Wednesday, 19 June 2019

WOYWW 524: An Alternative View

Welcome to my desk share courtesy of Julia and the weekly get together over on the Stamping Ground.  The reports may be done, but I am still as busy as ever.  Two weeks today I will be midway through the Y8 visit to Berlin and so much still seems to need doing.  I am also busy finishing off samples for posting before I leave so I have set myself a timetable to fit everything in.
My desk shot today is an alternative view as I can't really show you the desk itself.  This is the view immediately to the right of where I sit, with frequently used supplies readily at hand. 
These tags were made for challenges using supplies from my exploding box (the red one on top of the stack).  I haven't shared the step by steps yet as I am stocking up on projects so that I can continue my daily blog posts while I am away.



These are the full shots of the sneak peeks that I shared last week.  There are more shows later today and tomorrow that I have made samples for too.
As you can see,  I moved away from my green and blue phase towards pink and purple.  Hope to get round any desks I don't get to before work this evening when I get in from school.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Mixed Media Affirmation Bookmark

I do like plenty of tags that I can use as bookmarks as I usually have quite a few books on the go at the same time.  I used some new mixed media supplies to create this one.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Mirri Card and Alcohol Ink with a Stencil

I was looking for a new way to show off a stencil and decided to try using silver mirri card and alcohol inks to add a bit of bling.  I used the new Peacock Floral Urn stencil from Clarity for the project.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Metal Leaf over a Die Cut Aperture


I've been using metal flakes quite a bit recently.  I decided to see how they would look with a Clarity aperture die.  The Town die is one of my favourites so I went with that one.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Distress Oxides over White Embossing on Kraft Card

This was the second sample that I made for Maria's Clarity shows on Wednesday showcasing the new Peacock Floral Urn collection.  They can still be seen on catch up (12/6/19 12pm and 4pm).  I used the stamp for this project.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Triple Heat Embossed Tiles on a Card

I haven't done any triple heat embossing for a while, but I felt that the layout of this card was perfect for it.  If you look closely, you can see which three tiles have been embossed.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

WOYWW 524: Report writing Finished

I am celebrating today.  My reports are finished for this school year.  I wrote the last 46 comments yesterday and will transfer them over onto the school system when I get into work this morning.
As you can see, my desk shows why I don't usually take a photo on a Wednesday morning.  This is the boring reality of my desk on a school day, early morning marking and a cup of Toffee Nut Latte to warm me up.  If you squint, you can see the start of my sister's birthday present in the background.  I got this far at a fabulous workshop with Maria Moorhouse on Sunday and now I just have to finish off all the decorating and embellishments.  This week is a bit of a come down after the fabulous crop posts all over WOYWW last week.  Thanks for sharing everyone who went.
Please visit The Stamping Ground to join in with the weekly desk share, or just snoop around other people's crafty spaces, I am sure Julia will welcome you with open arms. 
I can at least share my sneak peeks for Maria's Clarity shows on Hochanda today (12pm and 4pm).  I delivered them in person on Sunday as well as four more for shows a week today so you may get to see the full versions if you tune in.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Rainbows, Rainbows Everywhere: An Irish Blessing


I decided to use only a small section of the frame from Claritystamp which comes with the Irish Blessing verse.  By masking and using a micron pen, I covered the front of my card with rainbows.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

An Uplifting Tag Bookmark

I am never one to waste interesting offcuts, so I used the die cut circle from yesterday's aperture card (see HERE) on a tag.  I am very pleased with the results.  It would make an uplifting bookmark.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Friday, 7 June 2019

Using Metal Leaf Glue on a Stencil


The first of the samples that I made for the Clarity mixed media one day special on Hochanda.  You can see more shows at 9am, 1pm and 5pm today, if they don't sell out first lol.  I decided to try using metal leaf glue ON a stencil, rather than through a stencil.  As you can see, if careful, it turns out well.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Funky Affirmation Notelets

These are the last of the samples that I made with Leonie's scribble square stencils.  I decided to see how they would look used on notelets.  I was rather pleased with the results, nothing like the previous set that I had made for another show (see HERE) even though I used a similar method to start with.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

WOYWW 522: Deja Vu

I am starting with a desk shot as this post will be photo heavy.  You may already have seen lots of photos from the WOYWW 10th anniversary crop last weekend, but I am sharing mine today.
I could barely fit the richness of generosity from the swaps at the crop on my desk when I got home.  What a fabulous day was had by all.  So many friends, some meeting face to face for the first time, some who go way back!  Annie (Whipso) and Jo (Twiglet) who organised everything did us all proud.  Who would have thought that an idea cooked up by Julia (The Stamping Ground - please join us) and encouraged by Jan (LLJ) so many years ago would have brought us all together.  Such an array of crafting on display, some achieved more than others...  Cake, cake and yet more cake with a magnificent buffet lunch and over £200 raised for charity too.  So on with the photos.  Eva couldn't make it, so guesting on the other side of the desk...
I met Helen (Stamping by H) for the first time face to face, she even gave up her usual Saturday visit to Kew to join us. We discovered a second mutual interest in football and radio 5live.
Chris (Mrs D) was determined to do some crafting, even if only one armed at the moment.
Margaret (Glitterandglue), Caro and Camilla chatted and crafted at the same time.  I was meeting Caro face to face for the first time too.
Elizabeth (Silver Scrapper), Christine (Bishopsmate) and Catriona got on like a house on fire.
I surprised Anne (Copper Beech) and Neet!
Heather was checking out Maggie (Silvercrafter) and her amazing parching skills.
Even Zsuzsa (InkyDinkyDoodle) managed to make it for an hour, having persuaded her family to have a day out in the area.  It was great to finally get a chance to meet face to face for the first time.
Jan (LLJ) made sure that plenty of socialising took place as well as helping with the photography.
And of course it wouldn't have been a WOYWW crop without cake.  Julia cut the cake (with Annie watching on) and later wore the tiara as was right and fitting for the queen of deskers.
As usual the menfolk were very supportive.  Gordon and Doug had to try out the new photo corner.
The first raffle prize that I chose, 5 tickets and all drawn out of the hat.  I passed on one and passed another choice to a less fortunate desker.  Thank you Debbie (Tattered Rocks) for the amazing art work, I was so glad to have a chance to claim it as my own!
And finally, the traditional group portrait (Gordon and Doug were so patient with everyone's cameras and phones).  Back: Shaz (Silverwolf), Christine, Chris (Pearshaped), myself, Camilla, Zsuzsa, Annie, Heather, Jo, Margaret, PJ (hiding), Anne, Caro, Elizabeth, Catriona and Neet.  Front: Helen, Chris, Julia, Jan, Dolores and Maggie.  I am already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Music Card

The poetry stamp sets from Clarity are beautiful.  They can be used in sections or as a whole.  The verses can be stamped outside the frames on a larger card as I showed HERE, or within them as I show you today.  I love music so this is probably one of my favourites, it's so difficult to choose.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Fancy Frame Poetry Scene

These fabulous new poetry stamps with fancy frames will be showcased this afternoon by Barbara Gray on Hochanda between 2pm and 4pm.  Here is the first of my samples.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Layers on Layers: A Birthday Card

This is the card I made using the left over ink off the stencils that I used for yesterday's art journal page (see HERE).  Although Leonie's stamps are large, they can still be used for smaller projects.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Distress Oxide Sprays with Nested Stamps and Stencils: Art Journal Page

I couldn't resist creating an art journal page with these new stamps and stencils designed by Leonie Pujol for Claritystamp.  She will be demonstrating them on Hochanda today at 8am and 12pm along with lots of different shapes and her new sentiment stickers.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

A 25th Birthday Card

Our middle son celebrated a quarter of a century on Monday.  His card was delivered in person so it is definitely safe to share.  I used a Distress Oxide combination that I happened across by accident once, but I have used it many times since, as it makes a great background for a masculine card.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

WOYWW 521: Packing for the Crop

For once I am packing light for the up coming WOYWW anniversary crop on Saturday.  Thanks to the leadership of Julia, ably assisted by LLJ, we will be celebrating 10 years of desk sharing via The Stamping Ground this time.  I have decided that, other than a load of tags for swapping and a decent raffle prize, I will only be taking a colouring book, coloured pencils and my pencil blending pens.  For those who don't believe it possible, I have taken a photo of my bag packed and ready to go. 
My actual desk is once again full of projects that cannot yet be shared.  I can show you two of the colours that I am working with for one of the projects though.  The two colours together create a close approximation to Peacock Feathers distress ink.
I can also share some sneaky peeks of my samples for Leonie's shows on Friday at 8am and 12pm.
Looking forward to catching up with lots of fellow deskers on Saturday and of course, cake!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

A Layered Birthday Card

Yesterday was a birthday heavy day.  Four family members and friends share the same birthday and as it was a bank holiday I had to be prepared in advance so that cards that needed posting arrived in time.  This one did, so I can share it today.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Paper Piecing as an Alternative to Colouring


Yesterday I shared a tag using paper piecing in place of colouring a stamped image (see HERE).  It was the test piece for this larger scene which became an art journal page.  The designer papers from Claritystamp provide a wealth of choice for this technique.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Mermaid Tail Tag

I tried some paper piecing as an alternative to colouring.  I love the mermaid tail which is part of the Dee's Friends A4 (and A5) Faith stamp set.  I started off small, testing the technique with a tag. 

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Pop Out Birthday Card: Funky Foliage

For a change, I decided to make a pop out card.  I was interested to see how the Clarity aperture dies would work with this technique.  As you can see, they were the perfect size and I will definitely be trying this again.  I used the matching stencil on the front of the card.

Friday, 24 May 2019

A Clean and Simple Romantic Card


I found a way to use one of the Dee's Friends characters without doing a great deal of colouring as I am still not too confident with my technique.  A clean and simple romantic card, but spot the OOPS!

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Brave: Dee's Friends on a Colllaged Plaque

I am still not the world's greatest colourist, especially of people, but I can't stop practising lol.  For this piece, I used the Brave stamp set, designed by Dee Fitzsimmons for Clarity on a collaged background.