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 


Neet said...

Funny but I can't always do something in someone else's craft room - wonder what it is that makes us want to be surrounded by our own familiar stuff. Glad you had a good time at Lin's though, despite the rain on the Monday.
Hugs, Neet 1 xx

Sarah Brennan said...

I know what you mean about crafting away from your own space Helen. I usually find that I want to go in a particular direction once I get started and then don't have things with me that I need. Either that or overpack lol. I am sure the cards will go down very well! Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

Fonda said...

Love the mousies! Your desk looks nice and neat! Just wanted to let you know I stopped by!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I'm glad you had such a good time away! And while crafting in another space is weird, it must make you think diffferently and get out of the crafting rut (so to speak!! Lol) I like the card for your boss, the big flower is very in your face but it's cool.
HUgs LLJ 4 xxx

Mrs.D said...

Pleased you enjoyed your holiday, Poole is a nice place, but not so good in the rain, but OH holidays do go far too fast, but did you get some good pics?
Those sponges from Primark look good, will have to see if our local one sell them.
Love your "meeces"
Hris #11

Glenda said...

I only tried once to craft out of my own space and it didn't go well. By the time I got back home I was going into shock and needing to get a crafting "fix"! But I'm glad you enjoyed your time away! Happy WOYWW! Glenda #13

Annie said...

I think we all prefer to work in our own craft spaces with everything to hand Helen but you certainly have been creative while away.
Annie x #15

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, there are some fab pages started there. I do like the brown, and the grey? one appeals to me too. I've bought a load of those Primark sponges too, I especially like the tiny one in the big pack, great for spot colouring! Way cheaper than 'crfat' sponges,lol. Have you seen their cotton buds too? One end is flat, and one pointed. Great for all sorts of things. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 X

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

"it would have been silly to sit and wait in the car...." LOL - it would have been unthinkable! Not one of us would have the will power to pass on a visit to HobbyCraft! Lovely cards, Helen and the last page holds so much promise - but I know exactly what it feels like to be stuck! Hopefully, inspiration will strike sooner or later! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #18

Diana Taylor said...

Glad you had a nice time, I know what you mean about your own work space - and I could never take what I might need with me as even the best laid plans change drastically once the crafting actually starts. The pages are fab and I love the two cards, the flower one is beautiful, such pretty shading on it, and the little mice are so cute too.
Hope you have a great week, I'll be back later for my trip to Kew!
Hugs, Diana x #14

Lillianb said...

It is very strange working at other peoples house's. at home you know where everything is.


Lilian B # 8

My name is Cindy said...

Love the meeces!!Glad to hear you had a good break. Happy WOYWW Cindy #16

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

You've certainly been busy since you got back, so much craftiness has been going on at yours. It's funny but even though you might have access to everything you need it's still not the same working in someone else's place. Have a lovely week and a very happy woyww, Angela x10x

Julia Dunnit said...

I really enjoyed your holiday too, some lovely photos and reminders of places I’ve been and want to go see! I wonder how many miles you’ve walked in the last fortnight! I know what you mean about crafting in someone else’s place, it’s remarkable how differently we store, stash and use our’s horrid to have to keep asking ‘where’s the..’ and then I ALWAYS find I cant get a decent idea going! Weird. Made me laugh out loud that you’re resisting Paperartsy. I mean, if you’re going to end up ordering it anyway, why wait?!!

Elizabeth said...

Those make-up sponges are very colourful, Helen. Will have to remember Primark when I need more sponges - I'm sure they will be cheaper than the last lot o bought from a craft source. All your projects are lovely. I particularly like the first card but the mice are also cute and the blue page is beautiful. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #19

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wonderful buys. You'll get a lot of use out of the pens and palette knives. Those sponges made me laugh. I thought they were fruit when I saw them in the tiny icon on my sidebar. I also enjoyed your vacation, even though most of it was all new to me.

Shoshi said...

Lovely pages, Helen. The make up sponges look interesting and I'm sure they'd be great for blending. Lol - sitting in the car outside a craft shop? Are you KIDDING?!! The very idea. It just isn't done!

Thank you for your lovely comment and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my hubby and me. It is rather romantic, isn't it! We had some friends round this evening and were talking about it and he said that when the man said "Time to take Harry to the train," he wanted to say "Harry can WALK!!" Poor Harry. My hubby drove him to the train. We often laugh about that night. I am surprised he can remember anything about the lecture!

I bought the wood blocks at a craft show years ago and haven't used them very much, so I thought it would be fun to give them an airing. I shall crack the bleaching problem eventually, I am sure. You can't expect everything to go just right all the time, can you!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #17

StampinCarol said...

I've heard of those sponges but never tried them. I now have oodles of blending brushes from Picket Fence Studios that I really like.
Love the cards!
The first set of pages I really like but then I love blues & green together. I hope you figure out what you want to do with the other 2 sets. It is difficult to craft at someone else's place as you never have what you want.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
Carol N #21

April said...

Love your fun art work. Happy WOYWW.
April #28

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great cards backgrounds Helen, enjoy Paperartsy for us when you do splurge!
Happy WOYWW. Thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x #20

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butterfly said...

Ooh, lots of lovely stuff going on here... Of course you had to go into Hobbycraft! Good luck with holding off on the PA releases until the end of the week... it's going to mean some tricky decision-making!

I love the flowery birthday card - fabulous combination of stamps and stencils, and the chalky Oxide background is lovely. Cute meeces, and great looking pages on the way. I really love the stony one at the end with those slightly ghostly figures (have so often had those France illustration stamps in my basket and managed to resist... so far!).
Alison x

Stacy Sheldon said...

I love the cards Helen and yep, I totally get that. I have never managed to make anything at someone else's home :)
~Stacy #29

Lindart said...

Wonderful cards! And how much fun to work in someone else's craft room - all the new stamps to choose from! Your journal pages are all lovely, and I can see all kinds of things happening with the last one...thanks for your visit, and have a great week! Lindart #25

Twiglet said...

Wow - you've been busy - lovely cards etc. My crafting has been of the birthday cake variety! xx Jo