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November 24, 2010

Back to WOYWW at last

I finally have a few minutes free to join back in with the WOYWW fun, woohoo!  For those of you who don't know about this internet craze... where have you been?! Hop on over to Julia's blog and check it out, it's fun, it's free and it's addictive!
So, my free time is fairly limited (I am meant to be working right now!) so I snapped a quick pic of my desk with my phone this morning as I was on my way out the door.  The quality is not good, which is probably for the best, and those of you of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.  Here it is.....
...eeeeeek!!  In my defense, I have barely had enough time to do any crafting let alone tidy up after myself.  Mind you, it is a mess, isn't it, even for me?  I have managed to do a bit to my display box thingy.  I've been playing with that Clearly For Art type stuff that you can stamp and colour then heat and mould.  I've nearly finished it, I just think it needs something else on the outside there, but not sure what just yet.
Off now to actually do some work before my boss notices I'm not actually typing up a design spec right now :o  Catch you all later.. Happy Wednesday x

November 22, 2010


Firstly I am celebrating this gorgeous ATC from Donna . It arrived late last week but I haven't had time to blog it until now.  Isn't it fabulous?  There is so much going on and she is just beautiful!  Donna says this is how she sees me, which is very flattering (and I looove my hat :))  This ATC is one of a set to celebrate Donna's first 50 followers, so if you were one, get on over there and request your very own piece of art.

Second is my celebration spread in my willowing altered book.  This is the second part of week 3 (this is my 5th week ... I'm a bit behind!).  I now have an empathy monster to make as the final part of week 3, then on to week 5.  The background is all lovely and grungy and dimensional and, as I have used some cosmic shimmer mists, very sparkly - none of which shows in the pic :o

So, Christmas is fast approaching (eeeeeek!). Is everybody all ready and organised? Nah, me neither!!

November 15, 2010

Art Heart Healing week 3

on week 4!  ok, ok, so I'm behind with my willowing but I was away all last week and didn't even get to watch the videos until Friday!  Here is my front cover.  Messing with the photo was fun, a sort of guilty pleasure actually scratching and painting on a photograph!.  Yes, it is me, but about 10 years ago!  I've written on the tag on both sides.

It kind of sums up what being me is all about, falling over a lot LOL.

So, I still have to do my celebration spread, and make my empathy monster.... I might manage to get the spread done through the week, but I think the sewing machine monster will have to wait until next weekend!  I am really getting a lot from this course in terms of healing, which I didn't think I would, and in terms of technique.  Tam really is an amazing person and her generosity in doing all this work for free is astounding.  I'm loving every minute of it and will be signing up for the Mythical Creatures course as soon as registration opens.

November 14, 2010

Another week over

...and what have I done.  Well, I've been away for most of it with work, exhibiting at a conference in Bournemouth and trying very hard not to get blown in to the sea (when I wasn't trying hard not to be bored to death!).  All in all a very dangerous week.  Got home late on Thursday, then had loads of catching up to do on Friday in the office.
Over the weekend I have managed to do some crafting.  Here are a couple of gift bags I made. This first one started out as a green bag, and it's still a green bag!! It was originally a dark, flat green which I spritzed with Peacock Green shimmer mist so it's now very sparkly (which doesn't really show in the pic).  I coloured some grunge paper with Peeled Paint DI, then spritzed it with the same shimmer mist.  After that I stamped t!m's reindeer with versamark and embossed with gold then cut him out and attached him to the bag.  I put the gift inside, folded over the top of the bag, made a couple of holes with the Crop-a-dile and tied with green ribbon.
This second one started out as a plain brown take away bag.  I covered it with Fired Brick DI then spritzed it with Red Firefly shimmer mist.  After that I stamped t!m's snowflake flurry in versamark and embossed in white.  The snowman (t!m's) was stamped onto grungepaper that had been coloured with Fired Brick in versamark and embossed in white as well.  He was cut out and stuck to the front of the bag too.  The gift isn't in this one yet, because it is still a bit damp from all the shimmer mist spritzing so it might split if I don't let it dry out properly first!.  Once it is dry I will put the gift in and then seal up the top with some ribbon (it's for my daughter and she will peek if I don't make sure it is sealed up securely!)

Well, conference/exhibition season is over for the year, so things should be a bit less hectic for a while at work, thank goodness! Hopefully I can get some more "me" time for crafting.
Hope everyone has been having a good weekend.

November 07, 2010

Where have I been?

I've no idea! Turning the clocks back seems to have stolen my life, I have no clue what has happened to the past week.  Anyway, last post I promised to report back "on Sunday" on the 2 Scrap Ladies card marathon.  I didn't say which Sunday though, did I?!  So here I am, a week late. 

I had a really good time, met Julia in person which was fab, and Lunch Lady Jan's cakes and lunch were superb.  Made a total of 17 cards which you can see here and genenerally had a creative, chatty, great time with lots of lovely people.  I also feel a lot more confident about making cards now.

Apart from wondering what time it is this week (always seems to be at least one clock in the house that doesn't get altered every time and sits there waiting to confuse everyone!) I have been continuing with the Art Heart Healing course (button over on the right) which is free and absolutely fantastic.  Tam is really not skimping on the content on this course even though it is free, and I recommend it to everyone. Seriously, try it! 

Week 2 was to image transfer a photo of myself as a young child.  Yep, that is and yes, they did have cameras way back then!  Then we wrote some good wishes for ourselves and collaged these on to the page.  This was done in an altered board book rather than in our art journals like the first week.

Week 3 was in the same board book on the next page to make Whimsey characters and collage them into a scene.  Not too happy with this.  I think kitty may be covered up with something else, and I may play around with it some more, but it's done for now.

So, I am up to date for the next lesson which goes up tomorrow.  Not going to have much time to do it though because I am off to another conference with work, this time in Bournemouth, from Tuesday to Thursday. Yuck!  Still, after that things might settle down a bit, and I might even get around to taking some leave, YAY!

Have a good week everyone.