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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Happy Giraffes

Good evening all, and thanks for popping in..I have been going go write this post for three days now but something has always got in the way...

I do hope that your week is going well and that you are managing to enjoy some of this lovely weather.

On Monday I was a very lucky lady and had lunch with a special friend who I haven't seen for ages, yes we speak nearly everyday but a real face to face catch up and hug was so much better...

Then on Tuesday Julie and me when to visit the CraftRange , we had a really good shop, a great chat with Debs and Janet and the icing on the cake was a coffee and catch up with our Linda...

Plus getting sorted for upcoming classes, this Saturday it is inky and Groovi classes at CJ's in Edgeley..

Anyway back to this pending blog post...

I have been asked about one of the backgrounds from our cards last Saturday...

So here we go...

I started with a piece of stencil card and added some distress inks, just roughly blended I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Brushed Corduroy ....then I found that Fosilized Amber over the top really brought the colours together.

Next to give that animal sort of texture I randomly stamped the crackle stamp...

On with the stencil, and then some water spritzing

When the stencil is removed you can see the ghosting starting to appear..

After a few minutes this is what I had...

I added some more distress ink around the edge to frame the background.

Then using a couple of stamps from the Wee Foliage set , I bagan stamping...

Now that the scene was set , I just needed a centre piece

Yes the giraffes...I stamped then in Potting Soil , Archival ink and then added some colour with Distress inks and water,,,

Then added some foliage to the top left hand corner to compliment that on the background.

I do love these new stamps...

Just fabulous

It is amazing what you can make from a piece of white card...

Just one of the many reasons that I love crafting...

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post , and I definitely can't decorate my Mums plaster now as she had it removed yesterday...she now has a very trendy black boot....

Oh maybe I could decorate that....lol...

Better get on, I need to go and get the washing in, so good to be able to get it all dry in the fresh air..

Have a lovely evening...

Much love

Jo. xxx

 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Serengeti in Cumbria....

Good afternoon everyone, and yah...we have another new follower....happy dance time...welcome aboard! I am always chuffed when we make another crafty friend...

I hope you had a lovely weekend...it was Clarity Cumbria on Saturday for me..and we went on holiday to Africa .

The flight was a bit bumpy but the inflight entertainment made up for it...( no duty free though. lol...)

We had a good old play with Spectrum Noir AquaTints and made some backgrounds...these really are just perfect for using with the new African themed stamps...

 

Look at these gorgeous cards...

These are just so stunning and vibrant...

You ladies really made these stamps come alive..

It was another fab class we did miss a couple of our regulars...but we still managed to eat all the cakes...

I wonder where we will go to next month.....mmm....

It was great to see my parents and my Mum found another use for those little wooden coffee sticks that we crafters collect...now anyone who has had a limb in plaster knows what that itching is like !!!!!

I did offer to decorate her plaster....but alas she declined my offer...

I do think it is crying our for some stamps and stencils on it...don't you......?????.lol..

And on that note I had better say goodbye and get on with my list of jobs for today...

I hope the sun is shinning for you....

Enjoy your evening

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

 

Friday, 15 July 2016

A bright place.

Good morning lovely people, and thanks for joining me today. I have had a really busy week, but as always it is all good fun and I wouldn't swap it for the world. After waking up this morning to the terrible news of more terrorist attacks , I find I need my friends and my art more than ever....a sort of safe place to escape to....

Wednesday was our usual craft classes in Hazel Grove and even the heavy rain didn't dampen our day...

And we did have fun with the laminator!!!!!

Today I am off soon up to Kendal to visit my Mum and Dad....fingers crossed Mum might get rid of her plaster next week.....yah...

Then onto my sisters ready for Clarity Cumbria tomorrow...where we are going to visit Africa....and yes...please dress according ladies....lol...

So today I thought I would share a photo tutorial with you of one of my designs that featured on Hochanda with our Barbara.

I do love these stamps....and as you know ...my favourite colours...

I started by stamping the lovely lady with Archival black ink...

Then using the mask, and some copier paper I added the design to her dress using the Wee animal stamps and Potting Soil Archival ink...

Next some colour with distress inks.

There, she looks happier in her new dress, place the mask over her to protect it..

Next came the sky.

And then the landscape.....followed by some water spritzing.

I stamped the rest of the design and added some charcoal shading...

I felt the word Home just brought the whole design together...but I wanted to do something a bit different next . You see I feel that as part of the DT one of my jobs is to come up with new twists and new designs...and things that will help to inspire ...

So I carefully worked out where the tree had to go.( that took a few minutes!!!) ...and stamped directly onto the card blank.

I stamped and dressed the warrior and cut him out.

Then added him to the design and finished off with some clear Wink of Stella....for that touch of sparkle...

A card just perfect for today , to brighten the world...

As am typing this , one of my dearest fiends has told me some sad news...so this is specially for you lovely lady....you know who you are...

In fact let's have a group hug...I am sure we all need one...

There....that's better....

Must go....the M6 is calling...

Much love and hugs.

Jo. xxxx

 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Clarity Glasgow

Good evening all , thanks for joining me this evening...and please join me in welcoming our new follower...

It is always great to meet and catch up with fellow crafters.

Yesterday it was our Clarity Glasgow workshop , and as always it was a fabulous day...lots of hugs, lots of laughter and lots of crafting...oh and lots of cake ...thanks Eileen...

We started with a typical Clarity card design...using the fabulous Floral Crook Stamp.

 

And then we used the poppy stamp and some linen card along with some Distress inks and Inka Gold paint .

The white area has been masked off , so that it can be stamped later...you see these are inserts for bags...

And then with the brilliant alphabet stamps they can be personalised...name,,,,blog details etc...

Here we are with our bags...I am so proud of these ladies...look at their brilliant work...

And no comments about Bag Ladies....please...lol...

After lunch we had a relaxing time , cutting out and paper piecing

And then finished off the day making book marks...

I have to show you a present that I was given,,,,it was made for me by our youngest crafter , Erin...

She was unwell and not able to join us yesterday , so Erin,,,we all send you love and hugs and hope you feel better soon...

Thank you so much for my canvas...I love it and it is hung up in my craft room...

I will treasure it always...

Today I have been finishing some Groovi samples ready for Maria who is on Hochanda on Wednesday.

I must admit poor Karl was not too impressed with me on Friday evening...

We were alone in our hotel room....

he came out of the bathroom ,

dressed in a little white towel...

Bottle of champagne in hand........

Only to find me engrossed in my Groovi and the bed looking like this...!!!!

 

Oh Barb...what have you done to me....????

On that note I will sign off for tonight...

Hope you sleep well and have a good week ahead...

Much love and hugs..

Jo. xxx

 

 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Out of Africa.

Good afternoon all, thanks for popping in today , sorry I haven't caught up with you over the last couple of days but well, life has just been more hectic than ever. Together with a dreadful headache that has kept me company for a few days....plus two rather lovely cold sores...mmm

I blame it all on my two little furry friends and our mishap on Saturday....

Anyway , hope your week is going well...I have just got all my bags packed ready for the journey up to Glasgow tomorrow , for our Clarity Glasgow workshop on Saturday..

So looking forward to it...and Eileen's cake,,,.oh and Emma's hugs...oh I could go on...

Did you catch Barbars shows at the weekend? I recorded them , fab shows...well done Barb and Paul...

Here is one of my samples....

As soon as I saw these stamps ....I loved them ...and I got to use all my favourite colours...

A win,,,win....

I had an hours play with my Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks and I made so many backgrounds....all the kitchen surfaces were covered..

Then it was just a case of stamping some animals...black Archival is a must...

Now just look at that meerkat...how cute is he...

Next came the charcoal pencils....you know how much I love these.

They just give a bit more depth and dimension...

The hardest bit of this design was choosing which stamps to use and which ones had to stay behind...so many gorgeous animals...

Speaking of animals...

I realised today that I haven't drawn a winner for the fab Wild Flowers Stencil...

So I wrote all the names down of you lovely crafters who left me a comment, screwed them up, and put them in Eric's dish....look at these two...

I asked them to choose a winner...and before I could stop them they had three of the bits of paper ...one was quite soggy...sorry...

So here we are ...the three....not one..( thanks Tess and Eric!!!) ..winners of the fab Clarity Stencil...

So ladies , if you would like to pm or email me your address , I will get your stencil in the post....

Jrcrafts28@gmail. Com

That's is from me today...

Take care all,

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxxx