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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pure Jayne Nestorenko

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me today and yah we have another new follower...now you know how excited I get with we have another member to our happy little gang...

It has been another busy time here but I am happy to report that all projects are safely at the publishers, samples in the post for Paul's tv shows next Sunday plus the tree and decorations are all up.

Plus I have just spent a wonderful couple of hours in Manchester with Mikey, it is so good to see him so happy and looking so well. We were joined by Fran his girlfriend and her Mum,,,,,such a special time....

With such special people...

Speaking of special people did you see Barbara on Hochanda on Sunday and Monday? And did you hear the phone call from Jayne Nestorenko? Such a lovely, talented lady and what wonderful designs she has given us to work with .

When I saw the stamps I knew straight away what I wanted to create ....and that was a nostalgic scene, the sort that makes you all warm inside....

This is what I came up with and I really hope that Jayne approves....

I used craft card and stamped in Brown Archival ink...potting soil.

I stamped the children first and made a little mask for the little girls head. Next I stamped the scene, and as it is such a large stamp my Misi came in very useful .

Then onto some colour, I used my Spectrum Noir pencils...

Followed by some Picket Fence Distress ink , it makes great snow on Kraft card...I put some on my mat and painted it onto my design

And a little bit more , I just blended and built it up slowly

There. That's looking better..

A little sparkle with a gel pen, you see I didn't want to go over the top with glitter on this one.

The snowflakes were stamped in VersaMark and then heated with white embossing powder....

Then the fun bit...Chunky white embossing powder heated from underneath....and it is only me that holds my breath whilst I am doing this ?????

As a finishing trick I just edged the children with a dark pencil to make them pop...

 

They really are the most gorgeous characters, and look the little girl has actually caught a snowflake...

On a separate piece of Kraft card I stamped the mittens, coloured them, cut them out and then attached them to the design with a piece of string...

Now how many of you remember having their gloves on string or ribbon threaded through their coat and down their sleeves...or is that just me,,,? Well it did stop us loosing them,,,,,,

Memories....it is so good how art can bring back so many different memories...

I had better get on....tea is in the oven....

Enjoy your evening and pop back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

I love Stencils

Good evening all, thanks for popping in...

I have just got home after a fabulous day at Grosvenor House papers in Kendal.

We had a day of using stencils, you see I love stencils , and there are so many different techniques that you can do with them, from embossing, to using grunge paste, spritzing through them, using them with the Groovi plates and lots more.

We concentrated on using inks,

The sunshine stencil used with two colours of ink and a bit of a twist.

Then some ink blending through the leaf wreath stencil.

After a wonderful lunch, we made a Christmas card....well it is the first of December...

Followed by another one, well I do have to make a start on mine..lol.

It was great to meet a couple of new ladies and I am looking forward to seeing you all agin next year...the dates are out for the first six months of 2017 ...just book in with Jane at Grosvenor..

I am off now to catch up on some tv with Karl....I have a magazine commission to finish tomorrow, and then I am hoping to have some family time at the weekend.

Do remember that our boss lady, Barbara is on Hochanda on Sunday and Monday.

You really don't want to miss the shows....

Take care all.

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nearly December

Good evening all and thanks for popping in.

Another late blog post but it has been a busy day with workshops in Hazel Grove.

I spent yesterday finishing off my samples for Barbara's tv shows this weekend and got them in the post this morning. I have to say the new designs are just fantastic,,,believe me you will definitely Need them ..

Today we had a play with stencils and made designs by mixing and matching stencils...something that I love to do...

It is a great way to make cards that have to go in the post, Jo's Poinsettia Stencil works really well with many of the wreath stencils...and these cards are so quick to make,,.no masking needed.

We also made little gift bags

And all the sweets did go inside the bags!!!! honest....

We had homemade mince pies this morning thanks to Julie, I do seem to eat my way through workshops at the moment.... oh it is such a hard job!!! lol..

I came home unpacked my bags and I have just finished packing them again ready for our day workshop at Grosvenor House papers in Kendal tomorrow..

So just time for a hot chocolate and then off to bed....take care all

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Thanks Josie and Chris

Good evening everyone, and thanks for popping in today. I do hope that your week has started well.

I have had a wonderful day , I stayed overnight with a lovely friend and was woken up with a male scratching to get into my room!!!! Don't worry Mum, he is a cat....and a cutie .....

After breakfast we headed off to a Parchment , Groovi workshop .

Run by these two wonderful and very talented ladies, Josie and Chris,

There were lots of friends there, and I met some new crafters too. It was great to put a face to a name and meet Glynis .

We were all on our best behaviour, we'll sort off!!!,

Thanks Lynne for sharing your pencils.

 

Look at these card designs

 

Now this was the one that I was aiming for..

You know, I have been trying to teach myself snipping, but it isn't easy at home on your own...so hence the class today..

Josie was so patient with me, as I had got myself in a state about it, and had convinced myself that I couldn't do it....

As you know I love Groovi, the plates, the designs and making samples...but I have a real block with the grid work and the snipping...

Sometimes a negative comment by someone can get stuck in our heads...do you ever find that....?

Thank goodness for Josie and Chris...

Now I know I need lots more practice,,,but I am on my way...

My first bit of grid work and snipping.

I am hoping to have a little bit of time off over Christmas to get some practice in...

Hey..look ...

I have even got some homework...lol...

It may just take me until next Christmas to achieve this...

I had the most wonderful time and I can honestly say that anyone who wants to learn in a friendly and pleasant environment, just book one ( or two ) of these workshops...

I can't wait to go back and join in again..., look at these stunning samples made by Josie and Chris.

 

Thanks ladies....from the bottom of my heart....

Take care all...

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas in Cumbria.

Good evening all, I am just home after a fabulous day in Lindale. It was our Clarity Cumbria Christmas party....and oh what a day it was...

We had our annual Health and safety checks...( Elf and saftety!!! Get it.....lol..)

And I was given some new slippers. Thanks Rachel and girls...they are fab...

 

We did some mixed media play...and went a bit shabby chic....

Look at these

 
Here is a closer look

 

 

 
 

 

I am so proud of this wonderful group of crafters...

We also had a signed Clarity Calendar.....and a raffle...

And the winner was...

Debbie... enjoy ..

We had a yummy buffet lunch, Christmas cake , and crackers , and yes I won one of those fish...that curl up on your hand...

It was just such fun

And day just flew...

Before we knew it , it was time for home,,,

And I have to say there was a wonderful sun set tonight..

Thanks everyone...and a special thank you to my big Sis,,,I couldn't have done it without you...Love you Sheila..

I am off now to put my feet up ,I have a craft fair tomorrow and then I am driving to a friends for the night...as we are going to a Parchment class on Monday....poor Josie....it is going to be a noisy naughty table,,,

Have a lovely evening all

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

More of my favourites...

Good afternoon, and thanks once again for popping in..

It has been a busy couple of days ...and my goodness we have had some rain...the fields are under water , which Eric loves and we went for a swim this morning, rather than a walk.

Mind you I had a shock when we got home and I had a phone call from a Manchester Gallery who want to exhibit and sell my work.....wish me luck...I have a meeting later this week.....

I hope you managed to catch our Paul on Sunday with his three Hochanda shows. Today I thought I would show you how one of my samples was made..

With this one , I just wanted to show case the fabulous stamps,,,as you know I love these Jayne Nestorenko designs.

I started by cutting my stencil card to size and then stamping using Archival ink.

I then used Artistry ink pads on my blending mat with some water and water coloured the designs...

I started with the Agapanthus

After all it is my favourite...( I know...I shouldn't have favourites!!!)

Next a colour change

And onto the Dahlia

Followed by the Rose

And the Fuchsia

Oh look at those lovely colours

 

Some matting and layering, and then a butterfly....

Plus a few little additional gems, liquid glass etc...

And there we have it...a four in one card...

Before I go I just want to tell you about my lovely friend Becky...we spent years running a local cub pack...and what a brilliant time we had...well she has always wanted to write a book...well a trilogy to be honest...

I was so proud of her on Sunday when her book was published and I got my signed copy..

So if you are looking for a book to read ...look no further...

I love it Becky...and you too...

Just shows you....we can all reach for the stars and grab our goals...

So go on....have faith and follow your heart...

With all my love..

Jo. xxxx