Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Can't believe it's time for another WOYWW.... week 458... I was looking for something on my blog yesterday to inspire me for this week's France Papillon FB challenge (theme "back to basics") and I got distracted by trying to find the first time I joined in with WOYWW... turns out I've been doing this every week (don't think I've missed one from then - or not many anyhow) since 17 Feb 2010 - before the weeks even got numbered!!

Anyway, that's by the by.   my desk   floor workspace this week doesn't have a lot on it - I'm playing in my latest journal (the square one) with Seth Apter's Baked Textures embossing powders, just messing about with them on a page covered with tissue paper...
 the photo doesn't show the shimmer very well due to the angle I took it at.

they differ in consistency, some are quite chunky and some quite fine and melt really well.

Not done very much with them at all yet, just sprinkled them on some clear embossing ink to try out the colours.
still haven't put the new Fresco paints away in their boxes... and the scraps box behind the tubs of texture pastes behind the paints is in even more danger of overflowing.

Next week, all being well, there will be new stamps to show (order is "processing" lol - my not buying anything for a month or two lasted... about 10 days...)

My ticket for Ally Pally came this week too; which isn't far off now.  I'll be there on the Saturday. 
I'll be visiting your desk soon.. have the kettle on maybe?

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Whimsy - a card for the Paperartsy challenge

I cannot begin to think how long it's been since I made an entry for a Paperartsy challenge - but the latest theme is "Whimsy" and I just love Elena's Zinski range - when I was at Stamperama last month I just fell in love with this cute little duck.

When I saw the flower by JoFY it shouted "umbrella" (or parasol) to me... so I combined them in a card.

I coloured the images with Pitt Artist pens (over clear gesso on the flower, so I could smudge the pens a little to blend the colours) and added a little shading with a grey pen for the duck to stand on.

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here

Friday, 9 March 2018

France Papillon FB challenge - week 10 - Broken

Although I've still been playing along with France's FB challenge, I haven't got round to blogging one of my spreads for a while.
However, this week, the theme was Broken; with no other prompts or hints... to be interpreted anyway we fancied.  

Just because it was new, I started with painting the page in Fresco paint shade Sargasso.
I didn't take any step by step photos of each day's layer on my camera, so we'll go straight to the finished page:
and then I'll talk you through  what I did.
Day 2, layer 2 was the brick wall - using fibre paste (mine is by Golden) - used bits of the stencil so the wall looks broken... 

 next I added some stamping - a stamp from a new set for Paperartsy by Emma Godfrey, inspired by her love of Portugal.
It's a kind of crazy paving effect and I stamped it without an acrylic block (broken stamping!)

 I added some hearts and coloured them red.

My main focal point was a stencilled heart - I took a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and a Stencil Girl heart stencil, and Deco Art crackle paste.

As the paste dried overnight, it caused the tissue to crinkle and the paste cracked - never mind crackle!
 I tore the heart in two - do you see where I'm going- broken hearted!

as I tore the tissue, little bits of crackle fell off, and I decided to stick them in the middle of the page

I stamped a border at the top of the page and the word broken on a piece of card (Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps), and stuck as shown

close up of the cracked crackle paste

I've had to seal it with clear gesso as the pieces were still falling off and I realised I wouldn't be able to close my book (heaven knows what will happen when I do something on the next page!)

however, I really like this page and am very happy how it came out - especially as after layer 2 I had no idea what was happening next! 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

WOYWW 457 - upcycling

Time for another WOYWW - luckily we are rid of the snow and freezing cold we had last week - the UK - especially where I am "down south" gets it so rarely (thank goodness) - but as you may have seen on Facebook or in my post on my photos blog (here if you're interested) - I fulfilled an ambition to enjoy Kew in the snow on Saturday. 

Glad it's gone now though!

So, upcycling... one of the advisers at work (I work for a firm of mortgage advisers) had a "thank you" gift sent from a client after he moved into his new home... and they didn't even have to ask me...
the stack of boxes (had been filled with chocolates and other edible goodies) - came straight my way as they emptied!
I was more interested in the boxes, honest (but did help out eating the contents!) and I finally got my hands on the last one today, hence them making an appearance here
I love how they stack, Russian doll-like, inside one another before I "do something" with them... which takes up lots less space round here!   No idea at all yet what I will do with them, but that isn't the point, is it?!!

at the weekend I finished a journal page I'd started just for fun, a while ago - background was some stamps from a new set by Tracy Scott for Paperartsy.

I turned it into a piece for the prompts challenge I'm doing with my friends, the butterflies are cut out from the Tim Holtz tissue paper and coloured with Fresco paints in some of the new greens and blues.

the green page on my workspace next to the boxes, is the latest spread for the France Papillon FB challenge.   To answer someone's question from last week, about how I know when a page is finished... well for this challenge, after a week, as it is a layer a day challenge, over a week.  so 6 (or 7) layers.   If I'm doing a page just for me - well, when it feels finished!!

Have a good week, and happy desking!

I'll leave you with a peek at snowy Kew!

"my" fountain! 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


I can't quite believe it's time for another WOYWW but here we are... hopefully surviving the cold snap currently enveloping the UK.. we are forecast for more severe weather at the end of the week...
If it comes off, I hope that I can get to Kew, my dream for I don't know how long is to be there when it's snowy.  Being Britain though, as soon as there is any degree of snow, trains stop running.. we are told not to travel "unless absolutely necessary" and things grind to a halt... whatever happened to British grit and determination!!    It drives me scatty.

But till then, it's time for desk sharing again.  it's Wednesday, it's WOYWW  

I did think I wouldn't be able to add the picture as blogger wasn't playing nicely to start with..
but you can see my latest "layer" for my France Papillon facebook spread... and a little row of my newest Paperartsy paints that haven't made it into the storage boxes (clear boxes, to the right of the photo) - they will get there soon, honest! 

Thank you to everyone who left kind comments about the workshop pieces last week, I do really love both of them - and the "face" will go up on the wall .. once I decide where to put it, and probably mount it (i.e. don't hold your breath!)

Have a good week, and keep warm and safe! 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

"Stencils" for a prompt

the latest prompt for my little group was stencils... so I have "one or two" ...... I decided to use several, some old loved ones, and a new one.
 I started with a page in my square journal which I love but which is so hard to photograph (I'll have to crop more!)

I had already wiped the leftover paint (butter, from one of Seth's new Paperartsy sets) on the background then stencilled (new, Sara Naumnann's stencil) with Venice Blue, and in some of the gaps Glacier Ice
Added some Donna Downey stencils -  alphabet in Butter and Glacier Ice, some small dots in Butter and then the big circles - first gesso'd, then added Blue Lagoon and some more small dots

 I drew round the big circles in pencil through the stencil and added some stamping - a Kaisercraft italic script; in watering can archival  and two JoFy Mini (firework?) stamps in cobalt and French ultramarine  archival inks and used a pen to fill in the centres of the bigger fireworks
I re-outlined the circles in a blue micron pen
and erased the pencil lines

I had a ball with this page and could have gone on for ages!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


WOW! what a great weekend I had last weekend - two brilliant workshops (read about them here)  and time to explore Poole too (read about that here  - the weather was beautiful!)  and so very soon it is time for another desk hop extravaganza with Julia  (link here)

Took my desk shot from a different angle today, the stool I sit at the computer at...

You might be able to spy my set of Seth Apter embossing powders from Emerald Creek (in front of the Tim Holtz stamps
next to my scrub it mat)

I am really hoping to get to play with them soon - they came on Thursday as I was leaving for the workshops..

the journal that is open on the craft mat is my latest page for the France Papillon facebook challenge - two days or two layers behind with this one... must try and get at least one done now
My new WOYWW badge is also on the mat

I need to find somewhere to hang the face, and probably will have to mount it as the board is curving.
Standing in front of it, is a large duck I bought at Poole Quay, I used to collect ducks, but much smaller ones than this!  I can't resist a nice piece of wood, or a duck, however!

if you don't have time to read the full post about the workshops and want a closer look at the projects (I know some of you have seen them so forgive me)
I will add a couple of photos here
 this was my favourite of the two, by far..

 but the altered book

(Inside) was also great fun.

If you are looking for friendly workshops at a great price I can really recommend Brigitte at Let's Be Creative  in Rogate, Hampshire

Thanks for looking, hope you have a great week.