Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Hi, fellow deskers..  that week went quick, I can't believe it's Wednesday again already!   Time for another WOYWW  with Julia

The wedding last Thursday was fantastic, we had a really good evening.  (if anyone loves a good wedding, even of total strangers, the pics from the evening are here ) which I wrote and published at 1.30 in the morning.. as you do!  but the bride and groom did see the post before they went to bed and loved the photos, so that was lovely to hear!
Here's a quick photo of the happy couple with his work colleagues!
l to r Kirsty, Monica, me, Lesley, Kelsie, Joshua, Phil, James, Jo (James' girlfriend) Kerryn (married to) Shaun. For some reason Phil's girlfriend isn't in the photo...

I don't have a desk/floor photo to show this week as it has nothing on it (except a new SD card for my camera which is really boring!)   so I'll share the 21st birthday card I made for my nephew's 21st birthday which is this week (he won't see this so it's safe to share)

the card base is by Craftwork Cards, and I used some of Elena's monster stamps for Paperartsy
I coloured the images with a mixture of distress oxides and Stabilo felt tip pens
The monster house was stamped onto distress oxide coloured book paper although I added so many layers of distress oxide the book text has disappeared now.

I will have new stuff to share next week though, as I am off to the Stamperama show at Stevenage on Sunday so will no doubt find something I "must" have (and will be getting a gelli plate after last week's workshop!)

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Last week's workshop

Last week I mentioned that I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Lin Brown after Lin, Emma Lesley and I had badgered her for ages to do a fabric workshop...  Totally out of my comfort zone (needles and sewing was involved)  but great fun!

We travelled on the Saturday and had dinner in the hotel which was opposite what is apparently one of the largest gay/bisexual/transgender clubs in the country... some of the guests at dinner were obviously heading there....

 Day one started with us preparing our fabric pages, we'd been asked to decide on a colour and theme in advance to save time.... like that worked!!

 essentials on the go early... chocolate, sweets and tea!
also my first go at the gelli plate - two firsts, fabric and gelli plates!
 despite having a table and chair (as opposed to my customary floor crafting) I still spent most of the time standing up... as did Lesley and Lin!
 my first gelli printed pages drying

 stencilling paste onto fabrics to use in our books

 starting to get the pages roughly laid out
day one ended with us adding some colour to our stencilled paste embellishments...
leaving them to dry..

 Day two... more prep work on the embellishments for the pages, deciding what to include on the page, (we'd brought some of our own lace/trims/bits and bobs we thought might be useful too)

 I did get some beading done.... may have made a passing reference to this on my WOYWW this week, HOW small are the eyes in beading needles... Lin B had to thread my needle for me, I couldn't see to do it even with my glasses on!
but there are teeny tiny beads along the lace trim at the bottom....

Didn't take many photos on day two, we were too hard at work...
 however, I had made myself at home spreading out around my chair...
 Lin and Emma hard at work...
yikes!! look at the mess we made...

We didn't get very far with our books, I have no pictures at all of what the others started (but love love love the colours Emma was working with)  and hopefully I will get some more of my book done soon....
watch this space!

Once again Lin thanks for letting us invade your house and for this fabulous workshop.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Hi, deskers and happy WOYWW to you again. Wednesday yet again, don't they come round quick!
After a couple of days off work for the fabric workshop I mentioned briefly last week. it's back to it today!  First though, time for Julia's desk-fest  Link your craft space/desk/carpet/kitchen here..

Desk then, well, floor space, as you know I don't have a desk.

 Before I went away I received a package from Country View Crafts... a paper pack (Botanicals)  like the paper dolls - some clippings stickers and a pack of the quote chips.

Just because!

Following the wedding anniversary card last week, I have made another one with the same stencilled design for a lad at work who is getting married tomorrow and I colour co-ordinated it to the wedding colours (will see at the evening reception how well I did from his description..
Here's the card
 I used a Treasure Gold called Rose Quartz (I think, as one of my friends brought it on the weekend for me to borrow) to colour the stencilled gel  I did also, when I got home, add a bit of white fire which is a pale gold-y colour, over the pink, to try and get closer to the desired colour (shame you can't tip the card on the screen to see the shimmer!)
close up of the flowers, I used the same Treasure Gold on those too and put some wispy fibres and tiny dried flowers (Anna Marie Designs) and
wrapped the stems in what I used for electric blue ribbon (the colour theme being described to me as rose-gold and electric blue)

 WIP?  work in progress.. the fabric book from the workshop... LOTS of work still to do but here's a sneak peak of a bit of it
this will be the front cover... before we left, Lin did sew all my wadding in place between my pages, so now I will need to add all my extra layers and embellishments with glue (hurrah!)

I would like some day to get a machine for some mixed media work (not that I used one over the weekend to see how I got on) but have NO surface available to put it so for now, it's not going to happen!
The background pages (all thin cotton/calico type fabric) were gelli-plated, so at least I've tried THAT now!
and a largely done inside page... I did some beading on the lace trim at the bottom (not going to take that up, I couldn't even see - with my reading glasses on - to thread the needle!  boy those beading needles have small eyes!)

I will do a full post with pics from the weekend and some more of my WIP - and will show the pages as I get further with them - as and when!

But had better go now, as I've run on a bit.. happy desking!

I need a 21st birthday card now, for my nephew, I saw my brother on Tuesday and he mentioned it is Will's 21st next week... think some Paperartsy monsters may come out!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WOYWW 426 - August???

I know we say this every month.. but I don't know how it's August...
However, we can't stop the clock turning and the months passing... let' s do some desk hopping instead!  Julia and the gang are waiting for you here.. with a fabulous new WOYWW logo too.

Desk time... well, floor time, you know me by now.
 the journals are on my workmat, the little one shows a page I've been working on in fits and starts... I am itching to start one of the new ones I have put aside ready... I love the A5 size I normally use (the one here is smaller, A6) so I may have to break into one very soon...
 the pile for the workshop at the weekend is growing, has been reorganised and is waiting to be packed.  the pile of fabrics and trims are on a small (ish) box of bits and bobs...
we're doing a fabric book, which will involve sewing (HELP!!!) and I am really looking forward to it..
We were told to take some favourite bits we may want to incorporate...
and the silver wedding anniversary card got finished and posted (no idea if it was received as my brother and SIL are away in Bath according to their FB update!)

3d gel stencilled (Donna Downey stencil) then coloured lightly with silver Treasure Gold and added some flowers wrapped in silver rikrak and placed on a white feather (just because I found it when I was rummaging, for no significant reason!)

Anyhow, hopefully next week I'll have the results of my workshop to share... have a great WOYWW and happy birthday yesterday to Jan.  (hope the card wasn't too late!)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


It's time for WOYWW again...the day of the week where we share our crafty spaces...
Link yours here
 got an aerial shot for you today, as there isn't a lot going on..

the journal page from the previous post is still sat there...

the oxides have moved though, they are now next to the first release pile!
to the right (on top of my boxes of Fresco paints)  is a little box of supplies I am getting ready to take to a workshop at the beginning of August (yes, very prepared!)

In case you didn't see the journal page fully or don't have time to read the previous post, here's a closer look
so that's me today... got to make a wedding anniversary card for my brother and his wife, for the 1st, and I have no ideas... also I think it's their 25th... so needs to be special (must check that!)

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Journal play with Oxides and Alison Bomber's stamps

Well on Wednesday I included a picture on my WOYWW post, of a journal page in progress..

today I can share it more fully; it's finished.

 so this was the journal page I'd gesso'd and added patches of the new release distress oxides, direct to the page, then smooshed around with a damp paintbrush, and the black soot I used to stencil (imagination crafts)
I threw some water drips on the page pre-stencilling.
 today, I did some stamping with one of the Alison Bomber quote sets for Paperartsy, using the oxides..  they stamp so well...

 added some drips of white Amsterdam acrylic ink, which picked up some of the distress colour from underneath.  I partly blotted the ink, then closed the book to get a 'kiss' on the other side to add to my drips

I added splatters of watered down white gesso (getting it all over the place in the process) with my Tim Holtz splatter brush
before stamping some of Alison's quotes in Oxide, over the background
I then added some stencilling (Donna Downey's poppy stencil) with Little Black Dress Fresco paint,
 I stamped one of the quotes on scrap white card and cut into separate lines, and edged with oxide (frayed burlap and a touch of black soot over the top)  before sticking to one page.

I really love this poppy stencil - had it ages, this is the first time I've used it!!

Really had fun with this.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Welcome back... as I write this (Tuesday evening) it's getting dark.. but not dark from being late.. dark as it in might rain... we are forecast heavy thunderstorms... hope they're wrong!  It's very humid..

Anyhow, it is time to assemble for Julia's weekly WOYWW  (What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday)  and the first thing I am going to do is send you away.. if you want to of course - THIS is the link for the post about my day at Wimbledon last Saturday for the Ladies Final...  I know a lot of you have already been and seen, so thank you.
In case you don't have time to check out the post (there were a lot of photos!) this photo proves I was there...

at the last minute I found a new dress to wear... well, it was a posh hospitality package, we had to dress up!

Anyhows, onto my deak...

 this is actually a cheat, as it's from Saturday night when I got home - my souvenirs from the tennis - the towel (see below) in it's own clear holdall with a carrying strap, very useful (always good to know where your towel is, as every HitchHiker should know...)  - the ticket, the programme, the lanyard and the Karen Millen voucher (read the post for full details!)

I had to open the towel to check it out... not sure I will be using it, it's too good a souvenir to actually use!

I also had happy mail last week, in the form of.....

the new Distress Oxides - all at once, all together, all earlier than I expected.... and yes I gave the same place I got them from last time, another chance to deliver - which they did!

Once I'd recovered from Saturday . I had to have a little play...
these are the Oxides, applied over a gesso'd journal page, direct to paper and then smooshed around with a wet paintbrush.  Dried, and then threw some droplets of water at them...

just realised there should be another colour on there, the Black Soot... which I have used... sit tight a sec....

I stencilled Black Soot onto the background.

Obviously since then, the journal has sat on the craft mat waiting for something else to happen to it....  soon, journal, soon!

Ok, I've kept you long enough... off to the next desk!  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WOYWW 423 - a WIP at last!

Welcome to another Wednesday desk-fest.  Julia's back from holiday and her desk count is back on track, we should all be numbered week 423 today...  you'll find the link here

I didn't have much time at the weekend (Hampton Court Flower Show was gorgeous, if too hot to enjoy fully - many many photos here if you've not seen) but I did start a new journal page (in my big A4 journal)

I'll do a full blog post about the page when it's finished (probably not till after the weekend, or at least after Saturday) so no close ups yet, but I've used gelatos for the colour on the page itself and the pens you can see on the left, for the colouring.  The stamps I've used (hidden in the background) the text stamps by Alison Bomber and the main images Jo Firth-Young, for Paperartsy.

Saturday this week is extra special.  Wimbledon beckons - Ladies Final day!!  Courtesy of my boss, of course; once again she is treating us big style!   In a big swanky corporate area right by the Royal Box (so may add a tv appearance to go with my radio one the other week!....)

I spent Monday trying desperately to find a new dress to wear, but failed, so will be wearing an old favourite... not 100% sure WHICH old favourite yet!!

So there will be photos from Wimbledon between now and next week's desk, hopefully!  Watch out for the link on social media, and I'll include it here next Wednesday.

Have a great week - I will!!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Welcome to another Wednesday (and July, by crikey!) At the rate this year is zipping along it'll be You Know What soon... Anyway, we are reporting for duty at Julia's once more...

Temperatures are set to soar again in the southern part of the UK and the Wimbledon tennis championships are now on, so my new stamps are largely un-inked still...
There "may" be some more new stamps since last week...
 some beautiful quotes by a new designer to the Paperartsy stable, the wonderful Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures (if you don't know her check out her blog; she creates such beauty!)

and some more "monsters" from Elenazinksi (which a bit like Stampotique characters, people either love or hate)

There also "may" be some more on order - Seth Apter has brought out another two sets for Paperartsy and they are just gorgeous...

I finished the journal ... it's full -  very full, look! I think you could say it's bulging!
this is the very last page (it's sister which you've seen in stages of "done-ness")  is here  or in the post beneath this one if you prefer!

I had an exhausting but fun day last Saturday, not only did I go to Kew I then also went up to London, mainly to see the new extension and entrance at the Victoria and Albert Museum... walked for miles, and took a photo or 400....
I know several of you have been kind enough to see them already.

This coming Saturday I am off to the Hampton Court Flower Show, I didn't go last year, so I am looking forward to going again.
So there'll be more flowers, but in a different setting!!

Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to this week.