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Friday, 12 May 2017

GRIDWORK, just keep snipping.



          In the last two years I have re-discovered parchment craft. The launch of the Groovi plates from Claritystamp has certainly gone a long way to creating a lot of interest from loads of people. There are lots of workshops for us to enjoy and learn from. I have been going to one to learn all the traditional methods of this beautiful craft. I am going to the Bristol parchment Exhibition soon and my tutor asked us to create a card to exhibit. I have found that I really enjoy gridwork which involves a lot of counting but the results are amazing. So below is one of the cards I have completed.





        The design for the grid was in the parchment craft magazine and is designed by Susan Moran. I added my own lettering in the middle section.  My nephew will be 50 later this year so this is his card completed.

        Looking forward now to my visit to Bristol and meeting lots of fellow parchers and many experts as well.  I am sure there will be a lot of brilliant work on display.  xx

       

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

TRENTHAM GARDENS



      I am not too sure what happened to April, the month just flew by. We did have a wonderful family wedding, our son Greg married his lovely fiancee Amie. It was just one of the best family days and they looked very happy. I will post some photos in my next blog as I have not loaded them onto my laptop yet. 

     Anyway it has been a glorious day here today so hubby and I decided on a day out to make the most of the sunshine. We have wanted to visit Trentham Gardens for ages so that was where we went. Takes about an hour from our home town so not too bad. There are lots of lovely outlet shops and I could not resist a wander around.  Of course we made some purchases would have been rude not to. I also saw many items that will make great gifts for some of the family. Christmas sorted maybe. 

         A few photos of our day out. The gardens have been restored over the last few years, they were originally designed by Capability Brown. 

       

                                                                The Italian Garden
                

                        A view of the large lake, you can walk all the way round
          but not something I could manage.  




                                              
                                                                    A few bluebells.


                        
                                               Fred doing a bit of information gathering.


    
                                              Then he saw me with the camera so felt the need to pose.


                                           
                                                                Capability Brown


  
                                  Statues in the lake which were nesting ground for Moorhens. At least that is what Fred said they were and I would not know any different. If you look in the bottom right corner you can just see the chicks in the nest.



    

                                             
  
                                                                 Pertheus and Medussia


                               Now I love Snakeshead frutilleries but just cannot get them to grow in our garden. Maybe I need  a piece of artwork like this instead.

                                                     
                                            Snakeshead Frutilleries
               


               
                          I loved these dandelions. They were very slightly bending in the breeze.



A wooden sculpture by the lakeside.

                        
                     
         
                           Came across this swan sitting on her nest. Very regal. 


      
           Anyway worth a visit to Trentham and if you have children while there go along to the Monkey Forest they will love it. My grandchildren do, even though they are getting older now. xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

IT'S A MAN'S WORLD.


     Oh dear, all my good intentions to post regularly here have really gone out of the window during March. It has been a very busy time for us and our family, various illnesses and school half term as well has kept us busy. We did manage to meet up with my brother and his wife for a meal one day. That was great as I do love to see him. We have a family wedding very soon, on Easter Saturday actually. Our eldest son gets married and we are all looking forward to the celebrations. Just hoping that it is a dry day but not much we can do about that. 

     I have not made many cards at all this month but I have just managed to finish a parchment one which I am entering into the challenge at Claritystamps. This one is for the Groovi challenge and hopefully I might even get a stamped one done as well. I used the last monthly club plate to make the feathers on my card.

                                                             
                                                             



    
    Quite a simple layout but time has been against me. The backing papers are also produced by Clarity and the paper pads are really gorgeous.   Hope to be back soon with my stamped card. In the meantime enjoy the lovely Spring sunshine that we are having at the moment. 

      Thank-you for dropping by. xxx

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

FREESIAS


     February already, I will be glad now when we have some brighter weather. Just some sunshine would be nice the days seem so dreary. At least I can lose myself in my craft room. I can say that now as we have insulated the conservatory roof and turned it into my space. Lovely. It can still be a bit cool on some days but put some heat on and it is soon cosy. In fact gets really warm just like a greenhouse in fact. My dad had a greenhouse and he used to grow freesias in there for my mum. They were her favourite flower. So that brings me to the card I have made for the challenge at  Claritystamp

     I chose the lovely Freesia stamp as the theme is Flower Power. I also used some Pan Pastels as Maria Simms was showing us how to use these at our Nottingham workshop. They are wonderful so easy to blend. 

     I started by stamping the flower onto a piece of watercolour card in Sepia Archival which will give a softer look.


 
    
     I needed to mask off the flower then, so I stamped again onto a post it note. My great friend Margaret Craner got me some that are sticky all over from her local Sainsbury's. It was quite a task cutting out the flower and I had to do it in small bits.

 All masked off

       After that fiddly task I used Pan Pastels to blend colour across the card. I added some white to the rather bright blue and pink to tone them down a bit. Blend them by using makeup sponges . 



The colours I used. 

                                                  

                                                                                                 
        After blending the colours I scrunched up some copy paper and dabbed it into a versamark ink pad then blotted over my coloured card. Then using the coloured sponges brush over where the copy paper has been pressed on the card. The Versamark picks up the Pastel and gives some background interest to the card. 

                                                                 
      
     I then stamped some print in second generation ink using the Journaling Set . I love this set so many useful stamps in it.



     

        Finally I removed the masks and coloured  the flower using inks diluted with water. I also added an embossed gold line around the edge of the card, mounted it onto black and then just a few pearls in the corners to finish. 

       Thank-you for reading my blog and if you have time why not make a floral card and enter into the challenge. It can be found on the Clarity Worldwide Facebook page. You never know you might win a £50 voucher. Good Luck if you do enter. xx