Wednesday, 30 May 2012

WOYWW 156 - The BIG One!

...Ooh it's exciting!

Happy Birthday WOYWW!

Every birthday needs a cake!  Here is Humpty Dumpty from my third birthday!!  (How awesome is my Mum?!)

No pics of my desk this week as I am not near it.  I do however have my ATC's, envelopes and stamps at the ready.

I have been having some R&R in the sun and my recent crafting amounts to flipping through a scrap magazine and thinking about my lovely stash.  I won't be around next week but after that I should have some actual desk related pictures to share.  I just couldn't bear to miss out on the anniversary swap!!

Happy Wednesday everybody, thanks for stopping by...

Monday, 28 May 2012

Lilac Flutterby

My friend bought me a greetings card by a local artist back from his travels.

I took inspiration from her awesome butterfly artwork and came up with this.


I used string, thread, modelling gel, lava beads, glass beads, carvable modelling paste, silver paint and a mixture of purple and white acrylic paints.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Engagement Card

I can tell you I loved having to make this... such a lovely couple!

 I used a Craftwork Cards blank.

Hand dyed some seam binding and lace with some homemade mica spray.  (I just mix some acrylic paint, water and mica in a mister bottle - easy to get the colour you want when you are doing the mixing!)

A congrats peel off.

Stamped engagement on the front of the card in silver ink.

I glittered around the misted heart in Stickles Frosted Lace.

I graded the front of the card so the bottom was more coloured than the top.

I'd like to enter this card in to
the Moving Along With The Times Challenge whose theme this week is Celebration but not Birthdays!
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Sorry Chaps. 
No work at the desk today. 
The Budgie and I sat outside after my physio session and relaxed in the sun.

The facts are: 
I haven't finished the curtain...
or the beaded union flag...
or the beaded Snoopy...
but it's just too sunny for me to be bothered!

I will be looking around your desks though via Julia's.

Thanks for stopping by!


How am I supposed to leave comments on lovely peoples desks when you sit there?!?!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Scrapmatts Blind Challenge

I have never done a Blind Challenge before.  In fact I hadn't heard of a Blind Challenge before.

Here's the bumph from Scrapmatts:

"What you will need
All papers need to coordinate it is ideal for your scraps
1 x 30.5cm x 30.5cm page
1 x 24cm x 22.5cm paper 1
1 x 18.5cm x 15.5cm paper 2
1 x 13cm x 8.5cm paper 3
1 x 8cm x 24cm paper 4
1 x 2.5cm x 1.5cm paper 5
Scrapmatts of your choice
6 x 4 Landscape
You may ink or distress as you like
1 take paper 1 and adhere it to you 30.5 x 30.5 page it will need to be 3.5cm from the top of your page and 2mm from the left hand side so 24cm is height
2 Take paper 2 and adhere this 7.5cm from the top and 5mm from the left hand side of the page so 18.5cm is height
3 take paper 3 and adhere it 10.5cm from the top of the page and 2cm from the left hand side so 8.5cm is the height
4 Take paper 4 and adhere it 18.5cm from the top of the page and 7mm from the left hand side of the page so 8cm is height
5 Take paper 5 and adhere it 24cm from the top of the page and 1cm from the left hand side of the page so 1.5cm is height
6 Photo placement your photo will go 13cm from the top and 3.5cm from the left
6 now add you Scrapmatts embellishments as well as any other you would like as well as your title
7 you are now finished your LO"

And that was it, just follow the instructions without knowing what it will look like.

I admit I did sketch it out to work out which papers I wanted to use for which bit.  Then I decided to go out of my comfort zone and use more patterned paper than I usually would.  ( I've noticed I like to use plain quite a lot!)

So here it is:

I've used the BoBunny Forever Fall collection, Scrapmatts CB5056 and CB1115, gold and bronze interference paint and a photo of Brock, my Grandfather's dog.

I half cut around the dragonfly on the big spot paper and slid the next layer of paper underneath so it didn't get covered up a lost.

A close up of the messy painty work on the background.  Because I was using so much pattern it needed something between the base layer and the first layer to give a little contrast.  Didn't bother using a brush... I like getting messy!

I inked the chippies with versamark and heat embossed them with bronze powder.  I used a few layers but was careful to only get it on the top and not the sides.

I simply used the letter stickers in the kit for the title.

'Planted' the twig behind the smallest layer.  I read the instructions for this about ten times convinced I had it wrong!

For the photo and the turquoise layer I inked around the edges with versamark, dipped in to the bronze embossing powder and heated the edges.  I was pleased with the turquoise layer but discovered you need to be careful heating photos or they bubble and warp!  I nearly ruined the photo... lesson learnt!

As I'm typing this no one else has uploaded their LO to the scrapmatts gallery and I am debating in my head whether to go first or chicken out and wait until someone else uploads first!!

Sunday, 20 May 2012


It is my friend's 30th. 
I don't know if she is going to be enjoy turning 30 or if she is going to freak out. 
I wanted to make a card that would be OK for both situations.

30 balloons - one for each year
a birthday card with some balloons

I punched out the balloons from random scraps of coloured paper. 
Drew the strings with a fine liner. 
Glued the balloons at the top of the strings. 
Very taxing!!  ;)

I'm entering this in to CAS-ual Fridays challenge - punchy.

Friday, 18 May 2012

3 Flutterbys on a Card

This is what came from today's playtime...

It is a combination of three challenges...

CASE Study - Take inspiration from Aga's fab card.  (3 butterflies, green, lace, sentiment banner)

CAS-ual Fridays - Punchy (I punched out the butterflies, I left lots of white space and kept it clean and simple)

Cute Card Thursday - Touch of sparkle (I blinged up the butterflies! ...and I think butterflies are cute, does that count??!)

I inked the edges of the card and the sentiment banner.

The lace is from Crafty Ribbons (who, by the way, are running a Best of British fortnight with loads of giveaways)

I'm quite pleased with today.  A fun time crafting and then a snooze while the glue dried!  :)

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


I'm a little late with my post... I'm going to be way down the desk list... but better late than never. 

Here is the link to Julia's for you to join in and show off your desk...

On my desk this week (no budgie, sorry folks!  She got far to big-headed with all of your lovely comments last week!  She now thinks it is her desk and her blog!)

I've been playing with the sewing machine,

and killing pins...

They got revenge so don't feel too sorry for them.

A pile of nearly finished curtain and a box of buttons to adorn said curtain.

And because it is genetically impossible for me to only have one project on the go at a time I'm also looming a union jack.  Hopefully it will end up ATC size...

Short and sweet this week, I'm off to gawp at your desk now!  :)

Monday, 14 May 2012

That's Handy

I sketched this hand a couple of years back.

It is my friend's hand.  I took a photo (rather than make him sit still holding his hand out!) and worked from the photo.

The straight lines you might see around the edges are bleed lines.  It was used as a background with a Bible verse over the top.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Marbled Nails

I saw this technique of water marbling nail varnish on youtube.

I had to have a go!

Pink and purples for my first attempt.  I redid two or three nails as I misplaced my nail the first time and got a naf bit of pattern!  Because it is a really thin layer of polish it dried instantly and lasted ages.

Peach and coral for my second try.  Again I redid a coupe of nails.  Then added a little sequin.

It seems to work best for me with Barry M nail varnishes.  I tried to mix brands (pink from 17 and violet from No. 7) and it just didn't work.  And I had to change the water a few times - the nail varnish didn't spread across the surface of 'dirty' used water.

Good fun.

(Linking to Inspire Me Fridays!)

Friday, 11 May 2012

White With 1 Layout

This months challenge at White with 1 is white and cream with chipboard.

I embossed some chipboard butterflies with white and 'cream pearl' embossing powders.  The cream turned out rather more silver than cream but hey ho!

I sprinkled a little of the contrast coloured powder along the edge of the wings for a slightly different look.  I liked this effect and will be playing with this idea again.

I covered the third butterfly with a layer of clear embossing powder and glitter.

Added some 'frosted lace' glitter randomly on the 12 x 12. 
I used a few layers of white and cream cardstock.  I curled an edge, added a few mini paper clips.

Over the scalloped shape (Papermania Capsule Collection = Yum!) a stuck a strip of double sided sticky stuff and covered it with two different white and iridescent glitters.

A few lengths of lace stapled on. 
And finally a spot of journalling.

No title but I don't think a page always needs a title, does it?

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Hello All!   Welcome to What's On Your Worktop Wednesday.

Billy checking out 'her' new toy.

Yes, I am now one of the club.  I told the lovely Julia (by the way Julia, thank you very, very much) that I was feeling left out because I couldn't play hide the badge like you guys!

Yesterday was spent tidying.  If you've been here before you will know that I am not very good at tidying.  I get bored of tidying and want to play.  But I persevered and it is nearly tidied off completely ready for the sewing machine to come out to play.  One thing that made me chuckle... I moved my glass cutting mat to wipe the whole surface of the desk and...
...look at all that stuff hiding underneath!  Loads of it and I didn't have a clue.  A few jigsaw puzzle pieces for a future scrap book page, beading wire, used postage stamps, union jack stickers, a heart stencil and some bunting triangles. What a random mix!!  Next time I lose something I know where to look! 

Billy Budgie helped me finish tidying.

"You left this bag out, I'll deal with it..."

"There you go.  I've put it on the floor."

"Julia, this new toy is so good.  It has a satisfying ting when I drop it..."

 "...I've put it on the floor."

"Time for my close up!"

  "See you next week folks!"

And good bye from me too.  I'm off to look at your desks!
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