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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Afternoon all....

Good afternoon all, thanks for looking in today....I have been gardening this morning...so now it is time for a well earned cup of tea and catch up with blog land...

Yesterday it was workshops day at C.J. CardCraft and we decorated MDF letters and made wreath cards ..one of our new ladies Vicki hadn't used PanPastels before...so I made a little canvas to show her how easy they are to use....

Now when I checked on the PanPastel blog their new Challenge theme is Anything goes....so I am going to have some fun and enter the Challenge...

Here is the finished canvas...And here is how I made it...

I started with a canvas board from Clarity and used a post it to mask the sun....the PanPastels just glide over the canvas....

 

Next I added the sun using one of the little sox....

To give the impression of clouds....I just used a rubber and removed the Pastel..

How cool is that...

Next the foliage...I used this brilliant little Fern stamp from Clarity...

I also edged the canvas by dragging the Archival ink pad around the circumference ...

To set the Pastels I like to use one of the Crafters Companion sprays...this time I choose the Spray and Sparkle...the iridescent one,.

I have a spray booth.....o.k. A box......

Next came the butterflies...one of my favourite Clarity stamps...And some mount board...

Plus some little flowers on the fern branches...

How quick but effective is that.....

Here is a closer look...

If you would like to join me in the Challenge ...pop over now.... http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-8-anything-goes-with.html

Just before I go back into the garden I would like to wish a Happy Birthday to one of our wonderful crafters from yesterday....

Happy Birthday Susan.........hope you are having a great day....

Look ....I found this photo of us two ....yah....

Right....must get on...still lots to do....

Have a great week....let's hope we get some more sunshine...

Love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Springtime Flowers...

Good morning all and welcome to Friday...and a new challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog...our new theme is ......

.....Springtime Flowers.....

......and is hosted by the very lovely and very talented Vannessa.

.........we are sponsored by Sweet Lilac Flowers and Marianne Designs...

Here is my inspiration ...

Using some beautiful paper flowers from Sweet Lilac and a Marianne Design....LR0169

This really is a gorgeous design ...and perfect to cut into four and make corners...

I stamped this Wonderful Clarity sentiment onto some yellow card....

And the butterfly three times onto white card...

Added colour with Spectrum Noir pencils and cut them out...

I do love the way the corners look...

This little star stamp just took the plain feeling away from the yellow card...

And look how good the flowers and leaves look...

And here is the finished design...I do hope that you like it...also pop over and see the other wonderful designs from the DT ...... http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk

I am off now to get my craft bag sorted ready for tomorrow's workshops at C.J.Cardcrafts in Stockport, Cheshire...I always have a lovely time when I visit the shop and Glynis looks after me so well....

The crafters who regularly attend have become really good friends and we have a new face book friend coming this week...so I am really looking forward to meeting her...

Enjoy your day all...and have a happy, healthy weekend...

Much love...

Jo. xxxx

 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Another sell out German show......

Good afternoon all, hope your Tuesday is going well....

As many of you know I am a bit of a technaphobe.....but I was so thrilled this morning when I actually managed to watch our Barbara Gray on German tv with her Clarity show...I was at the hairdressers and watched it on my iPad.....how cool is that....and when my sample was shown I was seen running around showing everyone....o.k. May be not so cool.....but I am always thrilled when my work is shown....

Oh and another not so cool moment was when the postman walked in with the mail.....I hid behind my iPad!!!!!!!!

Now Tracie arrived yesterday just as he was delivering and yes....she agrees he is gorgeous.....

O.k. Enough of that and back to craft.....

Here is one of the samples.....I hope you like it.....

There was a fantastic new set of frame Stencils ....and I couldn't decide which one to use first....so I used three of them on this card....

First the Flame Flare stencil and Sail Boat Blue ink....

Then the crackle box stencil and Butterscoth ink...

Then my favourite the circle box frame stencil and Raspberry ink...

This is what you get....oh I do love that.....

I used some post its and stamped the Wee couple and the tree rows....

I just went for shades of grey in the middle..!!!! ( no ...not ...fifty!!!!) Using my Spectrun Noir pencils...

And some extra shade using charcoal pencils...

 

I used the new wonderful Woodpress alphabet stamps to stamp....Live, Love, Laugh....and added these...

I still worry when using words...I mean my English is bad enough but German ...now that's another story...Barbara very kindly helps us...but I still worry that I may spell something wrong and say something very rude....

Some matting and layering and card made....I have to say I did love the way the stencils worked together and I think I will be using that trick again...hope you like it too....

I am actually sat in the garden at the moment writing this with a cup of tea.....Tess sat on one foot and Eric on the other...I still don't get why they sit on my feet....is it to stop me moving????

Hope the sun is shinning for you too, as it really does make everything feel so much brighter...

Sending Sun, good health and much love your way....

Jo. xxx

 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Live , Love, Laugh...

Good afternoon all, well what a difference a day makes...it is so dark, wet and windy here today...not such a glorious Spring day...

Well Mr Shredder has lived up to his name and yesterday Eric chewed the tv remote.......today ...well a cd case....I think we have hit the terrible two's !!!!!!...

How has your weekend been? And chewing incidents?

Today I want to share with you my favourite sample from last weeks tv shows...it incorporated the new Treehouse stamp, the new alphabet stamps and the fairies....

I started with a piece of Gelli card and stamped the treehouse stamp..

This stamp comes with the most gorgeous and useful hanging vine stamps....great for borders..

Next I stamped the words...Notice I like to use brown ink,,,makes a nice change from Black...

Now out with some masks.....

And then some torn paper to create the Sky...I find it easier to turn my work...

First some blue...

And then some purple...for drama...

And now some land...

This is what I have created so far....

Now to take off the masks ...

And add some fairies....note how they look like they are holding the boxs...

And some stars...I must say I do use this little stamp so much...

I stamped the treehouse twice more and cut them out.

I added colour with my favourite Spectrum Noir Pencils...really easy colouring...

I used glue gel to decoupage the treehouse. Added some matting and layering....And job done.....

I really enjoyed making this card , I hope you have enjoyed sharing the step by step...

It is time for me now to finish cooking our Sunday Dinner...so I had better get a move on...

Thank you for looking in...Take care all....

See you soon

Jo. xxxx

 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Spring Inspiration.

Good afternoon all, hope you are making the most of this lovely weather...I have to say it is great to get the washing on the line with the confidence that it will dry....trouble is I have gone mad ....so now my ironing basket resembles a mountain....

Thanks to everyone who has asked about Adam, he is much better thank you and back at work , although only managing reduced hours...he will be 26 next week....I really don't know where the time has gone....

I was spending some time in the garden this morning with the dogs and noticing all the lovely spring flowers....when I realised I had intended to enter the PanPastel Challenge....and whoops hadn't got round to it....and I have a feeling that it closes tomorrow....

So with the theme being .....Spring Inspiration....this is what I came up with.....hope you like it...

Now those of you who are regular visitors will know that I love my PanPastels and I also love to make wreaths...so as I was short on time I decided to do what I love .....not try something new....( I do feel so many crafters think they have to constantly try new things...don't get me wrong I love to experiment and do something different but there isn't anything wrong with having signature pieces and repeating them )

I started with a piece of Gelli card and 3 PanPastels...Magenta Tint, Orange Tint and Permanent Green Tint....remember Tint means that it is the colour plus white...

I just simple used a sponge and blended them slightly.

Next I stamped the base of the wreath...I used the Leafy Swirl Clarity Stamp...

Remember it is easier to keep turning your card....then I stamped the spaces to complete the wreath..Oh and a cheeky little bit in the corners....

On separate card I stamped the butterfly six times and coloured the images with Turquoise PanPastel.

Then cut them out.

Some matting and layering,

Some Bakers Twine, white gel pen and then I added the butterflies...

To finish the design I added some Liquid Pearls..

 
 

Here is a closer look...

You can find the Pan Pastel Challenge here...

http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk

Also check out the wonderful inspiration from their very talented Design Team....

I just have time now to grab a cup of tea and get back into the garden with the dogs...

I do believe the weather is going to change for the weekend.....

 

Thanks for looking in today, have a good weekend ....

Live and hugs...

Jo. xxxx