Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Good Morning WOYWWer's, and for anyone wondering what WOYWW is all about, then I recommend visiting Julia's Blog Stamping Ground where you can find out all about it. 

Today my desk is covered with stuff I can't show at the moment - new stamps from Elusive Images. So instead I thought I would show off my drawers. Hubby got me these as a pressy a while back and they are really useful for lotsa stuff.

The next pics are the top 2 drawers that contain mostly my Distress inks they are stacked 2 deep in each drawer. I tend to pair up colours so it makes them easy to find; Dusty Concord with Milled Lavender (purple colours), Spiced Marmalade with Dried Marigold (orange shades)- you get the idea I am sure. In the second drawer there is a random assortment of other inkpads too. Woulda shown you more of the drawers but the camera batteries have run out!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Trick or Treat - The Reveal

Well was it a trick, or was it a treat???.............

Um, yanno getting older make it hard to remember stuff............

Stuff like...................

Was I tricking y'all or not..... and.......

Stuff like........

Where did I put...............


Yay......  it was a TREAT!!!

I have used a random number generator at Random.Org to draw a winner and the lucky number chosen was comment 26.  Now I should point out that someone commented twice, so technically the winning comment is 27th  in the list as I only counted 1 comment per person.  And the lucky winner is belindatec:

belindatec said...

I really love your card that cat is just perfect.

16 September 2010 00:17

Congratulations Belinda, please leave me a comment on this post with your name and postal address so I can mail your stamps to you.  Comment moderation is turned on for this blog so I won't publish the comment that contains your details.
Now it just remains for me to thank everyone who has taken part for all your kind comments and for entering into the fun of  our little Trick or Treat theme.  Right now Elusive Images are offering a wonderful inspiration leaflet (actually IMO it's more of a booklet) for anyone who buys more than one set of the Hallowe'en stamps.  It's a fab leaflet, with lots of ideas and several sets ofstep by step instructions - great for those of you who are newer stampers and may need a little help.  Full details of how to get hold of the leaflet can be found on the Elusive Images Design Team Blog.  Retailers should contact Elusive Images for details of how to get hold or the leaflet for their store.

Trick or Treat Part 4 - Time's Running Out

It’s that time of year again when the nights are drawing in, the kids are back at school, the leaves are starting to turn and the pumpkins are ripening......... and even more exciting it's nearly time to reveal who has won blog candy in the Elusive Images Hallowe'en Blog Hop.  Do I have some of these scrummy Elusive Images Hallowe'en Blog candy treats to give away, or is this just a trick?  Well if you want to know the answer you're going to have to check back later today when all will be revealed. 

There will be winners for sure, but did you leave your comments on the right blogs? The lucky winners will receive one of these Elusive Images Hallowe'en themeplates so if you haven't joined in yet you still have a few short hours in which to do so.  Scroll down to my "Trick or Treat Part 2" post and follow the instructions on the post.  Then make sure you visit the Elusive Images Design Team Blog and use the links there, or the ones in my sidebar to visit the blogs of the other DT members.  There are at least 2 DT members who have some blog candy to give away so hurry hurry..... don't be missed!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Trick or Treat Part 3 - Found that Blog Candy Yet?

We have been having a lot of fun on the Elusive Images Design Team for the last few weeks playing errr I mean working hard, making samples with Hallowe'en themed stamps.  A dirty job for sure, but someone had to do it [Grin].  Today I thought I would share one of those samples with you. The card was made using stamps from the Twilight Zone and Spookylicious themeplates, and paper from the Artylicious Essence of Nature CD.  I also used Distress Inks and Twinkling H2Os.

Right now we have a fun blog hop running for anyone who wants to win some hallowe'en themed blog candy.  Now the candy is hidden, not every Design Team member has any, some do, some don't.  The challenge is to find the blogs with the candy.  To give you a helping hand, here is the link to my blog candy post - be sure to follow the instructions in the post if you hope to find that blog candy! 

Of course I may or may not have candy, so to be certain of being in with a chance to win some of these spooktacular Elusive Images Hallowe'en themed stamps you will need to visit the Elusive Images Design Team Blog and also the blogs of the other DT members - you can find their links in my side bar and on the main post about the Blog Hop on the Elusive Images Design Team Blog.  You only have a day or two left to find that candy, as the winners will be drawn on Friday 17th September 2010.  Good Luck in the hunt!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

WOYWW 67 and Elusive Images Halloween Candy

Well, where did the week go?  Oh yes I remember, I was busy schemeing with the the rest of the Elusive Images Design Team about a Hallowe'en themed Blog Hop with hidden Blog Candy for you to find.  If you want to know more, the start point is here at the Elusive Images Design Team Blog.  You have until the 17th of September to hunt down that candy. 

But now it's Wednesday again so it's time for WOYWW.  Last week I made it round everyone!  Geeze that was a lot of blogs, but I enjoyed every visit and found lots lof lovely inspiration along the way, not to mention some comfort in seeing that, after all, I may not the messiest crafter in the known universe.

Anyhow here's my desk this week, not a lot going on at the moment so I thought you might like to see what's over my workspace.... and here's a pic of some drawers that sit on the shelf directly over my desk - they hold Sakura pens, water colour pencils, Stampin' Up Markers, Whispers markers, some stencils, stencil brushes, gems, bits of ribbon and other various itty bitty crafty things.  On top are tins with more pencils, Primacolors, Derwent Metallic Pencils and Lyra Aquacolors - and before you say it, yes I have a bit of a pen and pencil thing going on ..... and worse.......I haven't even shown you my collection of twinkling H2O's yet..... maybe I will share that next week. 
In front of those drawers is the edge of the shelf - it's about 3 inches wider than the little drawer sets and a very handy spot to stuff things outta the way, I can reach up there while remaining seated at my workdesk!  Errr don't ask me what up there, most of it is small bits of card that really ought to be in a bits box or binned. I keep promising myself I will sort that all out Oneday.  The problem is Woden gave his name to  Wednesday, Thor's name for Thursday,  and Freya gave hers to Friday etc., but here's the problem..... for some reason nobody ever named a day of the week after the great god "One"!!! And ain't that most original and best excuse you EVER did hear for not tidying your craft space!!! [Big Grin]
Now if you're wondering what on earth all this is about then I recommend you visit Julia's Blog Stamping Ground as she is the orchestrator of this regular Wednesday Snoopathon.

Oops I nearly forgot, for those of you who visited last week and saw the part-coloured image on my's how it turned out.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Trick or Treat Part 2

Well, the Elusive Images Design Team Hallowe'en Blog Hop is underway and all of the new Hallowe'en stamps can be seen on the DT blog.  Some of the EI Design Team have blog candy to give away this week........Do I have candy????   maybe I do, and maybe I don't..... Trick or Treat????? 

Here's a card that plays a trick..... open it up and BOO!!!  The stamps are from Elusive Images and include a  mix from the new Hallowe'en themeplates, Spookylicious, Twilight Zone,  and also stamps from Arboretum Design a Tree and Sketchy Alphabet
So..... do I have hallowe'en candy????..... well my lips are sealed, but if you want to take a chance on this being a treat and not a trick, here's what you must do:

  • if you are not already a follower, you need to become a  follower on this blog
  • You must also become a follower on the Elusive Images Design Team blog
  • Link back to this post on your own blog if you have one.
  • Finally  leave me a comment on this post
On the 17th of September the EIDT members who do have candy will draw a winner randomly from the comments on their blogs...... best make sure you visit all of us if you want to be in with a chance to win! You can find my fellow Design Team Members in my side bar.  Good luck in the hunt!

Please note this Blog Candy Hunt is now over and the winners have been announced.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Trick or Treat?

Good morning, I hope everyone is having a  great weekend.  Just a wee peek at something I've been working on for the Elusive Images Blog Hop which starts tomorrow.  If you want to see what happens to my pile of pumpkins, you need follow the Hop.  Your launch pad will be the Elusive Images Design Team Blog tomorrow.  Take care not to miss anything because you never know, there may be Hallowe'en candy to be found along the way!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Good Morning WOYWWers. Thanks for all the kind comments last week,  especially those about the brayered Hallowe'en cards..... what the photo at that distance probably didn't show is that each of those has a flaw of some kind... and that is why I was not happy with them.   Things like over inking on the reflected stamping bug me cuz I know it's there - I tend not to use stuff where my "inner school teacher" is writing "could do better" on the school report [Grin]  And on that note, I could do better, I really hoped to get round all the blogs last week..... fell short by quite a bit... made it to just over 70 folks.  If I missed your's I am sorry - and I will try harder this week.

Anyhow,   This was my desk last night, I'm in the process of making a new version of that Lighthouse scene card for someone.  Their father, who is quite ill, saw a picture of the card and loved it.  However I no longer have the original card to send, so I said I would make one for him. Started the colouring last night, and have a few ideas how to remake the card, but make it different from the original too,  even tho I am aiming for the same kind of vibrant colours as the first one.

Now if you are wondering what this WOYWW stuff is all about, then I recommend a visit to Julia's Blog Stamping Ground where all will be made clear..... hmmmmm or maybe not so clear.... more likely to be pretty messy.....but it's all nice creative mess!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


I missed WOYWW last week, had a rather shocking visit to the optician for an eye test - geeze the price of varifocals!!! Who ever said old age does not come on it's own must have been thinking about the massive bills for things like that that come with it!  Anyhow after some help from other crafters online I found a better deal on new glasses, which I sorely need, at Tesco..... just a case of getting them made up now.

First pic up today is for Julia - the evil genius behind this regular Wednesday madness and if you want to know how to join in the fun, well all you have to do is visit Julia's Blog.  Thank you Julia for my lovely WOYWW easel that arrived safely last week.  The card was made using a stamp I have been playing with for a forum swap where the theme was "Old Freinds or Latest Purchase"  The "Floral Spray" was one of my first ever Elusive Images stamps and is indeed an old and trusted freind - a lovely image for so many occasions.  While I was making my swap card another idea for using the stamp was kinda bubbling away underneath and this is what happened.... seemed that turning it into a "thank you" card was the right thing to do.  I matted it onto some orange card and thought I would then stamp sort of background on a card blank, but when I went digging in my stash I found that silvery green card that I had forgotten I had, and it just seemed to colour match so well with the leaves in the main image that I decided that leaving it plain was best.

And here's my workspace as I left it at bedtime - sorry the bit of white card on my cutting mat is something I cannot show as it's a Design Team project so I turned it over - but I spend last night colouring the stamped image on the other side with Derwent Inktense Pencils.... mmmm I lurve those pencils. The bottles in the plastic bag are Tinkabella Inks from Graphicus, got an idea for that red colour that's lying on it's side. Behind that some attempts at a brayerd card with a halloween theme... not happy with any of them so not sure that idea will mature into anything worthwhile, but they are there cuz I will probably have another crack at it some time this week.

This is the space to the left of my work area - see I am still being good - no return of the huge piles of stash - I can even have my box of pencils open with both trays available for me to pick colours from! The box of stamps contains the stamps the sets of stamps that I am currently working with, there is more in there than just those house stamps.