The Craft Room 9th January 2016 – Groovi® play with frames

Happy New Year

and please accept my  apologies for the lack of posts during December. I was just sooo busy with making xmas cards, presents, orders and hosting work shops  on top of my actual work, work, that something had to give and I am afraid it was my blog that suffered. But that is all finished with now.

After a complete switch off over Christmas and New Year period my batteries are recharged and am now planning lots of fun things to do in the Craft Room for the coming months.

This being the 2nd Saturday of the month means we start back with a Groovi® session for which I need to give special  thanks to Maria Simms and Barbara Gray for the inspiration.

The Groovi® Parchment system developed by Clarity Stamps has become extremely popular here in the UK  (good luck with the US launch Barbara) and the ladies in my craft group are loving it too.

I purchased a set of border plates before Christmas featuring a popular set of clarity Stamp figures

Lily Rosie amp Annabel Groovi Border Plates 3 For 2

Lily, Rosie and Annabel

Holly Laurel amp Douglas Groovi Border Plates 3 For 2

Holly, Laurel and Douglas (on special offer at the moment on the Clarity Web site 3 for the price of 2)

And as luck would have it Barbara Gray featured them on Hochanda last Sunday demonstrating how to use with frames etc and Maria Simms very kindly blogged a step by step using the Holly plate.20160109_132339

This was my attempt at Maria’s step by step which I did as a sample to show the group what they would doing. Using a white polychromos (Spectrum Noir, Faber Castell etc) pencil instead of  an embossing tool for the white work works really well if you do not have the time to emboss, (great tip, thank you Maria)

Clarity also brought out a range of Groovi® plates with nested shapes, circle, oval, square etc

Circle Nested Groovi Plate A5 Square

These  were used to create the frames

For our first piece of art work my ladies were all given 1 character border plate and 1 nested shape plate, (no arguments), they had to use only what they were given with the brief –

Using the nested shape plate emboss 3 lines for the frame

fill in the space between the outer 2 lines using the pattern on the border plate ( All the character plates comes with their own border patterns too)

emboss your character in place

Colour in using only black and white pencils.

There were a few moans and groans about filling in with the pattern at first but peace soon descended as they started on their pieces. I really should do this every week its bliss lol.




These are some samples of their work so far, despite the moans and groans I think the frames look really good and they had to agree with me in the end lol.

For their second piece of work I have given them the freedom to choose the frames and characters of their choice, but this time to have the character in front of the frame (as per Barbara’s demo on Hochanda) and can use any colour pencils


Time got the better of us this afternoon, 5 o clock came round all too soon, but as they all have their own Groovi starter kits and traveller albums they can take home to finish no problem

Today has shown the ladies that a white pencil in their tool kit is now essential but,  although it is great for turning out a quick card it is not a replacement for the time and effort spent embossing the white work properly on those special cards(though the pencil can also come quite handy for touching up where necessary too) The dimension and shading you get with embossing cannot be replaced with the pencil but there is certainly room for both techniques.


This is still a work in progress with the daisies having now had 3 sessions of embossing on them, think I am nearly there, but just thought I would show so you can see the difference.


The next Craft room session  this month will be our Book folders Anonymous session on the 30th January the we will be back to our normal weekly sessions in February when we will be getting back to stamping basics

Thank you for visiting xx




  1. Lisa MacGregor

    Great afternoon, really enjoyed this project and there is so much scope with the range of Groovi plates available now, thank you x

  2. Linda page

    These are all fab looks like you all had a great day

    • Thanks Linda, it certainly kept them all quiet lol x

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