Thursday, 20 October 2016

Lace, Grace, and a Super Parchment Offer

Hi there.
Good of you to pop in.

Thursday’s blog is always blue, right?
Well, today let’s use some blue parchment!

Can you print onto parchment?
And can you print onto parchment with lace?



Been thinking about this whilst on holiday, 
wondering whether it would work.

So today’s the day we find out!!
Let’s do a quick step by step to see, shall we?

Place the Square nested plate in in Groovi Plate Mate from the Starter Kit.

Tape the light blue parchment to the Plate Mate.


Check to see which nested square we want, by placing the 
Petite Square Gel Press Plate.


Trace out a double frame, to sit outside the pattern.


Use the Letter boxes on the Starter Kit Plate Mate 
to position and spell out a name or word.

(Tip : start in the centre and work out to the sides. 
So in this case, 3 in the middle, and 1 either side)


In this case, GRACE, my daughter.


Cut out masks,  or use the 1-letter stamp masks 
to cover up the word.


And then we are going to try something a bit radical, but hey.
Most of us will have a stained, painty brayer by now, 
so let’s try some permanent ink in the Petite Gel press.
One thing I have work out is that dye-based ink 
(eg Distress inks, Adirondacks, Artistry Inks) 
sometimes spread or bleed a little on parchment when it dries, 
whereas permanent Archival ink stays true. 

So.
Spread Potting Soil Archival on the square Petite Printing Plate with your stained brayer, (btw, if it wasn’t stained before you used Archival, relax - it will be now!!) 


Lay down a piece of lace over the square on the parchment, 
(still working from behind here),
and press the inky Petite Plate down. 


Squish well and lift.


Let’s clean off the petite before the ink has a chance to dry.
Firstly, there must be a second print on there...

Look at that!!!


It looks like a 3-D piece!
Love it!


Now wipe the Petite with a baby wipe.
Did it stain the Gel ? A little.
Am I bovvered ? Face? Bovvered? 

Run some masking tape around the frame.


Use a make-up sponge and the brown ink to dab dab dab 
and blend in the sides.
Let’s call it clouding the edges.


Colour in the boxes around the letters 
using Weathered Wood Distress Ink.


Colour in the double frame in the same way.


Cut out the box using a knife and blade.
Or you could picot cut.
Or you could add a lacey border using our Pattern Grids!
Diagonal Grid No. 1
We’ve got 4 of these fantastic pattern borders now, designed by Tina Cox. Speaking of whom -
she will be showing you how to use these borders at the harrogate Show this coming Saturday. 
My issue is time.
I have to prepare for the Harrogate show this afternoon, 
so no time to indulge more lace. 
I wish!
It would greatly improve my cutting and gridwork skills!!!


Pressing on though.
One of the comforting things about Groovi for me 
is that I can get a beautiful result with modest skills.

Run the Crafter Companion Glue runner around the edge,
and mount on another piece of light blue parchment.


Now here’s my dilemma:

Do I mount this on a kraft colour?


Or on white?


You tell me!!
Let’s just say one or t’other below, 
and then we can have a count up.

Grace. Beautiful little girl she was.


Still is!!


Loved to play princesses and dress ups....


Still does!


Grace by name -
Grace by nature.


I sure do miss that girl.
Change the subject and cheer up, Gray!!

Let’s have a Bloggy Special Offer.
How about this...

Buy any two A5 two-tone packs  in any colour

Green
Pink
Blue
Teal
Purple

and receive a sampler pack of ALL the colours 
ABSOLUTELY FREE


No need to look for the offer on the website.
Just order the 2 lots of A5 Two-Tone Parchment and the mixed freebie will automatically be added. 
Our trusted pickers are in the know....

Offer ends midnight Sunday. 

Must press on.
Hope to see you on Saturday at Harrogate.
Cedar Court Hotel.
You can buy a ticket at the door too.

xxx
Love & Hugs,
Barb.


103 comments:

  1. Oh! And before you ask, we will extend the offer to anybody visiting the Harrogate parchment Show on Saturday xxx

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  2. Thanks Barbara. See at Saturday. Grace is indeed a beautiful and talented girl xx

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  3. Oh how I wish I could come to Harrogate, but one of my 8 granddaughters is coming for the weekend, haven't seen her for a very long time. Hope it all goes well. Xxxxx

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  4. Beautiful card inspired by a beautiful girl!
    Have fun in Harrogate... Sadly I can't be there.... I'd already booked on something else!
    Safe journey up north! Love and hugs!xxx

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  5. Beautiful lace work stunning daughter I choose white have fun at Harrogate xxx

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    1. Afternoon blog friends sending lots of crafting hugs to you all xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila,
      Hope you're ok and not in too much pain. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    3. Hello Sheila my dear friend. I hope you're as well as can be. Love and Hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Sheila, been thinking about you. Hope you are able to craft. Xx

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    5. Hello my lovely Sheila, sending you a hug xxx

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    6. Hi there Sheila! I have been thinking of you, as always and hope that the pain is bearable today. Sending you love and very special caring hugs, Gilly xxx

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    7. Hi Sheila, do hope you're feeling a little better. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    8. See me and you wee bloggy pal we will be fine here's yir cuddle..xx

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  6. What a lovely technique. I only have one round Gelli plate so don't want to risk making a mess of it but hopefully when I can afford to but the sets I will have a go. Another one to bookmark!
    I hope Harrogate goes well, we are heading south down the A1 tomorrow to do babysitting duties over half term so will not be able to come even though it is on the home doorstep. Looking forward to seeing how it goes here on the blog xx

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    1. Have a safe journey Chris xx

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    2. Enjoy your week with your grandchildren Chris, travel safely.xxx

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  7. Hi Barb,
    Love the lace technique, I'm going to have to have a play with this. I have some beautiful lace left from when my wedding dress was made 29 years ago on Monday! I was explaining how to do this to some of the girls at Crafters Companion on Saturday and they were well impressed! Grace is simply stunning. I like your artwork on both the white and the Kraft card, but I think the white wins just. Love and hugs Alison xx
    Ps Fantastic offer thank you. X

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope you're all ok, love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. Hello Alison sending hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Alison - love and hugs to you too, Gilly xx

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    4. Aye fine noo here's yir hug..love Dot..xx

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  8. Hi Barbara, Love the demo and your thoughts/photos of Grace, she takes after her Mum. Have a great time in Harrogate. Hope the journey is good. Enjoy the show. Big hugs Marian x

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  9. Hi Barbara, this is brilliant, can't believe the detail you get using the gelli plates. Thanks for sharing. Definitely Kraft card colour for me. And yes Grace is beautiful, and comes across as being beautiful on the inside too. Thank you for another very generous offer. I've not got any coloured parchment, wasn't sure if I'd like the effect with always associating parchment with the normal kind. I would need to see the effect in real life to know, so was going to try tinting the normal stuff using my clarity brushes first. How you manage to come up with new ideas and different takes all the time, you're amazing, sooo creative.

    I must have had my psychic link going today!!!�� Remember you asked us to come up with ideas for using on the baby gelli plates, if I remember, I suggested maybe the thin crochet doilies, organza, netting from oranges, kiwis, garden netting. Just before coming here I was wondering if embossing folders could be used, in reverse, to remove ink from the gelli plate. They tend to be a lot more detailed than stencils can ever be, might make cool backgrounds using our bigger gelli plates too? Or am way off?!!!! Has no one else thought of more things we could try on our baby gelli plates? Come on everyone, thinking caps on.

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. Yes, embossing folders would work a treat in reverse, I bet!!!! So would your stamps.
      xxx

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    2. Hello Brenda I like the embossing folder idea, that would look great. I'm thinking leaves from the garden with a good vein structure. I'm going to try it when I get my plate out before all the leaves fall off the tree. Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx p.s. coloured parchment looks wonderful but give it a go with the ink first if that helps you.

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    3. Thanks Barbara, I've only got a couple of folders, me thinks I need to rectify that, all in the name of helping me use, and get arty with, my big gelli plate of course ;-) xx

      Thanks Diane, I guess with the leaves, you press them onto the inked/painty gelli plate too? I tried keeping fallen leaves soft last year, but it didn't work, but might have picked them up too late. Vaseline did work, but they stayed too greasy, and the baby oil just soaked right in and they still dried out. I'm thinking maybe trying baby oil or glycerin on fresh leaves, next time I've got a garden visit xx

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    4. Embossing plates sound good Brenda, I have a few so may give it a go. The demo Barbara did on Hochanda at Ally Pally with the new Holly groovi plates of Jayne's, Barbara used brushes and inks and it was beautiful. I had a go myself and was really pleased with the results. The soft tone parchment is also lovely to back up your work with before you mount it on card. So more than one use.xx

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    5. Hi Brenda,
      i like the sound of using embosding folders - definitely going to give that one a go! I love the coloured parchment, especially the soft tones ( the light ivory, ivory and baby blue are absolutely gorgeous! ) I'm sure you would love it. Love and hugs to you and Daisy, Alison xx

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    6. Hi hen just to let you know I'm ok and thinking how you can get a wee print fae wee Daisy's paw naw that will no be easy eh!! but brilliant
      love and a cuddle on it's way ...Dot..xx

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  10. Hi Barbara, what a beautiful result, I must give this a try. I think the kraft card just wins for me, but it's very close. What a beautiful lady is Grace. xx

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  11. Wish I lived close enough to come to Harrogate! I prefer the white option. x

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  12. What a fab idea using the lace, definitely going on my must try list. See you at Harrogate x

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  13. Well like Paul Daniels used to say " Now that's Magic" a very beautiful piece . Grace was a lovely wee girl and is a very beautiful woman. I like both backgrounds and it's very hard to choose but think I'm leaning toward the kraft colour. Hope everyone enjoys their day x

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  14. I prefer the white. What a beautiful project and a beautiful daughter.

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  15. What can i say Barbara Bloody beautiful ( art work and daughter ) My god she is your double. Right so Thats me joining the Claritystamp club ( already a Groovi member ) and also gonna get the Gelli plates petites on payday ohplus them brillaint ink pads, I WANT IT ALL lol Hugs Ali xxxx

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    1. Steady Alison! One day at a time - one thing at a time! xxx

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    2. Welcome to clarity crafters anonymous Alison! Now here we go my name is Alison and I'm a clarity addict 😀Xx

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  16. This is stunning, I love lace on parchment it looks wonderful. Grace was such a little cutie and gorgeous now too. Sorry going to miss you on Saturday but already booked before I knew about Harrogate. Safe travels up north and have a great time.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  17. This really is an inspired technique Barbara. I love how it's turned out. What a picture your little (and big) Grace is. Hugs xxx

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      Hope you're ok, love and hugs Alison xx

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  18. Definitely the kraft background for me. Got some lace at the weekend so I could have a play with my gel plate, and I like Brenda's idea of using embossing folders. I tried using the snowflake stamps last week, then stamped into the voids, it looked lovely! Now to mix it up with parchment as well!

    Must be hard to have Grace so far away. My brother's just moved to San Fransisco. At least the world is smaller than it used to be - my mum moved to the UK from South Africa in 1970, and for years and years the only contact was weekly letters to her parents, which took 3 weeks to arrive!

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  19. Hello Barb,
    Grace is perfectly names, both in looks and nature. She is a stunner.
    I think your masterpiece should be mounted on white.
    Maureen xx

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  20. Great art using that lace. I need to find a bit.......or cut a bit off my Mums nets and hope she doesn't notice! Xx

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  21. Hi bloggy friends hope everyone is well. Sending special hugs for Scotty Dotty and Sheila. Xx

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    1. Hello Donna have you got your happy dance ready for tomorrow afternoon? Sending hugs xx

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    2. Hi Donna,
      I'm sure your Mum will be delighted to have little holes all over her nets! Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Hi Donna - I think your Mum might just notice holes in her nets! Then she will keep you in detention! Hugs, Gilly xx

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    4. Special hug received and big one sent back I'm fine... love from your Scotty Dotty xx

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  22. Hiya, i think the white as it makes the piece look very sophisticated...just like Grace. She is a stunner....and Id really like to have her hair lol x

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  23. Sorry meant to say I like the craft colour as it makes the white groovi work show up nicely. Xx

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  24. White. Grace is gorgeous, lovely young lady. Love your use of lace will have to sort through my stash I am sure I have some. Wish I could be at Harrogate but not this year, certainly trying Bristol next year. X x

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  25. Hi Barbara this is a stunning card the lace is so pretty. The photos of your daughter are gorgeous. Thank you for the special offer. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  26. Hi Barbara
    Oh this is beautiful, look at you mixing gelli and parchment, who would have thought you would be doing this a year ago. It's amazing. Did you hear my sharp intake of breath as you put permanent ink on the gelli? I wouldn't have been that brave but it's good you can say it works, go for it and ignore the bit of staining. Now it's a tough choice, I like the kraft card but the white looks slightly better to show up the lace. Grace is very beautiful, I know how much you miss her, isn't FaceTime wonderful, but shame you can't give her a big hug that way too.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello lovely blog friends, sending hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Diane,
      Hope you're ok, love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Hi Diane - sending hugs, love Gilly xx

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  27. What wonderful photos of Grace, beautiful inside and out! I love what you have done here with the lace Barbara,as it comes out so detailed. Personally I think the white gives it a cold look whereas the kraft warms it up, so kraft for me. Hope Harrogate goes well. x

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  28. Wow what a fab card. I must admit I had wondered if you could do this but I didn't want to ruin my geli plate so I'm really glad you tried it first. Will definitely be trying this out now.xxxx

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  29. I am loving all these experiments, wanting to try something similar with feathers but haven't found any pretty enough yet

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  30. Oh and I like the Kraft background best I think

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  31. I prefer the kraftcard on this occasion xx

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  32. What would I do without this blog. Absolutely amazing and stunning artwork, not to mention the beautiful Grace. My son would love to meet her!! Barbara or whoever at Clarity reads my comments. I apologise but have had a bit of a rant over an e-mail sent to me by Clarity. Not at all what I expected and annoyed with the answer I received. I realise mistakes do happen but unfortunately one cannot retract a "sent" e-mail and perhaps I should not have sent it after a harrowing day.
    Love to all out there and perhaps you might forgive me and then I can forgive myself. I think Barbara was right yesterday, some of us are very sensitive and my hard shell is busily cracking and sensitivity is breaking through!

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  33. Hi Barbara, This is beautiful !! I love the white in this instance.
    Grace hasn't changed at all, older yes, but her facial expression remains the same, a gorgeous girl.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  34. Hi Barbara - totally beautiful! It's hard to choose between the 2 - but I think that the white just has it! Thanks for showing this to us all - Gilly x

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    1. Hi lovely blog friends - I hope that you have all had a good day, whatever you have been doing! Hugs Gilly xxx

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    3. Hi Gilly,
      Hope youre ok and have had a good day, love and hugs Alison xxx

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  35. Hi Barbara, this is so beautiful, the lace is gorgeous. Must try this as soon as I can get the mini gelli plates. Payday soon! I prefer the white background. Grace is absolutely stunning, you must be such a proud mum! Love, Ruth

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      Hope you're ok, love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. Hi Alison! Rough couple of weeks, but things getting better now. Love and hugs to you too! Xx

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  36. What a great idea to use lace, this is very pretty. Beautiful photos of your daughter.
    My vote goes with kraft.

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  37. Beautiful! That's artwork, mother & daughter! Xx

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  38. Amazing step by step Barbara, I love it. Where do you get that beautiful lace? Thank you for the generous offer, afraid I topped up on parchment at Ally Pally and Leyburn, but such a good offer may get more. Your children are lovely, you must be so proud, lovely photos of Grace. It's so hard leaving them, saw my daughter at the weekend, she took me out on a driving lesson as I've bought her car and haven't driven for a long while, I felt so close to her and she was so patient with me, really felt sad when we left, so know how you feel. Don't see her that often she's so busy. I'm going for white, although they both look good. Love and hugs Pam.xx

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  39. Hi to all my blog friends that aren't on Facebook, hope you're well and have had a good day. Love and hugs to you all.xxx

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Hope you're ok too, love and hugs Alison xx

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  40. Hello Barbara, this piece of artwork is stunning. I love the combining of Groovi and Gell Press Plate. Gives a very contemporary feel. I would mount it on Kraft Card. I may be a bit biased as I tend to use this card for lots of projects. The pictures you post of Grace are always beautiful whatever her age. What is wonderful is that when I have seen her she seems totally unaware of her beauty and the effect she has on others. I hope you managed to get some prep work done for Harrogate. Also thank you for the Parchment offer. I'm off to take advantage of it now.xx

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  41. I prefer the WHITE, but I think the kraft would be excellent to make a more masculine card (substitute the lace). Lovely photos of Grace. Dx

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  42. Great artwork, I prefer the white.

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  43. I prefer the Kraft Card - it looks more 'vintage'. Grace is certainly a stunner, chip off the old block eh Barb? Have fun in Harrogate x

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  45. Hi Barbara love what you have done here with the gelli petites thought that
    looked great when you and Haley had a go on Hochanda you know I've allway's said wee Grace is beautiful just like her Mum.
    Ordered the Artistry ink pad deal with the free Clarity brush and arrived on
    Monday beautiful colours thankyou needed them to have a wee go colouring with
    my groovi like Maria showed us but think might need the better paintbrush anyway if you are thinking off getting Artistry inkpads and your a diamond member Bargain girls..Love Dot..xx

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    1. Love to all bloggy friends I'll be fine here with my Clarity fix..Hugs to all..Dot..xx

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    2. Oop's white background for me not keen on kraft card but hey that's just me...xx

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    3. Morning Scotty Dotty, hope you get a crafty time at the weekend. Last day for me before half term so my crafty time is booked for next week. Sending hugs. Xx

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  46. Hi Barbara Ohh this lace thing I need to try out if looks amazing
    Enjoy Harrogate everyone xx

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  47. Hello Barbara

    Lovely. I prefer the white.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  48. Hello Barbara

    Lovely. I prefer the white.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  49. I know I may be biased, but this is clever stuff Barb. x

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  50. Hello Barb, such a brilliant idea, need to go look for my old lace curtains now and I love the kraft colour background. I have promised myself the petite plates as an early Christmas present and as reward for missing your blog for the last 2 weeks, whilst travelling away for work. So off to play catch up now. Take care. Bx

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  51. Hi Barb, love this. Prefer the Kraft. Wish could get to Harrogate. Have fun x

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  52. Amazing!!!! really want to try by myself......

    Beautiful card inspired by a beautiful girl!
    Love so much.

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  53. Your work is beautiful Grace is stunning you must be so proud love June horrocks xxxxxxx

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  54. Morning Barb

    Loved the art work and the lace looks fab

    Grace is beautiful and I enjoyed reading the little snippet about her

    June x

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  55. afternoon all, wow what a great technique on the blog today Barb. Love that lace effect. Beautiful photos too ;)

    cxxxx

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  56. Beautiful mum, beautiful daughter - both in looks and nature! Love the lacey artwork and honestly thought I'd prefer the white but nope decide it's the kraft card for me!

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  57. Oops - forgot to say "See you at Harrogate", sure Anne and I will be totally astounded by all the beautiful parchment works - shopping list already sorted. xx

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  58. Afternoon Donna, hope its your hol this week so you can craft.xx

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  59. Afternoon Donna, hope its your hol this week so you can craft.xx

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  60. So love this idea - will be having a go for definite when I'm back from my hols! Sitting with my feet up, as we've walked our socks off over the last few days. The kraft card does it for me. You must be so proud of your beautiful daughter and the lovely young woman she has grown up to be x

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

Barb x