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You are welcome to copy any of my designs, as long as you do not take credit for them yourself. I am very happy for you to sell them. If I have used anyone else's design, I always try to give credit where it is due. If I have missed anything, please let me know and I will put things right.

This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOYWW 400. What an achievement!

I have not done much blogging for a while, but I could not miss this very special day for deskers.  Four hundred weekly posts is quite a landmark to celebrate.  Congratulations to you, Julia,for keeping everyone going for so long.

Apologies, this picture was missing on my original post and I did not notice.

This is not strictly a desk, but it is where I am working at the moment, playing around with parchment techniques, and my Derwent Metallic Pencils.  Some embossing,some perforation and some colouring on this one.  The grid, I used is one from Pergamano (now owned by Clarity, and my tools are a mixture from PCA and Pergamano.

Here is one card I completed last week, coloured with Derwent Inktense blocks and a slightly damp brush, and the backing paper if one of the new packs from Clarity.  The stamps were designed by the lovely Jayne Nestorenko.

This parchment coaster was started at the Clarity Make and Take at November's NEC show.  I finished mine at home as I wanted to do more embossing.

I cannot believe that the first month of the year has already vanished.  I really must get myself together to blog more frequently.  Meanwhile, Happy 400th Birthday.


Sarah Brennan said...

I love the gradient white work. I'll have to try it. I am a groovi addict, but not massively experienced with parchment.

Eve Hardy said...

Lovely cards and smashing blog Maggie. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

Tracy said...

Some beautiful work I love the look of parchment craft but find it takes so long to do. I know what you mean about the year zipping by. Tracy #31

Debbie Rock said...

Happy 400th Maggie! Would not be here in blogland if it were not for all your help way back when I could not get to grips with my blog! As always, your parchment work is stunning & I am glad you have found something you love so much. Love to you, Debbie xXX

Helen said...

oh wow, Maggie that is beautiful!! great to see you here today for this special week!! Happy 400.. Helen #1

Anne said...

Hi Maggie - good to see you. Those are beautiful. Anne x 11

Bernice said...

Fantastic colouring on the card - I don't think I have enough patience for parchment craft but it looks wonderful.
Bernice #15

Julia Dunnit said...

Thanks Margaret, kind words that are undeserved, it's sort of self perpetuating! Lovely cards. I wonder how many surfaces in your house have crafty things on them, if you're not actually working at your 'real' desk!

April Story said...

Absolutely beautiful!
April #49

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, Maggie, it sso great to see your work, how I love that fuschia, it is simply awesome, the subtle colouring is superb well done you, such intricate detail in your vellum work.
You were one of my early followers I think, maybe no 2, and am so glad to have known of WOYWW through you and others.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration, happy WOYWW 400!
Shaz in Oz.x #12

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

pearshapedcrafting said...

Such beautiful cards Margaret! The Derwent metallic pencils are on my list! Hugs, Chrisx 34

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Margaret, not visited for a while but had to pop by today for this special occasion. Fabulous works of art, love Groovi!
Linda xxx

Lindart said...

Beautiful work! And what an interesting coaster! Happy 400th, and thanks for sharing! Lindart #47