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Friday, 23 September 2016

My Favourite Things

Good morning all , and thanks for joining me this Friday morning..

Today it is a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog...

Our new theme is

My Favourite Things

And it is hosted by the lovely Gina

Our Sponsor this time is Wild Orchid Crafts...do check them out...

http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk

Now this theme got me thinking...I love my crafting so much , I really have so many favourite things...

But today I am on my way up to Leyburn to set up ready for tomorrow's Clarity Open day...

It is a great day , Barbara, Paul and many of the DT , including little old me , will be demonstrating, chatting and having lots of crafty hugs.

I will be using a fabulous new stencil....and I really hope that you like it...( as I drew it !!! Yes, I really did,,,with pencil and paper....!!!)

So here is what I came up with

I thought that this challenge was a perfect way to use it for the first time,,,

I started by using the large flower,

And added some ink from the Artistry ink pad range,,.

I do love these inks, they blend really well and are so juicy ...

This is what I had when I removed the stencil, and did some water spritzing

Next came the smaller of the flowers, to add some detail to the background

Followed by some smooshing....one of my favourite techniques....

 

Some matting and layering and a Clarity word...well we are using my favourite things

So we just needed some butterflies

And to finish off some glossy accents,,,another favourite product of mine,,,followed by a metal embellishment .

Oh yes, lots of my favourites...

So now it is over to you...

What are your favourite things ? ...and no long lists...lol..

The rest of the DT have made fabulous projects..do check them out...

Right I had better get on that motorway...and head up North...

Take care all..

Have a fabulous weekend,,,and pop back soon

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Beautiful flowers.

Good evening all, and thanks for popping in.

I hope you have had a lovely day, I have been in Hazel Grove crafting with the fabulous ladies...and it was brilliant to have a new lady join us.

Tonight I just have time to share some recent Groovi makes with you...

These two use the wonderful new plates designed by the very talented Jayne Nestorenko ,

I do love the floral designs, and we have the stamps now too...you are going to be seeing them used on here so much ...

And then this little number that Maria had on her show last week...

I need to remind you that Paul is on Hochanda on Sunday with some fabulous new plates, although I will have to watch on my laptop as my tv has lost Hochanda,,.the FreeView new Chanel isn't working yet and the old one just has a testcard with The Store on the screen,,.

I did blame Karl...but another couple of ladies told me today that they had the same problem,,,whoops ...sorry Love...

Right, I had better go, supper time for Tess and Eric...

Sleep well all,

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Clarity Cumbria.

Good morning all, and what a lovely Sunday morning it is...we have had a wonderful walk with Tess and Eric this morning followed by breakfast on the patio...just perfect...

I am now sat in the garden writing to you,,,

How did your Saturday go? Good I hope... It was Clarity Cumbria for me...and what a brilliant day it was..

As usual we had lots of laughs, friendly chat, homemade biscuits, and we made some cards too...

We even had a special visitor....with four legs...

We had a play with the wonderful new stamp set from Clarity...the boy and ships set...

Have you got it yet? If not...I do think you need it...

It is so useful...

We started with some cutting out.... We had to do this card first as a couple of ladies don't like cutting out...

So I sneaked it in early...( don't worry ,, I won't name and shame you ladies !! )

This is what we made....

Followed by this ' dreamy' card...the masks really are so useful, I am so glad that they come with the stamps

Look what the ladies created

All wonderful,

I am so proud of you all....

Then it was lunch time,,,and our guest needed to stretch his legs ( Prince is a very well behaved Guide dog)

After lunch we created a book, I have to say that I was so pleased with the way this card turned out

And look at the ones the ladies made..

I do love to see how everyone is an individual piece of art

Our fourth card was just some quick stamping and painting with Distress ink..a great card for a male...and a nice quick and easy one,,

Perfect for those last minute makes...you know the ones we all need at times...

It was great to see Penny and Lucy again...and wow you can see how talented they are,,,

Such inspirational girls, and so well behaved too, a real pleasure to craft alongside .

A few of our regular crafters were on holiday...and although we missed them , there still seemed to be as much noise and crafty banter,,mmmmm what does that tell us...??? And yes we still managed to eat all the biscuits...

The drive home was lovely too, with the sun shinning and such stunning scenery,,

I dare say that's not going to last...but for now I am going to make the most of what is left of summer...

Have a lovely afternoon...

Take care all, remember to be kind...

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A bit of R & R.

Good morning everyone and thanks for joining me this Wednesday.

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for the lovely comments on my last blog post and those on Facebook...I really do appreciate them all.

I have actually spent the last five nights having a bit of rest and relaxation with Karl. We went for a sneaky little break to Spain....and do you know it is the first ever holiday abroad that we have had just the two of us , after 28 years of marriage we finally had a honeymoon...

And look what was waiting for me,,.thanks darling...

You see for many years we haven't been able to get away due to Mikeys health issues...but fingers crossed that is all behind us now..

The hotel had lovely gardens,

And views

We had lots of long walks along the beach

And found a very nice spot to sit in the local harbour

We also found this wonderful lady who made fantastic wall art from spray paints...

I was fascinated watching her, especially her use of stencils and masks....

She even used torn paper...

It reminded me very much of encaustic art...I was slightly worried about her lungs though as she didn't wear a face mask and you really could smell the fumes from the cans of paint.

It was great to spend time just chatting, walking and reading....I do believe that sometimes life can be just too hectic and we all need to stop every so often and just watch the world go bye,,.

Both Karl and myself have been so busy recently that we have been like ships passing in the night, so it was so good to spend some quality time together....

We both have a very busy time ahead now...until Christmas...so it is full steam ahead....

I have lots of workshops planned, magazine deadlines, samples to make and a rather large pyrography order to complete... Plus in a couple of weeks it is the Clarity open day up North.....I am really looking forward to it and sharing a rather special new Stencil with you...

So on that note I had better get the washing pegged on the line, collect the dogs from the kennels..( ..oh I have missed my babies...) and answer some of the emails...

Enjoy your day all,

Much love and hugs,

Jo. xxxx

 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Hanging canvas

Hi all,

Thanks for joining me , on this Sunday morning...

You know when I sit and write these little blog posts , I never know if anyone is going to read them,,,well apart from my Mum....( thanks Mum )

And sometimes it is a bit worrying when nobody comments , and I think , oh dear , that blog post didn't go down well, but then I go to a workshop, or demonstration and I get such lovely feedback..

The other day I had a lovely email from a lady who regularly reads the blog but don't know how to leave a comment, so I now have faith that I am not on my own in blog land.

Today we are going to do something a bit different, you know how I love to try different things, you see I love clean and simple stamping techniques, wreath and pattern building, but also lots of distress ink blending and mixed media...the other day I was told that I am a bit of an ' all rounder'

 

I have to say as I get older I am definitely getting more ' rounded' !!!! lol...

I have been playing with canvas sheets and Dyna paints...

This is a wall hanging that I made

I started with a sheet of the canvas paper....and covered it with black gesso

Then made a pattern with low tack masking tape

Using three colours of paint , I covered the whole area using a small pallet knife, it was like spreading butter and jam...( not to be eaten though)

Once dry , I removed the tape...

Meanwhile I covered a small MDF butterfly ( from the MDF Man ) with paint, no need to pre gesso.

Then added some script stamping...this stamp is from the journaling set .

I decided to have my design portrait rather than landscape..., and attached the butterfly

Some splats of gold from a rather fab big gold marker , a couple of holes and some bakers twine,

Plus a lovely little embellishment and my canvas was complete.

This is a great way to make a unique piece of art...and I must urge you to show off your lovely creations...

So many of us make things and then just put them away somewhere , so one of my missions this year is to get us all to display our makes...hang them on the wall, put them on the sideboard...and generally admire and enjoy them...

And best of all, enjoy the lovely comments that we get...

I love to heat about positive feedback the you all get from your makes...

One of the workshop ladies recently sent a card that we had made to het friend for her Birthday...the ladie loved it that much that she has framed it...

How wonderful is that...

Just brilliant...

Enjoy the praise and the love

Hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Sam's Shapes at Christmas

Hi all,

Hope you are feeling ok and that life is treating you well.

All ok here, both Karl and Eric are limping less, so dog walks don't look quite as funny now.

Today I thought I would share one of my recent samples with you, it was shown on Barbars Hochanda show last Sunday.

I do hope you managed to catch them they were great shows by Barbara and Paul...

It uses the fab new Sam's shape stamps, the Christmas ribbon set , the Christmas word chains, and the Wee Christmas folk....

I really wanted to make a design using all the shape stamps , so I decided to make miniature Christmas cards...

I cut each one to size, scored it and then stamped it.

I used the brilliant new Artistry ink pads....wow....so many great colours to choose from....

I mixed two colours on each stamp..., first I stamped the outline in Black Archival ink and then filled the colour in....,

When I had stamped all eight shapes , I then had to work out which of the Wee folk went best with each shape, I then stamped these in Black Archival ink.

I then added some extra detail, some with a fine liner pen, some of the cards I added Stickles glitter glue and a couple of them have shrink plastic words added.

I must admit I did enjoy playing and making these little beauties.

I needed a backing sheet so I created one using the Christms words and some Distress ink.

Next came the ribbon sentiment and a gel pen...

Plus some Bakers twine....

I wanted to make little garlands to hang my cards from...you know ...like we have at Christmas.

Some little wooden pegs and a couple of gems and my design was finished...

I must admit I was a little worried about how it would survive the post....

I hope you like this, I certainly enjoyed making it....I wonder if this counts as making 9 Christmas cards!!!!!

Obviously I haven't started making mine yet, but I have been prepping my Christmas workshops so I have lots in the pipeline,,,,including some lovely 3D baubles....

I am really looking forward to sharing them with you all,

Better go....I am on a secret mission day...

Take care all, and do pop back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx