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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


I cannot believe it is Wednesday again already.  It is the day we all visit each other on the great blog hop that is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, which is normally hosted by the lovely Julia.   However, the news is from Lunch Lady Jan, that Julia is in hospital and unable to be with us this week.  She has asked that we do not attempt to contact her, even through email, but leave messages with Jan at http://lunchladyjansfabricfrenzy.blogspot.co.uk/ 

I am still struggling to visit all those who came to visit me last week, so if I don't make it before this morning, please forgive me.
It is also four years to the day since I did my very first blog.
Helen, who also sent this lovely verse, Twiglet (Jo), and DBW.
 I intend to keep it very short this week, especially as I have blogged quite a lot already, showing the cards I have made or put together.  I am also well behind on DT work so I need some urgent inspiration.

There were some ATCs that did not make it into the show last week, so I wanted to show them.  It is amazing how many different techniques we all cover as a group and I will certainly treasure all those I have received, so thank you so much.
I chose to do two different designs.  If you have read my last two posts this week, you might recognise the set of stamps I used.   I think they are my favourite stamps at the moment.

This first one was done by stamping on to Clarity double sided adhesive sheets with Black Archival, covering that with thin acetate to protect the line art, then scoring into the back, and painting in with Perfect Pearls and gilding flakes - not be attempted with windows open, fans on or with hay fever.  The stamps are both from Clarity and I really like the quote from Maya Angelou.
 The second one I did was again using the Clarity birds, but adding in the remountable Cherry Blossom branch.  They go so well together.  Again, I stamped with Archival black because I was colouring in with Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  Everyone is raving about Sprectrum Noir at the moment, but, having tried them, I much prefer the British made Derwent range.  They blend beautifully with no real pressure needed.  I also like the fact that you can buy just one to replace ones that you have used up or lost, or to add to your range.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that Mr Linky has got back from his holiday and is ready for us this week, so that we can all join together at Stamping Ground.  The coffee will be on and the biscuit tin topped up.  See you there.

PS.  Today is the day I will be making the draw for my blog candy (the information is at the top of my blog) and I will announce the winners sometime after lunch.  All you have to do is to be a follower and I will do the rest. 


Debbie Rock said...

First things first ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
Such lovely ATC's to add to your collection and I still think your gilding flakes Blue Tit ATC is one of the most stunning I have!
Just tried to link my blog but there doesn't appear to be a post at the Stamping Ground for this week so will be sure to check back there later in case it's me missing the obvious! Hope you have the best birthday you can and Happy Woyww'ing! Love to you from Debbie xXx

Claire said...

Lovely, lovely ATCs - they really are mini works of art!!
Julia hasn't posted yet, so I'm just wandering around to see who has :)
Happy WOYWW x

Claire said...

I've just become a follower to add to your milestones!! Many congratulations - you're now at 100 followers :) x

okienurse said...

love all the atc's I have seen this week and last. I was way too busy to do ATC's but wish I had made the time with all the awesome ones I have seen! I think I have been a follower for a long long time...:-) so I hope I am entered in the blog candy draw. Vickie

Caro said...

I love the ATCs you received, but the first one you made is simply stunning and that quote is perfect. Happy WOYWW. Caro x

Anne said...

Super ATC's Maggie. Yours is on it's way now. Sorry to be so late. I am popping by desks even though there is no WOYWW - poor Julia. Anne x

Linda Simpson said...

These are gorgeous and congratulations to your blog candy winners.
Linda xxx

glitterandglue said...

Weyhey - Happy Birthday, Maggie. 4 years - well done!!!
The two designs are so lovely, Maggie - really attractive, and very different - I can quite see why they are your current favourites.
Have a special week.

fairy thoughts said...

Love the first bird stamp the colours are very vibrant. I think I am a follower too.
Carrying on with WOYWW ready for Julia's return

Di said...

Oh belated Happy Birthday Maggie! And a huge squeal about the draw - took me ages to fathom out why you hinted I should come here :)

Email with address on the way - MWAH!!!

Hugs, Di xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Maggie, thanks for visiting my desk and happy WOYWW...we can keep this crazy thing going and pray that our dear Julia is on the mend soon. Congratulations on your four years of blogging and I do love your ATCs and have to agree my Derwents suit me just fine, no need for the newest and latest...I'm following too :-) Cheers and have a wonderful week RobynO

fairyrocks said...

You make lovely cards and ATC's. I'll bet they are even more beautiful in real time. Thanks for popping by and leaving helpful comments on the receipt sorting. I will for sure scan some or take photos to print later. Keeps smiling and creating.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Happy Fourth Birthday Maggie.... woohoooo!!!!!
Big celebration....well done dear friend!!!!

ah so glad to see update at top... in some ways that is! I do hope Julia is soon on the mend.... praying for her.
Wonderful atcs Maggie... great work. Thanks for popping over...dear friend praying for DT work to flow.:) Shaz in Oz.x