Wednesday, 22 September 2021


 Welcome to Wednesday and desk day - I may be late linking as I am on holiday from work (although so far I've not slept past 6am much as normal)   

I've not got anything much crafty to share apart from some some play time with a Stencil Girl stencil and the Dina Wakley gloss sprays...

started in a journal and some tags, then flip the stencil onto more tags and journal page to use up the spray on the stencil
this is my favourite

then some new goodies turned up on Monday....

I showed the backs of the packs of the collage paper so you can hopefully see the designs.

Might get some play time today (well tomorrow really as I am writing this during Bake Off)
 as I don't think I'm going out anywhere 
 Had 3 trips to Kew  since you last popped round - Saturday,    Sunday    and Tuesday 
Each trip was spectacular in their own way. 

Happy WOYWW   




Wednesday, 15 September 2021


 Hello, deskers   we find ourselves at Wednesday again!  Time for desk sharing day at Julia's  WOYWW 

Still playing in the kraft journal  

a double page 

and two single pages 

Nothing much else has happened round here,  work, work and more work-  but I do have next week off for some chill out time.  

Might be doing some pre-ordering of goodies as Dina Wakley  has a new release being announced later this week.  

I'll leave you with the link for last week's mid-morning trip to Kew - it was odd to be there at the time I normally get ready to come home!  

Wednesday, 8 September 2021


 Hey peeps, here we are again, time for another desk sharing day with Julia for WOYWW    (What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, week 640)  

I made some time to play with my Dina gloss sprays on Sunday  through stencils 
then I used one in the Kraft journal with some stamped images 
and a couple more pages part done

then I ran out of oomph!!  

 I had another lovely morning at Kew last Saturday

you can see here 

No early start this weekend though as there is a fun run taking place and the gardens aren't opening till 11 so I get a lie in first!  

That's all from me today,  have a good week and happy desk day!  

Wednesday, 1 September 2021


 Happy Wednesday, deskers!  It's WOYWW  (and September!)   After Julia mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she was sorting through her card stocks that she would no longer use,  I commented to her that I could have found some of them a home and before I knew it she was offering to send me some... Now, you may think after last week's post I couldn't possibly need any more card blanks, but hey!!  

as you can see they arrived 

I went shopping on Monday (it was a bank holiday here in the UK so I had an extra  day off),  I couldn't find what I went for, but ended up with another pack of the makeup sponges I've been using for distress inks lately,  and some Posca paint pens.

I even got a couple of journal pages made at the weekend

Sunday was the 24th anniversary of my sister's death and I was thinking about her a lot, and in the end made a journal page to document it

just behind the faces is a white on white collage tissue face from one of Dina's packs,  representing the background, never forgotten.  

it's all her fault I am surrounded by all this crafting stash, you know, she came across a lady selling rubber stamps at a school fair when my oldest nephew was small, and the rest, as they say, is history.....
then slightly happier,  is a page I just splodged together on Monday,  using a piece from one of the Facebook classes I took with Dina Wakley (the power of marks I think it was called)  that I tore up and glued over a painty background.

Last week's Kew pics are here....   I am fed up saying I hope next weekend is slightly warmer/sunnier/drier  so I won't bother this week as it never happens!  

Happy WOYWW  and see you soon

Wednesday, 25 August 2021


Happy Wednesday,  time for WOYWW again...  Desk sharing day... well........

 Well what a week that was... shortly after last week's post my fridge freezer decided to die on me...

so my desk this week is a little crowded...

I had to clear the hall of my maisonette to give them room to bring the new fridge freezer in (and more importantly the old one, out)  

which meant moving boxes of card blanks from outside the living room into the living room... and on my workspace...

as you can see, there's quite a few... (organised by colour)  

Tuesday was the day of delivery... I warned them about the stairs up to the flat,  and the lack of space between the fitted cupboards in the kitchen..   Customer Services "that will be ok, they will lift it over the cupboard"  

er wrong...."no, we can't do that, they shouldn't have told you that"  so as they were outside ringing the office for advice and about to depart - with my new fridge freezer... I had to move the cupboard 

that one on the left -    luckily it wasn't as I thought, attached to the wall!

So with much huffing and puffing the managed to get one out, and the new one in....wrecked the carpet tiles (which I probably should get rid of anyway and have something easier to clean put down anyway)  -they never were very well stuck down anyway!

I had to go back to work so didn't have time to put the flat back to rights until after work...

so no craftiness has gone on at all this week - unless you count a bit of cupboard diy!!  

I should probably show you the new fridge freezer after all that !

the yellow of the wall is reflecting on the stainless steel effect finish.

it is gradually settling to the right temperature and it will be so good to have food that stays fresh and frozen (you would  not believe how much I had to throw away, sadly)  

I had a week of sleepless nights stressing over this, and as it turned out, justifiably so.... hopefully by the time you read this I will be fully refreshed !! 

For those of you that asked about the scribble sticks last week,  

they are quite like Neocolours, although those are wax pastels  the scribble sticks  are described on the tin as "water soluble pigments"

the work best if dipped in water or you can scribble them on your surface and then brush with  water - they don't smudge with your finger like other sticks. 

but they're good fun and match the colours of Dina's paints so you can't go wrong!

and finally, or I'll be in detention,  the Kew link..!  

as I said in the blog post,  raspberry ripple ice cream!!  (it's a dahlia)

I'll be round to see you soon  - happy desk sharing day 

Who knows, next week maybe some actual crafting will have happened.  

Wednesday, 18 August 2021


 I can't quite believe it's Wednesday already,  time for another desk sharing day... it's WOYWW  

As they say, I'll show you mine if you show me yours.... 

some new goodies arrived just in time to star today..

the third set of Dina's scribble sticks,  I have the first two but have finally got the last set.
plus, a stencil and a die that had been sat in my online basket for a week or two, forgotten about until I noticed the scribble sticks were in stock.

ordered Sunday, delivered Tuesday.. (from Stampers Grove)  

Not had time to play yet, I've been watching the cricket!  

I didn't play much at the weekend either,  I had Saturday morning at Kew, of course, and when i got home I had to cut the grass, which was well overdue 
but I did manage one journal page, in the Kraft journal, although you'd not know as I painted it black to start!!

one of the members of the Dina Wakley supporter group had posted a picture of a black page which she'd used scribble sticks to stamp with and I had to have a go

I think I've shared this method before, you spritz a stamp with water and then add the scribble sticks to the stamp and when you stamp you get a sort of watercolour effect - Beth had tried it on a black page - and when the stamped image dries, the colours really pop.   I will definitely do this over black again. This was what pushed me to get the third set of scribble sticks!  this collection includes some of the metallic colours 

As for Kew on Saturday - well at least it didn't rain...  pics are here 

That's it from me,  I'll be round to see what you've got on show soon.

Happy WOYWW  !  

Wednesday, 11 August 2021


 Hail fellow crafty deskers.  Wednesday can only mean one thing - WOYWW - desk sharing day.

After a break of a few weeks, I have new stash to share - and it didn't cost me a penny... birthday money doncha know.  actually I lie, I think I put a little towards it!

some blank collage tissue, a couple of stencils (well, why not; only got one or two...)
some stamps and some tags

I think I did well holding on to the money for that long! 

I stamped out the images and have them handy for quick application when the mood strikes me
(that means the sheet of card will sit in a pile of others causing more clutter...I know,  I know...)

but some of the pile gets used.... 

this is one of the pieces of layered collage tissue, with a simple stencil over the top and torn round before adding to a burlap page in the Dina journal

and the faces got used too, on a denim page in the journal over a stencilled background with added splatters.

almost looks as if I've been crafting this week!  

Last Saturday at Kew was wet.. very wet... but of course I was there!
Fewer photos than normal, perhaps understandably... post is here 

this was what it looked like whilst I waited for the  gates to open 

that rain that bounces off the pavement.. 

my walking boots took fully 24 hours to dry out....I probably should have worn my wellies!

but as you may have seen, there was still colour

I do love echinacea (or coneflowers) they always look like ballerinas to me.... 

the forecast for this weekend is much kinder; thank goodness!

Have a great week, happy WOYWW - be round to see you soon.