Sunday, 8 January 2017

What a Diva!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in today.

I hope you enjoyed the 2 hour show
and all the new products.

I said that I was going to blog the Bookmark demo, 
but forgot that I had prepped the Fashion Poster demo!

I will blog the Bookmark demo later in the week!

First, let's make a list of everything we need:





First, I want to create a double frame for my design
using the Nested Squares.
However, the squares have pointed corners
and I want to soften them by rounding them.

How do I do this? Let me show you.

Let's start with the Nested Squares in the Plate Mate
and attach a piece of A5 Parchment.
Trace out the largest 2 squares but
leave a gap before you get to the corners.

Now swap over to the Art Deco Alphabet Border Plate Mate.
Line up the frame that you have traced 
with the rounded corner square and complete the frame!

Easy, peasy when you know how!


Now trace out the rounded corner square inside the frame.

Insert one of the new Hat Borders into the Plate Mate
and choose a design.

Now let's jump back to the Plate Mate 
and insert the Elegant Phrases A5 Plate
and trace out one of the words.

Swap out the Elegant Phrases plate and insert
the Nested Squares and put a frame around the word.

Swap back to the Elegant Phrases or the Fashion Phrases
and repeat the above process.

Continue until you have filled up your design.

Next we can add a pattern to the hat.
I used the fullstop which is on the Plate Mate.
Trace out the circle with the No.1 tool and
the dot in the middle with the No.2 tool.

We can then move to the soft side of the black or blue mat
to do some white work.

Add some colour using distress markers.

I have added colour to the outside frame
 and the word panel boxes.

When I was looking at what colours to use,
I went to the new 8x8 Designer Pads to see
what paper would work best and
then chose the colours to compliment.

In the past, I always coloured first and then spent hours
trying to find a background paper to compliment it.

Interestingly, whilst I was working on the design
I had some of the other Designer Papers spread out 
on my work space and was surprised that the 
colours I chose worked really well 
with some of the other papers.

Right, better get back to the studio and 
get sorted for the last hour at 5pm
I hope you can join me.

If you missed any of the shows, you can view them via Rewind on the HOCHANDA website.

Love & hugs,
Barb
xxxx

80 comments:

  1. As always, my want klist is getting ever longer. Brilliant show. I a looking forward to the next one.

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  2. As always, my want klist is getting ever longer. Brilliant show. I a looking forward to the next one.

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  3. Lovely show!!! I have ordered me papers!!!

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  4. Missed the shows as got taken out to Hobbycraft (well you don't refuse do you?) Forgot to set the recorder ( duh), and REWIND is coming up with an error message - hopefully they will sort it by tomorrow. In the meantime all set to watch the 5pm show.

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  5. Great shows, lots of hints and techniques. Wonderful samples from your DT team. Couldn't resist the papers! Just making a cuppa ready for the 5pm show. Xx

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  6. Oh to be as talented as Barbara Gray!! :) Thank you for the demo!

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  7. Lovely show, and great blog again. Can't afford to order anything for the moment but will do as soon as I can. Can't resist the "French" words plate...

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  8. Afternoon bloggy friends, hope you are all in the warm and dry watching the shows. Was planning a crafty weekend but hasn't happened. Will have to get going with my challenge entry next week. Xx

    Hope your knee is feeling more comfortable today Alison. Xx

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    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you. I didn't have a good night so I'm shattered now but my knee feels easier. It's the brace that's a bit uncomfortable, but it's doing its job and holding my knee together. The bruising has begun to come out and is impressive!! Good luck with your challenge entry. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. My crafty weekend hasn't happened either Donna. I seem to spend so much time either watching Clarity or going on this blog or connected F/B s I don't get anything else done. Then again I enjoy every minute of it all.xx

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    3. I'm the same Susan, never mind all this inspiration will stand us in good stead when we do get chance to craft.xx

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    4. Hi Donna I enjoyed watching the shows today, was so busy watching I didn't get round to crafting! BBh is suffering G from a dreadful cold so I've been up and down stairs with hot drinks for him. Hope you have a good week xxx

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  9. Fantastic show thanks Barbara l have learnt so much . Trouble is my bank account has taken a a rather large hit. Going to settle down to watch the 5pm show. 😄

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  10. Loved the shows and learned something new as usual. Can't wait for the next show which I will have to watch later. Sadly the piggy bank is empty and there's no money down the side of the sofa or in the bottom of my handbags' so I can't buy anything yet as we've just had to get a new freezer and a new mattress xx

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Hope your hip is continuing to improve. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    2. Hi Chris, lovely informative shows weren't they? I wouldn't be able to order without my voucher either, spent so much on Clarity before Christmas and the car has to be serviced and MOT'd on Tuesday needs new Disks and Brake Shoes, just had a new tyre, then whatever else needs doing. That's the trouble when retired, no way to earn extra money is there. Hope you are making good progress and are nit in so much pain now.

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  11. Great show, ready for the next one. Lovely new plates as well. My list is now longer...... xxx

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  12. Hi Barbara, love it, thank you for the step by step. I like the second combo best. I watched you, too many folk watching online though so it was continuously breaking up, me being on slow broadband speed. Got myself rather agitated now as the noise from the constant breaking up is one of my bad noises, so might not manage to last another hour!!!! Wish Hochanda would increase capacity, or whatever, so we all can watch, but nae worries, recording them all for watching properly in bed. (Living room being unusable, it's the only place I can watch telly)

    Anyway got to see all your new products and got an idea of what you were demoing. Love them. And perfect for me, you concentrating on composition when it's girly stuff. Something I get stuck on, me not being much of a girly girl (Asperger's!). Love the Groovi designs and, shock, horror, even managed to think up a few ideas of my own! There's hope for me yet eh!!! So some of those plates will need to come live with me...

    I saw you demoing where you were moving the parchment to extend the line. A wee suggestion/idea, have you considered stopping embossing the line where the handbag/object intersects the line, and then moving the parchment, so you'd be starting again at the other side of the handbag/object? That way if you were slightly off in lining it up, no one will be able to tell. Most times it's doable this way.

    Right off to see if Hochanda live is behaving any better!!!
    Good luck with your last show, and safe journey home
    Love Brenda xx

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    1. P.s. how could I forget your and Dee's amazing papers, never seen anything like them before. I can see me giving in and adding them to my stash too. Back off to watch you, folk must be having their tea, not much breaking up this time, yay xx

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    2. Hi Brenda,
      Yes I loved the papers too - they just fell into my basket! Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    3. Thanks Alison xx

      Aye, ok, should've looked more carefully first time, the second photo is the back of the parchment!!!! But I do think the look of the back goes well with the design.

      Came back to say, loved your 5pm show too. I have the sketchy lady stamp, loved her, bought her ages ago, and wondered ever since how to use her my way. Got some wee ideas going now. Thank you. You can tell the amount of work that must have gone into each of the papers. They are head and shoulders above anything else xx

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    4. Hi Brenda, I agree with you about the papers. Definitely head and shoulders above anything else. I will just have to put them in my basket tonight. Still prefer to order staight from Clarity. Hope you are warm and well.xx

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    5. Hi Brenda yes the papers are beautiful aren't they, now which one to have, that's the next decision! Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx

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  13. Hello Barb,
    Just have to say that the show this afternoon was brilliant, and I'm watching the 5 p.m. show now, so must dash!!!
    Maureen xx

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  14. Hi Barbara, I loved your 2 hour show earlier and I'm typing whilst watching your 5pm show now. Fabulous, fabulous demo's and gorgeous samples, love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  15. Stunning and love the gorgeous plates. Wonderful shows and enjoying the last show. Safe journey home.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  16. Hi Barb,
    Great shows this afternoon, I'm recording the 5pm one as Dave watching the football. Ordered the papers, but wasn't too sure about the other plates, not really being into hats, handbags etc. However, the more I see the samples, the more I am thinking I might have to gat them! Do like the word plates though. Really like the sample you have shown us here in the step by steps ( thank you for that) . Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope you've enjoyed the shows and that the cushions helped! As I said earlier up on Donna's post, didn't have good night so I won't be long out of bed I don't think. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxxx

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    2. Hi Ali, sorry your knee is still giving you trouble. Hope you have a better night.xx

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    3. Hope you have a better night Alison, you could do being the bruising is coming out, will keep my fingers crossed that you will. Loved the shows, will do my order straight from Clarity.xx

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    4. Sending you a big hug Alison. Now what colour inkpads relate to your bruises??!! Xxx

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  17. Hi Barbara, love everything on these shows. I have been waiting for the papers to come out especially so will definitely be ordering those from Clarity later this evening once I have decided what else from the show I can't manage without. I still have a Christmas Voucher that I have been keeping for today. Please have a safe journey home. By the way, loving the new format, much more relaxed.xx

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    1. Hi Susan, did they change your medication, has it helped?
      The hardest part of being a Clarity addict is the endless reorganisation of our craft rooms/spaces trying to create wee spaces to fit in even more stash eh!!!!
      Hope you are doing better xx

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    2. Hi Brenda, yes they have changed it thank you but I can't pick up new prescription until later in the week then hoping for good things. If I sometimes don't post one evening it is usually because I am a bit washed out and can't even manage to type. Pathetic, I know after what I have been through but onwards and upward, I'll get back there soon. Spirits are great just the body not willing at the moment. Hope everyone else having health problems are on the mend.xx

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  18. Missed the first half hour of first show as was good to my OH and let him see the end of a darts match! Thankfully got everything recorded so can catch up at leisure. New plates are right up my street so will be ordering very soon! Designer papers are gorgeous too and are added to my wishlist as trying to be 'good' at the mo, mainly as I can't get into my little craft room to feed my crafty habit - mam currently in hospital since 31 Dec so visiting comes first xxx

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  19. Brilliant shows, loved the papers and all the new plates x

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  20. Fabulous show, I love all the new plates and the paper pads. It was so nice to see you using some of the, dare I say it. ' older' stamps as well. Fab, fab, fab xxxx

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  21. Loved the shows ,still not sure about Grovi though think i prefer stamping ,can we have 2 hour stamping show as well , but did have another go while i was watching ,you make it look so easy, need pennies to spend though xxx

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    1. Oh Pauline, you will love Groovi once you give it a try!! All the designs look so complicated but they are not. Take it from me...I've never had any parchment crafting classes and I can do it!! Not as well as the gals in the UK, but still what I think is good. lol xx

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    2. i have given it a try just need differant tools ,but i like stamping best Cheryl dont think i will ever get the groovi ,i have tried it before Barbara done groovi xx

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  22. Hello Barbara from the USA! I watched "live" via computer this morning. Missed the second show, sorry. Did you show how to do the picot work? or is that coming in the future with the Pergamano tools? Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi Cheryl the second show was stamping and the use of angelina fibres, well worth watching on catch up if you can. Hope that helps xx

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  23. Loved the shows just what I needed to watch frustrated at moment just hope my eye gets bit better so I can do some craft and drive hope you have a safe drive home xxx

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  24. Hi Barbara ,great shows and fantastic demos, lovely samples ( as always) . Papers are superb, creative and original , another quality product from Clarity ! The new groovi designs are fresh and modern , really liking the direction you're taking with parchment - good luck with it all

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  25. Great shows Barbara, all three. Thank you for the step by step. Have some of the stamps the Shoe and Sketchy lady, think they are the right sizes, but my Eiffel Tower looks smaller though. Love the papers and all the plates. Excellent demis,and tips, thank you.xx

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  26. Hi bloggy friends, hope you managed to watch the shows and have had a good day.xxx

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    1. Hi Diane, agree lovely to revisit the older stamps, I thought it was a much more relaxed show as well, Alex usually is and thought the new guy was good too (sorry didn't catch his name).xx

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  27. Hi Barbara
    Loved the shows today, the papers are amazing and the samples superb. I sprinted round sainsburys to get home in time to watch and really enjoyed the demos. Love the relaxed style f the show and the tips and techniques, I can see we are going to be learning a lot. The stamping show was great too, it's lovely to revisit stamps and the angelina fibres are so lovely to use. Thank you for a lovely day and hope you have a safe journey home.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello lovely blog friends hope you enjoyed the shows and you remembered to put the cushions down, we don't want any more bruises do we - I think Alison has got enough for all of us! Sending hugs xx

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  28. I actually got to see all the shows today. Wonderful. Great demos and the new paper pads are lovely. I love the hat and bag Groovi designs so they will be on their way to me I am sure in the near future. How could I resist. X

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  29. Enjoyed your two shows today immensely Barbara and loved the shoes and fashion related plates amd stamps and also those gorgeous papers, fabulous demos too. x

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  30. Hi Barb... loved the shows and great tips. Thank you for the step by step tutorial, love it and the new paper pads are so lovely

    June x

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  31. Loved your shows, tried to order £70 worth, and couldn't even though I was able to some weeks ago, by having them delivered to a friend in Northern Ireland. This time they said it wasn't possible. I gave up.

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  32. Loved all your shows, great demos the new products are all fabulous, my wish list gets longer by the day! x

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  33. Hi Barb, have not watched all of the shows yet, but looks like I am in for a treat. Love this piece of artwork, and the colours are fab. Take care. Bx

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  34. Hi Barbara
    Stunning card... love this modern look and the colours are fabulous...
    hugs Sylvie
    Gibraltar xx

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  35. Great shows today Barbara, really enjoyed seeing all the artwork, and even though I don't do Groovi, I still got lots of ideas about composition and design from all the great tips and samples from the DT. And I got all my ironing done whilst watching, so a win, win! Hope you're not too wiped out today after all the travel and 3 hours of live TV, x

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  36. Every blessing to you and the team in this new year. I am so pleased with your news although I posses many pergamano tools I could not come to grips with Parchment work until groovi and I am now so excited that you will be showing us how we can use both. I love your tv demos, I love your newsletter every month with my stencil, stamp and groovi monthly surprises. Keep up the good work because we support you, never mind the moaners, they just don't realise the amount of work that you and your team do and how much you have helped people like me !!!

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

Barb x