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Monday, 18 September 2017

Busy but fab weekend..

Good evening everyone and thanks for joining me..I do hope that your week has started well.

I have so much to tell you since our last catch up....

So here we go...last Thursday was my monthly workshop at The Paper Warehouse in Kendal...

It was another great day,,,with another full class and some new crafters too...and yes I did some shopping whilst I was there,,,well it had to be done and I had my list....

Then Friday we had to go and have cuddles with the little man as he has gone on his first holiday...oh we have missed him so much..

Adam , Danielle and Elliot have gone to Malaga for a few days... look this is his holiday travelling outfit...cute or what..... and only nine weeks old...

Saturday was back up to the lakes for Clarity Cumbria..another fabulous day..

We started off with some Inky play

Followed by stamping on the new Indian Summer papers

Look at these , all fabulous

Then after lunch, some Wreath making....( well they are my favourite type of cards )

Some tea and cake,.well it was Debbie's Birthday on Sunday

And finally out with the petite Gelli plates...Our Sam would have been proud of us...

And we even had some sunshine for the drive home .

Next month it on our retreat...oh I am so looking forwards to it...so many things planned...and so many lovely crafters to catch up with...and for two days...life is so good...and I am truly blessed

This evening Rosella has launched a new ODS on Hochanda , she is on again tomorrow,,,here are some sneaky peeks...

Happy Christmas everyone,,,

Right , that is it from me,,,Mikey is arriving home soon..a flying visit, but I miss him so much , it will be good to see him.

Take care everyone..

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Happy Birthday

Good afternoon all, I hope this blog post finds you well.

It has been another busy few days making samples for the Clarity shows coming up next week. They are safely in the post so fingers crossed that they arrive.

Today I thought I would share a card with you that I made for the Hochanda shows with Rossella last week,

It features the new ribbon stamp...the Happy Birthday ..

And here is how it came about .

I started with a piece of stencil card and stamped the words...as this is such a large stamp I decided to use my stamp press. ( fantastic invention )

Next came the stencil, once in place I stamped the various word stamps using VersaMark ink, then used white embossing powder and heated it ....do remember to use an antistatic pad.

I seem to be using white embossing powder so much these days

The words now are a resist...so out with the inks..

 

Starting in the middle with yellow..

Then bringing in the colour from the outside.

And finally the orange ink, so that it blends with the other inks...this is a great quick way to blend .

Some black ink around the edge to add some depth...see the difference that it makes.

Some water spritzing

I drew a border with a fine liner pen and added some colour to the letters.

To finish off , yes I am using glossy Accents again....

They just dry so well...such a great look and some added interest...

A great card for a male or a female...hope you like it...

I have just been sorting out my bags out ready for tomorrow's trip up to Kendal,,.it is my monthly class at the Paper Mill Direct shop....Grosvenor House . I do love this day...one of my favourite places to visit...plus I get time with my Mum and Dad...

Although I am going to miss one of our regular ladies...Maggie has gone back to Spain for a few months...we will miss you tomorrow , lovely lady...

And finally a photo to make you smile...my little man is doing really well, feeding, sleeping and yes he was awake whilst we drove through Blackpool illuminations...

I think he is starting to pose for the camera...

Enjoy your evening all.

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxxx

 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Rain today

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining me, on this Sunday afternoon.

Sorry I haven't blogged for a few days but it has been even more hectic than normal here, with lots of Clarity samples to make, workshops, magazine work plus the wife, mum and grandma duties....

Our Hazel Grove workshops went well on Wednesday and we made a start on Christmas cards...yes, I have actually started mine...

On Friday I spent the morning with young Mr Elliot , and the afternoon with friends having afternoon tea....oh and yes we had Prosecco....very nice it was too...( thanks Ladies )

This evening we are off to drive through Blackpool illuminations, for Elliot you understand...so I thought I would share a photo tutorial with you...

If you watched the Clarity shows with Maria the other week you will recognise this card....

And here is how I made it...

I started with a piece of stencil card, and stamped the clock face, masked it and then randomly stamped some cogs with VersaMark ink, added white embossing powder and heated.( to make a resist )

Next I added the stencil and began blending some ink.

When I removed the stencil , I had this .

 

Next , I added some shading around the edges

On separate card I stamped the extra bits, and cut them out.

Added some light and shade, loook what a difference the charcoal makes to the cogs

Then I assembled all the parts, and by using a brad on the hands they can actually move . So that any specific time can be used on the card.

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Oh and the clock face I heat embossed twice with clear embossing powder...nearly forgot that bit...

Sorry it is such a rush...but I need to get on...

More time,,,that is what I need ...mind you ..don't we all...

Time Flies.....it certainly does....

Take care everyone...

Much love and hugs...

Jo. xxx

 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mondays child...

Good afternoon all, how is your week going? I have been busy making samples all day....and I don't know where the time has gone...just not enough hours in the day at the moment ,

Have you been watching Barbara and Paul today ? Paul still has one show to do, not sure if he will have anything left to demonstrate with...

I really love making book marks , and I made one using Tina's new plates from Yesterday .

That little Robin is just so cute....

He made an appearance on this sample too...It started out with the new snowflake plates....but he had to join in the fun.

Yesterday we had quite a journey back from Glasgow...the M6 was closed and we had to divert through Lancaster....it added over 2 hours to our journey ....thank goodness we had stopped at Tebay to exercise the dogs and have some food. The poor people on the North bound side ...some of them had over 3 hours delay...

It certainly gave our new motor home a good run. We picked it up on Friday morning and drove straight up to Glasgow...we found a wonderful campsite and Saturday's workshop went really well. Thanks to all the ladies for coming and Eileen for making such yummy cakes.

Some of the ladies are coming down to our Cumbria Retreat in October...oh I am so chuffed ...it sold out straight away and I have a waiting list... bless you all.

This is our new baby , and yes we updated it because of our little man....Elliot...we now have seat belts in the back so that we can take him away with us....oh ....so exciting times ahead....

Uncle Mikey came home last week so that he could have cuddles...

Elliot is doing so well and gets heavier everytime we see him...

Adam and Danielle are back home and enjoying being a family...They have taken Elliot up to Kendal today to see my parents...It is greatgrandad's birthday tomorrow...

So Happy Birthday Dad....and yes I have made him a card...

Better get on...it is our Hazel Grove workshops on Wednesday...and yes ladies...we have eggs,,.

Take care all.

Enjoy your crafting....

Much love and hugs...

Jo. xxxx

 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Anything goes - Mixed Media

Good morning everyone and thanks for popping in. Today is a really busy day as we are picking up our new little van, loading it up and heading up to Glasgow ready for the Clarity Workshop tomorrow.

Life is just so hectic at the moment, I do feel I am spinning so many plates...

The plate for today is a new Fussy and Fancy Challenge..

I am very honoured to be hosting this Challeneg and I have chosen for

Challenge 195

The theme of

Anything goes ....Mixed Media ...

Now this just means mixing it up a bit, maybe inks, paints, ribbon, alcohol markers, gesso, oh so many possibilities. Most of us do this without even realising it..

Here is what I have come up with, I do hope that you like it .

It all started with an off cut from a play with Distress Oxide ink pads...

I trimmed it down and added a sun using my Clarity mask

And then some foliage using a couple of Clarity stamps

Now at this point , I had just the die in mind....a fabulous one from Apple Blossom dies.

 

How cool is that...? I just love this versatile little die .

All it needed , was some white Posca pen adding.

 

Then onto the background , and out with the Inka Gold

I added some water and had a play ....not to much though....remember to leave some white space...

Some matting and layering

I took an MDF sentiment and painted it with Black Gesso, and then began to assemble my design

Some more white dots, I do love the way these dry

And my design is complete....

And perfect for a variety of occasions, also for those difficult male cards.

I told you it was easy....oh and fun...

I would love you to check out the designs from my fellow dt members, and even better I would love you to enter.... http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Remember it can be a card , tag,

piece of MDF, a canvas ,

etc as long as it is Mixed Media....just have some fun...

I had better get a move on...

Have a lovely weekend all, oh and remember our Barbara is on tv this Sunday and Monday

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxxxxx