The Craft Room 13th August 2016 – Parchment shades revisited

Oh Wow, just loving watching the Olympics, not just because GB doing so well but also so many countries are winning their first ever medals. This is what the Olympics is all the about. These smaller  countries send athletes to the games every 4 years but dont have the money to invest in training programmes or facilities and to the athletes just competing at the Olympics is an achievement so for any of these athletes to come a way with a medal of any colour is just a dream come true and brilliant to see.

It is also very distracting with the Athletics being on while we are crafting lol.

I thought we would revisit a project we did back in November last year. We had just started out on our Parchment journey with the new “Groovi”® system from Clarity Stamps, and had just go the hang of the basics, remember these?


Well that was eight months ago and I am pretty sure that our skills have improved a little since then. Back then we concentrated on the circular shade, although I made templates for both circular and square shades (you will find the templates in the templates folder at the top of the page if you would like to download and have a go), so this time we will give the square shade a go.


The square shade template will fit on 1 A5 sheet, though you will need two pieces to make the shade. as this was our first attempt at this shade we just used pain 140gsm parchment but I know they will look amazing using coloured parchment too.


Place template behind the parchment and tape in place using removable tape. If you are going to use the template just as it is you do not need to watch where you a positioning the template, but if you want to add a frill or extra edging to the bottom of the shade you will need to position as above to leave a little extra at the bottom.


Once cut out (dont forget to leave the bottom edge adding and extra edging)  mark the score lines at the top and bottom of the lines using a fine ball tool or white pencil. We also found it a good idea to mark  the bottom edge of the template if extending the bottom edge as this will give you a line to work from.


Using a plate that has a straight edge score the fold lines in place. Remember, as you always score from the back, this will now be the back of your work when you come to do more embossing work etc.


You will need to repeat this for your second piece, making sure you have the piece the same way round  as the first piece when you mark and score your lines in. We found it easier to remember if the tab edge was on our right hand side we were working from the back

I had pretty much decided on this weeks project a couple of weeks ago and had been looking through the Groovi plates to see which parts would be good for framing and edging when what did Barbara Gray do but launch a brand new set on Hochanda last week.

Very different, OOH LA LA and absolutely just what I was looking for lol


There is a matching bra plate too, but as soon as I saw this I just knew it would work for the shades because of the slight curves and so many different edgings, perfect!


The top of the frill gives a perfect curved line to the bottom of the shade


Then you can pick your edging for the bottom edge.  The bottom stitch line of the knickers is perfect to put along the top edge of the shade too. love these plates, so many uses.

Once you have you edgings in place it is just a case of deciding how to decorate the inner panels. Fancy with flowers, Initials, birds, patterns, grid work???? Decisions decisions….

This is where some of the ladies manage to get to this afternoon



There is still a lot of work to do – white work, pricking, cutting and colouring, but they are going to look fab when finished


I did start mine earlier in the week as I wanted to at least give them an idea of  where they were heading when they started theirs.


Still not quite finished as I would like to layer up the butterflies and maybe add a little shimmer here and there but I love the shape of this shade and will definitely have to make some more. It certainly gives you plenty of scope for practising your skills.


The templates are in the templates tab at top of the page and are free to download. This is a lovely project to have a go at what ever skill level you are at. I would love to see what more experienced parchers could do with them  and would love to upload any pictures to give more inspiration to novices like myself.


The Craft Room 16th July 2016 – Playing with the Groovi Pricking border plates

I think we can say that there is definitely a Groovi addiction in Scarborough and its spreading lol.

Last week We had the lovely Susan Moran (a Clarity DT member and an experienced parcher) here in Scarborough to teach us parchment novices a thing or two and this she certainly did.

Our motley crew consisted of 4 complete beginners (although 3 had all the kit, and I mean all, still in original packaging) and 9 novices who, although we have been using the Groovi System for a few months now, had not really done any “proper” parchment craft.

Susan had her work cut out, lol, especially when we saw what see had in mind for us to do, we all said no way and a couple mentioned about going home, But Susan is a brilliant teacher and by the end of the day (and it was a long one) we had all completed or very nearly had completed the project she had set. We were all amazed that we had managed to do it and all credit to Susan that we had.

Here is a few of the finished pieces, 2 of these were complete beginners, though you cannot tell

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Julie C's fan








It was a Fabulously long day that everyone enjoyed immensely, in fact I had such good feedback and as Susan had enjoyed it too we are doing it all again on the 17th September only this time with a xmas theme, can’t wait.


So following in the wake of wake of Susan’s workshop (follow that lol) was Maria  Simms on Hochanda  TV Channel showcasing the new Groovi pricking border plates ( shhh I have had mine for a couple of weeks now).


I ordered in a couple of sets for group and as they arrived on Friday, decided to slip in extra Groovi session this Saturday so the group could get to play while what they had learnt at last week’s workshop was still fresh ( or may that was wishful thinking)

Just after I received my set Tina Cox put up a blog post with a step by step showing a card she had designed using the pricking border plates.

Tina cox design

I loved this, so buoyed up with new found confidence after Susan’s workshop I gave it a go, then after learning from one’s mistakes I had another go

20160713_185346-1and quickly realised that these border grids (which were designed by Tina too, very clever lady) were going to get used a lot, so many possibilities for pricking, embossing and cutting.

Working on this gave me the idea for our Saturday session


To just play…. use the grids and make patterns, It kept them quiet all afternoon lol apart from the odd mutterings under the breath and I was able to play too

My first thoughts were that we could keep these for reference, to refer to for inspiration when we wanted a border etc but then as I continued with my piece of parchment and started adding some cutting work into it I thought it would make a lovely card along with another practice piece I had been working on with the step by step from last month’s Groovi club.

my groovi work

I think the rest of the group were pretty impressed with the plates too as the 2 sets I had bought in were purchased and another set ordered, I should be a sales rep lol.

It is just a case of getting whatever plates you have and playing with them and learning from those more experienced, look on you tube, check out blog posts, (the link is above to Tina’s blog) use Facebook to find groups to join and learn from

but most importantly enjoy it xxx

The Craft Room 18th June 2016 = Emboss resist backgrounds

Time to get back to our background basics stamping techniques this week.

A couple of months ago we started getting back to basics with brayered backgrounds using various over stamping techniques


Now we are going to have a play with an embossed resist technique


I treated the group (me) to some new stamps from Creative Expressions which I thought would be perfect for this


For their first attempts the ladies were limited to using just a couple of stamp sets – the butterfly set above and another butterfly/dragonfly set from my stash – just so they could get the hang of random stamping and embossing, and did not want to overload them with too much choice lol.

The stamps were stamped using Versamark ink onto white stamping card, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed to make the “resist” .

Using a Distress ink and round blending tool the colour was gently blended in from the sides. This gives a softer more delicate  look than the brayer, though if you wanted a bolder look the brayer could still be used.

When happy with the background colour, over stamp using the same ink pad using various texture/writing and image stamps. Then its just a case of remembering to clean your white bits with some kitchen roll  and job done.


Very simple and quick to do, with the first one done I gave the ladies a few more stamps to play with, lets see how they got on.


Irene  technique improved with each piece as she began to understand what she needed to do, the blue piece is gorgeous.


The same with Margery, loving the yellow


With Jackie it was mastering  the impulse to overload  the ink blending, the lilac is just about perfect


Lisa, although she used bold colours, with the gentle blending they have made gorgeous backgrounds. Love those Creative Expression Rustic Bird stamps,

I know some of the ladies were not that happy with their initial results but as we learn by our “mistakes” the first one is usually  just to find out what to or what not to do next time and as these are just backgounds once they are chopped up and layered/ made into cards no one is going to notice.

I thought this idea for using the background, which also combines our practice pieces of parchment from our  previous Groovi parchment sessions worked really well


and no one would know I had messed up the background at all.

I have also found out that Cosmic Shimmer glue is brilliant for sticking parchment in place.



The Craft Room 11th June 2016 – Groovi tea lights

Its has been a while since my last post and I do apologise, but sometimes life  throws a curve ball and it takes a while to get back into things.

In my case although  I kept the craft room active with our Saturday crafty aftys it has just taken a while  longer to get back into blogging mode. but I’m back now  and what better way to get back into blogging than with our regular monthly Groovi Parchment session.

For those who do not know know what “Groovi” is please follow the link to Clarity Stamps. They have developed a system that makes parchment craft  not only easier to get into, but for those who gave it up for dexterity issues etc, also easy to get back into as well.

As the promise of summer weather peeped through last week, thoughts  turned to the garden and sitting out on a night (maybe not this week end though lol) so with this thought on mind off I went to Wilkinsons (UK) for some lighting inspiration and came back with these 20160611_110855

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Yes! tea light holders. and so easy to do. a great project for beginner parchers as well as more experienced.

Just take 1 A5 piece of Parchment (coloured or not approx 160gsm)  and cut 3 x 5cm strips lengthways. These strips will fit these jars perfectly (if using a different size jar, you will need to measure first)

Then using your Groovi plates decorate the strips any way you want. We did find that by using the nested square plate first to make a frame around the strip helped to frame the designs.



Irene and Margery keeping their designs simple to start with


Lisa adding a few more techniques to hers with shading, pricking and cutting


Can add more colour with pens/pencils. I found a pack of metallic coloured pencils in my drawer from years ago and they work lovely on the front of the parchment.


Can also add other embellishments, gems, 3d glue dots, glitter etc


Wrap around your jar and stick down using a strong tape pen or double sided tape. wrap wire around the top and make a hanger, add a tea light (real of battery, we have used battery ones in the picture))

Just remember not to leave out in the rain as parchment does not like water.


Or use  inside if you’d prefer

A lovely little project to do with the kids on a wet afternoon too. Have fun xx


The Craft Room 17th April 2016 – playing with Clarity’s Groovi Grids

Oops, has it really been a month since my last post?  If I remember rightly Easter was in there somewhere lol and now its time for our Groovi® session again.

We are a week late (normally the 2nd Saturday of the month) this time due too “having” to attend Sam Crowe’s first Clarity Mixed Media workshop last Saturday, which was brilliant by the way Sam xx


Going back to my last Groovi post, we had all just received our Groovi grids

Groovi Grids Piercing Plates & Piercing Tools


so I had set the group a little homework to “get to know” their Groovi grids based on the samples Barabara Gray had shown on Hochanda TV and which she also posted on her blog.

Barbara had used the Tags border plate for her outlines but as not many of the group had that plate I suggested just using the nested squares or circles to do something similar


Setting homework has not changed, even though they had a week extension, only one of the group brought her homework in and the rest gave me their excuses lol.

Straight to the top of the class goes Diane with her own take on the homework theme, stunning work

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Not quite shapes and patterns but there is definitely a circle and use of the grids so an A* for effort and initiative – notice one of the baby wren grids used at the bottom for texture?

Lets try again, using the nested shapes make some kind of interlinked shape/grid that gives you areas to infill using the grids – can also use other plates to add further interest and words etc


I wanted to practice using the scissors to make the little +’s and the picot edging so I made a grid using the hexagon plate (you need to concentrate when doing this – no distractions lol, took me 2 attempts) and in filled all the hexagons using the square pricking grid. by the time I finish this I am hoping I will have got the hang of it.

To give the group some more inspiration and showed a couple more pieces I had started and which I managed to finish colouring during the afternoon as once they started on their own projects peace descended with the only sound being that of the embossing tools being drawn across the grids.

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What a lovely relaxing, chilled out afternoon I had just colouring in while the rest of the ladies concentrated on their projects,  just the odd little utterance now and then to beak the silence, when something did not go quite right

Here is some of their work in progress that I managed to get my hands and camera on


This is Margery’s (also my mum and 76 years old) who wanted to have a go at the pricking and cutting work. A bit more practice maybe on the +s but managed the picot edging all the way round and all done in the afternoon session. I was impressed as I am struggling to see the prick holes lol.


Lovely neat work from Amanda who had not seen the pricking plates until today. I think they have just gone to the top of her wish (need to get) list


I think Jackie is just in love with these poppy plates as they seem to appear on all her projects lol. They are lovely though as is her work love the shading too.

All the ladies in the group have really taken to parchment craft thanks to Clarity’s Groovi System (in fact I think they are addicted)  and are loving the journey of learning this craft. If you have not seen this before and are interested in learning more please head over to the Clarity Stamp Web Site where you will find more information/tutorials etc to start you on your way.

The Craft Room 19th March 2016 = Parchment Coasters

Not only is our Groovi® parchment session a week late ( due to the Great Northern Craft Extravaganza being at York last Saturday) but I am a day late with my blog post too as I was enjoying one of my Christmas presents yesterday – learning how to make a leaded stained glass plaque at the Stained Glass Centre in Cayton (near Scarborough UK) fabulous day learned loads and now want to stain glass all my windows lol. Val Green is an amazing tutor and a lovely lady.

But back to the craft room and the ladies, although loving the journey learning to parchment craft with Clarity Stamps Groovi system keep asking “what else can we do it besides making cards? so apart from the wine glass shades I showed them how to make before Christmas, what else can we do? a couple of easy answers are to use the clear perspex coasters and key ring fobs that you can pick up quite cheap  on ebay.

20160318_170801The coasters can be colour co-ordinated to match your decor and make lovely gifts, can be personalised with names, initials, special occasions etc. The key fobs look great with your initials on on side and a lovely mini parchment picture on the other. Irene brought one with her that she had done for a friend as a little gift and it looked lovely. I wished I had taken a photo.

For our session I  bought a batch of  90x90mm inset size NL  coasters. The actual coaster  size is 100mm it is  the recess size that is 90mm.

This size works perfectly with the nested squares Groovi plate as one of the squares is exactly 90mm too.


We cut an A4 parchment sheet  into 3 equal pieces approx 9.75cm wide. Each piece just fits 2  x 9cm squares on it so you can get 6 coaster squares from one sheet of parchment paper. Tape  the parchment onto the nested squares plate and  count out to  the ninth line from the middle (or the fifth line in from the outside) This is your 9cm square line. Embossing around this line will give you  your outside edge.

Now you can fill in whatever way you want.

If you want a main image with a frame remember to emboss your main images first


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remembering to only emboss up to the image.

Then infill with patterns etc, a little white work and colouring in


And yes you can even play with the pricking plates too lol. (have so been waiting for these)

If you have some favourite stamps you could also stamp your main image – To stamp onto the front of the parchment you need to use a permanent ink (ie Archival). Ranger have an Archival Brilliant white pigment ink pad which works really well too. Remember you will need to leave to dry for at least an hour or more.


Lets see how the ladies are getting on


Diane is playing with several different plates. Love the idea of using the wheat as part of the frame

20160319_165810Irene has found the textures plate rather useful for filling in. loving the Hessian effect background on the right

20160319_165246Its definitely a poppy theme for Jackie aren’t these gorgeous

and I could have sworn I had taken photos of Lisa’s work too, she was using the musical plates, and were  looking really good. Sorry Lisa I will get them  for next time x


The group are all now ready for the next step of the Groovi journey which is the pricking plates. Barbara Gray did a really good tutorial and step by step on her blog to introduce the Groovi pricking plates and some of the  different ways to use them. So as it is Easter next weekend and no craft room session I have set a little homework – play with the pricking plates and practice making different patterns using the pricking and embossing tools – now if they had set homework like that in school I may have been more interested in doing it lol.

Hope you have a lovely Easter  and see you again in April xx

The Craft Room 5th March 2016 – Back to basics stamping – brayered backgraounds part two

Its time to get inky again this week in the craft room so, as the group loved the brayered backgrounds we did two weeks ago,


I thought I would give them a bit more brayer practice but take the stamping a step further and add  a little depth using just one colour ink pad and one stamp only.


So the tools are the same as last time – a speed ball brayer, blending mat, water in a spray bottle and again the best card stock to use for this is coated card stock as the ink does not soak into the card and you get a smoother finish but stamping card will work well too. But this week instead of Distress inks we are using Adirondack ink pads(or any ordinary  dye based ink) because we want to stamp with the ink as well – You can stamp with Distress inks but I find the images dont tend to be as sharp and a black Archival ink pad.


This time I cut the coated card stock (A4 size) into 3  x 10cm strips to give the ladies plenty of pieces to practice with and allowed them to chose one colour Adirondack ink pad and one stamp each


This stamp set from Stampers Anonymous came in very handy again as  they could all have a stamp each

With the  brayer primed with ink from the blending mat brayer the ink onto the cardstock starting at corner as before, but this time working the same colour al around the card and finally across the centre  so that you end up with rich colour around the edge and a paler centre

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Now take your chosen stamp and just lightly mist with water from your spray bottle and “stamp” onto the cardstock. Blot the stamp with some kitchen roll to take off any ink, re mist with water and stamp again. Repeat a couple more times. Do NOT blot the cardstock, instead leave to develop and dry and start brayering up another piece while you are waiting.

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As the ink dries the “stamped images will develop

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These two samples were done with with stamps to show how the technique can work with different types of stamps. Image one was using Clarity Stamps large feather stamp which is quite a fine line stamp and image two was using Visible Image’s Flower stamp which is a very solid image.

Once dry and using the same colour ink pad used for braying the background, ink up the stamp and  offsetting the image slightly stamp once and then again before re inking stamp. Do this a couple more times too.

And ooops I forgot to  take a photo of the step, sorry.

Finally using the Archival black ink pad stamp a few more times to complete.

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hopefully you can see both the last couple of steps in these examples

These strips can be used just as they as a background on a card with just a sentiment added


or can be cut up and used how ever you want to use them.

Lesson over though now, PLAY TIME  ladies, don’t think to much just have fun!

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Just a few colourful samples from our craft group ladies, I could show a LOT more as the ladies really did have fun with this one.

Once you get the hang of this technique you can take it so much further.  I found these gorgeous Lavinia Stamps and just had to have a play with them – you know that feeling when you just get an idea lol


I could be here all night x

The Craft Room 27th February 2016 – Book folding with spring flowers

Its the last Saturday of the month so its book folding time again.

Spring is definitely in the air with Mother’s Day next week and Easter not no far away either so to get the ladies into the mood, I re jigged  a vase pattern I designed last year


By insetting the word MUM into the pattern,  it makes it into a perfect gift for Mother’s day or, just keeping the vase plain makes a lovely Easter gift instead


Now one of the ladies who had seen the flowers (I had been experimenting with them last month) thought she would get ahead by contacting me at the beginning of the week and asking if I would make her some of the flowers so she could use them on her vase.

Hmmm,  Stacy (bless her) is a relative newcomer to the book folding group and doesn’t know me very well …

What her request did do though was give me the idea that maybe the ladies would like a flower tutorial and learn how to make the flowers themselves – I did do the prep for them and die cut all the shapes for them.

I have quite a few different flower dies  and did not really want to buy a specific daffodil die, instead I had a look at some of the daffodil dies on the market, then had a look at the dies I already had, proof you should never get rid of any of your crafty stash

as I found these spellbinder die sets bought on special offer and never used – until now lol


So I picked out the dies I wanted from both sets. Just have a look in your die stash (or punches) and you may have some similar shapes too.


Then just  using copy paper – I found some yellow in  my paper stash  ( or can colour white if don’t have any yellow)  and some white for the narcissus  – cut out the shapes – I managed to cut 4 layers at a time too


enough for everyone to make 8 flowers


Using pens/inks colour both sides of the stamen and trumpet pieces and can add a little deeper colour to the yellow petals too


roll up the stamen and glue, cut 2 petals out of the trumpet piece and put a dab of glue on one end petal and overlap the other end petal on top to form a cone shape


While waiting for the glue to dry, using a large ball tool and a sponge mat (the soft side of a Groovi mat ideal) shape the petals by stroking the ball tool from the centre out to the ends of the petals then fold the petals in half lenth ways and just pinch the end to make a crease. Finally just press gently down in the centre of the flower with the ball tool on the mat and this will just lift the petals.


Sorry not the best of photos but , to assemble the flower press down the centre of the trumpet onto hard surface (not the soft mat) This will just flatten the bottom slightly. Put a small blob of glue into the bottom of the trumpet and put the stamens in. then another blob of glue into the middle of the petals and put the trumpet in place.

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I must admit this kept the group busy for a while lol, but the y were making 8 flowers



To glue onto the book fold it is easier if you use a hot glue gun. I also cut some thin  strips of green copy paper, folded in half length ways, creased and cut one end to shape to make daffodil leaves to put in any spaces


All set for Mother’s day xxx


If anyone would like a copy of the vase pattern, details  are as follows:-

for the plain vase pattern you will need a book with approx 200 pages and for the MUM vase pattern a book with approx 350 pages.  Ideal book height for both is 21cm. The pattern can be adjusted to fit the book so just pm me for more details. The patterns are £1.00 each and will be emailed as a PDF once payment received via paypal. ( or can post but sorry postage will be extra)

The Craft Room 20th February 2016 – Back to basics stamping with brayered backgrounds

Hello again, if you have been following my blog posts you will know that this year we have gone back to the basics with stamping techniques.

For some in our group it is a case of refreshing the memories of techniques tried long ago and forgotten and for others its is introducing techniques they have never tried before.

This week its brayered backgrounds and silhouette stamping


These backgrounds are so simple to do and can be batch made – once you have mastered using a brayer that is.

Now, the brayer, I had  encouraged  some of the ladies in the group to buy one of these and a blending mat  a couple of years ago in order  to try some of Barbara Gray’s brayering techniques, and yes, still in the box lol. So I thought that this would be a good opportunity for them to find them again, get them out of their boxes AND GET THEM DIRTY.


All you need for this technique is – a speed ball brayer, blending mat, distress (or other water based dye inks) and  water. The best card stock to use for this is coated card stock as the ink does not soak into the card and you get a smoother finish but stamping card will work well too.

You will need 3 colours of ink that tonally match, ideally a dark, medium and a pale one. Now normally you would start with the lightest colour first but for this technique we are starting with the darkest one.

Taking the darkest colour first dab the ink pad onto the blending mat 5/6 times


and blend out on the mat with the brayer, try to keep the ink central on the brayer and the edges clear.


with you piece of card, on some scrap paper, at an angle so when you start brayering you are starting across a corner and not a straight edge


start brayering across the card back and forth with long sweeps off the card and lifting the brayer – forwards and lift backwards and lift- keep going over the same part of the card until you get a lovely deep colour laid down – re-inking from the blending mat as you go.


You want to colour approx a third of the card,  then onto the next colour, you may want to clean your mat and brayer first using water and kitchen roll if there is a big difference in the colours, but before you clean your mat, spitz it with water first and taking some scrap paper/card mop up the excess ink. If you keep doing this each time you change colour onto the same piece of scrap you can end up with some interesting background papers –


With the second colour on your brayer start by over inking the colour already on the card and work further up the card blending as you go. Again with the third colour starting by over inking the colours already down blend the colour up to the top of the card. you may want to turn the card around so you can work the top corner more easily. (Sorry got carried away with the brayering and forgot to take a photo at the end of second colour)


finally taking your spritzer bottle  and have a piece of kitchen roll to hand, spray some water into your hand and then flick onto the card lay kitchen roll on top quickly to mop up water (the longer you leave the water on the card the bigger the water marks will be)


These backgrounds, once you get the hang of brayering, only take minutes to make so give yourself an hour or so to play. Its good practice using the brayer, you can experiment with different colour combinations and you get a set of backgrounds ready for stamping onto.


For stamping, if you use the coated card stock like us you will need to use Archival ink to stamp images on with for the best results (we tried Memento which worked but not as well as the Archival)

I let the Ladies loose with a selection of  silhouette stamps from various companies to mix and match together, they included


Lavinia Stamps, Clarity Stamps


Visible Image

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Depending on the stamp, you can also take a water brush ( or a damp paint brush) and take out some of the colour blotting frequently with some kitchen roll to give a bleached effect as above (Lavinia Stamps and Visable Image)

So go have yourself some fun, my group certainly did and hopefully their brayers will now get a bit more use too lol.

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apologies for the long post this week, making up for lack of previous posts lol,

The Craft Room 13th February 2016 – Groovi® pick and mix

Its the second Tuesday of the month (already?) which means it Groovi® time again.

If you saw last months Groovi post you will know that the ladies  were limited to using just 2 plates – 1 nested shape plate and one character border plate to produce a lovely framed piece of work inspired by Maria Simms  who had very kindly blogged a step by step using the Holly plate.

They all produced such lovely work



that I felt they were ready to be challenged a bit more this month.- time to come out of your comfort zone ladies.

So lets do the opposite, lets put out ALL the border plates we have and you pick and choose elements  only from  different plates to make up a complete work piece. Totally your choice as to type of work piece – a full work piece, a border piece or how about a simple panel? the choice is yours…………

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Hopefully this exercise will make everyone spend a little time getting to know the different plates and the elements on them as well as different ways of using them

For an example I had decided to do a couple of new wine glass shades (as my Christmas ones really needed to be replaced) so taking a couple of plates


and just picking out the flowers from the top one and the butterfly wings (well I saw butterfly wings lol)  from the bottom one

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Then used the new Henna dots plate and another plate with dotty swirls on to finish off the butterflies. A bit of white work and colour with pens/pencils of your choice.

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There are some Wine glass shade templates on my templates page if anyone would like a go.


We were joined today by  the lovely Amanda Openshaw who is a Face book friend of Lisa’s (and now myself). Amanda who is on the Clarity Challenge design team (very talented lady)  is just starting to getting into the ‘Groove’ .

Face Book, although I am still a total novice (dunce) with it, does have its uses, one of them being making and meeting new friends with similar interests. Finding out that Amanda only lived an hour’s drive away has meant that she was able come and join us on our Groovi crafty afty, and did she get Groovi…

Shhhh,  sneak peak at Amanda’s work in progress, and  already looks stunning, can’t wait to see it finished.

Diane who decided to add onto a piece she started last month using more elements has also produced a stunning piece

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This is just gorgeous, in fact I think all the ladies have done amazingly well, and are all now looking at their plates with different eyes,

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Just some of the works in progress that I managed to get my camera on lol. will hopefully get to see finished pieces next time.

We are all parchment novices but Clarity’s Groovi system makes it so easy to get started and then get addicted lol. If this has interested you in having a go you can find everything you need to know on the Clarity Stamps website including an introductory video. Barbara Gray also has You Tube videos for you to watch too.

Our next Groovi Session will be Saturday 19th March, (It is the Great Craft Extravaganza at York on the 12th March so not to miss our Groovi fix have moved it to the following Saturday just for this month)


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