Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Hardy Geranium Tag and WOYWW

A summer tag using a Geranium die and a colour that I don't often use - mauve.  I'm not awfully comfortable working with mauve but it's such a pretty colour I should use it more.  I was going to hang this round the neck of a bottle of wine, but the back is so marked where I'm such a messy worker that it shall be turned into a birthday card to accompany the wine instead!!

I'm joining in with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Diamante Cards and WOYWW

I've been trying to use up old stash before buying any more new stuff - well the good intentions are there but it's difficult!
I have an over-flowing box of diamante charms, a real mix of new and old, some are vintage earrings from boot fairs, with the backs cut off and some are new and what I call 'couldn't resist' buys!  Anyway, I've made a start and here are a couple of the cards I've been making for imminent birthdays!

Black glitter card used above and Ranger black enamel used below

I also wanted to show off the loveliest ATC, which arrived from Sandra de - it was such a nice surprise and really brightened by day.

I'm linking up with WOYWW this week.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Encaustic Houses and WOYWW

Messing about with wax and using up pressed flowers from last summer, while pressing more from the garden this week - a very relaxing play time!
I do love the little houses die, and I discovered I also love poking holes in wax - very satisfying!

I am linking up with WOYWW over at Julia's this week.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


What a lovely week it's been - for someone who wasn't participating in the swap I received two gorgeous ATC's from Jan and BJ and I used a couple of ATC sized card toppers I'd made that were ideal to return.  All I had to do was dig out the stamps again and decorate the envelopes.   

Thank you BJ and Jan - I love the typing on the heart, so dinky, and I also LOVE that butterfly button in the middle of Jan's!

Have a good week everyone and you can hop over to Julia's at WOYWW here for this weeks snoop around the desks.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Happy Anniversary WOYWW!

I've inadvertently been taking a blog break - it wasn't planned but I just haven't had the time or the inclination to get stuck into things in my studio!
However, when Jan reminded me it was the 8th anniversary of WOYWW this week I knew I had to pull my finger out and join in.
On my desk for the last 3 weeks has been a bag of stash I purchased at the Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta, a great yearly event I try never to miss.  So I pulled my finger out and went to great effort last night and took the items out of the carrier bag to photograph them - hopefully I'll have them put away by next week!
 I have two bundles of sari silk ribbon - I was seduced by the colour, hand-dyed embroidery yarns and velvet for a couple of projects I'm planning, and I just can't get enough matte cream beads, as you probably guessed!  

Happy 8th Anniversary WOYWW - and a big thank you to our host Julia who does all the hard work to keep this great party going!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Playing About With Gelli Prints and WOYWW

I've been finding a little time to mess about in my Summer Night Garden sketchbook.  I came across some gelli prints that I had printed a while back but never got round to doing anything with. So I thermofax printed, cut, tore, glued and collaged!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who left such kind wishes last week for my hubby's recovery from his hip replacement operation - I really appreciate your thoughtful comments.  He is doing incredibly well and is pretty much pain free now - I'm still amazed at how effective this has been - hats off to the NHS, they have done a fantastic job.

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday this week - why not hop over and see what other people are up to.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Insect Card Toppers and WOYWW

Very little has been happening on my desk lately as the Hubs has had a hip replacement operation during the last two weeks - he was walking around on day 2, walking up and down stairs on day 3 and he was home by day 4  - I was amazed at how quickly they chucked him out of hospital, but he's doing remarkably well despite my lack of nursing skills!

 Anyway, I managed to grab an hour up in my studio and made some card toppers on some old blank ATC cards. I decided to play with my new insect stamps that I purchased after seeing them on Shaz's desk back before Christmas.

I'm sharing with WOYWW 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A Ferny Birthday Card

A birthday card for the Hubs was needed this week and I tried to make it spring like and to reflect his love of nature.  I am really enjoying using the fern and  bud dies that came as a set by Marianne - I purchased them a few weeks ago in the belief you really can't have too many foliage dies or stamps!!  They also feature heavily in the Luminary I made in my last post here!

I am linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Spring Luminary and WOYWW

Spring is here, evenings are lighter, weather is sunnier (sometimes), and to celebrate I decided to make up this Tim Holtz Luminary die that I have had for ages but never got round to using.  I found out it calls for great accuracy when putting it together, which explains the slight twist in it's body that makes it look a little wonky from some angles - oh well, I 'll know next time!   I stamped white grasses and flowers onto frosted film for the windows, although it's difficult to see in the photos, and I put a night light inside it.

I am linking up with Julia over at WOYWW this week, why not pop along and see what other people have on their desk this week. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tree Houses and WOYWW

 I've been gently getting back into a creative frame of mind, and messing about with tree houses!
I've always loved them, ever since Peter and Jane had one in a Ladybird book when I was a child - anyone remember?!  I yearned for one, to no avail - we didn't have a tree for a start - but they still hold a real fascination for me. 

I've just been down memory lane and found the original image on Google - I remember in my tree house I wanted an easel in the corner so the wood grain wouldn't show through the paper - I was pernickety even back then!   

I'm linking up with Julia this week over at WOYWW

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Underwater Birthday Card and WOYWW

I've had a bit of an unplanned blog break but at last I'm getting back into the swing of arty crafty stuff, and to start off I made a birthday card for my brother-in-law.  He used to be a dive instructor, so I wanted something with an underwater theme! 

 The card below is the first attempt but I didn't like the bright blue micro-beads that I had added - they seemed a good idea right up until the moment I threw them on the wet glue!  

I am joining in this week with What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Getting Organised and WOYWW

I'm back after a bit of a blog break but I don't have much to show I'm afraid.
Both Christmas and New Year have been an up and down time for me - lots of fun with several pantomimes, shows and social events, but also two funerals, a really bad chesty virus thingy and then last Wednesday my little Guinea Pig Archie died after a lot of intensive looking after.  I've been a bit all over the place and apologise for being a lax blogger!
I have however taken a leaf out of Shaz's book (Silverwolf Cards) and purchased a selection of plastic wallets and re-organised my shoe box of die-cuts.  Whenever I use a die I always put it through the machine a couple of extra times for spares and they had become a huge tangled mess, so thanks to Shaz and her wonderful organisational skills I am feeling very smug with how neat and tidy I am!  Shaz's blog post is here.

I'm linking up with Julia over at WOYWW.