Wednesday, 20 July 2016

WOYWW 372 - Welcome back, Julia!

Phew, what a scorcher... England is gripped by a mini heatwave, with temperatures in the upper 80's and humidity and overnight sticky hard-to-sleep conditions..  I hate it!    Serves us right for moaning at all the rain we've had over the early part of the summer..

Anyway, it's time to write my weekly WOYWW post - and as the title says, welcome back to our beloved leader Julia,  still recovering from her surgery but able to take back the reins from her (and our) good friend Jan.  
Of course it's been too hot for crafting but I did splash a bit of paint around at the weekend with my new JoFY stamps (new to me anyhow)
stamps still haven't made it away, as you can see!  I'll get round to finishing the pages once the weather cools down...

I was hoping to have another new set to share with you, from the Everything Art range for Paperartsy, released last Friday through the Wanderlust course I'm still following (but not doing anything for at present!) No doubt as always, it will arrive during the day on Wednesday - still give you something to see next week!

I went to Kew again last Saturday and spent 4 hours there, the results are here but I warn you, 4 hours = hundreds of photos ! so I'll understand if a Wednesday isn't the best time for you to catch up with them!

Have a great day, stay cool (or keep warm depending on where you are!) 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

WOYWW 371 - here we are again

So, it's Wednesday again already... what happened to last week?
Jan is waiting for you here  for your desks, and if we're really lucky, Julia will join in again too

not a lot on my floor this week (that's a blatant lie, obviously most of my craft room is on the floor...)

a finished journal page, a background started ages ago and stagnating.. some little treasures received from a dear friend (non desker!) - some copies of some lovely photos of ladies; and an altered domino -  and some Timmy stamps that may or may not have appeared before.. some Paperartsy ones are on the way... will probably arrive today now!

Haven't been very crafty at all lately, apart from the journal page which you can't really see so I'll add a picture of it for you..

there have been some fabulous sunsets the last few days, and whilst I put them on twitter and one on facebook I know not everyone is on those platforms so am sharing them here, even though this is my crafty blog!
-  they were just too good to hide away on the computer.
  this first one was on the 7th, fantastic
and this one on Monday, the 11th.  not as spectacular, and I missed most of it.  but I do like the dark clouds in this one!   (I couldn't quite get the street light out of the shot)

anyway, I've kept you long enough go, go, Jan is waiting!

Am delighted to hear from Jan today that Julia is taking us back on next week, so a BIG thank you to Jan for taking the reins and looking after us all in the last few weeks, you are a true and great friend indeed.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Paperartsy Topic 13: Paper Piecing

The last (couple) challenge completely passed me by, but the latest Paperartsy challenge is Paper Piecing and I have been blown away by several of the posts so far; Lin's fabric journal cover; JoFY's building block; Lesley's Owlandish; to name but a few.  

I decided to work in my A4 journal, on a background that I did start for the fabric challenge but never finished in time. (it was my birthday, my brother dropped in, what can I say?!)

 it had started out brownish, but I had grabbed a couple of pinky-yellow-orangey Prima paper sheets so brought the colours more in line - I used Frescos in Cooper,Coral, Pumpkin Soup.
 cut one of the papers into squares and the other into a mix of strips and squares dictated by the patterns on the paper
 before gluing them to the journal.  I painted over the more Frescos, adding some Satin Glaze and also adding some Concrete to mute it down a little
 I added some stencils (as per Lin's cover) and some stamping on another, plainer sheet of paper from the same Prima pad on which I stamped some of Kim's "flowers"

as there was no way I could have cut the stems, I stamped them direct onto the page and then laid the painted pieces on top
 I used the little scraps from round the flower shapes to fill some gaps, not adding any more paint, and then the last little piece to add the birds which P painted in Beach Hut
a few finishing bits of stamping, and it's done
love those little birds!

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Welcome to another WOYWW - I need to apologise for not making it to many desks last week, after the thrill of my day at Wimbledon for the tennis (pics here) - sorry about that, I never seemed to catch up with myself!!
In case you don't have time to look at them all (and I took loads!) here's just one to whet your appetite. (for those of you who don't know me I'm in the middle, my boss who treats us is on the left in the hat.)

You want to see tennis? ok then here's another

A day or so after the trip to the tennis, I received some stamps I'd treated myself to for my birthday
they've not made it off the desk yet, and they sadly haven't met ink yet!  I do love Stampotique though.

I will do my best to get round more of your desks this week, although I am still "busy" with the tennis and football which are both coming to a climax (I really want split screen tv to be able to watch two things at once!!)

anyhow, the link for the desks is here, at Jan's..

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

WOYWW 369 the post birthday edition

Hi again desk hoppers..  Head to Jan for the link up while the lovely Julia continues her recovery  and if you didn't read her post on what she's been/going through yet do - it's here

I'll apologise first because I won't get to many of your desks for a couple of days as today is my trip
to Wimbledon for the tennis, thanks to my lovely boss.. third year running.  All I can say is, thank goodness Centre Court has a roof, I think they'll need it!   However, I will visit as many of you as soon as I can!

Anyway, desk time... and the big reveal from my birthday gift I was keeping for Sunday.

I woke really early (not planned) on Sunday and resisted for as long as I could, but having brought the pile of cards into the bedroom the resolution to make them last burnt away...
 so, Sam's bag of goodies, revealed several individually wrapped (in hand stamped tissue paper) gifts...

 which later opened to these gorgeous paints.. hope to get time to play soon!

Back at work on Monday, lunch out and some more gifts... the perfume and stunningly beautiful scarf/pashmina from my boss, and the Kew book from another colleague.

What a lucky girl!

these are my cards - proudly displayed on the window sill. (a couple arrived late yesterday which I haven't photographed yet)

They are all gorgeous, and I will take some close ups and show them properly in a few days when I (reluctantly) take them down.

I went to Hampton Court for the day on Saturday (breaking with tradition of Kew) if you fancy a look this is the post you need

Now, I'm off to the tennis.. see you soon!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Morning again desk hoppers.  Reporting for duty - head to Jan's  for the link up

Not much been happening here, two more half done journal pages with the new stamps I got last week, but not sure about either of them, may gesso over the black one on the right...still undecided.

I've just realised I haven't done any pre-birthday splurge shopping... better put that right!**  I've kind of staged the desk this week as some early cards have arrived together with a gift my mate Sam gave me when we met up at the Angel Powertex workshop a few weeks ago, haven been patiently keeping it on instruction not to open it early (which I never do anyway!)
It's on Sunday so not long to wait now!

Hoping that both Jan and Julia have had good weeks after Jan lost her much loved Dad and Julia's continued recovery of course.

That's it from me today, short and sweet.. happy desk hopping day!

**edit... have done some online shopping since writing this... lol!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

WOYWW 367 - they keep coming!

Hello deskers it's that time again... it's wonderful to see our much loved Head Desker Julia making the odd comment and post on facebook, so glad you are (slowly) on the mend..
We are also grateful to Lunch Lady Jan for stepping into the breach and heading up the desk sharing for now... I've cleared my cookies and browsing history so let's hope I can link up by myself today!!

anyhow, "they keep coming" could refer to - anniversary atcs  -  or knowing me - shopping..
as it happens... it's both!
 this is how my desk WAS going to look today.. my anniversary swap partner was the lovely Bridget in Australia and her gorgeous sparkly atc arrived last Thursday.  there's also a newly started (and very pink) journal page and a birthday card
 then, on Sunday my entry to the Paperartsy 'houses' topic challenge was randomly awarded a prize which I spent no time in claiming and choosing my goodies  which arrived today (oops, Tuesday I mean)
so it could have looked like this...
 but, also on Tuesday, I had a surprise in the mail too, from the lovely Dolores (Cardarian) of another atc and a beautiful card... very unexpected and so welcome!
Thank you....

so, it actually looks like this!!

Happy desking, catch you all soon!