darkroom door bliss.

i *heart* darkroom door! for the past fifteen years i have loved stamping, and nothing
compares to the awesomeness of good old red rubber with a totally brilliant and original design on it! so started my love affair with darkroom door stamps, images, printed matter and the totally awesome and generous Rachel Greig (a master when it comes to looking through a lens). so the time has arrived when i am honored to be featured as a guest designer on their blog this week! i am truly blessed in my creative journey as i struggle for my little ray of sunshine amongst the clouds that is the creative world. so please head on over to the darkroom door blog and check out what i have done using the awesome designs and truly amazing quote stamps! send Rachel some love and let her know if you are a fan!
thank you to Rachel for this awesome opportunity and for the wonderful products, her true and unconditional generosity and her creative spirit in general - you rock!
**PS i also used those same wonderful stamps in the little house projects below! so check it out and see if you can spot those awesome little stamped images!

home sweet home.

house 1 above and 2 below in a set of four home decor houses. grouped together they make for an awesome little wall hanging filled with homely goodness.
way back when i started working on a set of four houses. i used some of the awesome resist paper by pink paislee for the backgrounds that i colored using distress inks and mists. i worked on 1 inch thick pieces of wood. love that lately** they were just fun to make and put together the four just makes an awesome room decor project. i used an awesome stamp set from darkroom door with various quotes and house images. i heart that set! the best stamp of them all reads
"i would sooner live in a cottage and wonder at everything,
than live in a castle and wonder at nothing"
have you wondered at something today ? or is your castle just so important and bigger than life! a castle can crumble at any time, but cottages are almost always filled with love only.
happy fathers day to all the dads out there!

alcohol ink class kits for sale.

we have 3 class kits available from Saturdays class - so if you missed out and want to have some awesome fun playing with your alcohol inks, learn some new techniques and applications then this is for you. you will be able to make the canvas and add your own personality into it as well. below is Janet's version of her class kit to show you just how versatile the kit really is. full class notes as well as other sample included in the notes.
Kits R175.00 ex p&p
e-mail me on jowilna at scrapcouture dot co dot za to order your exclusive kit today.
this kit teaches you all the basics of alcohol inks, application methods tips and tricks.


another week means another sketch (258) over at scrapbook challenges. for this layout i used some of the new pink paislee papers. i love how the colour scheme turned out so bright and funky! the black and white photos really pop out from the background colours used.
these funky little flowers were coloured using the new distress stains. the flowers were cut using my Slice Elite in plain card stock. the center of the flower is a 7gypsies sticker.
these little tags are some left-overs from a kit. the beautiful rub-on (orange plat like thingy) is by Hambly. you gotta love those rub-ons - such awesome quality!
the word 'wonder' was also cut out with my Slice machine in a pale blue bazzill card stock. i then used my distress stains and added some more colour to match my flower. i love these little bottles of ink - so versatile and handy! there's a design call out over at Scrapbook Challenges - so head on over if you are interested!


this class kit now for sale!
Limited stock available.
R150.00 ex p&p
Contact me via e-mail at jowilna at scrapcouture dot co dot za
or leave a comment and we will get back to you
Class kits includes notes, layout sketch and technique ideas to create your own masterpiece in the convenience of your home.

alcohol inks.

today's alcohol ink class was absolutely amazing! the girls did stunning work. some opted for making a set of 9 tags while some did the most amazing canvas projects - i love how more than often the students take your idea and turn it into a work of art! the best part of my job! here's what my canvas looks like. in total we did about 12 altered pieces with alcohol inks on the canvas alone...a bit more on the tags! they include brads, beads, tin foil, metal photo corners, diamante, photo paper, tim holtz metal goodies, fragments and giant playing cards. if you feel inspired let me know, and please remember if you copy the project for your own benefit please do so and give credit where it is due! keep handmade art alive! have a wonderful Sunday!

scraps from my table.

ok..so the washing is hung and i found it to be warmer outside than what it actually is inside my house! so i took quick pics of the cards i made using some of the scraps on my table. i love how they turned out - and yes they look way better in real life! you may also have noticed that i am going through a pink spell in my work - what's up with that? maybe all the gorgeous paper designs or maybe my soul is at peace or crying out! not sure yet! anyhow...
gotta love those beautiful papers by Fancy pants, mme and pink paislee. how perfect do they match in colour and theme?
it's been a while since i have actually designed some cards - apart from those for classes - you know just for fun and for the sake of being creative and keeping the head busy. but since i was on a mission once again of throwing out and purging some stuff i found three printed collage butterfly images and they were really the inspiration behind the colours scheme and theme. and these cards are the end result...
i also found some of these small paper doilies while cleaning so they were on my table too. I did however pull out some distress stain to colour them. the patterned papers are all scraps from class layouts ...That awesome gold butterfly is by artchix studio and the words by darkroom door.
a few quick stitches around the edges of the patterned papers and they are totally transformed. gotta love how easy that is!
a couple of buttons and embroidery thread and you have more dimension and colour!
remember to finish off those buttons - a well dressed button is a button with thread through it's holes! it only takes a few second - but the end result is priceless. Have a wonderful weekend! and thanks for popping in.

time flies.

...when you are having fun! i can hardly believe it's June - yip halfway through the year and halfway to Christmas! But for now it's time to post about the new challenge over at scrapbook challenges. this sketch below is a super easy double page layout and can be turned into so many different options - with only a bit of imagination. so without further a due...
here's what i did with the sketch! i am not a huge fan of skew - not furniture in my house or photos on my layouts. if i am gonna do crooked then it has to moderate! so i opted for straight photos. to create my background i used acrylic paint. this is so easy. take a bottle of acrylioc paint, pour or pounce a few blobs right down the center horizontally across both pages, take a old credit card and move the paint around randomly. change direction often to avoid a monotonous effect. lave to dry and create!
i added some random cardstock embellishments from Pink Paislee alongside some beautiful prima, mme and creative imaginations papers.
because i kept the colours quite neutral (for me) i wanted my title to blend into the background as opposed to pop out. i used some old basic grey lettering to create my title and then added an outline using an ordinary HB pencil instead of a thin black marker. easy huh? nothing too it. all different technique that can be complicated but instead you can just have fun and make it so easy!
hop on over to scrapbook challenges and check out the single page version! there's loads of inspiration and some cool announcements, and challenges where you can win some awesome goodies! we are having awesome and really chilly weather (the coldest we have ever had here), so if the weather permits i will be back later to share some cards i have made using only scraps pulled from my table (read:hurricane inflicted mess). and tomorrow is an alcohol ink class at sweet scrappins! i always look forward to those classes! the girls are super excited about learning all about techniques, are open minded and Carla has the best priced goodies (always stocked well)in town! oh and did i mention the sausage rolls we have at tea time - they are worth attending a class just to have them. which i will try not to since i am on a mission of not having bread and wheat - the very things the government give us that will certainly kill us! (my little rant for today!) stay warm SA!

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