Wednesday, 30 October 2013


WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is the day when us crafters share photos of our workspaces and details of our lives.  Come and join in.  We are friendly!  Julia @ Stamping Ground has all the necessary details and Mr Linky.

My photo this week shows me taking over the kitchen island with my little box of toppers to be cut out.  I am making hedgehog-themed cards/gifts for a local rescue service to sell, and in between making cards/ATCs for family/friends (there are a lot of birthdays at this time of year, and I signed up for several ATC swaps) I am hunting through my CD-Roms and digikits for any sign of the cute prickly animals.    My aim was to keep printing sheets out, and then cut them out whenever I had a spare minute in the kitchen or in front of the tv.  However, my new Samsung 'phablet' has been very useful for Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest, and I end up on that for hours in the evening!

Happy WOYWW to everyone that I do not manage to visit.  I hope that everyone in the UK (or then Northern Europe afterwards) survived the storm on Monday.  It didn't come anywhere near us.

Ali x

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Patchwork Owl

I love owls and was forced to buy the 5th Birthday Edition of the Hunkydory magazine just to get the free gift of gorgeous owl toppers and coordinating card (I am sure that I am not the only crafter who understands that need!).   It is a good magazine anyway, but not my normal sort of purchase.

I created this card for my sister-in-law's birthday.  I already had the base card in my basket of Silhouette Cameo designs (I regularly cut out more than I need, so I have some samples/spares).  This was cut out on Centura Pearl and is gorgeous (if you would like some of these, then get in touch).  I layered the owl topper onto some of the card that came with it, and then designed an insert with Serif Craft Artist 2 Professional.


I enter this into -

Created With Love Challenge - #64, Anything Goes

Fitztown Challenge Blog - #12, Things with Wings

Make It Monday - #164, Always Anything Goes

Ali x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


I am typing this on my new 'Phablet' (cross between a phone and a tablet!), and also it is Tuesday evening.   I am in the kitchen watching the Great British Bake off final, so good use of multi - tasking and save some time for my usual early start in the morning.

My photos this week for the international phenomenon that is What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday show some actual 'proper' crafting!  I made a mini book for my younger sister's 40th birthday.  Digital crafting was used for a lot of it, but there is some stamping and use of embellishments.

Some of the stamped/embossed/inked card, plus
embellies cut out on my Silhouette Cameo waiting to
see if they are going to be used.

When I am planning a project I go through my Embellies and
Ribbon boxes and select everything in the right colour/style.

The finished mini book - my very first and very proud of it.

For those who have no idea what I am referring to - go to Julia's fabulous blog,  for more details and the Linky List.

Hope that everyone is well and enjoying their crafting.

Happy WOYWW to everyone that I do not manage to visit.

Ali x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


I apologise for my lack of blogging over the past few months - it seems that I only manage to get something typed on a Wednesday, and that is because I am a WOYWW Addict!!  Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to get more details and join in (basically we share details of our lives and workspaces each Wednesday).

I am late again this morning - truly horrendous weather here this morning meant that I had to get all of my waterproof gear on (and the dogs had their coats on!) and battle outside to sort out the yard animals.  Ponies are safely in their stables, cats and guinea pig fed, and dogs persuaded to spend a penny in the garden.  Of course, now that I am back in my craft room, the sun has come out and gales calmed down!!  My Exmoor Pony, Frayne, has a nasty hole in one of her feet (which involved vet having to sedate and nerve block her in order to dig it out).  She is now on antibiotics/painkiller, plus with a big purple/silver dressing on her foot until Thursday.  This means that our planned trip to the NEC in Birmingham for the big Motorhome/Caravan Show had to be cancelled (we were meant to be staying in a hotel for the night and enjoying a 'proper' Balti in Birmingham - which I remember fondly after living for 13 years in the area, and Welsh hubby was going to experience for the first time).  We went out for the afternoon yesterday instead and spent some time visiting motorhome dealers - and climbing in and out of countless vans looking for the right one for us.  We have a caravan at the moment, but I am nervous of towing now after a bad experience on a very windy motorway trip and we are downsizing our car, so a motorhome would be a more flexible way of enjoying trips away with the dogs.

Being late means that I am taking the safe option and using my old mobile phone to take photos of my craft room.  I have a fancy new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is wonderful, but haven't managed to take many photos with it yet.  Next week I promise that it will be in full use.

I will eventually finish my Dad's birthday card after several days of work,
plus various magazines/CD, cards, etc, etc
Only someone with a Silhouette Cameo would understand
why I have cheap mugs and clear glass baubles on my desk!
Happy WOYWW to everyone.  Ali x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Whilst our host, Julia @ Stamping Ground is enjoying a sunshine holiday, we are still all busy sharing pictures of our workspaces and details about our lives.  Come and join in - we would love to meet you.

My photo today is of the first digital scrapbooking page I finished with Photoshop.  I will not stop using my first love, Serif Craft Artist 2 Professional MORE DETAILS, but I enjoy a new challenge and at the moment that challenge is Photoshop (and Lightroom, which works alongside it).  PS is certainly not as intuitive to use as Craft Artist, but it is getting easier as I progress through the various tutorials.

Other crafting - I have finally made a serious start on the Xmas cards - made 4 this weekend.  Got lots of birthday cards to do in the next 2 weeks as well.  My Silhouette Cameo has been busy, and now have some 'external vinyl' to have a go at customising mugs.  No chance of me getting bored!

In the rest of my life - my Jack Russell Terrier, Buzz, has had a nasty stomach problem (cue, me cleaning the kitchen constantly and washing many many loads of dog bedding!).  He seems to be recovering now - and being spoilt with boiled rice and chicken until his stomach has settled.  We have ordered our new car - more details will be revealed when we get it in December.  I will also be collecting my new phone - or 'phablet' - this week.  A big Samsung Note 3.  Perfect for blogging and designing on the move.

Hope that everyone is well and happy in their crafty worlds.


Ali x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


It is mid-week again and still dark outside, plus raining/strong winds.  I am cosy in my craft room with my heat pad on my lap, definitely worse places to be!  I will be sharing a couple of photos of my workspace today, as it is What is On Your Workspace Wednesday - a fantastic way of being nosy (I used to work in an estate agents, and love any of the property/real life tv programmes - always had a fascination for how other people live).  Julia at her blog, Stamping Ground, has more details about this addictive weekly event.

Both me and hubby have been ill in the past week.  I have started the process of realising one of my lifelong dreams - to have a donkey for driving - went to see some last Tuesday up on a Welsh mountain, and it wasn't fun having the start of a nasty 'bug' whilst having to drive 75 miles each way and then walk up steep slopes to view the 'herds'.  Those donkeys were too expensive for me, but got a lovely fully-trained one to see next week hopefully (if I am able to cope with the journey upto Cheshire). 

I have done a fair bit of crafting (there was only one day when I was too ill to even lift a piece of paper!) - I have lots of birthdays in the coming month, plus of course the threat of Xmas is very much upon us.  I was intending to start yesterday and make at least one card per day, but then I spent all morning making a box to put my stepdaughters New Home card in (it was a fancy step design and wouldn't fit in an envie) and we went out in the afternoon to 'nearly' finalise the purchase of our new car (a Mercedes Benz A Class).  Going back on Friday to make the final choices of colour/interior, and then it should be with us in early December.

Happy WOYWW to everyone I do not manage to visit.

Three very gorgeous fabrics.  I was meant to be going on a Beginner
Sewing Machine course last weekend, but my health got in
the way yet again.  I bought these fabrics to make a bag and apron with, but
now they sit next to my sewing machine waiting for me to play with them.

The selection of designs cut out on my Silhouette Cameo are
increasing by the day (I also have a folder with some in - they
are given away regularly to people who make cards for charity, if
I haven't used them first).  I tend to fill the sheet of card/paper,
rather than then have scraps left over.  I haven't used the print
function very often, but have 2 on the pile - including the cute
snowmen (will make a fab quick card).