Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Glad you could make it back for another WOYWW - can you believe it's going to be November on Saturday?
I haven't done a  great deal since you were last here - although I have made 2 whole Christmas cards!!

The eagle eyed Elizabeth spotted some new mica powders last week which now are on the work mat, together with the brushos which arrived, although there's one missing I realised when I put them in this box - I have contacted Oyster Stamps to query this but not heard back yet. The raindrop stamps are fab, aren't they- just need to mount them up now, and I've run out of EZ mount...which is fine, as I hate mounting stamps!

The photograph is of my Dad, taken in Christmas 1942 - we've just about emptied the house now and it's about ready to go on the market, at the weekend my brother and I went down and I brought back a box of old photos, and this was one of them. He was serving in the Navy; in Egypt at the time I think, when this was taken.

I hope to get some of the old photos scanned so I can (when I sort my printer) make some copies... another job to be done!
So, that's me - another fairly blank desk, so I'll let you back to Julia's for the link up and some more fun desks to visit.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Christmas cards - inspired by Anneke

Finally, I've been inspired into action with this year's Christmas cards - at last!! - by the lovely cards shared this week at Paperartsy by Anneke de Clerk - over two days she produced some absolute beauties!

I loved the idea of stamping with a stencil, but didn't have one with enough negative space that worked well, so used the stencil the normal way, to make my background
 I used a star stencil, and JoFY's turquoise Fresco, on Smoothy white card..
Trimmed the stencilled background into two pieces for my card blanks..
 painted some more turquoise on a piece of the white Smoothy  and stamped two of the Christmas baubles and cut out.  I don't have the JoFY stars set (why not?) but I quite like how the same idea looks with the baubles...
 used foam mounts to add the baubles to the backgrounds, on the card on the right, where there was "hanging room" I used some thin wire through the holes in the baubles (used a pokey tool to make the hole as I don't have a small enough punch)
 stamped some JoFY greetings and trimmed, edged in turquoise again, then used foam mounts to mount and hide the wires.
woops, this one's a bit crooked...

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here.... now, I should go and make some more, but I may need a little rest first!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

DragonsDream TIO - D - Red

Hi, time for another DragonsDream challenge at TIO - this fortnight, May would like us to use the letter D and red.
 I think you may be able to guess what my word is!!
I started by embossing the hearts (Dina Wakley) on the tag and painted the tag with Cherry Red Fresco (from the second of JoFY's Limited Edition sets)
I stamped the large Dream (Clarity, from on of the word chain sets) at the top in black archival, and then repeatedly stamped the Ompression Obsession stamp in Wendy Vecchi's red geranium archival ink..

but forgot to take a photo before I sprayed the tag with the Prima Colour Bloom spray Peony.
It's um - quite shimmery!!

 this one taken without flash shows it a little clearer!
I distressed the edges and inked it with first the red archival and then Walnut Stain distress ink,
 added a chitchat sticker and some red fibres with just a little white for contrast
Hope you'll find time to check out the rest of the Dragons tags, and have a go yourself - we'd love to see you join in - just don't forget at least one real stamp.
It's nearly time for a new theme as we're almost at the end of the alphabet - wonder what the Dragons will come up with!!

WOYWW 281 - not a lot going on!

Well, there isn't much happening here this week, so I won't keep you from the other desks for long...the link up is here at the Stamping Ground  Took this one standing up to get in more of the "view" of the floor-desk
the green canvas bucket - which confused many of you last time -  is still full of dirty water (though it is different dirty water!)
The journal is closed now - the pages did get finished, in case you didn't see the post, this is how they ended up
it's funny how different people view these,I am not as keen on the page on the left (mainly because of how I applied the Plum Fresco over the Grunge Pasted bubbles) but do like the one on the right...

anyhow, that's me this week - no new shopping (it's on it's way though...!!) Catch you at a desk nearby very soon!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green...

Got to love a bit of Kermit... anyway, my lovely friend Sam is a big fan of green, and it's her birthday, so it seemed right to make a card for her in her favourite colour...

I decided to create a masterboard with Frescos , because I love masterboards and Frescos make it so easy.
 I brayered various greens on my paper - Guacamole, Limelight and Sage then added a little Beach Hut for contrast,
added some stamping in Guacamole and Beach Hut then a watery Honeydew
 before some more stamping in Hey Pesto  - Ellen Vargo's stamps throughout.
Added some script stamping using Olive archival ink - a quick spritz of Colour Bloom (Glistening Waves)

Trimmed a piece to fit a 6x6 card, distressed the edges and edged it with Evergreen Fresco,

 then used one of the die cut/embossed dragonflies Emma did for us when we went to Port Sunny - this is a grungepaper one, I painted it with Beach Hut then added Colour Bloom sprays in Glistening Waves, a spritz of Cobalt, and Sunshine, and when it was dry, a brushing of silver Treasure Gold
 Stamped the happy birthday from JoFY25 and cut them out, painted the letters with Twinkling H2Os

Happy Birthday,Sam!!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Those part done journal pages..

these journal pages from WOYWW on Wednesday, have sat on my floor for days, for about a week and I got fed up looking at them, so decided to try and finish them off...

 it looked a bit like this for a while too!
Marlin Fresco with Chalk (probably, I started it so long ago)

Didn't take any more photos along the way... various stamps on the right, then the strips of paper on the right, are leftover from the masterboard I used for Julie Ann's birthday card in September.
I added some Grunge Paste through Lin's circle stencil on the left, and just with paint on the right page.

added some daubs of Plum Fresco over the grunge paste but it looks a bit odd in the photo - a bit better in real life! and stamped some of the words from the Clarity word chain sets Lin and I got at Ally Pally, trimmed and edged with Plum Fresco.

Not very happy with the page on the left, quite like the one on the right!  Glad these are done, and I did wonder about showing them, but there are some good bits amongst the bad!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 21 - Nowhere/Hug

This fortnight's Q&L challenge from the Craft Barn is Nowhere/Hug.  Whilst my lyric flew straight into my head, I did check out some quotes too, and found a couple I really liked.  But, sticking with my first instinct "Nowhere Man" - the Beatles, of course. I decided to keep it fairly simple, with a Sixties kind of feel...

 I started with a layer of gesso, then Antarctic Fresco, before stencilling Turquoise through the 12x12 Burst stencil (crafters workshop)
I stamped my small Umbrella Man on a scrap of paper, omitting his umbrella, and cut him out, sticking him to the centre of the stencilled pattern.
I knew I wouldn't fit all of the words in, but wrote as much as I could, as neatly as I could!

Rectified a mistake which I spotted as I was uploading the photos...

Entering the Craft Barn Q&L challenge here