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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

More accordian cards

Haven’t got a lot done – that’s what happens when you go craft shopping at the weekend – I have spent most of my time trying to fit all the new purchases in the craft room.

But I did manage to finish some more accordian cards.

Here’s a better view of this one.


and open……


Here’s the inside of another one,


And a 4 panel one that might be for mum’s birthday.



That’s all folks!!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Never Before Used Stuff

Oh yes, we are all guilty of owning those must have crafty bits that end up sitting forlornly on our craft shelves. But there is hope in the form of a challenge to have a go at using them  -  the lovely Darnell’s NBUS Challenges. I did say I would do something for the current one, but it is a matter of hours now before it closes so you would have to be quick.


Decided I would use this sweet little Gorjuss girl stamp -  not sure whether I bought this earlier this year or even as long ago as last year, but I remember I made a special effort to find it and she hasn’t even been inked up. But no  more!!


In the end this little project didn’t take much

time (once I’d found the safe place

where I had put the cotton reels).

In fact I bought the stamp thinking I would do this, no idea why it has taken me so long to get around to it.

Well that’s one NBUS dealt with. What shall I dig out next?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

What’s On YOUR Workdesk? Wednesday #328

Morning Deskers!!
328? Last time I was here (literally) was 321. 7 weeks. A lot has happenned. I lost my oldest, dearest friend, mum has been in hospital again, I’ve been on holiday, we had the Summer Reading Challenge, I decided to leave my job and I applied for my pension. Right, now you are up to date with me, here’s what I’ve been up to these last few days in my sadly neglected craft room. The obligatory pic.
and a supplementary, showing yesterday’s achievements.
I need to bulk my stocks up for my annual MacMillan Open House so it’s been cards, cards, cards this week. I treated myself to an accordian die and I have been playing with it.Excessively.  I chose  the square one because I don’t have any square matting dies and the ivy overlay because I thought it would be the most useful – loving ‘em, and purely in the interest of market research, I have ordered a circle one by Karen Burniston from the states. Very quick to make up a complicated looking card (well unless you faff about choosing papers like I do). They have a lot of potential for names and words and that’s what I am going to try out today with that one at the from of the desk – gonna go for 4 panels. Ambitious huh?
OK supposed to be brief so better get off, really would like to try and catch up with a few peeps today. Let’s hope the phone doesn’t go!! Hope everyone is well.
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Ooops, too late, text just arrived with the words "Mum, what are you up to today?". Sigh.

PS: Anyone at Ally Pally this weekend? Definitely there Sunday, possibly Saturday though that might beoverkill.......... Do let me know!!


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What’s On Your Work Desk Wednesday #321

Morning Deskers!! Been AWOL again. Where does the time go? Missed two birthdays this week. My oven hasn’t worked for two weeks. Haven’t seen my mum in 10 days. Grass hasn’t been cut and haven't hoovered in a fortnight. Truly don’t understand how I now seem to have less time to do anything compared to when I worked, had two children at home, ran my own business and cared about how the house and garden looked. Must just be getting slower at everything as I get older. Newbies to WOYWW may like to pop here to find out what it’s all about.

Anyhoo I’m reporting in today and here is my desk….


Yep it’s silly season again when I am busy preparing things for my eleven – yep count ‘em – 11 children’s craft activities in the library between now and 12th September. It’s all to support the Summer Reading Challenge which this year is linked to the Guinness Book of Records so we’re thinking big this summer. These little beauties are tyres for our first one – the most difficult but also rather cool – and I decided to make all the wheels up front because they are a bit fiddly and really need to be dry to be attached because……. ……..we are going to make monster trucks!!


I haven’t gone totally mad, some of the other crafts are a lot easier but I like to do at least one activity that gets ‘em talking and whilst I am still enthusiastic (by the end I couldn’t care less if I never saw another pritt stick). Can you believe on top they kinda expected us to do lego workshops as well? They were dropped on us at the last minute and I felt I was entitled to say no, someone else would have to pick up that particular ball….. (even though they are fun! – although I am still not sure what they have to do with libraries…..).

And I know I have said it before, but I think this may be my last summer doing this as we are being re-organised once again and this time my application for VR was the first one in…….. have truly had enough of cuts. re-organisations and pressure and just working so damn hard and doing so much in my own time. Getting too old for all this malarky.

So Happy WOYWW to all. I’m off to design a robot………..

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #318

Been AWOL the last two Wednesdays but home this week on holiday. I have been making my thank you cards after the surprise anniversary party my daughter threw for us at the weekend. Using those great stamps from TH. Yes, I did give in and get them.


Here is the paper bunting my DD made for us (I believe DS was made to help as well) – it was too pretty to throw away and she remembered to get it in before it rained so I have put it up in my craft room for now.


I also made this little guy as a commission. I made him using shapes on my scan n cut – I think he’s rather neat!!


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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

What's on Your Work Desk ? Wednesday #315

Blimey, Weds today means it's Thursday tomorrow and I have to go to work. How depressing!!

But morning deskers, I'm here to show what I am up to this week:

Oh yes I have been having inky un with my new prima stamps. Really like this idea, really quick and easy (well all the clever stuff is in the artwork that someone else has done, in this case a talented lady called Jamie Dougherty). And a good way to use up some of my mountains of flowers which, frankly, are getting a little out of hand. But I guess a girl can never have too many flowers in her life.

Just looked at the photo again - these aren't quite finished yet, the still need to be made up into cards and decorated - I'm not doing a silence of the lambs thing with that flower over her mouth. See truly not staged!!

If you don't know why I am sharing this photo then you need to check it out here. I have decided to tackle the bathrooms this morning and then I shall be off for a wander with a nice cuppa. See you around!! Happy WOYWW.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Craftwork Cards Chalkboard

Happy Sunday all. Hope my daughter is having better weather at the IOW Festival!!

Had a little run at this CWC kit last night, but it does feel a bit like just plonking bits on the card.

I feel that I ought to be doing more with it.

Unfortunately when I got this kit I didn't think about getting the toppers. Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE the papers and the colours, I'm struggling a bit - there's only so much I can do with just a few frames as a focal point and there is very little contrast between the papers in the pad itself. Also I find the words designed to be in the frames are on the whole a bit too mushy for me to use on cards so I may have to try and make some of my own (and you all know how much I loved that chalkboard technique) but in the meantime decided to mix and match with some other bits and bobs.

Here's one using a die cut heart and cutting out a little square from the papers.

And I thought this teen image from Indigo Blu went well with this graphic style sheet. Just asking for a big blue 16 me thinks.

I tried out a little gorjuss girl in one of the frames.

I have a few more ideas, may play a bit more with this kit today as my gardening plans have been rained off - or will I be playing with my new prima stamps? Mmmm, have to wait and see!

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