Blogging on my website fulltime

Now blogging full time over at

thank you for your continued support and visits to my blog. It has been a little neglected
the last couple of months as i am working on something really interesting in cyber space.

but io have made the decision to blog full time over on my website.

so please change all info to that address and please continue to visit there and show your support and love to me as you have done these past couple of years. Without your support I am just crafting for myself. But please now that you are valued and appreciated.

I will in the meantime still try and add some articles here just to make the transition easier for everyone.

happy crafting
With Love Jowilna

Christmas in July | Imagine Crafts and Stencil Girl.

Welcome to
Day three of the
StencilGirl Products & Imagine Christmas in July Blog Hop!
Team StencilGirl and Imagine Artists in Residence are getting creative with Imagine Products and StencilGirl Stencils!

Sit back and enjoy a fabulous range of projects!
We hope to inspire you!
For my card I used the beautiful Pine Cone stencil on my background using several inks for a fun look. I Misted through my stencil, then used the stencil to stamp a second card. Once the ink was dry I used a pine needle stamp and stamped some additional images, and added some pops of red berries.
step 1 - Use 2 different colors of Fireworks! sprays and mist through the Pinecone stencil.
 step 2 - While the stencil is still wet, carefully lift it up, flip it over and stamp with the stencil onto a second piece of cardstock.
 step 3 - Once the ink is dry, use a pine needle stamp and Spanish Moss Versafine ink pad and stamp additional images onto your card.
 step 4 - Add some color by making red berries using irRESISTible Pico embellisher. Leave to dry and then assemble your card.
Stamp Merry Christmas onto the front of the panel using Versafine.
And there you have 2 quick cards using one single stencil with two great effects.
Head on over to Terry's blog to complete the blog hop! And thank you for stopping by!

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for
StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for
Imagine Crafts!
Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be notified by email and announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.
Thank you for playing along and hopping on over to our blogs - we hope you are inspired I know I sure am! Now to get some more of these gorgeous StencilGirl stencils!

around here...

Around here things have been hectic, crazy, scary but mostly exciting.Since the last time traveling around the country teaching 300 odd ladies at Scrapbook Studios event things have been interesting around here. I was slapped yet another LOW blow by the industry, which turns out to be the biggest ever blessing by God. You know the feeling when God shuts a door HE alone opens an even bigger one! Well there you have it! I am blessed even more than I can ask or dream of....well I can dream bigger and so i am doing just that!

One of those exciting things is the release of the new Lady Pattern Paper papers in Egyptian Gold [Limited Edition] and Dazzling Blue [indeed]. I asked Bernie for a navy but what she gave us is the prettiest ever blue that is really versatile, and maybe one day she will do a navy but for NOW i am in love! And those gold hearts, well have my heart!
I was excited to photograph and play with these papers before release day and am always so honorued and excited to a part of the process.
How gorgeous are these golds? Best I stock up on some more before they are all sold out!

Then there is this that I am really excited about...but you will have to wait just a little longer for the reveal!

and then there is the Stencil Girl Christmas in July Bloghop that is happening watch this space and hop along as you can be a winner too! Until later this weekend....
I am off to have a great teaching weekend filled with loads of creativity!

Kraft Essentials Double Page Layout.

What does Kraft Essentials, travel paper and Spar have in common? Well if you live in Gauteng then it all comes together in a double page layout about a horse. Yes strange but true, and it just goes to show how versatile the Lady Pattern Paper range is.
For this double page layout was inspired by the beautiful photos of Leo and Julianna. I drew inspiration from the purple and blue in the photos to use as my accent colour on the layout. For the rest it was a natural colour selection in the Kraft Essentials paper and then I found this gorgeous travel paper that worked perfectly in colour, pattern and texture. All of these elements together with a few embellishments I found at Spar and you have a gorgeous layout with interesting elements.
The kraft paper with blue stars on not only worked perfectly with my colour scheme but the tiny star pattern also compliments the theme and message of the layout. A few extra elements like the cut out sentiment strip sits perfectly on top of the different patterned papers adding another dimension.
The cute little paper clip elements were found at our local Spar. How funky are they? And perfect to add to any project for that extra pizzazz factor.
As part of my title, I punched a circle out of scrap paper, added a “L” rub-on and then dressed it up by adding a stamped paint circles and pencil scribbles all around it. This is such a simple but effective way to use up those older rub-ons in your stash.
 To create flow I added paint splats in different colours to make all the patterned papers seem like one. The paint splats are the unifying element that tells your eye everything works together as a whole. A nifty little trick for unifying elements.
Another little element from Spar is this post it note that I altered by adding some stamped wording, sewing and embellishments.
Stencilling, stamping and buttons finish off my layout perfectly – adding some dimension and colour but not distracting too much from the photos.

And that’s how you can use a whole bunch of different elements in a supporting act together on your double page layout with the gorgeous Kraft Essentials paper from Lady Pattern Paper.

StencilGirl & Imagine Christmas In July Bloghop.

Welcome to StencilGirl and Imagine Christmas in July 3 week long Bloghop!
Yes you heard me 3 inspirational weeks of Christmas in July using Stencils.
If you haven't been playing along, hop on over to the StencilGirl blog and start hopping. Rememebr you have to be in it to win it!

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for
StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for
Imagine Crafts!
Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be notified by email and announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Christmas in July – Peace Pennant.

Welcome to Christmas in July – the month of good intentions of getting ahead of the festive crazies and prepare for a magical and peaceful time during the holidays. And with all the gorgeous Christmas Kaisercraft releases we can expect this year, it sure is going to be a glitzy affair! 

One that I am really excited about. I love the festive season mostly for its wreaths. Yes I am that girl that can have a million wreaths around the house all years long and still love them come Christmas time. So what better way than to create a little festive magic with a miniature wreath on a pennant that can welcome guests at the front door or be used on the fire place, heck anywhere that something can hang – this peaceful pennant can bring good cheer to all who sees it.
I started off by using the beautiful Silent Night Christmas paper to create a pennant base. Then added paper strips and punched borders to complete the look. On top of the pennant is a cut out Santa, more paper strips and a beautiful pennant created from the patterned papers and collectables pack.

step 1 - Punch a selection of leaves from the Kaisercraft Silent Night paper.

step 2 - On a pre-made circle element, add a circle of Tombow Mono Multi adhesive and place the leaves in a circle all around it. I used two different patterns and shades of green of leaves to create interest.
 step 3 - Add Tape Wormz foam tape to the back of another circle element from the collection pack.
step 4 - Adhere the element over the leaves on the base element. The dimension gives the wreath a beautiful 3D look.
step 5 - Create the pennant from a base paper. Add a strip of high tack tape to the top of the pennant.
step 6 - Adhere a strip of ribbon to the tape for a really permanent hold.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the first of the Christmas in July projects that will be running over the next month.

Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Bloghop with Imagine Crafts | stamped card.

Welcome to the Cas-ual Fridays stamps and Imagine Crafts bloghop. We are so excited to share our beautiful creations using the gorgeous products sponsored by Cas-ual fridays
along with the amazing range of inks and products available from Imagine Crafts.
You should have landed here from Joanna's blog

Thank you for hopping by - I hope you are inspired by the beautiful Cas-ual Fridays stamps and dies and how you can create beautiful elements by combining them with the fabulous Imagine Crafts Inks.
Now Hop on over to Lisa's Blog for some more inspiration

Remember you can WIN BIG by being a part of the blog hop by leaving us some comments and love.

In case you get lost, head on over to the Imagine Crafts blog
or head over to the Cas-ual Fridays Stamps blog

JBay Scrapbooking Event | Book your seat today!

Spend a day (or three…) with me......
Jowilna has been in the Scrapbooking Industry for many years and she has contributed to the South African market in ways that are too many to name here…  She currently serves as Design Team member for South Africa’s major Scrapbook Product Distributor, The Wholesaler, as well as Lady Pattern Paper, Chiswick and International Brand Imagine Crafts. She contributes to Scrapbook Generation’s International publication and she has published several books on Paper Crafting, Card Making and Scrapbooking.
We are honoured and privileged to welcome her to Scrapbook Studio!
Thursday 29 September 2016 Group 1
Friday 30 September 2016 Group 2
Saturday 1 October 2016 Group 3
Scrapbook Studio JBay, 106 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay
R895-00 per Day
Price includes full day classes with Jowilna, refreshments, lunch as well as a bumper packed goodie bag!
Only 20 seats available per day.  All classes will be different.

Click on the link to book your spot today! Exciting NEW Classes and Exciting NEW product specially imported for these classes!

Secret Scrapbook Event | Couture Creations & The Wholesaler

It's been a while - well 3 weeks since I blogged. With good reason. I have been off teaching at the Secret Scrapbook Event sponsored by Couture Creations & The Wholesaler and presented by Scrapbook Studio. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my life and passion with the delegates - sharing my God given talents with them. I am blessed by what I do and hyave done for past 20 years! What an amazing event it was, taking us from Cape Town to Pretoria, to Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and then down to JBay for the final leg.

We laughed, I cried, we ate like piggies, we scrapped, we coloured, we cut and we made memories.
We had a great time but I am happy to be home, catching up on mails and work and getting creative again. So for now I leave you with this amazing image taken in Cape Town and then the one below on the last leg of our journey in JBay.
Thank you for hanging around while I was away! I will be back with loads of exciting news happening around here! Until later ....

Guest Designer | iheart studio for Wilna Furstenberg.

 I absolutely loved working with these printed images. I wanted to create a light hearted layout using a photo of my niece – wild and free kind of like these Spring flowers. The colours are so soft and fragile and complimented the black and white photograph perfectly. I wanted the flowers in colour to speak loudly and a colour photo would have competed too much with these beautiful images. I think it is a perfect combination and tells such an amazing story – the perfect combination of wild and free with a really thoughtful message.
What a privilege to work with such amazing images – to honour the art of such an amazing person/artist and beautiful soul like Wilna!

Print your selected images onto high resolution paper. I used the Spring Florals, May Florals 1 and the Spring Frames 2 for my layout.
 Print the Spring Frame to fit over a 6×6” photograph. Cut out the centre of the frame and cut around the outside edge.
Make sure that the printed frame fits over the photo without covering up too much. Adhere the frame to the photo using Tombow adhesive.
 Ink the edges of the cut out flowers to hide any cutting marks.
 Use watercolour paint to add some colour to vintage book paper. Combine two different shades of blue for interest to add the colour wash.
 assemble your layout – add a strip of patterned paper to the top edge of your background. Adhere the painted book paper to the top edge vertically centred. Adhere the framed photo and add additional cut out Spring flowers using foam tape for added dimension.
 Cut out butterflies from the May florals and adhere to the right side of the frame.
 use yellow acrylic paint to add dimensional stamen details to the flowers. Use a burnishing tool to pick up a small amount of yellow paint and stamp the paint into the centre of the flowers. Leave to dry. Add printed wording from the Spring Phrases at the top and bottom edges of the photo. Finish off your layout with machine and hand sewing, sequins, and paint splats.
Add additional journaling stamping and finishing touches as desired to personalise your layout. I hope this has inspired you to use these beautiful images to create your own works of He(ART).

 Blessings! Jowilna

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