Wednesday 27 March 2019

WOYWW 512.....

Hello welcome deskers one and all.. It's Wednesday again, so it can only mean one thing... I've been shopping and got more new stuff to share with the gang at Stamping-Ground for WOYWW

 some more new JoFY stamps for Paperartsy...
and I have my eye on some more too!  Just waiting for my favourite stockists to get them in.

they just arrived tonight (prepping this post Tuesday night) so they're still in the packets.
Well, actually I keep them in the packets so when the cling gives out (as it always does) I don't lose random stamps in the storage box.  I just cut the top off for easy access.

 at the weekend I had a birthday card to make, and I couldn't bear to cut up the Distress Oxide masterboard sheet I shared last week, so made another one!

this is a  JoFY stamp too,
then I added some more layers to the journal page but forgot to take in between photos...

there's black modelling paste (the dotty circles) and more layers of distress oxide and more stamping (more circles) and then some watered down gesso...

I wanted to splatter the gesso but couldn't find my fan brush (it's here somewhere!) so used a brayer...

Not very happy with it now, so might cover up some more yet.
I'll be round to visit your desks as soon as I can.   Happy Desk Day!    There are of course, more Kew pics from last weekend here 

Wednesday 20 March 2019


Hi deskers, it's Wednesday again, time to share our desks chez Julia.. who is probably sitting in the sun right now...
You all know I've been in a spendy phase, right?    err....

 first up, stencils (I mentioned them last week, and both lots arrived at the same time)

the top 3 are by France Papillon (I've got the small version of the circles already, but fancied the bigger ones too.)

the bottom three are from the Crafters Workshop - they keep on releasing fab new stencils!
the tree, in the middle I blame on You-Tube...

then, I got a newsletter from Country View Crafts that tempted me .....
these papers arrived today
10 double sided sheets of gorgeousness - plus the backs of the front and back covers. 

sorry about the glare from the light!  I didn't want to take them out of the packet. 

it's a set called Mechanical Fantasy.

I did a little more faffing with the A3 sheet that is currently a bit like a masterboard...
 more oxide splatters, I love the drips

some white to make it pop, some more stamping,

it still isn't done as a background, it needs some black I feel.

May not use it for die cuts now, may use it in journals, or some of it.

I also flipped it over to dry it from the back too, I like the back as well!

I had a bit of a play in a journal with some of the new stencils too, and the colour is largely mop up from above. 

so, that's me.  what have you been up to this week?  I'll drop by when I can (after work unless you're a real early bird!) 

Wednesday 13 March 2019

WOYWW 510 - spray time!

Time already for another desk-day  for WOYWW  week 510.   follow the link to find out more (though I can't believe you don't know!)

Had some more happy mail, the distress oxide sprays landed.

they arrived at work at the end of last week and at the weekend I had a little play...
the green journal page lots of you liked last week,
I added some sprays (stuck to the blue and green theme,  used Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans)

for the dragonflies (using new stamps from a couple of weeks ago) I stamped onto the page (bumpy) and onto tissue and painted it with Fossilised Amber spray

then I used some mop up paper
 that I'd  been using under the dragonflies,

and just played.

  I like the drops I splattered on and let dry,

the colours are a little more intense in real life, although they are the paler colours I have used so far.

the oxide sprays seemed to dry quite fast which was good as it is only thin copy paper so I didn't want it to disintegrate whilst I was drying it

added some stamping in similar coloured archival inks

I'll either use it as a masterboard and cut/tear it up for other projects or I might use some of it for die cutting.   It will need a bit of gentle flattening as it's a little wrinkly!

Or, when my new stencils arrive (ahem)  I may add to it....
watch this space!

There was of course, a visit to Kew on Saturday (pics here)

Wednesday 6 March 2019


Time for another WOYWW ..  time to gather at Julia's The Stamping Ground  and our desk-sharing day.
Thanks for all the comments last week  - can't show you a finished canvas, because - it isn't! 
There are a couple of journal pages that have developed a bit (I have decided to finish up the part-done pages I was working on last year for the France Papillon facebook group ALAD/ASAW (a layer a day/a spread a week) challenge that fell by the wayside...

this one is kind of finished (I think)

and this one most definitely isn't! 

Eagle eyed viewers (or fans of Paperartsy) might recognise new shapes in the blue page..

....Happy mail has arrived! 

a selection of new stamps, new stencils,  and Seth's new Baked Texture and Baked Velvet embossing powders.

The large flower stencil (by JoFY) is what I used in the blue page above.

The smaller flower is a JoFY stamp from an earlier stamp set that more or less matches the stencil shape (there is a new stamp to go with the new stencil but I had to stop adding things to my basket so that's for another day!)

I have also had an email to say that my Distress Oxide sprays have been dispatched too. 
(at last!) 

I had a 500 photo strong visit to Kew last Saturday - quite a few of which found there way onto the blog here  if you have (quite a bit of) time to look! 
As you may now, I love taking close ups.. this is one of my faves from last week. I will be making a final visit to this year's orchid display this coming Saturday  - that month went quick!

I'll leave you here as you'll need to get on with more desks!  happy WOYWW   Thanks for dropping by.