Saturday, 11 February 2017

Nice dress! And a Caption winner xx

Thanks for popping in.

Somebody on Facebook was looking for the 
Gelpress project I did on Telly last week, 
so here it is:

It’s all about the sequence...

1. Attach the Elegant lady stencil to a piece of 7x7 Stencil card,
using low-tack tape as a hinge at the top.
Cover up her friend to the right with copy paper...

2. Place the Gelpress plate on its matching megamount. You can buy them together, at a lesser price. 

3. Ink up the brayer with a light, neutral colour ink
and spread it over the 6x6 Gel plate . I used Blushing Rose, from the Artistry Set of 8 pocket size pads.
They are excellent

Flip the Gel Press Plate on the Megamount 
and place on the stencil aperture. 

Squish well, and lift. You have now made the lady pink.
She’s a Pink lady.

My fave!

Pick a darker colour ink now. 
I went with Fine Wine from the same set of inks.
Again, dab on the plate and spread out with the brayer. 

Lay the lace on the lady,
then place the inky Gelplate down on the lace,
but make sure the edge of the plate sits where you want the dress line to be. i.e not on her face!
We sell the lace 

Squish well again.
When you lift the plate and the lace,

Use a make up sponge to drag the ink from the stencil into the edge of the dress and to the back of her head. 
Use a piece of copy paper and ink on a make up sponge to add pleats to her dress too.
Go easy - you can always add ink, but you can’t take it away!

Remove the stencil.
Now for the great reveal....


You can use colouring pencils to add depth.
Greys are good.

Trim the art back and let’s make a border. 
Cover up the lady with post-its. 

Use the plate, lace and ink to create a lacey border. 

Use a grey pencil to outline the inner edge. 
Let’s take some paper from the brighton Rock Collection.
This fits perfectly. 

Edge and mount.
Stamp Special Birthday vertically using the same Artistry ink pad, Fine Wine. 


Remember last week, we had a caption competition?
I asked you to come up with what these two were saying to each other?
There were some hilarious ones! Thank you as always for joining in. Makes the blog fun to read, don’t you find?

But there can only be one winner....

Canny Shoppers

The winner is BridgetCG

Stella: "Where did you get such an unusual outfit? TK Maxx?"
Anita: "Don't be silly, quality like this?! There is a well known online boutique called Gray's Emporium, it has something for everyone!"

Bridget, please send us your address in an email, so we can send you your £20 prize xxx

Love & Hugs,


  1. Enjoyed this demo very much thanks for blogging it would like to try. Congrats Bridget fabulous caption enjoy your prize.

  2. You're always an inspiration Barb and it's always a pleasure to read your ramblings :-)
    Your little anecdotes always make me smile

  3. Thank you Barbara for showing this on your blog, once again my freeview didn't record it, I have the stencil so wanted to watch how you did it. Love the design on the dress. Will have to try. Thanks. Xx

  4. Hi Barbara, very clever, you really do turn a flat outline stencilled shape into a 3d detailed piece of artwork. Amazing. Thank you for the step by step. I've got the lady club stencil, going to see if I can use these ideas to come up with something. Well add it to the ever lengthening crafty to do list...

    Congratulations Bridget, enjoy spending your voucher.

    Few cms of snow fell overnight here, but it turned to rain this morning so mostly all melted now and back to our usual scottish dreicht. Hope you're having a good weekend. Love Brenda xx

    1. Hello Brenda keep warm. Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx

  5. I loved this demo - so stylish. What a fantastic caption - well deserved winner. Xx

  6. Love this.
    Congratulations Bridget, loved it

  7. Hi Barbara, I'm so glad you have put this step by step on your Blog, I had missed the beginning of your demo and wasn't sure how you had got the lace on her dress, yippee now I will be able to follow your instructions.
    Congratulations to Bridget, enjoy your prize.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Hi Barbara
    Thank you for blogging this, if was lovely watching it on tv but having it on the blog is a good go to place for the future. Guess who would have made the whole lady Lacy rather than remembering to not do her head!! Congratulations Bridget on winning the caption competition, very funny. Enjoy spending your winnings. Hope you are keeping warm watching the rugby and haven't got too much snow.
    Love Diane xxx

    1. Hope everyone is keeping warm, we've had a few light flurries here but it's not settled, it's just rather chilly. Perfect for watching rugby and playing with groovi😀. Sending hugs xxx

    2. Hi Diane - have sat in front of a roaring fire for most of the day, it's been a shock to the system! Love and hugs Gilly xxx

    3. Morning Diane,
      Hope you're managing to stay warm - heaven knows what out gas bill is going to be like! Sending hugs, Alison xx

  9. Loved this demo! I must get my gel press out again...such fun.
    Well done to Bridget... Great caption!
    Love and hugs from another pink lady! Xxxx

  10. Beautiful as always. I think I might need to get my belli plate out now to add to the mess of inks, stamps and papers that have taken over the living room. Just as well that I have an empty today!

  11. Stunning card and loved watching the process. Brilliant caption and well done to Bridget.
    Linda xxx

  12. Well done Bridget !

    Lovely demo with the gelli plate. I have to do a card for my niece's 30th on Thursday, thinking of the big Groovi numbers but, as usual, thinking too much and not doing .....

    Hope everyone's having a good weekend. Xx

    1. Hi Jackie - I hope that you are feeling better now, after your horrid experience. Take care, love and hugs Gilly xxx

  13. Loved the demo good to see step by step thank you. Well deserved win for the caption Bridget

  14. Dear Barb, thanks for showing this project again - it really helps me to remember the sequence.
    Well done Bridget!!
    Maggie (Yorkite)

  15. Love pink lady apples to my favourite too great effect with lace. Had a great day finally got out went to a sheena and Donna workshop made a great canvas so good to get out and play again even drove myself is only 20 minutes away. Let's hope can drive to ally pally to catch up with you in April too xxx

  16. Congratulations to Bridget, and I loved this demo when you did it Brbara, and the lace looks great, and such lovely shading that she looks as though she could walk off the page. x

  17. Love the winning caption and design. I'm going to have to invest in these smaller presses.

  18. I love this demo, so pretty and I will have to invest in these lovely stencils x

  19. Congratulations Bridget, and thank you for the lovely demo Barbara. xxx

  20. Hello dear blog friends. Love and Hugs to you all. xxx

    1. Hello Morag - great to see you here again, I hope that things are improving for you. Always in my thoughts, love and hugs Gilly xxx

    2. Morning Morag,
      Sending love and hugs, Alison xx

  21. I absolutely love this design! Such a subtle and beautiful outcome.

    Just a quick note Barbara: I'm not sure if I just missed it, but I think you may have forgotten to pick a winner for the last limerick competition here on the blog (the one about the lad from Bantry sleeping in the pantry). I looked back through all the posts since that one, and can't see any announcement as to who won. I just wanted to let you know in case you had forgotten and still needed to pick someone for the prize!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend :).

  22. First of all, congratulations Bridget! A really great step-by-step Barbara, thanks for showing us how to do this, it's beautiful! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

    1. Hi bloggy friends - we finally got home late on Tuesday evening, after the ferry being cancelled twice! It's been a shock to the system, with the weather! Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

    2. Morning Gilly,
      I bet you are freezing! Make sure you stay warm. Love and hugs Alison xxx

  23. Well done Bridget. Fabulous caption. xx

  24. Great 6step by step Barbara, glad you have it on here. Congratulations on winning the limerick competition Bridget. Have a good weekend Barbara and Dave.xx

  25. Hi bloggy friends, hope you are all ok and that you have managed to craft this wet Saturday. Glad to see you again Morag, haven't you been well? Anyway if you have been so glad you are up to joining in again, missed you a lot, same with our Sheila, its not the sane without you. Lovely card you put in the challenge today Sheila. Love and hugs to you

    1. Morning Pam,
      Hope you're ok . Going to try and play today as it's another miserable day here, love and hugs Alison xx

  26. Beautiful dress, great way to make a pattern. I will have to get my lace out tomorrow. Xx

  27. Evening bloggy friends, hope your Saturday has been good. Snow first thing but its all gone now. Getting crafty with my sister this afternoon. Xx

    Sheila, lovely challenge cards saw them this afternoon. Glad you can join in. Xx

    Well done Bridget on your winning caption. Xx

    1. Hi Donna,
      Hope you had a great time with your sister. Enjoy the week off, love and hugs Alison xx

  28. Morning. Was travelling yesterday so only just read this while having my morning tea in bed. I do love your blogs, Barbara and all the demos Really like the idea using lace.Looks lovely! Have a great Sunday everyone and Congratulations Bridget xx

  29. Morning. Was travelling yesterday so only just read this while having my morning tea in bed. I do love your blogs, Barbara and all the demos Really like the idea using lace.Looks lovely! Have a great Sunday everyone and Congratulations Bridget xx

  30. Morning Barb,
    Really enjoyed this demo on tv so thank you for he step by steps. Love how you put the pleats in her dress, makes it's really pop. I forgot to say on a Friday that my ODS goodies arrived from Clarity Towers and then yesterday the Woodland animals and Treescape plates arrived with the excellent embossing mat. Wasn't expecting them to arrive so quickly, so that was brilliant. Excellent service from Clarity as ever, tank you so much. Had a quick play with the embossing mat and was very impressed with it. Love and hugs Alison xxx

    1. Morning bloggy friends,
      Hope everyone I stay as well as possible and managing to stay warm. It's another really miserable day up here today. I think I'm going to play with my new goodies today. Congratulations to Bridget, brilliant caption! Enjoy spending your voucher. Love and hugs to all, Alison xxxx

  31. Hello Barb, and all at Clarity and on the blog, Thank you. Wow, what a surprise, has really made my day. Love your card Barb, the demo was great, I was going to look for the one you did previously on the blog with the circle gel press, as I thought it would suit a card I need to make. Have a great day all. Off the send my email, and take time to decide what I will use it on. Bx

    1. Well done, Bridget - your entry was very good. Barbara's right, there were some hilarious ones this time round!

    2. Congratulations Bridget - what a lovely surprise for you! x


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

Barb x