Wednesday 24 November 2021


 Happy Wednesday deskers,  once again time to congregate with Julia and the gang for WOYWW   

I can't quite believe this is the last full  week in November... I mean, where has the year gone?  

Are my Christmas cards ready?  are they heck.... I might have to send some (shh..). shop bought ones this year at this rate 

I have made some more since last week though.  Wonder if I took any photos of them....

Sunday I started by die cutting a load of reindeer (Tim Holtz) for some "quick and simple" assembly......... we all know how that one goes
but I did get a few thrown together!  
and look, here's a blast from the past - aperture card blanks!!  can't remember the last time I used any of these!
It was only because I was rummaging through the card blank boxes last week that I recovered them 
then because I was sick of kicking over the pile of wood mounted stamps I'd pulled out last week, I made some masterboards with one of my favourite Magenta stamps and 3 shades of Versafine Clair inkpads

I love these colours together

What I do need though, is a paper trimmer that doesn't shred the edges of the card (it's not even a very old trimmer)  I get so frustrated with it, and intend to replace it soon.  I think I am going to get a proper guillotine rather than a craft trimmer

but I did manage to put together some cards from one of the sheets 

Saturday at Kew was so colourful - the sky was so grey, pale grey not dark and foreboding, but the tree colours were anything but dull.

Finally, for fans of Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series, (and I know there are a few of you amongst the deskers)  the latest (9th) book in the series was published on Tuesday and I made it back to Sutton from work in time to get my copy before Waterstones (book shop) closed... Looking forward to some bed-time reading 
I think it might take quite a while!

Don't you love the bees down the edge of the pages!

I read and re-read these books, and if I were ever cast away on a desert island, these are the books I would want with me.  

What a pity I haven't already finished my Christmas cards, I could see some weekend afternoons disappearing in the pages of this book 

I will be round to visit your desks soon.,  put the kettle on, mine's a tea with milk and one sugar.....I'll bring biscuits!  

Wednesday 17 November 2021


 Hello lovely deskers, welcome back to a proper post written on my mended computer!  It's time for another desk hop day with Julia at the Stamping Ground  (oh look, links!)  

Thanks for all your comments last week, and if I didn't visit you (I may have missed a few) I apologise, it was a bit of a fraught week but one that ended happily with the restoration of my computer including the salvaging of my photographs.  I did discover though, that the external hard drive I thought contained the files from my previous computer,  (i.e more thousands of photos pre 2015) was in fact empty... so no idea what happened there!    A big thanks to Sarah for linking me up last week, I just couldn't work out how to from the phone 

So, today, let's get back to a proper desk (well, now, Helen, that's a bare faced lie, isn't it; not a desk in sight)  .... a proper floor shot.

it actually shows signs of action too...

a collection of Christmas wooden stamps ready for use!

and I have even made some Christmas cards - multiples of the same design for speed (so so behind!)

stamps by Sara Naumann for Paperartsy  in a variety of ink colours matted onto matching card blanks

i was chatting to a friend on Messenger at the weekend and looking through my boxes of card blanks and came across these candles...  so thought it was about time to use one - I've had them forever,  and never used one!

i must have bought them at a craft show after seeing a demo  - probably Craftwork Cards, and the demo would have been by Julie Hickey. 

and these owe everything in inspiration to Angela's Masterboard Monday post - hope you don't mind that I pinched the idea!

these are  my boxes of card blanks - well a couple of them have loose card (A5 size) in but mostly they're card blanks  - separated into colours. (and of course, as is the way of things, you never have the colour or size of card you need!) 

you can see through the door into the living/craft room too, the big boxes to the right are mostly Paperartsy stamps sets  -the A5 size.  

I will finish because I can, this week, with my Kew link from last Saturday -   

the callicarpa berries got a lot of interest on facebook when I shared them.  

thanks as always for visiting and I will see you on your desk very soon!  

Wednesday 10 November 2021

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 Hi deskers.  I will be missing in action as my PC appears to have died on me. I am writing this on my phone but have no idea how to link it in the morning . I apologise if this is all over the place !

 Of course I haven't backed it up so I'll have lost all my photos.  Good job I put so many on each kew post.  

Here's a journal page I did at the weekend 

I can't work out how to add links but I'm sure you know where to find Julia

There is a Kew post too- click the fountain at the top of the  blog.  

I did get some new stamps last week 

Wednesday 3 November 2021


 Wednesday  - another WOYWW  - desk sharing day. 

Now I may have intimated last week that I would have some crafting to share with you.... not so much!

But I did try out the new distress ink pads and one of last week's new stencils 

they're gorgeous colours, I do love a deep purple!

I used one of the purple sprays to create some splashes too.
and I also stamped out the Lynne Perrella images as well

they do stamp out very well -  and now I have some ready to use in projects at some stage

As some of them have vaguely Christmas theme I might use them for cards... at some time in what should be the not too distant future!!  

Last week's trip to Kew started wet and ended gloriously sunny and pics can be seen here  

Catch up with you soon,  happy WOYWW