Sunday, 5 June 2016

Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Hey everyone.
Paul here, taking over the blog for one last time.

Just in the green room grabbing a quick bite to eat.
Had a lovely show with Hayley.

I wanted to share a step-by-step using some of the new Groovi Plates designed in conjunction with my very good friend, Jayne Nestorenko.

We launched 4 new plates today on Hochanda.
If you missed them, then you can watch them on catchup via the Hochanda website - 2pm and 5pm.




I have also used the following:

Start off by using the Nested Squares to create a double frame.

Replace the Nested Squares with Jayne's Butterflies,
trace out the largest butterfly.

Use the Nested Circles and trace out a double frame as below

Take Jayne's Flourishes and trace out in between the square frame and the round frame.

To add some colour, I have used a Spectrum Noir pencil, but you could use a Distress Marker, Polychromo pencils or a medium of your choice.

On a separate piece of parchment, trace out the large butterfly again.

Now turn your Butterfly over as we are going to work on the front.
With the soft side of the black mat facing up,
use the 2 needle tool that comes with the set of Piercing Grids to perforate around the Butterfly

We have just started stocking the Perga Cutters from Pergamano, and I must admit that I do find these easier to work with.

Repeat the above process, but just do the inner part of the Butterfly.

Layer up onto some of the blue parchment and then onto a 6x6 Card Blank.
Then to finish it off, I have used the Clear Stardust pen to add a bit of shimmer and sparkle.
 

 Jayne's Butterflies have been designed so that you can decoupage lots of different layers.

Well I hope you have enjoyed today's step-by-step and that it makes sense!

If you have any questions, then please drop me an email paul@claritystamp.com


Lots of love xx


93 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Paul. I am just off to order my plates. I have always loved Jayne's work. Such a talented artist and a lovely person too.
    Hugs from Chris xxx

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  2. Great plates and fantastic demos! Thank you for looking after the blog while Barbara has been away. You did a grand job. Xx

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  3. Afternoon bloggy friends. Hold the front page..........we have sun!!! Been so long, forgot what it was 🌞. Are we ready for another bit of colouring? Xx

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    1. I did ask Barbara to bring summer back home with her. It is looking as though she managed to get it into her suitcase and then let it out again over here. Thank you, Barbara. xxx Maggie

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    2. Hurrah! We have sun too!!!! Yes please Donna, absolutely ready for the next bit of colouring. Hope you're well enough for tomorrow. xxx

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    3. We've had sun for a little while in the north-west of England! It's been beautiful today and really warm!!! Let it continue!!!

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    4. We've had sun for a little while in the north-west of England! It's been beautiful today and really warm!!! Let it continue!!!

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    5. Hi Donna - pleased to hear that the sun has reached you at last - I hope that you have been enjoying it. Hugs to you and a gentle cuddle to Phoebe - Gilly xx

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    6. Hi Donna, hooray we have had the beautuful Sun as well today. In fact we had tea outside tonight first time for a few years and it was lovely and warm. Hope you've had a good day and are feeling much better. Love and hugs to you and Phoebe.xx

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    7. Evening Donna glad the sun has reached you you sound a lot cheerier tonight whats next on our wee colouring project..xx

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  4. My order has already gone in to Clarity for those lovely plates. Great demos, Paul, and such beautiful, inspired samples from the team. Will we have a chance to try those snippers at the Open Days? I am curious to feel how they compare to my old scissors. xxx Maggie.

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  5. Fabulous show Paul. My order is in too! Despite being determined to wait for Christmas plates!!!
    Thank you so much for keeping the blog going while Barbara et al have had a much deserved holiday. Your turn now!??!! You really have done a brilliant job. Hugs xxx

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    1. Hi Morag - I hope that you have a good day and some good sleep last night! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    2. Hi Morag, hope you've had a lovely day and had a better nights sleep. I slept better than the horrendous night before. Still took a while to get off though. Gorgeous weather today let's hope it's an omen for the summer to come. Love and hugs Pam xx

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  6. Great show today Paul,hoping to get these plates at open day ... lovely hot sunny day here in Kent,Barb must have brought the good weather back with her 😀😀

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  7. What a beautiful sample Paul - I don't even do Groovi and I followed every step! Will hopefully catch up with your recorded shows later - must get back out in the garden to put in some plants and tidy up before the prospective new gardener comes next week. Susan x

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  8. Oh Paul, I've promised to be good this month but you are twisting my arm. Your demos were beautiful. I need both fantastic set. Thank you.

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  9. Two favourites of mine: butterflies and blue :)
    A lovely card, Paul. Mxx

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  10. Wunderschön!!!
    Vielen Dank, Paul, für diese reizvolle Demonstration.
    Bitte mehr davon.
    Liebe Grüsse
    Karin

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  11. Stunning Paul, haven't watched show yet - have it recorded - watching the tennis! Thanks for standing in, enjoyed your blogs

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  12. I have so enjoyed your blogs for a couple of weeks, well done Paul. Have watched half of your show, but recorded the rest. As it is yet another wonderful sunny day. Manchester has had them everyday this week. So spending a lot of time working in the garden. That is why I recorded the shows. Thank you

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  13. Wonderful Paul. I was trying to watch this on catch up in the garden but sun too bright for my laptop so really pleased you have done a step by step. I will wait now and buy all these at the Open Day. Brilliant shows today have managed to see your 5pm one. Have a safe journey home. xx

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    1. Hi Lynne, which Open Day are you going to? If it's Crowborough hope to meet you there.xx

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  14. Thank you Paul for the step by step of that beautiful butterfly and I am just watching the last of your second show. I saw the earlier one too and have really enjoyed them both. Hope Barbara that you have arrived back safe and sound and am looking forward to hearing more about your fabulous holiday. x

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  15. Oh wow Paul that is stunning I just love it those butterflies are gorgeous. Thank you for running the blog it has been brilliant. I do hope you get some rest soon. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  16. Hi Paul, fantastic shows, loved every minute of them, wish they were longer. Learnt lots of new things too, the plates are fabulous.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

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  17. Hi Paul, beautiful artwork, thanks for sharing. I know you're not Scottish, so I'm hoping you're a tennis/sport fan? Why, because then you'll understand, I'm very sorry, but I just had to watch Andy Murray, and now I'm catching up on the gymnastics. I have recorded your shows though so I can still watch them later.

    Thank you for being a good surrogate blog mummy. Don't be shy, you can leave us a comment whenever you check out Barbara's blog.

    Poor Paul, are you feeling like Billy no mates - you keep encouraging us to email you with any problems!!!! ;-) You may just regret that one!!! What kind of problems are you good at solving? Does finding me good support/help fall into your repertoire?!!! ;-)

    Hope Barbara et al are home safe and well, and not feeling too sad at their special holiday being over.

    It's good to be alive, even when life isn't

    love Brenda xx

    Thanks for the replies yesterday xx

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    1. Hi Brenda - I hope that you managed to enjoy the tennis, despite Andy not winning - you will love Paul's shows when you watch them later. Take care, hugs Gilly x

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    2. Hello Brenda. Paul's shows were fabulous to watch, so that will be something lovely for you to look forward to. See you a the campfire!! Love and hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Brenda, hope you've had the lovely sunshine today, I've not watched Paul's shows yet either, the plates a look fantastic don't they? It's so addictive to buy all the plates although I haven't quite got them all, not enough hours in the day to manage to use everything I've got. Still nothing gets wasted, hopefully I'll be around for a while yet, ha ha! I just think I'll get it while I can afford it. Love and hugs to husband Daisy.xx

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    4. Dash this predictive text that should have read you and Daisy.xx

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    5. Hi Brenda something to look forwards to if yi cannae sleep
      shame about our Andy but hey ho he's still up there wi the greats now what you gonie email Billy nae mates aboot you do make me laugh Brenda..here's yir cuddle..xx

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    6. I've got a very looooong list I can email him Dot, what do you think ma chances are?!!!! ;-)
      Yes, oor Andy still won, the first Brit in so many years to get to the French open final. cuddle back xx

      I'll be at the campfire Morag, an early night to me these days being half way through the night!!! xx

      yes Pam I've had the sun too, still the cold wind but the sun warms the rooms up enough to have the windows open a bit. Aye I've got a room full of craft hoping I'm around long enough to use it, and hopefully I will be too xx

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    7. I love this time of year. Only got dark outside now, doesn't get dark, dark, and is daylight again by 4am. I want the planet's tilt to stop at today so it can always be like this! Can I add this to my list for you to do Paul?!!! ;-)

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    8. Is there anybody around? I'm just about to toast some crumpets on the campfire, would you like some!!! xxx

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  18. Beautiful plates, gorgeous samples and great demos. Thanks Paul, you've done a good job all round, daily blog, prep and everything else that needed looking at while Barbara was away on holiday. The pizza box treasures were a daily delight. I hope Barbara, Dave and Steve had a great holiday and a good break away from their daily routines.

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  19. Beautiful plates, gorgeous samples and great demos. Thanks Paul, you've done a good job all round, daily blog, prep and everything else that needed looking at while Barbara was away on holiday. The pizza box treasures were a daily delight. I hope Barbara, Dave and Steve had a great holiday and a good break away from their daily routines.

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  20. That's fabulous Paul - clear instructions too. x

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  21. Really gorgeous Paul. Great first show......watching on catching as AI was out with a friend to a craft show in Edinburgh today xxx

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    1. Hi Emma, how are you? Any more adventures planned? Was your show at Ingliston? I had heard it wasn't a very good one, but that was years ago, hope it was worth you coming through for xx

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  22. Fabulous shows Paul! I love the new plates! And it was great to see what all the team did with them too!

    However one thing did strike me....you're going to have your hands full this summer if you're in charge of keeping control!!! See you in July!!! Haha! Xxx

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  23. Hi Paul - thanks for 2 great shows! Jayne's new plates are stunning! I am very new to Groovi, and have so much to learn and so much more practice to do, but today many things seemed to fall into place for me - so thank you for that. Also, many thanks for taking such good care of Barbara's Blog - we are all most grateful. I think that you deserve a well deserved rest very soon! Hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hello to all my wonderful blog friends - it sounds as though the sunshine has reached you all today, which is wonderful! I really enjoyed Paul's shows and how many of you have already ordered these beautiful new plates, I wonder......
      Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Hello Gilly, yes you're right about the sunshine, it really does give us a lift. I hope you've had a good day. It sounds like you're really coming on with your Groovi now. I did succumb and order the Butterfly and Swirl plates. I am trying to save for the Christmas plates when they come out., but oh dear, where's my willpower!!! Take care my friend. Love and hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Gilly, glad you've shared the lovely sunshine today, hasn't it been wonderful, even sat outside to have our tea tonight, and that's not happened for a couple of years. Hope you've been resting a bit today. Love the new plate but saving them for the Open Day. Have you been to Cribbs Causeway before then, being Neil didn't seem very keen. Just thought it would be easier for you as it's all free parking, there are some height barriers but lots of entrances where there's none. I'd say to come to our house but we live on a main road with double yellow lines and opposite shops where there's only limited parking. I'm sure we can come up with somewhere else to meet even if it's further away. Love and hugs, Pam xx

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    4. Hi Pam - so pleased that you have had sunshine today too! I haven't been to Cribbs Causeway, but Neill has. Anyway, we will be able to meet somewhere - we will confer nearer to the time. Actually, we might decide to stay overnight on a site - so then you could come to us maybe? I hope that Dom is a little better today - love and hugs xxx

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    5. Evening Gilly had to put the lovely plates on the need list to many Grandbairns birthdays and this week it has to be Barbie's instead o Groovi's...xx

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    6. Yep, lovely sunshine for us too but a little chilly in the shade. I haven't watched either of the shows so at least I have something to look forward to.

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  24. Fabulous shows Paul! I love the new plates! And it was great to see what all the team did with them too!

    However one thing did strike me....you're going to have your hands full this summer if you're in charge of keeping control!!! See you in July!!! Haha! Xxx

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  25. Paul you were definitely wasted all the years in the City! This is gorgeous

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  26. Beautiful Paul. Missed your shows as I was crafting at a friend's today, but have recorded them so will catch up tomorrow. I will miss your contribution to the blog once Barbra takes back over.

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  27. Beautiful Paul. Missed your shows as I was crafting at a friend's today, but have recorded them so will catch up tomorrow. I will miss your contribution to the blog once Barbra takes back over.

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  28. Hello to all of my lovely friends. It's been gorgeous here today. Have got a little more Groovi done today. Have been colouring in from the front with my Polychromos and I'm really pleased with the results. I hope you too have all had a lovely day, and done a bit of bouncing on your cushions. Love and Hugs to you all xxx

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    1. Oh aye Morags got the posh pencils oot enjoy my friend...xx

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  29. Great shows Paul. I so enjoyed them and the new plates are gorgeous. Thanks so much for taking over the blog while Barb was always. She really needed a break and looking forward to hearing all about it,

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  30. Very much enjoyed your shows Paul. Like the new plates, a must buy for sure.
    Thank you for all the blogs whilst Barbra has been on her travels. You always have a new look to everything.

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  31. Beautiful butterflies.I have always used the pervasive cutters. Much easier to control with arthritic fingers.sorry missed shows due to family visit. Exciting my daughter announce she is getting married and wants me to help her craft all the wedding stationery. Busy time ahead. Yay.

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  32. Beautiful butterflies.I have always used the pervasive cutters. Much easier to control with arthritic fingers.sorry missed shows due to family visit. Exciting my daughter announce she is getting married and wants me to help her craft all the wedding stationery. Busy time ahead. Yay.

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  33. Hi Paul, well done for keeping Barbara's blog going, really enjoyed your input. Just love the new plates, will get them at the open day. Look forward to seeing you there. Brilliant step by step today, love what you have done with theses new plates. You're quite the expert now with the deckle edging, looks really beautiful. I'm still having trouble with it, but I'll keep up with the practising. Recorded your shows to watch later. Love Pam xx

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  34. Well done Paul you have done a stellar job, fantastic cards, thank you for sharing X X X

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  35. Sensational programmes - already ordered the plates. Big thank you Paul you are a star
    Love Anne (Reading)

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  36. Hi Paul & ladies, well done Paul lovley shows new plates a must have but need to wait so once the Christmas plates come out can put a larger order in. Paul with regard to the cutters I bought a set from you but I hear the ones you used today are better and you can get a better result? Is this right before I go ahead and buy them. The samples from the Design Team were wonderful today and your cutting was excellent. Ladies the sunit has been out here in Leicestershire today very warm. Hope you all have had a good day. Hugs to all. Lynn xx

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    1. Hi Lynn. Here's another one can't wait until the Christmas plates come out. I hope you've had a good day. Hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Morag, yes had a good day,Pauls demo's were great. As you said I am looking forward to the Christmas plates got one but that was for starters. I sat last night having a go at cutting? ??? Well must keep trying as you dont get any better if you tell yourself you can't do it. Have a good day today. Hugs Lynn xx

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  37. A wonderful step by step. The butterfly looks beautiful. Nice to see the different butterflies making the decoupage. You have really looked after us Paul thank you.

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  38. Hi to all my lovely blog friends, hope you've had the gorgeous sunshine too. Have you all had a good day, wondering how you are Shiela, Diane and Dot as haven't seen you on here for a few days, hope you are doing something nice seeing its beautiful weather. Love and hugs to you and everyone on the blog.xx

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    1. 'm fine Pam glad you've got some nice weather to its been beautiful here all week makes a change Hugs Dot..xx

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    2. Lovely weather here too Pam. Hope your day has been a good one. Hugs xxx

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  39. Hi Paul well done shows were great love that step by step and Jayne your artwork is just beautiful, as was all the DT samples you all are just an amazing team.
    Thankyou so much for keeping the blog going you are "Literally" a wee star.
    Hope your all home safe...Love Dot.xx

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    1. Evening Sheila thinking about you..xx
      You to Diane Hugs to you both...xx

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    2. Hi Dot. Those 'posh' pencils are great. Mind I got the 36 box years ago for my birthday quite a few years ago. So I'm gradually building up my collection by buying just a few at a time. A slow process, but worth it. I hope you've had a good day my friend. I'd far rather be buying Barbie than Groovi sometimes. It'll be so worth it to see the Grandbairn's faces when they open their pressies. Love and Hugs xxx

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  40. Shall I order them now or wait for the Open Day xx I haven't watched the shows yet but will do so a.s.a.p. x x

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    1. I challenge you to hold off until the Open Day! Lets see how long you can resist!!! ;-) xx

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    2. OK Brenda, you're on ! Although I figure with the post I'd probably get them around the same time so I might wait xx

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    3. Royal mail seems to have improved a bit these days! Mind, you've got to be honest with us!!! ;-)xx

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    4. Good things are always worth waiting for Jackie. Hugs xxx

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  41. Lovely demo Paul. Thanks for holding the fort wile Barbara has been away. I haven't had a chance to watch the shows yet but I will. I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. Sheila, we are missing you, I hope you are ok.

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    1. Hi Julia. I hope you've had a good day Hug xxx

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  42. Hi Paul, This is truly stunning, thank you for the tutorial. Thank you also, for keeping Barbara's Blog going while she has been recharging her batteries, you have done a brilliant job.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  43. Hi Paul, This is truly stunning, thank you for the tutorial. Thank you also, for keeping Barbara's Blog going while she has been recharging her batteries, you have done a brilliant job.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  44. Hello Sheila, Diane and Alison. I hope you are all ok. Love and hugs xxx

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  45. Managed to watch your first show and absolutely loved it. The new plates by Jayne are amazing and the samples from the Design Team were absolutely stunning. I love your butterfly card, Paul. The demo was fabulous and I think that you were very brave doing your snipping on close up on the TV. You seem to be a natural. What a fantastic design and I can't wait to give it a try after I've bought these new plates at Crowborough on 18th.
    Thank you for keeping Barbara's blog going so that she could have a full rest from work. You've done a great job and I've enjoyed reading your input. Thanks for a great tutorial today too.
    hugs from Jeanette xx

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  46. Thank you for this great blog post , will be catching up on your shows later. The plates look fantastic. XX

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  47. Hi Paul, the shows were fabulous to watch, loved all the samples and demo's. So much inspiration. This card is amazing, Jayne can be very proud of her designs, they are gorgeous. Thanks for running the blog. Take care. Bx

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  48. Morning Paul,
    This is beautiful. The shows were great yesterday and the plates were beautiful. I put in my order to Clarity towers straight away! As usual the samples from the Design Team were simply stunning, so we'll done to all of them too. I would like to say thank you for taking over the blogging duties while Barb was away, you have done a brilliant job and we'll have you back any time.
    Love Alison xx

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    1. Morning to all my lovely blog friends,
      Sorry I'm late but I was in bed really early. Some neighbours had a party the night before that went on for hours and the noise was awful. It was the son's 18th. At one point Dave leaned out of the bathroom window and asked them to keep the noise down! It worked for about 30 minutes. It would've been ok if they were in the house but they were in the garden! As a result, I was goosed yesterday and ended up with stinking headache. They have only recently moved in and are the only ones in our half of our estate with young people. Everyone else is late 50's upwards, so it came as a bit of a shock to all of us!
      Anyway enough of a rant ( sorry!) . Paul did really well yesterday didn't he? The plates were gorgeous and needless to say my order went in! I bet many of you did the same too. I haven't had chance to read all of your comments yet. It was a beautiful day here yesterday, and looks really lovely today too. I might even get to enjoy it today. I think it might be a gardening day - I need to buy my bedding plants and get them planted. Hope everyone is ok, love and hugs to you all, Alison xxxx

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    2. Afternoon Alison you rant all you want, good that you can garden today enjoy sending big hugs for a peaceful day xxx

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  49. Morning Paul

    Fabulous new plates and your butterfly design is stunning

    Welcome home Barbara

    Smiles

    June x

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  50. Lovely Paul and yes, it all makes sense

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  51. Afternoon Paul a big thank you for keeping us up to date on the blog while Barbara was away ,I caught up with yesterday's show so much inspiration and ideas I loved the new groovi plates that Jane designed such a talented lady the design teams art work was outstanding.hope you can have a well earned rest now you have been superb crafting hugs xxx

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  52. Afternoon dear blog friends thank you for thinking of me sending you all big hugs ,hugs to all on the blog xxxx

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    1. So pleased to be seeing you back Sheila and that you are okay. We just need to hear from Diane now! Love and hugs xxx

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    2. Good to see you back, hope it was nothing serious xx

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

Barb x