Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Firstly, I have been shocked at the images on the news from the US.  I hope that everyone is safe and coping with any damage/power loss.  We are having horrible weather this morning in Wales (strong winds and rain), but I had to tell myself that it is not a hurricance or even a storm and we are very lucky not to have those extremes.

Secondly, for those who do not know what WOYWW is - well it stands for What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday and it brings crafters from all over the world together mid-week, to show off our workspaces and what we have been up to.  It is all organised by Julia on her blog, Stamping Ground.  Join in with the fun and become addicted like the rest of us!

I have done some crafting this week, but definitely not enough.  After doing so well and starting to make Xmas cards early this year, I haven't made any for several weeks - and I keep looking at my Xmas crafty box with longing as I move it around the room whilst continuing with my big clear out.  I had my monthly swaps to get finished - a postcard, twinchies and ATCs (all for UK Stampers) - and I need to be organised and get next month's done early, as I will be having more dental treatment in 3 weeks time, and I know that then I will be out of action for a while.  I finally got 'experimental' and messy with my crafting.  Acrylic paints and filler were used for the first time, and I loved it.

Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not get to visit.

Ali x

You can see the results of my 'messy' crafting on the right - 3 ATCs.
The big pile in the middle is what I brought home after raiding our 2 local craft shops.
A 12x12 Halloween paper, ribbons, wood shapes, pearl gems - and I also
bought another bottle of acrylic paint.
The rest is the usual stuff that lives on my desk - with the remainder
of the tube of filler (wrapped in plastic bags to keep it soft) and the
stamp I created with my stamp making machine.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


I have finally taken a photo of the stamp - mounted onto the lovely block with handle, which came with the stampmaking machine.  I haven't had a chance to try out the software - you can use it to make a stamp from a photo or any other image - as far too much time has been spent sorting out our cottage - but will post an update soon.

This will be a short post today, as I wasn't going to be here.  I am trying to be a good wife and really get on with the housework, preparing our cottage for our new manager and his family to move into on Saturday, and sorting out builders for the farmhouse renovation.  As well as the usual animal care, dog walking and the totally necessary resting in front of the tv!

However, I woke early, so here I am telling the world about my crazy life.  We link up on Wednesdays through Julia's blog,, and share our workspaces.

My picture shows my Teresa Collins Stampmaker machine, which I bought last year and still hadn't got round to using.  I needed to make a stamp for a postcard swap (or buy something - and I had run out of time), so it finally came out of its box and it was so easy to use.  I used one of the designs that came with it - 2 trees - to make the 'spooky' postcard.  Now I have the option to completely personalise my stamping.  It will be in use again this week, as I need to make some circus themed twinchies, and I do not have any circus stamps in my collection.  It came with software so you can create stamps from your own photos/any other picture - so I can find a suitable image online and then transfer it over.

I have done some other crafting.  I made a lovely card for my sister's birthday, and then lost it!!  I am sure I put it out in the usual place (on top of the tv in the kitchen) for posting, but it is not there and I have searched everywhere else.  It will probably turn up soon, but her birthday is today so I will have to grab a card from my box and post it with an apology.  I found the original card as soon as I had posted a replacement!!!

Happy WOYWW to everyone.  I should be good and not come back on here until this evening, but I may sneak on to visit a few people.

Ali x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Doing my cheeky 'type this on Tuesday evening so I can get higher on the list on Wednesday morning' thing!  Watching the Great British Bake Off final and getting hungry.

WOYWW is the weekly trip around the world to spy on other crafters - organised by Julia on her blog, Stamping Ground.  Come and join in.

I have had lots of requests for a follow-up on my purchase of Spectrum Noir pens and storage.  So here are a few photos. 

Empty storage unit (very easy to put together)

With the pens - I will be reorganising them

After watching the first 2 sections of the fab DVD that came with my set, I have used the pens to make a card for my Dad's birthday.  It is wonderful having so many different colours to play with, and makes blending a lot easier.

I am still going through the process of downsizing my craft room, complicated by having no internet for the past 3 days.  The green light is restored on our wifi device, so I can now get more stash listed on Ebay tomorrow - Spellbinders and other dies/embossing folders mainly (now I have sold my Cuttlebug - didn't use it a great deal and found it difficult to manage at times because of my stiffness/pain).  This has the added benefit of helping to clear my credit card balance!

I must really get back to regular crafting again - got lots of birthday cards over the coming months, plus Xmas cards of course - and various monthly challenges (ATCs, Twinchies and a Postcard).  I am also keen to start on scrapbooking and a journal.  No pressure then!

Really need more hours in the day - and a lot more energy - or an assistant (anyone like to live in rainy/windy Pembrokeshire - lots of food, mostly from the freezer - and a large untidy craft space?) !!

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

Ali x
It has taken nearly 3 hours to get the software and bluetooth connection sorted between my new phone and the computer!  At least now it will be easier (was having to email them to myself before).  I dread to think what number I will be on the list now!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

WOYWW 175 (or is it 176???)

Another Wednesday comes around and it is time to go over to Julia's Stamping Ground and view other crafty workspaces around the world.  My title is confused because I copied Julia and put down 176, and then realised that we had missed out 175 !

This Wednesday sees me sitting on the sofa not feeling 100%, but not because of my planned visit to the dentist.  Annoyingly, when I got up early on Monday morning I was soon struck down by a sickness bug and spent most of the day unable to move.  The treatment has been rearranged for 19th November, so I start the process of getting more and more terrified again.

I haven't done much crafting this week - more the admin involved in being a crafty addict, ie tidying up my room, selling stash on Ebay and putting a project swap together.

My photo shows my big box of the Spectrum Noir Mega-Deal from Create & Craft.  ALL the pens, plus the DVD and the storage unit.  I have been impressed by the pens when I have seen them demonstrated on tv, and many of my friends use them, and they are so much cheaper than Copics.  I was struggling to blend colours properly because I only had 72 pens.  When I saw the Mega Deal, I knew the best thing to do was take advantage and get the full set.  I finally unpacked the box yesterday and look forward to getting them organised on my desk, watching the DVD and starting to play.

Happy WOYWW to everyone.  I plan to visit lots of people this week.

Ali x

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Xmas - All Wrapped Up

This is the theme over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge this week (#92).  I created this quick card with various Hunkydory and Kanban stash - always a source of great designs.

The inspiration for the 'faux ribbon' strips came from my wonderful Craftwork Cards Recipe Card Folder - full of sketches and ideas.

I also enter this into -

Papertake Weekly (Happy 5th Birthday!!) - Anything Goes (& Optional 'Celebrate')

Through the Craftroom Door #38, Always Anything Goes

Created With Love #11, Christmas

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


This is a bit of a rushed post, as I didn't get up early as planned and now I have a short period of time in the house inbetween walking the dogs and getting all the other animals sorted.

I have been busy in my craft room this week, including sorting out stash to sell.  We hope to be moving over to the old farmhouse this time next year (builders are working out what needs doing and how much it will cost!) and my craft room over there will be a lot smaller.  I have so much in here that I never use and I would rather have the money to buy more of what I want!  My Cuttlebug went yesterday - and my Copic pens are being bidded on (I have been thinking of changing over to Spectrum Noirs for a while - a lot fewer to collect and much cheaper, and everyone gives them a good review.  When I saw the Mega Deal on Create & Craft this week - all the pens, plus DVD and storage - I decided to treat myself).  Got all my Spellbinders and other embossing folders/dies to put on Ebay now, plus all the other drawers/boxes to go through and thin out.

My picture shows 2 copies of Craft Stamper magazine - been looking for ideas for a Halloween project - plus Halloween images ready to send off to a swap partner.  I bought 2 bottles of FolkArt paint last week (something else to collect!); already had a play with one of the colours and it is lovely to work with.  You can also see a layout that I created on CraftArtist 2 with a new digikit I bought from Ebay - Aviary Fable (lots of lovely owls, birds, foliage etc).  I am really enjoying learning all of the features on there.

I will be busy in the coming week - 3 birthday cards to make, plus Xmas cards and Halloween stuff.  I also have my second round of dental treatment under general anaesthetic on Monday (may have to have a tooth out), which I am trying to pretend is not happening.  My health hasn't been great and all I want to do is rest or craft, but we are busy on the farm/with builders so I am getting rest when I can and collapsing on the sofa at night.  Thank goodness for Tesco delivery, as I am not able to drive at the moment and it is wonderful to see the van arrive with our food (and my craft magazines!).

After saying I don't have much time, I have managed to waffle on for ages - so go over to Julia's Stamping Ground and see many other craft workspaces.  We do this every Wednesday and is part of our lives now.

Oh, and here is my piccy!

Happy WOYWW to everyone that I don't manage to visit.

Ali x