Wednesday, 27 June 2012


It is a cloudy and non-summer like day in Pembrokeshire again (although we did have 2 days of sunshine) and TUESDAY.  I am typing this up whilst watching Real Housewives of New York (I love all the RH series - this is an old one, but interesting to see what happened before it all happened), so that when I get up early on Wednesday full of excitement to link up with Julia @ her Stamping Ground I may even get into a higher position on the list of crafty workspaces.

Having my extra table and more organised storage in my craft room is really helping me to create.  My new promise to myself to try and make at least one project each day is so far being kept to.  I have made some more Xmas cards, some general (any occasion) cards, a New Baby card and started on a set of 3 Twinchies for a UK Stampers swap.  This involved Debbi Moore's Metal Magic and stamping into it - which I hadn't done before.  My hubby even came to watch!  By the 3rd attempt I had worked out that I needed to get a thick layer and heat it for longer until it literally slides around on the card.  I really enjoy trying out new things.

My top tip for this week is to make your own Washi Tape.  Get some micro-porous tape from any pharmacy and then just decorate it to suit your project.  I used it on a distress-style card, so coloured it with a Copic and then stamped on with Distress Ink.  Much cheaper and very satisfying.   Take a look at the finished product - Rooster card.

This is my workspace -

Main workspace tidied, but 15 cards laid out (inserts/envelopes/cello bags) waiting for the labels to dry before being boxed up to go to St Lukes Hospice.  I ran out of the usual label sheets to go through the printer, so just printed onto plain paper and then cut out with fancy scissors - I actually preferred them like this.


  1. you do have a tidy and organised desk!
    have a great week.
    ps i have some nearly a year anniversary blog candy! trace x 58

  2. I like your wash tape idea Ali, think I will have a go at that.
    Thanks for your comments on the Bags of Treasure.
    They are in the NEW Craft Room in the Doodly Bird Store.
    Lynn & The Doodly Birds xx. 76

  3. That's some desk, lots of space, mine is tiny! I'm just discovering tape, have seen lots, I've bought some Smash type tape for my books and I've the Tim Holtz tissue tape but not thought to make my own! Take care, enjoy this week's snooping extravaganza! Zo xx 74

  4. You have just given me some inspiration - I will start to make one "C" card each day from now on - wonder how long I will remember I have said that? Doh! It is worth a try though and it will get me a fair stash nearer the time instead of that rush and stress that goes with it all.
    Thanks for the tip about washi tape - there is also some silk sticking plaster you can buy - that takes inks and stamping well too - just an alternative.
    Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #20 xx

  5. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. Good to know that you've had a crafty spend up! And good that you are into making your Christmas cards - don't forget my CHNC challenge ('let's get inky' this week). Your desk is so well organised. Thanks for letting us have a peep into your workspace today. Hope you have a good week. Hazel, WOYWW #27 x

  6. Oh to be so tidy, I wish I could be so neat and organised.

    Sheilagh 104

  7. What a great setup you have and that idea with the micropore tape, just brilliant and I hate that tape to, coz I am allergic to it, so a good reason to rid the world of it. LOL

    Good on you for setting yourself a creating task and keeping to it.

    Thanks for sharing and have a happy crafting filled week.


  8. Lovely neat and tidy space.

    *whispers* I may have a slight addiction to the housewives too.. Sshh!

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #54

  9. Sounds like you have a plan!!! Good Luck with it and thanks so much for the tip on the tape. Happy WOYWW and Enjoy the week

  10. Love the peek today. Good for you that you send cards to St Lukes! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing and have a happy WOYWW! -Amanda x64

  11. I LOVE your tidy desk and am so happy that your new arrangements has lead to more creativity! Thanks for the tip on the homemade Washi tape! Have a great week! Darnell #55

  12. Well done on making your own washi tape. What a good idea. I am going to look up the metal magic as I don't know much about it. I am glad you are enjoying your new work space. Kate 137 xx

  13. great desk thanks for the tip about the washi tape might try that. . . when I have finished the tiara
    janet #11

  14. You look lovely and busy and really sound like you're having fun in your new look room. Great tip re the washi tape too.

    Brenda 5

  15. whoops I have been visiting everyone as Ali #66 - but that's you !! Sorry - I was sure I was at 66 this morning but am actually at 62 !! Sorry if you get any odd messages left - they are probably referring to what I said !!! Have a fun crafty week ! Ali #62

    1. Fab idea about the washi tape creation - just had a peek at your Rooster card and it's just great! Sigh, and your workspace looks very organised. Belated Happy WOYWW, Di xx

  16. Great desk.Clear space. Good tip.Thanks.
    Judy #82

  17. I like the washi tape idea and have been making some along. I also have been making my own bakers twine to match the colors I need. I wrap twine around a pencil (single layer) then take my marker or Copic and draw stripes on it. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #159

  18. Sunshine in Pembrokeshire?? Heavens to Betsy!! Only kidding, I know how glorious it can be down there. A couple of years ago, we went down to St David's and then took a boat trip around Ramsey. The sea was like a mill pond, the sun was shining, it was simply gorgeous!! The only 'interesting' point of that day was seeing The Only Transvestite in the Village in St David's. I don't mind people dressing up in what they are comfy in but that guy needed some fashion tips!!!!
    Sorry for waffling, hope you are okn :)
    Hugs, LLJ #3 xx

  19. Hi there Ali, ah do love this post you have made my day with your tip on washi tape and going to get a roll of micropore (what we call it here) tomorrow or when next out shopping, others have suggested masking tape and that did not make sense to me but yours does...and have joined the merry band on your blog too as an encourager as i call them!
    Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #50

  20. happy WOYWW! that washi tape tip sounds good. i think i will try it!
    hugs, #23 peggy aplSEEDS

  21. Thanks for the washi tape tip! I have been wanting some much different than what I can find commercially and this sounds like the way to get it. Booyah! :) I know its Wednesday already but I've had your blog up since yesterday, just trying to find time to get this comment up! Have a great day...
    Deeyll #153(from woyww 160)


Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x