Monday, 13 December 2010

The 12 tags of Christmas workshop ...

Well, what can I say, I had the most lovely group of ladies to this workshop, we got creative,we got messy, we laughed, we even had a bit of christmas singing from some quarters lol :D Most of all we had 2 full days of FUN ... thanks girls you were all stars xx
Here are some of the pictures from the weekend ...

This is Friday afternoon, table all set up, kit bags out ..all ready to go

on this picture we have from front to back Sharon, June, Kate, June and Glynis ...

On this picture we have left to right .. Lynda, Chris, Bernice, Miriam and Carole.

and this is how the table was looking at the end of the first day ....

So, day 2 and this is Sharon and June with Kate lurking in the background :o)

This is Lynda & Chris ... busy working hard :o)

Can you tell we're on Tag 12 by this point ? lol ...

And here are my original 12 Tags of Christmas that we worked from ...

Thanks to everyone who came and took part, I had a blast, hope you did too :o)x

Friday, 3 December 2010

Back to Blogland, Christmas Tags & Art Journaling.

Finally I've made it back, The snow is lying thick & white on the ground, the kids are off school, the kitchen is semi-complete, deadlines have been met and the Christmas shopping has at least been started !
Today I've been getting myself into gear for the forth coming 12 tags of Christmas Tag workshop, thought I perhaps ought to plan the tags lol, so here's a sneak peek at some of the ones that are done/ partially complete ...

I watched Invictus last night (film starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela) ... it was a very lovely and food for thought kind of a film, and the title of the film is taken from a poem by William. E Henley which the whole film revolves around, the last two lines of the poem I love very much, so I thought I would add the poem to an art journal for safe keeping. I haven't finished doodling etc yet, but this is it so far ...

Friday, 19 November 2010


Just a quick note to say that I'm sorry I've not been around much the last couple of weeks, Since the NEC I have been having a new kitchen fitted at home, but we have had to completely gut it, dig 12" out of the floor and basically start from scratch, we've had plumbers, electricians, plasterer, joiner etc etc in & out of the house, some of the time we've had no heating, water or more importantly no electric or broadband connection hence no blogging ! ... we're still a way from being finished but most of the messy work is done so I'm hoping I'll be back to the blog (& my crafty desk) next week ... so I'll see you there x

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

all the fun of the show ...

So, Jamie has very kindly sent me some pictures from Sunday at the show, here is the configurations box that I did :

And this is me & mum, squashed into the back of the landrover with all the stands and stock ready to go home on sunday night lol ...

It wasn't too bad actually, but it's a good job there wasn't anymore, poor Sharon was surrounded by stock & stands in the front as well :D
Anyhow,just a quick post today, catch up with you for woyww tomorrow ! (better get putting all that stash away so you can see my desk !)

Monday, 8 November 2010

Well, what a fantastic time we had !

What can I say, the show was brilliant, had SOOO much fun demo'ing for the four days, we started off the mornings using Tim Holtz distress inks then we did a couple of hours over the lunch time demo'ing Alcohol inks, followed by some art journaling with Claudine Hellmuth Studio line paints and also the Melt Pot, the problem was that we started off with over 700 distress inks on Thursday morning, by saturday evening we just had about a dozen left, and by last night it had dwindled to 3, So we had to keep finding things to demonstrate, I used the blending tools on the spinner and sold out of blending tools, I used alcohol inks, we ran out of Blending solution, I used the melt pot and we sold out of those too lol... it wasn't because we didn't take much, we did, we just sold A LOT, which is great but by Sunday I was down to filling a configurations box that Tim Holtz produces, I used the Tissue tape & filled it with all kinds of trinkets, the result was that we only had a few of those left by the end of the show too ! ... But I had a wonderful time with my Brother Jamie who owns Artist Trading Post, My sister in law Sharon & my Mum as we all worked together for the 4 days. One of the highlights of the show was meeting people who either follow my blog, I know through UK scrappers or have traded ATC's with previously (I always take a small stash of ATC's to shows, you never know who might want to trade !) SO if you came to see us at the show thank you, if you spent your hard earned cash with us, thank you Thank you :D :D
I will post a picture of the completed configurations box as soon as Jamie gets a chance to send one across to me (Poor Sharon & Jamie have the long task of emptying the stash and stands out of the car and putting them all back into the shop .. & in this awful weather too :( )
So I'll leave you with a picture of me demo'ing (or should that be playing ?) at the show x

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

WOYWW and other stories ...

What's on your workdesk wednesday ... Well to be honest it would be easier to tell you what wasn't on my workdesk today, everything is pretty much being used on different samples and it all really needs tidying up, which I may have to do so that I can find everything to pack for the NEC later on today. If you haven't seen the post below you won't know that I'm heading off to the NEC for 4 glorious days of demo'ing .. I can't wait !!! :D So I need to sort out everything I need to take, get it packed up and ready to go. If you are heading to the NEC come and see me at the Artist Trading Post Stand (G50) Make sure you tell me who you are & that you read my blog, you never know I might even make you a tag lol :D
I also made this bracelet to go with my name badge (see yesterdays post) I had lot's of bits hanging about & decided that they would all go together perfectly :o)
I don't know when I'll get round to you all, NEC is thursday to sunday & we're also having the kitchen gutted starting at the end of this week so I shall be emptying it today .. so it may not be until the beginning of next week, but I'll do my best x
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Oops I did it again !

Sorry, sorry , sorry ..AWOL again !But here I am back at the computer after lot's of family time, adventures in London (twice in a week) 1/2 term, plus loads of hard work lol .. that's if you can call creating projects for magazines and new workshops hard work ! :D
I've also been busy getting things ready for the NEC, working out what I shall be demo'ing for 4 days, we go on Thursday this week and are there until Sunday .. Do come and see us if your there, we will be on stand G50. Got lot's of lovely stash on the Artist Trading post stand this year, I'll be demo'ing distress inks and re-inkers, Claudine Hellmuth studio line paints (art journal backgrounds and beads) and Alcohol inks techniques. I can't wait 4 whole days of playing :D
I made this badge for myself to wear ...

(just incase I forget who I am :o) )
and then there's a sneak peek at the beads I shall be making using Claudines Range of products too ..

Next week we should hopefully have the new workshops online, the samples are being worked on as we speak !
So I'd better get back to it, no time for slacking lol ... speak soon x

Thursday, 21 October 2010

More Art Journaling pages ... & a sneak peek

Well I spent a happy couple of hours in a local bar/cafe journaling and drinking coffee :o)
(I did manage to have a bowl of their handmade chips too , well a girls got to keep her energy levels up :D)
The results of todays meandering are below, some are just backgrounds ready for stuff, some are 1/2 done waiting for either inspiration or more time to finish them & I think 1 or 2 may be finished (then again I might change my mind on that !)

then there are sneak peeks of some of the prep work for my next lot of workshops :

These include an Altered Scrapbook, where we combine scrapbooking, altered books & art journaling all in one ! .. and a mini ATC art journal book ... lot's more to come, keep an eye on Workshops here

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WOYWW ... a pile of Tags

Good Morning .. thanks for stopping by on this Woyww, infact thank you to everyone who has stopped by during the last week, there have been some lovely comments :D x
Today my desk is busy with tags as I have a pile (18 of them) sample stamps that I am trying out .. have to say that I REALLY like these ! So I thought what better way to try them than distressing lot's of tags ( I do this by staring at them in a harsh way) and then I add some Tim Holtz inks :D
I only had about 30 minutes to play last night, so am looking forward to some more time this morning with them !
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Right I'd better off and get the kids all sorted for school ... I'll pop round to yours when I've got the chores all done ! :D x

Monday, 11 October 2010

Art Journals & Canvas's

So many things started .. A LOT to finish lol :D ... still that's how I like it.
I have lot's of journal pages ready to do something with, so here they are in their unfinished / only just started state ...

Then there is a selection of Canvas's that I'm in the middle of working on :

And then there is this mountboard canvas that I painted first and then used encaustic wax on to finish it (yes I did say Finish !) lol :D

I will be sure to post pictures as & when each project is completed !
thanks for stopping by x

Friday, 8 October 2010

Art Journal Workshop .. What a FUN day !

Well it's been and gone again, another Art Journaling workshop, A FAB group of ladies and a lot of brilliant pages later & I'm back relaxing with a glass of wine lol :D
The girls (Becky, Sharon, Sarah, Patti & Emma) were lovely to work with all day, bags of enthusiasm & a willingness to try whatever lol :D .. Thanks for making my life such a breeze girls x
Here's some pictures from the day
The first one is when I'd all set up, before they arrived :

Here's Sharon, Sarah & Emma working hard ...

And here is Patti & Emma busy creating ...

And a few sneaky peeks at the work in progress :

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


So it's that time of the week again already ! Sorry I didn't make it round so many desks last week, Artisan rather took over. I promise to do better this week, though it will be tomorrow rather than today !
On my desk (well on the small space that had any room on it is a little pile of interesting bits I picked up at Artisan ... there was a pile of beads too, but I did a bead loom workshop there & have already started using those .. will post a picture of the latest bracelet I'm making when it's done :o)
Off to a Ploughing Match today (in the rain) so will catch up with you all soon .. Thanks for stopping by x
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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

& a jolly good time was had by all :D

Well it's Tuesday afternoon & finally I can see my desk top again, Artisan was a huge amount of fun over Friday and Saturday,But it has left me with stash & goodies everywhere ! Then instead of tidying up I went off en famille to play Paintballing all day Sunday ! Now that WAS alot of fun lol :D but very exhausting after the two days at Artisan, still these things have to be done :D
Yesterday was busy sorting things out for today & tomorrow, I've been into school this afternoon teaching class 5 & 6 how to make a mini tag book and then tomorrow I'm helping out the company my husband works for at a Ploughing match .. no, I'm not the one doing the ploughing, nope I put on my best Hostess with the mostess disguise & serve tea, coffee & food to lot's of hungry farmers lol :D .. My husband works at an Agricultural & builders merchants & they have a stand there, so that's my Wednesday spoken for ! I am however REALLY looking forward to the Art Journalling workshop on Friday (think there are still a couple of places to be had)
The picture is early on Saturday morning at Artisan whilst myself & my Daughter were beginning to set up for the Distress Ink workshop. Both workshops were full with 20 people each day, which was lovely, could have been a tad upset if only 3 or so had turned up lol :D

& this one is mid way through the workshop :D

We met some lovely people there on both days, some who visit me on here, some who are regular customers at Artist Trading Post & some who come to my workshops here and made some new friends, perfect :D x

Thursday, 30 September 2010

ATC's and getting ready for Artisan

Well it's been a very busy couple of days up in here in my studio ... piles of alcohol inks being sorted out :

and piles of distress inks ....

and some of the ATC's that I've been busy making ready to trade at Artisan ...

I'll try & get some pictures from Artisan to share with you soon x

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Woyww ... A pile of Mess

Well I've got to admit things are in a mess, I'm busy sorting out workshops for the Artisan show, I'm doing alcohol ink techniques on Friday & Distress ink techniques on Saturday ...Got a stack of leaflets on my desk about the workshops to take there, and some pre-painted grunge shapes too. Really looking forward to it, and there will be plenty of time for shopping & trading some ATC's too ... As well of course as helping out when needed on Artist Trading Posts stand... Mums going with us Friday and my daughter is going with us on Saturday so should be a lot of fun !
Anyone on here going ?

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Friday, 24 September 2010

Mini Book Workshop

Well I think a lovely time was had by all, I certainly enjoyed myself with a smashing group of ladies :D
We made 4 different mini books today with some fabby results :D
Here they are at work :

Looking forward to seeing some of them at Artisan next week too ! Are any of you going to be there ?