Wednesday, 21 January 2015


 Happy What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  How has your week been?
After all the Christmas presents I spent the past few months making I can finally get back to trying to find some time to experiment and play.

So I decided to treat myself as its been AGES since I have bought anything crafty that wasn't from the scrap store!  So I bought a 1/2lb grab bag of lucky dips stamps from The Artistic Stamper.  You don't know what you are going to get so it is a gamble.

So on my desk I am mounting the stamps.  I use stick away to coat my scissors so they glide through the sticky stamp mount.  I also have my Hudl2 tablet that my hubby got me for Christmas.  It is perfect for listening to spotify or podcasts on whilst I am crafting.

 So what stamps did I get?
  I got 2 sets of letters exactly the same, whilst this was disappointing I decided to use one as a background stamp and the other set I cut up so I can use the letters individually.

I also got a large snowflake background stamp and Christmas star stamp (not sure if this will be used as its not one I would normally buy, but hey, that is the gamble).

There was a cute key, some script (nice size), some leaves, a circle of butterflies (I already have a good idea for this one) a saying "Art is Life", a bird (again, not one I can see using much-but you never know) and a paper doll articulated body stamp which I think will be great fun to use in journals.

 The individual letters were taking up quite a bit of room and I was worried they would end up getting lost so I came up with a cunning plan to store them.
This is old packaging from a cutting die and I cut it down to size.
The stamps stick on there really well and it takes up hardly any space in the drawer so problem solved! 

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Lost Star Burns' which is an interesting one as the Mars Rover 2 was found this week and the late great Professor Pillinger who was synonymous with the Mars exhibition came from Kingwood in Bristol (my current neck of the woods).

So why not join us over at Julia's blog (there is a link over on the right) and have a legal snoop at desks across the globe!

Happy crafting



  1. Glad you figured out what to do with the doubles and the store close to me never has any deals like that happy woyww hugs Nikki 9

  2. Ages since I bought one of those grab bags - glad you figured a way of using duplicates and storing the alphabets. Just enjoy your new stash ... and play.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  3. That's a good idea to use your duplicate alphabet like that, and all in all it sounds a fairly good grab bag! Have fun with them all. Helen 4

  4. What fun to take a chance on a grab bag!! Looks like you got quite a few things that you'll be able to have fun with, and maybe find new things to do!! Enjoy!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #14

  5. I hope you can put most of your stamps to good use. I bought three grab bags at my local craft store in December. Each was different, but they were all small stamps. Most I'll never use. However, I didn't pay too much for them, so I'm very happy with what I got. I personally think you got a better deal, but it's too bad about the duplicate. Like that you have a way to use both, though.

    Read about the Mars Rover that they believe was discovered this week. Really makes the Man Bites Dog saying look good this week. Happy WOYWW from #1.

  6. I think you came out of that really well, stamp wise! There are some great ones there. It's the same if you buy lucky dip selections in fabric, which I rarely do nowadays.....I'd rather pick my own. Fun Man bites Dog cards....good old Prof Pillinger...he always made us smile!
    Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

  7. i love the bird stamp and the snowflake background looks like the grab bag gamble paid off
    Happy WOYWW
    love Mrs C.xx #29

  8. I am impressed with the stamps you got it is always a gamble but hey two sets the same there is so much you can do with 2 sets and I think your idea is brilliant. I like the snowflake background, I wouldn't use it either as we don't have snow down here in Melbourne Australia but it is pretty for sure. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 35
    Happy WOYWW

  9. Luck lucky dip. I never seem to get anything I actually want so don't take the chance. I am sure I'm missing out! I adore plastic packaging and use it for SO MUCH. That "storage" solution doubles as a nice overall background stamp too. I use a lot of alphas ONLY that way, although I do sometimes shuffle them abut to make a sort of word search effect ... :)

    How funny the MBD cards turned that up!
    Have a Happy WOYWW day!
    Mary Anne (6)

  10. I LOVE letter stamps but I can imagine your dissapointment when they turned out to be the same font. Great idea, to use one for backgrounds! The doll looks like fun indeed to use on art journal pages... enjoy! Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #51

  11. Ooh loving your stamps, nice to have a surprise! Love your idea for using letters as background. D'oh I'd not thought of coating my scissors with stick away while using mount. That's so obvious. But didn't occur to me!! Thanks for that. Am sure you will have fun playing and experimenting. Hope you're well. Take care Zo xx 32

  12. Hi Kyla, brilliant idea to separate the one set of Alpha stamps. Best use for a duplicate.The butterfly circle is cool too. Funny you mention the Artistic Stamper- Doug suggested we go down see Jenny for a day out- he likes to try and get me out of the house at a weekend, stop me going stir crazy. Now the lovely man is actually suggesting we go to craft shops, lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #17xxx

  13. I've always fancied buying a goodie bag but never have, looks like you'll be making good use of them all
    Have a great week
    Jan s. No 62

  14. Looks like you got some fun stamps. I really think the doll parts could be a blast. I have never bought a grab bag..maybe I should try my luck. Happy stamping! Shel#71

  15. Very clever ideas! And the stamps are so cute. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #59

  16. A lot of stamps are a lot of fun! That really is a bargain! Have fun with it!
    Gabriele 36

  17. oh my gosh, what the heck is stick away and what rock do I live under? ( I am at the point that I do not want to buy neekid rubber no more I hate sticking it to the foam so much) ~Stacy #75

  18. However much of a gamble, I think two of the same is a bit naughty well done you on what I think is the perfect solution! I have that text stamp and it gets a lot of use. The bird is cute..I'd use thwt more than the different we are! I'm thinking....your 'current' neck of the there a move in the offing?

  19. Interesting lot of stamps. I think getting two sets is sad but your use of one as a back ground and one as individuals is perfect. I tried one of those stamp bag sales one time and got a bunch of nothing I could use so I sold them at a garage sale and got my money back...boy was I surprized! Have a great week. Vickie #33


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