Back home and now have finished all the wedding stationery I had to make (150 Order of Service booklets!!) So I have been able to unpack and admire all I things I bought - I got to visit a recently opened 'The Range' shop which I have visited before in England but this is the first one now to open in N. Ireland.  Now we need a Hobbycraft as well in the west of the country (The Range and Dunelm Mill are both about 90 miles away from where we live).  I even bought some letter tiles for my name as there are never any personalised items for sale with my name on them - mind you I have no idea where I'm going to put them!  Visit the other desks by visiting Julia's blog HERE.



A change of desk this week as a friend has given us the use of her lovely mobile home for a wee holiday.  I was afraid of having withdrawal symptoms so packed a few sheets of card, some of my folders of unmounted rubber stamps, a couple of ink pads and a big box of Prismacolor pencils. I didn't bring Sansodor etc so have just been using a Derwent blender pencil for the blending and shading - it is not quite as effective but does the job!  I rarely get time to colour with pencils as I am always needing to make lots of cards for sale and tend to use ready made toppers, decoupage or colour with Promarkers for speed.  So it has been very relaxing to stamp and colour a selection of different images which can be made into cards when I get home.  I just hope I have patterned paper to match up now, as I usually chose paper first then colour to match - but it wouldn't have been practical to bring my paper stash along!!  I have my poppies cross stitch with me as well - you can see it is coming along nicely - though a year after we attended the Somme Centenary, I really think I should have it finished!  To visit the other work desks click HERE for Julia's blog.
PS - Looks like they are filming something like 'Game of Thrones' here as there are lots of very strangely dressed people on the beach fighting with swords and staves!! - either that or the locals are even more eccentric that I thought!!



The pile of 'stuff' to be used up has continued to build up on the left hand side of my workdesk, but I've pushed it to the side to work on wedding stationery.  I have 150 order of service booklets to make and had the fronts all printed and quite a lots of them trimmed down with the guillotine, when I realised they had the wrong month on them! Now I have to order more card and start all over again - I always ask for the details to be sent by email to avoid mistakes, but the bride-to-be managed to type in the wrong month!! At least I have my little helper to keep me company in the craft room - though I'm not sure that looks like a very comfortable sleeping position! Visit the other desks at Julia's blog HERE.



A quick view of my untidy desk this morning - after making a variety of cards for the shop.  The craft room always looks like a bomb has landed when I try to do lots of things at once and everything gets pulled out of the cupboards and drawers! I still have the inserts to do now - so it will probably look even more messy by the time I get finished!  Visit the other workdesks at Julia's blog HERE.



I have been taking some time stamping and colouring stamped images recently to build up another stock of cards for sale, as I've been asked to stock a small local Post Office. These images are going to be used on sympathy cards and I've been trying to decide if the outline of shading is really worth the extra time it takes to do (as my hand gets quite sore with the fibromyalgia) and also if a pale blue shadow (top right image) or a pale grey shadow (both of the bottom images) looks best.  (The top left one has not been shaded). Mind you I'm not sure if you will be able to actually see any difference due to my poor photography!!  Visit the other desks at Julia's blog HERE.


Birthday card

Another card using a decoupage image from a free pack and 'rose pink dottie card' from Annamarie designs.  The layout is the sketch on the current Sketchy challenge and the white circle background has been embossed with a SU embossing folder.  I am also entering the following 'Anything Goes' challenges -  Crafty Creations and  Penny's Challenges, Simon Says challenge (Happy Birthday) and As you like it (Favourite card base shape) - my favourite is square as there is just enough space to decorate the card without having big spaces or it looking too cluttered.  I also think they look better on the display stand in the shops where I sell them.


Happy Easter

This card was made using the sketch on this week's Mojo Monday. The decoupage image was from a free pack that came with a magazine by Docrafts and the papers from a 6 x 6 pad called Sweet Memories and Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose collection.  I am also entering it at the Allsorts challenge (Food), Crafty Cardmakers (Spring into spring), Stamp Ink Paper (Coming up flowers), Creative Inspirations (Spring spectacular) Crafty Creations and Penny's Challenge (both Anything Goes).