Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cards and a very talented lady.

Hello and welcome to WOYWW.
This week I do actually have a few cards to share.. first to my desk..

The large piece of wallpaper to the left is the result of the pupils randomly stamping potato stamps cut into tulip shapes when they made cards for Mothers Day. It was too pretty to waste so I bought it home to do something with. 

I stamped some of my favourite stamps on it from Kay Carley / Paper Artsy and cut them out. Quite pleased with the result so will make more. 

Another card made with a Stamping Bella stamp. 

The last card was made with a copy of a hand drawn sketch by my late MIL who sadly passed away at Christmas. She had a gorgeous art/craft room and we had the huge task of going through all of her wonderful paintings and sketch books. It was truly a life's work and so interesting. I came across a little sketch book with many drawings of wildlife which she loved. So here's to you Mary for leaving us such a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings and anecdotes about your art and your life to read and enjoy.

Well that's it for this week. I am looking forward to visiting you at your desks! 
Have a happy week

Lynda B 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

New puppy = not much crafting!

Hello everyone,
I haven't been around for a few months because a certain little lady has kept us very busy.
Introducing Isla our gorgeous Cockapoo puppy.

The idea of sitting down and playing with my stash has been a distant dream!  At 8 months she's settling down a bit now so fingers crossed. It's been like having a new baby. We've been obsessed with poo, wee, how much she's eating, sleeping etc... she's so funny and has been a real tonic for us and I've lost nearly a stone in weight!
 I have enjoyed reading all your blogs however and love looking at all your projects.

I did make a card for a colleague so I'll share that!

I also met up with the lovely LLJ today who has come to live just 20 mins away from me, how brilliant is that and I thought it was time to join the wonderful world of WOYWW again!  

Have a happy week 

Lynda B

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

WOYWW- Piano card and Venice!

Welcome everyone to this week's offering for WOYWW hosted by the lovely Julia at the Stamping Ground.
Two cards to share with you that I made for colleagues at work. The first was for our music teacher…. what better than a piano card!

I was so pleased with the way this turned out.(Complete with a little music book!)  Perfect for someone who plays the piano superbly, loves bling and she'll be the first to admit. a total musical DIVA!

The second was a birthday card, using my favourite Tim Holtz stamps again shown on the left and 2 smaller cards for friends who were leaving work at the end of term. 

We have just returned from a lovely 2 week holiday taking in 5 countries, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy and Croatia, thanks to the Thomson Dream cruise ship. I have severe memory overload at the moment as we visited so many beautiful and amazing places. My favourite memory has to be sailing down the Grand Canal at sunrise into Venice, passing St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs. It was so beautiful and different from anywhere I had ever been before that I admit I had a lump in my throat. I never thought that little 'ol me would ever be able to visit such places. I took over 400 photos over the 2 weeks but will just share a couple of Venice with you this week so you needn't panic and run off screaming!

St Mark's Bell tower and the Bridge of Sighs just down to the right on the water front.

A Gondolier and a typical street in Venice!

Rialto Bridge.

Well, I'll share some more holiday pics next week if that's ok. I doubt I'll have any crafting to share as I have my parents staying and my dear Dad is celebrating his 90th birthday this Friday. I have an afternoon tea party to prepare….. 

Have a happy week

Lynda B X

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

WOYWW - Mini albums, hearts and running.

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad to be back with you all this week. I have been very busy with school stuff, putting together portfolios of the children's work ready for an inspection which we are still waiting to hear about and will not happen now until after the summer!   GGrrr….

So I have put those away and have been making mini albums instead. This one on my desk is for our holiday. I have been inspired by Shellie Giegle on You tube who makes the most wonderful books. (I'm not quite up to her standard yet) 

I am using papers from Kaisercraft called 'Sandy Toes' just right for holidays!  I love adding all the little flaps, tags and surprise pages in these albums. 

I have also been busy making invitations for my Dad's 90th birthday party. I plan to have an afternoon tea for him with our family, nothing too energetic, just lots of little sandwiches, cakes, trifle and strawberries and cream. I am ordering the sunshine too! 

Yes that little boy enjoying a ride with Teddy in his car is my Dad. This photo was taken in 1928 and he was two! 

May also saw the 10th anniversary of loosing our beautiful daughter Katy and I made this little heart to hang near me in my craft room. 

So it's been a mixed old time, hard work, tears and celebration, but isn't that the same for everyone. 
My heart goes out to MP Jo Cox's family after the awful events of last week. She died because she was busy doing what she loved and believed in. Senseless.

Finally to challenge myself and to get away from the endless hours of football that's on in our house (Come on Wales!)  I have downloaded the nhs Couch25K podcasts on my iPod (Don't know how I did that tho) and for the last 2 weeks have been pounding the streets of Llanelli / Water Park along with my colleagues from work. It's so much better to have some running buddies! I'll keep you posted if I haven't collapsed and been taken away on a stretcher! Must remember to BREATHE and run at the same time  Ha Ha…..

Glad to be back in blogland and sharing with you all.

Have a happy week

Lynda X

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

WOYWW - Beazley to Monet!

Hi Everyone and welcome,

Wednesday again and this week has flown by.
My desk is a mess and not too much to show you, more to tell you if truth be told!

A selection of stamps, inks and paints and a small watercolour paper postcard. I'm trying my hand at painting! I'm not kidding myself tho' I'm rubbish so I thought I would paint a stamp instead… cheating right but I spent a happy hour or two anyway! I have been inspired... SO INSPIRED.. by a trip to the Royal Academy in London on Saturday with Alison and my other friend Nikki. We went to see the 'Painting the Modern Garden' exhibition.

A long day but really worth it. If you are a garden lover/art lover then this is for you. We were surrouded by beautiful famous works by many Impressionist artists who used the garden and flowers as their inspiration. The various studies by Claude Monet of his water garden at Giverny and the famous Waterliy paintings were just amazing. I had a lump in my throat several times! We couldn't take photographs inside the exhibition unfortunately.  We also...

Did a little sight seeing - infront of the statue of Eros. 

And like any civilised woman, went for afternoon tea… this mixed berry tart was huge!

and so was this lemon masterpiece!

Wonderful friends and a wonderful day!

My favourite painting tho' wasn't by Monet, Manet or Matisse but by John Singer Sargent called simply 'Poppies' painted in 1886. 

This is a photo from a postcard I bought and I love the vibrant colours. There is something very evocative now about a field full of poppies, but of course they wouldn't have had the same meaning in 1886 as they do for us today. 

Well… I'm off to produce another masterpiece, or master any piece come to think of it (ha ha) but before I do I want to blog hop around all your wonderful desks.

Do what makes you happy this week!

Lynda X

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

WOYWW- Teddy revealed and a productive Easter!

Hi Everyone.

Well just to show you what became of those cut off's from the denim jeans! Ta Dah!

A bear cushion! I found the idea on Pinterest but couldn't find a pattern so made up my own. I still have quite a lot of denim left so I will be searching for more things to make by up cycling! 
I have to admit I'm addicted to Pinterest at the moment and have been looking at all the lovely cards other people have made. Inspired by a card I saw I also made this birthday card for a friend.

I really enjoyed making this. The design is great for using up all those odd pieces of scrapbook paper that you have kept "just in case."  I stamped on some of the squares and added the butterfly and flower to link the squares and bring it all together. Trouble is I then got to thinking about my drawer full of odd Christmas papers that I have and…..

Same design…I used white embossing powder and blue ink to stamp on this one and added die cut snowflakes and silver gems.

I will be making a lot more of these they are so easy. A very productive Easter break! 
As well as working at my craft desk we also went out on a few lovely walks…

Llanelli Beach where we almost got blown away on Easter Sunday…

And on Monday we went to Rhossilli on the Gower… This place is so beautiful and so was the weather, we managed to get out of the wind and sit in the sun.. bliss...

Bad hair day!

Then a big black rain cloud appeared….. 

and we just made it back to the car before the heavens opened! 

Well… That's me for this week.  I'm looking forward to more walks and more crafting as I am on the 2 week school holiday… I've also got lots of time to visit you all too.

Have a happy week

Lynda X

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

WOYWW- Not very revealing I'm sure!

Hello and a very Happy Easter to you all!

Well… I know I promised the big reveal this week of the result of the pile of denim cut offs… but I can't because I have run out of stuffing and it's not finished! So on my desk this week there is a sneaky peak to the left but that's all!

Also there are some new ink blenders and a Versa mark pad, some essentials I had to buy at the weekend. Also 2 cards I made using my new Tim Holtz stamps. My friend Jan gave me a few pages of water colour paper and I am liking the soft finished effect after stamping and painting with distress inks.

Well, short and sweet from me this week, I'm off to buy some more stuffing!

Have a happy week !

Lynda X