Monday, September 15, 2014

Altered quiche pan using layered die-cuts.

Welcome to today's post with me Jowilna - I go through stages where i like to alter stuff i find around the home, at old markets and a lot of times it's stuff my mom drags from all over thinking i might be able to use it...ahh the life of a hoarder! So today I altered a quiche pan to create a little keepsake to stand on a small easel or on a shelf. I used a combination of scalloped circle dies and doily dies to create a base for my silhouette cut out.
I used a combination of paper scraps, book paper, diamante, flowers and other bits and pieces.For the little flag pole I used a colored straw with some washi tape as the flag, bakers twine and gorgeous flowers to add a nice soft touch.
The "love you" is a digi printable printed onto white American Crafts cardstock.
Love those flowers adding to the softness of the scalloped die-cuts.

Around the outside edge i used Couture Creations colored diamonds to create a border alternating small and medium.
Here you can see the different scalloped edges and the quiche pan edge clearly.
Step 1 - cut a large and small scalloped edged circle out of patterned papers. Ink the edges.
Step 2 - cut a Ornamental Lace die from The Treasures range [CO723314] and ink the edges.
Step 3 - Start layering the circles and doily on top of each other and adhere together.
Step 4 - layer your plain punched circle in between the die-cut circles. You can raise some of the layers using your foam tape for dimension.
Step 5 - complete your layer - adhere the layered circles inside the quiche pan using Couture Creations foam tape. Add the die-cut silhouette [CO723720] - i inked the silhouette and then added a layer of dimensional glaze.
Step 6 - The diamante is easily positioned and adjusted using the tip of your Couture Creations Craft knife.
TIP: I like how the sharp tip of this knife blade can slide under the diamante and then be placed onto your project or re-positioned so easily.

 I hope you feel inspired to grab something a little off-beat and turn it into a beautiful something crafty using your Couture Creations dies and basic tools.
Above is a list and direct links to all the wonderful products - or visit the website for more info - and don't forget about all the wonderful inspiration on the blog.
until next time - happy cutting.... Jowilna

Sunday, September 14, 2014

All Purpose Ink Wax Resist Technique.

What I love about being creative is the simplicity with which one can create something really pretty. Going back to basics is always so fulfilling and in many ways what keeps us coming back for more – what’s that saying, everything comes full circle? And indeed with this project it went all the way back to kindergarten art class for me…

I love my wax crayons and so naturally with wax crayons we can create several different resist techniques, but this one took on a bold and colourful life.
Creating a wax resist technique background
I used 3 different wax crayon colours and scribbled on a plain white piece of cardstock.
 Then coloured over my scribbles using All Purpose Ink Truffle (brown) and left the ink to dry almost completely.
Take a cloth and wipe it down. This step will remove any wet ink sitting on the wax crayons lines but also buffs the entire surface and evens out the ink.
The crayons resisted the ink and the cardstock in the background was coloured with this amazing soft brown colour.
I wanted to add some stamped wording to my card and was looking for the same colour of brown as the All Purpose Ink. So I used my Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad and stamped some wording across the top edge of my card. The perfect match and finishing touch!
Quick and easy and so very effective! I love the simplicity of the colours combined with the ink. And remember being creative is that simple – all you have to do is tap into your inner child and remember all the wonderful things you did in art class when you were just a small little Picasso in the making.

  The wax resist technique is wonderful! It can be applied and used in many different ways – I think I will create some cards for my next project life layout – how about you?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Washi tape masking and stamping.

Welcome to todays post – it’s hard to believe we’ve gone from Winter to Spring and into Summer in just a week! But must admit the green garden and warmer weather is so inspiring. So today I am sharing wonderful Spring inspired card with you using some gorgeous floral stamps and stickers from Chiswick.
I used a simple masking technique with Washi tape to create a border effect in the middle of my card, and then designed my focal
point around the center piece. I took my colour cue from the beautiful stickers – orange, grey, green and pink and just a hint of purple too.
I added some soft pretty flowers to my card design that perfectly complimented my stickers and added some extra texture.

In the middle of my card I layered some chipboard elements on top of each other with my top chipboard being a sentiment.

Here’s how i used my washi tape as a masking tool
step 1 – adhere a strip of washi tape across the center of the front of your card.
TIP: Be mindful that your wahsi tape is not too sticky otherwise it will pull of some of your base cardstock – I usually stick it to an old cloth to remove some of the stickiness.
step 2 – Use a floral stamp and repeatedly stamp your image from left to right. You want to stamp the image overlapping off of the washi tape at the top, but not overlapping onto the bottom portion of your card. Then do the same stamping at the bottom of the washi tape strip all across.

step 3 – Carefully remove the washi tape when you are done stamping.
TIP: The ink on the washi tape may still be wet, so be careful not to get any ink on your fingers and then smudging the front of your card.
Now go ahead and decorate you card using flowers and chipboard.
There you have a quick masking technique using your very versatile washi tapes.
I used the following products from Chiswick for my project:
Die-cut stickers – Funky Fun  st1002
Chipboard adhesives – Ephemera st1007
Clear Stamp Butterflies rs3171
To view all the wonderful products I used head on over to
or contact Denise  (031) 569 5673 to find your closest craft store.

Tsukineko All Purpose Ink For Every Project.

It is said that powerful things come in small packages then this little guy is the best! If you’ve never seen or used this little bottle of magic then be prepared to be amazed! When I first read about the All Purpose Ink from Tsukineko I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to play with it myself, so when the opportunity came up I was simply delighted. And so my inky journey continues…
  • comes in a small bottle that is best used with small ink droppers to remove the ink
  • is a water based ink that does not require any watering down – this means that you shouldn’t (read here: I did it and regretted it) water it down even when you think so, to say for instance, create your own mist. The consistency is just perfect for any application including misting and painting
  • is blend-able and washable – which means it is the perfect ink to use on fabric (heat set it to be permanent on fabric)
  • a quick drying ink on most surfaces – even glossy paper and cardstock
  • a water based ink and non-toxic
  • can be used on wood, leather, paper, fabric, ribbon and any other porous surface
  • can be layered! If you layer the colours on each other you can create a watercolour effect, or if you want more definite colours you can heat set them between applications
  I used the All Purpose Ink to create some elements to use in my project life album. One of the reasons why I love my Project Life so much is that I can use all my experimental technique pieces on it, keeping a reference file on them but having a place to keep them creatively instead of in a box or even throwing them away – they now have a purpose!
I started off by working on a piece of glossy cardstock. I used my ink dropper and added some drops of Tropical Lagoon (blue), Truffle (brown), Poppy Red (red) and Rose pink (pink) and white ink drops to my cardstock. I then misted the inks heavily with water and left it to dry naturally. The ink formed a beautiful marble effect that I could use as part of my Project Life layout.

 You can manipulate the inks by moving the cardstock around tilting it so that the inks flow and mix together with each other.
Once the ink was dry I used it to cut Project Life cards, stamp images onto the inked cardstock and then punched them into smaller and bigger circles to use together with stickers on my layout. You can create a huge amount of detailed elements to use in various ways by creating your own paper. A wonderful way to add interest to your projects.

I used the ink to colour some ribbon – simply drop different colours of ink onto the ribbon, mist it heavily with water and let it dry naturally or heat set it.
  • TIP: Avoid adding too many colours right on top of each other, this will cause the ink to form ‘mud’ as the colours mix and form a brown mess. Spread the ink drops out from each other, mist with water and let the water move and spread the ink naturally to form a colourful effect. You will notice that some colours mixed together will create other colours – it really is amazing! (I did not heat set my ribbon as I won’t be washing it but rather keep it in my Project Life album)
 The ink is perfect to create little splats on backgrounds to add interest. I dipped a small paintbrush into the ink, held it over my paper and tapped the front part of the brush lightly to flick the paint onto the paper. I did this to my PL card with my journaling printed straight onto the card – the ink splats forms the perfect amount of detail.
 You can use the all purpose ink to transform those old embellishments and make them new. I used the Copper All Purpose Ink to paint my old gold brads and make them look amazing.
  • TIP: place your brads back into an old brad sponge to hold them. Then apply a layer of copper ink and leave to dry – add another layer if you need more coverage. The copper ink is a lot thicker than the other colours so painting elements with it only requires a single layer which is amazing.