Rainbow art journaling page.

I often create pages, well really experiments using inks and other mediums, I guess you can say they are art journaling pages but just not in an art journal.
So the other day when I was given a really nice journaling from a paper company, i started adding my art pages to it – and i love how all my experiments are
now housed in one convenient place. So today i had this idea of playing with the rainbow and created this page using Chiswick’s range of Dye ink pads.

 I love how the colours turned out so much – and realised that at heart I just really love colour!
art journaling 2

So here’s how i did it…
step 1 – Grab a piece of technique or watercolour cardstock. Lightly mist the entire sheet with water
 step 2 – Use 5 colours of ink pads and press the ink pads directly onto the wet misted cardstock.
I started with the lightest colour first and then went darker and darker. This way I avoided contaminating my light coloured ink pads.
 step 3 – One you added all the ink colours, lightly mist the inked cardstock with water again.
step 4 – Tilt the cardstock around to make the ink spread and flow to created interesting lines and effects. The water will make the overlap ink colours mix together to create a whole new colours and loads of interest.
I just simply picked 5 colours that i likes and experimented with the outcome – once the ink was dry it created a lovely pastel coloured background. I then added some stenciling using black paint mixed into texture paste.
Once everything was dry I added some decorative elements and adhered it into my journal.
For the left hand side of my journal I used a die-cut from my Silhouette machine, stamped wording and some scraps from my background I created cut into small decorative squares.
Loving the colour and detail using a few ink pads, stencils and paint!
  I hope your day is a really colourful one! For a full list of products used and to view more head on over to the website
Dye Ink Pad Display – 27pcs ( 9 colours ) rs3370
Dye Ink Pad- Red rs3291
Dye Ink Pad – Purple rs3298
Dye Ink Pad – Blue rs3297
Dye Ink Pad – Grass Green rs3296

Couture Creations 2 Way Glue – A Sticky Affair!

Are you always getting stuck looking for a really amazing adhesive? Well we have some amazing news for you. Today we are introducing the new Couture Creations 2 Way Glue pens – giving you twice the solution to sticky messes.

I tested the glue pens on a quick tag I made using some of my favourite products from The Wholesaler. I used the larger pen tip as a wet permanent bond glue for my larger elements and matts, and then the smaller pen for my fussy cut elements that I wanted to be repositionable. Both options that I like having in my bag of tricks.
Step 1 - Cut out images from printed paper, journaling cards or use photos for your project.
step 2 - Use the large 2 Way glue pen for the large pieces you are adhering. TIP: To start off using the glue pens, you need to push the pen tip in several times to activate the glue. The pen tip will become white as the glue seeps into the nib.
 step 3 - The large pen tip is perfect for adding adhesive to larger pieces like photos, journaling cards and other flat elements. The large tip spreads the glue evenly in a thin layer.
step 4 - Add glue to the postcard element using the large 2 way glue pen.
step 5 - TIP: I used this glue wet. Adhere the element to brown cardstock while the adhesive is still wet for a permanent hold.
step 6 - Use the smaller 2 way glue pen with the small nib for smaller cut out elements for detailed work.
step 7 - Add glue to the cut out elements using the glue pen and set them aside to dry first.
 Once the glue is dry adhere the elements to your decorated tag – I can move the elements around until I am happy and then leave them in position to dry for a permanent hold.
TIP: The 2 way glue is really great for people who battle using very wet adhesives. It enables you to let the glue dry first before committing to placement on your project, and lets you move things around for that perfect fit. Giving you time to adjust certain elements will take the stress out of getting things stuck.

Gold woven card using the Xyron.

Hi everyone - my apologies for being missing in action for a few days!I can hardly believe that I haven't blogged for so long, life has been a bit hectic and well emotional. I have gone on a journey of soul searching - mine and yours!
Questioning humanity and the meaning of all things worldly - have we lost the plot totally?
anyways - onto some prettiness...
I am on the Chiswick blog today with a beautiful gold glitter woven card using
the Xyron Creative Station.
I am just loving my Xyron at the moment - it's just so quick and easy!
Recently we also celebrated Father's day - well mine has been in heaven for 29 years now.
Wow how time has flown by - and it almost seems surreal - as if I totally skipped a couple of years in reality. But, instead life has gone on and I made this cute little card using some amazing products by The Wholesaler, Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

So if you missed this post on the Imagine Crafts Blog then head on over here to see the wonderful products I used head on here  
I promise not to disappear again for a while at least - and thank you for hanging out and popping in! Without you guys visiting there would be no creative purpose apart from enjoying it myself and keeping me sane! Go and be creative!

Butterfly wishes – stamped card with gold foil detail.

One of my favourite things is a simple stamped card with some gold detail. For today’s card I used my all time favourite butterfly stamp image from Chiswick. A simple stamped images coloured and added to a bold blue background using Chiswick cardstock. 

visit the Chiswick blog here to see the full step x step instructions.
Happy stamping everyone!

Oh Lady Pattern Paper … World class South African scrapbooking papers.

There’s a new paper Lady in town and we are simply giddy about her. It’s the new Lady Pattern Paper range. I am always a bit reserved when it comes to local, yes I know I am a paper snob and I like quality. So when I first got this range of new paper I was careful of judging this book by its paper. And all I can say is I am pleasantly surprised. 

 This paper range is perfect for our market – versatile and basic – a real core product for our local market. You can use it alongside imported products, dress it up with techniques and inks and it looks fabulous.

 It will work for boys and girls, family and friends, pets and pals – and if you can think of it you can create a theme with it. Truly versatile in colour and design, just what a girl needs for her basic paper supplies.
 This high quality paper range stood fast through a couple of tests I did on it while of course creating one of my all-time favourite layouts….like they all usually are – but this one is proudly South African!
 Here’s what I found…
  • The paper is of a high quality that will not fray on the edges even when cut with a blunt trimmer blade
  • I stamped and inked the paper and it simply did not react. The ink that I love most for stamping on this paper range is still my all-time favourite ink “Versafine”
  • I splatted ‘Walnut” ink onto the background and it dried perfectly. Initially it looked like the ink sits on top, but it dried perfectly after a few seconds of being patient
  • I used some of the new stencils from The Wholesaler and stencilled onto the paper using Memento inks and it looks amazing
  • I pierced holes in the paper using my Couture Creations paper piercer and the paper did not re-act at all, apart from making perfect holes – no tearing, pulling or coming apart
  • This range can be adhered using a glue pen, double sided tape and Tombow adhesives without any issues. No unsightly glue marks or weird side effects
 So at the end of the day I am in love with this paper range. It certainly worked really well with all my favourite techniques when I create a layout- so much so that I can’t wait to start my next layout using this gorgeous essential and basic range of papers.
So go on – mix and match with your favourite brand of papers and embellishments…because this LADY is taking the country by storm…paper storm that is! 

Colour Your Burlap Flowers In A Few Easy Steps.

These beautiful burlap flowers from Petaloo have become my absolute favourites. The texture and variety is amazing and the fact that I can personalize them to suit my project perfectly is a bonus. Today I am showing you how to combine your inks and flowers and create something truly unique in a few easy steps. All you need is a few minutes to customize the beautiful petals in something truly unique. 
I wanted to add more interest to my Petaloo burlap flowers and used my trusty VersaMagic ink pads to add colour and to combine different shades for loads of interest before adding them to my card.
Step 1 - Select the colours that you want to use to colour your flowers with. I used the versatile VersaMagic ink pads.
Step 2 - Add some Turquoise Gem ink onto a palette. TIP: I use the plastic packaging from my Couture Creations dies – they work really well and can be thrown away without batting an eyelid. Press the ink pad onto the palette lightly to transfer the ink.
Step 3 - Mist the ink with water. Use a paintbrush to mix the ink and water and then paint the white burlap flowers until the entire flower is covered in colour.
Step 4 - Add Pink Petunia ink to your palette – use a clean palette and brush. Select one of the pink texture elements burlap flowers – it is already pink but we are going to add some more interest by adding a different pink colour to it.
Step 5 - Paint the lighter areas of the pink flower with the dirty rose pink ink. This will give you a flower that is shaded in two different colours of pink giving you more interest and making the texture pop even more.
Step 6 - You are now ready to adhere your coloured burlap flowers to your card or layout. I love these flowers for their gorgeous textures and interest, and making my own colours to match my project is such a bonus.
Stamped details added to my card using VersaFine Vintage Sepia.

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