Wednesday, 30 November 2011

WOYWW 130 and the biggest Christmas Pud in the World.

Morning lovely Bloggers. Here we are at Wednesday again when it's time to share all those delicious workdesks that can be found all over the world on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. If you don't know what I'm talking about where have you been? Pop over to see our Head Deskmistress, Julia, HERE to find out more.

Here is my mess of a desk today. It's early, hence the lights but as you can see the all important mug of tea has pride of place, next to that cup of peasoup looking liquid which is actually my paint water. Yes, I have nearly mixed them up before you ask!!!

I'm busy getting things done for the School Fayre on Saturday, why do I always decide it's a good idea to try and get another hundred things made three days before the Fayre? I really don't know why I give myself the extra pressure, but my paint fusion wall hangers have been selling like hot cakes lately so I wanted to get some more made before Saturday.

I thought I'd also share the finished Christmas Pud we made last Sunday. My Hubby says it's the biggest pudding he's ever seen. It is a much lighter pud than the traditional one, having no suet but lots of fruit like Apricots and pineapple instead. I also cooked it in the microwave. It only took 20 minutes compared with 6 hours in a steamer. No contest really. We've now cut it into three and put it in the freezer. I think it might well be christened before we get to the big day so I'll let you know how it tastes. It certainly smells good.

Lastly, just to answer so many of your questions last week, this little beauty is a Lantana. This was one of my cossetted plants in full flower in the greenhouse in the Summer.

It was really interesting to learn from my Australian friends that this plant is treated as an invasive weed there. The things we learn on a Wednesday!!

Well, that's me for today so thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday whatever you are up too.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Some Sparkly Love

Afternoon lovely Bloggers. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and haven't suffered any damage from the winds during the night if you live in the North of the UK. It banged around a lot here and blew the bins over but I think it always sounds worse than it actually is at night, especially as our bedroom faces due West so we get the full force of it on our windows. I put my head under the covers and I think that was the best place to be.

It's lovely and sunny today but the wind is freezing so I am going to make my Christmas puddings in a minute.

Before that I thought I'd just share another of my Sheena Douglas samples using the Luminarte Radiant Rain sprays and rub on foils. If you are interested in more ways to use these, there are some brilliant tutorials on Sheena's blog which are well worth checking out. You can find them here.

I sprayed some core-dinations paper with the pearl gold spray through the rose stencil and although it doesn't show very well in the photos, it just gives a subtle background on this lovely turquoise colour, one of my favourites.

I cut out the card and stuck it to these Heart chipboard shapes and inked the edges before adding the foils and some silver embossed swirls. The paper flowers were made from white cartridge paper edged with broken china distress ink and then sprayed with the pearl gold spray.

You may be able to spot it in real life on Sheena's shows on Create and Craft tomorrow. She is doing 4 shows, the first at 9am so don't forget to set your Sky Box if you are at work.

Right, I'd better get on with those puddings so thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 129

Afternoon folks. Here we are at Wednesday again which can only mean one thing, it's time to get those desk out again and bare all!!!!!

Well, not much happening on mine today I'm afraid. I have some lovely new stamps to play with which haven't made it out of the packets yet but that's about all.

I've been busy today doing Housework.... yes I know... a naughty word, but we were beginning to disappear under the dust and although I have a very understanding Hubby who never complains and would get the hoover out himself, I always feel guilty if he does.

I've also brought in my Lantanas to try and get them through the winter. I put them in the Conservatory last year and lost the lot so this year they have pride of place in my craft room so that I can nurture them.

I've shown you mine so lets see yours. Pop over to see our honourable leader, Julia HERE and get desk hopping. I will try and get round more desks than I did last week. Apologies if you stopped by here and I didn't manage to return the visit. DT work has just taken over lately.

Talking of which here's another of the projects I made for Sheena with the Luminarte sprays.
I've become totally addicted to doing canvases, everyone will be getting them for Christmas at this rate, and the sprays are great for adding some shimmer.

I stencilled the pale yellow painted background with white acrylic paint through a leaf stencil and then used a bigger leaf stencil to dab clear ink through so that I could clear emboss the stencilled shape. The sprays then picked out the leaf veins.

I added a Paint Fusion pine branch and cone and painted in the word and then stamped with bubble wrap and various swirls using the daubers as ink to add darker detail. They tend to just evolve and it's knowing when to stop, never easy!!!!! I hope I got it right.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

More sparkly playing

Hello lovely Bloggers. Did you see The Choir last night? I've only just stopped blubbing!!!! What brilliant TV and what courageous women. I hope Chris Evans succeeds in his quest to get their song released for Christmas.

I've also just been having a catch up with all the lovely things I've missed over the weekend while I've had my head buried in my craft stash and I apologise if I haven't managed to get round to everyone yet. I'll get there eventually.

Here's another of my Sheena Douglass DT samples. I had so many bits of paper and card sprayed, it was difficult to know where to start so I thought I'd stick to what I feel happiest with and do a scrapbook layout.

The blue card was sprayed with a Luminarte gold pearl radiant rain though a rose stencil. It shows up nicely but is very hard to photograph.

The circle was one of my first plays with the colours. I just sprayed them onto cartridge paper to see what colours I had and they made an interesting background that worked with the photo of one of my roses. I also sprayed the cuttlebugged title letters and the flowers.

If this was a layout I was keeping I would've added some journalling which I always feel is the most important part of doing a layout but as it wasn't I didn't!!!! Does that make sense?

Well, that's me for today so thank you for stopping by and I hope your Tuesday is going well so far.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sheena Douglass Sneaky Peaks

Evening folks. How has your Monday been? I hope you've all managed to shake off that horrible fog if you live in the UK. We are not used to inclement weather this Autumn are we?

I have been closeted all weekend making DT samples after a box of lovely goodies arrived last week from Sheena Douglass headquarters. It was like an early Christmas with lots of lovely Luminarte mica sprays and daubers, core'dinations card, various stencils and lovely foil rub ons and instructions to get messy.

I never need much persuasion to get messy and that is exactly what I got, getting very strange looks when I popped to the shops and handed over my money with sparkly green fingers!!!

Anyway, here is the first card I came up with.

I sprayed some thin watercolour card with lots of colour and then covered it with cling film and wrinkled it up before letting it dry. The mica sparkle settles into the wrinkles and makes a lovely background for stamping onto. I didn't want to cover up too much of it so kept the stamping simple colouring the image with a brown whisper pen and the moon with an orange one.

The flowers are embossed with Bark Wow powders, my favourite colour at the moment and then I sprayed some cuttlebug embossed card with matching colours and coloured my matting layers and ribbon with a promarker to match.

Sheena will be launching these sparkly lovelies on Create and Craft on 28th November and I shall be back tomorrow with some more sneaky peaks.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to enjoy the wondeful Garath Malone teaching those wonderful ladies to sing.

Friday, 18 November 2011

A New Challenge At The Stampman-Tim's Tags Inspiration

Afternoon lovely Bloggers from a very dismal Yorkshire. We had amazing sunshine yesterday but today it's just grey and drizzly. No one day is ever the same at the minute is it?

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stampman and this week the lovely Brenda has asked us to be inspired by one of Tim's Christmas tags to produce anything we fancy, it can be a tag, card, altered project or anything else your creative juices can come up with. There are plenty of them so you should find something to inspire you.

I was inspired by this tag

but didn't want to make it Christmassy so went for Autumn colours instead.

I covered my tag with old music paper and then inked it with distress inks, using one of Tim's decorative edge dies as a mask. The Funky Flower was painted with Starburst Stains and Cosmic Shimmer mists. I cut it out and covered it with glossy accents.

Unfortunately I don't own a single one of Tim's metal embellishments so had to make my own by triple embossing with silver embossing powder. They are a bit rough round the edges and I would have preferred to use the proper thing, but hey ho, that's life.

Don't forget to have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have created, they are stunning.

As always we have a £10 voucher on offer for the winner to spend at The Stampman's brand new website and there are plenty of lovely goodies on there to tempt you.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend whatever you are up too.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

WOYWW 128-Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice

Morning Folks. I hope I find you well this Wednesday. I know we all say it but WOYWW comes around every other day, or so it feels.

So, what's on my desk today? It changes on a daily basis at the minute. I'm in full Christmas flow and today am making some sugarpaste characters to sell at the school Christmas Fayre along with lots of cards and some fabric hearts for which I have to thank my WOYWW friend Lunch Lady Jan for the inspiration.

I've discovered that the kids like things they can buy with their pocket money and it's the parents that buy the cards. The lovely children are my best customers so I have to think what appeals to them. It's a steep learning curve doing Fayres, but I'm getting there.

My DD loved these characters after we saw Ann Pickard making them on Create and Craft and the instructions are so clear in her book that they are a pleasure to make.

Here are my first penguins...

And don't you just love Mr Snowman

I've got choir boys and Eskimos to have a go at now so excuse the quick post. I need to get finished so that I can have a good nosey round everyone else's desks.

If you want to join in with all this desk madness then pop over to see Head Deskmistress, Julia, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. I feel blessed every day for belonging to such a lovely community.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A Rare Sight!

Afternoon lovely Bloggers. I hope, like us, you've been enjoying some gorgeous sunshine this Saturday, after what has been a very dreary, damp week. I've had washing out and the windows open and it certainly lifts the spirits.

Thank you for all your kind wishes for everyone. I'm pleased to say everyone is doing fine and my cold is a lot better apart from bunged up sinuses. Aren't the tail ends of colds worse than the things themselves?

Anyway, as I've been confined indoors for most of the week I indulged in some scrapbooking, a rare thing these days, and decided to take part in the sketch challenge over at Just Traceys.

Sometimes a sketch is just what you need to get started and I really enjoyed this one.

I took this photo a few weeks ago during an outing to Harewood House. The flowers were stunning and so was the weather and I caught DH sunning himself unawares while we were taking some photos of the beautiful borders.

I made some twisted flowers from old book pages and inked them with spiced marmalade distress ink for my embellishments

and the big letter was core-dinations card embossed and sanded. I coloured in the "doing" with permanent markers to match. The papers are all Basic Grey which, along with Bo Bunny, are my favourites.

I really must do more pages. I've so many photos waiting to be done. Maybe that should be my New Years Resolution!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Lets hope this sunshine is here to stay for awhile.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Morning all from a dark and gloomy Yorkshire this Wednesday. I'm not sure I like this November weather. I feel cocooned with the lights on although I have a stinking cold and haven't been out of the house since Saturday so it's been quite cosy.

I'm so glad to be back amongst all you lovely WOYWWer's this week. Sorry I was missing in action last week. We have had my MIL in hospital for a week with a mystery illness so one of us was shooting off to Leeds each teatime to visit while the other got tea and looked after DD. Thankfully she is home now and recovering but still a mystery!!!!. My Mum had a cataract op last Friday so I was looking after her on Saturday, not that she really needed looking after. It's incredible what they can do nowadays. She was fair bouncing and couldn't get over how much she can see. I got home from her house and promptly went down with the lurgy. I think we're all in need of another holiday!!!!!

Thankfully, I have now got back to some crafting therapy and so here's my desk this morning. I had to use the flash on my camera as it's so dark but as you can see I'm back to the pink canvas for my dear MIL.

I added the sweet peas yesterday. I absolutely love painting sweetpeas using Sheena's paint fusion. They are so easy and you get a lovely result. They have been liberally sprayed with glimmer mist so have a lovely shimmer. I'm now on with the green swirly edges but am not happy with it yet so will play a bit more today.

I have lots of desks to catch up with so am off to have a good nosey around now. If you want to join me pop over HERE to see Julia, head WOYWWer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday what ever you are up too.

Friday, 4 November 2011

A New Challenge At The Stampman

Well here we are on yet another Friday. I'm sorry I've been a bit absent this week. There's lots been happening in The Craft Garden which has meant blogging has had to take a back seat for a while.

I've managed to scrap in just in time with my DT project for the new Stampman Challenge. Our lovely Team mate Angela has set the theme of Collage and has done a brilliant Tutorial on the Challenge site to give you lots of ideas.

Initially I struggled when I put my mind to this theme but I was inspired by an article by Tracy Evans in Craft Stamper. She used a collage background and these paper moulds. I already had a stack of these ready made after seeing Sheena Douglass demonstrate them years ago but had never used them. I coloured the dragonfly with Starburst Stains and then painted the wings in with Crushed Olive distress ink.

They are very easy to make. You just layer about 6 sheets of very cheap tissues over your stamp. Spray them well with water and then stipple the paper into the stamp with a stiff brush. They need to be left to dry for 24 hours and then carefully removed from the stamp. The impression of the stamp stays in the paper.

I made the background with Broken China and Crushed Olive Distress ink, layering up all sorts of images, bubble wrap stamping and sequin waste and sticking on some inked ripped text. The edges are embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Sapphire UTEE Embossing powder and the background of the main card is blended Broken China with little flowers stamped all over.

If you haven't found it yet, The Stampman have a great new Website. They are still in the process of getting things loaded up but there's lots of goodies to be found including all the things I've used on this project. The winner of the challenge will win a voucher to spend on it too so why not check out Angela's tutorial and have fun with your collage.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe Bonfire Night.