Tuesday 30 August 2011


Shopping List
Dreamweaver stencils:-
 Birthday Words LG704
Flower in Bottle LL566
black embossing paste
Mica powders
Memory Mists Silver Metallic
 & Bright Gold
Woodware Sparkler peel offs (Dragonflies & Butterflies)
Purple organza ribbon (narrow)
All available from Woodware

It's Dreamweaver week this week -I just love that name don't you? I've created a card & co- ordinating bookmark this week using stencils, embossing paste & Mica powders & Memory Mists. I have used the same stencil for the main image in conjuction with the black embossing paste & Mica powders & again with Memory Mists for a softer muted effect on the bookmark. Secure the stencil to a piece of white card using masking tape & apply a layer of the embossing paste with the flat of a pallet  knife to cover the entire stencil then remove the excess. Carefully remove the stencil & leave the image to dry. Place the stencil over the image when dry & apply Mica powders. The birthday greeting was created in the same way. I have then layered the image onto black & white card & embellished with gold satin ribbon before layering onto purple card. I've made a gift pocket on the right hand side of the card to insert the bookmark. I have used  a piece of black card for the bookmark & spitzed over the stencil with Metallic Silver & Bright Gold Memory Memory Mists which as you can see produce some beautiful  vey different colour effects on the black card. Ribbons & dragonfly & butterfly Sparkers finish off the effect. 

Thursday 25 August 2011

Happy Birthday to Shirley!

We've had a special demo morning a Japonica today. One of our regular "Thursday morning" crafty ladies is celebrating a very special birthday on Saturday. Rumour has it that she'll be 80 ......a likely tale!Crafting keeps you young ladies! You've only got to look at our Shirley to see that's the truth!! Have a wonderful day Shirley best wishes from us all at Japonica.    

The birthday girl

 The Thursday morning club.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Snow Much Fun

Shopping List
Magenta memor 160-Stars & Checkerboard
Magenta CSET 21 -Snow Much Fun
Woodware peel off Curly Q's in gold
Versafine inkpad
Gold metallics
Sakura metallic gel pens
All available from Woodware
It's nearly "that" time again isn't it & I just had the urge to go Christmassy! I know a lot of our regular craft customers have been hard at work producing Christmas cards for a long while now but I'm still hankering after the idea of a summer! I've used the lovely Magenta cling set of stamps this week which work so well together or individually. Our theme this week was to produce some "Funny Folds" & I hope that I have suceeded in this mission (although they don't make me laugh!). I have used the different panels & areas to show off the lovely double sided Magenta paper which partners the set of stamps beautifully. I will be demonstrating this card fold in Japonica in a few weeks time plus one or two others too  but if you want detailed instructions in the mean time please let me know. I have used the Sakura metallic gel pens to colour the stamped images using a water colour technique. I think this creates a rich theme which works well with the colours of the paper. The gold peel off helps to link all the differnet areas together. Time to get your Christmas crafting started!! 

Thursday 18 August 2011

Take Two colours

Shopping List
Leonie Em Maidenhair Fern punch
Stampendous CRM 219 Cling I'll Be There
Crafty edger + Antique Floral cassette
s/a diamantes+blue permanent pen
Stampendous Stamp n' Stuff Rainbow Crystal embossing powder
Magenta memor 215 Delicate Posies
All available from Woodware
The theme this week was "Take 2 Colours" which proved to be typically difficult for a Piscean like me! Should it be lemon & brown? Pink & blue? Purple & orange? Decisions, decisions! I think my final choice has turned out to be quite striking & effective. I have used one of the lovely Stampendous sentiment stamps for my centre piece which I have stamped onto the green side of the Magenta paper using the navy inkpad & embossed with the rainbow powder. I have rounded off the top right hand corner of the card blank (using a dinner plate) & lined the card with the Delicate Posies paper. I've used the Maidenhair Fern punch to create a delicate trailing vine effect around the curved edge of the card & the Crafty edger for a border at the bottom.The pretty flourishes produced by the Crafty edger provide neat embellishments & I've finished off with some s/a diamates coloured with a blue permanet pen. Hope you like the result! 

Friday 12 August 2011

Recipe Favourites

Shopping List

Stampendous Recipe Favourites SSC106
Woodware Clear stamps FRS204 Giant Cup Cake
Woodware die cut folders
Shrinky plastic
coloured pencils
Brilliance Graphite Black
Stazon black
Tombow pens.
All available from Woodware

I had the urge to scrapbook this week & had fun creating this mini album using the Woodware die cut folders in that come in various sizes. The Stampendous "Recipe Favourites" set with all the small cookery icons is ideal for a small project & the Giant Cup Cake lends itself beautifully to shrinky pastic to provide the perfect embellishment for my cookery theme. O. K it's official, I confess,I'm a Stampendous addict I will try to use something else soon-promise! Hope you like the album, don't forget to leave me a comment if you do........or even if you don't!  

Thursday 11 August 2011

Another day, another demonstration(but a very peaceful one!!).

It's been my turn to demonstrate at Japonica & what a busy old day it's been. Of course we have a lot of holiday visitors in Exmouth just now & a lot of crafty ladies seeking us out. You can see that they are in heaven to discover a new craft shop while on their hols as well! Today I've been re working some of the sketches that we have had so far as our challenges but using totally different stamps & products than I did with my original design. I was using 2 sets of Clear Magic stamps designed by our own Francoise Read. They are Flower Doodles & Birdsong & I have used a Magenta double sided scrapbook paper to compliment them -Dancing Butterflies available from.http://www.woodware.co.uk/ I watercoloured using Sakura stardust gel pens for Flower Doodles card & Sakura metallics for Birdsong with the Crafty Edger's Antique Floral & Fans cassettes to provide embellishment. Hope you like the results.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Look at the size of my hollyhock!

Even with our disappointing summer my fledgling garden has done really well. My hollyhock (which started life in a bag from Poundland) was newly planted in February & it's just a picture at the moment. I was a bit concerned during the heavy winds we had at the weekend by it stood up to it valiantly- with a bit of staking by David of course! My very favourites, my fuchsias  just continue to flourish even though they started as just plug plants this year. As for the hollyhock we're wondering if there is a giant at the top with a pot of gold or was that a beanstalk...........!

Saturday 6 August 2011

Changito the Flower

Shopping List

 V150 Changito the Flower
K113 Sprinklin Luv
E234 Curly Daisy
Woodware craft card
Magenta memor-218 So Stripy
(Shades of the Season collection)
Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & Graphite Black
Mini heart punch
Green ric-rac braid
Black Sakura Stardust pen
Coloured pencils
Dark green card.
All available from Woodware

Here we are at the 3rd sketch challenge & I've decided it's time for some "cute" & who's more cute than Changito from Stampendous. I've used a square card blank made from craft card which I have randomly stamped in green using the Curly Daisy stamp.I've used "So Stripy" double sided Magenta scrapbook paper in conjuction with some dark green card for the layering & matting finished off with the green ric-rac braid. Changito gets coloured with some soft pencils & I've just picked out the features & spots on the flower with the Stardust pen. To finish, some punched mini hearts just "Sprinkle" some "Luv"!