Wednesday, 15 August 2018


Well that week went as fast as all the others... so it's time for WOYWW  again..
still haven't heard from Oyster Stamps about  my Oxides so they are still missing in action...
Couple of other orders are on the way... so also missing in action!

 couple of first layers on some more spreads for the France Papillon ALAD/ASAW challenge..

this one is from about 4 weeks ago...

theme "self talk....  they way you talk to yourself"    bit deep for me so may just play on this one!
and this is from the next week.
theme " a bright idea"  should be a bit easier..

but right now,
not a clue where either of them are going

the trouble with August galloping away as it is, and with me prepping my post on a Tuesday evening, means that already the light is going earlier than I like, luckily I took these the other day when I was uploading them to the facebook group.
Hopefully (here we go again) next week I'll have some more crafting to share and new goodies too!
For now, I'll point you at Julia's for the link to the best blog hop there is.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


Hello and happy Wednesday again!!  Can't quite believe it's time for another desk share... not a lot has changed since last week.

It is finally meant to be becoming less intensely hot... a little more bearable this evening (although I still have a fan on wafting the hot air about and it is warm and muggy this Tuesday evening as I write this )   and we are meant to get heavy rain here overnight...    It was so hot at Kew again on Saturday I only stayed a couple of hours (pics here again!)

so last week I shared this journal page for France's ALAD/ASAW challenge - the splatters did make an appearance eventually

 the following spread for the next week's prompt "what makes your heart bounce"
also got finished.

Kew, of course...  I have used Kew as inspiration before for a prompt I think, but heck, so what!!

and week 29 theme - still in progress- is geometry and numbers.

no idea at all where this page is going.

It has about another 3 layers to go (given that it's a layer a day, a spread a week, in case you weren't sure of the ALAD/ASAW thing ...)

plenty of texture here so far - crackle paste, thick gesso (the white circles) and clear gel (you may not be able to see those circles!)
I am now only (only!) 3 weeks behind after this one...

I am still waiting for my new Oxide inks (the third and fourth sets, ordered all together) and I really hope they come soon! 
Hoping that you are enjoying some cooler weather too... can't wait for it personally... till then - go visit some desks at Julia's The Stamping-Ground for WOYWW...

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Happy Wednesday once again.   time to re-group for desks with Julia at WOYWW   -    Since we last met, we've had some rain and some blissfully cooler, more normal summer temperatures... and I've been trying to catch up with a few of my layers for ALAD/ASAW for France Papillon's facebook group... I am about 5 weeks behind oops...
this one is more or less finished, I might add one final layer (splatters, can't beat splatters!) and then I'll share it with the group. 
the theme for this week was "message to the world" - part of the reason I fell so far behind (apart from the awful heat) was not knowing what to do .... I was rummaging through my stencils when i came across this one by Stencil Girl that I've had ages and not used.   so my message to the world, is Art is Good For You!  It was good to get painty again, shame the forecast here is set to hot up again into the low 30s by the weekend..

to save this being the shortest ever desk post, here's a couple of my favourite pics from last weekend's trip to Kew!    more here
 yes, those are rain drops! 

thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Hi, welcome back for another WOYWW.. it's still way too hot here and of course I was away at a friend's in York last weekend (pics from the weekend here)  - so no crafting has been done.

York is such a beautiful city with loads of history.  I implore anyone who hasn't, to go if you can. I love it there.

So, no crafting as I said, but shopping was done (yes, the pre-order I mentioned last week are the new Distress Oxides - still waiting for them)  but one order has arrived...
 the new Paperartsy Fresco paints... 12 new colours (well, 11 new and one re-introduced but I already have some left so only needed to buy 11)

Looking forward to a play if - as they say - it is going to be cooler at the weekend (by cooler they mean a few degrees and possibly "only" 24 degrees. ) 
and a close up so you can see the colours a bit better!

Heatwave permitting, I'll be round to visit your desk soon! 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


Well, what a surprise, it's Wednesday again and time for another desk share post for WOYWW.. and still no post since last week's! 

There isn't a lot going on either (done some shopping, orders in transit ... well one is, one is pre-order) but I did manage to finish the neon journal page

(must put away my birthday cards soon... the pile on top of the ink pads to left of craft mat)
close up

the words are some under-used Remnant RubOns of Tim Holtz...

I am 3 weeks behind on this challenge, so much for A Layer A Day/A Spread A I am trying to work on all 3 of the next spreads at once!

still, the World Cup is over, Wimbledon is over.... heatwave seems to be abating even if temporarily, so maybe things will get going again...

and I'll soon have more new toys to play with, that must be worth catching up for/with!

No trip to Kew this coming weekend, I am going to York on Friday for a few days, for a get together with some friends.. so different places to photograph!   I love York, so am looking forward to that.
Last week's Kew post is here though! 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOYWW 475 semi final time!

Here we are again... writing this watching football.. and Wednesday sees England facing Croatia in the World Cup semi final... eek..    first though, it's WOYWW  with Julia and chums..
I won't be visiting between the hours of 7pm (UK time)  and ... the end!  I'll be watching through my fingers... 

some crafty goodies came to stay this week....

you can see last week's journal page still exactly where it was, still untouched from then...

maybe after the weekend when the football and the tennis is finished I'll get back to creating!

Neet wanted to see a close up of the gin box too
(the box the bottle came in, for someone who queried what a gin box was last week)  so just for you...

and the inside is as pretty as the out...

In case you missed it, last's week's Kew visit (a short one - in length of visit not number of photos) is here and Sunday's visit to Hampton Court flower show is here (even longer in terms of photos)

so for now... COME ON ENGLAND!!

see you soon. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Come on England.....
sorry,  I mean welcome to another WOYWW (writing this watching the World Cup on Tuesday night.)
journal page on the mat is last week's so far unfinished ALAD/ASAW page.. using my birthday neon paints...  loving them!  I will be toning down the page soon...

in the wicker basket below and left of the tv is the empty Kew gin box... obviously the bottle is in the fridge, that isn't empty yet!!  I love the box, it is very pretty and will be using it somehow for something... I have sampled the gin, it is very nice!
Wishing my American friends a very happy 4th of July.   Catch you at a desk near here very soon...

edited after the end of the game... woo hoo England won a penalty shoot out...
Plans for the weekend have now changed, was going to the Hampton Court Flower Show on Saturday but that's when we play next, so will go on Sunday so I can watch... and may, just may, squeeze in a quick trip to Kew on Saturday morning...   Happy days!