Thursday, December 19, 2019

My Favourites 2019!

Hello and thank you so much for popping by.

Can you believe we are almost through another year?  2020 is fast approaching and I thought I would take this opportunity to say firstly a massive thank you for your love and support this year.

It has been a big year with lots of creativity and looks like being another big year next year.

I was thrilled to  be asked to design for both Dusty Attic and Kaisercraft this year along with being able to share my love of pretty paper with some wonderful people in Queensland.  Big hugs and thanks to Alison Bevis and Barbi Shipton for your hospitality!

So I thought I would share with you my favourite layouts from this year.  In no particular order - here they are

This was one I did early in the year featuring papers from Colourblast and the very talented Michelle Grant.  I love all the texture in this layout.

49 and Market combined with Dusty Attic.  Love how this turned out.  That paper is STUNNING!

Kaisercraft - always a big fan of their stuff.  It took me a while to warm to this collection but I love how this turned out with all those clusters!

Dusty Attic - I have loved being on their team.  Chipboard to die for and the nicest bunch of girls you will ever meet!  This was outta my comfort zone!

Another one featuring Kaisercraft.  I really like the colour palette of the Antiquities collection.

Magenta!  Seriously pink, black and a white backgournd and I am in my element!  Love this collection!

Softer muted tones - a challenge for me to work with but this one is definately a favourite.  Gentlemen's Emporium by Couture Creations

Another grungy one I designed for Dusty Attic. 

This one I think is my favourite layout I designed for Dusty Attic this year.  It was for the November mood board challenge.

And last but by no means least - the beautiful lady like collection.  This is my favourite collection from Kaisercraft I think EVA!!  So pretty with the soft pinks and greys with touches of greens and blues.  DIVINE!

I hope you enjoy that little walk down memory lane with me today.  Thanks for sharing it with me.

Until next time

Happy scrapping!

Cards with Dusty Attic

Hi there Dusty Fanattics!

I have a couple of male themed cards to share with you today using stencils to create a background.

To start I covered my white cardstock with some distress oxide ink in a couple of different colours.

Once they were dry I added some extra colour using some more distress oxide ink through some stencils.  The stencils I used were the Distress Grid and the Large Dot.

I then set about adding my chipboard elements to my card fronts.

For this first card I used the Diamond Panel along with the Designer Discs #15 Cogs.  I also tucked under one of the Boho Feathers.

All my chipboard I primed with black gesso first.  I added some prima waxes to the feather and the cogs. 

To give the diamonds a litle more texture I heat set them with some chunky gold embossing powder. 

To finish off my card I added a Mini Tab to the centre of the card.

For my second card I again added some chunk embossing powder to the diamonds.  This one had bits of white/silver in for a bit of a distress finished.

The winged key chipboard along with the large cog from the designer disc cogs set I primed in black gesso and added some prima waxes.

I added the mini Happy Birthday sentiment to the card which was also primed in black gesso and had wax added.

Dusty Attic products used

Thanks so much for stopping by

Until next time

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Captured - Dusty Attic

Hello Dusty friends and welcome back to the blog today.

Its my turn to inspire you with my take on this months mood board.

Jen "the Boss" does a wonderful job designing these mood boards and they are a great starting point if your lacking a little creatively.

Lets have a look at the the mood board

So I decided to try and use all the colours in the colour pallette.  Here is what I came up with.

I started by making my paper cluster for my photo and stapling it in the middle.  This allows me to then tuck under all my chipboard pieces.

I used the Doily #5 which I coloured with blue pigment ink.  Then I added the Grid #2 broken bits which were given a very light coat of gesso.

The Layered Garland and the Scroll #12 were also coloured with pigment inks.  I added some Mini Foliage to my small flower cluster before adding the String frame over the top of my photo.

Here are a couple of close ups

To bring in a little more of the purple colour I stamped some flowers and coloured them and then I added some stamped leaves too.

Here is another close up of those details.

Dusty Attic Products Used

Thanks so much for stopping by

Until next time - happy scrapping

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Lady Like by Kaisercraft

Hello Kaisercraft fans and welcome to todays blog post featuring the absolutely beautiful Lady Like collection.

Kaisercraft products:  P2874 | CT974 Collectables | SK820 Sticker Book | DD499 Texture Burlap die | DD630 Floral Frame Die

Oh my – seriously I think this would have to be my most favourite collection so far this year!  I am a huge fan of pink and this collection is just so soft and feminine.  Love everything about it from the little frames and key locks to those stunning florals and soft dreamy papers!

I started by adding a bit of texture to a white background and adhereing some of the Burlap die to a white piece of cardstock.

From there I made my flower cluster and cut out the middle of those frames.  Dont throw the little quotes away as they will come in handy for another project.  I also added some doilys just to give it a really girly look.

I printed my photo in black and white just to keep the whole feel of the layout soft and pretty even tho the photo also has my boys in.  Using pink doesnt bother me at all.

I have also used the floral frame die and added a little bit of patterned paper to the back of the flower just for a little something extra.

I loved creating with this collection.  Im sure I will be creating a few more projects with it.  Dont forget we would love to see your creations too on our Kaisercraft Corner page on Facebook.
You can also download the instructions for this layout here

Until next time

Happy crafting!

Jo x

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Creative Inspiration Live 2020 | Couture Creations

 #creativeinspirationlive2020 #couturecreationsaus

Hi everyone, 
I am super excited to announce Creative Inspiration Live 2020 is happening and and REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN NOW!!!
 We have an awesome line up of tutors for 2020!!! believe me you don't want to miss out on being part of this event and learn from the amazingly talented
see below for more details and the link to book your place
oh and I am back coordinating and hosting this awesome event and next year Adriana Bolzon will be co-hosting with me how fabulous is that 

see you there !!! 

 we would love to introduce our fabulously talented international and Aussie tutors for the event, if you don't already follow them on their socials make sure you do. We know you are going to be as excited as we are with these 4 amazing tutors and their wealth of knowledge and creative genius they will be sharing with you all at Creative Inspiration Live 2020.

Jowilna Nolte
I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa after having studied Pastoral Psychology. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time.

Traveling abroad to trade shows like Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany and CHA in America gave me an even broader insight into paper and its many uses. This prompted a keen interest in stamping, especially in the craft industry where scrapbooking seems to be my favourite. I have since gone on to be editor of two scrapbooking and craft magazines as well as being a contributing editor to several other craft magazines currently on the market. My work has been published extensively in local magazines and on the internet as well as in international publications such as Somerset Studios, Take Ten magazine, and Catch Up Issues. My love for publishing and sharing ideas, tips and techniques shifted me onto another career path and saw the publication of my first book in 2008. My second book was released in December 2010 and has been on the 4th best seller in South Africa since its release. In less than three months it has been sold out and is now in its second print. Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography.

I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making. I currently design for various distributors in South Africa to promote their products and teach scrapbooking classes weekly as well being on various international design teams including Couture Creations. Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.
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Cariena Basson
My hometown is Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. I own a Scrapbook Store there, that turned 10 years old this year (2019) I have been teaching Scrapbook classes for 10 years. My passion is paper, ink, stamps and just enjoying what I do. Preserving memories is important to me, so everything I do on my layouts, are done to showcase those precious moments. Coming back to teach for the 2nd time at the Couture Creations Event in Brisbane is an honour. I am super excited to share what I love with everyone. We are going to have so much creative fun! See you all in February ♥
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Lucy Campeanu
Lucy is no newcomer to the stamping and scrapbooking industry with 12 years designing and making her own stamps under the name Lucy’s Stamps.
Traveling all over Australia, New Zealand and even America to teach classes in stamping and scrapbooking. Some of those designs are still being made today.

Lucy is passionate about art and teaching people to develop their own creativity. There is a moment when you create something beautiful or learn a new technique that gives you a rush of satisfaction. Lucy has spent the years after selling Lucy’s Stamps, dabbling in many mediums. Some of which are plasma cutting, painting in watercolours, oils, alcohol inks, stained glass, silversmithing and even making a sword in Glastonbury at a forge. Travel journaling and art journaling have become a passion which led back to wanting to design stamps, papers, die cuts. Lucy enjoys taking her hand painted papers, and stamps designs from a concept to a class situation. Living in the beautiful Northern Rivers NSW with her husband Gino. Her style could be described as eclectic, as each new yummy product she finds, brings new exciting ideas and projects. Alcohol inks and stamps are a passion. She believes creative play is good for the soul.
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Jo Simons
Hi! My name is Jo-Anne Simons (tho most call me Jo) and I live in Perth Western Australia. I’m a stay at home mum to 3 teenagers/young adults and happily married to the love of my life all of whom feature heavily in my work. About my work – I love to create layouts and cards.

I would describe my work as clustered, clean and pretty. My projects are quite structured with lots of layering, clustering and dimension Although I love to dabble in mixed media – I tend to always come back to my clean simple style. Scrapbooking for me isn’t just about memory keeping, it’s an outlet to be creative and just unwind from the daily stresses of life. I don’t really follow any rules in my papercraft – as long as I enjoy the process and am happy with the end results, then that is all that matters! I am extremely grateful and humbled to be a part of Creative Inspiration Live 2020 and cannot wait to share with you my passion for paper and all things Couture Creations!
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Kerrie Gurney {ME}

Adriana Bolzon

 Happy Creating 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Be Brave, Be Creative Be You!


Hey hey Kaisercraft fans.  Welcome!  Jo here with you today to share with you a layout I have created using the new Crafternoon collection.

Kaisercraft products:  Crafternoon   P2845 DIY | CR572 Collectables | CS369 Clear Stamp | PP1078 Paper Pad | Fl659 Flourishes

I found my my starting point and a bit of inspiration form the cut a part sheet so decided to build my layout around that.
To begin I cut a piece of white cardstock down and placed it over the pretty gingham papers.
Before I adhered them to the page I stamped around the page using the clear stamps from the collection.

I then made two paper clusters.  One for my photo to sit on and one for my quote to sit on.

I then started to tuck under all my little pieces from the collectables and added the branding strips along the top and bottom of the gingham just to frame it all a little.

You can download the instructions here
Visit your local stockist or go online to the Kaisercraft store if you feel inspired by this collection or by these projects. Have a great week!