Monday, 4 January 2016

Monday’s Blog with Love...

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in!

Just in between TV Shows,
so thought I would have a quick chat to you,
and upload this morning’s demo.

It really is a very simple one,
using our new and very delightful
Wee Houses and Wee Shops.
(You can buy them as individual stamp sets or combined with our stamp storage system Special Offer £27.98)



Let’s take a selection of the Wee Houses and Wee Shops which are already mounted on our Mini Mounts,  a piece of our 7x7 Stencil Card and build a street using a Black Archival ink pad.


When stamping, stagger the row of houses and shops to give it some perspective. Take the words "Hugs & Kisses" from Word Chain 15 set of unmounted stamps and stamp above the street. Then place the "kissing couple" from the Wee Folk 1 set of unmounted stamps in front of the street.

Next, use a black micron pen and draw a ribbon at the top and bottom of the image to frame it. 
Good idea to practice on a piece of scrap paper first!


I love the monochromatic look, 
but a bit of colour will change it completely.


I have used just one red pencil, starting dark at the points of the ribbon and getting lighter (applying less pressure on the pencil) as you move towards the middle, giving the effect of the light catching the ribbon.


Now let’s use the red pencil to add some colour 
to the Wee Houses and Wee Shops


Trim your work back so that it sits better.


Now take a black Sharpie and a ruler and edge your work.


Mount onto another piece of 7x7 Stencil Card and then onto a larger piece of black card


There, doesn't that look great,
and this design will work for so many different occasions!


Right, better get back to it - I hope you are enjoying the shows.

Big Hugs & Kisses,

98 comments:

  1. Loving the shows, as always, so much inspiration and such fab demos and samples. x

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  2. You must be exhausted, outstanding shows today. You are a gifted teacher and I always learn a new technique and find an inspired idea. I love the wee houses and shops. Have fun on the next show. Excellent.

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    1. Can I echo every word, Debby? Being able to do something does not always make a good teacher, but, in this case, both are superb. xx Maggie

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  3. Loving the shows, as usual I want everything..........still counting pennies to see what I can get though xx

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  4. I'm enjoying watching your shows today Barbara as well as the ones I've recorded from yesterday, thanks for keeping me company! I'm feeling a bit sad and lonely as Christmas is over and they've all gone back to work/uni xxx

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  5. Love them .. Need them .. Getting them. Awesome Tuts xx

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  6. I've seen a couple of the shows - wonderful artwork from the design team and great demos. The wee houses have found their way into my basket! xx

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  7. Taped them all and am now enjoying them at my leisure, with coffee and biscuits! Love the new stencils, techniques, and wee stamps. All fab, as usual. Thank you! Kx

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  8. I wish we could get your show in the US.
    Love the splash of red with black and white.

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  9. I'm having a ball watching your shows and not surprised everything is selling out. One more show this evening and then I really must get some of my wee jobs done.

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  10. gorgeous work barb
    brilliant. love the new stamps x

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  11. Loved your shows & demos, Barbara. Very much think I will be making a purchase, & trying out some of your demos. Thank your for your step by step it's much appreciated. X

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  12. Beautiful just love the houses and shops a must have shows fantastic safe trip home later xxx

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  13. Great shows Barbara. I feel my wee credit card will be used for the first time this year! Xx

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  14. Wow Barbara this is a gorgeous card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  15. Loved the shows today. Nice way to spend the last day of the holidays, watching you as I get the school stuff organised for tomorrow and tackling the sock mountain too. I managed to pair over 50pairs of socks!
    Next on the list is to get the Christmas stuff away so I can get my craft stuff back out to play with all my new crafting goodies.

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  16. Hi Barbara! Thankyou for sharing this one! I couldn't watch this morning as I was back to work! I also can't record on my freeview TV... I wish Virgin would get Hochanda. Anyway I did catch you on the 4pm show and will be watching you in a bit!
    Brilliant show that I watched! I love the little houses and all the wee series are just so useful!
    Love and hugs! Xxx

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    1. Apparently it is already on Virgin in Birmingham, which is maddening as I have a Birmingham post code, but it is coming to other areas, so Hochanda tell me. xx Maggie

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  17. Hi Barbara! Thankyou for sharing this one! I couldn't watch this morning as I was back to work! I also can't record on my freeview TV... I wish Virgin would get Hochanda. Anyway I did catch you on the 4pm show and will be watching you in a bit!
    Brilliant show that I watched! I love the little houses and all the wee series are just so useful!
    Love and hugs! Xxx

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  18. liking the wee houses and shops a lot! - playing catch up with the recorded showsx
    Hope your not too exhausted!!!

    Much love

    Kim xx

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  19. The shows have been brilliant today, so inspirational, makes me want to get crafty. I'm looking forward to the last hour

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  20. Some lovely new stamps love them ,,.xx

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  21. Loved this earlier today..this couple always remind me of Amanda and Mark. The girl with the dog always reminds me of Lynne too...and the old couple on the bench....well that's me and Bob lol.



    I missed the 4pm but I got it recorded so can watch it later. Just getting sorted to sit and watch at 7

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  22. Loved this earlier today..this couple always remind me of Amanda and Mark. The girl with the dog always reminds me of Lynne too...and the old couple on the bench....well that's me and Bob lol.



    I missed the 4pm but I got it recorded so can watch it later. Just getting sorted to sit and watch at 7

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  23. Gorgeous card Barbara and a great tutorial X X X

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  24. Wow. Not only have your prepped for all the shows today and yesterday, but you've found time to update your blog with a great demo. Wish I could have seen it live - I'm at work till 8pm, so no chance. I only came to your blog to say thanks for the great peg and cracker game - New Year's eve was hysterical!

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  25. I've loved all the shows and am looking forward to the 7pm show. I've ordered already though - great news on sell outs

    Thanks for sharing this as your blog post as I was trying to take notes as you were making it on tv but the notes aren't good as I was watching so closely

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  26. Not been able to see shows today as grandson has been here for the day. They are recorded though. Wonderful card, love the new little houses and shops. Hope last show goes well, I will catch up tomorrow. xx

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  27. I caught half of the 4pm show and the others are recorded. Loving the demos and ideas you are giving us hour by hour. One more show to go then you can lay down for a week! Well done Barbara and the DT team the samples are wonderful. Xx

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  28. Evening Brenda, Sheila, Dot, Diane and Pam, happy Monday! Hope you are resting Sheila so your pains can ease. Xx

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    1. Hi Donna, Sheila, Diane, Brenda and Dot, happy Monday to you too Donna, hope you had a good day back at work. Everyone enjoying the shows? I too hope your pains are easing Sheila. Love & hugs to you all. xxx

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    2. Evening Donna & pam thank you for your kind words I manage to put together my clarity blog challenge card with toms help bless him and sent to sazzle just now .
      I've been resting watching Barbara on hochanda wow so much inspiration going to order the wee shops and houses tomorrow just cannot resist I can keep them with my other stash till the pains are more controlled.
      Hope you have both had good days hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Donna Pam and Sheila. Hope you had a good day back at work Donna. Good to hear you have been resting Sheila, isn't Tom a sweetie helping you get your challenge card ready. Pam hope you are ok. Oh dear, cushions were needed today, we shops and houses forced themselves onto my order when I phoned for my sisters Grooie plate! Haha. Sending hugs all round xxxx

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    4. Oh Diane you cannot order your sisters without a treat for yourself xxx

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    5. Evening Girls hugs to all...xx
      Brenda hope your well here's yir cuddle..xx
      bit tired the night missed my wee long lie...xx

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    6. Well done Sheila, mine will be sent soon too! Now rest for a while and then maybe you will feel up to doing a calendar entry as well. Xx

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    7. Congratulations on been in the top 5 your card was stunning and was well deserved to be there xxx

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  29. Really love this one. Inspiring x

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  30. Fabulous Barbara and these wee houses and wee folk make a fantastic card, and even more wonderful with your clever framing and hand drawn lines coloured and shaded to perfection! x

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  31. Houses shops and storage package ordered ,haven't had time to watch the shows yet .sure they are all brilliant as usual

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  32. Enjoyed the shows today and enjoy it now...
    Rolf xxx

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  33. Hi Barbara, watched the one morning show today, brilliant, all the others recorded. Houses and shop stamps are beautiful, will be ordering them this week with things from your sale. Amazing cards from your design team. So pleased you have done so well selling out of a lot of your products. Ready to watch your last show. Safe journey home you must be so tired, don't forget me time & rest. Live and hugs. Pam xxx

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  34. Love the new stamps, looking forward to playing with them. Hopefully the rest of the week will be a bit quieter for you !!

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  35. Hi Barbara - not been able to watch the shows today, so have recorded them all! Looking forward to seeing them later. Love the card that you have put on the blog - amazing once again! You really are a very clever lady, and kind to us all too! The only thing that you are unkind to - is our finances!! But you are forgiven for that xxx

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  36. Evening what a great day I have had watching all the shows. Fantastic. Ordered the wee house had to be done.

    Love the art work very affective

    Crafty hugs Pen x

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  37. Lovely artwork, really effective with the touch of red, really like the colouring effect you achieved in the ribbon, must practice that.I'm still making my way thro the shows as work got in the way today x

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  38. Fantastic shows today, Barbara. It was good to see some old techniques along with the new. Hope you have a safe trip home whether it be today or tomorrow. Mxx

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  39. Hi Barb,
    Fantastic shows today and really good that you had so many sell outs. Loved the last show when you got back to winging the basics! Matt's face when you were doing the brayered landscape was a picture in itself- he was awestruck!! Well done and thank you, love Alison xxx

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  40. Just catching up with the 7pm show. I'm amazed at what you can do with the limited items left in stock. The fairies are the only wee folk stamps that I don't have; I have all the word chains. Great day's demos. Looking forward to next month already.

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  41. fantastic shows - you certainly know how to demonstrate with limited items. Really beautiful artwork. going to spend again tomorrow - cannot help myself with such lovely stamps
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

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  42. Barbara so much inspiration I've enjoyed every show even the last one when you went back to basic as everything sold out you deserve a sell out your crafting products are the best
    So much to learn oh how I love the wee houses and wee shops they remind me of bruge I have wonderful memories of bruge so I'm going to buy them tomorrow will ring my order through using some of my gold voucher I keep looking at your card it's stunning
    Have a well earned rest but I think I heard you say your flying to the states to meet Ken to plan your Ken & barbie show looking forward to that show in February hugs xxx

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    1. Evening Dorothy thank you for your hugs
      Evening Diane thank you for thinking of me
      Evening Brenda
      Hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila my lovely xxxx

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    3. Sending a hug your way Sheila to keep your spirits up...xx

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  43. Hi Barbara
    I have really enjoyed all of the demos today and have ordered the Wee Houses offer.All the art work shown was really stunning.
    Have a safe journey home.

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  44. Loved the shows I caught between work calls cant wait to try some ideas when wages say yes again (could be a while as poorly car again) love the wee stamps want to get my hands on the trees + foliage ones xx

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  45. I need to watch the last two shows as the gasman came to fix my hot water system and then I was on the phone during the last show. So I will finish finding my kitchen and then settle down with a nice hot drink to enjoy the programmes in peace. What I have seen so far, the shows were great. I love to watch when you are winging it, Barbara. I put my first order of the year in to Clarity so I am looking forward to getting the new products. Safe journey home. xx Maggie

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    1. Maggie you will love the last show then xx

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    2. Hope your hot water was fixed Maggie xxxx

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    3. Sounds promising about virgin and hochanda Maggie ...xx

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  46. Love the wee shops and houses, will there be matching masks? I can just see a whole town :-)

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  47. Wonderful! Made my day!
    Now, if only I could buy everything! Fx

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  48. I've been glued to Hochanda for your shows today. I loved ALL your demos and the samples were just brilliant! I haven't done much stamping, but those wee houses and shops are going to change that. Also want to see what I can achieve with my Brushos and the Landscape Masks. Absolutely love your Hugs and Kisses card and I've been practising drawing and colouring that ribbon. Getting better - not good, just better.
    Tonbridge Sue

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  49. Hi Barbara, so glad the shows have gone well. Unfortunately I've not been able to watch them today or record them 😔. This is a striking image - thanks for sharing it. I also second what Debby Berry said about you being a gifted teacher. Have a safe trip home xx

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  50. this is a great idea. would work in other colours too. have not seen this as was at work. have shows recorded so can watch them later, hugs xx

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  51. I love the wee houses and shops, must make a wee space for those soon xx

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  52. Hi Barbara
    So sorry, but have been too busy celebrating my mum's 89th birthday to view any progs today. Stamps ordered and looking forward to seeing what I can do with them,. ;~}

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    1. Happy birthday to your mum xxx

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    2. Yes Happy birthday to your mum, hope she enjoyed her day xxx

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    3. Thank you, ladies. Will pass on your good wishes. S xx ;~}

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  53. Hi Barbara
    I've had a lovely day today watching you, so a big thank you. I've watched 2 and recorded two as I had to go out but the ones I watched I was glued to. I've really enjoyed you getting back to basics and what a lovely presenter too (Mat?) his delight at your work was so genuine it made me smile. I got the ironing lined up tomorrow to watch the last show but with the sell outs it could be interesting! Love this card - I'm going to practice this ribbon as it looks wonderful. Safe journey home and take it easy tomorrow, you must be exhausted.
    Lots of love
    Diane xxxx

    Hi Brenda hope you and Daisy are ok and you aren't caught up in this awful flooding xxxx
    Hi Dot hope you are ok too xxxx

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  54. Fab shows today, I think the wee houses and shops are going on the must have list. Have a good rest. X

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  55. Hi Barbara
    Brilliant shows and thank you for sharing your talent. Almost totally sold out too. I did enjoy your demo with the brayering. This method of producing beautiful art will never go out of fashion. The results are wonderful and the ingredient list is small.
    Crafty hugs from Chris X

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  56. I finally managed to watch the last two shows, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. I was so pleased to see you making backgrounds from the ink left on the blending mat. I have a stash of mop up sheets, which are brilliant for all sorts of things. Now, I need help! Now Paul has found your phone I need to find one of the handsets. I can't see it in any of the usual places. Safe journey home. xx Maggie

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  57. Unfortunately it was back to work for me today so all programs have been recorded. Love the wee houses and shops though. My daughter in law gave me a Clarity gift voucher for Christmas so I think it might be time to use it!

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  58. This is really beautiful, Barbara, I also love the simplicity of the colours, congratulations for today, you did a great job, Nice to see the relationships with the presenters developing too.
    Love Jim's design on those wee houses, had a nice shopping spree today with my birthday money and the bonus of 4 episodes of HOCHANDA to watch I could not have asked for more X X X

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  59. Have thoroughly enjoyed the last two days of shows. I could tell your head was elsewhere at times on the first show but that's because I read your blog and watch so many of your shows. I am sure others would not have known but I remember the feeling myself on the first day back in the school staffroom after an eventful holiday!
    I am sure you are right about remembering to go back to basics sometimes rather than always trying to be complex and innovative. I really enjoyed your last two shows as they reminded me of techniques and you seemed to be having a brilliant time1
    Saving the pennies so that I can order again soon xx

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  60. Hi Barbara, I'm a stamper at heart so I have really enjoyed the shows today. Bought the wee houses and trees and the storage system.Can't wait for them to come. Thank you for all your hard work

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  61. Have had a great day watching all your shows today so happy for you with the sell outs but not surprised enjoyed the winging it last show just can't beat a brayered Barbara landscape always love seeing you do them.
    Hope your home safe now and chilling by the fire. Can't wait to see the Barbie and Ken show color bursts and Clarity stamps match made in heaven'
    take care... Dot.xx

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  62. I love this card Barbara. I'm off to bed now to catch up with your afternoon shows that I missed x

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  63. Missed all shows, so sorry - but have a good excuse as, having braved the floods, have been at my mum's - she is 89 today - and despite arthritis and Park's - she's still as sharp as ever! Birthday card was a Groovi and insert a ribbon finish as per above. Keep on craftin'. Xx ;~}

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  64. I've got all the shows recorded today. The houses look fab, I was wondering why I'd got a Clarity file with nothing in it - I can get some acetate to fill it now! xx

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  65. Oh how brilliant and thankyou so much for showing this . I notified hochanda that I tried soooo hard to watch online but the ocean seems to be getting in the way or is it my router . Oh poor me ! . Help ,does anyone have any idea ??? .
    Also these wee houses etc are soooo cute !

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  66. Wonderful artwork! I have watched two of the shows so far, which were fabulous! Will watch the rest tomorrow! xxx

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  67. Hello Barb, love this artwork, I think you have just given me an idea for hubby's Valentines Day card. Still catching up with the recorded shows, they are fantastic, great demos, and fabulous card samples from your design team. Take care. Bx

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  68. Have so enjoyed all the shows but particularly like it when you wing it! You seem to be in your element & produce great things from nothing. So good to see you brayering again you really are inspirational & must be totally exhausted xx

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  69. Really enjoyed your shows yesterday. Looking forward to my order turning up so I can have a play. I'm also looking forward to what you have in store for us next month. Hope you have a safe journey home. XX

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  70. Brilliant weekend of shows. Love this piece, it just looks so classy

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  71. Love the wee houses and the trees omg I loved the shows I want them I need them I can hear a voice saying you can't have everything you want

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  72. Oh yes I can I've got Christmas money. Lol love you barb xxxx

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  73. Brilliant shows Barbara watched them all, reminds me to go back to basics as when I first started, got to get panning stage ready first then I will be working hard on the good old ways, just waiting for houses to arrive I think they are great, more shows like this please

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  74. As always, really enjoyed your show on Sunday despite the internet playing up and dropping out :( Sadly, couldn't watch any of your shows yesterday as I wasn't home and as a stamper those would have been the ones I'd have been most interested in. Only being able to watch online I can't record any shows so hopefully they will be repeated soon! Hope to see some more stamping on your Sunday shows again, too xx

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  75. Great shows Barbara - watched a couple live, and have recorded the others. The demos were fab as were all the samples from the DT. Now I just need to tidy my craft room and I can start stamping myself! Susan x

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

Barb x