Wednesday, 17 May 2017


No sooner have I cleared gold powder off my trousers than we are back again.. no more disasters luckily!

Time for another desk share then... have been shopping again (and only some of the orders have arrived, to tease you all..)

a nice large picture for you to see easily... some fabulous new stencils by Stencil Girl (courtesy of Artist Trading Post) and my replacement Lindy's sprays... not mixed them up yet.
the stamps are a gift from a friend who was having a bit of a de-stash and these were the ones I opted for... and a pack of Yupo paper which (once she found it!) she's been offering to send for me to try for ages.
as you can see I've used one of the stamps already, on a pre-played with journal page...

Oxides again, for colour.
Hiding in the background, some tissue wrap (Tim Holtz) that I had used for a birthday card..

  Some mark making with white and black paint and stencilled flowers (a Donny Downey stencil) with black gesso.

Another one of the stamps from Miriam, always love a dream stamp !

this journal is now nearly full, just a couple of pages left - can't wait to start a new one!
 The gold trees are progressing... lots of texture paste round the edges - there was a layer there last week, but I have added to it, to highlight the white edges where the gold didn't spread.
added some birds flying round the trees
and some tone on tone yellowy-orange stamping in the background. you can't see it very well in this picture

We'll see how this comes on for next time!
Depending on whether the new stash has arrived  that may also make an appearance..

till then, happy desking - see you at Julia's 
sorry to keep you longer than I should... hope I don't get told off!


Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your teasing us with your *I'm still waiting for goodies* Helen.. Lots of loveliness on your desk today and your journal page is coming on a treat, I look forward to seeing those spaces filled next week... Have a good one.. Tracey xx

sandra de said...

Great AJ pages and I think your collection of goodies perfect. I particularly like the stamps you have used. Have a great week.
sandra de @3

Anne said...

Lots of really interesting . What I call proper crafty, creative stuff on your desk Helen. Makes mine look a little tame :-) Great pages in your journal. Anne x #10

Lynn Holland said...

You are so focused on what you do. Not fiffing and faffing like me haha
Lynn 12 x

Miriam said...

Great journal pages helen.... Pleased you are enjoying your stamps xx

Annie said...

Really love your pages Helen. Have a great week.
Annie x #14

Neet said...

Love those letters you have added on the last picture. I like things like that in my own journalling.
Some great purchases and nice to see some of them in use already - great journal pages.
Hugs, Neet xx

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love, love the goodies, and LOVE the pages!

Sarah Brennan said...

Great goodies and journal pages. It's good to see the progress on the gold pages. Sarah #17

Christine said...

Love all your goodies .... exciting times for both of us but I don't know when I will be free to use mine.
Wishing you lots of self control to finish the journal before starting a new one!
Christine #20

lisa said...

Those new stencils look great, you can never have enough can you? I am constantly tempted. Love all your pages, you are looking very industrious.
Have a great week
Hugs Lisax #19

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I'm disappointed, I thought you were going to have silver paint on your top this week instead of gold trousers!! :-D I'm loving that big tree in the journal pages - you're right, the addition of the white edges really emphasises the rest of the page. Lovely!
Hugs, LLJ 6 xxx

Bubbles said...

LOVE the stamps - the image on the "Be happy in the moment" one is super-cute :)
The gold pages are lovely and the added birds and edging are fantastic - once again, it all looks so tactile:)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Bubbles #22

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Lovely new stash - those stencils look really useful. Fab journal pages - next week I will be back in my art journal! The trees are gorgeous and progressing well. Ali x #23

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, loving the journal pages. I've seen a lot of stuff done with Yupo paper, it seems to get used a lot with alcohol inks. Great stamps and stencils.Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #7 XxX

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Loving your journal pages Helen. Great goodies and desk. Tracy x

Sharon said...

Pages look great! Love the stencils. I've been using them to make backgrounds with - which seems to be something I can't stop making lol.

Sharon K #29

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

making progress Helen, in your pages and in purchasing dept too :D
loving he first page... progressing well!
Thanks so much for sharing your desk and happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x #27?

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Helen, so loving those new stencils but you're making me feel guilty as my poor journals have been neglected recently, must get back to them. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x15x

Monica said...

your journal pages is a great piece of art journaling and you used the stamps so well. It is very satisfactory to receive a present annd then get to use it.
Monica #30

Jan Ltc said...

What a great WOYWW TFS xx Jan

Lindart said...

Oh my! What a great stash! I'm jealous! I can't imagine why anyone would give away those awesome stamps (I don't let go of any of my stamps - as soon as I do, I know I will want to use it! LOL!) Your journal pages are awesome, I love the textures, and the tree page is coming along nicely! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #33

Scribbling and sketches said...

such beautiful pictures! Great stencils, too. Have a good week, Lynne #37

Suzanne Alexis said...

I love your decorated journal pages. You've given me some ideas for mine (which are very plain at the moment). Have a good week!

Suzanne #38

Plush Possum Studio said...

Your 2 page tree spread is looking even more interesting than last week. Can't wait to find out more!
Rose of Rose's Art Garden

Unknown said...

Helen, I love it when you go shopping!! Thanks so for visiting me. Sandy Leigh #34

BJ said...

Love the big black gessoed flowers a big WOW for me. Busy day 11am-6pm it was my birthday gift to a crafter friend so we cut loads of diecuts out and filled a goodie bag for her to keep. I'm exhausted. Thanks for the visit. BJ#4

Andrea said...

hi, Helen, you can't beat a good shopping haul the stencils are great I'm slowly beginning to build up a wee collection of my own. I especially like the text one and the art script is ace.I use mine on ATCs not brave enough to go bigger yet but finding my arty freedom slowly although still don't like inky fingers !!. what great page I love the stamp it looks great quality and your background is looking great I love the texture and the floral silhouette stamp is fab. I do love your work and great to see the trees progressing too happy belated woyww wishes and crafty hugs andrea #42

Kim said...

I love all your new stash! Stencil Girl has my favorite stencils. And I love your journal pages...the trees are amazing! Thanks for visiting, and have a great week.

Dorlene Durham said...

Great journal pages. I love a good DREAM stamp too. Thanks for visiting me earlier. Happy WOYWW! Dorlene #40

April said...

Nice crafty stash. Great friends share craft stuff. ;-) Journal pages are looking great.
April #26

Sue said...

Hi Helen,

Have fun with your new stash.

Journal pages are lovely.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #18

Twiglet said...

I love the way you use that stash of yours - the pages will be fab I am sure. x Jo

buterfliecrafter said...

hello Helen, yet again nice new additions, especially those awesom, I suppose free, stamps.Just wondering with all the new supplies all the time, are you able to use all of them at least once lol??? have a nice weekend, vicky

glitterandglue said...

Hello Helen. Finally got to commenting... Well, those gold, oh so gold, pages are really coming on. I like those tree pages. Gorgeous. Thanks for visiting.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

okienurse said...

ooh my gosh! I am so impressed with the stencils! I think stencils and embossing folders are some of my favorite crafting tools. Great looking pages! I haven't bought any of the oxide distress inks yet. I have so many different ink pads etc I would have to get rid of them to justify more! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. I was so happy that I remembered in time. Vickie #43

butterfly said...

Fabulous stencils and both page spreads are looking amazing. I just love the texture and those huge flower stems, and scrumptious tinting on the photo stamp. Love the trees against the leftover gold spritzing too - and that framing texture is very cool.
Alison x