Tuesday, 27 June 2017

An Afternoon with Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks

         I have recently been to the Claritystamp Open Days in Crowborough East Sussex. So many wonderful demos by the very talented design team. I picked up lots of ideas and since returning have been keen to try them out. I spent a lot of time watching Dee Paramour using Yupo paper and alcohol inks. It is amazing how the inks react on the paper and some fabulous effects can be achieved. Below is the card I have made using some of the techniques.       


        I forgot to take photos as I was making this as I had started out just intending to play but liked the effect so had to use it. So I will try to explain exactly what I did. Firstly you need a piece of Yupo paper and a blending tool and a selection of alcohol inks, colours of your choice. 



     Put felt pad on the blending tool and drip on several drops of ink in various colours then a few drops of blending solution. Not too much. 


        Then press the pad onto the paper randomly and watch the magic happen. keep adding until you get the effect you like. 


        Next I chose one of my stencils and put on top of the paper. A little bit of tape to keep in place is a good idea. Use a clean pad and this time just put blending solution on then dab carefully all over the stencil. This takes out some of the colour and leaves the stencil pattern. Nice. I used the stencil below.


      I cut the paper into three strips and mounted onto black card then onto a piece of white card. I felt it needed some embellishments so made my own flowers using the stamps pictured below. I stamped onto some of the lovely Clarity Northern Lights paper and cut out and assembled the flowers with a little gem in the middle. I also stamped a little dragonfly using Archival ink. Be careful when stamping onto Yupo as the stamp can slip. 


     I had a small strip of the paper left over so rather than waste it I stamped butterflies on it and cut out. These will do nicely to add to another card one day. 



       I quite enjoyed my afternoon playing with inks. I have a few more ideas to try out and it is just a question of seeing what you can achieve. I have put the links below for the stamps and stencil that I used.

      Flower stamps
      Butterfly and dragonfly stamp

     Thank-you for dropping by. Back soon with some more ideas. xx


Monday, 12 June 2017


     Birthdays roll round each year and some are just a bit more special. Just recently a good friend of mine celebrated her 70th. I wanted to make a special card for this occasion so decided to tackle a grid design I found in an old copy of Parchment Craft magazine. The design is by Carla Prediger but I used the lovely flower Groovi plates by Tina Cox to make the flowers.          


         Needed a little bit of patience with this grid design but I do love the challenge. I always just hope that I do not go wrong at the last little bit. 

        Tina's flower plate is wonderful. I have not got many flower punches so this makes it easy to produce some beautiful flowers and butterflies.  They finish off a design beautifully.                                                                      
Tina's Groovi flower plate  click on this link if you would like to find out more. 

      Finally my friend liked her card and also the cake that I made for her. Could not let her 70th birthday go by without some celebration. 
         Thank-you for visiting. xxx


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


      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