Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Happy Wednesday and time for another desk share - WOYWW week 361.  Link available at Julia's Stamping Ground

I must be slipping because I haven't bought anything new again this week!
So, we'll zoom straight to my workspace...
a large (A4) journal page in progress.. I was attempting to loosely recreate a masterboard background I made a while ago and which I used most of for a friend's birthday card (which I can't share yet cos she hasn't received it) ... in fact it's not a lot like it at all apart from the vague colours of Fresco paints I've used!

Not sure where it's going from here (although I might have a bit of a dabble with some extra layers of paint/stamping tonight ( i.e Tuesday when I'm writing this... )

Still not thought about the anniversary atc(s).. guess I ought to set to there too!!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Hello and welcome to another Wednesday... time for WOYWW once again.. hard to believe in a few short weeks we'll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of this desk-fest!  If you don't know what this is or want to know more, check the link to Julia's gaff, here  I' m not sure if I'll get time to make more than the one official atc to swap, so don't want to commit just yet...

I don't have much on show on my desk   floor space today, a couple of part done journal pages (starting as mop up from the weekend's play for the Wanderlust journal pages (here and here )
so I'm giving you a bird's eye view..
hmm think it makes it look even more cluttered  busy!

Short and sweet for sure today, I'll do my best to make it to all the desks who visit me at the very least!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

More Wanderlust - Birgit Koopsen class work "Follow your Dreams"

One of my very favourite lessons so far in the Everything Art course, was the one by Birgit Koopsen, last week.  She used an image transfer as a focal point, but as I don't have a printer, I just went with the rest of the lesson.

 Birgit worked over mop up paint in her journal - something I often do, but because my Wanderlust projects are all in a Kraft journal specifically for the purpose, there are no mop up pages, so I just painted colours and stencilled paint, on the page.
 adding some pop of orange and yellow before adding some stamped images.

all paints except the orange, are Frescos, the orange is a Decoart

I took the large scribbly circle and the larger flower from two of Emma Godfrey's plates for Paperartsy, and stamped them randomly on the background before the scary bit..
 painting white over the rest of the page to leave the pop of background layers peeking through
 then comes the writing and doodling.  I was doing this yesterday, on the anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, so took some of his more famous lines from plays and wrote them round some of the shapes.
 and the name of the class
had a total ball doing this one and would like to say a big thanks to Birgit for a great class.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Catching up with Wanderlust...

.. have fallen a couple of prompts behind on my Wanderlust book prompts, part of the Everything Art course.  This one, prompt 7, was "Everything I did today" and was going to be something completely different, as Monty Python would have said.

I brayered my journal page with Stone, Mushroom, Zucchini, Winter Green frescos leaving a patchy look to the background.  I lightly sanded it so I would be able to write over it better.

 I hunted through my Paperartsy stamps sets for some springlike flowers and stamped them in Watering Can archival ink, on the page.  It's a bit bumpy because of what's beneath it now, so got a rustic effect!   I also stamped some grassy images repeatedly across the bottom of the page, in both green and black

Rummaged through some old Kew photos (back in the day before I had a digital camera, so had prints of my visits! - this is from May 2009) but the blossom was evident last week when I actually went for the purpose of this page
 then wrote on my page

Regular blog visitors will know how much I love going to Kew, and I have some very happy memories of trips there.

Hope you like this one, now on to the next prompt!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WOYWW 359 - a little bit of this, a little bit of that..

Welcome back, another Wednesday has rolled around and we're gathering at Julia's to share our working spaces.
I have WIPs (work in progress) finished things (yes, really!) and new stuff...
First, the WIP   preparing a background for a just remembered in time birthday card.

hoping the recipient won't see it before Thursday (she reads the blog I think but doesn't comment so I won't know..)

 my floor space yesterday, some altered playing cards (more WIPs) for a swap
 you've not seen this view for a while,,, the pile under the window (that's my armchair) is growing.. one day I will sort it out.. and maybe move the boxes in front of it too.. just not sure where yet!
 the finished thing (another card I just remembered in time to get in the post on Monday - 7 am crafting!)
and this, what you really want to see - the new stuff!

I bought a duplicate stamp set at Ally Pally so sent it back for a swap, and then was tweeting with a friend who mentioned having found some Seth Apter stencils and I went in search of some but found these instead!

Right, have taken too much of your time, I have a birthday card to write and get ready to post first thing Wednesday (today even, although I am of course writing this on Tuesday night!)

Thanks for all your comments last week - I think I got back to everyone, but there are a couple of you on Google Plus which I won't join, so can't comment back. I do read your posts though!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Journal play

I've been in a bit of a creative non place at present, too many new things to play with I think... I am meant to be working on some altered playing cards for a swap, they're coming together very slowly and not really to my liking, and I am still thinking about scrapping some and starting again... anyhow,  some of them involved black gesso and I poured too much out..

so I used some on my journal page and the Copper and White Fire Frescos - took to it today with  a new Paris themed stencil and the Wanderlust stamp plate (stamped on Paperartsy tissue and coloured sparsely with the Frescos )
Scribbled a little round the tissue piece with some iridescent oil pastels I got in Glasgow last October

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

WOYWW 358. a rather big spend..

Happy Wednesday to you all, time for another gathering and a-sharing of desks with Julia  the link will take you to The Stamping Ground blog and all the information you need about this weekly fun-fest.

So the Ally Pally show has come and gone... and with it a rather large wodge of cash.. lots of you saw the post from Saturday (read about it here if you didn't)  so you may want to look away now..
This was my workmat on Saturday evening after I had unpacked it all and after the blog had been written..
 but I have found, that's not right, I have found spaces for most of it...
..teetering piles in some cases.

there was so much stuff I had to take several shots of it all to get it all in...  here they are again if you didn't see them before!
 reduced stock in a bargain bin... grab, grab, grab!!
 yes, more new journals... oops!
 although I have discovered I already had the stamp set bottom left (the quotes) so I've sent that back to swap....oops again!

(the binder I catalogue my stuff in is too big and heavy to take with me but I maybe need to.again...)

these first 3 pictures are all from Paperartsy the next one is what I got from the rest of the show!

safe to say, Paperartsy was still my favourite.
stencils (apart from bottom left which is a stamp)

I have had a little play with some of the stuff, not a lot to show for it yet though.  I was exhausted on Sunday and spent most of the day lounging on the sofa!