Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday's Blog shared with a friend...

Oh happy day! I had planned to do something completely different for the Sunday step-by-step, but something MUCH better came up to light the way! Yesterday evening, we were invited to dinner with friends, and I noticed a table full of fabulously elegant candles, all with our stamp designs on them. So I asked Debby how she made them, and she offered to show me. At which point, I grabbed my Ipad, followed her into her wonderful craftroom, and this blog ensued.
Before we begin, please allow me to introduce you to our 
good friend Debby Berry.


I am sure many of you know how to transfer  images onto candles. Well, this was new to me, and I was  delighted to be guided by Debby. What a great teacher! So whilst Dave and Gill played with guitars, we got candle-arty!

Ready, steady, go!
Stamp your image onto a piece of tissue paper using a Black Archival

Dry it with your heatgun.



Paint the image on the tissue paper with Perfect Pearls 
(Mica Powders) diluted with water.


Debby helped me here. I was looking for my glasses!


So we painted the pears gold...



Then coloured in the leaves with distress markers.


Next, we cut out the Pear tree. It was funny, because I was being Oh so careful! And Debby was saying politely, “No need to cut so close”, which I guess means “Get on with it for Pete’s sake!”


Now comes the magic ingredient: Wax Paper.


Oh. And a candle! Debby reckons Morrisons do really good, cheap ones. And she should know! She’s got a little production line going here!


So you have to lay the cut out tissue image onto the candle


and then wrap the wax paper tightly around it, and hold it tight at the back


Then it’s time to literally melt the tissue image into the wax. It only takes seconds. Debby said it’s best to go around the outside of the image first and then do the centre. 



It really only takes seconds. You see it bubble a little and start to look waxy.


Then, straightaway, peel off the wax paper


to reveal a very, very professional looking 


Peartree Candle!


It was going so well, Debby decided to show me another trick, using embossing powder this time.
So we stamped the image again in Black Archival on tissue, and sprinkled it with Detail Gold embossing powder.


It embosses really beautifully on Tissue Paper!


At this point, Debby offered to cut out the pear. I figure it was agony watching me labour around the leaves! So she whizzed round in seconds!


But I was allowed to do the Wax Paper + Heatgun trick!
We placed the image on the other side of the candle.


And Oh Boy! Was that impressive.


I had such fun! So many, many thanks to Debby for the lesson, 
and to Gill and Debby for the wonderful evening!

And I’m pleased as punch with both sides


of our new Christmas candle xxx


love,

105 comments:

  1. Your candle looks great! They would make really nice gifts - I must try it out:)

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  2. Great idea! Looks lovely. And great gift!

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  3. That is a lovely technique and so effective. I do have one question, though. Can you burn the candle right down without causing problems? As the country is so short of power, we may need to use these beautiful candles for their more practical use. xx Maggie

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  4. As ever another brilliant demo from you and your friend Debby. I have never tried this but since I am making some of my christmas presents this year I may just have to give this a go! Excellent photos too. xx

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  5. Beautiful! I have done this before Barbara but only stamped. Never knew you could emboss and use mica so another thing I have learned through clarity! Thanks for your patience in demonstrating . X

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    1. Good morning Dr Berry! Are you ready for the QA session? In the name of science, I am going burn my candle down to a nub today. Thanks for your guidance! Xxxxx

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    2. It was my pleasure what a kick or a hoot as we say in America...

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  7. I've seen this on other peoples pages with clarity stamps but never known how it was done, so thank you to you friend for teaching you and for you blogging it...will have to give it a go..in amongst all the other things to give a go to! Now Barb... Who takes an IPad to dinner at a friends with them! lol. ....damn good job you did though! Xx

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    1. Where go I, there goes my Ipad. Always x

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    2. LOL - I thought only my brother did!!! So just one question - is it image side down on the candle or tissue side down? Have been to said Morrisons - have three candles and ready to give it a go!

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    3. Hope you had fun. We think the grease paper will work too.

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  8. Thank you Barbara and Debby. This is just beautiful! What a lovely gift idea.

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  9. How clever, have never seen wax paper used for this technique before, but it makes so much sense ..... a Eureka moment, guess what am I doing this afternoon ... I love candles at Christmas and have a lovely stand to put them on.... this year we won't just have candles we'll have CLARITY candles! Love it xxx

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  10. Simple yet very artistic and professional looking . Thank you.

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  11. Please NEVER delete any of your blogs! I have so many techniques I want to try now but no time just at the present!! This is so impressive that I really must have a go! You make it look easy - but I bet it isn't - you're just a great teacher!!

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    1. No, Debby is the good teacher! I just had fun!

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  12. Beautiful! This is something I've wanted to do for ages.....in fact I bought the candles and wax paper last year but wasn't too sure what to do. Guess I was a bit scared! Your step by step guide is just what's needed so I'm going to pluck up courage and have a go and hopefully have some extra gifts for Christmas! Keep on blogging, Barbara, I love it!

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  13. It certainly looks beautiful and the results look so achievable !! Need to go to Morrisons I think .....

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  14. Great tutorial Barbara xx the blog is fantastic.

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  15. Love this technique, have done this recently but have not used embossing ink or mica but will be now. Thank you both for the extra ideas

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  16. What a great technique. I will have to try this but need to get a Heatgun first. What an inspiration both you and your friend are.

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  17. I have done this before, but never with embossing powder. How clever! Your instructions are so clear that it makes them so easy to follow. I love my day dose of "Barb" ! xx

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  18. Wow going to try this today what a great idea for Christmas gifts x

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  19. Like Lesley I have wanted to try this for ages but not felt confident enough, however after your very clear steps and great results on your first try I am going to be brave today and give it a try. Thanks Barbara for the inspiration and gentle push :-)

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  20. The results look stunning. May I just ask, which side of your art work do you lay onto the candle? Sorry if that sounds a bit of a dumb question, but I have never tried this technique xx

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    1. The front side.although you can use either, but the emboss and the mica shimmer look best out to the front xx

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    2. Thanks Barbara, enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

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  21. What a great technique! Love the finished candle, it's too good to burn now!! X

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  22. Well, I never knew you could use wax paper for it. I use baking paper/greaseproof or a teflon baking sheet or craftmat. Love your candle Debby & Barbara.

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  23. You lay it face up on the candle, Sue. If I remember right you don't have to be too precise cutting right to the edge of the image either as the tissue kind of melts into the wax. Not tried embossing so thanks for this, Barb.

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  24. You lay it face up on the candle, Sue. If I remember right you don't have to be too precise cutting right to the edge of the image either as the tissue kind of melts into the wax. Not tried embossing so thanks for this, Barb.

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  25. Wow great technique, love the finished effects

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  26. Fabulous, I was playing with candles as well yesterday, going to the embossing powder and mica powders next. Loved Naomi Mahon's candle as well, she has brayed on tissue paper! Xx

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  27. Hi Barb, thank you and Debby for showing this beautiful result. I did my first one a couple of weeks ago, and was so pleased with the result. Am making some for special Christmas greetings for an order instead of traditional Christmas cards. Have a go everyone, it is surprisingly easy. Saw a tip on you tube, where you can do the embossed image face out or face in, which will give either a more dimensional image or a smoother image. Bx

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  28. This is wonderful a step by step guide. I have always wanted to try this, but have been too scared to try. Thank you xxxx

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  29. Hello Barb!
    I have never tried this ......but now I have photo instructions (thank you).
    I love the blog... so much inspiration from you Barbara!
    Hope all the nasty lurgy has left you?
    Take care
    Love Marg

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  30. Got to have a go at this. Being the vicar's wife I am sure I can lay my hand on a large candle or two! ;)

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  31. That is so lovely. I didn't realise that was how it was done. Another new technique to try. Thank you ladies x

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  32. What an amazing idea!!! I now need to get myself some waxpaper, tissue paper and some candles!! Thank you Barbara and Debby :)

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  33. Wow that's looks wonderful and looks so easy to do. Looks like it will be a trip to Morrisons for me.
    Lesley

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  34. Thankyou for sorting us how to do this, like you I have seen them before but didn't know how to do it. I really must give this a go now :-)

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  35. I love this technique and am doing it with my ladies from the coffeepot in December - its my Christmas project - so glad you love it too - its so effective - hugs Rachel xx

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  36. The pear tree stamp looks stunning on the candle. Another wonderful step by step. Thank you. xx

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  37. Wow this is great I've often wondered how this was done so thank you so much for sharing another brilliant technique

    Jackie x

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  38. Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for showing how to do this. I've often wondered how it was done & now I know. The pear tree looks absolutely fabulous but, as I haven't got the stamp, I'll have to give it a go with some of your other Christmas stamps

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  39. The candle is so impressive and looks really easy to do. Even I might be able to embellish a candle.!

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  40. Hi Barbara
    Would this work with a picture printed from the computer, I am thinking of Grandchildren, if it was embossed right away I am hoping it will work. Hugs Allison x

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    1. If you can print on tissue paper it should work fine. Let me know how much your new printer costs after you've spent 2 days picking the bits off the roller! Just joking.

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    2. Tape your tissue to a sheet of printer paper and it will work fine!

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  41. I've been decorating candles for gifts this year, it's a fabulous technique and so simple. I haven't tried colouring the images though, I thought the tissue might disintegrate, it obviously doesn't, so I'm off to have a go. Thanks for a wonderful blog, yet again.

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  42. The candles look beautiful Barbara & Debby.I love using this technique to make gifts for friends. The candle needs to be a wide pillar candle though so that it burns down the centre without melting the sides. The wax paper must be held tight but more importantly smooth, as the outer layer of wax on the candle melts through the pores in the tissue and then sets again . The wax paper acts as a mould to keep the wax smooth & in place. Having the heat gun on a low setting helps. Have fun everyone! X

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  43. Such beautiful candles and a great gift Idea. Guess I'm off to buy some candles now.

    Sue x

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  44. Beautiful candle. I love doing these.I made quite a few for my stall.only got one left. Isn't it greatto learn new sttuff. Thats why we all lpve this blog xx

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  45. What a fabulous idea - thanks to you and your friend Debby for sharing!

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  46. I have done a RISK ASSESSMENT on this technique , and deduce that the only real issue
    is having to go to Morrissons ! (Other Supermarkets are available) on a Sunday
    Thanks Barbara. X

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  47. Wow!!! Absolutely love this! Must have a go! Thanks Barb! X

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  48. Again another great blog, thanks Debbie and Barb for a great demo. Have seen this done before but haven't tried it yet perhaps a lazy Sunday afternoon is the right time. Joan x

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  49. Great idea, thank you Debby and Barb. I have printed on tissue for a candle but never thought to stamp so I will be trying that this afternoon. Looking forward to another week of blogging! :-)

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  50. gorgeous candles, I love making these, have made some for the school Christmas Fayre already and making some more today. Must go to Morrisons....
    Barbara can I just say I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!
    x

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  51. Morning Barbara. So glad that you take your IPad with you always....sounds like you all had a wonderful evening and I am so pleased that you shared it with us all...thank you to both of you...fab photos and techniques...have a good Sunday....Jo. X

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  52. It seems we are lucky you never stop thinking of crafting, even on a night out! I too am a person with candles languishing in a carrier bag bought to try this technique having seen it on the tv, but scared I have of forgotten the exact details so have not yet had a go. Now I can follow along with your photos. Thanks Barbara. Love Aileen xx

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  53. Fab! I have seen this before but this time the instructions are so clear I really AM going to try it! It looks so classy with the large stamp too. Christmas table centre piece I'm thinking.....

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  54. Beautiful! I've been wanting to try this technique for a long time and your instructions are really clear, thank you. Must add wax paper to my crafty shopping list!

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  55. Hi Barbara! What a great evening you had! And that candle is beautiful. If you want to keep it there is a way to save it but still have it burning....light is as normal then allow it to burn down to hollow out the centre. You do this until the hollow is big enough to fit a tea-light in that way you only ever burn a bit of the candle and it will last so much longer. It does need to be wide pillar candle!
    Have a good day! xx

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  56. Love ist, great idea for christmas - your blog is so wonderful Barbara !

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  57. We had our crafty afty on Saturday (full house too) and I had stocked up on candles (from Morrisons, they are now out of stock I wonder if they know why, lol)) to do the same thing, only I never thought to use mica and embossing powders, thanks for the heads up with that, they will now want another session and I'm just recovering from that one.

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  58. What a fab idea to give as gifts. Can't wait to have a go. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Debby too. X

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  59. another great idea, now where did I put those candles?

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  60. Hi Barbara

    Oh I do love your blog!

    Thanks for the new ideas about candles - and can I add one little tip please. I bought ivory candles a while ago from Sainsburys (I know you recommend their nail polish, wink). And right at the end of doing one candle the thin dipping of ivory wax dropped off in about a one inch chunk :(

    So, it's back to Morrisons plain white all the way through candles for me now.

    Hugs, Di xx

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  61. Oooh very lovely classy Clarity candles. Thanks Barbara and Debby for the great tutorial.x

    Hope the guitar playing was as productive. Will the Dave and Gill guitar compilation be available for download soon?

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  62. Great to have step-by-step instructions. Thank you so much Barb and Debby. I only hope Morrison's are ready for a major run on their pillar candle stock! Pam x

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  63. This stamp is just perfect for Christmas candles. A really great idea.

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  64. How lovely! I've done candles before but I never knew we could successfully use pearls to paint the tissue, and I didn't realise the embossing would work, so massive thank you to you Barb and to Debby! Xxx

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  65. This is great. I have never done candles, I have just been playing with the old stamping on the Tissue but for something completely different. I would never in a million years have thought about heat embossing it, and would not have thought of putting perfect pearls on either. what great ideas. I will try this with my de-coupatch see what happens. Lovely candles Debby and Barbara. xx

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  66. Gorgeous never tried this but have seen it demo'd. Must try for xmas fayre.

    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    Xxx

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  67. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who hasn't had a go YET at this !! Knowing me i'll end up with a big melted hole in mine !! he he

    hugs Diane xx

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  68. thanks for that fantastic blog. I've been meaning to do this and in fact have candles but never got round to it. is it a specific tissue that you need to use or any tissue say like what the stamps come wrapped in would work?
    and the other worry i always had was would you be able to burn candle but i guess that's been answered really.
    looking forward to this weekend for more clarity crafting xx

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    1. Hi Theresa. Just plain tissue paper. Not shiney. And jane Telford had a great idea if you want to preserve the candle. Let it burn down and then pop a tealight in it. But I think they can burn fine x

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    2. Thanks Barbara. i will definitely give it a go xx

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  69. Wow very impressive - Morrisons here we come ,,make great Xmasgifts for crat fairs , thanks for
    Sharing x

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  70. Wow very impressive - Morrisons here we come ,,make great Xmasgifts for crat fairs , thanks for
    Sharing x

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  71. Thanks to you and Debby for this step by step - I really want to give it a go! I would never have thought that you could emboss on to tissue!

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  72. Fab technique and nice to see you learning the same as us x

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  73. I did these for Crimbo last year ... stunning ... I do hope you had eaten before running in the craft room !!! sort of thing I would do! lol good job we have understanding hubbies ! :)

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  74. WOW this truely is a great way to use stamps. I am going to try this out for sure. ;-)

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  75. What a lovely idea for a present. I will try it one day.

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  76. Beautiful, and every question I ever had about how has been answered - thank you Debby and Barbara xx

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  77. Can anybody tell me if it will work with promarkers and Adirondack inks?

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  78. Well that's sorted some of my Christmas presents...Thanks to you both xxx

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  79. Ditto bluelesley-have been wanting to try this technique for ages, thanks Barb and Debby. Much crafting to be done. X

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  80. fab post my hubby makes candles ( not often ) i could make the transfers for them..mmm.the possibilities ! cant wait to give it a go thanks for fab post and great tutorial love all the photos and you do make me lol Andrea x

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  81. wow! wow! wow! This is simply stunning :)

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  82. This is fantastic! I have never tried this technique - its wonderful - may give it a go! Thank you for all your inspiration xx

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  83. Just realised I have missed that post...... It will probably seems a silly question to most of you, but what does Barbara means by "tissue", and where can I find some???? Just remember please am leaving in France......"Weird" country for crafters!!!!!!
    Laurence xx

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    1. Hello Laurence - by "tissue", Barbara means tissue paper [sorry don't know what it is in French!].

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x