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August 25, 2010

WOYWW again

I'm a bit late!! I had planned to be bright and early with my post showing a productive desk with lots of work in progress as I'm on leave this week.  Alas, it was not to be:(
Yesterday I went with my DDs to The Stables in Chalk Farm (fab market with a crafty section, an antiquey section, a clothes section and all sorts of fabulous stuff).  You can see some of my haul on my desk here, some Banksy images and some interesting postcards.  Browsing the jewellery stalls I spotted a bracelet very similar to one I have so, when I got home I dumped my stuff on my workdesk (along with some cheap bogoff babywipes I picked up on my travels), and started looking for my bracelet.  Can I find it? Can I heck!! I spent yesterday night and most of this morning searching to no avail.  I know it was in a black gift pouch, but where that gift pouch has gone I do not know!.
So, here I am posting mid afternoon with nothing to show except chaos on my desk (and the finished tomato tin from last week), and no sign of the bracelet.  If anyone has any clues as to where it might be, please let me know!
Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday.  Anyone who hasn't heard of the WOYWW weekly event, visit Julia's blog and join in!

August 22, 2010

Alter it Monthly & Sunday Stampers

My second entry for the August Alter it Monthly challenge with Music as the theme is my altered bean (tomato) tin.  As this also has a flower on it, I get to play with Hels Sunday Stampers this week too :)

I started off intending for the main grungepaper jacket for the tin to look a bit different than this, prepped an inky, grungy background, stamped over it then I intended to fade it out a bit with a coat of watered down gesso.  Alas, I did not dry the stamping first!! So I ended up with everything merged in to one faded blue background, lol.  I stamped the swirl from Paperartsy Hot Picks 1005 in coffee archival ink, a butterfly from a CI plate in Adirondack Denim ink along the top, then laced that onto the tin with some blue ribbon (the tin had a coat of Hazelnut paint dabber at the top and bottom).  I stamped the Stampotique musical tag stamp in denim onto some grungepaper inked with Broken China DI, then cut it out and stuck it onto the tin with some foam pads.
I stamped the larger flower from Paperartsy Hot Picks 1004 (the one that has some sheet music on it... see, sticking with the music theme) several times in coffee archival onto some tissue paper I had inked with weathered wood DI then cut them all out.  I sprayed them with some home made shimmer mist with blue mica powder in it (I spritzed that over the grungepaper elements as well), then scrunched the flowers up a bit, flattened them out again and attached them all together with a small brad and some of t!m's sprocket gear.

It didn't end up quite where I thought it was going to, but then, things rarely do! That's half the fun :)

I've got a week off work this week, YAY!! So I can get inky and messy and play!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

August 18, 2010


As you can see, we're a bit "busy" this week, lol.  Lots of chaos! On my lovely WOYWW easel is a card wot I made earlier.  Don't usually make cards, but over the weekend I had a bit of a play with an art journal page that wouldn't go right, so I gessoed over the whole thing, threw the journal to one side and made the card instead.  It's not anyone's birthday or anything, I just felt like making something quick.  The rest of my workspace is cluttered with the makings of an altered bean tin (it's a tomato tin again, actually).  I've inked and stamped on some grungepaper and stamped on some tissue paper and I'm going for a blue and browny colour theme.... other than that I'm just going with the flow so who knows where it will lead!
This WOYWW thing is hu-uge!  I haven't managed to get around to everyone's desk for ages, there are just so many of us these days.  To join in the fun, hop on over to Julia's blog and start snooping around all the fabulous workspaces.
Happy Wednesday everyone.

August 17, 2010

Blog Candy

THE Linda E has gone off (for a dirty weekend with one of her beau, no doubt).  As compensation for abandoning us for a while she has offered some fab blog candy (a $50 Simon Says voucher no less!).  For a chance to win pop over here and follow the destructions.

August 12, 2010

Alter it Monthly August Challenge entry

The theme over on Alter it Monthly this month is music (and there is a £20 e-voucher to spend at The Altered Element up for grabs too, so have go! it's fun and you could win some stash shopping!).  Nina Simone has been playing on my zen quite a bit lately (my randomiser isn't randomising properly!) and Feeling Good is stuck in my head, so I made this canvas:
I gave the canvas a glaze of Naples Yellow Hue acrylic then wrote the lyrics with a black sharpie.  I collaged on some sheet music paper and then cut out some musical notes and the wotsit (flourishy thing... can't remember the name.. senior moment!) and used these as a mask.  I spritzed the whole thing with some spray ink and some cosmic shimmer mists then removed the masks.  I then stamped some birds and decorated some bird chip shapes (birds flying high), same with some stars (stars when you shine), stamped and cut out some butterflies (butterflies all havin fun) and used a Maya Road tree branch and some blossoms, plus some punched flowers (blossom on the tree).  I printed out some images of the lovely Nina, cut them out and collaged those on to the bottom left, then splodged on some gold ferro which I stamped with some text and flourish stamps to the top and bottom left corners.  Nina was blended in with some gold shimmer paint and I then re-wrote the relevant lyrics around the images.
I had lots of fun doing this and am quite pleased with how it turned out.

August 11, 2010

WOYWW 62 - Return of the Mack

She's ba-ack!  Here is Mackenzie prowling my desk again.  She decided that this is now her territory (when she isn't sleeping on my bed) and I have to keep evicting her!

OK, I admit not much has happened with the journal page from last week, so Mack is about the most exciting thing going on on my workdesk this Wednesday!

Not much else to add this week folks, except to say, if you haven't yet joined in with the Wednesday desk sharing ritual, hop on over to Julia's blog and jump right in.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

August 04, 2010


I remembered this week :)  doesn't it look all lovely and organised(ish)?  I've turned the desk around and cleared loads of stuff and organised it all .  A background for an art journal page drying and a circle journal just arrived for me to work on, plus a few bits and pieces of chipboard and other stuff sitting around (including my lovely woyww easel!), but mainly tidy.

Zoom out for a look at my altered bits and bobs on the wall behind:
Do you notice a colour theme here (apart from the blue bird house?)  I think I need to experiment more with colour!!  I have to admit the framed picture at the bottom isn't mine... Charles Rennie Mackintosh did it!

Notice my new hangy rail thingies?  Scarey isn't it?  Fear not good WOYWWers, just pan to the right.............
....and here is all the "stuff" piled in boxes just as messy as ever! LOL

Any people passing by wondering why I am showing off my workspace, it's Wednesday so it's time to show us what's on your workdesk!  Hop on over to the lovely Julia's blog to join in the fun.

Happy Wednesday everyone!