Wednesday, 29 August 2012


 It is that time yet again for WOYWW , where o where does the time fly.....this is my desk in all its glory this morning.  Some test pieces and a scrap page...
 Close up, some test items of colour and watercolour, plus a small scrapbook I have made for
some special photos, of a dear friend I lost 8 years ago.   I decided to use all my old scraps etc., the face is backed onto some of Tim Holtz's packaging...
 This is ther reverse side of the book, all done with distress inks and stamping.
 This is a close up of my scrap page, this is when my hubby and I went to the Gold Coast in Australia in 2005.
And a new acquisition, again gratis a lovely paper rack.  Well that's it.  I f you would like the snoop sorry look at desks around the world go over to the lovely Julia @ Stamping Ground and join in..

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Time Worn Techs - Aged Ivory

 I'm currently doing an Online course with Andy Skinner- Time Worn Techniques. this is my first effort of the Aged Ivory technique.  This is a 10p dragon I pick up at a car boot on Sunday, was multi coloured. This is after the base coat and the first colour wash.  i wasn't happy so did another wash this morning.
This is after dry brushing, hope it looks like it should. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

WOYWW #168

Bach again, I missed last week as I was somewhat underthe weather, by the time I felt better Wednesday had been and gone.  Now I'm back. for WOYWW 168, run by Julia over at the Stamping Ground, check it out its great fun snooping at other peoples desks around the world. 

Well this is my desk, with the aftermarth of doing a challenge yesterday, ie ink pads, Crafty Individual stamps  glue etc... plus a lovely cat sketch I pick up at a junk shop for 5p.  I'm a sucker for cats as you can imagine.    Didn't clear up for photo, as I went the the theatre last night to see Alan Aykbourne play Surprizes At Chichester Festival Theatre, it was good.
If you haven't seen previous post this was my entrance to the Fashionable  Stamping challenge

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #28

This is my enrty to Fashionable Stamping Challenge #28 - Summer Ice-cream Colours.
I have choosen raspberry and coffee as my ice cream colours.   Background is done in Distress inks Tattered rose and Tea dye for the raspberry and coffee.  I have added Salty ocean for the sea. the stamps are from Crafty Individuals, which I have colours with Distress Markers and Copic pens. The beach entrance is in fact a cup cake surround with Tim Holtz rosette die, in the ice cream colours. Main picture mounted onto Graphic paper then onto card.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Mona Lisa challenge # 10

The challenge over at Artful Times this week is Mona Lisa, challenge sponsored by Oyster Stamps.

Here is my creation that I will enter.  Rather than just use the image of  the Mona Lisa, I thought of using Da Vinci as my inspiration.   I also decided to try and only use 3 main colours..... for the background  I have used , Antique Linen, Old Paper and Tea Dye for Tim Holtz in the distress Stains and ink.  Stenciled with abit on sequin waste and then stamped  the Da Vinci  stamps with Tea Dye,  plus Da Vinici in black, which I have had for years, from Rubbadubbadoo, who no longer operate in the UK.  I think they are now in NZ.  The frame in one of the Spellbinders.   I then coloured a stampbord square with versamark chalk colours then stamped Mona, a Tim Holtz stamp, with archival black.  Edged the square with black pen.  Mounted onto black card and main card is gold,

Monday, 13 August 2012

Challenge TIO #122 "A Nightmare*

Tag It On #122 challenge, over @ DragonDream TIO, the ingredients . a murder of crows, blue moon and chill wind. 

This is my entry.  Started with Distress inks Weathered Wood and  Stormy Sky for background, using abit of low tack paper for mask for the moon.  Trees stamped in archival black, (Paper Artsy).  The main crow ( Art Journey) stamped and embossed and 3d.  Picket fence is a Tim Holtz die, as well as the flying crows.  Quote is from Edgar Allen Poe.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

WOYWW #166

 Another snoop day has arrived, with WOYWW #166, as coordinated by a Julia @ Stamping ground.
Have you been loving the Olympics, I have been glued, watching things I would never have watched before.  the Cycling has been great..... Well done Team GB...  Ra ra over so whats on my desk?
couple of test pages for the new colours of Dylusions I got @ the weekend.  Bubblegum Pink. Squeezed Orange and Marble Black, again really vibrant colours.
On top are some Jaspanese themed ATC's which I did for a class I taught on Saturday , On the right hand side are 2 of Lynn Perrella stamps I got years ago from Acey Ducey in America. The Buddah is a favourite of mine, again had it years.  Lady on the left who looks abit like she has been smacked in the mouth ( due to ink running).  Fish is a Graphicus stamp. , now chocolate Baroque

These are some Origami boxes I also taught on Saturday, caused alot of annoyance with my ladies, but they managed in the end.  sothat is my desk, yesterday evening @ 11.30pm.  So join in the fun at looking at other peoples desk,. Happy Snooping.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A Trip to Europe Tag

This is the challenge this week from Artful Times sponsed by Oyster stamps, didn't think I would make it but...
I'm trying to show the heat of the Summer in Venice.  The tag was sprayed with Dylusions Pure shine & Glimmer Mists, Mustard seed, abit of water flicking and drying off.  Main image, from Dark Room Doors , stamped in Sepia, then some of the colour drawn out with water. TYag edged with Distress ink, Fird Brick, plus gold leaf.  Shink Plastic mask image, with added beads.  Ribbon added.  (All stamped images are from Dark Room Doors.)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

WOYWW #165

 Oh where, oh where has the week gone.  Firstly the opening of the Olympics, as well as my hubbies birthday.  Friends came around , thought they would go before the opening ceremony, but no we all sat watching and were  amazed.  Saturday Dad,s birthday another late night.  Sunday garden opening of a friend of mine.  So then back to my desk, for WOYWW co ordinated by Julia, for a play of all the stash I have.  The 2 light coloured tags are done with Pan Pastels, I only have a small selection but fab to use.  Pink one sun burst embossing with alcohol inks.  Dots etc, distress stains and inks, same as umbrella man. Bright orange distress stains again, then drawing with glue pen and glitter.....the last is a test of Tim's crackle paint but a metallic, crackle really well and looks great, doesn't show so well here.   Then I thought you might like to see behind my desk at new shelf I won, when my local craft shop moved premises.  Trying to tidy my clutter, ha ha ha.
Tea cup hooks are holding some of my unmounted stamp stash, then shelf so far some wooden stamps.  Well thats it from me.  Wishing you all a good week....