Wednesday, 25 March 2015

WOYWW 303

Afternoon lovely WOYWW friends. Here I am again back amongst all you lovely deskers. It's really hard to get much bloggery time at the moment. I'm looking after my Mum following her shoulder joint replacement and it's a 6 week recuperation period when she can't really use it, so, with work I'm getting little free time at the moment, but having just enjoyed a quick potter in the greenhouse I thought I'd get a quick post done to say hello.

Here's my desk today, not much changed since the last time I was here. My little set of drawers are a little further on... I said I was taking my time.



As the weather is turning more springlike I've been spending much more time out in the garden so this is my other desk today.  


I've been sowing some seeds and sorting out all the things that have been overwintering.

Just before I go I wanted to show you what I made for both my lovely Mums for Mother's Day instead of a card this year. The blank MDF base came from Anna Marie Designs and I had a great time altering it.


I feel blessed to have them both in our lives and don't tell them often enough.

Right that's me this week. If you want to share your desk with a group of like minded folk, then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

WOYWW 301

Morning lovely WOYWW friends, it's great to be back amongst you although I was sad to miss the 300th edition last week, what a milestone.

Here's my desk this morning, a WIP.



My lovely hubby treated me to this MDF cabinet recently and I am really enjoying decorating it. I've even broken into my favourite Heartfelt Creations paper pad which, up until now, has just been for stoking not using, you know the sort.

I'm taking my time with it and just enjoying crafting for myself, not something I do very often.

Well that's me, short and sweet today. I'll be round later to see what you've all been up to whilst I've been away.

If you want to share your desk with some lovely folk, then just pop over to see our Desk Headmistress, Julia, HERE.

Happy Crafting!

 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Sheena's One Day Wonder

Afternoon lovely crafting friends. I hadn't realised I'd neglected my blog for so long. Life has become somewhat hectic over the last few weeks but, fingers crossed, it might be calming down a bit now so I hope to be a more regular blogger.

Anyway, I'm just popping by today to let you know that the very talented Sheena Douglass is back on Create and Craft this Thursday, March 12th with a One Day Wonder starting at 8am which includes some gorgeous embossing folders that partner the stamps and dies launched at the CHA along with some new stamps that are all pet related. I absolutely love these.

Here is a sneaky peek at a couple of the cards I made using both the folders and stamps.


I kept this one simple, colouring the dog with Spectrum noirs and picking out the detail on the folder with distress inks and spectrum pens.


Again the cat is coloured with spectrum noirs and everything else is distress inks.

Our cats have been enjoying the gorgeous spring like weather today. The sky has been as blue as on my card too. I just hope we get a bit more of it soon, it's great to be able to get out in the garden again.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

WOYWW 298

Morning dear WOYWW friends. Goodness, two weeks have flown by since I last visited, where does the time go? We are on half term this week so hopefully I will have lots of time to browse amongst all your desks!!

We had a crafty day yesterday with my friend Sue and her daughter. We decorated some MDF hearts and although I forgot to take some photos of the table with everyone in full flow, this was later in the day when we'd tidied up a bit and my DD was finishing hers off.


Here it is finished hanging on the mirror in her bedroom.


Lastly, just to give you a smile, I am in the middle of some more DT work for Sheena using her lovely dies and stamps and being new to die crafting I have discovered that it's a brilliant way to use up all those scraps of card I insist on keeping....trouble is I now keep every single bit no matter how small as I know I can use it, bit of a catch 22 but it's very satisfying to know that I'm not wasting ANYTHING!!!!!!


Well, that's me today. I'm off to get a fresh cuppa and then I'll be round to see what you've all be up to. If you want to join in this weekly desk hop, then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.

Have a great Wednesday and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

WOYWW 296

Afternoon dear WOYWW friends. I'm a little late joining up today. I start work much earlier these days so don't always get the chance to join in before I go. It's still freezing here although not much snow but the sun's shining so here's my desk today looking a little bit brighter.


I saw an article in Craft Stamper this month by the very talented Kay Carley and wanted to have a go at something similar so have been colouring with my Spectrum Noir pencils. I find them so much more relaxing than pens, I don't know why that should be. I've also been playing with some JOFY stamps Santa brought me.

This is the finished topper, which will find it's way on to a card eventually.


I'm sorry I missed last week, it was my birthday so I got involved in other stuff and didn't realise I'd missed WOYWW until Thursday....must be an age thing!!!

Anyway, you might remember the last time I shared my desk I was using up old card kits and these are two of the cards that I ended up with.



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

I'm off to make a fresh cuppa and then I'll be round to see what you've been up too.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WOYWW 294

Morning dear WOYWW friends. I hope you are well this Wednesday morning and if you are in the UK, I hope you are keeping warm. We are not used to this chilly weather are we after such a mild 12 months?

I'm looking forward to hopping round the desks of those of you in warmer climes so that I can come and warm my fingers up a bit.

Right, here is my desk as of yesterday afternoon.



I am still sticking to my "using up stash" policy and am making cards out of the remnants of a very old card kit I discovered while clearing out. It's very satisfying to make something out of not much and my box of cards is building up nicely so there should be no last minute birthday card making this year.



Here are the finished cards I was making last week. I'm really pleased how these turned out and intend to try playing a bit further as I have ideas buzzing around. As I said last week, I found this idea on Pinterest and this is the link to the tutorial. Mine look completely different but I love how you get the reverse impression of the stencil printed out.

Just to show you how chilly it is here in Yorkshire, this is the view out of my craft room window.



Well, that's me today. If you want to share your desk with a lovely bunch of people, then pop over to see our Desk Headmistress, Julia, HERE.

Enjoy whatever you are up to today and Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A Bit More Sheena

Morning folks from a wintery Yorkshire. Looks like we are all in for a chilly spell of weather next week. I'm glad we can stay under the duvet for a bit longer with it being the weekend.

Anyway, I'm just popping by to let you know that Sheena is back on your screens on Create and Craft on Monday with 2 shows at 9am and 4pm. She will be doing more with the gorgeous stamps and dies that she launched at the CHA last week and hopefully will have more time to show you exactly what these beauties can do.

I thought I'd share one of my favourites with you.





This flower is going to be really useful and I want to try making some 3d flowers with it but just using it with the branch stamp and die makes a very easy card.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are up to and keep warm.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WOYWW 293

Morning dear WOYWW friends. I hope you are well this Wednesday and ready for a quick hop around the world of workdesks. I love these Wednesday trips to places far flung, sometimes colder than here and sometimes a lot warmer. It definitely cheers up the dark days of January.

Here is mine as of yesterday afternoon. It hasn't changed any since the photo was taken.


I am experimenting with a technique I found on Pinterest and have been having fun playing with some stencils I'd forgotten I had as well as some stamps that I've had for ages but haven't seen ink up until now....
I intend to do the same technique but experiment with other colours next. This  actual using stuff instead of just buying it is great fun!!!!!!

The Brusho backgrounds from last week have also been put to good use and I made one of them into the cover of this book that now holds some clear stamps.



It's some old cardboard packaging that has been painted with acrylic paints in the same colours as the Brushos and I then stamped the raindrops on top to match the the topper.  I have stored my clear stamps in these little books for a long time, each one being for a different type, i.e. sentiments, backgrounds etc so I can actually find them when I want them as they fit on my little bookcase.

Before I pop off today I just wanted to share these glittery critters that my MIL knitted for my daughter for Christmas.


 LLJ was having a go at them last week so I thought I'd share ours. MIL also knitted some for my friend but didn't sew them up before she gave them to her as she didn't have enough stuffing and my friend had us all in stitches when she wore them as hats!!!!!

Well, that's me today. If you want to share your desk with us then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.

I'll be round to see what you've been up to after work so have a good Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 12 January 2015

More Sheena CHA Sneaky Peeks

Morning Folks

Well today is the big day. Sheena will be on our screens at 3pm today which I think is an unearthly time in the USA so I know which I'd prefer. Anyway, as promised, here a couple more samples I made using the brilliant new dies and stamps which she will be launching on the show.


I used one of the frame dies for my scarecrow. I cut it out of black card and then clear embossed it. The flowers are actually daisy stamps and dies but I made them into sunflowers, these are going to be very useful in future. I made the background using acquaints and some on the stencils that Sheena launched recently.


This set has to be one of my favourites, Blackberries, leaves and flowers, all with their own dies, which made putting this card together really easy. I coloured everything with distress inks, just adding a little pen on top to make some of the berries red and adding some white gel pen as highlights.  

I hope you like them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sheena's Big Launch At The CHA

Afternoon everyone. I hope you are all well and have survived the wild weather of the past few days. Thankfully, we haven't had to venture far but the wind is sooooo cold, roll on spring!!

Anyway, I'm just popping by today with some very exciting news. Sheena Douglass will be launching some very exciting new products live from the CHA in America tomorrow at 3pm on C&C so set your recorders, you won't want to miss it.

For the first time she now has some dies that co-ordinate beautifully with her gorgeous stamps of which there are many new sets, all countryside based. They are fantastic and I had a brilliant time experimenting with them before Christmas.

Here are a couple of samples to wet your appetite.


This first one incorporates several sets of new stamps, isn't that tractor gorgeous, and some of the new floral stamps and dies in the foreground. Everything works beautifully together in Sheena's usual creative way. I coloured everything with distress inks on this sample.



Again, this card uses a mix of sets. The bird is a single stamp and die set and then the branch and leaves are on a larger set with the birdhouse stamp and sentiments and other bits and pieces. Full details of all the sets are on the Crafters Companion website. I used Distress inks for the background and leaves and coloured the bird with promarkers.

I'll be back tomorrow with some more sneeky peeks but don't forget to look out for the show tomorrow at 3pm.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Crafting!