Tuesday, 31 October 2017

A real quickie step by step and a must dash!!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

This is going to be the quickest blog post ever, so brace yourself!
So many boxes still to tick before the dash out the door to the NEC tomorrow.

on a sheet of Shenandoah Paper.
Add a flash of colour with a Perga Liner pencil.
They work beautifully on these papers.

Mask off the birds with the mask which comes with the stamps,
and add a lowlight below with a brush and Moon Crater,
and a highlight above with a brush and Blushing Rose,

Lift the mask to see the contrast.

SLOWLY tear around the stamped image.
Tear towards yourself.
Mount on a piece of the same paper reverse side.

Piece of cake.

Bye for now!

Will blog daily from the NEC.
We have a huge stand C01.
Oh! And we’re doing free Groovi Make n Takes too!
Well, Rosie is! I shall be mopping her brow and signing Calendars! YAYAYAYAY 
The new Clarity Calendars are being launched there!

I do hope it’s a good show. 
Remember last year the stand collapsed at the end?
What a game.
And folks wonder why we don’t do as many exhibitions anymore.
They are hardcore.

Rosie is doing a live TV show at 12 Noon on Friday. 
She is launching the most exquisite set of A6 Art Nouveau Rennie Mackintosh inspired Groovi Plates. There are just 4 of them, but very, very beautiful. Our Jim designed them. 

And I’m doing a live show on the Saturday at the same time 12 noon, launching the calendars in fact!

Gotta go!

Love & Hugs,

Monday, 30 October 2017

For you x A Rainbow River step by step....

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Thanks also if you watched HOCHANDA yesterday and today.
And thanks thrice if you invested in our paper & parchment duets.
The bumper bundle sold out about 5 minutes before the end of the last show! That’s called perfect in my book!

Here’s a simple Groovi project I did at 9am using that bright and beautiful first page in Rainbow River.

So let’s extract a lovely butterfly from one on Mel’s Groovi designs

Butterfly Rounds

Add the letterboxes  and words top and bottom.
This is what it looks like from the front.

Perforate round the edges with a Pergamano 2-needle bold tool

Then cut out with Pergamano scissors.
Exclusive Scissors are the ones I like.

Time to mount on a lovely new designer paper, which will make the butterfy stand out. You may like to add a little whitework to the butterfly or the letters, but you really need no extra colour - it’s all in the parchment!

Trim and mount on red parchment.
That’s all you need. 
Let the background do the work for you!

Time for supper.
I am so hungry!!
Dave’s cooking scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
Am on a diet. Trying to lose some weight.
Moving in the right direction, but very slowly.
Cluck cluck.
V E R Y   S L O W L Y

There was a time I could drop half a stone in a weekend dancing!

If this stone doesn’t shift soon, I may have to resort to some old moves!!


Love & Hugs,

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Shenandoah Parchment - Autumn

Hi there.
Thanks for joining me. 
I do hope you were able to join Tina and myself this afternoon too.
What a delightful collaborative new ii-Book!

I will blog what she and I did together later on this week.
But today, I am excited to look at the 
Shenandoah Parchment and Paper Duet which we launched at 6pm.

Well, I am so glad and grateful you appreciated the products and the pricepoint! Thank you for shopping with us and investing in us once again. If you didn’t, we wouldn’t last long !!!

So here is a very simple autumnal take on Mel’s finches.

Also available in Groovi

 Autumn Rounds Groovi Plates

The other designs showcased are the beautiful 

Butterfly Rounds in stamps

and also in Groovi

Butterfly Rounds Groovi Plates

Stamp on the front of the parchment using Black Archival.

Flip to the back and erase some of the darker colours from the parchment with a pencil eraser.

Do a little embossing, working on a soft surface, 
and using various embossing tools.
We have a great selection of Pergamano tools.
This set might be a good starting place:

Colour in from behind too, but on a hard surface.
I used everything in the cupboard! 
Perga Colours, Perga Liners and Distress Markers.

NB. The white work will always override the colourwork.

Build the whitework up gradually, letting the parchment cool off and rest between session.

Add vibrance by adding colour on the front too.
Perga Colours work a treat for this because of the super fine nib.

Mount on white to bring out the colours in the parchment.
And stamping on the white background gives a lovely subtle effect.

Up a bit, down a bit...

The main point I was trying to convey on telly this evening was that parchment itself is a brilliant medium for stampers as well as parchers. That’s why we bundled the designer parchment together with its corresponding paper. It is such a malleable surface to work with, and it’s translucency is very, very effective. If you haven't tried it yet, you’re in for a real treat .

Back on at 8pm!
Love & Hugs,

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Moonwalk on the Ashdown Forest.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Beautiful sunny day here, 
so Dave and I are going for a long walk this afternoon,
across the Ashdown Forest.

So look at this paper leaf. 
It’s from the new Rainbow River pad.

Can you see what I see?
Squint a bit, and relax your gaze...

Let’s trim it back a little, focus on the centre.

How about we add a few bushes in the front,
a couple of hills and a moon?

In fact, let’s stretch back even a little further...

Yes. I think it’s time to get the boots on and walk towards that back ridge. We may not get all the way, but we’ll be walking,
and breathing in some fresh air.

This is a demo planned for tomorrow evening at 8pm.
You can watch on Hochanda.com 
even if you don’t have Sky or you live abroad.

Love & Hugs,

Show times tomorrow:

2-4 pm Stamps and Groovi (Tina & Barb)

6-7 pm One Day Special Stamps, Paper and Parchment (Barb)
8-9 pm Stamps and Groovi, Paper and Parchment (Barb)

9-10am Stamps and Groovi, Paper and Parchment (Barb)
1-2pm Stamps and Groovi, Paper and Parchment (Paul)
5-6pm Stamps and Groovi, Paper and Parchment (Paul)

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Paper-Parchment. Parchment-Paper!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

That’s it.
Stop the clock!

Prep done. Boxes ticked.
And now I can honestly say, hand on heart, I’m really looking forward to the TV shows on Sunday!!

Do you remember lovely Lottie, the presenter at Create & Craft?
I did love Lottie. Well, she always used to say,
“Fail to prepare - prepare to fail.”
And ain’t that the truth?!

So we is prepared, isn’t we Paul?!?

Just in case I lose my voice on Sunday, this is the mission:

to show parchers they need paper as well as parchment,
and to show stampers they need parchment as well as paper!

Try saying that after a few sherrys!

So whether you are a stamper or a parcher, 
tune in! 
Welcome to the Stampyparchycraftyhappyparty!

You’re all invited!
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Love & Hugs

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Gratitute & Friendship

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in!

Have had a super day today. 
There has been a real shift in my worn out little head.

And it all has to do with two things:

Gratitude & Friendship
Gratitude & Friendship Word Chain No 8

Firstly, I made a conscious decision 
to dispel N. E. Neggertivity. He’s been shown the door
 - he’s out.

Only B. Positive is allowed to live rent-free in my head 
from now on.

This was activated by pressing the Gratitude button.

So, a list of 10 things to be grateful for and speaking with a couple of good friends who love me - and the world is OK again.

It’s creeps up on you, that negativity.
It worms its way in and gets right under your skin, 
which makes you irritable and discontented.
But nope. It’s out.
And Life is good. 

And by the way, the super parchment papers above are the new ones we are launching on Sunday HOCHANDA 6pm.
And the Henna Stamps by Tina Cox? 
BRAND NEW TOO, being launched on Sunday at 2pm.
This is the prep !!! Just letting the ink dry....

Love & Hugs

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Indecision may or may not be my Problem...

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Wednesday’s blog is the one where we look not so much at what we craft, but WHY we craft.
And today I am so grateful that I can.
Now if only I could make up my mind which direction to take, 
it would all be peachy... 

Talk about dither!!!
I am supposed to be prepping the launch hour for Sunday, 
but I’m spinning like a top in my head.

So, what’s the problem Barbie?

Too much choice - that’s the problem. 
Or should I call it noise?
Or even too much pressure?

We’ve got beautiful new papers and parchment.
We’ve got beautiful new Claritystamps.
We’ve got beautiful new Groovi Plates. 

So much loveliness, and I can’t see the woods for the trees.
Should I launch on parchment or paper?
And which set? And which design?
Start with stamp or Groovi? Which image?
Which techniques first?
So much to show - so little time.
And that’s where my head goes.

I am pretty sure you understand.

Within half an hour, I can’t even decide whether to use green top or red top milk in my blimming tea!

Is this a normal human condition?
I’m not usually THIS indecisive! 


So what to do.
Step away from the plate, or stamp or whatever is cluttering up my head, and have a cuppa. Black if needs be.

Then call a friend. Speak to somebody who knows what’s needed.
In this case, Paul.

We bounce ideas off each other, we exchange thoughts.
10 minutes later, we have a plan. 

And then, the minute I know what I’m doing, 
indecision creeps in again!
Almost comical really, except the clock is ticking and the deadline is looming. If that weren’t the case, I would let it go and do some ironing or go for a walk or have a nap!

I suppose the key is to understand why.
So humour me here, while I think out loud....

A lot rides on the launch hour of a TV One Day Special, and 
we have invested heavily in these papers and parchment. 
Extremely large print runs to secure a realistic price
 - especially on the parchment. We could pay our mortgage off with what we’ve spent on these designer pads - twice over!

So it’s no wonder I am nervous around it really.
That said, they’re not perishable; they’re not Victoria sponges!
Now that would be stressful! I’d be a rubbish baker. 

There’d be something wrong if I didn’t question my pitch at launch, wouldn’t there?
And I absolutely KNOW you will love it all, everything,
so I really should relax into it and enjoy being in art mode.
It’s not about shining on telly, making a good impression. 
Not at all. I’m way past that !!!
No. It’s about getting the pitch right, explaining the products well and demonstrating them to the best of my ability. 

Mmm. That feels better. 
Understanding the source of my indecision, and realising that it is fear based,  now makes me realise that it is necessary actually. 
And healthy. 

Maybe I will write up a list of demos, a sequence, so that everything is covered. Then we can shuffle things round and slot them where they fit best later.

What a game!

Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Red or Blue? Xmas Bloggy Offer!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
I was walking through the building today, and saw a pile of these stamps sitting on the side, waiting to go to the NEC.
I decided to throw a little light on them this evening:
Hands up if you have the Ribbon-Writing Stamps which our Jim designed. They are very cool.

Very lovely to use, and very, very versatile!
There are 4 in this collection:

The thing about stamps is
you can do so many things with them!

Stamped with black Archival on cream card,
coloured in with a red pencil, 
and then black striped with a black micron pen.

Stamped with Black Archival on Kraft card,
Coloured in with blue and pencils to enhance the ribbon writing.

Not sure which one I prefer.
The blue one I think.
And you?

I love this design.
And it works really well with the little 
 Christmas Decorations setwhich Mel designed. 
Another beauty! 

Let’s have a little bloggy sale on the 
Ribbon Writing Merry Christmas
It works beautifully with the Wee Christmas Folk and images too;
just the write size. Err I mean right! 
I’m guessing this is Carole P’s but I may be wrong...

Love & Hugs,

Oh. And PS. These four ribbon-writing sentiments are available as Groovi Plates too!