What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

This week, a rather eclectic mix of stuff but thanks for asking!  The socks take centre stage, a finished pair on the right, an almost finished pair in the middle and a just started pair on the left!

There’s also some stamps (signs of life other than knitting – finally!), including a little pile from the UK that contained that sweet Happy Hopers image as it’s busy knitting little coats for the chicks!  And the zig-zagy thing is a placemat, cause apparently you can make sock blockers out of them for cheap, so I want to give that a go.

And here’s the finished Hermione’s Every Day Socks being modeled, not by Hermione, but by me, on a very warm (84F), very humid (it had rained all morning then the sun came out) Sunday afternoon.  I didn’t keep them on for long, I’m not that mad!


So, head on over to Julia’s if you need info on the weekly link up, I’ll see you on the trail.

Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Christmas In July

It’s the 15th of the month so that means a new challenge over at Sparkles.  Sweet Miss Rebecca has chosen Christmas In July as let’s face it, it’s not really that far away is it!  That’s a scary thought lol!


Here’s my project for this month.


I used a really sweet LOTV stamp called Birdhouses – Bauble and coloured it with Prisma pencils and glitter, lots of glitter! and a dab or two of Liquid Pearls too.   The sentiment is also from LOTV Grunge Christmas set.  The paper are off cuts from an old DCWV stack, the brown card is The Paper Company and the blue is Bazzill.  The dies are both JoyCraft, pearls are from Michaels and the little wooden snowflake was from a blog win earlier in the year.

I hope you can pop over and join us again this month at Sparkles.  We have a fabulous prize up for grabs from our generous sponsor, Marianne Design.



LOTV Monthly Challenge ~ Take Two ~ Use more than one LOTV product

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Glam It Up

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper  Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Jingle Belles ~ Shopping Our Stash (DCWV paper from 2008 and lots of Stickles colours that I normally never use)

Shopping Our Stash ~ Bonus challenge with the Jingle Belles (see above)

Christmas Cards All Year Round ~ Non Traditional Colours

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ The Surprise Edition

And it was me who got the surprise!

Hello again desk hoppers, Wednesday once more, thanks for popping in.  So how did I get a surprise?  Well, you may recall I was in Mexico at the end of May, when the crop and the atc swap was going on and didn’t take part.  So imagine my surprise when I got back from the weekend on Sunday (June 29th) to find an envelope from Julia in my mailbox which was full of beautiful atc’s, along with a lovely note!  So they’re gracing my desk this week.



Poor Julia must have been wondering why I hadn’t mentioned them before, or thanked her for them, but they must have traveled the long way round as they were posted on May 27th and arrived here on either the 27th or 28th of June!  I can’t believe it took 31 or 32 days for a small envelope with correct postage and address on to reach me.  But I had a fantastic time looking at each one and putting names to blogs.

So Julia, thank you so much for taking the trouble to include me in the WOYWW ATC swap.  And you truly surprised me too!

So, it was the last weekend in June and I had the Friday off work as we headed down to Mid-Ohio racing track for the annual Vintage Grand Prix that they hold there, and this time we were able to take the little Ginetta G15 with us too.  They have a featured marque at Mid-O every year, along with a special race for the featured marque and this year it was the classic mini that got its turn in the limelight.  They came from all over the US and Canada too, 54 of them to be precise.  I love mini’s, we had three at different times when I was growing up, I learnt to drive in one too, I think most of us probably have a mini story somewhere in our past.

I’ll leave you with this photo from Turn 1 of lap 1 of their race, 49 of them started, 48 finished (no mean feat in itself!).  It was impossible to get them all in one shot, they just kept coming and coming and coming around turn 1!  Wonderful to see, absolutely fantastic actually.  It was the most minis in one place that both Andrew and I had ever seen, or are ever likely to see again.

So that’s me this week.  Head off to Julia if you have no idea why I’m showing you a desk, and while you’re there make sure you

wish her a Very Happy Birthday too!  

And at the other end of the birthday celebrations scale, Happy Birthday America, 238 on the 4th.  And while I think about it, today (2nd July) is also the 20 yr anniversary of Andrew and I arriving in America!!  Plus it’s Darnell’s birthday!  Wow, lots going on this week!

Sparkles Christmas Challenge ~ A Winters Scene

Hello All and welcome to another challenge at Sparkles Christmas.  The winners and Top 3 from last month have been posted, pop over and see if it was you!  The lovely Deb’s chose our theme for this month, and it’s to create A Winters Scene.  So get you thinking caps on and join us.  We’re sponsored again by the wonderful Marianne Designs:


For my card this month I did something I mean to do every year, and that is to recycle a card that was bought and sent to us.  I liked this scene a lot and I like traditional colours for Christmas too, so I stayed with the red and green.



Everything for this card was either offcuts/snippets, recycled or pre-cut and in my little tin ready to go!  The papers are DCWV, Raspberry Road and BoBunny; the snowflakes are JoyCrafts and Martha Stewart and the sentiment is by Penny Black.  The image was cut down from a Christmas card we received, edged with Distress Ink and embellished with Frosted Lace Stickles on the snow around the door and at the carolers feet.  The little holly leaves are from Memory Box but I used tiny red gems for berries instead of the teeny tiny red berries that the die cut as they’re so incredibly tiny that I couldn’t work with them.

The inside uses up some more snippets and a Stampendous sentiment.


Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~ The Paper Company ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White
  • DP: DCWV ~ Raspberry Road digital ~ BoBunny
  • Stamps: Penny Black Winter Wonder’s clear set ~ Stampendous Season’s Greetings
  • Ink: Distress Ink Festive Berries ~ Memento Jumbo Java and Red Magic
  • Embellies: Topper from recycled Christmas card ~ Frosted Lace Stickles ~ Red Gems from Michaels
  • Tools: JoyCrafts Snowflake Die ~ Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch ~ Memory Box Holly Leaves Die




Sketch & Stash ~ Current LO and using up old scraps of paper

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Christmas Challenge ~ Let’s Get Sentimental

Jingle Belles ~ A Christmas Story (A Victorian scene like this always puts me in mind of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol)

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes

The Squirrel And The Fox ~ Christmas In July

Sweet Stamps ~ Dreaming of Snow

Happy Wednesday

Often known as What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, I was very busy at work and also a bit under the weather, nothing at all serious, just feeling a bit blah.  Nowhere near as blah as Julia must have been feeling I would guess, hope you’re well rested and on the mend now.

I have a desk but it has things on it that I can’t show you at this time, so I’ll do a quick catch up of my knitting!


At the front, the yellow socks are finished and represent pair No6 for this year.  On the right is a simple textured pattern called Hermione’s Everyday Socks, based on the character in the HP series of books and films, there’s an entire range of patterns for the HP characters, places, plants and heaven knows what else, I might knit some more.  The second one of this is underway at work during lunch breaks. In the middle is a new sock, a Mystery Knit-Along, the pattern was split into four and a new clue (the next section) is released on four consecutive Sundays, it’s turned out to be very pretty and fun to knit.  One that hasn’t been fun to knit though is lurking over on the left.  I started it in April and it’s based on old, traditional Gansey patterns, and to be frank, it bored the pants off me.  I can’t see it having a partner any time soon to be honest, but I do intend to finish it sometime!

Here’s a close up of a couple of them.

This one because although it may be simple, it does wonders for the cheap, self striping yarn I bought when I first started knitting socks a couple of years ago.


And this one because I love the colour, love the yarn (it has Alpaca in it), I love the twisted rib at the top, and you can’t see it well at the moment, but it’s a really pretty pattern.

Chin, chin.  Must knit now!

Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ At The Beach/Summer Fun

Hello All – I’m back with another fun theme for you at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  I’ve been a bit under the weather for a few days, hence my little break from blogging last week.  Plus we’ve had trouble with thunderstorms, power cuts, a leak in the basement wall and disturbed sleep due to overnight storms!  It’s been a rough few days, lol!

I picked the theme for this months challenge.  June is the “official” start of Summer on the 20th and of course, we have the Summer Solstice on the 21st of the month too, plus it won’t be long before the kiddos are off school and everyone heads to the beach for a holiday, so I picked the theme of At The Beach/Summer Fun.

We’re sponsored by a new to us sponsor this month, who are offering a ten pound voucher to their shop:


For my project I used sandy coloured kraft card, striped glittery paper that reminds me of deckchairs on the beach and a cute House Mouse and Friends image called Bunny Cruise.  I think this little chap really has got his priorities straight!

The front is very plain, with some WordArt generated on the net for free at CoolText and some of the stripy, glittered paper with a plain blue backing.

I cut it out with a Go Create Frilly Squares #2 die, edged it with some Tumbled Glass DI and stamped the little grasses along the bottom edge.  Open it up though and you find this..

The image is coloured with Prisma pencils and edged with the DI Tumbled Glass ink.  The sentiment and the seagull are from a clear set free with a UK card magazine.  The “Smile” sentiment is from a The Paper Company Studio clear set and the compass and little flying birds are from a Kanban set.  The backing card is all The Paper Company and all are offcuts.  The striped paper is DCWV Citrus Pack.

After I took these photos I put some Glossy Accents on his drink and a little Crystal Stickles on the water, I’d meant to do this before I called the card finished but completely forgot!

We’d love to have you join us this month, you have until the 12th July.  And please pop over to the main Sparkles blog to see the wonderful inspiration for you from my teamies, they’re such an eclectic bunch and all their projects are diverse and beautiful.




House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge ~ Die Cuts or Punches (I have a die cut on the front)

Gruffies & Guests ~ Anything Goes w/the option of Patchwork

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Use DP

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

My Mum’s Craft Shop ~ Ink It Up (Use rubber stamps on your creation)

Father’s Day

Hi-de-hi!  A quick post from me to show the fruits of my Sunday afternoon labour in the craft room, it’s been quite a while since a card has actually graced this blog I can tell you!

I searched around for a nice sketch to keep things simple and found one at Sketch Saturday.



I looked through my stash for AGES for some appropriate backing paper before I realised that the kraft cardstock was the prefect sandy colour and didn’t need anything extra!  I know it’s been a while but sheesh, you think I might have made that connection earlier!

I covered a scrap of white card with Distress Inks and stamped the Kanban seascape scene directly on to it when it had dried, I also added the little birds from the same set.  I decided that the moon was out rather than the sun, so tickled it and some of the wave lets with a sparkly silver pen which just isn’t showing up at all.  The blue mounting card and the two pieces of sea green DP are also scraps and they were all edged with blue DI.  The sentiment is actually a sticker that was on a sheet free with a card magazine and the two little gems are metallic dots from ColorBok, they’re a bit browner IRL.

On the inside I used the rest of the blue scrap card and a little stamp from a set that was free with a UK card magazine

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White ~ The Paper Company
  • DP: Scraps from an unknown source
  • Stamps: Kanban ~ A free set from a UK card magazine
  • Inks: Various Distress Inks ~ Versafine Black
  • Embellies: Sentiment sticker ~ Metallic dots from ColorBok



Sketch Saturday ~ Current LO

Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes

Pixies Snippets Playground: Use Up Your Scraps

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Father’s Day

LadyBug Crafts: Something For The Boys

Ohh La La Challenges: Father’s Day/Male

Darnell’s NBUS Challenge: Never Before Used Schtuff!  The Kanban Stamp set, the little seagull and the sentiment sticker all qualify for NBUS!  You can get to Darnell’s pad by clicking on the button too!