Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Lily & friends

Ello! Me again.
I thought that since you have all been behaving
(well most of you have!)
I would share a sneaky peek of one of my demo's I have planned for Sunday's TV shows.
If you want to see more,
you will have to tune in to Hochanda on Sunday at 2pm & 5pm.
I have 4 new Groovi Plates, designed in conjuction with my very good friend, Jayne Nestorenko.

I know that today is Mindful Wednesday, but at the moment the only thing I am mindful of is that I still have more prep to do!
Joking aside, getting into the groove with the Groovi system,
is a great way of unwinding, relaxing, chilling. 
Sometimes, when I am working on a design, my mind empties (scary I know!) and I just deal with what is in front of me.
Now that I have teased you, I'm going to hand you over to Barbara for today's blog.
Paul xx


Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Today I thought I would focus on one of my favourite character stamps, Lily.
 Lily has a bunch of friends
Each of those friends also has a matching border background stamp
I liked them so much, I turned them into Groovi Border Plates and introduced another friend Holly:

Here is Lily stamped onto a print taken off of the Gel Press
layered onto a piece of coordinating card stock.
A larger frame finishes off this piece perfectly.



Here is a beautiful piece from Lynne.
Lynne has used the Heart Weave stamp to create a background.
Lynne Hammond
Both on the outside and the inside.
Finished off with a nice verse.
Lynne Hammond
Don't forget, if you are looking for inspiration or ideas, check out the Artroom on the Clarity website.

Love and hugs xx

105 comments:

  1. Oh, you are naughty Paul, teasing us with that beautiful little snippet. Really need to watch the shows now. Seems like there will be a few more things jumping into my basket at the Crowborough open day!
    The samples from the DT are lovely. Lily is such beautiful lady to work with. Best wishes to you all, Jeanette xx

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  2. Wow beautiful groovi to tease us with Paul ,love the samples of art work .looking forward to Sunday's shows on record so don't miss anything xxx

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    1. Evening all my dear blog family of friends thinking of you all sending lots of warm hugs as its cold here today my granddaughter has been to keep me company so a bit fatigued now so going to rest up xxxx hugs to all on the blog xxx
      Evening Donna missing you hope you and phoebe are ok hugs for you both xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila, hope you are well. Missed blogging over the last few days , knew everyone would be worried it was probably something worrying with Phoebe. Thankfully she is doing well and is getting better. Xx

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    3. Hi Sheila, that was lovely having you Granddaughter round today to keep you company, wish mine lived near enough to do that. I can understand it tiring you out though. Enjoy your rest. Been hospital visiting again this afternoon, my Brother-in-law had a big operation just over a week ago, he's still very poorly, but he is 85 so it takes longer to pick up afterwards. In fact he had two operations in two days as it opened up again. Love and hugs, Pam xxx

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    4. Hi Sheila, glad you had your granddaughter with you today. Jennifer went to see her granny yesterday as it was granny's birthday. Jen made her a victoria sponge. Tomorrow my mother-in-law and I are going our to lunch to celebrate both out birthdays. Any excuse for lunch out. Pam, I hope your brother-in-law picks up soon.

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    5. Hi Sheila,
      Bet you've love having your granddaughter with you today even though you're shattered now. Get a good night's rest, love Alison xx

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    6. Hi Sheila, it will have been wonderful for you to be able to spend time with your Granddaughter. I would think this would be one time when you don't mind being tired. Have a good rest now my friend. Love and hugs xxx

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    7. Hi Sheila - such a lovely reason for feeling tired, special time making special memories with your Granddaughter, wonderful! It will be worth the rest and recovery time which will be necessary - take care dear friend, special hugs Gilly xxx

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    8. My granddaughter is wonderful company she is 18 in September 3days before I'm 60 she chats and makes me smile she shares her days with me she has been doing her exams at college and driving lessons too she so special and such a warm person I've had such a lovley day it's worth the fatigued in buckets full xxx

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    9. Ah Sheila - that's SO lovely! You two clearly have a very special and loving relationship - richly deserved I'm sure, xxx

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    10. Hi Sheila happy you've had a lovely day with your granddaughter lovely for a teenager to want to spend time with her gran my birthday is September to I'm the 4th whens yours Hugs...Dot..xx

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  3. Your tease looks wonderful Paul. Really looking forward to watching your shows. You do such an excellent job.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing your show on Sunday. The sneeky peak looks interesting. Xx

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  5. Hi bloggy friends, first off Phoebe is fine and is improving every day YAY! I on the other hand have been in bed with a horrid bug since Sunday BOO! Feel slightly more human today and can actually sit up without my head exploding! NO craft!! So annoyed to be wasting my holiday being ill 😢

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    1. Hi Donna, lovely you're back, we were all getting worried. Sorry to hear you haven't been at all well, especially when it was your holiday. Hope you will feel back to normal very soon. So pleased that Phoenix is so much better, give her a gently hug from us. Take it easy for a few days, have cuddles with Phoebi, crafting can wait. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    2. Evening Donna so pleased phoebe is making good progress not good that you are ill especially when it's school holidays you get better soon then you can craft sending lots of get well hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Donna,
      Pleased that Phoebe is improving but sorry that you're not well. We always used to say ( when teaching) that we could guarantee being poorly the first few days of a holiday. I think we struggled to keep going during term time and then as soon as we relaxed we succumbed to some bug or other. Hope you feel better soon and get to enjoy the rest of your holiday. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    4. Hello Donna, what a relief that Phoebe is doing well, but so sorry that you've been poorly. Especially on a well earned week's holiday! Just not fair! Take care. Love and Hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Donna - good to have you back here and really good to hear that Phoebe is improving. Not surprised that you haven't been so good - I agree with Alison, as soon as you ease off from work something often hits you, be it a bug, migraine or whatever. Also the added worry about Phoebe won't have helped, bless her! A big hug for you and a gentle cuddle for Phoebe, love Gilly xx

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    6. Such a shame for you Donna - still you will be giving your body lots of rest which will do you good! Glad to hear that Phoebe is on the mend, Susan x

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    7. Hi Donna was wondering where you had got too sorry you've not been to good what a pain in your hols too rest up hugs to you and Pheobe...Dot..xx

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    8. Hi Donna, sorry to hear you haven't been well but glad to hear Phoebe is doing well. x x

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  6. The sneak peek looks great, am really looking forward to the shows and I shall actually be at home to watch. Have had a small windfall so may treat myself to some Groovi products this time. Art work brill all that heart weave work is so neat and on the skirt too.

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  7. Hi Paul, that groovy snippet looks fantastic, you really are a tease. Love the Rosie stamp the best but all the other characters are fab too. Thank you for posting. Great designs. Look forward to Sunday.xx
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  8. Hi Paul, well you have been so busy preparing for the shows on Sunday. the picture you show looks wonderful just can't wait for Sunday to see what you have for us all. Well hope Basbara and family are having a wonderful time and will come back to us all refreshed. Hi ladies , sorry to hear Donna you are not feeling so well, hope you recover from your bug very soon. I have been on Nanny duties the last few days were do they get their energy from!!!. Well hope you are all well and looking forward to Pauls shows on Sunday , the snippets look great more things I will have to put on my wish list. Hugs to you all. Lynn xx 💖

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    1. Hi Lynn, I'm sure you've loved your Nanny duties, but I bet you'll need a bit of a rest now. Love and hugs xxx

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  9. What a lovely sneak peek, can't wait to see the shows. Love the art work, I really love these characters

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  10. Lovely blog today. Good job Paul

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    1. Good to see your comment. Love to you and Gill in sunny Texas.
      Love Anne x

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  11. Can't wait to see the new plates, my purse is getting a headache already!!

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  12. Hi to all my lovely blog friends, do hope it's warmer where you are. Just cloudy here but not cold. Hope you've all had a good day and maybe managed some crafting Love and hugs to you all and to everyone on the blog. Pam xxx,

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    1. Evening pam hope your brother in law gets stronger each day bless him at the age he is as it takes longer to recover xxx

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    2. Hi Pam,
      It's blooming freezing here! Even Dave told me to put the heating on tonight! It's been a miserable day too. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Hi Pam, I'm still sitting Grooviing! Must pack up soon, I'm starting to go cross eyed!! Horrible weather here today, but about half an hour ago, the sun peeped out for all of 10mins. I'm hoping it's a sigh of things to come! Love and Hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Pam - sorry to hear about your brother in law, it's going to take time. It's been warm here today again, with some sunshine too. Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    5. Evening Pam hope you get some sun tomorrow to brighten you're day but your no pinching ours lol...xx

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    6. Wouldn't dream of it Dot. Ha ha! You deserve to have some sun. Thank you all for your lovely messages. Couldn't get off to sleep so thought I'd come on here and read the comments I hadn't read earlier.

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  13. Hi Barbara and Paul, Wow, Paul !! the sneaky peek is stunning, I can hardly wait to see what demo's you have for us.
    Gorgeous sample cards.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  14. Thank you Paul for keeping the blog running. Really looking forward to Sunday. Your shows are brilliant and very informative.
    Also thank you to all my bloggy friends. You are keeping me sane as things are not so beautiful in my world at the moment. How sad is that when there is much worse going on in the world. I do apologise but family are important at present.
    I am off to get in the groove before I throw everything out of the window - only joking, just trying to keep my sanity. I better buck up for tomorrow - MOJ calls and it will take all my strength to stay calm, cool and collected! I take Barbara's words with me PMA! all the way.
    Lots of love to you all.
    Anne (Reading)

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    1. Hi Anne,
      Hope you're ok. Enjoy getting in the groove and chill out before tomorrow! Love Alison xx

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    2. Hello Anne. I do hope things start to improve for you soon. Sending positive thoughts, love and hugs xxx

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    3. Thank you it means so much for your reply and the lady above
      Anne x

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    4. Hi Anne - you have nothing to apologise for, family are THE most important thing in our lives! Enjoy your Groovi time, which will no doubt relax you. I think that we all carry Barbara's PMA words with us, and most days we no doubt need them at some point. Hugs Gilly xx

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    5. Chill with your groovi hope tomorrow is a better day hugs to help you through xxx

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    6. Hi Anne sorry to hear about your weekend but don't you be sorry for letting it unload it does help hoping your MOJ customers don't stress you out to much just give them one o your PO looks bet you've got one eh!
      hugs Dot..xx

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    7. Positive thoughts for you Anne x x

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  15. I think Lily ia probably my favourite of the characters and the two different backgrounds look great with her. I hope to catch you next Sunday Paul and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us. x

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  16. Ooo...the sneaky peak looks very interesting. Looking forward to seeing the shows.

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    1. Julia enjoy your extra birthdays out hugs xxx

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    2. I like this idea of keeping celebrating birthday treats enjoy...xx

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    3. Have a lovely lunch out tomorrow Julia, I'll have to remember that when it's my birthday that we're allowed to stretch it out for more than a day. Even a week Ha ha!! xxx

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    4. Have a lovely lunch out tomorrow Julia, I'll have to remember that when it's my birthday that we're allowed to stretch it out for more than a day. Even a week Ha ha!! xxx

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  17. Hi Paul,
    Well your sneak peek looks fabulous and I'm really looking forward to seeing the shows at the weekend - not sure my bank manager will agree though! Great the Jayne is working with Clarity too, looking forward to seeing the new plates. Thanks Paul, hope you get your prep done, love Alison x

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    1. Hi to all my lovely blog friends,
      Weather here seems to be getting worse! Don't know what happened to the first day of summer! Love and hugs to you all, Alison xx

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    2. Hi Alison, We had 10 mins of bright sunshine about half an hour ago, but it's back to wet, windy and freezing! Love and Hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Alison (and Morag) - sorry to hear how bad your weather is at the moment - fingers crossed that it will improve for you soon. Love and hugs Gilly xx

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    4. Come up here vest top and suncream the day sorry but it makes a change for us try and send some doon the morn...xx

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  18. Hi Paul
    Thank you for sharing, great projects X X X

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  19. Hi Paul, that is mindful enough..to be sorting out our Sunday!! Your sneak peek looks very exciting. I can hear my purse creaking already!
    The art work you've chosen Barbara, is fabulous as usual. Carry on having a great time xxx

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  20. Hello all my lovely friends. I've tired my eyes out with Groovi today, it was one of those...just a little bit more days when I didn't want to stop til it was finished. I hope you're all having as good a day as you can. Love and hugs to you all xxx

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    1. Hi Morag - it certainly sounds as though you have been having a fun Groovi day! By the way, has your spending ban been lifted? Love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    2. Hi Gilly. Ssshh!!! Hahaha xxx

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    3. Glad your having a groovi day hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Morag,
      It sounds as though you've had fun today even though your poor eyes have suffered - I bet it was worth it though! Love and hugs Alison xx

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    5. Hi Morag just a wee bit addictive this Groovi crafting and now sneaky peeks for sunday were doomed ...doomed..xx

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  21. Hi Paul, beautiful sneaky peek. Did you mess up the rest of it, or have we not been behaving good enough to deserve to see any more?!!! ;-) Your Mindfulness words of wisdom - it's a start, you tried and that's what counts, so well done ;-) Lovely artwork from Barbara's pizza boxes too. Love Brenda xx

    Glad you're feeling a bit better Donna, and Phoebe is good xx

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    1. Hi Brenda - I hope that the sun has been shining for you again today, love and hugs Gilly xx

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    2. Hello Brenda. I hope you've had a good day today, and that the weather is staying lovely for you. Love and Hugs my friend. xxx

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    3. Hugs for you and daisy xxx

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    4. Evening Brenda what you been up to today another beautiful Sunny day wonder how long it will last Eh!
      Wonder who Paul thinks the cheeky one is then bet he had a wee giggle at your comment.
      Here's yir cuddle take care...xx

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    5. Hi Brenda,
      Hope you've had a good day love and hugs Alison xx

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    6. Thanks everyone xx
      Internet went down today, in the middle of me doing my food shop order for tomorrow! The diagnostics was saying it was the wall phone socket, which made no sense as my phone line comes through that too and that was working fine. It obviously did come back on after a while fortunately, or I wouldn't be here! But me and my Asperger's in so many ways really doesn't handle stuff going wrong, and even more so now I've got no one. I can't ever switch off from any of it either like normal people can, my brain isn't capable of doing that. And takes a long time for me to come down from and file away what's happened and the feelings, days, sometimes weeks. It's horrible being me and on my own in this world. Even if I had support it's still not much better as I can't afford many hours so I'm still total alone most of the time when stuff goes wrong or things/people frightens me. CFS extra bad too. Boiler played up again yesterday, didn't go off after running hot water! I did get the main part of the pink flowers done though, before the internet fiasco.

      Aye Dot, I think it's me in the naughty corner eh! All you lot polishing your halos, much more fun over here!!! ;-) It's forecast to rain here on Friday.

      Glad you had a good time with your granddaughter Sheila.

      Hope everyone has a good day tomorrow xx

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    7. Sorry you had a problem with the internet, it's really annoying isn't it. We've come to depend on it .. xx

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  22. Hi Paul - looking forward to seeing the shows on Sunday, the sneaky peek looks beautiful! Today's artwork is great too, I am sure that Barbara is having a wonderful time! Love and hugs, Gilly x

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    1. Hi to all my lovely blog friends - I hope that you have all had a good day, sorry to read what terrible weather some of you have been experiencing. Fingers crossed that it will improve soon, I can't believe that it's June! Very scary just how quickly time has gone this year! I have been resting in bed all day today, I didn't own up yesterday that I had a little fall whilst out in Truro, with Neill. My best friend phoned earlier and told me to put some arnicare on the bruised areas, so Neill has just been out to get some and applied the first lot - so hopefully in a few days it will improve. Take care everyone, love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    2. I've been sitting here patiently waiting for your post Gilly. We're following each other round again. Must be telepathy or something hahaha!
      Aaw, I'm so sorry you had a fall. You certainly have enough to cope with without that. Yes Arnica cream is very good, hopefully it will give you some ease. take care my friend. Love and Hugs xxx

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    3. I forgot I would have to refresh the page to see it !!! xxx

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    4. Oh gilly rest in bed till you get better bless you having a fall as well as all your other health issues get well hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Morag - yes it must be telepathy or something!!! Thanks to you Morag and to you Sheila - I will be resting in bed again tomorrow. xxx

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    6. Oh dear Gilly, did you trip over a daisy? Arnica is brilliant especially if it is applied straight away. We have had glorious sunshine for most of the day but only about 16c at most but it doesn't half make me feel good and my garden is looking great.

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    7. Hi Gilly,
      Sorry to hear you've had an argument with the ground! Arnica is very good. Hopefully you will feel better quickly. Take care, love and hugs Alison xx

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    8. Oh dear hope its not to bad not heard of Arnica cream maybe something I should have a wee tube off wee Amy gets a bit freaked out with wee black and blue bump marks..xx

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    9. ooh Gilly, hope you're not too sore and the cream helps. The sunshine has deserted us for the last two days, wet and miserable, still no gardening so crafting and tidying....xx

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    10. Sorry to hear you've had a fall Gilly, Arnica is supposed to be good for bruising, my Mum used to say put a really cold spoon on and it will bring out the bruise. Hope you feel better soon, take it easy. We went to Truro when we came down last week, love it there, went in for a Costa and a walk round M & S & Pete got some shoes in Clark's.xx

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    11. Oh Gilly I hope your ok, it must be the week for falls, I went to a naming ceremony on Sunday & as I was leaving I tripped over the marquee guy-rope and landed quite hard!! Otherwise had a good weekend with three good excuses to make cards & i'm starting to get a bit more confident with them now, thanks to all the inspiration I get from here. I've discovered making 'watercolour paintings' from my clarity stamps and Aqua pens, then I use my Groovi for the words, so pleased with the results!! Have a good day Ladies, hope the sun is out where you are as it's cold & grey in London x

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    12. Thanks to you all for caring! I am really pleased to say that I feel heaps better today, the arnica has helped SO much! The bruising is now coming out, so the pain is much less. So Dot I would really recommend that you get some for Amy. Hello, Pamela - I don't think that we have spoken before now - I hope that you have recovered now too! Sounds as though you are enjoying your Clarity crafting - I hope to get a little bit done soon. Well Julia, Alison, Jackie and Pam - I hope that you all have a good day, with some sunshine thrown in too - hugs to you all Gilly xxx

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    13. I forgot to say - Pam, we both love Truro and usually go there about once a month for the shopping. Unfortunately, we have been going to the main hospital there too often lately! Then from 18th July, we will be going to the hospital Mon - Fri, for about 8 weeks I think! Not to worry, it must be done! Bye for now - Gilly xxx

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  23. Really looking forward to watching on Sunday, and hope to get some crafting done in the next few days, although we're off to see Flavia and Vincent from Strictly tomorrow in their Last Tango show. It's been a fabulous day up here today, and there is more sunshine forecast too, so I may craft in the garden if I can! Susan x

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    1. Enjoy 'Last Tango' Susan. Flavia and Vincent have both always been our absolute favourites on Strictly. xx

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    2. Enjoy Eden Court Susan. I'm glad you commented on our weather as well otherwise no one would believe us. I haven't been crafting much lately but my garden looks good!

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    3. Enjoy Susan I went to see them in Manchester they where brilliant it was there first show after strictly xxx

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    4. Hi Susan,
      I'm very envious! Saw them last year and was absolutely mesmerised! Flavia is gorgeous and Vincent was a real cheeky chappy! The show was brilliant and I'm sure this one will be too especially as it's the last one. Hope you have a fabulous time, like ve Alison xx

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    5. Well Susan bet you're bus time is coming up soon so enjoy while you can...xx

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    6. Thanks everyone! We really enjoyed it, but it did make me cry in the second half - I am a bit of a soft touch though!! Our busy time started about two months ago Dot, but this year we've decided that life is too short, so we're having days off more regularly to do something fun together and we're not letting the bank manager know X

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  24. Have really enjoyed these trips down memory lane. Weather is cold in South Northants, we spent 5 days over the bank holiday in the Lakes and the weather was warm and sunny!

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  25. Hello Paul,
    Everything you have shown today is stunning and I'm looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
    Maureen xxx

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  26. Is it a bird is it a butterfly no it's Sneak Peek Paul I'm trying to work out what you have been Groovi prepping but all will be revealed on Sunday in the show.
    Lovely that Jayne and you are working together.
    Take care...xx

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  27. Lovely sneaky peak. The layers look interesting.
    Have had a lovely day crafting with friends a d as the weather has been amazing the washing has been out and dried. Enyoying lovely May and June sunshine.

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  28. Hi Paul, looks a lovely sample. Love the pizza box samples too. xx

    Hi everyone, late tonight and must get to my bed, I think the miserable weather has just got a bit irritating now - we had a sneaky peak at summer and it's gone back in the box ! Hope it improves now xx

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  29. Looking forward to seeing your creations on Sunday (and the new plates... obviously!) You're doing a grand job in Barb's absence... keep up the good work!

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  30. Hi Paul, ooh that looks lovely, very intrigued. Love the artwork shared by Barb. I often take a little look through the artroom categories for inspiration and enjoyment. Bx

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

Barb x