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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Celebrating Golden Women

We’re still celebrating golden women this month, and for me it is celebrating the broken but strong women. To celebrate those that are still standing after vast amounts of trouble and suffering in their lives. I am aware that everyone has a battle they fight on a daily basis, something that others may not necessarily experience in the same way – and so I try hard not to judge, but rather to...
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Christmas in July – Peace Pennant

Welcome to Christmas in July – the month of good intentions of getting ahead of the festive crazies and prepare for a magical and peaceful time during the holidays. And with all the gorgeous Christmas Kaisercraft releases we can expect this year, it sure is going to be a glitzy affair! One that I am really excited about. I love the festive season mostly for its wreaths. Yes I am that girl that...
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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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Couture Creations Cutting Dies An Altered Book Cover

I love using old book paper in my projects. But what to do with those book covers can be tricky for those of us that are hoarders. So I have started using them as canvasses to create some interesting art works on. One such a piece came together using some of my favourite Couture Creations die cuts. They are so beautifully delicate and no matter what you choose to do with them, they are sure to...
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Celebr8 coordinating chipboard die cuts!

We are excited to introduce Celebr8’s range of coordinating chipboard die cuts! Celebr8 has designed a gorgeous, original range of chipboard die cuts that coordinate beautifully with Kaisercraft collections! Look out for new Celebr8 coordinating chipboard die cuts every month.   Coordinates with Betsy’s Couture   Coordinates with Shine Bright   Coordinates with Wanderlust...
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Celebr8 The Big 5, Leafy Forest, Stickers & more…

In classic Celebr8 fashion, 2015 starts with a bang! We’re as always amazed by the versatility and creativity of the gorgeous die cut designs produced by this proudly South African company!   The Big 5   Leafy Forest   Stickers   Wooden Blanks   More new die cut designs   The extensive range of Celebr8 high quality, chipboard die-cuts is well themed for our South...
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25 Drawer Advent Calendar Box

Celebr8’s new range of Off the Page products have, very quickly, become super popular. We know that you are going to love the new wooden blank, which is timed perfectly to get us ready for the festive season countdown. This 25 Drawer Advent Calendar Box is another high quality wooden blank giving you the power to create with ease. See all the Wooden blanks here » This 25 Drawer Advent...
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The Creative Block – 5 Tips to overcome the block!

How to get your mojo back without spending money It happens to all of us – when hours and hours of staring into space wanting to be creative and nothing happens. When everything you touch turns to a big old mess and you end up destroying more projects than what you actually create. Sound familiar? Yes it does – and I am honest enough to admit it happens to me too. Here’s some of my top...
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Happy Snaps Retro Camera

I love to make 3D items from paper. Some of them I cut by hand, but most of them I cut out on a digital die cutting machine. I scour the Internet for quirky things that will enhance the paper I have chosen to play with. I knew when I set eyes on the Happy Snaps collection I just had to make a 3D camera out of it. The papers have the most vibrant colours and are fun and youthful. I had such fun...
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Kaisercraft Violet Crush Mini Album

The Kaisercraft Violet Crush collection has got to be their prettiest feminine collection ever. I absolutely love the different hues and the black and white accents are just the perfect coordinating colours for the range. In keeping with my approach to the silly season I am trying to stay ahead of all my homemade gifts. So, I made this mini album I saw recently on a blog and got my Mother’s Day...
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Marion Smith Scrapbooking Papers

Aaah the beauty of a pretty vintage range of products perfect for anything you want to create. This is Marion Smith, and I am totally in love with the beauty of her paper ranges and embellishments. The problem is what not to create with this amazing range, because the possibilities are endless. So I settled onto a range of decorative “homes”, simply because I needed something to display in a...
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Kaisercraft Spring Bloom Shadow Box

Well, the silly season is officially behind us and its time to buckle down and get on with 2014. I made a few New Year’s resolutions this year and chose to use one word as my mantra for 2014. That word is “balance”. So, in keeping with my mantra I decided to do something I seldom do and that is to use a photo of myself on a project for a change and not just pictures of the kids. Spring Bloom by...
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Kaisercraft The Looking Glass Mad Hatter’s Hat

A very good friend of mine is getting married early next year. Her Hen’s Night theme is Alice in Wonderland and she is on the hunt for décor pieces to put on the tables. When I saw the gorgeous Kaisercraft The Looking Glass collection, I knew it would be perfect to make a Mad Hatter’s Hat as a centrepiece. There are templates abound on the Internet for these hats. I pulled out some feathers,...
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Strike A Pose With Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Strike A Pose Card Some of my hunger for new products that is was finally fed with the new Prima stamps and wood embellishments. They are all so versatile and beautiful it’s hard to pick your favourites – right? Well I finally decided to stamp beautiful Lorena Mixed Media Doll and turn her into a card fit for a wedding or a special young lady. Well by now you should know that I really get...
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Kaisercraft Gingerbread Gift Box House

With less than 80 days until Christmas I am determined to not let panic set in. I have been steadily working my way through my gift list and over the last few months I have shared a few projects to help you all get ready. This month Kaisercraft launched their Gingerbread Collection. I am in love! The shades of red and green they used is just so pretty. One of the gifts I am giving is pretty...
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Prima Embellishments Turns Old Tin Into Gift!

Sometimes holding onto things for no apparent reason works out in the end. I had this empty chocolate tin for ages now – just-in-case-I-wanted-to-turn-it-into-something. You know the stuff, and I am sure you know the feeling. The empty promise of one-day turning into someday. So today was the day. I was going to turn the empty tin into a gift tin for someone special. I first painted the tin...
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Kaisercraft Lady Rose High Tea Set

Every now and again I enjoy doing a project that has no purpose but its juts for fun. When I saw the Kaisercraft Lady Rose collection, it just screamed “High Tea”. So what better way to pay homage to such lovely paper than to make a tea set. The Internet and Pinterest are riddled with templates and cut files of tea pots and tea cups so you are all spoiled for choice. This particular...
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Crate Paper Flea Market Photo Frame

By now we all a bit hungry for some beautiful new papers and scrapbooking goodies – aren’t we? I hunger for a bit of colour as summer sets into full swing – something fun and vibrant that can be used for just about anything. And because I am not a scrapper that minds pinks and floral for boys…the new Crate Paper Flea Market range was right up my alley. I love the patterns, the...
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St Nicholas Shadow Box

Kasiercraft has created an absolute winner of a range with the new Christmas range, St Nicholas. It has a vintage feel to it and the reds and greens are so rich. I decided to use it to make a home décor piece that I can hang up at Christmas time. I used a chipboard shadow box that I bought at a local store and covered and decorated it with a selection of the St Nicholas papers. I then mimicked...
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From Tin Can To Flower Vase

Recently we have been doing some introspection into the way we live and how it affects nature around us. Every week we throw away a good amount of dog food cans. Although these are said to be recycled and used again it brought the idea of how I can reuse and recycle these cans myself. And that is how this week’s project came about – but off course this would be just as bland as it sounds...
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Sweet Pea Vintage Book Gift Card Holder

As the silly season is rapidly approaching I have started to not repeat last year’s mistake and leave everything until the last minute. I am getting my gift-making on early. I find giving Gift Cards pretty impersonal so came up with this way to make it seem that little bit more special. This “card” looks a bit like a vintage book and I have placed the gift card & gift card holder in the...
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Handmade Milk Cartons Gift Idea

I know I keep saying that Christmas is coming, but people, CHRISTMAS is COMING!!! This year I will not end up in a mad scramble to get organized, feel guilty about giving bought cards and gifts. This year I am ready for the silly season. I have made a cute gift which can be used for any occasion, like a baby shower etc. and each handmade milk carton can be filled with small gifts or snacks. It...
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Handmade Recipe Book – An Enchanted Tea Party!

Tea Party Handmade Recipe Book With the silly season approaching at break neck speed I am forging ahead with my homemade gifts. The Tea Party collection from Kaisercraft is so pretty and cheerful I decided to use it to make a handmade recipe book with matching paper cupcake. This book was so quick and easy to make with my wire binder and the lusciousness of the cupcake themed paper meant I...
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