Wednesday, 14 November 2018

WOYWW 493: All Over the Place

A quick post today as I have had a bit of a bug which knocked me for six on Monday.  I am feeling better now, although I have a rather irritating cough which tends to get worse when I talk.  Luckily I only have to teach three lessons today before going to a meeting, so will manage somehow.  My desk is rather staged, as I can't show what I was working on yesterday.  It was a tag for a swap and I can't share it, or the other one which I sent, as they won't have arrived yet. If you'd like to pop back tomorrow though, I will be sharing them then.
Instead I'll share some of the Christmas card toppers that I made at the Workshop with Maria Moorhouse on Sunday.  I'm only sharing the ones which I came up with myself, not any that were Maria's designs, although I did copy a few of them.  I made four more which were direct copies of Maria's samples and I've already made a second one my Three Ships topper (see HERE).  I just need to mat them and attach them to suitably sized cards and I will have doubled my Christmas output so far this year lol.
Nothing to show on the other side of the desk today, as Eva was on a course in Birmingham yesterday.  However there are plenty more desks to see over on The Stamping Ground, where we all link up our blogs every Wednesday, thanks to our hostess Julia.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Christmas Card: I Saw Three Ships

I was lucky enough to attend a workshop at the weekend with Maria Moorhouse from Claritystamp.  We were making Christmas card toppers and she had over 20 ideas which she shared.  I decided to go off piste and came up with one of my own, using some of Maria's ideas as a starting point.  I liked this finished topper so much that I made a second one so that I could share a step by step with pictures.

Monday, 12 November 2018

A Quick But Classy Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card in a hurry but didn't want it to look as if it had been made in a rush.  By combining one stencil and one stamp set from Claritystamp,  I produced a card quickly,  but feel it still looks special.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Christmas Gift Tags from a Master Board


I decided to have a break from Christmas cards and instead create some gift tags (or perhaps mini Christmas cards).  I managed to create 12 toppers from one piece of  A4 card.


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Mini Scenes on the Theme of 'F'

The prompt for the latest ATC swap over on JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art) is F.  I decided to go with F is for fence and foliage,  F is for family and F is for football fan.  I hope my partner likes them.  As always, I only used Claritystamp stamps for the project.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Christmas Card: Scene Within a Bauble

I haven't made that many Christmas cards yet,  so I bit the bullet and added another one to my stash.  I really enjoyed working with the combination of stencil inner, outer and mask to create a scene within a bauble.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WOYWW 492: Wow, What a Week

Well the last week has certainly been a spectacular one.  My news this week is definitely happier than last week's.  First of all I checked my email on Wednesday to find out that I had won the place on the Book of Days course next year that Marit Barentsen aka Marit's Paper World is guest tutoring with.  Thank you so much again Marit!  On Thursday I popped up to Stockport for the monthly get together and gave Lou my spare ticket for the NEC.  We managed to persuade Jane to come with us so Friday was our road trip to the craft show at the NEC (more details HERE).  It was a great day out,  but the best bit as some of you have already seen on FB, was being asked to join the Clarity DT for stamps and stencils.   I had great difficulty keeping the news secret, but it's out in the open now and my first samples will be for the January 2019 shows, as there is a little paper work to fill in first and I also need to get up to speed with the DT Handbook.

And so to the reason you are visiting, my desk and its contents, ready to join in with WOYWW.  Please pop over to The Stamping Ground if you'd like to see more desks or link up your own.  Julia will make you very welcome.  My photo today shows the ingredients for my eldest son's birthday card for tomorrow.  I was just getting everything together ready to get started.  Eva is not due until tomorrow, so my second photo is the stash that I got from the NEC and from Clarity's TV shows, the stamps which arrived on Thursday and the dies which were waiting for me when I got back on Friday.
I treated myself to the last set of Oxides and from the Clarity stand at the NEC some of the mini word chains and next year's calendar.  It will be bread and water for a while, but I've had lots of fun with my new stash since, so I can't complain.  Happy, happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Hare in the Meadow Curved Aperture Card

I couldn't resist the new Hare Fresh Cut dies from Claritystamp when I saw them a couple of weeks ago.  I decided to play with one of them and create a scene to go behind the aperture.  By curving the aperture panel, the scene behind can be seen more clearly.

Monday, 5 November 2018

A Tag with A Three Way Meaning

Having tried out one of my new Autumn 3 way overlay tile sets from Claritystamp on my project from yesterday (see HERE),  I decided to use a different set for today's project.  This time I worked on a tag, rather than a card.  I feel that the tag has three meanings / uses.  It can be used as a gift tag for a thank you present all year round, but it could refer to Thanksgiving or Remembrance Day at this time of year.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Chinese Lanterns or Pumpkins?

Ever since Lou Withers used this stencil from Claritystamp in her last shows on Hochanda and said that she could see pumpkins rather than the actual Chinese Lantern design, I have been seeing them too.  I decided to use the stencil in 'pumpkin' mode together with one of the new Skeleton Leaf 3 way overlay stamps from Claritystamp to create an Autumn card.  As Thanksgiving isn't too far away,  I feel it would be suitable for this celebration too, perhaps using a different sentiment stamp.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

A Day of Clarity at the NEC

I had a fabulous day out at the Creative Craft show yesterday at the NEC thanks to Claritystamp, Lou Withers and Jane Telford.  I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets via the Clarity Facebook page and asked Lou to come with me.  As Lou had another ticket, we persuaded Jane to come with us and the road trip was on.  They were kind enough to pick me up on the way there and we travelled Thelma and Louise style down to the NEC in Birmingham.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Christmas Window Panorama Card

I haven't made a panorama card for ages, but the Fresh Cut dies by Claritystamp really lend themselves to that layout.  I also decided to incorporate stamping and masking into the design.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Inktober2018: The Second Half

This is my first year joining in with #Inktober and I have been following the official #Inktober2018 prompts as it is my first time.  I have already shared my first set of responses (see HERE) and today I am bringing my drawings for days 17 to 31 together.  
The first time that I have ever drawn a hand, so day 17 stretched me.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

WOYWW 491: Ups and Downs

For once I am actually writing this post on the day itself, although I must admit that the pictures were taken earlier.  It was our friend's funeral yesterday so I did think ahead ready for this morning, otherwise there would have been nothing but a tidy, empty desk to look at.  Check out what WOYWW is all about via the Stamping Ground, where Julia keeps us all in order.
My side of the desk is staged, but it does show the results of some actual crafting (posted yesterday if you are interested).  I have one more day of drawing to do for Inktober then I will have completed the challenge for the first time.
Although yesterday was difficult, the past week has not been all sad.  On Sunday Christine (Bishopsmate) and her husband Peter came over to the shed for a mini WOYWW meet up.  Peter brought his train with him that he was working on at the crop and takes Eva's place on the other side of the desk this week, as she is away for half term.
Christine brought some water colouring and stamping with her and there was also cake!
I hope to be making this Midlands Meet Up an annual event for the first Sunday of half term each October, so if you are within travelling distance, you will be welcome next year.
The specialist I saw at my hospital appointment yesterday morning assures me that the nerve studies that they have done on my left arm and hand show no problems so I am being discharged for the moment.  I did get to see some of my art work displayed rather prominently on Hochanda yesterday in the 4pm show with Louise Withers, when I watched the recording later. Charlie seemed particularly taken with the mask that I had made and decorated using the Amsterdam acrylic paints (see HERE).
As you can tell, an up and down day yesterday.  I am off to the NEC on Friday, thanks to winning tickets from Claritystamp.  If anyone is going to be there, I will be watching the live Clarity hour at 12pm at the HOCHANDA pavillion.  I'll take plenty of pictures!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Lest We Forget: A Tag for Remembrance

As 100 years since the first Armistice approaches, I wanted to once again count my blessings.  We have much to be thankful for, to all those men and women who have given their lives over the years that we may have the freedoms we enjoy today.  Rather than use a poppy stencil,  I decided to suggest the symbol of remembrance through the colours I chose.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Flowers: An Art Journal Page Inspired by Yvonne Coomber

I have been enjoying the October 'Inspired by' prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  Week 3 was 'Inspired by Flowers' and the choices of artist were Monet, Heidi Reil, Yvonne Coomber and Georgia O'Keefe.  I chose to create my page in the style of Yvonne Coomber.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

More Ideas for Christmas Cards

I thought I'd share some more ideas for Christmas cards.  Once again, some quick and some more complex, some traditional and some, not so much! See HERE for details of the first make, I used the cling film technique to create the background.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Christmas Cards

I thought I'd share some past Christmas card makes today.  Some are quick and some take a little longer to make.  The first one was even shown on Hochanda (see details of make HERE).

Friday, 26 October 2018

Yet More Cards for Men and Boys

This is round three of sharing cards which I have made, suitable for men and boys.  It is the category that I am most frequently asked to come up with ideas for.
The first one uses the Tim Holtz Hipster stamps (see HERE for step by step).

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Nevermore! An Edgar Allen Poe Themed Tag

I haven't crafted for nearly a week, but as I was up early today and had some time before I needed to go out, I thought I'd check out the current challenge over on Tag Tuesday.  It is Edgar Allen Poe and I decided to make a quick tag.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

WOYWW 490: A Sad State of Affairs

My desk this morning is in a poor state.  It is totally staged (although the photo was actually taken this morning for a change).  It shows the only things that have been going on there in the last week: marking, although I have managed to make a couple of tags and am just about keeping up with Inktober.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Birthday Cards for Little Girls

After sharing two lots of card ideas for men and boys,  I thought I'd bring you some suitable for young girls.  These were all made for my great niece who is now 7, apart from the first birthday card, which was made for a friend's daughter (see HERE for details).

Monday, 22 October 2018

5 More Birthday Cards for Boys and Men

I thought I'd share five more birthday cards that I have made which are suitable for men or boys, following the popularity of my last post on the subject.  The first one is suitable for a motorcycle buff (see HERE for details).

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Value Friendship, Commemorate Peace

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War,  I decided to use friendship and peace as a theme for my tag for the Flags/Bunting challenge over on Tag Tuesday.

Friday, 19 October 2018

5 Birthday Cards for Boys and Men



It's my youngest son's birthday today.  As I have three boys,  I have made a few masculine birthday cards over the years.  They are all young men now and I often get asked for ideas.  Here are five of my favourites.
This card is perfect for a tech savvy young man  (see HERE for details).


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Inktober 2018: Over the Hump...

For the very first time,  I have been taking part in #Inktober2018 and thought that I'd share my journey up to the half way point of the month.  I am not a confident drawer, especially with ink, and have made a light under drawing in pencil each day before committing myself to inking.  Sometimes I have kept things simple and cartoon like and sometimes I have attempted a more artistic effort with shading.  There are lots of alternative prompt lists available,  but for my first year, I have kept to the official prompt list.  I have used a fine, black Posca pen for inking each day.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

WOYWW 488: Can't wait until half term

I must admit as I share my desk today, that I am really looking forward to the half term holidays.  First of all because I seem to be tired all the time these days and am ready for a break from work, and secondly because the first Sunday (28th October) sees a mini WOYWW get together in the shed as arranged at the crop in September.  I haven't forgotten and will be letting people who said they could make it know my address (several already have it) via PM on Facebook.  Please confirm in the comments and let me know if you need me to send you information.  I am thinking of 11am until 3pm.  Luckily clocks go back that weekend, which hopefully allows extra travel time without having to get up earlier than normal. 
My side of the desk shows what it looked like yesterday morning after completing day 16 of #Inktober2018.  It is the first time that I have participated and I am enjoying it so far.  (I will be sharing day 1 to day 16 on my blog tomorrow if you fancy popping back.)  I keep my supplies in the Kipling pouch that you see on the desk.  You can also just see the wand that I made for Harry Potter day at school on Friday, peeking out from behind the journal (see HERE for how it was made).  This week my coconut latte is in one of my Moorland Pottery Stoke City mugs.  The other side of the desk is unfortunately empty!
There was no Eva yesterday (she will be popping in tomorrow), so I am sharing the picture from last Thursday of the stamping stash that she brought back from Port Sunny with her!  It looks as if she managed to find plenty of stamps that she liked lol.  Off to work shortly (7am) so will visit when I get home.  In the mean time, if you pop over to The Stamping Ground, you will find plenty more desks to look at, as well as exciting news about the 10th anniversary crop.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Christmas Card with Angel Wings

I was recently inspired by a beautiful DL card that I saw on Facebook designed by Lizzie Dzadiak using the Angel Wings stamp (and die) by Gemini from Crafter's Companion.  I decided to make my own angel wing DL card.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Pablo Picasso Portrait inspired Journal Page

This week's prompt over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is Inspired by Portraits.  The artists to choose from include Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo.  As I have previously created a page inspired by Frida Kahlo (see HERE) and I am not the most confident portrait drawer, I went with Pablo Picasso, using an image from Nina's YouTube video as my starting point.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Wand Making

To celebrate reading, our school will be holding a Harry Potter day on Friday.  As this will entail dressing up,  I thought that I had better make myself a wand.  Having seen a few YouTube videos where a chopstick and hot glue were used as the basis for such a project,  I thought that I would have a go at creating one for myself.  Having raided the pantry for chopsticks,  I made a start.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Cover: Masculine Finish

Yesterday I shared how I created the wood effect for the inside of this Wrapped Journal Cover (see HERE).  Today,  I will show you how I added texture to embellishments for the outside of the cover, once again in keeping with the masculine theme.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal: Cool Wood Effect

I decided to make a more masculine journal cover using the Wrapped Journal Bigz die designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  I have made one before (see HERE and HERE) but it was more feminine in appeal.  Today I am sharing the inside on which I built up a cool wood effect.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

W is for Water colours and Water soluble oil pastels!

These ATCs were created for a swap over on JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art).  The prompt letter was W, so I thought it would be the ideal time to try out my latest purchases, a box of Van Gogh water colours and some water soluble oil pastels both from Royal Talens.  As usual, I stuck to using stamps from Claritystamp on my ATCs.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WOYWW 488: It's Not Cheating Honest

I'll start with two apologies, firstly I won't be visiting anyone today as I have an open evening at work and won't  be back until very late, secondly, the photos of my desk weren't taken today (shock horror).  I have got used to the 'working on Wednesdays' routine now and prepare my blog post a day ahead so that I can post it and link up with WOYWW at The Stamping Ground before I leave for work at 7am.  I even comment on the early bird blog posts before I leave.  Today's photos however are a bit of a cheat even for me lol.
My side of the desk was actually only taken yesterday (this morning it has my lap top and the books that I have marked on it: not so interesting).  I was busy creating something to share on my blog and came up with some Halloween themed ATCoins.  You can see my cup of coconut latte and my new purchase, a box of Van Gogh watercolours from Royal Talens.  This photo was taken mid create, but you can see the finished items HERE.
The other side of the desk is a bit more of a stretch.  Eva hasn't been able to make the last couple of Tuesdays, so I took a picture last Thursday when she came over for a crafty afternoon.  She has been working on parchment pieces using the Claritystamp Groovi system and Pergamano tools over the last few weeks and has now more or less finished the white work.  I will take another picture tomorrow when she comes over.
Hope everyone has a good week and I'll pop in over the weekend to see you all.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Halloween Artist Trading Coins

I was inspired to create some Halloween artist trading coins as we are in October.  I had three 2.5" blanks left over from some batch cutting using my Brother Scan N Cut, so grabbed them to get started.  I didn't have a set plan in mind as I started, the coins evolved as I worked on them.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Inspired by Orr Ambrose: An Art Journal Page

The prompt for October over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is 'Inspired By'.  Each week there is a choice of three artists; this week it was Klimt, Kandinsky and Orr Ambrose.  Having previously tried an art journal page inspired by Klimt (which I wasn't overly happy with: see HERE), I decided to base my page on the works of Orr Ambrose.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Halloween Tag Bookmark

The current prompt over on Tag Tuesday is Autumn/Halloween.  As I have just made an autumn tag for another challenge,  I decided to go with Halloween for this one.  I also had a new stamp that I wanted to use!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018