Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Morning Crafters and dear WOYWW friends. Another week has flown by and I have been sadly absent from the  Blogging World again. I've been up to my eyeballs in DT work and also scuttling outside to play in the garden every time the sun shone over the weekend. Well it is such a rarity, you have to make the most of it don't you?

I very nearly didn't share my desk this week as I had put everything away last night after finishing the last project but then my lovely DH came home with a new toy to play with so everything has come out again.

He uses uncompressed paper to make whatever it is he does at work and as he's always interested in my craft he wondered if I can use it with my inks and stuff so we have been experimenting this morning to see what it does and how it's different from plain ordinary card. I have to say I'm feelin the love. You can use it in all the same way as card but it looks and feels like fabric and inks on it are beautiful and soft.

The uncompressed paper is on the left and the card on the right. I spritzed both with water and dried them. I'd be interested to know what you think.

We've embossed it and die cut it so far and played with distress inks but I need to put it through it's paces a bit more yet.

So that's my desk today. I can't wait to get round to see what you've all been up too. I haven't done any blog hopping for a week so need to have a catch up.

By the way, if you want to see what we got up to on the DT retreat last week, Sheena has a photo on her blog. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you want to join in the fun of WOYWW then pop over to see our lovely Desk Headmistress, Julia, HERE.


Julia Dunnit said...

Cor, get you experimenting together and in the morning too - crikey what a team! I LOVE the uncompressed paper, what a fab base it will make for well, anything - looks great just nked and spritzed, got a really ethereal look from it. Dreamy paper.

Annie said...

I'm doing a quick blog dash before I get started this morning cos we have another estate agent coming today to take pics of our house so it needs a final hoover and tidy through :-)
Lucky your to have a hubby that brings you fab crafty papers like that....I love the effect you've got with it.
A x #52

Beryl said...

That paper looks lovely - bet you could stroke it all day. I'm thinking you could have made a great crafting discovery between the two of you - now are you going to be the only one who gets to play with it though?
Beryl xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Lisa, this paper looks lovely! Such soft shading with the colours. Have you tried flowers yet?
Avril xx

Sandy said...

Oh it looks so soft can you imagine the look on a baby card so delicate. Have fun with your experimenting.
Sandy :) #38

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, that gives. Really good effect...I've never even heard of uncompressed paper! I think there might be a demand after this :-)
It has been a busy week, especially the in scheduled trip to Wales, but things have calmed down slightly this week, thank goodness!
Hope you and yours are well and happy,
Hugs, LLJ 40 xx

Hettie said...

Great looking paper you have been playing oops! I mean testing there Lisa!
You get better pressies from your Hubby than I could unless I want to try stamping on bones! Yuk!
I like the effect you are getting too!

Sue McDonald said...

Wow a hubby that brings you crafty bits to play with ..... very rare I think...... the effects look lovely

Frankiesue #36

susibee said...

I love both pieces and I suppose it depends of the effect you are after with what ever you are making.

Happy WOYWW. Susi #58

sandra de said...

Looks like you now have another great resource to play with at the craft table. Love the soft effect with the inks and it seems to emboss and die cut beautifully. We will probably all be searching for uncompressed paper now. Have a lovely week.
Sandra @21

Ria Gall said...

Hi Lisa
wow I think your husband has stumbled on a gem there, it looks amazing and for it to feel like fabric how great is that.
Is he ready to set up a business and start selling this lovely card?
Sending hugs and hoping you have a great day
Ria #74

Lisa-Jane said...

I think the paper is lovely but more than that I think it is lovely that he is interested in your art work. I think that is a rarity and should be embraced! Beautiful effects and I can see you doing more with this.

Sandy Leigh said...

I think your experiment is an absolute success! I love the whole effect, and the paper has such an interesting texture to it. Sometimes I've put everything away and forgotten to snap a photo too! I don't have a whole craft room where I can just shut the door on my mess. Thanks for your lovely visit today! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #106

Gill Edwards said...

that sounds fun, the colours seem much brighter and more vivid on the different paper.

Gill x

Shaz Brooks said...

That looks fabulous- I love the effect on the uncompressed paper. Another great crafting must-have. He could set up a side business, lol. have a great week, hugs Shaz #125 xx

The Taming of the Glue said...

Bet that paper would make great flowers. The texture looks great and it really seems to love the ink. Happy WOYWW. Pam#20

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Lisa,

Very cool! I like the subtle look of the compressed paper. How fun to try new things out!

Thanks for visiting me already!
Kay (6)

Ann B said...

Your experiment looks good, a richer depth of colour. It looks very much like handmade paper.
Thanks for visiting already.
Ann B

Bridget Larsen said...

=hat compressed paper looks so yummy, let us know how else you experiment with it
Bridget #11

Sue from Oregon said...

How lucky to have a hubby even aware of your crafting hobby-lucky you! Thanks for popping in to say hello today! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Sue Kment

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a fun post, Lisa! On my monitor the decompressed paper colors look brighter and prettier. How does it stand up? I mean, literally. If it feels like fabric, could you only use it as a layer, not for the actual card base? Which is fine, of course, I'm just curious.

Thanks for coming by the Playhouse earlier! Have a wonderful week!! Darnell #64

Cazzy said...

Happy WOYWW, and how exciting to find a new product!

I think it looks lovely, very soft but you can see the embossing.

Cazzy x #158

Karen Ives said...

Lovely softness to the paper.
Thank you for visiting me.
Karen #46