Wednesday, 15 June 2011


EDIT!!! Mr Postie has just brought my PiF from Fiona (Angelfish) - it's truly lovely and goes beautifully with my craft room - in fact I swear Fiona used some of my spare curtain material for the background :) Take a look - isn't it gorgeous...and the colours are much more vibrant than in my rubbish photo!!!!! Anyone who knows me will know that I adore pink roses too:

See what I mean about the curtains (the darker bits) - how spooky is that?:

I'm trying to clear some stash away from the few cards I've managed to make recently, so my desk is pretty unexciting right now :(

It isn't your eyes, this photo IS a bit blurred! I had my boxes of charms out whilst 'poodling' around yesterday making a card - plus some plain white card candi arrived in the post (brilliant to colour in with Pro Markers to match whatever colours have been used on images) so I've just added it to the RUB storage tray which seems to have a ton of candi in, even though I've given loads of it away since I first discovered it. Maybe it's breeding on the quiet?

Behind the boxes and trays are a few stamps which will be stamped and then go on their hols with me next week in case I find a little bit of time to play with Aqua Markers. A couple of the stamps are Ching Chou Kuik's designs, made by Sweet Pea Stamps - so delicate that they are calling for watercolours. If you want to see some fabulous results using these stamps, do hop over to Sue's - she does some amazing colouring using watercolours and Twinkling H2O's. Hiding her light under a bushel you have to poke about a bit in her blog to discover that she recently joined the Sweet Peas DT, well deserved. I think I'll just take Aqua markers with me and then add highlights with Twinkling H2O's when I get back - need to leave a bit of space for something to wear!

Advice from any water colourers please - I use Fabriano Classico 5 300gsm 50% Cotton watercolour card - having found that the other card I tried buckles or 'bobbles' when the watercolours soak in. It's great stuff but it's an off-white colour. I know that watercolours are generally painted onto off-white backgrounds but sometimes it would be good to have a pure, crisp white background, especially when layering onto a pure white card. Help! I use The Glitter Pot's own brand High White, Ultra Smooth card (290 gsm) card for Pro Markers and that's just great for those pens. It's pure white card suitable for Aqua Markers that's got me stumped!

To the right is a lovely GorJuss mug and pen given to me by Moira - how thoughtful is that!? I can't bring myself to use it for coffee so it's here for me to admire. The big pink Piglet mug does have coffee in it - a permanent fixture when I'm in here!

Then, ahem, to the right hand side of my desk a 'kinda tidy' selection of baskets as usual. One with scraps of unusable paper in for recycling, one with used stash to put away (the pink acrylic paint is a hint at the PiF I made but it's en route to Dolores - 'Cardarian' - in Slovenia so I can't say more). The green basket to the back is stuffed with unused stamps mostly, so some of those will be dug out and stamped ready for hols. 

That's my little patch for this week - to see much more interesting desks do hop over to Julia's for a good nosy around! I didn't manage to do much hopping around last week - hope to do better this week though. Have a great WOYWW everyone!



Wipso said...

I love all the glitzy bits and bobs Di :-)
Have a fun week.
A x

Anonymous said...

Lovely PIF, perfect colours for you. I too like to water colour mostly and I struggle finding good cardstock, most of the proper water colouring card has too much texture for my liking! Enjoy your hols, hope the weather is nice for you.

Brenda 73

Twiglet said...

Great little PiF - what a lot of fab talent is out there in WOYWW wonderland. Have a good week. x Jo

Andria said...

Love that PiF...very pretty! And what trays of goodies you have on your desk. Happy WOYWW!

angelfish said...

Glad it arrived safely with you Di and that you like it:)
So hard to know what to make when you have no idea of the recipients taste, so that worked out very well!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

OOOH Gorgeous PIF and a pretty neat and tidy desk too! FAB!

Hugs, Sandra x

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Lovely PIF you received! All that bling on your desk looks fun!
Love the card you did below for your step -mum, alzheimers and dementia are an awful thing to have to deal with! Hope she liked it!
Rebecca xxx

NatashaMay said...

Oh, I love Gorjuss! And the PIF you received is gorgeous! Can't you with the watercolor quwstion, though.:) Happy WOYWW!

Sandra said...

Glad you received it safely, .....:) Sandra H

Cardarian said...

Lovely PiF - I am waiting for mine with great anticipation! All excited! Love your desk many beads and nice stamps!

MaggieC said...

Thanks for your visit and kind comments. I think you might need to go in for weight lifting to take Flash for a walk. He may only be a spaniel but he is incredibly strong and without a halti, will pull like a steam train.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, the pif is beautiful - love the colours. I did the same and took stamped images away with me and both ProMarkers and AquaMarkers plus some watercolour pencils. One of the stamps I watercoloured was of cosmos printed on to Neenah Solar White Ultra Smooth card which is 216gsm and that worked okay - you can just see it at the front of my photograph this week. You might like to try this card out - I got it from Crafters Companion. Hope this is helpful. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #79

Bernie said...

Wow that's a lovely PIF! How perfect one would think it WAS made with you in mind.
Love all your candy and the Gorjuss mug.

Angie said...

What a lot is going on in your area the trays full of embelishments ...would love to poke around in them.

SueH said...

I wouldn’t say your desk is looking uninteresting Di, just look at all those beads, charms and candi’s in those boxes. Love the thought that there’s been some naughty goings on in the box too…..but wouldn’t it be great if it were true, especially with the White ones, you’d never have buy any every again.

Happy Crafting!

By the way, I love your PIF gift

okienurse said...

I think your desk is awesome with all the bits and pieces of crafty goodness scattered around. Thanks for sharing! Vickie #46