Thanks for popping in.
So here she sits in her artroom at home,
up above the garage,
with the birds in the trees.
She should be up at Port Sunlight with all her mates,
but there we are.
You never know what’s round the corner, do you?
When the kids were young, and we were potless,
we used to drive old heaps which broke down quite frequently.
I always told them that God was probably looking after us,
because up the road a little we might have been involved in a pile up.
So God stopped the car and saved us from getting to the accident.
They still live by that belief – and so do I.
Lovely sunny day here.
Got out the garden furniture and washed that down early.
And now I can blog at my leisure, rather than in the van on the way home tonight!
When I was on TV last Monday,
I had prepped a neat little reflection technique on coloured parchment.
Let me show you the steps here today….
The wren plate is really lovely.
Comes in a set with wild flowers. Also fabulous.
Lovely Melanie designed both of these.
Centre bird only.
That’s the thing with the plates – you just use the bits you want!
Our coloured parchment is only coloured flooded on one side, so when you use it, the images still come out crisp and white on the other side.
I cut an aperture in a sheet of black card, to work through.
It helps if you don’t want the brightness.
Flip the parchment so that you are working from the front,
and add the same bird as a reflection.
Now for the Deckle Square nest.
Very useful plate.
Position the branches so they sit on a box.
Offset is good.
Leaves space for a sentiment or word.
Quick peep from the front….
Double-frame is good for colouring in.
See ? Without the light source you really struggle to see
on dark parchment!
I want to add a word down the side, so best write it out first,
or we’ll be spelling FIENDS or FIRENDS.
Start with the middle letter, so that you get reasonable positioning.
Add the Diagonal Grid.
(Grids also in the 20% Sale)
This is a brilliant piece of kit for patterns.
I like the white dot embossing you can achieve with the No. 2 tool from the Starter Kit
(also in the 20% Sale)
Do the leaves too.
The Diagonal grid is great for irregular shapes.
This is what it looks like from the front.
Colour in with a yellow pencil from behind.
One of the best things about coloured parchment is
when you use colouring pencils or Distress markers,
it acts as a blend.
So yellow on blue = green.
red on pink = purple.
Light panel great for colouring too.
Especially with my dodgy eyesight!!!
Works really, really well.
The coloured parchment is also amazing when layering up.
So there we have it.
Use a punch to layer up coloured parchment
Very fresh – very lovely.
And you would never even notice that one of the wrens
is debossed instead of embossed.
Time to go and enjoy the sunshine.
The website crashed again last night when we launched
the 20% Breakdown Sale to atone for the Van breakdown!
Poor old Jim is losing his hair.
But it will work.
You just can’t all get in at the same time!
Here’s Jim to explain what to do
if you want to take advantage of the 20% sale…..
Hi, Jim here!
To make sure you receive your Breakdown Bonanza SALE discount, the following these steps will help…
1. Ensure you are Signed In to the site.
2. Add a Stamp, Stencil or Groovi Plate to your basket.
2. When you do this you will be taken to the basket. Near the top of the page there will be a box and a prompt to enter a promotional code.
3. Type the code:
Ensure it is all capitals and no spaces. Then press Enter (return key) on your keyboard.
4. Your discount should now be applied! You can keep adding qualifying items (Stamps, Stencils Groovi Plates) to your basket without having to re-enter the code for your discount. But please look to check that the discount has been applied before you complete your order and go to payment.
5. If it hasn’t worked. Empty your basket, log-out, then log back in. And start from the first step.
*If you’ve made an order and the discount hasn’t worked at all. Don’t worry we’ll be checking all the orders on Monday, and we’ll sort out any monies owing to you.
ALSO! The website is slow, but working currently. It’s still very busy! If you find it isn’t responding, it’s because there are too many people trying to get in. If you can, please try again later. Thank you all for being so patient!
love & hugs ,