Wednesday, 27 May 2020

WOYWW 573: Post Anniversary

Another week closer to the next anniversary of WOYWW lol. This time next week I will be back in school, teaching one of the hubs face to face.  A shout out to Y7 and Y8 who mostly won't be back in school.
In the spirit of finishing UFOs, I decided to make a start on the latest Maria Moorhouse Workshop, which I received three weeks ago and hadn't started.  When the photo was taken I was in the throes of the first project, making two versions.  The good thing about these virtual workshops is that I can click on the email links to the projects at any time and work at my own pace.  I was enjoying things so much, that the two planned projects turned into finishing all four.
Project 1 version 1

Project 1 version 2
Tom (Baker) was so overcome at my productivity that he fell over, although Peter (Davison) was not so phased. NB Shaz in Oz these are former Doctor Who actors.  I have signed postcards that I put into photo frames to keep me company.  I have gone back to using various Stoke City mugs for my beverage of choice, although it was empty by the time the photo was taken yesterday afternoon.

Today is #2 son's birthday.  As he lives near by, we will drop off his card and gift (at a suitable social distance).  It will be strange not to be able to give him a hug!  I will be along to visit desks when we get back, as can anyone by visiting the link up at The Stamping Ground.  Hope to see lots of you there. Happy What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Quarantine Quickies #39 & #40: Honey Trap / Ring of Fire


These are probably the quickest tags I've made for my Quarantine Quickie tag journal.  I was inspired by Barbara Gray's doodles for the first.  I am catching up with the prompts on Mission Inspiration using stamps from Clarity as usual.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Quarantine Quickies #37 & #38: Two's Company / Three's A Crowd


It's been a while since I shared some pages from my Quarantine Quickie tag journal, following the prompts over on Mission Inspiration.  I have had to start a second book ring for the journal, as the first one is now full.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Friday, 22 May 2020

Clean and Simple SHAC Doodle Birthday Card

The SHAC Doodle stamps by Barbara Gray are so versatile.  I didn't use either of the main images in the Hot Air Balloon set to create this clean and simple panel card, just three of the smaller extras.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

WOYWW 572: Happy 11th Anniversary

Eleven years ago, Julia came up with the idea of people sharing their desks, warts and all, and the idea of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday began.  I have not been there since the start (My blog is less than five years old), but I have been joining in regularly for the last four (plus) years.
So here is my weekly contribution for the 11th anniversary.  At the back is a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) that I haven't managed to complete. However, you can see that I finally finished the colouring page that I have been working on at craft meet ups (including last year's WOYWW crop) for over two years.  I thought it would be an appropriate response to Julia's anniversary challenge.  I also have a tag to finish off (Three's A Crowd to go with Two's Company) for my Quarantine Quickie tag journal.  Tom and Peter are ever present and my Shed Diary keeps me on track with sample deadlines,  planned projects and school stuff which needs doing.  Happy WOYWW everyone and a shout out to Y7 and Y8 as always: miss you guys!  I'll be around to visit desks between school work and crafty projects.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Monochrome Magic with Splash of Colour

Sometimes only a splash of colour is needed.  A monochrome card can be just as effective as using lots of colour.  I love the variety of small stamps in this set too.  They are excellent for pattern building.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Up Up and Away in a Beautiful Pink Balloon

I have enjoyed following Barbara Gray's FB live doodle sessions at 10am each weekday morning on the Claritystamp and Pergamano FB pages, so I  was delighted when I had a chance to play with the new SHAC Doodle stamps.  I started with the balloon set.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Clean and Simple Fairy Card


For my first sample with the new Mel's Magic Moments stamp collection from Clarity, I decided to keep things clean and simple.  I also had a play with my new box of Derwent Inktense pencils.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Barbara's Floral wall Stamps: Some Ideas

The collection of Barbara's Floral Wall stamps are suitable for a variety of occasions.  Here are the four samples that I made when they were first introduced last year, with links to the step by step blog posts if you would like to reproduce or adapt them.


A Get well Soon card always comes in handy. (See HERE), as does a New Baby card.
I used my gel press plate to create the reflection (see HERE for step by step). 

I used a gel press petite on a second Get Well card (see HERE).
And of course we need a never ending supply of Birthday cards (see HERE for details of how I built up the wall using the small stamp and masks).

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

WOYWW 571: All Up in the Air

Welcome to my latest contribution to the weekly sharing of desks, led by Julia over on The Stamping Ground.  Next Wednesday sees the 11th anniversary of WOYWW, whether or not I will have finished some UFOs by then ready to share is anyone's guess.
I was busy batch making some cards for a colleague at work so I can't show you the finished items.  My large Clarity nesting die folder was on the table with my trusty Grand Calibre in the background.  Tom and Peter still keep me company and my shed diary is keeping me organised too.  Not sure when I'll finish visiting this week, as I have a virtual staff meeting later today and I am working from home today too.  I am in school again tomorrow, so hoping the weather is good enough to spend some time outdoors.  Happy WOYWW everyone and a shout out to Y7 and Y8.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Monday, 11 May 2020

Flights of Fancy: Somewhere over the Rainbow, an Art Journal Page

The theme for May 2020 Mission Inspiration is Flights of Fancy and the word prompts are Gnome, Dragons, Dream, Elves and Rainbow.  The three colours to be used this month are Earth, Moss and Sea.  As you can see, I used Elves and a rainbow on my page, working in my leather bound journal with handmade paper pages.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

I will lift my eyes unto the hills: a Tag

This is my contribution to the May challenge over on Tag It Tuesday.  As you will see, I used all four prompts:  Add black marker or pen, add mountains or trees, use a die cut and add something from nature.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

This is a tag that was made as part of a tag book several years ago.  However it seems the perfect project to share on today's 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of the Second World war in Europe.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

WOYWW 570: Busier than Ever

Welcome to a very short addition to What's On your Workdesk Wednesday this week (join in with the fun HERE).

My desk photo was taken yesterday morning as I have nothing that I can show you today. Between working from home and getting some samples finished to catch the post later, it will be a long and hectic day.  I was just starting some tags yesterday (surprise, surprise) and had sorted out my chosen stamps and some inky copy paper ready to start.  Tom and Peter are still keeping me company and you can see my shed organiser which was a Christmas present from a crafty friend.
These are the finished tags which I will be sharing in more detail tomorrow.  The blog post is already written as I will be in school.  I may therefore not get round to visiting until the weekend.  A shout out to Y7 and Y8 pupils as usual and happy WOYWW to all!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Quarantine Quickie #27 & #28: Pie in the Sky / Pull Your Socks Up

I am ready to share my interpretation of prompts 27 and 28 of the Quarantine Quickies over on Mission Inspiration.  As usual, I have used Clarity stamps and masks to complete each tag.  For once, I used pieces of the same sheet of inky copy paper as the background for both tags.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Quarantine Quickie #23 & #24: Shades of Grey / Stormy Weather

I have been watching Barbara Gray's Facebook live sessions in the SHAC Shack each weekday morning at 10am.  I decided to use a cheat version of one of her ideas to create tag #23 in my Quarantine Quickie journal, following the prompts over on Mission Inspiration.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

WOYWW 569: Three Weeks To Go

Only three weeks to go to the 11th anniversary of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  That is an impressive length of time for a weekly link up to have been taking place and it is thanks to Julia at The Stamping Ground (ably supported by  Lunch Lady Jan), that it has kept going for so long.  So here's my contribution for this week.
As you can probably tell, my desk has been shamelessly staged this week.  All the tags that I have made in the last fortnight are on display (the last four will be blogged on Saturday and Sunday).  Tom and Peter are still keeping me company and I have a new book on the go (Peace comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce).  It seems an appropriate book to be reading at present, as we approach the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th.  I have also looked out my Clarity postcards, ready for the colouring sessions with Barbara Gray on FB live starting next week (10am every weekday morning).  I am working from home today and like to get an early start so I can take a short break at 10am to catch the live doodle session from the SHAC shack. 
I thought I'd better show a close up of the seahorse card that was on my desk last week as so many asked about it.  The stamp is from Claritystamp, designed by Cherry Green and it is done on watercolour card.  I can't say more, as I made it as part of an online workshop with Maria Moorhouse.  I have just sent off for her second, distance stamp class, so await a package of materials through the post.
I'll be along to visit later today.  A shout out to the Y8 pupils and the lovely Y7 pupils who made a video, in response to the one made by the staff.  I'll finish with the tag that I shared as part of that video.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

A Layered Tag with Home Made Washi Tape

There are always four prompts for the monthly challenge over on Tag It Tuesday. April’s are: Use Washi tape, use an old greeting card, tint any medium and use through a stencil and use gears. As you will see, I only used two of the prompts, the minimum number.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Texture on Kraft Card using the Innocence Mixed Impressions Stamps

For my second sample using the Innocence stamps by Dee Fitzsimmons, I decided to focus on the Mixed Impressions texture stamps rather than the character herself.  I also fell back on a technique that I enjoy, white embossing on kraft card.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Innocence in Watercolour

I enjoyed playing with the new Innocence stamps designed by Dee Fitzsimmons for Claritystamp.  This is the first character to get matching texture stamps for backgrounds.  They can be seen today at 9am and 1pm on Hochanda.  Here is my first sample.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Quarantine Quickie #15 & #16: Blue Moon / Bad Hair Day

Continuing with the pages of my quarantine quickie tag journal, inspired by the daily prompts over on Mission Inspiration.  I have caught up, so I am only working on them every other day and sharing two at a time.  Here are my interpretations of #15 and #16.  I have been using my stash of mop up papers and stamps and stencils from Claritystamp.


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

WOYWW 568: Back to Home Working

Well the Easter holidays flew by and I am back on my laptop three days a week working from home.  I admit therefore, that my desk photo was taken yesterday afternoon and this post written after I finished the three cards that I had just started at the time.
The fourth card to the right hand side I had made earlier in the day.  As no workshops can take place at the moment, Maria Moorhouse has found a virtual way to keep us going.  A set of materials and four full colour project sheets through the post and an email link to private YouTube demos of the projects.  I thought it was about time that I finished the remaining two projects as it will be time to sign up to the next class soon.  I was so busy that I had no time to replenish my Toffee Nut Latte lol.  As you can see, Tom and Peter are still keeping me company and occasionally I Face Time with Eva if the internet plays along.  I also tune in to Barbara Gray's FB live sessions each weekday morning at 10am.  Even though I am not doing the doodling, it is nice to have virtual company, whether I am crafting or doing school work.


These are the finished cards based on project 4 of the workshop.

It is only 4 weeks until the 11th anniversary of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday  and I shall be making an ATC to share on my desk that morning.  I can't see much getting posted this year as the royal Mail are so overstretched at the moment, but we could all share something on the day.  Thanks so much to Julia over at the Stamping Ground for starting (and keeping going) this weekly get together.  It is never too late to start joining in or just visiting desks if you are so inclined.  Happy WOYWW and a shout out to my Y8 pupils.  I will be round to visit desks once I have finished all my school chores for the day.  I hope you are all well and that Elizabeth and Christine are fully recovered!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Music Feeds the Soul: An Art Journal Page

I was really challenged by the colour combination for this art journal page, following the prompts for April over on Mission Inspiration.  The colours chosen were Royal Purple, Postbox Red and Grass Green (not a combination I would have gone for myself), so I hope you like my finished page.  The prompt title was 'Music feed the Soul' and the five prompt words for this month were Music / Dance / song / Melody / Soul.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Quarantine Quickie #13 & #14: Busy Bees / River Deep, Mountain High

I am thoroughly enjoying building up my quarantine quickie tag journal using the prompts from Mike Deakin at Mission Inspiration. When I finished tag #14 I had caught up with the prompts at the time.  Of course now I am behind again, but I don't mind.

Sunday, 19 April 2020