A picture is worth a 1000 words

A picture is worth a 1000 words


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My dear and VERY talented friend Jowilna Nolte decided to do 25 techniques and tips using her favourite die-cutting machine - The Cuttlebug! 

I am very guilty in having one, but not really using it...........  So for the next 25 days, I will be following Jowilna's posts and trying out these 25 tips and techniques. 

Here is the first post, written and designed by Jowilna. 

25 days of Cuttlebug tips and techniques.

so I had this crazy idea to do 25 techniques and tips using my favourite die-cutting machine - The Cuttlebug! along with this crazy idea was to use if combined with my December daily album so that I could get everything done in 25 days and be good and ready for December. [insert LOL] anyways so I am off to a slow start, since by now I have done so many Christmas events and layouts and cards I could move right on to Valentines.

So here's where I am at. We will officially start tomorrow with the first tip. but if you are new to scrapbooking and machines here's a little background. 
I first fell in love with the green machine at it is affectionately referred to in my house with the V1 model. The machine was green which was a shock to every scrapper who had a pink room (not me) but it worked. It was a sturdy machine that would stand the test of time. And if you are like me you will try just about anything in this little sucker. And even after 7 years I am yet to be disappointed by it's strength and versatility. But why I like this little guy so much is because I use it every day! It's small and compact but big enough to emboss and cut almost anything apart from the obvious large dies. It folds into a tiny manageable size and fits into most cupboards easily. You can use other dies and embossing folders with it without a problem and above all it is a really good price.  With the V2 model came a slick and sexy machine - same sturdy and hard working, affordable machine.
Here are a few tips you will need to know:
  • the Cuttlebug has a suction function so that when you unfold the base to open the machine it will sit firmly onto your smooth work table
  • the plates in the machine are used to build up the height needed for either embossing or die-cutting
  • the plates need to be aligned on the front and back for the machine to work correctly. if the plates are lined up correctly and inserted the handle will start turning on its own and you know you are good to go
  • the sandwich configuration - the order in which the plates are stacked - is very very important. if done incorrectly it may damage your machine (i experience this in a class once - and very unpleasant)
  • apart from that this machine is so easy to use! 
so if you are considering buying a machine or have one, then stick around or come back for a visit to learn my easy approach using this versatile little bug.
Keep a look out, the first 2 techniques are to follow.........................

1/25 - Add tape before you die cut delicate and detailed images using your Cuttlebug. 

Welcome to tip # 1 using your Cuttlebug and dies
I hate a big mess with adhesives, and can't stand it when glue seeps from underneath a great piece of art work.  So what do I do when I want to die cut a delicate piece...
  1. Choose your patterned paper;
  2. Adhere strips of double sided tape to the back of the paper large enough to cover your die;
  3. Place the die onto your cutting plate, then the paper face down and send through your Cuttlebug;
  4. Remove the die cut paper from the die;
  5. You know have a ready to adhere die cut element - no fuss no mess
This is such an easy thing to do and yet people are still struggling with liquid adhesives. this quick and easy way will save you lots of time.
if you have a sticker maker machine that works too, but I have found that they also have limitations, where this way I am yet to find any issues.
so there you have it - add tape to die-cuts even before cutting....

And now for tip number 2 :-)

2/25 turn your die cuts into cost effective stencils.

So you've bought all these lovely dies to die cut pretty shapes like flowers, butterflies, hexagons, circles and.....you get the idea. No sooner did you receive your beautiful shipment of new dies and the next craze hits the scrapbooking world - stencils.
tip #2 - turn your die cuts into stencils
  1. Use your die to cut your shape out of the selected cardstock. Ink, emboss or use as you please.
  2. Use the left over piece together with a sponge applicator and ink pad to ink through the cut out section directly onto the background of your layouts, cards, tags and even on white spaces on photographs.
Tips and tricks
This is the cheapest stencil you will ever own and you can throw it away without feeling guilty when it gets mucked up.  To cover an entire background, simply rotate and move the stencil and ink again using different colours and different mediums.  Avoid inking over the straight edges - and if you are scared you will, then simply extend your stencil with some clear acetate or cardboard around the outside edges only.  You can also die cut your shapes out of a larger piece of acetate for a more permanent and durable stencil that will last for longer.
I can create beautiful unique stencils to my hearts content - I have the equipment I might as well use it to the max.
So remember to come back tomorrow for some more tips and techniques on using your Cuttlebug!

This entire post was written and designed by Jowilna Nolte.  The originals can be found on http://jowilnanolte.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oh my word, November is almost over which means Christmas is getting closer and closer :-)

Over at Black With Two there is still a few days left to complete the November challenge.  This month is DOMINANT BLACK CARDSTOCK BACKGROUND (this is a must), CHERRY REDS, COFFEE/TOFFEE BROWNS plus allowance of 5% WHITE. 

Here is the colour board, along with my take on the challenge.

Here are some close-up pictures of the detail.


So head on over to Black with Two and join in the fun!


Over at Let's Scrap our current Design Team term is coming to an end :-(  This means we are again on the lookout for a new Design Team.

We are looking for experiences and new, talented designers from all over the world that can do awesome things with our sketches and challenges.  The term will be running from January 1st to April 30th, 2014.

If you would like to apply to join our wonderful team, we would love to receive your application before December 25th, 2013

This is what you will need to include with your application:
  • Your take on the sketch above - it can be a 2 page layout or you can do either side;
  • A short paragraph about yourself, explaining who you are a why you want to be on the Let's Scrap Design Team - what are we getting when we have you on our team?
  • A link to your gallery and/or blog (if you have one);
  • List of any teams that you are on right now and/or responsibilities;
  • Your contact information
Each design team member will be expected to do the following "chores":
  • Make 2 layouts/cards per month from our sketches;
  • Provide a challenge or tutorial (at least one of the two per term);
  • Be an active member in our forum and in the gallery;
  • Be a team player.
If you think you are the new DT member, please send your application to letsscrap2011@gmail.com
Anyone thinking of applying for the DT please contact us for a more detailed information sheet about what would be expected of a member of the Let's Scrap Design Team.

Please note, any layouts made with this sketch CANNOT be posted in our gallery or any other place on the internet before January 1st, 2014.


Friday, November 22, 2013

I am very excited to be hosting the challenge this week here at Frosted Designs.

Since we are in the 11th month of 2013, I thought it would be nice to have an 11 ITEM CHALLENGE, whereby you must USE AT LEAST ONE of the following 11 items (you can use as many items as you want, all 11 as well).
  1. Tags;
  2. Paper layering
  3. Washi tape
  4. Flags/banners
  5. Patchwork
  6. Circles
  7. Stitching
  8. Stars
  9. Flowers
  10. Buttons 
  11. Arrows
I cannot wait to see what you come up with.  Here is my take on the challenge:
Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:
Echo Park Reflections Fall 12x12 collection kit
Color Wash Cold Pressed Watercolor Tags
Cut&Paste Charm Decorative Tape

I used the following items on the list:  Paper layering; washi tape; flags/banners; stitching & tags.  I combined the washi tape and flags/banners, by making the flags out of washi tape.  For my tag, I used Tim Holtz' alchohol inks to colour the tag. 
You know the rules... you have to play to win!! We can't wait to see what you create! And remember all projects are welcome... scrapbooking, cards, mixed media, off the page projects... anything you create and want to share!
You have until noon (Central Time) Thursday, December 5th to link you your project on the Frosted Design blog - here http://frosteddesigns.blogspot.com/ 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Hi there ladies, it is my turn to host the blog at Frosted Designs today on this lovely Monday morning!!!!!

When I first looked at the Vintage Bliss Collection from Simple Stories, I thought to use a picture of myself, and make it a nice girly page.  But I just could not find one that I liked........  So in the end I opt for a picture we took recently of myself and our little one.  This is one of my all time favourite photos, and I just LOVE it!!!!!  

All the papers are from the Vintage Bliss collection, as well as the title and embellishments.  One thing I love about Simple Stories is the fact that you can get all your embellishments and title work from the collection.  I did some cutting up of papers that I used as embellishments, as well as the title.  Here are some close-ups!!!!

The background paper that I used had stitched butterflies on, so I decided to handstitch over them, boy, what a job, but in the end, it really turned out awesome and so worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The title I also got from one of the papers, but it was too long for the space I wanted to place the title in, so I cut it up and rearranged it, to fit into the space.  


If you head on over to the Frosted Designs Store, you will be able to pre-order this range!!!!!!!!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

There are so many exciting things going on currently, one of which is the Grand Opening of the Frosted Designs store!!!!!!!!!!  Hopefully, you have come to my blog from Brenda Becknell's blog.  If not, stop on over at Frosted Designs blog where the fun begins!  The hop will run through October, 13th and there are lots of fabulous prizes to be won!!!!!!!!!

The rules are simple this time........
  1. You are going to "hop" to each of the blogs on the list.  each of these designers will have a difference word on their blog that you need to "collect".
  2. Each designer is going to showcase some of their favourite products from the store!  They may also be giving away prizes of their own!!!!
  3. Once you have "collected" all the words, you will have a phrase.  You are going to email this phrase to frosteddesigns@ymail.com.  We will pick on random winner to receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Frosted Designs store!  The Gift Certificate does not include shipping!!!


My products from the store only arrived on Friday, so I have not completed a project yet, but I can tell you this, the products are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So keep hopping to see the other designer's favourite products!  Don't forget to collect your words along the way!!!

My word is...............


Next you are headed to Channa Suitella's blog for her project.  If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the designer's blogs to visit. 

YOU ARE HERE - Jeaunes Viljoen

I have a special discount for any order from the US STORE only.  Use "GRANDOPENINGJEAUNES" and receive 30% off your ENTIRE purchase!!!!  This includes everything in the store.  Pre-orders, scrapbooking kits, mixed media items, and already discounted items.  With the 30% discount, that makes them almost 1/2 off!  This discount is good from October 7-13 only.    
Make sure you stop by the Frosted Designs blog because there is another chance to win TWO prizes there!!!!   LOADS of prizes to be won!   Now hop on over to Channa's blog for more inspiration.  Don't forget to collect the words for the phrases as you go for the chance to win a prize!  


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It is time for a new colour challenge over at Black with Two, for the month of October!!!!!!!

With October being breast cancer awareness month, it was decided to use pink in our colour board in hopes to inspire you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All of the challenges are to be created using a DOMINANT BLACK cardstock background and the 2 colours.  October is DOMINANT BLACK WITH CANDY PINKS AND GOLD PLUS 5% ALLOWANED WHITE :-)

Here is the colour board, along with my take on the challenge.

For this layout I used the following sketch from Pagemaps

Here are some close-up pictures of the detail :-)




So head on over to Black with Two and join in the fun!

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