Tuesday, 30 September 2014

WOYWW Sunny Birthday & JOFY Good Day !

Well it was a busy & very enjoyable weekend !

On Saturday Lynda & I made an early start and headed up to Wantage to The Stamp Attic - a lovely craft shop & workshop room opposite.
Wendy the owner made us very welcome - and even got to do some crafting herself as her Much Beloved manfully manned the shop !

Jo Firth Young took us through the making of five different cards - using her lovely sketchy style stamps and different techniques with the Paperartsy Fresco Chalk paints - even though I have used these paints for several years on lots of projects, I learnt lots of new things - using them to stamp with, to create chalkboard effects and making a master-board to use in other designs.

We had a really fun day, Jo was a great teacher & very generous in sharing her knowledge & creativity, and I am looking forward to playing with the new techniques at home now.

Here's the full haul from Saturday !

Sunday dawned with clear blue skies and sun-shine. Perfect for my birthday !
As we drove to our weekly swimming session a huge Dragon decorated Hot Air balloon hovered over the Towy Valley - just a perfect moment as it drifted over the stunning scenery in the still air & strange luminosity of the Autumn morning.

Later in the morning we headed down to The Mumbles for a stroll along the prom as the tide receded to its almost impossible nadir and treated ourself to a delicious lunch In Patrick's - followed by a very naughty ice-cream from Verdi's as we strolled down the pier to see the new Tamar class lifeboat in the brand new Lifeboat House they have built for it.
I have never had such a hot sunny day on my birthday in the UK - just proving what an Indian Summer we have enjoyed !

So on my desk tonight are a couple of pages for Journal 52 - one is "My Favourite Foods" - I have been looking for a use of this scrapbook paper for ages !

And the other is "Texture" - this was just me playing about with the textures of the grunge board & the mulberry paper and it made me think of how our lives run through so many textures of experience ..

And also here are some goodies I bought at The Stamp Attic - well who could resist !

I love these stencils - JOFY showed us how to work with the flower stencils and well I can never resist a seedhead - hence the teasel stamp too !  

Lynda bought me the new JOFY stamps for my birthday - looking forward to playing with these !!
Lots here to enjoy !

Hope you enjoy crafty your week too !
Ali xx



  1. Happy Belated Birthday! Aparently our postal service is almost back to normal. I am waiting for their back log to calm down and I will send your box...will let you know when I do.

  2. Glad you had a lovely birthday! It was a fab day on Saturday wasn't it!
    Lynda x

  3. Belated Happy Birthday - that day at the Stamp Attic looked such fun and the stuff you made was lovely - also you cant beat a day out at the Mumbles can you - lovely part of the world. Sunshine Girl #6

  4. You really had a fabulous birthday weekend - great fun at the class I can tell (love the shopping!) and a lovely day out too.. The projects from Jo's class look fantastic. Helen 5

  5. Oh such fantastic cards and some birthday goodies, belated birthday greetings it looks like you had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs Eliza, Yoda & Flat Susan
    Happy WOYWW #2

  6. You really celebrated your birthday in style - a real three day event! Belated birthday wishes. Sounds like you both had such a good day at the workshop - and so many new things learned - and - errrm... bought!
    Enjoy using them and trying them all out.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

  7. Glad you had a wonderful time at the workshop! It's great when something works out so well. I waved as you drove past !! ;-)
    Mumbles pier! I know it well! When we go down, it's straight to Caswell for a walk. then up and over the hill to Mumbles where it's a visit to the Arcade/Verdi's....s'gotta be done! The weather has been amazing :-)
    Hugs. LLJ 30 xx

  8. Happy returns Ali - what a fab weekend you had! Your cards are lovely, so glad you managed the workshop.

  9. Belated happy birthday! I love the poppies on your background! What fab cards you made at the workshop. x Jo

  10. What a fabulous weekend you had. Happy belated birthday from the bears at no. 47

  11. You really had a fab birthday weekend!! Belated wishes! The cards you made are wonderful!
    Gabriele 28

  12. Wonderful cards--it looks as though you had a great time!

    Happy Woyww!
    70 this week
    with a mish mash of stuff

  13. What a fantastic birthday, and those cards are to die for! Many happy returns, Chris # 16

  14. What a fantastic birthday weekend you had.
    Hope you have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 39

  15. What a lovely weekend you had - and love all your goodies - enjoy! Thanks for sharing. Hope that you have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #81 x

  16. You have some great stuff going on! I am especially intrigued by the card you made at Young's place with the 3 repetitive cuts on the edge. Blessings!

  17. What a great birthday week! Such beautiful cards. And love all of your new goodies.
    April #84

  18. Great post! I love your birthday goodies ( Happy Birthday) especially the stamps!Thank you for sharing, Have a great week Ginny M #63

  19. What a great day out you had, and what a marvellous way to celebrate your birthday. There's nothing like getting together and learning new techniques and freshening up one's ideas, is there. I love what you've done, especially the textures layout. I wish we had touchy feely internet!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #37