Friday, January 27, 2012

altered books...

It hasn't been a good week :( I haven't done a piece of artwork or even got an ink pad to paper....Suddenly it is Friday, and I am feeling bereft of artiness, so I thought I would show you a sneaky peek of one of my altered books. I am sure I have shown it before many moons ago, but this time it is to promote my up and coming workshops at Pickleberry Papercrafts and at It's Crafting Time. Never torn up a book, or painted pages? Then I will take away those fears, and show you how. I guarantee you will be hooked! All the details for the workshops are down the side of my blog.

Off now to nurse my tooth which was fiddled with this morning.. hoping the very nice dentist has fixed the pain!
Have a creative day

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday...

In my case not a lot this week, as I have been busy doing other things! Workshops, tax returns (yuck!) and generally making a mess elsewhere! I did manage to get around a few desks last week, and had hoped to do more.. this week I promise to do better! The remains of some workshop flowers are just waiting on my desk for some divine inspiration and time!

Now if you have a fear of never letting anyone see your workdesk mess ( it's called deskitis!!oooh I think I invented a new ... jump over to Julia, Queen of desks for an insight into how other people work! It might inspire you to join in :))
have a very happy Wednesday...
hugs from me and my desk!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Workshop meltdown!

On Saturday I travelled down to Fareham near Portsmouth with my chauffeur I am so lucky that DH loves driving!) to take a meltpot/alcohol ink class at Jendeninks. Eleven wonderfully creative ladies joined me to learn a few techniques in using the meltpot and alcohol inks. I always love what happens when you put stamps, tags, colour, UTEE and alcohol inks in front of people and give them techniques to learn. Here are a few photos of some of the absolutely gorgeous creations that were made in my mini masterclass.

Thank you girls, it was brilliant day, and thank you to Jenny for putting up with me!
Have a creative day

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday....137

Now I could be a great big liar, and tell you that my desk is overflowing with works in progress, and that I cannot show you anything...or I could say that I am having the winter blues, or that I have been too busy doing the dreaded paperwork this week, and post a picture of my desk from last week. In fact, my desk hasn't been used at all since last week, as all the above are true in some form or another! VAT, tax forms, wip, orders and workshop prep means that I really haven't got an inkpad out since last week... feeling very uninked! LOL. I have, however, got a desk or two to show you from my workshop on Saturday at Pickleberry, which is closely followed this Saturday by one at Jendenink near Fareham (there a couple of spaces left if you fancy a day of getting inky). So this is my play space this week,
with the wonderful girls who spent time creating something similar to this,

and then there was this and THIS is a work in progress! A Tattered Floral die Rose that has the faux porcelain technique applied to it on top of a tag I managed to throw together on Saturday while teaching a technique!

If you think that I have waffled long enough about desks, then head yourselves over to Mrs Dunnit's to see lots and lots more desks, and apologies to all who popped in last week, I never got a moment to pop by yours. Hope to do better this week!
Have a very happy woyww day!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Winner of the birthday blog candy!

A good frosty morning to you. I hope you had a creative weekend.  Now i almost forgot to draw the winner of my birthday blog candy.. and just remembered this morning! I had a wonderful number of over 200 comments.. you do love a good candy :))... so Mr picked a number, and I scrolled down the names to pick the winner.. so please step up to he podium...drum roll please maestro....Congratulations, and please email me your snail mail address, so I can get your goodies off to you.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the candy, and watch this space for more soon:))
Have a creative day

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 136

Now in all honesty. I very nearly didn't take part in this weeks What's On Your Workdesk. I mean last week I missed it, and the week before I think... post Christmas lethargy is setting in, and it is definitely time to clear the decks, and clean up! Take a look at the complete mess on the desk, and it has been like this for several weeks now! Not good :(

I have just spent more than 20 minutes trying to upload this picture...grrr I finally uploaded it in html view..anyone else having this problem?
If you haven't got a clue what on earth I am wittering on about, then hop over to Julia's ,Queen of all workdesks, and have a look at some of the brilliant workspaces in the world!
I am unashamedly going to plug some candy I have on offer for my birthday last Saturday, which also coincided with The Tim Holtz ( we are twins, in case you hadn't realised! LOL) so please do enter... you have to be in it to win it!
Have a very happy woyww day

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Birthday Bonanza Card & Candy!

Today is my birthday! I am very lucky to share it with Tim Holtz and another very talented friend of mine, Tracy!  January babies are the best!
The question is how I could celebrate all our birthdays in one? Linda from Grungy Monday Challenge solved my problem for me earlier this week, by setting a challenge that was to make Tim a birthday card. How could I refuse? So here is my card, which is a tag cut down, linked to another to form the card and Stampers Anonymoused, Rangered, Idea-ologied, and Sizzixed to honour Tim. Thank you Linda for the challenge, loved that it happened to be my birthday too :))

As you know I love any excuse to celebrate, so here is my birthday celebration for you... a whopping , mega bunch of candy!!

 Just comment here and if you would like another chance comment over on the Creative Team blog, and add me to your sidebar too....entirely up to  you.
I will post anywhere in the world,and will pick the lucky winner next Saturday..
Happy Birthday to Tim, and to everyone else who celebrates their birthday today

Thursday, January 05, 2012

It's SALE time!

Hello, and I do hope that you had a brilliant break (if you had one), and are getting back into the swing of things! Now the same cannot be said of me, as my entire studio looks like a bomb has hit it, and needs a good winter spring clean! A job for today while the winds howl around outside, and it is cosy and warm inside! I don't make resolutions for the new year, and although I don't, one passed my mind that perhaps I should try to blog more often, even if it wasn't a piece of artwork, and so with that in mind, here are details of a GREAT SALE with up to 25% off everything at The Artistic Stamper, a perfect time to get those stamps you have always wanted, or  with even more off these- Perfect Pearl Mists

And just in case you haven't seen, and would like a kick start to your 2012 crafting check out The Creative Team artwork .. fabulous creations to start the new year with Sarah Engels-Greer as our guest designer.

Have a more creative day than me... it is a paperwork and perhaps a tidy up day for me ...yuck!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year, and time for a new challenge!

Hello and Happy New Year.. welcome to 2012! I am amazed as to where the past year has gone, and I could waffle on about what has happened , and what I have achieved etc etc...but I like to look forward and to set new challenges for myself.. resolutions?? nah... don't do them, although getting tidier might be an option!! This is my 700th post!!! where has the time gone? and for it I am introducing a new Creative Team challenge for a new year! This month the challenge is VINTAGE. I made this little card using some of the photographic images we have in our stamps.. how I made this, and to see all the wonderful creations the girls have made, hop, skip and fly through inter galactic space to The Creative Team blog!

Now a little bird told me we have SALE on at the website.. what better way to celebrate the new Year and my monumentous ( is there such a word? if not I have just created one!) post!
Have a wonderfully creative New Year's day!