Wednesday, 25 May 2011


hi wednesday watchers.

Time to wander all over the world peeping at workdesks look here to see what it is all about WOYWW103   It's getting very exciting as the anniversary approaches.
   On my desk this week is the remains of my  grungy monday card and the card at the front contains a  wonderful photo.

My beautiful grandaughter  Erin who was born on sunday.
I made my daughter a card but in my haste to see them forgot to take a picture. LOL.
I probably wont get much time to wander around this week,
But please leave a comment and I will try and peek back.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

grungy monday8

hi world
More Monday Madness here ... yes I know it's Tuesday but this is the only day I have to make something for GRUNGY MONDAY CHALLENGE 

Have a look over at linda's blog to see what she has set us this week. The point is to use a specific technique from Tim Holtz's back catalogue of fantastic ideas. Take a look at his web site too he has some fab new stuff out now!  That's the advert now for the card.

I didnt have much time this week so I will make it brief (more about that later)
This is stamping to look like watercolours, I think this does.
The background is made in a similar way but I combined it with last weeks colour blocking.
 I ran the ink pad across the watercolour paper, sprayed it with water then smudged it with a baby wipe, simple! Cannot remember where the stamp came from.

The poppies are die cut and fixed with a brad.
This is the other stamp I tried too, but haven't time to finish

This is the reason I didn't have much time today. My mind was elsewhere.

My beautiful grandaughter Erin who was born on Sunday morning.
Take a look at all the fab art over at Studio L3.
Please leave a comment so I know you have stopped by

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Here is my desk for this weeks  WOYWW102, see julia's blog Here to find out what it is all about.
It has been a busy week.
Lots of 'stuff' here ...on the left is a set of stamps and papers free with papercraft essentials this month, they stamps are very cute animals and the paers are very pretty too.
At the back is one of my finished books I made from silk the other weekend.
On the right is a bottle of 'Stiffen Stuff', a new fabric softener i had from work, which is very good for sculptural things.
 After clearing away my grungy monday entry, I went back to finishing my daughter's 'This is your life book'. I think it is just about finished.
She was a very cute baby.

I used a book about hanging baskets, it had lots of pictures in that I could incorporate  into the scrap pages . I used a lot of Golden Medium to stick the pages together.

She always loved balloons. Some of the pages I covered with text from a copy of The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe, that's where her sisters chose her name from.
She just loves dressing up (still does but I didnt put any adult pics in . .  LOL)

Lara Croft and on top of the Twin Towers in New York

I just have a bit of stamping tot do on the front cover, then it's done .... only 2 years late for her 18th

 The Tatty Teddy, Me to you bear is a free gift on the lastest issue of DoCraft magazine.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

grunge monday 7

hi world
There is a great simple, but effective technique on Studio L3    Linda Ledbetters blog challenge this week.  Take a look Here at Tim's demo of colour blocking.
Check out all things Tim Holtz on his web site
I am decorating my craft room when daughter no3 has moved out at the end of May (so there is somewhere to put all the 'stuff ' LOL
This week I thought I would make the door hanger I brought at Artisan last year ready for my new room.
The colours didn't turn out how I wanted, probably because they were onto bare wood and not white card as in the video.
Anyway I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Barn Door distress inks. The clock is stamped with Barn Door.
I painted the grunge paper cogs with docrafts artist pearl paint in Blush.
 I haven't had much success with the Adirondack dabbers, so these were much better. Then I used copper mixative with cranberry and hazlenut alcolhol inks on top. They are much redder than the picture shows them, the light is not good today.

The words 'I'm Thinking' are sooo not me as my friends will tell,  I 'm not thin and very often I'm not thinking either, I like a bit of irony LOL.

Finally  to add some extra texture the ribbon has been sprayed with Stiffen Stuff fabric stiffener. . .  (very good stuff!) and wound through the cogs (shapabilities).

It might make my family think twice before they pass through my door..... anyway it's better than do not disturb!

Just before making this weeks piece Lucy and I went to feed the fish

Very interesting experience a bit like pins and needles, but not unpleasant, now we have lovely soft feet.
PS The big fish in Lucy's tank is a picture on the bottom of the tank, the fish are no bigger than 5-6 cm

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

craft stamper free ezine

Craft Stamper e-Zine
I' ve  been intending to pass this on for a while but kept forgetting.
 But I have just read this months copy of craft stamper, so it reminded me.
Craft Stamper have a new e magazine. The magazine is full of fab projects, the best  from last years paper magazine. See how to get it here
You can also win a big pile of stash.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

grungy monday

Hi world
The  start of another week and another Grungy Monday challenge from Linda Ledbetter over  at  Studio L3.
 Her challenges celebrate all things by Tim Holtz
This week I find another technique from Tim that I have not seen before.
 The  wood grain background is very clearlt explained on his blog

I didnt have much time today in fact I didnt even start until about 5 pm. I dont think I quite did the technique justice. But here it is anyway

I decided to make a book mark tag for a friend who is always reading.
These are the products I used;
salmon paint dabber
Distress Inks antique photo, old pages

Book stamp from Elusive Images ,I made 2 pages
Paper flowers which I sprayed with  sunset orange colour wash and dusted with orange cosmic shimmer.
Upon a time die cut alphabet dusted with red bronze cosmic shimmer

I squished, folded and rolled the pages so they looked older.

Take a look at all the lovely art on the Studio L3 blog its great to be nosey LOL

Sunday, 8 May 2011

silky paper covered in paint

hi world
Yesterday I had a brilliant day of painting and getting messy. I went to my lace group where we had a workshop making silk paper.
The aim of the workshop was to make a silk paper notebook cover.
But we were all enjoying making the paper that we just kept making more pieces (we were all very messy and inky). I love playing LOL
 I had treated myself to some quality writing paper to make the pages so I decided to wait until my hands were not covered in inks etc before making the book.

We made the paper using silk fibres and added lots of threads, angelina fibres, sequins, leaves, feathers, glitter and paint. The paint we used were brusho paints.

 We used them dry and then spayed water on the top, this made the powder spread and made lovely patterns of colour.
 I also used my lovely colour wash paints by adirondack. These are sprays and are fab. I also used some masks which worked really well with the sprays. My favouite is the Tim Holtz clock.

I started making the first book today but it is not quite finished will try tomorrow.
I really enjoyed this technique,it is similar to felting , but quicker. I think I will have a go at making a 3d bowl sometime soon
happy mess making LOL 

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Hi wonderful wednesday watchers

it's that time of the week again when those that want to can have a good nosey around the world at other peoples work space, nosey on over to to have a look
On my desk this week  is a project from a couple of years  ago. I started an 18th birthday book for daughter no3 but for various reasons never got to finish it until now.

The desk is covered with photos which i must fit into the book somehow, but there is only 1 page left. The trouble, is the thought processes have been long forgotten as to what I was going to do with them.
I have done the pages in a collage style using golden medium to stick it all together with lots of embellishments. Most of the pictures are of Lucy when she was playing at dressed up. She used to do that a lot.

Also at the back are some more of those lovely colour wash sprays which i will probably use as well, I was going past the shop that sells them at the weekend, when I say went past I mean popped into.LOL.
I'm off desk hopping now why dont you have a look too.

Monday, 2 May 2011


Hi world
the challenge on grungy monday    studioL3  last week was dimensional.
Take a look at Tim's demo dimensional demo  from Tim
I took a while to get some inspiration this week, I have had so much going on at home with baby bumps, visitors and weddings, (not the royal one either).
Anyway after the  wedding on friday my daughter and her boyfriend locked themselves out of their new flat ( they have only been there for about a month so it didn't take them long). LOL.
 They had to get a train and stay the night with us as everywhere was closed. opps!
I thought i would make them a key holder for...... just for emergencies.
here it is
If you try this technique take care, I sliced a chunk off my finger cutting the foam, now it's not easy typing with only 1 index finger LOL.

The key is  a very old rusty one, found in the shed.
 I cut out the rectangle to put the key in and put a piece of fake glass on top. The background paper behind the key also has old keys on.
Lots of Tim Holtz products here ; the bricks are embossed,  The houses and the sign are die cuts. The ticket is also Tim Holtz, the spelling mistake is deliberate as a play on the fact that we had to hire a ladder to get into their first floor flat through an open window.
 I have also put grafitti on the wall but it is quite faint and hard to see.

Hopefully they will see the funny side and enjoy putting it on their wall ..... near the door to remind them to take their keys.