Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Afternoon Deskers and All

It's a miserable rainy day and I'm not revealing my desk today because there's nothing going on there - not a thing! It's been one of those weeks - events conspired against me so that I've had precious little time to breathe let alone craft. I could give you a breakdown of my chaotic week but I'll spare you - instead, I thought I'd just share a few completed projects.
First up is the card I made for the UKPC Challenge for July with the theme and method I described an earlier post - click this link to see it. The base of the topper started off like this:
It's a lovely effect.

Next I have two layouts to share.
I've used a real mix of papers and embellishments, all old. There's papers from Echo Park, Websters Pages, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye and Carta Bella and the dates range from 2011 to 2014. You can tell from that why I'm not in the market for paper for the foreseeable future - too much fabulous stash to use up. When this layout was completed there was still a lot of scraps to play with so I made this next layout too.
I tried some mixed media, gesso and ink sprays, on the white base and consequently the card has warped a little. Even backing it with the dark green card didn't help entirely. It will flatten out once it is in an album. Needless to say, it only used a fraction of the scraps but inspiration ran out so they are now packed away in the scrap box where they will stay until either inspiration hits me or they are gifted to a worthy cause.

Finally a fun photo from Monday.
It was a glorious day and this is my daughter and I having lunch in the sun. We don't get a lot of opportunities like this so we made the most of it. I've just noticed that rusty shovel!

That's it for this week. Not much and I hope you're not too disappointed there's no desk shot. Hopefully things will be much more like normal next week and the desk will once again feature for Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at the Stamping Ground.

In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful WOYWW and a great week ahead.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WOYWW 424 - and winner of book giveaway

Morning Deskers and All,

Wednesday again! What black hole swallowed up the last seven days ... my life is flying by in a series of Wednesdays at the moment. It's going to be a very quick post today because, as you will see, there's nothing much going on at my desk.
Here it is in all it's messy glory. There's been no progress on the planned layout - the supplies are still there but that's about it. I have been experimenting with alcohol inks so there's a pile of bits on the left and a card on the right resulting from that - see the previous post for more on the card. The plant label is for Snow-in-Summer - the plant went in the garden on Monday so, of course, the label was tossed on my desk and forgotten. The rest is the usual pots and dishes I keep around me. The little rose printed dish is to put wet wipes in - they can make such a mess if not kept out of the way ... ask me how I know!
This is a close up of one of my most recent acquisitions found in a charity shop. It's perfect for keeping embellishments in while making a layout - that will be the layout I'm not making at the moment.

The book giveaway

Four people expressed an interest in reading the book so we made the draw in this time honoured tradition:

DH did the deed and drew Helen.

Please email me Helen, on, giving me your snail mail details and I will get the book off to you as soon as possible.

That's me done today. I'm off to visit my sister now so I won't be able to leave comments until later when I get back.

Have a happy WOYWW.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Butterfly Birthday Card - Experimenting with alcohol markers

Good Morning ...

... and a very happy Tuesday to you all too.

I have a very quick share today.
Prompted by this month's swap challenge for UKPC I've been experimenting with all sorts of alcohol inks, including Promarkers. This card is intended for my younger sister's birthday later this month. She doesn't read my blog so it's okay to share it here.

Here's how I made it:

- first I selected a bunch of colours that I thought would look good together. I chose a rainbow of colours. From left to right - Indigo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Duck Egg, Ruby, Cardinal Red, Poppy, Dusky rose, Ginger, Soft Peach, Buttercup, Pear Green, Olive green, Leaf Green, Lime Zest, Baby Pink, Lilac, Bluebell, Plum.
- I then took a Ranger Gloss Paper 7 x 10 card base - I'd forgotten I had these tucked away in my stash until the recent big sort out.
- with the top and bottom masked off I simply drew lines of colour, using the stubby end of the pens and working from each edge into the centre. The next step was to add some Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution which had the effect of smudging the hard lines between each colour. This would work better with Adirondack alcohol inks but it didn't do too badly with the Promarkers. I also dabbed on some Gold Adirondack Mixatives which is not showing up too well on the photo but looks lovely in real life.

- to tidy up the edges of the panel I drew a line top and bottom with a Krylon 18kt gold leafing pen and then outlined that with a black Pigma Micron 08 pen.

- to decorate the card I cut out a decorated circle from a snippet of gold card using an inexpensive die from The Works and it cut perfectly.
- I then used the butterfly die and cut it out of this piece of card that was another alcohol ink experiment.
It was made on a scrap of smooth white card using Adirondack Alcohol inks in Sail Boat Blue, Red Pepper, Currant, Sunshine Yellow and Juniper with splats and dabs of the gold mixative. It looks very bright and messy here but once it was cut the butterfly looked a lot more toned down.

- almost finally, the greeting from Stampin' Up's So Happy For You set was stamped in Stazon Jet Black and then I added three tiny hearts - saved from the butterfly waste - just because they were too pretty to toss.

- to finish the inside, and because there was a little bit of bleed through from the markers, I added a plain white insert.
I did trim the bottom edge it with a sliver cut from the paper used to mask the card when colouring - it mirrored the front of the card perfectly.

Well, that doesn't look such a quick share but it's mostly photos and it really didn't take too long to make either.

Because I've used a couple of, admittedly tiny, snippets I'm submitting this to Pixie's Snippets Playground. 

The reason for speed today is that as it is such a glorious day we are off out to Culzean Country Park. We're taking a picnic and  we intend finding a lovely spot to just sit and enjoy.

I wish you all a very lovely day.