Prepping a Watercolour Background – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Not everyone is an artist or has an artistic background or training. For me, I personally love the watercolour effect taught years ago. Now most people don’t like watercolour paint and find it difficult to work with, but never fear as there is always an alternative… Today I am showing you how to prep an artistic watercolour effect background using the inks you may have in your stash or you...
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Making 3D flowers and dressing them up with ink – Jowilna’s 101

With the Silhouette CAMEO it is so easy to make amazing 3D flowers. No mess no fuss. But once you have a plain old flower what do you do…well add some personality! Step 1 Cut all of the 3D flower parts using your Silhouette machine. Ink the edges of the petals using Memento ink and a sponge dauber. Step 2 Assemble the flowers by threading stamens through the holes and fixing them to the...
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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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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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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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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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Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card

How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch. But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any...
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Flaming Colours – Ink Pads Altering Some Chipboard Pieces

This week I am adding some more great colours to white cardstock and chipboard pieces using my Memento LUXE ink pads. These ink pads come in a myriad of colours and together they can create magic. Here I combine them for a fun water colour background and paint a chipboard element to create a beautiful card. Step 1 Apply some paint onto your craft sheet, mist the paint with water and pick up the...
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Layer Upon Layer – Creating With Chipboard And Ink

Layers of inks, chipboard, stamps and paint offers you a world of creativity. Today I am sharing how I created a stunning effect by layering chipboard elements, paint, stamping and colouring to create a beautiful card. By combining your products together you can create beautiful effects to use on cards and layouts. Step 1 Add colour to a chipboard title using Memento LUXE ink. Lightly press the...
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Funky Frames – using die cut frames on a card

Creating framed accents on a layout is so easy. You simply cut the frame and pop it around a photo right? Using a die-cut frame on a card is just as easy, simply cut a frame, stamp an image and pop it into the frame and there you have a quick card. But on closer inspection there is quite a bit we can do with die-cut frames… For this card I wanted to use more than just the one frame and so...
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A Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts

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.   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...
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#1 Dad – Celebrate Father’s Day in Style.

What better way to celebrate all the Dads with memories captured on a beautiful layout. It is something that will capture his personality and show him just how much you love him. And best of all it will be a memory that can be relived again and again. For this single page layout {perfect for a front page} I used the beautiful Mr Smith’s workshop patterned paper and matching embellishments. This...
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Teenage Formal – Let’s Have a Party!

The great thing about scrapbooking and crafting goodies is that you have instant themes available to you. This gorgeous range of papers by Celebr8 sparked some ideas for a teenage formal party for a girl. Let’s take a look at how this paper inspired me… The beautiful paper was the inspiration behind this invitation and theme. I used two of the patterned papers to create a gate fold style...
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New Kraft Essentials & Paper Packs from Lady Pattern Paper!

New Kraft Essentials “It’s with great excitement that I introduce the second batch of Kraft Essentials! Two new colours, THAT Pink & Feeling Blue, felt like the perfect evolution from where the range started. Look out for the popular Script, Sheet Music and Little Star designs, as well as a new incorporation to the Lady Pattern Paper core basic designs: Sweetheart. I’m...
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Farmyard Birthday Invitation – Setting the Scene

Setting the scene for a special birthday celebration always begins with a special invitation. And what better way to create an invitation than using the fabulous Silhouette machine. I used the beautiful barn image cut on my silhouette and then turned it into an invitation simply by adding some wording inside. Step 1 Insert the image into the silhouette software. Drag the image to the size you...
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Summer Pool Party

With the end of the year around the corner, more and more teenagers are planning some fun activities – especially the class of 2016. So instead of letting them head out on their own why not plan a fun and festive pool party for them complete with pink flamingos and lots of cool snack and sweet tubs? Today we share some fun ideas with you using a gorgeous range of scrapbooking paper as...
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Mom’s The Word – Mother’s Day Card

Moms play such a huge part in our lives – and once a year we get to publicly acknowledge everything they do for us and how much meaning they bring to our lives. Whether it’s your birth Mom, spiritual Mom or adopted Mom, Moms everywhere need to hear how much we value and appreciate them – so make this day a really special one for your Mom. This year I am treating my Mom to a special mug with some...
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Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails, Always & Forever, Glitter Cardstock and more…

May is most definitely the month to get stuck into those little craft projects you’ve been putting off! With two beautiful new release collections you’ll find no shortage of inspiration to get your crafting mojo back!   Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails Escape to a playful underwater world and be swept up in the magic of the ocean with Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails. Whimsical watercolour florals...
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Introducing Kraft Essentials by Lady Pattern Paper

Kraft is undeniably an iconic paper finish in the paper craft world. Today we bring you classic kraft with a contemporary twist. Introducing Kraft Essentials, Lady Pattern Paper’s latest and dare we say most beautiful creation: luxurious plain and gorgeously printed heavy weight kraft. A simply beautiful range of paper that truly is an essential for all paper crafters.   Kraft Essentials...
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DIY Wedding Part One – Planning a creative wedding?

Planning a special celebration is a marvellous opportunity to get your creative juices flowing. Get your family and friends involved too! I must add that it does help to have a stash of cool tools, gadgets and supplies I have acquired over the last few years. As part of a series inspiring you and all those brides to be out there, we are going to show you how to create some fun and simple...
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Couture Creations Clustered Die Cuts Card

One of my favourite things to do with die-cuts is repetition and clustering elements together. For this card I used a simple stamped image dressed up with a cluster of die cuts for a stunning effect. I coloured some of the cuts in green and pink and then layered them together to create a beautiful corner effect. Why not try and cluster or layer one of your favourite die-cut flourishes on your...
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Couture Creations Fisherman’s Cottage

With themed die-cuts making waves in the crafting world being creative has become so much easier. No surprise then that I was inspired by the beautiful nautical dies by Couture Creations to create a fun fisherman’s cottage – a little dream get-away from home – just to escape the everyday… I used a pre-made kit of the little house but add some fun decorative elements to make this skeleton a...
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