Saturday, 19 April 2014

CARD MAKING MARATHON" A fun day filled with all things crafty ladies (and gents) love!  Debbie and Jan will provide inspiration, deliscious cakes & make the tea for you, whilst you simply enjoy your favourite card projects."
On       Sat June 28th 2014
At        Glenorchy Church Hall, Exeter Rd, Exmouth
Time   1pm til 6pm (Afternoon tea served around 3pm)
Cost     £30  (deposit of £10 will secure your place)

*  20 projects planned and designed by Japonicajan and CraftyDebs.
                 (you can make as many as you like)
*  Afternoon tea (incl Sandwiches, Cream/scones/jam & cakes.)
*  ALL RESOURCES needed to complete projects ie card, inks, stamps embellishments etc.
*  Handouts, samples for your guidance, NO TUITION but we will be there to guide you where

* Craft tools -dsa tape, trimmer or knife/mat, pencil/ruler.

Jan or Debbie at JAPONICA, 22 The Parade, Exmouth Devon
Tel 01395 271739 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01395 271739 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April's Sketch Challenge

Materials used:-
Stampendous Creative Palette
Stampendous CRV237 Lone Bird
Stampendous Jumbo Cling CRS5029
Silhouette Songbird
Artemio Music Score (10006029)
Versafine Onyx Black
3mm & 5mm s/a black pearls
8" x 8" card blank
Acrylic paints
All available from:-
Your Exmouth stockist is:-
Time for this month's sketch challenge & I have been putting the prints I produced a few weeks ago using the Creative Palette to good use. I have stamped using the Stampendous Lone Bird & the sentiment from the Silhouette Songbird set. I have also randomly stamped the Music Score on the background & panels of the sketch. The print using the creative Palette was made using the Jumbo Peony set. To finish add the pearls
 Here's a closer look. 
And here are the 3 prints which I have used in the sketch.

Here's the sketch why not play along

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sweet Dreams

Materials used:-
Stampendous HHCQ03 Jelly Bean Nap
FRCL166 Patchwork Alphabet
Sakura Gelly Glaze pens
Versafine Onyx Black
Organza ribbons lemon, shocking pink
pale green & terracotta spotty
6" x 6" white card blank
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
We're answering the challenge of another of Woodware's lovely retailers this week, Nina Creativity Cards from Eastbourne. The theme is "Sweet Dreams" & I have taken it literally with this cute HouseMouse design from Stampendous- if anyone's having sweet dreams he certainly is!! I've stamped with Versafine coloured the mouse with pencils & the jelly beans & letters with Sakura Glaze pens. As you can see I have cut out the individual letters & mounted with foam pads. To finish I have put lengths of 4 different coloured ribbons together to tie a big frothy bow.
You can see Nina's card on the Creativity Cards and Craft Blog
You can also find Creativity Cards and Craft on Facebook.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Nature- Sunday Stamper Challenge

I've indulged my addiction for decorating boxes again this week (I will do something different soon I promise!!). This started life as a sweetie box my mum had for Christmas. Now she knows me so well that nothing goes in the bin without checking first that is isn't craft worthy! I saw straight away that this little beauty had potential.
I've stamped a piece of scrapbook paper ( you know from the pile what might come in handy some day!!) using the Stampendous Butterfly Post & I've shaded the image with some Distress markers in Milled Lavender & Tumbled Glass. I've also shaded the corners of the paper with Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Milled Lavender- the stamping was done with Seedless Preserves. I've added some paper roses, punched leaves, some lace, pearls & a lacy die cut butterfly. Here's a look at the side of the box. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Only Words

Materials used:-
FRS149 Always Remember
Dreamweaver stencil LX7014 Daisy Background
Splendour inkpad -Circus
Dreamweaver matt white stencil paste
Brilliance Graphite Black
A5 Craft card blank
Mark Richards copper Nailheads
Key Lime Liquid Pearls
Black card
All available from:-
Your Exmouth stockist is:-
Sometimes the main focus of a card needs to be the wording if we are trying to send reassuring or comforting wishes. I have chosen "Always Remember" one of the new season's single stamps from Francoise Read  as I think this phrase just says it all for someone who is having a tough time. I have used a Dreamweaver stencil for my background with matt white embossing paste. When the paste is completely dry I have replaced the stencil & applied colours from the Splendour inkpad using a small stencil brush & I have picked out the centres of each flower with Liquid Pearls  If you're not familiar with these pads they have no less than 12 colours in small square individual pads so ideal for stencil work.I have used the stencil again on the card blank to softly add some pattern. Just layer both pieces onto black card & add some Nailheads to finish. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Keepsake Box

If you've got a box- decorate it!! This started life as a plain old delivery box. Here you'll see Tim Holz Distress inks ( Tea Dye, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo &  Antique Linen) Tim Holz Tattered Florals & Leaves & Hardware Findings dies, Cuttlebug corner die, Woodware  Vive le Plume clear stamp, a script embossing folder, enamelling via the Melt Pot , buttons & corrugated paper. 
I started by  completely inking the box with the Distress inks & stamping parts of it. I also added  pieces of torn embossed card & the inked corrugated paper. For the top of the box I die cut the leaves dipped them into the Melt Pot & then popped them onto a Molding mat (Clearsnap) for the texturing. The butterfly was made from a Martha Stewart silicone mould a mix of embossing powders & a light dusting of Mica powder. The flowers are die cut from an old dictionary & stained with distress inks. Add the lock & hinges & just go mad & put it all together!
Here's a side view
The original box

Monday, 31 March 2014

Deb's Doings

Here are just a few designs that I have come up with recently for birthdays & Easter.