Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Well, here we are again!  Time for another WOYWW 

I think, unlike Samson, the hair cut didn't affect my strength and I spent most of Sunday making Christmas cards, to the end result that.....
I have a very impressive pile of cards (although some need the greetings inside stamping and some need something else on front.. possibly, if time allows!) but ...49 done!  (not all on Sunday, obviously; I don't work that quick!)

My favourite masterboard technique is the reason I got so many done - even though I have no in progress pictures, I was just concentrating on doing as much as possible.

Since then, Paperartsy have announced their last challenge of the year - for, you guessed it, masterboards  - so I'll do another batch. The link takes you to a great video that Leandra filmed to help you if you've not done much "masterboarding".  Now, I'm off to pick my winnings for the randomly picked prize for their last Abstract  challenge (for my Paris journal page) ...

it occurred to me you may like to see the cards a bit closer, so I've laid them out for you.
and as you can see, I didn't do all masterboards, lots of different colour combinations and designs too (I get bored easily!)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Welcome to another WOYWW (already, it was only just last Wednesday!) Christmas card production didn't really get off the ground at the weekend - look:

 so I cut up one of the masterboards and stuck them to some card blanks.. still need to have some finishing touches to them..
and then it stalled!
maybe this weekend... but I am having a long overdue haircut (my hairdresser has been off on maternity leave and Saturday is her first day back working.. hope her scissors are sharp!)

On the left of my workmat,  is the journal page I made at the weekend, for a challenge, but  in tribute to the Paris attacks
In case you didn't see it, I've put in here too.

Hope to see lots of your crafty workspaces over the next few days.  Head for Julia's Stamping Ground for the links.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Paperartsy 2013 - 21. Abstract

Good morning, and welcome to another challenge from Paperartsy - Abstract.  A wide open challenge to stretch the mind... but the awful tragedy in Paris on Friday night is the starting point for this journal page.

I was talking to my friend Sam on FB last night and it turns out that the sites of the restaurant and rock concert attacks were really close to where we stayed in Paris when we went to Version Scrap last year  - I had thought the streets looked familiar on the news, but then there are lots of streets like that all over the city. It makes it all so much more real, when you can completely relate to something like this.

I have no step by step photos, this came together really fast this morning.... hence, it's not my finest work, but it just had to go down on the page.

I started with red white and blue, the colours of the French flag (and our own of course)

the raindrops stencil represent the tears we shed for all who have lost loved ones  (not just in Paris, but anywhere) due to such dreadful attacks.

the sentiment is from Dina Wakely's hearts set, and the eye, is by Limor Webber for Indigo Blu

Mark and Leandra's daughter Courtney was in Paris at the time, but safe and is now back home, for which we are all grateful.

Entering this to the Paperartsy Abstract challenge 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

WOYWW 336 I should be making Christmas cards...

Hello and happy Wednesday, fellow deskers.  If you're not sure why I am sharing a picture of the mess that is my workspace today, check Julia's here

well as the post header says, I should be making Christmas cards... I'm not.. not right now anyhow.. I did move the masterboards that I've made (a couple at the WOYWW crop the other week, and one I did earlier at home) to the workspace to try and encourage me.. so far it's not working..  I had better stay in all weekend and get on with them!

So short and sweet from me this week, to make up for last time!  I'll see you at Julia's!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

#20 - Triptychs for Paperartsy

We are closing in on the end of the Paperartsy Triptych challenge - another couple of hours - and I have decided to enter this journal page I did yesterday, even though it's not a traditional triptych in the sort of icon style you normally associate with them; I do like the use of trios in art.  There were some fabulous posts over the fortnight starting here

I started with torn book page under a coat of Beach Hut Fresco, and some blue Bistre which I spritzed so much several of my pages fell out of my journal... some sticky tape and glue later the journal was back intact and I could carry on.. I stencilled grunge paste through part of a Crafters Workshop stencil and stamped the Dina Wakley hearts on white card, before deciding on the direction they should take over the pages.. "follow your heart" is from an Invoke Art words set.. I then dripped some Ecoline ink along the top edge of the journal and spritzed it again as it dripped down my pages.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WOYWW 335 Full of crop photos!

So, we went, we ate cake and chatted, drank some tea (or coffee) and chatted and ate more cake... then there was lunch and more cake... a normal WOYWW crop, on a lovely warm sunny autumn day in Burbage
Some crafting even got done!  Hopefully I'll be forgiven this photo-rich post

 I travelled "light" and compact with some supplies.. always hard to know what I'll want to use, always end up taking too much of the wrong thing, and forget that one ink pad or stamp set...
 the hall looked fabulous ready for a quiz night.
Kyla made use of the stage to lay out her quilt for pinning..
 I did some work on a journal page, and also made some masterboard backgrounds for Christmas cards, although I seem to have forgotten to photograph those, and this post is already long enough  so I'll leave them for another time!
 a crowd gathered round Dolores' (Cardarian) beautiful quilt helping her work out how to do something or other (as you know I'm not a seamstress of any kind!)
It is truly gorgeous, Dolores!
Kyla busy pinning her quilt layers together
 Chief cook LLJ and Mary Ann catching up with a good natter.  Shaz's hat suits you Jan...
 Diane and David, Fiona all working away.
 It was wonderful to see Shaz (and Doug) - Shaz, you looked so much better than I feared you would after your ordeal. Hope you had a safe journey home.
From the bottom, Lizzie (you are no newbie now and it was lovely to meet you) Cindy, Doug, Shaz, Margie and Debbie
 Couldn't miss grabbing a pic of Shaz in her witch's hat.
 Diane, Dolores and David - great to see him actually crafting with us!
Fiona and Lisa Jane
 Cindy (who very kindly gave me a lift each way) doing some paperfolding making Christmas decorations
 Debbie and Julia having a good chat (told you there was lots of chatting)
and Kyla, now trying to sew her quilt together!

Thanks go always to Jan for the fabulous lunch, (and Fiona for the now traditional lemon drizzle cake!) and to all of you deskers for making such a great occasion.

Let's do it again soon.... lol!!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

WOYWW 334 - ribbon sorting galore!

Hello, deskers!  I am actually writing this and taking the necessary desk shots in daylight, as I have the day off (it's Tuesday as I'm writing ) after the weekend in Glasgow - check here and here for the write up... Anyhow, welcome to the WOYWW marathon for another week  I'll be back at work then!

the dreadful looking orange and purple tag on the workmat is meant to be for the swap on Saturday..not sure yet if it will make it!

I had to pop out shopping on Tuesday morning, and found a storage box that I thought might fit all my ribbons into....
 because this one is quite full.... and I have just bought that 100 metre bundle of sari ribbon... no way is that fitting in there.
 no, in the end, it didn't all fit in one... I put all the reels into the new box, together with some colour co-ordinated zip bags for the loose ribbons..

and the original box has the bundles that are on the cardboard holders you can buy them on at some shows.. the sari ribbon and the fibres I got at the weekend which I had meant to store somewhere else (but not sure where!) had to go in another box altogether!
so that meant having to shift things around on the top of the Ikea stamp boxes somewhat!!

Now I have got to think of what I'm going to bring with me to the crop on Saturday - will try and travel light!!