Thursday, 15 August 2019

Floral Sympathy Card: 4th Year Blogiversary

I like to play around with aperture dies most of the time, cutting into them, changing the shape and mixing them with other dies rather than use them in their complete form.  As this was my first experiment with this particular die, I kept the theme monotone and decided to turn it into a sympathy card.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

WOYWW 532: The Shed's Looking Blue!

Another week has flashed past and it is Wednesday again.  Once again I can't show you any actual projects on my desk as I am busy getting as many samples done as I can to take with me to the retreat next week.  This time next week I will be with Eva enjoying tuition from Barbara Gray.  I may be late joining in!  If you'd like to join in or see more interesting desks, visit Julia over at the Stamping Ground, where order is kept (except on her desk lol)!
I was busy writing up sample instructions and editing photos for future blog posts.  I though I'd show you some more alternative views of the shed as it went down so well last week.
Crafty friends are welcome to pop round and join in with the fun.
As you can see I have a new 'roof' on my shed lol.  #2 and #3 son sorted it out for me the other day.  It's actually good having the edge overhanging as it shades the windows when the blinds are open and the sun is out.  I am hoping that the rest of the shed will match the roof when I get back from the retreat next week.  #3 son has been charged with painting the rest of it to match the patch tests on the front while I am away.  I just hope the weather is good enough to get it done.
I can share sneak peeks of the samples for the shows that are on Hochanda at 12pm and 4pm today with Maria Moorhouse.  I was sent some dies to work with for the first time as people are away on holiday over the summer and I had time to do extra samples.  I will be sharing the full projects over the next few days so if you are interested please feel free to pop back over.
And finally a picture of the grand kitty Jess when she was smaller (although she's not that much bigger now).  She is coming to stay with us tomorrow for a few days.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Mandala Notelet

These mixed media journal stamps from Clarity aren't just for journaling.  They can be used for all sizes of cards too.  Here I worked with a 5" x 5" card blank.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

A Quick Layered Tag

This is another project made with the new mixed media journal stamp set from Clarity.  This time a quicker and smaller project creating a bookmark tag.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Art Journal Page: Oxide and Stamped Background

I absolutely adore these new mixed journaling stamps from Clarity.  I haven't been able to put them down since I got them.  I have used them for card making, journaling and even home decor projects as they are so versatile.  Here is a journal page.  Watch Lou at 12pm and 4pm today on Hochanda.com to see more ideas and demos.

Friday, 9 August 2019

A Classy 8th Birthday Card

This is the card which I made for my great niece's 8th birthday earlier this week.  She is growing into a sophisticated young lady so I wanted to make her something elegant.  There is a clue to her name on the card.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

WOYWW 531: No Cake Today

My desk shot today is the view through the door from the other side of the desk as it was this morning.  Laptop open ready to write this post, cereal bowl for breakfast and candles ready for a sample that I am working on.  As you can see I have space for a few people to come and craft with me.
Alas no cake today as I am crafting all alone.  I am however looking forward to the Clarity retreat that Eva and I will be attending a fortnight today (the first of two days).
I'd like to introduce my new Grandkitty, Jess.  She is 14 weeks old and a supervised only outdoor cat.  That is to say, she is an indoor cat, only allowed out on her harness and lead or in her backpack pet carrier with the large viewing bubble on the back.  I was invited out to breakfast the other day and Jess came too.  As you can imagine, she created quite a stir as we went for our walk, especially as she spent most of the time perched on my son's shoulder (I think she was a parrot in a previous life lol).
I will hook up to The Stamping Ground, where Queen of Snoop Julia is keeper of the weekly desk share.  See you all soon!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Archival Ink Card Starting with a Gel Print

This card was made for the girlfriend of one of my sons.  She is a cat lover so one of my favourite stamp sets sprang immediately to mind.  Although I started with my gel plate, I decided to use Archival inks for everything on the card.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Farewell Colleague: A Leaver's Card

I used one of my favourite stencils for this card.  It allowed me to add a pun to this card for a colleague who was leaving.  I worked on an 8" x 8" white card blank to allow space for everyone to sign.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

WOYWW 530: Back To Old Habits

I confess, I am enjoying my holiday lie ins a little too much, so I prepared this post yesterday afternoon.  Also I had a visitor at the other side of the desk, so took advantage and grabbed a photo.  I enjoy being able to visit desks a little more promptly during the holidays.  To join in with WOYWW or just snoop at other people's desks please visit The Stamping Ground where Julia keeps us in order each Wednesday.
My side of the desk shows the start of a birthday card.  I can't show you any more as the birthday isn't until tomorrow.  In the background you can see Eva having a look through my Groovi folders and the cake which she brought with her for sharing!
Eva was just starting a new Groovi piece on the other side of the desk.  I always provide coffee, so we were sorted as far as refreshments were concerned.  Eva always likes a look through my Craft Stamper when it arrives too.  I can't believe that it is already the second week of the holidays.  The new footie season starts with a home match on Saturday, so I am also looking forward to that.  Happy WOYWW.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Gel Plate Fun in the Style of Sam Crowe

Every Tuesday Claritystamp releases a new YouTube Tuesday video.  I made this card having watched one by Sam Crowe (see HERE).  She is a genius with a gel plate and I had fun adapting her technique to create my version of her card. 
I decided to stick to the round gel press petite that Sam used, but as you can see I changed the stamps that I used.  I also used water soluble oil pastels to create the scribbles around the panels.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Watercolouring using a Stencil as a Template

This is the first of the samples that I created using the new Woodland Animal stencils from Claritystamp.  The One Day Special continues today on Hochanda at 9am, 1pm and 5pm.  I love using stencils as a starting point for water colouring as I must admit that I am not that good at freestyling.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

WOYWW 529: Summer is Here

Morning.  How lovely to have time to write a post on the correct day to share with everyone at What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW).  Even the photos were taken for once on the day itself rather than being prepared the day before.
This was my desk first thing this morning.  Even though I have no more marking to do until September I still habitually tidy my desk at the end of each day.
My brother has asked me to make a logo for his local orchestra in Canada (he is the musical director).  As they are based in the Rockies, I have taken out some masks as a starting point.  He will add the wording over the image so I am going to play around with some ideas to send him today.
The other side of the desk is ready for Eva's arrival.  We are getting together today to craft.  She has to pick up her gel press petites and her brayer which I borrowed for a class.  I am later than normal joining in because I have been enjoying a lie in each morning now the summer holidays are here.  It was rather too warm in the shed yesterday, but by keeping the doors open and the blinds down I managed to keep the temperature below 29 degrees C!  Hope to see you over on the Stamping Ground so I can come and visit.

PS.  The gift on my desk last week was a hand knitted dish cloth.  I shall be using it to keep my glass mat clean once the tea towel that I am currently using gives up the ghost. 

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

WOYWW 528: Last Work Day!

Happy WOYWW to you all. This will be my last work day for the academic year 2018-19, so I am done after today until September.  Apart from all the work needed to get ready to hit the ground running when we go back of course.  The last sets of books were marked this morning and the assembly is ready to go, following up on the trip to Berlin.  I will finally stop having to cheat for a while, taking a photo of my desk on a Tuesday afternoon so I can join in with Julia over at the Stamping Ground.
My desk this week shows the ATC and gift that I received from Bridget for the 10th anniversary.  She has been poorly so the package was delayed.  As it also had to make its way from Australia it was a lovely surprise in the mail on Monday.  I do hope you are fully recovered!   I also still hope that my tag eventually made it to Bleubeard and Elizabeth but I will be posting a second one tomorrow if it hasn't.  This time I will keep proof of posting!
On the other side of the desk, Eva finally made it over for some crafting.  We had watched some YouTube videos made by Sam Crowe for Claritystamp and Eva has been trying out some of her techniques.  These are the results of two days in the shed and some work in between at home.  Aren't they fabulous.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Dandelion Tag: A Meaningful Bookmark

I thoroughly enjoyed the craftalong with Barbara Gray yesterday afternoon on Hochanda 2-4pm.  If you missed it with all the excitement of Wimbledon and the World Cup Cricket it is still available on catch up.  This is the first project that I did using the stamp set.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Quick and Effective Stencil Card

A chance to craft a long with Barbara Gray on Hochanda this afternoon from 2-4pm.  Here is one of my samples made with the dandelion stencil.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Christmas Card: Baubles on a Tree Branch

I like the combination of the new bauble stencils with the Pine Needle stencil from Claritystamp.  I used my favourite Distress Oxides on kraft card technique to create the background on this Christmas card.