Monday, 30 January 2017


    I love going to workshops partly to meet all the other lovely crafters but also because I always learn something new. Josie Davidson held one recently in Chesterfield at the Crafter's Companion store. She was doing a Groovi workshop but sadly I could not manage to get there that time. Anyway Josie posted a photo on Facebook of the card they would be making so Maggie Craner and myself decided to have a go by ourselves. We intend to take our finished piece to show our parchment tutor Pat White for her comments. Hope she is kind. 

   I am quite pleased with my finished piece, I know there a few faults but my shading is improving which I am pleased about. 

    I backed my work on a piece paper from the lovely new Northern Lights paper pad from Claritystamp . These pads are just gorgeous almost too lovely to use. Double sided as well. 

    Rose Plate
    Northern Lights paper pad

    Hope you like this and thank-you for dropping by  xx

Friday, 20 January 2017


     I am loving creating parchment designs, the arrival of the Groovi system has really re-awakened my interest in this craft. Some days my hands will not always do exactly as I want so the traditional tracing is difficult. Great to be able to pick up a Groovi plate then and be able to carry on.  On some occasions I do enjoy sitting and losing myself in the tracing. 

     Clarity have started a Facebook page devoted to Groovi and on this site will be a regular monthly challenge. Groovi Worldwide. is the page and you just need to ask to join. Worth it as there are lots of beautiful pieces of work being shown.  Anyway I have created a card for this month's challenge which is Animal Kingdom. 



       I did forget to take photos as I was working so will just show you parts of the card in close up and tell you which plates I used. 

    Flower tangle Plate  I used small parts of this plate for the flower detail and did a little bit of picot cutting. I love doing this and grid work. 

         Blue Tit  coloured on reverse of parchment with Faber Castell pencils. Add colour gradually til you have the depth you want and blend together. The edges of the wings are embossed lightly. I just drew round a circle for the sun but you could use the .Nested Circles.

          Just a little bit of grid work in the corners. The edges were created using one of the lovely border piercing plates  Straight Border pattern. I added some embossed dots instead of some piercing.

       A little bit more of the flower pattern. I added a few gems and mounted the design on some rainbow card that I had in my stash. I go to a parchment class twice a month and Pat White who runs it told me to mount my work on a bright background so that the embossing stands out. 

         Hope you like this and next time I must remember to take photos as I go along. Trouble is I get so involved in what I am doing and forget. xxx