Thursday, 27 February 2020

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WOYWW 560: Back To Work

Welcome to the weekly link up with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday where desks of all shapes, sizes and states of tidiness can be perused, thanks to our hostess with the mostest Julia at The Stamping Ground.
My desk this week shows some lovely art gifts from Jane and Kaz from the JJAMMMA meet up last Thursday.  Jane was my partner for the Clarity ATC swap for February. 
The theme was New Beginnings and this is the one that I swapped.  Kaz kindly gave me a page from the Clarity Feathered Friends colouring book that she had coloured for me.  She is also responsible for the lovely pencil rest that stops my pencil from rolling around my glass mat.  I had a brilliant afternoon catching up with friends.  
Friday saw a day out in Liverpool where we visited the Tate Liverpool, the Museum of Liverpool and Albert Dock.  It was an extremely blowy day though.  
Hope you are all staying dry and that no one has been flooded.  Happy WOYWW.  I'll be round this evening or tomorrow morning to visit, depending on how I feel after work.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Warhol inspired Overlay stamping

The three way overlay stamps from Claritystamp are so versatile.  Each stamp can be used individually or in combination.  Here I used two of the stamps from each set to create a card inspired by Andy Warhol.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Adventure Journal Page on a Recycled Background

I created this art journal page for the JJAMMMA challenge Adventure/Exploration.  I used recycled packaging for the background as it was too nice to throw away which also fulfils the February criteria for recycling packaging over on The Mixed Media Emporium!

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Springtime Tags

I created these tags using Clarity new design stamp and stencil club products for the February tag swap over on Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art (JJAMMMA).  The theme was springtime.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Texture Stamp Background

A large background can be created from smaller stamps by repeat stamping and overlaying images.  I enjoyed building up an A5 background using Distress oxides and one of the new Chinese Lanterns Mixed Impressions texture stamps from Claritystamp.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Faux Stitched Stencil

The one day special which was introduced yesterday evening consists of a set of stencils and matching three way overlay stamps from Claritystamp.  I love the combination of words and birds.  This was my first project using one of the stencils.  Further shows with Maria Moorhouse can be seen at 9am, 1pm and 5pm today on Hochanda.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WOYWW 559: Enjoying a Break from Work

I am thoroughly enjoying my half term even though we are not going away anywhere.  Crafting, catching up on TV, meeting up with friends and the occasional day out are just the ticket.
As you can see, we started the week with a trip to IKEA and I finally sorted out all my DVD stamp storage.  I may well end up getting a second unit at some point when I buy more DVD storage cases and transfer some more of my stamps into them, but for now, I am happy to have finished labelling all the spines of the cases for ease of finding.
I can't really share anything on my desk today as I am in the throes of sample making, however I can share the sneak peeks of the ones I made for this evening's ODS with Maria Moorhouse.
I shall be blogging the first one in full tomorrow if you'd like to pop back.
Hubby is off work for the rest of the week now, so I may not get round to visiting everyone until the weekend depending on what we decide to do each day.   There are plenty more desks/artistic spaces to explore if you visit the Stamping Ground, where Julia holds the keys to this long time blog hop What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW).  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Love is In the Air: Mission Inspiration Page

The theme for the February mission over on Mission Inspiration is Love is In the Air.  The three colours are Deep Red, Hot Pink and Gold and the choice of prompt words is Hearts, Romance, Roses, Kisses and Together.  This is my interpretation.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Pastel Chinese Lanterns

Barbara Gray and Paul Church will be demonstrating these beautiful new stamps (and Groovi plates) today at 11am and 2pm.  I had such fun playing with them.  I deliberately decided to go for a pastel rather than natural look with this card.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Coloured Background but Uncoloured Focal Point

I decided to bring the stamp to the front of this card using masking fluid and creating a darker background.  I deliberately left the main image uncoloured to stand out against the background.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WOYWW 558: Happy Valentine's Day

I don't have any art to show on my desk today as you will see later so I thought I'd share one of my previous projects.  This Valentine took less than an hour (plus drying time) to make, but I still think it's lovely.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Oval-ly Excited Flowers on Kraft

There are all sorts of possibilities with these new stamps and stencils by Sam Crowe.  Here I decided to create a picture with some of the Oval-ly Excited stamp set.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WOYWW 557: On Top of Things

I confess that I am a list maker.  I like to plan ahead and tick jobs off as they are done.  That way I can prioritise and I get a sense of satisfaction when my jobs for the day are complete; especially if I finish them earlier than I thought they would be.
First on my list for yesterday was to complete some tags for the February JJAMMMA tag swap.  I also decided to make use of my half price find in Hobbycraft last week, my new box of 12 Derwent Inktense pencils.  I can't show you the full tags, as they won't have been received by my swap partner yet.  I can report that the pencils are great though.  Really vibrant when blended with water and a little goes a long way.

I thought I'd share a couple of recent samples that made it to air.  I am not short of blog posts for the next month lol.  I'll be linking up today via The Stamping Ground as usual.  Wednesday just wouldn't be Wednesday without seeing what everyone is up to in their crafty spaces.  I'll be round to visit in the morning or maybe this evening if I'm not too tired after work.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Monday, 3 February 2020

Raining Cats and Dogs

These delightful cat and dog die sets from Claritystamp were launched yesterday evening at 6pm on Hochanda as the One Day Special.  Further shows can be seen today at 9am, 1pm and 5pm (GMT).  I had such fun playing with them; both whole and by snipping into them.  I couldn't resist a play on words for my first sample.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Don't Stop Making Waves: A Card

Barbara Gray will be bringing a new collection of Under the Sea stamps designed by Cherry Green to Hochanda this afternoon between 2pm and 4pm (GMT).  This is the first sample that I made.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Oval-ly Abstract Panel Card

Sam Crowe makes her debut on Hochanda today at 8am and 12pm with a new range of stamps and stencils that she has designed for Claritystamp.  They are great for layering, mixed media and building up patterns.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A New Baby Card using Shrink Plastic

A friend and former colleague had her second baby recently.  This is the card I made for her and the rest of the family.  I love these stamps and shrink plastic seemed the way to go to fit them all on the same card in the appropriate size to represent Mum, Dad, big sister and the new baby.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

WOYWW 556: A Crafty Afternoon Out

I had a lovely crafty afternoon yesterday with some of the JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art) group up in Stockport. 
As you see, I have learnt from prior experience (and WOYWW crops) to travel light.  I took my trusty colouring book and pencils.  The Derwent Inktense box were a purchase at Hobbycraft, as they are half price at the moment and I thought I would try them.  It was so good to catch up with friends old and new, as it was last September when I made it to the previous meet up. 
On the other side of the desk, Jane was giving Groovi guidance but was the only one brave enough to be photographed for the blog lol.  There were 12 of us altogether, including Lou, who drove straight there from Peterborough to make the meet up.  Eva was working unfortunately, so couldn't join us.
If you'd like to peek at even more desks, then please join the WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) crowd over at The Stamping Ground, where Julia is in charge!  I'll be round to visit either this evening or tomorrow morning, depending on how tired I feel when I get in from work.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Safari Art Journal Page

I didn't find time to join in with Mission Inspiration in 2019 so I am determined to do better in 2020.  There are no longer individual steps to follow, just a theme, a colour palette and five words of inspiration.  This month the colours were clay, amber and sunset, the words: Safari, Jungle, Explore, Journey, Wildlife and the theme 'Animals of the World'.  Here is my interpretation.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Meme Girl Art Journal Page

In keeping with my new year's resolution to join in with a few more monthly challenges, here is my offering for the January prompts over on Mixed Media Art Journey. Six prompts determined by the roll of dice: hide a secret, make a spread (2 pages), use red, add a face, meme, use something recycled.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Patchwork Wreath

The entwined floral wreath stamps are quite large, but this doesn't mean that they have to be used in their entirety.  I created a patchwork effect on this card using dies and a stencil.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

WOYWW 555: Feeling Fitter

Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes last week.  I was cleared to drive last Friday and have been keeping up with the 30 minute walks on non work days and weekends.  The low salt diet is going well and I have even lost a little weight, so onwards and upwards.
I have been busy crafting as you can see, and found time yesterday for an art journal page.  I have decided as part of my new year's resolutions to take part in three of the monthly challenges that I didn't find time for last year.  So I am back with Mission Inspiration, Tag It Tuesday and Mixed Media Art Journey challenges.  I can't manage a weekly challenge (apart from meeting up with all the fabulous WOYWW deskers) but it is nice to be joining in with these groups again.
I did manage to finish the page and will be sharing the step by step on Sunday.  It may be then before I can visit as I have some projects which need to be in the post by Saturday lunchtime to work on tomorrow and Saturday morning.  Have a happy WOYWW and feel free to join us over at The Stamping Ground, where Julia has been keeping deskers in order for nearly 11 years.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

DIY Wreath from Individual Stamp Elements

Rather than use the autumn entwined floral wreath by Barbara Gray (Claritystamp) itself on this card, I decided to build up my own wreath using the extra stamps which come with the set.

Monday, 20 January 2020

An Autumn Birthday Wreath on a Brusho Background

For this card, I decided to use Brushos in the background and stamp and heat emboss one of Barbara Gray's entwined floral wreaths in white embossing powder.  I used the autumn wreath set this time.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Entwined Spring Wreath

These new entwined floral wreath stamps from Claritystamp, designed by Barbara Gray, are beautiful.  They work so well with the floral alphabet and number stamps, but also by themselves.