Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Hello and welcome back to another Wednesday.. Julia is hosting WOYWW again and I see when I popped over to check the week number, that she's updated her blog - looking good, Missus!

Anyhow, my desk  floor awaits your inspection.
 3rd desk of the year, and new stuff!!
I was killing time before my haircut on Saturday and found myself in Rymans stationers.. dangerous... very dangerous.

not 1 not 2 but 3 new journals.. although one to be fair is just a thin sketchbook (I liked the weight of the paper, will probably use it for the pages)
and some stamps.  a new Paperartsy set for the new year of Wanderlust classes.. had to be done!
Incidentally, Paperartsy have released a whole HEAP of new stamps/stencils/infusions and re-issued some discontinued paints... I am  broke already - hopefully by next week's instalment there will be loads to show you!! (one order on the way, another one being processed....and I am sitting on my hands to stop myself putting in another one tonight!)

this is the final WIP from last week (the other two are finished and full details available here  - in the post below this one)

This is the one that was going to be a Finnabair inspired canvas.  got a bit out of hand with the colour (prima colourbloom spray mostly) over what was there already.   so now I am not sure...
I had got as far as picking out some metal embellies to use on it.. but have put them away for now.
I may as you see, just go flowery instead, I have about a gazillion paper flowers I could use!
(and if I use up a load, I can buy more, right?!) the pack to the left of the canvas that is reflecting the light so badly so you can't really see it, is a pack of feathers.  just the right colour for what I was thinking.. so they may feature, too.

That's it for me today, will catch you all soon.. failed to get round the list last week what with one thing and another!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Some Finished WIPS...

so, following on from my WOYWW post, a couple of the pieces are now finished.  (well the arch canvas was finished already but I am sharing some details of how it was done)

Sadly I only took one photo of the beginning stages , and had already added the black modelling paste through the stencil by then.

the canvas is about 9 1/2 by 11/12 inches and is one of those flat canvas boards (from The Works)

I had added various brown Fresco chalk paints - all kinds of colours, to get some shading  I can't remember what colours though now...

 once the stencilled windows were in place and thoroughly dry, I added some die-cut bats on black card

I took a Paperartsy stencil for some grassy effects at the bottom. I wanted more texture, so mixed a couple of green Frescos (Wintergreen and something else!) with some matt 3d gel
 I used a heavy gel glue to fix the bats and left the wings of the larger ones proud of the canvas for more dimension - though you can't really tell from the angle of the photos, sorry!
closer look at the greenery
at the top, I mixed some art stones into some 3d gel coloured with French Roast fresco paint

Now need to find something to fix it to hang up somewhere...

the other project I finished, is the big A4 journal page.
 I don't have any pictures (other than the one I shared on Wednesday) of the starting point of this page...

Lots of blue Frescos, stamps (Seth Apter circle-y ones) texture stencilling (originally with heavy gesso, top right, middle left and bottom right) under the Frescos  In some of the stencilled circles I have stamped some Prima circle-y stamps and some more stencilled dots

I stamped the Prima girl on some tissue paper and coloured her from behind with Frescos and some butterflies, (also Prima) on white card stock and fussy cut them and painted them
 added some splatters in black and white

the sentiments are from Prima too.
 I used slightly brighter, translucent shades for the butterflies (Southern Skies and Glass Blue)

I also added some more stencilled circles in a couple of places, using Finnabair's Light Paste, which picks up the colours underneath so it blends in again.
Hope you like these, I had lots of fun with both of these projects.
Edit.  as prompted by Alison, I am sharing with A Vintage Journey "going round in circles"

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WOYWW 397 - Several WIPs, that's what's on my workdesk!

Welcome to another week's desk sharing and hopping.  Head to Julia for the link up as usual - here  

Having got ahead of myself over New Year with a heap of January birthday cards, I had some time to play at the weekend... I find myself with 4 WIPS (work in progress) started...

 to the left.  my A5 sized journal mop up paint from the blue A4 journal page (right) - it's a combination of Frescos and then some Pebeo shimmery paint mixed with heavy gesso and spread with a palette knife...
the white canvas which is bleached out by the flash, has heavy white gesso stencilled (circles) and some Fresco blue stencilled circles and is probably going to be "Finnabair'd"  The flourish is the die I showed a week or so ago, cut from kraft card that was hanging around.

the blue journal to the right, is more circles stencilled in gesso under various blue Fresco paints, and has stamping in circles too.
  The canvas standing at the back is a fabulous Stencil Girl arched window over a background painted of various brown fresco paints. I've done something similar with this stencil before, on a smaller canvas, I just love the gothic look it has.

I tried to get a better photo, so changed the canvases about a bit, I think the texture on the white one shows up a little more in this version.

the window canvas has greenery at the front, using a Paperartsy stencil with matte gel mixed with some green fresco paint.  the bats are die cut (memory box)

So, 4 pieces on the go, none finished.. although the window one is nearly there, I think! Watch this space for more details maybe by next week.

I really had fun with all of these, it's been ages since I had a really good play, and it was fun to do so any different things at the same time.   Apart from the gothic window, I didn't know what I was going to do with any of them till I started.

I've managed to catch the cold that is going round the office, which is a pain, but at the moment it isn't too I'll scurry off to avoid sharing my germs with any of you...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

WOYWW 396 - Happy New Year!

So, Happy New Year, we made it!  All that hard work, shopping and baking (well some of you anyway!) and feasting....Time for the first desk hop of the year... Link up at Julia's as usual...

I forgot to share this pic last week of the last goodies I bought from the Country View Craft advent sale

another couple of dies and a stamp (Seth Apter

there isn't very much on my desk - Tuesday was my first day back at work, and I really didn't make the most of my time off, doing very little crafting - I did get a journal page finished  (see the post before this one) - although I did get ahead with my January birthday cards but I can't share them yet!

 I did start another journal page..  a mix of frescos, infusions and gesso, some colourburst sprays, and there we stopped....

just in the corner of the picture is a book I purchased from Julie Kirk (notesonpaper) I love her blog, and her style of writing...I am sure some of you know her too.  I loved the way it was wrapped up with paper (book pages of course) which of course I have saved!

It's available from her Etsy shop - snipped tales is a great title for the contents.
 needless to say I didn't get any clearing up started either...

so,that's me for the first week of January...
Looking forward to catching up with you all soon.
I'd better go and take the decorations and cards down....

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Life Needs Balance

A final post for 2016, a bit of play in my journal for what seems the first time in ages...I have been making birthday cards for my January birthdays (I seem to have lots of them; but I can't share those yet - or at all in several cases as they've been despatched without photographs...)

But, play time in my A5 journal... the background started as ever, with leftover paint from this or that (Christmas cards probably)
 I added some black modelling paste through a Dylusions stencil to make a staggered brick wall
 and stamped several of Elenazinski monsters (Paperartsy) on tissue paper, before painting them with Fresco paints
As I was placing them around the page, I decided that they would need something to ground some of them... or, more precisely, hang them - from...
the border stamp is from ZA01

I scribbled a border round the top of the page and was searching around for some words to add to the page...    

till the way the monsters were swinging from the "ropes"  struck a chord..                                                                

 Life Needs Balance... Hoping 2017 will bring balance to your lives - time for work, rest and play, time for family and friends, time for - whatever you want!  Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

WOYWW 395 the in-betweeny

Welcome to the Happy just gone Christmas and nearly New Year edition... WOYWW 395 marks the end of the year.
A year of loss of great people, including authors, singers, actors, in what seems to be a never-ending announcement. (sadly as I was returning from Kew on Tuesday I got the news that my Godmother had died on Boxing Day too)

A year of great desk sharing thanks to Julia and a year of friendship whether in the virtual or the real world.  Thank you to all of you for your visits and your comments and your friendship. Who said meeting people off t'internet was bad, eh?

Since I last saw you, I wrapped and delivered my presents...having bought the last tricky ones I was fretting about last time out!

I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas.. I cooked myself a lovely roast beef dinner (no point doing turkey for one, and besides, I prefer beef!) and gorged on chocolate and TV

 I had lots of gifts of my own to open.

which I did after I had prepared said roast beef dinner for the oven... here it is resting while the oven warmed up! (wine at the ready too!)
 and this is what I received...

lots of lovely toiletries, and bath goodies, a calendar from my cousin who visits her local favourite place even more than I go to Kew; and some craft goodies and a snuggly penguin from my brother and sister -in-law (he's microwaveable to be toasty and my niece tells me he's called Monty after the penguin in Happy Feet...)
and some (more) very generous gifts from my boss Monica - including the photo of me in the silver frame. It's one she took herself of me at the "official" photo-shoot for the firm's website... but I quite like it so I'll let her off!

after dinner I snuggled on the sofa with the tv and phone and  chocolates...
(always room for chocolates!)

 Boxing Day saw me unexpectedly at my brother's for a second Christmas dinner, turkey this time, which was lovely. Not seen them since Richard's and my nephew Peter got married in August.
my niece Rachael took this one of me

(it's ok Rachael, I'm not including that one of you!!)

and Tuesday (another Bank Holiday in the UK) as I hinted at the top,  saw me at Kew, in the bright sun and frost of a fabulous December morning here for the pictures, as always, there are LOTS!

but I will duplicate one here, for Julia... you can see why!  She's got us all doing it now!

I'll be home again today as I am not back at work till 3rd January so will be round to see what you've been up to very soon.  I'll leave you with a Happy New Year wish  - let's hope 2017 is good to us all; wishing you health and happiness.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WOYWW 394 but EEEK Who's ready?

Hello deskers..  It's Wednesday.  perilously close to Christmas.  Hands up who's ready?    (I don't really want to know, it will just depress me...)    But before that we have another date with Julia and WOYWW
I did decide to add a bit more to the journal page - so far, a bit more outlining of the shiny green stencilled letters,  and some white splatters. (love splatters!)
I'll probably "faff" a bit more with this still yet.....
So, who's been enjoying the annual CountryView Crafts Advent calendar sale then??? I am sure it's not just me!  (I know Shaz has been keeping an eye on it as she tipped me off one day for some Paperartsy goodies... which I ignored as I DID have most of them that were on offer...!

I have been fairly good so far,just two orders ......

one of which has arrived so far - some Sizzix dies - I love flourishes, and have wanted a really big one for ages... and the Tim Holtz scribbly Christmas (especially the tree) grabbed my eye a year or so ago... so they fell into the basket one day.

and here is a close up of the desk... a tartan ribbbon that came on a parcel that was sent to work, and I was offered first refusal, a tartan wrapped present from my cousin,  waiting for the big day..
and when I was at Kew last week I bought a book "London's secret places" with the idea of finding somewhere different to visit.
  But don't hold your breath.... I went to Kew last Saturday in the thick fog - it was amazingly atmospheric - see here if you have time -I know some of you saw the link on facebook

I'd better call it a day, this is not very short and sweet -   I will be attempting once again, after work, to try and get the last two gifts... yes, running seriously out of time.. and no ideas either!! so your desks will be visited later on.  Promise!

It leaves it to me to wish you all, a very Happy, and Healthy (we can hope!) Christmas and New Year  - keeeep WOYWWing!!