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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  • 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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Bloghop with Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps

Welcome to the Imagine Crafts, Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps Blog hop and give-away.
Today we are sharing an amazing line-up with the Artists from both teams. So hop on to everyone’s blogs and leave us comments so you too can win.
Leave a comment on each blog and corporate blog any of the days and you can win.
You can win a $25 gift certificate to someone from Imagine and Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps is giving a $25 gift certificate to a person as well.
2 winners — one from each company so don’t miss the chance to win BIG!

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Here is the blog hop order for today

Crackerbox & Suzy – Vicky Briggs
Imagine – Elina Stromberg
Crackerbox & Suzy – Donna Idlet
Imagine – Iris Rodriguez
Crackerbox & Suzy – Terri Burson
Imagine – Jennifer Vanderbeek
Crackerbox & Suzy – Cornelia Wenokor
Imagine – Jowilna Nolte – you are here
Crackerbox & Suzy – Olesya Andreyeva
Imagine – Kassy Tousignant

I used these 2 amazing images from the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps shop – when I saw this little guy I simply had to add him to my stash.
I stamped all image in VersaFine Clair ink, and added colour to my stamped image using water colours made from my re-inkers.
So easy to do and you can get amazing end results.

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Around the world with Joy Clair Stamps

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Welcome to the JoyClair Around the World Bloghop
We have an amazing line-up of creative partners sharing their ideas, craft spaces and challenges with you today.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. (Easter Time) we will be posting FIVE (5) different challenges throughout the day. And at 1:00 p.m. we will have a very special
Blog Hop around the world with Joy Clair & Friends, featuring a dazzling array of very special friends and guests designers!!

For right now let’s get some of the most important information out of the way so we can have fun, fun, fun all day (and night) long!

We want everyone to be able to play so there is *no* requirement to use Joy Clair Stamps although we would be thrilled if you did. Please make a new card though!
We will have all challenges open until next Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. EST to let you create a little more, because celebrations should never be limited to a single day, right?
If you are unable to participate in the challenges, simply comment on the posts. We will be giving one prize to a randomly drawn commenter compiled from all WCMD 2018 posts.
Add your link to the appropriate Inlinkz Link-up tool for that post. You may enter as many times as you wish while the challenges are open. There will a prize posted on each challenge and one card will be randomly chosen as a winner of that prize from those that Link-up.
Have tons of fun!
>>>SCHEDULE & CHALLENGE LINKS<<<
7:00 a.m. EST WCMD-18 My Space
9:00 a.m. EST WCMD-18 Rainbow Colors
12:00 a.m. EST WCMD-18 Make & Mail

1:00 p.m. EST WCMD-18 Around the World Blog Hop with Joy Clair Friends

3:00 p.m. EST WCMD-18 Smooshing
6:00 p.m. EST WCMD-18 Letters & Die Cuts

EDITOR’S NOTE: Winners of all the challenges will be announced as usual on a Joy Clair Blog post on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

We really want to reward those who enter multiple challenges. The crafters who enter a different card for at least FOUR (4) of the challenges (hopefully all of them!) AND add JCGP to the name of their link (for example “Lisa Lane JCGP”) will be entered into a special pool to receive the Grand Prize. Entering to the WCMD -18 My Space Challenge below will qualify as 1 of those 4 challenges.

What is the Grand Prize you ask? We are giving away 6 Stamps Sets from Joy Clair Store (just in time for our upcoming next Release)!

I am co-partnering the Letters challenge with the amazing Nicole Winslow

For my card I used a combination of a sentiment and a stencilled background using letters.

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step 1 – Stamp your sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair ink. Punch the sentiment into a cricle.

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step 2 – Stamp coffee beans onto the circle using Pinecone VersaFine Clair ink.

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step 3 – Stamp the Doodle Flower Background onto a card panel using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair ink.

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step 4 – Use VersaFine Clair and blend 2 colours over the stamped image to add colour.

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step 5 – Use Alpha stencil and glitter paste to stencil letters onto the background and leave to dry. Once dry, trim into a small strip.

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Stamp more coffee beans onto the front of your card panel. Combine the sentiment circle with the stenciled strip onto the card. Use foam tape to raise the circle sentiment for dimension and interest.

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We hope you enjoyed the World Card Making Day with us featuring the stunning Joy Clair stamps.

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VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Pinecone
Joy Clair Doodle Flower Background
Joy Clair Coffee Lovers
Alpha Stencil by Stenciled by Jow

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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