Sunday, April 5, 2015

spEGGtacular Easter wishes - imagineCrafts card.

I hope you are having a hopping good Easter filled with the blessings God has promised to us all.
I am over on the Imagine Crafts blog with this Easter card using some of my favorite things - Tsukineko inks and stamps. Hop on over and see how I create the effects step by step.
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kaisercraft Design Team 2015 Entry

Hi everyone, my apologies for being missing in action this past week!
I have been busy with work, and with a huge project - building a cupboard for my stash. I have no words to describe how excited I am about this cupboard. It has been a long haul and an even longer dream. But I finally got my J to consider recycling an old cupboard as finances are tight and we just had to make what we have work. And now we can finally see the vision and we are busy creating it.
But in the meantime I also got to play with the amazing new Kaisercraft ranges and to apply for the Design Team - nothing ventured nothing gained right?
I created this layout combining two of the new ranges - All the glitters and Furry friends.
I had this photo of my Dalmatian Bailey and niece and it worked perfectly with the colours and theme.

For my center panel on this layout I used a stencil and some gold ink to create an interesting effect. I wanted to mimic the gold of the paper and it worked really well adding that element of surprise. I also added some gold sprinkle confetti mimicking the look of the gold dots on the paper. And if you look closely you can see loads of sewing happening on the center panel using my sewing machine.
You guys know how much I love making cards with my scraps, and so this card was a ten minute card using my left-overs from the paper. The embellishment pack was a quick and easy choice to add my focal point image and some die-cut brackets from a left over piece of technique card stock.
 And lastly I used an empty glue dot cardboard roll and created a fun serviette ring for our Easter lunch. I simply covered the roll in paper and added some elements with some diamante adhered to the inside edges. Quick and easy but a nice touch to any table setting - doing my bit for recycling some of my craft stash while creating something functional.
Here's wishing you a wonderful Easter - celebrating the true reason for living life and finding meaning in the everyday!
Lots of blessings for a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mixed Media card - The Wholesaler featuring Tsukineko all purpose inks.

With all the new art mediums and inks available it is hard not to dabble in a cross pollination of different mediums and inks into my crafting projects. So this week I created a card using Crackle texture paste and inks for a beautiful and interesting look. And if you are thinking that it is just not for you, think again. Combining different mediums together is really easy, and if you start off small, you will soon be dabbling into beautiful works of art and canvas pieces, and even some mixed media scrapbooking with great success.
For this card I used crackle texture paste combined with 2 colours of all purpose ink.
Step 1 - On watercolour paper, used a Prima stencil and some texture paste. Apply the paste through the stencil using an old credit card or palette knife. TIP: The thinner the layer the smaller and finer the cracks in the texture paste will be, the thicker the paste, the longer it will take to dry, the bigger the cracks will be
 Step 2 - Once the paste is dry, mist the surface with water. Use a paintbrush and then lightly brush on some all-purpose ink in your lightest colour first. Then use another paintbrush and add the second colour of ink in the same way but overlapping onto the first colour of ink. TIP: Because of the water, the inks will mixed and blend together giving a really interesting colour effect
 Step 3 - Once the ink is dry, use a die-cut and cut the coloured piece into a shape of your choice. I used an inverted corner frame for my card.
 Step 4 - Using a scrap piece of coloured cardstock, die-cut a word or sentiment of your choice.
 Assemble your card by adhering the frame to the centre of your folded card. Add a few leaves and a large matching flower. Add your die cut sentiment. Dip a small paintbrush into the light blue all-purpose ink and splatter the background of your card with the blue ink as a finishing touch.

Another quick and easy way of using your All-Purpose Inks – combine it with art mediums on cards, layouts and canvas projects. Please let me know what you think of this mixed media card tutorial?

Stamping with stencils - Prima layout.

Over on the Scrapbook Studio blog I share how i used my much loved stencils as stamps to create backgrounds on my layouts. Stencils are one of those underused things in our stash that is really worth so much.Head on  over here
and see how you can win a product hamper by simply using your stash.
Versatile and pretty at the same time - combine your stencils with dye inks and create fabulous background effects.
 Combining Prima resin frames with old postage stamps -  a perfect combination between old and new.
 All Prima products are distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa and available from
Until next time - have a wonderfully creative week!