Sunday, 17 June 2018

The year is flying

Good Evening all. Well, 2018 is sure flying by at the rate of knots! We have had some wonderful weather but now the rain and wind have returned to the North West. I was going to stop uploading to my blog. It just seemed a waste of time when no one seems to be looking at it. But, I have caved in and here I am doing the last post for June. So what have I been doing?All parchment craft cards again. My scrapbooking mo-jo is still on the missing list! I'm hoping to have it back soon. I have been doing A LOT of clearing out craft items, making it easier to find what I want to use. In the hope that will help me get back to using patterned papers etc.
So, the first four cards are all Mary Kerr designs. I was getting ahead for wedding anniversaries! Using a red vellum to back the first one, and a 3D flower , I thought it looked quite fresh and modern.
Next one is backed by a pink vellum. The coloured vellum is a heavier weight then normal parchment.

                              Again, using a red vellum to back the white work. Add 3D flowers with a dab of pearl drop paints in the centres.
Next one is backed by a wine red vellum and the roses embossed using a too I should use more often, the hockey stick tool.

a close up, so you can see the roses better.

Next a pattern by Judith Maslen. I love pansies and this is a older pattern Judith kindly gave free some time ago.
 This one I can't remember the name of the designer, sorry, It is a pattern from Parchment Craft Magazine. So pretty and has two layers of normal parchment. The daises are painted in white ink.

Last but not least, is a pattern by Judith Maslen. I was clearing out some magazines and I found a lot of parchment guild news letters. Sadly the guild has now closed and lost for good. But most of the news letters contained a free pattern. Like this one. She has been coloured in blendable pencil and a small gem added in her hair and three in the centre of each flower.
So, that winds up the blog for June. I do hope you are enjoying some better weather.I hope your team in the World Cup (whoever that may be) does you proud. But I will say COME ON ENGLAND! Miracles have been known to happen and the team is in it, so I guess has a chance, all be it slim, of winning it! LOL 
Please take care of yourselves and remember to spread the love and remember to love yourself too, Because you are just has special has everyone else!
until July byeeeeeee 

Monday, 28 May 2018

End of May post

Hello, I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. It's wonderful to see colour in the gardens and hear the bird song! I have had yet another fall and gained a badly sprained ankle and pulled ligaments for the trouble. So I'm feeling a tad ouchy right now. I have a few crafty bits to show. It is all parchment craft except for one piece from my art journal. My scrapbooking mo jo seems to be on the missing list! :(            This first one is painted. I coloured the design first with blendable pencil, this protects the parchment a little from the damp of the paint. Parchment buckles if you get it too wet.
Below is a pattern  from an early book by Martha Opsina. I left the tag empty, so I can add a name or date later.

Judith Maslen design next.This one will be used for a class. Coloured with blendable pencils

Another Judith Maslen below, I made two hearts 3D by cutting a piece of card and sticking on tiny gems

Again a design by Judith Maslen, I love her patterns. I asked the kind lady if she could design a card featuring a German Shepherd. I wanted it for a special young man,on his birthday. Judith called the pattern Zeus, which is the name of the dog owned by the recipient 

Last of all a page from my art journal A dragon that faces the unicorn I showed you last time. I don't pretend to be a artist, I just like to mess about with paint and colour and see what happens. I find it relaxing and fun. 

So, that's it for me for this post anyway. Hopefully I will be back at a later date to show you more crafty makes. Until then remember to spread the love folks. You can make a  difference, we all can. just takes a bit to kindness and understanding and a sprinkle of letting people live their life has they want and not how you think they should. Take care...until next post

Thursday, 10 May 2018

first post for May

good evening all.
I hope everyone is well and enjoying some sunshine. I thought I would do a quick post to show what I have been doing.I haven't  really made  that much this time. The first card is a pattern by Judith Maslen called Little Rosebud.
Again a pattern by Judith Maslen which she was kind enough to give us free. Its called Lord Of The Forest. I made this twice, once for a lesson sample and then so I had one to give on a birthday.

Below is a pattern by Christine Coleman. Coloured in Blendable pencils. Again one card, different backing card and different coloured pansies and you  see it looks totally different.

This is a pattern by Florence Holmes and coloured with felt tips

Last of all is a page from my art journal. I hand drew the unicorn, I am not  a artist! Far from it! I had one effort I was not pleased with so I used gesso to paint over it. This is the second attempt. I used pom-poms on ribbon and pearls on a string topped with a bow for the tail. For the mane I used ribbon roses and pearls on string and a bow. I used white paint to colour the unicorn. Then a stencil of stars and acrylic paint for a background. I used gold gel pen and gold paint for the horn.
so folks that is it for the first blog post of May. I have had pain issues with my neck so haven't been able to do has much craft work has normal. I hope you like what I have done. feel free to leave a comment here or Facebook etc.... 
Remember to spread the love folks
until next post. byeeeee 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

good morning

Good Morning and Hello from a dull overcast North west Cumbria! How are you all this morning? I got up super early this morning. Having already walked the dog and had breakfast,I thought I would update the blog while enjoying the first cuppa of the day. Which is the best cuppa of the day!
               So,  lets start with scrapping. Below.. these delightful pups belong to my eldest daughter/hubby and her eldest daughter/partner. Zeus, Harrold, Bertie, and Alfie. Playing in the snow in the park. I used a "woof you" perspective by Bramble Fox on this page and the backing paper is Bo Bunny. It  is all glittered and shiny. and I love it. I also used some die cut snowflakes and brads.
Next is a page featuring a  photo taken at Easter with some family members walking at Ennerdale Water. I used a shaped page on top of a normal square one. Added some MDF chicken wire  brought from Fernli Designs. and chipboard shapes coloured with pro markers. A couple of die cut pine cones and a few Prima flowers and die cut birds.I used string to add round the frame of the shaped paper. I wanted to keep a  out door feel to the page.

Next parchment pieces.
Above is the full card, designed by Tina Cox. the flowers are built up in layers has the close up shows you. It is mounted on rainbow card.

Below, is a design by Alison Yeates. I found this one a great way to use up bigger scraps of parchment. I coloured plain parchment with a blendable pencil and spread the colour with a little scented oil, we call that dorso-ing. I added a small ribbon and bead bow in the centre. The dots were embossed on a fine grid. There are four individual pieces placed together.

Next is a Judith Maslen pattern, coloured in blendable pencil, the Tulip Fairy.

Last but not least is a pattern by Christine Coleman. It was a Fathers Day card I just changed the greeting. coloured again in blendable pencils.
All patterns are in copies of Parchment Craft Magazine. 

Well, that's my blog posts for April. I managed two this month. Looks like the sun is trying to come out! Which would be nice after we have had another couple of days of rain. We are looking forward to a day without power tomorrow while the powers that be work  on the sub station. So I'm off to find the batteries for the DAB radio!   I'll leave you with this thought. I read it on line and thought it was so right!
Be kind to those who are nasty. they are the ones that need it most!
I'll add to that, don't forget to be kind to yourself!
Take care and spread the love
until next time

Friday, 13 April 2018

unlucky for some..maybe

Good Morning! Well, Friday the 13th! Some people will want to stay out of harms way I guess depends how superstitious you are! I am a tiny bit I suppose. I won't walk under a ladder, and I started today thinking if it can go wrong today it will! Has the computer is running slow, lets hope that is the extent of any gremlins! Its another wet day. no surprise there then. I see the lappy has decided to change font all on its own..clever old thing LOL :) All  sorts of things reloading onto here after another long Windows update, they so annoy me, yet it seems you can't stop auto updates on a personal PC for windows 10. If you can, and anyone knows how please let me know! I've been up in the early hours to watch the Commonwealth Games diving sync  10m..YAY go Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow GOLD! I'll need a power nap later for sure!
 So, I'll start with parchment this time.
This is a pattern by Carol Hadlow from Parchment craft Mag in 2013. I love this one, adding the 3D flowers. It took some time but worth it. I have added to close up too. I just picked out a magazine from my huge pile and I'm working my way through it, making the patterns I like the most! I used liquid pearls for details

Pattern is from the same mag but this time by Heather Thomas. I loved the verse on this, I traced it with gold gel pen. Coloured flowers with polys.

Next is same mag, I did say I was working my way through it! LOL This time by Pat Murphy. I didn't add all the smaller detail into the out line frame I didn't feel it needed it. I liked it simple and neat. I added a pre brought ribbon and bead bow. It has been painted in felt tips or has we call them PCE's (Perga colours exclusive) any water based felt tips will do the job.

So, now scrapbooking, below are the last pages being scrapped from the Christmas holiday. Go Kart day! I cut squares from shiny black card and used white has the base card. I used a dye-cutter to cut the little cars and pro markers to add colour

Next, family meals by the sea! Good company, good food, good wine, sunshine. Lovely days happy memories.

last but not least!  Family at a cocktail bar. I won't tell you what the bill was at the end of the sitting but   lets just say and cocktails were varied, yummy and flowing. LOL I used various bits and bobs from 12x12 sticker sheets to make up the bunting. The paper is chalkboard collection.

So, that's it from me for now. My little dag has gone to the groomer, I'm about to turn off the CD and Phil Collins and go turn on BBC in the hope they repeat the diving from the early hours! So, remember folks be kind, be nice and spread the love.... until next time enjoy your day!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April post

Good evening all, I hope you all had a great Easter, lots of chocolate, sunshine, what's sunshine? There is very little sign of the yellow ball in the sky where I live! Sadly! I am still getting wet and cold walking the dog and its getting a bit annoying now!I had an amazing time over the bank hols with some family, beach walking,around the lakes ,topped off with an enjoyable meal out.Family time has to be one of the best things! I have some crafty bits to show you, mainly parchment craft but a little scrapping.  I have added a few close ups to make it easier for you to see what I have done. There are a few baby cards, but the class wanted to make those type of designs.
First, the butterfly card.Sadly I don't know who the designer is. I have had this pattern in a folder for ages. The butterfly is made 3D and painted with PITT artist pens direct onto the parchment.

Below are the start of baby cards. The yellow one is a design by Anne Quinn  and coloured once again   direct on to the parchment with Pitt pens, the blue one is a Judith Maslen design.

This below, is a design  from Parchment Craft Mag. the original was all white work but I wanted to add a little colour.

Below, teddy is a June Owen pattern. It will be a sample for a up coming lesson. Quite cute don't you think?

so now, scrapbooking. I am working my way through the last of the photos from my Christmas/New Year hols in Lanzarote. This was an amazing view from the 19th floor of a hotel. I slotted together four different photos to recapture the coast line. The two pages will go  side by side into the album.

Below, myself with my two daughters. Cocktails a plenty made for some fun photos! That hat was far to big for me! But I smile a lot, when I see these photos.

So that's it from me for this post. Remember folks we live in a world where you can be whatever you want to be... but be kind on the way up because you never know who you will meet on the way 
down!  take care out there and remember spread the love folks..spread the love!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

frosty start today

Good Morning everyone, frosty start to the day in Cumbria! But the sun is shining, it may not be the warmest yellow ball of fire, but at least its trying to shine!
I have some craft to show you  a mix of scrapping and parchment. I haven't done heaps because of pain issues in my back and neck. Lack of sleep hasn't helped either, but upwards and on wards has they say, or have I got that the wrong way about! Bad luck to change it now! So, here I go....parchment first, The first one is a little Easter basket. Pattern by Christine Coleman. I filled the basket with chocolate eggs and a tiny bunny and chick on some shredded green paper. I made a few of these as small tokens for friends.
Below is a design by Dorothy Holiness from her Embossing book. I gave this to a class for homework. Be interesting to see how they get on with it. I do keep repeating myself, slowly and emboss in layers leaving the layers to rest each time, you can't rush it. with embossing, you can add but once you do the work then it can't be rubbed out like crayon!

below a close up. It can get confusing has some of the work will need embossing from the front,embossing is mainly done from the back you see. Always use a piece of cling film or cellophane under your tool when embossing from the front or it could mark your work.  

this is from a Pergamano M104 book. Using a red parchment under the  regular type.

so onward to scrapbooking, pages from my trip to Lanzarote. I had these cardboard frames for a while and I had lots of photos of views so I combined them to make the page. colouring the frames pastel colours. and a die for the hammock and trees. I just cut the die a few times and used the trees on their own and 3D'ed the hammock.

a close up of the die. Pro markers are used for the colouring.

Next Mothers day. This is my eldest daughter Karen with me. I was spoilt rotten by all my grown kiddies! LOL but Karen and her hubby were up north with me on the day.

Below Maraca Del Rio. We went on a drive high up one day to see this view. You paid to get in, but worth it and it wasn't expensive. The view was wonderful. "I can see for Miles and miles." that old Who song kept coming into my head.! Showing my age now! With the views are photos of myself with my two lovely daughters and two granddaughters.

Last a parchment card. I made this twice, once for the lesson and once to give to a friend. It shows how what you mount your work on makes a difference. The one on the left is mounted of pastel rainbow paper backed with white card. The one on the right is mounted on bright rainbow card. Its a Ann Jennings pattern.

Well folks. I hope you have a fabulous day. Remember be nice out there Everyone has their own problems, some are worse then others. So, show a little understanding. not everyone is having a great day! A little love and a smile can go a long way.... spread happiness and kindness and leave the hate and intolerance behind... the world doesn't need it....all we need is LOVE right???? Me? I'm off to chase dust bunnies and wait for the Tesco man to deliver the shopping! What an exciting life I lead eh???   
             take care out there and SMILE.. 

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