Wednesday, 19 September 2018

WOYWW 485: A Change of Schedule

I only have one side of the desk to share today.  This is because Eva will be joining me to craft on Thursday this week, rather than Tuesday when I usually take the photos and write the post.  I have been keeping up quite well with the visiting, despite working on Wednesdays now.  I visit a few early deskers before I leave for work at 7am and try to catch up with as many more as I can when I get in.  If you want to know what I'm talking about then head over to The Stamping Ground, where all will be explained.
My side of the desk shows a journal page that I finished late Tuesday morning.  I used some of the stamps that Shaz (Silverwolf) kindly gave me at the crop, working in my birthday journal with the hand made paper (see HERE for details if interested).  As you can see, my craft 'to do' list is as long as ever, although the top section shows what has been done and dusted as it is crossed out.  I try to plan ahead so that I don't fall too far behind with the challenges in the various groups that I belong to.  Some are monthly, but there are one weekly and two fortnightly challenges, so I like to keep track.  I'll leave it there for now.  Will be along to visit later today or tomorrow when I am not working.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Art Journaling on Handmade Paper

I decided to try another art journal page in my birthday journal.  This time, not only did I work on a double page spread, but also directly onto the back of the first page that I created in the journal.  As this journal only contains hand made paper I was taking a risk, but not only did I love the new spread, but there was no damage to the page on the back.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Servalan: A Tribute Journal Page

The September prompt over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is Art Journal Frenzy.  The additional prompt for the first week was 'Galaxy'.  I created this page as a tribute to the character of Servalan in Blake's 7, played by the fabulous Jacqueline Pearce who died earlier this month.  Blake's 7 was one of my favourite TV series as a teenager and Servalan was always my favourite character.  I had the good fortune to have a chance to meet Jacqueline Pearce in person at the 20th anniversary convention back in 1998; she was very generous of her time and I still treasure a signed photograph. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Retirement Card

This retirement card was created for a friend.  She actually retired at the end of the last school year, but the celebration didn't take place until yesterday.  I made an 8" x 8" card as it was being signed by a large group of friends.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Creating a Peaceful Scene Using Stamps and a Mask

The current fortnightly challenge on Tag Tuesday is 'Peace'.  I decided to look ahead and created a winter scene using the Peace Frame stamp from Claritystamp.  As I was creating a scene, I decided to use the tag on its side for a change.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Three Colours, Eight Steps plus Five Prompt Words equals One Art Journal Page

As usual, I am a month behind with my Mission Inspiration page.  I am not sure why I put them off for so long, as once I get started with a page, I rarely dislike where I end up. In fact, I got so engrossed in creating my page this time, that I forgot to take photos after steps 5 and 6.  This is my mission for August 2018.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

WOYWW 484: The One After the Crop

Hello and welcome to the weekly sharing of my desk, as encouraged by Julia, our hostess and keeper of the links (see HERE for more).  I wanted to share all the lovely swaps that I was given at the crop last Saturday.  I have already shared my photos and described the day itself, so if you haven't seen them yet you can find them HERE.
From top left goodies from: Shaz (from Oz), an ATCoin from Neet with an ATC below from Mrs D, a glasses case from LLJ and a mini memory bear complete with poem from Annie (Whipso).  Below from left to right: ATCs from Chris (Pearshaped), Margaret, Heather, Jo (Twiglet), who had sewn her ATCs and Christine (Bishopsmate).  In the middle at the bottom an ATC from Shaz (Silverwolf).  They are all so different and so beautiful.  Eva sends her thanks for her goodies too, even though she wasn't up to being there.
On the other side of the desk normal service has been resumed.  Eva was having a look through my Groovi folders and was also very keen to try out the new Picot dies from Claritystamp.  They are now top of her wish list lol.  Have a great week everyone.  I will  be round tomorrow to visit as I am at work today; I haven't got used to this new pattern of work days.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Found Poem Tag

The fact that this tag contains a found poem is totally fortuitous, as it was the last thing that I added.  This tag was created for the September challenge over on Tag It Tuesday.  At least two of four given prompts have to be used.  This month the prompts are: 1 Make straight lines, 2 Scribble, 3 Rip text page and 4 Add blue.  One way or another I've managed all four this month for a change.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Adding Glass Slides to a Canvas

I recently played around with alcohol inks on microscope slides (see HERE).  Several people suggested using wire wrapping as a way of adding them to a piece of work.  I decided to use an 8" x 8" canvas board from Claritystamp.  I have never done any wire wrapping before, so I made things up and experimented as I went along.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Fantasy Journal Page at the WOYWW Crop

As I was attending the annual WOYWW crop I decided to take the  minimum of crafting to do.  So much time is spent catching up, eating cake, catching up, cake, coffee ... you get the idea, that there is little actual time spent on crafting.  I therefore only took some stamps, my Strathmore Visual Journal water brushes and colouring materials: Luminarte Twinkling H2Os and my Ecoline pens from Royal Talens.  Even so, I didn't finish the page while I was there.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Yupo Space Background

This was made for the September challenge over on Mixed Media Art Journey.  It gave me an opportunity to use part of a Yupo background that I'd already created.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Alcohol Ink Experiment on Microscope Slides and Yupo Paper

I found a box of glass microscope slides when cleaning out the garage recently and put them to one side in my craft shed.  I decided to get them out yesterday and see what I could do with alcohol inks on them.  I also ended up with a lovely Yupo paper background.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet, but enjoyed experimenting.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Colouring Stamped Images


I don't think that I've ever enjoyed colouring in stamped images more than the two here.  There is a third image in the set which I haven't worked on yet but I am looking forward to doing so.  These are two of the stamps designed by Helen Hopkins 'aitch' for IndigoBlu: Guardian Angel and Luna & Owl.  I am entering them into the Stamping Sensations September challenge based on the letter B.  This is a stamping challenge so on the basis of Blonde with Bird and Blue angel with woodland Beasts, I am entering both images.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

WOYWW 483: New Term, New Days (for me)

Hello and welcome to the first WOYWW of the new school year, prepared the day before as I now work on Wednesdays.  I therefore won't be visiting any other desks until tomorrow; it will be all I can do to link up before work.  To find out more about What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, visit other desks or share your own, click HERE.  This time next week the crop will have taken place and I'll no doubt have plenty of photos to share!
I had some goodies arrive on Monday; they were waiting for me when I got in from work.  I took them with me to the four weekly JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art) meet up in Stockport to work with; they were designed by one of our members.  If you pop back tomorrow, I'll show you what I have done with them so far. 
No Eva on the other side of the desk as she was at an INSET day in school, so I have some guests instead.
Lou Withers was demonstrating some water colouring techniques to Chris, a new JJAMMMA meet up member.
Kaz was playing with some new pens creating an abstract picture.
On the way to the meet up, I called in at Middleport Pottery to see the Poppies Weeping Window on their last stop before going to their permanent home at the Imperial War Museum in London.  I couldn't let the chance go by to see them as they are so close by.






Sorry to be so photo heavy.  Happy WOYWW and see you at the crop if you're going.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Happy Unbirthday!

I am ashamed to say that I totally forgot about my nephew's birthday in June, then forgot that I had forgotten.  I decided to make him an unbirthday card rather than a belated one because he received it so late.

Monday, 3 September 2018

A Car Themed Tag

When I saw the current challenge over on Country View Challenges: Planes, Trains and Automobiles I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use.  I have had it in my stash for ages and never used it; I felt it was about time to change that.  My son has also recently bought himself a convertable, so I thought that he might like the tag to use as a bookmark.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Friday, 31 August 2018

Using a Brayer and Cling Film on Coated Card

Having been challenged into using my brayer on coated card at a workshop held by Maria Moorhouse recently, I decided to adapt one of the cards we made.  The stamps used and finishing touches are my own choices but I'm grateful to Maria for making me think about using this skill again.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

WOYWW 482: This Time Next Week...

This time next week I will be at work so my posts will be written on a Tuesday evening and posted early before I leave the house.  I thought I 'd better write this post today and show you what my desk actually looked like this morning.
I took a wide shot for a change.  My workspace faces the door of the shed (covered by the red curtain) and as you can see, I have space for friends to come and join me.  My heat gun is close at hand as is my rotary trimmer and place mat ready for my coconut lattes.  In the background you can see the birthday flowers from one of my sons still going strong.  I also have a second hand Rolodex that holds slightly larger than ATC sized card (4" x 2.5").  I have tried out some mini art work on there and and intend to fill it gradually with technique cards and mini art pieces.  I am grateful to Louise Withers for the idea.
I am just waiting for Eva to arrive as we are planning a couple of day's crafting before we go back to work next Monday.  To link up with other desks, please visit Julia on The Stamping Ground, who keeps us organised and hosts the link up.  Less than two weeks to the crop now so we look forward to seeing many of you in person soon.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Golden Hi Flow Acrylics on a Canvas

This is a piece that I made for the Golden shows with Louise Withers today on Hochanda.  I decided to see how my Hi Flow acrylics would work with a brayer on a canvas board.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Rainbow Dogs: MDF ATCs and Holder: Part One

I won this MDF ATC box and ATCs blank in a challenge with Louise Withers.  It seemed only apt that I used it for a DT piece for the Royal Talens shows on Hochanda today at 12pm and 4pm.  They should be available on catch up for two weeks if you miss them.  I will share the step by step for the box today and the contents tomorrow.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

A Journal Page Experiment on Handmade Paper

I had the opportunity to choose my own birthday present from my husband recently while on holiday.  I picked out a beautiful leather bound journal, embossed with the tree of life, containing six signatures of handmade paper.  I wasn't sure how the paper would handle journaling, so decided to experiment yesterday.  As it was my birthday, I chose that as my theme.


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

WOYWW 481: Birthday Celebrations

Well the weeks seem to be going round quicker than ever.  Less than 3 weeks to the crop and this time last week I was posting from a McDonald's in York.  To know more about this desk sharing malarkey and the upcoming crop, please visit our leader Julia.  I am rather late posting today as I have been waiting for Eva to pop round so that I can share the other side of the desk too.  It is the first time we've crafted together in the shed for weeks so it makes for a lovely birthday.  We did, however, enjoy a full day workshop with Maria Moorhouse last Saturday, followed by footie on TV and pizza, so we have already caught up with our holiday gossip.
As promised, my side of the desk shows the gorgeous leather bound journal, which I chose as a birthday gift from hubby, when we were in Papeterie last week in York.  It has 6 signatures of hand made paper so I will be experimenting with clear and white gesso to see what works and what doesn't.  You can also see the beginning of a large MDF tag which I am working on for a challenge.  I will be able to show more next week and will share the step by step at some point after the challenge has closed.  For now that's all I can share.  It looks like Eva's blog is going to have to wait for a while as she is having to swot up on some RE topics ready for September.  We are going to the footie together this evening, so I'm hoping that Stoke City will gift me a first win of the season and three points for my birthday; that would round off the day perfectly.
These are the beautiful hand made cards that I have received so far for my birthday.  Even my twin sister sent me a card which came with stickers that you add to the front lol.
On the other side of the desk, Eva has just arrived with cake and another beautiful hand made card!  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Vintage Science: A Good Luck Card

This card was made to wish my son's girlfriend luck in her upcoming university exams.  She is a Chemistry student, so the Weird Science stamps from IndigoBlu were perfect.  As the card has a vintage feel, I am also entering it into the Vintage challenge over on I Love IndigoBlu.