Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Cards and WOYWW

I've churned out about three cards this week!  It's relaxing and I love it but I think I need to up my game if I'm going to be done by Christmas!
Here's a couple of them...








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

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Autumn Tags and WOYWW

 Tags are made - that's the autumn birthdays dealt with, now back to Christmas card making!




 You can see the shine and detail of the foil more clearly in these close-up pictures - it was quite difficult photograph.
I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Autumn, Halloween and WOYWW

Well here's a rare photo of my desk - I'm in the middle of making some autumn gift tags and as I'm making 3 there seems to be loads more mess on the table than usual.  I have been using foil and die-cut leaves - I feel they look promising but to be honest anything can happen!  They will either be finished by next week or the whole lot will be dumped in a box and never seen again!!

I've also just finished a birthday card...

...and a couple of Halloween cards.  They are all using the same three colours and the same Physalis/Chinese Lanterns die, but hopefully the birthday one (above) doesn't look too Halloweeny!
I'm finding this little church die very versatile and have used it in previous posts here and here for Christmas cards.







...and finally a Trick or Treat bag for my sister - I always try and have some more grown-up sweets for her when she brings my nephews round Trick or Treating !

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, why not pop over and see what other people have on their desks today.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Autumn Birthday Cards and WOYWW


We have lots of birthdays in October so the Christmas card making has stopped and here are a couple of Autumn cards I've made.  

This card has an embossed panel on the front that I made using a nestie die with rubber embossing mats to replace one of the clear cutting pads (this will probably only make sense if you use a Bigshot!) - I think it's quite effective although the photo doesn't show it very well.


I'm linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday this week

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Christmas Cards and WOYWW

I am rather loving this little church die (it's also in my last post here) -  and I'm still feeling smug that I'm churning out Christmas cards like my life depended on it!




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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Glitter Card Cards and WOYWW

I've tried to keep the arty crafty momentum going this week and ended up with  a few Christmas cards - it's not even November yet, so I'm feeling pretty smug that I've made a start already!  I've used black glitter card by Dovecraft - it's amazing stuff and doesn't shed any glitter even though it's extremely sparkly - ideal for me as I obsessively hate stray glitter!  


The church card was going to be a Halloween card but it somehow ended up looking more Christmassy - probably helped by the addition of 'snow'!


I am linking up with Julia over at What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - pop over if you'd like to see what other people have been up to on their desks this week.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Paper Flower Cards

It's been such a long time since I blogged, and far longer than I originally anticipated, but what with school holidays, child-minding, summer holidays and trips out it's been a quite hectic and I've had no time for arty crafty stuff.  On top of that it's been quite a struggle to get myself back to feeling positive and motivated after a fairly long bout of feeling out of sorts.

Anyway, here are a couple of birthday cards I made - I'm rather keen on the Nuvo Crystal drops I've recently discovered (on the bottom card), they look like raindrops and I am having to stop myself adding them to everything at the moment!
  


And some close-ups...

Over the summer I received this beautiful pendant made for me by my very talented blog friend Terri, over at art-life-rust.  What an amazing artist she is, and how thrilled I was to receive it.  Thank you again, Terri - it's stunning! 



I am linking up with Julia over at WOYWW, and must just say thank you to all the lovely deskers who sent messages as I was awol for so long - thank you xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Hardy Geranium Tag

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

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

ATC's and WOYWW

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!