Wednesday, 4 January 2017

WOYWW 396-Hello 2017

Afternoon dear WOYWW friends. A very Happy New Year to you all. Lets hope 2017 is going to be kind to us!!

I'm a bit late today but here never the less so....no desk today...busy taking down the decorations...but here's our desk yesterday.


My DD was still on holiday and had some GCSE art homework to do and was stuck for ideas so we kicked around some things together. Her theme is Masks so we had a play with my Brushos. She did her version and I did mine and we had a lot of fun crafting together. I asked her whether she thought her teacher would mark my version too, lol.

At the end of last year I stood down from my Design Team duties to concentrate on other things, one of them being to try and improve my painting skills. I have so much to learn but this is my first attempt.



I have decided to mix my painting attempts with my stamps as that is my real love and although the painting has a long way to go I quite like the mix. I think it's going to be an interesting journey and one I'm looking forward to spending time on.

Well, that's me this week, if you want to share your desk, then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.    

I hope the first Wednesday of the year has been a good one for you.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WOYWW 394

Morning dear WOYWW friends. I'm so glad I'm finally able to join you all again for the last desk hop before the Christmas Festivities.....it's been awhile. Life has been a bit hectic in The Craft Garden over the last few months.

So, here's my desk today.



Not much happening really. I've managed to make some Christmas cards and have just finished a couple of special ones for both my Mums. There is also a paper pine cone lying there from Craft Club last week that needs some decoration to finish it and then it will find a home on the Christmas tree.

Here's a close up of the card.



I thought you might like a look in the other direction to see the carnage that is my craft room at the minute. It's hard to even get into my desk.



I've spent the last few months moving my Mum and although we got rid of a frightening amount of stuff, some of it found it's way into my craft room, books that might come in useful for something, a box of inks I couldn't bear to give to charity and much more....I guess the first job of the new year will be to have a tidy up. At least the Xmas pressies that are in there will have gone to new homes by then. Mum's move was hectic, we did it ourselves, but she loves her new home and has settled really well so it was all worth while.

Well, it just remains for for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and lets hope 2017 is Happy, Healthy and Peaceful for everyone.

If you want to join in with this fantastic WOYWW desk hop, then pop over to see Julia HERE.

I shall be round to see what you've all been up too when I've made a fresh cuppa so enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WOYWW 380

Morning dear WOYWW friends. Well, I'm back. There's me thinking, when we broke up for the summer hols, I would have loads of time for blogging.....Wrong!!!! I don't know where the weeks went.

Anyway, I have a rare day off today so I'm here and getting some jobs caught up with.

First things first, here's my desk this morning. Not much happening I'm afraid. It's been too hot!



My DD decided to change her bedroom round a couple of weeks ago which involved swapping bookcases from her room and my craft room so a huge sort out followed, especially in my craft room. I can now see the floor and everything has been put into it's place. I may never find anything ever again. My lovely Hubby made me some more ribbon organisers so I am all colour coordinated.



What else has been happening in The Craft Garden. Well. I am in the middle of helping my Mum with moving house, we had a lovely week in beautiful Cornwall and I was thrilled to call in on Jan (LLJ) at long last. We just managed to catch her before she moved house and we were made so very welcome by her lovely family with tea and cake. It was brilliant to finally meet after chatting on t'internet for the last 5 or so years. I've borrowed your photo, Jan, hope you don't mind.



Well, that's me today. I'm off to my Mum's now for some more packing so I'll be round to catch up with you later.

If you want to share your desk with us, then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.

Enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A Sheena Douglass Inspiration Post

Morning everyone.

As you may remember, Sheena's DT, The Inkoids, have started to take it in turns to do an Inspiration post twice a week using some of her old stamps and it's come round to my turn again.

This time I decided to revisit some stamps we played with this time last year and I made this little canvas which was mounted on an Ikea frame painted with Pebeo black gesso.


People often ask how you stamp on canvas and I've found you can't successfully. The best way is the stamp on one layer of a tissue and then stick it onto the canvas with some matt medium and then colour the image.

Personally I prefer to colour the canvas first. I give the canvas a good coat of gesso leaving it a bit textured and then with this canvas I painted it with Primary Aquatints, yellow and turquoise, letting the colours blend together. It was dried thoroughly.

I stamped lots of images on tissue using black Archival and tore them out very roughly, you don't want to cut them as the edges show, and then arranged them on the canvas until I was happy before sticking them down with matt medium.

I then painted the images with very watered down acrylic paints and was very selective what I painted. A lot of the images look better with just the background colour showing through.

I stamped some swirls around the edge and heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then edged the canvas in the same way, added a sentiment and that was it.

Thank you for popping by today and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WOYWW 373

Morning lovely WOYWW friends. I hope I find you well this Wednesday. It feels great to be visiting Julia again to link up, not that it wasn't a pleasure to visit Jan too. If you want to join in with this global desk hop then pop over to see Julia, HERE. 

I'm afraid my desk is a bit bare today. It was far too hot to do any crafting last week and it was Mum's 80th Birthday on Thursday so we were out and about at the weekend. Hopefully I'll get some crafting done later today. I've got a list of jobs that need doing pegged to my ink holder and not many of them have been crossed off yet!!



The postie brought a lovely bit of Happy post the other day. Elizabeth kindly sent me a lovely card and some pink Aquilegia seeds after I admired a photo she posted on Facebook a few months ago. I shall enjoy growing them and will always think of her when they flower.


I haven't any craftiness to share with you but my daughter's class had a go at henna painting on each other in the last week of term and she came home delighted with what her friend had done for her.



And just to show you I haven't been completely lazy over the last few weeks, here's how the garden's looking at the moment. I love this time of year when the roses are all at their best.



Well, that's me today. I shall be round to see what you've all been up to as soon as I've made a cup of tea.

Enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 25 July 2016

A Little Bit Of Sheena Douglass Inspiration

Morning. I hope I find you well this Monday morning. We have just started our 6 week summer holiday, there are advantages to working in a school sometimes, so it's a lovely feeling so have lots of time for some craftiness.

My fellow Sheena Douglass DT team mates and I, the Inkoids, will be doing some Inspirational Posts using some of Sheena's older stamps every Monday and Thursday from now on. It's great to revisit them, they come out all fresh again.

It's my turn for the inspiration today and I'm afraid I'm starting with Christmas, now don't all groan!!!!!



This card uses the stamps and dies from last Christmas but uses some new techniques I've been playing with inspired by a Dutch lady, Hermine Koster. I love the way she layers up her background with ink and stencils and then adds the stamps on top. It's quite a liberating way of working.

Here's a brief 'how to' for this card. I put Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks onto my glass mat one at a time, added water and smooshed the card through, drying in between each colour. I find it's easier to control the colours doing this. I used the same colours to stencil through some of Sheena's stencils, but you can use what ever you have. I also stamped some of the words from the Christmas set in the background.

Next, I stamped the baubles in Watering Can Archival ink and painted them in with Dusty Concord, masked them off and stamped the ivy corner around them, again in Dusty Concord.

Lastly the holly was die cut, stamped with Perfect Medium and silver heat embossed and painted with Peacock Feathers. Silver gilding wax was applied around the edges of the card and I used the Dusty Concord to create my matting layer. So all in all I used 3 inks and some embossing powder. It just goes to show you don't need lots of product to create a card.

Next Monday my Inkoid teamy, Nicole, will be doing another Inspirational post, so if you want to have a look at what she's been up to, you can find her at nicolebretherickdesigns.blogspot.com.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

WOYWW 371

Morning lovely WOYWW friends. Sorry I've been missing for the last two weeks. I fully intended to join in last week but got involved in Wimbledon and the day was done before I realised it. Still only two more weeks to go before we break up for the summer hols so I will have no excuse to be with you every week then!!.

So here's my desk as of yesterday afternoon.



Notice that rare thing shining through the window, we haven't seen much of it lately. A changeable summer the weatherman called it!!
I have been having a lovely time experimenting with lots of new things lately and those weird looking things standing to attention are a jar and bottle that have had the Powertex treatment. I was plucking up courage to put some colour on them, which I did first thing this morning and this is how the bottle has turned out.



Not too bad for a first attempt but I've learnt loads doing this one and have lots of ideas for future projects now.

I've also had a canvas on the go inspired by an article in this month's Craft Stamper magazine where the pieces of wood you get with canvases were turned into beach huts. I have loads of these stashed away so was delighted to find a use for them. My dear hubby cut me some roof pieces for them and this is it finished.



Well, that's me this week. If you want to share your desk too, then pop over HERE and get snooping, it's great fun.

I shall be round to see what you've all been up to after work so enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WOYWW 368

Morning dear WOYWW friends. I hope I find you well today and enjoying some sunshine. Thankfully, the rain of last week has settled down to lovely warm sunshine now here in Yorkshire. I've been out in the garden trying to tame it. Everything is growing so quickly.

Anyway, here's my desk as of yesterday evening.


I've been asked to make a 91st birthday card so that's what I'm in the middle of doing. It's coming along nicely so far and just needs some flowers. No tea today, I'm being good and sticking to water. It's high time I stuck to a diet and lost a few pounds!!! Not much else to share with you that you haven't seen before.


So here's the finished card. I finished it first thing today. We are up at 6am as hubby has a two hour commute and I am far more productive in a morning than late at night so am an early morning crafter.I think I might reproduce it for my Mum's 80th birthday next month. What do you think?

We had a lovely day out last Saturday at Fountains Abbey. We are so lucky to have such beautiful places on our doorstep.



Well, that's me today. If you want to share your desk with us, then pop over HERE and link yourself up.

Have a great Wednesday and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

WOYWW 367

Morning dear WOYWW friends....remember me???? Sorry I've been absent for so long, the garden and other things took over and I just never seem to get a minute to give my blog any attention, although I have been keeping an eye on what you've all been up too and how our dear Julia has been going on.

So, here's my desk this morning.



I have been enjoying a little down time from DT duties and just playing with some stamps that I've had for ages but haven't been shown any ink up until now and I've really enjoyed getting creative.

Santa brought me the crazy birds stamp for Christmas and I've been desperate to play with them so this is the card I've made for my Sister's birthday this week. She's not a bright person, but I am so I'm afraid I've inflicted her with all my favourite distress ink colours, I hope she forgives me!!!!



I've also recently managed to get hold of some Altenew stamps that I've been desperate for. It's taken a bit of practice to get the layering right but I love the results you get from them.



Well, I told you I've been spending every spare moment in the garden so here are a few pics to bore you with before I go and get a fresh cuppa before settling down to my desk hopping.





If you want to share your desk with some lovely people, you can do so HERE.

Enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

WOYWW 358

Afternoon dear WOYWW friends. I'm a little late to the party today. I've had a lovely day out with my Mum which included coffee and cake and some craft shopping, what could be better and have only just got home, so, here is my desk just as I left it first thing this morning.



My very long awaited Altenew stamps (well half of them anyway) arrived on Monday and as I've been waiting so long for them I had to ink them up straight away. Not much else to see this week. I'm on water instead of coffee today and there is also a list there for some DT samples I have to make.

I finished my Prima girl card from last week. Here's how she turned out.



And I also finished the quilled initial for my Mum. I'm now on another one for a friend's birthday next week. I'm finding this quite addictive.



Well that's me this week. If you want to share your desk with us then pop over to WOYWW headquarters and link up.

I hope your Wednesday has been as lovely as mine. Happy Crafting!