Shoes, Bags And Hats

Good afternoon. Doesn’t Christmas already seem like it was so long ago? Or is that just me! I love the Christmas season. You can never have too much glitter, sparkle and tinsel. My sister and her family had flown over for the week and this year, after a lot of years, we actually got to have a Christmas at home rather than at a hospital so it was very nice … and relaxing.

I even managed to make some samples for Barbara’s shows today on Hochanda between 2-4 and 5-6. If you can, please tune in )or if possible put on record) to watch some great demonstrations by Barbara and see the amazing samples by the design team … lots to learn and lots of inspiration. Watch out for those scrumptious Designer Paper Pads. Each sheet is really beautiful and perfect for mounting your parchment work on without needing to spend hours looking for that perfect background.

These were the samples I created with the new Groovi plates, A5 Fashion Phrases and Elegant Expressions and Borders Shoes, Bags and Hats:-

And the step by step I have for you today:

The Plates I used are:

a.) A4 – Alphabet Picture Frame, Oooh-La-La Bra

b.) A5 – Nested Squares, Ribbons & Bows, Elegant ExpressionsBorders – Shoes, Bags

1.) Emboss the design. I started with the A4 Alphabet Picture Frame plate for the frame and the greeting.

Emboss the shoe in place, followed by the bag behind the shoe and gifts behind the bag using the Nested Squares plate. 

The gifts are decorated using the Nested Squares for the ribbons, Oooh-La-La Bra for the circles and Ribbons and Bows for the bow on the top gift.

In the 4 sides of the frame, emboss the elegant expressions and create boxes around them. Break the space in between these phrases using the Nested Squares plate.

2.) On the back, emboss the circles and bow on the gifts, the handbag and shoe.Colour with Distress Markers on the back. Use the Sakura gold gel pen on the front to colour the circles and outline the diamonds on the handbag.

2.) I had also coloured the spaces between the elegant expressions but then decided I did like it so decided to perforate those spaces. Looking at it now, I do like the colours. Maybe I should have left it alone for a day or two and to decide what I wanted to do with the space. I also perforated the spaces I saw as would be open on the Shoe and Bag handle.

4.) Cut out between the perforations using your parchment scissors or Perga Cutters.

5.) To finish, cut the parchment piece to size and mount it on the cute hearts paper from the Sweet Dreams Designer Paper Pad and black card using brads and stick this onto folded square white card.

All the gorgeous new (and old) Groovi plates and Designer Paper Pads are available from


Love and laughter,

Tina Cox 🦋