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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Art Draw Winner

Oh dear, not many players this month, what am I doing wrong LOL?

Anyhow the winner is Annette Reed. I have no idea if I should have your addy Annette but if you can let me have your snail mail I will get it off to you as soon as I can.

And put my thinking cap on for next month....... maybe I'll just do a flower pop.......



What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday #278

Morning Deskers!! Happy WOYWW!! Finally made it, been a hectic few weeks with holidays, work and getting ready for my Macmillan Open House. Which went very well, we made £300 on the day so I was very pleased.

But back to business, here’s how to find out about WOYWW and here’s my desk:


Empty I know but my craft room was all tidied up for Monday because I put all the things for sale in here. All that is out is the little bit of decoupage I cut out last night while watching tv. The little flower pop pot is there because someone asked me to customise one with a special message. Here is the collection I made for sale – I  think they are so cute!


Didn’t sell many, so don’t look too close you may get one………

And can you see the little christmas tree? Made that last night playing with some new 6x6 papers…. (well I felt I deserved some retail therapy yesterday after all that hard work…. I’ll post a proper picture of those when I’ve finished a couple more.

Also wanted to flag this up – FLOOD THE STREET WITH ART. I was sent an invite by Kay Parke. Now, I haven’t been about much the last couple of weeks so you  may all have seen it already but it’s an interesting idea and I think I’ll join in – maybe you will too? Haven’t decided what I might do yet, maybe ATCs (I have quite a few ready anyhow, I’ll just change the backing on the back).

As I was about to finish writing this have just heard the sad news regarding Alice Gross, a local teenager who has been missing for a month. Gutted. We were all hoping and praying. The whole area is covered in yellow ribbons. Hold those you love especially close to you today and count your blessings. My heart goes out to that poor family. Cindy x

Monday, 22 September 2014

7 days to go….

to my Macmillan Open House fundraiser. I am ready, (kinda) but still focussing on getting more stock ready for people to buy (I hope). Saturday I was making box cards, these baby ones used up a few chipboard embellishments from my stash. There are about 150 more the same….


These two are more me, I made the flowers. Not sure why my photos all seem so washed out. Probably got something on the wrong setting.


Sunday went to Ally Pally and bought far too much as usual. Itching to play but for some reason quite a lot of it was Christmas stuff – like I need more Christmas stuff.

(In fact, like I really need ANY more stuff.)


Couldn’t resist, here’s a couple of cards made with my new stamping Bella stamp and some craftwork cards papers – only 1 set (the potting shed one) was new though!!


Back to the Craft Desk!!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

‘CASED’ card

Saw a beautiful card made by KAZ at Slightly Wonky Crafts. (Couldn’t cut and paste so hop on over and have a look and leave some lurve)

It really caught my eye, and when I decided to make a contemporary style card for a friend this was the design I wanted try out.

Here is the one I sent:


and because I liked it so much I made a couple more in different colour ways. Yay, a use for some of that bloomin washi tape.


Really should find somewhere better than the top of my printer to take photos.  See ya!!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Getting my vintage on…….

Two birthday cards for two vintage loving ladies – oops, nearly put my foot in it there!



Good to know I can still get it together at a push!!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Something a little bit different….

Back from my hols and didn’t really get it together till this afternoon so no WOYWW post from me today. The reason for the title is that I am not entirely sure what style I was aiming for with this card – still, the recipient liked it!!


Whilst I was thinking about the person it was for, I was also keen to use up some of those chipboard stickers and those modern flowers.

The sentiment stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine and very useful it is too. Here’s another card for my sister in law using it.


I have the lovely Anna Marie to thank for the fold back centrepiece idea and indeed the lovely spotty card. The flowers are from some decoupage I made up at mums the other week – I wasn’t sure how I would use them but they seemed to work with this. I’m going to try and whip up a few more of these for my MacMillan Open House. See ya!!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Birthday butterflies

At some point over the last couple of weeks when I had those butterfly stamps out I made another birthday  card.

Just scraps really, and a bit of stamping (shhhh don’t tell the recipient…)

Dee62 Hope you like.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Tags of 2014 - September

I fully intended to do a complete CASE of Tim’s tag this month. I was fairly jumping up and down because I had the Butterfly Frenzy die. But, not having used my alcohol inks for some time I was distressed to discover only the tiniest bit of alcohol blending solution left.


But I really wanted to use those butterflies. Never say never, I tried with several stencils and several colours of alcohol ink (none of them light) to try and get that resist effect for the background. Epic fail. Not happening. So of course I ran out of blender.

So I decided to go with Distress Inks through a stencil, letting the white of the glossy paper show through. I used Old Paper. Now that worked, effect wise.

Couldn’t find a suitable stamp, so I thought I would use a lovely stencil I have from Peerless Designs. Used archival ink to stencil through and that worked really well too (made a bit of a mess of my stencil but hey it’s only ink).



So then I could start adding those butterflies which I had made according to Tim’s recipe EXCEPT – I wanted some bright colours I didn’t have in alcohol inks so I used a sunflower yellow and a bright pink promarker. You’d never know!!

Found some 7 gypsies rub ons and have to say they looked really sharp against that glossy card (although one did wobble – grrrrr!!).


Finally, because I can, I remembered this Wendy Vecchi stamp and made another one. I added a single butterfly on its own to each card – 1 to hide an ink splodge (!) and the other because I thought it looked better.





Although I think Tim’s is probably a bit classier I love both of these they are so different and quite stunning (even without the butterflies!!).


Well, tag challenge done and dusted in the first week?

Never been heard of!!

Had better go for a lie down……..

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