Monday, 7 November 2016

Another parchment piece!

Hi everyone, here's another very recent make since getting back into parchment craft.  Thankfully I'd been practising my picot cutting before attempting this one so was very pleased with the way the border turned out!  Love these beautiful Groovi plates from Jayne Nestorenko's fab artwork, stamps are also available in the same designs and I've added these to my ever-growing crafty wishlist.... a lottery win would be very helpful - lol!  I really enjoyed the colouring (Spectrum Noir pencils on the back of the parchment) and then added an inky 'vignette' with distress ink and using Clarity's fab stencil brushes before appropriate layering of embossed/pearlescent cards to finish off.

Hope you like what you see, any comments are always appreciated.  Take care and keep warm Su xx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

At last..... I've been doing a little parchment!

Hi everyone, mojo has been MIA for a good while but is finally returning, just in time for Christmas cards thankfully!  Anyhow as the weather is definitely turning colder, my little craft room is the perfect place to be as it warms up nice and quickly once I turn either the TV, PC or indeed heat gun on - rofl!

I'm a big fan of parchment craft and was quite proficient/familiar with the variety of skills needed to produce the beautiful lacy effects many years ago but let this fall by the wayside as I began doing other things, as we crafters tend to do!  Anyhow I have rediscovered this beautiful hobby and am current in process of relearning the processes, Clarity Stamps Groovi Plate system is a wonderful way to start as your line art is usually perfect!  My good friend Anne and I went along to the Harrogate Parchment Show a couple of weeks ago and were totally in awe of the superb works displayed there!  Wow!  We booked ourselves on a couple of Make 'n' Takes, which we thoroughly enjoyed and these are my efforts at the projects on offer!  I've still got a long way to go but have, at least, made a start on the journey!

I've got another couple of projects almost finished so will be back to share these soon, until then take care

S xx

Friday, 26 August 2016

Didn't realise it had been so long....

Oh dear, my 'self promise' to try to post at least weekly has gone totally askew... seriously I didn't realise it had been so long!!  Life has been a bit 'full on' this year with various 'happenings' and not too many good things, but I won't dwell on those... much better to focus on the niceties!!

Have just returned from a glorious two day crafting/arty adventure with my friend Anne, we finally managed to book ourselves onto the ClarityStamp Retreat as extra dates were added this year due to its popularity.   We spent two whole days totally engrossed in inking, stamping, stencilling, trying new things and picking up lots of helpful information the atmosphere was amazing, full of humour and oh boy do some people have 'dirty' laughs!!! It was all good humoured and the thirty or so crafters all got on so well; most projects went very well but there was the odd one or two that didn't go quite according to plan - one of mine included, but that's how you learn.  Barbara Gray and her 'glamorous assistant' Paul Church were superb mentors, such patience and wonderful senses of humour... Anne and I are already looking forward to going again next year.... the 300+ mile drive was definitely worthwhile plus Anne had found us a fab B&B within walking distance of the venue so we're hoping to stay there again too!

Anyhow, here are examples of what I achieved culminating in the goose canvas which was totally out of my comfort zone but using techniques and materials (gelli plate; brayering, acrylic paints etc) I can't wait to put into action again.  We also began a gorgeous Groovi (parchment system) project which didn't get quite finished as it takes time to do the embossing and such like properly so I still have this one to work on!

Hope you like what you see... I had lots of fun making them!!!

Su xx

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

First posting of the year...

Well that's the festivities over for another year, so onwards and upwards to Spring and, hopefully, some sunshine.  Feeling really sorry for all those in the UK who have suffered flooding with all the horrible rainy weather we've had, I really can't recall having had so much rain in all my life!

Anyhow, just before we do move on I have some more of 2015's Christmas cards to show you (sorry I didn't get them posted but our internet has been being upgraded of late and was way too slow to upload pics whilst this happened!)  So here we go...

As you can see these are slightly bigger version (A5) than my previous posting but made using the same cardstock, stamps and embossing powders; then followed a selection of  8"x8" using the same cardstock but using Chloe's 'Merry Christmas' greeting and then her 'Winter Mittens' stamped onto acetate that I glittered from behind, the mitten tops are layered on top after using 'Fluffy Stuff'... love watching this expand as you heat it!  Mounted onto embossed backgrounds (Crafters Companion folders) and came up with these...

Okay, so only one left to show... the card I made for my 'mam' as us northerners call our mothers!  Again an 8"x8" card, same Centura Pearl cardstock (my fav!), Various 'Chloe' stamps and WOW embossing powders and based on an idea from Chloe's Project Book 1.  I decorated the inside of this card to match the outside and, as my mam has sight problems, printed her special verse in a large black plain font so she could read it herself - didn't quite go with the style of the card but her being able to read it was the objective.  Mam loved the card so my work was complete!

So that's definitely Christmas 2015 done and dusted.... have a few more things to show from last year's makes whilst I sort out my tiny craft room, until then take care 

Su xx