Saturday, 11 July 2015

Am back again!!! lol

Well here I am again, after
another long absence.  Try as I may I don't seem to be able to keep up regularly with blogging.  If anyone can give me any tips on making sure I add at least one post a week I would be grateful!!.....I've decided to put a reminder on my phone...that might help!!

Anyway, I have been busy crafting, even though the blog has suffered.

Parchment craft was one of my first loves, and if you would like to see some of my past work, then I have added some pics to pinterest which  you can access by clicking here.

I was away at my holiday home  and managed to watch Barbara Gray Clarity Stamps, on Create and Craft.....she was demonstrating her new groovi plates. (this link will take you to the relevant page on her website).

  Well...I was hooked!

I have a lot of parchment tools and equipment, but I just had to order her groovi plate mate and a couple of the christmas plates to try.

I have to say they are great!!!  If you have thought about giving parchment a go, then I would highly recommend you have a look at this equipment, as it is very easy to use for those who would like to 'dip their toe' into the wonderful world of parchment craft.

I went ahead and put together a card....(my first xmas card for this  year!!) that I could have a go at these super plates.  I love them!!

The central design is from one plate and I used another plate for the four corners.  I added some detail myself in the 'traditional' style embossing white dots and cutting some hex shapes.

I also used one of Barbaras groovi border plates for the scolloped edge and then used the large and small sun tools to add some extra details.

I coloured the central image from the back using spectrum noir pens, and added some red to the front of the berries, after they were embossed, to make them stand out a little.

  I then added the design to some red card stock, using vellum glue  under the corner leaves to secure it, but am a little disappointed that even tho it says on the tin that the glue won't show, it does a little..
....anyway, am not to be put off as I think it's turned out quite nice.  

I decided to  enter it into Barbara's July competition 'Anything goes'

Hope you like it.

Have a super weekend!