Wednesday, 23 October 2013


Morning WOYWW friends. Another Wednesday whizzes round which means it must be time for some desk snooping, yeah!!!! I'm still battling internet problems but managed to hijack Hubby's laptop last week to do my desk visits. Don't know what's up with my 'puter but it can pack it in!!! They are so annoying when they play up aren't they?

Anyway, on to my desk this week. I cheated and took the photo yesterday afternoon when it wasn't pitch black.

At last I've managed to finish off the big cog I started weeks ago, it only needed bits sticking down but I kept adding a bit more so it was one of those never ending projects.

I have the obligatory cup of tea of course and the usual crafting paraphernalia, nothing very exciting.

Short and sweet from me this week but I'll share the finished cog with you before I go.

If you want to share your desk with lots of lovely people from all over the world then pop over to see our Desk Headmistress, Julia, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Morning folks. Here we are at Wednesday again. Apologies for not getting round many desks last week, we had internet problems for a few days, but thankfully my resident handyman has put it right now so I shall try to do better this week. If you want to join in the fun, then pop over to see our Desk Headmistress, the lovely Julia, HERE.

My desk is a hive of activity this week as I'm trying to restock my supplies of cards while things are quiet on the DT front. I have so many ideas of things I want to try that the days are flying by.

I've been inking through a die cut aperture with my ink dusters. I don't find I'm as heavy handed with these and get a nice soft look with the inks. 

This is the end result. My new favourite ink colours, Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade. 

I also got into the garden yesterday to take some pictures of the lovely flowers that are still flowering their soaks off despite the rain. 

Love this apricot rose against the Acer in the background.

The baskets are still looking good. Hope the frosts stay away a bit longer to keep them going as long as possible. 

Right that's me this week so I'll see you at a desk near you very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Monday, 14 October 2013

A Few More Sheena Cards

Morning all. Sorry I've been a it quiet, we had some internet connection problems last week which caused the phone line to stop working. BT told us there was a fault on the line and they would send an engineer!!! What a mistake to make, we now have a bill for £130 as the problem was inside the house. Trouble was the helpful customer advisor didn't tell me about the fee or the fact that I should check the sockets inside first. We could have saved ourselves a lot of grief if he had. You live an learn!!!!!

So with all this I didn't get to show you any more of the cards I'd made for Sheena's excellent shows on C&C last Saturday. I was very honoured that she demoed the church and poppy card I did manage to show you last week.

Here are the rest of them anyway.

A field of H20 poppies.

Daisies from the same stamp plate painted with white Acrylic on a distress background.

The church coloured with promarkers and then a distress sky added and acyclic ivy.

The Lake shore on a stamped Primary Elements background. I was wiping up red pigment powder for days after making this!!

The tall tree on an alcohol ink background, thanks to an idea I found on Pinterest.

The tall tree again on a book background that has been painted with Gesso & H20's.

I hope you enjoyed seeing them all in one go. I really enjoyed making this little lot.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Morning WOYWW friends. I nearly forgot it was Wednesday this week. It surely can't be a whole week since we last desk hopped around. I'm sure someone pinches a few days each week they seem to go faster and faster. Anyway, luckily I did remember at the last minute but you'll have to excuse the brightness of my pics as it was very early when I took them and still dark!!

There's not much to see on my desk this week, I'm just revamping some old cards I discovered in a box that will be fine with a makeover so I thought I'd step back and show you my complete crammed in little space. As you can see it's totally full, although after my tidy up I have managed to get my craft trolley stored away under the desk instead of living in the doorway where I fell over it everyday. I also have to store my washing basket under there, thankfully empty which means I have done my housewifely duties for this week, phew!! As long as I still have room for my knees under the desk all's good.

This is the other side of the desk to the one you usually see. My lovely DH built me the ink storage unit out of my DD's old cabin bed, waste not want now!! The rest of it is currently holding up our porch...but that's another story!!

Before I go I can share with you now one of the DT cards I was working on last Wednesday. I'm really pleased with this. The main image is stamped with Distress inks and brushed out with water but the rest of it is done with real watercolour paints!! My WOYWW friend Sandra De does some stunning watercolour art and she inspired me to have a go, baby steps as yet but I shall definitely do more.

Right , that's me today so don't forget to join in with this wonderful world of desk hopping by visiting the lovely Julia, HERE and I'll be round to see what you've been up to later in the day.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Don't You Just Love Poppies?

Evening folks. I hope your week has started well. We are being well and truly spoilt with this wonderful weather aren't we? Although it sounds like we have to make the most of the next few days judging by the weather forecast.

I spent the wet days last week cocooned in my craft room having a lovely play with some stamps I'd almost forgotten about. Sheena will be on your screens on C&C this Saturday 12th October revisiting some of her older stamps, amongst them the Poppies and Daisies and the beautiful Church. The Lakeland Silhouettes are also due to make an appearance.

I combined the Poppies with the Church for this sample. The church being stamped in Walnut stain and the colour pulled out with water. I then distressed the edges with scissors and added stamping and water blobs to age it. All the backing papers are stamped with the Ageing Beautifully set except for the embossed piece. The poppies are painted with Poppy H20, what else??

There are always so many beautiful new stamps to tempt us that we forget about the ones we already have. I have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting these and will share some more during the week.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Edit-I've had a question in one of the lovely comments you've left from a lady called Annette. I can't track her blog to reply personally so hope you call back here so that I can answer your question. The poppies on this card are embossed with black embossing powder on scrap card, painted with H20's, cut out and stuck on with 3d glue. I haven't used any acetate overlays although I know Sheena did when she made her version of it. I hope that helps and thank you for your interest, I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Morning lovely crafters and WOYWW friends. It was an absolute delight to be back amongst my WOYWW friends last week. Thank you so much for welcoming me back into the fold again, I hadn't realised how much I'd missed being part of this lovely desk hop each week. If you haven't discovered this amazing group of people yet, then please pop over to see our Desk Headmistress, Julia, HERE.

My desk this morning, well yesterday afternoon to be honest, but it hasn't changed any.

I have been trying a new technique using the Luminarte Primary elements. It was something recently demonstrated by Sheena Douglass and I've been dying to have a play. It's ages since I've made something just for the fun of it so this MDF cog is going to become this space. I have some vellum flowers cut and plan to use the Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp on it but I have some DT work waiting so will have to come back to this later in the week.

Here's a close up, the shimmer and shine is amazing.

Last week I mentioned I'd been tidying up my craft room to make space for a new 12x12 cabinet so here it is in it's new home.

And this is how it started life after DH had kindly sanded it down for me.

You can see what colour it was originally though, not pretty. It had been a pastel display cabinet at my local craft centre and they were selling it off at a bargain price. I'm dead chuffed with it, it's taken all the 12x12 paper I have and I have a lot!! It also houses my rubbish bin at a perfect height to my desk.

Well that's me for today so thanks for stopping by and I hope your Wednesday is a happy one. I'll be back after work to have a good nosey round some desks.

Happy Crafting.