Thursday, 19 October 2017

Happy 18th Birthday Son!

I don't know where the time has gone, but our youngest son is 18 today!  I made this card for him, complete with personalised badge ordered from the Clevercut website some time ago for this special occasion.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WOYWW 437: Nearly Half Term!

Happy What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday; only a few more days until half term and I must admit that I'm ready for a break.  If you want to visit some more desks then head over to The Stamping Ground and chief desker Julia who hosts this weekly event.  Next week I'll be crafting on my own as Eva is off to visit family, so I made the most of her company yesterday.  I'll be heading off to work shortly as there is another parents' evening this evening.
 My side of the desk shows the start of a birthday card for my youngest son who turns 18 tomorrow (where did the time go).  I'll be sharing the finished card tomorrow if you want to see the finished result.
On the other side of the desk, Eva was busy die cutting some of her background pieces.  Short and sweet this week, just the way Julia likes it. Before I sign off, I just want to say how glad I am that Shaz is out of hospital and back home!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Art Journal Prompts 42: Leaves

Having left it until the last minute to work with last week's art journal prompt, I thought I'd get straight down to week 42: Leaves.  I decided to use a stencil and stamp from Claritystamp which came in the July 2017 New Design Stamp Club and Stencil Club packs.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Journal Page: Water, Orange, Purple, Blue?

The prompt for challenge 38 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art was Water using the colours orange, purple and blue.  I was a little flummoxed at first, then I found the quote and the rest came quickly.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Nellie and Elmer!

This card was made for a Facebook friend of mine who has such a positive outlook on life, considering that nearly a year ago she was struck down with Lymphedema in both legs.  She calls them Nellie and Elmer and has set up a craft challenge to commemorate the first anniversary of their appearance.  I am in awe of her positivity and it was a pleasure to make this!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

WOYWW 436: Busy Weeks Ahead

It will be a quick share this week as I have to go into work for the Prospective Parents' Evening.  I did get some crafting done with Eva on the other side of the desk yesterday as you will see, but I won't have much time today.  The photos were therefore taken as ever on a Tuesday.  To see plenty of other desks, check out our chief desker Julia at The Stamping Ground.

My side of the desk shows a card I was working on (I will share the finished version tomorrow if you are interested).  You can see my box of Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers that I was using to add colour to the elephants, earlier cut with my Cricut machine.  They were cut from plain white card, glued and sealed with Distress Collage Medium and dried thoroughly before the Big Brush Markers came into action.  I thought you'd also like to see the first page in the journal that I 'won' at the crop (see HERE for details).
Eva was working on stamping and embossing over some Pixie Powder backgrounds. 
She later used the Pixie Powders as paints to colour the embossed images.  I am sharing them today as I know how many of you like to see what she's been up to.  Unfortunately she also had to dash off for a parents' evening.  Next week we're hoping for a longer session together.  Must dash now!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Pretty in Pink

As I recently acquired the newest set of Dylusions paints including two new shades of pink, I decided to work with all the shades of pink in these paints on a #8 manilla tag.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Never let go of your Dreams

I made this art journal page in response to the October Challenge on Mixed Media Art Journey; it also gave me the perfect excuse to play with some of the Call of the Wild Collection by Sheena Douglass.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Cuba: An art journal page

The prompt for this week's challenge on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art was Cuba, with the colours restricted to orange pink and green.  Having pondered on the subject for a few days and having looked at lots of images, I decided to make it a rather literal interpretation using a map outline, the flag and the name to create my page.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nature's Wonder Tag

This tag was created with the October challenge for Tag It Tuesday in mind: Nature.  I am also entering it in the Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues challenge over on Country View Challenges as well as the Forever Autumn challenge on the That's Crafty challenge blog.  I worked on a #8 manilla tag as I wanted to tie this piece in with a previous tag in autumnal colours: I love this time of year!

Friday, 6 October 2017

First Christmas Card!

I finally bit the bullet and decided that it was time to make my first Christmas card of the year.  I don't make a large number as I prefer to donate to charity instead, but I always make cards for immediate family and very close friends.  I used a stamp set that I have had in my stash for a while as well as one of the new Tim Holtz layering stencils for Christmas 2017.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

All Creatures Great and Small!

This tag was made in response to the fortnightly challenge on Tag Tuesday: All Creatures Great and Small.  It was my second attempt, as my first idea didn't work out, but I felt this stamp set by Claritystamp was the perfect one for the prompt!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

WOYWW 435: First Crop!

My crafty friend and I spent the day discussing the amazing time we had at the WOYWW crop in Llandudno on Saturday; totally worth missing a home match (even though Stoke won in our absence).  To find out more about WOYWW and our fabulous hostess Julia, visit The Stamping Ground where you will find lots of like minded crafty friends and their desks each week.  My side of the desk shows some of the amazing gifts that I received from fellow croppers (I swapped my tags in return).  Everyone was so generous and had obviously spent so much time and thought on their gifts.  The journal was my 'not a raffle' prize and the Judikins stamp was a find on the 'maybe somebody else will find a use for this' table.  We all came away having raised funds for a worthy charity, spent six hours chatting to the regular visitors to each other's blogs and been exceptionally well fed and watered by Margaret whose catering was magnificent.
I have added the ATCs which I received on the day to my 8th Anniversary WOYWW swaps which adorn one of the walls of the shed between the windows and which I can see whenever I look up from my desk.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Forever Autumn Tag

This tag was created for the Forever Autumn Challenge on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog: a fortnightly prompt.  I am also entering it in the October challenge on the Country View Challenge blog: Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues.  I love Autumn colours so these are just the type of challenges I like.  Once again I used up scraps and punched shapes from my stash.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Art Journal Collage

This was one of the quickest art journal pages I have completed in a while.  The prompt for week 40 at Art Journal Prompts was Collage, and as I have a stash of magazine clippings, I started there.  Having chosen some which shared a similar colour scheme of green and grey, I found some background papers which would go with them and the rest was quick and easy.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

With Sympathy

This card was made for a crafty friend whose father recently died; his funeral is tomorrow.  She is a lovely lady who does a great deal for others and I wish her all the best at this sad time.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Carpe Diem: A Quick Sky Background

A super speedy tag to share today as I am setting off very early with my crafty friend to make it to Llandudno by 10am for the WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday) annual crop.

Friday, 29 September 2017

A challenging set of Prompts

This page was created for the September challenge on Mission Inspiration with guest controller Peg Adkins Robinson.  Eight steps, three suggested colours (Potting Soil, Vermillion, Aquamarine) and a choice of five words to inspire.  I went with 'Vision' and found a quote which certainly fit the challenge: 'Hold the vision.  Trust the process.'

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Art Journal Play on Words

The prompt for challenge 36 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art was Fungi/Mushrooms and the required colours were pink, green and chocolate.  As I had just used the only picture that I had of a mushroom on another art journal page, I was forced to be a little more creative.  I also didn't want to repeat myself too much.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

WOYWW 434: So Excited!

On Saturday it will finally be time to meet up with many of our fellow deskers for the WOYWW crop in Llandudno; for more information visit the chief desker Julia over at the Stamping Ground, where far more desks than these may be visited.  My crafty friend and I spent much of our weekly craft session discussing what we would be taking with us; how many bags would be required and whether we would actually get much crafting done or spend most of the time meeting, greeting and gossiping!  I am really late linking up today even though this post was prepared yesterday;  I seem to have a hundred things to do, so apologies in advance if I don't get to visit many desks this week.
My side of the desk shows the start of a journal page; the first layer is an alcohol ink background on glossy card.  This was followed up with distress paint added with a natural sponge as the second step is to paint without a brush.  Not long after the photo was taken I laid the page aside to dry naturally as step 4 was to create a resist with a gel medium (or in my case clear embossing paste) through a stencil.  I will be sharing the finished page on Friday (if I get it finished) if anyone wants to see how it turns out.
My crafty friend was honing her Groovi skills by putting together her first complete 'picture' rather than just working on creating individual flowers.
We are both looking forward to the get together on Saturday and meeting as many of you as possible!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

More Halloween Tags

Having shared a journal page yesterday (see HERE); I decided to use the paper towel clean up sheet (used for cleaning the stamps used between changes of colour) to make two Halloween tags.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Art Journal Prompts 39: Use Three Colours


As the advice given for week 39 of Art Journal Prompts (Use Three Colours) was to find a focal image first and work with the colours in it, I knew immediately which image I wanted to use and which colours it would call for; Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.  The image of the giant toadstool came from a magazine advert and had been sitting in my clippings stash for months.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Two Tags for the Price of One!

I've been in the mood to create tags over the last few days; so yesterday I decided to work on a pair; similar, but not identical.  The process and materials used were the same for both, but the end results were different.


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Speed Crafting: Tag!

I have been swamped for the last few days and didn't make time to craft on either Wednesday or Thursday, so I was determined to spend some time being creative yesterday after work.  This tag took less than half an hour from start to finish, thanks to my stash of mop up sheets; this time a piece of paper towel.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Art Journal: Blue/Green, Purple, Orange, Space

This page was created for the weekly challenge on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art.  This week's prompt was Space and the colours allowed are Blue/Green, Purple and Orange.  I'm sure no one will be able to guess my favourite sci-fi show lol.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

WOYWW 433: Only 10 More Sleeps...

Hi everyone and welcome to the shed for another week's desk sharing.  See our hostess Julia at The Stamping Ground for all things desk!  It's getting exciting, as there are only 10 more days and one more WOYWW until the get together in LLandudno.  My crafty friend and I are really looking forward to it; even missing the home football match to attend!
My side of the desk (photo taken yesterday) shows the start of a Steampunk tag for a challenge.  I was working with the Top Hats stamp set by Creative Expressions and the Make Time clock die by Sheena Douglass.  As you can see, my cup is empty and it wasn't refilled for another two hours after the photo was taken! 
Greetings from Eva!
My crafty friend's side of the desk was far more colourful as you can see.  She was working on batch creating background papers using the Pixie Powders by Cosmic Shimmer.  Once dry, these will be cut down and stamped onto, ready to create the first Christmas cards of the year. 
The vase of flowers is inspired by April's desk each week; the roses were a belated birthday gift from another of my crafty friends who I haven't seen for a while.  If you want to see my finished tag, then come back and visit tomorrow when all will be revealed.  I'm feeling very accomplished already today as by nine o'clock I had been for my flu' jab, hung out the washing and prepared a meal to go in the slow cooker ready for this evening.  I have to go into work later (even though it's my day off) as there is a twilight training session.  Looking forward to the crop! 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

Art Journal Prompts 38: Abstract

I didn't have a great deal of time to complete this page in response to week 38 of Art Journal Prompts: Abstract.  Luckily I always have a stash of mop up sheets (including paper towels) that I can use!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Patchwork Strip Background

This card came about after a play session with my new Ecoline Brush pens.  I decided to make a patchwork background, having cut them into strips.  It was made for a friend's 70th birthday (as you can see) and I wish her all the best today!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Art Journal: Rustling Leaves, Olive, Burgundy, Copper

There seems to be a bit of an ongoing theme with my art journal pages recently.  For two different challenges, I have ended up using the same set of leaf stamps and stencils, yet the pages have turned out so differently.  This page was created for challenge 34 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art: Rustling Leaves, Olive, Burgundy and Copper.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

ATC Swap: B is for...

These ATCs were made for the September monthly swap with Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art (JJJAMA).  This month the prompt is 'B'.  For some reason I always seem drawn to using Claritystamp stamps for ATCs and this month was no exception.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WOYWW 432: Normal Service Has Been Resumed

Hello to all my fellow participants and lurkers on 'What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday'.  For those wondering what on earth I'm on about, you can find out more at The Stamping Ground, where our hostess Julia is the keeper of the links.  You'll be pleased to know that normal service has been resumed and that, now school is fully back in the swing of things, my crafty friend will be back with me, sharing her side of the desk too.  What is more, we will both be coming to the crop in just over two weeks, and we are both looking forward to meeting many of you there.
My side of the desk shows the start of a set of three ATCs for a swap; can you guess the theme?  All the stamps that I used for them are by Claritystamp and I will share details and the finished versions on my blog tomorrow (in case anyone is curious).  As usual when crafting, I either have a full mug of cold Coconut Latte next to me (as I forget to drink it), or an empty cup (as I get so engrossed that I forget to make myself a drink).  As you can see, the mug (a Moorland design celebrating Stoke's promotion to the Premiership in 2008) is empty!
My friend's side of the desk is far more busy, as she brings two or three large bags of supplies with her whenever she comes.  Here she is working on a card for the September Claritystamp Challenge in memory of Jayne Nestorenko.  See you all next week; last WOYWW before the crop!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Art Journal Prompts 37: The Sea

When the prompt for week 37 of Art Journal Prompts came up - The Sea - I was pleased to have an excuse to really play with my Distress Oxides.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Red, Black, Grey, Magic!

This art journal page is in response to challenge 33 from Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art: Red, black, grey, magic.  I had a look for a quote which inspired me and found 'Love is the closest thing we have to magic.'

Sunday, 10 September 2017

90th Birthday Card

This card was made for my husband's aunt on the occasion of her 90th birthday.  It was inspired by a quote on a card by DaizyBlueDesigns which can be found HERE. As you will see, I put my own twist on things and the card went down well with the birthday girl!