Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Welcome back, it's Wednesday again already! (or will be by the time you read this)... time for another desk sharing around the world...  Julia has the news here

Well. Ally Pally craft show has been and gone... all the info and pics here
It was a great day out, met up (but failed to get any pics with) Cindy, Shaz (and Doug) and Erika, and my non Wednesday desking friends too... Spent way more than I intended to but - hey, who needs food anyway?!
In case you don't have time to read the whole review post here are the "what did I buy" pics again for you.

oxide reinkers (saw some great ideas for using these) , tags, journalling pens, prima mechanicals, ink pads, stamping platform
 stamps, stencils, gems, packs of ephemera,

papers, packs of tissue, more stencils...
packs of flowers...

some of these goodies were bargain discounted goodies from Paperartsy but yes, it does look as if it cost a lot!! 

I spent Sunday not quite knowing where to start with any of this but did have a quick play with some of it, no real projects finished - just a bit of playtime
 middle left, this week's journal in progress for France Papillon challenge, centre, square journal and tags
closer look - the offcut of card is with one of the great techniques I saw with Oxide Reinkers - you put white paint on your craft mat, a couple of drips of reinker, spritz with water and smoosh your card through it. . mine isn't a very good example, but then I tried out some new stamps/inks on top.

the journal background is done in similar fashion, white gesso and reinkers dripped along the top, then spread out with old credit card,
the tag in middle has a new stencil and the Lavinia hares (I love these,  LLJ you would too I am guessing!)   and the tag on the right, is the one I did in my spur of the moment demonstration (read in the write up about that!) 
I'll leave you to get on round the desks, or Head Desker will be rebuking me! 


HeARTworks said...

Oh my! What a treat!!! I will stay away from a craft show like that I think! Yeah sure! If there was something organized here in the Philippines, I might be first in line!!! :^) patsy

Nikki said...

Wow Helen that is a lot of new stash for sure and my picture is actually a pastel chalks itsbeen sealed so it goes very vibrant. Happy woyww hugs Nikki

Annie said...

Wow that’s a lot of new stash but I’m certain you will have lots of fun using it all. I really love the tags you’ve made this week....gorgeous colours.
Annie x #10

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Helen, looks like you had a good time. Was there anything left when you finished shopping Lol! Loving what you've done so far and look forward to seeing the finished journal pages. Have a lovely woyww and thanks for the visit to mine, Angela x12x

Sarah Brennan said...

Wow Helen, It certainly looks as if you had a good time at Ally Pally. Thanks for the tip about the reinkers. I am always on the lookout for new ways of creating backgrounds. Happy WOYWW Sarah #14

Christine said...

Well, that's no.1 tip for my re-inkers techniques book!!!
Love your tags and, yes, I can understand not knowing where to start!! The only trouble I can see ahead for you is ....once you start you wont know when to stop. Look forward to all the new creations.
Take care and have a good week
Christine #18

Neet said...

Oh Helen, what a wonderful shop! You needed all of those things though didn't you? Nothing bought on a whim or anything. Good for you girl, you can't take it with you so spend it and enjoy the spending.
I am really interested in the reinker techniques, like who did them - what stand was it. I ask because I would search them out even though you have given a detailed description of what you did. Not sure on the credit card one. Did you put the paint on the mat and spread there or straight on the journal page? Oh heck - questions question!
Thanks for visiting me - Hugs, Neet 2 xx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, great stash, it's far too easy to spend at these shows though, I agree. Love what you got, so many interesting things. Like the ideas with the reinkers, going on my 'must have a go' list, lol. That'll be the list that's about 10 miles long! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6 XxXx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thanks so much for your inspiring posts over the past year Helen, i've finally taken the WOYWW plunge!! What delicious purchases, you will have such fun creating with them and I can not wait to see what you do with those reinkers sheer genius in a bottle. Thank you for sharing WOYWW.
Happy Crafting Tracey x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, you did have fun at AP!! What a lovely lot of new stash, at least you have played with some of it :-D. The journal pages are fab, you have a real talent for making beautiful books like that.
Hugs LLJ 9 xxx

Carmen Wing said...

What's the owl - is that paper? and the hares are gorgeous. Love it all! I really need to come one day - I keep forgetting or spending all my money!

Have a lovely week,
Carmen x #23

Kim said...

WoW! Looks like you had a very successful show! Thanks for sharing the reinker technique, I love the hare tags and journal page: I'll have to give it a try. Have a great week.
-K #30

Angie said...

WOW! There is so much there to create with, what a lucky lady you are. Your journal page is great, I keep saying I want to do that, but something else always comes up! Thanks for visiting!
Angie #28

StampinCarol said...

Wow! What a haul! Just read Shaz's post. That's quite an event! You certainly have some great items to play with!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Carol N #22

My name is Cindy said...

Yeah, I kinda blew the budget as well.... pleased with pretty much everything even my Hochanda raffle prizes!! Maybe I'll post a photo just for yu (I did take one when I unpacked LOL). My shoebox full of things that haven't been used yet is officially full. I rationalised it by the thought that I won't be back in September and I never seem to make it anywhere else. Have a good Wednesday, Cindy #19

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

To answer your question about the eye shadow and blush, I had planned to spray sealer on them. However, unlike pan pastels that brush off if you even accidentally touch the pastel, the eye shadow and blush didn't move. I ran my hand over them (and hard, too, I might add) and the colors didn't budge. So, to answer your question, I don't think you need sealer with these. Once on, they were permanent. Remember, this is powder only, no creams, like some of the blushes were.

Sue said...

Hi Helen, I am drooling at your lovely new stash. You obviously had a great time.

Loving your journal pages.

You made a comment on my blog that you hadn't seen my desk untidy. Check out this years posts on my blog: 4th April,21st March, 7th March, 7th February and 10th January.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy WOYWW.
Sue #20

Lindart said...

Wow! What a stash! That should keep you going for quite awhile! I love the bunny stamps, and the tag you made with it! Your journal page looks great - I love the texture. Thanks for the re-inker idea, I will have to try it! Thanks for your visit, Lindart #29

Stacy Sheldon said...

Hi Helen, oooh fun stuff followed you home :) I like how the tags are progressing too. ~Stacy #27

Debbie Rock said...

Oh what a pity you didn’t find much to buy at Ally Pally - hope you managed to enjoy it anyway!
Bloomin’ annoying that the mojo is overflowing but the body is not so willing - shall just do what I can when I can & hope for the best. Love to you from Debbie. Xxx

okienurse said...

OMG! What a haul of good stash! I love those new stencils! I looked back at the pictures and Ally Pally seems like my kind of place. There is a scrapbook/stamping show in Dallas/Ft. Worth each year but this year it is when I have booked a cruise so I can't go...color me sad! Great job on the tag! Thanks for visiting me earlier. Vickie #32

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great haul! Your playtime and journal are both looking good! Chrisx

butterfly said...

What a fabulous haul! The AALL&Create stamps are so cool, and those rusty Mechanicals look fabulous. Loving the springtime colours on your tags and pages and very much looking forward to seeing some more of that new stash in action.
Alison x

Kelly said...

Hello, Helen! Love seeing all of the goodies you ladies found at AP. Such fun stuff! Thanks for stopping by. I'll have an update on Bear for everyone on Wednesday. Hugs & Creative Blessings! Kelly #24

Ginny Maxam said...

I had so much fun reading your post and drooling over your purchases! I'm going to a stamp show in a few weeks, a good size one- I'm actually going to be working at the Creative vision booth. I haven't bee to a show in 3 years! Can't wait! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Ginny#25