i have been involved in a lot of projects in my artistic career over the past 15 years! but this one has to be one of my favourites to date. I created some recycled projects for a TV program here in South Africa. Gasp! this baby was quite a project to be invovlved in due to time frame, design and some other factors which i won't bore you with! the projects had to all be recycled, classy and be something for the home. my first project premieres on the 8th September 2010 at 22h00 - 22h30 local South African time. the channel is KykNet and the show name is "Droomhuis" (dreamhouse). also see the rest of the schedule for future projects on the website. for the full instructions and photos of all my projects visit their website

Cigar box teabag holder with recycled vintage teaspoon

copyright jowilnanolte, droomhuis and lapa publishers (c)
supplies: Handle by 7Gypsies. Patterned paper by K&Co. Cardstock by Bazzill Basics.
Cigar box, teaspoon, ribbon.

sketch 215.

the next sketch challenge is up over at Scrapbook Challenges. i loved using this sketch - it must be due to its organized nature and structure :-). of course i adapted it slightly to make it my own and fit into my style for now. not that i really have a style at the moment. it's more like whatever i feel like as my mood does determine my scrapping at the moment - busy and chaotic or peaceful and clean...what's up with that? anyhow why not pop on over to Pamela's blog and see what the girls came up with and then to scrapbook challenges to become a member and join in the fun.

without further a due...here's my take on the sketch. i used a selection of random photos from way back then - nothing specific apart from my childhood memories - just getting things scrapped. i must say i really liked how this one turned out! let me know what you think too.

i used a star as mask and then lightly spritzed over it onto my Prima patterned paper. the sewing around the edges just adds some texture and highlights the shape.

my 7gypsies sticker acts as a title.

and another star created with distress inks, water and embossing.

you can also see the work of the other scrapbook challenges girls by clicking onto the links in the sidebar to the right. hope you have a fabulous monday!

supplies: Patterned paper by Prima and Art from the heart. Card stock by Prism. Sticker by 7gypsies. Rub-on by Scrapbook King. Distress ink by Ranger Industries. Embossing pearls by SAG. Other Diamante, ribbon, embroidery thread, dimensional glaze, stars.

scrap and stamp saturday.

the challenge this week over at scrap and stamp Saturday is...creating faux buttons. this can be quite a tricky one if you don't like the look of 'handmade' (sigh). i have issues of my own with that...but nonetheless i create the layout below and love it.

i cut my buttons out of chipboard and then added some gold leafing. i had been working on another project with gold leafing and since i had not got it out of my system i just kept on going. you see, if i am not held back i would gladly golf leaf every piece of furniture i won.

the stamped image is from tim holtz with some more leafing inside some of the lettering...

and a piece of leather cord stapled to the patterned paper with my tiny attacher and then snipped into various lengths.

hop on over to the scrap and stamp blog to see what the other design team members came up with. there are some stunning layouts this week. remember to check out the prize you can win if you enter...and remember your stamping!

supplies: Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by Making Memories and Scrap within reach. Stamp by Tim Holtz. Rub-ons by Scrapbook King. Other Golf leaf, diamantes, leather cord and embroidery thread.

mixed media canvas class.

here's a sneak peak at the mixed media canvas class i am doing at sweet scrappins at the end of September. it consists of three different canvasses in a set that matches and follows onto each other - they are also a celebration of spring that may have arrived by then. we will use various techniques on each canvas including bee's wax, stamping, creating backgrounds with gesso and acrylic paint dabbers, an altered glass vile, dipping, inking and loads more. give sweet scrappins a call today to book your spot...and create a beautiful gift for yourself or a special friend.

sweet scrappins can be contacted on
(012) 329 9175

sketch 214.

sketch 214 is up over at scrapbook challenges. this is another great sketch and was a great challenge. i used an interesting combination of patterned papers this week ... i loved the look of the soft buttercup yellow, red and black together. there's also a bit of olive green and pink thrown in for good measure ...

here's my take on the sketch. why not join in the fun and hop on over to the scrapbook challenges site here

i used my circle punch to create this fun bunting effect. after i completed the layout things seemed too 'empty' and this is how it came to be. the dictionary paper is by a local designer Tracy Schimper...love her new stuff!

and my journaling done on little flags - i printed my journaling first and then hand cut the little flags afterwards. the edges were inked in light brown for definition.

supplies: Patterned paper by Fabscraps, MME, Heidi Swapp, Art from the Heart and 7Gypsies. Rub-on by Scrapbook King. Stamp by Fancy Pants. Perfect Pearls by Ranger Industries. Other Diamantes, staples, die-cut swirl and buttons.

scrap and stamp saturday.

this week the challenge over at scrap and stamp Saturday is scrapping your favourite things.
i based my layout on the sketch over at scrapbook challenges last week, and went for some brighter colours picked from my photos. so some of my favourite things include puppies, the ocean, vintage things and traveling.

some close-up of the layout include alcohol inks on my acetate butterfly.

journaling in my favourite font - century gothic

and my die-cut title cut on my silhouette machine. i first did the title in a dark gray that turned out to be...just not right. the black went right over the gray and gave it some dimension.

hop on over to scrap and stamp Saturday and enter your layout to win some fabulous prizes. remember to add some stamping to your layout....

supplies: Patterned paper by MME & Tim Holtz. Card stock by Bazzill Basics. Butterfly by Cuttlebug. Alcohol inks by Ranger Industries. Other Diamante, ink and stamp, acetate, book paper.

faux bargello tutorial.

definition of bargello - "a style of piecework in which fabric is first sewn in horizontal strips, then cut and arranged in vertical steps to produce undulating designs"
for this tutorial i am showing you how easy it is to recycle and re-use your scraps of patterned papers to create something totally new. bargello is traditionally a sewing thing but it just goes to show once again that crafts do overlap and we can find inspiration everywhere.
i used my bargello bird cage on the layout above as an example of the technique. remember that you can dress up your bargello elements with anything from glitter glue to dimensional glaze.

some diamantes added to the dots on the ball

close-up detail of the bargello effect on the bird cage with its different strips of patterned papers

and a close-up of the photo

and here is how you get the faux bargello effect
step 1
cut several strips of patterned papers and plain card stock. keep the strips the same width and the same length.

step 2
add some double sided tape to a piece of plain white card stock from side to side. adhere the patterned paper strips from side to side - remember to keep them flush to each other.

step 3
turn your card stock over and add another layout of double sided tape to the back. when you die-cut your bargello element it will have the double sided tape at the back and you won't have to add glue. this makes working with fine detailed elements much easier because you avoid the mess of adding an adhesive.

step 4
now die-cut your element out of your piece of card stock. the finished look is that of multiple designs and colours on a single design with little effort.

TIP - even the tiniest of scraps can be turned into a work of art to use on your cards, scrapbook layouts and even ATCs. think flowers, butterflies and borders.
I hope you like this technique and will try your hand at it. Since i am such a big hoarder of my little scraps, i have to find different ways of using them creatively.

supplies: Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by Jillybean Soup, Webster's pages, Prima, American Crafts, Lillybee, 7Gypsies. Glitter glue by Ranger Industries. Bird and cage by Sizzix. Rub-on by 7Gypsies. Other embroidery thread, diamantes, ribbon, paper roses & tape measure.

a tutorial coming.

to learn how i made the elements on this card, check back tomorrow to see a tutorial I have put together for scrapbook challenges. I had so much fun with the elements on my layout i continued and made this card as well- i rather like it, hope you do too. check back tomorrow ...

supplies: Cardstock by Worldwin. Patterned by Prima, Jillybean Soup, American Crafts, Lillybee and Webster's pages. Bird cage and bird by Sizzix. Ribbon by Making Memories. Other Crystals, bling and music paper.

scrap and stamp saturday.

the challenge is up over at scrap and stamp Saturday...and this week it's a wonderful sketch by fellow design team member Pamela - a stunner. head on over to the site to check out the sketch as well as the other design team member's samples.

i love what i do for a living, each and everyday i get to play and this is what this layout is all about. the joy that my dream job brings me. some close-ups include - another variety on the every so popular flag theme. i printed the letters on the computer, cut them out and folded them over before cutting the little "v" parts. i first adhered them to the layout and then added the sewing and little blings.

ribbon folded softly and adhered using double sided tape

and stamping with my new girls' paperie stamp set. the bodice was coloured with scattered straw distress ink and then glazed

part of my dream job is doing some good for the community and the world. as little as it may be i try. today we had our Organ Donor Foundation scrap day in JHB. i designed a layout for the event that i will share a little later this coming week. i think the day was a huge success and quite a bit of money was raised for the foundation through the ticket sales and raffles. it does feel good giving back and especially when you can do it through something you love so much. i saw so many familiar faces, customers and friends today - and the best part i made a whole bunch of new friends as well. scrapping really does heal and bring people together! hope you have a fabulous Saturday.

supplies: Cardstock by Fabscraps. Patterned paper by Kaisercraft and handmade. Stamps by Girls' Paperie. Ink by Ranger Industries. Rub-on by Kaisercraft. Pebble by Prima. Other Ribbon, diamantes, dimensional glaze, embroidery thread and title by cricut.

today was a good day.

today was a good day....my week long headache seemed to have taken a backseat and some of my worries seem to have dissipated a bit as well. i got the concept proof today of of my new book! this is the part of publishing that i absolutely LOVE! and it reminded me again today why i have chosen the path in life i have. I may not have ended up where i intended but i think i have gone where i intended to be instead. i get goose bumps with excitement as i think of the whole process that lies ahead this coming month or two as we proof read and check and double check and triple check and make changes and go to print! i have realized again - unless you have been in publishing before you have no clue what it really takes to get it all together, and if you have never done a full days work on a photo shoot you can't judge people by their cover, and prepared loads of copy and seen a baby through to the final wet ink stage...you can't judge people - what i am trying to get across is that most people think you sit on your ass and do very little work!
so as i enter into my favourite time of the creative process, i also enter late nights and early mornings, proof reading until the letters start jumping around and you can't focus up to the point where you want to throw up! ...and then i realise how much I love publishing!! and always will until my last breath.

girls' paperie in paris.

from yesterdays first card came this second one...using some girls' paperie scraps, an Eiffel tower stamp and some of those little paper roses.

torn edge with some MME lush peeking out behind

and the paper roses with some glitter glue on the edges just for some glam

supplies: Patterned paper by Girls' Paperie & MME. Stamp by Cavallini. Ink by Tsukineko. Glitter glue by Ranger Industries. Other Paper roses, clear embossing powder, pearls, embroidery thread.

with life comes death.

yesterday was a sad day - but filled with joy! My dear friend Kathi's mom passed away last night - peacefully - and that's what matters! my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kath!

this card i made for her...now i am not known for my pretty and cutesy cards - but somehow this came to be and I do like it! the angel stamp is a favourite for sympathy cards - she does look so peaceful - and with her wings filled with glitter she is adorable.

do you still remember the days before Prima...when we only had these little paper roses from India? am well yeah i still do have some.

thanks goodness we can pair these roses with Webster's pages...and glitter glue
supplies: Patterned paper by Webster's pages. Stamp by PSX. Ink by Tsukineko. Glitter glue by Ranger Industries.Other paper roses, brown card stock, gold card stock and pearls.

sketch 212.

sketch 212...wow! this week's sketch over at scrapbook challenges was an easy one for me - i think mostly because I knew what paper I wanted to use along with some goodies that were starting to gather dust on my table from other projects.

below is what I did with the sketch.
i did a whole bunch of layering with patterned paper. my favourites
being the new Girls' Paperie and red 7gypsies.

a die-cut element that was part of another project but ended up being too small

tickets copied from kaisercraft's up up and away range...but cut and made my own

some stamps from graphic 45 and journaling

my title die-cut with a shadow

supplies: Patterned paper by Girls' Paperie, Teresa Collins, 7Gypsies, graphic 45 and unknown. Other diamantes, embroidery thread, lettering and flourish.

scrap and stamp saturday.

this week over at scrap and stamp Saturday the challenge is to do a double page layout and use stamping on it somewhere. remember to check out the other design team member's blogs to see what they have come up with this week.
this layout is based on a sketch from scrapbook challenges - i made the single page version and then this double page layout as well. I love how it turned out in the end - of course i did use some of my favourite papers like Webster's pages and jillybean soup.

i used some of my plain alpha stamps to stamp my title on cream paper. remember that you can win some stunning prizes by posting your layout onto the blog over at scrap and stamp Saturday! have a wonderful long weekend....mine is a working and catch up one to prepare some projects due.

supplies: cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by Jillybean soup & Webster's pages. Rub-ons by We R Memory Keepers. Flowers by Prima. Other Diamante, embroidery thread, stamps, ink and circle punch.

inky card background.

this morning while completing my layout for Thursday...i played with some left-over inks.
and this is what i made afterwards - a quick card for a dear friend in the USA. so off to the Post Office to get it in the mail...

supplies: Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by MME, Prima & Kaisercraft.
Dragonfly by K&Co. Other Bling & inks.

sketch 211.

this week's sketch over at scrapbook challenges is another awesome one! remember that you can take part in the challenge by simply uploading your layout!

my layout is a simple one this week. the image is really bad...sorry i know - i should know by now that this particular colour card stock is really bad to photograph and then do a colour correction. i did however like how the real thing turned out...quiet and peaceful

a simple row of blings around a circle element

a favourite quote of mine used as journaling

and check out these gorgeous butterflies from K&Co

supplies: Card stock by Linita's card stock & Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by MME, Jenni Bowlin & Prima. Butterflies by K&Co. Chipboard letters by Fabscraps. Rub-ons by Hambly Screenprints. Other Bling & buttons.

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