Wednesday, 17 January 2018

WOYWW 450 - an empty desk, but not for much longer

Happy WOYWW to everyone.  This is 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' and you can join in HERE.

My crafty table is currently quite empty and quiet.  I have moved my daylight desk lamp onto that table (it used to be by my pc - where I often sit and craft, so now want another lamp!), so that is the shadow/base you can see.  It is a useful place to put finished ATCs and the llama diecuts.  Otherwise there are the usual journals etc waiting for action, and a pile of stash/printed out images also waiting for action.

I have been taking a break from the production of ATCs to concentrate on other projects, but after finishing a journal page it seems to have slowed to a snail pace!  I started a new exercise routine this week and was over-optimistic about how much I could do (it is meant to be suitable for elderly people and those who have not exercised for a while - but of course I should have realised that did not include those with Fibromyalgia and a fairly active life anyway).  I have also been tackling some extra housework and my body just said 'STOP'.  Meant to do a session every day for 6 days, then one day off.  However, after 2 days my pain levels (and stiffness) were unmanageable, so I took yesterday off and I think it would be sensible to leave the 3rd session until tomorrow.  I remind myself that I need to be gentle on myself (physically and emotionally).  It is based on Tai Chi and I really want to perservere, so will spend far longer than the suggested 90 days on the entire course and make sure I get lots of rest days.

I finally treated myself to a Brother Scan n' Cut last week when Create & Craft had their latest 'extra special offer' on (30% off a package, plus an additional £5 off when I bought 3 accessories - and I did it all through my TopCashBack account, so another £11 there).  It arrived yesterday just before we had to go out and pick up a Tesco order, and I have been really strong and not opened the box up yet (as I know I will then want to stay in my craft room for the rest of the day!).  Going to do that shortly - and will do a blog post in the next few days with pictures.

(My latest gift for taking out insurance through a well-known comparison website arrived this week too - so cute.)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Soul Journey 2018 - my first project

This post is mainly a place to share the links to the new mixed media communities in my life.

Soul Journey 2018 is a mixed media group run from Facebook - with a fortnightly tutorial from amazing artists.  Go HERE for more details.

The first tutorial was from Fiona Paltridge.  She used fabrics and made a wall hanging, but I used her great videos and the basic design idea as inspiration to create a journal page.

It is mainly a collage piece - using some images from Google and a digikit that I already had.

The background used techniques from a tutorial on the Mixed Up Magazine member site - go HERE for more details and to subscribe.

The stencil I used is by Seth Apter - the December 2017 stencils with the Stencil Club.

Here is a video of my progress photos - apologies for the lack of editing and probably poor image quality (something for me to learn more about in 2018)

I will be back on Wednesday for the next WOYWW post.

Ali x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WOYWW 449 - lots of ATCs

Good morning/afternoon/evening to you all.  I am here on a Wednesday morning (still dark outside) to show what is on my crafty table - go to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details and a linky thing.

As it is so early, my table is just showing how I left it last night.  There are a few finished ATCs, some scrap pieces of paper that I put in the envies with them to help protect them, and the result of an accident with embossing powder. 

Namely, I forgot to put down my usual piece of paper, so that I can neatly tip the unused powder back in the container.  I did it on my craft 'non stick' mat instead, which is not non-stick when it comes to 'Metal Magic'.  It defied all attempts to clean it up - and in the end I grabbed various pieces of paper/card that had leftover paint on them or were from other projects, applied Versa inkpad directly to them and then rubbed in the embossing powder.  Actually turned out to be a good technique and one I will do again - but on top of a piece of paper next time!

There are also some journals/sketchbooks waiting for me to actually do something with them.

Close up of my favourite 'random embossing'

I will be doing a blog post showing the stages in finishing off my first project with Soul Journey 2018 (see last week's WOYWW post for links - a free mixed media community for the whole year, with a fortnightly lesson from amazing crafters) - when I have finished it, which should be today.  I have the new term starting of my Spanish evening class tonight, so a bit of extra revision is needed, and I never know what is going to happen with the farm business to take me away from my craft room.  Hopefully I will have a quiet day.

Ali x

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WOYWW 448 - some bright colour

Happy New Year to everyone, and Happy WOYWW.  I have got some bright colours on my crafty table today.  Much needed in this horrible stormy weather (I thought the house would blow away last night!).

If you would also like to show off what crafty stuff you are up to on Wednesdays, then go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in.

Not the best of photos (too early in the morning), but you can see the photo album that I received as a Christmas present (I am going to do some digital scrapbooking to fill it up), some llamas (cut out with the die I treated  myself to from the Range - these will probably go on ATCs), and the freebie mini kit from Michelle Jackson-Mogford (who is back on our screens with her new range of CDs and a digikit).  There are several pages of embellies and two backing papers; with a Mexican theme.  This is when I wish I had a Scan n' Cut, as it is going to take me ages to cut everything out!  Again, I am going to make some ATCs, some birthday cards and scrapbooking pages with it all.  Well, I plan to once I have cleared a few things off my long to-do list.

I forgot to tell you about a FREE year-long mixed media project that I signed up for yesterday (it is run from Australia, so the first tutorial only got published last night).  It is called Soul Journey - and there are 2 tutorials each month, plus a weekly project.  The Facebook group is really friendly.  Go and have a look.  I hardly did any of the Life Book projects last year, so wasn't going to commit to anything else - but this seems like an easier schedule and, of course, it is FREE!  Worth a try.

I found out about it through the Facebook group for Mixed Up magazine - a digital mixed media magazine that I had not heard of until recently.  Here is the blog for the magazine - and you can sign up for their newsletter here

Ali x

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

WOYWW 447 - a posed photo for a relaxed day

Belated Merry Christmas to you all - and Happy New Year for the coming week.

I have been absent from this weekly tour of crafty workspaces for a while due to our latest trip to Spain, but as always you need to go to Julia's Stamping Ground if you would like to join in.

I have done a quick posed photo this morning, as there really is nothing crafty going on in my craft room (perhaps later I will get some ATCs made) on this dark/cold/windy/wet morning in Pembrokeshire.

There are a couple of magazines that I discovered recently and loving, a llama die (had to be done!), some cat embellishments ready to make some ATCs, sweets (always buy these when we go to Spain), one of our Christmas napkins (also purchased in Spain) and more 'stuff'.

I also decided to treat myself to the monthly subscription Stencil Club from StencilGirlProducts, after seeing that Seth Apter had designed the stencils for December.  Here they are (beautifully presented on a dark rug!).  Going to have some fun playing with these.

I feel it is vital that I share at least a couple of photos of the heaven that is Northern Costa Blanca!

(Moraira Castle at sunset and with the usual blue sky.)

Hope that everyone is well.

Ali x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WOYWW 444 - more time needed

Happy WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) to you all.  This will be my last before Christmas, so Merry Christmas to you all too.

Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in with this weekly global tour.

I have posted my pile of cards (all either from charities or an independent artist - the first year that I have not made any cards).  Just got the ones to hand out locally - and I have promised myself that I will make one for hubby.  Presents are either waiting to be wrapped or I am still waiting for delivery.  Most of the pile in our spare room need to be sent with a courier, so that job awaits before the weekend.  Also got to get the tree/decorations up before we depart for Spain early next week, as we return just before Christmas, and I know that I will not have the strength to start battling with lights/tinsel etc then!

My crafty table shows an assortment of things - some of which is crafty. 

The lovely fabric case is for my new Kindle (so I can read in the Spanish sunshine).  Bought it from an Etsy shop, who made it up really quickly for me (as I had left it late to order, as usual) - and it turns out she is from Carmarthen, so not far from me in terms of the Etsy World. 

There are two snowman ATCs - created for the Facebook swap group I am in. 

A piece of card that I tried putting through my little embossing machine with a very thin embossing die - just about worked, and was clearer once I tried rubbing my new Gelatos over it, but then I decided to try the DecoArt Glamour Dust paint over it, and that just merged with the Gelato.  A lovely sparkly piece of card, but you can't see the embossing very well. 

A wooden butterfly that I bought from our local 'Catalogue Shop' for a bargain price (love that place).  It is going to be thoroughly decorated on both sides, but so far I have used some chalk paint.

Behind are the remaining figures from the M&S Advent Calendar I bought for myself.  I had to colour in and construct it myself - and these are spare figures to add detail to it.  I will be cutting out/colouring some more, hopefully before the 24th.

The green card is another piece of embossing practice.  It has a Christmas Tree design on it, and I will try to incorporate it into a card for hubby.

I hope that everyone is well and not buried under festive crafting.

I might blog whilst in Spain, so keep an eye out for photos of blue skies and glorious scenery!

Ali x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WOYWW 443 - marbling and a different style for me

It is another early morning start for me today on this dark and cold Wednesday morning.  I went to the latest fortnightly workshop held by the Cheerful Project yesterday afternoon, and stupidly got carried away by the sheer enjoyment of trying out a new technique (marbling) and also by the unexpected large number of people who turned up for it (which was wonderful to see, but took the organisers by surprise, so I got stuck in with helping to keep everything tidy/assisting others/clearing up afterwards etc).  I was on my feet for nearly 3 hours, which was far too long for me.  By the evening I was in a lot of pain and extremely tired, so had an early night with a heat pad, which of course meant that I was awake early this morning (Restless Legs and then leg pain took over).  A quiet day and much pampering/distraction will be needed, so I can get to my Spanish evening class later.

However, enough over-sharing of my annoying health, and here is my crafty work table this morning.  The papers and pot that I 'marbled' (not sure if that is a word?!) - now thoroughly addicted, and going to buy the necessary things missing from my craft room to try it out here. 

A very fancy card that I made in a craft workshop on Saturday.  This was advertised as 'Sue Wilson style' - and is a style that I have not tried for many a year, ie ornate dies/flowers etc etc.  It was a very enjoyable workshop and the card I made is gorgeous, but I won't be rushing to buy lots of dies.  I did get a sneak peak of the card being made in the next workshop - and it involved the new Steam Punk dies, particularly the butterfly/dragonfly combo.  These I did love and bought a set (they were on sale, so would have been rude not to!).

Go and visit Julia's Stamping Ground if you would like to join in with the weekly tour of Craft Land.

Followed by close ups of the pot and papers.  I need to varnish the pot, plus paint inside and do a metallic rim on it.  The papers will be used in some journaling projects.

Apologies for the picture-heavy post - these are close ups of the card and all its fancyness.