Saturday, 11 August 2018

Art Abandonment at Upfest

 The other weekend we went to Upfest in Bristol.

It is Europe's largest Street Art Festival and this year was the 10th Anniversary.

I will do a proper update of the art work once I have downloaded all the photo's but I thought I would post the art abandonment's and Free Art Friday drops I made during the festival.

This was a small stencil of a spray can on a brusho background

This was one of my hand carved stamps of a fire demon on a inked background

 and other one of my fire demon's but this time on a tag

my final piece was left at the suffragettes yarn bomb!

Happy crafting


Tuesday, 7 August 2018


 Hello peeps, just a quick update on some cards I made recently.

I used some papers and stamped the golfer image and coloured in with pro markers.

Not much to them but a great way to use up various bits of stash from the ever growing pile!

Happy crafting

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Trial prints

So, on Wednesday I shared my latest purchase, a brass printing plate.

This was a print using a thick acrylic on paper.  I don't have a burnisher so used my stamp cleaner as its padded and reasonably thick.
The paint was too thick and grainy I think (it was old) and not sure it prints well on paper.

So I tried it with a newer acrylic black paint and this time on card and the detail is much better.  Still need to experiment and keep trying but pleased with this one.

If you have any tips or ideas I would love to hear them, just leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Apologies in advance as I was not able to return my WOYWW visits last week, things got the better of me and before I knew it time slipped away.

On my desk this week (clean as once again I have NOT had time to craft) is a new purchase.  This is a brass plate (not sure if its for printing, rubbing or something else).  I found it in a charity shop in Petersfield the other week when I was visiting my brother.
A bargain at £5.99.  Not sure if I can use it but it looks so nice I had to buy it!  I am sure with some printing ink it will print fine.  I don't have any at the moment so I am going to try it with some acrylic paint and see how that goes.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Hubby Dumps 1st Lady, falls for Czar'!!!!

No comment (as I don't trust myself)!

So, are you baring all and sharing what is on your workdesk this Wednesday? 
Full details of how to join in can be seen here


Wednesday, 18 July 2018


Only a short update today as trying to update via my phone! Not easy or something I would recommend!

My desk this week has my 365 journal which I am catching up on.

My 'man bites dog' cards this week are Devoted Hubby Burns Thug!

You can bare your desk in a Wednesday via the lovely Julia's blog (link over on the right).
Happy crafting

Monday, 9 July 2018

Wedding Card

Just a quick update for a new card I have.
This is die I borrowed from a friend and I cut lots of black and cream pieces in one sitting to use when inspiration strikes.

The paper is actually a staple of mine, wallpaper.  I find it robust and cuts nicely and of course it is free when you ask for a sample!

I added some ribbon, a resin heart at the top and a glass heart below.

Clean and simple (unusually for me).

Happy crafting

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Greeting cards

I just realised I have not posted some of the recent cards I made from a sheet of patterned paper.  I love trying to make several cards from just one sheet, and I luckily had a few brads and toppers with identical colours to my paper!  I couldn't believe my luck so I was able to make 3 cards in one sitting!

If only crafting was always that easy!!  Sometimes I think my crafting mojo decides to take a holiday and then works part time!!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 4 July 2018


No desk this week.  To be honest I have hardly been in the house, as soon as I finish work I have been in the garden trying to catch up on jobs.  

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis means that the damp (be that hot and humid or cold and damp) plays my joints up.  Often my hands, legs and ankles are in pain and I can only do jobs broken down into very small chunks with lots of rest time inbetween.

However, the first time in probably almost 5 years the UK has had a long period of dry weather so for the first time in many years I have had a few days on the trot when I am almost normal (albeit still with the chronic fatigue and lack of strength etc) so I am trying to catch up on some long overdue jobs that most people just crack on with.

This means I have been in the garden as soon as I get home from work.

I have loved every, albeit knackering, minute of it.  I got lots of plants marked down in the local shops recently so have repotted them etc.  My herb garden in the front (in this picture) is surrounded by a fence to stop the cats and my sage has taken over the plot!  I have NO idea what I can do with this much sage, its about 4 foot by 3 foot deep just of sage!

So, I thought I would do my "Man Bites Dog" cards in the garden and this week they predict the headlines will be....."General Sues Singer"......mmmmm-interesting.

So, are you taking part in Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday?  Go on, dare to bare!

Happy crafting/gardening/relaxing


Monday, 2 July 2018

Malta sketching

Another update on some of the crafting I did in Malta.

In Valletta there are some gardens called Upper Barrakka Gardens with a lift that takes you down to the harbour/waterfront.  The gardens are lovely, trees, flowers and a fountain.  Even better is a fantastic cafe, which is licensed so you can have a beer if you want (and cake!)

Whilst I was sat there I decided to do a small watercolour.

Only a really quick sketch and colour whilst I was sat having a coffee with my friend, Jon, who lives in Malta but a great way to help capture some memories.

Happy crafting

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Malta Art abandonment

This was a Free Art Friday and Art Abandonment tag I sketched whilst having a drink in a new local bar (LVB, great new place) in Valletta, Malta recently.

Only had one of my black ink pens with me during the evening and a blank tag but it seemed a perfect opportunity to have a doodle whilst having a drink.

I left it on the table (there is a brief explanation about it on the back of the tag, explaining they can take it, leave it or pass it on or even register a find on the facebook group) for someone to find.

Just in case your interested the drink was a fabulous non alcoholic mocktail that LVB make, a plum and rosemary "lemonade"-delicious.

This was another tag I sketched, in another bar (Gugar, a fabulous vegan/alternative late night bar where they play a great selection of music off the internet, including when we were there a mate from the UK's band!!).

When we went back a couple days later we spotted it had been pegged to the wall along with other art people have sketched whilst there (its that sort of place-LOVE it there).