Friday, November 27, 2009

WOYWF ! ! !

I know, I know, it is not Wednesday, that's why this post is WOYWF , especially for Julia :)

While chatting with her earlier, I mentioned that I was going to go and actually DO something about my work room because today it really was a mess, I am still finding all the right places to put things, and when I do not see the right place, it gets put on the desk, and as I am having a bit of a sort out as well ................... you get the picture.

As we were chatting we both commented that we have workshops this weekend, she is OK because she has another day to make preparations perfect, mine is tomorrow, excuse me? What was that? Tomorrow? YIKES (or words like that)

Well I promised to put the before pictures on here, show my shame world wide. There is still more to be done around the edges, but at least we can all sit at the tables, and yes, the buttons are still there lol.

Just to prove that I did get all that mess put away, binned or put in the give away box, here is the proof.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hmmmmmm this is not what I expected!

My take on a card :)

This card came from one in a magazine. Now in the mag it was covered in gorgeous Christmas paper and decorated to within an inch of its life. As I only have two hours to to two cards with a very riotous group of girls, they would have only got the one done and then felt cheated, so I embarked on a plan. Out came card, tools, paper, stickles and glue. Well, the basic card went well, but as I sat and pushed paper around, nothing jumped out at me until I went down the "keep it simple" road, so all this used in the end was card, paper and a white pen. I am still not sure that I like my "snow" but that is me not being a very good artist, not the idea, maybe the stickles will still come out to play on this one yet!

Oh the snowflakes are silver BTW, not dull grey :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

WOYWW (I made it!)

I have finally got to posting my work desk on the right day!

It is a right mess as I have still to put away my purchases from the show in Belfast, I am doing cards for class and well, I am just a craft slattern really :)
The christmas paper did not get used, nor did the Noel stamp, silver stickles or sepia accents, but the pale green 1st attempt Christmas Tree did, oh and no I have still not eaten the buttons :)

Over on Julia's blog, she is starting a campaign on the misuse of the word, altering. After all the items used in creating art are not altered they will still be what they were made as when the art is complete, so the item has not been altered.

I have to admit that I do sometimes refer to altering, not because I alter the item I am decorating, a loo roll inner, no matter what you do with it, will always be a loo roll inner, a sardine tin will always be a sardine tin etc etc etc, but as I mentioned before sometime, I am lazy and that is the only excuse I have. I do like making pieces of art with refound items the afore mentioned loo roll inners and sardine tins and adding anything that I can find to stick to, paint, glue, glitter or generally dickey up in a pleasing (to me) way. Altering, decorating, transforming or refinding, call it what you will, I like to do it!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I have been very remiss at posting, yet again, so this time I thought I would just post a few pictures of cards that I have done for classes. Hope you enjoy and if you like anything please do ask, I do keep notes on how I made them :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Monday, November 09, 2009


This is where I went yesterday to spend a few minutes.

There is no one there any more, everyone who had been laid to rest here were repatriated, but it is still a special place.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The only good thing about rain

We have been like most people in the UK and have had some seriously heavy rain this last week, but the up side of rain is RAINBOWS!
This beauty was over the house a couple of days ago, isn't it fantastic! It was a full rainbow and I love them, brings out the child in me :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Choccie Buttons .......... and shopping!

OK, there are some that seem to think I would leave an empty packet of buttons just to tempt, well, here is the awful truth, I am not really a chocoholic. Don't get me wrong, there are times that I would kill for the stuff, but so long as I know that there is some if I want it, I am happy.

Yes there are buttons in the bag!

There is also a bit of shopping that sort of jumped into the basket while I was out this morning. I just fell in love with the Papermania Chatsworth stuff. I just had to get the paper and both sets of stamps, they will work sooooooo well with the Home decor cartridge that I got a few weeks ago.
Then we went to Subway (Thursday is my fav day as the special is the BMT) and compared purchases. Now that was a very bad move as I had time to think about another set of stamps that I had not got. Yep, I had to go back and get them. Oh and after seeing what Helen did with the brad maker, yep, I had to get one of those too, green cheese disease strikes!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Well here I am again, late as usual, but at least I have something to show this week. Life has been sort of getting in the way. I have been doing things, just not a lot I can show on here as the wrong people might see them! You know it is that time of year again when we all get kinda secretive.

Well, what is there? I left the cards I will be doing in class on the desk so that I would not forget to pick them up, so you can have a sneaky peek at those, a wiper card and a stepped card and making flowers with ribbon. There is my Christmas Planner still in the "WIP" stage, a mini canvas that I am fiddling with and as usual, a huge bag of buttons, and yes, it is the same bag that was there last time I managed to upload a WOYWW picture. My Fairy House STILL does not have a roof, I must finish that sometime, and the alcohol ink backgrounds are STILL waiting for me to stamp on them and turn them into cards, hmmmmmm a lot of to do's there.