Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Happy hump day, so that can only mean one thing-Whats on Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Across the globe thanks to the lovely Julia (and top enabler LunchLady Jan) we all bare our workdesks.  Sometimes they are clean (aka mojo is missing), sometimes messy (aka 'creative') and sometimes sadly filled with work or sorting out!

So, on my desk this week I am still trying to make cards from my scraps box.  To be honest it doesn't appear to be shrinking, but I do have a few more cards so that can only be a good thing.  On the desk this week is an off cut from a calendar (from my family in NZ) and some alcohol ink off cuts. Hopefully inspiration will strike and I can get a card out of this!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Hubby Defends Brave Nude Model' - well I shall watch the news closely just in case!!

If you fancy joining us and baring your desk then visit the lovely Julia's blog here

Happy crafting

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Scraps and sewing

Just a quick update as not sure I posted this card yet.  AGES ago I stitched some die cut hearts and I came across one I had left over in the bottom of my scrap box.

So I decided to mat it on some precut die cuts (that I bought AGES ago from the local scrap store which were probably left over from the card or packaging industry, it tends to cost about a fiver for a carrier bag full of scraps) and I edged the blue card with some gold embossing powder and then added some flocked paper to a card blank.

A few more items from the scrap box used up-go me!!


Wednesday, 5 September 2018


 Happy What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  No desk from me this week as it's all a bit hectic at the moment, but I thought I would share with you some pebble art I did recently!

I love this phrase "When life shuts a in's a door, that's how they work"  No idea who said it but it is brilliant.

I also couldn't resist painting this one!  I spotted it on pinterest some months back and loved it.  Both these pebbles were painted with Posca pens, I tend to use them as they are waterproof and can also be used on fabrics (I have drawn on shoes with them in the past) and then abandoned back where I found the pebbles as part of the facebook group Sidmouth Smilestones.  Someone reported finding the one at the top already and re-hiding it for someone else to find so really pleased with that.

For those going to the WOYWW crop this weekend, I hope you have a fabulous time and am so sorry that I am unable to come but I look forward to seeing all your photos shared on here after.

happy crafting


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Order and structure....most odd for me

Well get me!  I made another card from scraps!!

These scraps have been in my box for ages but I couldn't think of a good way to use them up.  Then suddenly inspiration struck and I thought why not cut them into squares.  I don't tend to do order very well in my crafting but I quite like this one so may have to think about using this type of style again.

Do you have any 'go to' styles or designs you like in crafting?  I'd love to hear about them.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


Happy Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

On my desk this week are a couple of cards I am making from some die cuts I made AGES ago from (I think) Shaz Silverwolf at a previous crop.  I cut loads and have a few left.
Doubt I will be able to make Septembers get together (though you never know) but it was nice to use these as it brings back some great memories of the day.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Blind tourist Tells on Singer'!  Well, not quite sure what to make of that one, maybe time will tell!!

Feel free to join us in bearing your desks over at the lovely Julia's blog here

Happy crafting

Sunday, 26 August 2018

I actually finished a card

So, as I explained Wednesday I am trying to reduce my expanding scraps box so decided to try and make a card a week from them.

This is the one I started on Wednesday.  The offcut on the left was a masterboard I made a few months back with some embossing paste through a stencil.  I then matted and layered it on some holographic paper I had left over and stamped and die cut a greeting on scrap paper.  I then added some stickles for a bit of bling.

There you have it, a card and a small amount of stash from my scraps box used up.

To be honest I doubt my challenge to make one a week will continue very long-but at least I made a start!

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Hump day so that means Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday when we all pop over to the Queen of Desks the lovely Julia here and bare our desks.

I am determined to get back into crafting and spending some time on 'me' rather than just the pay the bills job and house chores. 

I decided to try and make cards from the ever expanding scrap box so set myself a challenge to make at least one a week.  So at least I have made a start!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Angry Wife Bites Judge'-well, that sounds like something off one of those TV shows like Judge Rinder!

Happy crafting


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).


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