Wednesday, 4 December 2019


Well here we are again Wednesday  - December (yikes)  so it must be What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday... again!  Queen Julia has all the details..
I still haven't written out my Christmas cards - will have to wait for the weekend now as Thursday is our office party (half the office are struggling with colds/flu/sickness so it'll be a fun night........)  and I still don't know exactly what I'm wearing; so tonight I'll be getting ready!

Anyhow,  has there been arting here?  Sort of...
I started to get some ideas ready for my "special" Christmas cards..

not sure if this masterboard/background will make the grade yet.

Distress Oxide sprays of course...

Watch, as they say, this space!

There was a beautiful sky as I was walking to the bus stop on Tuesday morning
 glimpsed between buildings.

and a great reflection in the finished,  mostly glass, building, of the sky and the new building still going up

Last Saturday at Kew was equally beautiful,  the weather was gorgeous - pics here 

Hopefully next week I'll have something more interesting to share (not least because Susan at Country View Crafts is once again, doing her Christmas Advent specials.... oops!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019


Morning deskers!   Hope you've all had a creative week?  I haven't....  but reporting for desk duty with Julia once more... all the details and link is here 

Of course I didn't get my Christmas cards written, didn't even get the greetings stamped in the insides! 
I did however have another little play with the Dina Wakley stamps (well, the scribbly script one that Julia liked from last week)

 I do love a scribbly script!

this time I stamped it on the blank page in black archival ink before spraying with some Distress Oxide inks, but so far all else I've done is swiped a little paint in patches to tone it down a bit.

No idea what is going to happen next!

the next pic is even more staged!

when  I was at Kew on Saturday (pics here!) 
I saved my drinks cup - although it's fully compostable made from plant material of some sort (according to the blurb on the side)  - I liked it's cheery Christmas pattern so much I brought it home - either to alter in some way,  or I might just take it back and use it next weekend.

In their efforts to not use plastic and to encourage no waste, they make a surcharge in the cafes if you buy a drink that comes in a disposable cup - and you save that if you take your own. 
My camera bag is actually full already and doesn't have room for packing a cup, but I'll try!

Off to check out all your crafty spaces now! 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Once again we find ourselves assembling for desk sharing at Julia's the Stamping-Ground
Not sure that I have a valid desk for sharing today (well, when do I, working on the floor but you know what I mean...)
I finished off the journal page I was playing with last week - using the rest of the stamps from the Dina Wakley set I used already.

stamping without a block, so you only get a part image,multiple stamping in the same purple inks I used for the main images, turning them different ways to add to the pattern

I did mean to add some splatters... so maybe not so finished after all! 

I had to make a sympathy card for a dear crafting friend who lost her battle with cancer recently

it required test stamping of the image as I've not used it for ages, and wasn't sure how subtle to go with the colour

(the stamp is a wooden mounted one by B-Line designs, it's a beautiful image) 
the finished card.

Had another lovely visit to Kew on Saturday, and yay!! no rain! 
 just love the colours and patterns on these leaves - they look painted!

Happy desking! 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


And whizzzzzz  it's Wednesday again, which can only mean one thing... it's time for WOYWW - all the details at Julia's  
I don't mean to boast.... but I think (apart from some special ones)  .....I have finished my Christmas cards!
 I went back to the Paperartsy stamps by Sara Naumann and batch stamped another load of images

this was the work of an hour during Sunday's service for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, I always watch it on tv

I used a few different colours - mostly distress oxides

cut them up and layered them on to card blanks

22 more cards..

bish bash bosh! 

I also had a play in the journal... as a reward! 

it's so nearly the end of the book I am itching to start another one

spread some blobs of paint with an old credit card  and then dripped some distress oxide sprays and spread them with the card

stamped the Dina Wakley images with archival inks on both sides of the pages.  Was so wanting to use those stamps they've been sat here weeks!

the page isn't finished yet, it needs text of some kind and some more background stamping of some sort. 

Didn't get wet at Kew last weekend!!  Left just as it started to drizzle... Pics here  had fog, sun, and a lovely time!     this was the view of the river as I walked across Kew Bridge ! 

That's it from me, happy desk snooping day!

Wednesday, 6 November 2019


Time for another Wednesday get together, for WOYWW - where we show what's on our workdesks.  Julia once again is our beloved host

I seem to have taken two weeks to make one lot of cards - last week I had the stamped out designs.  This week (well at the weekend)  I assembled them into some more Christmas cards.
 there were 13 stamped out images, so that's another 13 for the pile

some of the images I close cut and others I trimmed to squares and edged with ink to match the stamping.

a small greeting, using the same ink colours and also outlined in ink to make it stand out and bingo!  cards done

(well, still no middles stamped  - every year I say, don't leave it till they're all done, do them as you go along........)

and a closer view

I kind of got bored with the stamp again so didn't carry on (haven't put the stamp away though - obviously! - so it may see some more colours later on)

Kew last Saturday was WET  -  but they were still dismantling the Chihuly sculptures so I got a bonus
pics here as always  and a sneak peak...

in case you don't recognise them like this laid out for crating up - this is what they looked like a couple of weeks ago..

Given how wet it was outside, I can't blame them for working inside - I imagine they will have finished by the time I go this weekend

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Another Wednesday (another month nearly finished!)... time to share our crafty spaces once more -  head to Julia's for the link and details...

I haven't got any more cards to show this week -  or not finished ones anyway.

I've gone back to an old faithful stamp - a Penny Black design I have had (and used) for years - this time I have used Distress Oxides spritzed with water - mostly Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough
but I have also used some layers of colours on some of them. 
Now I need to cut them down and layer them onto card blanks, but once that's done, there are quite a few more to add to the pile.
No doubt next it will be a different design - I get bored doing too many of the same thing.

Last Saturday saw me make a final visit to the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Kew - it has been a fabulous 6 months and I will miss them a lot - the link to the whole post is here  but as you may not have time to scroll through all of them, here are some of my favourites  -  all from last week, but my favourites of the glassworks too

they have changed so much as the seasons have changed around them, and totally alter the impact.. Magic!  (well, good planning on Dale's part obviously, but magic nevertheless)

 this one,
and this one, have been my absolute favourites from the whole thing. 

I may have to delay my visits to your desks until after work this week (apart from my fellow early birds)  as we are very busy and lunchtime may be curtailed a bit - but I'll see you soon! 

Wednesday, 23 October 2019


Well wouldn't you just know ... it's Wednesday again and desk sharing day again.  Head over to Julia's for the link and show us yours!

I am on a (small) roll with my Christmas cards with that stamp set from Paperartsy and got another 7 or so done at the weekend

when I was at Kew on Saturday (pics here )  I bought some goodies - they are reducing their Dale Chihuly souvenirs (although not the small glassworks unfortunately!!)  so I bought a canvas bag (half price) and a mug (quarter price) 

the biscuits weren't on offer, they just looked tasty!

it was a gorgeous day at Kew on Saturday - this one coming - the last weekend of the Dale Chihuly exhibits - is rumoured to be wet... but I will be there!

I'll be round to see your desks soon - I get the early birds done before work, some at lunchtime if I can, and finish off when i get home...

Tuesday, 15 October 2019


I'm writing this whilst watching Great British Bake Off and nearly started, good morning bakers...

let's start again.  Good Morning Deskers!  Whizzday or WOYWW day again...   time for another desk sharing get together with Julia and the gang - join in here    and even though I'm early prepping this it seems Julia is earlier still... so it's going to be a live post! 

I had planned to have loads to show today... but of course I haven't done a lot..
 I have rushed together another Christmas card using the new stamps from t'other week!

spritzed the card base with Victorian Velvet distress oxide spray, bit of water, bit of blotting...

stamped another of the leafy stamps just in black on white card

used the teeny greeting as an extra layer of background in pink ink and edged the card scrap with it too.

I have put the other 2 purple ones together too, so I now have a grand total of 4 finished cards!

Kew last Saturday was WET - had a fabulous time!  pics are here   hopefully this weekend will be drier! 

so, even though it's Tuesday, welcome to What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday....

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


Welcome to Whizzday.. WOYWW week 540.  The day of the week when we gather at Queen Julia's to share our craft spaces.

For a change, I have the promised new stamps to show...which true to form, arrived last Wednesday
I happened to see somewhere, that Dina Wakley had launched some new stamps and well.... I can't resist her silhouette figures!

I'm looking forward to playing with these beauties!

In the meantime though....

don't faint.... it's early October.... and I have started... well made (one) my Christmas cards....

I shamelessly took the colour idea from Nikki Acton on the Paperartsy blog when these stamps were launched...  I love purple for an alternative Christmas card base.

I also had a chance to play with some of the new Paperartsy Fresco paints that I showed you last week... one of the purples, and the sort of aqua blue-green overlaid on the background (which I failed to photograph before stamping and cutting up)

but I do have one finished Christmas card to show for my playtime!

I even managed to tie a relatively neat bow with my ribbon!

no doubt this will be the first and last card for some time, but at least I have one done!

I'll try to visit as many of your desks as I can in my lunchbreak and the rest of you later on!  Happy deskday!

p.s.  if you want last week's Kew link - here it is!  

Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Morning fellow deskers.. Normal service is resumed... enabler alert!  It's the first WOYWW  of October and many crafters' thoughts are turning to Christmas...

Now, don't be fooled into thinking I've made a start on my Christmas cards (heaven forbid!)  but Paperartsy had some more product launches last week .....

and so I indulged... and got some of the new Fresco paints (and another distress oxide too)  Because we all know I NEED more Christmas stamps like I need.... more paint probably!!  But I saw some fabulous samples made with this set (and another one from the same theme but manage to resist)  so I had to ...

I did also managed to add another couple of layers to the journal page from last week too... still nowhere near what I'd feel is finished...

I added some drips of Distress Oxide, which did what they should and oxidised, so the colours have changed somewhat

the blue (it looks black but is blue)  bundle to the left is a couple of strips of wide ribbon that I took off a big cosy throw the other day (I bought it to snuggle under on the sofa which is fatal as I am more likely than ever to not do any crafting of an evening...
but it had to be saved. 

there is another stamp set on the way too, which will probably arrive today and so have to be held over for next week... no hints, you'll have to wait and see! 
Have a great Wednesday, happy desk hopping!   
Oh, and the link to Kew (final early opening)  from last week is here   at least from this weekend I can turn the alarm off and just wake (it will still be in loads of time to get up and go!) 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Not going to say anything about it being Wednesday (Whizzday) again already, that would be predictable and boring.... but really?!!!    anyway, link your desk or crafty space with Julia's Stamping-Ground

My desk floor space today  is playing deja-vu  or spot the difference....

which basically means I've done   *!$%**      all since last week....  I did try to carry on with this journal page from last week... got as far as some black modelling paste stencilled on....

I also moved some brochures to the mat from my week off (and last week's trip to Kew)  that I "intend" to work into a journal page of some kind... can't say I'll be scrapping with them as I never print any of the photos I take (still don't have a printer;  never get organised enough to order prints of any of them...)     I didn't even go crafty shopping again!! 

Kew last Saturday was stunningly beautiful as several of you saw from my Facebook updates as I was there...
the full post is here   but as I don't have anything remotely interesting to share today I'll give you a bit of a hint with these:
 I apologise if you already saw them!
 some of the stunning Dale Chihuly glass sculptures...

I'll be back there  again next Saturday for the last early opening of the year, (which does mean that from now until May I won't have to get up at 5.30 on a Saturday morning any more)

Till then, happy desking and see you soon

Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Well last week flew by even faster than usual, and it was so quickly time to go back to work... I had several nice days out once I got home from my friend Lin's in Poole which was also lovely (although we could have done without the rain on the Monday)   It's time for WOYWW at Julia's again!

Whilst there she had to go into Hobbycraft so it would have been silly to sit and wait in the car....

the make up sponges aren't from Hobbycraft, they are from Primark and very good blending they allow too!  (I got those once I got home)  I wish I'd got a set of the pens in black now - these are shades of grey but I am sure I'll find some somewhere else.

 I had to make a couple of birthday cards at the weekend, this one is for my boss's birthday (today )
I used Oxide sprays and the blending sponges to add some oxide ink - very impressed with them using oxide ink

this is on a 8x8 base - it's a big stencil in the background!
and this is a smaller card for another work colleague on Friday.

This was a quick make as I had already got the meeces stamped and coloured and the background was in my scraps box, part of a leftover masterboard.

I am trying to resist Paperartsy this week, they have another new set of paints stamps and stencils being released... I am hoping to get to the end to see them all before splurging (let's face it we all know I WILL splurge eventually!)

I also had a bit of a play in my journal whilst I was off work - several pages but none finished 
This is the one I like most so far...
I was still on a pastel kick at the time with Fresco paints and similarly toned archival ink stamping.

and this one was one I started at Lin's - it felt really odd crafting in someone else's space without all my own things at hand - although we share a lot of the same things we like.

so I kept getting stuck with how I wanted to proceed with things!

this was another page I started there and lost my way on!
collaged background, used a transparent white paint over the top, stamped some characters.

since I got home I've added some Oxide sprays in light colours and got stuck again!

It's a very bad photo as the light is already on and I can't get the phone flash to fire!

a big thank you to Neet for linking me last week although I was in the end home and up to do so myself!
I'll leave you with the link to Kew from last weekend  and my days out in London here  and   here 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


I am probably not here... I am probably scheduling this post!  However, it is time for WOYWW at the Stamping-Ground again.
slight change of plan, am home... editing my scheduled post!

I have spent  a few days by the sea with my friend Lin in Poole.  Was hoping for good weather.

managed to add this from my phone to the post I started before I went...

this was on Saturday afternoon down at Poole Quay where we enjoyed an ice cream - it was a bit sunnier and definitely warmer than it looks in this photo!

the post I had scheduled included this photo..

I was still playing with the new Paperartsy Fresco paints from last time! I really like the pastel shades they've introduced this time round.

but we had some play time at her huge table in her craft room.

the last time I stayed this also doubled as guest bedroom but as her son and his girlfriend are now living in their own flat, their room is the spare bedroom - so more room to play!

 I''m working in the journal I took with me and Lin is prepping for a craft show she's going to in a few weeks
 she will kill me for including this but probably won't see it....

I took the mice stamps with me and added some of the ones I'd already coloured to this page (and indeed, one to the page I called finished last week!! )

Lin said this mouse went well with the page, as he was coloured in the right colours.

we did get out and about a bit with my camera, but they will be in a post on photosbyh  later - if I get them sorted tonight (Tuesday night)  I will add the link here (done!) 

till then, happy WOYWW