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


  1. Ali, What a super gift for your sister, it looks so special. I'm sure she loves it.
    I'd love a Silhouette Cameo, but there is only so many expensive tools one can have and the SC is one step too far.
    Happy WOYWW
    Chris #45

  2. Well done on making a beautiful book. Your sister will treasure it. I like the hybrid style of part digi and part added embellishments. In fact I used it for my Christmas cards on my post today. I don't find the digi work as satisfying yet, but I am doing lots of small projects to get the feel for it, and I as addicted to collecting digi scrapbook kits! I see you are still enjoying using the cameo. It is a very useful piece of kit, when it is in obliging mode anyway! Kate x #61

  3. Fab book, your sister will love it.

  4. Your sister is lucky to receive such a wonderful gift, you certainly should be proud of that. It's lovely.

    The bears #79

  5. The Bake off has been great hasn't it? I'm sad now it's finished.
    Love your project for your sister, she'll be thrilled with it I'm sure.
    Hugs Lisax #56

  6. Ali, what a lovely mini book! I did one for my kid sisters 40th and she loved it. Managed to dig out some really old photos & capture some great memories - what a great gift and yours looks so gorgeous!
    Happy woyww
    Debs #81

  7. Be very proud of the's a fabulous one! What a cool gift. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #9

  8. The book is gorgeous your sister will treasure it!! Love all the bits and pieces you have there. Anne x #99

  9. Aw Ali! what a fab finishbet your sister was really thrilled. I like your modus operandi, makes perfect sense to pre select stuff...would certainly stop me fiddling about looking for stuff at a crucial point!!

  10. what a wonderful gift idea your sister is going to love it. I do the same for everything I make and spend ages choosing all the possibilities its half the fun but takes me forever to eventually make a card !! happy crafty hugs Andrea #31

  11. Awesome gift! I'm sure your sister will love it. Happy WOYWW Cindy #30

  12. What a lovely little book for your sister's birthday: it looks so professional, I can't believe it's your first one. I'm sure she will love it! What a good idea to gather together all the co-ordinating embellies to start with. Thanks for your visit and comment! Hope you get a nice peaceful night's sleep tonight, as you were so tired! Julie Ann xx #28

  13. Fabulous Mini! Love the colours...(I clicked on a Google + blog and it came here instead, how clever's that! (better go try again) who knows who I'll get next time! happy Crafting! happy WOYWW


  14. What a great book and made from the heart, these are the best gifts of all. Love the little hearts too.Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 13
    Happy WOYWW

  15. Well, considering that was your first little album, you've done a really good's fab! I'm sure your sister will love it. All the little embellishments work so well :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 7 xx

  16. What a wonderful gift--your mini book is delightful, Ali!

    Thank you for stopping by this woyww,
    #32 this week
    with happy mail

  17. Best way to create is to have a big box of stuff!
    thanks for visiting .
    Robyn 10

  18. Your sister is going to love it!

    Hugs Robin 23

  19. You've made a fantastic mini book for your sister, Ali! She will treasure it!! I need to get one of those Phablets, too!! Happy WOYWW to you and thank you for coming to visit me at the Playhouse! Have a wonderful week! Darnell #12

  20. Lovely mini book and I am sure your sister will adore it! I am like you, gather all the likely objects or I forget to use them at all!! :) Annette #22

  21. I am sure your sister is going to love her gift of this sweet mini book, it looks great and so pretty in pink with all those fun embellishments. Happy 40th birthday to her, Happy WOYWW to you, I hope you both have a great week! Danie #25

  22. The little book turned out wonderfully Ali, your sister will love it. I gather a lot of things together too, then I chose the embellies as I go along, which sometimes changes what I originally had in mind but it usually works out!

    Brenda 1

  23. What a super mini album, like the idea of searching out the co-ordinating embellies up front. I just got a new tablet (my first) so have been watching stuff in the kitchen whist preparing food. Thanks for the visit this week BJ#26

  24. Your mini book is lovely. Such a beautiful gift for your sister! It's nice to find another Silhouette user.
    I was impressed by the comment you left on my blog. Sounds like you're doing what the rest of us would love to learn to do - using your best stuff now!
    Thanks for connecting and have a lovely week!
    Gillian #69

  25. What a lovely present. You'd never know you hadn't made one before, it's gorgeous. Hugs. Pam#38

  26. Oh what a special gift for your sister. I'm sure that she'll love it!!! I know that I do:)

  27. I love your little mini book, such a fabulous idea and so beautiful. You have so many embellishments, boy could I have fun with those. Love the little birdie one.
    Have a great week,
    Von #63

  28. What a gorgeous little mini-book you have made, Ali - I am sure your sister will love it. Sorry to hear you have health issues too - I remained remarkably well throughout the move but have crashed now and have had quite a few days on the trot feeling absolutely lousy - but it will pass, I am sure! I am looking forward to getting the house straight, and my new ARTHaven properly organised so that I can spend real time in there creating! So much to look forward to. Where we live is lovely, and everything is so convenient - before, we were like you, really cut off in the country and although it was beautiful, it wasn't very easy or practical, esp. as I need my hubby to take me anywhere! I'm about to get a mobility scooter which will help a lot.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #65

  29. Hi Ali, gorgeous looking stash - lots of lovely stuff to play with, and that mini book is lovely. Hope you enjoyed the Bake Off - Tuesday's just wont be the same... Thanks for your visit. Have a happy week. MMx #36

  30. Stunning mini book, bet she loved it!
    Ah, the Great British Bake Off....everything stopped for it in our house too!!

    Kyla #50


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