Monday, 19 February 2018

Oh wow - I can't believe that my last post on here was in 2015.  There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, not least the fact that I was working long days every day, seven days each week and no holidays to speak of!  All that has now changed though and I vowed that this year I was going to find some time for me - to play and just do what I fancy doing.  So far I have managed to stick to that and have started experimenting with different crafty things so the next step is to start documenting them on here.

One of the first things I did was to hunt out all my parchment craft tools and grids and started to have a play - oh boy am I rusty!  But in the time since I last did any parching it has undergone a transformation with the advent of Barbara Gray's Groovi boards and grids - so of course I had to have a play with some of them too.

Then I got a bit more adventurous and started on some gridwork - of course I made lots of mistakes on the way.  It's quite hard on the eyes but I perservered!

And I got plenty of practice cutting using the above pattern!

Then I actually made a couple of cards.

Remembering that some years ago when I was attending parchment craft workshops, our teacher brought in some designs printed onto parchment - I think they were from Pergamano - I decided to print out a design and use it in the same way - embossing the back of the design before adding it to a card.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am really into digital crafting so this was a case of digital meets parchment.

The design I used for this, and also the background paper, is from MJM Design Studios.  The background is actually two papers from the kit which I blended together. It is a digikit called "Lilies and Light" - though I chose the poppies, rather than the lilies, for this card.

I used one of Clarity's groovi boards to do the sentiments on all three cards.

I am still playing with parchment - though not exclusively as there are so many other things I want to try during my playtime!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Catherine x

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