Tuesday, 3 September 2013


Hi everyone - missed you all last week as I was in Paris.
Now that sounds lovely doesn't it ?

Well don't be fooled - as I was actually on an industrial estate 20 miles north of Paris getting cold, tired & smelly conducting machinery trials for 3 days - and missed my bank holiday Monday off too.

So not exactly the romantic idyll you might expect from Paris !

Anyway it was great to be back home late Thursday night !

We had a lovely day on Saturday with our friends Lynda & Robert - a great walk around Cardiff Bay to the barrage - then a South American tapas lunch at Las Iguanas - yummy !

We really enjoyed ourselves & commented how great it was to share the final sunny days of summer with friends !

Sunday I just needed to rest up after the busy week - so as well as the weekly shopping trip - I was pleased to have a happy day pottering at my craft desk - hence you can see plenty of WIP's !

So here you can see my "works in progress" this week ...

I started Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday course for 2013 on Sunday.

I have done this course a couple of times in previous years - even finished it some years !

I have gone with 6" x 6" pages - just cut to size or selected some from pads that size - as I will be away for the 2nd half of the month, I wanted something small & portable !

I bought these sassy cats at the Newbury Show - they were supposed to be decoupaged but I thought they looked cute just like this anyway - plus a few lime gems to add a bit of bling !

Shimelle sends you a prompt each day & then the idea is you create an entry for each day.
Some people blog, some do tags, mini books - even 12" x 12" layouts !

You may be asking what on earth is that green thing lurking to the left hand side ?

Well it's a silicon spoon rest from Tesco ! I had this brain wave it would be ideal for resting messy paint brushes on ! then rinse under the tap or even whisk through the dish washer (rinsed first of course !) - so I'll let you know if it works out !!

I have been working on this box - it once contained my DH's Samsung tablet - it was destined for the recycling bin but when I felt how sturdy it was I couldn't bear not to to alter it !

So 2 coats of gesso finally blocked out the pack photos & writing - and then a coat of baby blue acrylic !

I had bought some texture paste as I had seen people doing great things with it on various blogs - so here is my first attempt to do texture paste through stencils !

I have got this far - but am a bit of a loss now !!
How do I add more colour to the white paste areas now without messing up the back ground ???
Please - anyone who knows where to go from here - point me in the right direction !!

My bargain sign is getting various layers of paint - still looks at the messy stage !!

But I am hoping it will start to come together !!

And the only fully finished project on the desk this week is the card I have made for my Auntie's birthday !!

And that's all from me - great to be back with you all this week - looking forward to seeing what you have all been upto !

Have a great week !
Ali x


  1. Hi Ali I love all of your projects this week. Where was your bargin sign from? spooky tho I ve been looking at texture paste too and you can do fab things with it! See you Wednesday
    Lynda X

  2. Nice pics from Cardiff! I love the area around the bay, it's so vibrant. My son goes back to uni there this very morning...sniff...
    I love your altered box, I wouldn't do much more personally, I like the simple elegance of it :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

  3. Love those cats ..... Where did they come from ?
    I see your using a Lavinia stamps so lovely

  4. wow, so many projects to work on! I like the box as is...
    Jana #58

  5. You have certainly been busy, happy crafting :-)
    Happy woyww
    Kay #41

  6. Ahhh, Paris sounded lovely, until you explained, oh well, they say a change is as good as a rest!

    The bears @#76

  7. That box is beautiful just as it is - very Wedgewood - the colour is lovely. I really like the card, too. Your work is great. Well done, and all the best for the learn something new challenge.
    Margaret #50

  8. Put the stencil back over the pasted area, mask around stencil edge if you're going to apply colour with sponges...and apply colour. I think! tis lovely so far.

  9. Very beautiful and sensitive card. Happy Auntie :-)

  10. I had a friend who talked on and on about her upcoming trip to Paris.... Paris, Texas, which apparently is some little blip of a town so I suspected something might be amiss with your trip to Paris. At least you got the right one. I love the sweet little kitties with their lime green bling. I haven't done the stencil paste thing but I have seen others do it. Put the stencil back on the design before adding color, such as paint, glitter, chalk, sponged ink, etc.

  11. Hello, have to say I like it all, But I love the cats! I was really drawn to them with the spots I guess. Thanks for letting me look at everything. Roberta 17

  12. What a wonderful array of fabulous projects, Ali!! The kitties and the peacocks really tickle my fancy!

    Hope your Wednesday is fabulous!

    Lynn #100

  13. FANTASTIC projects and I adore those kitties :-) That's the second metal fish on a bridge I've seen today !! :-D


    IKE in Greece #67 xxxxx

  14. You've got some great projects going on. That learn something new thing sounds great, might give that a go someday =).
    Thanks for stopping by earlier.
    Happy (late) WOYWW and I wish you a wonderful week.
    xx Monique #60

  15. Love those great photos you took in Paris. I also love the beautiful birthday card. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  16. Great vacation! And you have been busy making wonderful things!
    Happy very belated WOYWW #95. :)