Friday, 14 December 2018

Inktober 2018 part 5

My last and final update for Inktober 2018.

This is the 2nd year I have used tags as the surface and I think I will use them again.  

They work really well as I can slip one in my phone case and a pen in my pocket and travel nice and light and sketch on the go.

I am pleased I managed to do the whole month (just took me ages to upload the photos!) and looking forward to next years.  Now just to decide what to do for my next challenge!

Happy crafting

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Inktober 2018 Part 4

 Hello peeps, this is my next Inktober 2018 update.  I used the theme of "Nature" for the whole month and the prompts from artist and founder Jake Parker. 

 For full details and future Inktobers see here

One more update for the final few tags to follow shortly


Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Wednesday again so that can only mean one thing, baring our desks over of the lovely Julia's blog here!

On my desk this week is, yep finally, something Christmassy!

I am decorating some brown paper bags to put my homemade Christmas presents in (things like cordials, jams etc).

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Last Priest Stuns Czar' - I really do dread to think what may come of that headline!!

Happy crafting

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Inktober 2018 Part 3

 It has taken a while but I have finally uploaded my Inktober 2018 photos so can update the blog.  I won't put them all on one post as it will be a bit heavy on the images so I will spread them over a few posts.

Following on from the David Attenborough programme I couldn't think of anything else for the prompt of "Bottle" when I chose the theme of "Nature".

 For the prompt of "Expensive" I thought the Saffron Crocus would be a good subject

I do enjoy Inktober and trying to stick to the same theme for the month.  I ensure none of the pictures take more than 10 mins and some have posca paint added to them (great for painting on the go).  Some of them I don't really care for others I quite like.

Either way it is a good learning experience.

happy crafting

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Hello peeps just a quick update as the pay the bills job has taken so much of my time recently (not even making Christmas pressies this year as too busy!!). 

BUT I have managed to grab a quick hour late last night so apologies for the dark image.

On my desk are a couple of sympathy cards I am making. No real reason apart from they are handy to have and sometimes people at work ask if I can make them, so I tend to make a few at a time. I try and keep them nice, clean and uncluttered. 

My "Man bites dog" cards this week are 'missing lady stuns hubby'! No idea what that could be reference to (unless my hubby is stunned I am not working and actually in the craft room!!!).

Happy crafting 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


Hump day again so time to bare all with "What's on your workdesk Wednesday"

On my desk is my 365 challenge journal and I am applying gesso to a couple of pages.

This acts as a good base to help inks etc move around the page easier and stops any bleed through if I am a little heavy handed.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Convict Tells on Mystery Priest"!

Feel free to join in over on the lovely Julia's blog (link over on the right).

Happy crafting


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Another scrap card

Whilst I had my scraps out earlier this week I thought I would use the left over pieces from the card on Wednesday to make another scrap card.  

To make this card I had to layer many thinner pieces of scrap card but as all the colours tie in nicely I think it works ok and the texture of the embossed piece (the pale) doesn't show up that great in the photo but it does add some nice dimension.

So another scrap card made and my scrap box is slowly reducing-I say slowly because I am not really sure I can see a difference even though I have made quite a few cards only using scraps over the past few weeks!!

Any other tips for scraps would be grateful received.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Hump day again so that means "What's on your workdesk Wednesday"

Not a photo of my whole desk today as most of it is covered with work (sigh...) but I have managed to finish another scrap card.  This time using some more of the GudrunSjoden catalogue (the paper on the right) which is one of their new fabric designs.

I have also used a left over moth die cut (the waste paper left over with some inks and dyes dripped onto the card) which I layered over a stamped image and some green vellum.  I also added some angelina fibres, embossed paper and a torn piece, so quite a few pieces of scraps used up.

No "man bites dog" cards this week as I forgot!

Happy crafting


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Scrap card

 I finally found time to make another scrap card.
This time the papers have come from a clothes catalogue!

One of my favourite designers is Gudrun Sjoden.  She has one shop in the UK (in London) and I am a HUGE fan of her colourful, sustainable, organic clothing range (most of my clothes come from charity shops but this is the one indulgence I allow myself).

The catalogue is printed on lovely paper and I managed to use one of the pages to create a card with some flat backed toppers that I have had for AGES!

Another scrap card made-yet still the scrap box looks full!!!

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 31 October 2018


Wednesday again and I have finally finished my 365 Journal page for November all ready (once it's dry) to start filling it in.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Singer Revealed Mystery Heiress'
So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday?  Dare you bare all and share?  Full details on how to join us across the globe can be found on our lovely leader Julia's page over on the righthand side column.
Happy  crafting