Thursday, 8 December 2011

Puffin Pencil Drawing.

This is my first attempt at using coloured pencils (I used Karisma colour) I didn't have the correct colours but hopefully I will get some more soon, then I can finish him off!
My teacher the amazing Dede (inkwell) showed us how to use pencil crayons on her U Stream show Coffee and Art in the Morning, thank you Dede for the inspiration!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Tims Christmas Tag #1 2011

Well the time has arrived!
As you can see I did not have anything for this tag but the tag die!
Everything else I had to cut out myself (apart from the 'cones' which is a flower die also from Sizzix)!
For all the instructions click HERE.
Roll on tomorrow!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

WOYWW This Week?

For some reason I am a day out it seems, I am posting this on Wednesday 30th November!
I haven't been working on my desk this week I have been in the kitchen!
Not just making meals but felt too!
Below is my first attempt at making 'wet' felt from a kit from Crafty Notions, well the background anyway (green base, blue and lilac stripes) was made by wet felting after it was dry I added the other lines of fibres with a needle felting tool, the centre red/orange circle was made by the needle felting technique.
This was just a practice piece (approx 4x4 ins) I might add some other things to it and make a small hanging.

This is my second piece. Much larger this time (10x10 ins) made in the same way as before (background and inner circle 'wet' felted and the rest needle felted).

Thanks for popping by!

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Happy Mail and a Page in my Journal!

This is the page I made from one of the napkins I was sent by a lovely cyber pal Maria!
Maria sent me loads of beautiful napkins, this bear one reminded me of a song my dear Dad used to sing to me when I was little, (I was poorly a lot when I was little) called 'Me and my Teddy bear' by Rosemary Clooney and this song always did the trick to comfort and send me to sleep!
The background is acrylic paint matched to the background of the napkin, the bear was torn from it and applied to the page with matt medium and then covered with it too.
The pocket is jst a scrap and painted the same as the background, inside there is a tag with the story of why that song is important to me!
The little baby with it's teddy bear is a stamp from The Stampsmith.
The word were stamped straight onto the page with Archival.
Around the edge I have writen in white pen 'Me and my Teddy Bear'.

These are the lovely Christmas napkins Maria sent!

And these are all the other gorgeous napkins Maria sent. Thank you so much Maria!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


This is my desk this week, I have been making moulds! My desk is very messy, this is just the tiny space left in amongst the clutter I have to work in!

But I felt the need to show you other areas which in my defence are tidier! This is where I have my Big shot and my guilotine.

The draws are full of ink pads, embossing powders, stamps, rub'n' buff and stuff like that. The glass jars/pots are full of found treasures, buttons, feathers, door knobs, chains, bits of broken jewellery and there are jars of brads, eyelets and charms. There are a few little 'arty' pieces dotted around too!

The printers tray is 'a work in progress' this was an amazing car boot find!

Oops this pic should have been next to the 2nd one, this holds all my dies and embossing folders at the bottom and my dvd player and i pod dock and fan on the top!

So as you can see I'm not as messy as my desk indicates, the rest of the room is still a bit on the messy side but 'Rome wasn't built in a day' as the saying goes!

Thanks for popping by and if you want to see more or join in click HERE to been transported to Julia's blog!

Monday, 31 October 2011


A Halloween tag! A found photo (I think it was on a Tuscan Rose cd) pumpkins are a Cuttle bug die (painted), the cat, a cover stamp from Craft Stamper with a moulded moon face (painted black), wings die cut, the little pumpkin at the top is the same pumpkin die in shrink plastic , coloured and triple embossed.

Halloween cat. This cat started off as a wooden Christmas bell left over from last year! I painted it black added another larger moon face added details, ears, tail and wings.

My first witch! she was made from a wire egg cup (from a Christmas cracker!) added card ribbon reels, cork another moon face, cord and lots of ribbons and strips of material! Hat is paper cone and circle, broom is a twig and some raffia.

This witch was mad the same as the other witch, her cauldron is foam.

The skelletons in the pumpkin patch. This is a Tim configurations thingy painted black, stamped, pumpkins as before, skelletons and other halloween stuff from local shops.

A close up of Miss Witch!

And the pumpkin patch!

And this is one my 7 yr old Grandson made! His is full of 'blood' dripping down the 'walls'. He had a great time making this! I think he did a really good job!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

WOYWW This Week?

WOYWW this week? More than mine I'll bet! I have been working on a few things but nothing is finished! The pens are there because I have been doing some stuff in a journal, (I ran out my white Posca in a few weeks in the middle of a page so it was hubby to the rescue on his way home from work!) The other pens are Pitts and Sharpies. This is an art doll I am working on, (she does have a face but she was feeling camera shy!)
She is made of thick grey board and embossing powder, tripple embossing? more like 5 or 6 layers! I then stamped into it with a torso stamp I have had for ages but I don't know who it is from.
Hopefully next week there will be more to share!
If you want to see more or join in pop over to Julia's place HERE.

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

WOYWW This Week?

What's on my desk this week? Not a lot! The reason? Not because mojo has been on hols but because I have been making pressies and swaps and none have been given out yet so I didn't want to spoil it for the recipients!

But I did make this little birdie! He is made from a cork, a bead, wire, feathers, card and grunge paper! Oh and 2 googlie eyes! The cork and bead I glued together before painting then added all the other bits!

I made him for this little cage (which I made a while ago!)

He now lives on the top of my storage on my desk along with fairies and flowers!

That my desk for this week if you want to see more or join in click HERE to be whisked off to Julia's!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

What a bad blogger! WOYWW and A Pink Glittery Tag!

I Don't Do 'Pink and Glittery'. This is a tag I made for 'The Stash Buster' competition on UK Stampers, I really don't do 'pink and glittery' but I did have loads of pink glitter (it must be at least 15 yrs old!) so I thought I would 'step out of my comfort zone' and have a go!
Well it started off well, I die cut all the flowers, dress form (painted it and attached all the trimmings) and decorated the tag, then it was glitter time! I covered all the flowers in 2 way glue and started to glitter tipping off the excess onto a peice of scrap paper, everything still going good until I started to pour the excess back into the pot, paper mid air nearly over pot and ACHOO the biggest sneeze ever!!! Think pink glittery mushroom cloud! I swear it was all in slow motion, I watched as the glitter came down, I was covered, the desk, the floor all had a pink glitter haze about them!
Well need I say I was not pleased, it took an age to clear up!
That night we had pink glittery tagliatelle with meatballs for dinner, the stairs, lounge, bathroom all looked like they had been visited by a fairy and everytime I moved I spread a little more around, even my hubby and son didn't get away without having a little bit of sparkle on them!


On my desk is a whole load of Hearty clay pieces, mostly faces, a few buttons and a mans chest! Why so many? Because I have learnt from experience that if I don't use it all at once I'll forget about it and it dries out!

This is one of a pair of earrings I found in a little second hand shop.

And here is what I did with it! It is a book mark. (sorry about the shine, too loads of photos, this was the best one!)

Thanks for looking, if you want to see more or join in click HERE and you will be taken to Julia's!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

My Names Book and a Canvas.

I have been working on this little names book, it is ATC size and it is for holding all the names of my cyber friends, their names, blog addresses etc.
The cover is chipboard covered with craft resist paper, this I coloured with distress stains, the flowers are from Prima and are coated with UTTE, corners are metal painted to look rusty as is the book plate.

Inside the pages are alphabeticly ordered (tabs and domed stickers).

This 8x8 canvas used up sprayed tissue paper for the background, I added extra sprays for the drips and the bottom is stenciled, the trees are also scraps and the bird is hand drawn.

The words at the bottom say 'Lifes Pathway'.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


It's Wednesday! I have missed taking part in WOYWW, school hols bring lovely grandsons to play at Nana's 3 times a week, one of the days being Wednesday. Today they are in a quiet mood, so it gives me a chance to play a long this week!
Haven't done a lot of arting the last few weeks, have to catch up on chores when the boys aren't here!
Desk looks pretty tidy 'til you look at the next photo!

And then you see all the 'stuff' around the little tidy area!
The canvas is something I started yesterday so hopefully I can work on that tomorrow!

This is the first page in my journal, it is much brighter than this in real life! Lots of blue and browns and texture! These are a few of my favourite things!

I really need a few lessons in photo shop!

These pages are spritzed with colorwash, cosmic shimmer and then sprayed with white to make it 'dreamy'.

Lots of orange and yellow sprays on this one I don't usually use these colours so it was a challenge for me! It was then stamped in rusty hinge all over with lots of different stamps!

The 'balloons' are world stamps on tissue, the baskets are hand drawn on tissue, the TH birds were around the wrong way so they are stamped on tissue too!

More spritzed pages, masked and stamped. The images are pieced together using various collage images.

All these pages are gessoed before sprays are added and are in various stages of completion.

If you want to see more desks join in the fun at Julia's place HERE.

Hope to see you next week too!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011


Here is my desk this week! Not a lot on it as I have had to knit more chickens (for my 2 grandsons and my daughter), I did make the white canvas and cut out a template.

Here is the canvas, this was so hard to photogragh! It has lots of Rock Candy crackle paint and silver rub and buff on it! The flowers are cut from hand made paper with Tims tattered flowers dipped into UTTE, the middles have dazzles in them.

Last week I showed what is to the right of my desk, this is what is to the right! the wooden cubes have papers,books andin the cupboard are 'naked things' waiting to be papered, painted and grunged in various ways! (I would open it but everything would fall out!) on the top more papers 12x12 and boxes of chipboard letters. Next to the cubes is a trolly, on the bottom mags, the Ikea drawers have stamps and inkpads in them.

Storage jars have lots of 'bits' in them (buttons, feathers,beads, eyelets lots of odds and ends I can't bear to part with!

The othe side of the window more storage cubes draws have tins, empty ribbon rolls,bits of material, postcards, old photos and images. Boxes more of the same.

This trolly has my guillotine on it, the wire drawers have tools in them, more art bin boxes with paper in them. The drawers to the left have white card, acetate, canvas paper, shrink paper and watercolour paper in it.

Well thats me for this week!

Thanks for looking and if you want to join in or have a look at some more pop over to Julia's HERE , there is always something yummy to look at!

Friday, 22 July 2011

2 More Chooks!

Meet 2 more chooks I have knitted! These are rather funky ones!
The green one (think Inka gold green) is sparkly!

And this little lady is very 'furry' she does have eyes which in real life are easy to see!

I just had to try other yarns that I had, (they take less than 50g to make for the body), I still have a few different sorts of wool left so I may have to knit some more!

I think my house will be over run with chickens soon!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken Lay a Little Egg for Me!

Last week when I was blog hopping courtesy of all the great people that show their work spaces on WOYWW I came across some knitted chickens on one of them. I left a comment on the blog and a lovely lady called Famfa very kindly said she would send me details of how to knit them!
Well yesterday she visited my blog, we exchanged e mails and later that day Famfa send me instructions and I just had to make one!
So here she is (or is it a he)! I love it and I think I will make some more! Maybe funky ones with bright combs and tails!
I think they would look great on a dresser in the kitchen or as I don't have one I will put them on my pantry shelves, (sure to make me smile everytime I go in there!)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Wednesday just keeps coming quicker and quicker! I know it doesn't really but it seems too!
Well as you can see my desk is not that different from last week so I thought I would show 'the wider picture'! This proved to be quite difficult as my room is only about 7 ft wide and I couldn't go back far enough to get it all in!

So I went back as far as I could for this shot but you can't see that much more!

This one was taken with the camera up against the opposite wall!

The dresser is really meant just for display but as you can see some cups of brushes, pens and crayons have crept into the space too!

I couldn't get the whole run of the wall in (about 9ft) but there is not much the other side of the desk only a table which my lamp, iron and a large box full of paper, mainly tissue and a 12x12 paper storage folder is on.

So thats me for this week! If you want to see more or share your work space go HERE to be wizzed over to Julia's place!

Happy WOYWW, thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Here is my desk for this week! Lots of half finished stuff as usual!

A closer look at the right hand side of my desk. Lots piled up on top of each other waiting for 'the finishing touches!' Right at the top, the backing from a felt sticker which I used as a mask on my journal page.

Here is the journal page I was working on, it is quite a bit brighter in real life. Her wings look white but they are very shimmery!

If you want to join in and show your desk or have a nosey at lots of others hop over to Julia's HERE.

Have a fun day!