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