnand here’s a list of the wonderful products i used to create this layout

Products used
Prima Princess Wood Icons [PM 572907] Prima Princess Tags & TicketsPM [PM 573263] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Ava [95095] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Sophia [PM 951016] Prima Princess Double Sided Paper – Lily [PM 950989] Prima Princess Brads [PM 951115] Prima Princess Collection Kit [PM 951153] Prima Something Blue Collection Kit [PM 814137] AC Glitter Tape – Parfait 3/8 inch [AC 96005] Xcut Decorative Border Punch – Lace Trim [DXCU257104] AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – Coffee [AC NATURALS 71774] AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – White [AC NEUTRALS 71793]