Thanks for popping in. Beautiful sunny day here in the south of England. What a difference a ray of sunshine makes! Mind you, the windows! The windows! Nothing like a little sunshine to highlight the smears and dust and dirt!! So had a little blitzy spring clean first thing, opened all the windows, let some fresh air in – and Life is good today!
I hope you enjoyed our two Clarity shows on The Craft Store yesterday! I do love working with Janice – she’s another ray of sunshine. You know when you’re on the same wavelength as someone? She and I share the same sense of humour. You can watch us pedalling away on Catch Up HERE.
And the Clarity Craft Club Members’ HALF PRICE SALE! Very busy first day indeed. It runs for a week. It’s a proper blanket sale, spreading across all things CLARITY. If we sell out of a stamp or a Groovi plate or stencil, where we can we make more, to honour the special price. But just until midnight Monday 7th February. If you’re not a Club member, you’ve got plenty of time to join up and take advantage of the half price sale. The Club projects and products, and everything you get for your subscription, are pretty special too.
In addition, as you know, we’ve decided to wrap LOVE around us for the whole time too. Love, kindness and a gentle respect for others – that’s what it’s all about, in my humble opinion. The world needs it in spadefuls, it really does. And if you think you’re too insignificant, that you can’t change what’s going on in the world – you’re wrong. We ARE the potential. We ARE the change. If I have a heart, if I smile at the homeless person and sit with him, and chat to him, and give him money for a bed for the night, then I have made a change in that man’s life. What he chooses to do with the money I give him is HIS CHOICE. But I have done what I consider to be the right thing. Now multiply that by all of us. Imagine we all have a heart, have a care, do something to help someone. It doesn’t have to be financial help, it can be a kind word, a smile, your time and empathy. Wow. Together we are so much better and stonger. Maybe I’m a fool, maybe I’m an idealist. But then I am glad to be.
Here’s a Groovi Heart project I did a while ago. I absolutely LOVED doing this. It is a small, bitesize heart, from Linda’s beautiful heart sample. I hope you try this one.
Using the 4th (from the centre) picot square die and your die cutting machine, make a few parchment picot squares (you’ll only need one, but good to have some extra!).
Using the number 1 embossing tool and your nested picot Groovi plate, emboss the 4th border from the centre around the edge of your parchment square.
TOP TIP: Use Groovi Tabs to hold your parchment in place.
Using the number 1 tool again, emboss the top right heart from the sampler plate. Make sure to leave the dangling hearts embellishment out, as that empty space will get cut out later. Turn your artwork over to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Looks good!
Using your number 2 embossing tool, do some white work on the circles around the heart, and through the middle.
Add the corner decorations, and add the whitework there too.
Using the 2-needle bold tool, perforate around the inside of the empty area of the heart.
Using the next size up of the Nested Picot Dies and your die cutting machine, make some larger squares of designer parchment and white card.
Using your number 1 embossing tool, add the border from your Nested Picot Groovi Plate to your designer parchment square.
Using your scissors, snip the inside area of the heart away.
Using the white pencil, lightly draw the area through the clear parchment aperture on to your designer parchment. This will enable you to place your letters in the correct spot, using your alphabet plate.
TOP TIP: Practise your letters on a piece of scrap first, to make sure you have them the correct way around.
Using the Perga Colour pens, add some colour to the flower petals and the corner design.
Gather the 3 pieces and attach them together using brads in each corner of the parchment. Use one of your single needle perforating tools to make the holes.
And you’re all done!
Linda’s Heart Sampler A4 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-LO-41226-15)
Alphabet Frame A4 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-FL-40397-15)
Nested Squares Picot Cut A4 Square Groovi Plate (GRO-PA-41035-15)
Nested Square Picot Cut Die Set (ACC-DI-30666-66)
Gemini Die Cutting & Embossing Machine (ACC-MS-30655-XX)
Groovi A4 Clear Parchment (GRO-AC-40024-XX)
1&2 Tool From the Starter Kits (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Groovi Tabs (GRO-AC-40437-XX)
Groovi Guard (GRO-AC-40345-XX)
2-Needle Bold Perforating Tool (PER-TO-70279-XX)
Indian Summer Parchment (ACC-CA-30525-88)
Pergamano Pointed Scissors (PER-TO-70040-XX)
Double Ended Eraser Pencil (ACC-PE-30611-XX)
Perga Colour Pens (PER-CO-70060-XX)
Pastel Brads (PER-AC-70270-XX)
White Card Blanks
Tape Runner (ACC-MS-31065-XX)
Most of the ingredients are in the sale. Or maybe you have all the gear, and just need a little idea to get you going.
Take care, be safe, be kind.
Love and hugs
P.S. I’ve just noticed that all the different Pergamano scissors and the Lightwaves are half price in the sale too. That’s good xx