Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WOYWW 444 - a finished task (sort of)

I can't remember the last time I wrote a post apart from on a Wednesday...hopefully soon!  However, Wednesday it is (or will be soon) and WOYWW again  - time to share workspaces... As ever, our lovely Julia (who has been off drinking gin in Wales if pictures on FB are to be believed!) has the link here at the Stamping-Ground

But I have had some time off work this week to get my Christmas cards finished (tick, if you don't count the writing and addressing!!)  and my Christmas present shopping started (today hopefully, just hope inspiration strikes overnight or it'll be another aimless wander round the shops...)

But, floor time...
 the stencil duly arrived last week (still too big for what I had intended, but did get used)
 Sunday I made 11 and Monday/Tuesday another 13....
have laid them out a bit so sneak some designs for you...

but this was Tuesday night's task... stamping the middles because as I said last week, like a twerp I didn't do them as I was going along... only one or two smudges or touch ups required with a pen! 

so now the writing... probably leave that for another night, but soon so they can be posted nice and early.

I really do think next year I'll give them a miss and either send bought ones or do what lots of people do and make a charity donation instead!

Wish me luck with the presents!  I'll catch your desks as soon as I can (or when I give up in despair and come home!)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WOYWW 443 - more Christmas cards..

Welcome back for another Wednesday round up at WOYWW - who stole November?  Cannot quite believe that it's December on Friday!! 

I am still slowly slowly making Christmas cards... so many still to do. 
I took them down to count them up this morning and check the list... I've booked a few days off work at the start of next week to try and get them finished!! 

the pile may look large but there are only about 32 there...   and I have half a tissue masterboard I've been using for some backgrounds

I was looking for a snowflake stencil to add another layer to the masterboard.. but the one I have (the original Dylusions snowflake stencil) has all different sizes and they're all too big... I have like a gazillion stencils and you never have the one you want!!  (I have ordered another one now!)

I've done a mixture of designs - I get bored doing the same ones over and over - but I am still loving the grumpy penguins I got last year so have been doing quite a few with them.

Hopefully by next week they'll all be done... then comes the "fun" bit of writing them!!  Have to admit that is not my favourite bit...
Till then, happy desk hopping. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


slowly slowly....

unlike the weeks which are rocketing by, it's time for another WOYWW already!  Not sure who's stealing time but can I have some back please... Head to Julia's for the link and the whys and wherefores

anyhow, as I was saying, slowly slowly, the pile of cards is growing..
 but I am still not really in the mindset so where my evenings should be hard at them, instead they are .... not.

on some of the cards I've used some die cut words (a Tim Holtz die)

 so on Sunday I spent a while forcing the dies through the Big Shot - forcing because I was trying to do lots of them at a time, filling cut cutting platform, but that was a false economy because they wouldn't all cut fully.

eventually I got a few each of the words I'll use more of, and one of the others just so I have them...

I found a little box to store them in

But, as it is "desk" sharing day, I'd better share today's view... well, obviously it's Tuesday night's view..

took a 'vertical' view ... last year's favourite Grumpy Penguins are making a re-appearance as I love them.
balanced on the pile of texture paste pots is a card tht was left to dry (it's well dry now!)

to the left of the tv (Strictly, It Takes Two)  is the pile of cards

to the left of the craft mat and the penguins, are the boxes of everyday supplies that have now got rather over full and cause a tumbling mess when I look for anything (foam pads, glue, being the main culprits)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be round soon! 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Hi, fellow deskers.  Welcome to another What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday... I am still having to force myself to keep at the Christmas cards..
 A little pile of cards I've made  this week, (well at the weekend really) although I have made the fatal mistake of not getting out my wordy Christmas stamps to stamp inside as I go (I never use inserts, just can't be faffed!) 

some colouring being done too on the sheet on the left. and at top just under the teetering box of "stuff" are some of the trees I was using last time
On the craft mat you can see some dies...

so here is the pic I took of them (ready for today) when they arrived..

3 new Seth Apter dies for his Spellbinders range, and a stamp - it is called French Script ... it's quite a Gothic style so you can't (well, I can't) make out any of the words... but will make a good background. 

So, I should be eating dinner and getting some more colouring done (writing this before Tuesday dinner!)  - we'll see if that happens! 

Had a slightly damp trip to Kew on Saturday (couldn't miss two in a row) and snapped some great raindrop shots (they are all here if you have time)  but I'll leave you with my favourite to whet your appetite...
Happy desk day!! 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

WOYWW 440 - Christmas has started!

wow, Wednesday again!!  Time to hit some desks - Julia's waiting!
I didn't go to Kew last Saturday (it was forecast heavy rain - although in the end it was nowhere near as heavy as that...could have gone after all)  but instead pottered around.. went shopping

called into the Works.. as you do.  been keeping an eye out for those wooden tulips for months, some Works version of Enamel Accents - 3d pearl paint, and some Christmas curling ribbons which will either make it to embellish some gift wrapping or may go on some cards or even a mixed media project or other!

Sunday I finally started some Christmas cards...
 using some Paperartsy stamps by Jo Firth Young and Elena's Zinski ranges

I also started a couple of sheets of tissue with some brayered Pebeo iridescent paints...

 on the way home from work tonight I had an idea to use a Memory Box die of some fir trees...

so I have a sheet full of trees die cut... my first idea to add snow (in the form of a slightly glittery texture paste) is drying on the card base top right...

My next idea was to spray some of the trees with a white Lindy's Stampgang spray to add the snow...

we'll see how that turns out!

Thanks for the comments about stamping the skulls - I have and indeed had thought of using, the long cutting platform as the mount.  will give it a go

Watch this space!   Till then, happy desk hopping - see you at the Stamping-Ground

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


That was a quicker week than ever!  Here we are reporting for desk duty with Julia - and it's November!
I'm really starting to sound like my Mum - or my Grandmother!

I don' t have much to share today, my floor space has gone untouched ..
although I did manage to stamp out the skulls ... after spending some time looking for a long acrylic block I was convinced I had that would fit the stamp (it's nearly 12 inches long) - I'm still not 100% sure I don't have one... I tried it without a block (not bad but not perfect) and with two smaller ones - that worked ok, by inking the stamp and putting it onto the card, then laying the first block on top of the stamp and lining up a second one next to it, and pressing down.... the hardest bit was removing the block without wobbling the stamp (till I realised all I needed to do was lift the blocks together and the stamp would come with them - doh!!)

I had planned to use them in a journal page but so far haven't got any further...
Something tells me instead I really ought to be starting my Christmas cards very very soon!!

I'll leave you with a picture from Kew last Saturday in the sunshine - more here
I loved these little guys - part of a special Artful Autumn event (finished now, sadly) - tai chi practicing willow men - called the Treelings

Have a great week!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Cheam Scream 2017

Today saw the second Cheam Scream Hallowe'en event in Cheam where I work, organised by Cheam Life, a local social media network that encourages community spirit in the local area.

My office at Monica Bradley Associates joined in again....

We decorated the office this morning in readiness for 3pm and the anticipated 1000 ish kids who'd bought wristbands to take part...

the sun was shining brightly, very un-hallow'en like!

Dressing up time!

 Josh cutting a dashing Dracula
 Josh and Leslie, looking the part

Leslie supplied the wall hangings,

Josh and Leslie  and the other Lesley.,  told you it was sunny!
Ready for 3pm and the start ....

 we were soon surrounded by witches and skeletons and all sorts..  there were some fabulous costumes!

 although we were in the quieter road, it was still busy!

It got a bit crowded outside...tried to have an in one door out the other... not very successfully!

 Monica and the daughter of one of her friends

 some scary final visitors...
 time for a welcome drink!
and a gorgeous sky as I got home!

I meant to write this on my photos blog, but can't change it now!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

WOYWW 438 more impulse shopping...

Hi, welcome back deskers - amazingly time for another What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday ... the cold came and has nearly gone, still quite bunged up and coughing a lot, but I haven't felt ill at all and managed Kew on Saturday again (here)  if you have time or the inclination,

But impulse shopping... well yes.   Sue from Artist Trading Post put a post on Facebook about new stamps and new Scrapinek chipboard... so it would have been rude not to investigate, right?
(Ordered on Sunday, despatched on Monday, received on Tuesday.... brilliant!! )

a row of skulls (Carabelle Studio stamps..) love these-  even though I don't "do" Hallowe'en, but there were fab.... and the chipboard pieces... and a bottle of black Ecoline ink, mainly to bulk it up to  qualify for free P&P...

Now of course I should be making Christmas cards, never mind anything else, but I haven't done a thing.  And somehow, it's the end of October next week, not a card in sight.... maybe I'll buy them this year!! 

Glad you all liked the boots (I bought - more kind of impulse shopping - a skirt and jumper that would go well with them on Sunday!)  I have to say they are very comfy (only do flats these days!)

Ok, that is me this week, will allow you to get on and visit some more desks, Julia is waiting for you....

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WOYWW 437 - I made something!

Hello again deskers.  Yet another Wednesday.  Time to report to desk duty for WOYWW 

You did all make me smile with your comments about the boots...
I did nearly include one last week. 
You know (well Jan does) how I love my up to the knee (over the knee) boots!

It was hard to do with me in them; but I wanted you to get the full effect as it were.

Lush, aren't they!
 on to the made something bit of the post!

I have a friend whose birthday is soon

I forced myself to finish the card tonight (I have a raging sore throat and am coming down with a cold)
 started with a brayered background with Fresco paints in blues and white
the image is by Dina Wakley and the sentiment one of Julia's Mama's I bought crop before last.

Will be catching as many of your desks as I can soon.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

WOYWW 436 - more shoppng

Hi, deskers.  It's time for another desk fest.  Link as always at Julia's gaff. ..

Thanks for all your visits last week..
I haven't put ink to the new stamps yet... but as the title suggests, have done more shopping!  I did say last week I was in a 'shopping' phase... I can go ages and then - bam! 
I bought 2 pairs of new boots the other Sunday (see, it's not only crafty shopping I'm in the mood for!) one for walking at Kew as my previous pair were leaking, and one in the most lush burgundy suede (totally impractical but had to have them)
but you don't want to see them, you want to see my desk!

 3 lots of shopping to be precise!

a Tim stencil and die,  (Country View Crafts) some Stampotique wooden stamps (love that they still do wooden mounts)

and a couple of Carabelle studio stamps.  the one on the right, a French text plate, is totally unmounted and designed for printing on the gelli plate with.   (That's Crafty)

Not that I've opened the gelli plate yet!
the Stampotiques came beautifully wrapped - and yes, I saved the tape - well from one parcel, the other one it was stuck fast
(Artist Trading Post, Sue Tucker took over the store after Jamie and Kasia gave it up to concentrate on the Wanderlust online classes. Great service from Sue as always)

I like to do by enabling bit for you all! 

Saturday last week saw me once again visit Kew... taking another 400 plus photos and walking 10k... Julia, you'd be very welcome to join me there one weekend, we don't have to walk that far!