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).


Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Hump day already?  That can only mean one thing, "What's on your Workdesk Wednesday" when we all visit the Queen of Desks, the lovely Julia (link over on the right hand side) and bare all!  Well, desk wise that is.

On my desk this week is my next 365 Journal Challenge page trying to be ready for the start of July (July?  I cannot believe it!!).  I have spritzed the pages (the page on the right is an A4 piece of card that I will punch the small squares from to create a small journal entry for each day of the month).  Once my page is dry I will probably stamp some images or doodle over it to add some interest before adding the daily squares-hopefully before the start of the month.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this month-'Nurse Dumps Intern Lover'-now I really did pull these randomly from the pack (as I do each week) but it's quite fitting since the NHS (a fantastic organisation that does an amazing job without sufficient funding) is 70 years old next week!

Happy crafting


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Malta urban sketching

 Finally getting round to downloading my photos from the holidays.

In order to have an excuse to sit down and rest as often as possible I decided to do some sketching as often as I could!

This was a quick sketch of the street in front of the new food market in Merchant Street.

Just a quick 10 min sketch with a biro (all I had on me at the time). 
I love that in my sketch book I have various sketches of Malta over the past 5 years that I have been visiting. I find it a great way of recording what I do on the holiday (as I rarely get round to scrapbooking these days-it is another thing on my ever expanding to do list).

More Malta photos to come!


Saturday, 23 June 2018

A new technique

 As some of you may know I belong to Bristol Urban Sketchers.
A couple of meet ups ago I was chatting to a very talented young lady who was using oil pastels and tissue paper to create a sort of print impression.

I was so impressed I remembered that I have some oil pastels and tissue paper at home so thought I would have a go.

First I coloured the tissue paper with oil pastel

then I used a biro to sketch my design onto the tissue paper

then you lift the paper to reveal the picture.  
I really like this effect and its something I think I will experiment more with.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Hello peeps, its Wednesday again so that can only mean "What's on your Workdesk Wednesday" when we bare all for the lovely Julia (see here for details).

After being on my hols for the past couple of weeks that means that my desk is bare, apart from my tags and ink pens that I take with me on holidays/day trips to leave some "art abandonment" or "free art friday" pieces (search for these two phrases on facebook to see the awesome art people from across the globe leave for people to find.

My 'Man Bites Dog' cards this week are 'Rare Missing Movie Stuns Judge'-ooh I like this headline.

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Just a quick update to show the lovely ATC (and envelope) that I got from Shaz Silver wolf.

Now we all know how clever Shaz is when it comes to crafting (I have used many of the techniques she has shown over the years) but I love the background especially. 
Shaz, they are in pride of place on my wall in the craft room! 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Wedding Card

I waited to post this photo.  As well as the Royal Wedding last weekend, it was the wedding of a good school friend of mine, Kev to Clare (sadly I couldn't make the wedding).

I wanted to make a personalised card and since they are into comic-con and music I thought the backing paper was quite arty and reminded me of vinyl records.

I die cut the birds from cardboard and hand coloured them with promarkers.
The letters are also die cut and have a thick gold enamel covering and I added a heart brad as a finishing touch.

Hopefully the happy couple have opened all their cards by now, if not-SURPRISE!!


Wednesday, 23 May 2018


 This is no ordinary Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday.
Today is the 9th Anniversary, 9 years ago the lovely Julia set this up and its been running ever since.  We bare our desks and get new ideas for crafting and storage along the way.  We have made friends both virtually and also in real life at some of the WOYWW crops.  Yes, Julia really did start something amazing.

So on my desk this week is my June page for the 365 Journal challenge nearly ready ahead of the start of the month-go me!!!

Also are 4 ATC's that I made ready for the swap.

I only made 4, one for the person on the list and 3 more, it was a lot less stressful than trying to make loads as I have done in previous years.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Prez stuns lady heiress'-now that is no surprise!



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bristol Urbansketchers monthly meet up

Just a quick update (trying to update via my phone so who knows how this will turn out)! 
The weekend saw the monthly meet up of Bristol Urban sketchers. A fantastic group I have belonged to for a few years and we are growing in size.

This time we all met at the Underfall Boatyard at Bristol docks.

Some fantastic things to sketch and a great place just to sit and watch the world go by as it's a working boatyard as well as pleasure boat trips.

A lovely couple of hours sketching then we all meet up for drinks or a spot of food and chat and swap sketch books and personally I learn a lot of new techniques too.
Happy crafting

Sunday, 20 May 2018


 I decided to play with my brusho's again.
I only have 2 (moss green and grey) but I find that they are two really useful colourways.

I thoroughly wetted some watercolour paper as its thick enough to take quite a lot of water and sprinkled some on, swirling the paper to let the water run with the colour.

When it dried (I gave up waiting and turned my heat gun on!) I added some watered down mica in gold and spritzed it on, flicking it across to add a subtle shimmer.

How has you used Brusho's?  Has anyone tried them on fabric (that may be my next test)?

Happy crafting

Friday, 18 May 2018

Mermaids for free

If you popped by my desk on Wednesday you may have seen a roll of paper and some backing paper (on the left hand side of the desk).

This is what I made from them.

I am not a great one for cute cards but I spotted some girls wallpaper samples with mermaids on and thought a free sample would make a couple of cards and as a bonus I was able to use some of my 12x12 scrapbook papers as backing papers.

I managed to make 3 cards from the free sample in total, not too bad and saves me buying any cute toppers or backing papers (that to be honest I would struggle to use for anything else and I like my stash to be multipurpose where I can).

Wallpaper samples can make some really great cards and is a way to keep costs down and add them to stash you already have to help use up those papers etc that sometimes we just fall out of love with and struggle to use.

Do you have any top tips to use up stash that maybe you have fallen out of love with?

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Wednesday seems to come round really quickly some weeks!

Not much happening on my desk this week as the glorious weather means outdoors jobs needed doing (cleaning and reproofing decking etc).

But I have some new stash, those two black and white pockets on the right hand side are two sets of Graphik Line Markers in Black and Sepia.  

I am always on the look out for new markers for my sketching and these two little sets seemed ideal so I have been waiting until they were on offer and this weekend Cass Art had 20% off everything so I grabbed the chance.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Missing Blonde Teen Tricks Singer' - well, who knows what that could mean?!



Sunday, 6 May 2018

Bullet Journal

So as I showed in my last post I keep a 365 Journal (I have been doing it for years following Kate Cranes challenge), and in that I keep a small note of something that has happened that day.  However, last June I decided I needed something that showed me a month at a glance for home (I have a filofax for work) and after spending some time on pinterest (by some time of course I mean a few days!!) I came across the bullet journal.

I tried various different versions but after about 4 months I decided that this layout suited me perfectly.  One the left its a calendar to note key events, appointments etc.

On the right I have a To Do list, longer term list (things I need to remember at some point to do) and key points for the next month (sort of a "carry over" list).

I also have a habit tracker (top right).  This is a small box I shade in if I have completed one of my daily habits, weight watcher tracking, 6000 steps, if I have had alcohol, meditation, sleep, weather and any Rheumatoid Arthritis issues/flares.

I still have a ton of lists around the place but this is a useful "in one place" reminder.

Have you found something that works for you to remember?


Wednesday, 2 May 2018


Wednesday again which means the day we bare!

So What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

On mine this week I have made a start on the ATC for the 9th anniversary, I cannot believe it has been 9 years-Julia just look what you created!  Amazing.

The makings of the ATC are hidden. At this stage I am only planning on making 4 (I usually make loads but get stressed out trying to fit it all in so not this year-well, having said that I may decide to make some more IF and only if I get some free time).

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week-'Prez Bites Lady Judge'!!!!

No comment!!


Monday, 30 April 2018

May 365 Journal

A few days off work (and lighter evenings) means that I got a bit of extra time to craft this week (hurrah) and I managed to finish my 365 Journal I started a couple of weeks ago.  

I added some gold mica sprayed and flicked across the page but it doesn't show up 
in the photo.  

I coloured the page with dylusion sprays and added stamped flowers which I coloured with watercolours.  I then added the details with posca pens (I love these as they are SO versatile as they can be used on paper, wood, glass, fabric etc).

All ready to start filling in.

Happy crafting

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Cards with Masterboards

 I made some masterboards recently and have gotten round to making my first couple of cards with them.

I decided to only use a slim strip of one of the masterboards for the first card, matting and layering it on holographic card and adding a stamped sentiment.

For the second card I matted and layered it on the same holographic card but cut 4 identical squares and added a stamped sentiment with embossing powder.

Two cards down and I still have about 3/4 of the first sheet to use up, I just need to wait for inspiration to hit for the next card design.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Running late today as a day off but been up since before 7am washing, sorting out stuff before the rain that's forcast hits then I can hit the craft room as, well, it is a day off and most chores hopefully will be done by late morning. 

I did manage to take a quick photo of my desk today.
My "man bites dog" cards well, 'killer mourns fake heiress!'
Let's see how that develops!!!

Short and sweet, if you care to share pop over to Julia's desk here

Happy crafting

Sunday, 22 April 2018


 Decided to have a play and make a couple of masterboard's as not done that for way too long and whenever I pop over to fellow WOYWWer Angela blog I am always blown away by her use of them.

So I started by spritzing Dylusion sprays and Adirondack colour washes over some card, splashing water and allowing it to dribble

Then when the inks were dry I spread some multimedium pastes through some sentcils (I usually make a texture paste from white glue and cornflour but I had some pastes that have been open for a LONG time so needed using up)

I spritzed them with a little water to help the base colour bleed into the paste a little

Now I have a couple of masterboards I can use and with the bonus of using some old stash up too-result!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Welcome to What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday where we all pop over to the lovely Julia page and bare our desks.  I have missed a couple of weeks as the "pay the bills" job has been hectic and not allowed any time for self care let alone crafting!

BUT I have managed to do a little crafting (this photo was taken on Sunday afternoon as it was wet and an ideal opportunity).  This is the next page in my 365 Journal for May.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Teen Sues Singer'!  ooh!

So, do you fancy joining us and showing your desk, empty, full, messy, clean, mid flow or covered in ironing/paperwork etc?  If so pop over here and link up-easy.

Happy crafting


Monday, 16 April 2018

Craft fair haul

 Thursday saw me take a day off work and spend a lovely day with the Coven at the Craft 4 Crafters event, a whole day with likeminded people, craft classes and stash.

I was VERY restrained and bought items on my list, card blanks and cello bags (as I have almost run out), a guitar die (forgot to take a photo) and some magnetic sheets (as I store all my thin dies in a homemade ring binder on these sheets.

Then I came across a stall ( selling cotton backed laminated fabric, think, robust yet flexible-I am thinking messenger bag or wash bag-only £4 for a fat quarter so I bought these two as I fell in love with the designs (they were NOT on my list!)

 I also bought from the Weston Super Mare quilters stall this pen/pencil holder which fits perfectly on my urban sketchers book (and it was only £3 and all for charity!)

We also signed up for a glass bunting class, it was with the same company we made the glass hanger last year (Glass Garden Studio)

It took 1.5hrs and we came away with a lovely piece of handmade bunting

Which in the end I decided to hang across the top of one of my bookcases (just below a fabric doll I made with Coven a few years ago).

A great day out and I do love glass making, over the years I have made a window hanger, blown a paperweight, blown a hanging glass bauble and now bunting-happy days.

Happy crafting

Sunday, 1 April 2018


 Happy Easter!  Hurrah to a bit of time off work!  That means I have more time to experiment and play in the craft room (I have caught up on the housework and ironing).

So I decided to have a play with my brusho's again.  I still only have two, grey and Moss Green but I love the multiple colours you get from them.

I wetted the card first then sprinkled the brusho's on top and spritz water again allowing them to drip across the page.

This is the moss green with lovely shades of orange and rust tones.

Whilst the Grey has oranges, purples and blues too!

I am thinking of making a masterboard with brusho's-I just need to think about what else to use eg stamps etc-time to peruse Pinterest I think!!!

Happy crafting

Friday, 30 March 2018

More Marvels

 Still feeling a bit under the weather so I decided to squirrel myself away and use up the last of the wallpaper samples.

A couple of nice and easy cards but it uses up my stash (which is never a bad thing)

I scratched around the edges of the card and added some ink to create some 'dirty' areas.  Then added a die cut circle with a greeting.

On the Hulk card I used one of the smaller images on the bottom left which I matted and layered and added some foam stickers to give it a bit of depth.

Nice and simple but I quite like them and it kept me busy!

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


 Hello peeps and welcome to What's on your workdesk Wednesday where we all go via the Queen of Desks, the lovely Julia (link over on the right) to bare our desks regardless of what state they are in!

Well, this week I actually have some cards being made!  Well, they are basic (some 'free' wallpaper samples-I assume I am NOT the only crafter that goes to big DIY stores with their own scissors for the wallpaper 'samples'?) but I have been poorly for the past week so my mojo is off having a steam and a lie down and I decided to try to make a few back to basics.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Cop Saves Last Nude Priest'!!!

This is the finished card, I mat and layered and added some depth with some foam mount

What have you been doing on your desk this week?


Monday, 26 March 2018

ooh get me new plates

Hello peeps.  I have to admit that for quite a while I have not been too well, nothing major, but the RA and immune system combined with far too long hours at work taking its toll-but I don't do "ill" so I am not a great patient!

When I feel this ill I struggle to craft etc but I do tend to sit in the craft room and listen to the radio and sometimes I do a bit of sorting or de-stashing and I decided to 'treat' myself!!

Last year I saw some Big Shot acrylic plates on sale so I bought them and I decided this was the week to swap them over!!  Get me, new product being used within 12 months!!!

Now, I admit in this fevered rush to my senses I did manage to rein myself back in-needless to say neither the lovely packaging (nice thick clear plastic that die cuts brilliantly and takes alcohol inks) or the old messy plates (NO idea what to do with them as don't think they can be recycled) have NOT been thrown away!!!

Are there ANY crafters that are NOT hoarders?

Happy crafting

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Abandoned art and Nomads

 When we were down in London recently we went back to the Nomadic Gardens off Brick Lane.  We love this area (see my earlier post all about it here) and it is constantly changing

I decided to abandon a small canvas I made with embossing pastes, paints and ink.

I waited until no one was around and left it

 right next to the sign that explains HOW to use their toilets!
  Love it!

 As I said, this is an ever changing canvas and there are always some amazing new street art going up.

from the really small

to the not so small

 Some of the pieces are HUGE, this one is over an entire end of building wall!

 Simply stunning

and I love this manga inspired one.

and there are several sculptures too-so artistic.

If you are ever down the Brick lane/shoreditch area then I recommend walking along-its free to get in, there is a small coffee cart and of course a toilet!