Coffee and Inks – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Coffee and inks play an important role in my life, so sooner or later the two had to merge. Today I am sharing how I turned some coffee filters into a beautiful background for cards. Select four colours of All Purpose Inks to use to add colour to your coffee filters. You will also need a pipette. Drop your lightest and first colour of ink onto your coffee filter. Add a few drops of the second...
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Heat Embossed Butterfly – Cariena Creates

“I love heat embossing and since several friends’ birthdays are coming up the next few months, I decided to make a bunch of gorgeous Happy Birthday Cards using my favourite Lady Pattern Paper, a gorgeous Ultimate Crafts Butterfly cutting die and some heat embossing!” ~ Cariena Basson   Please give us a thumbs up for the Heat Embossed Butterfly video, and subscribe to our YouTube...
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hello CARDS in 10 minutes – How To With Jowilna

With the new range of Lady Pattern Paper hello CARDS, I can literally create cards even quicker than before. I like making ten-minute cards for people who I am not convinced will appreciate my efforts or who will just shrug and chuck the card away – yes you know the type. So here’s how to make some quick, beautiful cards.   Step 1 Cut the hello CARDS Green Chartreuse paper in half...
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Lady Pattern Paper hello CARDS, Knitty Gritty, Fairytale Times & more!

Let’s get down to the Knitty Gritty “Winter is here…and with that comes the release of a new Basically Textured design; ‘Knitty Gritty’. This richly textured argyle knit is reminiscent of a warm fireplace, sweet hot chocolate, good conversation and the click-click of Granny’s needles creating something with love!” ~ Lady Pattern Paper   hello CARDS “It’s time...
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Xcut Quick Card – Cariena Creates

Using the delicate Xcut cutting dies Cariena Creates a quick and simple, yet positively jaw-dropping handmade card!   Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here), and give us a thumbs up for die Xcut Quick Card if you liked it.   Products Used DXCU504085 – Xcut Dies – Selfie Frames & Sentiments TDE-354 – Delicata Ink Pad – Dark Brown...
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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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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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Women’s Day Sweetie Jar

How did you celebrate Women’s day this year? That special day when we can celebrate everything we are, all that we have achieved and our strength that silently shines when no one is looking. Well I spent it with some friends being creative and my thought was to create little sweetie jars for these special ladies, decorated with a beautiful quote or sentiment. Let me add that this is a sweetie...
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Festive Greeting Cards & Folded Trees!

Nothing says festive quite like handmade greeting cards. Taking the time to create something unique and personal says a lot. But in our busy lifestyles who really has the time to sit down and make handmade greetings for family and friends. If you make the time you will have the time. But if you are smart then you will grab the new Kaisercraft Frosted Paper that is all ready for you to use and...
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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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DIY Wedding Part Two – Stationery Set

The fun and creative part of planning a wedding is making your invitations and stationery. Your invitations and stationery will set the scene and mood for the entire day, so it is important that you know what you want. For this sample I chose a modern romantic theme. The pretty paper and elements are the romantic part and the actual font and design used is quite modern. Together they make for a...
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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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With Love Handmade Christmas Cards

This year I am surprisingly ahead of my game making Christmas cards, one such a reason is because I have everything I need to make quick and easy cards, although they look quite involved and time consuming. Using embossing folders and die-cuts you can make quick cards in a production line fashion – saving you time and money.   Here’s how… Use papers you have or cut up a sheet and make...
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How to use your Envelope Punch Board?

Probably one of the most useful tools I have ever had in my stash. That is until I actually learned how to use it and took the time to use it fully. What I have discovered is that with all those beautiful and maybe off-cut patterned paper in my stash I can create beautiful envelopes for my handmade cards without spending any money. Plus I can match patterned paper and colours to my cards for a...
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Cards For Guys – Quick And Easy

I know a lot of cardmakers sometimes battle to make male themed cards, for me I think the idea is to keep it simple. But my real winning approach is to keep the same approach I have when making any other card – just transform it by changing the papers, colours and focal points to something, well a little more manly. For these cards for guys I actually used a real girly paper pad, but by...
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Couture Creations Everyday Essentials For Your Projects!

I have always had the opinion that cards are meant to be quick projects – 10 minutes that you can spend doing nothing else but hate doing nothing – those are the precious minutes you can spend being creative and making a card. A die-cut a day… So today I am sharing how easy card making really is with the Everyday Essentials range of die from Couture Creations. These are basic designs you...
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Couture Creations 2 Way Glue : A Sticky Affair!

Are you always getting stuck looking for a really amazing adhesive? Well we have some amazing news for you. Today we are introducing the new Couture Creations 2 Way Glue pens – giving you twice the solution to sticky messes. I tested the glue pens on a quick tag I made using some of my favourite products from The Wholesaler. I used the larger pen tip as a wet permanent bond glue for my larger...
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Silhouette Print and Cut – a perfect match for scrapbooking.

Since discovering the Silhouette Print and Cut function, one can say that “addiction” comes to mind, although it is in the early stages I can feel it growing inside of me. I was so excited to figure out how easy it is to actually do. So the first I created was a layout and a matching card, simply by adjusting the sizing of my printed elements I could make whatever my heart desired in a few easy...
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Quick & Easy Cards with Couture Creations Card Sets

With the new Card and envelope sets from Couture Creations making cards is such a breeze. Not only do you have loads of envelopes that match the cards perfectly, the cards are already scored for you so folding them is so easy. The cream and white cards make it easy to choose which of the two will match your planned project best. For this project I chose the cream cards because they matched the...
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Memento LUXE ink technique for gorgeous handmade card backgrounds!

I love working with different inks to create a beautiful imperfect look on backgrounds. For this quick and easy set of cards, I created a water coloured background using a single ink colour. To add interest to my coloured panel I added some stamped and embossed images using Kaisercraft stamp sets. The beauty of the Memento LUXE ink pads is that the inks work well with water, so you can create...
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Layered Die Cuts Card Tutorial

I think the more you use die-cuts the more you LOVE them and the more you experiment with them. So that’s what I have started doing more and more, playing with different combinations of die-cuts to create cards, and even getting a bit more adventurous with them on layouts. For today I am sharing how I layered different die cuts from Couture Creations on a card with stunning effect. Step 1 Use...
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AC cardstock handmade card in 10 minutes!

American Crafts cardstock has grown to be one of my favourite cardstock brands. The quality and colours is what I find most appealing – and the fact that you can use it for anything is a real bonus – cardstock after all is the staple food for any serious crafter! And this is my brand choice. So during the holidays I did some catching up on my empty card box, and tried to make some quick...
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Embossed Chalkboard Christmas Card

Creating beautiful Christmas cards do not have to cause you headaches anymore. To be honest I am not sure what we used to do without our Cuttlebug machines and embossing folders, do you? For this quick card I used this beautiful and versatile Ultimate Crafts embossing folder together with my Cuttlebug to create a quick and striking card for the festive season.   Here’s how I created my card...
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