Celebr8 Mask Tutorial – Cariena Creates

Welcome to the first in our brand new series of video tutorials: Cariena Creates. Today Cariena shows us how easy it is to use your Celebr8 mask to create beautiful embossed elements to use in all your paper crafts.   Products Used C8 SM4507 – Celebr8 A Whimsical Life Mask – Wild Flowers TEP-301 – Tsukineko Embossing Powder 1oz – Gold TEP-305 – Tsukineko...
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Kaisercraft Gel Pens – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

I love colouring in pens and pencils, but the act of colouring itself I find really frustrating and boring. It’s a personal thing, but that doesn’t stop me from messing around and adding some colouring details in my diary. One of my favourite things is my set of Kaisercraft Gel Pens. Then recently a friend gave me two smaller sets of Kaisercraft Gel Pens and now I think I am in heaven. Together...
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Masking – How To With Jowilna

Masking is one of my first techniques I ever learned many many years ago. To this day it is also one of the easiest and most versatile techniques. Let’s take a look at how easy it is… The idea behind masking is that you can make things appear like they are something else – so you can create dimension with little effort, layer something behind something else in a few easy steps, or...
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Inking – Jowilna 101

To ink or not to ink? Or rather how to ink is a better question these days. Over the years things have changed quite a bit and for the better regarding inking the edges of your patterned papers. I personally prefer a light inking, a soft touch that does not distract the eye but rather adds to the overall look and feel of your project. If inking is all you see, then perhaps a lighter hand or ink...
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Stamp and Ink – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

I was using this gorgeous stamp set from 49 and Market and what came to me was ‘tarred and feathered’. Often whilst using my stash, certain words come to mind, phrases or sayings that can spark an idea. So tarred and feathered it was! For the tarred portion of this project I used my gears stencil to create some texture and from there on the project was built up layer by layer. Let’s take a...
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Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite products from The Wholesaler is the Liquid Drops from Couture Creations. Now in the traditional sense I am not the type of crafter that will make little pearly drops using this medium – somehow it just doesn’t make sense to me. But the product is a favourite of mine for creating mixed media backgrounds. The product offers a beautiful pearly effect perfect for creating a...
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How I turn ink into paint – How To With Jowilna

I love my inks and have been working with Tsukineko inks for over 20 years. I remember my first ink pad was a VersaMagic in a creamy brown. I still have it in my stash. So saying that I love my inks is actually an understatement. But how do I make them more versatile and justify owning a few more than what I really really need. Well I turn them into more than just an ink.   Today I am...
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Make the most of your die-cuts – Jowilna 101

We all have loads of die-cuts right? But unless you are using them for more than a single application then you are not taking full advantage of them. Today I am showing you how to think differently and take your die-cuts further in a few easy steps. Step 1 Die cut the circle mesh out of cardstock. I used a manilla tag for my experiments but you could easily re-create this on a card or layout....
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Journaling – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

This week I am sharing how versatile All-Purpose Inks (API) can be in your art journal. I used water as a base for my inks to create an interesting effect on my page and around my stamped images. Step 1 Select your three co-ordinating colours of API to work with. Step 2 Stamp your chosen images onto your art journal page. I used VersaFine for its permanence even when working with water and ink....
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Stencils – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

I love stencils and it’s no secret. I think they have endless possibilities and each time you change the product you use with a stencil you can change the way it looks. You can use stencils on their own, combined with other stencils, layered, only portions of a stencil and so much more. Today I am showing you how I used one of my favourite stencils with my favourite inks and pastes to create a...
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Create a quick multi-coloured layered flower – How To With Jowilna

I love multi-coloured papers, and especially those with a washed watercolour look. And nothing is as easy as creating your very own custom paper and creating embellishments with it. Here’s how I make mine in a few easy steps. Step 1 Select the colours of All Purpose Ink you want to work with – I pick at least 3 colours to give me a nice colour range. Step 2 Tape a piece of technique cardstock to...
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Masked and Stamped – Jowilna 101

Having rubber stamps offers you so much possibility. I love to combine different stamps with a variety of techniques to achieve different looks. Today I am sharing how I use washi tape or painters tape to mask off areas on my stamp. This is an easy but effective way of achieving empty space on a stamp.   Step 1 Add a strip of painters tape or washi tape across a background stamp. Step 2 Use...
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Jowilna’s Advanced Class – Pantone colours and embossing

Inspiration is everywhere and when it is handed to you on a platter then why not learn and grow from it. This is the case with the colours inspired and predicted by fashion this year. I was inspired by the colours on this colour chart and selected my favourite ones to create a card. And of course a bit of gold bling just did the trick. Tip Step 1 Create a background using colours from the chart...
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Memento LUXE – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

Every month I am sharing some of my favourite products from The Wholesaler. This month I am sharing one of my favourite ink pads – Memento LUXE that also happens to co-inside with the inspirational colours, patterns and textures forecasted for this year. I chose to focus my product choice in shades of pink, green and orange/red. I love how the colours in the trend forecast image work together....
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PNA and kykNET present KUNSVLYT!

We are so excited to announce our involvement in this amazing new reality TV show, KUNSVLYT, on kykNET sponsored by PNA! All our crafty friends out there, sharpen your pencils, grab your scissors & glue and get ready for an opportunity of a lifetime! Time is running out so make sure that you enter (click here) before 31 January 2017!   Hurry and enter the PNA and kykNET KUNSVLYT...
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2017 Trends – How To With Jowilna

How will you be inspired creatively in 2017? I am looking towards the trend masters for some guidelines and am here to share them with you. One trend that has caught my eye is geometric shapes. I love shapes and the thought of repeating them with paper and ink excites me. I created a quick card and an embellishment to use on a layout inspired by this trend – and absolutely love how this basic...
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Embossing – Jowilna 101

Embossing is one of my favourite techniques – it is always magical and looks amazing. Today I am sharing a quick favourite of how to spice up your plain embossed projects.   Inspired by colour of the year 2017 I like to mix my own colours of embossing powders and to create a custom look. So that’s what I did while being inspired by the green trend of the colour of the year 2017. Step 1 Add...
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Dear Santa, Spoilt Rotten Bags

Next up on my Christmas wish list is a set of Spoilt Rotten bags – another craft bag you may ask or maybe just the perfect bag/s? I cart a lot of things up and down and for me there is always something missing – something that could maybe have been done better. This is not the case with these bags and here’s why… They are a little bit deeper than most bags which make things...
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Heideland Child Welfare Party

It’s always a great privilege for us to host the annual Christmas party at Heideland Child Welfare Pre-primary School – the children are a delight and the staff are an inspiration. Thank you very much to Isikhwama for donating the bright and beautiful bags for the children’s gifts.   Thank you for your continued support. We wish you another year of kindness and love!   Post by...
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Dear Santa, Silhouette CAMEO

On your Christmas wish list should definitely be the Silhouette – any one of them or maybe all of them who knows? A must have for any crafter, whether you love crafting with paper or venturing into home décor and other crafts. Since discovering the many possibilities of vinyl and how you can use it in crafting and everyday life, I find myself using my Silhouette more and more. It is just a must...
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Dear Santa, GoCut and Emboss

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is…all the craft stash my heart desires. If this is your wish this Festive Season then look no further than The Wholesaler for inspiration on what to put on your Christmas wish list.   I am sharing my top 5 picks for the ultimate crafter’s wish list: NO. 1 GoCut and Emboss This versatile machine has changed the way I see die-cutting in so many...
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1 Stamp 2 Ways with 49 and Market – Take 3

In this final article using 49 and market stamps we take a look at how using different products with one stamp can change the look but also give you a totally different look and feel. If you have a single stamp and a variety of products then you can create various looks on cards and on your layouts simply by adjusting and changing the products used with your stamps. For my first card I used the...
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1 Stamp 2 Ways with 49 and Market – Take 2

Welcome to another addition of 1 stamp 2 ways. This week I am using the beautiful Borders and Textures stamp set in 2 different ways adding loads of interest to my projects. For my first card I used my background stamp to create a fun stamped background for my card. Pretty self-explanatory using the stamp but with a bit of a twist to give it an interesting look, using 3 colours of ink to stamp...
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1 Stamp 2 Ways with 49 and Market

Last week I showed you how to use this same texture netting stamp from 49 and Market to create a beautiful stamped background for my art journaling. This week I am sharing 2 more ways using this same stamp. For my first card I used the stamp as is to create a beautiful and colourful image on a card. Step 1 Stamp the image onto a folded white card using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle the stamped image...
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