Wednesday, 26 February 2020


well the weeks are flying by and it's week 560 of this fun Wednesday desk share... Julia is our host as always- at the Stamping-Ground 

I've been playing in the journal again - only a couple of pages left then I can break out a new one..
scraped some paint with an old credit card, stencilled a pattern and doodled round the shapes then layered one of the Lynne Perella stamps I had stamped out a couple of weeks ago. 

Once again (recurring theme!) I haven't found the words yet... I always like words on my pages - but pausing for thought!

My old friend was back at Kew (but in a different place) on Saturday
you can see more photos here 
Hoping you all have a fun-filled Wednesday. Happy desk day!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020


So, once again it's time  to share What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday... (WOYWW)  head to Julia's for the link and all the goss. 
When I was making the birthday card I showed you last week I scraped the spare paint onto my journal page (only a couple of pages left, now)
I wanted to use some of my new stamps from last week too,

I used the grid stencil and stamped the Zini running man (girl?)  twice and cut it out...

I had meant to find some fun quote or words to go with it, but not done so yet...

so as ever, it's not finished! 

I didn't got to the stamp show in  Stevenage on Sunday, the forecast put me off, although in hindsight it wouldn't have been too bad - hopefully you've all survived undamaged.
Lots of our desk family live in the affected areas, so I hope you're all safe and sound

I did go to Kew on Saturday, and was home before the weather really turned - it did rain on me a bit, but nothing too bad - pics here 
 but a couple to pique your interest

I'm off now to find some desks with much more interesting things to see! 

Tuesday, 11 February 2020


It's enabling time again - head to the Stamping-Ground where Julia has the link for the desks to visit.

so, the enabling -  some new releases from Paperartsy that arrived in a little over 24 hours from  Stampers Grove in Scotland.
First time I've used them, very impressive!

stamped the images out - then noticed some of the sheets of card have creases in them (they're from the middle of a pack so must have been a fault somewhere in production)

I need to buy some more card, I'm running out - I am thinking (weather and trains permitting) of going to the Stamperama craft show on Sunday in Stevenage.

(edit.  have seen the weather forecast, Storm Dennis on the way... and trains...  don't talk about trains.. may revise that plan to go!)

In the meantime I should be turning some of these images into 2 birthday cards I need for my SIL and niece at the weekend....stand by for live-crafting!

I did have time to do some stencilling before I went to work this morning (Tuesday, prepping this post as usual )

used Fresco paints..

next step for the live crafting at time of writing is some JoFY stamps from an earlier release (not sure when exactly but they haven't made it into the JoFY  box yet...)

Now, what colour shall we use.

yellow and orange to go with the paint in the background

(stabilo felt tipped pens)

one down, one to go... that will be tomorrow now

Happy WOYWW !

(Julia is up and running early, so linking tonight)

forgot the link to Kew from last weekend - orchid time!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020


Welcome back for another Wednesday Workdesk fun, with Julia at the Stamping-Ground and the gang

as promised last week I did use part of one of the masterboards for a friend's birthday card

Eagle eyed viewers will spot new stuff!

I have my eyes on some new Paperartsy stamps too, just waiting for them to hit the stores...

but those bunny dies are the best... well, they're called bunnies but I would have said due to the length of the ears, they should probably be hares... what say you LLJ?

anyhow, as you see from the card, I put them straight to use.

Kew last Saturday was fab - my cousin joined me and sent me these couple of photos that didn't make it to the blog review (here)  
 at the gate waiting to go in, under "my" crown...

properly laden down - it's hot in there so I gave in and took my coat off

the floor was wet, otherwise I'd have put my bag and coat down....
getting close ups!

off there again this weekend of course, the orchid display opens properly - they've learnt from their mistakes of previous years when it was badly overcrowded and you now need to book a timeslot before going, to control numbers inside the glass house.

I'll be along to see what you've been creating soon.  Happy Desk Day!

I was writing this listening to the replay of the cup match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury.  Annie and Jo's men-folk won't be happy at the result, but I am! sorry girls!! 

Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Hello deskers, it's time to meet up again for What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday again.. Julia hosts as ever
I'm still on the masterboard kick at the moment, added a few more layers to the two I was working on last week and started another one... none of them finished yet
 since I took this picture I've added some white pen doodling,
 to the yellowy-green one, added some stamping in yellow and green archivals.

and the new one, done with paints and a brayer, and some stamping in archivals.

I intend to cut these up (once I'm happy with them) to make some more birthday cards, one of which I need to get in the post before the weekend

Kew link from Saturday here 

I'll be round to see what you've been creating soon

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


Welcome deskers - another WOYWW has rolled around!  Head to the Stamping-Ground for the link and other desk. 
So I've done a fair bit of playing this week - yay!! 
First up I had to make some birthday cards for some crafting buddies (but they won't see them here so that's ok)
both started out on mixed media paper (bought a pad in Cass Art yonks ago and only used 1 sheet before (it's still attached to the pad)  USING UP STUFF... wow, go me!!

masterboard type background with Distress Oxide sprays and multiple stamping 
this was part way through
 one of the finished cards.

I love the Tim Holtz paper dolls but always struggle to incorporate them, so am pleased to be able to do so here
second card, similar idea, different colours and stamps
(the background stamps are Tracey Scott for Paperartsy)  and the figure is of course, by Dina Wakley

then, because I hadn't had enough of distress oxides on this fab paper- it really holds up to sprays and water well -  I kept going
 they both started with this one, and greens and yellow sprays.  then I put a second sheet on top of the first one to blot/create a second page

I've done extra colours and started the stamping on this one
but not yet on this one. 

Really having fun with this (and want some more Oxide sprays in other colours now....)

I had a fantastic day in the sunshine at Kew last Saturday - really cold, frosty early on - but beautiful...
lots of pics here (as always) 

here's one to tempt you!

Looking forward to seeing what you're working on

Wednesday, 15 January 2020


Well that week flew by... again!  Once more we find ourselves joining the Wednesday gang for WOYWW  with Julia
I had good intentions to do some crafting this week... well, I did a teeny, tiny little bit at the weekend

 I added a bit more to the latest journal pages that I have on the go

I blocked out a bit of the background with one of the new Fresco paints so my images would stand out a bit

stamps on this page are all by Dina Wakley and I've kept all the colours similar to the background to avoid too much
 then to this page I've just added some washi tape (Jane Davenport)

then I got stuck!
but seeing as it's been sat with just the first layer since before Christmas, what harm is a few more days (weeks)....

I'd say come back and check it out  next week... well we'll see!  I've got a couple of birthday cards to make so need to get a crack on!

Last week's Kew's visit is here  and there were lots of
but I am hoping for some sunshine next weekend!  (I've seen the forecast, so I might be lucky!) 

Wednesday, 8 January 2020


Christmas has been packed away for another year, and I would say that all is clean and tidy... but that would be a big fat fib!  I don't make New Year Resolutions but once again I will ..just possibly... do a bit of sorting/clearing/tidying at some stage

But -  it's Happy Desk Day - time to share craft workspaces for WOYWW; linking at Julia's as always
I have no crafting to show for my week - but have some enabling for you (obviously!)
a few more Paperartsy goodies from their week of releases.

Really looking forward to playing with these - they only arrived Tuesday - just in time for a starring role - and it's just as well they did or my post would have been very sparse.

I had a fabulous visit to Kew last Saturday - the weather was perfect and I got some great photos 

 the sun came out and really highlighted the grasses

and I can't resist the grevillea in the Princess of Wales glasshouse

Looking forward to visiting your desks where I am sure you'll have been much more productive!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

WOYWW 552 - Happy New Year

There's something quite special about being able to wish you all a Happy New Year and WOYWW at the same time; although it doesn't seem quite possible that we are entering 2020.   It only seems five minutes since we were all worried about the turn of the century and the possible mayhem with computer glitches etc. 

in case you didn't get to see the gifts I got for Christmas (post about my Christmas day here)

I'm showing them again here

I also remembered to photograph the tag/wallets I made for the cash gifts for my niece and nephew, when they had opened them

Paperartsy are launching new products again this week and some shopping has been done - and even delivered!

I also bought a tub of modelling paste in clear (they didn't have white)  which I needed.
There is another order in progress too....

Of course I paid another visit to Kew on Saturday  but also had a day with my cousin on Monday (as I don't go back to work till 2nd, Thursday)  and visited the woods she likes so much (here) 

I've also managed some crafting - it's my brother's birthday on Monday (he won't see  this) so have made him a card

I'm writing this on Tuesday evening ahead of the New Year fireworks although they're going off already round here.

Happy New Year and I'll catch your desk soon - join in here

Hoping that everyone in Australia stays safe from the appalling fires that we've seen so much of on our news.