Monday, 7 November 2016

Another parchment piece!

Hi everyone, here's another very recent make since getting back into parchment craft.  Thankfully I'd been practising my picot cutting before attempting this one so was very pleased with the way the border turned out!  Love these beautiful Groovi plates from Jayne Nestorenko's fab artwork, stamps are also available in the same designs and I've added these to my ever-growing crafty wishlist.... a lottery win would be very helpful - lol!  I really enjoyed the colouring (Spectrum Noir pencils on the back of the parchment) and then added an inky 'vignette' with distress ink and using Clarity's fab stencil brushes before appropriate layering of embossed/pearlescent cards to finish off.

Hope you like what you see, any comments are always appreciated.  Take care and keep warm Su xx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

At last..... I've been doing a little parchment!

Hi everyone, mojo has been MIA for a good while but is finally returning, just in time for Christmas cards thankfully!  Anyhow as the weather is definitely turning colder, my little craft room is the perfect place to be as it warms up nice and quickly once I turn either the TV, PC or indeed heat gun on - rofl!

I'm a big fan of parchment craft and was quite proficient/familiar with the variety of skills needed to produce the beautiful lacy effects many years ago but let this fall by the wayside as I began doing other things, as we crafters tend to do!  Anyhow I have rediscovered this beautiful hobby and am current in process of relearning the processes, Clarity Stamps Groovi Plate system is a wonderful way to start as your line art is usually perfect!  My good friend Anne and I went along to the Harrogate Parchment Show a couple of weeks ago and were totally in awe of the superb works displayed there!  Wow!  We booked ourselves on a couple of Make 'n' Takes, which we thoroughly enjoyed and these are my efforts at the projects on offer!  I've still got a long way to go but have, at least, made a start on the journey!

I've got another couple of projects almost finished so will be back to share these soon, until then take care

S xx

Friday, 26 August 2016

Didn't realise it had been so long....

Oh dear, my 'self promise' to try to post at least weekly has gone totally askew... seriously I didn't realise it had been so long!!  Life has been a bit 'full on' this year with various 'happenings' and not too many good things, but I won't dwell on those... much better to focus on the niceties!!

Have just returned from a glorious two day crafting/arty adventure with my friend Anne, we finally managed to book ourselves onto the ClarityStamp Retreat as extra dates were added this year due to its popularity.   We spent two whole days totally engrossed in inking, stamping, stencilling, trying new things and picking up lots of helpful information the atmosphere was amazing, full of humour and oh boy do some people have 'dirty' laughs!!! It was all good humoured and the thirty or so crafters all got on so well; most projects went very well but there was the odd one or two that didn't go quite according to plan - one of mine included, but that's how you learn.  Barbara Gray and her 'glamorous assistant' Paul Church were superb mentors, such patience and wonderful senses of humour... Anne and I are already looking forward to going again next year.... the 300+ mile drive was definitely worthwhile plus Anne had found us a fab B&B within walking distance of the venue so we're hoping to stay there again too!

Anyhow, here are examples of what I achieved culminating in the goose canvas which was totally out of my comfort zone but using techniques and materials (gelli plate; brayering, acrylic paints etc) I can't wait to put into action again.  We also began a gorgeous Groovi (parchment system) project which didn't get quite finished as it takes time to do the embossing and such like properly so I still have this one to work on!

Hope you like what you see... I had lots of fun making them!!!

Su xx

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

First posting of the year...

Well that's the festivities over for another year, so onwards and upwards to Spring and, hopefully, some sunshine.  Feeling really sorry for all those in the UK who have suffered flooding with all the horrible rainy weather we've had, I really can't recall having had so much rain in all my life!

Anyhow, just before we do move on I have some more of 2015's Christmas cards to show you (sorry I didn't get them posted but our internet has been being upgraded of late and was way too slow to upload pics whilst this happened!)  So here we go...

As you can see these are slightly bigger version (A5) than my previous posting but made using the same cardstock, stamps and embossing powders; then followed a selection of  8"x8" using the same cardstock but using Chloe's 'Merry Christmas' greeting and then her 'Winter Mittens' stamped onto acetate that I glittered from behind, the mitten tops are layered on top after using 'Fluffy Stuff'... love watching this expand as you heat it!  Mounted onto embossed backgrounds (Crafters Companion folders) and came up with these...

Okay, so only one left to show... the card I made for my 'mam' as us northerners call our mothers!  Again an 8"x8" card, same Centura Pearl cardstock (my fav!), Various 'Chloe' stamps and WOW embossing powders and based on an idea from Chloe's Project Book 1.  I decorated the inside of this card to match the outside and, as my mam has sight problems, printed her special verse in a large black plain font so she could read it herself - didn't quite go with the style of the card but her being able to read it was the objective.  Mam loved the card so my work was complete!

So that's definitely Christmas 2015 done and dusted.... have a few more things to show from last year's makes whilst I sort out my tiny craft room, until then take care 

Su xx

Monday, 21 December 2015

As promised....Cards 1

Well, the tree's up and most of our cards delivered but that's about as far as it goes in being prepared for Christmas. Present shopping and final food shop scheduled for tomorrow... fingers crossed!  Then it's just pressies to wrap, cleaning up, preparing veggies for Christmas lunch and with luck we'll be ready in time!

Here's the first of my Christmas cards for this year and as I make 80+, they tend to be made in batches on a similar(ish) theme - it's the only time I do 'repeats' unless for obvious reasons such as making invitations etc.  So here goes with the most simple, all individually hand stamped and heat embossed using some of the new stamps I treated myself to this year from Chloe Endean ( using versamark ink and various (mainly sparkly) embossing powders, the greeting is by Katy Sue Designs (  Thank goodness my trusty Silhouette Cameo cut out all the bauble shapes, then I simply added a sparkly border by way of a chisel tip Zig glue pen and crystal glitter.

Shame the sparkle isn't showing up too well, apart from the glittery border... mind you I'm no expert photographer so it could be down to me and my lack of skills.

Okay then, that's it for today... back tomorrow with the next one!

Su xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Holding my hands up... guilty of being a lazy blogger!

So sorry... I've been a very lazy blogger over this past year, however I've still been crafting when time etc allows but not shown what I've been up to (I did send myself to the 'naughty step' - lol!)  As the end of 2015 is now rapidly approaching and Christmas cards are being made, I've been having an 'end of year' clear out both in my craft room and my PC, this resulted in a re-think and making a mental note to myself to try to post at least weekly in 2016!

Once my Christmas cards are completed (on the last batch now) I'll take a few pics... so will be back soon...promise.

I've also updated my blog page in readiness for posting more regularly and hope you like the simpler, less cluttered look.  Come January I'm thinking I may remove some of the older stuff too - for a fresh start - what do you think... good idea or not?

Take care and bye for now x

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Who'd like to live in a house like this.....

Hi everyone, a belated Merry Christmas to you all and hopefully it was a peaceful, enjoyable time for all!  My Christmas Day was quite busy but thoroughly enjoyed having all my family and best friend around me and Santa brought some nice surprises too!

Anyhow, a little while ago I was lucky enough to 'win' the English Cottage Christmas Kit from a lovely design team Rye and Willowbee ( as I'd been keeping an eye on their site whilst this fab collection was in progress and hadn't realised I was first to leave a comment as things progressed, lucky me got the full kit as my prize!

I had hoped to have my 'Snowflake Cottage' (the name I've chosen) finished in time to use as a Christmas decoration but family matters and winter bugs had other ideas, so better late than never here it is...

All the parts of the cottage are beautifully designed and fit together like a dream, and believe me  the amount of detail is exceptional - I've added the garden fence and gate to the original cottage, these files are by another wonderful designer but I felt they fitted beautifully with the gorgeous building!

The actual cottage is very sturdy and I've built mine using cardstock from Papercutz ( who carry a wide range of paper/cardstock; their service and delivery time is excellent.  285gsm (white) was used for the main walls with the outer embossed panels in 180gsm, the roof is 270gsm Colour Set Craft Card which was a 'bargain' mixed pack - all of these were 12x12" sheets.  The darker red roof panels are printed papers from my stash sprayed with Crafters Companion Pearl Diamond Spray & Sparkle to add a wet/frosty effect and I also used CC's 'Softly Falling' Embossalicious folder for the relief on the outer walls.  I coated the front and back door with glaze to make them shiny and the door knobs on each are tiny brass brads.   A crackled vellum is used for the window panes and the window frames coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens.  The decorative bows were cut from some 'old gold' pearlescent paper from my stash with a tiny golden 'bead in a bottle' added for effect - these bows, the wreaths, parcels and ribbons are really where you notice the eye for detail as they are all made from individual components and built up for the 'wow' effect - definitely worth the time to add these.... hmmmnnnn... should've taken a pic without them so you could see the difference they do make to the finished cottage!  I added Stickles 'Star Dust' glitter for added 'frostiness'.

Please pop over and say Hi to Kimberley and Tony at Rye and Willowbee at their site (link above) so you can see some different looks for their lovely cottage.

Oh yes, this is what it'd look like with a New Year's party in full swing... lol!

I forgot to mention you can put battery tea lights inside to light up the windows.... now where did I leave my glass.... off to the party!

However you welcome 2015 I wish you a peaceful and healthy year surrounded by family and good friends.  Happy New Year!

Su xx