Wednesday, 14 September 2016


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.