Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year :-)

Thank you for your support this year.
I wish you a healthy and happy 2015.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Midnight Mass

These are my last Christmas cards for this year.
This one is from a pattern from
Projects in Parchment
sewn onto blue glitter card
mounted onto printed vellum.

And here is another from Judith Maslen.
Again sewn onto blue glitter card
mounted on red card.


Thank you for any comments you might leave; I really appreciate your time.
May I wish you Peace and Joy at the birth of
Our Lord, Jesus Christ
without whom we would not have CHRISTmas!

Monday, 15 December 2014

A child is born.........

This is from a PCA template.
Sewn onto red glitter card and mounted on silver mirror card.
A few peel offs to finish.

Many thanks for looking and for any comments you might like to leave.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas candle

Judith Maslen to the rescue again lol!
This is one of her Christmas candle patterns.
Coloured with W H Smith blendable pencils, sewn onto red card with seed beads
then backed onto gold mirri card.

Thank you for looking and taking the time to comment.
Much appreciated.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


This card uses another of Judith Maslen's patterns.
Sewn onto rainbow paper.
Backed onto DL card covered with snowflake paper and ribbon.

For this card I used just 1 angel and added red peel off stars.
Sewn onto handmade paper.
Backed onto Christmas vellum.

Thank you for taking the time to look and comment xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Silent Night.......

 My first Christmas card of the year is from a ParchmentCraft Magazine.
The pattern is by Dorothy Holness.
Backed onto blue glitter card with brads.
A peel off star to finish it off.
All then backed onto silver mirri card.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Golden wedding anniversary card

I made this for my aunt and uncle for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Once again, Judith Maslen had the perfect pattern.
Peel off greeting and wedding bells.
Coloured with W H Smith blendable pencils.
Yellow backing paper and gold mirror card base.


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Wedding card

Whitework card made for my daughter's best friend
Judith Maslen pattern (I do love her designs!)
sewn to Dawn Bibby card using a bead in each corner
my own sentiment backed onto parchment and cut on a wavy trimmer
Many thanks for looking and for any comments which are most appreciated

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Anniversary cats

I made this for my in-laws who are cat mad!
Judith Maslen pattern.
Peel off sentiment.
Sewn onto  Dawn Bibby card.
Thank you for looking and for any comments which are most appreciated xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

She sells sea shells.......

.....on the sea shore,
The shells that she sells are sea shells I'm sure.
Remember this tongue twister lol :-)
Sea shell and dolphin card made as a thank you for my sister
who provides us with a lovely Cornish holiday every year :-)
The border and inner are from two different patterns by Martha Ospina.
Coloured with blendable pencils and sewn onto rainbow paper.
Thank you for looking and any comments xx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

To Dorse or not to Dorse..........

......that is the question (sorry Shakespeare lol)

Dorsing is colouring with oil pastels.
If you use the Pergamano trade oils they are called Dorso, but any oil pastel will do.

You need to spread the pastel with a medium e.g. dorsoil, lavender oil, almond oil - you get the picture.

Fold a piece of kitchen paper to make a point, add a little oil and spread on the parchment paper. Then use the moist kitchen paper and rub a little pastel on to it. Then rub in  a circular motion on your parchment. Use a dry part of the kitchen roll to remove excess pastel and buff up.

If using more than one colour, apply each colour separately and then blend together.

These two cards have been coloured with dorso pastels.

Thank you for visiting and for any comments you care to leave x

Monday, 6 October 2014

A few more cards using colours

Here are the last of my uploads using ink, pencil and paint as comparisons.
They are all Christine Coleman patterns.
Thank you for looking and any comments you leave.
tinta inks
acrylic paint 
blendable pencils 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Using different colouring mediums

Have you enjoyed colouring your parchment?
Are you ready to move on?
Are you confused by all the information on the Web?

I was and so I invested in some of Christine Coleman's excellent DVD tuition guides which can be found  here. You might be able to pick these up second hand on eBay.
She gives clear, real time lessons and takes you one stage at a time. They come with the pattern sheets too so you can follow along with her and of course, re-run the dvd many times.

I was reluctant to spend a lot of money on paints etc. and was lucky enough to obtain some part used Tinta inks ( you could use any drawing ink). I also had acrylic paints left over from my painting days and a lovely DCer (LizzieS) gave me two packs of Dorso oils. I opted to buy W.H.Smith blendable colouring pencils ( they come in 12, 24 and 36) instead of the quite expensive Polychromos pencils.

Here are some examples comparing the way the different mediums look on the same patterns (from Christine's dvd 2).


 using blendable pencils
using acrylic paints
using Tinta inks

Friday, 19 September 2014

And so to colour.............

Now you've practised hard and are happy with your white work, it's time to throw a spanner in the works and add some colour ;-)
As I've said previously, DON'T go and spend loads of money on paints, inks, pencils etc. until you are sure this is what you want to do.
Raid your child's/grandchild's/neighbours child's pencil case or go to a charity shop and grab yourself some ordinary colouring pencils/water based felt tip pens (don't use alcohol markers e.g. promarkers - they bleed into the paper).
Again it's a case of practising on some scrap parchment/tracing paper.
It's up to you whether you colour on the front or the back; before or after embossing.
Whatever gives you a pleasing result is best (and you can mix and match).
So go on: be bold and give it a go :-)
Here are some examples of adding just a touch of colour;
see how different the first two cards look - they are the same pattern.


Monday, 8 September 2014

White work - various designers

This is the last of my white work for now.
I will add more as I make them.
I hope you have been inspired to try this beautiful craft :-)

Friday, 29 August 2014

White work - Christine Coleman

These patterns are by Christine Coleman
Some are from pattern packs, dvds and Parchment Craft Magazine.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

White work - Judith Maslen patterns

More white work to show you. 
I hope you are being inspired to give it a go :-)

You can get these patterns from Judith's website

Monday, 25 August 2014

White work - Janet Wilson patterns

White work is what it says; work with no colour!

Here are some of my white work cards.

These have coloured inserts: