Friday, 20 July 2018

Time flies when you're having fun!

Cor...time isn't half flashing by. One minute I was thinking that I need to pack for the Clarity stamp retreat and the next I am washing all the stuff I had packed having had the most amazing time down in Crowborough with lots of friends ….old and new! 
I think that this year the projects we got to do at the retreat were the best ever, and gave us so much to contemplate and techniques to use again and again. I am sure in the next couple of weeks you will get to see the projects we did. Thank you Barbara, Paul, Becca and Dave for a great retreat. I know its hard work for you all but I do think that you must enjoy it as you seem to want to do it again next year. 
I am not sure I will make it to next years retreat.... It will all depend on the dates. That's because a year today our daughter Amy will be getting married! I have a feeling that this coming year will go fast!

The piece of artwork I want to share today is from the shows Maria did back in April but I think it is appropriate after the lovely few days I have just had. 
Part of the retreat I enjoy is getting to see people I don't see that often but keep in touch through facebook or blogs. It is so much better to see them face to face and to talk to them for real. 

Linda Williams designed these stamps....the dangles collection from Claritystamp...…. and this one went well with the stencils I used here.

I started off by positioning the stencil and brushing pink ink through it and then using a makeup sponge to darken some areas and sharpen the edges.
I then stamped the word and the dangles as shown in the picture. I then coloured the letters and ribbon with pink and purple promarkers, matted it on to a piece of purple card and attached it to a card blank. I added a gem at each corner. And this is the result. I hope you like it.

I must now get on with a few more bits and pieces. 
Happy Crafting 
Love and hugs from

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Well hello there!

Good morning and welcome to my blog! 
I haven't been on for a long time and thought it was about time I got back to say hello to you all.
There seems to be less hours in the days at the idea how I used to fit work in!
Today is looking like a bit of a lazy day though. We were out celebrating last night. My lovely hubby was 60 earlier in the week and so we booked a meal for us, Amy and her fiancé Matthew, plus my brother and his family. His two eldest couldn't make it but the rest of us had a great night. Amy got there first to decorate the table and get the cake she had made hidden until later.
And here is the birthday boy!
We all had a great night which is the main reason we all met up!

Enough of my ramblings....
Here is one of the samples I made for Barbara's show with the round stamps. I think this stamp is one of my personal favourites in that collection.
This one is done on the gel press with alcohol ink and paint.
I love the vibrancy of the inks.

I am off now to do a few bits and pieces I need to do then it may be a crafty afternoon for me later.
Enjoy your day what ever you are doing.
Love and hugs xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Water and Bubbles ......On Parchment?

Good Afternoon all and welcome!
I really should blog more I know but I really don't seem to find the time. How I ever fit work in is beyond me entirely.
Anyway I thought that I would take the opportunity to blog how I made the bubbles on the sample that Maria used in one of her recent shows.
In her demo Maria didn't do the bubbles on the top part but said that if people wanted to know how I had done them then to ask me to blog it. A few people have asked me so here it is!

I started off by embossing the full water element image from the groovi plate. Then added the circle but only adding it part way to meet up with the dolphin and whale.

I then used the smallest two circles on the nested circle plate to make the bubbles in the empty space

I could have just coloured them like I did on the bottom layer of the card but I wanted them to look more like 3D bubbles.
I loved how Amanda Branston does her bubbles and I had a go myself on card but I wondered if I could transfer that to parchment. Well on card you use white to get the first circle....already white on parchment. Real bubbles have reflections in them where they pick up light and reflect colours that are around them. The white areas will be done with some freehand white work and colours added using distress markers using colours I will use in the main image.

First the white work. I think what makes it look real are the little dots 


Now on the reverse add some colour. I used the fine tip end of the pens


 Now to colour the rest of the image and add a little white work
Front once coloured

Close up of the bubbles

From this I then perforated around the design and then cut away the waste using my ringlock scissors.

The second layer was done by creating a frame with the nested square extension plate (6th and 7th sized square) then adding bubbles to the corners with the nested circle plate the colouring in on the reverse in Watery colours (blues and greens). I perforated around and cut away the waste then used a piece of the northern lights pare to mount it on using brads then onto an 8 x 8 card blank.

So there you have it ....water and bubble really can go on Parchment.

Let me know what you think please.

Happy crafting

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Rhyme-time Border! How I made it.

Hello all! 
Wow it's a long time since I came on here! And there was I thinking I would have all the time in the world once I retired ! Hahaha!

Anyway I thought today I would show show how I made the border that went on all the pages in my parchment alphabet book that was recently on Hochanda.
Here is the book and one of the pages.

As you can see I used the letters on the Groovi Nursery Rhyme plates by Claritystamp to create the border all around the page. 

It took me two goes to get it right but I think that I was lucky! I wanted to use the largest undecorated letter to do the border but quickly realised that this was not possible as it would have made a huge border and I didn't want my book that size!

So I started off attaching a piece of A5 parchment to the plate mate and then working on the back of the parchment emboss the largest square on the A5 Nested Squares using the number 1 tool. 

I wanted my border to have all the letters to fit round in a clockwise fashion so because I am working on the back I would have to do the opposite. So I decided to draw a rough plan of the border and work out how the letters would fit around the square.
Here is my plan. 

I kept this on my table as a reminder! 

Next I took the parchment off the plate mate and got the baby plate inset to hold the baby plates steady.

I then followed my plan starting with A in the bottom right hand corner on the reverse.

G in the top corner 

then fitted in the rest of the letters.They needed to be tight to one another so that they all fitted in.

This is what is should look like

 Now In the top left hand corner add the N 

Then refer to your plan to add the letters in between.
I added the H first then the ML and K as these are the biggest letters

You should now have two sides complete.

Next add the T to the final corner.

Follow your plan to add OPQRS (sorry not all my photos worked)

You now have the final letters to add. I added the Z first next to the A
This bottom part is a tight fit so some letters may overlap a bit.

You will now have a complete border of letters
I then brought the nested square back and relocated it on my border. 

I then embossed the fourth square in form the largest making sure I didn't go over the letters
You should now have an alphabet border to colour or emboss!

And if you want to do a book you need another 25!!!

Hope this helps those who wanted to know how I did it.

Happy Crafting!