Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Valentine – make a decorative rosette with punches.

Are you planning something special for this Valentines Day and your loved ones? We try and celebrate love everyday so hardly ever do something special, but on the odd occasion i will do something that my better half really loves – like buy a slab of Lindt Chocolate and wrap it beautifully.
I started off by wrapping the chocolate slab in some pretty decorative paper, and then created a focal point topper using punches and dies.
A punched border runs down from top to bottom on the front, with a decorative rosette on top of the border.
 step 1 – Punch a border strip from patterned paper using your selected Tonic punch
 Step 2 – Keep the remainder of the paper left-over from the punched border, and trim that piece to measure 2.5cm wide.
 step 3 – Place the strip in a trimmer or score board and score the strip at every 5mm all along the length
 step 4 – Mountain and valley fold the entire strip on the score lines
 step 5 – adhere the two ends together after folding the strip. Keep it tight. The decorative scallop border now sits at the bottom and will form the outside of your rosette.
 step 6 – Adhere the rosette to a base circle using a hot glue gun from the Chiswick range.
 step 7 – Die cut some decorative elements from Chiswick cardstock.
 Assemble the rosette together with the die-cuts, punched border and sticker on the front of the decorated slab.
a Quick and easy way of adding a special touch to an ordinary slab of chocolate.
Textured cardstock Scarlet sb5270
Simplicity Strip Punch Daisy pct770
Chiswick Burnishing tool
What special gift will you create for your loved ones?
Remember to visit the website to view all these wonderful products www.chiswick.co.za
Until next time happy crafting!

Monday, January 26, 2015

American Crafts this to that accents and Project Life!

Have you started your Project Life album for 2015 yet? Well for a change I have, and I even started it on the first which is so comforting to get right back into memory keeping – you know recording the little things in life.
I was using the American Crafts range of “This to That” tape runners and fell in love all over again. Not only do they make things easier and quicker to adhere to your projects, but in my PL album it makes total sense. I can easily take them on the road, they are small and compact and super strong adhesives, but I can also create quick techniques and interesting effects using these roller tapes.
 For the background of this card I used a combination of Prima Color Bloom sprays and stencils to create a fun effect. A bicycle sticker and rub-ons complete the look.
 A few more stickers and some words cut from Kaisercraft papers.
Here's how I created my fun dot accents
Step 1 - Use the “dot” runner to draw a quick line across the bottom of your PL card
 Step 2 - Sprinkle the glue line liberally with AC glitter
Step 3 - Shake off the excess glitter and decorate the card with journaling and stickers and simply pop into your page protector
I love the different effects you can create with the dot and tab runners. So ask your local craft store for these wonderful products by name, and make sure you don’t get stuck on creativity!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The story layout - lovely layered photomatts.

Jowilna here, and Today I am sharing how i created a layered look with two different dies - nothing out of this world but the effect is so easy and so gorgeous - plus with all the new die releases up for 2015 - this look can be achieved using any of the new backgrounds and frames! I can't wait to experiment even more!
For my layout I combined the scallop rectangle nesting die and the beautiful Lotus Fillet | CO723240 
die to create an extended photo matt.
 I used scrap papers for all of the die-cuts. I first cut the large scallop and then cut the scallop piece into two horizontal halves. These pieces will form the top and bottom edges of my matt.
 Then use the Lotus Fillet | CO723240 die and cut the left and right hand side of your matt. My patterned paper piece was too small, so i simply positioned it onto the die on each side and cut them.
 Place the four sides overlapping onto each other and then position your matted photo onto the base - if you are happy with the look, adhere everything together to form an extended photo matt.
 I added the matted photo to my layout and then added some additional embellishments. I used this lovely chipboard frame from Imaginarium designs and cut it in half as well to compliment the look, and use it in two places on my layout.
 I added machine stitching all around the photo, and this also held the die-cut elements in place with the edges loose adding to the informal look.
 Repearting all the elements at the bottom of my layout with the beautiful chipboard element dressed up in some Prima heavy gesso and sewn to the layout.

I used this beautiful die from the Ornamental range Lotus Fillet | CO723240 die
Keep in mind that if you miss a die collection from Couture Creations you may not be able to get a hold of it again - so don't delay in getting the new designs as they are amazing! Visit your local craft store and make sure you ask for them by name. Also check out the website for new releases and the blog for some amazing inspiration.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sparkle and WIN with this double page layout.

Sparkle! it's what Scrapbookers do! This week's layout tutorial and sxs article for Scrapbook Studio is live! You can download the sxs instructions for this layout and learn more on how I combined old and new products together, as well as learn a bit more about MementoLuxe ink pads. Just go here
You can also win an awesome prize - be inspired by my layout and use MementoLuxe ink on a layout and send it to Scrapbook studio to stand a chance to win!
You can only win if you follow the link and head over to the Scrapbook Studio website, then follow the steps as indicated!
We hope you will play along with us! Until next time - happy inking!