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Sunday, 29 March 2015

A wet day in the Lakes..

Good afternoon lovely readers, hope today finds you well. It has been raining all morning here in Cheshie...and the dogs had a very muddy walk this morning...good job we had the hose ready for an outdoor shower when we got back...

Yesterday was a wet day in the Lake District too...Eric came to Clarity Cumbria for a short visit...he does love to meet the ladies...oh and gent ....

Our main project was a canvas...using a stencil and a canvas board from Clarity...

..we started by using Grunge Paste through the stencil. When dry we used Black Gesso...then some gilding wax...

Then added some colour using Alcohol inks, and / or Alcohol pens..The white highlights were achieved by scratching the work back using a craft knife...

Here are the finished projects..They are amazing ...I am so proud of the crafters...

Whilst we were waiting for various bits to dry...we made a couple of cards...using the stencils...

This is one of my favourite techniques....extending the picture...And I do love to outline the work in black ...

Look at theses beauties...

Remember that just because the stencils are 7x7 you don't always have to make large square cards...so for our next one,,.we used DL card blanks..

Lovely..And perfect for spring...

We also did some distress ink work on mount board...now the ink seems to blend better if you rub a small amount of Glycerine on it first..

It was lovely to catch up with everyone yesterday...and thanks Freda and Barbara for my lovely present from Australia..

Also I was really spoilt when Julie gave me this fantastic piece of art work...it is hanging in my craft room...thank you so much...I love it...

Did you remember to put your clocks on an hour...? We did...but I must admit Eric still woke up early ...so I am feeling a little tired now...

May be I will just make a brew and sit down for 10 minutes....and just relax...

May be....

Would you like to join me????

We could have biscuits too....

Much love.

Jo. xxxx

 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Thursday already....

Good evening all and thanks for your company....

How is your week going? It is all go here....mind you that is usual....

We had Mikeys Birthday yesterday...I can't believe he is 24....it only seems yesterday that he was born...

One of his friends is leaving work...she is very talented and is pursuing her arty career so he needed a quick card...this is what I came up with...,,I thought butterflies were a good choice as they represent not only Craft but change as well...

I do like to decorate the envelope to match...

Yesterday was also workshop day in Hazel Grove...we used the wonderful Finches stamp set from Clarity...

We used the Matrix Feather stamp and white embossing powder to make a resist background...

I do love these finches...

We had quite a discussion about colours...and we decided in the end that artistic licence ...the Finch can be any colour we want to colour him in...why him...I'm not sure...he just looks male.....or is that just me????

For our second card we used Distress ink to stamp with and then did some water colouring...

I like to leave the cards without a specific sentiment and then the crafters can choose their own depending on how they want to use the cards..

It was one of the ladies Birthdays too..and Rachel brought cakes...thanks Rachel..

Today I have been trying to tackle the mountain that is the ironing basket!!!! Plus making samples for the next Clarity show...it will soon be here...

More ..must have stamps....perfect for An Easter present and less calories than an Egg....

Must go now and make some food...Karl is on his way home from London...he will be in about 7-30... So better get something in the oven...

Enjoy your evening...

Love and hugs...

Jo. xxxx

 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sunny Sunday.

Good afternoon all, and welcome to another new follower....thank you so much for joining us, I do hope you like it here...

I love to share my crafty life (oh and dogs!!!) with you and I am happy to answer any questions and help you if I can....I love to meet fellow crafters and I thoroughly enjoy the many workshops that I run...

Today I thought I would share with you a canvas that I made for the last Clarity show on C&C...

Sorry about the reflection at the top of the photograph, I really must get to grips with some photography techniques...also the canvas would look even better mounted onto a larger white canvas but I didn't have one when I took this picture......( I have rectified that now )

A full range of canvases are available from Clarity....I startedby using the Stencil and dragging some Grunge Paste through...

As soon as this dried It reminded me off a dry stone wall....now I am very familiar with Dry stone walls and my sister and husband have many around their lake district home and Graham has tried to teach dry stone wall building to Karl and me....( we did try...that is all I am going to say!!!!!)

Next came some colour around the edges...I used Distress Ink..

Then it was time for some Black Gesso...

After the gesso , I used my finger and added some gold gilding wax....I do love the smell of this....

When dry I added colour using some bottled Alcohol Inks on a piece of felt...

To add highlights I scratched the White areas using a craft knife...

I then stamped the Bird Row stamp onto card, coloured them in using Spectrum Noir pencils and cut them out individually..

I really do love these little birds...

I think they look right at home on my dry stone wall...

I was out in the garden earlier today and some of the birds were collecting twigs to build their nests....

I also found some of my favourite flowers have popped their heads up above the soil....I love Fritillarias....

If you done have any of these in your garden ...I urge you to get some....they are so delicate....but come up year after year....

Now ....couldn't you just see the Wee Folk Fairies loving these little flowers...

Now their is a thought....

Enjoy your Sunday evening....and see you next week...

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Girly...

Good morning....welcome to Friday....welcome to our new follower......( oh my....I am going to have to get some Candi ready to give away when we reach 200 followers.....not long now...) and welcome to a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog...

Our new theme is Girly....and is hosted by the lovely and very talented Celine...

This month we are sponsored by Sweet Lilac Flowers and Fresh Brewed Designs...

Here is my DT inspiration and I have used Hazel Blowing Bubbles # 2027 from Fresh Brewed Designs...and I knew as soon as I saw it that it would compliment my Clarity bubbles stencil, stamp....and I even had a Clarity sentiment in mind too..

I started with a piece of Gelli card, Jo's Bubbles stencil , Raspberry Adirondack ink and a stencil brush...

I then changed the position of the stencil and changed the ink to Purple Twilight...

I stamped the sentiment and added some stencilled colour too.

Next came the bubbles stamp from Clarity...everyone needs this stamp...

A little tip if you add some black dots with your fine liner pen the bubbles look more realistic...

Next I added some colour to Hazel....with my Spectrum Noir pencils...

Then assembled my card, adding some gorgeous flowers from Sweet Lilac flowers....oh the leaves are from S.L. Too...

As this is a Girly card I had to use a ribbon bow and a dazzler....

Glossy Accents just finished the bubbles perfectly....another crafters must have...

If you would like to see the rest of the work from the DT just go to the .....http://fussyandfancyc hallenge.blogspot.co.uk

And even better ...why not join in and make a card....

I am off now to do the food shop ....not my favourite job....but it will be a quick in and out of the shops then I can get home and carry on crafting...still jobs on my list for this week...

Karl and me are going out for a meal tonight with special friends of ours...so I am really looking forward to that....

I hope you have a lovely weekend...

Much love and hugs...

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Bird row wreath...

Good afternoon all and thanks for looking in today...

First of all I would like to thank everyone for the lovely comments on my last post...it is so good to know that I am not talking to myself!!!! Well not all the time.....lol...

Today I am going to share with you a paper wreath that I made for the last Clarity tv show....

Those of you who are regular readers will know that I love to make wreaths....either decoupage or repetitive stamping...

I started by stamping the bird row stamp onto a piece of gelli card , and twice more onto old book paper...

It is very on trend to use pages of old books in our craft projects...you see they can't be recycled because of the glue that is used to bind them....so as crafters we are doing our own recycling...

Next came the flowers, these clever stamps have the outline...

And then the solid image ...to add colour...

I made a whole page of flowers...

Then it was coffee time and cutting out....

I do love the bright colours....the twirls were made with old book pages too.

I do love these little birds...

Some pinflair glue and job done...

I really enjoyed making this.....hope you like it too....

I was very lucky on Sunday and got these flowers from our boys...

The colours reminded me of the flowers in the wreath...

Mikey even made a surprise visit home when he finished work early....the main plus for the day was that Adam seems to finally be on the mend....

Good Health really is so important...

I am so pleased that Donna is feeling better and Jeanette has had her operation and is hopefully leaving hospital today....

Enjoy your evening and pop back soon,

Love and Hugs...

Jo. xxx

 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Nail Polish Backgrounds.

Good evening all, ....yes...me again...two posts in one day....yah...

Last week I was asked by numerous crafters if I would do a blog post about the Nail Polish technique...this is such a great way of making a background....also it is a great way to use up old Nail Varnish,,.So here we go...

This was made from cleaning up my container...

So...all you need is a plastic container...I use an A5 plastic box ...which I keep specifically for this effect.

I use tap water, also watercolour card...

A little tip if the lid is difficult to get off your nail polish wrap an elastic band around....it makes it easier to undo...

Back to our container , with a couple of inches of water in....next drop some Nail Polish in...I find the first few drops create a film over the water...

Add more nail Polish....drop by drop..

Lay your watercolour card on top and gently press.....then lift out...

This is what you get....put it on one side to dry.

It is advisable to have your room well ventilated....you can keep adding colour..

And taking more prints...( it is good to leave some white space )

And adding more colour.

This time gently make swirling motions with a cocktail stick..

And take a print.

Hey Presto.

When you have finished you can clean the container with Nail Varnish remover ....but I just rinse it under the tap....but before emptying it...I take another print..

Leave to one side to dry. Look what we have made...

Remember you can use different colours.....and they look good in a frame too...

Also as a background for stamped butterflies..

Or dragonflies...

Of even as a canvas...!!!

This really is a great , fun technique.....if you have a go ...do let me know how you get on...

I hope this is useful ....thanks for looking in today....

As always I love to read your comments...

Much love,

Jo. xxxx