Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Stamping Ground is where Julia will provide further details about the weekly get-together where we share pictures of our workspaces and details about our lives - very addictive and very popular, so join in!

This week I am showing 2 photos -

My little display area next to my pc screen.
A very cute glass owl on an easel (,
my latest 'favourite' card (Sunset Fox -
on top of my trusty notebook on the deckchair,
and my one and only momjii, Enid.

I treated myself to 2 magazines (well, the Photoshop
one is more like a book!) yesterday.
The snowmen design was printed on my Silhouette Cameo,
the pink 3D flower was cut out on the Cameo (and mounted on
a spare piece of embossed card) and you can just see a grungy
Happy Birthday digital design underneath.
Last week I offered a pair of tickets to the NEC show to a lucky commenter - and the
winner is Jana TangledPen (I notice that she is in Sweden, so if she is not able to come over
to the NEC, then I will reselect).
I have had a busy week in my craft room - made a few cards, but not entered any challenges - completed some more of my Photoshop course.  I will be having another Craft Room Clear-Out soon (need some more funds in my Paypal account to buy a few CD-Roms on my wish list!), and will put a list up on here.
Happy WOYWW to everyone that I do not manage to visit.
Ali x

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Firstly, my thoughts are with everyone affected by 9/11.  I so wish that this world could be a peaceful place for everyone.


Well, I missed last week (family staying and it would have been rude to have disappeared off to my craft room for several hours!) and today I am very late.  I hope that Julia @ Stamping Ground (home of What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - and where you can find more details) will forgive me?!

I have been very busy in my craft room since Friday when we got the house back to ourselves, made 2 challenge cards and also started a fab online Photoshop course - Photoshop Artistry: Fine-Art Grunge Composition.  Go and have a look, as I am sure that many of you would enjoy this course.

My photo this week shows a lovely Polkadoodles digistamp freebie (received in order to enter their challenge), which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and created this.

I know it is only September, but it really isn't long until the next NEC show - 7-10th November.
I will have pairs of tickets to give away again - and also hoping to attend myself (if I cannot cope with the 5 hour rail journey each way, with 3 changes!).  If you would like to go, then please leave a comment and I will select someone next week.  Further details of the show can be found HERE.

I will try and get around to leave comments for the next few days, but our internet is still fairly slow.  We are due to have a new community wireless system installed soon, and then the speed should be greater and we will have unlimited data.  The joys of living in such a remote area!

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

Ali x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Shop Til You Drop

After spending what seemed like hours on the last fussy/fancy card, it was a breath of fresh air to get a CD-Rom out and design this card on Serif CraftArtist 2 Professional.  Much quicker, no glue, less materials and I am not left feeling exhausted!

The latest challenge over at CD Sunday is Shop Til You Drop.  I had several CDs to choose from, but found lots of fab images when I was using the Craft Essentials Vol 1 Everyday Card Kits from My Craft Studio for another card.

The main topper and the spotty background came from that CD, with the other elements from the Daydream digikit (available at Daisy Trail).

In order to give myself more time for my new project, a Photoshop course, I am limiting my challenge entries, so will not be doing my usual search on Paper Playful to link upto other challenges.  This takes a while on our slow internet.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

News Alert - I used an inkpad!

Despite mainly concentrating on digital crafting now, every now and then I find myself making a hybrid card.  I treated myself to two of the Sherri Baldy 'Bestie' CD-Roms,, Buy Online, so thought it would be good to enter their latest challenge - 'Main Colour Pink'.  Besties Challenge blog

After choosing a digistamp and colouring it in with my Spectrum Noirs and glitter pens, I rummaged in my scrap folder and selected a few pink pieces.  These were layered up and a Lori Whitlock Spiral Flower was added (cut out on my Silhouette Cameo).  I then dusted down a Brilliance inkpad - Twilight - and inked the edges of a Fancy Ornate Frame (one of the Silhouette designs I have available for sale - TeddyBob Crafts - the blog   TeddyBob Crafts - Facebook).  I mounted all of this onto a lace edged card (also a Silhouette Cameo design).

I now need a lie down!

(No idea how other crafters have the patience and time to create detailed cards like this all the time - oh well, at least I had a go at a style that you probably won't see on my blog again!)

I also enter this into -

Digitally Sweet - #52, Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday - #285, Pretty in Pink

Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, 6 September 2013

Fairy Wings

I cannot even remember when I last entered a challenge - quite exciting to be actually creating something and sharing it with the world!

Polkadoodles Challenge Blog - if you are quick (entries close on Sunday 8th September), then you can get your free Angelberry digistamp worth £2.95 (yes, you did read that right - a FREE DIGISTAMP!!) and enter Challenge #35, with the theme of Fairy Wings.

I coloured the digi with my Spectrum Noirs - mostly 'shades of grey', but with some pink and yellow added.  I then created a background in Serif CraftArtist 2 Professional using papers from the Polkadoodles CD-Rom,  Here Comes Christmas!, and some sneaky star embellies from a Daisy Trail digikit.  This was printed onto 250 gsm white card from Papermill Direct, and then scraps of silver mirrorboard plus raspberry pink card (again from Papermill) were used as layers. 

I also enter this into -

Cute Card Thursday - #285, Pretty in Pink

In the Pink - #27, KISS

Southern Girls Challenge - Make Believe