Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WOYWW - Week 121 - Playing with Ink Pads

Morning All,

Yes, it's still morning for me ... it's almost a tradition for my fellow WOYWWers to remark on how quickly the week has gone, but, for me, it's how quickly each day goes spinning by - 11 am and I haven't accomplished much!!! The good news is that it's going to be a sweltering day here according to the weather reports and the beach beckons:) But before I go anywhere I'm clocking in ... to Stamping Ground - that's Julia's place - to record for posterity what's on my workdesk this Wednesday. Intrigued, don't know what this is all about ... just click the link above and join in if you dare!

As you can see I've been playing with ink pads, using them to colour in this filigree bird card. I bought a pack of these cards many moons ago, an impulse buy, and when I got them home I just had no idea what I was going to do with them. With my mojo still not in full flow ... see my previous post here to see how I've been coping with a dire lack of motivation ...  I thought I might give it a bit more of a nudge by digging out something neglected from my stash. This is as far as I've got, but I rather like the effect the inking has produced so I've riffled through my snippets, as you can see, and found some bits and pieces that might just make a half-decent card, eventually.

The little plastic box at the back is storage for my newly-made pins ... see that same previous post for a full colour piccie ... all sorted out tidily. Note to Shaz in Oz: the pins are bought with the heads already in place ... I'm glad to say I don't have to stick them on! The smaller pins are from a local department store and the heart-shaped ones are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Most of the beads I use, apart from those I pinch from my sister's stash, are from old bits of costume jewellery I have just broken apart ... I find that car boot sales and charity shops are great sources - you can pick up an old beaded necklace for a song in the right place.

The various storage boxes, pails, shelves ... not forgetting the chook cupboard ... at the back are permanent and you will see them in almost all of my WOYWW photos.

Another wee note for those who asked ... no, we did not walk the 55 miles from Annan to Moffat, we just stood in the rain and followed the trail on the information board. On a really wet and rainy morning that was exercise enough for us :)

Right, I'm off to start my blog hop before disappearing beachward for the afternoon. Just a wee reminder - it's only 88 days to Christmas, not soon enough for panic to set in, but getting there :)

Happy WOYWW day to you all,


  1. What great colouring! Hope the weather continues fine and sunny for a few days, I want to go to Kew Gardens on Saturday morning for some early autumn colour!

  2. Its nice to have a play with new techniques isn't it. Great to see your space. Enjoy the beach!

  3. Super colouring Elizabeth - did you see my nose pressed against the screen? Thank goodness Mr Blogger has reverted to being able to have a really good old nosy :) Hope you enjoyed the beach - but only 88 days until Christmas, that I do not wish to know :( Happy WOYWW, Paupers Pie was delicious BTW, a real favourite here now :) I have Twiglet's Blackberry and coconut tray bake in the oven right now - can you smell it? Di xx

  4. Ahh should have read further, Elizabeth. You answered my pin question perfectly!!
    Your desk is looking very industrious.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax

  5. Lovely colouring there! A pretty perfect parrot! I'd quite like to see a close up of the pins, pleeeeease :D xx

  6. Your inking really has produced a lovely effect ...look forward to seeing your completed cards.xx

  7. That's a beautiful bird, beautifully coloured too. I love all the colours on your workdesk - not just the work you are doing, but the tools, containers etc. all look so pretty. I love your little cupboard with the chickens! Happy WOYWW.

  8. Ah! Found the close up of pins :D They're really pretty, like all the colours you've used. I've seen Julia use pins on her cards and they do add a certain something to the overall look, don't they?? Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

  9. Wow Elizabeth. Sorry your mojo is missing. Maybe it's a good thing you headed to the beach. Have a fun and safe trip. BTW, I like those little inkpads. I had a similar set, but they dried up on me.

  10. I like how you were able to blend all the colors on your filigree card! Very pretty! Hope you enjoyed your beach trip! Patsy from

  11. Love the colours of the bird, and the pins - nice desk.

  12. How could you, Elizabeth, telling us how few days there are till Christmas! That is so unfair, sending us into panic mode. That bird looks so lovely, soft gentle colours. You are so lucky being able to go to the beach. I feel in dire need of some seaside time this year, sitting on the rocks on a windy day in Cornwall, watching the waves. and just letting the sounds wash away all my worries - my idea of heaven.

  13. I love your pins. I altered a few with flower sequins. Have you a plan for the pins? Have a great weekend

    Carol C

  14. Please do not panic me over the "C" word - I have so much to do and so little time that the cards just go further and further away.
    Why not take an imaged card to the beach and some crayons or something - might help with Mr Mojo.
    Thanks for sharing - #26 Neet xx

  15. Hi! Just popping by to say I am having a giveaway and would love for you to enter! I will try and pop back later for a proper look but want to invite all the wonderful WOYWWers for a chance to win!
    xoxo Karen

  16. you're working ownders with the filigree card - it looks lovely! I've often wondered what to do with them myself, so haven't bought any up to now...

  17. fabulous colours on your nice spacious desk.

    thank you for visiting me today.

    Blessings to you and yours from Angela


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