Monday, 25 March 2013

Gilding Flakes

Gilded Grasses
The Grasses have been printed onto lime green card, using Onyx Black Versafine ink.  When dry, I have applied ZIG glue pen (one of my "can't live without" tools!) to tops and sides of grasses and left to dry to a tacky finish.  Then SILVER GILDING FLAKES have been added - do this inside a large plastic bag to keep them contained!

This background has been acheived by simply using double sided tape (NEATLY) in stripes over the card front. Silver Gilding flakes have been applied and then excess swept away with a firm brush and a soft scouring pad.

The stamp set is from the range of singles clear stamps (£6) from Woodware and includes the message "HOPE YOUR DAY IS GLORIOUS".

Gilded Peel-Off Flower
This gorgeous NEW Peel-off sticker by Jane Gill (Woodware) has been removed in 2 parts, the stem has been placed on the card first and then the flower head was applied to a square of Double-sided sheet and cut out.  Assorted Gilding flakes were applied to the sticky surface and then gently scrubbed away, leaving the bold black outline. 

TOP TIP - I prefer Black -off stickers when using Gilding flakes as they create a really bold ouline!

Sticky foam letters and borders

This was a really "quick fix" for using with Gilding flakes!   I needed 2 quick cards for men this week - so....  I have used foam double-sided sticky letters and sticky peel-off borders!

"Cheers" and "Birthday" with bright "BLOKEY" colours!  Dark blue with copper and silver with red and black.  Names could also be spelled out!

All gilding flakes (gold, silver, copper) in stock are £3.99 per box (1g), and the asst is £4.99.

* Next weeks FREE DEMO is "Making a mini book/card" including lots of fun verses!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Sunny Spring in Exmouth!

Debbie has been on form for her demo this morning - showing her "Colours of Spring" to our crafty customers.  Soooo you can see, but then it is sunny here in Exmouth this morning! 


I really enjoyed exploring just how interesting cards can be using just 1 colour.  I have tried to add interest using a doily, gems, pearls, brads, and ribbons to create texture and interest.  All the layers of watercolour were coloured using BRILLIANCE inkpad as a paint and printed in a darker colour over it.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Coloured masking tape DEMO at JAPONICA -Exmouth

This is  one of the cards I made last week using the printed coloured tape we have in stock.  I used about 6" of thin string and placed a piece of my coloured tape over it - stuck it to itself and then trimmed it to a triangle!  Voila perfect, easy bunting!   It could also be trimmed to a "forked tail" shape instead.
The I added Peel-Off sticker letters in black-birthday.  A name would work well too?    The grass and the sky was sponged using pale inkpads (Brillance Thyme green and Sky blue) and cutting a paper stencil for clouds and then grass - very crude but it works surprisingly well. The Daisies were punched from matching paper and liquid pearls added to centres.
Thursday 14th March DEMO - "COLOURS of SPRING"  with Debbie Frost.
Thursday 21st March DEMO - " USING GILDING FLAKES" with Japonicajan

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


Front of box card by Jane Gill.

Inside the Box card

Jane Gill at work!

 JANE GILL assisted all of her crafty folk to create a flowery box concertina card, using some of her NEW stamp designs - all were very busy as they had sooo much to do - but what a beautiful result!  Jane is always so popular with her expertise and her knowledge.  We are very lucky she likes to visit us in the South West. 
Busy fingers at work making "Washi-tape" bunting to match "Annabelle with Bunting" stamp (WILD ROSE Studio) in my workshop!  Here's a finished card in another colourway.

Annabelle with Bunting card design by me!

Mother & daughter crafting together!
Francoise with as selection of her colourful work

One of Francoise colourful cards

Susan - our hostess for the day!
Francoise Reads designs were as colourful as ever -using Kalidacolour inkpads. Francoise new stamps -"FRIEND", "SMILE", "LAUGH" and "BEST" are really lovely for lots of events- they are in stock at Japonica.

Francoise has been visiting us to do workshops for many years and always brings us someting gorgeous to do.  She is a fab artist and designer, and an author too -a very talented lady.

OUR SUSAN (hostess with the mostest) showing one of the cards she made -Annabelle with lambs - a very pretty easel card for Easter.
The day of workshops went very well, home-made lunch by our caterers was delicious as the next one is in planning! 

The 16th Special Edition Workshop is planned for September - Jenny Mayes (Hobby Art) is already booked and 20 places have been  allocated already - only 16 more to go.  The day is £42 for all 3 workshops with 3 designers, lunch and FUN guaranteed for any crafty person or beginner! 
Call into Japonica for details or e-mail me