Thursday, 11 June 2015

Had a hoot today...

Hi there!
Late again, I know!
Been setting up for the Open Days here in Crowborough
which are tomorrow and Saturday.

The troops start arriving last night,
Hen and Leather,
err I mean Len and Heather,


Paul and Sam,


Jayne’s in charge of catering!


 So whilst the men hauled,




the ladies hauled too!


Here’s Maria getting herself organised,


Sue feeding us strawberries,


and yours faithfully happy to have some 
Groovi Plate and Starter Kits! YAY!!


So we had plenty of help.
It came together beautifully.
Only took 10 hours!


And now, while the others are all sitting in our kitchen, 
chilling before the onslaught tomorrow,

I have come away to chat to you 
and share a step by step project you might enjoy,
using the new owl and some fusible fibre.

I think these stamps which Mel designed are better than superb.
Just a delight to use.



Here are the ingredients:


Here’s where we’re headed!


Attach the stencil to the Gelli Card,
and make a 4 tiny little marks in the corners of the centre square with a pencil.


Stamp the owl into the square with a Black Archival.


Add the Owl Mask now, so that we can sort out the background.


Brush green into the lower area, using a Clarity Stencil brush,


and blue into the sky.


Let’s frame the centre with a Black Micron pen.


Like this:


In fact, let’s outline the whole stencil while it’s still in place.


When you remove the stencil, you will see
the image really stands out if you outline it.
Remove the stencil.


Now let’s give the owl a cloak; a fabulous cloak...

Attach the owl to the new 5" x 5" mega mount, 
which we are using to replace the riser we used to use when melting fibres on our stamps.

Loosen up some white fibre
(which we finally have back in stock!)
Sandwich the fibre between two piece of baking parchment
or craft mat and iron to preset.


Ink up the stamp with Black Archival ink,
place the white fusible fibre on the inky owl,


Cover with baking parchment or a piece of Craft Mat,
and iron again with a travelling iron set to hot.



You will see how the image shows through the fibre 
when it is setting.


How about that for perfect?


Cut out and colour in if you like.
I used Promarkers.


Nice.
He has a real fab shimmer now.


Attach to the stamped image, using tape.


All done.
Hope you like it.
Fusible Fibre is brilliant.

I am going to use it on the Christmas Show on TV next week.
18th June. 10am
I just think it is perfect for Christmas,
especially because you can colour it in if you want to.


Ah well, off to bed.
It will be busy tomorrow!

Much love,

58 comments:

  1. Oh Barbara you've all worked so hard today! I hope the open days go well and that you all have a great time meeting everyone!
    Lovely hoot card! He really is a magnificent looking owl!
    Sleep well! Love and hugs xxxx

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  2. Beautiful card Barbara. ...
    Luv Rach :)

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  3. Oooooo this looks fantastic, great inspiration as always, thank you. Have a fabby 2 days at the Open Days. Special Hello to Heather xx

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  4. Wow Barbara, I love this project, the owl stamps are amazing. Good luck for the show. Don't work too hard!LOL. x

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  5. Sitting in my hotel room reading this. All ready for tomorrow, Groovi plate is on wish list as are the owls. Beautiful design, love the colours on the owl. Hope your Open Days are a success I am sure they will be. xx.

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    1. The Groovi Plate is great, Lynne. It does all that Barbara and Maria said it does. I spent all the afternoon playing with it. You can start off with the basics so easily and then take it on as far as you want as your skills develop. Definitely good for beginners and experienced alike. xxx Maggie

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  6. Hi Barbara,
    Great technique and groovy card, owls my favourite.
    Glad to see you and the team are ready for us tomorrow can't wait to see all the new items must bring a big bag.
    Sleep well see you all tomorrow.
    Bev xxx

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  7. Wonderful project Barbara which has helped me with my shopping list for Saturday's Open Day! I am really looking forward to it with all the inspiring demonstrations - cannot wait!!! Enjoy a very well earned good night's sleep. I hope you do very well tomorrow. See you Saturday!!!

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  8. Hi Barbara this is gorgeous I love the owl stamps. I so wish I could be there tomorrow it looks amazing. Maybe one day I will be at one of your Open Days. I hope it all goes well. I will be thinking of you. Hugs Jackie

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    1. Jackie we will get there one day! Xxx

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  9. I can't think of a better place to be chilling, than in your kitchen! I will miss the fun of the weekend with you guys xxx. The venue looks amazing and the kits, well they are just stunning! Mel, these stamp ate just the best, I adore them!

    Have a wonderful Open Day filled with fun, excitement, friendship and love!

    I wonder if you'll get a Royal visitor this time? XxxxX

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    1. I'll be there... Does that count ? x

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    2. Royalty is waiting for the Retreats, Mandy, like last year. xxx Maggie

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  10. Have a great couple of days , will make it one day ,,.
    loved what you did with this owl ,,.

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  11. Wonderful project Barbara which has helped me with my shopping list for Saturday's Open Day! I am really looking forward to it with all the inspiring demonstrations - cannot wait!!! Enjoy a very well earned good night's sleep. I hope you do very well tomorrow. See you Saturday!!!

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  12. Coming to Crowborough on Saturday, so lovely to get a sneak peek, really looking forward to it. I've not seen fusible fibre before, looks like fun, can't wait to see your Christmassy twist on it next week.

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  13. Lovely card. Really looking forward to coming to see you all on Satirday - save me a groovi starter kit please!!

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    1. You definitely NEED that Groovi kit, Sue. I had a great time playing with mine all afternoon. xxx Maggie

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  14. Hi Barbara
    A beautiful card and I hadn't realised you could colour fusible fibre.
    Have a great weekend with plenty of laughs and not just work.

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  15. I love the owls as they have such wonderful expressions and the fusible fibre works so well and makes a really sparkly owl. I hope the open days go well. x

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  16. awesome - love this - will be having a try methinks xx Hope all goes well tomorrow xx

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  17. The owls are great and so is that stencil. It looks versatile too.
    I'll see you tomorrow and am looking forward to it so much. I hope I find my way OK. Carol

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  18. Hi Barbara
    Love this owl and the fibres work so well, I didn't know you could colour the fibres, I thought you were making a snowy owl (owls are perfect for Harry Potter fans too!). Crow bridge looks wonderful all laid out, I hope you all have a great time and enjoy yourselves as much as the Clarity fans. I will get there one day!
    Sleep well
    Love Diane xxx

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  19. Hope you have a brilliant 2 days. Bet you will be rushed off your feet especially with the new Groovi system. I have never used the fusible fibre so something else on my wish list.

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  20. Haven't used micro fibre only couple times not great but time me think for fresh try need to marster it me think okay tomorrow will have a go love joy xxx

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  21. Excellent technique as always so clearly explained. Love the owl, love the fibre and great to see pro markers being used I have so many and am loathed to change to other alcohol pens as they have plenty of life in them! Have a great weekend, one of these days I'll get to join you and experience the inspiration directly.

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  22. Looks great ages since I used this medium. The rugby club looks great.... Just hope there's plenty of stuff left for Saturday!xx
    Looking forward to seeing everyone doing their thing!
    Much love
    Kim x

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  23. Now I know what to do with the fusible fibres instead of reclining in a box - fibres that is, not me! Owls, too, currently residing in a box!!!
    Not at Owlborough - sorry - Crowborough this time but will be in August!!! Wishing my life away. ;~}

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  24. Hello Barbara. It all looks absolutely great. You must be shattered. Would love to be able to come and see you but it's just a step too far. Have a fantastic weekend. xx Margaret Col.

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  25. Stunning Barbara love the stencil and stamp sweet dreams xxx

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  26. Beautiful Barbara. I was only thinking about using fusible fibre the other day! The new maga mount looks good too. I hope you have a fab day tomorrow - I do hope there's something left for us on Saturday. :-) xx

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  27. Hi Barbra Looking fabulous for your two days of fun fun wish I could have made it but to far for me up and back on the sat. Did try to get some time of work and have a holiday so I could attend but all the week was booked may be next year. Love he owls and the demo today all the best have a great time xx

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  28. How lovely. You've all worked so hard on a a beautiful summers day. Hope all goes well for you and all your visitors to Crowborough. x - I'm so looking forward to coming along in July.

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  29. Fabulous as always Barbara. I do love the fusible fibres and that owl is gorgeous. Hope you all have a wonderful crafty day and I will see you in September for the open days. Hugs xx

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  30. Fabulous Barb, never used fusible fibre but they look great so looking forward to your Christmas shows. Have a great weekend

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Hello Barb, this is just brilliant, I found my fusible fibres the other day, whilst looking for something else, so perhaps I need to give this a go. Hope the open days are super, and I am sure everyone is going to have a great time. Take care. Bx

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  32. Everything looks wonderful. I'm on holiday at the moment so sending crafty good wishes from Sicily x

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  33. Hello Barbara

    Love the technique, didn't know you could colour the fibres. That is one of the things I like about this blog, you can learn something new every day.

    Good luck with the open days. I am sure everyone will enjoy them, despite the hard work. I am envious of you all. Hopefully next year.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  34. Hello Barbara

    Love the technique, didn't know you could colour the fibres. That is one of the things I like about this blog, you can learn something new every day.

    Good luck with the open days. I am sure everyone will enjoy them, despite the hard work. I am envious of you all. Hopefully next year.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  35. Love this Barbara, I can see it making a lovely Christmas card with the right colours, when will the 5X5 mega mounts be available as can't see them on web site yet.
    Have a great time, hopefully I will get to one, one day, hope everyone enjoys themselves which I am sure they will. Will be thinking of you all.

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  36. Love this Barbara, I can see it making a lovely Christmas card with the right colours, when will the 5X5 mega mounts be available as can't see them on web site yet.
    Have a great time, hopefully I will get to one, one day, hope everyone enjoys themselves which I am sure they will. Will be thinking of you all.

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  37. I love your blingy owl, hope you have a great couple of days Barbara xxx

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  38. Hi Barbara love the owl not seen that done for ages. I know you will have a fab weekend wish I could get there I'd love it. Love to Dave and the gang xxxxxxjune horrocks

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  39. Good morning Barbara and the whole "Crowborough Crew",
    the owl with the Fusible Fibre looks fab. I have to try that once too. I`m always afraid destroying the stamp by using an iron so I never did...
    Have two great Open Days with less stress (easy to say - I know) and a lot of fun
    Rolf xxx

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  40. Great technique, and thanks for the tip about colouring in the fibres. I have a new idea for using my hummingbirds stamp now! Hope everyone enjoys the open days, and wish I was there, Susan x

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  41. Hi Barbara. I love the owl, he looks wonderful all colorful and shimmery : ) Have a great weekend, you are all going to be totally knackered come Monday aren't you, but sure you will have had a "hoot" (sorry couldn't resist that one). Take care xx

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  42. Hi Barbara, a fabulous technique using the fibre.

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  43. Hi Barbara what a great idea you come up with so many fabulous ideas. The owl looks wonderful with his glimmery cloak.
    Have a fab weekend, wish I was able to join you but I have other commitments
    Jackie x

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  44. Have a great weekend. Fusable fibre! will have to get mine out, forgotten how stunning it can look.
    Great tutorial many thanks.

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  45. Hi Barbara, great idea, thanks for sharing. I bought the fibres to try when you were having your clear out but didn't have a lady or corset or anything like stamp so they got put away for later. I must have another look through my stamps now you've helped me think outside the box, I've definitely got your older owl stamp, and a butterfly, that would look good done in fibres for the wings :-) Thank you. Hope the two days go really well, and everyone, including staff, has a great time love Brenda xx

    Hi Donna, what have you been occupying yourself with the last couple of days? Have you got your trees coloured in? Mine are and I'm ready for the next bit. Mine are peeling rather a lot! I think I forgot to switch on the less is more alarm!!! Ah well, nothing I can do about it now, my dragon breathed too close to them!!!! Take care, love and big bear hugs xx

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    1. Went and registered my dads death yesterday :( Sooooooo much paperwork!! Also got the ball rolling on funeral arrangements, more paperwork! Felt very down yesterday and today. Went to work today just for the afternoon, wanted to get it over with otherwise I would have spent all weekend worrying about it.
      I have coloured in my trees yay! I think it only leaves the sky. So are we going for a sunny blue sky, a stormy blue grey, sunset pinks and purples? What do you think? Xx

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    2. Hi Brenda my colours are a bit flaky to maybe cause its the cheapo ones maybe have to invest in the posh ones will see how the pennies go this month as I really like the Groovi set.
      Im baby sitting my wee granddaughter who is into nightshifts the now as my Daughter is shattered so will pop in when I can.

      Hi Donna very emotional thing to do but you did the right thing and got on with it
      like you say so much paperwork but your Dad will be proud of you he's watching you know take care ...Love Dot..xx

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  46. Have a great time . Have never seen the fibre before very cool effects . Joy now. Jan

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  47. I love these owls, great size and they look very 'real'. Great to see the fibres being used again as I got them last time you used them, tried the technique and then put them away! Good to have a gentle nudge towards the drawer again! Hope today went well. Xx

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  48. I've said it before I know but nobody does bird stamps like clarity love them all.
    Hope everything goes well today really wish I could be there, like most maybe one day...xx

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  49. fab fibres. enjoy the open days xx

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

Barb x