Wednesday, 21 March 2012

WOYWW 146?

Welcome to the first WOYWW of Spring - the year is flying by and whilst I know there's still snow about in the States here we are blessed with spring sunshine and early blooms in our gardens and parks.

This is the state of my floor yesterday evening - happy post ripped open - and I know I wasn't going to buy anything else before the Stamp show at Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) in April, I couldn't resist these... can you blame me?

a couple of Tim Holtz's new release stamps - my excuse is they were a very good price and I couldn't wait till Ally Pally!
The white capped pen is a textile pen - my good blog buddy Gabrielle and I have this idea to decorate a tshirt each to wear with our blog names for "instant recognition" (ha ha) at Ally Pally - so I've got a pen, now to find a tshirt and try to scrawl "stampingbyh" on it legibly and maybe even neatly... we shall see! I have of course my WOYWW badge too....
 This is the week also for our next DragonsDream Tag it On challenge - the book chosen by my teamie Silvia is "The Thornbirds" by Colleen McCullough and the theme is Australia or the outback.
I was stumped on this for some time but found a torn out page of an old office diary with maps on, so used the Australia page (I knew they'd come in handy sometime...never throw stuff away, see, it works!)
The flower is made with a piece of paper fromone of Tim's paper stacks, and the tattered floral die - careflully positioned to get the Australia map too.

In my mind I associate hot sun and sailing with Australia, (I know it's not all like that) so these are the stamps I used to meet the challenge requirement (Stampscapes) and the anchor** is from my stash, coloured with rust alcohol ink. **what am I saying. it's a wheel.. meant to go back and change this yesterday - Julia is the only one kind enough to notice!!
Please come and play with us - we'd love to see you!

51 comments:

Minxy said...

Timmy goodness I see, well who can blame you for not resisting.
A t'shirt is a fab Idea, I always wear an altered T'shirt to ally pally, maybe this will be the year when i finally catch ya, as i always seem to miss you somehow!
Happy Woyww
Hugz Minxy #23

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

At first I was having a terrible time leaving comments on blogs tonight. They didn't want to post. NOW I get "service unavailable when I try to visit or leave a comment. I'm geting really frustrated.

That tag is amazing. I love the flowers. Happy WOYWW from # 7.

May said...

Fabulous tag amazing flower! I will look out for you at ally pally with your T- shirt! Have a good week, Hugs May x x x x No9

Danielle said...

Who could blame you? I don't have any self control when it comes to Tim. Dani32

505whimsygirl said...

It sounds as if a lot of people will be at the AP - and how great to have a bunch of WOYWWers meet up!! If that happens be sure to take a picture and post it on your blog.

Have a great time.

Love the tag!!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay
#15

Sara S. said...

The tag is beautiful! Have fun getting the T-shirt made!
Happy WOYWW!

Sara S. (#27)

okienurse said...

congrats on the new stamps. I think a t-shirt with your badge would be an awesome idea! Love your tag. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #48

Kate said...

Hi Helen :0)
I Love happy post too.
And what a great tag.
Kate x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Could you use your Tim stamps to stamp on your t-shirt as well? You could stamp all over, leaving a clear rectangle to write your logo in. Just a thought? Like the stamps very much, especially the text ones :)
Hugs, LLJ #68 xx

Bridget Larsen said...

Yep you're jealous, I get it!! Sorry about that. I have always wanted an SLR of some sort , never got a normal slr so now its digital I have finally gotten one. We didnt win lotto but we sure spent like we did lol. damn there is $31million lotto next week so I'd better buy aticket. YYep you're jealous, I get it!! sorry did I mention that? I love your photos in the other blog, is it blue because you chose to make it blue or is that normal. I am very green at good photography
Bridget #64

Neet said...

Great tag Helen and what a lovely stash you have just got. I don't think I could have resisted these had they been at a good price.
wish I was going to AP? and meeting up with you but hey ho, one day.
I used little pots of Dylon dye when I stamped on my t-shirts (they are on my blog) which I got quite cheaply from Dunelm Mill (or Hobbycraft).
Thanks for commenting on my blog.
Hugs, Neet #4 xx
and thanks for including your number it does help.

Ginger said...

just found your blog, all very altered, love it. The book looks very interesting, I love altered books. X

Ann B said...

Beginning to think that all WOYWWers have no willpower whatsoever - me included. We all promise not to buy more and then all of a sudden little packages pop through the letter box, or into our shopping bags. Can see why you couldn't resist buying these lovely stamps, just hope you have saved enough for Ally Pally, and wish I could come too.

Ann B
#56

SophieNewton said...

Oh my word...love the new Tim stamps. Sometimes I wish he wold just stop otherwise I'm going to run out of money!!
Sophie no.88

Annie said...

Love the pale blue of that flower.
Hugs,
A x
ps I've acheived my aim and managed to get both babies down for a nap so I'm managing a bit of blog hopping :-)

Jacqui said...

That's a lovely tag

Artyjen said...

Nothing like a bit of stamp buying!! LOL. I am going to be thinking of the Thorn Birds all day now!! Ooh I likey ;) You will see me later in the week with a tag for sure :)
xoxo Sioux

sandra de said...

Great tag and when you think of OZ it can be sun and sails or desert and drought or currently floods. So I think you have captured it very well.

Doone said...

Beautiful tag
dx @ 74

Joynana said...

Love your tag and I really want those stamps. Happy creating. #25

Joynana said...

Love your tag and I really want those stamps. Happy creating. #25

Neesie said...

I found your post so interesting Helen.
I loved reading the Thorn Birds years ago and with living in Oz at the moment it was all very topical.
The tag is brilliant. I really like the flower.
Thank you for letting me snoop Neesie #37

Tracy said...

Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for the peek and happy WOYWW! Warmly, Tracy #34

Cardarian said...

Naughty girl spending money before Ally Pally! How could you???? Ha, ha.. love your new stamps and your tag! I hope I see you at ally pally - must see that t - shirt! :-)
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

scrappystickyinkymess said...

I have NO resistance to crafty goodness! And I'm a floor-crafter too -my desk is just never clear enough to actually work on! :)

Have a good one.

Mary Anne

Bella said...

Lucky you to go to Ally Pally! Tip for the T-shirt thing...its what I teach... print it out from the computer, put it inside the Shirt and trace it on with a soft pencil like a 6B then you can ink it in. If you can't see through the shirt then pin the paper in and stick your shirt to the window with masking tape and trace the lettering.

Jingle said...

Oh, such wonderful stamps! Your tag is just fabulous!

Gabrielle said...

Ha ha ha!!! I knew the t-shirt thing was a good idea!!! Thanks fellow commentees for agreeing! I just need to get off my butt and do mine! Oh - I'm supposed to be commenting on your desk. Well, tut tut for buying things before Ally Pally - you wouldn't catch me doing that. No siree! And as to the tag... blooming fab as always - I love the little sailboat off on it's adventures! Much blog love x

butlersabroad said...

Spring? It's summer here, well, until the weekend it is! 85F is on the cards today, crazy for the time of year. Love your new goodies, what's life without new goodies? I don't have Seedless Preserves but what a fab colour! I want it now, so thanks for that!!!

Hugs
Brenda 2

Sam said...

Lovely stash you have bought. Both of those are on my list (along with a plethora of other stuff!).
Note to self, e-mail Julia and ask for a badgie.
I still cannot believe you craft on the floor!! I would have a very nosey dog all over my work if I did!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Can't beat TH goodies at a good price. Hope you and Mrs Crafty Thoughts share your t-shirts with us! Thanks for sharing for this WOYWW, let's start the snooping & take care. Zo xx 22

Redanne said...

I just adore happy post, mine today is not quite on the scale of yours through - don't blame you at all for getting Tim's latest - anyway they might be sold out by the time Ally Pally is here! Is that good logic? Regards, Anne #66

Netty said...

Loving your wonderful tag Helen and oooooh more happy post.....woo hoo

Sophia said...

Love the big, blue flower. Hee

Happy WOYWW! #38

Twiglet said...

Beautiful tag Helen. Wish we were a bit nearer to Ally Pally.

Peggy Cain said...

Wednesday’s sure do come around quick! Trying again to make “All” the rounds. got to get those stamps! love the tag Have a great day!

kay said...

think us crafters like to shop for stash as much as we like crafting :)
#51

Sallyh said...

I can't blame you for needing to buy those stamps, have a great time at Ally Pally
Sally H 152

Shoshi said...

I love the tag with the map, ship and ship's wheel, and the lovely flower. Really gorgeous! And well done getting some lovely new stash from Ally Pally! I've never been to Ally Pally but maybe one day...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Maybe we should start a self-help group for hopeless addicts - Cardboard Collectors Anonymous maybe? Lol!! "Hello. My name is Shoshi and I collect cardboard boxes..."

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #14

fairy thoughts said...

great tag, Im into maps at the moment. Love the idea of the t shirt for ally Pally I'm hoping to go there but not sure yet, the train fare is quite a lot
janet #13

MaggieC said...

What a good idea for using old maps. You are going to have such a good time with all those new goodies. Thank you for your visit today and your kind comments on our new stamp. xx Maggie #5

My name is Cindy said...

Love the T shirt idea - and of course, you'll be wearing your WOYWW badge? Gorgeous tag and I am not even looking at those stamps on your desk I shall just get jealous. Nice to see someone from the South of England!! Thanks for popping by to see me, Cindy #17

Julia Dunnit said...

Great idea for the t shirt - you have to do front and back though, and you can't cover up all daY! I love the tag, and I have to say that my perception of Oz is pretty close to yours, but knowing that you've lost it a bit more than me makes me happy..I see no anchor, but a ships wheel! Oh you make me smile!

Alison said...

One of my favouritest books, & I loved the mini series! Gosh! Showing my age now! Lol! Your tag looks fab Helen! Can't wait to see you & G in your tees at AP! x

Sherry Edwards said...

Lovely new stamps Helen - I can perfectly understand you having to get them now before AllyPally. The decorated T Shirt sounds like a fab idea - maybe I'll see you there - at AP that is!


Thanks for already visiting my desk this week WoYwW #8

Morti said...

Good luck with the T-shirt thing - a couple of years ago I wore one with I "heart" WOYWW emblazoned across the front, and didn't get a single nod. Other than from Hels of course, who was Demo-ing. Wish I was going though - would love a browse at all that stash!

Thanks for stopping by (and I love the tag by the way!)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic tag with wonderful details.
Your peek on your workdesk looks fab - fantastic stash :)

Faye said...

A spectacular tag, Helen. And to think you could line up everything so well as to get the map. Beautiful flower.

famfa said...

Lovely looking tag. I had to go back and see if it was an anchor or a wheel. Good luck with tee shirt

VonnyK said...

Love your tag, the flower is very pretty.
Von #43

Sarah said...

Great buys - you will be a happy stamping bunny with those - enjoy Ally - yet agin I'm missing it as I'm off to a stamp convention in Holland - so Europe will do well out of both of us...look forward to the t-shirts! Thanks for sharing your desk and a bit of your life! Sarah (a late WOYWWer at no.1)