Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stenciled and stamped - a card for a special boy.

Ever find yourself just creatively stumped when it comes to making cards for men and boys? I hear it so often! So today i am sharing a quick little card i put together for a special little guy. I wanted to create a simple background using stamps and stencils and inks – something that is quick and easy, won’t cost the earth and can be done by anyone. So here’s what i put together using the Chiswick range of products…
I used white cardstock to stencil a triangular image onto my background using the Chiswick range of inks and a sponge applicator. What i like about the ink and stenciling is that it is subtle, but i can make it darker by applying more pressure and loading my sponge with more ink.

 Once i was done stenciling, I added some stamping around the edges of my card using Chiswick black dye ink and a script stamp from the Feline stamp set. I inked my stamp and then stamped off some of it onto a scrap paper before stamping onto my actual card piece, this way it us a light black and blends into my background nicely.
  I also added a border stamp in a darker black ink making it stand out against the background – nice and bold.
See the green stenciling just peek out behind the script stamping – really effective.
I matted my background center panel onto a dictionary print patterned paper and then onto Chiswick Crimson red cardstock before i adhered it all to my folded card base. The focal point and fun part of my card consists out a Chiswick sticker and some chipboard elements – nice and perfect to brighten a little boy’s day!
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Happy creating until next time!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gone fishing with Couture Creations - by Jowilna Nolte.

Hi it's Jowilna on the blog today sharing a layout i made using the versatile sew Jo paper pad.I love the colours on these papers and find them really versatile - what you may think can only be for girls hence the name SEW JO, actually work really well for the little guys too. I wanted to create a layout showcasing the paper range and picked a photo that will use orange as the accent colour - and it turned out to be an all time favorite!
I created the background for my layout using various widths of paper strips in the different designs from my paper pad. But it is My die-cut title that happened by chance...and so i just went with the design that clearly was meant to be!
My nephew went fishing in the Koi pond and so the Gone Fishing title was perfect for the layout. I started off by cutting the words out of white cardstock, and then did a second cut. BUT, my die moved and it created a really cool looking 90 degree corner.
so i popped out the words and created the corner that clearly wanted to be.
I trimmed down the words and manipulated them to create a double "fishing" in the corner.
I kept them white as i love the white on white subtle look of it all.
On the paper strips with the patchwork feel I cut some of the triangles out and raised them using the versatile foam tape from CC. What i absolutely love about this tape is that it is not so thick, so even thought you can lift elements for dimension, its proportional and not too bulky.
I added some orange and white twine for repetition and as an accent colour.
and more triangles lifted and raised using foam tape and added interest
some elements cut from packaging and again my accent colour repeated in my orange buttons.
I cut my title using my Silhouette out of black to make it stand out against the patterned paper background.
and some finishing touches all complimenting the beautiful Sew Jo paper range.

All these wonderful Couture Creations products are available in South Africa through our amazing distributor The Wholesaler!

All that glitters Christmas card - glittery moss effect.

With only a couple of weeks left until Christmas, now is the time to get going on those Christmas cards to send to family and friends. For me Christmas cards should be quick and easy to make with a little something extra to make it special. So for this card i used the Chiswick range of cardstock to die-cut this beautiful tree out of, as well as the backing and matting of the die-cut.
To dress up the die-cut trees, i added a little glitter to the edges to represent some green moss.
I used a glue pen to draw a thin line on the edges of the trees, and then sprinkled them liberally with my lime green glitter from my glitter stacks. Leave the glue to dry completely and then shake off the excess glitter and return it to your little container.
Some extra elements like stars, holly stickers and a sentiment adds a festive spirit to this card.
 I used the dies to cut the birds again out of red patterned paper and added 
them against the cardstock background.
Buttons and staples and stamping for more details.
 For this quick and easy card i used these Chiswick products that are 
available from your local craft store:
Textured cardstock Chocolate sb4960
Textured Cardstock Peppermint sb5240
Textured cardstock Ladybug sb5210
Ultra fine glitter sb4225
If you have any problems getting hold of the products, contact Denise (031) 569 5673 to find your closest craft store.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Project Life meets Silhouette Cameo - healing powder of it all!

I waited a long long time for this – the ability to cut my own things Project Life related! And I am ecstatic to report that the day finally arrived. I got to cut some special little accents to incorporate into my Project Life layout. 
 This layout is more about healing in a creative way than anything else - Project Life and creativity can do all of that!
 September has been a bad month for 27 years now…it’s a month where people die – and death like change is about the only certain thing in this life. So this Silhouette CAMEO and Project Life layout is as much a journey of healing as it is celebrating my Silhouette machine. So here it goes…
I used some ready designed files and arrows for this weeks’ project. It was just so easy to do. I did however like the freedom that I could cut the elements out of anything I could dream up and then add my own personal touch to them as well.
 I cut the arrows and hearts out of white American Crafts smooth cardstock, and the “&” card out of pink American Crafts smooth cardstock. To dress up my white arrows and hearts I used green and pink pigment inks pads to add some colour to them. For my Project Life cards I misted them with a quick mist of gold Mister Huey’s ink.
To dress up the large pink heart I used some gold Gliztin’ Glamour glitter glue and added a thin layer using my finger tip neatly spread out for a touch of shimmer.
Dressing up my pink cut PL card was a bit more challenging. I know that “normal” cardstocks are not fond of water and ink, but went right ahead and coloured the card anyways. I added some pigment inks to my craft sheet and misted them with water, then dipped my card into the ink and left it to dry. The effect is somewhat interesting with it’s almost aged mouldy look – but in the end I really loved it.
I can see how my PL layouts will take on a life of their own once I start designing more and more of my own cards and elements.
I hope I’ve inspired you somewhat with the Silhouette CAMEO and Project Life combination. What have you done with your CAMEO today?