Wednesday, 29 June 2011


This is my workspace for this week! I have been quite busy (see post below too) this last week, the door stamp is still on my desk, I think I will make something for my daughter who is moving out of her 'rooms' at Uni into a shared house this weekend, not sure what yet but I think the door stamp may have to be used!

Here is a closer look at something I made with it.

And a tag I made using some alphabet stamps from Dunelm which were only 99p a set!

Well thats my desk for this week, why not pop over to Julias HERE to see some more or to join in!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Page in my Journal and A Book for Quotes and Sayings.

I found this stamp by Darkroom Door and fell in love with it! I love doors, doorways and gates (not sure why does that make me weird?) Anyway I thought I would do a journal page with it and this is what I came up with.
The door is stamped onto tissue paper (each door is painted a different colour using Claudine Helmuths paints while these were drying I put some white gesso onto the pages in my journal dried with a heat gun and added some butterscotch paint dabber with an old credit card.
The house numbers are from Tims bingo embossing folder (silver tape onto card, embossed and painted, left about 30 secs and wiped with a tissue).
The tissue doors were applied with multi medium (under and over the top).
The words are stamped straight onto the page with PSX pixie alphabet stamps.
I love to write down quotes to use on my work. So I thought I would make a book to put them all in!
The covers are covered chip board (patterned paper from K and Co covered in white gesso and ink) the clock is a Tim embossing folder (sprayed with colourwash and cosmic shimmers in blues/turquoise, the stamp is from Creative Expressions, the flowers are Prima hydrangers sprayed with the same sprays as before and lots of bling and beads too!

All the pages are sprayed with the same colourwash and cosmic shimmers as before.

Each has some saying or quotes added either on tags, directly to the page, some are hand written, some on the computer (on Saffmat), some are stamped.

There is still lots of room to add more!

All sorts of bits will be added as I add more quotes/sayings.

All the main pages have tabs on the sides.

Some will have pockets to hold things too.

And lots of the tags can be moved to reveal other quotes underneath!

I had lots of fun making this and everytime I find another quote/saying I will add it to the book!

Thanks for popping by and having a look!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

WOYWW this week?

This is my desk for this week, not much different from any other week apart from what I am working on at the moment, which is a book which is going to have pockets for tags with quotes on (I think if I don't change my mind).

Also for the last week I have done quite a lot of knitting!

When I went to our local carboot a couple of weeks ago I found some wool the lovely lady almost pleaded with me to buy it, 'You can have the whole lot of £1' she said. There was 2 carrier bags crammed full, well I didn't really want all that but I thought 'Oh what the heck' and payed her a quid. This was on the Sunday by Thursday I had finished the above throw and made 3 cushions! I think I have caught the knitting bug!

I still have loads more wool and I am just finishing another cushion for the swing chair in the garden.

So whats on your desk this week and what else have you been up to?

If you want to share some more desks click HERE and you will wizz over to Julias the home of WOYWW!!!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

This Weeks WOYWW in Two Parts!

This is my desk this week. Messy but productive!
I spent Friday last week sorting out my Dabbers, some were ok, some were very thick and needed water, some were dried up completely! I used the end of a paint brush to stir the ones I could and being a bit thrifty I wiped the paint onto card then swooshed over it with an old credit card and made some pretty grungy backgrounds!

There are a couple of them on this closer photo, (amazing there is a little space to work on)!

The finished results are further on into the post (the second part I think).

This tag and pocket was inspired by the man himself Tim Holtz! On his blog he said that ink only dries on glassine if you heat set it and something special happens (I'll not spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet)!

Well I tried it and this is what I made!

This is the tag inside the pocket, cream card swooshed with distress ink stain vintage photo and tumbled glass, the white is gesso swooshed on with a credit card and overstamped with a TH stamp and lots of flowers (sprayed with cosmic shimmers) ribbon (coloured with distress stains and screwed up and dried) and a mulitude of beads! The blue bead at the top of the tag is stamped with a little bird from a Crafty Individuals stamp.

This Weeks WOYWW! Part two!

Sorry it is two parts Blogger wouldn't let me post all my photos on one post.
Tag is Tims crowded attic paper covered in distress stains. The house is Paper Artsy (stamped onto a couple of different printed background papers). Flowers are Prima sprayed with cosmic shimmers, ribbon coloured with distress stains as is the flower border.

A little 4x4 canvass still needs finishing!

This is one of the tags I made from the background papers I made when soting out my dabbers!

Not quite finished but getting there!

Another tag from background painty papers, just need a little finishing!

And another one!

Another one! This one I ran through the big shot in an embossing folder and swooshed an archival ink pad over it (the black bits). Added a couple of tickets and a game piece, not sure what else to add yet but I'm sure I'll think of something!

Here is the last tag for today! Another painty background, I toned down the colours a little with some distress ink (brushed cordroy) ran it through the BS in an embossing folder (umberella man) added archival to the raised area and quickly poured clear embossing powder and heated.

The words were done the same way.

If you are still awake after that enormous post (sorry) and you want to join in pop over to Julias blog and see whats going on!!!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


What happened to last week, I missed it and I'm so sorry! I wanted to be here with everyone celebrating but it was not to be, my other half had different ideas, he decided to have a few days off work as a supprise! If I had known I would have at least scheduled my post!
Here is my desk for this week, hasn't really changed much apart from a couple of finished pieces and a couple of flowers. I didn't get into my studio much last week so I am making up for it this week!

Here is the small (4x4) canvas I made yesterday, it looks fine in real life but could I capture it in a photo, it must be the matt medium and the corner has a piece of mica over it, there is a blu feather under the mica. I really need lessons on taking photos!

If you want to see more desks (with much better photograghy) pop over to Julias blog.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Butterfly Girl and a couple of tags.

Butterfly girl.
This piece just grew from the frame, I had wanted to do something with this frame for a while and yesterday I got it out and gessoed it while I was waiting for it to dry I sort of tidied my desk a bit as you do and I found the piece of glass which is now her head (it is the front of a spotlight bulb which fell off when it blew).
Her face is part of a collage stamp (the same one which is stamped on the frame) which I stamped onto paper using black Archival and attached to the glass with Matt medium making sure there was no air bubbles.
Next I stamped the frame and blasted it with a heat gun and applied distress crackle in rock candy and left to dry.
While waiting I made a collage for the inner panel of the frame from the left over bits when I stamped the face. This I adhered when the crackle paint was dry, I applied a coat of vintage photo distress to the frame to allow the crackle to show through.
Next I cut out 5 butterflies from some TH Kraft resist paper (does anyone else have trouble cutting up paper? I am really glad there are 3 of each sheet in this book, makes it sooo much easier to cut one up!!) These were coloured with distress stains in various colours, some I added some spritzed on perfect pearls (blue).
The largest was attached to the face and the smallest to the inner frame using some acetate. The other 3 I attached to some wire I had added to the candle stick (which was painted with gesso and some tissue tape added around the middle. The flowers are a die cut from Sizzix made from scrap paper.
Everything was attached with Pinflair glue.

The background of this tag is a piece of TH crowded attic paper (the one with the paper pattern on it) the model is Tims stamp, I coloured it with disress ink.
The 'buttons' are a piece of embossed paper I have had for years (and haven't been able to cut into it before now) they look so real!

This tag isn't really finished yet it was just an experiment to see if you could use othe ink pads instead of Stayzon as I only have a black one. I think it is called the bandana technique. I used Adirondack ink pads (they look more vibrant in real life) and cut and dry foam.

Iwas quite pleased with the result cos now I don't need to buy more ink pads!

Well thats it for now, I do have lots more to show but my camera needs new batteries and of course none of the rechagable batteries are charged!

Thanks for looking.