Wednesday 7 September 2011


Eek, where did last week go to? Wherever it went, it took the sunshine with it :( To brighten ('brighten' can be either a transitive or an intransitive verb - so that's two big words for today!) your day up - it's time for the weekly snoop to see what everyone else is up to. Before I look, I just bet a lot of people will be thinking of Christmas already - this is beginning to worry me! They were even putting out the displays of Christmas chocolates in Sainsburys yesterday for goodness sakes!

This is what's on my desk right now - and it sure ain't Christmas:
I've been despairing over the bunch of Tim Holtz Distress Inks that are much dryer than others say they should be since last week and decided to beat the h*ll out of them have another try. Ahem, think I got a bit carried away and now I haven't a clue what to do with the result so it's being moved from one place to another on my desk whilst I wait for inspiration:( I took each of the driest ink pads in turn, furiously rubbed each pad over a small oblong block, spritzed with water and then stamped a sort of patchwork pattern onto watercolour paper. Quite pretty, but so far totally useless!!!

As I already had inky paws it was time to play with cloud backgrounds and masking images. I'd finally come across Woodware Magi-film last week:
It's great stuff!! Much better than trying to mask using a Post-it, which I found kept flipping up - plus you can see through it which makes aligning over the image you want to mask out a doddle! It's re-usable clear film so if you plan to make a few cards using the same image, keep the backing, replace it after using the mask then store it with the stamp for future use - I'm all for saving time and effort:)

First I stamped the Penny Black hedgies onto white card using Memento, and then onto the Magi-film using Stayzon (it would smudge otherwise I'm sure). The little hedgies were then cut out of the film and are on the bottom of the page above waiting for the backing paper to be peeled off.
This is the image after doing the clouds (I posted about these here) then colouring with Pro Markers and a piece of card I'm playing round with for some grass. As always, I made a boo-boo and didn't trim close enough to the images so ended up with a white outline round them. If you have the same problem and you used Tumbled Glass for the clouds, I found that my 'Cool Aqua' Pro Marker was a help to colour over the white patches and a pretty good match too! Well, a blind man on a galloping horse wouldn't notice I suppose :))

And just in case you think it's all organised and tidy here - a swift swing to the right proves otherwise I think!
The messy basket at the front is full of stuff I've been playing with and have yet to put back into their proper places. The basket behind has unused stuff in for more playing and the plastic box right at the front right has Christmas ribbons and lace in. Sheesh! What am I saying - Christmas?! Nothing for it I suppose but to follow suit and begin in earnest!

Before then, I'm off to make another cup of coffee and have a snoop over at Julia's - see you there! I've just had a peek at her desk and it is the most glorious mess - wonderful stuff!! :))



  1. Hi Di!

    Sorry I haven't been around for a while! Life took over! I love what you did with the DI! What a lovely idea - I must use that in my art journal! Oh the Penny Black Hedgies are just soooo cute!
    Lots of hugs,

  2. But it IS tidy - compared to mine, that is, he, he. I'm sorting mine again, though - mainly because I haven't put anything away for months, lol. I love this - looks really good and I also LOVE the Distress inks background. As for dry pads, I'd complain - seriously - because they do NOT dry up quickly and if they do, either the lid isn't on properly or there's a problem. I have reinkers for most except the last lot of colours, so would reink but you shouldn't have to yet...

  3. Love all you've been playing with today. Thanks for sharing it.
    A x

  4. Morning Di

    LOVE those little Hedgies and what you've done with them.

    Thanks for the info on the masking tape . . . looks VERY useful . . . will look out for it at Ally Pally!

    Hugs, Sarn x

  5. Oooh I like the look of the Magi Tape - might have to give it a go. Do you think it would go through a printer?

    Thanks for the peek around your workspace.


  6. One of my hubby's favourite sayings, 'a blind man would like to see it' (agh!) Sorry head full of holes, and time goes by so fast I forget the day (hubby tells me Tuesday afternoon to start drawing the freebie and to get WOYWW desk photo's taken, coz i forget!) anyway, ''papers', I've been practising with 8x8 and because I'm rubish they aren't working,(Gaps and bits cut to reach ends look really bad) so thank you thank you for your lovely offer, so get those scissors out and start snipping!!cos I'm going to hang out for some 12x12 ones! Don't forget to show, I know what ever you make it will be fantastic!

    Your desk looks great...I now know what you can do with Magi film (haven't come across that yet)can't wait to find some and have a go!
    Happy WOYWW

  7. Will I think you did a Great job showing us how to use and even the little things not to do... We ALL do the Boo-Boooossss, but you were able to find a way to make it less seen, so Bravo for you!!!
    Thanks for the peeeek!!!

  8. In reply to Penni's question about running Magi-film through a printer.

    I'm sure Magi-film will go through a printer. The sheets are the size of a sheet of peel offs (approx 9" x 4") and the backing is firmly fixed, although easy to peel off once you get a little bit lifted. If it's for (say) printing masks for digi-images then it should work just great, so long as the printer ink has dried. If it's just to print on and then layer onto a project, say with a sentiment on, then I'd use Safmat from Letraset (A4 sheets) as that sticks permanently and is almost invisible once stuck down.. Hope this helps! Di xx

  9. Happy, fabby post!! I could quite easily having your hotch potch stamping try-outs on my wall, I really like the quilt effect. Why don't you frame it, it'll look great?! Your hedgehog card made laugh out loud because I AM the one in pink on the left, Julia is the yellow leaping one and well, that means you must be the one on the right. LOLOLOL :D xx

  10. never cease to amaze! There you go again....your stamp pattern is brilliant. You'll find just the right thing to do with it, there is no doubt in my mind! We will want to see it too by the way! I bet you'll have a lot of people running out now to be buying some Magi-film. You might just be to blame!!!!! Thanks for the visit Di and have a great day!

  11. Love your patchwork distress back ground thats just fab!Could us that for cards,atc's or a tag background .The colour combo is fab!
    Like the magi thingy too might hve to have ago as you say i use loads post it notes various sizes.
    Have fab woyww
    hugs judex 6

  12. Loving the little Hedgies Di.
    Can’t say that I’ve heard about that Woodware Magi-film but it certainly sounds a lot better than using post-its.

    Another option (sorry if you already know about this)you could have tried for the gaps after you did the clouds, which are great by the way, is to use a light grey marker around the edge of your images. It makes them look like they stand out from the page more

    Happy Crafting!


  13. Aw Sue - a brilliant tip! Thanks hun! Di x

  14. Wow that patchwork looks like a work of art. Can't wait to see what you do with it as I know the wheels are turning and once the smoke clears you come up with something lovely.
    Love, Love, Love your card. Your clouds are beautiful and your hedgies are superbly colored! As always you crack me up, this time with the 'blind man on a galloping horse'. To funny!
    Happy WOYWW

  15. Welcome to the Pink ATG Club ey!!
    As to your background, I will send you the link from Grungy Monday where we did something similar!! I love what you have done there. Those Hedgiehoggies are wonderful!
    Happy Hump Day!!

  16. The patchwork could be a lovely background for a card - I can see it now!!!! Also love the hedgies, so cute! Now, just got to go and find something I know I have....somewhere...just can't remember where......thanks for reminding me!

  17. Love your cute hedgie scene, the clouds look fab :o) Lisa x

  18. Looks like we are both not putting the lids back on properly as I have some pads that seem to have dried out quickly.
    Love the effect of the trying out of the pads.
    Cute hedgie images and it all look so good.

    Kath x

  19. nice hedgehogs dancing does that remind you of certain reunions or what

  20. Glad to know there is another sane(I use the word loosely after we do talk to monkeys don't we) person about who refuses to have the 'C' word in her house. Love your patchwork workout. You can bung it my way if you don't want it. (Waste not want not). Handed my desk over to the boys this week as I'm knee deep in dressess (not finished), birthday card I can't show and a birdcage swap I can't reveal cos its a secret swap. Apart from that my desk is an open book!!! Hugs Mrs A. #99

  21. Oooh I love the card those clouds look wonderful - might have a play at that myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Hi Di

    At least you are good and put things into a basket that you need to put away.

    Mine ends up in a big wobbly pile .. .. and when it topples I put it all away LOL!!!

    Have a great day.

    Love Jules xx

  23. Love the background you have created with the inks ...I would be chopping it up to use on cards, as backgrounds ...or to just stamp on....have fun

  24. Wow thats a super background you made there, the first thing that came to my mind was Elmer the Elephant, maybe you could cut out an elephant from your background?
    I am a new follower of your blog, if you have a few spare minutes please pop over and say hello I came across you via WOYWW.
    Helen x

  25. I've actually made backgrounds from stamp pads similar to your testing. Happy creating!

  26. Well I think I win in the mess department whatever you think about your right hand swing photo! That roll of yellow tape - is it like police tape that you can just sling around the room to warn others off?!

  27. Thanks for the link to your magi film.I can use it now.



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