Thursday 24 March 2016


Hi There Visitors,

I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to join the new Creative Team for 

I will continue to share my creativity & passion for Paper Crafting with you and look forward to sharing the fun projects that result from working in collaboration with this fantastic Craft Store.

If you haven't already visited HobbySew Echuca I am telling you it is well worth the effort. 
It is situated in the lovely Victorian Country Town of Echuca.
It is packed full of all the latest product ranges.
I live about 2 hours away, but have been over to shop & attend workshops quite a few times.  
Karen (the Owner) also operates an Online Store as part of this business. 

The New Creative Team & Creative Juice Box Kit Club are all well worth checking out!

One of the products I was given to showcase was a collection paper pack by Jillibean Soup.
The bright colourful papers from the Summer Red Raspberry Soup Pack were perfect for my 


Thanks to Emma Williams for the Inspiration for the Easter Egg Hunt sign.

Can you see the Bunnies? They are camouflaged...

A bucket was needed to collect all the eggs!

I die cut all the pieces for this project with my Big Shot. The dies were as follows:
Sizzix Tim Holtz  Bigz Dies -Tattered Florals, Garden Greens & Word Play. 
Sizzlits Strip Dies - 'Rosettes', 'Bow Tied' & 'Tattered Flower Garland'

The bucket has been repurposed.  It is plastic & once contained alcohol wipes used at my work.
I coloured the edges of lid & handle with a Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber (Speckled Egg)
The base paper is by Cherry Arte - Any blue dot paper would do.
The base of the Arrow & the sentiments are die cut from gloss white thick cardstock.
The green leaves are cut from Heidi Swapp paper.
Brads used for the centre of the flowers are from my stash.

The bucket & bunnies are decorating my dining table till they can be used on Easter Sunday.

Hope you get some Easter Creating Inspiration too.

Bye for now

Debbie Adams

Monday 7 March 2016


Hi all,
I have made this project to try to stretch my mixed media muscles a little....
I am inspired by the Mixed Media Place blog.
This months challenge Exercise # 17 in the Creative Gym is to use 'Coffee' in your project as a medium. This is my entry.

I was really inspired by one of the Design Team (thanks Janka)
She combined purple & blue with the brown coffee colour.
The combination is perfect. Her journal pages are awesome! 
Check them out via the link above.

In my journal I had swiped some purple & turquoise izink on an empty page after finishing another project, so had a base of the colours I wanted to combine with coffee brown.

Over this base I swiped on Prima Heavy Gesso using the new Prima Texture Brush & Tools. 
This absorbed the colours & lightened the page. 
I next applied Art Basics Light Modelling Paste through the Tim Holtz Dot stencil.
Then the Harlequin stencil was used with Gathered Twigs & Antique BronzeDistress Spray Stains.

I mixed Mini Art Stones with Light Sand Texture paste & swiped through a Finnabair stencil.  Randomly applied more Art Stones & mini Art Stones over surface with Prima Soft Matte Gel.

Brewed coffee was then dripped over project which gave the lighter brown colour.
Love how the project smells!

Espresso paint dabber was used for highlights & splatters of all colours used.

The letters were stamped on thin cardboard with Coffee Archival Ink, cut out and applied with 3D matte gel as the surface was very textured.
Rock candy Distress Crackle was applied to the letters & randomly across the page giving a slightly shiny wet look in areas.

I Love the randomly spread mini art stones & the way they have absorbed the coffee & ink.
Bye for now,    Deb

Thursday 3 March 2016

ELIXIR OF MUSE using Alcohol Inks & Tissue Paper Stamping

Hi All.  Thanks for stopping by for a look at my latest project.

I have always wanted to make these 'glass' Apothecary Bottles 
& to label them
with these wonderful stamps of Wendy Vecchi's.


I wanted lots of layers on this project (some very subtle)
I am entering this project in the 'Layers' Challenge


The bottles are cut from acetate & coloured with various Alcohol Inks,
so remain translucent.
I wanted the base under the bottles to be textured with Crackle Paste. 
I didn't know how I could stamp the images so they could be read clearly 
& the crackle not covered up. 
Thanks to a recent post on 'One Lucky Day' I realised this was easily solved.
Check out the link to see what Paula created:

I made my first video which I have still attached below showing my creative process.
Lets just say I have to sort out some issues with resolution etc.
So I have come back today to include some photos of  the techniques used.
Please read on below if you are interested, Thanks

I started with a 6 x 6" piece of cardboard which I peeled at the edges to distress slightly.

I then applied a thin layer of Gold Embossing Paste (which dried very quickly) 
& then applied a thin uneven layer of Crackle Embossing Paste.
Let this air dry for best Crackle Effect.

I stamped my images on White Tissue Paper & the labels on Cardstock with Archival Ink

I cut out or tore the tissue paper around my stamping.
The torn edges allow the stamped paper to disappear into the background when applied to surface with Soft Matte Gel.

I die cut the Apothecary Bottles & feathers from Acetate Packaging & the birds from Cardstock.
I also cut the Small Easel stand from Cardboard.

All the Acetate pieces were coloured with layers of Alcohol Inks.
The birds were randomly stamped & coloured with Alcohol Ink as well.

I made two projects as I loved this technique so much.
The first I mounted using a worn antique frame.

The other I will give as a gift.  

I attached a stand made from the Easel Die from Sizzix so it will stand by itself.

I have included this video showing some of the processes I used.

This is the first video I have made so please be kind! 

I am very pleased with the end results & discovering this process.  
Hope you enjoyed it too & maybe also become a little inspired to create.
BYE for now