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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Oriental Vine

Good afternoon from a lovely sunny Cheshire...I do love days like today.

Thanks for popping in , I really appreciate you sharing some time wirh me.

Today I thought I would talk you through a canvas that I made for one of the recent Clarity shows on Hochanda TV.

I do love this new Oriental vine stencil, and you may notice that it keeps making an appearance on my blog.

I started by simply pulling some Grunge Paste through it, and leaving it to dry.

Next I added some shades of blue ink using a combination of stencil brush and blending tool

Then I placed the stencil back in place and added some pink ink.

And this is what I had, it just needed framing so out with the gold gilding wax.

Then finally some scratching back...as always this was my favourite bit

See the difference that those white highlights make..

Some matting and layering and there we have it

A really quick but lovely canvas...

I have been inking, painting and generally getting messy hands today,,,all in readiness for our Clarity Glasgow workshop on Saturday......so looking forward to it...

Must go...as I still have jobs to tick off today's list..

Have a lovely evening..

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxx

 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Saturday at C. J's....

Good evening all, and thanks for popping in today. Hope your Sunday has gone well, I must welcome our new follower....as always I do get excited when I see another new face in our gang...

I do hope that you will be very happy here.

I am just sitting down after crafting nearly all day...I have another magazine deadline tomorrow...phew...just finished the samples, now got the write ups to do, but I feel some food is needed first.

Yesterday it was workshops at C.J. Cardcrafts in Edgeley...and wow how busy they were...

We had some inky play and created our very own designs on some shoulder bags...I do love looking for different and unusual projects to create..

Look at all these wonderful ladies with their makes

 

This was my example...using some of my favourite Clarity stamps.

Some Distress inks and some masking,,

Tracie made this one,

And this one is Mary's...how cool are they?

I just love it when everyone is so happy with their makes

In contrast we also had Groovi time...and learnt all about incorporating Stamps and Groovi

The feather was stamped using black Archival ink on the front of the parchment, and left to dry , before the Groovi part was added

I do love how the white work looks on the feather.

Love this Ornate Panel boxes plate too...

And I have been playing with my new light panel and my pricking tool...hope you approve...I am still playing catch up Emma....but enjoying every minute of it.

I have another very busy week ahead...but really looking forward to Glasgow on Saturday...lots of Crafty friends to catch up with. Hope you have a lovely Sunday evening...

We have blue sky and sun at the moment...

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Another day...

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

Can't believe it is Thursday already , this week is going so quickly...yesterday it was our Wednesday classes in Hazel Grove and they were as good as ever...so much laughter....( even if we did miss the camel lady!!!)

Today I have been getting more craft classes sorted , including putting finishing touches to our samples for Saturday mornings Groovi class at C.J.CardCrafts, Stockport

 

So with that in mind I thought I would share some Groovi samples with you...have you tried the coloured parchment ? It is fab...and the light panel works brilliantly with it too...

I started by using the fab poppy plates, this is the back....

I do love the border too, look how white the work looks on the front of the parchment.

Then I simply added some colour using my Spectrum Noir pencils

I do love to combine plates...here we have the nested circles and the Meadow grass...with the blue parchment

And a simple Birthday card...well it had to be red...

And to finish ....a sneak peek for Saturday's ladies.....

Thanks for joining me...

Take care and pop back soon...

Jo. xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Down on the farm.

Good afternoon all and thanks for popping in on this Monday afternoon. Oh my, it is so much colder in Cheshire today...I even had to put my coat on to walk the dogs.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, Saturday was our monthly crafty session in Cumbria...

The roads were kind to me and all was going well until I called for Sheila, only to find Police and Recovery trucks outside her cottage. Poor Sheila and Graham had been woken up at 7am with a very loud bang...they ran outside to see what was going on and a van had smashed into a car right outside their house...The van had been stolen and the driver had then run off...luckily the gentleman in the other car wasn't badly injured but bless Sheila and Graham who straight away started traffic control.........etc...

So she certainly needed a nice cuppa by the time I collected her.

For our first class card we did some work with the Spectrum Aqua Markers, watercolour card and the brilliant Wee Farm and animal stamps.

Look at these masterpieces

 

Then after coffee we used some Stampbord....this time with shaving foam and distress reinkers.(bottled inks)

Oh we had such fun.....

And look at these brilliant designs...

I still love the 'scratching back ' bit.....so relaxing....

After lunch....it was time to count sheep.....

And have a play with the fab alphabet stamps

Then it was time for tea and cake....( my favourite part....)

And we used Distress inks on a tag....one of the new Oriental pattern stencils some water and played with the ghosting technique.

This is still one of my favourite types of background, and it works so well with this Stencil.

And wow, look at those colours....

As always you crafty ladies and gentleman just impress me so much...I am so proud to be your friend...( and teacher...but I do use that term loosely !!!! lol )

Another fab class thanks all....

And then yesterday Karl set off for his fix of football at Old Trafford...and yes...he came home early when the game was called off.

I was crafting when Adam came in to tell me that the stadium had been evacuated because of a bomb scare....I have to say I instantly felt sick.... Thank goodness everyone was ok but I can tell you I was very happy to see him ....it really does make you think....

So today I have been getting into the zone and making samples using the Groovi ready for our class this Saturday at CJ CardCrafts in Stockport ....

I also went to visit Mikey...time for a Mummy, son, catch up and hug...( and collecting his next bag of washing!!!!)

Just time to cook our meal now....oh and put some of that washing in the machine....

Enjoy your evening....

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Hummingbirds

Good evening all , hope your week has gone well. We have another new follower who has joined our little gang...it is always great to see our group growing.....it really does make my day...

Today has been all about ticking jobs off the list, magazine cards, done, write ups done, dog walks done, ironing done, watering the plant pots done, packing the car ready for Clarity Cumbria tomorrow ...just done...

And now whilst our meal is cooking , I thought we could have a chat.

It has been another lovely sunny day here and Eric has just loved sitting on the lawn in the sun...it really does feel like summer....not sure how long it is going to last.

I thought we could look at another sample from Barbara's recent show...

It uses the rather magnificent hummingbirds Entwined stamp set.

I started by taping my stampbord together on the reverse side , this just makes it easier to work with .

Next , one of the lovely new Oriental pattern Stencils and some distress ink.

Oh yes...lovely....but a bit to clean and crisp...

So some water spritzing is needed, followed with some brown DI...

There...that's better...

Next some stamping using Black Archival ink.

And my favourite bit....scratching the design back to reveal some white areas...

So relaxing....and effective....and dare I say addictive....

If you haven't tried stampboard, I do urge you to try it....there are so many things that you can do with it...and so many wonderful Clarity Stamps and Stencils that are waiting to be used...

We are going to play some more tomorrow in Cumbria...

Right, food ready....better go and dish it up,

Enjoy your evening...and have a lovely weekend...

Pop back soon

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Time for a catch up.

Good afternoon all, how are things going today ? Ok , I hope .

I am chatting to you from our cabin on the way back home,,,the ferry is 8 hours long so just perfect for a nice cup of tea and a chat.

The weather over the past couple of days has been glorious and the wonderful people of N.Ireland have given us such a warm welcome. Although we have only spent four days over here , one of which was the workshop we feel as though it has been a wonderful little break. It is the closest that Karl and me have had to a holiday for the last eight years.

On Sunday we drove up the causeway coastal route and took in the amazing scenery. Our campsite for the next two night was fabulous...to be honest ...the best that we have ever stayed in...and an added bonus was that the bus to the local attractions stopped just outside the reception.

So on Monday morning we set off to visit the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, this is a National Trust site, it is a wonderful coastal walk to the bridge...then a narrow bridge made from wood and rope suspended across a 30m deep and 20 m wide chasm . It was traditionally erected by salmon fishermen .

We were so lucky with the weather, and the views really were breathtaking, and yes we both made it safely across to the island and back again.

Just look how clear the sea is.

After another short bus ride we arrived at the Giant's Causeway. This is a world heritage site and displays formations of unusual six sided basalt columns and a wealth of local national history

And once again stunning views

There is a wonderful legend about a couple of Giants and how the landscape was formed , if you get chance do look it up...

Back up the 20 minute walk to the visitors centre and time for a well earned rest and glass of something cold and refreshing.

I can tell you after all that walking and sea air, it wasn't long before we were both showered, fed and fast asleep...

Tuesday was our day to travelling back to Belfast ready for the ferry on Wednesday morning, but before we left we decided to visit the Bushmills Distillery which was only Five minutes away from the campsite.

This was a unique experience and we had a guided tour around Ireland's oldest working distillery. Bushmills was granted a royal licence to distill in 1608 , such an interesting place and I learnt so much about the process of distilling and the importance of the sherry and port casks in the making of Whiskey.


A few hours later we wandered our way back down the coastal route with time to stop once again and breath in some sea air

Great to see those ' white horses'

Such a great few days and so many memories.

As always I will have lots to catch up with when I get home, a magazine deadline , workshops to prepare for, and Tess and Eric to collect tomorrow morning...but it has all been worth it...

Oh and another ferry to book for our next workshop in Comber on Saturday October 22nd...and believe me...it will soon come around.

So I will say bye for now...thanks for joining me ...

See you again soon

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx